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6th September 2017


# 7 balls, #mentec, 9b flashing attempts, 5 ball tricks, 5 balls, 239 minutes

9b flashing - 88 min.   Twentysix(!) times 7 gathers. Several 8 g in reach. Two 8 g gotten. Very few rethrow attempts, one good one: 13 throws. Sometimes I do: "First two or four throws rather too wide than narrow!" (cos too narrow as usually happens is sort of `granted´ anyway). Whole stint felt great again.
5b 56752 - 19 min.   Rather bad, into 9th side to collapse, an 8th side clean, a 7th, all fought for, tensed.
7b casc - 128 min.   43, 49, 45, 43 throws longest runs. A few nicely rolling runs. But mostly not doing smooth, nimble enough - [ #mentec ] guess, the thing is, when doing with unleashed wrists, you give away control at first and I have to awarely actively decide to now do wristy as should and go through re-seizing control (get the aiming well) doing that way; unwristy is simply the intuitive way that happens when not thinking about it or not noticing or focussing on sth else (e.g. top of pattern).  [ daily7b II: 49 ]
5b fastest - 4 min.

Total practice time: 239 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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25th August 2017


# 7 balls, 9 balls flashing, #focus, #mentec, 197 minutes

9b flashing - 57 min.   Five times 7 gathers, one of which almost 8 g (bumped out of reach from full weak catchhand).   Two(!) times 8 gathers, one of which 9 catches in reach - for one millisecond I spotted them all for catch, but the last ones came to narrow and I was bodycatching arms to torso already. - Expecting that flash or more anytime now, especially when there will be fresher weather who knows when (today 30°+C, muggy, sweat running down my face like water) .   [ #focus - ] I need to focus more on where I want pattern's top and let `the hands find the tunnels and sideways along the partly balls already up by themselves´ with that aiming area in that top in mind; and not so much focus mainly on throwing through the middle or angles or on width - for those latter things, the mere intention with one thought, before even launching, should be enough [ #mentec ].
7b casc - 140 min.   43, 47 cl, 43 throws longest runs.   [ daily7b II: 47 ]

Total practice time: 197 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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22nd August 2017


# 4 balls, #StagesOfLearning, #mentec, #otu, #prEx, 250 minutes

4b Fountain-Day / Attacking the 4b fountain - ~250 min

Had to wait in front of the house, so took this opportunity to eradicate my fountain- stumbling block / repugnancy / aversion:

Hardly got over like 12 throws with it. I knew before, I'd dearly need most trivial exercises in order to get anywhere with this:
- started off with 1hd 2b joining in for single throws ( s'swap 4[22]4[22]..4[42]424[22]..a.s.o. ). Then in a joining-hand's 2-beat ( 4[22]4[22]..4[42]424[42]42..a.s.o. ) as long as would go, then every now and then two consecutive throws from the joining hand ( 4[22]..4[42]44424[22]..a.s.o. ). Then more throws.
Those exercises got me to about 20 throws of the regular, 'full' fountain.
- Weakhand did unwanted columns. Hands weren't `connected´.
- Figured out this: one `main´-hand shall keep on doing 1hd 2b, the other goes to collect as soon as I lose control after a few consecutive fountain throws. So there wouldn't be any drop. And changed this main-hand during the run, alternated it. This was a good exercise for both hands to re-join the other doing 1hd 2b into full fountain.   The interruptions (one hand needing to collect and re-join in) got less, and I got longer and longer and lower runs; lower also means a flatter angle to throw away from middle (like away from middle in "V" shape so to say). Worked myself up like that, and also by doing on different heights, to an about 100 throws run [ #prEx ] and longer poised snapped-in phases, yet more slaving to the pattern than really having full control (so, still not ``owned´´, but I now know what it's supposed to be and feel like - I've once and for all `seen it before´ now).

[ #SoL #mentec #exercises(?) .. ? ]

All this felt like 2½ (hoping for maybe 3) hours passed, and I couldn't believe it had been over 4h when I looked at my watch. There were a few  "Djeeses, how can such a simple pattern be so hard to get down?!"-moments, as even half-long runs upto like 30 throws still felt awkward, tensed, klutzed, very unsatisfying (whereas the exercises with early collects were very much okay). Hadn't I have had to wait for a technician, I might in between have adjourned to another day. So, yeah, unconditionally "doing until" got me through it (and made me forget how long this really took).

