only competing with

stuff I appreciate on “Yuri on Ice”
  • Yuri is a character that struggles with his weight, and he is a professional athlete. This isn’t a one time comment or information from an interview, it is an actual character trait and something as simple as showing what Yuri eats maintains this consistently.
  • Yuri had a bit of a crush on Yuko when they were children, but the fact they never got together doesn’t mean they are no longer friends; they care for each other, for each other’s families, root for each other and are always happy when the other is happy
  • on top of that Yuko is married to Takeshi, and Takeshi is a good friend of Yuri’s as well. The Nishigori marriage are easily Yuri’s closest friends in Japan and their daughters are fans of him too.
  • Yuri doesn’t get on Yurio’s level whenever Yurio is mean to him, the only time Yuri competes against Yurio is on the rink when they are skating cause they are both professional skaters. Yuri, an adult, does not fight a teenager but doesn’t let him win either.
  • Yuri’s friends support Yurio as well. Even if Yurio is still pissed at Viktor, Yurio does communicate with Yuko and her family and doesn’t treat them badly for being Yuri’s friends.
  • this may seem like a small thing but, the main pairing in this show is made out of two adults. Yes it may not seem like much but if this was any type of Yaoi, a literal child would wind up portrayed as the one having a romance with his coach.
  • Yuri’s problems are stated as being psychological. Mental and emotional issues affect your life and it is ok to portray that.
  • Yuri’s previous coach still talks to him and is proud of him, same as his ballet teacher. Just because you changed careers or are trying something new, that doesn’t mean that all the people you knew before are gone from your life.
  • Yurio is not used to loosing, but upon loosing to someone else that he looked down on he changed strategies and stepped up his game.
  • Yuri is not afraid to be selfish anymore. People praise selflessness, but that shouldn’t come in the way of not moving forward. Yes you can want someone else’s affection, you deserve to win at what you are working on, you deserve to feel important and to not let others tell you otherwise.
  • you can be an adult and still decide to do something new with your life
  • Yuri’s parents don’t know anything about his career besides “he got a good rank we guess”. I actually relate to this a lot cause no one in my family has the same career as me, not even distant cousins, so there’s only so much of what I do that they can actually understand.
  • that said, just because they don’t get it, this doesn’t mean they don’t support it. Sometimes all your parents know to do with what you like is tell you “sure go ahead” and that’s a form of encouragement. They found a dance teacher for Yuri and let him ice skate (which is probably not cheap) and they always watch his competitions.
  • this is an international competition. And we have people from at least 3 continents representing that. A character from Thailand? can’t remember seeing that elsewhere, a dude from Switzerland? Azerbaijan too? the Chinese boy is not a kung fu stereotype? and the American one is Latino?!?!? yes please
  • Yuri is one of those people who downplay themselves so much, that they can’t imagine other people thinking that they are amazing. But yes, you are amazing, someone thinks so, and it is ok to not fully believe that yourself at first, but don’t discourage others from looking up to you as they have their reasons for doing so.

You seem in surprisingly good spirits, considering this loss. Loss, you say? The rebels may have protected the location of their base for now, but in doing so, they have narrowed my search. Before today, they could have been hiding in any of a thousand systems. But now… Now I know they are almost certainly on one of the 94 planets surveyed by my infiltrators.

How to Improve your Confidence

1. Be willing to fail more often - as that means you’re taking on more challenges, and being prepared to try, learn and grow.

2. Keep track of improvements, positive changes, successes, growth and accomplishments.

3. Don’t compare yourself to other people. The only person you’re competing against is yourself. Also, we have an unhelpful tendency to compare our struggles with other peoples’ successes and high points.

4. Work on your posture and your fitness levels as they affect our appearance, and how we feel about ourselves.

5. Don’t just hang out with people you are comfortable with. Also, gravitate towards those who are new or different.

6. We’re influenced by those that we spend time with. So, make friends with people who seem warm and confident.

7. Be a true friend to yourself – and shut off the commentary that is negative, attacking and lacking in compassion.

8. Commit to practicing these different skills – as they’ll take root in time, and change the way you act and feel.

It occurs to me that Yuuri and Viktor have a very busy season ahead of them.

To put things into perspective:

Dec 8-11 - The GPF

Dec 22-25 - The Japan Figure Skating Championships

Dec 20-26 - The Russian Nationals

Jan 25-29 - The European Championships (which only Viktor can compete in).

