Why Yuuri Skates Half Blind

After seeing the post where Chris wears contacts on the ice while Yuuri just goes half blind, it really struck a chord in me like “Hey, I’ve done something stupid like that before.” and it really got me thinking.

Why doesn’t Yuuri wear contacts on the ice?

There could be a variety of reasons from health, his eyes not being suitable for contacts, etc. but assuming that Yuuri is perfectly capable of wearing contacts, why does he choose not to? There isn’t any proof of this at all but this is just my thoughts on a plausible reason why.

Stupid and dangerous as it is, perhaps he chose not to - because of his anxiety.

Why? Because he can’t see the audience clearly at all.

Yuuri doesn’t perform well under a huge amount of pressure. We see him breakdown when faced with the pressure to hold first place from the SP and to keep his and Viktor’s reputation from tarnishing if he screws up. He performs slightly better away from his home crowd. He thinks that nobody in the audience supports him and that the audience is there to watch him fail.

I’m a person with anxiety but I’ve also been a part of the performing arts for a good decade. When you’re on stage, the audience eyes are on you even when you’re in a big group. You feel the pressure of a hundred pairs of eyes staring at you and scrutinising your every move. You go into every performance with the reputation of yourself, your group, your conductor, and even your school on the line. This is what Yuuri must have felt at some point.

It’s really damn scary.

I’ve emceed for huge crowds of more than a thousand, I’ve sung with a choir in full auditoriums under the stress of competition. And I did at least half of these events half blind like Yuuri.

In fact, I chose to emcee or sing half blind due to anxiety. The days I did choose to wear my glasses were the days where my anxiety wasn’t bad or I didn’t feel under a lot of pressure. But other than that, I intentionally chose not to wear my glasses because not seeing the audience clearly really took a lot of the pressure off.

When you’re short-sighted and myopic, you won’t be able to see the audience and even the judges clearly when they’re quite a distance from you. You see these people as a blob of colour that look like humans but you can’t see them clearly at all. You don’t really think about them much but you’re aware that they are human and they are watching you. You’re able to focus a *little* better without the scrutinising eyes….. But not so advantageous for looking at your conductor or doing something as dangerous as dancing or ice skating (thankfully for me, I was placed in the front row of the choir so I could see the conductor easily).

Singing half blind is HARD. And I’m just standing still. I’ve no idea how Yuuri does figure skating half blind or how high his degree even is. Jesus. Bless this precious sinnamon roll before he hurts himself.

But wait! Yuuri was squinting and attempting to see!

It is actually normal for people with myopia to squint when they’re not wearing glasses. Squinting is a natural way to help your eyes focus a little better - but only to a certain extent and not really effective if you have a high degree. Sometimes you won’t even realise that you’re squinting at all. Yuuri’s sultry bedroom eyes in Eros were either planned as part of his femme fatale persona or…… Yuuri just trying to see on the ice.

I suppose this puts my rambling/theory to its end so…. #PrayForYuuri #BlessYuuri #GiveYuuriContacts2k17
Dan Stevens on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Sequel Talk, Tribeca Sex Comedy ‘Permission’
By Ramin Setoodeh

Dan Stevens on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Sequel Talk, Tribeca Sex Comedy ‘Permission’

After playing the gruff male star in Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” Dan Stevens hopes that audiences will be his guest for a different kind of adventure. In “Permission,” which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night, Stevens portrays a male Brooklyn 30-something who decides to enter an open relationship with his girlfriend (played by Rebecca Hall).

Stevens spoke to Variety about the new project, if there could be a “Beast” sequel and jumping from studio films to indies to TV, including his mutant role on FX’s “Legion.” “My tastes are many and varied,” he says. “I hope to keep moving around.”

Where did “Permission” come from?
Brian Crano is a filmmaker I’ve known for many years. He was making a short film written by my friend Rebecca Hall. I really like it. It was called “Rubberheart,” based on a short story that Rebecca had written.

The premise of “Permission” is about an unconventional relationship.
We are high school sweethearts. We’ve never slept with anybody other than each other. Our friend drunkenly suggests we try opening our relationship before we tie the knot. That plays out. It’s a sweet, weird meditation on the myopia of 30-somethings and how their affairs can blind them to the bigger picture. It’s a film about growing up. Brian’s got a unique take on things. Years ago, he was my introduction to John Cameron Mitchell’s “Shortbus,” which was a film I loved.

Uh, is this movie like “Shortbus”?
I would like to think that people will see nods. A lot of New York filmmakers owe John Cameron Mitchell a lot.

What research did you do?
Rebecca and I were both introduced to Dan Savage and [the podcast] Savage Love. It’s opened my eyes to a world of things. There were films that Brian encouraged us to watch, like “Reality Bites.” Just to get the tone, the background in terms of our relationship.

