Grunt-free zone

August 19, 2008

The Olympics are making me tired. My usual bedtime has been extended at the very minimum two hours a night because I will die — just die — if I miss a moment of swimming/diving/gymnastics/shot put.

Yeah, shot put. I’ve never really watched anyone do the shot put before, aside from some attempts made by fellow high school students back in the days of gym class. But watching these men and women — whose arm muscles are bigger than my entire body — throw this ball REALLY far…well, I’m impressed.

But I have a question. Is the grunting necessary? I mean, I don’t know how heavy that little ball is, but the noises coming out of these people range everywhere from minor grunt to full on scream. If we’re being honest, occasionally a sound will escape me while weight lifting at the gym, but I never feel the need for a full on Tarzan.

Did you know that Planet Fitness gyms have a no-grunt policy? I think that’s hilarious. I’d hate to be the person who has to walk from machine to machine, asking the big strong men to quiet down.

Can you imagine if they did that at the Olympics? Dainty Chinese women asking the athletes very nicely to please, throw your shot put in silence.

Wow. The Olympics really ARE making me tired. A whole post about shot put and grunting.

Posted by: Molly

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Eleventy Billion Websites and Counting…

August 18, 2008

If you are one of the tens of press people who visit this blog (and/or website) on a monthly basis, you know firsthand that it is primarily a resource aimed at helping us at Caster and you in the media more effectively handle our business. A recent overhaul of the site added more features including access to archived photos, an FTP site, company bios and testimonials. Streamlined client pages make viewing and downloading press releases and images that much easier for press folks while prospective clients will benefit from reading about our services (we don’t drink all the time).

Now it’s just not in my nature to overhype something that doesn’t deserve it but frankly, Caster’s new website is about as awesome as a fluffernutter on Wonder Bread with an ice-cold glass of 2%.

Don’t believe me? Compare it to these other websites that are about as useful as wet bag of pogs.

Museum of Bad Art – If I wanted to see bad art, I’d go to an elementary school

Neuticles – Testicular implants for your neutered pet, even non-traditional ones like water buffalo and prarie dogs. After all, nothing says companionship like a 900 lb. mammal with horns and silicon cojones.

The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement – OK, I can think of a few people would benefit from joining this.

So there you have it, we hope you’ll continue to visit our re-vamped site and pick from the informative and timely fruits that grow on its pages.

~Nick


Technology and the Olympics

August 14, 2008

Like most of the world, I have been 100% captivated by the 2008 Olympics. There is something so amazing about the way the world comes together for this one event every for years. Most times, I don’t even care what I am watching — as I proved the other day spending two hours watching badminton — yes badminton.

Last night I was watching the men’s synchronized diving. After the dive, the announcers showed the world technology they like to call “freeze cam”. Essentially this camera breaks down the divers movements, millisecond by millisecond so viewers can pick apart every move. That got me thinking…how much has technology changed the Olympics? Below are a few “items for thought” about changing tehcnology and the world’s greatest demonstration of athletic ability.

Track & Field – Starting Blocks: Starting Blocks weren’t utilized in the Olympics until the late 1940’s. Can you imagine runners today starting from an upright position?

Swimming – Suits: This year we are seeing almost every swimmer in a full body suit. What happened to the plain and simple speedo? Technology has shown that the suits put pressure on certain parts of the body to maximize aerodynamics in the water and reduce the amount of drag the swimmer has.

Split Second Timing – Now adays, most races are won by fractions of a second. Can you imagine how hard it would be to distinguish if the winner edged out the competitor by .01 seconds all by using a watch with a 2nd hand?

Replay and Camera Technology – As I mentioned earlier in my post, the “freeze cam” and instant replay. This is one technology that can actually hurt the competitor’s score. Judges now have the ability to watch the routine or dive, etc…again and most times in slow motion. Now a judge has the ability to see an imperfection that he/she didn’t see in real time.

These are just a few examples of how technology has changed the Olympics and for that matter sports. Do you have any that come to mind?

Posted by: Lauren