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5balls -

Hi jugglers!

Thought I should probably introduce myself shortly as I've been lurking around for a while and now I've added some event. I'm a juggler living in the small university town of Tübingen, which is close to Stuttgart in Germany. I've learned basic juggling as a child - probably after the EJC 1994 in Hagen, which is not far from my hometown, where we have been visitors and got interested in juggling (I have been 14 years old at that point and we were four children in the house which all started juggling after that). Also learned to ride a unicycle back then but then for quite some years I did not do much juggling.

Picked up juggling again some years ago to relax when working at a university and have been getting more serious going to my first EJC as participant in Bruneck 2015. After that I went to EJC's in Almere and Lublin but not last year when I visited some german juggling conventions and the last two years I have also helped in organizing the juggling convention in Tübingen (which will take place this year as well, see #tuebingencon - if this works :)). I'm working on 5 balls which I'm trying to get stable, some boring "standard tricks" with less balls and do some social passing with clubs (also practice some standard ball tricks with clubs). I would love to do more creative stuff but my level is just not there yet. Right now I unfortunately can't juggle

On the internet I enjoy watching a lot of juggling videos (I'm particularly fond of the interviews Daniel Simu does in Juggle Jabber (if you are reading this: Thanks a lot for those!) and the juggler of the week video of the IJA). I enjoy watching technical juggling like Anthony Gatto, Vova Galchenko or Jonglissimo but also more creative stuff like from Lauge Benjaminsen, Mike Moore (If you are reading: Hope you give workshops on inverted boxes and dots on the next EJC ;)), Taylor Glenn, Leif Pettersen and Stephen Birmingham and a lot of others.

Oh that's already a lot of text, so let's stop here.

Cheers,
Florian

P.S.: If you are close to Tübingen please say hi, our juggling club meets each week one to two times (I'm trying to update the club listing on the juggling edge - we lost the old URL jonglaria.de when our founder died, but the club is still meeting and we are on the internet at www.jonglaria.org (I plan to translate the page to english some time in the future but google translate will probably do a good enough job to get the gist)). Also this years juggling convention #tuebingencon will take place from 13th to 15th of september and as in the previous years there will be passing between the typical traditional punting boats ("Stocherkahn") on the Neckar river - lots of fun!

5balls - - Parent

> Right now I unfortunately can't juggle

Upps, part of that sentence is missing. I can't juggle currently because I broke the upper part of my arm in a bicycle accident three weeks ago. Hope I can start juggling again in about three to four weeks time.

Daniel Simu - - Parent

​Welcome to the Edge! And I'm glad you enjoy the interviews :D.

5balls - - Parent

Thanks Daniel!

Any new episodes in the making I can look forward to? ;)

Cheers,
Florian

Daniel Simu - - Parent

I'm afraid not, I hope that I can record some new ones during EJC but I don't plan to doing any before that...

The Void - - Parent

Welcome to The Edge, Florian.
I was at Hagen '94 too. Good fun, but I got heatstroke :-O
Hope your arm heals quickly!
Cheers,
V.

5balls - - Parent

Thanks! Oh, so you missed part of the convention in Hagen because of that? I was not participant that time (only visitor) and the only thing I remember was someone trying to juggle three diabolos, which impressed me a lot :). The arm is probably going to be fine in a few weeks time, at least I hope so :).

Cheers,
Florian

The Void - - Parent

Only half a day. That might have been Guy Heathcote with the diabolos...

Cedric Lackpot - - Parent

Or it could've been the Swiss guy whose name completely escapes me, who was also wowing people with the very idea of 3 low at that time.

5balls - - Parent

Interesting, that it is possible to pinpoint it to possible two guys - I've seen now people handling more diabolos, but I guess at that time not many people did it :). (Having shortly tried to learn handling two diabolos I'm still pretty impressed ;))

The Void - - Parent

I think you might mean Jochen Schell. He (probably) would've been doing 3-high, Guy would've been doing 3-low. Guy talks about the early days in this post on DCA: http://diabolo.ca/forum/index.php?topic=4551.msg55803#msg55803

5balls - - Parent

Quite an interesting bit of juggling history. Thanks for the link!

Mike Moore - - Parent

Hi Florian, welcome! Thanks for the shoutout :)

Good point about the workshops. I didn't see anything about it after skimming the FB group and the official site, are there any all-knowing Edge-folk who can point me in a useful direction?

