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Daniel Simu -

​ juggling video site

Hey guys,

I wanted to share a new project of mine with you, on which I've been working for the past 2 months. It's a juggling video database,

If you don't know yet what to do over Christmas, now you can watch hours of juggling videos, there are already over 1000 videos on the platform!

I was fed up with irrelevant YouTube recommendations and don't like strolling Facebook to find new videos, I hope this website makes it easier to find good juggling. Also you can save stuff to 'watch later', make your own playlists, submit new videos (the database is far from complete, growing every day).

I'm sharing this with you guys at the Edge first, I hope to do a bigger launch somewhere in 2019 when the website is finished. From then on the front page should always be up to date with the latest and greatest juggling videos on the web. In the meanwhile, I am collecting feedback on the site while also building a bit of a larger video database, everything hand picked and categorised.

I'd love to hear what you think. It's the first time I'm building a website like this, all opinions and suggestions are welcome! Leave them here, or sign up on the website and leave them at the feedback forum. I want to know how I can make this site as useful to others as possible!



Orinoco - - Parent

Fantastic work Daniel. You've managed to integrate the various video platforms seamlessly. That is no mean feat!

I've watched ~15 videos this morning which is more juggling than I've watched all year so that is some good curation too!

What are the nerdy technical details? Is that all done through Wordpress?

Also, when & why did Object Episodes disappear?

Daniel Simu - - Parent

Yay! Watching videos, that's what it's all made for!

Yes, this is Wordpress. I wouldn't have thought that was possible until I looked closer at which is also Wordpress. Most of the video stuff is taken care of by a brilliant video theme and on top of that I run a bunch of plug-ins. This has me a bit scared, because many of these receive regular updates, so one day they might not work together as they do today any more...
On top of that I made loads of tiny modifications, mostly hacking stuff out or making things invisible because that is how far my PHP and CSS knowledge stretches...
The site is not quite as lightweight as the Edge and through all of my plugins and modifications everywhere it's becoming a bit of a mess, so I'm hoping that before something breaks at some point, I can get someone with more expertise than me to have a look and make some suggestions on cleaning it all up.
But first the priority was to get something off the ground as quick as possible so I could work on the more important stuff: Curating videos, and figuring out what would give the best user experience.

Object episodes disappeared in late September or early October. It had been down before so I didn't think much of it at first, but when I contacted Jay he said that it's not coming back, and he didn't take a copy of the database. It cost him too much too much to keep it online and it never was exactly the site he wanted...

Mike Moore - - Parent

Looks excellent! I'm starting to think about what direction to move with my juggling for the next few months, and I'm leaning toward getting caught up on others' cutting edge stuff. I think this will be very helpful, thanks for doing it.

It also strikes me as something that will only become more helpful with time.

Daniel Simu - - Parent

I better make sure to upload all the cutting edge stuff then!

Yes, I also think it will become more helpful with time. This is probably a loooong term project if I want it to work....

John Shearing -

History of More Balls Than Most (the original 80s UK company), from hereon MBTM.


I am trying to find a little (or lot) about the original company which sold nicely packaged juggling ball sets in Covent Garden in the 1980s. I've done a Google search without finding much.

From what I've heard the company was founded by a group of bankers who knew nothing about juggling which might help to explain the company's demise in mysterious circumstances (?).

I know friends who worked for the company. One told a story about how a best 5 ball trick competition was held to determine who would fly to New York for some work (sounds about right for a juggling company).

I should make it clear I'm not talking about MBTM Giftware which I understand rose from the ashes of the company.

Also, I have no idea how the current company of the same name is related to the original (probably by name only).

MBTM did have some great marketing and brand presence. I can remember their fantastic range of clothing (t-shirts and hoodies) and the video they produced (wish I still had it).

Thanks in advance for any information.

Little Paul - - Parent

I’m not able to check at the moment, but I’m pretty sure there’s an article in the Catch about MBTM?

Devilstick Pete also has an amusing related annecdote about his “More Bollocks Than Anyone” T-shirt

Cedric Lackpot - - Parent

*Peat - he was part of Team Peat before the others were even a twinkle in Chris' and Irene's eyes :D

I'm really struggling to remember any details about MBTM. Apart from those awful gigs in Boots that they paid thruppence ha'penny for, and seemed to think it was riches. I still bloody remember those buggers.

But wasn't there someone called Steve something, who used to be a chef at The Savoy? And was it MBTM who became embroiled in a silly argument about bullying the market for juggling props, that led to an announcement being printed and distributed somewhere like Leeds '93? That was some IJA-level controversy. Oh no, wait, it wasn't. Nobody got arrested, threatened, sued, libelled, or ejected from the building.

