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Boston Marathon

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Michael Phelps, Events Apr 16 2018 · 52 views
sports, athletics, marathon
:kaukau: Congratulations to Desiree Linden! I saw the news this morning that she was a serious contender, and came home after work to find out that she had won. Very happy for her :).

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Joseph Schooling

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Michael Phelps Mar 31 2018 · 50 views
Joseph Schooling, Singapore and 3 more...


:kaukau: I've been reading through the comments section of this video, and it was very touching to see the number of Singaporeans who said how they will never forget where they were and what they were doing when this race showed up on television, and then they got to hear their national anthem at the Olympics for the first time. Factories would literally put their workers on pause in order to have everyone gather around and watch this event. I'm very happy for Singapore, and they could not have won their first Olympic gold in a more brilliant fashion.

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Happy Birthday to...

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Michael Phelps Mar 22 2018 · 56 views
Captain Kirk, James T. Kirk and 2 more...
:kaukau: Before I get into the title of this entry, let me just congratulate Beverly Paquin, an IOWAN who, at age 22, managed to run a marathon in each of the 50 states, plus D.C., the youngest person to ever do so. This was back in 2010. I'd love to meet her. Super-proud that she comes from my state. Let's hope that the next person to break her record is also Iowan, like perhaps a little homeschooled girl who tags along with her parents and completes the challenge at the age of 8. Boom. Good luck to anyone who wants to beet that record! It hasn't happened, but it's going to, because Iowa is the best.

I'm also proud of Peggy Whitson, whom I may have mentioned before as the astronaut from Iowa who has spent more time in space than any Iowan, and any American period. We're on our way to producing James T. Kirk. Only 215 years to go.

Oh yeah, speaking of which, today is Captain Kirk's -215th birthday. Or is it an Unbirthday? Either way, congratulations.

All of these things might someday make it into my proposed song to replace the current, dull state anthem. Until then, it's worth nothing that our current anthem also shares the same tune as Michael Phelps's state's anthem.

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When You Say You're a Swimmer

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Michael Phelps Mar 18 2018 · 44 views
swimming, Michael Phelps


:kaukau: Yes, another video about swimming. I joined a swim team in 2016, inspired by Michael Phelps. I couldn't make it last. With college going on and a long commute, I can't make it work again, but when I'm finally finished in (hopefully) a year, I think that I might sign up for that daily discipline again. It was my first sport, and it's a part of me. The first athlete that I ever idolized was a swimmer. The first major competition that I ever traveled to see was a swim meet. The first time and only time I ever made it to a state-level competition was as a swimmer. The first time I was part of a group activity was as a swimmer.

I'm older now. I'm afraid that it isn't like riding a bike. What if I can't make my body do the things that I want it to do? But I have to try. Right now, a good friend, who always had a little too much extra weight on her and never much cared for sports, has successfully committed herself to a gym membership. I never expected her to, and have been pleasantly surprised. She's been an inspiration to me.

This all depends on whether or not I can get a job right out of college, but already I think I have a New Years Resolution for 2019.


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Best Buzzfeed video ever

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Michael Phelps Mar 11 2018 · 57 views
swimming, Michael Phelps, sports and 1 more...


:kaukau: Buzzfeed normally puts out some pretty dumb stuff. But this made me a little emotional. When I was a kid, I couldn't relate to the early morning stuff, but I tried taking it up again as an adult, and now I fully relate to every one of these beats. This is a beautiful piece of art. I have to try not to cry.

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Curling in PyeongChang

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Michael Phelps, Events Feb 24 2018 · 56 views
Curling, Olympics
:kaukau: I have to give it a hand to the Edward Norton look-alike, Mr. Dad-Stache, Mr. Not-to-be-confused-with-the-creator-of-Superman, and John Landsteiner (I couldn't think of something creative for you, sorry). That epic final move in the eighth end was increadible. I fantasized that they would pull something like that off, but man, I thought I was only fantasizing. Congratulations to those guys. People all across my birthstate of Minnesota are celebrating right now. Was pretty good to see the whole thing live, and the airwaves have rightfully been replaying that game-winning moment over and over again.

The other best part of curling has been the Korean women's team, the Garlic Group. They have the most amazing Steve Urkle nerdiness, and I love their nicknames: Pancake, Sunny, Steak, and Yogurt. How can you not adore that? They have been a pleasure to watch, and I wholly root for them in the final match. Not that I want the Swedes to get kicked back to silver twice in a row (I'm part Swedish and I'm partial), but it's so difficult to not fall in love with this Korean team.

In other news...did you know that there are only sixteen luge courses in the world, and four of those are in Germany? No wonder they dominate it so much. Perhaps some American cities could start building them.