How has your life changed since “Beauty and the Beast?”
I don’t know. It just came out. I started production on another film. It doesn’t like it’s changed a huge amount.

“Beauty and the Beast” recently entered the $1 billion club.
It’s exciting that a musical, a family comedy, can do that. I’m very proud of it.

Do you think there could be a sequel?
That’s not a question for me. I’m not sure what turn that would take. I’m open to offers. It would seem odd for me to hear about it, but never say never.

Would he be back as a human?
I’d kind of like to bring the Beast back.

Did you keep anything from the costume?
The prosthetic guys did mount the horns on two plaques for me at the end of the production, which was nice. That’s the only stuffed animal head I have in my house.

It’s hanging in your house? Is your wife ok with that?
Yes. She loves horns.

Just had a Realization that I think that Finrod and Maglor have a lot in common in terms of myopia.

Like, they both use themselves as a vantage point for evaluating pretty much any situation, even if it’s inappropriate to do so. Maglor sees himself as the Great Poet, transposing all the bloody narratives of the First Age into heroic song, so he comes at everything from a remove - he doesn’t quite realize that he also has a role in this narrative, and by extension is kind of numb to his ability to do harm.

Finrod, on the other hand, is kind of the reverse - rather than seeing everything at a remove, he kind of inserts himself into every conflict and has trouble understanding that not every issue is directly related to him, and isn’t super good at wiggling into perspectives that aren’t his own. He strikes me as the kind of person who really does want to help with other people’s problems, but ends up making it about him in the process. Which is why he fucks up with Andreth and why both he and Maglor often come across as super condescending to people who hold formal conversation with them.

because people don’t seem to know how it works:

when you are short sighted (Myopia) things that are very fan from you look like this:

with glasses on there is an area that you can look at as if you had regular eyesight 

if a person is directly in front of you they look the same as they would if you had regular eyesight, if Viktor is this close to Yuuri

then there’s no reason as to why Yuuri wouldn’t be able to see him perfectly fine glasses or not, the distance is short therefore Viktor’s image does not blur at all. This is the same with technology

as a person with myopia I can tell you that yes at that distance I can watch TV without glasses, I can even read and use my phone without glasses from such a distance. Shortsighted means that I only need glasses for stuff that is far from me, not close.

being shortsighted means that Yuuri can’t see the audience or even the judges too clearly cause when in the ice rink he is far from them. Viktor (as an image) would have a slightly better resolution but chances are Yuuri recognizes him mostly as the one silver focus point close to the edge of the rink. 

When Yuuri performs, Viktor doesn’t move from his spot 

Chris’s case is different as, unlike Yuuri, he does wear contacts when skating (besides when at home he seems to wear contacts more often than glasses though, so i guess that’s how what’s more comfortable to him)

so yeah the joke is funny but please ground it in reality 

So, for shits and giggle (and because i’m sort of sick, poor, and desperate) I got these Near-sighted Myopia Glasses from Amazon to see if they’d help with the fact that everything past my elbow is a blur lately.

I put them on.

And it was like waking up from a dream and you were there, and you, and you, and Oh my god why is there so much dust and cat hair?!

kingjjleroy  asked:

so i just wanted to say that we had to make posters on characters in lear in ap lit and i chose edmund obviously and my presentation took so long because i was trying to defend him (not excuse his actions, just present a different perspective) and my teacher didn't like that i was presenting him as anything other than pure evil and we got into this huge debate. and i just saw your post on liking him and it warmed my heart bc i thought i was alone in my edmund defending

LOOK I WILL FIGHT SOMEBODY TO THE DEATH OVER EDMUND. Is he morally defensible? No. Do I give a damn? Also no. A character doesn’t have to be morally upright in order to be compelling and its exactly that kind of pedagogic myopia that I can’t stand, so good for you for forcing your teacher to deal with an alternative perspective.

Like, I’m complaining in kinda a bitchy way definitely, but like my point is that like an over focus on “fandom” style behaviors has led to like a complete myopia, a sort of ethical sleepy hypothermia.

This is like the political ramification of like championing this sort of “introvert culture”/“I connect more abt fictional characters than to people in my life” kinda approach to the world.

I’ve finally caught up with The Expanse.  What a fun show to have a growing obsession about.  I love Bobbie, I miss Miller terribly, Chrisjen is probably my favorite character because she’s the best at getting shit done, I’m really curious to see more of Amos’s storyline, and Alex, Drummer, Prax are scene stealers. 