JonPeat - - Parent


John Shearing - - Parent

Love it.

I do seem to remember hearing the anecdote from Devilstick Peat.

John Shearing - - Parent

And IIRC someone scanned all copies of The Catch and I have the file somewhere.

Orinoco - - Parent

Everybody has the scanned copies of The Catch:

Thanks Mike!

Cedric Lackpot -

Circus stereographs and anaglyphs

For your pleasure, a geeky article concerning circus folk which I hope will be interesting.

The Void - - Parent

How much do we have to pay you for the link?

Orinoco - - Parent

Nice collection!

In other news, I now know what an anaglyph is.

The Void -

Erik Åberg's Ghostkube kickstarter is off and running. Funky manipulation-cube-structures.

Richard Loxley - - Parent

That is gorgeous. I'd love to see some of the talented manipulators in our community do something special with that!

Mike Moore - - Parent

Beat me to it. Best ghostcube video so far, IMO.

Orinoco - - Parent

Awesome. Congratulations to Erik on a very successful Kickstarter. Looks like it reached it's funding goal in a matter of hours & is almost 6x the original goal 3 days after launch! All the backers seem to have gone for the really high tiers too which is impressive.

I look forward to Erik becoming a millionaire when a big chain store picks this up for next year's Christmas toy.

Topper -

I'm sad to have to say that after just over 26 years that next Tuesday the 18th of December will be the last meeting of the Tunbridge Wells Juggling Club. This is due to lack of numbers.

Little Paul - - Parent

Oh no! Another one goes :(

The Void - - Parent

Aw, shame, sorry to hear that.

Adam Hellman - - Parent

That sucks I wish it were close to me because I would go

Orinoco - - Parent

This is awful news.

I'm really sorry I haven't been there to support it these past couple of years.

Running the club for 26 years is an amazing achievement. Thanks for everything.

I'll see you Tuesday.

John Shearing - - Parent

Last call for the last ever Tunbridge Wells Juggling Club at St Dunstan's Church Hall, London Road, Southborough, Kent, TN4 0QA.

It's tonight (Tuesday) from 1930 to 2130.

So cancel whatever else you're doing tonight with the reason you've found something better.

Bring toys, friends, party food and drink and yourself. The first four items in the previous sentence are optional.

We'll make history.

Mïark - - Parent

I am sorry to hear this, I have enjoyed reading the regular news updates from TWJC over the years and even visiting the club on one occasion. Hopefully we will still see the members of TWJC at future juggling conventions.


Orinoco -

UK, BBC4 9pm to 10pm Daredevils And Divas: A Night At The Circus

This is your er... 7 minute warning.

John R - - Parent

Watched it, thought it was pretty good. Also think I spotted a Sam Goodburn in the closing montage?

Orinoco - - Parent

Sam was the second featured artist at the start of the show! He got quite a lot of talking head time, they showed much of his getting dressed on a unicycle routine plus his finale of cycling across a row of wine glasses.

I enjoyed it too. Nice to see some familiar faces: Sam, the Gandinis & Ockham's Razor. Was Tweedy the clown the same Tweedy we saw at BJC 2002? It was a well put together programme with lots of variety & a decent performance:talky bit ratio.

I was also impressed by acrobat Dergin Tokmak from Extraordinary Bodies and tight rope walkers Chris Bullzini and Johanne Humblet from Cirque Bijou who I'd never seen before.

Well worth looking out for a repeat or watching on iPlayer if you missed it.

John R - - Parent

The secret is out - we only caught the last two-thirds! Watching the first 20 minutes now...

Dee - - Parent

I've also saved it on box of broadcasts, so will have the ability to view it (online) for as long as I remain in UK academia.

The Void - - Parent

Two clips are on JTV:

Daniel Simu - - Parent

Thanks! :D

Orinoco -

RIP Ricky Jay

Not sure I could pick a favourite video:

Stephen Meschke - - Parent

I'm not sure why, but I find the shell game very frustrating. Jay's shell game is much more satisfying to watch with ball tracking:

Little Paul - - Parent

I find that much more frustrating as I’m pretty sure it’s wrong

Little Paul - - Parent

Having rewatched the original, it’s definitely wrong. So very wrong! Whoever made that gif has no idea what’s going on there

Stephen Meschke - - Parent

Link to source (2:05)

I made this GIF. How does the ball get there?

