Author Archives: D. J. Carmen

About D. J. Carmen

Software developer, fire spinner, musician, occasional artist, and wandering soul. Depending on the day, you may find me working on my latest project, walking about the park, or skipping stones by the river.

Feet

Really tired today, ┬ábut I went out to practice anyways. I played with a couple of ideas for cane play with legs and feet. It was fun. Now I need to start practicing taking pictures of myself while I’m in … Continue reading

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Fresh Canes Coming In!

Ordered a fresh batch of canes last night. They went for $3/cane less than last year. So I ordered a cool dozen. Can’t wait for them to come in!

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Broad Strokes

Last Saturday, I spent the day in Brooklyn with the wonderful spinners from the Floasis. We were out practicing in a park. So of course we put out a hat. Let me tell you. Even when you’re really not trying … Continue reading

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Balancing Point

I was taking it easy today. So I kept up with the single cane spinning. I was working on bringing the cane around my back and across the other arm. It wasn’t going as well as the day before yesterday. … Continue reading

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Bounce and Slide

Been feeling really beat today. So I limited myself to single cane. The first thing that came up was a bicep bounce. What you do is you put your arms out in front of you, elbows down, palms down, cane … Continue reading

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Composition

I had my second modern dance class today. It was fantastic. Melissa is a wonderful teacher; the other students are great, and I didn’t fall too far behind. So we are learning a dance piece. It was… I can feel … Continue reading

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Weaves and rotors and butterflies. Oh my!

Yessirree. It’s another day of meteor practice. Still at that “why doesn’t anything work!?!” phase, but I actually got the one handed butterfly. …intermittently. And I got rotors! …more-or-less. And my 2 beat weaves are going great! Well… it’s not … Continue reading

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Spin Check

Whenever I spin a prop during a randomly public kind of thing, I always have to remind myself to do a spin check. It’s just what it sounds like: you spin around and check for random people, tables, dishes, light … Continue reading

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Weapon of self destruction

After taking a few days off, I got back to the meteor today. My two beat weave? Messy but I can do it… Well I can do it most of the time. Rotors? They’re coming. I swear it! They’re coming! … Continue reading

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The Painful Quantizing Effect of Words

Somewhere in the back of my head, I’ve been looking for a good way to describe the painful effect words can have on thoughts and their expression. Well try this one on for size: Imagine you a staccato note. Staccato … Continue reading

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