can you tell me what is so great about Hanyu's skating? I saw a bit of the men's free and honestly compared to Boyang Jin and Jason Brown's skate I felt Hanyu was dull in comparison aside from his jumps. I'm a casual fan of figure skating but don't watch it apart from recaps on TV and the Olympics. So I really don't know what is considered a good routine. What was the difference between Jin and Hanyu's skate that resulted in the 20 point difference in scores? Purely technically difficulty?
Thanks for asking.
Predominantly, yes, the technical difficulty was the difference between Boyang and Yuzuru. But there are other factors. Yuzuru’s spins are better than Boyang’s, too. And in general, Yuzuru has a better run of the blade, cleaner edges, and more effortless movement than Boyang. He also does more with his feet between the elements - more steps, more turns. This is important. Additionally, Boyang, while great, did have one or two landings that were questionable, while there was nothing questionable about anything Hanyu did.
It is very hard to compare two polar opposite programs. Boyang’s La Strada was extremely enjoyable, very fun and so will naturally appear more lively than Hanyu’s quieter Hope and Legacy. I enjoyed both programs very much, but for different reasons. I am not a particular fan of either skater, but I am very impressed by both. Both skaters, of course, have their weaknesses, but all skaters do, and Boyang’s have had a lot more press/fandom airtime than Hanyu’s. It was the right result, and both should be proud of themselves.
Now, onto Jason (who, I will freely admit, I love to pieces). Jason’s The Piano free skate is one of my favourite FS of all time, possibly one of the best-choreographed ever. One of the unfortunate things that we have seen happening in the last couple of years is the tying of PCS to TES. That is, land the big jumps, get bigger second mark scores even if you don’t really earn it. I had a ton of problems with how 4CC shook out in that regard and I also had some problems with the Worlds PCS for the same reason.
You see, Jason is one of the best PCS skaters in the world. He has fabulous line, incredible musical interpretation, great deep, clean edges, good speed, excellent transitions (that actually go with the music), great performance ability…the list goes on and on. Of all the active men in the US the only one who can beat him in this regard is Joshua Farris and we haven’t seen him since The Comeback was announced. And of all the skaters in the world…well, Jason should be right up near the top.
Jason’s PCS is still high at the moment, but now he is surrounded by skaters who maybe shouldn’t be getting that height on their PCS marks. Much as I enjoyed Boyang, 88 PCS - only one point behind Jason’s PCS in the FS at Worlds - was way too high. And do not even get me started on Chen’s PCS relative to the other US men.
I…hope that answered the question? I fear I may have gone on a little tangent there. Feel free to scold me and ask again if I didn’t…
Medvedeva is so bored she’s become a triple triple factory. Is she gonna #yolo the judging system and throw an invalid triple for shits and giggles (again)?
Pogorilaya skates last. Oh man. If that’s not the ultimate test for one’s nerves I don’t know what it is. It’s like hmmm okay Anna okay you’ve been consistent all season. But are you really consistent?
Hongo is probably dreading this competition more than anyone. She knows she’s gonna make a mess, she can’t avoid it but she’s trying to accept it.
Kostner’s lutz is back. Is she gonna land everything? *drum roll*
Osmond has yet to keep her butt off the ice in the FS
I know everyone is excited about Tursynbaeva landing quads in practice but. Have you seen her lately? Is she cured of the tano disease?
Bell and (Karen) Chen are almost as unpredictable as the men’s FS
Someone somewhere will call Mai Mihara Mai Miyahara
The weight of Japan is on Mihara and Higuchi’s shoulders. Mihara has proven she can take it but it’s a big challenge for Higuchi
It’s the last competition before Marin Honda is crowned the queen of JSF, enjoy it. Or dread it, there’s no in between.
Haven’t seen Wagner in a while and it hasn’t been a good season for her. She can either pull herself together or - you know.
Can you believe Gracie Gold isn’t here wow
Will the Chen vs Hanyu battle live up to the hype or are they gonna sing some pop songs while Fernandez #yolos his way to his 3rd gold medal
Will Uno survive after 1001 competitions this season
Will Jin get it together
Will Chan get it together
Actually, will any of the men get it together
Oh yeah Denis Ten still exists
The men’s event can only go two ways: Guinness record for most number of quads landed in a competition vs Razzie record for most number of splats splatted in a competition
Pairs and dance… idk man I hope Sui/Han win and I’m pretty sure Papadakis/Cizeron won’t defend their title.
