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The Olympic Schedule is Out!

Feb 09 /10-13:25/ Team Event
Feb 11 /10-13:35/ Team Event
Feb 12 /10-13:10/ Team Event
Feb 14 /10-13:25/ Pairs SP
Feb 15 /10-13:15/ Pairs FP
Feb 16 /10-14:30/ Men SP
Feb 17 /10-14:25/ Men FP
Feb 19 /10:13:45/ Ice Dance SD
Feb 20 /10-13:35/ Ice Dance FD
Feb 21 /10-14:30/ Ladies SP
Feb 23 /10-14:10/ Ladies FP
Feb 25 /9:30-12/ Gala

(Korean Time UTC/GMT +9)

ISU CS Autumn Classic International 2017
ISU Challenger Series
Montreal / CAN
20.09.2017 - 23.09.2017

Livestream

9/21

  • Junior Ladies’ SP 17:50
  • Junior Men’s SP 19:25
  • Ladies’ SP 20:10

9/22

  • Junior Ladies’ FS 14:20
  • Junior Men’s FS 16:05
  • Short Dance 17:00
  • Pairs’ SP 19:00
  • Men’s SP 20:15 

9/23

  • Ladies’ FS 12:45
  • Free Dance 16:05
  • Pairs’ FS 18:25
  • Men’s FS 20:00
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0.2 Kairi is a JPUX Premium that will replace iKairi 1 in several months (probably around September~October), giving Gen+6, PSM+/-, Gen-1, and Curaga. She does not replace iKairi2 in any way, as iKairi2′s focus is on her +10 SP. Mostly posting this both to announce that she exists, but also to show off the fact that they updated her. She looked like she does at left (a horrific, horrific child) at first, until a looot of people screamed about it, annnnd… presto! Square listened, and they updated her image to be the one on the right. Better color, shine, shading, eyes, and pose. So… sometimes screaming loudly helps?

Rostelecom Cup 2017 fancams: Yuzuru Hanyu practice & 6-min

(Rostelecom Pt 2/3) Overall, good condition here with some really quality jumps executed. You can see him and the team finding answers, getting a better and better sense of the ice, clearly working to differentiate between the different ways to jump each type of quad, timing, et cetera. As always, the stroking was a treat. (He was always so fast right at the outset, that I lost him momentarily in the beginning every single day. Apologies.)

In other news, Yuzu says his body is in good condition upon his arrival at NHK, all the best \o/

Please do not reupload the videos to other platforms, and please link to the original video for shares and edits. - gladi


2017.10.19 – Day 1 Practice

0:40 Brian and Kikuchi-san tending to Pooh. Yuzu stretching.
2:09 Brian giving Yuzu advice and pats.

3:15 On ice, stroking.
4:46 3A out of nowhere to begin practice
5:22 popped 4T (2T), takes off jacket, speaks with Brian

6:05 perfect 4T. nod in Brian’s direction
6:44 niice 4S

7:23 saved 4S
8:42 popped 4Lo (2Lo)
9:28 4Lo
10:32 going through motions for Lutz
10:53 aborted attempted (Misha too close?)
11:32 4Lz, heavy landing
12:34 popped Lutz (Intended? Nodded as if he checked what he wanted to check on landing)
13:08 speaking with Brian

13:40 marks Lutz through twizzles
14:20 Run-through (popped Lz, 4Lo, 3F tight landing, spin, marked StSq, 4S-turnout-3T, 4T turnout, 4T hand down, 3A2T rippon, 3A, skipped flying sit spin, partial ChSq, combination spin)

19:45 cooling down after RT
21:36 speaking with Brian, pointing at his blades/toe (re: Lz take off?)

