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  • what i say: i'm fine
  • what i mean: yuuri smashed the record for viktor's free skate with a perfect quadruple flip that had not only viktor but me in tears. viktor nikiforov is returning to competitive ice skating as both a skater and a coach with yuuri by his side. yuuri moved to russia and i'm 100% sure that he's living with viktor. viktor's "stay close to me" program came full circle with their pair skate. we don't deserve this anime.

pop queens aka ariana grande and little mix are getting snubbed at music awards when they’re out here making pop perfection albums and breaking records and smashing the charts with their songs…….. both artists are extremely talented in terms of vocals and artistry, they both put on amazing performances that are high in production that even includes choreography while singing their lungs out…….. justice for ariana and little mix im so done with ppl sleeping on talent 

can you imagine being sayo yamamoto and mitsuro kubo rn???? you’re lifetime fans of a fairly obscure sport, you finally after years get the greenlight to write a story about it, you pay open tribute to heroes of the sport, you include a relationship that has the potential to be controversial, and you hope it gets a nice niche following but you’re not sure it’s going to succeed

and then not only does it succeed, it smashes revenue records. literal world record holders in the sport you love are live-tweeting about it. the very athletes you honored in your show are huge fans. olympic medalists are asking to be put in the show and to voice themselves. competitors are referencing it on national television and have adopted it as something they love in return

must be so wild

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Dan Stevens on the "Terrifying" Pressure of 'Beauty and the Beast'
The 'Legion' star and former 'Downton Abbey' heartthrob on taking on one of Disney's most famous princes.

DAN STEVENS ON THE “TERRIFYING” PRESSURE OF ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’

In case you didn’t notice, Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake is currently the biggest movie in the world, having smashed five box-office records during its opening weekend alone. You can thank Dan Stevens in part for the film’s massive success; the Downton Abbey alum took on arguably the movie’s most challenging role, bringing the lovelorn, misunderstood Beast to life through a motion-capture suit and prosthetics. It’s a stark departure from his starring turn as X-Men mutant David Haller in FX’s new smash-hit series Legion, which received its Season 2 order last week. “To get to explore fantastical realms has always been a dream of mine, so long may it continue,” Stevens says of his current penchant for less-than-human roles. Below, the actor opens up about the “extreme excitement and mild terror” of taking on one of Disney’s most iconic roles, creating the voice of the Beast and developing his back story.

He admits he was “terrified” when he was cast in the role.

“It was a mixture of extreme excitement and mild terror. It’s a huge honor to be asked to play an iconic role like this. It’s a privilege. I guess the biggest responsibility I felt was to my childhood self, really, who loved this fairytale, loved fairytales in general, and loved the animated film. Then it was to my own kids. I tried not to think about all the millions of other kids that would be seeing it. Just my own, and thinking about the ways in which they enjoy the book when we read it to them, and the things in the animated film that made them laugh, and trying to retain those things.”

There were several moments throughout the filmmaking process where he questioned if he’d be able to pull off a convincing Beast.

“That question was going on throughout pre-production, really. We were exploring a couple of different ways that we might [create the Beast], so I was exploring prosthetic options, and the muscle suit was being constructed for the mass and hulk of the Beast, so I was getting to explore moving around with that on. The stilts were being modified almost daily. We’d have a meeting in the morning with a team of engineers and the choreographers, and we’d try and modify these things so I could waltz in them effectively. It wasn’t so comfortable, but definitely in a way that wasn’t going to completely cripple me. With the dance training, getting those steps down, but then getting them down in the stilts… Every day I woke up thinking, "How are we going to do this?” I continued to probably think that throughout the post[-production] process as well. The first cut of the film, the first rough assembly that Bill showed me of the movie—which was gorgeous, by the way—had me still in my Lycra suit. There was no CGI rendered at all, so the performance was there, but I had to just draw on untold resources of imagination to believe and will the Beast into being.“

Besides the Beast’s appearance, very little in the film actually used a green screen—which helped Stevens and the rest of the cast make the world of Beauty and the Beast believable.

What [director] Bill [Condon] really wanted, from the very beginning, was in order to have a world in which you have these fantastical beasts that we’re creating using technology, everything else had to feel and look real. There wasn’t a lot of green screen. The costumes and the props, and Sarah Greenwood’s production design, were intentionally practical and gorgeous. The ballroom was 360 degrees of gorgeousness. It was vast, and that area of the castle, going from the terrace outside the ballroom, through the ballroom into the hallway, around by the fireside and in through to the kitchen and the dining room, that was all one giant set. It was two massive hangars worth of set, and it would take about five minutes to walk through from one end to the other. In that sense, it felt about as real as it could. I would lumber in in this giant, gray motion capture muscle suit and feel pretty monstrous.”

Stevens’s voice wasn’t really modified to play the Beast.

