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Yuzuru Hanyu WC14 FS Esp Ita commentary

Credit for the video goes to ElenaC, as always (x) I haven’t decided yet what I’ll translate next, anyway, it will be after the first two (probably) stops of FaOI. Stay tuned ;) 

M: Hanyu reached a score higher than Machida’s only once in his career. In the GPF final at Fukuoka, when he reached 193,41…a score so huge, it intimidates us just to speak about it.

A: Yes and he truly needs a performance like that; it’s difficult to think that he might overcome Machida, it’s clear that these two can try, but they’re the only ones.

M: And now it’s time for the most anticipated athlete, Yuzuru Hanyu, current olympic champion, the one who dominated the Grand Prix Final and the Japanese national champioships, which I mentioned because they took place right here.

A: In Saitama, venue of this WC. Hanyu is the olympic gold medalist, so he’s been obviously much anticipated.

M: Let’s lay our cards on the table: the best Hanyu, the one who manages to stay on his feet from start to finish, without mistakes, wins the title, he could do it. The Hanyu we saw in the short program and in the olympic free skate wouldn’t be enough.

A: Right. The first salchow is very, very important…he rarely lands it.

4S! Maybe he’s never done it that well. 4T!

3F. 3A3T…but with some problems on the landing.

Marvelous second 3A, done in combination with a 2T. Beautiful 3Lo.

3LzLo3S! Incredible, in spite of a terrible landing on the lutz.

The second 3Lz was beautifully executed. Last spin. Which is the combination spin, after the flying sit spin. We’ve already reached 97,96…the meter’s running! Some problems on this flying entry, he might not reach level 4, but he should reach the level 3 and it should be enough to go over 100 in the TES.

M: 101,49 - A: He’s exhausted! M: He reached 102,03 in the GPF…this is an ace. Because today he had his back against the wall.

A: Yes. We’ve never seen a better 4s from him, he had to fight, it wasn’t that competition in which everything is easy. He’s tired, exhausted, but he fought through it. I’d like to see again 3LzLo3S, because listen, he landed forward, he was still and yet he did the loop, the euler, and then 3S, from a standstill. Impressive.

M: And have you noticed that that single loop is called as underrotated more often than not…but for how the jump itself is done, if you think about it.

A: Yeah, obviously, because of the takeoff and the landing, it often needs to lack something, sorry for lack of a better word, to attach the 3S after it.

M: Angelo, let’s discuss this, here we have 100 of TES, well 101 to be precise. And this Hanyu should receive about 92-93 PCS. Total 193-194, to be clear Machida would be overtaken. [literally something like annihilated. It’s hard to translate this from Italian.]

A: He’s at risk, because how much does he [Hanyu] need, 191? There should be those 191 points. Let’s see. The TES slightly went down. (while Max is talking he says “still over 100″)

M: He obviously needs the TES not to go down, if it keeps going down Machida’s chances will be higher.

A: [4S on replay] look at the quad salchow, how reactive he was to land it.

M: I have to say that, by watching videos from practice, he was landing quads easily. But then practice and competition are different things.

A: Yes of course. The 4T was beautiful, fantastic as usual.

M: It isn’t the highest TES ever reached, because Patrick Chan reached 100,25, and Hanyu himself has reached a 102,03. It keeps going down.

A: I think it’s because of the GOE, because it keeps going down, but slowly. Many elements did not have an excellent grade of execution after all. Look here.

M: He’s at risk then, because now PCS will be tricky. He has to be over 92, around 92.

A: Look, look here…3Lz. Ah no, don’t mind this is the solo 3Lz. Yes the solo one. Well, it was still an astounding performance.

M: Yeah, nothing to say about that. You can only bow, because everything was against him today.

A: Yeah, it was extremely difficult, he gave everything he had and he ended without much energy left in him. He had trouble standing, but he truly gave his all.

M: Let’s remember that the Grand Slam was completeted only by Alexei Yagudin, GP, Olympic games and World Championships. Yagudin even won the European games, while obviously Hanyu did not enter the 4CC. He’s alone, because Brian Orser is still besides the rink - A: Javier Fernandez  M: The next one is one of his [pupils].

A: Let’s say that he has a nice little squad in the men’s field. M: Yes. And he might do the sweep, senior world title and junior world title. With the Olympic games as the topping.

A: It’s enough, enough - M: By how much? A: Cents, about..20 cents, he’s in first now.

M: I was thinking about 92, but 91,42 was enough in the end.

A: And look at how he’s jumping! And with good reason, he managed to overcome a fantastic Machida and now we’ll have to see if Fernadez will be able to overcome the two Japanese. It’s not easy, not at all.

M: But he can just try.

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This lady up here is Andrea Romano, the voice director behind “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” and “The Legend of Korra.” Because of her, not only were we able to be blessed with such wonderful voice actors as Dante Basco, and Janet Varney, but it’s her direction that really helped bring to life the characters that Bryke created. 