23:45 Imitating Deniss pose in RT
24:12 sit-skating, putting gloves on, applauding Deniss
25:00 checking with Brian
26:00 perfect 4T+Lo+3S
27:10 perfect 3A (SP entry)

28:35 popped Lz, checking axis
29:35 popped Lz
30:27 popped Lz
31:00 Checking with Brian abt arms and shoulders movements into Lz

32:27 popped Lo (SP entry)
32:45 Annoyed at himself, gestures frustration (it’s cute! :P)
34:15 Popped lo (2lo), stretching a bit, does a “no, no” sign to Brian
34:50 Brian talks to him

35:23 marking Loop (SP) with twizzles
35:46 4Lo-turnout-hand down
36:42 perfect 4Lo (SP)
37:55 popped 4Lz (2Lz)
38:28 talking with Brian, squatting near Pooh, focusing

39:15 perfect 4Lz, Brian pat-pats his shoulder, then they speak
40:15 taking off gloves

40:31 4T+3T (rippon) (SP entry), turn out on 3T, huge 4T
41:30 sharp SEIMEI StSq
42:30 Brian telling him to cool down + start stroking
43.18 Bowing at end of practice, bowing to ice, patting it, going out.


2017.10.20 – Day 2 (SP) Practice

2:20 back-counter 3A out of nowhere
2:54 Chopin StSq to warm up
3:54 Brian break

4:50 3-turn sequence 3F
5:30 4S+3T
6:15 4T+Lo+3S
6:53 Brian break

8:06 3-turn sequence into 4T+3T (rippon), lovely transition out
9:43 popped Lz (1Lz)
10:11 Speaking w/ Brian, pointing to shoulder alignment

11:01 popped Lz
11:40 perfect 4Lz
12:15 back to Brian (Hi, gloves!)
12:35 checking video recording by Kikuchi-san
13:20 long-sleeves off, just to put jacket on

13:44 Stroking, stretches, sit-stroking
15:28 Twizzles marking 4Lz
16:06 Entry into back-counter 3A
16:31 Popped 4T (2T) out of nowhere
17:00 speaking with Brian

17:50 3-turn sequence 4T+3T (rippon)
18:55 popped Lo (1Lo)
19:02 checking axis with and shoulder movements with himself
19:23 beautiful 4Lo (in jacket no less :o)
19:42 Brian break

20:30 SE-popped 4Lo (1lo)
21:20 SE-popped 4Lo (3lo)
21:30 taking off jersey jacket by biting zipper. #Viral Yuzu

22:40 Run-through  (4Lo fall, Flying Camel Spin, Sit Spin // 3A, 4T-almost-hand-down-2T (2ft), skipped StSq, Combination Spin)

26:00 cool down after RT
26:40 4T, saved landing
27:04 talking with Brian

28:32 4t3t (rippon) well executed
29:28 Marking SE-4Lo with twizzles
29:40 Stroking to cool down.

30:55 Bows to the audience, to Brian + handshake, to the ice + patting


2017.10.20 – Day 2 SP 6-min warm-up

1:45 Entering rink, distracted while awaiting introduction, confirmed jump actions while waiting
2:50 Pat legs, introduction, followed by stroking
3:40 Perfect 3A, taking off jacket
4:42 Perfect 4T3T (rippon)
5:40 Perfect 4Lo
(you could have been perfect during SP, zu -.-)
6:50 Perfect 3A
7:10 entry into 4T (only marked jump)
7:40 marking some steps of StSq
8:15 going through whole entry for 4Lo (twizzle-marked the jump)
8:42 stroking
9:30 bowing to + touching ice


2017.10.21 – Day 3 (FS) Practice

0:00  Pooh arrives with its slaves
0:20 Clapping and waiting for first group to finish
1:00 Slaves working on Pooh, Yuzu lipsyncing to his own tune.
2:44 Practice starts, warming up, stroking
4:04 Warm-up 3A
4:33 4S, a bit tight
4:40 Jacket off, speaking with Brian

6:00 transition into 4T - 3A2T (rippon)
6:32 (hi, Matusoka-san, Nobu)
6:58 transition into 4T-Lo-3S
7:29 Brian, talking and drinking

