rare elite

myangelsheaven  asked:

what's on mobula's hair tie? been wondering since i drew him

he wears a handmade hair tie made from a zapfish scale attached to seaweed! chimera wears that too, they both made their own hair ties actually. the two combined things that were very special to them to make a sort of friendship bracelet thing to symbolize their close bond

its nothing too fancy, but its hella important to both of them

anonymous asked:

Jackie Wong on twitter says "There's a difference between a pure tap, a standard/messy tap, and prerotation, the third of which RARELY happens with elite skaters" and says that Shoma does a "messy tap." This is the first time I've encountered that term. What does it mean?

For someone who wanted to bring clarity, I’d say Wong managed to put up even more confusion. Quite something :P 

He distinguished by “pure tap” “messy tap” (standard, tho?!) and “prerotation”, bringing together things that are not quite the same.

Let’s just remember once again what is that ISU says on the matter:

As you can read, ISU speaks of “take-off”, which is different from “tapping”. Tapping is the action to tap on ice your toe for toe-jumps, take off is the moment you leave the ice (incidentally, Axel - which is listed as a jump that can be cheated - doesn’t have a “tap”, being an edge jump).

Now, for what it means, I’m going to show different gifs from different skaters from different kind of toe-jumps (toe, flip and lutz).


1) “Pure tap”, aka you tap on ice and immediatly leave. Note how only the toe is pointing on ice and no other part of the pointing blade is touching it.


2) My definition of “messy tap”: when you shift your weigh from toe towards heel and put on ice not only the toe but also part of the blade (creating something that’s middle way between a flip/lutz and a rittberger) and/or point too much inward towards your skating edge.

There are different variations of this kind of “messy tap” (less or more severe). If you see someone (especially from Russia) that uses “Flipberger / Flutzberger / Loopzt” term, they are referring to this kind of tapping 

A “messy” tapping can be more or less prerotated (take off can be before or after 180°)


3) A “pure forward tapping” is when you tap forward. You don’t rotate on your toe, but you directly point your toe forward.

This kind of tapping - that’s possible with a toe-loop, where your hips are open to rotation: trying to do the same with a flip or a lutz would require quite contorsionism skills - is the easiest cheated take off to see. It’s also the one that doesn’t need any kind of slow motion to be called.


Any forward tapping is a cheated take off, not every cheated take off is a forward tapping.


Now, among replies to Wong, I think it’s worth pointing out one that quotes someone that is for sure more qualified than me (and I would dare say than Wong too) to speak about this topic.

Shin Amano (who I dare to say knows a thing or two about rotations) is speaking about a cheated take off on an Axel, but it can maybe be useful to have a more clear understanding on it:

But if it’s overdone [the skid], it would become pretty much a backward take off into the air, even though it was supposed to be forward. That becomes a “cheated take off”.

Notice how Amano speaks of “overdone” on the skid (one of the two ways you can enter your Axel). You enter the axel right, but overdo your skid and the take off becomes backward (instead of forward).

Apply same concept to toe jumps and you have your prerotation on toe jumps explanation.


Now, where I do agree with Wong is that a “messy tap” (gifs from point 2) is as-of-now worthy minus GOE (more severe in second GIF than in first one) more than a proper deduction on BV since you are not allowed to watch that take off in slow motion and when in doubt the call must be done in favour of the skater.

On gif from point 3 there’s no doubt even at regular speed that the take off is indeed forward, instead.

But not being able - due to current rules - to call a jump prerotated* at regular speed doesn’t mean the jump is not prerotated itself.


*gently reminder that prerotation up to 180° is considered - as of now - acceptable. Some jumps (toe, salchow, loop) have a natural prerotation in their technique. Some jumps haven’t (or shouldn’t have or should be to a way lesser degree). ISU - as of now - doesn’t distinguish among them and only speak of “cheated take off” as shown in first pic.

