denny: Photo of me wearing my beloved silly hat.  It's wuzzy! (Default)
Haven't updated for ages... nothing positive to report, but nothing particularly negative either - unless you class 'no results' as negative.

body-shaping )
denny: (Warning - Group intellect)
To      : Aerotech <>
Subject : RE: GlobMeteor Pro battery problem

On Wed, 5 Mar 2008, Aerotech wrote:
> I'm afraid it does sound as if the battery is damaged. Unfortunately we
> can no longer repair them as we stopped making them 2 years ago and have
> completely changed manufacturing over to the Ultimates. We can offer you
> an upgrade price on the new Ultimate poi, 16 million colour, USB
> computer link etc. They are £140 each but we give you 20% of what you
> paid for your meteor off the price of the new one.

I really can't justify the cost of your new equipment, I'm not a
performer.  Buying your last range was an extravagant expense for
a hobbyist, and the new stuff is very nearly twice the price.

Even if I was a performer, it doesn't seem like the quality of your
goods (or, at this point, your after-sales service) is on a level with
your prices.

I've now had two Aerotech balls split while on charge due to battery
problems and now the poi breaking for similar reasons.  At least the
balls got fixed, I guess I should count myself lucky they broke in

One of my friends has an Ultimate staff which has already broken,
also while it was on charge, having only been spun a few times.  It
also has the most abysmally conceived programming 'interface' that
I have ever seen or heard of, and that's my industry.  I assume the
'USB computer link' for the new poi also involves manually editing
RGB codes in a text file?  That is NOT a finished product.

Another friend had one of your glow devilsticks which spent more
time broken than working, and the last I heard he'd given up on
trying to get it fixed any more...  or perhaps you just refused
to fix it.

I can't afford to spend hundreds of pounds on anything that will be
unsupported by the manufacturer just a few years later...  that's
taking consumer culture a bit far in my opinion.

Aerotech's reputation has been steadily heading into the bin at all 
the juggling clubs I attend.  I'm starting to see why.
denny: (Poi (glow))
Not that my group of friends is overly talented or anything, but I have the following on tape after Synergy Spinners on Friday:

Benjy - astrojax, devilstick, poi
Denny - hoop, juggling, staff
Ellie - poi
Fraser - staff
Grace - juggling, poi
Fliss - poi (flags)
Helen - hoop
J - poi, staff
Stu - juggling, staff
Ursula - poi

Stu and I can both spin poi too, and Grace can spin staff... there are probably some more extra talents in the mix too, my memory is far from perfect :) We should try to get shots of everyone doing every toy at some point, just to show off that bit extra. Although the less said about my hooping skillz, the better :-p

Video clips here: (sizes ranging between ~2MB and 12MB, average file size is about 5MB)
denny: (Poi (glow))
I popped into Oddballs in Camden on Tuesday afternoon and found out that the guy running the place has just started up a new space for jugglers/spinners to do their thing. Details are as follows:

Wednesday evenings, 19:30 - 21:30
Donation: £3 if you're employed, £2 if you're not
Venue: Maiden Lane Community Centre, St Pauls Crescent, NW1 9XZ. Apparently this is somewhere between Camden and Kings Cross.

There is room for staff/poi at present, although not loads of room, so if it gets popular fast then it might get crowded.

His goal is to get a regular reliable crowd of at least 30 people a week, then he's going to try to get a bigger better space. He mentioned the possibility of approaching the Electric Ballroom, which imho would ROCK as a spinning space. I'm going to try to get along to this one next week if possible - anyone else interested?
denny: (Trust the fuckhead)
Several video clips of Graham, Benjy and me setting fire to stuff (and, amazingly, not to ourselves or the surroundings)
denny: (Shiny Content)
I r on YouTube!

I can be seen briefly between 0:04 to 0:20, and again from 1:56 to 2:25.

(my thanks to [ profile] djlongfella who was paying me to perform at the event, and [ profile] jazzydan who I believe edited and uploaded the vid)

I really should try to do some more performances... it was a lot of fun having people watch me play and be all impressed :)
denny: (Happy) amused me.

Life is going pretty damn well at the minute. In no particular order, lately I have:

* Flown (or indoor skydived, whichever name you prefer - I intend to go back a LOT once I get my settlement money).
* Fallen in love (rather suddenly and unexpectedly, and all the sweeter for it).
* Had a strangely affirming sort-of reprimand at work ("I need you to stop being apathetic; you're second in command of the whole company and I need your help." "Ah. Right.").
* Had lots of fantastic kinky sex. My girlfriend is made of win and yum.
* Had my annual check-up at the GUM clinic, all tests clear. Always nice.
* Failed to find a flat, despite looking at dozens of them. I'm not in a hurry particularly, but it would be nice to have somewhere of my own. Preferably somewhere of a reasonable size - I want to host some after-parties.
* Spent lots of time with my friends. They are lovely, lovely people, and I want to spend even more lots of time with them. Damn this working for a living nonsense, it interferes badly with what could otherwise be really monumentally spectacular social lives.
* Done quite a bit of spinning, mostly staff. Notably, four hours at Trance on the Thames - a free outdoor dance party on the Thames Beach (only appears at low tide, under Festival Pier on the south bank) - which was loads of fun.

Coming up there are more exciting things... at the end of this week, Helen and Kristen will be doing a live painting event at Planet Angel, which is cool. At the end of this month, they will be having their first exhibition, at The Foundry, which is even cooler. You should all come, to both but particularly to the exhibition - preferably to the opening night, on the 22nd :) [details]

I also have a certain amount of stress sources. Work is difficult to get a handle on at present, hence the previously referenced apathy. The new love, while sweet and wonderful, has not been the simplest of emotional entanglements, and continues to be tricky in places. My leg regularly hurts much more than usual for no apparant reason, and the promised settlement money hasn't even begun the process of turning up - the other side's insurance company are clearly going to wait until they're legally 100% obliged and compelled to hand over the cash (and quite possibly threatened with bailiffs) before they actually do so. Bastards.

