Vancouver 2010 Olympics–Opening Ceremony Parade of Nations order of entry

Unlike Beijing, in which the nations entered in Chinese alphabetical order, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver will have the nations arriving in French alphabetical order, English order according to some published reports.  Of course there are two exception–Greece will be first, and Canada will be last (as the host nation).  The USA will be the 82nd nation to enter. The opening ceremony is being dedicated to the memory of Nodar Kumaritashvilvi, the Georgian luge athlete that died earlier today. This is the best list I can find so far.  We’ll see if I can find a better one before the parade starts.

GREECE
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bermuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cayman Islands
Chile
China
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
North Korea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Finland
France
Macedonia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Great Britain
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Pakistan
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Senegal
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Chinese Taipei
Tajikistan
Turkey
Ukraine
United States
Uzbekistan
CANADA
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Olympic iPhone Apps review

NBC has a formal application that is complete with news, schedules and some (delayed) video from the games.  We’ll have to see if there are any competition videos or whether it just remains the ‘touchy feely’ Olympic stories NBC is famous for producing.   It also parses in the Twitter updates from Olympic athletes, such as Apollo Ohno. NBC Cheer is a great app for annoying anyone within listening distance of you.  You can select the standard “USA-USA” cheer but then overlay things like ‘cowbell’ or ‘whistle’.  I just tried it out on the wife who glared at me with a ‘shut-that-f#$%-thing up’ look after only a few seconds.  A must have to be sure. 2010 Vancouver is a guide for those who find themselves in Canada during the Olympics.  It has information on venues including maps and directions on how to get to different spots.  It also has a list of official twitter events (including the Torch, which has a twitter feed I guess and some of the IOC tweets).  Good to have if you are going. CTVOlympics is all the coverage you could want, from a Canadian point of view.  It has a news and photos section along with some venue information, and might be a good alternative if you just can’t stand NBC’s take on things.]]>

Making clean water from thin air in Haiti. Cool tech to the rescue.

As I prepare for our move to Hong Kong, I’m rolling down a list of things to buy for the house to help improve the environment in our luxurious 1350 square feet (980 sq livable space) apartment.  Air filters are an absolute priority, and not the crap ones you buy at Sharper Image but HEPA air filters that get the tiniest of tiny pollutants.  A space heater (because no one has heat in HK and it does get cold).  Water filters for the taps, not necessarily because things are really bad but just to make it better. Then I got to thinking about some of these water systems capable of ‘making’ water from humid air.  There are many systems now available for the home (for about $1,000) but I’m not sure if it is for me.  Needless to say Hong Kong is humid enough for several gallons, but I wasn’t really sure if water from the polluted air in Hong Kong would be safe enough to drink, or whether I should just clean what comes out of the tap (and yes, we will be using bottles more than likely). Turns out the same technology is at work today in Haiti, but on a much larger scale.  Aqua Sciences corporation have sent down a shipping container sized water purification system to generate clean water for a Haitian hospital.  This 40 foot unit (and yes, the pic is of the 20 footer) can create over 1200 gallons a day of water from humid air, and this drinkable water is then cleaned so it can be used in the hospital environment. Read more here : Greenbang]]>

The Greatest Raid of All Time–St. Nazaire in 1942

No, I haven’t heard of it either.  I was flipping around Youtube watching some Top Gear clips when I happened to see a Jeremy Clarkson video of a documentary called “The Greatest Raid”.  I started watching, and boy was I glad I did. The Greatest Raid was essentially a suicide mission of British Commandos on the docks at St. Nazaire along the Atlantic coast of France in 1942.  Designed to knock out a drydock facility for the German battleship Tirpitz the raid played an important role in ensuring the Atlantic convoys continued to feed England in the dark days following the Battle of Britain.  Loaded aboard an old US destroyer and tiny patrol boats, the Commandos made their way up an estuary to the heavily defended docks. It’s all up on Youtube, and it’s a pretty amazing story worth 45 minutes of your life. ]]>