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Gear / weight of used diabolos
« on: August 14, 2006, 09:22:09 PM »
I wouldn't really say its a problem, as trash said originally, "Just to share something not very important".  It seemed more of an observation rather than a complaint.

Also, the metal on the circus would not affect this, it's where the rubber is gradually worn off over years of drops, and probably also slight variation in each diabolo (lets face it, production can't be perfect).  Barnsey's post also supports this to a certain degree although the use of different hubs would contribute.

It must happen to the finesse as well, no matter what material it is made of after lots of use and a year or two of drops on varying surfaces.

Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2006)
« on: August 08, 2006, 06:50:26 PM »
Alright Fan Man, now I'm really impressed, congrats!   =D>  I wish it was possible to "show" techniques such as that to others....maybe it is, but I certainly can't do it lol

Tricks / Crossed armed shuffle/sun/fan
« on: August 02, 2006, 08:30:48 AM »
Indeed Nev, many questions, I'll answer them in order.

Firstly I found the method that Arjan had previously discussed with, I think, Se├ín_ to work fine.  This is basically one side of a swinging fan that feels like it leads nicely into crossed arms.  I was using a swing to the right as that's the direction I naturally swing to first, although being an s-fan it is no longer "handed" so any direction should be fine.  Unless you can swing to any side happily then I expect you will have a more comfortable side to start the swing to.

Secondly, fan entry I was using was any s-fan entry then using that fan to swing into crossed arms.

And finally, I wish I knew the answer lol.  Maybe its because I've had alot on recently with buying a house, sorting out a job, working for A level exams, taking up new hobbies, and spending time trying to keep in touch with old friends.  I wouldn't exactly say I'm giving up though, just slowing down  :wink:  I'll still be turning up to as many conventions as I can make, espesh EJC cause this year was the best!  Maybe I just need to chat to a fan enthusiast for a day or so to get some solid ideas into my head for working on...or maybe I need some spinabolos as with them you seem to have the staircase more solid than its ever felt I could get it  :roll:   Maybe thats just how its meant to be, Sean got me into fans, I pushed them somewhat and got a few new tricks out of them and now I'm passing the buck  :wink:

Tricks / Crossed armed shuffle/sun/fan
« on: July 31, 2006, 12:10:06 PM »
I'm getting so lazy with my diaboloing, for the past....aaaaaaaages, I haven't had the motivation to learn much new stuff.  As such I haven't worked on this at all since EJC but as I mentioned then cross armed fan is possible as I managed 2 rotations, just need to get the handstick motion correct to keep it going, tis very confusing when you've been doing normal fans for so long.

Good luck to whoever actually works on this, because I know, unfortunatly, its unlikely to be me.

Community & Events / EJC 2006
« on: July 17, 2006, 08:16:39 PM »
Yes mate EJC this year rocked the phat one! Had the best time ever and for me was my favourite convention yet, even if I didn't have enough money for food let alone buying any juggling props lol.

Cheers to all those who helped stave off my starvation during those last few days, especially Tijn and the dutch crew (great tasting spaghetti!), much love!

Videos / Ginger_Tom Video Tweaked as Sin
« on: July 17, 2006, 10:34:51 AM »
Your challenge shall be met good sir...unless we're talking endurance, 1 hour 42 minutes on your site correct??? I had RSI setting into my wrists after 25 minutes at EJC '06!  Crazy fool  :P

I'm sure I could do longer if I had an incentive such as you doing it nearby but I didn't feel like having serious problems with my wrists on the last day of an EJC  :wink:

Let me know what conventions you'll be making soon and I might see if i can make it just so I can see if my Fan-boy title is truly deserved...I don't feel like giving it up without a fight! lol

Videos / My world is not this World!
« on: July 05, 2006, 10:20:29 AM »
One of the best edited videos I reckon i've seen, very creative  :wink:

And it does work in firefox, I just downloaded the vid using it.

EDIT: I also played it using quicktime  :wink:

Videos / excalibur/vertax genocides
« on: July 02, 2006, 10:40:01 AM »
Anyone got any tips on doubles or triples? I have managed doubles a few times before but my main problem with them is accidentally catching the diab on the first swing...but seein as im swinging it faster to get it round twice I've clocked myself in the face instead of just catchin it.

Any tips other than just, "swing under the diabolo"?  :wink:

Technical / video posting: direct download AND streaming?
« on: June 21, 2006, 10:58:06 PM »
It could just be me being strange and wonderful, but I don't recall ever seeing a vid from you Void, am I going crazy or is this the case?

Soz for the offtopic...erm, I don't mind any of the streaming vids actually, I can't be bothered to fill up my comp with vids anymore, I tend to just delete em after watching them anyway if I have to download.

Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2006)
« on: June 16, 2006, 11:58:07 PM »
I presume the main methods of learning tricks are online vids, conventions or juggling clubs or simply making them up yourself.  Thats how its been for me, although mainly online vids.

More on topic, just got the hang of double vertax genocides, still accidentally catch the diabolo on the first swing sometimes and get belted in the head/shoulder but I'll get over it.

General / Haters
« on: June 15, 2006, 01:23:57 PM »
Haha, I can see why this thread is simply named "haters" as opposed to "diabolo haters", seems like some of us hate "normal" people just as much as some of them hate us  :wink:

Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2006)
« on: June 14, 2006, 08:31:30 PM »
Whats the "fan suicide"? An Anti-suicide without exiting the fan like Ryo Yabe does or something else?

