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“It’s certainly on our minds and it’s definitely in our sights,” Virtue, the London ice dancer who turns 26 this month, said Tuesday from Montreal.

“We’re such competitive people. The more we explore different movements and work with other coaches and choreographers, maybe the more fire we have.

“We’ll see. We talk about (a comeback) a lot and we’re constantly thinking about it. That’s very motivating, too.”

“We have to be realistic,” Moir said. “We’re not coming back unless it’s to become Olympic champions again. If we’re in, we’re in. You’ll see in the next eight months or so getting into better shape than I was at the (last) Games so I’m ready to pounce if that’s an option.

“There’s no way it’ll be me being fat and out of shape holding us back.”

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Patrick Chan has jumped back into figure skating’s competitive realm.

And there are increasing signs 2010 Olympic champs Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, heading home for the Stars on Ice Canadian tour stop at Budweiser Gardens Sunday, will be next.

“It’s certainly on our minds and it’s definitely in our sights,” Virtue, the London ice dancer who turns 26 this month, said Tuesday from Montreal.

“We’re such competitive people. The more we explore different movements and work with other coaches and choreographers, maybe the more fire we have.

“We’ll see. We talk about (a comeback) a lot and we’re constantly thinking about it. That’s very motivating, too.”

The two-time world champs have remained noncommittal on their future since finishing second at the Sochi Olympics. They never officially retired so they have been constantly quizzed about it.

“We’re probably the most annoying story in Canadian sports saying we don’t know what’s next,” Moir, the 27-year-old from Ilderton, said, “but we’re being honest. We have days we wake up and say, ‘Yeah, we need another (Olympic) shot’. There are other days we love doing these other parts of our lives. I don’t think we’ll ever lose that feeling of wanting to be at the Olympic Games and represent Canada. I’ll feel that way for the rest of my life.”

They understand, after taking a year away from the daily training grind, the target must be the 2016-17 skating season, at the latest. That would give them one full campaign of Grand Prix and world competition before the 2018 Olympics set for Pyeongchang, Korea.

“We have to be realistic,” Moir said. “We’re not coming back unless it’s to become Olympic champions again. If we’re in, we’re in. You’ll see in the next eight months or so getting into better shape than I was at the (last) Games so I’m ready to pounce if that’s an option.

“There’s no way it’ll be me being fat and out of shape holding us back.”

This isn’t about avenging a defeat or lingering doubt over past performances.

They routinely call their last Olympic experience in Russia — where they finished second to Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White last year — a highlight of their careers.

“This is not an unfinished business thing,” Moir said. “It would be because we found love in competition again. We want to do things for us, but we also want to represent our country. In no way does it mean we’re not already well represented in Canada. (Former national teammates) Andrew (Poje) and Kaitlyn (Weaver) had a storybook season. It’s more personal. We still love the sport and have more to give.

“That would be the reason to come back.”

A relaunch at their former Canton, Mich., training ground with old coach Marina Zoueva is a massive longshot. The Canadians questioned their coach’s commitment leading up the 2014 Olympics.

“There hasn’t been much time to look back,” Virtue said. “It’s been nice to look forward to new things. We’ve been focused on other things like the show circuit.”

Though veteran ice dancers are capable of coaching themselves, Virtue and Moir don’t see that as a possibility for them.

“I don’t believe in it,” Moir said. “You need four or five sets of eyes to begin with and when you’re into it, there is a lot of emotion, pressure and tension. You need someone to guide you. It would be interesting to see where we would end up. We’re close with a lot of the Canadian teams that came before us. We have a connection there.

“But we would be looking for a coaching team, for sure, if we were to come back.”

They built their “Stars” programs with the help of former Canadian ice dancers Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon and competitor-turned-choreographer Jeff Buttle. Hip-hop dancer Sam Chouinard pitched in, too.

“We went to Montreal and Toronto to work with them,” Virtue said, “but most of our training this year, we were on the ice by ourselves in Komoka, Ilderton or at Western Fair. It was neat have those quiet moments on the ice together. That has always been our safe place. Now, it’s a blank slate to create new things and evolve as a team.”

After 18 years joined at the hip, they stepped out with their own business pursuits, too. Virtue was cover model for Real Style and Strong Fitness magazines.

“It’s been a really nice change of pace and we were ready for a breather from that rigorous and demanding training,” she said. “I’m proud of the year we had.”

Moir shot a memorable commercial for insurance company belairdirect. He also travelled to root on his girlfriend Kaitlyn Lawes, who is Jennifer Jones’ third, on the curling tour.

“I think I got more face time (on TV) at curling than my whole skating career,” he joked. “All my buddies were bugging me — do you ever work or are you just on the curling circuit now? But now, I understand how much pride there is in following someone who is passionate about something and giving back.

“A lot of sacrifices were made for us year to year. I want to help give kids in Ilderton, London, Ontario and Canada the opportunity we had.”

