6 Aug 2016 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Rio — proud of Brazil and the world and NBC commercials during the opening ceremonies?! Kinetic sculpter Anthony Howe the genius behind Olympic cauldron, Tomorrowland Hugh Laurie monologue

Hello to you family.  How are you doing at this moment from your dimension?  It’s about 8:40 am on Saturday here as I start to write to you.  We got a later start this morning because we stayed up and watched all of the opening ceremonies for the Olympics last night. I tell you, I couldn’t be more proud of the Brazilian people!  I loved what you chose to do for the ceremony and if NBC hadn’t kept cutting out with fricking commercials, I could have appreciated more of it!  Oh we were pissed when we were barely a few minutes in to the opening and we get a LONG General Electric commercial (tax avoiders! http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2016/01/13/ge-boston-offshore-tax-havens/), a Chevy car commercial and a movie trailer…REALLY?!  These people would have got a lot more credence with me if they had just sponsored a commercial free opening ceremony than to do that!  Anyhew…we got over it with the help of the contagious enthusiasm and beautiful smiles of the crowds and competitors, the music, the brilliant colors and story telling.   GREAT JOB BRAZIL!!!!  WOOOT!

I guess I got so mad because this was my chance to see Brazil how they wanted to share it with me and ugly capitalism got in my way.

I was so proud to be a human being last night.  The Olympics always reminds me of what my dream for this world looks like and proves it is yet a possibility.  We can compete, we can have friendly rivalries, we can be different, we can speak different languages, we can wear “colorful” blazers, we can sing and dance to different tunes but we can do all of this peacefully!  We can share the same space and do all these things, learn about, embrace and celebrate our differences as strengths and be one loving family on this earth.  Thank you every single Olympic “soul” for leading by your example.  You are an inspiration….you are my Hope.


Olympic Countries

More than 200 member nations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) compete in the 2016 Rio Games.


AFG  Afghanistan
ALB  Albania
ALG  Algeria
ASA  American Samoa
AND  Andorra
ANG  Angola
ANT  Antigua and Barbuda
ARG  Argentina
ARM  Armenia
ARU  Aruba
AUS  Australia
AUT  Austria
AZE  Azerbaijan
BAH  Bahamas
BRN  Bahrain
BAN  Bangladesh
BAR  Barbados
BLR  Belarus
BEL  Belgium
BIZ  Belize
BEN  Benin
BER  Bermuda
BHU  Bhutan
BOL  Bolivia
BIH  Bosnia & Herzegovina
BOT  Botswana
BRA  Brazil
BRU  Brunei Darussalam
BUL  Bulgaria
BUR  Burkina Faso
BDI  Burundi
CAM  Cambodia
CMR  Cameroon
CAN  Canada
CPV  Cape Verde
CAY  Cayman Islands
CAF  Central African Rep.
CHA  Chad
CHI  Chile
CHN  China
COL  Colombia
COM  Comoros
CGO  Congo
COK  Cook Islands
CRC  Costa Rica
CRO  Croatia
CUB  Cuba
CYP  Cyprus
CZE  Czech Republic
CIV  Côte d’Ivoire
DEN  Denmark
DJI  Djibouti
DMA  Dominica
DOM  Dominican Republic
PRK  DPR Korea
COD  DR Congo
ECU  Ecuador
EGY  Egypt
ESA  El Salvador
GEQ  Equatorial Guinea
ERI  Eritrea
EST  Estonia
ETH  Ethiopia
FIJ  Fiji
FIN  Finland
FRA  France
GAB  Gabon
GAM  Gambia
GEO  Georgia
GER  Germany
GHA  Ghana
GBR  Great Britain
GRE  Greece
GRN  Grenada
GUM  Guam
GUA  Guatemala
GUI  Guinea
GBS  Guinea-Bissau
GUY  Guyana
HAI  Haiti
HON  Honduras
HKG  Hong Kong, China
HUN  Hungary
ISL  Iceland
IND  India
INA  Indonesia
IRI  Iran
IRQ  Iraq
IRL  Ireland
ISR  Israel
ITA  Italy
JAM  Jamaica
JPN  Japan
JOR  Jordan
KAZ  Kazakhstan
KEN  Kenya
KIR  Kiribati
KOS  Kosovo
KUW  Kuwait
KGZ  Kyrgyzstan
LAT  Latvia
LIB  Lebanon
LES  Lesotho
LBR  Liberia
LBA  Libya
LIE  Liechtenstein
LTU  Lithuania
LUX  Luxembourg
MAD  Madagascar
MAW  Malawi
MAS  Malaysia
MDV  Maldives
MLI  Mali
MLT  Malta
MHL  Marshall Islands
MTN  Mauritania
MRI  Mauritius
MEX  Mexico
FSM  Micronesia
MON  Monaco
MGL  Mongolia
MNE  Montenegro
MAR  Morocco
MOZ  Mozambique
MYA  Myanmar
NAM  Namibia
NRU  Nauru
NEP  Nepal
NED  Netherlands
NZL  New Zealand
NCA  Nicaragua
NIG  Niger
NGR  Nigeria
NOR  Norway
OMA  Oman
PAK  Pakistan
PLW  Palau
PLE  Palestine
PAN  Panama
PNG  Papua New Guinea
PAR  Paraguay
PER  Peru
PHI  Philippines
POL  Poland
POR  Portugal
PUR  Puerto Rico
QAT  Qatar
ROT  Refugee Olympic Team
KOR  Republic of Korea
MDA  Republic of Moldova
ROU  Romania
RUS  Russian Federation
RWA  Rwanda
SKN  Saint Kitts & Nevis
LCA  Saint Lucia
SAM  Samoa
SMR  San Marino
STP  Sao Tome & Principe
KSA  Saudi Arabia
SEN  Senegal
SRB  Serbia
SEY  Seychelles
SLE  Sierra Leone
SIN  Singapore
SVK  Slovakia
SLO  Slovenia
SOL  Solomon Islands
SOM  Somalia
RSA  South Africa
SSD  South Sudan
ESP  Spain
SRI  Sri Lanka
VIN  St Vinc & Grenadines
SUD  Sudan
SUR  Suriname
SWZ  Swaziland
SWE  Sweden
SUI  Switzerland
SYR  Syria
TPE  Taipei (Cn Taipei)
TJK  Tajikistan
TAN  Tanzania
THA  Thailand
MKD  The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
TLS  Timor-Leste
TOG  Togo
TGA  Tonga
TTO  Trinidad and Tobago
TUN  Tunisia
TUR  Turkey
TKM  Turkmenistan
TUV  Tuvalu
UGA  Uganda
UKR  Ukraine
UAE  United Arab Emirates
USA  United States
URU  Uruguay
UZB  Uzbekistan
VAN  Vanuatu
VEN  Venezuela
VIE  Vietnam
IVB  Virgin Islands, GB
ISV  Virgin Islands, US
YEM  Yemen
ZAM  Zambia
ZIM  Zimbabwe
http://www.nbcolympics.com/ – NBC website link

