ok hear me out for a second. kiwi should be the next single, it just should.
and the music video, the music video, should go something like this: harry and the band are playing in a dark, small club. he’s wearing a gorgeous glam-rock outfit that only he can pull off, his forehead drenched in sweat, hair undone, rocking the first verse.
then the first chorus hits and lights of all the colors of the rainbow start flashing the audience. they’re dancing, jumping, going crazy. close up of a girl - she’s dancing with another girl. close up of a boy - he’s dancing with another boy. yep, it’s a gay club.
the gays have now reclaimed kiwi. it’s ours now. goodbye
Okay party people, after jumps and spins, are you guys ready to take your figure skating watcher know-how to its next level with turns and steps?
To avoid indigestion and to keep the post within not completely outrageous length I’m going to divide and conquer ‘em this time. This first post will cover the turns. A second post will follow to cover the steps and some additional interesting tidbits.
Before we get down to business, there’s one topic we must go over as a primer. I’ve actively tried to avoid mentioning it in the previous tech posts because according to my experience, bringing it up is a surefire way to turn off any spark of interest new fans / casual viewers might have in a skating discussion. However with turns and steps we cannot, repeat, cannot, circumvent this topic. So, let us talk about edges.
Now there are only 3 possible states a skater’s skating blade can be in at any given time on the ice: inside edge, outside edge, or flat edge. In order to tell them apart you just need to answer this question: is the blade leaning toward or away from the center of the skater’s body? If it’s toward, they’re on an inside edge, if it’s away, it’s an outside edge, and if it’s neutral, it’s a flat edge. Once we’ve established that, the next step is to check out the direction of the skate, is it backward or forward? Combining these two answers, you’ll get to whether it’s a forward inside edge, a back inside edge, a forward outside edge, or a back outside edge.
(In case you’re still wondering why you need to know all this stuff, well that’s because a turn is, by definition, a move in which the skater changes edges or changes directions or both, on one foot. A step is basically the same thing, but with a change of foot as well.)
Here’s an example on how to “read” edges: Yuzuru’s triple Axel at Skate Canada 2015. He entered the jump on an outside edge (note that since it’s a spread eagle, his left foot was on a forward edge and his right foot on a back edge). He moved to a forward outside edge on his left foot to take off for the Axel, finished 3.5 rotations in the air and landed on a back outside edge on his right foot. He transitioned out of the jump into another outside spread eagle and then changed edge midway to turn it into an inside spread eagle - pay attention to that subtle shift in center of gravity at the edge change. (And that, kids, is how you get a perfect score for your triple Axel.)
Here’s the jump and transition in all of its real time glory to get your eyes some practice:
With that done, we can move on to examine the 6 types of turns in figure skating. They are: twizzle,bracket, loop, counter, rocker, and three-turn.
I’m sure all of you remember the moment in episode 19 of season 12 in which Castiel tried to return a mixtape that Dean had made and given to him sometime offscreen.
But maybe you were in such shock that you didn’t look into anything, you just got the over all idea in your head, that of course, Dean made Cas a mixtape.
But can we talk about why Dean spelled ‘tracks’ or ‘track’ with XX?
Can we talk about why Dean may have chosen 13 songs instead of 10, or 15?
Can we talk about the fact that Dean put them on a fucking cassette tape???
Just. Ugh. Just look at it.
god i seriously want to know why he put XX.
was it just some cool way to put it or was it like an xoxo thing
i mean dean most likely gave this to cas sometime after he almost died and told dean (and everyone else, i guess) that he loves him. this HAS to be his way of saying i love you back.
just look at how the camera zooms in on castiels hand and on the mixtape when castiel sets it on the table, attempting to give it back.
i have taken film classes (i kinda do film) and one thing they always stress is to never do a close up shot unless you are trying to show the viewer something important.
they say this so when you’re doing films as a beginner, you don’t waste close up shots by shooting a close up someone hitting snooze on their alarm clock. it makes it less significant when it needs to be significant for something else. viewers will pay less attention the more you use them, basically, so you have to make sure there is somekind of unsaid thing the viewer has to figure out on their own.
at first you might think they use a close up is so you can read what the mixtape says in the first place, but another close up shot of castiel taking the tape back from deans hands tells a story on its own.
castiel, coming into deans room after knocking with no answer. returning a mixtape he was given, misunderstanding deans intention of it being his. a gift.
(that on it’s own can tell you a little about how dean probably have it to castiel in the first place)
these close up shots are showing viewers how some small piece of plastic can mean so much. how this really is deans way of saying i love you. supernatural doesn’t use close up shots very often, so this is importan. this is big.
i mean look at this, a tweet from a member of supernaturals visual effects team on the day this episode aired.
i just cant get over their talk after dean gives cas back the mixtape.
the way dean speaks. he says “cas, you cant *giant emotional pause* with everything that’s going on you cant just. go. dark. like. that.” yes, like their were periods inbetween everyword.
and hes like “we didn’t know what happened to you.” and then the camera zooms in on dean and his vOICE BREAKS and he says “we were worried. that’s not okay.”
cas says “well i didn’t mean to add to your distress.” and then cas is like “i” and he shakes his head and takes a step into deans room and says “Dean, i just keep failing. Again and again. When you were missing, i searched for months and i couldnt find you. and then kelly escaped on my watch and i couldnt find her and i just wanted … I needed to come back here with a win for you.”
and if im correct (which i am, these are exact quotes from the episode) i would say cas isnt talking about sam and dean. this fucking profound bond has reached the next level, my dude.
i just WISH i knew which songs were on that damn mixtape. music means so much to dean, and zeppelin means so much to the winchester family. john and marry origionally bonded over zeppelin.
oh, wait!!! shit, dude, i wrote that thinking it was deans way of bringin cas further into the family, but FUCK. they got together because of this band IM
wow. okay. this is fine. im okay :)))))))))
just. can we talk about this mixtape more??? i swear to god it better come up again in s13 and i beTTER get a sam reaction like “you made cas a mixtaoe??” or “dean made you a mixtape??”
If any of you remember, the biggest thing I ever did for this account was create the MCD Fan Panel, where fans would gather and discuss theories and thoughts on Minecraft Diaries. The last stream the ever happened was about a year ago, and I was still learning how exactly to format the panel.
But now, with a brand new season of MCD airing and a better grasp on what I could possibly do with the panel, I feel reinvigorated. I want to aim having a panel after every 25 episodes that air, rounding everything off after episode 100, which would give people at least 4 panels they could attend within the season. However, with how radio silent I’ve been on here lately, I’m not sure if anyone would even volunteer to participate for the panel or even watch.
So consider this a revival post. I want to see if people within the fandom would very much still be down for this and willing to attend, contribute and interact with many more people that like the same thing. If so, I’d like to give more details on what I envision for the panel and see any feedback from people. I really want to make episode 3 of the MCD FanPanel a thing so, I want to hear back from everyone.