Monday, November 25, 2013

What do "get" and Breaking Bad have in common?

This meme that I made--my second ever and my first without technical assistance.

I don't know why this concept was beyond me up until this point--it was so easy. Much easier than trying to extract a Jewish divorce--aka "get"--from a recalcitrant husband. Or Walter White.

And here is the scene from the show when that famous line was uttered in all of its menacing glory:

Friday, November 22, 2013

Break Dancing Double Back

Next week is the Red Bull BC One Finals in Korea and one of the b-boys who has qualified to compete is Gravity. He's a former tumbling champion and brings that prowess to his b-boy sets. He is probably best known for throwing double backs while dancing. On the floor. In sneakers. Without taking a run or really any steps at all.

He does at the top of this battle, which took place at the 2010 Red Bull BC One.

Friday, November 15, 2013

An Arabian Double Front Is A Forward Pass

File this under: You learn something new every day.

Or: I probably should've known this.

I was procrastinating on a deadline as I do and I decided to watch some of the London WAG Team Finals and as I watching Aly Raisman clinch it for the team, I couldn't help but wonder, Did Aly have a forward somersault? 

A lot of gymnasts do front or side aerials if none of their passes include a front flip. (Hence Larisa Iordache's side aerial at the very end of her floor routine.) And in the London team finals, Aly took out her punch layout front from her first run. Her other passes were a piked double arabian, a triple twist, and double pike. Her score was a 15.3. Clearly, there were no penalties in that mark.

So where was the front somersault?

I know what you're thinking---the double arabians have "front" baked right into the skill's name. But the takeoff is backwards and it comes out of a roundoff back handspring so I wasn't sure.

So I went to the Code expert--Uncle Tim. He looked it up (cause I'm lazy) and confirmed that the arabians were considered "forward/sidewards" skills.

Mystery solved. If it was indeed a mystery to anyone but me.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Vera Caslavska Hall of Fame Induction Speech

Last night, I was tumbling down my YouTube gymnastics hole, as per usual, when I came across 1968 Olympic gold medalist Vera Caslvaska's International Gymnastics Hall of Fame speech.

For those of you unfamiliar with her, check out the "package" that was put together to explain her accomplishments and reasons for induction.

As the video shows, Caslvaska signaled her protest over the Soviets' judging chicanery and invasion of her homeland of Czechoslovakia by turning her head down and away during the Soviet national anthem. She paid dearly for this protest, and it wasn't until the fall of Communism that was she able to emerge again.

This was not forgotten in her speech. At the start, she apologizes to the English speaking audience:

I am sorry that I am unable to speak to your language. However, because of the political situation, I had to learn to speak Russian, which I speak fluently. 


She also speaks quite honestly throughout about the suffering she endured as a result of the stand she took. Ever since I've learned of Caslvaska, I've respected her. Unlike the later gold medalists and stars of the sport, she wasn't a young girl being dominated by adults; she was a grown woman, politically active, making choices for herself and dealing with the consequences. Though she probably couldn't know the extent of her punishment, she probably knew that act of defiance on the medal podium was going to cost her.