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POPCAST E05, Stalls pt. II

In Episode 3 “Stalls pt. I” I met up with two handed yo-yo guru Joseph Harris and challenged him to create a few two handed tricks based on the old “Lunar Landing” trick.

Due to several conflicts, Joseph and I were unable to record the results right away, but I hope you find the results worth the wait.

Also on this episode is Joseph’s tips for picking up chicks and Doc shows just about every one handed version of stall you (by “you” I mean “me”) can imagine.

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POPCAST E03, Stalls pt. I

On this fantastic PopCast, I disscuss the art of stalling. Stalls are one of yo-yoing’s newer moves and involves stalling the yo-yo as it returns back to your hand.

In this episode I give the talented Josheph Harris a two handed stall challenge and one week to see what he can come up with it.

My special co-host this week is the infamous Boxthor. Unfortunately, this episode had to be slightly edited due to the length of Joseph’s segment.

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Master of Self Promotions

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I’ve finally gotten around to uploading the entire yo-yo segment from Master Of Champions. It was a huge file and took some work, but I’ve uploaded it to and a few other online video places.

I’ve also taken the liberty of uploading the entire Master Of Champions show and just the edited Doc Pop interview. You can download them here.

Full Master of Champions 784 megs (the best quality I have)
Yo-yo Segment 24 megs
Doc Pop Interview 13 megs

iPhone ready
Full Master of Champions 308 megs
Yo-yo Segment 86 megs

Full Master of Champions 353 megs
Yo-yo Segment 99 megs

If anyone feels like creating a torrent of the Full quicktime file, let me know and I’ll host the link here.

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Today I’m featured on Veronica Belmont’s cool Mahalo Daily video-cast, so I wanted to say hi to any new readers that may be surfing this site.

I was going to link to a couple videos or whatever, but it looks like already has a good list of my yo-yo related article on their “Doc Popular” entry. For those who would like links to my craft site, personal blog, or even Twitter info, you can find all that stuff on

I’ve found it interesting that even though I refer to myself as Doctor Popular or Doc Pop, I often get referred to as Doctor Pop or Doc Popular in the media. It first started happening on that ABC show I was on last year and it really drove me nuts. Hearing Oksana Baiul repeatedly butcher your name would give you nightmares.

Oh, and speaking of Master Of Champions, I’m currently encoding the entire episode we were on and some of the individual segments for the web. Check back in the next few days to see those.

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Back from Nats

This year’s National Yo-Yo Contest was one of my favorites. Congratulations to Jake Bullock and JonRob on being the first joint recipients of the Trick Innovator of the year award. On another note, I thought this year was easily the best year for Freehand at Nats. Historically, freehand was one of the most anticipated divisions and often turned out to be one of the most disappointing.

I mentioned previously that I would be live blogging the event from my iPhone and updating it to my flickr as well as twittering the event. The twitter thing was pretty iffy, but you can see all my Nationals flickr set here.

I also recommend JD_WMWMW’s photo set, where the above photo was culled from, and Sarah and Michelle‘s sets too.

Nationals 2007

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For those about to flock…

to Nationals, sign up for a Twitter account, and let’s keep each other notified on the happenings in Chico via text messaging on your cell phone, IM, or PDA.

Twitter is a web based web site that makes it easy to communicate with your friends. The basic idea is you have 140 characters to be able to tell everybody what your doing or thinking at any time. Ordinarily it’s not the strongest branch of the new web2.o, but it is perfect for events like this, especially since it works so well with cell phones and most of us get free weekends (right?).

The first step is to go to and register your account, then go to to add your device (cell phone, IM, PDA, whatever). Once your device is registered text “track NYYC” to 40404 and you will be automatically notified whenever someone posts a Twitter containing NYYC (which stands for National yo-yo Contest… “NYYC” does not have to appear in all caps btw). This process is also described on

Again; login to twitter, set up your mobile device, then send “track nyyc” to Twitter’s text number (40404). Afterwards, feel free to find friends to follow or send a test NYYC message.

This is a big event, at times we are all at the park, other times we are scattered around, but if we use Twitter to communicate what’s going on, we can make sure we don’t miss a thing.

For example, “NYYC triple A throwdown going down now in the parking lot at H.I.” or “OMG, @DocPop is the new NYYC champion in every single division!!!1!”.

To send a message or reply to a specific Twitterer, just type the “@” in front of their name. Mine would be @DocPop or you can also check out my Twitter page

If you are Twittering any National Yo-Yo stuff, be sure to type NYYC in the message somewhere, otherwise it won’t go out to everyone’s Twitter Tracker.

BTW, in combination with my flickr updating, this might be a good way to keep track of what’s happening in Chico this weekend.