“That was actually my voice. I guess they work up the bass a little bit, but no, it was something that came out of a prosthetic exploration. They made these incredible fangs for me, so I could go away and wear those for a few hours a day and figure out how he was going to talk. I started looking at how the very vain character that you see in the beginning of the movie would try and hide these fangs when he’s been cursed with these monstrous teeth. He ends up with a kind of downturned mouth, but he can still talk out of the front of his mouth and hide the fangs. On top of which, he’s a very grumpy man. He’s been stuck in this lonely tower for ten years. It’s sort of this downturned mouth thing that probably stretched the larynx, and I thought, that’s interesting. I could pursue that and have him talk more out of the bottom of his mouth, and this incredibly grumpy, dry character started to emerge.”

He did his own singing, too.

“I had an incredible voice coach. First of all, my wife, who coached me for the audition, and Ann-Marie Speed, who teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London. [She] really got me to engage with the musculature of the voice in the same way that I was engaging my body physically to puppeteer the Beast, and to dance and do all the physical prep. [She helped me] get to grips with my voice in a new way, both to speak as the Beast, but also sing as the Beast.”

He hopes audiences pick up on the subtle changes that set the new movie apart from the original.

“You see a little bit of the Prince’s back story. You see the kind of parties he used to hold before he was cursed, and telling a bit of his back story through dance. This kind of speed-waltzing that we see at the beginning, where he’s dancing with 60 princesses—he doesn’t particularly connect to any of them.

And then obviously you’ve got that lovely celebration at the end, winter turning to spring—I think that was a new verse. They discovered some of Howard Ashman’s notes or some of Howard and Alan [Menken]’s notes, and they discovered a new verse that hadn’t been used in the original Beauty and the Beast song. I’m going to get it wildly wrong now, but I think it’s "Winter turns to spring, famine turns to feast. Nature points the way, nothing left to say. Beauty and the Beast.” That’s not in the original. It’s still the same beautiful tune, but I guess it’s telling of the whole story, really, that it’s the same tune, the same melodies, but sung in a slightly different way, which make [the songs] classics, which make them timeless. It is also a lovely verse. It’s a lovely sentiment to go out on.“

Good morning.

For those of you who didn’t know, Donald Trump is going to be the next President of the United States of America.

Now, with this comes a lot of hate and discrimination against groups of people, those of us who didn’t wish for this, and for those of us considerably less fortunate than the rich, white elitists Trump obviously ran for.

But, remember, 2016 wasn’t all bad.

Some good things happened.

  • The tiger population world wide, has increased. 3,890 now, compared to the 3,200 recorded in 2010.
  • Giant Pandas are no longer on the endangered species list.
  • The Juno space craft finally reached Jupiter. Meaning Jupiter’s wife finally checked in on him. 
  • India planted 50 million trees in ONE DAY!! Literally smashing the world record!! That’s a lot of trees!
  • ALS is taking steps in advancement, as doctors and scientists find the gene responsible for the disease. Meaning we are closer to finding an effective cure!
  • There has been a lot of advancement in finding cures for different kinds of cancer, and some are already being tested!
  • Pokemon Go is helping a lot of people with depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses get out and possibly meet new people, and new friends!
  • Pokemon Go players also dropped lures by children’s hospitals so the kids inside could play too!
  • Ghostbusters, with an all Female leading cast, came out and exceeded a lot of people’s expectations. We are still reaping int he tears of the fanboys who didn’t want this to happen because it “ruined their childhood”.
  • Kubo and the Two Strings, a movie that really stunned, came out with beautiful stop-motion animation, loveable characters and a good plot.
  • Captain America Civil War came out, and made us choose a team to be on.
  • X-Men; Apocalypse came out, and we all realized that wow the 80′s were great and a lot of us just want a boyfriend like Kurt Wagner?
  • A new Star Wars movie is coming out at the end of this year. We have that to look forward too.
  • When the Daniel Lara, responsible for ‘DAMN DANIEL’ received a lifetime of free Vans from the company, he donated them to a Children’s Hospital in California.
  • Someone today, someone yesterday, the day before and so on had their first kiss with the person they’ll be with happily for the rest of their life.
  • Someone out there today, and on days already passed this year, is going the the finalization of their adoption meaning they’re now one with a family who truly wanted them.
  • Someone today, someone yesterday, the day before and so on realized they were in love, and all of them may have had a different reaction to it. But alas, love wins in a world full of hate.
  • Michael Jordan donated 2 million dollars to help bridge the people of the USA and the police.
  • California is powering 6 Million homes on Solar Power. (A US record)!

It was almost too much for Rick Swenson to take.

First, his friend smashed a car by dropping a 1,400-pound pumpkin on it at a charity event — then he had to stand by as that same friend smashed Swenson’s personal record by growing another 1,400-pound monster. Swenson, a competitive pumpkin grower from Minnesota, couldn’t just let his friend one-up him like this.

So, Rick Swenson cultivated an idea to take back bragging rights: He would go for the world record for the longest distance paddled in a giant pumpkin. Yes, apparently that’s a thing.