Total practice time: 250 minutes

Location: #outdoors

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15th August 2017


# 7 balls, 3 heavy balls, 9 balls flashing, 5 heavy balls, 1 ball, 2 balls, #experimental, #otu, #technique, #mentec, 3 balls, 330 minutes

3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 120 min.   single bx 90° - i get these well and fluent also while walking (resp. turning) into the catch, .. when I'm ``in a flow´´; .. else, when i have to think and `plan´ them, there's way more fails.   bb looking - "Aim where it shall land, soas catchhand knows where to expect it!" - a short look is then for slightly adapting, finetuning, the exact catch-position only, not the catch depends on that looking long for a long spotting way of the ball.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 10 min.   111 throws wristy 6-high.   155 t 5-high.
9b flashing - 60 min.   Five times 7 gathers.   A few upto 3 rethrows' launches.
.. in between (~15 mins) ..
  A young guy came up and I offered him balls to try himself. He did 2b shower and I joined, intending to somehow make it a challenge (not yet knowing how, but I wouldn't do a boring slow 2b-shower for sure): It turned out [°] a racketed shower (otedama?), and catchhand, nearly immobile(!), high on on face-level, formed a basket in angled position soas the balls would just brake on the fingers and roll off it into rackethand. [ #otu #technique ]
  Then we did 1b - as high as can, trying straight up, and he released too late and threw way behind himself. I didn't do much better: throwing from deep squat and jumping the ball up to the limit didn't really give accurate straight throws.
  To my surprise, he took a third ball, and I showed him, in 3b cascade, there's only one ball in the air for a very long time (so he needn't ``panic´´ or haste), so long that you can downright await the balls falling. I told him aim at some spot or area in the empty air above and showed the about levels with my hand. Also here, I tried to enhance as if it were a new pattern to discover - and it was: Throwing the balls high up awaiting them, allowed to leave throwhand up in the air, and it became an outstretched arms' front-juggled cascade when I left the arm outstretched for the whole cascade, now also throwing (resp. releasing) from high up (yet still circling way down outstretched during dwelltime). Had I wanted to do an outstretched arms' cascade, I'd have circled, swayed, far sideways, like the blades of a [real] windmill, doing an uttermost wide pattern and be doing in the front plane, not as it turned out here, a narrow sort of s'swap 3b-522. [ #otu ]
  Alas!, I was too busy with enhancing trivial patterns to become challenging, to check if my instructions fruited in any way.
.. time passes by even faster than when doing with a schedule, when there's people around, .. ( on top of that, people on top, people sitting or walking on top of your anyway-speedy-schedule, you know. ),  so there wasn't any left for even my 5b s'swap while I had initially hoped to squeeze some diversity into my longer session like 75751 or °753° or 8552 or 88522 or 7b-splits or 8b-triplexes or 8b-wimpy or stuff, but now it was time for ..
7b casc - 80 + 45 min. (i actually currently want at least 2½ h of this daily to catch up to where I've been before)   51, 47, 48 throws longest runs before break, nothing over 42 t threshold counted thereafter, just one pretty long, it seemed, uncounted run (~43?-51?).   [ daily7b II: 51 ]
.. in between ..
  a ``flock´´ of younger women were either impressed of me doing acceptable 7b runs, or else keen on getting their engines' SD-Cards full with videos of anything stood out of usual everyday-onsights. They nicely asked me, I'd mind a take, in which case I don't (when s.o. asks before), but warned, there might be no use to it as I might be dropping a lot, but they didn't care. I got a good high & wide run  ( which in itself is not so desirable as an effort-ish pattern, but it kept the pattern up and looked nice ),  and half out of breath all the while amidst rowing & pumping screamed "YOU GOT THAT? YOU GOT THAT?".   I tried to get them to use a code in the title that I could later find the uploaded clip with on the internet (a rather unique simple letter-sequence on my T-shirt), but it became complicated (they told me their platform) and we left that out. One of them gave me a glimpse on the take (just that moment above), so I have a rough impression of what "me, juggling" is out there in the ether.   I tried hard, but couldn't manage to hide to them a big grin when they returned their way past me again and they happily smiled back wide.
  .. yet another funny moment when there were broadly few people still around, .. I was, again, doing 7b runs of acceptable length, but rather of the tensed, ``trying´´ kind, and a father passed by with his kids behind me, and, in real, or playfully, in silent awe they hushed "(w)oueeeeee" on every uprise of the strenuous pattern in a new attempt. This was so unsuspected and rare a reaction to get, that it made me laugh out loud at them like ``caught´´ by higher mights (at klutzing with effort). Next run, I joined in, doing loud and with notably less awe than they, awkwardly repeating their voicing, and also the rather aged father now did a well-tempered "oueeeee" and we laughed again. Unreal. Ghostly. If you ask me. ( hopefully no one, who did - among some trees - not see the juggling, ear-witnessed this improvised experimental vocal arts `dialogue´ between strangers )

