March 20th, 2003


You Paid WHAT For a Yo-Yo?!?!

weather: drizzling
outside: 11°C
mood: amused
Co-worker Dude, D, bought him self an almost (CDN)$100 yo-yo (it'll be about that once you figure in exchange rate, shipping and customs). It's the superlatively over-engineered AXLerator by Custom Yo-Yo... for some reason, isn't working for me, so this is what D got.

The biggest problem for a yo-yo trickster is that the [fixed axle] yo-yo may not snap back well when he wants it to because it's lost its spin momentum. All kinds of things are done to change the moment of inertia and reduce this loss of spin while it's in sleep mode.

Apparently, the thing is amazing. It can sleep for a hideous amount of time (like on the order of 10-15 full seconds) and still snap back at about the same speed as a fixed axle that's made to come back almost right away.

This isn't the same as the Yomega Brain. That one has a clutch mechanism that releases and grips depending on the speed of the spin. But it will always grip if the yo-yo gets too slow and it will only release when it's fast enough. It's a "Yo-Yo For Dummies"... like Automatic Transmission. But a serious yo-yo trickster needs a lot more control over the throw-sleep-catch sequences.

My only comment was, "I'll get you a pack of cigarettes on my way back from lunch" >KD


End-of-Project Lunch — Elixir

weather: sunny/cloudy
outside: 10°C
mood: stuffed
This is the restaurant at the new Opus Hotel in Yaletown. It's a French style pub/bar restaurant. The menus are almost entirely in French with English subtitles. I quite liked that =)

The booth seats are brownish red poofy seats with the brass bar over top. The floors are done in parquet tile. It's very nicely decorated.

Their washrooms were a bit strange though. They have this ... plexiglass ... clear plexiglass wall dividing the men's and the women's washrooms. There are two very sheer curtains hanging over the plexiglass wall. At first, I thought it was a mirror because the rooms and fixtures are mirrored. Then I did a double-take when I saw urinals!!

*cough* Gentlemen, when you're facing the urinal at the Elixir, you might want to make an eighth to a quarter turn to your right before peeing. Those crazy French and their exhibitionism... =D

I had a canard confit quiche (duck). It was a gigantic 4-5" quiche with salad. And wow, I can't imagine how much butter they must've put into the crust mix. That was one amazingly flaky and tasty quiche.