Feb 14-19 - The Four Continents Championships (which only Yuuri can compete in)

Mar 29-Apr 2 - The World Championships

And a really interesting thing to note is that The Russian and Japanese nationals are both happening at the same time, so our babes are probably going to have to split up, and I’m actually really really hoping that’s addressed in season 2, because it’s such an interesting idea.

Viktor has Yakov with him, but who’s going to stand in as Yuuri’s coach? How are they going to deal with being separated for so long? I mean, at the most, it’s only about 5 or 6 days, but that’s going to be the longest they’ve been away from each other in nearly a year, and we saw how they were after being separated for like 2 days during the Rostelecom cup.

It’s a great chance to see how far they’ve come, both as skaters and as a couple. It’ll be interesting to see if Yuuri can learn from his experience at the Rostelecom cup, if he’s learned to be confident enough of himself as a skater, even without Viktor there to support him.

Maybe Celestino will step up to the plate to help out his former student? From what I can tell, Thailand’s nationals are usually held at the beginning of April, so I don’t think Phichit would have any other big competitions soon, so Celestino would probably be free.

And of course another interesting point to consider is that the Russian nationals are happening over Christmas (ie Viktor’s birthday). So you know Viktor’s probably going to be especially bummed, because this is his first birthday with Yuuri as his s/o and he’d probably been really looking forward to spending it together.

It would be really cool to see s2 focus on them both preparing for the Japanese and Russian Nationals respectively, since that would mean getting to see more of Viktor + Yura interactions, and more Yuuri + Minami interactions! Maybe we’ll get to see even more Japanese skaters? I mean, so far we’ve really only seen Yuuri and Minami (as opposed to the Russians, who have Viktor, Yuri, Georgi, and Mila).

And while I know it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but I have seen some rumours that we might be getting s2 this year, so that means it’ll probably air Oct-Dec again. So what if??? Hear me out for a second okay. What if, for the the finale, we get a Christmas special or something, and we get to see a tearful Victuuri reunion, where Yuuri books it out of Japan as soon as the awards ceremony is over, on the first flight he can get to Russia. And like he arrives the day after Christmas and surprises Viktor by showing up rinkside and have another dramatic kiss on live television, while Yura stands in the background puking and yelling about how gross they are.

Please don’t diminish your accomplishments!

I see so many posts that start off with “It may not seem like much to you” or “I know this isn’t impressive but…”

The only person you are competing with is you. 

If this is your first time lifting and you lifted 10 lbs, then celebrate! You just set a record! If this is your first time walking and you walked a mile - that is freaking amazing!!! 

Learning this lesson early will make your journey more enjoyable and more successful. 

I look forward to cheering you along the way!

Rest in peace, Zsa Zsa Gabor, who died today aged 99  (6 February 1917 - 18 December 2016)

She appeared in some excellent films - Moulin Rouge, Lili, Touch of Evil - though she was only a competent actress. I enjoyed her most in Queen of Outer Space (Edward Bernds, 1958) which allowed her to be her own delightfully demented self.

Hatred is Validating

“The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring”

If you claim to “hate” someone, yet devote a significant portion of your time and attention to campaigning a narrative of how irrelevant and meaningless this individual is, you’re actually only highlighting their competence, showcasing their importance to you, and encouraging others to devote a similar measure of focus on this person’s life.

If you perceive yourself to be at the mercy of someone in a way that such a great portion of your identity is centered around professing your disapproval of this individual to your peers or on social media, without any logical argument or strategy to negatively impact their life in any tangible way, then you’re only cultivating their influence; this is little more than a veiled, often unconscious act of worship.

The obsession with deriding others like this, be it celebrities, politicians, religious leaders, your parents, acquaintances, or even your significant other, is fundamentally contradictory. You feel threatened by observing other people ascend a hierarchy in your immediate environment or on a cultural scale, so rather than self-reflect and endure the temporary, though necessary pain of realizing that perhaps, in certain contexts, you are simply inadequate and capable of improving, you consent to elaborate defense mechanisms and orchestrate an echo-chamber with other defeatists to validate your stagnant lifestyle and irrational views.

The truth is, you don’t “hate” these people, you love them, and you love being conquered, because if you weren’t kneeling at their alter and harnessing their eventful lifestyles as a distraction, then you might actually be forced to acknowledge that you’re a victim of your own shortcomings, lack of persistence, inability to provide anything innovative to people, and simply aren’t entitled to priority from others.