This is generally how Produce 101 season 1 went. Season 2 will most likely have a few changes and probably some improvements (or quite possibly some downgrades), so don’t take this as a guide to how season 2 will run. This is just for anybody curious about how the show went down.
I would recommend watching Season 1, as it was really good and emotional, and I.O.I are actual treasures on this earth.
If I am missing something, let me know! If anybody has any questions too, I will definitely answer them! I love Produce 101 so much, and I’m hoping for this season’s success as well!
Things YoI Fans/Ficcers Should Know About Skating (#6)
WINNING THE GPF, IS IT A BFD? RANKING THE COMPETITIONS IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE (WHEN IT COMES TO WINNING)
I think, because the show focused on the Grand Prix Final, a lot of YoI Fans are convinced that this is the ultimate title a skater wants. #NotSoSaidtheFormerSkater
Yuuri sort of gives us an overview of the skating season in the show, but here’s the thing I see missed a lot. Is that everyone makes the GPF the Biggest BFD. Here’s a normal season rundown, in order of scheduling with some really simple explanations:
1. Grand Prix Series and Final: We know all about this one from watching YoI. (If you’re not at Grand Prix qualifying level, you can compete in the ISU (International Skating Union) Challenger Series for senior-level competitors. You probs won’t see this series on TV. It was introduced in the 2014-2015 season and I only know about it because my sister is a coach).
2.Nationals: generally held before the other ISU competitions, but varies by country). Placement at Nationals generally determines whether you move onto the rest of the season and most importantly, whether you get to compete at the World Figure Skating Championship. For example: up until this year, if you won gold at the American Nationals, you were guaranteed a spot on the World Team. (This rule has recently changed and probably because the US Federation doesn’t want to send a “lucky” team to World’s because it’s an Olympic selection year. Before you rag on the USFSA, know that skating had to get a new judging system not that long ago because it was SO shady. This isn’t uncommon for any Federation).
3. European Championship (All the European Countries compete against each other. Skaters from anywhere outside of Europe CANNOT compete. Victor could skate here, Yuuri could not).
4. Four Continents Championships: All the other countries compete here.
5. World Junior Championships (for those in the Junior level)
6. WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Always a huge deal, because who doesn’t want to be best in the WORLD. This is a HUGE deal for an Olympic Selection Year. Because how your country places at World’s determines the number of skaters and/or teams your allowed to send for each discipline to the Winter Olympics.
TAKEAWAYS FOR MY DEAR FIC WRITERS:
As a skater, these events are the most important: Olympics (if it’s an Olympic year), Worlds (all the time). Then is the GPF (because it’s like mini-Worlds), then Four Continents/Europeans. Then Nationals (cuz who doesn’t like proving they’re the best in their country every year).
As always, keep making history, and if you have any questions, I am happy to answer them. And Toepick, my sister who coaches) is on standby to handle the ones I don’t know. Just hit up the ask!
Black men make up over 33% of forcible rape despite only making up LESS THAN 13% of the population. More white people are killed by police than blacks. You're all self victimised cunts who want to play activist. Smdh. (US stats)
I’m glad you brought that statistic up. Allow me to address your concerns.
According to the FBI’s website, if that is actually where you got your info from, blacks made up 32.5% of rape charges/arrests in 2012. Arrests. Not convictions, arrests.
We already know that black people (particularly men) face extreme, widespread bias from police officers, judges, and the judicial system overall so I am almost certain that there is a substantial margin of error within that statistic alone. Especially considering that the statistic only covers arrests and not ACTUAL convictions, nor does it account for the plenty of false rape charges that many white women have brought against innocent black men.
By no means does this excuse rapists, black or white. But I will say this: a 16 year old black boy can be tried as an adult, found guilty of a rape charge, and left to rot in prison for 5 years over a false rape accusation, while a 20 year old young white man who was SEEN sexually assaulting an unconscious girl can get off on a six-month sentence, because the judge felt that a “prison sentence would have too severe an impact on him.“
Hence the innocent Brian Banks vs. the privileged Brock Turner:
Again, this does not exuse black nor white male rapists. What this, along with recent events, illustrates is that officers and judges are quick to arrest black boys/men and then dump them in prison for various crimes regardless of whether the guy was actually guilty or not. Meanwhile, white men, even white rapists, get coddled by society so much that two other male witnesses can verify that they saw this rapist in the act, and yet still, the system works to his advantage.