[°] - [ "turned out" ] - #mentec - this is some way of ``letting your hands do what they want or think best´´, being open for any seemingly uncontrolled flow (yet automized movements), free yourself from any fixed (motor) patterns  ( and "fixed motor patterns" is (also?, or: indeed?) a scientific term ),  don't stick to what and how you're used to doing, let loose, let yourself surprise by ``what your hands can do without you interfering´´, give room for, give way to any change, tuning, ways, that they sort of downright ask for in a given millisecond. Or: Do intentless, just don't stop!  ( cf. e.g. "écriture automatique" and e.g. child's babbling, experimental improvised intentless arts, Jackson Pollock and and and ).  But it's in-depth psychology and behavioral science and hard (for me) to fully look through and give a clear description let alone definition or instruction - in fact, I don't even know a name for it.

Total practice time: 330 minutes

Location: park on Rhine

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30th July 2017


# 7 balls, 5 ball tricks, #learningSiteswaps, #ThinkAs, #mentec, 5 balls, 175 minutes

Overall mostly flabby form today, exept for some better chunks when a raincloud, wind and temperature freshened up the somewhat airless muggy weather. Also sore nudging lumbal area those last days. So mostly "work, holding on", hoping on good phases and return of good form, rather than fun today.
5b 56752 - 30 min. Upto into 9th side, 8 sides clean; maybe few more over 8 s in longer uncounted runs.
7b casc - 103 min. 45, 51 throws longest runs. [ daily7b II: 51 ]
Preventively stopped that stint on a pull in the shoulder and did some ..
more 5b 56752 - 17 min. Upto 8 sides again.
5b 75751 - 13 min. #learningSiteswaps #mentec #ThinkAs - like for 753, also now did two same-hand high 7 throws intending to create a gap ( maintaining ground-state for any other all regular throws ), then use that gap for that 15 still from same hand. That way, got once the sequence fro to cascade and clean collect; first or second time since trying this, many `almosts´ preceding, so glad I got this `landmarked´. Once 757515 from cascade to instant clean collect.
5b cascade - 12 min. Just killed some time left, intending without effort, but didn't get over 135 throws trying a longer run.

Total practice time: 175 minutes

Location: uneven cobbles under bridge

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27th July 2017


# 7 balls, #StagesOfLearning, #endupatt, #mentec, #ThinkAs, 5 ball tricks, 3 heavy balls, #otu, #ballproperties, 5 heavy balls, #exercises, 158 minutes

3 small heavy steel balls, Ø 4cm, 300g, - 5 min   #otu - as good as never used these for juggling before (maybe tried and refuted) - [ #ballproperties ] they give somewhat stable tiny fast patterns, but aren't really first size & weight choice generally. Maybe for exercise.
3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 13 min. ( the Ø ~6cm again now)   A bit long-time-no-do windmill.   It's comparedly easy to do every second throw the other way over (always crossing hands when required), but pretty difficult to get a nice looking equal bows windmill.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 5 min.   105 throws wristy 6-high.   319 t 5-high.   #new #exercises - found, that swaying the pattern sideways left-right-..a.s.o. practises scoop issues and throwing angles very well(!).
5b 56752 - 20 min.   Upto an 8 sides clean run. One 9 sides clean.   Also here: "wristy" spares dwelltime, makes the rhythm seem slower, and gives me breath to better anticipate what's next and fitting throws and the rhythm, their `melody´, to one another.
7b casc - 115 min.   Longest runs (throws): 49, 43, 49 fc (a last ax throw to throwhand-caught), 45, 53, [break], 46 (48?), 45.   #SoL #endupatt #mentec #ThinkAs - Made myself an eye for the upper three balls lately and focused and oriented on that floating 3b-cascade as a "top of the pattern" for aiming into well.
That ``top´´ now has a distinct shape!? - not a nebulous notion of empty air somewhere up there, flewn through by balls, anymore; a better gauge for precision, also. Just another ``aspect´´? .. or sth to cling to for getting it constant? .. practise & time will tell.   [ daily7b II: 53 ]
[ rain stopped this stint & session ]

Total practice time: 158 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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1st July 2017


# 7 balls, #otu, 9 balls flashing, #mentec, #conditions, 5 ball tricks, #StagesOfLearning, 3 heavy balls, 5 heavy balls, 240 minutes

