The Nightshift: 20 February 2018

Press Clippings:
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Good Morning, it’s Tuesday, 20 February 2018,  and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.

The U.S. Olympic team pulled has down more medals. The “Shib Sibs”, Maia and Alex Shubutani, brother and sister, won the Bonze Medal in the Ice Dance final. As expected, Canada’s Tessa Virtue (what a name) and Scott Moir took Gold and the French pair of Gabriella Papadakis and Guilluame Cezeron won Silver. You will remember Gabriella as the incredibly focused skater who moved right past a “wardrobe malfunction” in the middle of an on-ice program to put the pair into contention for a medal—-true Olympic competitive spirit. Norway currently leads the medal count with 29 medals total; Germany is second with 23. The U.S. is further down the list with 12 (scoring as of 7:45AM Central). Canada and Germany tied for the Gold Medal in two-man bobsled; Latvia took 3rd. The U.S. Men’s hockey team played their way into the semi-finals by beating Slovakia 5-1; they’ll face the Czech Republic next. France’s Martin Fourcade, who is the world’s best in an event you probably have never followed–biathlon–won his second Gold of the Olympics. And finally, just to let us all know that no matter what they call the team, Russia is still in the Olympics, a Russian curler has failed a doping test. Doping in curling?  Oh my.

You can see the running medal count with this direct link.

The New York Times has reported that Russian “internet bots” jumped into the debate about gun control just hours after the Parkland, Florida mass shooting that left 17 people dead. The goal was to stir up contentious and divisive comment and debate all across the state and America. It worked.

Today is National Love Your Pet Day. Take bowser out for a walk or cuddle the cat or the bunnies but today–like all other days–be nice to your pets. And, if you don’t have any pet and think you have nothing to celebrate? It’s also National Cherry Pie Day. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a slice of Cherry Pie and you’re celebrating.

What we’re listening to in The Media Bunker: The Valentines 2018 playlist, compiled by our music editor/producer/DJ Tschugge. 

The front pages (and sometimes more) of the world’s great English language newspapers are linked below. The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below. As always, thanks for dropping by.

 

The Times (London

Financial Times (UK)

The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)

The Wall Street Journal (European edition)

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

New York Times (New York)

The Boston Globe (Boston)

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)

Daily News Egypt (Cairo)

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

The Moscow Times (Moscow)

Le Figaro (Paris)

Bloomberg.com (New York)

The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)

The Japanese Times (Tokyo)

The Local (Oslo)

Sputnik (Moscow)

The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)

The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)

Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)

FiveThirtyEight (New York City)

Politico (Washington, DC)

Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)

Wired (San Francisco, CA)

The Weather Channel

CNN News Text Site

Ars Technica  

The Fine Print: Embed image courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21s century on file and online. If you need an image, they are your source. This image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing. This post is number 1636 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications and is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. It’s rapid iteration.Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world.


The Winter Olympics Schedule: 19 February 2018

Nightshift Sports: 
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Television coverage in the United States is via NBC and NBCSN; there is also coverage on the Olympic Channel, CNBC, and USA network (well done to NBC for putting all of this on air).Check your local listings as programming can vary due weather conditions and programming considerations. One more thing: the visual purity and graphics produced by NBC in support of their telecasts reached the level of broadcast art in last week’s coverage, with some of the most stunning picture framing, color saturation, and on-screen graphics of any Olympics. Very well done.

The following events are scheduled for today.

Alpine Skiing (scheduled but always tentative due to wind)
Biathlon
Bobsled
Cross Country
Curling
Figure Skating
Freestyle Skiing
Ice Hockey
Ski Jumping (don’t miss)
Speed Skating
Snowboarding

Remember: The nightly prime-time telecasts will feature the most popular events; if you want to see some of the more unique/esoteric events, check out NBCSN, and the other networks (especially the Olympic Channel) which are available all day on air, online, and streaming. Some events at this Olympics have been delayed or postponed, especially the Alpine Skiing events, due to high winds, so NBC’s programming will shift accordingly. We follow everything via NBCSN since they tend to show it all.

 

The Fine Print: Photo embed courtesy of our friends at GettyImages.com who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing.  The Nightshift news site and Nightshift Sports are  continually evolving experiments in news communications and are productions of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. 


The 2018 Winter Olympics Reader

Nightshift Sports: 
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A look at some of the best stories of the 2018 Games.

Mikaela Shiffrin Can’t Win Them All

Are the Olympic Commentators Talking Too Much?