Now, since you also brought up that more whites than blacks are killed by police, let’s move on to that. Yes the number of whites killed by police are higher than those of blacks killed by police (since there are way more fucking white people in this country than black), but in this case, using rates rather than totals would be a clearer way to showcase the issue.
Your purpose in sending this ask seemed to be that you wanted to prove that black men make up a small percentage of the population, yet certain statistics of theirs measure up suprisingly high, right? Well you brought up a good point.
In case you didn’t see the pic, young black men only make up 2% of ths US population, so why do they make up 15% of the people killed by police? That’s higher than the percentage of the US that is comprised of ALL black people in total. So why is their rate for death by cop (per capita) 5 times higher than that of white men of the same age? There’s far more white people, even young white men, in this country than black ones right so how can that be?
Let’s broaden this up.
Black people altogether make up about 13% of the US population. So why is it that, still
Before you try to blame it on black people being inherently violent/refusing to comply with officers’ orders, let me remind you of the following information gathered from MappingPoliceViolence.org in 2014 :
You wanna talk statistics and hey, I’m up for it. I’m presenting you with stats and rates pulled from multiple, credible sources at that, so go ahead…
Explain these trends.
Explain why you would rather waste your time sending uneducated, immature asks to my blog, than to just take a second to admit that there is clearly a problem with the way that black people are arrested and senselessly murdered time and time again in this country.
Matter of fact, just admit that you harbor an obvious and unnecessary hatred for black people just like nearly everybody else in this country, and keep it moving.
First, congrats to Nathan Chen! He accomplished something amazing and his jumps are no joke. Seriously, no joke at all. I’m a Yuzuru fan but Nathan won fair and square, and he deserved it.
I think the competition did highlight something for me though… and that’s the issue with the current judging system. If the system is pushing skaters to just go for all the quads at the expense of giving an artistic performance, than the system sucks. Sure, you can say the PCS is for artistry, but the points you get for adding another quad into your program completely overwhelm the PCS. If skaters want to win, then objectively the best way to do that is to add a shit-ton of really hard jumps, even if your PCS score takes a hit. As a spectator, I really hate that.
The reason why I find Yuzuru’s skating enjoyable is because his programs are NOT built around his jumps; instead, the quads (and all other jumps) flow logically inside of his program. There is a HUGE difference in artistic quality between those two approaches to choreography. To me, there are very few skaters whose choreo falls into the latter group. Why is that? Because the judging system rewards jumping more than artistry. Of course, artistry is subjective, and scoring needs to have a measure of objectivity, but I still think there could be a better balance between the two.
Anyway, short version - I think the current mentality of “quads quads quads” in figure skating is shitty af (and not good for the skaters either). Give me a rockstar performance or beautiful lyricism any day over a collection of jumps to music.
Okay, so as a figure skater, I love Yuri on Ice… But as a figure skater I am begging you to PLEASE do research on figure skating before you write YOI fanfics because if I see the word ‘twirl’ one more time I am going to shit a brick.
Just so yall know…we here at BlackFilm (which is just me, one person…but i like saying “we” cuz it makes it sound like a movement or something….) don’t see legitimacy in awards shows that are largely categorized by, supported by, and funded by white people. not only should we all know by now that there is no hope for a meritocracy within these types of institutions, but also that we are the best judges of our own crafts. white people are some of the most oblivious people when it comes to noticing or understanding anything outside mainstream Western white culture. yet they can be the judges of our crafts and artistry? doesn’t make sense to me…
why do we continue to watch these award shows and be surprised when a Black actor or film is once again snubbed or completely unacknowledged? it’s like watching one of those nature shows and being surprised when the snake kills and eats a rabbit. that snake will not wake up tomorrow and become vegan. because it’s a snake and that’s its nature.
it isn’t a new idea that we should create our own institutions and judging systems, but it just hasn’t come of fruition as of yet. in due time, hopefully.
So, a lot of people have trouble with identifying the cognitive functions, mainly because on the internet most blogs will tell you what the functions DO, instead of what the functions ARE. So with this post I aim to destroy that confusion.
First of All: What is the outer world? And what is the inner world?