Moments that I am personally thankful for: 

  • The way Asami’s voice shakes just a bit when she mentions her dad in the finale
  • Pretty much everything uttered by Zuko.
    • But especially in “The Day of Black Sun, Part 2,” when he confronts Ozai, and you can hear Zuko’s voice catch in his throat when he says “My father,” like he’s truly realizing just how fucked up his relationship with Ozai was. 
  • The way Aang’s voice warbles in “The Storm,” when he says “I don’t want to talk about it,” and earlier in”Winter Solstice,” when he’s talking to Hei Bei, and you can hear his voice crack just a bit when he says “You’re upset and angry because your home was burned down.”
  • Korra. Need I say more?
  • The way Mai’s voice breaks just a bit when she breaks up with Zuko in “The Beach.”
    • Actually, everything related to Mai, really, given what we learned at Fan World.
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The second part of the episode commentary by Mitsurou Kubo! I have now fixed it with all the italic & bold parts as in the magazine (in the magazine they are actually bold & bolder). If you have any questions please send me a private message and I’ll reply when I have some time.

You can find the first commentary about episodes 1-6 here.

Just a note: when she quotes lines from the episodes I’m not using any of the “official” English translations, I’m translating them as I would translate them myself, so they might not be like you are used to hear them, but I think you will understand which lines they are anyway.

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LOL, the people now saying (since the new “Spider-Man: Homecoming” trailer)  “I can’t believe Tony actually learned something from Civil War.” 

Sweeties, Tony’s pretty much the ONLY character in the MCU who’s grown and changed so much for the better, who HAS been learning something – many things – since 2008.

He’s not a god, a super-soldier, a monster or a trained assassin. His only “super power” is his genius. He’s the living, breathing, human, evolving heart of the MCU. That’s why he’s so integral and at the locus of so many of these stories, and why writers and audiences love him.

I just need to talk about Dean saying, “This is a tough one.”

This is a tough one because Gavin chose true love over his family.

This is a tough one because Gavin chose death over life.

This is a tough one because Dean still has Cas’ dying words echoing in his mind.

This is a tough one because Dean had time, while he was watching Cas die, to consider what he would do, what his life would be like, without Cas.

This is a tough one because there are so many unknowns and no guarantees in life or in death.

This is a tough one because love - true love - is always, always worth a walk through the flames. 

This is a tough one because watching Gavin go, watching Cas die - the choice wouldn’t have been easy, but Dean would have done the same damn thing.


Yeah, it’s a fucking tough one.

There’s a lot to say about Jingo, and I wish I was in the right headspace to really write coherently, but I’ve been sitting here with this text post open for about half an hour trying different sentences and finding that none of them quite fit what I’m feeling.

There’s a lot of anger in this book. It’s hard to notice, sometimes, because it’s also an incredibly funny and ridiculous book. There are a lot of jokes! But some of those jokes come to a sharp and unexpected point. That scene with Detritus and the Riot Act is hilarious; it’s got Vimes at his most dry and sarcastic and it’s got Detritus methodically picking up a man and using him to hit a bunch of other men. But it’s also got that sharp moment when one of the men claims that Klatchians have killed people, and Vimes asks “who?” and the man falters and says “…everyone knows they’ve been killing people!” and that’s such a familiar sounding phrase that it pulls you up short.

And any conversation between Fred Colon and Nobby is going to be hilarious, and there is nothing funnier than watching Nobby quietly make a fool of Fred’s casual ignorant racism. He doesn’t even have to try hard! But then: “You know we’re better’n Klatchians. Otherwise what’s the point?

There’s so much of that in this book. Little moments, that betray the frustration and anger behind the entire plotline. When I first read it, I was thirteen, and didn’t notice most of it. But I distinctly remember reading for the first time that scene between Carrot and Goriff:

“We can tell which way the wind is blowing,” said Goriff calmly.
Carrot sniffed the salt air. “It’s blowing from Klatch,” he said.
“For you, perhaps,” said Goriff. 

I’ve never forgotten that. That was how I remembered Jingo after reading the entire series and going back again. There are others that hit me harder now (the “they are us” passage in particular) but this was the scene that telegraphed perfectly to me the bitterness and frustration in this conflict, in watching it, in living it.

And then Jingo gives us what we all want so badly, the whole time, watching this play out. Vimes puts his foot down. He charges in. He arrests the leaders of the opposing nations. He arrests the armies. He stops it, he ends it. And there’s still frustration, there has to be, there’s no way everything can get better overnight. But he saw how stupid the whole thing was and he made it stop. There’s anger in that, too, because it’s what the angry part of us watching the conflict wants to have happen. We want to arrest the armies. We want to arrest Lord Rust and Prince Cadram and everybody like them. We want to end it, and we get to do that alongside Vimes. If only we didn’t have to put the book down afterwards.

