Thursday, December 1, 2016

Commentary

Comments by Georgina Lancaster, Lahaina, Maui

A few days ago, one of our best blogs turned off comments on its posts — a move which, ironically, reignited discussion about the value of blog comments in a world pulsing with social media. Specially in the Hawaiian Islands. Some sites have inspired commenting that could only be described as pitiable drivel; others, the good ones, seem to inspire respectful, well-thought out opinions from informed readers.

"Yes, in our dancing world, many dancers are quick to believe
the bad things they hear about good people."


I used to think this was a matter of where the site pitched within the market, and who used it. The story convinces me that content topic also influences the tone, quality, and usefulness of comment contributions. But I’m sure there are other factors as well: the kinds of content you’re presenting, the degree of opinion included in that content, and so on.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Of course, dancers have always been reluctant to express their opinions, publicly. And many blogs have bigger plans. Get more comments that may lead to steady information contributions for the benefit of the reader/dancers of the blog. And even more than that, some may eventually feel ready to become a Guest Author. How about that? Your own blog within a blog.

"I'll Remember You" by Jimmy Borges


For all those people working online, with a plethora of social media to manage, countless personal and direct messages to respond to, and, hey, a bit of work to do as well, the question arises: are blog comments worth it?

And Trump is not in, yet screwing up already. He does not
have the faintest idea that history repeats itself.

"Those that make peaceful reform impossible
will make violent revolution inevitable."

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Anti-Virus

In spite of the Trump backers there will be new legislation against hackers and malware. Trump thinks that crooks have got rights too. And Trump now says there are too many orientals in his US. My computer with Windows 7 is slowing down considerably. Although many have told me that Trump and Microsoft are doing it to force everyone into Windows 10. No selling needed anymore, - Force Them!

"We can choose to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion.
Or perhaps better to approach them with an open mind, a dash
of optimism and a great deal of candor."


The Antivirus industry has a dirty little secret that they really don’t want anyone to know. Despite the claims of their marketing departments, their products are not all that effective in the real world. Many of them only protecting (at best) 80% or 90% against threats out there in the wild at any time, and their protection against ransomware is very bad.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page


Antivirus products should protect against two general types of threats to be effective: known threats and unknown threats. Known threats have a signature so good, that AV products should be able to detect the threat and get rid of it. That is what's known as reactive detection. There will always be other unknown threats no matter how much protection there may be against known threats. As quickly as fixes are made, the bad guys are creating fresh new malware. AV products need to protect against new threats in a proactive way, therefore antivirus software can be scored by looking at how many new threats they are able to prevent.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

In Windows, System Restore is somewhat effective if you recognize the threat of today. But after a few months depending on your use, there may be too much crap in your registry and it may be better to completely restore the entire Operating System to the original. Making sure you have backed up all your data. It does not help that in this modern age, programmers are complicators. In our day, they use to be called simplifiers. Tough.

"Life is short, so do what makes you happy. Try to be
with those who make you smile. Laugh as much
as you breathe,  and love as long as you live."

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Advertising?

No, in our blogs we don't sell or have advertising.

Advertising techniques are tools that are used to attract the attention of the reader/dancers, engage minds, trigger emotions, and change what the dancers think. Some methods are clean, some are sneaky and some are downright dirty. In our blogs we try using only the clean ones and we do not really think in terms of advertising. We only think in terms of communicating dance information that might be of interest to our reader/dancers and we do it for free.

"Blogging can become an art, same as any other method of
self-expression. Some are better at it than others.
We are slowly getting better."



Advertising techniques can influence behavior across the spectrum of persuasive communications: direct mail, newspaper and magazine ads, commercial dance websites, radio and TV, even social media pages. So we must make ours into more effective communication and we need to know which of our techniques work, and which work best. We are still in the process of building up our readership. Any experts on Blogging out there?

"Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins



This two way street that we have been talking about for a couple years now is still in limbo. We must be patient and wait until our thing on Oahu evolves into Social Media. When everyone will be ready to contribute information to share with our fellow readers. And every blog will be different so that each reader/dancer can have choice of where he wishes to post his opinion. Do I know what I am doing? No, not really because it has never been done before.

"When we feel sad we can dance, and when we feel happy,
we have to dance."

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Competiton Dancing?

By Albert Klein, Los Angeles

While many suggestions for competition couples have merit, they are not so easily accomplished. In fact, not being able to implement them often leads to further feelings of inadequacy and self-criticism. It is my opinion that these suggestions fail to help the dancers and relationship issues, in general because they ignore what competitors are actually experiencing and encourage them to feel another way. Most couples who compete want to win or at least be acknowledged for their efforts and are disappointed, angry or hurt when they are not recognized. Most people are anxious about being judged and fear making mistakes and feeling humiliated in front of an audience who are in fact judging their competence and physical appearance. I believe in an approach that includes the following would be more helpful than self-talk alone or just sucking it up.

"We all have big changes in our lives that are more
or less a second chance."


1. Begin, by discussing, with your partner, your reasons for competing with each other. Are there differences? Can both of your needs be accomplished?

2. Share your feelings about being judged and making mistakes. Try not to ridicule or minimize  your partner's fears or anxieties, though they may not make sense or seem trivial to you.