Perhaps one of the best ways would be to show them what’s left in their competitive tank.

ryan.pyette@sunmedia.ca

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IF YOU GO

What: Investors Group Stars On Ice

When: Sunday, 4 p.m. at Budweiser Gardens.

The show: It’s the 25th anniversary tour in Canada. Kurt Browning is choreographing and directing, bringing more of what Tessa Virtue says is like “theatre on ice” but with definite links to the previous 24 seasons.

Who: Familiar faces include Browning, Virtue/Moir, Patrick Chan, world champion pair Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford, Joannie Rochette, Jeffrey Buttle, Shawn Sawyer and Weaver/Poje.

Tickets: Visit starsonice.ca or budweisergardens.com or the arena box office.

Jimmie Ericsson goes Zlatan and lectures TV4’s Max Grinndal

MG: Would you have preferred to be left in the Skellefteå line? (with the former Skellefteå players Möller and Lindström)
JE: That’s a quite irrelevant question really. If you ask a bit more thoughtful questions and delivers better journalism, I will give you a Dumle(candy). Because it doesn’t matter anyways.

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R I P other wep skins.

They updated the Fashion Coupons shop with the first VM wep templates. The Revery Delivery has always been my favorite wep for my priest and I almost refused to retire mine.

Not only does the VM staff look the best but it reminds me of my favorite time in Tera.

medienwo asked:

Sorry if you've been asked this question before, but did you install Win10 on your physical computer or did you install it on VMs?

VMs. I considered doing a physical computer but I was limited in what I could do: Apple doesn’t allow for more than one Bootcamp partition, so that was out, and my desktop wouldn’t have the speech recognition that Cortana requires, and it’s getting old. I could have done my tablet, but I haven’t made a backup of it and I wasn’t sure how well the tablet experience would be early on. I figured that I could get the same performance out of the VM as I could my desktop, which was true after I started using VMWare instead of Virtualbox.

I’ll install it on a physical computer once it’s finally released, or maybe one of the last betas if I feel up to it.

German VM-44 (Volksmaske 1944)

One of the last civilian gas masks produced by the 3rd Reich, the VM-44 was cheaply produced, sometimes even featuring cardboard filters.


This photo is from the collection at http://masqueagaz.wix.com/alexhubert#!allemagne/cibu, used with permission. Visit the site for more photos of this and other masks. All captions are in French,  which may be better or worse for some of you.

Favorite Scene from Each Episode of Veronica Mars - Day Six

An episode a day- you pick your favorite scene and explain why it’s your fave. Remember to tag #vm episodes in your post.

Today- RETURN OF THE KANE

This was tough- not picking the scene, but the scene itself. 

One minute of screen time changes everything. Sure Logan Echolls is still the guy who has been a jackass to Veronica for the past year, the same guy who busted her headlights and arranged bumfights BUT he is also the kid who has to pick out a belt for his beating at the hands of his father. 

It was interesting to me that the beating takes place in a room that is essentially Aaron’s shrine to himself- his ego on display; and that the reason for this particular punishment is because Logan had the audacity to do something that hurt Aaron’s image and affected the public’s perception of THE Aaron Echolls. Aaron didn’t care about the bumfights in and of themselves, but that they made HIM look bad. 

He’s also pissed that Logan didn’t follow the script at the homeless shelter -serve some food, make a public apology, and restore Aaron’s “good guy, family man, action-hero” image. Instead Logan makes him pay for it, literally, because he knows that Aaron has to make the donation or risk further damage to his image. Logan knows how much that public persona means to his father and now we do too. Of course, Logan also knows this is going to cost him and he does it anyway. Was it only to antagonize Aaron or is he also trying to atone for his actions? Is he making an apology for the bumfight? First, with the donation at the shelter and now, with his flesh? Either way, it’s a powerful scene and it makes us rethink everything we thought we knew about the obligatory psychotic jackass.

It also gives new depth and meaning to certain scenes from the previous episodes; like in the Pilot right before he smashes Veronica’s headlights, he asks: “Do you know what your little joke cost me?” Or, in The Wrath of Con during the flashback scene of them in limo when Duncan sprays Logan with champagne and Logan says: “Dude, this is my dad’s tux.” 

As Logan lifts his shirt and that door closes, I think oh man he probably got a beating for both of those incidents too. And I start to wonder just how bad things are in the Echolls house and then we pan to: 

Lynn drinking and listening to her son being whipped and I’m floored. She’s just going to stand by and let this happen? How often does it happen that she doesn’t seem shocked or surprised? Is she afraid? Has she tried to intervene before and gotten hit? Or does she just hide away in her booze and let her husband do this to her child? Wow.

I also have to say that the sleight-of-hand at work in this scene is amazing. A violent person who beats his son and has a temper exists here in the “Who Killed Lilly Kane” world of Neptune and yet, because this feels so extraneous to that case, I never once think of Aaron Echolls as a suspect. It’s a well-planted clue to both the murder mystery AND what becomes of Lynn Echolls. And it all happens in a minute of screen time without any dialogue! Kudos, Rob Thomas.