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ITSA General Assembly: December 5th - 12th

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 51 
 on: January 20, 2019, 12:33:38 PM 
Started by jim in paris - Last post by jim in paris
hi all hi jeremy
assuming that TSA's still on the job on 1/27
it probably will, it's serious business, unlike the cultural dpt at us embassy in paris
which applies the shut-down "stricto sensu"

no officials this time in Marines, if you can , bring a banner

thanx
jim

 52 
 on: January 20, 2019, 01:25:11 AM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by ta0
At the beginning of the post it says to vote for 2 photos.  Elsewhere, it says 3
I'm sorry. I wanted to put 2 because of the relatively small number of photos, but I copied and pasted from last year which had 3. As some people have already voted, I left it at 3. If you only voted for 2, you can erase your votes and re-vote.

 53 
 on: January 19, 2019, 10:53:24 PM 
Started by jim in paris - Last post by Jeremy McCreary
Display's shaping up nicely. Many thanks to Jim and Ludo for...
o Lots of help with travel and lodging
o Improvising a "blacklight theater" for my fluorescent tops
o Digging up a variable-speed strobe light

LEGO tops of many sizes, shapes, and colors...
o Tops to twirl by hand
o Tops meant for starters
o Artsy tops
o Battle tops
o Tops of unusual shape
o Tops with unusual behaviors (high-CM tops, etc.)
o Tops with moving parts (coax rotors, centrifugal mechanisms, etc.)
o Tops with built-in starters
o Optically active tops (surface generators, pattern makers, color mixers, etc.)
o Blacklight tops
o Strobe-light tops

LEGO top starters...
o Manual (with and without gearing)
o Ripcord
o Wind-up (spring-driven)
o Electric

Other LEGO spin toys...
o Gyros (pedestal spinners with CMs at tips)
o Fidget spinners
o Tippe disks
o Motorized chain swing amusement ride

Won't be long now-- assuming that TSA's still on the job on 1/27!


 54 
 on: January 19, 2019, 10:20:12 PM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by Jeremy McCreary
These are four very well played peg tops my wife brought me back from Uruguay.  They are narrower than other tops I have from that country.  She bought them from two different street vendors selling at the edge of the traditional black neighborhood in Montevideo, so they may be more typical of that part of town.  Their shape is reminiscent of drums used in the Candombe music that originated there.

Wonderful tops, ta0! Maybe we should call them "Candombes" after the cool drum connection.

I know Jeremy must be pulling his hair at the aspect ratio of these tops ;D

But I'm an equal-opportunity top maker! All aspect ratios are beautiful. Just depends on...
1. How you want the top you're designing to look?
2. What you want it to do, and how well?
3. Which has priority -- form or function?

So what were the Candombe top makers after? Given the battle scars, have to wonder if a particular battle style drove the high aspect ratios -- one valuing fast precession over long spin time or quiet sleep.

Then again, the tops could have been designed to "dance" to Candombe music in some sense.

 55 
 on: January 19, 2019, 08:43:38 PM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by Renee
At the beginning of the post it says to vote for 2 photos.  Elsewhere, it says 3

 56 
 on: January 19, 2019, 08:07:16 PM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by ta0
You can vote for up to 3 photos. I one photo gets at least 3 more votes than the rest, it wins automatically.  If not, we will have a another vote with the 3 top photos.
Voting ends Friday at 1PM US Central Time. You can change your votes until the end of the voting period.

I selected one photo for each contributor. But if you disagree with my selection or you would really want more than one of your photos in the contest, just tell me and I will make the change.

The photos are:

1. Penguin UD trick by Jim in Paris



2. Red Dancer by Turegano



3. A top atop a top by TheSpinForce



4. Tintin plays top by Jim in Paris



5. Onto the Arena by Turegano



6. Spin Joy by SpinLynn



7. Bent under top by Mark Hayward



8. Spin and sail away by ta0



9. Guarding the castle by ta0



10. Superpower fun by Jay




 57 
 on: January 19, 2019, 03:18:40 PM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by paxl13
This is cool!!! Remind me of the Hornet  :o

 58 
 on: January 19, 2019, 03:10:58 PM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by ta0
By now I have found enough examples of these tops to know that they are traditional Uruguayan tops, even though I don't recall seeing them while I grew up there.
Here is a video that a young top player from there, Brandon, sent me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19l3RpnAPso

I know Jeremy must be pulling his hair at the aspect ratio of these tops ;D

 59 
 on: January 19, 2019, 11:55:30 AM 
Started by paxl13 - Last post by paxl13
Well, after an hour of working on it!!! This trick will be long too learn!!! Both my shoulder are sore too but I landed rougly 50% of them... It was hard this morning because I was trying it in a hot and humid room!!! Lots of string tangle!!!

That said, a lot of fun!!! 😎
Cheers

 60 
 on: January 18, 2019, 03:50:21 PM 
Started by the Earl of Whirl - Last post by the Earl of Whirl
I had another dream about tops the other night.  This time it was at the world championships at Cleveland.  I was standing backstage with the other competitors waiting to go onstage.  The thoughts that kept running through my mind were "what should I do......what tricks sequence should I put together.....am I even ready for this......maybe I should just walk away and not compete!!!"

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