February 18, 2008

The Cave of Swallows

Filed under: UncategorizedThe Editor @ 1:20 pm

When we were kids, we imagined places like this with cities in the bottom. I didn’t know that such places really existed!

February 15, 2008

HIGAMI 2

Filed under: UncategorizedThe Editor @ 5:35 pm

There is some excellent technical juggling and diabolo on this video. This makes the third time ever that I’ve seen the 4 diabolo 360. Some great excaliber tricks, too.

January 27, 2008

Ofek Shilton

Filed under: UncategorizedThe Editor @ 10:31 pm

Ofek Shilton is only 12 years old, but already he is one of the best diabolist in the world. He can even do tricks with four diabolos. I’ve only seen a very few people run four, much less do tricks with four!

January 6, 2008

8 Ball Shower

Filed under: UncategorizedThe Editor @ 5:53 pm

Bruce Sarafian posted a video that includes old footage of him juggling a 7 and an 8 ball shower. This is the only video I’ve ever seen of 8 ball shower. Everyone else seems to cap out at 7. There are good reasons why Bruce’s world records have stood for years. Very few people take numbers juggling as seriously as he does.

In the newer clips, he’s wearing a dust mask to help deal with alergies he developed working with bean bags with seeds in them.

New WJF Competitors

Filed under: UncategorizedThe Editor @ 5:41 pm

Grigoriy Lovigin and Alexandr Koblikov are going to compete in WJF 5. They have some pretty amazing tricks that I’ve never seen before, like juggling 10 balls using a duplex cascade pattern. Includes the solidest 5 ball reverse shoulder throws I’ve ever seen.

December 24, 2007

Parkour and Freerunning

Filed under: UncategorizedThe Editor @ 11:49 am

I came across some really cool videos on Parkour and Freerunning. Parkour is basically the skill or sport of clearing objects and moving quickly when chasing or running away. Parkour is basically about various vaulting techniques, landing safetly from very high drops, and landing precisely on very small surfaces. Freerunning is Parkour, except instead of trying to use the most energy efficient techniques, they try to make it look cooler by adding spins and flips, etc.

This is a good video to give you a taste:

And this is a good video to give you an idea of how they practice:

It reminds me a lot of the jumping games we used to play as kids, but taken to extremes.

December 7, 2007

Josiah Jones

Filed under: UncategorizedThe Editor @ 8:53 pm

Somebody actually managed to get some video footage of that recluse Josiah Jones. He was famous years back when he was still very young for being able to run 5 ball mills for longer than everybody else—with ease. Now, lots of people can do 5 easy—and the best can even sometimes get a qualify of 6 ball mills. So what do you suppose Josiah is doing these days?

6 ball mills. Smooth.

The fools disabled embedding, so here’s the link.

November 24, 2007

Bruce Sarafian is back!

Filed under: UncategorizedThe Editor @ 11:07 am

Bruce Sarafian is back from his long hiatus. He’s been gone for years, and yet still holds most of the World Records he held when he stopped juggling. Although he hasn’t put up any recent footage yet, he has posted some previously unreleased footage that should give you an idea just how good he is.

October 16, 2007

Mirror Practical Joke

Filed under: UncategorizedThe Editor @ 6:50 pm

I found this video of a very elaborate practical joke via Dark Roasted Blend. Identical twins trick numerous passers by into believing they cannot see their reflections. Most of them seem very disturbed by this trick. I only wish it was in english, or had english subtitles so I could hear what they were saying.

Siteswap

Filed under: UncategorizedThe Editor @ 6:31 pm

I had to write a report in Microsoft Word for a computer course I’ve been taking. I’m sufficiently technically advanced that an assinment on Word provides little to no learning, so to keep it from being any more mind numbingly boring than it had to be, I decided to write a paper on juggling pattern notation—more specifically siteswap.

You can download it here.

It is no great piece of writing, but it is written for a different audience than most siteswap explanations, so it should provide a different perspective for people who have trouble understanding siteswap, or who have never heard of siteswap. Since I was writing the paper for non-juggling, computer science teacher, I tried to simplfy it enough that it could be understood by a non-juggler, but in depth enough to intrigue his nerdy brain.

This means that those of you who are siteswap experts need not jump down my throat for implying that the digits in siteswap stand for throw heights, or most of the other technically inaccurate generalizations. I know better, but I’m trying to dip their toes in the shallows before I throw them in the pond.

(Click here if you’d rather start by jumping in the pond.)