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The Perfect finale

They came back for the perfect ending.

But in sport as in life, those exits don’t just happen, even to once-in-a-generation talents like theirs, especially in a discipline so vulnerable to the vagaries of judging allegiances.

When Canada’s favourite ice dancers won gold on Tuesday afternoon local time, it was an emotional affair.

This is likely their last Olympics.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir already had a gold from Vancouver and a silver from Sochi, but came out of retirement in late 2016 for one more shot at an Olympic victory.

On Tuesday, they beat the French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who are also their training partners in Montreal. The French skated before the Canadians and scored a world record 123.35 points for a low-key, technically proficient free dance. It gave them a two-dance total of 205.28, another world record.

But the Canadians finished with an extra new world record of 206.07.

Predictably, the Internet was overjoyed

The Olympic gold medals they won are emphatic symbols of their dominance, but more significantly of their relentless pursuit of perfection. Congratulations LEGENDS! 

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Too-Sexy-For-The-Olympics Ice Dancing Lift

Scott Moir and Tessa Virture are a three-time Olympic medal-winning ice dancing duo from Canada, and they’re currently battling it out against other ice dancers in their final Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

Before they went off to South Korea, they won their eighth national title, and at nationals they did a Moulin Rouge-themed free-skate that included a lift I’m assuming is called The Pull Over Pussy Munch. Yes, that’s the exact technical name, I’m sure. Sadly, that lift won’t be seen at the Olympics ’cause the Olympics just can’t handle Canadian sexiness!

At the 2:24 mark in the video below, watch as Tessa gracefully flips into Scott’s arms and then climbs up onto his shoulders to give him a face full of Spandex crotch. 

If I was a judge, I would’ve immediately written “GET IT, GIRL”  on my white card and held it up. #TEAMCANADA

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If Countries Were People

GERMANY

In the global arena, every country has its image, but how would they look as people?

That was the question that Russian artist Anastasia Bulgakova thought about for a year before starting her latest project. “I draw personifications of different countries,” she wrote. “All of them will be militant and warrior-like, with dirt and blood. Not because of some political persuasion, but simply because that what I always draw in any case, and the idea of warrior-countries gives a lot of creative freedom.”

From an American that’s a bit naive and idealistic to a silent Japanese guy with a suspicious smile, you’d easily recognise these ‘people’ if you met them in the street.

Below some of them, and more here.

USA

FRANCE

RUSSIA

ENGLAND

JAPAN

ISRAEL

Obviously and without a doubt here’s my favourite, “The King of ice.”

CANADA

Everyone sees him as too friendly, but no one realises that the NEVER LOST A WAR. Even war of 1812, when Mr.America tried to take his land, Mr. Canada burned down Mr. America’s house and took HIS land. When they stopped fighting, Mr.Canada gave back all the land he gained and called it a draw, even though he won.

To sum up: most countries will kill you and only Canada will play hockey with you instead.

Canada is AMAZING!!

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Gravity-Defying Sculptures

Art is supposed to challenge us. Challenge our beliefs, our prejudices and even our concepts of what we believe to be possible.

Sculptures are a great medium for this, as they allow the artist to play tricks on the eye and mess with the viewer’s concepts of logic. Calling into question the laws of gravity and physics they make you wonder, how the heck did they do that?

From incredible feats of balance on a grand scale, to just plain head-scratching sorcery, below few of them.

The Force Of Nature By Lorenzo Quinn

Wursa By Daniel Firman

Wire Fairies By Robin Wight

Trans Ī Re By Fredrik Raddum

Coffee Kiss By Johnson Tsang

Monte-Meubles, L’Ultime Déménagement By Leandro Erlich

Les Voyageurs By Bruno Catalano

Art should inspire imagination & challenge perception. Just amazing!

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Google Honours Dr. Penfield

To a generation of Canadians, “I smell burnt toast!” means something very specific, and ominous. It means they’re having a seizure. Yesterday’s Google doodle celebrated the 127th birthday of Wilder Penfield, the man behind that strange cultural reference and, more importantly, a groundbreaking neurosurgeon who pioneered new treatments for epilepsy.

Though today a Canadian icon, Penfield was actually born and raised in the United States and moved to Montreal in 1928, at age 37. There, he invented the Montreal procedure for patients with severe epilepsy. The patient remains awake under local anesthesia, while the doctor stimulates various parts of their brain tissue. The patient can then give real-time feedback about what they’re feeling, which helps the doctors destroy the nerve cells that are causing the seizures.

So what’s with the burnt toast? The first patient to undergo the Montreal procedure reported smelling burnt toast when no such thing was happening. Later, this was dramatised in a short and widely played clip explaining Penfield’s work. It’s really something. See for yourself:

On a funny and personal note, when I arrived to Montreal many years ago, Dr. Penfield became a familiar name for me because it’s the name of one of my favourite streets.

I love walking on Dr. Penfield street, winter or summer the quiet semi-private area is located between the chaos and the hills, a landscape that inspires many states depending of the season…

Yet visually stunning all year round, summer evokes adventure, autumn romance and winter solitude. I don’t mention spring because spring is not an appealing season to me.

In short, Dr. Penfield is a famous name and as a Canadian, it makes me happy to see this Google recognition for a local hero who did lots for science, but also, a man whose sole name brings great memories of the city I love the most… Montreal, my home.

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#雪だるま

Downtown Tokyo saw its heaviest snowfall for years last Monday, causing travel chaos throughout the city.

Cars were stranded and abandoned on roads, trains stopped running and people were left stuck at the airport as 250 international flights were cancelled.

What to do in the face of such a situation? Make snowmen, of course.

But wait, before you grab a carrot, some pebbles and a couple of sticks for arms, remember, this is JAPAN! 

Tokyo is dotted with snow sculptures that will put a smile on your face, and put old carrot nose in your backyard to shame.  

They are being shared on Twitter via the trending hashtag #雪だるま

It appears the Japanese attitude to snow sculptures is much more developed than basic European and North American stuff, but it shouldn’t be a surprise anyway. After all, when it comes to fun and creativity Asians are unmatched perfectionists.

Asians > the rest!

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Travelling Godzilla 

You’ve heard of the travelling gnome, now here’s the travelling Godzilla figurine. His name is Ryan and he travels with his human, Kieran, all around, getting into all sorts of shenanigans.

Kieran bought Ryan as a souvenir in a comic shop for 8 bucks. He got the idea when it was easier to take photos of Ryan in front of landmarks that he visited. Then he started to develop his Photoshop skills and share on Instagram.

Each photo takes about 4 hours to Photoshop and all is made in the fun.

 Fantastic!!! 

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