3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 22 min.   Behind back can't seem to get them in a fast count, only 5-count at most, let alone consecutives (impossible so far).  "Fastest".
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 3 min.   160 throws wristy 6-high, also smooth, rather untensed. (i think, this is important for enduring 7b cascade, .. i will later think: "Keep going just like with these").   239 throws comfortable 5-high.
9b flashing - 35 min.   Three times 7 gathers. Two times 8 g in reach. Also some good upto 3 rethrows again. Something really seemed possible today.   #SoL #mentec - hard to explain, but i think, it works best to sort of visualize the pattern running on height right before launching  ( instead trying rhythms and heights for each pair (stronghand throwing, weakhand following) of balls launched, and instead of working on tuning, calibrating and coordinating a lot on merely the launch itself ),  or just imagine and visualize a good height, then orientate on that `result´ of the launch when launching, sort of anticipating all balls up and intending to focus on feeding the top. Maybe this goes with focussing more on the later throws sort of `fulfilling´ that intention. (if all that makes sense).   #conditions - the meadow was just a tiny bit moist making the balls only slightly sticky (not too much) - which was bad for fast stuff with few balls before - but now it prevented unwanted double-multi-releses and was now also good for catching with much fewer slips and better grip. ( I was prepared to skip my 5b s'swap stint for those very good 9b conditions and good form that i also had, but rain came, so left it at that. )
5b 56752 - 32 min. [under bridge, now]   A few 8th sides. Two 9th sides. Best clean was 7 sides.   #SoL - I don't need so much focus on emphasizing the 6-es anymore, so i shift between those and not delaying the sidechange-5 (or actually focus on both those throws' turn). I'm that way also getting a 5675 | 2 rhythm again (not that "two high throws over two low throws"-stuff 525 | 67 or what else i had there before), which works good and feels fluent once i found into pattern. Also those 2-s now indeed feel like a "pause" (not like some unclear uncontrolled necessity of the s'swap that needs built in somehow without a good feeling for its timing).
7b casc - 142 min.   61 (60 c), 49, 75 cl (or 76 cl? wonderful smooth run, no real fighting needed), 59 cl, [short break], (nothing after break), throws longest runs. wow! what a yield .. weather was almost chilly unless you moved which i did, so great temperatures for juggling.   #otu - A few attempts on reverse cascade in between: no chance doing reverse right after launch throws, but then did one try with one period of regular cascade after launch and only then switch into reverse which went much better (6 gathers); so, that's the plan, and looking foreward to casually trying this again and getting a round or two clean.       [ daily7b II: 75 ]
5b fastest - 5 min.

Total practice time: 240 minutes

Location: uneven cobbles under bridge + rivershore meadow

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2nd June 2017


# 7 balls, 5 ball tricks, #StagesOfLearning, #mentec, #whatIwant, 9 balls flashing, 3 heavy balls, 5 heavy balls, #nature, 205 minutes

3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 10 min.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 5 min.
9b flashing - 20 min.   Seven times 7 gathers, two of which almost 8 g.
5b 56752 - 35 min.   After not so many 6th and 7th sides, got two each 8th and 9th sides, one each of which clean. [[[or is it: "one of each of which"???]]]   #SoL #mentec - I quit trying to do or think "different ways" in favor of sticking to rolling the pattern without thinking, just emphasizing the 6-es - a clear line to improve on, I hope. Want like 150 throws, a low fast pattern, and the ability to play on the 2-holds before they do their 6-es, play on the rhythm a bit, vary higher\\lower pattern at will [ #whatIwant ].
7b casc - 135 min.   Started with early gorgeous short runs with low pattern (max 2ft above head) felt like doing 5b, swift smooth easy, ``normal´´, familiar, ``cascady´´ as should, snapped-in, but couldn't hold that nimble feel. After only a while did (anyway) get 51, 47 throws runs (higher pattern, fought for), then a long bad phase below 39 throws, .. slowly got better again when I tried to do more relaxed getting me a satisfying 63 (after ten days daily best below 60 th), and 47, 43 throws runs.   [ daily7b II: 63 ]

#nature - horseflies are out; expecting grasshoppers next now :o])

Total practice time: 205 minutes

Location: shady rivershore-meadow

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1st June 2017


# 7 balls, 5 ball tricks, #mentec, #StagesOfLearning, 9 balls flashing, 3 heavy balls, 5 heavy balls, #nature, 243 minutes