But the storyline that I think most about is Holden and Naomi’s. Holden really has one of the most subtle arcs, and you have to do some work to see it, which I love. I mean, for the most part, his progression is based on closeups and looks going from Eros throughout the second season that show how he goes from being terrified by what’s going on around him to coldly reacting to it. He’s gone from this (annoyingly) naive and idealist character to someone who has slowly, quietly revealed a myopia about the protomolecule. 

It’s interesting to see his reactions to Eros in the final episodes of the first season: the way he watches what is happening around him, specifically the bodies of the dead and dying. When Miller kills two men so that he and Holden can start to take the dead men’s armor, you see Holden watch their faces, their hands, and then moments later he asks Kenzo to tell him why he’s a good man. That’s the moment where you see something in him has changed out of fear or anger or both. He leaves Kenzo to die and later on he kills that ship carrying those doctors, and once he does one shitty thing, it gets easier and easier for him to do more of that and be less affected by it because he can justify that it’s all done to save more lives and to protect more people. If anything, it seems that he has found a way to deal with that ugliness around him by pursuing what he thinks it the cause of all of it, the protomolecule.  I don’t know what he was thinking while he was on Eros; he hasn’t said much about how that traumatizes him or continues to be on his mind, aside from dreams he may still have about it, but I’m looking forward to seeing where this all goes.

Naomi’s arc is similar in that respect.  Her reaction to the other members of the Roci, as if she’s feeling pushed in directions she hasn’t fully given consent to, is really amazing to watch.  She feels like she’s being pushed in one way, and she responds by being secretive as a way to resist all of that.  I enjoy Nolden, but I like seeing Naomi have her own mind and act according to what she thinks is right, just like Holden does, even if that causes a real rift between them.  It seems that she has more than one secret she’s keeping to herself as well, and I’m sure that will make for some good drama and is also a way to make sure she has a storyline of her own and that she doesn’t exist for Holden.  She doesn’t exist to be Holden’s conscience or Amos’ guiding star or to fix anyone in particular, and that’s what makes her interesting.  Holden thinks she’ll be able to help him remind himself of who he is, but I’m kind of excited to see what might happen if she can’t do that for whatever reason or if they really find themselves at opposing viewpoints, unable at some point to trust each other.  

  • Draco: Stop looking at me like that.
  • Harry: Like what?
  • Draco: Oh, please, as if I haven’t seen you check my butt twice during potion class.
  • Harry: You need glasses, Malfoy. I’m afraid it’s a serious case of myopia.
  • Draco: Really? Because it’s not my face you are looking at right now.

1) Myopia is somewhat hereditary.

2) No one thinks Professor Elric is an unkind teacher – it’s just that when you say something that reveals your ignorance on a topic he expects any student to have a firm grounding in*, he looks at you with this pessimistic fascination, as if you’ve permanently altered his view of the rest of humanity in some small way. This is rather more shattering than overt disdain. Students leave his class with more humility than they had entering it; he has no idea whatsoever that they do so.

* Relevant topics seems to encompass half of known science.

Ok.OK.ok. soo in Leroux’s Phantom Christine was actually myopic. “… whereas Christine, who was a little shortsighted…” (Chapter V, The Enchanted Violin) And wHERE ARE MY FANARTS OF CHRISTINE IN GLASSES??? (Only in Fantomestein, only there, fine and thank you😘)

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Originally posted by puzzlemee

so there’s this story that my grandmother loves telling (well, in recent years. for the first seventy years of her life she did not talk about her childhood at all.)

the story is that a family friend of theirs was Austria’s finance minister*, and Jewish, and after the anschluss he realized he was in trouble, but like many of Austria’s Jews he seriously underestimated how much trouble. by the time he realized it was too late to get out safely. He was also old and in failing health, so dramatics weren’t ideal.

so he asked a family member to drive him to the mountains on the Italian-Austrian border, and he’d cross there. It was easy enough to avoid the Austrian authorities going out, but you didn’t have a chance of avoiding the Italian ones, and they stopped him. 

“Oh,” he said to them, “Benito knows me. Tell him I’m here and he’ll call me a car.” And indeed, they called Mussolini and he called him a car.

My reaction the first time I heard this story - and the reaction of everyone I’ve told it to - has been “so Mussolini opposed the Holocaust? He was helping smuggle Jews out of Austria?” And, no, he didn’t and wasn’t. But he knew this guy, they were old friends, the guy was in town, so Benito called him a car. Which is more characteristic of humans than the version where Mussolini was secretly a decent person, really. A million is a statistic, but this guy? I know this guy. He’s a great guy.

There’s the phrase ‘the banality of evil’, and I think it applies, but the word that’s always come to my mind is the myopia of evil, the tendency to treat People well but just not look out at the world and see billions of People, not believe that the principles you apply to the ones you know apply to all of them everywhere.