How shall I describe this one?
It's a fairly accurate representation of all the time I've been wasting since the end of High School.
Some time ago, I came across a post on YoYoSkills.com about a yo-yo mounted camera. I immediately built my own and was blown away by the results. How the world appears at 3000 rpms across 30 frames per second, I tried to wrap my mind around it.
After months of tests and simply unbelievable stargate-sequence worthy material, I knew I had to show it off. But this footage needed some context. I wasn't about to deposit my yo-yo camera into the plotless vacuum of avant-gardism.
So I slowly developed this story, in which a troubled yo-yoer hallucinates a talking yo-yo. Surely, such a plot would allow me to implement the yo-yo's POV. And what better stage to show off a few new tricks I've been working on? This is a movie about inspiration, imagination, and procrastination. And I'm glad to admit it's the filthiest accumulation of yo-yo puns to date.
The lengthy and tumultuous process of making this film was documented incrementally in more detail on my production blog, thedangersquad.tumblr.com
Long story short, alongside making this film, I was inspired to fulfill one of my long held dreams, to have a functional rubber-bodied yo-yo. While making the ZORP puppets which would bring my talking yo-yo to life, I simultaneously needed a functional prototype. I've always wanted a yo-yo that was indestructible and impervious to damage, capable of bouncing across the street before being run over by a car. My desire was fueled by my infamous OneDrop Project (flickr.com/photos/22691845@N08/sets/72157604587123069/), in addition to that time that a G&E2 cut my lip open. But, in the end, it was actually Spencer Berry who told me to follow my creative vision, and I realized that I simply had to make my own rubber bodied yo-yo.
I was left unimpressed by the Henry's Viper and YoYoJam Evo, both of which were designed for 4A, and both based around sturdy hubs that are at risk of breaking or being bent. And so, the Condom was born.
Molded from a reinforced Anti-Yo Viszilla, the Condom is cast in urethane rubber and uses the OneDrop Side Effects axle system, with a large bearing and aluminum spacers. This is strictly a novelty yo-yo, and has no competitive aspirations whatsoever. It requires the large disk SE's, because the metal disk anchors the rubber half from flying off the hubs. It can be humorously finicky, because the entire half of the yo-yo acts as a response system, sometimes is is unresponsive, other times is will pretend that it's fixed axle. But with a grooved c-size Crucial bearing, it is quite playable (as you can see, I was throwing it in this movie). To my surprise, the most current prototype does not wobble, despite a healthy vibe (it is rubber, after all).
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