Monday, October 5, 2015

What Snew?

Now I have received the really bad news in the latest Consumer Reports. More than 5 million households experienced some type of abuse on Facebook in the past year, including virus infections, identity theft, and for a million children - bullying.

"Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness,
to pull another hand into the light."

And consumers are at risk in myriad other ways, according to our national State of the Net Survey of 2000 online households conducted earlier this year by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. It will be worse later, they gotcha on their terms and they are not about to let you go. They are beginning to interfere with your computer like Adobe and Microsoft with annoying spam.

"Living on earth may be tough, but it includes a free ride around the sun every year."

I am awfully glad I got out of Facebook. I have been reading too many things bad about them. They have that, "I gotcha sucka." Even if you notify them that you want out, you are still in according to their records. Even if they disable you, you are still in according to their records. Seem a little nasty to me.

Dancers are in unanimous agreement that the Ala Wai Multi-Purpose Recreational Facility has been a huge success for all the users. With the best dance floor ever seen in the Pacific it has been especially appreciated by the International dancers. However it was planned as a Multi Purpose Center and they are stuck with it.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

However there are social dancers in other parts of the island and also in the neighbor islands that need a place to dance. The one most needed is the one that was originally planned in Waipio. But of course it was designed too big and the Present Rail Party has appropriated the money and it will never get built. But a good Community Center with a floor 50 by 50 (about 2500 square feet) one fifth of the Palladium, would be perfect any place in the West for Social Dancers which are the bulk of the dancers on this Island.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Competition Dancing

By Ralph Matsushima, Punaluu:

Going back far enough, "winning" might simply mean the result of running faster or quicker if being pursued by some hungry carnivore. As time went on, from the Olympics in Greece to the weekly plethora of sports, thanks to television, millions can feed their craving, albeit vicariously, for this primeval need within our soul, the elation of winning.

"It is hard to believe that people are telling the truth when you know
that you would lie if you were in their place."

As was said all those years during the introduction of the World Wide World of Sports - "The human drama of competition, bringing you the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat." In our modern and complex society, technology has opened vast new areas of further human competitions. Contests of uniquely human skills involving instruments and materials are being constantly being refined and developed.

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

"Because Of You" by Tony Bennett

As of this wasn't complicated enough, we even devised a way of having other humans "decide" who was the winner based on their evaluation of a performance or demonstration of skill. Unfortunately it can be tainted. It was really the only way to produce a winner, at least in the minds of the participants and aficionados of such endeavors as diving, ice skating and ... competition dancing.

At one time we had ballroom dancing in the Aloha Games and no one has come up with a good excuse of cancelling the event. It was a good idea to develop the competition spirit among our good amateur ballroom dancers. International events are just fine of course, but we need a local deal somewhere.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Back On Top

Just checked the Stats and there had been quite a few scam spam robot hits in Latin Rhythms and well hidden. It has come down to well below Town Dancer which should have been expected. I hope it stays in the 30s.

"Sometimes when we innovate, we make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly,
and get on with improving our other innovations."

Meanwhile I have received good news from Pearl City and I will have an interview on Wednesday. Moving to Senior Housing there will be a big help. I live in Nanakuli and it is an all day affair to go to the VA. Not bad when it was only once per month, but my health has been getting worse and I have to go more often. From Pearl City it would be only a half day. Nice.

"Nothing that is, can pause or stay. - The moon will wax, the moon will wane, -
The mist and cloud will turn to rain, - The rain to mist and cloud again, -
And Tomorrow will be today." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Got up feeling better and had a nice breakfast in my living room as per usual. I don't have a dining area and I would rather look out at the "calendar" picture of my back yard and "my mountain."

This has been "my mountain" since I moved here and I know they have names, but it took me some time. The name of it is Puu Haleakala. Behind it is the Lanakila Ridge going all the way to the Waianae Mountain range. So how lucky can a guy get? And when I could get around I was living in Paradise, the people are the greatest, none of this chintzy back biting crap. You all know da kine.

The people in town should know that the West Coast does not have many
with computers or access to the Internet.

Technology for West Coast Folks
Chip: Munchies for the TV
Micro Chip: What's at the bottom of the munchie bag.
Modem: What people that got Lawns do to them.
Hard Drive: The drive to town every day and back.
Dot Matrix: Ole Dan Matrix's wife.
Laptop: Whar da kitty sleeps.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dance Opinions

In general, a dance opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement about dancing that is commonly considered to be subjective. What distinguishes fact from opinion is that facts are verifiable and our dancing gossip groups have never verified anything. In  our case, the opinions of the dancers are valuable, true or not, simply because they represent their particular viewpoint and they are printed for all to see.

