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Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2005)
« on: September 30, 2005, 11:21:39 AM »
Quote from: norbi
interesting. It's a taking transfer, which means the subdominant hand (your right) does all the work.


I strongly disagree.  For me its the dominant hand that does all the work.  I can vortex with my left (subdominant as I am righty) hand completely rigid if I throw with the right hard enough (although admittedly its much smoother if the left hand helps out a little after the intitial throw by the right).  In any case and for me at least, its the right (dominant) hand that initiates the movement.

edit:  ps just pulled off 2d mini genocide from your tutorial Norbi - video seems down but got it from the text (very clear description many thanks).  Now just gotta get some consistency with it.

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Gear / Diabolo light kits (Ev. 4, Vega, Diabglo...) DANGER
« on: September 16, 2005, 10:57:46 AM »
Cheers for the pm seán_

Ok just to clear this up once and for all - I only said I thought a standard 9v charger would work (as it says that a 9v adapter will work on the packet that the kits come in) and other people have also come to this assumption.  Since then however, having seen a picture of the charger it seems that the unit is in two parts i.e a black adapter type bit that plugs into the wall and a grey box with two outputs (one for each side of diab).  It apears that it is the black bit which would output 9v (and this bit could be substituted for any universal 9v adapter)  i.e this would be the input voltage for the actual charger unit (the grey bit).  Unfortunately no-where does it state the output voltage of this part (the bit that actually plugs into the units and does the charging).

I dont have a multimeter so have not measured the output voltage of the rechargable batteries supplied with the unit but I would best guess they are 1.2v Ni-MH (AG13 / LR44 non rechargeable button cells are 1.5v).  

Continues next post

EDIT: Ok - given my estimate that the batteries supplied are 1.2v (anyone with a multimeter want to check this out and give us the actual output?) then I used the thinking that I can slow charge at this rate i.e. 1.2v input charge.  The actual official charger may be higher for faster charging but I kept to 1.2v for safety.

Given the above I recharged one of my units (didnt want to screw them all up) for 30 mins only at 1.2v.  This did recharge the unit a bit and I think it should work (may take a long time to charge and there is no way of knowing when they are charged or prevent overcharging though!). As I was unsure of the long term effects on the batteries and the fact that Ni-MH button cells are not easy to get hold of, I decided not to go down this route and I decided to just use standard AG13/LR44 batteries until I get a charger unit from Mr B.

My advice would be - if in doubt (or you cannot afford to replace the unit if it all goes wrong) - use normal batteries until you can get a charger !! (but keep the rechargeables safe).

ps. this site has chargers in stock ! (french though) http://www.tete-en-lair.com/index.php?catid=1_51_53
edit - and spare batteries yey !![/u]

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Videos / New video from the cleveland jugglers
« on: September 10, 2005, 03:57:49 AM »
ok i may be missing something here and apologies if i am but you start at 22 sec with a left backwrap to armstalll from open string yes? then throw back on left side and unwrap on left (sorry dont know the name of this zig zag bit) and end with a  normal backwrap on the right stick.  Then unwrap  on right and throw back round to left stick (both diabs on open string at this point yes? All of whch I am fine with)

Then comes the bit I dont understand -  you left backwrap into armstalll and sun out to open string (with right diab still wrapped which I can do from left frontwrap/right backwrap but not left backwrap).  It is this bit I cannot work out.

Once again sorry if am am missing something simple - I am kind of new to this

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Gear / Diabolo light kits (Ev. 4, Vega, Diabglo...) DANGER
« on: September 10, 2005, 03:24:50 AM »
Quote from: Will^
I dont think they'll shatter, they seem fine to me. A guy from work also did something like a 50ft throw and missed the catch (blamed the booze) and ended up with one of the lights a little crooked in each side, but they still work fine.

lol - I went camping with mine and ended up with 20 or so kids around me wanting to learn. didnt get any practice in but about 15 of them learnt diabolo in two days (even to the stage of arm orbits from scratch!!!).  BUT....... most requested trick was the 'throw it as high as you can & catch it' one.  Fine in the daytime but not good at night with the LED's in strong wind.  But they still work so there you go.

