Below is a portion of my syllabus for A490. Let me just say, I didn’t have an iota of a clue that there would be any physical demands placed on me when signing up for this course, nor do I have any skills whatsoever in yo-yoing.
One (1) yoyo of the Butterfly type.
One (1) set of Livecube puzzle cubes.
Aims and Means
…There may well be an evolutionary purpose to the lathe-turned, brushed 70g anodized aluminum yoyo with deep outer lip, removable rim weights, concave bearings, oversized axle, 4mm gap, and low-rise friction pads spinning at the end of a loosely-wound neon yellow hand-made Brazilian 100% polyester (or, better still, fully broken-in Angel Hair) string. Should you choose to master this formidable object, no doubt that Certain Someone will consider your proficiency evidence of superb reproductive potential.
Play well, but also play intelligently. Try to balance ambition with patience. Society may well judge your reproductive potential by means of how you perform in this class. But an unfavorable judgment will come at least as readily from failing at a flamboyant task that’s clearly beyond you as it will from flubbing something interesting that’s just out of reach. Don’t loaf, either, of course. Few things are more distasteful than the boring or lazy player.
You should arrive with the following skills (all on-string) under your belt:
Rock the Cradle
Around the World
Brekaway or lateral Throw Down
Man on the Flying Trapeze
Controlled & reliable binding, as opposed to a simple friction return
Feel free to bring in a little something extra to impress us.
We need, as a less melancholy Dane might say, to leg godt – to play well on all fronts. If that happens, this course will have been a success.