"The truth may not lead you to where you thought you were going,
but it will always lead you somewhere better"

A dance opinion may be supported by facts, in which case it becomes an argument, although people may draw opposing opinions from the same set of facts. In our social media, we are trying to establish some better understanding of our dance scene. Opinions rarely change without new arguments being presented. So in our blogs we need more honest dance opinions from different viewpoints. It can be reasoned that one opinion is better supported by the facts than another by analyzing the supporting arguments.

In casual use, the term dance opinion may be the result of a dancer's perspective, understanding, particular feelings, beliefs, and desires. It may refer to unsubstantiated information, in contrast to knowledge and fact. Nevertheless, it is their  own opinion and valuable on its own viewpoint.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

We will see some value by the end of the month. Town Dancer and Latin Rhythms are neck and neck for first place. One good contributing editor with their own private, personal and honest opinion will determine the outcome. I calls'em as I sees'em.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Around The Island

As far as dancing is concerned there appears to be no dancing in Waianae anymore. I don't know why but they "coulda been a contendah." So a couple of line dance groups could start off the dancing on a regular weekly basis. This for fun moving to music and for exercise too. Of course, there should be more promotion on Line Dancing. It is a great beginner course for wannabee Ballroom Dancers.

"If you have no will to change it, you may have no right to criticize it."

Maili and Lua Lua Lei are just asking for a Community Center or District Park. But as per usual, not enough funds at the moment. You know, the Present Rail Party. Maili Beach Park is probably the best on the Waianae Coast. They call it Sea Country which is an apt description.

From there it should be relatively easy to get some men to kokua and have Ballroom Dance classes and then a monthly dance at the Waianae District Park, probably the best dance floor in the West. But then Kapolei is gearing up to be Second City in spite of the Present Rail Party. And the people in town can look forward to dancing in the West.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Meanwhile Live Music in town does not have as many fans as I thought. I have all my blogs safely out of single digit average per day hits and most are verging into the 20s. But Live Music is staying at the bottom of the totem pole. A couple Two Centers would do nicely and I have to find a good place where I can go personally and able to blog'em. The trips into town about once per week are doing me much good, both mentally and physically.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Oahu Dancers

Apparently Town Dancer has been too lucky and some of our best bloggers have been perhaps too good. But that has been Honolulu. Others do not wish to get in and "compete" with these good bloggers. And we cannot blame them. However I must stress that we are not all alike and in social blogging we are all an "addition to" not an "instead of." SOS is our prime fault throughout Oahu.

"How High The Moon" By Les Paul and Mary Ford

For us, all peoples opinions are valuable, simply because they are unique. And opinions are like noses, every one has one. And the easiest way to get in would be just by emailing the information in to any one of our Guest Authors and they probably would publish it. If you don't want to use your name, use a pen name, but skip the "anonymous." We have too many of those and most are spam and are deleted.

From there, any time you feel ready, you can go the next step and become a Guest Author yourself. This is guaranteed to increase the hits in all the blogs, simply because we are getting different viewpoints. SOS can only go so far with ordinary dancers doing it. But a fresh, new, honest opinion is worth diamonds because everyone is interested in other opinions. Simple.

"The history of our dance scene and each individual's experience, is sown thick with evidence
 that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told often is immortal."

Monday, September 14, 2015


From Consumer Reports: On Facebook

Its position as the king of social networks has made Facebook the custodian  of arguably the nation's largest collection of details about consumers' personal lives. "Any time you have a party with a large amount of data, there's reason for concern." says Justin Brockman, director of consumer policy for the nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology.

Already use of that data by outsiders is widespread, it might not be news that people have been fired because they posted ill considered status updates or photos. And job recruiters check Facebook to find out who people are connected to. You must be very careful.

One recruiter told us that headhunters have used social network data to make sure job candidates are a fit with their clients. So if you lost out on a job because of Facebook, it might not have been because of just one indiscretion. You might have been rejected because an employer or recruiter found telling details in your postings, even though such a rejection might constitute discrimination.

"The trouble with people is twofold. They cannot learn truths which are too complicated
and they forget truths which are too simple."

As far as Bloggers are concerned, we are just fine where we are at because our readership is much smaller in territory. Most of us do not miss the hits from Sweden, or Nigeria or Thailand. On Oahu we deal mostly with our friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers. And we may be including others from the neighbor islands soon. Our blogging is more personal and forgiving. And most know that anything of ours on the Internet is about 9 average hits per day or less. That is why we have reduced the number of blogs in our blogosphere to seven. Just about right,