Inside the Drone Show at the 2018 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Hot Pants: The Uniform Choices of the Norwegian Curling Team

Winter Olympics: Day 9 in Photos (from The Guardian)

and one special treat….

A Guide to Live Streaming for Olympic Curling

 

Click in to the links above and receive some in-depth coverage of interesting elements of the 2018 Winter Olympics….

 

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The Winter Olympics Schedule: 20 February 2018

Nightshift Sports:

Television coverage in the United States is via NBC and NBCSN; there is also coverage on the Olympic Channel, CNBC, and USA network (well done to NBC for putting all of this on air).Check your local listings as programming can vary due weather conditions and programming considerations. One more thing: the visual purity and graphics produced by NBC in support of their telecasts reached the level of broadcast art in last week’s coverage, with some of the most stunning picture framing, color saturation, and on-screen graphics of any Olympics. Very well done.

The following events are scheduled for today.

Alpine Skiing (scheduled but always tentative due to wind)
Biathlon
Bobsled
Curling
Figure Skating
Freestyle Skiing
Ice Hockey
Nordic Combined
Short Track
Ski Jumping (don’t miss)
Speed Skating

Remember: The nightly prime-time telecasts will feature the most popular events; if you want to see some of the more unique/esoteric events, check out NBCSN, and the other networks (especially the Olympic Channel) which are available all day on air, online, and streaming. Some events at this Olympics have been delayed or postponed, especially the Alpine Skiing events, due to high winds, so NBC’s programming will shift accordingly. We follow everything via NBCSN since they tend to show it all.

 

The Fine Print: Photo embed courtesy of our friends at GettyImages.com who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing.  The Nightshift news site and Nightshift Sports are  continually evolving experiments in news communications and are productions of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. 


The Winter Olympics: 19 February 2018 New York Times Coverage

Nightshift Sports:

Our daily feed from the New York Times of  recaps/features on the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Direct Link: NYT  2018 Winter Olympics Coverage

The New York Times has been at this for quite a while  and their coverage is always great and often brilliant.

We’ll put up a link to their summary of coverage and news every day, to make it oh-so-easy for you to stay in touch with the games, the events, the winners and the losers.

To see just how good “old media” can be, we recommend that you read this article from the Times about augmented reality coverage and follow along. 

The Times posted a perma link to their AR site (use an iPhone, please )…. here it is:

https://nyti.ms/2FN3peS

The Games are on. Get all the way into them via new media or old.

 

 

 

The Fine Print: The Nightshift news site and Nightshift Sports are  continually evolving experiments in news communications. The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. 

 


The Nightshift: 19 February 2018

Press Clippings:
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Good Morning, it’s Monday, 19 February 2018,  and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.

The United States remains in 6th place in the overall Olympic Medal count. The Norwegian team leads with 27 medals. In ice dancing, three U.S. teams are in contention for a medal, while at the downhill, there are changes to the program, as Mikaela Shiffrin has decided not to run in the event. This means she will not face the other top American, Lindsey Vonn. Seems like an intelligent decision since at this stage of her career Shiffrin is a slalom specialist and Vonn is a downhill specialist. The two could–emphasis on “could”– meet in the Combined, which combines both slalom and downhill. The U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team will play in the finals; they will do no worse than a Silver medal. The Women’s Ice Hockey team has certainly done much better than the U.S. Men’s Team, which has appeared to be over-matched, especially against the Russian team.

You can see the running medal count with this direct link.

Students from the Parkland, Florida high school that suffered from an assault rifle massacre are organizing demonstrations to stop gun violence and the sale of high powered AR-15 assault rifles.

Today is President’s Day. It’s also National Lash Day. Celebrate the holiday of your choice.

What we’re listening to in The Media Bunker: The Valentines 2018 playlist, compiled by our music editor/producer/DJ Tschugge. 

The front pages (and sometimes more) of the world’s great English language newspapers are linked below. The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below. As always, thanks for dropping by.

 

The Times (London

Financial Times (UK)

The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)

The Wall Street Journal (European edition)

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

New York Times (New York)

The Boston Globe (Boston)

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)

Daily News Egypt (Cairo)

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

The Moscow Times (Moscow)

Le Figaro (Paris)

Bloomberg.com (New York)

The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)

The Japanese Times (Tokyo)

The Local (Oslo)

Sputnik (Moscow)

The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)

The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)

Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)

FiveThirtyEight (New York City)

Politico (Washington, DC)

Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)

Wired (San Francisco, CA)

The Weather Channel

CNN News Text Site

Ars Technica  

The Fine Print: Embed image courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21s century on file and online. If you need an image, they are your source. This image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing. This post is number 1632for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications and is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. It’s rapid iteration.Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world.