8:16 4Lo, good but a bit heavy, not much flow out. Cute “stomping ice" moment after it
8:40 Brian, checking shoulder movements
9:02 patting ice where he stomped after 4Lo

9:11 4Lz, step out
9:47 checking with Brian

10:57 entry to 4Lz from the start, transition into Loop (popped to 2Lo)
11:43 speaking with Brian

12:22 stretching sweeping ice
13:08 From start, transition into 4Lz (popped into 1lz)
13:59 pointing to his head, gestures alignment to Brian (same as during practice on 19th)

14:48 popped 4Lz (1lz)
15:28 popped 4Lz (3Lz)
15:48 frustrated sign to his head

16:17 bending down, half-disappearing behind boards
17:22 4Lz, two hands down (fall), low parabole
18:06 speaking with Brian. (Hi Deniss!)

18:44 stroking
19:44 going through StSq
20:02 probably in the way of Deniss’ entry into a jump, apologizes to Lambiel afterwards

21:03 pat-pat his own head
21:20 final 3A
22:13 transition into 4S3T, followed by moves until 4T-lo (not enough speed to complete the combo)
23:49 entry to 4Lo
24:26 apologizes to Deniss

25:36 popped 4lz (1lz)
25:51 stretching shoulders, checking hip alignment
26:50 4Lz landed on toe, struck landing, stepped out
27:43 preparing for RT with Brian (quickly)

28:44 SEIMEI RT (4Lz low landing and turn-out, 4lo fall, 3f tight landing, skipped spin, marked stsq // 4s3t, 4tlo3s, 4t hand down, 3a2t rippon, 3a, skipped flying sit spin, marked chsq, final combination spin)

34:23 power stroking to cool down after RT
35:24 speaking with Brian
35:55 taking off long-sleeved layer
36:18 laughter, animated explaining, then pointing at his own head

38:19 transition and entry to 4lo (marked jump)
39:28 putting jacket on
40:14 stroking
42:28 marking Lo and then Lz
43:06 bowing
43:43 shaking hands with Brian, nodding, exiting rink
43:58 bowing to the ice, pats it


2017.10.21 – Day 3 FS 6-min warm-up

0:25 - Pooh surgery by Brian and Kikuchi-san
1:55 - Ooh’s and aah’s at renewed SEIMEI costume
2:50 - Entering the rink (major, major sparkles!)
3:30 - Presentation
3:40 - Stroking
4:23 - 3A
4:57 - 4S3T
5:30 - 4TLo3S
6:33 - 4Lo
7:51 - 4Lz (two-hands down, fall), applauding someone
8:51 - popped 4Lz (1Lz)
9:11 - Asking Brian if he should go for another try or not
9:40 - Intentional 1Lz


おまけ

Art credit Paizo, artist unknown

Raulwocket stocked the shelves in the guild general store. Basic items were always in demand and it just made more sense to him to have a small store in the guild house than to constantly be sending people running all over the city. Besides, it was not like most adventurers used that different of equipment. A backpack, a bedroll, a couple of sacks, and some basic provisions is all most people needed to go out and perform deeds of daring do.
The stepladder creaked under Raulwocket’s feet as he hefted several coils of rope onto a hook in the wall. I should use the proceeds to hire someone taller to stock the shelves, he mused.


Most starting players start with the same basic items that they tend to take out adventuring with them. It’s all your standard fare that anyone familiar with the game has written down a hundred times. A few years back I put together a list that I refer to as the S.A.K. or Standard Adventurers Kit. A list of the staples that most people are going to want, other than armor, a weapon, and possibly a shield. I also made a few add-ons for flavor’s sake. A list not unlike it has existed throughout the years dating all the way back to the venerable D&D red box. This one is meant for the Pathfinder system but can easily be converted to whichever system you prefer to use. Enjoy!

Standard Adventurer’s Kit

Item Cost Weight

Backpack (empty) 2 gp 2 lb.

