Which Country Won The 2014 Winter Olympics?

With the current situation in Ukraine this post seems a little silly, but I don’t have anything to add to that discussion, other then to just shake my head at how as a species we behave.

Sochi Olympic Logo 2014With that out of the way, who won the 2014 Winter Olympics. The answer of course is which every country is at the top of the list when you rank countries on some scheme that gets your home country highest in the rankings. The answer in all cases I can think of is Russia. They had an amazing result at their home Olympics, which really can’t be diminished by any of the judging scandals. It was a big turn around for a nation that was looking for answers after the 2010 games in Vancouver.

Here is the ranking system I like the most. It assigns each medal a point value: Gold 3 points; Silver 2 points; Bronze 1 point. It rewards countries that had the most first place finishes and gives credit for those who made it to the podium. It also rewards countries that sweep the podium at an event, which there were several in this Olympics. Here are the results for the top few countries. Guess which is my home country! 🙂

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total Points
Russia 13 11 9 33 70
Canada 10 10 5 25 55
Norway 11 5 10 26 53
USA 9 7 12 28 53
Netherlands 8 7 9 24 47
Germany 8 6 5 19 41
Switzerland 6 3 2 11 26

WordPress 3.8

WordPress 3.8 “Parker” has arrived, bringing with it a new, slick, UI for WordPress. The WordPress admin UI has always been one of WordPress’ big advantages over other CMS platforms. This sets the bar even higher. My thanks to the entire WordPress team who have put out another great release which will be sure to keep WordPress at the top of the CMS list.

WordPress 3.7

WordPress 3.7 “Basie” has arrived. This brings a big update for updates! Going forward updates to the WordPress core will automatically be done. This is sure to help with some of the WordPress security issue of site owners not applying updates.   My thanks to the entire WordPress team who have put out another great release – only two months after the last one – which will be sure to keep WordPress at the top of the CMS list.

Tracking Real User Website Load Times

One thing I have been struggling with lately is making WordPress websites load faster of our VPS.  Still working on things go faster but thought I would mention a tool that I have been using on my personal site for a while. The tool is called Pingdom, which I have have been using for a few years to monitor uptime on the website. They have added a new tool called the Real User Monitor which with a bit of code added to your template’s header.php file will show you load times for visitors to your site.  This is great because it gives you real visitor information and not just a test machine accessing your site.  The key to making anything faster is having an accurate measurement of speed so you can tell if you are making things better.

 

 

34th America’s Cup – Highlights

A few hours ago the 34th America’s Cup finished, in what I consider the most spectacular comeback in sporting history. In the 19th race, an all or nothing winner takes all final race, the USA team won. The New Zealand team dominated the early races. They have been at match point for 8 races but had not been able to capture that final point. During a lighter wind race #13, New Zealand was ahead by over kilometre when the race reached the time limit and was abandoned, they only had 3 minutes of sailing left to win the whole event.

This was an amazing event.  The coverage was unbelievable, with live streaming from YouTube and amazing on water graphics that really allowed an audience to understand what was going on. San Francisco was an amazing venue to the event, providing fans great viewing from shore.  Larry Ellison’s vision for this cup had many critics but it came together in an amazing way, close match racing in boats travelling 40 plus knots. I can’t wait to see what he has planned for the next one.

Here are a few highlights worth checking out.
Emirates Team New Zealand bow down in race 1 (3 min)
Emirates Team New Zealand nearly capsizes (2 min)
Highlights: America’s Cup Finals Races 9 &10 (46 min)
America’s Cup: Apparent Wind (2 min)

The first two are just crazy things that happen on these boats. In the first check out the amount of engine power that the rescue boat requires to keep up with the AC72.

Race 10 was amazing, really worth watching.

The Apparent Wind video does a really nice job of explaining the concept and why on these boats it is so important.

My thanks to everyone involved in the event, special mention to my favourite team Team New Zealand who should be proud of their performance and sportsmanship. Big congratulations to Oracle Team USA on an amazing comeback, especially Jimmy Spithill for his never wavering conviction they could win.