** I’m leaving Uncle Kurt outside of this, but I dare say he knows a thing or two about this topic and about how prerotating a jump help you otherwise as well.

anonymous asked:

I think I really fucked up my life. I am a non trad who decided to pursue medicine after undergrad. I had a poor 2.6 undergrad gpa as a non-science major. I took all my science pre reqs and came out with a 3.2 cum science gpa. Not spectacular I know. I spent too much of my time working to make sure I was able to pay undergrad loans and bills. Now Im 4 years out, Ive taken the MCAT 3x now, and I don't know what to do anymore. I feel like such failure. Do you have any advice for me?

people are not failures. people fail, but it is what they learn from it and what they do afterwards that makes them who they are.

knowing ONLY what you have told me about your path, i would say that it may be time to think very critically about what it is that you want out of a career that you believe you will get out of medicine. getting a medical school spot is a rare and elite accomplishment, but it is NOT an achievement in itself. and that is not to take anything away from the people who have gotten into medical school, but to give you some perspective.

the path to happiness is not a ladder, where if you can’t make it up one rung, you can’t get to the top. it’s a jungle gym. there are many paths to fulfillment. and i would say that, objectively, for you, the path you’re on is not taking you to a good place. you are still young, you can still figure things out, and there is no shame in taking a different path that is better for you.

you can still win. you can still help people in a meaningful way and you can still be a respected person and you can still do whatever it is you believe that being a doctor is. but medicine IS a ladder, and if you can’t make it up the ladder, i’d suggest switching to the jungle gym.

and i say this, of course, as a ladder-jumper. the jungle gym is not that bad. it’s actually a lot funner, and more humane, and i’m still trying to help the people on the ladder :)

Although Gym Leaders are often strong enough to hold their own opposite Elites, they rarely utilise their full potential against amateur trainers. This is because Gym Leaders aim to advance their students’ capabilities, something that cannot be achieved through obliterating their team before it can land a hit. By battling a student in a downplayed manner that specifically exploits just one of their weaknesses, the student can recognise that weakness and learn to rectify it. 

For example, if a young trainer with a fast, hard hitting team showed up to a Gym, the Leader might focus on crippling said team with paralysis and then taking them down. This would show the young trainer that they had to devise a strategy to cope with status effects. Once they did that, the Leader would battle them in the same way and see if their student managed to defeat them. 

A good Gym Leader is one flexible enough to challenge trainers of a variety of strengths. They must be able to target the weaknesses of an accomplished trainer, but also to show a complete novice where they need to improve. There may be occasions where Gym Leaders go all out against students - some pupils may even request that they do so, to see how well they can cope in an honest battle - but the majority of Gym matches are considerably less intense than official ones. The way a Gym Leader would battle against students and the way they would battle at the PWT would be wildly different.

This is one of the reasons why the gulf between challenging Gyms and taking on the Elite Four is so wide. Elites are not teachers, and their reputation hinges solely on their number of victories and how they achieve them. They never accommodate their opponent’s battle style. For this reason, many trainers seek honest matches with a number of Gym Leaders before requesting a battle with an Elite. If you aren’t prepared, they will wipe the floor with you.

(This is also my fancy explanation for why the Gyms get more difficult as you progress through a region. It’s not that the Leaders increase in strength, but that they fight harder against those with greater ability.)

When I first explored Highmountain the week of Legion’s launch, I spotted this rare elite harpy along the eastern coastal cliffs.  I had seen other rare elites while exploring the Broken Isles, and eventually had a quest to kill most of them, so I figured eventually I would have a reason to kill her, too.

I never did.  

With my item level of 926 I figured I could solo her now, so when I was in the area I took her on.  I easily killed her.  She dropped some order resources.  Very anticlimactic.

theflamingrainbow  asked:

(Bloodontherocks) Bloodstone sat in the cell, grumbling and kicking at the walls. This was the third owner this cycle... the feral gem had yet to meet her match. She was young and well, a Bloodstone. Bloodstones were notoriously difficult to handle and through their status sitting even below a Pearl, they were rare and sought after for pets or slaves for the elite. Too rare to crush but too difficult to have freedom.

