London 2012, or is that 1986?

The new London Olympics graphics, especially the video, has been niggling me. It seemed to me that I’d seen this style before somewhere and couldn’t put my finger ‘on it. However, now I have pinned it down.. it’s the video from Queen’s “A Kind of Magic” and parts of the Wax “Building a Bridge to Your Heart” video.

So, we’re lead to believe that this “fresh,” “new” and “exciting” look is all wonderful, “forward looking” and very 2012 when in fact it’s just a rehash of a 20 year old pop video.. very retro. What was old is new again. And as The Register pointed out, this is the agency who thought up the BT piper logo, so it’s not that surprising.

It’s that middle of the week thing again.

Well, it’s the middle of the week, so what do I have to show for it?

Well, for one thing I’ve got the VPN system at work up and running after the computing services changed our gateway firewall’s external address to a routable one. It seems to work well and quickly and I’ve even managed to get a Linux client not running Cisco’s VPN client to connect to it.

Other than that, there’s not much to say, really. I have been feeling so tired after being shattered at the end of last week and not having Sunday to recuperate. Still, tonight I’m off to the University Club with a bunch of other sysadmins for a geek night out, which should be fun, if I can stay awake that is.