Yeah, yeah, we all have that: “The inner world is the world in your head and the outer world is the physical world”, but do you know what’s actually going on in your head? What this inner world consists of? No? Then, how can you tell what the inner world is?
The inner subjective world is the world that consists in all of your accumulated beliefs and values. Your mental map if you will.
Beliefs are everything that you consider as true or false. From “the bike is red” to “God created the universe”.
Values are everything that you consider as good or bad. From “telling a joke is a good thing” to “The subject of the joke is a bad thing”.
The outer objective world is the world that consists in all of the observable beliefs and values. The physical world if you will.
While it comes clear that the inner world is not limited to abstract or concrete, without being very difficult to understand how can one have subjective values, because values are literally subjective. The outer world is also not limited to abstract or concrete, there are objects, that we can tell for sure, in the same way there are memories of images and songs in your head, but there are also more or less hidden cause - effect principles in the outer world that our intuition regardless of it’s attitude catches. And objective values, are objective in a way that they consider important what most of other people consider important, or what they think most of other people consider important, those other people’s values might be subjective themselves but they are “objective” in their numbers, this is why they are called objective values.
Emotions =/= Feeling. I just want to make this clear, everybody has feelings, feelers don’t have more feelings than thinkers, the Feeling function works with values, not emotions, what is desirable, not what is instinctively pre-programmed in our brain due to our human nature. Sure, some of those values may come from feelings, but that’s a different story.
As a side note. Sensitivity has nothing to do with your MBTI type, the same as intelligence has nothing to do with your MBTI type. There are some times that are more sensitive or more intelligent than others on average, but that’s the final point where it extends, on average. There are S types with <170 IQ outsmarting dozens of N types.
But if you wonder, there is an objective (commonly agreed to measure) sensitivity test just like there’s an IQ test for intelligence. And the types with the highest scores on average were: INFP, INFJ, INTP and INTJ. Yes, you heard that right. Remember that these are only on average. Hypersensitivity doesn’t mean that others don’t suffer, it only means that you take it harder than other people.
You might want to keep these “inner world” and “outer world” definitions separated from the definitions of the cognitive functions they are working with.
Cognitive Functions or Functions-Attitudes, as C.G.Jung called them, are the basic functions of: Sensing, Intuition, Thinking and Feeling, whose dominance manifestations we can see in one’s natural behavior and preferences on the test, combined with the attitudes of either introversion and extroversion. But what does that mean?
Well, the core definitions of introversion and extroversion are as follows:
Introversion => Focus and trust on the inner world.
Extroversion => Focus and trust on the outer world.
For this reason an introvert is never limited only to the inner world but only focused on the inner world. The opposite is true for extroverts. And the same is true for the cognitive functions, but how?
Sensing => All perceptions by means of the sense organs.
Intuition => Perception by way of the unconscious, or perception of unconscious events.
Thinking => Interpretation of information based on whether it is correct or incorrect.
Feeling => interpretation of information based on whether it is good or bad.
To answer the question “but how ?”: By combining the functions with the attitudes. In forms of focus and trust of the respective attitude. So:
Introverted Sensing => Perceptions by means of the sense organs with focus and trust on the inner world.
Extroverted Sensing => All perceptions by means of the sense organs with focus and trust on the outer world.
Introverted Intuition => Perception by way of the unconscious, or perception of unconscious events.
Extroverted Intuition => Perception by way of the unconscious, or perception of unconscious events with focus and trust on the outer world.
Introverted Thinking => Interpretation of information based on whether it is correct or incorrect with focus and trust on the inner world.
Extroverted Thinking => Interpretation of information based on whether it is correct or incorrect with focus and trust on the outer world.
Introverted Feeling => Interpretation of information based on whether it is good or bad with focus and trust on the inner world.
Extroverted Feeling => Interpretation of information based on whether it is good or bad with focus and trust on the outer world.
Both attitudes do perceive and judge both the inner world and the outer world, they are NOT limited to one world as it is usually assumed. The difference stands in the world they trust when making their judgment and the world they focus on.
How does that work? For example: You have ideas that either came from the inner world of whatever garbage you have on that map or the outer world of whatever you noticed in reality. On which of them do you focus more?
Here’s a little warning for fellow Introverted Intuitives: All ideas could be wrong or right, but unlike Extroverted Intuition who looks at America and France and says “America is like France in this way because of that” you might look at a drop of water and realize how the universe is this and that”, so you need to be especially careful with your intuition. Don’t bring down your morale, there’s always assumed information, but apply your judging function to your own perception.
