Saturday, January 30, 2016

American Idol XV Schedule

The American Idol: Farewell Season schedule, as of January 30, 2016, is as follows:

1/6 Auditions #1 - Atlanta, Denver, & San Francisco
1/7 Auditions #2 - San Francisco & Little Rock

1/13 Auditions #3 - Philadelphia
1/14 Auditions #4 - Denver & Little Rock

1/20 Auditions #5 - Philadelphia & San Francisco
1/21 Auditions #6 - Atlanta, Philadelphia, & San Francisco

1/27 Hollywood Week #1
1/28 Hollywood Week #2

2/3 Hollywood Week #3
2/4 The Showcase / The Green Mile

2/10 Top 24 Group 1 Solo Performances
2/11 Top 24 Group 1 Alum Duets & Eliminations

2/17 Top 24 Group 2 Solo Performances
2/18 Top 24 Group 2 Alum Duets & Eliminations

2/24 Top 14 Eliminations & Wild Card Performances
2/25 Wild Card Results & Top 10 Performances

3/3 Finals (Live)

3/10 Finals (Live)

3/17 Finals (Live)

3/24 Finals (Live)

3/31 Finals (Live)

4/5 Retrospective Special
4/6 Finale #1 - Performances (Live)
4/7 Finale #2 - Results (Live)

American Idol XV details

The farewell season of American Idol began on January 6, 2016. The auditions have come to an end, and the competition begins.

American XV Top 24

1. Adam Lasher [AI14 HW]
2. C.J. Johnson

3. Dalton Rapattoni
4. James Dawson VIII
5. Jordan Sasser
6. Kory Wheeler [AI14 HW] 

7. Lee Jean 
8. Manny Torres 
9. MacKenzie Bourg

10. Thomas Stringfellow
11. Trent Harmon

1. Amelia Eisenhauer
2. Avalon Young
3. Emily Brooke [AI14 Top 48]
4. Gianna Isabella
5. Jeneve Mitchell
6. Jenn Blosil
7. Jenna Renae

8. LaPorsha Renae (got standing ovation in Hollywood Round)

9. Olivia Rox
10. Shelbie Zora
11. Sonika Vaid

12. Stephany Negrete [AI11 HW]

13. Tristan McIntosh

In the top 24 round, starting February 10, the judges will call the shots. There will be two groups of 12, one for each of the two weeks. The judges will cut five and advance seven of each group. America's vote begins with the Wild Card performances on February 24.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

End Title IX Tyranny

I am so fed up with Title IX tyranny in the American higher education industry. Freedom of expression and academic freedom are an endangered species in the higher education industry. Speech codes, trigger warnings, the heckler’s veto, false or malicious allegations of vague offenses, and politically correct inquisitions have become commonplace. While there are many grounds for this, the prime suspect is the dark side of Title IX, a federal statue enacted in 1972. Title IX does more harm than good.

2015 Year in Review

2015 has been a worrisome year to me. American Idol XIV turned out to be somewhat of a pain, when Adanna Duru and Sarina-Joi Crowe were eliminated too early, thanks to Qaasim Middleton (with the Judges' Save) and Daniel Seavey. Nick Fradiani is more of the same as the winners of American Idol VII-XI. The Voice season 9 was more of a popularity contest than a singing competition show. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U turned out to be one of my favorite Nintendo games, as Fire Emblem got better representation than it did in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is the best film of 2015. Jurassic World is the second best film 2015.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

American Idol is coming to an end

After one season, which will be the fifteenth season, American Idol, the show that started the reality television competition programming craze, is coming to an end. What I think led to this is the infamous outcome of the eleventh season of American Idol, when Phillip Phillips stole the title from the best singer in the history show, who is none other than the Filipino-Mexican singer Jessica Sanchez, who hails from Chula Vista, California. If Jessica Sanchez won, American Idol would not be coming to an end. I blame the White Guy With Guitar voting trend for American Idol's demise and decline. I believe that the show will land a comeback in 2027.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Kangaroo Courts in Higher Education

There has been an epidemic of male students being railroaded out of college. Railroad in a verbal sense means to convict by manipulating the jury or the outcome or circumventing due process rights, such as denying the accused the right to defend himself or herself. Railroaded college students have had their lives ruined through false allegations of sexual assaults, carried out by college tribunals under the pressure of the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ayra from FE4 - Moveset

I find that Ayra from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War has some unique moveset options, partly based on animations from her original game and from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, and Fire Emblem Awakening. 

Ayra's moveset is based in part on weapon use strategy when playing a Fire Emblem game, which she would start out with an Iron Sword, then Steel Sword (which is slightly longer and stronger than predecessor), then Silver Sword (which is somewhat stronger), and finally after dealing 50 hits with each, her trademark katana pictured in the supplied image in the previous post, which would last until indefinitely. The sequence would restart when she is KO'd.

Neutral Attack: Ayra's neutral chain attack would be somewhat similar to Samurai Goroh's Assist Trophy attack. Initially, the Iron Sword is used, then the Steel Sword, then the Silver Sword, then Ayra's Blade (a katana shown in the artwork in the previous post of this blog).

Side Tilt Attack: Her side tilt attack would be similar to a Myrmidon/Swordmaster attack animation in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.

Side Smash Attack: Ayra's side smash attack is based on the Myrmidon/Swordmaster normal attack animation in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, where she slashes in a downward arc fashion and then in an upright arc fashion. 

Up Smash Attack: Ayra's up smash attack is based on a critical attack animation in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Down Smash Attack:

Neutral Special: Astra - Ayra charges up her speed and strength, up to 10 seconds, and how long the duration of the effects depends on how long you charge it. If you tap it for only a split second, Ayra would only deal half as much damage. If you charge it for 1.5 seconds, she will deal 1.5 times as much damage. The damage dealt is multiplied by the number of seconds the Astra is charged. However, it comes with ending lag, leaving Ayra open for attack for 3-6 seconds depending on how long you charge it. If the charging is interrupted by an attack, it will reset. The effect will only last for five attacks.

Side Special: Horizontal Swipe - based on a critical attack animation in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776. 

Up Special: Angular Swipe - based on a critical attack animation in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, where a Myrmidon/Swordmaster would fly horizontally and then vertically when the attack connects. It's a perfect recovery move that combines horizontal and vertical recovery. If Ayra is knocked far away from the stage and above it or jumps under the stage, she would recover horizontally then vertically to grab the edge.

Down Special: Warp Around Counter - based on a critical attack animation in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, when a Myrmidon/Swordmaster warps around the enemy before the attack connects. In Smash Bros., as a tradition for Fire Emblem characters, this is a melee counter move.

Pummel: Ayra impales the opponent downward. It will KO at 96%.