Bedroll 1 sp 5 lb.

Blanket, winter 5 sp 3 lb.

Chalk (10) 1 cp (1 sp) —

Dagger 2 gp 1 lb.

Explorer’s outfit 0 gp 8 lb.

Fishhook (10) 1 sp (1 gp) —

Flint and steel 1 gp —

Hammer 5 sp 2 lb.

Hand Axe 6 gp 3 lbs.

Mirror, small steel 10 gp ½ lb.

Piton (10) 1sp (1 gp) ½ lb. (5 lb.)

Pot, iron 5 sp 4 lb.

Pouch, belt (empty) (2) 1 gp (2 gp) ½ lb. (1 lb.)

Rations, trail (per day) (10) 5sp (5 gp) 1 lb. (10 lb.)

Rope, silk (50 ft.) 10 gp 5 lb.

Sack (empty) (2) 1 sp (2 sp) ½ lb. (1 lb.)

Spade or shovel 2 gp 8 lb.

Torch (10) 1 sp (1 gp) 1 lb. (10 lb.)

Twine, hempen (50 ft.) 2 sp ½ lb.

Waterskin 1 gp 4 lb.

Whetstone 2 cp 1 lb.

44gp 1 sp 2 cp 74 lb.


Wizard’s Kit Add On

Item Cost Weight

Bell 1 gp —

Candle (10) 1 cp (1 sp) —

Case, map or scroll (2) 1 gp (2 gp) ½ lb. (1 lb.)

Ink (1 oz. vial) (2) 8 gp (16 gp) —

Inkpen (5) 1 sp (5 sp) —

Parchment (sheet) (20) 2 sp (4 gp) —

Sealing wax 1 gp 1 lb.

Sewing needle 5 sp —

Signet ring 5 gp —

Twine, hempen (50 ft.) 2 sp ½ lb.

Soap (1 lb.) 5 sp 1 lb.

Spell component pouch 5 gp 2 lb.

Spellbook, wizard’s (blank) 15 gp 3 lb.

50 gp 8 sp 8.5 lb.


Rouge’s Kit Add On

Item Cost Weight

Caltrops 1 gp 2 lb.

Thieves’ tools 30 gp 1 lb.

31 gp 3 lbs.


Cleric’s Kit Add On

Item Cost Weight

Healer’s kit 50 gp 1 lb.

Holy symbol, wooden 1 gp —

Cleric’s vestments 5 gp 6 lb.

Ink (1 oz. vial) (2) 8 gp (16 gp) —

Inkpen (5) 1 sp (5 sp) —

Parchment (sheet) (20) 2 sp (4 gp) —

Sealing wax 1 gp 1 lb.

Signet ring 5 gp —

82 gp 5 sp 8 lb.


Bard’s Kit Add On

Item Cost Weight

Musical instrument, common 5 gp 3 lb.

Entertainer’s outfit 3 gp 4 lb.

8 gp 7 lb.


Complete Adventurer’s Kit Add On

Item Cost Weight

Bit and bridle 2 gp 1 lb.

Cold weather outfit 8 gp 7 lb.

Crowbar 2 gp 5 lb.

Donkey or mule 8 gp —

Fishing net, 25 sq. ft. 4 gp 5 lb.

Grappling hook 1 gp 4 lb.

Lantern, hooded 7 gp 2 lb.

Oil (1-pint flask) (3) 1sp (3 sp) 1 lb. (3 lb.)

Pack Saddle 5 gp 15 lb.

Saddlebags 4 gp 8 lb.

Signal whistle 8 sp —

Tent 10 gp 20 lb.

52gp 1 sp 70 lb.

NHK Trophy (Eastern Time)

Wednesday

Practices (Ice Dance) 5:40 p.m.- 6:40 p.m. + 10:50 p.m. - 11:50 p.m.

Thursday

Practice (Ice Dance) 10:00 p.m. - 11:10 p.m.