Now that you have that idea, or someone gave you an idea and you understood that idea, is that idea correct or incorrect? How do you find out? Do you trust more the outer world and see whether that happens in reality or the inner world and see whether that makes sense in your head? One would look at the facts while the other would look at the theory and this is where we make transition between what the functions ARE and what the functions DO.
Those were the core definitions. What that means is that the introverted functions subconsciously ask the question: “How does that relate to my map?”, therefore having the well-known tendency to deep and narrow. They look at their inner map in terms of whatever that function does.
Ni does so with perception by way of the unconscious, or perception of unconscious events; and Si does so with perceptions by means of the sense organs. And so on. That inner world is ironically changed by the new beliefs and values that come from the outer world, or to be more precise, the interaction with the outer world.
The extroverted functions work directly with what is there and the introverted functions work directly with what is perceived from there. The extroverted functions work with both what is in the inner and the other world but trust the outer world more, and the introverted work with both the inner and the outer world (concerning their domain) but trust more the inner world. There’s a big difference between only working with one world and working with both but trusting one over the other.
While extroverted functions don’t ask that question, they see how that relates to reality, and look at what is there in reality (by this I mean in the objective outer world, not necessarily truth, because your, and all of us’ perceptions of the outer world are not complete) and trust the reality in terms of whatever their function is, over their inner map. Therefore having the well-known tendency for wide and shallow.
That doesn’t mean that when an Si user is going to be hit by a car, he’s not going to move because he remembers he’s been hit by a car once and survived, but because he also has in that map of his Ne understood ideas that if I survived once that doesn’t make it a pattern, and that if you get hit by a car you’re very likely to die which his parents told him when he was little. After he got what his parents said, he went to Ti or Te to find out if that would really happen, and because of his personal judging system, either he saw people dying that way, he saw it on the news, or he took his parent’s word for it, we don’t know; he believes that’s true. And either Fi or Fe says death is bad.
By this, it should become quite clear that you can’t have both Si and Se. You can’t trust both your inner world and the outer world on your perceptions made by the sense organs, one of them has to be trusted more, one of them has to be focused more on. Fi users will trust subjective values while Fe users will trust objective values, one cannot do both for sometimes they are conflicting.
You can’t focus on both of them at the same time, just like handedness. While there are ambidextrous people when it comes to handedness this doesn’t happen in MBTI’s cognitive functions.
I hope this helped. I tried to be very specific in my choice of words, due to the completely abstract nature of the subject at hand you can’t explain it with non-specific words, 50 people would simply interpret it in 50 different ways.
Whether the cognitive functions are real or not I cannot tell. They are not physical things to be seen so it all comes down to a theory. As far as I’ve heard, there are some scientific evidence for them but I haven’t looked into that so this is only what I’ve heard. Remember that MBTI is something made to explain, not something being explained.
There are four main categories of spins in figure skating: upright spins, layback spins, camel spins, and sit spins. This post will cover upright and layback spins. Upright spins are defined as spins with at least one extended leg on the ice and the body in a more-or-less upright position. Laybacks are scored as a separate element from upright spins; they appear as LSp on protocols while general upright spins appear as USp.
There are many, many, many variations on spin positions in skating; in fact, coming up with interesting positions and combinations is one way to get higher levels on spins. (A common criticism of the judging system is that it encourages weird or ugly spin positions in the name of difficulty and gaining points.) It’s impossible to account for all of the variations out there, so I’ve only gifed some common positions and famous variations.
On Victor and his chance of being victor at Nationals...
An OpEd piece by yours truly.
I asked my beloved fic writers if they had any topics they wanted covered and @phoenixwaller asked me, “…We saw Yuri & Yurio prepare short programs in a week. But they weren’t horribly clean either. Assuming Victor was still in shape, could he really develop both SP & FS programs in 2 weeks for nationals?”
As a former competitive skater, I’m going to say, maybe.
Most skaters I know, unlike dancers, work on one program at a time. They get that one program into their muscle memory and then begin working on the second one. However, Victor clearly has a mind suited to choreography and was able to choreograph Eros and Agape (but we assume that he’d been working on them for a while). So, if he had to throw together two programs in two weeks, he probably could. Does that mean he would remember them well enough to get through them with high marks: DUBIOUS.