I’m currently in the middle of moving everything over which is why some of the videos and images aren’t accessible. Should be running smoothly by next week so just sit tight.

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I found a host! I found a host! I finally found a decent host! That’s right, no more of this partially loaded page crap. I found a host with a decent price and all the bells and whistles that I’ve wanted. I don’t need any approval anymore of what I can upload and I don’t have to worry about pop-up windows or banners that would annoy you all to death. 2.5 gigs of webspace, unlimited bandwidth, unapproved CGI scripts… it all sounds too good to be true! Let’s hope they live up to all the promises they made. So what does this mean to you??? Well first, I’ll be spending the next few days moving the code over to the new site so don’t expect any updates in the next couple of days. But the wait will definitely be worth it. So keep your string dry and bear with me alright?

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Last night I got my order for the Bearing and Aluminum Wheels from Infinite Illusions. For now I’ll just give a quick rundown on how I feel about them. Well to be honest, I was a bit disappointed in the Bearing Wheel. First of all, it isn’t made from Polycarb which I thought it would be. It’s made of the soft plastic that all the regular fixed axle wheels are made from. So all of you out there wondering if these are polycarb, nope they’re not.

Secondly, Spintastics hardware was used inside. I’m not a big fan of the spintastics bearings, they’re a bit small for my tastes.

So far, I haven’t been able to get this thing into it’s sweet spot. It’s a bit grabby right now and I need to spend more time tweaking it. I’ll do a write up of my trials to get this thing working sweet and post it to the X-axis R&D section.

As for the Aluminum Wheel, this thing is sweet!!! I just love this thing and can’t put it down. The return disc on the inside is a bit too grabby for my tastes, so I swapped it out for a Turbo Disc and now this thing is smooth and responsive. I’d have to say it’s just about the same as the Polycarb wheel that I got from Steve. Unfortunately, I let someone try my Polycarb Wheel in Chico and it was accidentally smashed into the ground. There’s a crack in the plastic around the axle and it just won’t play right anymore. Are you getting this Steve??? *hint* *hint* Just kidding. At least the guy gave me one of his yo-yos in return for the damage. (Don’t worry dude, I ain’t mad at ya!) As I was saying, if you can afford it, do yourself a favor and get one of the Aluminum wheels. It kicks major arse.

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I’ve been real busy lately and haven’t had a chance to finish up the Chico Story, so in the meantime I dug up some old images from The Glass Lab vaults and posted them to the Visual R&D section. The pictures are from the 2000 Southern California Regional contest held in Lakewood this past August. Hope you like em.

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I was talking with my girlfriend last night and we came to the conclusion that if you’re a die-hard yoer, spintopper, or juggler… you are a FREAK!!! And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Normal is boring. So be proud and stand tall you FREAKS!

If you’ve been having problems getting this page to load fully, sorry. I know it has to do with the pop-up window code that crosswinds added, but I can’t figure out how to get it to load properly each time. Until I find a solution, the best thing to try is to hit refresh or reload a couple of times. If it still doesn’t load, try flushing your browser’s cache. Hope that helps.

If you’re going to the String Burner’s meeting this Saturday, polish up your tricks cause I MIGHT show up with a video camera. I’ll be shooting for The Glass Lab Experiment 03! I have all the footage I need for The Glass Lab Experiment 02 which is in it’s early stages of development. Just keep checkin back here for any news.

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In case you didn’t notice, yesterdays updates didn’t go up until today. Crosswinds is having problems keeping their servers up. It seems as soon as they fix one problem, another one comes up. I’ve decided to stop griping and whining about it. After all, they are hosting me for free and offer unlimited space. I spent a big part of last night searching for a new host and haven’t been successful yet. It seems that everytime I find a host that has everything I want, they’re charging $50 a month or more. Since this site wasn’t made to generate any income for me, I just can’t do that $50 a month. Oh well. Enough blabbing.

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My host decided last week that they would implement the pop-up windows which we all hate. Their pop-up window code ended up rendering this site inaccessible which is why you may have had some problems getting the site to load properly. I went through the code and made some changes so hopefully all is well now. If crosswinds continues to give me problems, I’ll have to find a new home for The Glass Lab.

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Parts 3 & 4 have been added to the Chico Story. You can find them in the Mental R&D section.

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Just made a brand new video this morning of the spintop trick “Asteroid.” Luis showed it to me at the Nationals. You can find it in the Trick Videos section or in the “Trick Videos” column on the right. By the way, the video is in blue, so don’t freak out thinking there’s something wrong with the video or your computer. Frank Kruller just got me into experimenting with the Premiere filters so I’m playin around with that. Once again, the video is encoded in DiVX so make sure you have the codec installed.

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Haven’t updated the page in a while, but I have been working hard for you guys. I just finished parts 1 and 2 of the story of my trip to Chico. Check them out over in the Mental R&D section. I thought I’d be done with the whole thing, but trust me, writing this story is more time consuming than it may seem and I want to make sure I remember everything correctly. In unrelated news, last night Sib and I went to Alberto’s, the 24-hour mexican joint that we used to make midnight runs to when I was in college. Alberto’s has been renamed to Alejandro’s. Go figure. If you’re not familiar with the weirdness surrounding Alberto’s, there are a bunch of them all over Southern California especially in San Diego County. Now the weird thing is that they all have different names, but all look the same and serve similar food. There’s Filberto’s, Milberto’s, Gilberto’s, and even Juanberto’s. For some reason, it just freaks me out and I don’t know why. It’s like a group of guys got together to form this consipiracy that makes absolutely no sense and has no purpose. There was also this store next to “Alejandro’s” that had a sign that said “ORALE DISCOUNT!” Sib and I couldn’t stop laughing as we tried to say the phrase in our best (or actually worst) vato accents.

Anyways, if you haven’t figured it out yet, Antia Young of the String Burners is “with child” as they say, so congratulations to her and Mick!

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