Federer Wimbledon Express 2012

July 8th, 2012

At Wimbledon, Federer shows greatness once more. Swiss great Roger Federer won his seventh Wimbledon men’s singles title at the Wimbledon.

With his victory, Federer regained the No. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic, allowing him to equal Sampras’ record of 286 weeks as the top-ranked player.

Federer & Murray

Federer Train

  • Lol – Kate & Pippa Middleton were excited by Roger Federer win
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    Andy Murray gets closer to affection at Wimbledon


    March 10th, 2011

    Video work by Richard Swarbrick – real footage of the game here.


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    (digital images by Fung Lin Hall)

    Steve Nash & Julian Schnabel

    October 26th, 2010
  • Julian Schnabel (homepage)

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  • (Direct link)

    Watch Steve Nash on the court.

  • His surfing paintingSchnabel_Surfing_Painting

    See Marlon Brando painting

    Jane Birkin I Jane Birkin
    (previous post – Navigation Drawings )

    His Palestinian film has been panned.

    Julian Schnabel opens photo album for London show

    Moving Side by Side

    August 24th, 2010

    (direct link here)

    Black hole lensing
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    Nico Vassilakis

    Fallen Angel – Go Figure

    February 28th, 2010

    Dance pair moved from Europian – Russian dominance to North America in 2010.

    This is from old clip. Flamenco was part of original dance number which Virtue & Moir won.
    Elvis on pair dance – he connected emotionally with the American pair…

    No scoring controversy: Canada deserved gold

    At Canadian Notional 2010 (the same number they skated to gold at the Olympics. Tessa had a white dress)
    Their fun gala performance Hockey playe rmeets ballerina

    Davis & White Indian number for Original dance (youtube) (USA championship)

    Davis & White Free skate 2010. US Championship on youtube (They were much more spectacular and powerful at the Olympics).

    Pair Skating Pang and Tong skated flawlessly won Silver but they were the real winners that night they moved the audience to huge standing ovation. (Wait for the commercial – a video from NBC here)

    Grieving Rochette skates to Bronz, the world united with her in tears.

    Watch Johnny Weir Olympic freeskate here. direct link.
    Johnny Weir placed 6th even though he received the standing ovation and skated more beautifully than anyone in the competition. (NBC coverage of freeksate with commercial here)

    New scoring system

    “The individuality has been lost for figure skating. Very few people can make it work. … It’s turned everyone into robots doing the same jumps and the same spins.”
    I know what you’re saying: Well, that’s just Johnny being Johnny. But Stojko was an “athletic” skater compared with Weir’s “artistic” style, yet he has the same complaint.
    “Before, you could really put the personality into your routine,” Stojko says. “Now, so much of your time is spent getting up the points that it ties the hands of the skaters. There are too many requirements.

    Look what they can deliver, so refreshing. We need to rescue talented figure skaters from these judges.

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    The former world champion Buttle on twitter (His 2008 World skating here)

  • I hate being entertained by well choreographed, musical programs! More tacky posing to catch breath for the next jump is what skating needs.
    Now I’m going to go watch a real sport where they really push the envelope: under water basket weaving.
  • Men’s Long. Abbott has one of the most beautiful programs in the event.
  • Unfortunately, Jeremy Abott who is now US champion melted at the Olympics.. He did not have enough experience in the international competition.
    Here in this clip performed flawlessly.

    A Fighter and Funny Guys

    January 17th, 2010

    Photo of Ali muhammad_ali_flip_schulke_pool by Flip Schulke

  • The Idiot Dostoevsky intepreted by Andy Kaufman (youtube)

  • Mack Sennett January 17, 1880
    Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942)
    Andrew Kaufman January 17, 1949
    Jim Carry born January 17, 1962
    Happy birthday to Ali and Jim who are still with us, Andy Kaufman died young tragically and Mack Sennett the innovator of slapstick lived a long life. Both Jim and Mack Sennett are from Canada.

    Mack Sennett has a blog

  • Keystone comedy (youtube)

  • Roger Federer Reigns Supreme

    June 7th, 2009

    Roger Federer vs Tommy Haas

    The late David Foster Wallace is smiling in heaven.

    If, read by Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal (Rudyard Kipling)

    (Poetry in Motion at the French Open 2009)

    Film Composer & Figure Skating 2009

    March 30th, 2009

    R.I.P Maurice Jarre – who was 84. (Father of Jean Michel Jarre)

    His breakthrough came in 1962 when provided the soundtrack for the epic Lawrence of Arabia, for which he was awarded an Oscar. He went on to compose music for more than 150 films.

    Here are some figure skaters who won their gold with his film scores.

