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Labor Day WeekendGood news everyone, I'm flying to Seattle this weekend, which means I'll be in the area for PAX. Bad news everyone, I'm flying to Seattle for an Ultimate tournament so I won't be at PAX. There is a good chance I'll be around the convention center Sunday night though, so maybe we can hang out! Or if you happen to have the time, come watch me play in Burlington, WA.

Saturday:
9:00am vs Denver Johnny Bravo
1:00pm vs Seattle Sockeye
3:00pm vs Atlanta Chain Lightning

Sunday:
TBD

If you're interested in following the action or coming to watch, check out the tournament page. I play in the men's division for Austin Doublewide. You can also check for updates via Twitter.

My twitter
Doublewide Twitter

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3 months ago  |  Comments (5)
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Fails of the Weak - The RebootAfter 199 episodes of Fails of the Weak, we decided it was time for a change. While we loved using strictly Halo clips for the show, those fails had become repetitive to both us and the audience. Sure, there were some original clips still to be found, but in order to find them and make an episode we were happy with we'd have to spend 6 hours searching. This meant that between searching, recording, editing, and recording audio, an episode of Fails of the Weak would take 8 hours, or a full work day. This is more time into one video than anything else we make, which is insane for a 3 minute video.

After weeks of planning and discussion, we decided the best course of action was to begin using clips from our GameFails channel for Fails of the Weak. This would open up the show to fails and glitches from every game (THIS INCLUDES HALO IF PEOPLE WOULD SUBMIT THEM), adding a fresh feel to the show. We believe that this course of action is best for everyone and stand by our decision.

The one downside to this change was that the GameFails channel would now lose it's weekly recap show, one of the few shows on the channel that featured commentary. This left the channel with 3 random fail clips a day (Monday-Friday) without commentary and the occasional Best of/Compilation video with commentary. In order to spruce up the GameFails channel, we decided to merge the 3 random fails each day into one video with commentary from a rotating cast.

Let's review:

Episode 1-199 of Fails of the Weak:
10 Clips exclusively Halo with Jack and Geoff Commentating
GameFails has 3 clips per day without commentary
GameFails has weekly recap video featuring 5 clips from the week with commentary
Took roughly 8-10 hours to produce all this content

Episode 200-the foreseeable future of Fails of the Weak:
5 clips highlighting the best of the week from the GameFails channel featuring Geoff and Jack
GameFails now has "Daily Fail" with 3 clips and rotating cast for commentary
Takes roughly 3-5 hours to produce all this content

Not only does the change breathe new life into a show that we love, it also decreases the workload and allows us to put more attention in places that need it. This is a win/win for everyone in our minds.

The largest complaint we've received about the switch is that we are simply regurgitating the fails, and that we do this because we are lazy. We're sorry you feel this way, but that's not the reason. We use clips from the Daily Fail for Fails of the Weak because it's a good chance to cross promote. We love our GameFails channel and want to share it with all of you. Sadly we didn't have a place to remind you all about it regularly. With this new format, you get a weekly reminder to go check out the GameFails channel and listen to what some of the other Achievement Hunters said about the clips!

In case you don't get what we mean, the people commentating on Fails of the Weak will never be the same people commentating on that batch of Daily Fails (as long as travel plans don't make it impossible). So while you will be seeing 5 of the 15 clips from the week twice (3 clips per day, 5 days per week, 5 of those appear in FotW), you won't have to listen to people talk about it twice. Commentary and reactions will always be fresh!

We've put a ton of thought into this reboot (one that many had been calling for), it's not just something we did for the sake of change. We have a lot of love for this show and only want to see it improve and continue strong. In order for that to happen, don't just tell us what you want, SHOW US! The beauty of Fails of the Weak and GameFails is that the content comes from you, the community! If you want to see different games, better clips, etc, you have the power to make it happen. All you have to do is submit your own clips (please read the FAQ before submitting).

GameFails Channel
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3 months ago  |  Comments (14)
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World Ultimate Club Championships 2014It'd been raining for weeks in Lecco, Italy, the site of the World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC). The city had seen record rain fall and with the first day of the tournament fast approaching, it'd seemed as though the storms would hold. While many Ultimate (Frisbee) players held onto optimism, rumors of tournament cancellation spread fast.

