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  1. MaKaM

    Christina on the Coast

    Her robot-voice has improved since the early days of Flip or Flop but I still can't help wishing for her to flop. More Izzy, less Ant, more colors. Frankly, I don't see what new perspective she is bringing to design that she needs her own show... (and that probably means HGTV has renewed it for five more seasons already)
  2. MaKaM

    Flip Or Flop

    Looks like Christina got Izzy in the divorce. 😛 Christina on the Coast: It was a fine renovation, happy to see Izzy, too much about the personal life, same ole same ole design. gray, white, black. gold handles. yawn.
  3. MaKaM

    Restored by the Fords

    It did not read on TV as green except maybe, slightly on the fireplace. Definitely looked like a charcoal gray/black. And without a chair rail or plate rail, it looked unfinished. Or more southwestern than eastern/colonial. Honestly, what she does with her white paint frequently changes the character of the house from colonial/federal/whatever to something californian-seeming. The wall texture doesn't help but when she paints it white (or nearly black) it is reading as adobe which just seems weird for Pennsylvania. That opening in the living room to the kitchen was a bad choice. Should have kept it just in the kitchen as a pantry and would have helped with furniture placement. Yeah, the flow would be reduced but the function would be improved. The kitchen/dining works better and is lighter despite the dark paint (and she went for the spendy ikea fronts on the lowers, I was there last weekend and recognized them) That family is definitely changing stuff. You could see wife scrambling to determine what to change. I see the walls ending up lighter and blue to go with the tile on the floor, a bookcase or something over that opening as soon as the kids get a little older, and much, much smaller furniture. The thing I might do for the immediate time would be swap the living room and dining room--put the table in the front room with all the doors and the family room in the room where there is a wall (or corner at least) to put a TV on. Didn't really seem like a 70k job unless there were electrical/plumbing/structural issues not discussed... ETA: Leanne's style works SO much better in a contemporary style house. She should stay the hell away from federals, colonials, and Craftsman style houses.
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    Restored by the Fords

    Just saw the most recent white box and really, I understand devotion to white is her thing but unrelieved white is not any better than the constant gray on the other shows. It hides the architectural details and it definitely does not make these rooms feel bigger. The mismatched furniture in the living room, the urns that took up the entirety of the fireplace, the pot on the stairs for some reason...does she have a thing against curtains? The place looked as blank and sad as my first apartment---sadder because my inflatable furniture had color. I agree about the trolling. These homeowners clearly have art or the ability to acquire art but she puts up plain white canvases, not even a slash of black? She either hates color, is trolling, or is a slave to her stated aesthetic and won't deviate even a hair (which will kill the show because there are only so many boring white boxes to feature on TV). Give me the One of a Kind lady with her somewhat over the top quirk any day.
  5. MaKaM

    Restored by the Fords

    So I like these two but I'm not going to lie, the all white gets a tad boring (and the one eclectic lady's house looked half done because they didn't put very much of her stuff in. Maybe they couldn't, but they could have faked a few art pieces to break up the all white walls) and sometimes Leanne talks like she is tranquilized. And the static-y hair just makes it look like she didn't bother to comb it. But hey, you do you, Leanne. I like Steve, he is laid back and chill without being too clownish (which is fine but Chip Gains cornered that market). Also, he (or someone) got the corners for the crown to match which makes me HUGELY jealous. I just put up crown and all the corners have a ton of putty in them to hide the fact that they just didn't line up right.
  6. MaKaM

    Figure Skating

    I mean, kids want to fly like Superman too but it is up to the adults around them to make better decisions and safeguard their health. Kids do not have the developed mental capacity to know if their ambitions are possible or healthy.
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    Figure Skating

    Hey HeartofDixie, would you maybe consider giving a brief summary/synopsis of the links you post? Sometimes it is hard to tell from the URL just what we might be getting into.
  8. MaKaM

    Figure Skating

    The point being no one would do triples if they weren't worth more. They would do doubles and could focus more on the pairs-specific things like lifts, twists, side-by-side step sequences, et cetera. The IJS could be tweaked to say "pairs is not about jumps. We want a minimum level of jumping but no need to be aiming for quads. All the falls are ruining the sport so, go do other things to get your points, the end." Gymnastics just did something like this with spins. Anything more than a triple (I think?) doesn't add any extra points. So yeah, a septuple spin should be worth more than a triple spin if you were trying to encourage spins but it isn't and so no one does one (not that anyone could do a septuple anyway, but I was exaggerating to emphasize my point).
  9. MaKaM

    Figure Skating

    The point, you missed it. Disincentivising triples means people won't do them and will focus on their other pairs skills that make pairs unique. annzeepark914 was lamenting there was nothing that could be done about pairs jumps and I was pointing out there was an easy solution. So thanks for your input. ETA: points are completely arbitrary. They've gone with harder things = more points but they could at any point reallocate and decide that scratch spins are worth the same as a quad or a change of edge spiral is worth a 3F-3Lo combo. They can do what they want to promote what skills they want to promote and right now, they want to promote difficulty over execution and since the top people all get nearly 10 for artistry anyway, they aren't really promoting that until they normalize the scale down so 8s are more likely, 9s are for exceptional, and 10s are for the perfect Torvill-and-Dean Bolero moment.
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    Figure Skating