    One key element to great skating is to watch how the skaters use their arms. (Most skaters are quite happy to frail their arms chasing after points like a cash machine – not good. Yagudin, Sasha Cohen, Johnny Weir, John Curry, Matt Savoie, and Buttle take their time and avoid this trap. )

    Watch Johnny Weir’s Dr Zhivago
    Johnny Weir did not compete this year. He got sick in Korea – here is Johnny talking about his friendship with Yu Na Kim. (Great jacket. Weir’s other passion is fashion. Johnny seems happy even though his rival won gold this year. Evan’s a bit over the top emotionally)

    Most of youtube figure skating clips are in Korean these days – the whole country has gone crazy for Yu Na Kim.
    Her rival Mao Asada, last year’s world champion did not medal this year. The silver went to Canada’s Joannie Rochette and the bronze to Japan’s Miki Ando. We usually see unhappy or disappointed silver and bronze winners, not this year the two seemed very happy to stand next to magnificent Queen Yu Na.

    Yu Na Kim animation video is here.

    Canadian Patrick Chan, who is only 18, won Silver. . here
    This Frenchman who defected to Italy skates in a Macaroni Western.
    Long legged Carolina Kostner had a disaster performance, but no matter, she can win for having the best costume. Carolina won siver here at European Championship.

    The Masters Players

    February 1st, 2009

    The Highway Code Part I by Master Singers

    One more video from the Master Singers who recorded in 1966 a Weather Forecast as an Anglican chant. (Youtube)

    I dedicate the above videos to Roger Federer.

    A sad day for Federer lovers. Two missed opportunities for Federer, Winbledon 2008 and Australia Open 2009.
    He did not serve well, he could not convert the break points many times.
    Both Nadal and Federer played incredible tennis on the whole.
    Nadal is the reason why Federer has not caught up with Peter Sampras record of winning 14 slams and Federer is the reason why Nadal may not catch up with Sampras record in the future, even though he is training to extend his body to last for more wins in grand slams.
    The two bring the level of excellence we have never witnessed previously. They are the true great champions, more gracious, more incredible than Pete Sampras.

    Highlights 2 – final match men´s single | Australian Open 2009

    Nadal and Verdasco rally
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    Transcendental Tennis – Nadal and Federer

    July 7th, 2008

    I chose this clip. It is too painful to show a clip of how Federer dumped his ball into the net and lost after almost 5 hours of playing on the court.
    Nadal’s win was anticipated by many tennis fans who have been following Tennis. Federer came back and fought hard after losing two sets to win two more until he lost in the final. Federer could not break Nadal’s serve. He won two tie breaks against Nadal and unfortunately for Federer, Wimbledon does not have a tie break for the final set.

    Today, Nadal and Federer represented tennis played at its absolute highest level and with its most generous and admirable spirit, and that’s why I think they are the greatest rivalry the sport has known, since I’ve been watching. (Dispatches: A Post-Wimbledon Dialogue – 3quarksdaily)

    The greatest match I’ve ever seen – J. McEnroe

    Figure Skating 2008 World Championships

    March 23rd, 2008

    This was the most satisfying and fantastic men’s competition we have ever seen. Two artistic skaters were rewarded with gold and bronze and an athlete came back to sneak in to take the silver.
    Jeffery Buttle – Gold

    Buttle followed up Jourbet’s spectacular skating with this beautiful and flawless performance that beat Jourbet. (Ararat was from a film by Atom Egoyan)

    See also Buttle’s short program on youtube. (Music by Astor Piazzolla, choreographed by David Wilson)

    Brian Jourbet – Silver

    Brian Jourbet performed brilliantly with great power. He has improved in many areas. Kurt Browning helped him with his footwork.

    Johnny Weir- Bronze (Short program – he placed second)

    Johnny skated conservatively in his long program for the worlds. He was very honest, saying that he had a Michelle Kwan moment referring to the time Kwan lost the gold to Tara Lapinsiki in the Olympics,’
    (Here is a clip of his long program from the Nationals.)

    Tilt-a Whirl

    January 31st, 2008

    I have been watching old elegant skating by John Curry on youtube. Today is Philip Glass‘s birthday; a good way to celebrate his birthday is with a piece done by two great skaters from the forgotten past. Curry wanted to introduce the idea that figure skating can also be an art form, not just a sport with medals, winners, and losers.

    He was light on his feet like Fred Astaire, see here. Today Sasha Cohen, Johnny Weir, and Matt Savoie have inherited Curry’s elegant skating.

    Nocturn by Grieg

    Here is a piece by Twyler

    His life was cut short with AIDS.
    Found this article claiming that he died in the arms of Alan Bates.