Anthony Howe - genius behind 2016 Oympic flame cauldron

Anthony Howe – genius behind 2016 Olympic flame cauldron

http://howeart.net/ – kinetic sculpter Anthony Howe’s main website (check it out to see more of his genius!) who designed the 2016 Summer Olympic cauldron

“Kinetic sculpture resides at the intersection of artistic inspiration and mechanical complexity. The making of one of my pieces relies on creative expression, metal fabrication, and a slow design process in equal parts.  It aims to alter one’s experience of time and space when witnessed. It also needs to weather winds of 90 mph and still move in a one mile per hour breeze and do so for hundreds of years.”


Cauldron makes its final ascent kicking off Rio Games – this is an absolute MASTERPIECE!  I was just mesmerized by it.  Beautiful work Mr. Howe!

We watched Disney’s Tomorrowland yesterday and it was pretty good – the speech from Hugh Laurie I shared a couple of days ago was the best part.  I found this version of it that has the entire speech, the other one Ru Paul shared did not.

Top 10 Underrated Movies of the 1980s – *we were watching You Tube at breakfast this morning and Kyle found this and I wanted to share it for fun!


4 comments on “6 Aug 2016 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Rio — proud of Brazil and the world and NBC commercials during the opening ceremonies?! Kinetic sculpter Anthony Howe the genius behind Olympic cauldron, Tomorrowland Hugh Laurie monologue

  1. The mala is beautiful, Jackie. What are the beads made of? My daughter isn’t around so I’ve not watched the opening ceremonies yet. We’ve been doing that together since she was a baby, so I’ll wait to watch it on demand when she comes home. Looking forward to it! 😉 xoM

    • Morning M! The beads are made of wood. I’m not sure if this will be the only one I make/use. I liked the heft and energy properties of the one I made that included quartz and stuff so we’ll see! I think your heart will be full to see the ceremony M – Brazil did the world proud! Love to you!

      • Yes, it feels like rose quartz and amethyst might be good to include. A slip mala, usually worn on the wrist, is very useful because it’s so portable and accessible. 😉 xoM

      • I think I will make one of those today M – thank you for the suggestion! I like to wear beaded bracelets with gemstone/minerals in them. I’m very sensitive to their energies. Love you.

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