Friday, May 24, 2013

Warning


For our reader/dancers that are also computer users: Ransomware is on the rise again and it has now hit Hawaii, no doubt about that. Cyber security experts’ predictions were correct. Apparently they know this stuff very well. Seriously, you have to respect them. They also said that ransomware will probably hit smart phones too. We haven’t seen any of these yet but it’s probably just a matter of time.

Anyway, today we’re looking at the FBI MoneyPak virus or Trojan if you like. Most people nowadays don’t really know how to properly describe malware. I don’t know what it is, so let’s just call it a virus. Education is the key guys, especially when it comes to PC security. So, let's make things sparkling clear.

If your computer screen is filled with a FBI warning page that claims you have to pay the $200 fine, you’re infected with ransomware. It’s not a virus. It can’t delete your files or inject .doc files. And there is no record of any unlocking by anyone of the payees to the ransom. They just want your money.

Do not pay. Get help from any of your computer geek friends if possible. So far Apple nor Microsoft have the programmers to stop it. And the FBI and the CIA are at a complete loss. The Anti-Virus gang is having a field day selling all kinds of Snake Oil. Careful, it's a jungle out there.

Pub's Side Note: I am beginning to suspect that Calvin has a large following in the International sector. Already, Town Dancer is back in the number one spot and leading by more that 15 points.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Complications

The new programmers are a much different group than the old programmers. The old ones were simplifiers, not the new ones. I am sure that many programming "committees' come to a point where somebody says, "Wait a minute, there must be a more complicated way of doing this."

'Do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults."

Computers are getting more complicated. Twenty years ago when the GUI came into use, they were tools, utensils to be used  by everyone. Now one has to be very careful. The computers come full of stuff you will never need. Press the wrong button and you will send the computer to the moon.

That is the why of the new Chromebook by Google, using the KISS method. Keep It Simple, Stupid. Your email, and little word processing is the extent of it and it does a very good job. It does complicate things in photos but everyone does even in point and shoot cameras.

“Borderline” By Madonna

It is no wonder that many out there do not want to even look like they will make a commitment to be an information and photo contributor. They would rather have no commitments and complications. But it should be evident by now how often our Guest Authors blog. They do not have any special commitments (except to their special readers) we just provide the platform, that is all.

For now we need someone in the International Division of Dancing to support and enhance Calvin's blogs. We are getting overwhelmed with support for the American Style of Dance.Then we need another person that frequents the Night Club circuit and could supplement Richie's contributions very nicely. This blog seems to have those kinds of reader/dancers. For sure this blog would go to number one, stay there and we could prepare for its independence.

"Dance To The Music' by Sly & the Family Stone

Then this blog also seems to be developing readers in the more advanced stages of dancing. I prefer the beginner and intermediates. We could develop our own Bronze steps and patterns, which could easily reach 30 but you could enjoy moving to a lot of nice music with just that.


We got some good posters from Manoa Chapter HBDA. Easy to copy and paste to the blogs, ordinarily Blogging the Pacific but I also posted to the new ones, East Ko'olau Blog and Oahu East. I also got an extra into the Central Valley blog.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Dance DJ


A disc jockey, also known as DJ, is a person who plays recorded music for an audience. Originally, "disc" (sometimes spelled "disk", although this is now uncommon) referred to phonograph records, not the later Compact Discs. Today, the term includes all forms of music playback, no matter the medium.

"Those who sedulously attend, pointedly ask, calmly speak, coolly answer and cease when they have no more to say are in possession of some of the best requisites of humans."

Our cultural dance DJs select and play music in the Streets, Gas Stations, Malls, Parks, School Cafeterias, District Parks, Community Centers, bars, nightclubs, or at parties or raves.

In the beginning DJs in Hawaii were well aware of the difference in "Regular" and "Latin" music. This was mainly due to the influence of American Style Dance Teachers and they "knew" the difference. Today, we all appreciate that these instructors knew quite a bit about social dancing in our world.

Several millenniums back a drum with a rhythm to it is was the greatest. The young in particular could go for moving to that rhythm. But, gradually the music began to evolve and some was good and some not so good. The good ones became favorites, naturally. With ten thousand being produced daily, it is no wonder there is so much junk out there. But the dancers are beginning to recognize the differences.


Anything doing out in the Waianae Coast?

Even today, the rhythm is very important to the young, and not so much with the "old." What is important to the old is the favorites. Is it any wonder that the oldies, bands and DJs are the ones perking up the action on Oahu? Just any waltz with a three count rhythm is never going to be the same as "The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page. Many DJs do not understand. "We" are gradually going to recognize the differences.

