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Brussels is a lovely place, if you like architecture and the like.  I went during the Christmas Market so it was rather brilliant then but not sure how it'd be the rest of the year.  Hazel is a metro trip from Brussels and has L'Atomium which is a fantastic looking structure and really impressive (again if you like that sort of thing).  Think it's next to a funland type theme park too.

Still, I still have no job so it's unlikely for me.  But I commend all that plan a gathering.


Gear / Re: Hubstacks
« on: March 11, 2009, 02:14:09 PM »
Looby I'm thinking that if you just use an extended bolt it would make it unstable as bending that will certainly have an effect on the part of the bolt with the axle on. You must certainly need to attatch it to the nut, that way if it bends you can just take that bit off and replace it. As I have said before I'm probably wrong I'm by no means a creator/engineer. Nev or Toby might have some out look?
I think what Looby is getting at is that the bolt extends out and is threaded along its whole length, the nut just shimmies up against the hub.  Regular nut, not a cap nut.  No bearings involved, just a point coming out the end with a little plastic nubbin for comfort.

At that sort of length and thickness (M6, M8?) bending might happen if hit at an angle, but I think you'd be alright most of the time.  If it does bend, get another threaded piece of bar, they're readily available at hardware stores quite cheaply, assuming they are metric sizes on the diabolo.


Community & Events / Re: Eeaster Meet Up?
« on: March 11, 2009, 02:06:19 PM »
As for why Brighton, why London? So you have to get an extra train, boo. Duncan got a freaking plane and didn't moan (to my knowledge).
Because London is the central hub of the world, in an economic sense.  Plus I was thinking along the lines of a one-dayer as opposed to multi-days and the Trocadero in Leicester Square would be a great place to hang out in.  Plus I wanna see if holding a fan during a game of DDR was possible.

Does Brighton have a DDR machine?  I like to diabolo in the most random of situations.


Gear / Re: Greatest sun mod ever?!
« on: March 11, 2009, 01:54:58 PM »
Can you pull off the proctologist or would it be more like a finger guillotine?
Damn, I was gonna mention that.

Seems more like a mod to turn a Sun into an ashtray.  Before you know it, you'll be opening your bottles with handsticks, tapping ash into a cup and flossing with string.  These are global economic downturn times people, gotta make do with what you have.  Bottle opener and floss industries might as well be the first to go under.


Community & Events / Re: Eeaster Meet Up?
« on: March 10, 2009, 11:08:29 AM »
i wish i could wear shorts to school but if i did everyone would call me a puff.
As in "cheese"?  Or do you mean "poof"?

Anyhoo, why Brighton?  It's two trains away for most people, London is direct.  I mean, I like Brighton and everything, but it's hardly convenient.  Unless of course you live there...


Gear / Re: Finesse G4 (and evo6 and carbons)
« on: March 10, 2009, 11:05:42 AM »
I've two red G2s that have not seen much action if any since I switched to Henrys in 2005.  Axle kits, lights and all, mainly as a protest against the price of Vega light kits.  So I'm willing to rehome my Finesse and axle kits to a loving parent, but I'm keeping the lights.  I don't care if it's not the 1990s anymore, I still like diabolo lights.

Mister Babache lost me a while ago with Performer sticks and the Finesse.


Gear / Re: Finesse G4 (and evo6 and carbons)
« on: March 09, 2009, 11:46:34 AM »
I'm quite excited about the J9 contact ball.  And a "slow silicone bouncing ball"?

I'll always agree that MB always keeps on with research and design, they don't rest on their laurels. I agree with Alex though, the Finesse G4 looks pretty similar in it's solid model to the previous versions, so I don't see what all the fuss is about.  If there are some stunning new developments, the pictures doesn't do it justice.  As for the new stick, could be interesting?  Though again, the picture doesn't show anything new.  I could whip up a solid model that looked the same. 

Still, I applaud MB for always working at it.  Their new logo is very current millenium now.  Thanks for the pointer Séan.


Performances / Re: Asian Fest '09
« on: March 09, 2009, 11:32:50 AM »
Your bearings saved you a few times guys ;-)  A generally solid performance, you knew what was going to be done, planned it out and didn't need to wing any of it.

A few pointers to smooth it out a bit: 
It always helps to act like performers if you are performing.  This means wearing something like an outfit or a costume to bring the visual aspect together, even if it is matching t-shirts.  It makes it look like you belong together on stage.  It also makes it appear more of a performance and not like a trick-off display in the park.

It's difficult to do on stage, but if you do drop or make a mistake, try not to be flustered and pick up where you left off calmly and with poise.  Don't get mad or frustrated and run around like a headless chicken.  Not saying that you did, just keep calm, which is why it helps to have extra sticks and diabolos around.

For the level of activity and the pace of your tricks, Basement Jaxx was a good call for music and tempo.  Maybe incorporate more sections specifically to parts in the music?  This would make it nice and attribute the music to your routine.

