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YoI Movie: Speculation

So we’re getting a movie. I have thought long and hard over this, speculating on what it is going to be about since this is all new information and not just a retelling of the show.

Many of us believe YoI takes place in 2012, because the Sochi Grand Prix Final irl, also took place in 2012. Add the fact that the GPF symbol for the YOI Barcelona GPF mimics the 2013 symbol, and it just adds to our belief.(In fanfic I prefer to keep them up to current time thanks to better technology, but I’m still on the 2012 belief as far as canon goes.)

Now, if the in-show universe did in fact begin in 2012, we have a timeline.

Starts in the 2012-13 Grand Prix Circuit.

December 2012 Sochi GPF- Yuuri is in 6th.

December 2012 Japan Nationals- Yuuri fails even further.

January 2013 European Championships - assumed Victor went and won gold.

February 2013 Four Continents Championship- Yuuri didn’t qualify or he didn’t go.

March 2013 World Championships-  Yuuri couldn’t go and Victor wins again!

April 2013- Victor flies across the world for Yuuri.

May-August- Training.

September 2013 Regionals- Yuuri wins with a new SP high score.

October 2013 GPF Qualifying Round in China - Yuuri places Second with silver, and a new SP score.

November 2013 GPF Qualifying Round in Russia- Yuuri places Fourth and squeaks into the Barcelona GPF.

December 2013 Barcelona GPF- Yuuri places Second, he and Victor skate together, both decide to continue skating, and both are the only skaters capable of a Quad Flip.

So now that the possible timeline is established, the big event that comes next isn’t the 4CC or the EC or even Worlds.

In February of 2014, the Winter Olympics take place in Russia. Sochi to be precise. And as we know from the end of Season 1, Yuuri is currently training in Russia with Victor and Yurio.

So comes my wild and barely plausible theory that the movie might be about the Olympics. Imagine the drama that could go down with them competing for different countries and the fact that Yuuri’s coach would also probably be competing. 

And if the show actually began in 2016 and ran through 2017 in-show, then they would have the 2018 Winter Olympics to face.

Anyway, these are just my thoughts. It would be pretty cool to see Yuuri win Olympic gold after all his hard work.

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 18th- Ashley Lambert (Nebraska)

Ashley Lambert (born March 4th 1995) is a former level 10 gymnast who is currently a senior at the University of Nebraska majoring in advertising and public relations. She did her club training at World Class Gymnastics under Tami Harrison and Troy Miller.

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • Five-time US JO Nationals Qualifier 
  • 2013 Regionals Beam and Floor Champion
  • 2013 US JO Nationals Beam Champion

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 10.000
  • Bars: 9.875
  • Beam: 9.825
  • Floor: 9.950

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • Four-time Big 10 Specialist of the Week
  • Academic All-Big 10 (2015 and 2016)
  • Second-team All-American on floor (2015)
Clinging to This Hating Game 5/7

For the @prompt-a-klainefic blog’s 2017 Reverse Bang

Link to the art by @datshitrandom

the prompt:

Kurt and Blaine couldn’t stand each other in high school, maybe one was a jock/cheerleader and the other a nerd/glee clubber. Or they were bitter rivals for competition solos if they were both in glee club. Now they both live in NY and their friends set them up on a blind date, not knowing they went to the same high school.

High School AU, Cheerio!Kurt, Jock!Blaine
Rating: Explicit
Warnings:  some bullying and homophobic language, teenage sex
Word Count: ~3900 (this chapter)

Everything wonky is my fault.

AO3 link Chapter 5

On tumblr: Ch 1, Ch 2, Ch 3, Ch 4

Well.

After a slap fight with my beta that turned into full on mud-wrestling, this one very long chapter has been turned into two. The good news is that the second half will post no later than Sunday, and possibly earlier.

Forever thanks to @mshoneysucklepink for the beta. And the slap-fight.

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Chapter 5

Kurt had always expected that by the time he reached his final semester of high school the pressure that he’d felt for four years would have fizzled out. The pressure he’d put on himself to be better, to rise above everyone’s expectations, the pressure to get everything right all the time, to take away any ammunition that could be used against him.

After all, his college applications were in, he’d sent out his audition videos (except NYADA, of course, they would require an in-person audition) and he was still in the lead for valedictorian. That should mean he should be able to coast through one semester.

It didn’t.

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BLM Colorado Intern Conducting Research on Public Lands Wins Big at Science Fair

Tayler Rocha, a high school intern for the Bureau of Land Management-Colorado San Luis Valley (SLV) Field Office, recently presented her research findings during the SLV’s monthly staff meeting. As her research shows, Rocha is quickly becoming a youth to watch for great success! For the second year in a row, she received numerous awards and honors for her science fair project, which was designed to answer management questions targeting wildlife, riparian and wetlands issues on BLM-managed land in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.

Tayler Rocha collects macro-invertebrates at San Luis Lakes as a part of her science fair project about endangered southwestern willow flycatcher habitat.

