Still training regularly and having fun. I watched the Pan Ams this weekend and it was great. As you can see below, I went a little nuts and watched it on the 110” screen.
I have to hand it to Budovideos.com. They did a great job and really held nothing back. They had an HD feed with commentary, along with dedicated feeds to all 12 mats.
I was switching back and forth, but even the "non-HD’” feeds looked okay on the big screen. I mean, there was a little artifacting and pixellation, but nothing major. Kudos to them.
The only suggestions I’d make is, if possible, throw lower-third CGs on the screen to show the names of the competitors and where they’re from. I realize that this might not be possible for every feed, but for at least the main/commentator feed it would up the game somewhat. Also, and I don’t know if this is possible, but either position the cameras or in some other way add the scores to the feeds. It’s great to see the action, but there were several times when the fight was close and I wasn’t sure if the ref awarded an advantage or what.
Class is going well. I have to say that having watched the Pan Ams, I’m truly humbled by how effing good everyone looked. Technical at every level.
Oh, and I’m really working to eliminate animal protein from my diet. I have no problem eating meat on an ethical level, although I have long tried to ensure that I’m eating meat that was raised in a somewhat natural state. I’ll try to keep you guys apprised of how I’m doing.
And finally, I’m still dying gis. I have a ShoYoRoll Count to dye grey. I didn’t get to it last weekend because of the Pan Ams, but it’s definitely on my list of things to do this weekend.