exhibition competition

For now, I’ll time my return to the Russian Nationals.

this line from Victor actually provides us with a huge clue as to the content of the second season!  this might be obvious to a lot of people, but for anyone who, like myself, is still an amateur fan of figure skating…  

in the first season, we went through the first half of a figure skating season, which culminates in the Grand Prix Final (in the real world, this took place December 8 - 11).  the second half of the figure skating season consists of, along with several smaller exhibitions/competitions:

European Championship, this season taking place January 25 - 29
Victor, Yurio, Otabek, Chris, Mickey, Emil, and Georgi would be competing here

Four Continents Championship, this season taking place February 14 - 19
Yuri, Phichit, Guang-Hong, Seung Gil, Leo, Otabek (whoops, i had him in the wrong competition), and JJ would be competing here

which culminates in the World Championship (again, irl, March 29 - April 2), the most important competition in figure skating, excepting the Olympics.  

now, each country essentially has their own National Championship, and they kind of straddle the first and second half the season, as some countries actually have theirs before the GPF, or right after.  you can see the whole schedule here for this season, but the important point is that, this season, we have:

Russian Nationals - December 22 - 24
Japanese Nationals - December 22 - 25

last season, these took place 23 - 27 and the 24 - 27, respectively, which means that

a) the Russian and Japanese Nationals basically overlap
b) they take place only a couple of weeks after the GPF

which means that… even Victor can’t possibly mean that in the next couple of weeks, he plans to throw together a few programs and get back to competing.  Victor is planning on returning to competition NEXT SEASON, which is GREAT!  why?  because… if s2 picked up the rest of yuri’s current season, we’d be seeing the same programs over again.  but, we’re not doing that!!!  we’re getting a NEW season of skating, which means ALL NEW PROGRAMS, possibly NEW CHARACTERS, and we’ll most likely be starting from the Russian and Japanese Nationals.  ie, s1 covers the first half of a figure skating season, s2 covers the second half, but they are consecutive seasons.

why would victor choose to start at nationals and forego the grand prix series?  i’m not an expert, but reading up on it… the Grand Prix series is an invitational event, and you get selected by two methods: you are seeded because of your last season’s ranking, or because you were invited by the host of an event, that is… the Rostelecom Cup might invite Victor to skate, even if he skipped the previous season, because it’s in Russia and he’s Russian.  but, i think the invitations are restricted to a country’s own skaters, so… without a ranking in the previous season, since he skipped it, he would only be able to participate in one Grand Prix series event, and wouldn’t be able to qualify for the final.  i think.  otherwise, he could just be thinking that… juggling coaching and prepping himself, he needs that much time.  (and, yes, victor WAS hoping yuri wouldn’t be retiring and he’d be doing both… hence why he said, Even I’m worried about making a full comeback if I’m also staying on as your coach.  but anyway.)  

(randomly, the next figure skating season in the real world will also be an Olympic season… but it’s doubtful that they’ll include the Olympics, because the IOC can be real bitches about licensing…)

HEY YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE IS AWESOME ABOUT THIS??????  guess who almost certainly will have a larger role in s2, then???


see, the four continents and the world’s aren’t like the GPF… EVERY country that participates gets to send a certain number of skaters there, and some might not progress to the free program, but they are WAY more than 6 skaters.  the number of skaters who go for each country depend on the country’s ranking, etc, i think 3 is a maximum but don’t quote me on that, but if minami does well enough at nationals NEXT season, when he’s 18, he’ll be able to go with yuri to both the four continents and world’s!  (in both of those, they’ll have much more separation in the skaters, like there are many different groups of skaters, with the top skaters in the final group who go last… think about ep 1 when minako was watching the world’s basically all day, even though that guy wanted to watch soccer/football…)


oh, and it might be obvious by now, but… if victor is starting at nationals, that means he and yuri won’t be competing AGAINST each other until they get to World’s.  that means that… firstly, their nationals would overlap, so we’d basically be seeing those at the same time, and they’d be separated.  then, there would be European Championships, with yuri cheering on victor… four continents, with victor coaching and cheering on yuri… and then world’s… where they’ll have to figure out their dynamics when they’re competing for the first time since they got together. (randomly, if the season starts with nationals, then we won’t see yurio and otabek compete against each other until world’s, either).  that’s the same number of competitions (as long as you count “nationals” as one, which we should, assuming we’d only be ‘seeing’ russia’s and japan’s, which is likely) as s1, but maybe… either LESS time beforehand on training etc, giving more time to each competition, or maybe seeing the training as flashbacks or something.



s1 covered the first half the skating season, and took place… basically when the first half of the skating season takes place, so the grand prix final on the show and the grand prix final in real life were at almost the same time.  (actually, they started together).

s2 could have the same thing going on, if s2 begins in winter of 2018.  that would be a whole year to wait, but…  the timing sounds right.  (ignoring, basically, how the olympics would be occurring irl and not on the show, most likely, but…)




Society of Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2015

Disappearing leather spine Bradel binding with wood veneer boards of chestnut burr, sepele and chenchen. Hand-sewn Japanese silk endbands, hand-painted endpapers. Finished with ghosting gold leaf sunago and traditional French polish. The natural figures of the burr are skin to an ancient map, with Singapore being “the little red dot”. Traditional French polishing on boards of books and solid maple slip case box by Louis Kwok. 

It is my greatest pleasure and joy to be able to be here, in Keele University, in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, to be part of the Society of Bookbinders Education and Training Conference. And together with the conference, is the exhibition of the Society of Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition Exhibition 2015. I am really happy and grateful to all those who supported me by pledging and helping me raise funds to be here. I am proud to say, I am here, as a representative, of Singapore’s one and only fine binder. This is one of the two books I entered for this competition. I will be posting the second book up in the next post. 

The view of the black speech community which we obtain from our work in the ghetto areas is precisely the opposite from that reported by Deutsch, Engelmann. and Bereiter. We see a child bathed in verbal stimulation from morning to night. We see many speech events which depend upon the competitive exhibitions of verbal skills: singing, sounding, toasts, rifting, Iouding–a whole range of activities in which the individual gains status through his use of language. We see the younger child trying to acquire these skills from older children–hanging around on the outskirts of the older peer groups, and imitating this behavior. We see, however, no connection between verbal skill at the speech events characteristic of the street culture and success in the schoolroom; which says something about classrooms rather than about a child’s language.

There are undoubtedly many verbal skills which children from ghetto areas must learn in order to do well in school, and some of these are indeed characteristic of middle-class verbal behavior. Precision in spelling, practice in handling abstract symbols, the ability to state explicitly the meaning of words, and a richer knowledge of the Latinate vocabulary may all be useful acquisitions. But is it true that all of the middle-class verbal habits are functional and desirable in school? Before we impose middle-class verbal style upon children from other cultural groups, we should find out how much of it is useful for the main work of analyzing and generalizing, and how much is merely stylistic–or even dysfunctional. In high school and college, middle-class children spontaneously complicate their syntax to the point that instructors despair of getting them to make their language simpler and clearer.

Our work in the speech community makes it painfully obvious that in many ways working-class speakers are more effective narrators, reasoners, and debaters than many middle-class speakers, who temporize, qualify, and lose their argument in a mass of irrelevant detail. Many academic writers try to rid themselves of the part of middle-class style that is empty pretension, and keep the part necessary for precision. But the average middle-class speaker that we encounter makes no such effort; he is enmeshed in verbiage, the victim of sociolinguistic factors beyond his control.


William Labov, Academic Ignorance and Black Intelligence, June 1972

The whole article is also very much worth it.