The World Ultimate Club Championships is a week long tournament held every 4 years that features the top teams from countries around the world. For 2014, the tournament hosted 160 teams from 40 different countries across 5 divisions. In order to qualify, a team must either win (or in some countries, place top 3) their respective National championships the year prior. Sadly, my local US team, Austin Doublewide, finished 5th in 2013 and missed a trip to Italy by one spot. Thankfully, a coed team from Mexico called Slash was looking for a couple players. They were nice enough to add myself, my brother Jordan (@koogashark), and my girlfriend Holly to their roster.

Holly, Jordan, and I would like to thank Slash for inviting us to compete with them and represent their home country of Mexico. Playing with you was an honor and unbelievably fun. Staying in the dorms with you, staying up late sharing drinks while talking Ultimate is an experience I will never forget!



During the tournament, teams would stay at either a hotel or at the Athlete's Village. Slash chose to stay in the dormitories at the Athlete's Village, the lowest level of accommodations. These "dorms" were not like college dorms you'd imagine with the name. These were more like giant tents in a field with make shift walls and 4-6 cots per room. Not a great place to stay in terms of sleeping, but a wonderful experience since you share a tent with two or three other teams. Unfortunately, due to the record rainfall prior to the tournament, much of the area around the tents had flooded which meant that to get to the bathroom, or anywhere, players had to track through 4 inches of water. Luckily, Jordan had the brilliant idea to create a path to keep us above the water level!



Now settled into the our accommodations, Slash ventured to the stadium for the Opening Ceremonies. In some sort of miracle, the rain had stopped and many players enjoyed an exciting showcase game together. As the ceremonies and game came to a close, and everyone rode their high spirits from a dry game, dark clouds began to grow. By the time everyone returned to the Athlete's Village, the torrential downpour began. It stormed all night, cause the tent to shake and rattle, keeping many players awake through the night. To make matters worse, news soon spread that Sunday games were canceled.

Morning came with many upset players, sad because they'd spent so much time and money to come to a tournament that looks on the path of complete cancellation. After a morning full of rain, the clouds retreated and players emerged from the dryness of their tents. Upon making their way to the core of the Athlete's Village (home of the Wifi), people learned that the fields were so bad, that the tournament had a helicopter flown to the field site to blow water off the fields and had set up a tractor/steam roller to flatten the fields each day after they were torn up by gameplay. All this meant one glorious thing, rain or shine, the rest of the tournament was on!

Turns out, the weather forecast of week long rain was completely wrong and after the Sunday morning storm, 6 days of beautiful sunshine endured! The tractor/steam roller was still needed each day to flatten fields, some people still got stuck in the mud, and many people spent the week layered in mud, but the sunny skies and mountains surrounding the fields made for an incredibly beautiful tournament venue!



In the end, Slash managed to play 8 games over 5 days (first day cancelled, last day reserved for finals). We finished a glorious 40th out of 48 in the coed division (1 win and 7 losses) and loved every game we played! Click here if you want details (aside from the scores shared below) of how all our games went.

UFO (Netherlands) Loss 7-15
Sexy Legs (Estonia) Loss 11-15
Bear Calvary (UK) Loss 9-15
BDM (France) Loss 8-15
Bivini (Russia) Win 15-9
FUJ (Czech Republic) Loss 12-17
Outsiterz (Slovakia) Loss 11-17
China United Ultimate Party (China) Loss 14-17

Playing 8 different countries in our 8 games was quite the reward. Learning all the different play styles and cultures is really inspiring. As for me, I finished 11th overall (out of roughly 1000 players) in points scored in the coed division. More importantly, Slash won one of the most prestigious awards in Ultimate, the Spirit of the Game Award. Not only did we take 1st of 48 in the coed division, we also placed 1st across all divisions (160 teams). This award is so special because our sport does not have officials so all teams must play with sportsmanship jun order for games to happen. At the end of each game, your team ranks your opponent on 5 categories (Rules Knowledge and Use, Fouls and Body Contact, Fair-Mindedness, Positive Attitude and Self-Control, Communication) and at the end of the tournament it's averaged out. Due to finishing 1st we were able to participate in the Closing Ceremonies to collect our medals.



tl;dr Worlds was awesome, I'm a World
3 months ago  |  Comments (10)
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WUCC 2014 Update v2Days 1-4 of the World Ultimate (Frisbee) Club Championships has come to an end. Slash still may not have won a game, but it's been incredible to play with this team from Mexico. Watching this team grow each game is inspiring and I can't wait to see what we can do tomorrow! If you happen to live in Northern Italy, please feel free to come watch!

