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Throw of the Day  - 
 
With the advice of +Luke Renner (Yo-Yo Slinger) I purchased a Magic Yoyo N12 Shark.  What a fantastic yoyo.  It's not just a great yoyo for the price, it's a great yoyo, period.

It's smaller than my Shutter but bigger than my DV888.  However, it doesn't feel as dense as the DV888.  It's really stable and although I cringe when I hear people describe a yoyo as "floaty" I think I understand what they're talking about.  It feels fantastic and is really fun to play with.

It has a low wall and wide catch zone which I really like.  It feels great in the hand and when it comes back from a fast bind there are no edges which slam your hand.  It's just very comfortable.  And it even comes with what looks like a center track bearing and it's own storage bag.

I'm really happy with it and can't wait to spend more practice time with it.
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As I played with the N12 some more last night I discovered 2 things:  First, I need to learn more tricks.  I'm feeling really limited in what I can do.  Second: I love this yoyo.  At first I thought it was a bit on the small side but now I'm really loving it.  It feels a lot more natural in the hand than the much larger Shutter or Replay Pro.

The spin time is really good (and I haven't even lubed the bearing yet). I also noticed that I'm having an easier time getting a smooth, non-vibrating spin.  Usually, you'd expect a heavier yoyo to be more stable but somehow this one is light and "floaty" while still being very stable.

I'm going to challenge my friend Alex.  Alex is the son of a friend of mine.  He won 3rd place in his age group in the trick ladder at last year's Nationals and he's a great yoyo player.  He loves his CLYW Chief yoyo which cost about $120.  The chief also happens to be a very similar colorway than this yoyo.   I'm going to ask him not to look at the yoyo, don't try to figure out the brand, just throw it, do some tricks and tell me how he likes it.   I think he'll be very surprised at how good this yoyo is.
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I picked up a YYF Flight so I can start learning 4A.

I also picked up my first Kendama.  As it turns out, my grand daughter has picked it up and practiced way more than me.  I can barely get it out of her hands.  She loves it.

Aren't skill toys fun?
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I also just got a Duncan Bearing king spin top.  I'm just having too much fun being a kid again.
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After literally months of practice I'm finally getting the trick Spirit Bomb. I've hit it 5 times today. Many thanks to Luke Renner and Colby from Yolex for their tips.
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That's awesome. I'm glad I could help.
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General Discussion  - 
 
1.3 has so much lag now that it's unplayable for me.  I don't know what happened.  This computer had no problem playing 1.2 even in multiplayer while hosting.  But now I can't play at all, even in single player, without tremendous lag.
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That's just your computer. 1.3 runs fine for 90% of people.
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Luke, if I were to go to some online store to buy 2 or 3 Magic Yoyos, what models would you suggest for non-responsive 1A tricks?
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Oooh!  At Yoyoplay I can get a K1, N8, and N12 for under $50.  Payday is this Friday.  I see 3 new yoyos in my future.
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I rarely post links to other sites here (it feels a bit too much like spam).  But this one is Andrew Skurka talking about trip planning.

http://andrewskurka.com/2015/backpacking-trip-planning-checklist-to-do/

I like how he list "Plan for weather conditions" before "pick your gear".  This addresses what I call "The fallacy of base weight".  Many people feel that once I have a backpack full of gear with a particular base weight then the only difference between an overnight trip and a 5 day trip is the amount of food and fuel we take.

In actuality, that base weight will probably change on every trip.  Now, I realize that we can't all afford two down jackets, one for 40 degree nights and one for 15 degree nights, two sleeping quilts, multiple tents, multiple backpacks etc.  But we can certainly decide "Do I need a tent in September when there are no mosquitoes or do I just need a tarp?"   "Do I really need that 8 ounce Nalgene bottle or will a half ounce Gatorade bottle do just as well?"  "Do I need a jacket or will a long sleeve polypro shirt and runner's arm warmers do just fine?"
I have planned hundreds of backpacking trips. Many have been personal outings, ranging from long weekends in nearby destinations to multi-month thru-hikes in faraway places. The rest have been guided, when I’ve been accountable to paying clients. To maximize my working efficiency and to prevent oversights when getting backpacking trips out the door, I use a trip planning checklist — a spreadsheet, …
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he does an awesome planning his trip including using spreadsheets ... have you ever seen this video presentation andrew did +Greg Brouelette ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGQTcQhL08A

LOL +Andrew Skurka ... regarding Type II fun :)
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Yo-yo Videos  - 
 
Check out Women's World Champion Hobbit-Wen Wang.  She actually scored higher than Zach Gormley but as I understand it, the women's freestyle and the men's freestyle are judged differently.  Yoyo is a sport where I don't think there should be any differentiation between male and female contestants.  Certainly, Hobbit can compete with the best.
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My grand daughter and I have started a "back to basics" practice schedule.  We start each evening's practice with 15 trapeze, 15 1.5 mounts (she is just learning the first half) and I do 15 double or nothings.