Blue Topaz’s heels clicked loudly against the cold floors of the dungeon, stopping at the only cell occupied and crouching down, looking at the Bloodstone kicking the walls. This was the first she’d ever seen, and it thrilled her as much as any new discovery. She hummed quietly and put on a smile, speaking as sweetly as she possibly could considering her snarky personality. “Hello, Bloodstone.”

[ @bloodontherocks ]

Ouran As...2

Bending Styles!

Tamaki: Air! Tamaki’s generally non-confrontational(as it’s unbecoming to a gentleman) much like the airbenders. Tamaki is very spiritual, if not in a religious sense, which is what the airbending style if focused on. Not to forget his lightheartedness and easy-going attitude.

Haruhi: Water! Haruhi is very go with the flow, and is known to be highly versatile in her pursuits. Waterbending is known for its discipline and flexibility, just like Haruhi’s dedication to her work/studies. 

Hikaru: Fire! Hikaru, emotionally speaking, is really much more of a firecracker than his brother. He’s clearly short-tempered and angers easily when things don’t go his way. Firebending is typically aggressive and extravagant, much like Hikaru himself.

Kaoru: Water! His brother’s compliment in every way, Kaoru is more level-headed and calm than Hikaru when the two are separated. Like Haruhi, he’s very go with the flow and like water to fire, he seems to quell Hikaru’s more intense outbursts.

Kyoya: Fire! Firebending is all about control, just like Kyoya. It’s fueled by a person’s drive and determination, which are key aspects of Kyoya’s personality. In ATLA, firebending is shown as being a skill of the elite - rarely seen outside the royal family or its military, just as Kyoya’s elite status sets him apart from others.

Honey: Air! Like Tamaki, Honey is remarkably lighthearted and aside from when his friends are threatened, entirely non-confrontational, and is in fact more of a peacekeeper - the airbenders being a generally pacifistic people.

Mori: Earth! Mori’s level-headedness and strength, both moral and physical, would make him a great earthbender. He’s solid and unmoving like the earth, and seems to be the group’s “rock”, so to speak.

well the underbelly is fuckin wild now

there was a boss level spider running around killing everyone, not even an elite or rare, it was just boss level

theres a dancing murloc named jerkin joe and he’s doing, you guessed it, the cotton eye joe

literally 30 seconds after finding the murloc the guards went on break making the place a free-for-all so everyone could attack each other and steal shit and there were skeletons littering the floor

andromedazhumanz  asked:

Here's a ridiculous theory. What if Pink Diamond was actually a fusion that Rose was one half of? Fusion between different types of Gems was unheard of so could it be possible she could pass herself off as some kind of rare, elite gem? For power or just for attention

Well, there’s two problems with that theory (and it’s one a friend of mine brought to me, too, so you’re not alone).

1)  Rose’s reaction to first seeing the newly-fused Garnet was one of genuine surprise.  Garnet was the first known example of two gems of different types fusing and Rose seemed genuinely interested in this, while also accepting of it (because that’s her nature).  I think her reaction would have been very different had she herself previously been part of a fusion to create Pink Diamond.

2)  Rose has her secrets, but so far as we know, she’s not really a glutton for attention.  It’s unlike her to seek out fame or power.  It’s pretty safe to assume that her place as the leader of the rebellion was born of a genuine interest in making the universe a better, fairer place.

It’s a cool theory, though!  Part of me thinks that Yellow Diamond might be a fusion and that it’s possible that the other Diamonds are fusions, too, and they support an agenda of a society that looks down upon fusions so that no other gems are tempted to become powerful enough to overthrow the Diamonds.  Kinda like politicians who vocally condemn the gay agenda but are caught two weeks later renting a young male hooker in a seedy hotel outside of D.C.  If any of this theory is true, though, it probably suggests that Rose wasn’t a Diamond.  And I’m not convinced she was, so it’s an interesting theory to think about.  Yellow Diamond is a giant woman, as the other fusions have mostly been, and her neck is unusually long.  Maybe instead of getting extra eyes and arms, she got extra neck?  Sounds funny, but it’s possible.

Anyway.  That’s my two cents.