Whether you’re the archetypal internet troll or relying on petty gossip, being a meek, passive-aggressive narcissist isn’t exactly the most effective strategy for showcasing your competence or “moral integrity”. Declaring your disapproval of someone, no matter how complex or theatrical, means very little while we can see you kissing their feet.

im like 0% surprised that sangwoo intends to kill jieun or to have bum do it but jeez he’s the WORST serial killer

first he makes the mistake of killing someone from a rich family who will definitely be noticed back in chapter 1, and now he’s just straight up killing people he KNOWS and has a PERSONAL CONNECTION to… he’s definitely not a Clever Calculating killer, he’s completely driven by whatever his emotions and desires are at the time

like i swear he would have gotten caught years ago if seungbae wasn’t literally the only competent cop in the entire area

It was supposed to rain
Yesterday, but it never
Did. The clouds were all there,
But they refused to cleanse the earth.
The sky grew dark much earlier
And the world stayed up out of spite.

Televisions tuned in,
Scrolling on smartphones and switching
Between tabs, refreshing,
Double-checking for an update
On the fate of a country’s
Power-possessor. President.

The red bar rose, racing the blue.
If only it were only colors competing.
Minutes passed by, and hours,
Nothing changing except
The amount of hope left.
Reality left red rashes on cheeks.

Each time a piece of news was released,
We added it to the tally
Of unexpected losses.
President. Vice President.
House. Senate.
What law will pass first?

We fell asleep
Afraid of what would come
When we would wake up.
This morning, the sun shone
Like shining was all it knew how to do,
As we on Earth no longer knew what to do.

In warm and windy air, we wandered
In a strange state of temporary ignorance.
Two more months.
Two more months of this,
Though it is too close to helplessness
To call it ignorance’s bliss.

—  Sometimes reality doesn’t hit until it’s too late.
How’d Trump Win

I’ve some friends fall into a state of existential despair since the election results, and I thought I’d throw some ideas out there regarding how this happened.
It’s the Republican’s Cycle