3. Encourage each other to be honest about any disappointment or hurt experienced when you do not dance well; and really celebrate together when you reach your goal and feel successful. 

"The Song Is You" by Frank Sinatra

4. Agree in advance to an ongoing evaluation of your individual and joint experience in dance competitions. Are we in sync? Have our goals changed? Most importantly, is competing contributing to our positive regard for each other?

5. If arguments occur frequently, take time out. Spend time alone so each of you can clarify your concerns about your dance partnership. Talk it over with your teacher or coach.

Paying attention to the emotional flow or lack of it will help you avoid emotional collisions between the two of you. Dancing competitions can be exciting, stimulating and growth enhancing, but only if your relationship takes first place.

Albert

"Wish it, dream it, live it, do it."

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Not That Bad

The blogs on Oahu have made the power of word-of-mouth advertising faster than ever. Witness what we are seeing in Platinum Horseshoe with the inclusion of two sister dance clubs - Wahiawa and Aeia Ballroom Dance Clubs. In years past, studio owners would ask for a testimonial for a printed brochure. Now, more effective is for everyone in the dance scene to ask all those raving fans to take their positive comments to a review online in a dance blog.

"Ain't it cool when the days that are supposed to feel good, actually do?"



Testimonials have always been helpful in the past. Inserting the words “registering at our dance studio” or “our dance studio” to see how they may generate some helpful reviews and comments from happy students. But what we have done in our blogging is to use the results of a social function and that made it interesting to our fellow dancers. That is the new Social Media for dancing and it is just plain communication.

"Wahikuli" by Amy Hanaialii



So we have two very interesting parts of each social function. The announcement (advertising?) of the coming attraction and the results of the function with all the photos of the happy dancers. If we missed anyone that wanted in, it was not intentional, please let us know. Suggestions are still welcomed and we will get better as we go along. We know only what our counters tell us and they are not perfect but "Blogger" provides the service to us for free and we appreciate it.

Blogger's Law #35b: "Whatever hits the fan will not
be evenly distributed."

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veteran's Day

The Battle of the Bulge: Hopefully the world will never see such a crime against humanity again, with so many killed and wounded on both sides. Some sources report that up to 19,000 Americans were killed, It was the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought by the United States. Some people called them heroes but most were not, they were just doing the call of duty.

Beautiful Song at the time: "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Bing Crosby

The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region in Belgium, The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard. American forces bore the brunt of the attack and incurred their highest casualties for any operation. The phrase "Battle of the Bulge" was coined by contemporary press to describe the way the Allied front line bulged inward on wartime news maps and became the most widely used name for the battle.


Kau Kau Time

The Germans achieved total surprise on the morning of 16 December 1944 due to a combination of Allied overconfidence, preoccupation with Allied offensive plans, and poor aerial reconnaissance. The Germans attacked a weakly defended section of the Allied line, taking advantage of heavily overcast weather conditions, which grounded the Allies' overwhelmingly superior air forces.

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Jimmy Durante

The 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team had helped push the Germans out of southern Europe, one fierce, close-quarter battle at a time, from its campaign in Italy to its assault in the French Alps. Then, after six months of almost nonstop action, the exhausted, battle-hardened 517th was called into the ultimate battle — at a place called The Bulge. I salute them all.

"Dancers really know that some will dance to remember
and some will dance to forget." 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Platinum Horseshoe

It is now apparent that Platinum Horseshoe is taking over first place in our blogosphere which is gradually shaping up according to the way the entire dance scene is shaping up. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Club are the key factors in the rise of Platinum Horseshoe. The kokua to take photos for us has been awesome. And the clubs are getting to be better known on this island of Oahu. The hits for their socials have gone through the roof. The blogs will continue to influence one another and each blog will develop its own agenda, specially when they go independent.

"Most of us simply don't care how much you gossip about us.
Your fabricated stories can never dampen our self
respect or make us feel inferior."


Dancing in the Dark, my personal blog will attempt to present the new changes and the results as we go along. I will continue to polish and make whatever I think are the necessary adjustments. But the Two Centers and the Guest Authors will actually be the ones who will make those decisions. What do I know? The main thing is that we are getting closer to Social Media. And many of the our reader/dancers still do not know what that is.

"Waimanalo Blues" by Willie K.

One very obvious factor in West Oahu is that there are so many good dancers of the Latin - Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Tango. Of course the real secret is the other "Waltz." I don't know what they are doing but I am going to study it. And of course, Bachata or Salsa is going to come in. If a Latin Dance Night Club ever appears on Oahu, it will be in the West.

"Malama Mau Hawaii" by Amy Hanaiali'i

Most people cringe at the thought of an angry parent or former student going online and writing a negative review of their experience at your club or dance studio. No one can make everyone happy, nor will you, but in today’s age of consumer-driven reviews on sites such as Yelp, Google Places, Yahoo and our blogs, you have to take a more commanding mode and get involved in managing your internet reputation. Know what’s being said about you and be able to respond. This is gonna be Social Media.

"We dance because there is no greater feeling in the world than moving to our favorite piece of music and letting the rest of the world go by."