Sunday, August 3rd:
11:00am on Field 17 vs Bear Calvary (UK)

Sunday games moved due to rain.

Monday, August 4th:
1:00pm on Field 11 vs UFO (Netherlands) Loss 8-15
5:00pm on Field 28 vs Sexy Legs (Estonia) Loss 11-15

Tuesday, August 5th:
11:00am on Field 17 vs Bear Calvary (UK) Loss 9-15

Wednesday, August 6th:
11:00am on Field 17 vs BDM (France) Loss 8-15

Thursday, August 7th:
9:00am on Field 25 vs Bivini (Russia)
1:00pm or 3:00pm vs TBD (this game will be based on results from 9:00am game)

Friday, August 8th:
TBD (Schedule will be based on previous results, follow on twitter for updates during the tournament.)

Here is the tournament address:
Via Aldo Moro, 92
23847 Coroldo LC
Italy

If you feel so bold, you can also try and follow my schedule by reading this or here in Mixed Pool H and Mixed Pool DD.

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3 months ago  |  Comments (2)
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WUCC 2014 UpdateDay 1 and 2 of the World Ultimate (Frisbee) Club Championships has come to an end. While Slash has yet to win a game, we at least are the prettiest team out there. It's been strange not having internet all the time.

Sunday, August 3rd:
11:00am on Field 17 vs Bear Calvary (UK)

Sunday games moved due to rain.

Monday, August 4th:
1:00pm on Field 11 vs UFO (Netherlands) Loss 8-15
5:00pm on Field 28 vs Sexy Legs (Estonia) Loss 11-15

Tuesday, August 5th:
11:00am on Field 17 vs Bear Calvary (UK)

Wednesday, August 5th through Friday, August 8th:
TBD (Schedule will be based on previous results, follow on twitter for updates during the tournament.)

Here is the tournament address:
Via Aldo Moro, 92
23847 Coroldo LC
Italy

If you feel so bold, you can also try and follow my schedule by reading this and following my score updates on Twitter or here in Mixed Pool H.

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P.S. The Netherlands was incredible!
3 months ago  |  Comments (4)
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Trip to Lecco, ItalyTomorrow I leave the beautiful Netherlands behind and continue my Europe trip to Lecco, Italy (somewhat close to Milan, akak Northern Italy). While the Netherlands was a wonderful time, especially our little RT Meet-Up, the trip to Italy is all about Ultimate Frisbee.

@koogashark, Holly (my girlfriend), and I are competing next week in the World Ultimate (Frisbee) Club Championships. We are going with a coed team from Mexico called Slash. If you happen to be in the area, please come by and watch a game! Here is my schedule:

Sunday, August 3rd:
11:00am on Field 17 vs Bear Calvary (UK)

Sunday games cancelled due to rain.

Monday, August 4th:
1:00pm on Field 11 vs UFO (Netherlands)
5:00pm on Field 28 vs Sexy Legs (Estonia)

Tuesday, August 5th through Friday, August 8th:
TBD (Schedule will be based on previous results, follow on twitter for updates during the tournament.)

Here is the tournament address:
Via Aldo Moro, 92
23847 Coroldo LC
Italy

If you feel so bold, you can also try and follow my schedule by reading this and following my score updates on Twitter.

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3 months ago  |  Comments (12)
caleb Cast & Crew
RTX 2014 RecapRTX was an incredible weekend yet again. It's crazy to think that every year I seem to have even more fun than the last, something I didn't think possible! Hopefully I can prepare my body for the level of awesome for next year!

Before I give my recap, I'd like to give a big thanks to my PA for the weekend, @starkidjones who made everything so much better for me during RTX. Without her I'd probably died from dehydration or starvation so thanks for keeping me alive. Also, thanks for putting up with me and my shenanigans, especially my selfie requirement (she had to take a selfie every time she took a picture of me and someone from the community).

This recap will be brought to you in bullet form!

Thursday, July 3rd
-Hosted Ultimate Frisbee at Zilker Park from 5-7. Over 80 people showed up and it was awesome. Shoutout to the storm!
-Sidequest Silent Auction from 8-Midnight. Everyone looked great! The community submitted awesome things! EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO TO SIDEQUEST NEXT YEAR!