Daniel Simu - - Parent

You mean you want to know about the option of giving a workshop?
Typically, very few workshops are organized on the EJC in advance. If you want to give a workshop, show up, go to the workshop register, write down your workshop in a timeslot. Workshop boards look a bit like this: https://i2.wp.com/bjc2019.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/IMG_0359.jpg?resize=768%2C576&ssl=1

There will probably be over a 100 workshops per day, this is the most popular way to organize it :)

Mike Moore - - Parent

Coming from the IJA, which (on the best years) had everything available via google docs/apps, where I could plan my days to attend all the workshops I was interested in...this seems so chaotic.

Thanks for letting me know!

Daniel Simu - - Parent

Good luck with the culture shock ;). I absolutely love it this way and nearly all juggling conventions in Europe run this way (unlike acro conventions in Europe, which tend to program ahead of the event, possibly because acro teachers have a bigger responsibility). I was head workshops & events coordinator for EJC2016 and never even considered to try another setup.

But then again, I'd be curious to experience the IJA fest and pick up ideas for future events ;)

Here is another pic, I didn't like the one above because it is a bit empty and the sheet closest to the camera has been replaced with ride sharing advertisements instead of workshops.

http://www.marcelvandenbergh.com/uploads/photos/2016/08/800x533_ejc-3.jpg

Daniel Simu - - Parent

@Orin, I suspected that the picture above might have protection against embedding. How do I post a link to a picture rather than the picture itself?

http://www.marcelvandenbergh.com/uploads/photos/2016/08/800x533_ejc-3.jpg

does the above work?

Orinoco - - Parent

Both pictures are embedding fine for me.

You can disable embedding (pictures & videos) by including the letters nsfw in your post.

5balls - - Parent

Hello Orinoco!

Most of the workshops on the workshop walls are probably safe for work but as we know there are some exceptions ;).

I'm playing around on our own juggling group webpage, programming a feature for people sharing a car to go to a convention. I've seen you allow some access via API to the data on the juggling edge, so would it be ok for me to pull convention data via this API to our webpage? Of course I would make it good behaving and only allow updating maybe once a day or so on request.

BTW, thanks a lot for this webpage! After the death of jugglingdb and usenet and the upcoming of social networks it has all spread a bit, but I like this webpage and hope it continues for some time in the future.

Cheers,
Florian

Orinoco - - Parent

Of course, all data is freely available. I'd love to see what you can do with it.

Glad you like the site. It will definitely be sticking around for as long as I can keep it useful.

Dee - - Parent

We have tried other, online methods, but with most people camping, we tend not to want to encourage over reliance on digital devices - putting too much of a load on charging points.

As timings / locations for workshops only tend to be finalised when workshop leaders see the locations - unless they are "masterclasses" which are scheduled in advance, we have found the lower tech version to be the most robust method. An online version, if it exists, is often not the definitive workshop schedule - the physical schedule, on the big boards, are the gold standard for the "truth" about timings and locations.

As it will be located near the information desk, things like signing up for limited space workshops can also be handled off-line.

Mike Moore - - Parent

Thanks!

5balls - - Parent

Thanks Mike!

Yes, workshops are organized on the spot pretty chaotically - usually there is so much good stuff one has to make difficult choices (even between shows in the evening - level is quite high, even the open stage shows are often better than shows you would pay to see "normally").

I think this is your first EJC? For the full experience I recommend doing camping (even though it might be a bit risky having rain - but could also be like summer) and volunteering a few hours - as I found that is the best way to meet interesting new people and it is also a good way to relax after hours of juggling :).

Cheers,
Florian

Mike Moore - - Parent

This is indeed my first EJC! It would take a lot of convincing for me to try camping: I've never really liked camping, and am a super finicky sleeper.
Good point about volunteering, I'll make a point of that. Is that also an on-site sign up?

Dee - - Parent

This year we will have a quiet ​at all times​ campsite; it is quite a bit further away from most of the halls than the rest, but will be a shorter "commute" than to any nearby accommodation. I recommend good earplugs and decathlon's Fresh and Black series of tents!

Having been a volunteer coordinator at multiple EJCs, I highly recommend volunteering as a way to get to know new people.

Some of the nice "defined duration" jobs that you can sign-up for onsite (after seeing the workshop board) are things like badge control or stewarding - of shows, games, parade etc. You would get a briefing about what you are supposed to do - which is often a variant of "don't be daft; here's who to contact if you are uncertain about what to do".

Mike Moore - - Parent

Sometimes when I tell people I'm a finicky sleeper, I don't quite stress it hard enough. I can't sleep with earplugs in, even people walking near a tent would likely wake me/keep me awake. Some day I'd like to be able to sleep in a different posture than I do (current posture is stupid) and it's taken me months to be able to kind of do that, and I can still only do it when pretty exhausted. And I don't get through the night in that posture (GAH).

I'll look forward to volunteering!

 

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