The 2012 London Olympics have already begun in several events, but the real kickoff to the XXX Olympiad begins on Friday with the Opening Ceremony. Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire, is the artistic director for the event and has chosen "The Isles of Wonders" as the theme. What does that exactly mean?
Some details of the showcase have already leaked out: live animals, plows, maypoles, dancing and a closing number by Sir Paul McCartney (via the Washington Post). There may also be a segment involving Daniel Craig as James Bond to start things off.
But for those of us in the United States, we won't be able to see it live. NBC decided not to stream the event live and opted instead to show the event on tape delay at 7:30 p.m. ET. And if you are on the West Coast, NBC won't show the tape-delay until 7:30 p.m. PT.
But, hey, check out Twitter for stuff when it actually happens live. In London, the event begins at 9 p.m. local time. The East Coast is five hours behind, so calculate appropriately for other time zones.