Overall, solid work, you were confident and the crowd loved it which is what matters.  I think if you work on these things, you'll have a really slick act.


Videos / Re: [Diabolo]Blue Gravy
« on: March 07, 2009, 11:36:52 AM »
Bounce off the floor!  That's what it's all about.  You're all very skilled for sure, all the hardcore technical work is very successful.  And nicely filmed too (don't care about aspect ratio, looked fine through YouTube).


Videos / Re: Another little Monster
« on: March 07, 2009, 11:22:19 AM »
He's super better than me, no doubt about that.  Crazy hard tricks.  His spelling could do with some improvements though :-)


Practice / Re: New 5 diabolo record by Tony
« on: March 06, 2009, 08:32:49 PM »
I mean its not really that hard when you think about it, its just keeping 5 diabolos spinning 20 feet in the air without them colliding, or not landing on the string, i mean who cant do that?
Well of course, the difficulty would be getting the diabolos *to* collide considering how much space there is in the universe, impossible to have two things in the same space...  Sarcasm aplenty.

That looked really low!  I mean, pushing the limits of having one on the string.  And was he wearing a cap too?  That can't have made things easier.


I'm New / Re: Diabolo Terminology and Abbreviations.
« on: March 05, 2009, 11:48:44 AM »
Cups - The outer bell shaped shells that make up the majority of the diabolo, made in a plastic or rubber material.

Hubs - The inner cones that the cups attach to, made in plastic or metal.

Axle - The bit in the middle that string sits under.


Community & Events / Re: Bath UpChuck Convention - 28th Feb
« on: March 05, 2009, 11:41:16 AM »
Downloadable version here:

We had a couple of times when we managed to book the sports hall for a club session, this is when I discovered that a diabolo will not go "swish" through a basketball hoop.  But then they wouldn't let us book the hall anymore when they found out we were juggling and we weren't a sports club.


Videos / Re: [Video] "1 minute" - Arjan
« on: March 04, 2009, 11:33:23 AM »
That was so nice to watch!  Real thought behind the cinematography of the video.  I think we could all put out a couple of videos in this sort of style, just one minute long, a couple of tricks, well edited together.

It'd be like the VSNBT MNPLTN series of diabolo.


General / Re: diabolo concept design
« on: March 04, 2009, 11:28:50 AM »
Every now and again, it's nice to see a concept drawing that makes sense.

Have you seen a Henry's Viper yo-yo?  The rubber hubs attach on in pretty much the same way so I envisage that your concept would be like a large Viper yo-yo?  It seems like a lovely idea, what do you hope will be the benefit of having the ability to change the weight of the diabolo?  It also looks to be quite a large diabolo with the cups on.

Take off the rubber rings and put on some wicks, you've got a fire diabolo too.

(giving out free consultation since 2005)

Videos of the Week / Re: VotW: 2 March 2009: Nev
« on: March 04, 2009, 11:23:17 AM »
oooh new Idea, without the genocide could anyone flashkick a diabolo straight up and catch it again?
As in "Street Fighter II - Guile" style?  I'd watch that.


Videos of the Week / Re: VotW: 2 March 2009: Nev
« on: March 03, 2009, 10:58:49 AM »
I physically laughed out loud when I saw it.  It's the slyest little kick and Nev's lack of expression is pure class.



Tutorials / Re: Tutorail Votw FEB 25 2009 Cullen, and more
« on: March 02, 2009, 12:21:50 PM »
Good work sir!  That was an excellent tutorial, the descriptions you gave really helped with the explanations of the string and the arrangements.  That gets a thanks.


Community & Events / Re: Bath UpChuck Convention - 28th Feb
« on: March 02, 2009, 12:12:38 PM »
A great big yay to all of you for coming along!  Even Looby, and his sorry sorry face, his dedication to the cause is inspired.

A big thank you to the organisers, I had a great weekend with the Bath guys and makes me thoroughly miss being in Bath.  They had a whole "Watchmen" trip organised for Friday too :-(  Just have to say that I had no hand in organising the event, it was all those guys.  My job was just to organise some games, which seemed to work okay, but lots of lessons to be learnt.  I think the "batting a ball as far as you can with a club" game is a keeper.  And you get chocolate because that's what we had I'm afraid, Lovely Jugglies gave us the handful of £20 gift vouchers and some chocolate, so you get chocolate.

Thanks for filling in the questionnaires and delivering them back in such an aeronautical manner.  Sorry the backstage guys really like their fog machine.  The show was good enough in my opinion but now we know the theatre is capable of much more.  The Void does a lovely Crocodile and is totally spot on that sound effects makes tricks better (Get the Shoe anyone...?).

Thank you again guys for coming down to support us and hope you had a good time, on behalf of Gravity Vomit, big hugs!


Tricks / Re: Backhands, rim throws, and 5 years of futility
« on: February 27, 2009, 10:11:50 AM »
Always.  Just be quicker.


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