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July 14

Japanese western?

So there is the word Ostern to denote Westerns set during the Russian Civil War; my question is, is there a corresponding word to denote Westerns set in medieval Japan (such as The Magnificent Seven directed by Akira Kurosawa)? 2601:646:8E01:7E0B:0:0:0:CDF0 (talk) 00:20, 14 July 2017 (UTC)

Your question is a little confusing. First the film that Kurosawa directed is Seven Samurai. The Magnificent Seven was directed by John Sturges. SS is considered a Jidaigeki film but that is not the answer to your question. It should be noted that Kurosawa is considered by some (many?) one of the most western (Please note this not in the sense of films set in the old west) directors in Japanese film history. Both his period and contemporary films have much in common with films made in the US and Europe. Hopefully another editor will find the work that you are looking for. MarnetteD|Talk 00:34, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, I think you answered my question! So, the term for Westerns set in medieval Japan is Jidaigeki, correct? 2601:646:8E01:7E0B:0:0:0:CDF0 (talk) 00:37, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
It really depends on what you mean by "Western". Takashi Miike did bring up the term 'Sushi Western' while making Sukiyaki Western Django (he loves Spaghetti|Macaroni Westerns). ---Sluzzelin talk 00:58, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
Understanding the influence by Westerns on Japanese Cinema and the influence on Westerns by Japanese Cinema is the ouroboros of pop culture navel gazing. Akira Kurosawa, who is considered by many to be the sine qua non of Japanese cinema, is clearly influenced by Hollywood in profound ways. While his early films, like Drunken Angel and Stray Dog, are clearly influenced by the film noir movement of the 1930s, his Samurai films are westerns set in Feudal Japan. Themes John Ford tackles in his epic Westerns return in Kurosawa's Samurai movies, which in turn influence Sergio Leone in Italy, which in turn influence the post-modern Westerns directed by Clint Eastwood like The Outlaw Josie Wales and Unforgiven. This article here does a great job elaborating on the Ford --> Kurosawa --> Leone arc of the Western. --Jayron32 01:12, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
I like that article Jayron32. IP please read that article for jidaigeki films. They are a wide ranging genre. Some will be influenced by westerns but others wont. MarnetteD|Talk 01:24, 14 July 2017 (UTC)

song inspired by relaxing ocean cruises

I remember these TV commercials for Princess Cruises. They featured Gavin MacLeod. But in some portions, a song was being sung. The portion of the song I remember is, "Somewhere between a wish and a dream, somewhere." Sometimes it would be sung by a woman. Sometimes it would be sung by a man. What's the song's real title? Anyone know?2604:2000:7113:9D00:B81E:C008:E611:FADF (talk) 01:51, 14 July 2017 (UTC)

This commercial? Also This one. I can't find any information on google, even by searching directly for the lyrics. It may have been a jingle written specifically for the specific ad campaign in the late 1980s-early 1990s. --Jayron32 02:13, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
Yes, those are probably the ones. Thank you so much.2604:2000:7113:9D00:B81E:C008:E611:FADF (talk) 03:18, 14 July 2017 (UTC)

July 15

Jumping over the net

It used to be the etiquette in tennis that the winner jumped over the net to congratulate his/her opponent. When did this custom end? And why can't I find it in the tennis or history of tennis article? SpinningSpark 18:42, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

There are many comments on this question in Google. This one covers it pretty well.[1] They don't seem to know exactly when it faded, but it's just not done anymore. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 19:03, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

Sketch based on Jay-Z song

I remember a funny sketch on YouTube based on Jay-Z's song Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)... and the lyrics "Rich niggas, black Bar Mitzvahs Mazel tov, it's a celebration bitches, "L'chaim!"" The joke was that Jay-Z had become an Orthodox Jew and was being welcomed into the community. I can no longer find it on the internet. Does anyone remember it? It might a been produced by CollegeHumor or SNL. Thanks! P. S. Burton (talk) 23:34, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

I found it on Vimeo. It was called "Deconstructing Jay-Z: Losing My Religion" and made by The Real. It was not as funny as I remembered. P. S. Burton (talk) 09:43, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

July 18

1990s Music

Hey I'm writing because in the music section in the 1990s decade, They didn't cover rap/Hip-Hop as much as they did in the 80s and 00s decade. Is their anyway the staff members or professionals, could give a through and complete Hip-Hop/Rap coverage like they did in 80s and 00s decade sections? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:34, 18 July 2017 (UTC)

Professionals are frowned upon (WP:COI), and the paid staff are few and far between and their job description is something else. Nobody else here but us volunteers (and vandals). You too could join the lunatic asylum (no membership fee) and remedy the situation yourself. Clarityfiend (talk) 09:04, 18 July 2017 (UTC)