Still, the good things (especially that new love, and my glorious girlfriend and friends) are outweighing the bad by a margin I couldn't begin to estimate. It's good being me.

Which is nice.


May. 30th, 2007 02:16 pm
denny: (Poi (glow))
Nearly didn't go to Spitz last night - the last few weeks I've been apathetic and not got anything out of it, this week nobody else was going, and [ profile] libellum was just back from holiday and wanted to spend the evening snuggling in front of films. And yet... I had a powerful urge to go to Spitz - I just had this feeling that I would really benefit from it this week. I'm a great believer in following hunches and feelings at such times.

So, I compromised with [ profile] libellum - I decided to go Spitz for the first hour and a half, then came home again to meet her for food, snuggling, and DVD watching.

My feeling was indeed correct. I don't know if it was because I'd caught up on my sleep over the weekend and was feeling relatively perky, or if it was the fact that I had none of my usual friends to chat with (although it's easy enough to find new people to chat to at Spitz!), or possibly whether it was because I took my staff this time - staff is my newest toy, so it's the one where I can still make fast progress sometimes, and also it's very 'full body' - hard to spin staff without feeling fully involved :) Anyway, I ended up learning not one but two new tricks! Okay, one and a half. Maybe one and a third... but it's a cool third! :-p

I can now do a really nice weird three-ball juggling thing - very different from my usual style, and I'm not sure yet how it's going to integrate, but I think it'll be a nice change of pace once I figure out how to work it in with everything else - should look nice with the glowballs. I also learned the first part of a contact staff trick, rolling the staff onto my arm with my hand on my shoulder, then straightening the arm and managing somehow to end up with the staff spinning around the back of the wrist. Goes into back of wrist spin on the other side, at which point I give up - the continuation of the trick is to pull that arm in so that hand goes onto the shoulder, somehow keeping the staff spinning from wrist to arm as you do it. More work required there :)
denny: (Shiny Content)
Aerotech have announced details of (and started shipping some of) their new range of glow equipment for jugglers, poi and staff spinners, etc.

Shiniest. Things. EVAR.


Video evidence of supreme shininess:

I may have to sell someone's kidneys.
denny: (Glow-poi silhouette)
But I won't have to run far, because they'll be at the end of my road.

This is both a reminder, and an announcement, and another reminder, plus not one, not two, but three, count them THREE invitations, to come and play with circus toys in the next few weeks.

Firstly, a reminder: Spitz is every Tuesday night, 7-10pm, and it's cool. If you do any circus skills stuff you should come along. I promise I will be there every week for the next 3 at a minimum, and probably most weeks until the end of Summer now. Come and play! :)

Secondly, another reminder (hey, nobody said I had to do them in order). On Sunday 1st April there is a circus skills event happening on the Arnold Circus bandstand at the end of my road, called Circus on the Circus. The roads will be closed off, and the very good circus training school Circus Space will be teaming up with the local bandstand community group to put on what sounds like a fairly big event with people performing and teaching all kinds of stuff. The event runs from 2pm to 9pm, and I'm tempted to hang around afterwards and see how much trouble I get in for spinning fire once it gets dark. Come and play!! :)

Thirdly, there is a 'Have a Go' day, a kind of warm-up event for the Circus on the Circus thing, on Saturday 24th March, which will just be on the bandstand but without the roads closed off etc. There will be some people from Circus Space and a load of kids from the local school, doing juggling, globe-walking, diablo etc, and it would be nice to go along and just mess around for a bit if the weather is good. Come and play!!! :)

Google map for Arnold Circus bandstand - Old Street is the closest tube, ~10 minutes walk to the west. Liverpool Street station is ~15 minutes walk south of the bandstand.

Oh yes, almost forgot, my kid brother is definitely coming down to the April 1st event, which is cool. He'll be heading into town on the Saturday and leaving on the Monday. It's nice to be able to do the 'big brother in the big city' thing and invite him to come stay for a fun event that he'll enjoy, the kind of thing that just wouldn't happen in his sleepy Norfolk village.

Poi Poser

Dec. 18th, 2005 05:47 pm
denny: Photo of me wearing my beloved silly hat.  It's wuzzy! (Default)
Absolutely fantastic shot of me doing poi at the last TG... I look like the biggest poser on the planet :-D

imagey goodness )
denny: Photo of me wearing my beloved silly hat.  It's wuzzy! (Default)
A (rather cute) photographer took a cool picture of me spinning glow-poi on stage at TG: image )

Also, Allen (one of the two guys who owns/runs TG) waved me back onto the main stage to carry on poi'ing at one point when I was going to come off. So I'm quite pleased about that :) Although with this encouragement bouying my already perky mood, I did fail to notice the blisters forming on my fingers until I actually stripped the skin from one of them. Ouchie. But *perk*! Shiny! Spinny! Shiny! :)
denny: (Juggling)
Got fed up with waiting for the Cyberdog pics to arrive (yes, I am remarkably impatient), so decided to see if I could get any kind of useful pic out of my own 'happy snaps' quality digicam. This one was the best of the bunch for giving an idea of how pretty they might be to watch...

Practical experimentation in the field of Swirliology )

Update: decided to make a user icon out of the pic, as you may have noticed.

Update: took a couple of work-safe pics showing the strobe setting on the programmable ball...

Oooh, flashy )

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