1. It's nice to know that the new, culturally confident China isn't above playing "Who Let the Dogs Out?" and other stadium anthems during breaks in the action.
2. I'm enjoying the pains to which NBC is going to downplay the more unsavory aspects of Beijing and China, and how little bits of truth occasionally leak out. For instance, during the opening ceremonies, Bob Costas went out of his way to stress how the air pollution wasn't that bad. Then today during the beach volleyball, one of the announcers said, "You know, it might be a good thing that it's raining. It'll get some of the particles out of the air." Ouch.