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General / Re: The Diabolo Pictures Thread
« on: March 28, 2009, 11:17:47 AM »
Oh, Tom does goon so well.  Lovely shot.

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Community & Events / Re: Edinburgh, Scotland
« on: March 27, 2009, 11:01:50 AM »
Because as much as I would want to run around yelling "RandomSeaBadger, where are you?" in Fife, I think they would lock me up for it.
"Mr RandomSeaBadger"?  Ah, the days of psuedonymns you might actually say out loud.

Chiok

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Community & Events / Re: Eeaster Meet Up?
« on: March 26, 2009, 11:02:25 AM »
London is full of juggling clubs, have to travel around a bit for them though. 
http://www.jugglingdb.com/clubs/index.php?country=222

I've heard good things about: Jackson Lane (Thursday), Spitz (Tuesday), Camberwell (Wednesday), Circus Space (Sunday).  The universities have things as well (LSE, Imperial) but I don't think they'll be running during Easter.

All this information has been gleaned from the IJDB as I'm not really local enough to know the details, but I'm sure it could be found out.  If you are thinking London, I think it might be prudent to buy a One-Day travel card, stroll around the city looking for big indoor lobbies like train stations, gallaries, universities, shopping centers and courtyards, diabolo till you get chucked out, rinse and repeat.  That's why I say the Trocadero in Leicester Square, because it's huge and almost no-one cares.

Then in the evenings, move to a more civilised juggling club where you can annoy all the club passers.  That sounds like a fun day in London to me.

Chiok

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Videos / Re: William Campbell - Australia's got Talent! Semi-Finals.
« on: March 26, 2009, 10:44:30 AM »
I think the back somersault onto stage was an excellent choice, it's an entrance that demands attention.  I think you should enter every room like that.  And a spangly shirt!  Who gave you that idea...?

The important thing is that you had energy, the crowd loved it, and you always appear in soft focus on camera which I think matters.

If a singing or a dancing act wins, someone's getting a slap.

Chiok

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Videos / Re: La-la-land, a new video by Arjan & Martijn
« on: March 25, 2009, 11:30:10 AM »
Sounds like you need to get a computer with more "juice" just to keep up with the world of diabolo videos! ;) With a fast enough computer it plays just fine in any player. 'Tis the problem with HD. Just download the Vimeo version (or the iPod version!), if you want a permanent copy.
Yep, the download was too juicy for me.  What is it all coming to.  I thought ".mp4, shouldn't be a problem".  Still, that is my problem, not yours, no-one else seems to have an issue, I'll sort it out.

Chiok

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Community & Events / Re: Bristol 9 dayer, 2009 confirmed: Pre-reg!
« on: March 24, 2009, 12:17:31 PM »
the pre reg sucks!
haven't had a look around the site yet but do you have to register a specific number of days your going?
Eloquent as always, Ben.  It's the best sort of pre-reg, the sort you don't have to fork out money for!  Just register how many days you *think* you'll be attending, and then use some discretion.  Technically you only need to enter your name and email address. 

Oh, and I wholly recommend helping out, you get to see all sorts that others won't, gives you opportunity to talk to others you might not and you get to feel important as you walk around on an errand.  Plus the more people that help, the less each person has to do so the more that each person can enjoy.  Sounds corny but it's true.

Chiok

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Videos / Re: La-la-land, a new video by Arjan & Martijn
« on: March 23, 2009, 12:33:37 PM »
Excellent work, pretty much spot on throughout.  I liked the lil *pop* during the opening credits. 

Can I ask why you didn't put the credits and thanks at the end of the video?  Would seem like the best way to ensure credit especially if just watching the downloaded version without any of your synopsis to read.  Also, the 720p version seemed to kill or lag every player I tried it in so watched it streaming instead.

Plenty to like in that video, professional quality.

Chiok

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Gear / Re: How long does your string last?
« on: March 23, 2009, 11:09:02 AM »
Horses for courses, as they say.  Some people really like the MB string because it is usuable from the start, if a bit stretchy and quick to gum up, but I imagine for performances, it's nice to have something you know what to expect.

Sundia versus Henrys, same rationale.  You've tried Sundia and loads of people like Henrys, so you can't go wrong really.  I use Henrys, but I diabolo so infrequently that my string lasts months before I change it.  And then I regret changing it for weeks.

Chiok

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Tricks / Re: How long does it take to learn exalibur?
« on: March 21, 2009, 08:17:10 PM »
whenever I try to do Excalibur style , when I start the Chinese accelerations, my axle tilts the wrong way (i.e. the cup closer to me tilts upward and away from me, instead of downwards).  Can someone tell me what i'm doing wrong?
There is an aspect of lifting the non-whipping hand up and the whipping hand down, but it's more about having the string rub the far cup which tilts the near cup down.  If you're aware of how the diabolo tilts and turns according to where you touch the cup, then you'll understand what you need to do to tilt the diabolo vertically.

