What Stace had to say on Friday, February 19th, 2010
Winners and stuff

So, I’ve been sick all week, with a stupid cold, and so have mostly been offline completely. You know, I had a lot of episodes of CSI and Cold Case that I’d seen before but needed to see again, and all that.

Plus I’ve been watching a bit of the Olympics, which I’ll discuss in a minute.

First, the winners of the DEMON POSSESSED and UNHOLY MAGIC cover flats! I decided to pick two winners, because why not, right?

Amanda and Ria! Email me your street addresses and I’ll get those out to you asap.

Next, the winner of a free BLACK DRAGON download: Sarah! Email me and let me know what format you prefer!

So, the Olympics. I’ve watched a bit of the skiing and snowboarding, but honestly don’t really care about them at all. I’ve actually only watched them because of the stupid way NBC keeps forcing me to, by airing drips and drabs of figure skating in between so I’m afraid to change the channel.

Not that it matters that much. The figure skating on the whole has been disappointing and the judging more so. Johnny Weir got totally fucking robbed; he should have scored WAY higher than he did. And I’m sorry, I know it’s bad of me but I wanted Plushenko to win. He’s just so mean and cruel and awesome. One of my Twitter followers called him “the Bond villain of figure skating,” and he is. You have to love a guy who refers to his competitors as “enemies.” That’s what figure skating needs, IMO. More mean bad-assness.

Not to mention, men’s figure skating should be just that. MEN’S. They *should* be doing harder moves, and they should be doing those moves to rougher, thumpier music. All that la-la instrumental stuff was really getting on my nerves, to be honest. It was so asexual. Blah! Bring in the drums! Music with a little energy to it, a little threat. The last movement of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, for example. It’s probably been used a ton but it’s just an example. I know there’s stuff like that out there, so why–with the exception of one or two of them–wasn’t it on the rink?

Just very disappointing. Don’t get me wrong. Lysacek did a beautiful routine, and he deserved a medal. But I agree with those who say if he didn’t do the quad he didn’t deserve a gold. And I was disappointed by the way it seems only Plushenko was willing, or wanted, to be masculine on the ice. Sigh.

4 comments to “Winners and stuff”

  1. Jackie B Central Texas
    · February 19th, 2010 at 4:02 pm · Link

    😈 😈 😈 :sad: :sad: :sad: πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†
    Lucky winners, congratulations!

    jackie b central texas

  2. kirsten saell
    · February 20th, 2010 at 10:22 am · Link

    Ugh, don’t even get me started on the Olympics. Normally, I don’t care, but this time I do because it’s costing my province a shit-ton of money we don’t have to host this thing, money we’ll likely still be paying 30 or 40 years from now. Not to mention the busloads of homeless people (some with mental and criminal issues) the government shipped to small communities up north (like where I live) so they wouldn’t be an eyesore during the big event.

    Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing but sympathy for people who for whatever reason can’t support themselves. But dammit, we have zero community resources to deal with these people–no shelters, no support network, no freaking nothing. Even our food banks are a bloody joke, really. And they’ve just been cast adrift here because they’d be an embarrassment to Vancouver during the big event.

    So I haven’t been watching any of the events. I’ve got a big enough gutful of anger over my own shit right now to go adding to it, lol.

    Not that I think it’s wrong for other people to enjoy it–in fact, I’m glad to see a lot of people getting into the spirit of it. In George RR Martin’s words, “The cow’s been milked, there’s no squirting the cream back up her udder.” Someone really ought to be drinking that milk so it doesn’t totally go to waste, right?

  3. writtenwyrdd
    · February 21st, 2010 at 1:31 pm · Link

    Funny, I like the new rating system and how it’s the overall complexity of the entire routine, not a single trick, that can win the night for a skater. What bothers me is how they can give the gold and silver winners the exact same score for artistic value (whatever it’s now called) and the american skater was vastly more artistic.

    There is one thing I wish would change, and it steps away from ‘manliness’ to poufiness: I really miss the old system’s focus on the movement of the whole body and not just garnering the most trick points. These skaters just flail their arms about haphazardly most of the time. It gripes me to watch that. :)

  4. Bernita
    · February 22nd, 2010 at 9:19 am · Link

    The pairs skaters have shown a lot of vitality and verve.
    Hope you get to see them.

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