The Winter Olympics Film Festival: Grenoble 1968

Nightshift Sports:

We call your special attention to this film on the 1968 Winter Olympics, which were staged in Grenoble, France.
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These games were notable for the one personality who dominated them like no else: Jean-Claude Killy. The French alpine skier did the previously impossible by winning the gold in Slalom, Giant Slalom and the Downhill. He also did  it on French-designed and produced Dynamic Skis (or in the French vernacular, Skis Dynamic).

We have a bit of history with Dynamic here at the Media Bunker–one of our executives was involved in the importation, marketing, and distribution of the skis in the United States (and still has a pair somewhere). The Dynamic was an important and very innovative ski because it was one of the first to use “torsion box” construction, with a wood core wrapped with multiple layers of unidirectional fiberglass; the mix of different types of fiberglass enabled  the ski to flex effectively at a wide variety of angles, while the famous “cracked edges” were designed to ease turn initiation and make the ski easier to control. It has a sharp sidecut to make changing edges faster (i.e. better in the slalom). The model that Killy skied on, the VR17, remains one of the most legendary ski designs of all times. The games propelled Killy into position as France’s biggest athlete and even into an interesting but short career as a movie actor. Time now to see what all the Killy fuss was about: here’s the full, official film on the 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics.

The Fine Print: Film Embed courtesy of our friends at YouTube and the Olympic Channel and the International Olympic Committee. The film has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing. Photo of Jean Claude Killy courtesy of our friends at GettyImages.com. The image has not been altered in anyway. GettyImages has the entire history of the 20th and 21st century on file; they should be your go-to source for historic or current images. The Nightshift news site and Nightshift Sports are  continually evolving experiments in news communications. The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker.It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Contents (c)2018 donald pierce.All rights reserved.


Why It’s Almost Impossible To Perform A Quintuple Jump

Nightshift Sports:

From our friends at Wired magazine, a video to explain the physics of big jumps by Olympic ice skaters. Better to see it than have it explained in deep text.

Terrific video, we thank them for sharing.


The Winter Olympics: 18 February 2018 New York Times Coverage

Nightshift Sports:

Our daily feed from the New York Times of  recaps/features on the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Direct Link: NYT  2018 Winter Olympics Coverage

The New York Times has been at this for quite a while  and their coverage is always great and often brilliant.

We’ll put up a link to their summary of coverage and news every day, to make it oh-so-easy for you to stay in touch with the games, the events, the winners and the losers.

To see just how good “old media” can be, we recommend that you read this article from the Times about augmented reality coverage and follow along. 

The Times posted a perma link to their AR site (use an iPhone, please )…. here it is: https://nyti.ms/2FN3peS

The Games are on. Get all the way into them via new media or old.

 

 

 

The Fine Print: The Nightshift news site and Nightshift Sports are  continually evolving experiments in news communications. The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. 

 


The Winter Olympics: 18 February 2018 Schedule

Nightshift Sports:
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The following events are scheduled for today. Television coverage in the United States is via NBC and NBCSN; there is also coverage on the Olympic Channel, CNBC, and USA network (well done to NBC for putting all of this on air).Check your local listings as programming can vary due weather conditions and programming considerations. One more thing: the visual purity and graphics produced by NBC in support of their telecasts reached the level of broadcast art in last week’s coverage, with some of the most stunning picture framing, color saturation, and on-screen graphics of any Olympics. Very well done.

Alpine Skiing (scheduled but always tentative due to wind)
Biathlon
Bobsled
Cross Country
Curling
Figure Skating
Freestyle Skiing
Ice Hockey
Short Track
Skeleton
Ski Jumping (don’t miss)
Speed Skating

Remember: The nightly prime-time telecasts will feature the most popular events; if you want to see some of the more unique/esoteric events, check out NBCSN, and the other networks (especially the Olympic Channel) which are available all day on air, online, and streaming. Some events at this Olympics have been delayed or postponed, especially the Alpine Skiing events, due to high winds, so NBC’s programming will shift accordingly. We follow everything via NBCSN since they tend to show it all.

 

The Fine Print: Photo embed courtesy of our friends at GettyImages.com who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing.  The Nightshift news site and Nightshift Sports are  continually evolving experiments in news communications and are productions of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading.