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Updated Videos, New Trebuchet

Lots of video-related news. First of all, Google has "encouraged" everyone with videos on the old Google Video service to transition to YouTube. This was something that we saw coming a couple years ago when Google bought YouTube, which is why our last several years' worth of videos have been uploaded onto YouTube. Now Google is looking to close down the old service, and we had a dozen or so of our old videos on there. Luckily, Google made an easy way to switch the videos over, which we did a month ago. All embed code on the Team Urban Siege website is now running YouTube code.

We have also finally linked the video of Medieval Postal Service at the 2010 World Championships of Punkin' Chunkin'. It was uploaded all the way back in December, sorry about that.

In other news, we are preparing to build the new trebuchet for this year's World Championships. We have a trailer frame to build on and we are ordering materials shortly. The new machine should be far easier to setup (unlike Medieval Postal Service's 8+ hours) and a fair bit more durable. The wood frame to MPS is getting a bit banged up after 3 years of bumps and bruises. Part of the design of the new machine also helps with this issue. If we can get it built, it should be awesome!

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Use "common sense" when operating trebuchets and catapults. Even little ones can be dangerous. Do not place anything you are not willing to lose in the plane of the arm rotation (this includes yourself, body parts, car windshields, cameras, etc). These catapults and trebuchets are capable of throwing just as far backwards as forwards, and the use of a backstop of some sort is recommended, though the use of one does not make the region behind it safe.

Also, just because the throw got away safely downrange does not mean the end of the danger. The arm is likely still swinging wildly along with the counterweight, and there is a sling whipping around. One thing many people fail to take into account is this sling; some people put a metal ring on the slip end of the sling and this ring can HURT when whipping around!

Have fun hurling, but please KEEP IT SAFE!!!