DPRK tune ID

does someone by chance know what this tune is (1:48:50 into the video)? (talk) 03:11, 18 July 2017 (UTC)

2017 American And National League Wild Card Logos

Can you find the 2017 American League Wild Card Game Logo And 2017 National League Wild Card Game Logo for me please. 2600:8803:7A00:976A:9C05:EBB7:40A5:7471 (talk) 16:04, 18 July 2017 (UTC)

They are likely to be available from, but you will need to register to access that part of the site. --Xuxl (talk) 17:37, 18 July 2017 (UTC)
They may not otherwise be publicly available. For decades, Chris Creamer's website has been among the most compehensive such sites, and this indicates that there are only logos released for the postseason and world series in general. He specifically states there are no versions of Wildcard, LDS, or LCS logos yet available. --Jayron32 19:47, 18 July 2017 (UTC)

July 19

True Grit: Scenes from the book

Which True Grit film had all scenes from the novel? 1969 or 2010? (talk) 18:36, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

What makes you think either one did? Books are not screenplays, and much material from the book tends to be cut in order to condense the presentation to less than 3 hours on-screen. For what it's worth, comments at the time were that the more recent version attempted to be more true to the book than the John Wayne version. But to me they looked rather similar. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 18:53, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
Neither the book nor the two movies are difficult to find. If you've got a free weekend you could probably knock both movies and the book out in one go. Then you wouldn't have to ask the question. --Jayron32 19:27, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
Folks, here are some actual references where the differences are discussed: [2], [3], [4], [5]. There, that wasn't so hard now, was it? -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 20:02, 19 July 2017 (UTC)


What does cross stand for in this ice hockey move? I'm aware that checking means stopping someone in their tracks. (talk) 20:02, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

Please see Cross-checking. MarnetteD|Talk 20:16, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
Did you? It doesn't give the etymology. But I think it's obvious enough if you think about it this way. The various penalties for striking an opponent with your stick are all named according to how it's used: hooking, tripping, spearing. Well, in cross-checking, you're holding it across the opponent's body. -- (talk) 01:59, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

July 20

Musical patterns and endings

I have very little formal musical education beyond the few piano lessons of my youth and music classes in primary and secondary school (though, the school classes never taught me how to play musical instruments other than rare moments on the recorder and guitar). So, if you read something that is unclear, then that's probably because of my lack of education. Anyway, I often hear in several songs that a series of notes would end in a high pitch. Then, some sort of notation (actually, that squiggly line) marks a break. Then, a similar set of notes plays but ends in a low pitch. (Pitch? I don't even know if I'm using the right word here.) I just know there are two similar series of musical notes, marked by an obvious break, but the former series of notes ends with a higher key, while the other ends with a lower key. I'm using "key", because the piano has multiple keys, and the keys on the right side always sounds higher-pitched than the keys on the left side. So, anyway, does anybody notice this in music? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:43, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Not sure I understood you correctly, but you might be talking about sequences. In that article there are several examples with audio. Do you mean something like the beginning of "The Star-Spangled Banner" (listed as a "rhythmic sequence" in that article)? ---Sluzzelin talk 02:39, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Animation extension, song extension, video extension

I'm wondering if we have any articles on the topic of video extension. It's a common fad on YouTube to make extensions of songs or animations or memes, etc., seemingly for the purpose of entertainment or dares to watch the repetitive sequences all the way through. They usually are like "_____ for 10 hours", "10 hours ____", or "_____ - 10 hours". Sometimes, but more rarely, there are other numbers of hours to be extended to. Here are some examples:


There are so many more.

It'd be interesting to learn about the history and origins of this fad, as well as any psychological aspects as to the reasons it may be amusing to create or watch. If the article doesn't exist, should I create it? Is it a notable topic? Philmonte101 😊😄😞 (talk) 04:59, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Know Your Meme has a brief history and calls them 10-hour videos. Not sure Wikipedia sees KYM as a reliable source though. ---Sluzzelin talk 05:46, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

singer ID?

this is a pretty great English-language rendintion of The Varsovian ("Whirlwinds of danger..."). It's credited to one "Maredith Placencia" of the "Khosrean State Orchestra." What in the world is the "Khosrean state orchestra" and who is said Maredith? About the only google hit is some thread on reddit where someone says it's prank to make fun of Communists. But frankly, the performance is too great (and high production value) to be a prank. (talk) 12:01, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Pranks, parodies and ironic performances are sometimes performed by fully professional musicians to a high standard. Consider for example "Weird Al" Yankovic and, somewhat more pertinent to your query, The Leningrad Cowboys. {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 14:41, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
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