    I don't mind pairs jumps but they don't need to be more than doubles. Big, majestic doubles. Landed with great glide out and maybe even synchronicity. It is an easy fix too. Just make the doubles worth the same points as the triple and no one will do a janky triple when they can do a superior double. Pairs already limits its talent pool by needing two co-located skaters with complimentary skills, the men have to be larger generally than singles and the women can't be too large. To require this specific subset of humanity to also be able to do multiple triple jumps in unison illustrates (to me) why pairs has been a blah since about 2006. Pairs has lots of opportunity for emotion and character playing but when it has to be stroke, stroke, stroke to your next big skill.
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    Windy City Rehab

    Watching Restored by the Fords makes Allison's designs look that much more derivative and bland. Of course, they are designing for a client and not for resale but I'd rather have any of the kitchens Ive seen on that show than any of the ones that Allison has done.
  12. MaKaM

    Figure Skating

    And even then, it is a faint hope. NBC did a survey once (in the 1950s?) and determined from it that women who watch sports want a STORY and DRAMA and aren't really interested in the sport or the scores or how those scores are calculated. “The people who watch the Olympics are not particularly sports fans,” he [John Miller, NBC Marketing] told Philly.com recently. “More women watch the games than men, and for the women, they’re less interested in the result and more interested in the journey. It’s sort of like the ultimate reality show and miniseries wrapped into one.” So because of this strange idea, we will never see "women's" sports shown as sports (all competitors, minimal drama/narrative, etc) until there is a major culture shift at the network that unfortunately holds the rights to the majority of "women's" sports.
  13. MaKaM

    Figure Skating

    They have endless channels these days thanks to online broadcasting. They only need to replay the ISU feed with Tara and Johnny overlays (or, you know, not) on any one of endless streaming channels or even youtube. USA gymnastics has been putting junior competitions on youtube live. I watched Romanian championships last year on facebook live. Was it great, no. Could I see everything, also no. But I had the opportunity to decide if I wanted to watch (I did) instead of it being buried behind a paywall or ignored completely. My TV is now sling and I get endless NCAA gymnastics meets, it should not be rocket surgery to toss together a skating channel and replay 50 years worth of figure skating on a loop or something. People would put it on in the background and discover a new appreciation for the sport (and new dislike for American commentators aside from my beloved Uncle Dick and Terry Gannon).
  14. MaKaM

    Figure Skating

    I feel like, unless they go to a more "cafeteria" approach to the long program, women's (and even men's to a point) are going to stagnate. Okay, all the top guys are doing quads, next generation will be doing all quads and no triples, 10 position spins that go at a snail's pace, etc. Unless you provide options for someone to do a 3-3-3 combo without using up one of their 2 uses of a jump or maybe letting someone do doubles but have lots of spins or whatever the person's strength is, everything is going to keep looking the same. The one thing I hate that the scoring system has killed is the step sequence. Everyone is so focused on hitting all the different rockers, brackets, bobbing up and down across the ice that it just doesn't have the impact it used to. Someone mentioned Candeloro and he was able to create a character in the step sequence. Michelle Kwan's Tosca step sequence is still my favorite ever and it conveyed the power of the music and character. Shizuka Arakawa's Ina Bauer was iconic and created a moment. These days, everything is almost rote. There is no need to try to create a character because once you are in the top group, your PCS are all going to be in the 8s-9s no matter what you do (or if you are the top ice dancers, 10s) so who even cares? There is no way to linger over an amazing skill because you have to quick hit the next position to get more points. I haven't been watching much (not paying for that NBC Gold thing and haven't cared much since Yuna Kim retired) but does anyone do a Charlotte or a Kerrigan spiral or an Ina Bauer any more? I know we all got sick of spiral sequences when they a requirement but if a skater could choose to substitute another skill or be given a freebie spin that doesn't have to hit a five positions for five revolutions each for max value. Frankly, even with new jumping beans with quads, skating has gotten boring. The only skaters taking risks are the lower ranked ones and then there is no reward for those risks so everyone else just keeps going to the same Carmen, pastel skating (thank you for whoever called it that, it is so on point).
  15. MaKaM

    Figure Skating

    Yes, I realize she was injured and am pleased she was able to rally and earn a PB in the short. My disbelief was the notion that her management (and her?) thought it was deliberate. It defies belief to think a skater would try an attack like what was alleged in front of everyone and right before the biggest competition of her recent career. What if someone did try an attack like that, what if they swung and missed? They'd be thrown off balance and could potentially injure themself being that close to the boards. Alleging the attack and a bullying history, especially knowing how South Korean skating fans have reacted to "attacks" on their skaters in the past seems like a form of bullying in and of itself. I hope Mariah is not looking at social media and someone is preparing her for being booed/harassed during the long program.
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