905
Gear / Diabolo light kits (Ev. 4, Vega, Diabglo...) DANGER
« on: September 09, 2005, 01:49:30 PM »
Anyone got any news on when the chargers will be available??

ps - Instore (formerly Poundstretcher) sells a pack of button batteries that includes 6 x G13's (enough for one diabolo both sides and you get a load of spares for other stuff) for £1.  Its the cheapest I can find !!!

906
Videos / New video from the cleveland jugglers
« on: September 09, 2005, 10:13:50 AM »
Nice video, nice music and at just about the right skill level for me currently.  Good work.

One question to Alex, a minor thing but its been bugging me all day - at 25 secs you do what seems to be a left backwrap to armstall (or handstall) and then sun it out onto open string as if it were a normal left frontwrap armstall.  How does this work? The only way I can do it is to uncross the left stick/string whilst in the handstall but it doesnt look like you do this (or you do it very fast).

907
Gear / Diabolo light kits (Ev. 4, Vega, Diabglo...) DANGER
« on: August 23, 2005, 02:00:49 PM »
Each unit takes 3x G13 (LR44) button batteries (thats each side so 6 batteries per diab).

Have used mine for about an hour so far on the reghargables (straight from the packet) and they are still nice and bright.  Am going away for a few days later in the week so I am saving them for that.  Will find out how long a charge lasts then and let you know.

update - Charge lasted about 3 hours on the red led kit and bout 40 mins longer on the blue (no idea why onger on the blue)

908
Gear / Diabolo light kits (Ev. 4, Vega, Diabglo...) DANGER
« on: August 21, 2005, 01:37:48 PM »
I have red LED kit in red G2 and Blue LED kit in blue G2. Both are great but the blue especially is fantastic.  THEY DEFINATLEY DO WORK WITH BLUE G2's.  And I think a standard 9 volt
charger should work (though you wont know when they are fully charged as with the official kit).

909
Gear / Diabolos + The Seaside = ?
« on: August 19, 2005, 11:19:56 PM »
I washed the whole thing, but then again, I'm not too carefull with my diabs (my g2's have developed a white deposit on the hex nut from contact with water though I dont see this as a problem - more an individual feature  :wink: )

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Gear / Diabolo light kits (Ev. 4, Vega, Diabglo...) DANGER
« on: August 19, 2005, 12:10:36 PM »
Yey - just ordered mine.  Bit concerned that they dont have any chargers yet though.  Should be able to use a universal adapter with it (depending on jack connection type) otherwise I'll have LED kits with no way of getting them to illuminate.

911
Gear / Diabolos + The Seaside = ?
« on: August 19, 2005, 11:19:41 AM »
Just remember to rinse them after use and you should be fine.  Shingle beaches and circus cups do not mix well.  Mine have the scratches to prove it. (and the tide nearly took one clean away - damn that sea was cold).

912
Videos of the Week / Video of the week: August 15-21, Zack
« on: August 15, 2005, 02:10:08 PM »
Nice work

As I happend to be practicing RBW sprinkler entry today I thought I'd have a go at this.

OUCH.

That hurts (and one of my diabs just escaped through the office door and across the car park at great speed to some bemused onlookers).

Much respect on making this look easy.

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Tutorials / The 4 sprinkler entries: a short tutorial
« on: August 15, 2005, 12:25:21 PM »
Huge thanks to Martijn for the re-post.

Can now do all 4 though the RBW (the trianulated one) is very temperamental and usually ends in a huge knot.  When it does work its initially a very small loop (diabs v close together or hitting and causing said knot) until the speed of the diabs spinning pulls them apart into a wider sprinkler.  Any tips on correcting this problem??

Also does anyone actually use the RFW entry on a regular basis.  Can do it but cant see why anyone would want to as its not exactly visually pleasing now is it.

