WordPress.com has compiled a summary of the statistics for WP based blogs throughout 2012. And thanks to our viewers/readers, we had a pretty good year.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals
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As stated in an earlier post, I do indeed believe that the arts and athletics can and do go together in some situations. That being the case, here are some wonderfully artistic photographs capturing the athletic feats that have occurred thus far in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Gabby Douglas of the U.S., women’s all-round gymnastics champion.
Michael Phelps, perhaps the greatest Olympian of all-time, dominates in a 200m event.
Gold Medal winner and vault specialist Mckayla Maroney.
Oscar Pistorius, the first Olympian without legs, makes history in Track and Field.
Jessica Ennis of Great Britian fulfills overwhelming expectations to win the Heptathlon.
Perhaps it’s because of my Pittsburgh roots (it’s a huge sports town), or maybe it’s the “guys’ guy” side of my personality, or then again maybe it’s something completely different. Whatever the case may be, I am a definite sports fan.
So, being one who enjoys such things as well as my obvious love for the arts, I asked myself, “can sports be artistic?” And the answer I came up with is YES.
Let’s take for example the upcoming Olympic Games in London, England. Surely the opening and closing ceremonies are always filled with artistry. However, one can easily (and rightfully) argue that these specific events are not sports, even if they are related to the concept.
But once the games get underway, we merely have to point to the competitions that rely on judging to prove that athletics can indeed be artsy.
Some such examples include:
Gymnastics (Especially rhythmic)
All of these, and many more events, rely heavily on technique, style and originality, all very common elements in the arts.
In fact, even the games that are probably rarely associated with artistry such as basketball and boxing for example, always praise participants for technique and grace.
It’s interesting it you think about it, huh.
So, now that the Top 13 for the 2012 edition of American Idol is set, there are a few issues I’d like to address. Keep in mind these list are in random order.
Who/what America and the judges got right:
Erika should never had had to settle for a wildcard as that she was clearly the top female performer of the week. And despite her just getting in, I still believe she should be (emphasis on the word should) one of the front runners.
Who/what America and the judges got wrong:
Two of the three wildcard spots should have gone to girls, one which should have been Hallie. The judges flubbed that one though when somehow asking Brielle to sing for her life.
America made the right decision regarding Deandre but the judges fouled that one up too. I doubt he’ll be around very long unless he cuts down on the falsetto.
Better options to replace these contestants would have been Hallie, Jennifer, Reed and Adam.
Who was a so-so pick:
This was not a terrible pick as that he was sort of on the borderline for the last guy slot in my opinion. However, he could have been replaced by any of the four listed above as well.
The exit of Hallie.