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I'm running an experiment for the next few weeks. I'm learning some slack tricks and I noticed that my yoyo string wasn't holding string tension for more than a throw or two. How do I fix this? What's the best string? That sounds like a testable problem.

So I just bought some different yoyo strings and I'm going to set them up on different yoyos and see how different strings hold string tension and how that affects the ability to do slack tricks. The string selection is:

Kitty String Normal
Kitty String 1.5
Ammo String
Venom String
Twisted String
Kevlar String

I'm going to set up 6 yoyos, one with each string to get a feel for the differences. Then I'll choose a single yoyo and do the same tricks on the same yoyo with each different string. I'll report my findings here.

Science! It Works!

My preliminary research shows that the Kevlar string is extremely soft and feels quite fat. Surprisingly, it doesn't seem to hold string tension any better than the Kitty string. The normal Kitty String is my standard string and it's the one that was causing the original problem. After half an hour it won't hold tension at all.

The Ammo and Venom feel so similar that I can't tell a difference by feel. They're both really nice and seem to hold tension well. I haven't spent enough time with the Twisted string to form an opinion and I haven't thrown the Kitty 1.5 at all yet.

Stay tuned . . .
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ok cool amazing
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More photos of the upcoming Magic Yoyo bi-metal

It can't happen soon enough for me.

http://i.imgur.com/Ch46q22h.jpg

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Ultra Light (< 10 lbs.)  - 
 
Here's a good article on how much weight can be saved by rethinking your "Big Three".
http://www.thehikinglife.com/2015/12/going-lighter-the-big-three/

Remember, you're really only packing "The Big Three" (Pack , Shelter, Sleeping System) and "The Other Three" (Clothes including rain gear, cook kit including water filter, and personal ditty bag).

He talks about the Squall tent by Tarptent. I have the larger 2 person Squall II which is still only 2# 2ozs. It can be done.

“He who would travel happily, must travel light.” ~ Antoine de Saint Exupery, ‘Wind Sand & Stars’ (1939) Thinking about reducing your pack weight, but not exactly sure …
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We played Pandemic this weekend and lost again (so close).  We were one turn away form curing  both the yellow and black diseases when there was an outbreak and we realized, too late, that we didn't have enough black cubes.

That got me to thinking, I don't think I've ever won a game of Pandemic where we've correctly played all the rules.  The most misunderstood rule in our games is the city rule: You can only give another person a city card if you're both in that city.  When we misunderstood that rule and traded city cards when we were both in a city (but not the city of the card) we won.  But once we realized how to correctly use that rule we've never won.

So why is this still an incredibly fun game for us? :)  I guess it's true.  It's the most fun you'll ever have losing a game.
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You just need to have whoever forgets this rule play the Reseacher. :)
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Further stories of the N12 Shark by Magic Yoyo.

Two nights ago I went to a concert.  I met my friend at his house so we could drive together.  His son, Alex, is a great yoyoer who came in 3rd in his age group in the Sports Ladder at last years Nationals.

I asked Alex to throw this new yoyo of mine without looking at the logo.  I wouldn't tell him anything about it other than it's a new yoyo for me and I got it at a discounted price (which was a bit of a red herring).  On the very first throw he exclaimed "Wow! This is really nice"  He kept doing tricks and he had the same impression I had which was that it's an incredibly stable and smooth yoyo.  It's so stable that you don't get an impression of it slowing down at all.  He did trick after trick after trick until he finally said "I really should probably bind it".  But it didn't vibrate, wobble or lean over as the spin eventually died out.

He guessed several different brands but finally settled on "I think it's a MonkeyFinger Ceaser . . . " (which is a $100 yoyo) " . . .because they just came out with a new batch.  It feels fantastic.  It's really nice."

I let him throw it a bit more before I told him "I did get a bit of a deal.  It was on sale at YoyoPlay and I got it at 30% off.

"So about $70 or $80 bucks then?" He said.

"Nope, $17.95. Down from the retail price of $25" I told him.

His mouth dropped open "There's no way this is a $25 yoyo."

"Yep, It's a Magic Yoyo N12 Shark"

My buddy and I went to the concert and when we got back 5 hours later Alex was still playing with the yoyo.  He jokingly didn't want to give it back.  The next time I see him I bet he'll have a shark as well.
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awesome!!!
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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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your sooooo luck 
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I am SO going to work on this. What a cool repeater trick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djtJ0SZRp4w
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Rumor has it that Magic Yoyo is releasing a bi-metal called The Stealth.

Luke, Do you have any inside scoop about it?  I would buy one (or maybe three) in a heartbeat.
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This one hasn't released yet. I will let you know when it comes out.  The Silencer, April and M003 are all available.  I've been going back and forth between the April and K5.  I've been creating a really complex string trick with the April.
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I have it on good authority that Santa is bringing a couple Magic Yoyo Silencers into the house. Only 15 days to go.


BTW, you folks do know the 4 stages of Santa right?

1. You believe in Santa
2. You don't believe in Santa
3. You are Santa
4. You look like Santa

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I finished the OD2 pedal kit from Build You Own Clone pedals.  It's a Tube Screamer clone with every Tube Screamer mod you can think of.  I have my choice of 3 op amps, there are trim pots for min gain, max gain and the louder mod.  The switches on the front allow me to switch on the Fat or Full tone mode or I can switch between diode clipping or MOSFET clipping.

But the biggest surprise is how good the boost section sounds because not only is this a TS overdrive, it's also a boost pedal.  At max volume the boost is just a bit louder than unity gain (I have to check to see if I accidentally swapped out a resistor somewhere) but the tone!  Wow, the tone with the booster on is just so much warmer.

I have friends who use the EP boost in their pedal path just to warm up the tone like that.  The EP boost simulates the boost section of an old Echoplex (hence the "EP").  This boost gives me a similar effect.  It just sounds so much better that I think I'll leave it on full time.
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Traffic up here is rough today.  Not only is the the end of a 3 day weekend so everyone is driving home from Lake Tahoe, but Burning Man ended and there are thousands of Burners driving home on westbound i80.

But it's also the last day of the REI Labor Day sale and Solomon shoes are 20% off so I drove all the way down to Roseville and found a new pair of trail runners.

It turns out that THOSE trail runners aren't on sale.  Boots and Shoes are, but those aren't shoes, they're trail runners.  I didn't need to spend an hour and a half in traffic.  I could have stopped by on any day at all.

This is the Nth time I've been seriously displeased with REI.  I've lost count of the number of times I've received an ad saying things are 20% or 30% off and when I get there NOTHING I want to buy is included in the sale.  Or I go in and I want to use my annual 20% off coupon.   But no, that item is already marked down so you can't use your coupon on that.  Come On Guys!  You're REI! Try not to be evil manipulative asshats.
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I've come to expect those issues. I've read the fine print often enough. I go in armed with my phone. Anything I consider buying gets scanned and price checked. It's the only weapon I have, and I wield it well.
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I have not earned my backpacking badge this year.  But my wife and I are going camping for 3 days this weekend and I'll be bringing my ULA Circuit and my home made G4 pack for day hikes.   I hope this will light the fire for backpacking again (even though with the drought here in California there will be no actual fires).

Since we'll be car based and all hiking will be done from a base camp I'll be able to bring our big ridiculous tent (with screened in porch) as well as my hammock and tarp.  I can at least mimic ultralight camping.  :)
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Oh wow +Lori Maze​ get better soon!
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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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