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Videos / New video, Fred 2005
« on: August 02, 2005, 02:26:46 PM »
Christ alive I think i,ve dislocated my jaw - amazing stuff.

On a side issue what the hell is the guy in the backgroud doing at 1min 40 ??

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Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2005)
« on: August 02, 2005, 11:40:26 AM »
This week I learnt.....

1d

Suicide starts
Between arms suns
Crossed sticks suns
Front to back & back to front suns
Magic knot
Left arm orbits
Both arm orbits
Left & right suicides
Infinite suicides (well if about 30secs is inifinite  :wink: )

2d

Throw start
Rocket start (had been using anti fast or wrap untill now)
Corrections (got the basics last week but now have them just so in all directions / tilts etc)
Backwraps every pass (Yey - have forced myself to learn this BEFORE I even attempted to learn 2d tricks as I figure it will help in the long run & the fact that I havent learnt many 1d tricks yet.  Has been a very frustrating thing to learn though and my style is by no means smooth but I can knock off a good 10 in a row till I get a bad throw / wrap & it all falls apart.

Misc

The fact that what I backwap with one hand I can front unwrap with the other & vice versa (this has been a complete revelation to me and makes things look so much smoother)

Oh and to check that the local juggling club is still on before turning up and walking into a church hall full of old ladies - oops

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Tutorials / The 4 sprinkler entries: a short tutorial
« on: July 23, 2005, 09:56:08 PM »
The video seems to have gone (or at least I cannot get it) - any chance of re-posting it ?

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Tricks / Re: Starting and correcting 2 diabolos
« on: July 22, 2005, 12:12:42 PM »
Hi - 2d shuff just seemed to click on wednesday and I was able to keep going for several minutes (no corrections at all though) until one of my old diabs finnally died (literally fell to bits).

My 2 new circus diabs arrived today and I've been practicing all morning (at work  :wink: ).  

Yesterday when I was unable to practice 2d I found a great tip for learning corrections (although I cant remember where I read it).  Basically you go back to 1d and get it spinning really fast then move right hand string over the left stick and pull down with right hand so diab raises in cradle.  From here you can poke and tap at the spinning diab with your right stick to see what effect tapping differant places will have (until you run out of spin).  Ive found this a great help this morning and am begining to be able to put this into practice and have had some success in correcting (although I miss the string a fair bit at the moment especially on the far cup).

Hope this helps anyone else to learn.

PS having looked at my shuffle vid taken on wednesday http://mynci200.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/diabolo/2dshuff.wmv  I noticed that I use my left hand a lot (although the diabs do speed up).  Is this a problem I need to address, or is it ok to use the left like this??

Also I have noticed this morning that I have a tendancy to make both diabs tilt away from me at the same time.  I think I am pushing slightly away from my body (out of line) with the right hand but cant seem to correct this action.

Any help / input on this would be greatly appreciated.

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Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2005)
« on: July 21, 2005, 01:26:26 PM »
2d shuffle (of a sort).

Ok not groundbreaking stuff, but at 33 it shows you can teach on old dog new tricks  :D

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Gear / Name That Diab
« on: July 15, 2005, 10:12:58 AM »




Here are the pics

Quite pleased with the polished ends  :D

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Gear / Name That Diab
« on: July 14, 2005, 10:12:30 PM »
The sticks are homemade (this week) made from 8mm aluminium tube with bicycle gear derailleur cable caps (black teflon for wear) epoxy resin glued into the tube at the string end (so the knot is right at the string exit end, can freely rotate, and uses minimal string) with black rubber gas pipe tubing as grip (8mm inernal diameter to fit tube).  Handles not as soft as I would like but was all I could get to fit the tube at short notice.  I am on the lookout for a softer material to use.

Other than the firmness off the grip, they seem to work great - will try to post  a better pic of them tommorrow.  Weight is 44 gram / stick & cost to make was about £2.25 / set + time to make.

Plus - pleased somebody noticed the sticks - didnt even realise they were in the pic.

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