Friday, July 4th
-Arrived at convention center around 9am and said hi to people
-Got to participate in a Community Short at 10, really looking forward to seeing my bad acting!
-Watched RWBY panel and was impressed from 1-2.
-GTA V Heist Live on Center stage from 3-4. People seemed to like the jumpsuits.
-Signed in the both with Jack from 4-5. We are both left handed.
-Red vs Blue Panel from 5-6 blew me away.
-Spent 4th of July at home streaming with Tyco, Jordan, Garrett, and 3 other friends from Canada. They sang Oh Canada on the stream. I don't think they quite understand the 4th of July.

Saturday, July 5th
-Arrived at convention at 7:45am to say hi to people in line for AH panel. Some people had been there since 5. Spent a good hour hanging out and signing.
-AH panel from 10-11, people loved the intro.
-From 12-1 hung out for Prop Hunt. Kerry threw me off stage and took my place in the Let's Play.
-Spent some time in the Mega64 booth pretending to be Rocco.
-3:30-4:30 watched the Mega64 panel. They have some of the best panels ever, you should go to one.
-4:30-5:30 was going to watch the Immersion panel but ended up having to meet with Geoff and plan for Sunday's AH panel.
-Snuck over to @_liana_'s with Jordan, Tyco and Garret for some snicker doodles. 3rd year in a row. BEST TRADITION EVER!
-Grabbed a quick dinner with @koogashark (brother), Tyco (kinda a brother), Garret (Tyco's BFF), Geoff, Griffon, and Luke.
-Halo Party from 8-11 where I captained a team in Halo 2. My team was Ghandi, Maven, and Formal and we lost. Oh well. Great experience, a ton of fun!
-SideQuest Barlympics from 11am-2am. People kept buying me drinks to the point I had to double fist (people earn points for buying staff drinks). Again, EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO TO SIDEQUEST NEXT YEAR!

Sunday, July 6th
-Back at the convention at 7:45 in order to prepare for secret number 2 and to say hi to people. Stayed around until 8:45 signing.
-Went to the guardian room at 9 to meet up with all the AH Pas to prepare for secret number 1. Thanks to them for all their help.
-AH Panel #2 from 10-11. Secret number 1 was we all had "Ryan the _____ Guy" shirts. Secret number 2 we hired @jerem6401 and @axialmatt (they didn't know that was the plan).
-Grabbed food quick since it was the only chance I had.
-Community Hunter Panel from 12:30-1:30. People had some good questions, some didn't. Went well though.
-Signing with Ryan from 2-3. Turns out he's a pretty sweet guy.
-Watched the Minecraft Let's Play from 4-5.
-Enjoyed a wonderful Slo Mo Guys Panel from 5-6. Got to tape a soccer ball to Dan's face.
-Stuck around after for the guardian signing until 8
-Dinner with Tyco, Garret, Jordan, and Holly.
-Party at the FORT with some nice people from 8:30-10:30
-Finished off the weekend at the Sidequest Lounge. For real, EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO TO SIDEQUEST NEXT YEAR!

So that's my weekend. It was a ton of fun and I wish I had the energy to do it every weekend! Thank you so much to my rockstar PA, Emily! Thanks to all the AH PA's who helped me get shirts to the right people. Thank you to all the guardians who spent their weekend making RTX happen! We honestly couldn't have done it without you!

Lastly, and for sure not leastly! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO RTX!!! This community is seriously the best around and getting to spend time with all of you is incredible. I really hope next year I get the opportunity to meet even more of you!!!

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4 months ago  |  Comments (18)
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Chesapeake Invite 2014If you happen to live anywhere near Leesburg, Virginia, feel free to come watch a game of Ultimate (Frisbee). I'll be out there playing a tournament this Saturday and Sunday with my team, Austin Doublewide. Here is my schedule (all times in Eastern time):

Saturday July 12th:
9:00am vs New York PoNY
10:45am vs Toronto GOAT (streamed)
2:15pm vs Raleigh Ring of Fire
4:00pm vs San Francisco Boost FC

Sunday July 13th:
9:00am vs Columbus Madcow
10:45am vs TBD
12:30pm vs TBD

Not in Virginia? For $5 you can watch a game online! They will be streaming our game vs Toronto GOAT Saturday morning at 10:45am Easternl Time. Click here if you want info on how to watch it.

The field address is:
41793 Tutt Lane
Leesburg, VA 20176

Follow these accounts for updates:
@doublewidetx
@calebdenecour
4 months ago  |  Comments (3)
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