This year, Rocha’s project recommendeds strategies for managing endangered southwestern willow flycatcher habitat based on results from her research. She compared habitat characteristics on burned versus unburned lands as well as on occupied versus unoccupied habitat within the BLM’s Simpson/ McIntire property. The property was recently designated as critical habitat for the SWF, and a 900-acre wildfire in Spring 2013 provided the perfect opportunity for her study. Rocha received mentorship from Loree Harvey, an SLV seasonal employee, along with Monte Vista School District science teacher and other BLM employees.

Tayler takes water samples as part of her research.

Rocha’s project has not only taken her to Colorado’s statewide Science and Engineering Fair, but will also be instrumental in the future management strategy for the critical habitat. She has been a seasonal employee or volunteer for the wildlife program for the San Luis Valley Field Office for four years, and this is her second science fair project focused on assisting the BLM with management strategies for this important habitat.

Tayler Rocha proudly stands by her science fair project that analyzed critical habitat for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher at the 2013 Regional Science Fair.

This year, Rocha received top honors at regional and state science fairs as well as the International Science and Engineering Fair. Over the past four years, she has consistently placed in the top three spots at the regional and state science fairs and even received a full-ride scholarship to Drexel University based on her research for the 2013 International Science and Engineering Fair.

Last November, Rocha applied to the highest-level research competition for non-college students, the Intel Science Talent Search. The competition is only open to high school seniors, and approximately 2,000 students nationwide enter each year. Students compete for top prizes, to include a week in Washinton D.C. to tour the nation’s capital and meet the President. Rocha was selected as one of 300 semifinalists. No student from the San Luis Valley has ever made the first cut, and only a handful of Colorado students in the last decade have made it this far. The BLM San Luis Valley Field Office proudly celebrates her success!

-Jill Lucero, Wetlands Biologist in BLM SLV; Alyssa Radcliff, Wildlife Biologist, BLM SLV; Kyle Sullivan, Public Affairs Specialist, Front Range District; and Courtney Whiteman, Public Affairs Specialist, Colorado State Office

I have been quiet about it so far but in case anyone’s wondering I spoke with some friends in Seoul recently and they have reassured me that western media is definitely blowing everything out of proportion and while it’s tense over there (and while this instance is a bit different from other past incidents between n/s Korea) most people over there aren’t seriously worried. Things like this apparently happen each year around this time and have for “many many years.” 

Evacuations were precautionary and covered a small amount of space in South Korea’s western border. North Korea sent a letter separate from their threatening ones offering the option to S. Korea to settle the matter peacefully. South Korea has already sent a letter apologizing for retaliating with shells (though Kim Jong Un apparently refused to accept it), so it seems that talks are in the works despite all the news about the possibility of skirmish.

North Korea have mobilized troops and declared a “quasi state of war.” While we won’t see the effects of this statement until, presumably, Saturday at 5PM (KST), which is the deadline for South Korea to turn off their DMZ-facing loudspeakers, consider past events and the rhetoric previously used: 

from this article: 

During a period of heightened tensions in the region in 2013, North Korea announced it had entered “a state of war” with South Korea. That situation didn’t result in military clashes.

Jamie Metzl, an Asia expert for the Atlantic Council in New York, said he thought it was unlikely that the current crisis would escalate further.

“North Korea has more to gain from conflict theater than from a conflict that would quickly expose its fundamental weakness,” he said.

I don’t write this to undermine the recent events. There has been an accumulation of conflicts between the two countries in recent months that has led South Korea to turn on their loudspeakers for the first time since 2004, in breach of an agreement between the countries, especially a land-mine explosion earlier this month that killed two South Korean soldiers and which South Korea blamed on North Korea. So it’s understandable that, at least abroad, there is considerable concern as to the outcome of this particular conflict as differentiated from conflicts of the past. 

However–the two countries are technically still at war; rather than a peace treaty, an armistice put an end to the fighting of the Korean War in 1953. Were the countries to engage in warfare again it would be a breach of armistice rather than the reinstatement of war. While this isn’t really reassuring, I mention it because the rhetoric of declaring a “quasi state of war” is basically just stating the obvious, since the two countries are already in a quasi state of war if you look at it from a purely rhetorical point of view (here I distinguish “state of war” from actual warfare with fighting/casualties etc). And right now all we have is rhetoric–no real military conflict (or warlike conditions). So, looking at it this way, all Kim Jong Un has done is put words to, quite publicly and sensationally, a condition between the countries that already exists and has existed as long as both countries themselves. 

And I will add this: that certainly, “conflict theater” is concerning. North Korea’s rhetoric is often bellicose (literally) and, well, the point of theatre is to be convincing. So it’s okay to be concerned or scared. However, when you reblog certain posts without researching or speak without true knowledge, it’s basically just fuel to the fire North Korea has sparked with its threatening communications.

Rather than spreading rumors like, “North and South Korea could be at war soon!” it seems best to remain calm, quiet, and wait for more concrete information. South Korean and American militaries are monitoring the situation and we’ll definitely hear about it if the two countries officially break ceasefire.

If you have friends in Korea and are wondering what you can do to help, reach out to them directly rather than participating in the internet’s promulgation of fear/hypersensitivity :) 

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