In US politics, it’s common for the two parties to trade back and forth every election cycle. We just had a Democrat president, so everybody blames the bad details of the last decade on the Democrats. This is also why they lost a bunch of Congress and Senate seats. So when it’s time for a party to lose, they have the tendency to throw a candidate to the wolves.
You notice how, other than Bernie who’s not actually part of their establishment, only Hillary competed in the primaries? Well, it’s because running for president is expensive, and if you lose it’s pretty devastating financially, emotionally, and politically. Often, if someone loses a bid for presidency, they fall into the background of politics, retiring to serve the lobbies, write books, or whatever. That means that when the party is liable to lose, the party may let a person run who they feel can be sacrificed. For Clinton, she was getting old, she hasn’t been super popular anyway, and she would likely step out of front-line politics soon anyway.
Of course nobody expected Trump to be the Republican nominee, which brings us to…
The Republicans Opened the Door to Financial Corruption and Paid for It
Trump became the nominee in the first place because the Republicans abolished laws and rules prohibiting the amount of money they could take from any one donor. Consequently, they had an insane number of establishment candidates running in the primary because each one had the backing of some rich person with an agenda. The trouble with this is that, while having access to all that extra money is great in a general election, it’s bad news in a primary where your voters are more involved and aware of what you’re doing.
If just one establishment candidate had funding from all the rich donors, it might have been a different story, but instead they split the votes and the attention, and here was Trump calling them all jackasses - and that’s the thing. They were being jackasses. There were other factors at play, but I think having teens of candidates on the field vying for power with financial favors to repay really annihilated the mainstream’s ability to function.
The Inevitable Hillary
I remember reading about the “inevitable” Hillary Clinton after she lost the primary to Obama, and one commentary being made was that her attitude really turned a lot of people off. She spoke as though she was predestined to win, and this has two negative effects on a campaign. First, it implies hubris, which irritates people and causes them to walk away from you. Second, it tells your potential voters that there’s not even a need to go to the polls, because you’re already guaranteed to win.
I saw a lot of this again during Clinton’s campaign this year. In fact, when talking to my family, they expressed anxiety about both candidates, but were more nervous about Trump. They were hoping Hillary would win, I think - I can’t speak for them because they were noncommittal, but Hillary was the more stable option - but they also said they weren’t sure if they were going to go to the polls at all. Usually my family votes, but for this cycle I think general disgust kept some people at home. You may not have wanted Trump to win, but you also weren’t excited to vote for HIllary, so you didn’t, and you assumed Trump couldn’t really win anyway.
Meanwhile, Trump was telling his supporters that they had to vote. He was saying the system was rigged, that Hillary would cheat. His supporters were saying the dead would vote for Hillary, that 130% of a city’s population would turn out to the polls this year. They were saying you didn’t just need to vote, but you had to vote in droves, or else Trump was doomed. And they voted! They went to the polls and voted, while people leaning grudgingly towards Hillary didn’t.
Trump supporters won’t like me saying this, but part of his victory is thanks to ignorance and the way the internet has supplied us with information. I try to stay in the middle of the road and avoid clearly biased material, and consequently I spent a lot of time not really understanding why people were supporting Trump at all. I think a lot of plain, bald-faced information about Trump indicates we may have some corruption scandals in the near future, but I talked to one of his supporters and was stunned when I realized he knew nothing about Trump except the positive things Trump was saying about himself.
The most outstanding quote, as I recall, was, “Well Trump is a financial genius, so although he’s really crass, at least he has a lot of ingenuity”. Meanwhile, my impression of Trump was that he’s one of those people who makes messes so huge people let him off the hook because they don’t know how to properly clean them otherwise. Based on some of the stories surrounding some of the bankruptcies he was involved in, I also didn’t understand the financial genius thing.
But this is what the internet has done for people. It’s let us get into boxes, and instead of presenting us with information we haven’t seen, it says, “You enjoyed this. Would you like to see more of the same?” Hence we’re all buried alive in reaction channels and garbage that tickles the fancy of the SEO algorithms. Some people on the far right were actually NOT hearing the compelling negative rhetoric about Trump’s history and personal abilities. Which is madness - the presidential election is usually when you learn everything that’s terrible about both candidates. That was why “Jibjab” came to exist when I was a kid - because you could make entire songs about the retarded, awful things both candidates were doing.
The Economy
And of course, this can’t be understated. On the surface, Clinton came out saying that she wasn’t going to be supporting Wallstreet or the behavior that led to the Great Recession, but behind closed doors it was made fairly clear that she owed her success to those people and had their backs. I don’t think many honestly believed that she was genuinely going to block the TPP or do anything about the alarming growth of wealth disparity in the US. Her spat with Bernie Sanders also didn’t win her much love from the far left.
Meanwhile, a lot of red states and states that switched to red this year had lost a lot of jobs when they shipped overseas. Environmental regulations from the Democrats also cracked down on coal and other industries, which meant States like Kentucky weren’t going to vote Democrat in this generation because they relied on those industries to eat. These are people who had their cars and homes repossessed, and Clinton, promising four more years of Wall Street support, certainly didn’t sound like a move towards the better to them.
Trump, on the other hand, has been promising everywhere he goes that he’s going to get the jobs back and stop illegal immigrants from soaking up all the money. Of course, this requires a crucial misunderstanding of the entire economy, and analysts are pointing out that even if Trump brings industry back, it’s going to return in a highly automated form and not produce nearly as many jobs. Also, illegal Latin immigrants aren’t really doing the harm the right says they are, and most DO pay taxes because it keeps the IRS from poking around and asking questions.
We actually need some crucial reforms to a lot of things. Healthcare being one, because it’s currently the largest and most crippling aspect of government spending and we could reduce it significantly if we would actually pass laws to prevent some of the rampant abuses we’ve been seeing. There’s no one easy fix, though, and the thing is that many of our largest problems are so severe that we’d need long-term cooperation in politics to achieve the necessary changes.
But in Any Case
The internet did say Trump would make anime real. So if it’s any consolation, the death toll from all the explosions and magic will be terrible, but the Gundams will be really cool. I meant to go out and buy some hard liquor as I realized Trump was going to win, but my state has really harsh liquor laws and the stores were closed, so the system’s already falling apart goddamnit.

Mass Effect by Proxy

So you really want to play Mass Effect, but you don’t have a system capable of playing it. So what do you do?

If you’re me and @jasjuliet, you decide to see if it’s possible to play via twitch stream, with someone who’s never played before directing the actions of someone who is only passably competent at gaming.

Will it work out? Will we botch the romance options? Will Fantasia end up driving the Mako into lava for a third time while Jas screams at her to keep her eyes on the road? Who knows!

But it’ll be a lot of fun finding out. Come join us if you want to watch along. 

anonymous asked:

Mr Waverly, sir, who is your smartest agent? We know Napoleon is the top uncle agent, but who is actually the more level headed of them all?

She created her own position, making the very sensible argument that the secretary of a regional head of the UNCLE ought to be at least as thoroughly trained as any agent in the case of infiltration.