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Jonathan Crowe ran an Olympics-themed weblog for

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 05, 2006

Jonathan Crowe ran an Olympics-themed weblog for Athens 2004 and Torino 2006. Interestingly, the 2004 version got a lot more traffic, but more recent one made him more money via Google AdSense. “Whether [the increase is] due to better ad block positioning, ‘better’ ads (more on-target or more lucrative), a ‘better’ audience, or simply a more mature advertising network, I have no idea.”

We Work Remotely

Olympics wrap-up

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 03, 2006

I’ve got a few stories about the Winter Olympics open in tabs, so in the interest of getting rid of them:

- Photographer Vincent Laforet discusses his process in getting the photographs he wants.
- How the broadcast graphics were done for NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.
- The Nation on what went wrong with NBC’s coverage.
- Here’s the New Yorker’s take on the TV coverage.

Finally, Gelf Magazine compares Olympic predictions with the actual results. The media outlets surveyed all predicted higher medal counts for the US, but weren’t off by that much (aside from the ridiculous AP predicitons). Only NBC and Nike were surprised that Bode Miller sucked so royally.

Figure skater Johnny Weir loves to shop. (via lia)

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 28, 2006

Figure skater Johnny Weir loves to shop. (via lia)

Olympic snowboarders competed while listening to their

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 27, 2006

Olympic snowboarders competed while listening to their iPods. The goal? Effortless concentration. “It enables you to focus on what you’re doing without actually focusing, if that makes any sense. You’re not over-thinking, and that’s the best way to perform the harder tricks and maneuvers.”

My favorite Winter Olympics coverage is this

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 17, 2006

My favorite Winter Olympics coverage is this correspondence being posted several times daily to Slate. If this is what the NBC coverage was like, it might actually be entertaining.

Gold medal winning mogulist Dale Begg-Smith, described

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 16, 2006

Gold medal winning mogulist Dale Begg-Smith, described during the Olympic telecast as a successful entrepreneur, was actually a bigwig at a spyware company. Business aside, his final run wasn’t good enough to warrant the gold. (via /.)

A collection of “stupid nude calendars”. I

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 16, 2006

A collection of “stupid nude calendars”. I confess that I found this while looking for photos from the racy curling calendar…but I came away empty-handed. (Only slightly NSFW.)

DFL is a blog highlighting the last

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 14, 2006

DFL is a blog highlighting the last place finishers in Olympic events. Eddie the Eagle should be the site’s mascot.

One-page full schedule for the NBC coverage

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 13, 2006

One-page full schedule for the NBC coverage of the Winter Olympics.