He Couldn’t Break The Record For Pumpkin-Growing — So He Broke Out A Paddle

Photo: Mark Peterson/Courtesy of Rick Swenson

DANCE MUSIC 101

Someone on Twitter asked where I would recommend starting if one is interested in getting into techno (or other dance music). Here is my attempt at an answer!

For starters, I’d recommend beginning with DJ mixes. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to keep up with singles (dance music’s dominant release format), and artist albums can be wildly uneven, aside from the occasional crossover smash (Disclosure’s first record or Daniel Avery’s “Drone Logic,” for example). Mixes give you a good idea of a particular DJ’s current taste as well as an overview of a certain subsection of the dance music. A good mix takes you on a journey- it’s a unique format that doesn’t get enough love in mainstream music circles. And if a particular track really grabs your attention, you can track down the artist and dive down that rabbithole to your heart’s delight.

So, where to start with mixes?

I have a few go-to labels/imprints that I feel put out consistently good mixes covering a wide variety of styles. Fabric and FABRICLIVE are my two favorites- I’ll go into some detail here.


Fabric tends to feature big-name DJs spinning techno and techno-affiliated stuff: if you’re into deeper, moody stuff or really driving, beat-oriented techno, you’ll find a lot to like. 

STANDOUT MIXES: 

Fabric 83: Joris Voorn- Voorn mixes literally dozens of tracks, spliced into micro-loops and layered atop one another to create a seamless mix that verges on deep house without ever becoming treacly.

Fabric 80: Joseph Capriati- On the opposite end of the spectrum, Capriati’s Fabric mix is almost nonstop, punishing techno that remains accessible and never strays too far into the abstract.

Fabric 86: Eats Everything- this one’s more house-flavored, which is to say a little more melody and a little more swing than you’d get on a straight up techno mix. It covers a wide range of tracks and stitches them into a cohesive whole.


FABRICLIVE, on the other hand, trades in UK grime, drum ‘n bass, garage, electro, and all sorts of other stuff generally outside the purview of Fabric’s flagship series. Because of the huge variety of styles, you might absolutely adore one mix and yet loathe another. But it’s virtually certain that some of them will scratch your particular itches.

STANDOUT MIXES:

FABRICLIVE 66: Daniel Avery- the mix that put Avery on the map, a colossal selection of electro and electro-tinged techno. An absolute must-listen.

FABRICLIVE 75 Elijah & Skilliam- this mix from the heads of UK grime label Butters is a fantastic ride. If you’re unfamiliar with grime, it’s a fun introduction to some of that genre’s best artists.

FABRICLIVE 76: Calyx & Teebee- casual listeners probably don’t even know drum n bass is still a THING, but this mix is incredibly vital, relentless, and heavy. If you’re into dubstep, or even metal, you’ll probably find a lot to like here.


Aside from the Fabric stuff, I also recommend DJ-Kicks (tends to be more accessible, established artists), and electronic music site Resident Advisor’s RA Podcast. The RA podcast in particular is great because you get free, weekly high quality mixes from very different DJs. There’s also literally thousands of mixes available on Soundcloud and Bandcamp, and Boiler Room puts out fantastic live stuff on its Youtube channel.

Ultimately, you shouldn’t be intimidated by the scope of dance music or the variety and subtle differences between the genres. Experiment! Scroll through snippets of mixes on iTunes or Soundcloud and see what catches your fancy. There’s a ton of great shit out there if you’re willing to poke around a bit.

anonymous asked:

I was a lil bit confused with the ending watching the raw too. Now I'm happy ^^ I wanted the gold too but I'll gladly sacrifice it for a season 2 lol

I don’t know why the possibility of Victor actually returning to skating never seemed possible to me? And I would have never dreamed he would remain a competitor and act as Yuuri’s coach at the same time. Talk about a conflict of interests!

I loved Victor’s dialogue to Yuuri about how as a coach, having his record smashed was bliss, and how as a skater, having his record smashed was a DISS.

Ugh. I’m swimming in feels. Help!

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Reveal: The NIO EP9 Electric Car

Today, at a launch event at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK, electric car company NextEV unveiled its brand, NIO. This visionary electric car brand will help users rediscover the ‘joyful lifestyle’ of car ownership by creating inspiring vehicles that deliver superior performance, a new benchmark for aesthetic design and unique user experiences.

Additionally, the company unveiled its electric supercar, the NIO EP9, which has achieved a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe. On October 12th 2016, the EP9 lapped the ‘Green Hell’ in 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record, making it the fastest electric car in the world. Additionally, on November 4th, it smashed the EV record at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, recording a time of 1m 52.78s, eclipsing the previous record of 2m 40s.

With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes,the EP9 delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1,360PS. The EP9 accelerates from 0-200kph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 313kph. With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 427 kilometres.

The carbon cockpit and chassis embodies a new approach to performance vehicle design to handle the physical demands of a car with 3G cornering capabilities, with added structural solidity and aero efficiency. The EP9 is capable of achieving 24,000 Newtons of downforce at 240kph.