"Rags To Riches" By Tony Bennett

Many years ago we had a couple of DJs that would announce the name of the song, the band and the name of the singer. But it was lost somewhere. But, in our day we knew much of that, it was simply reinforced very nicely.

Pub's Side Note: Fortunately, I am meeting more people that have good speakers on their computers. With some good speakers you can play music that may sound better than your high class stereos. Or a good set of Earphones. I can give them some of my music.



Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Plot Thickens

I am coming across an entirely new world out there. I had only dealt with it occasionally but now it looms in its importance to Cultural dancing as we know it.

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Most of us had gone to Rumours in its hey day of "Ballroom Dancing" and we also frequented the Hale Koa. That was my extent of it but apparently there has always been much more. My investigation into our cultural dancing has brought my blogs into being and also brought me in contact with other Web and blog sites dedicated to "dancing."

The latest is Honolulu Dance Guide now definitely in first place with over 120 average hits per day. Town Dancer is in second place with over 110 hits. The new Web site "70s Nightclub Reunion" is in third place and it has a counter and a nice motto, 'You should be dancing." It is a very professionally designed Web Site and the results are there. Honolulu Dance Guide and 70s Nightclub Reunion both cover the night club scene with live music and the American Style of Dance.

"Three Coins In The Fountain" by the Four Aces

We have a third, Rock And Jazz Hawaii which has no counter and covers mainly the listening part of the night club scene. Together these top three probably come pretty close to the totals of all the other 2 dozen dance Web and blog sites on this island.

The puzzle remains that even though Town Dancer is now in second place and is losing hits, all our others are slowly gaining. Since no one knows anything about these things, least of all me, I just have to play it by ear and I will have something pretty concrete in a couple of months.

For sure, the one item needed, that is most indicated, is that one Guest Author in any one of the blogs, and they can have their pick. The worst one can bring it up 20 hits, the best 50 hits, but the results will be there, guaranteed. Not only that but the synergism will create even more hits on the other blogs. Anyone out there willing to share?

 
New kid on the block? Nevah make it!

Then we can ascertain that all of these dancers can very easily dance with each other (lead and follow) in the expanded Bronze level of the American Style of Dance. Regular, about 15 steps, Expanded to about 30 steps. The estimates have also expanded from 1% to 2% so now we have a potential of 20,000 dancers in Hawaii. Or as the Rootzi Tootzis have declared, "the inmates have taken over the asylum." Have fun, and Keep Dancing.

Pub's Side Note: Fortunately, I am meeting more people that have good speakers on their computers. With some good speakers you can play music that may sound better than your high class stereos. Or a good set of Earphones. I can give them some of my music.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Voltaire

“I may disagree with what you have to say but I shall defend to the death your right to say it."

Generally attributed to Voltaire. But the truth remains wherever and it is the same in all our blogs.

Guru's in dancing are everywhere and we should listen to them because they have very valuable opinions. However , they are likely to give us the same old items that we have heard before. What we desperately need are the opinions of our readers.

That is very likely a unique and different view point and that is where its value is. That is the important information needed by the reader/dancers of these blogs. That is the gold mine of information that is thirsting for by the readers. The social dance environment needs to know what the dancers want, not what the Ivory Towers tell them that they should want.

"Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Your own favorite photos, of course, are also your opinion.  Together all the opinions are what is necessary for continued social functioning of our dance environment in the best manner possible. So a Guest Author and his/her view point means nothing to us? But of course now you know different, his or her viewpoint is very important to our dance environment. And this is the place to distribute it, we provide the platform and they use it as they wish.

Then this has been coming up more often especially since I have been seeing so many people enjoying the competition environment. And Calvin's version is super.  A dance contest in American Style of Dance in Hawaii. Just keep the big National organizations out of  it. Make them the way they used to be way back. In those days they were not referred to as competitions but contests. And there has always been favoritism. But generally most have recognized the best dancers as a result. Just for fun we could add the peripherals too. Salsa, Line dancers, Swing dancers. We could have a ball enjoying all of them.


Hopefully we can get some people dancing in this sector and get the blog rolling.

The new Dance Pavilion would have been perfect to have American Style of Dance contest because we have so many good teachers of this style of dance. So many good dancers but unfortunately we all have to suffer for the Rail Calamity. The new Rail Political Machine rules. So we proceed ahead.





Thursday, May 9, 2013

Women

by Jacqueline Hewlett, Waialae Iki.

According to some of the news we have been reading, the world is headed for the most important transformation in its history. The domination of the political, social and economic realms by men is about to come to a devastating end - and women are going to take over in all the important fields of control.