3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 25 min.   Did that (single) bx + 90° turn into catchhandside thing again - once around, both sides, first try.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 3 min.
9b flashing - 30 min.   Six or seven times 7 gathers. Two times 8 g in reach (one slipped `right through´ my index-finger).
5b 56752 - 60 min.   Needed to find into pattern, getting 4th and 5th sides only for a while at first. Then got lotsa 6th, a good bunch of 7th and 8th sides, and even a 9th side clean and a 10th side to collapse.   #mentec #SoL - Tried to think the rhythm yet differently once again, doing "a low Five's wave `under´ the two high throws", which didn't work, then also thinking the 567-crescendo, either with the other 5 preceding with pause, or else, it needing to come right after the crescendo, which works for a few periods, but it's really still the emphasized 6-es and overall focus only on these doing the rhythm (which is queer, because they're right in the middle of the crescendo), that grant for longer runs (almost everything else comes well automized in the good runs). Also, and not so much different, "two high throws (starting with a hearty Six) over two low Fives" works well.
7b casc - 125 min.   Long time not over once 41 throws, quarreling with speediness and accuracy, late got 47, 51, 57, 43 throws longest runs in about last half or ¾ hour.   [ daily7b II: 57 ]

#nature - funny laughing seagulls.

Someone - in half the middle of nowhere - from a distance, without asking me first, pointed a drone right at me. He later said, he was only filming the landscape and sundown and I could hardly be seen only very small, but there would have been miles for such a take with not me on it right where I was.

Total practice time: 243 minutes

Location: shady rivershore-meadow

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30th May 2017


# 7 balls, 5 ball tricks, 3 heavy balls, 5 balls, 1 club, 3 balls, #experimental, #psychologic, #mentec, #focus, #nature, #reflecting, 265 minutes

3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 17 min.   Mostly fast and fastest ( doing  rev--rev--normal--a.s.o. ).

[ rain made me change spot from rivershore meadow to plated area here ]

5b casc varied, s'swaps - 10 min.   Tried first time ever 744 and got 4 throws.

1c flourishes - ~5-10 min.   During 20' second of three rainbreaks, under small sheltered part of a hut there, did some flourishes with a birchstaff that I found there: normal flourishes seem to ``stop´´, swaying in the wrong direction before rethrowing them normally (or I'm doing them wrong), so they should maybe better flow into a shoulderthrow. Stopped that and did  bottleneck catch + over pinky's palm backhandwards rolls + into bottleneck throw ("backhandrolls"?),  which went well.

#nature - When watching the rain, waiting, I noticed sudden little steam jets that seemed to come out of the soil .. I imagined an insect or small animal originating these in some way I never heard of before, or maybe some rare chemical phenomenon (lithium?? sulfur??). .. It was cherry-pip-like little beige mushrooms it turned out, puffballs (that I know only much bigger, squash- or golfball size), i guess.

5b 56752 - 30 min.   ( Gave up 9b flashing after a couple 'a minutes - moist dirt kept sticking to the dropped balls. )   Upto a 9 sides run to collapse. 6th and 7th sides clean or full caught.

[ rainbreak, under shelter: ]   3b cascade endure. fastest. - 10 min.   Wanted no drops there (dirty + lotsa hidden corners there), did cascade pure, with focus on reflecting what attention and focus lie on, on what distracts, on where eyes and mind wander, on how it gets boring versus wanting to keep on doing: first, found, that I was losing stable shape and needed focus to keep the pattern in shape; then after a while of slaving to stable pattern rather dully, found, that I fancied to do some reverse throw for a change (but may not); my eyes could wander np as long as pattern was in peripheral view; did some "juggling lower" [according to Mike Moore's hint ] which feels queer to me and I wouldn't try that with another pattern - worked okay so far, dunno about any gain; still later - pattern still rolling on - asked myself if it wouldn't make more sense to do some 3b blind instead (but I may not) .. in a given moment, my hands corrected a flawly throw using a reverse throw and the ``experiment´´ was finished - pattern was still rolling, though - and I did a few attempts on closing eyes amidst the juggling (usually do full blind start for "blind"), which was where I got my drop. [ #exp #psych (?) #mentec (?) #focus #reflecting ]   Did a bit fastest then too.

more 5b 56752 - 40 min.

7b casc - 150 min.   43, 49, 43, 51, 46, 43 throws longest runs.   [ daily7b II: 51 ]

A bit chaotic of a session, but glad, I didn't lose too much time (like last two days) and got some good juggling done.

Total practice time: 265 minutes

Location: concrete area among fields

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