Work trip starts tomorrow.

South America March 2009
Tomorrow morning I have to get up at stupid o’clock to catch a flight to South America. I’m away for two weeks, roughly following the route you see above. To explore the trip in more detail, you better go to the page.

I’ve been to all these locations before, but I plan to do new things in each. For example, I’ve not seen the King Penguin rookery on the Falklands Islands. Should be a fun place to take photos and a good location for a continuing video project I have on the go which should be finished by the end of the year.

On top of the destinations there are many sea days, which means I have a lot of time on my hands. To fill my time I plan to achieve:

  • Read three novels and record three episodes of the SFBRP. The novels are all on my iPod Touch, so this will be the first trip I do sans paper books. I hope it works out.
  • Do the forth edit on my “Edward” novel. I need to rearrange some chapters and rewrite a few pieces. I hope this only takes a few days. Then I’ll be able to email it out to my second round of readers to get masses of positive feedback to boost my ego.
  • Do the first major edit on my “Monster” novella. I don’t expect to get this finished, as there are huge amounts still to write, let alone rewrite.
  • Think up better working titles for the above two stories.
  • Video my new ring juggling routine, and maybe put an edited version up on youtube.
  • While I’m videoing my show, I may get a better version of my 3 Ball And Video routine than is currently available online.
  • I’m taking some silicones, so will work on my standard bounce juggling skills.
  • Also I hope to make a video of “air bouncing”, which means juggling patterns where I intentionally make balls hit each other in the air and bounce off in predictable ways. I’ve whole lists of these tricks, but have never performed them because they don’t look very good from any kind of distance. And they are really hard.
  • Make some new backing music for a club routine. I have some fun drum samples I want to include, but it will mostly follow the electronic video game vibe.
  • Oh yeah, I’ll probably perform four shows too!

    That should do it! I’ll post all the results on the blog.

  • “Mocking the WJF” … yawn.

    My epic failure of a WJF balls routine was posted on YouTube a few days ago. I’d put a link to it, but it really isn’t worth watching. The kind of tricks the World Juggling Federation wants aren’t the kind of tricks I’m particularly interested in performing, so my routine was put together a few minutes before the preliminaries by saying to Norbi; “Write this one down… and how about this one?”

    As it happens, I didn’t expect to get through the preliminaries, as my routine was woefully short of Advanced Level Juggling Tricks. Er… Moves, sorry.

    To the point: the info on the top right of the video says “Luke Burrage attempts to mock the WJF competitions while trying to juggle in a WJF competition. Cheers.”

    Can’t we just forget about this now? Jason Garfield just keeps banging on about this one, and to be honest, it’s really wearing thin.

    It turns out the main bone of contention is the song I used. As so many people have asked for it over the last few days (this was, in fact, how I found out about the video) I’ve uploaded it here. Jason keeps moaning that it directly mocks the WJF. In a way it does. And I used it as a joke.

    Here’s the real kicker: Jason knew I was going to use the music well in advance! It was played during my preliminary run. THAT was my joke; to play it while Jason was sitting right in front of me. I expected him to say “You can’t use that music tomorrow” or “we don’t allow music tracks with lyrics” and I’d have said “No problem!” But he didn’t say anything, so I just let it slide.

    And now, two years later he is still moaning, even though he had the knowledge and the capability to halt it before it even became the huge issue it is in his head right now. You know what else he could have done? Pressed stop on the CD during the actual routine. You know what else? Not moan about it afterward, and everyone would have forgotten the entire thing. You know what else? Not put the routine on the DVD. You know what else? Not post the video on YouTube two years later. You know what else? Don’t reply to all the comments under the video, stirring things up again TWO YEARS later.

    And to think I wasn’t going to write such a long post about it, and just post a link to the mp3 file… I guess Jason’s masochism, how he continually punches himself in the face, time and time again,sometimes makes others comment on his stupidity.


    I like good customer service. I bought a coat Last December. A few months later some of the fabric was fraying around the edges. I took it back to the shop and they gave me my money back. Why can’t all shops be like this? For the bad weather next winter I’ll buy a coat from the same shop, and who knows, maybe I’ll get another 200 euro jacket to wear for the winter for free for the second time.

    Pola one, Luke a million. Pola wins.

    A few weeks ago (Monday, March 3rd) I mentioned that Pola and I “made” a table tennis table for our living room. It isn’t ONLY for table tennis, as we also use it for larger dinner/breakfast gatherings and for large art projects. But table tennis is, by far, what it is used for the most.

    Since then we’ve been spending between half an hour to an hour every day tapping a ball back and forth. It’s a productivity vortex, but we have good conversations as we are playing. At the end of each session we play, on average, three or four 11 point games. I always win. Until the our eighth game today, when my concentration lapsed and Pola beat me 11 to 8. Cue lots of dancing and screaming and “I said whoever won that game wins them all, so I’m the overall champion!”

    Tomorrow I’ll start putting spin on my returns. That’ll teach her.

    The day I went viral.

    Luke Burrage

    Back in 2003 I made a fun little animation (see above) and posted it online. It went viral, and so many people linked to it that it crashed my website. For the next few months I got loads of emails either saying “Is this you?” or “You’re a juggler, I thought you’d like to see this!”

    Six years later they still dribble in. This was just posted on my facebook wall:

    “Hi Luke – just had the most bizzare experience today – got sent a joke e-mail at work and on it was this little clip of a guy juggling then dropping the balls and walking out of shot to pick them up but as he did so he turned into a stick man – strange thing is I could have sworn the guy was you!”

    The animation took a few days to make, mainly because I did all the work twice because I didn’t like the first version. This one is good, but not perfect:

  • As I pick up the ball, my feet switch in a moonwalk-like fashion. Even though it is half way through the animation, this is the join point in the loop. I should have marked off foot positions.
  • The two balls in my hands swap position. As I leave the image the purple balls is at the front. When I return the orange ball is foremost.
  • The fisheye-ness of the wall/floor boundary makes it clear the colour image is only half of the original. The first version was wider, and made of two separate video elements.

    I was going to fix these, but after this version went viral I didn’t think there was much point.

    For those who know my juggling work, they’ll see this piece fits right in! One of the things I’m most interested in exploring theatrically is the interaction between prerecorded video (the least live form of art) and juggling (one of the MOST live forms of art). I’ll probably post more in the future on this topic.