"Life, in all ranks and situations, is an outward occupation, an actual and active work."

Men have been in charge since the dawn of civilization and look at the mess they have made. But men and women are more alike than anyone realizes. All men are not cut from by some cookie cutter, but neither are women. All of us are different and we all have our personal opinions.

We are alike in more ways than we know so the women will have the opportunity to screw up the works too. In fact they are doing so already. In the last Washington administration, Condolezza Rice doing the bidding of Bush/Cheney, Sarah Palin being advised by the right wing, another screwball and they are coming. Michelle Bachman? Gawd! There is no stopping them. We will have some good ones (Hilary Clinton) but inevitably, we will have the bad ones too.

In Hawaii, it is becoming more evident than anywhere else. Why? The new political machine has taken over and as per usual, it's the money, Sonny. The Rail Fiasco! Unfortunately it is being run by men.

"She Bop" By Cyndi Lauper

Pub's Side Note: Besides the pearls of information we may receive for our reader/dancers, we need the photos of five to seven people with the first names, in our blogs.

It will take time for the "powers" to understand that they are not first in blogs. Blogs preference is for the reader/dancer. Anybody ever notice that we have never asked for any money? Strange. But we want everyone to know that one of these days, we, the reader/dancers, just may get to know each other better. Anyone out there picking up on this action?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The New Horizon

This is amazing. I am finally in control of these blogs. By control, I mean it in the accounting way. Inventory Control just means that they know where everything is and how it moves and how to establish an automatic reorder point. Even if never perfect I am there now with my eight blogs and I can see the point of diminishing returns in a month if all factors remains static.

"In our Book of Life, what will matter is not our competence, but our character,
not how many people we knew but how many will feel a lasting loss when we're gone."

So I had to try to make it better, no guarantee but one doesn't know until one tries. There were name changes, and some hits have changed for the better. And the other indicators are all out there. In the stats I evolve many other conclusions than just the amount of hits. There are also percentages of increase and the market shares of the blogs in relation to each other.

First on the agenda are the steady information and photo contributors. Too many of our reader/dancers do not seem willing to share information or photos with their fellow dancers and friends. Of course the entire concept of blogging is new to them, (me too.) And we will all learn, some easier than others.

"Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison"

Once we have steady information contributors willing to share, then they will realize that their opinion along with the others is very valuable to blogging. It should then be relatively easy to convert anyone of them into a Guest Author. That means they can get in the blog, write, post fotos, and get out, all on their own. Town Dancer with just few more Guest Authors, ha! what do they need me for?

I calculate each Guest Author that posts two or three times a month is worth at least 30 hits and perhaps 40 with the synergism created. So 400 average hits per day is not out of reach in the very near future. That is 12000 hits for a 30 day month. They will be ready. The "junk" blogs will remain mine forever.

Pub's Side Note: "Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers" All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Refining Our Blogosphere

I have heard the word, "venue" on Oahu more than in most places. And it very nicely describes what they mean. The scene or setting in which something takes place, the locale.  For us it has been a place where groups of dancers could dance, drink, eat and be merry. The discotheque, the nightclub, the dance hall etc.

"You must look into other people as well as at them."

The dream in the mainland has been the studio - nightclub. In some places (very few) they have a Studio - Nightclub and a Restaurant. (The Granada in California) And commercially and locally, Dream to Dance Studio has led the way with their Saturday evening Salsa. The social dancers have found the dance floor terrific but just a little too small.

Now on Ward Ave, I have not been there but with more room and a good dance floor, from what I hear, they are developing the center for the International Style of dance. You can dine and dance with your peer group of International style dancers. The entire enchilada cannot lose and it could develop into a weekly thing, specially since they already have the reputation of having some of the best International dancers on this Island.

They spend a lot of money to learn competition dancing. Here they have the perfect place to practice and they can have a lot of fun dancing with their peers and bettering their level of dance. Not only that but they will not be contaminated by the ordinary common street and club dancers. The distinction has been repeatedly made and we concur.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

 
Whatta Dream Place, in the Central Valley.

Before this year is over, it will be clear that the Rail Disaster cannot afford a Dance Pavilion in Waipio. Therefore someone will look over the terrain of Dream To Dance Studio and the one on Ward Ave. The conclusion will be a studio - club on the second floor of some building in the Waipio Business Park. And it will be our kind of dancing. Whatta deal! A win - win situation for everyone. They will even be coming from Waimanalo.

Pub's Side Note: No one in the West has discovered anything about the laptop computer we have on sale. It will be first come, first serve. Or whoever has the magic number gets it for free.