I need to make some space for my own anger at the end of this tirade here. Reading the tags on some of these posts, a huge number of them echo the same core sentiment: “relevant.” And it is. It’s so relevant. And I’m so angry. Because it shouldn’t be. We shouldn’t still be here, watching the pebbles bounce. We shouldn’t feel an aching familiarity in the words of a bigot declaring that “everyone knows” something completely made-up, or in a family leaving their home because the people around them are claiming it doesn’t belong to them. Why are we still here. Why is this still happening. Why is this still relevant.

I’m extremely glad to have this book, as an excellent story and excellent social commentary, to be relevant in this time. But I still wish that it wasn’t.

Refugees are by definition the most vulnerable people among us. Families don’t choose to sacrifice everything they have and leave their homes unless their homes become like the mouth of a shark. Scapegoating people who are fleeing for their lives is an inhumanity that no person with a heart should be able to defend.
—  Commentary by Bilal Askaryar, who helps manage the Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. He holds a master’s degree from the American University School of International Service. He arrived in the United States as a refugee fleeing the war in Afghanistan when he was 5 years old.
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Detachment is a central concept in Zen Buddhist philosophy. One of the most important technical Chinese terms for detachment is “wú niàn” (無念), which literally means “no thought.” This does not signify the literal absence of thought, but rather the state of being “unstained” (bù rán 不染) by thought. Therefore, “detachment” is being detached from one’s thoughts. It is to separate oneself from one’s own thoughts and opinions in detail as to not be harmed mentally and emotionally by them.[2] (X)

Beyonce is no one’s mammy.

So the record-scratching comments from Adele and Faith Hill shortly after Beyonce’s Grammy performance came across as absolutely bizarre. In her earnest acceptance speech for her Album of the Year win, Adele praised her fellow artist’s vision for “Lemonade,” the album Adele’s “25” bested in the category. She also all but said Beyonce deserved the Grammy.

She then turned inward and noted how difficult it was to re-enter the music business to record the album, particularly as a young mother. As a music lover and mother, I was nodding in appreciation of her vulnerability and openness.

But then she said this: “My dream and my idol is Queen Bey, and I adore you,” she gushed to Beyonce in the front row. “You move my soul every single day. And you have done for nearly 17 years. I adore you, and I want you to be my mommy, all right.”

Shortly after, Faith Hill repeated the sentiment: “I’m older than you, but I want you to be my mommy, too.”

Both comments were made without the least bit of irony, but for this black mom, those words made me bristle — seared me down to my soul.

Beyonce Is Not The Magical Negro Mammy

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I was going to write a thing about male characters in ATLA getting more protective hugs than their female counterparts, like how Hakoda hugs Sokka in “Bato of the Water Tribe”:

And how Iroh first hugs Zuko in the finale:

But I feel like I might be wrong, and speaking too soon since I haven’t finished the series and made all my screenshots yet, given how we still get hugs like:

So, I think a more reasonable think to say would be that the Avatar franchise isn’t afraid of showing male characters showing emotion, or being affectionate–whether that feeling be platonic, familial, or romantic. 

I’m not sure how else to word it, but I really like that breaking of traditional gender norms because in any other show, characters like Sokka and Zuko would be considered too old to cry, or too old to receive the sort of protective hug that their father figures give them. 

That, or it would be considered unmanly. 

So, I like how Avatar moves beyond that, showing that we’re all prone to these emotions, and its totally ok to have them. 

I’m a black woman of a certain age, a divorced mom of two teenagers who has no choice but to focus daily on the challenges of keeping a home, my family and myself on track. I’m college-educated, work in media communications, am precariously middle-class — and I am tired of what I witness of today’s feminism.

I’d hoped that the Women’s March might help me update my perception of feminism, at least as it is commonly portrayed and disseminated of late.

I’d followed the back and forth in the alternative and mainstream press during its hurried, urgent formation, and chalked up reports about internal squabbles over the race and class makeup of the group’s leadership to the same kind of growing pains that beset every activist group that I’ve ever followed or covered during my years in newsrooms. But now, a month after the Women’s March masterfully pulled off a massive protest in D.C. that also inspired similar ones in major American and global cities, my nascent investigation of the March 8 ‘general strike’ and 'day without women’ raised only more concerns, and a few questions, all located in what I see as a big void in today’s marketing-driven expression of 'feminism.’

At this moment, whether expressed by the second-wave, Gloria Steinem wing, or the third-wave corporatist Sheryl Sandberg arm, or the rowdy, genitalia-obsessed Lena Dunham arm, it seems that 'feminism’ in 2017 is more concerned with promoting superficial trappings of genuine equality than with doing the tough work required to address the hard, cold facts of gender and racial inequality.

Today’s Feminism: Too Much Marketing, Not Enough Reality

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