Friday

  • Pairs SP 12:20 a.m. - 1:27 a.m.
  • Ladies SP 2:10 a.m. - 3:43 a.m.
  • Men SP 5:05 a.m. - 6:38 a.m.

Practice (Ice Dance) 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

  • Ice Dance SD 10:45 p.m. - 12:04 a.m.

Saturday

  • Pairs FP 12:35 a.m. - 1:56 a.m.
  • Ladies FP 2:40 a.m. - 4:29 a.m.
  • Men FP 5:30 a.m. - 7:25 a.m.

Practice (Ice Dance) 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition Gala Practice (1st half) 6:10 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Exhibition Gala Finale Practice 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Exhibition Gala Practice (2nd half) 8:00 p.m. - 8:50 p.m.

  • Ice Dance FD 9:45 p.m. 11:16 p.m.

Sunday

  • Gala 1:00 a.m. - 3:20 a.m.
  • Banquet 5:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Skulduggery Pleasant 10 - The Aftermath (or: Why this book is nothing like the others, but still worth reading)

It says an awful lot about Derek Landy’s books that when I first heard the news of a new Skulduggery Pleasant book being published, my first thought was “oh no” . It’s not that I wasn’t excited about another book of one of my favourite book series.

No, the reason why I went “oh no” before getting excited about it (which I eventually did, though. I got very excited, to the point of telling everybody about it. My family. My friends. Random people on the bus. Like I said - very excited.) is simply that Derek Landy has this habit of killing off characters.

No character is safe, and those who don’t die generally suffer so much that you end up wishing they had actually died instead.
A lot of my favourite characters survived the first SP series. Way more than I expected to. So, when this new book was announced, I was conflicted - on the one hand I revelled in the opportunity to return to the universe I have grown up with. On the other hand I was just desperately hoping that my favourite characters were safe.

The book eventually came out a few days ago, and since I was in the middle of my A levels at the time, I didn’t read it immediately. But now I’m finished, I passed all my exams and am now officially done with school, so yesterday I sat down and started reading.

And - well. I was surprised. Skulduggery Pleasant books are funny, exciting, brutal, and heartbreaking. This one is no exception to that, but at the same time, it’s remarkably different from all the others.

It’s dark, but not in the same way book 8 or book 9 were. It’s not dark because you see characters being brutally murdered, or because characters turn into traitors, or any of the stuff that made the previous books so gutwrenching at times. No, this book is not dark because of its action - but because of what I’d call The Aftermath. The aftermath of everything that happened in the series so far.

Up until this point, we never quite saw what happens after fights. Oh, we read plenty about Valkyrie and Skulduggery (as well as several side characters) visiting the hospital because of injuries, sometimes very severe.
What we didn’t read was how they were coping with it mentally. We got occasional glimpses into it, but overall Valkyrie especially appears to be dealing with it all very well. Sometimes she’s doubting herself, sometimes she’s doubting others, sometimes she’s doubting everything, but in the end of the day, books 1-9 are about Valkyrie fighting others and fighting herself and coming out stronger on the other side. The enemy beaten. Valkyrie victorious.

SP 10 finally shows the other side of it. Valkyrie suffers from PTSD, which is understandable. She’s reluctant to join Skulduggery as his partner again. This, too, is understandable, but I was surprised regardless. This is a new Valkyrie. One we’ve never encountered before - and the other characters are not shy to call her out on it.
China describes her as “nervous and apologetic”, but above all, Valkyrie is tired. Tired from everything.

And this, finally, is what makes this book so different from the others. Though I personally don’t think it’s able to compete with at least the last two books of the series, it’s definitely still worth reading. It’s funny, it’s exciting, it’s brutal, and it’s heartbreaking at times.
It also offers a refreshing glimpse into the real world by showing that just because the characters (mostly) fight with fire instead of guns, this does not mean they’re less affected by horrific events. In a way, this book makes Valkyrie appear more human than in all the previous ones before.