Author Archives: Dr. Yo-Yo

YoYoSkills.com – Indefinite Hiatus

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I have been sitting at my computer now for an hour trying to figure out how to write this out. The best way is to just be straight forward and come from the heart… it’s not you, its me.

(ha)

No but really. I really love all of you guys. The readers, fans, and yes even “teh haters.” For 5 years YoYoSkills.com has been my passion and my drive in the yo-yo world. When I started there were only a handful of yoyo web blogs but now…. now there are HUNDREDS. The landscape is changing and the time has come for me to realign my hobbies to my lifestyle. I am a father who is getting ready to add to our family through adoption, I have a full time career that is very demanding of my energy, and I am quickly approaching a few specialty training courses followed up by a Masters program. I am a busy guy and as much as I love bringing everyone in the yo-yo world news, reviews and videos I just don’t have enough time to juggle everything effectively. I have to focus on my family, my career, and my education and to do that unfortunately I have to make responsible sacrifices. That’s right, being an adult can suck.

So I am placing YoYoSkills.com on indefinite hiatus. That is a fancy way of saying YoYoSkills is on hold, and maybe if things align or change I may re-launch YoYoSkills.

A few questions I expect:

Are you quitting yoyoing?
No, Just the website, and its not quitting its just on hold. I still plan to come to contests and be part of the community.

Are you going to sell the domain?
No, and I won’t autoforward it either. There may be a few tweaks to the front page but the main site will stay up in archive mode.

Can we still comment on stuff?
Sure.

What about YoYoNation?
The YoYonation project turned into a giant cluster of programmers rage. I am still picking apart the code to dig for the the online content from the store. If I come up with anything salvageable I will upload it. The forum is at YoYoNation.net is up but in all forms of reality should be considered “For reference use only.”

Will you still be selling the Skill Life Shirt and the Throw Game?
Yes, links are in the side bar.

Was that a shameless plug?
Your mother…

Where will you go now?
Wherever there is new content… I’ll be there. Wherever there is a new video… I’ll be there. Wherever there is El Guapo, the Three Amigos will be there…. I’ll be around also. I may find another role in the yo-yo world that doesn’t require daily site updates, but we shall see. In the mean time there is always Facebook and Twitter

Any other questions, feel free to hit me up. I do really love this site and all of you. 5 years of my blood, sweat and tears are embedded in this PHP and HTML script bag along with a ton of time and dedication but the professional career world is calling, the kids need help with homework, and I have a book report due on Tuesday.

Love you all

- Chris Allen

Doc’s Review | Zeekio Quasar

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Machined delrin is one of those luxury materials that everyone says they want, but once a yo-yo comes out the requesters balk at the price tag.  I have seen many machined delrin yoyos, both good and bad over the last few years.   The Milk by Crucial is one of the best yoyos of all time, and the DBYY Gung Fu is a classic favorite of mine.  On the other hand, the Lucha Libra by Throw Down was a disaster that ultimately destroyed the brand.  While it is cheaper to use a mold and celcon, it just doesn’t have the same feel as a truly machined derin.  The problem is that delrin is a fickle product to work with and the result is usually an expensive yo-yo leading to yo-yo buyers to drop Grandma’s birthday check on a new metal instead.  Enter Zeekio, a mid-budget brand from the people behind YoYoSam.com.  Zeekio has been working on an affordable mid-budget machined delrin with metal weight rings to fulfill the delrin gap in the sub $50 yo-yo market, and the Quasar seems to be just that.

 

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No Limit YoYo – Polish yo-yo company

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Details are scarce, but it appears that there is a new yo-yo company in Poland called No Limit. Their first yo-yo is called the Starter which looks like a re-capped YoYoFactory One. Mateuz “Gacek” Ganc and a few other familiar YoYoFactory faces seem to be linked to the team, so it may be a marketing drive geared towards the Polish market. Regardless, the videos are gorgeous. The first video appears to be instructional, while the second is more promotional.