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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #304: Are inversions really tangles?

A lot of the recent work on inversions both in my videos and others has been based on the notion that inversions and tangles are different versions of the same movement. After playing with them both in the quark/atom framework, I'm realizing the entry for them uses an atom quark rather than a tangle quark. Could this be diagnostic of the difference between an inversion and a tangle or a nifty side-effect of another phenomenon?

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #303: Plane facing, C-points, and Z-points

Coming out of a long discussion on Tech Poi and Poi Theory on Facebook: in trying to define inversions and all the various related types of movement, three new pieces of vocab I was unfamiliar with came up. Here they are for the purposes of education and opening up the debate to everyone.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #302: Pod poi from Flowtoys

Back in September, the folks at Flowtoys gave me a set of the beta version of their new pod poi to try out and evaluate. I've been playing with them ever since and am holding off on a full review till I get the latest version of the hardware and software, but wanted to share my first impressions as well as an interview I had with Sean from Flowtoys back in September.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #301: More point iso fun

Taking a thread from last week's video that included some fun uses of point isolations, here are a few that utilize the split-opposites timing and include either horizontal cateyes or pendulum vs CAP.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #300: Thank you! :)

It's been four years since I started putting tech blogs on YouTube. To honor that occasion and my 300th video, I wanted to take this chance to thank all you guys that have been watching the videos these past four years. Having you guys out there has really changed my life in a very positive way. Here's to 4 years of wonderful change and here's to many more! :)

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #299: Pendulum play

These are just a few fun pendulum-based moves I was working with over the weekend, including two based on patterns learned from Ronan at the Tahoe Flow Festival in September.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #298: Inverted toroid Zan's diamond weave

Following up on last week's video of the pentagram inversion, here's a similar move that's Zan's Diamond as a toroid and a couple fun combos that can be used with it. Plus which I'm playing around a bit with my format--tell me what you think!

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #297: Airwraps in atomics

It took me a very long time to learn airwraps--the usual wisdom, that when you wrap up a pair poi and they automatically unwrap never really worked for me. Even more confusing to me was how some folks could wrap their poi both ways. I'd tried doing it in an introverted kind of place and had an epically hard time of it.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #296: Inverted toroid pentagram

This was a nifty idea hatched over the weekend: toroid pentagrams and inversions tend to be moves with the same number of beats, so can they be mashed up together? The answer apparently is yes! This took a whole lot of practice and doing to make a reality, but the result is a pentagram being used as one side of a series of inversions--a great mashup of at least three different techniques I've played with on my tech blog in the past few months.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #295: Quarks in weaves

Following up on some of the threads from #293, here's a few weave-based moves switched into an atomic context with vertical vs horizontal planes. Funny thing: the inversion in atomics utilizes a tangle arrangement whereas these weaves utilize an atom arrangement--in other words, they possess opposite polarities, to borrow a term from Tracy Wilhelm.

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