Videos / out of space diabolo video
« on: June 07, 2006, 10:38:54 AM »
One really nice fan combe in there that caught my eye, couldn't quite work it out on first viewing so I'll watch out for that next time, seemed like you did something funky with the non back-side diabolo to get it into an arm stall though.  Neat Trix  :wink:

General / Genocide, Suicide, Homicide
« on: May 19, 2006, 07:47:55 AM »
I've read, understood and accepted the majority of arguments put forward here, both for and against the socially sensitive trick names.  But, surely the most important one I've picked up on is that none of these tricks we were originally talking about were named maliciously.  We did not call the genocide the genocide because we wanted to create a link between that trick and the extinction of a race or ethnic group.

Language is merely a tool created by us for describing our environment, our surroundings and events.  The same words are often used to refer to completely different things and this is where the power of context comes in.  Take the english spoken language, knight and night sound exactly the same, now say somebody dressed up as a knight and slaughtered loads of people, undoubtably their friends and family would associate this kind of event with the concept of a knight, does that mean to avoid upsetting them when we're talking about nighttime we change the word used to describe this time of day because they are essentially the same word when spoken?

My point here is that you have to take these things in the context their given, now if somebody pulled off a genocide in front of the persecuted race in Darfur of course it would be unacceptable to yell out "YES!! I finally succeeded with my attempts of genocide!".  This is adding yet another context to our language, now you have a term being used in an unrelated context but in a completely inappropriate situational context..

So, going back to the fact that our language is simply used as a means to describe our surroundings, environment and events, I feel it is acceptable to use these unrelated terms in a situation seperate from those in which the mention of the word would obviously cause harm or grief of some sort.  The only harm it is possible to cause is in the misunderstanding of the way in which we use the terms, in which case simple education of the history behind the names should be far more applicable than changing the term completely.

Hope you all can see what I was trying to put across here even though I may have got myself caught up a little and confused various matters I was bringing up lol.  But this is my point of view for you all, enjoy..

EDIT: O and about the sense of humour thing, I don't think that is what is necessarily required as describing it in this way does put across an element of disrespect.  As opposed to a sense of humour to deal with this I would say people more need a sense of understanding of both our meaning behind the name and also of the very nature of language and its purpose within human society.  Sure, the emotions associated with a given subject can transfer to the word itself but this is where they should stop, instead of transferring them to an unrelated subject as well.

Videos / Sweet video of Tom (Dutch champion 2006)
« on: May 17, 2006, 04:30:12 PM »
Cousin It's got some sweet tricks and combos in there, likin' the sound track too.  The mix up of camera angles gives a pleasant illusion of a variety of settings.  I feel outdone in both skill and hair...and now mine's all gone! (my hair that is, no jokes please :P )

Great finishing credits as well with the somewhat ominous sounding overseer..."DAD".  It adds an air of mystery and foreboding, I feel.

Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2006)
« on: May 08, 2006, 06:52:35 AM »
Nice, however, I found one of the key tips Matt gave me was to not switch sticks until after I catch the diabolo, this vastly improved my accuracy and chance of catching the diabolo and so for this reason I'd probably find the magic knotted one harder.

Also learnt "proper" infinate suicides yesterday (ones without a wrap), Guy should be pleased...even though I do use the normal inf suicide to enter and exit it, we can glaze over this  :wink:

Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2006)
« on: May 07, 2006, 01:51:22 PM »
Finally nailed a load of vertax genocides today.  Probably managed about 1 in every 3 attempts considering sometimes I got a load in a row and other times there was a severe lack of success.

Thanks go out to Matt Hall for his workshop at the BJC where I learnt the vertax magic knot whip catch as well as got plenty of great tips on the genocide, cheers!  :D

Gear / Length of sticks
« on: May 06, 2006, 02:20:44 PM »
Short all the way for me, took a lil while to get used to em from long but I switched because I was holding them halfway down anyway and the end I wasn't using kept getting in the way....I still hold the short ones halfway down though  :roll:

I see no advantage to the long ones myself, if I hold the short ones as they are designed for they still feel too long.

Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2006)
« on: April 29, 2006, 10:44:29 PM »
Fan1800....Now that my 360's are fairly solid in s-fan I'm beginning to think all these high numbers should no longer be counted unless they're proper continous turns.

By "proper" I mean that there should only be 1 rotation of the fan inbetween turns, this is how I do my 360's but as of yet I can't manage anymore than a 360 keeping to this rule.  But at any rate, without this kind of thing in place as my s-fan 360's become more solid I could theoretically do FanX where X is any number you care to think of thats a multiple of 180.

Of course if this was already the case and my fan1800 doesn't count anyway then feel free to ignore this post  :wink:

Community & Events / BJC2006 20-23rd April
« on: April 22, 2006, 09:03:13 PM »
:(  Sucked coming home from it early, wish i didn't have this kayaking course to do...even though it was good fun today.  Wish I was back at the BJC though, had a proper laugh and an awesome time even if I did miss the majority of it all.

O and I just want a quick rant about trains from bodmin, because they suck the huge big fat one...ok so maybe I should've been on time for the one I was meant to catch, but that was no excuse for somebody to dump a car on the track in front of the one I caught and then let the rail company ship me off to bristol when I could've caught a train from Exeter which we went past  :evil:

Ok, got that off my chest, convention was awesome from what I experienced, peace out.

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