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Germany beat Canada....

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Michael Phelps Feb 23 2018 · 78 views
Olympics, Hockey, Germany
:kaukau: Wow. I saw this come up on the news. My goodness. I thought that when the American women won gold, then Canadian men would go on to win gold, and we'd be even. But I guess that Canada is walking away without the either. It's so strange. And I honestly didn't expect Germany to beat Canada. It was just assumed that it would be Canada and Russia. And not only that, but Germany is going on to the gold medal game? Germany? They haven't won a medal in forty-two years. It was bronze, and so was their only ether medal back in 1932. This is the farthest they've ever come.

Anyway, go Germany! Beat those Russkies all the way back to Siberia! WOOT!

In other news, I've been researching all of the Canadian athletes at the Olympics, and discovered this guy named Brendan Green. He's from the Northwest Territories. Totally forgot that people actually live up there. Pretty cool. Anyway, he participates in...the biathlon. Hardly surprised there, eh? Perhaps he can participate in the Summer Olympics, too, since I'm pretty sure that all of the experience he has with wrestling polar bears would have put him in medal contention for Greco-Roman.


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Posted by Jean Valjean , in Events, Michael Phelps Feb 22 2018 · 62 views


:kaukau: DON'T STOP BELIEVING!

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People are Ridiculous

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Michael Phelps Feb 21 2018 · 51 views
Elizabeth Swaney, Olympics and 3 more...
:kaukau: By now, I'm sure many of you have heard of Elizabeth "Eddie the Eagle" Swaney. The "games" the system by "taking advantage" of the obscurity of a sport in order to get into the Olympics. There are so many myths that her detractors are believing, particularly that she didn't work at all, and that she had special privileges and resources in order to show up for qualifications that others didn't have. I can dispel those pretty easily. She's really into sports and works pretty hard, and she also had to balance six jobs and live with her parents in order to afford the travel needed to get to the qualification events. She also didn't steel her spot from anyone else, because she needed to qualify in the Top 30 in world rankings, and others apparently didn't care enough to show up for qualifications, as is evidenced by the fact that the Top 30 only consists of 24 people.

But anyway, what I think is really ridiculous, more ridiculous than any misconception, is when people say that she lacks an ounce of moral fiber, that she's a despicable, selfish excuse for a human being. I even heard someone say that he would find it more entertaining to watch her getting shot.

Woah. Guys. Back off. Take a breather. In a few minutes, you might start seeing things clearly enough to realize how out of how silly you sound.

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Black Panther, in brief

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Reviews, Movies, Michael Phelps Feb 19 2018 · 121 views
Black Panther, Marvel, MCU
:kaukau: Saw it earlier than I thought I would. It's pretty good. Its villain is better than the usual MCU villain, but that isn't saying much. It is far and away the thinking-est MCU movie, but again, that isn't saying much. The movie is visually distinct, but also doesn't have the most memorable action. Good story. I liked the side characters. Lots of great female characters. I liked the bald ladies, although they're so tough that I'm surprised that T'Challa was the only person who technically had powers. Music is more noteworthy than most MCU scores, but not quite memorable. Could have been Hans Zimmer! Oh well. The CGI animals were in the uncanny valley territory, and there were times when I didn't understand why they had to be CGI when they were just standing there in their pens. Disney, didn't you learn from Tarkin? Speaking of which, Supreme Leader Snoke was a waste in this movie. Themes were pretty solid, and emphasized the moral journey that heroes go through, which not all MCU movies have been doing lately.

Overall, I'd say that it's one of Marvel's better films. I can understand why people are saying that it's the best one yet, because it belongs in that conversation. I don't know if it's the best one yet for me, personally. It certainly had a good story. I'll have to give this one some time to see if it's one of the best, because while I didn't walk out in awe and completely surrendered to the moment, I did walk out artistically satisfied in ways that other Marvel films haven't, so it could have that longevity with me.

In other news, I really loved American skier Elizabeth Swaney, who skied for Hungary in the women's halfpipe. She doesn't have the same skill levels, but she has a lot of determination and positive spirit, and she was an inspiration for me, and hopefully for the women of Hungary.

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Username: Jean Valjean
Real name: People literally don't have names in my family
Age: 24
Gender: Male
Heritage: Half Dutch, Quarter Hungarian, Eighth Swedish, Sixteenth German and Irish
Physical description: Looks like the eleventh Doctor
Favorite food: Chicken, turkey, and beef.
Least favorite food: Vegetables of any kind
Favorite band: Queen
Favorite singer: Billy Joel
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Favorite movie: Schindler's List
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