In this case, it's rubbing the far cup on the left side (if right-handed, right side if left-handed) with the string.  This is usually achieved by pushing the left hand forward (if right-handed) to rub the far cup with the string and whipping to continue acceleration.  Hope this makes sense.

Chiok

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General / Re: Who's been linking your youtube videos?
« on: March 18, 2009, 11:38:19 AM »
I've done that for other projects I've worked on, looking at all the link backs to other people's blogs or forums.  A post I made ages ago about the WJF went on someone's angry blog that I only found when typing my name into Google.

Makes you wonder what people are doing with your stuff online...

Chiok

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Videos / Re: ICED
« on: March 18, 2009, 11:35:57 AM »
I'll give that to you, that was pretty superb.  Interesting angles, fitting music, interesting tricks, all worked well together as a complete unit.

Chiok
(you didn't complete the genocide, did you...)

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Videos / Re: Turbo418 2009 Video - A must see
« on: March 18, 2009, 11:28:48 AM »
It does look bloody marvellous.  All the jumping and spinning and bouncy floors.  Looks just like a convention I'd spend more time watching than juggling as to not shame myself.

Chiok

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Gear / Re: ReVoLuTiOn KiT
« on: March 17, 2009, 10:47:59 AM »
Well, no need to jump down his throat about it.  Granted, Langerz makes a top-notch kit, but that's no reason a fellow shouldn't try it himself.  And should he not succeed, can always buy the actual thing.

I'm not sure, but I don't think all of the parts are off the shelf, so making a copy would be a bit tricky.  I'm always in the mindset of "if I can make it, why buy it", but sometimes it's better to keep those thoughts in your head, especially as the creator is a well-known member here.  I tried to make my own streetboard and failed, so I'm looking for an actual one.

Chiok

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Gear / Re: Yo yo yo, new shirt idea
« on: March 15, 2009, 11:02:16 AM »
I think more people know what "diabolo" is than you think, but this may be a local, cultural thing.  And I've seen so much random weird stuff on T-shirts I had no idea was what that I don't think it should matter if it makes sense or not.  Could be a conversational starter...?  Or not, no-one's ever asked me what Diabolo.ca was when I wear my hoodie.

Chiok

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Gear / Re: Hubstacks
« on: March 15, 2009, 10:58:51 AM »
I shouldn't see why not, the hubstack is a PTFE (?) cap about 20mm in diameter, if you're precise I'm sure you could get the stick in there.  Otherwise it might not work as well.  Could always take them off again if it bothers you.

Chiok

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Gear / Re: Handsticks - Pros and Cons
« on: March 14, 2009, 10:47:13 AM »
I think the energy sticks are a plastic, no? But yeah, they're incredibly flexy and prone to breakage too. Probably much much more so.
MB Energy sticks are acrylic I think.  Or a clear styrene?  But my money is on acrylic.  Energy sticks break because they are just acrylic whereas the fibreglass sticks are a composite of fibreglass, resin and a plastic outer sleeve.  The sleeve is what keeps the stick from just snapping in two and fibreglass splinters everywhere.

Chiok

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Alcohol run wouldn't be possible if you're taking the Eurostar, you'd have to walk all the way to a hypermarket and carry it back with you. 

I'm looking for a caravan; there was this one time, right, in Siberia.

Chiok

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Videos / Re: [Video] "1 minute 5 seconds" - Hathaway
« on: March 13, 2009, 12:35:46 PM »
A really well filmed video, lots of nice angles and the tricks made no sense.  A tad dark in the room though so get any clear definition.

Good effort though.

Chiok

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Gear / Re: Handsticks - Pros and Cons
« on: March 13, 2009, 12:31:35 PM »
do short fiberglass sticks get permanently bent after a while?
how long if so?
The Fibreglass sticks from Henrys are their bendy variety, they flex much more than the Carbon Fibre.  I've heard of many people cracking the laminates of their carbon sticks and the stick just snapping over time.  I imagine that given enough force, a fibreglass stick will also delaminate and crack and over time just snap.  There's no fixing it, but I've not heard of anyone breaking a fibreglass stick.  Might have something to do with people not really liking them in the first place because they're so bendy.

Chiok

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Gear / Re: Yo yo yo, new shirt idea
« on: March 13, 2009, 12:25:21 PM »
Constructive criticism please, we're a lovely and supportive community.  Also remember as its text based, tone and sarcasm don't transfer well across without some sort of <tag> or lots more words to make it clear.

A piece of advice that Dave Proctor gave me which I think is a really good way to look at life: LINK

As for the shirt, not for me I'm afraid.  Though the picture on the back looks like it could be used for something else, it's not bad.

Chiok

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