i'm actually a little proud of what i did there

Yuuri didn’t actually mess up at the Sochi GPF theory

Okay so I was rewatching episode one when I noticed something from the news articles about the Free Skate failure:

The word “today” really did stick out at me here. As you know, both programmes would not be on the same day, so with the way this article is phrased, it sounds like he at least did okay during his Short. And then this comes directly afterwards:

I’m not sure about the original Japanese, but the use of “fell” here suggests a dramatic turn around. To fall, you must be at some height. And for them to make an article on it? No, Yuuri must have not been already in last place. We know Viktor must have been in first place, but Yuuri? I think he was fourth MINIMUM based on this. He even says in some internal monologue:

His ‘big day’? Why would it be a big day if he’d already done disastrously a day or two before in his Short? Surely, a ‘ big day’ would symbolise him possibly winning a medal?

If he was in last place already, he wouldn’t HAVE that kind of pressure. But all of these lines highly suggests to me that he at least had a shot at doing well during the GPF, maybe he was even close enough that he could have had a chance for a silver medal.

We find out during episode five that during the GPF, Yuuri can’t have scored above 94.36, as they announce it to be his personal best. Still, there’s no reason he couldn’t have scored around 90 ish, which when looking at the other scores that year, probably would have put him in a good position

I did the maths as yes, if you plug his Short score at around 90 it gives a realistic Free score considering he pretty much messed up all of the technical points.

Yuuri Katsuki was most likely in line for bronze or silver after his Short

What does this mean?

This little interaction of Viktor not recognising him as a skater is so much worse, as is Yuuri’s FS failure overall

tl;dr Yuuri actually did very well in his short last time

Edit: I’m kind of bored of getting the same response now so I’m just adding that I don’t really think Viktor actually didn’t know Yuuri as a skater. What I think is that Yuuri probably took the interaction to mean that, and he thought Viktor didn’t recognise him maybe. 


This was stupid

This whole thing, it was so stupid, and it made Annabeth feel stupid, and she wasn’t stupid, she was smart, gods damn it, so why couldn’t she do this? She should have been able to do this.

She only realised she was crying when a tear splashed on to the page of her textbook, blurring the black letters printed on the white page. That tear falling felt like conceding defeat, and soon enough she was crying in earnest, sobbing hard enough that the words became even less intelligible than they’d already been.

She put her head down on the book and let herself cry, feeling terribly stupid and sorry and frustrated. Her whole face felt hot, flushed with anger and annoyance - at this essay, at herself, at the fact that she was a daughter of the goddess of wisdom and she couldn’t seem to write a simple fucking essay.

When the door to her room opened she instinctively straightened, grabbing her dagger and spinning in her seat to face the intruder. When she saw who it was she immediately collapsed back onto the desk, face first, letting her dagger fall to the floor. 

She heard Percy shut the door behind himself. There were a few soft footsteps, and then a gentle hand on her shaking shoulder and a quiet question. “Annabeth, hey, what’s up?”

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“I suppose the audience won’t know what to do with this parcel of info, hm?”

“Uh, could you maybe not break the fourth wall? And what happened to the usual pattern of this?”

“Just felt like changing it up a little. If the Medium tells me about it, it should be fine, right?”

“Oh geez, you Children of Arcane never fail to exasperate!”

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Carmilla in floral printtt. It’s a little wonky but it’s what I could do with only a few hours to make it. 

anonymous asked:

Did you notice that Oliver's insecurities in 4.06 involved wondering if he was smart enough for Felicity? It reminded me of the banter about their contrasting educational achievements, going back to their first meeting. Oliver's failure at playing the cute-but-dumb frat boy, Felicity's hacking Oliver's HS grades (& bringing them up when her hot billionaire vigilante boss needed cutting down to size)... The writers remembered the little things about their characters. I'm so proud of them.

I did notice that, and I actually loved it.

My favorite fictional couples have always been the ones with very different personality traits but very similar core beliefs so that they complement rather than oppose one another. “Opposites attract” is something that can work in movies that are one-off and end after 120 minutes. Complementary characters are what work for me in series, going back to Mulder and Scully on The X-Files and Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter. Chemistry isn’t enough for sustainability, which is why “the Moonlighting Curse” is basically bullshit. Getting a couple together won’t self-destruct a love story if there’s substance beneath the sparks and conflict. Oliver and Felicity are both very different and very similar, and I think that makes them believable as a long-term couple.

Which is not at all what you asked. Apologies for the tangent.

Anyway, I’ve always kind of loved that Oliver is intelligent as a person but is super dumb academically. I really don’t think that Felicity would have helped Oliver in the early days if he came across as some sort of genius whose only blank spot was in computer sciences. He was just kinda dumb and bad at lying, so there was no huge risk or creepiness in helping him.

I also like that the show has played Oliver academic shortcomings straight. He’s always been pretty forthright about not knowing how to do or handle certain things, and Arrow has never tried to embarrass him about it. His talents lie elsewhere, and that’s fine.

I do think that it’s realistic that Oliver not being particularly scholarly would come up between them at some point. Complementary personalities are still bound to clash from time to time, and if Oliver had been the one sniping at Felicity in 4x06, I’m sure that she would have come up with something about which to be insecure. It’s realistic, and it worked for me.