Little Paul - - Parent

As it’s a classic of magic, I don’t mind tipping you the secret phrase “chop cup”

Little Paul - - Parent

I wonder what that’s going to do to the value of “cards as weapons”

John R - - Parent

New Yorker profile from 25 years ago:

Dee -

European Juggling Convention 2019

FYI: phase 1 tickets for #EJC2019 are scheduled to go on sale at 20:00 GMT (UTC) tonight. Ticket price information etc is here - that link will also link onto the European Juggling Association ticket sales system once it goes live.

Orinoco - - Parent

Who's system?

The Void - - Parent

Is it the band System Of A Down?

Dee - - Parent

Didn't want people confused when routed to something that had EJA on it (has caused confusion in the past!)Hope its running smoothly. Ta muchly.

Mike Moore - - Parent

After purchasing, is there any kind of refund/transfer system? I think there's about an 80 % chance I'll be able to make it. I'd rather have non-action pushing me to go...but at the same time I'd want a way out of something comes up in April (my life will have a lot of volatility in March-April).

Maria - - Parent

Tickets can be transferred for a 10% transfer fee (paid by the recipient). You'll need to e-mail the EJA in that case. (One point in the EJA terms and conditions might indicate that it has to be done at least 14 days before the event.)

Mike Moore - - Parent

Great, thanks!

Danny Colyer - - Parent

Does anyone involved have any idea yet of the time or length of the gala show? It would be useful information when deciding whether to choose afternoon or evening when I'm buying my tickets.

Dee - - Parent

I'm chasing this up with the show producers. I'll try to get back asap on approximate estimated duration (and times).

There will be gala ticket swop "workshops" during the EJC. Typically, it has been easier to swop late tickets for early tickets, but I can't guarantee that this year, as more people may have to leave on Saturday evening to make flights etc.

Dee - - Parent

Information about the length of gala show: approximate duration 2 hours.

Am currently trying to get more information about plans for start times.

Dee - - Parent

The current plan, subject to change, is for the second show to start about 8ish - team members don't want it running that late at the end of a long week.

The timings haven't been finalised, hence for the vagueness on the ticket sales site as we didn't want to cause confusion by changing times!

Remember that there will always be the option to participate in the on-site ticket swop workshop.

Danny Colyer - - Parent

Thanks Dee. I didn't really expect the details to have been finalised yet, but that's at least a starting point to discuss with the family before I book.

Dee - - Parent

A quick reminder that the first phase of #EJC2019 pre-registration runs until December 07 2018.

Ticket prices and more information are here

Paying by bank transfer means that all of the funds go to the EJC, but as that option is more expensive for some people, there is also the option to pay by card (via PayPal).

Mike Moore - - Parent

Registered for my first EJC! Eeeeeee

Kelhoon -

Anyone else get an email saying their account password had been cracked ?

They threatened all kinds of things if they weren't paid, said they'd hacked my camera etc.

I doubt they did as was just for email forwarding, but I do forget what sites I put that address in to now. Guess I won't be getting email from them anymore then.

Kelhoon - - Parent

seems here was one site, changed it now

Kelhoon - - Parent

BTW I don't think it's a complete hoax as the email they sent contained a password that looked like it might be right. I think the server has been compromised.

So if you have physical access to the server (assuming it's a physical machine), please go and disconnect it it from the internet and fix it.

Orinoco - - Parent

I just checked my spam folder & found a similar email. I don't think this is a problem. Sign up to the service was via email & didn't require a password.

The email I received does not mention, only my email account. The password included in my email was one I used to use on the IJDb which I think is the source of this email. If you changed your passwords when the IJDb hack was announced you will be fine.

From the phrasing of the vague technobabble I think it is extremely unlikely that the perpetrator knows what they are talking about. It is just verbiage designed to scare people who may not know any better. Needless to say, don't go sending any bitcoin to this person.

Posting the text of the email here so that anyone affected searching for the email can find this thread.


My nickname in darknet is ari19.
I hacked this mailbox more than six months ago,
through it I infected your operating system with a virus (trojan) created by me and have been monitoring you for a long time.

So, your password from is enigma1

Even if you changed the password after that - it does not matter, my virus intercepted all the caching data on your computer
and automatically saved access for me.

I have access to all your accounts, social networks, email, browsing history.
Accordingly, I have the data of all your contacts, files from your computer, photos and videos.

I was most struck by the intimate content sites that you occasionally visit.
You have a very wild imagination, I tell you!2

During your pastime and entertainment there, I took screenshot through the camera of your device3, synchronizing with what you are watching.
Oh my god! You are so funny and excited!

I think that you do not want all your contacts to get these files, right?
If you are of the same opinion, then I think that $808 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created.