She then does 15 binds from a forward throw (and she's getting really good at it)  She learned to bind just over a week ago and now she can even bind my Shutter (after a couple of tries) which is such a low walled yoyo that it's probably the toughest yoyo to bind in my collection.

Oddly enough, starting with repetitions of basic elements really points out how inconsistent my throws are.  So by going back to basics I've really improved my throws and have really noticed how often I drop my hands to waist level instead of keeping them up.  Dropping my hands messes up the string plane and causes all kinds of problems.

Apparently consistent practice of fundamentals has a lot a benefits.  Who knew? ;-)
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I needed some inspiration to break out of my stagnant phase of yoyoing.  So my grand daughter and I went to our local yoyo club this weekend.

https://www.facebook.com/128652117185259/photos/pcb.969008566482939/969007913149671/?type=1&theater

The Yolex yoyo club has changed it's name to the Yolex Skill Club to be more inclusive to Kendama players.  We're not in any of these photos, but you will see a tall bearded guy named Peter who was the first person we ever met at the club (and who has become one of our best yoyo friends).  You'll also see Monkeyfinger team member Will Hahn who runs the Yolex club.

Colby is the guy with the piercings.  I remember meeting him at his first meeting and showing him how to set the string length of his yoyo.  In a few short months he has completely surpassed me by a lot!  He's really good.

Since this is an indoor meetup inside a mall we can't do 4A yoyoing.   They don't want a yoyo flying off and hitting anyone.  But there was a lot of 1A and 5A going on.  It was very inspirational and it made me realize that I need to focus on getting my basic elements really consistent.

Meanwhile, my grand daughter is learning to bind so I gave her a challenge.   If she could bind her Duncan Flipside 3 times I'd buy her a YYF Replay Pro.  She did it and I bought her a new Replay Pro.  She practiced nothing but binds for the next hour and she actually did bind the far more unresponsive Replay 10 times.  When she goes back to her Flipside she can bind it nearly every time now.

Whens the last time I practiced a single move for an hour?  I should learn from her.
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Here is my attempt at kamikaze  https://youtu.be/aOuPclrOud8 .. what do you think? I'm getting there... and only been Yo-yoing for around 4 1/2 months.
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So tomorrow we'll be going on a family camping trip.  It always amazes me that when we car camp we end up bringing a gigantic tent big enough to hold 2 inflatable queen size mattresses. We also bring 2 large coolers: one for food; one for alcohol.  Firewood, folding chairs, etc.  It wouldn't be stretching to say that we bring well over 100 pounds of stuff.

And yet when I go out into the woods for several days with all the gear, food and water I need I'm only carrying 20 to 25 pounds.  The cognitive dissonance gets me every time.
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Actually it's probably just the alcohol talking ...
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Shelters & Hammocks  - 
 
It was so hot this holiday weekend that for 2 of the 3 nights I slept outside in my new Squall 2 Tarptent.  My grand daughter slept in it Saturday night.

As I was packing it up I was thinking "Tent: 2# 2ozs,  XL-Lite air mattress 1#, Home made down quilt 1# 10ozs (which was too warm for the weather)"  That makes my shelter and sleeping system only 4# 12 ozs and it was overkill for a summer night.   That's over half a pound lighter than my old synthetic fill sleeping bag alone.  It's almost a pound lighter than my old tent alone.  It's only 4 ounces heavier than my old Kelty Trekker backpack alone.  AND, the Squall 2 is a two person tent which is bigger and more comfortable than my old REI Clipper tent.

Yes, you can lighten up and still be comfortable and safe.
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LOL ... you're getting "warmer" +Greg Brouelette :)
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Help Requests  - 
 
Multiplayer questions.

My grand daughter and I are trying to play Terraria in 1.3 and we started the way we always do. We're both in the same room on the same home network so I check ipconfig for my iP address, host a game, and she joins on port 7777.

This use to work great, but in 1.3 we get tons of stuttering and lag.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to play multiplayer as smoothly as we did pre-1.3?

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Same lol
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I'm a software engineer by trade and a musician by passion.  In addition to playing acoustic fingerstyle guitar and jazz guitar I also play mandolin and the occasional banjo.

I also build instruments.  I'm moving from building mountain dulcimers to building acoustic and electric guitars.

I'm married and living in the foothills of the Sierra mountains.
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