Send the above amount on my BTC wallet (bitcoin): 1NXNt72qfMhPZDffUEqryCYpEUzyR6LmgH
As soon as the above amount is received, I guarantee that the data will be deleted, I do not need it.

Otherwise, these files and history of visiting sites will get all your contacts from your device.
Also, I'll send to everyone your contact access to your email and access logs, I have carefully saved it!

Since reading this letter you have 48 hours!4
After your reading this message, I'll receive an automatic notification that you have seen the letter.

I hope I taught you a good lesson.
Do not be so nonchalant, please visit only to proven resources, and don't enter your passwords anywhere!
Good luck!

1 It's true! This is the password I used to use at the IJDb!
2 My imagination is actually very mundane.
3 I don't own any connected devices with a camera
4 This email was sent 6 days ago

Orinoco - - Parent

The bitcoin wallet address has a long history of this:

Looks like they buy up leaked email+password databases send out blanket emails & watch the bitcoin roll in:

The Void - - Parent

I got a similar email. Wording was slightly different in places, but roughly the same. Mine also had a password that I used to use, but I couldn't remember where. Good to know that it was IJDb, and not somewhere still relevant. Having read the email carefully, I could see that all they had was one of my email addresses and an old password. If they really had access to my devices, they'd've pulled a file from there and sent it to me as proof. So I ignored it.
Don't Panic.

Little Paul - - Parent

I didn’t get one, I feel all left out :(

Presumably because the email address I used for the IJDb isn’t routable any more...

Cedric Lackpot - - Parent

Ah, you poor thing, would you like me to send you one of mine? I've had loads.

Hilariously, they frequently say that they've captured video of me pleasuring myself all over my laptop. But that's obviously risible - I would've had to be standing much further back from the camera to fit it all in, natch.

Kelhoon - - Parent

Thanks Orinoco (and others)

The IJDb hack explains the email and the plausible password well.

The text of my message was similar to yours, I dismissed the threats therein, but what I was worried about was them using that email to reset a password somewhere and potentially gain more info that enabled them to attack elsewhere.

I had forgotten exactly how I signed up for, so I'm glad you reminded me there was no login. That does bring a question to mind though ... if someone emails to change their forwarding address, are there any checks to make sure they're validly requesting that ? hopefully an email to the original address notifying the change (and the option to reverse it) as well.

So, as long as is pointing to where I expect and I never use that password (or a variant of it) anywhere, then all is well.

charlieh - - Parent

There's no password for redirection, although the service itself is password protected for admin control.

Emails to change the forwarding address aren't checked formally, but you're right we should probably send a verification mail....bear in mind there's only a few hundred people using the service and it's all maintained by volunteers (Silvia de Beer gets a special mention here).

Oh, and a quick shout out to all the lovely people who have sponsored the annual server costs (around a hundred quid) for many years - you probably aren't aware of this but has generally been supported by those BJCs that have been well managed and thus have made a profit, however small. Thanks everyone!

Kelhoon - - Parent

Thanks Charlie,

3 cheers for Silvia and BJCs

I suppose I should send myself an email to check it hasn't been redirected without my knowledge, a quick search shows I haven't received anything from that address for quite a while.

May I suggest a regular (6 monthly maybe) email to check if people still want the service ?

Little Paul - - Parent

Nothing about is automated, and the overheads of manually sending an email to all the addresses (and handling the responses) would be significant!

Kelhoon - - Parent

ah, manual, yeh, don't bother then, no-one wants to do all that manually

but if you need a hand automating, sing out

Colin E. - - Parent

Oh dear :-(

It's a bit depressing that the data obtained from the IJDb hack (that happened ~7 years ago) is still being bought and sold for these sorts of 'attack'. Sorry!

I must admit, that experience has made me much more cautious on the internet and as a developer. If I built another community site in future, I'd certainly consider using OAuth, rather than storing user data myself.

Colin E.

Scott Seltzer - - Parent

I got similar emails to various accounts of mine, and they're certainly not accounts used at IJDb. I think it was MySpace, but I'm not certain.

Maria -

There seems to be a new bug in the log tags. It doesn't work to "separate multiple tags with a comma" any more, or, in the log post it seems to have worked, but in the list of tags in my practice calendar I suddenly have one tag called "3 clubs,4 clubs" in addition to my normal tags "3 clubs" and "4 clubs". I checked 7b_wizard's practice calendar and he has several long tags with commas in them now.

It also seems to be impossible to start a new thread in "Meta talk".

Orinoco - - Parent

Gah! All fixed now.

I'm sure I used to be better at this...

7b_wizard - - Parent

cool! I had that too. Thx!

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