Friday, June 28, 2013

Not too bad

We wind up the month much slower (to be expected after Blackpool) but not too bad. I have made some changes, I am still experimenting. There may be people out there that know all about dance blogging but that sure ain't me.
 
No legacy is so rich as Honesty. ~ William Shakespeare

Blogging The Pacific was just too much for our reader/dancers. So I changed it to Blogging Hawaii. Perhaps we can get some action coming from the Neighbor Islands. If the decline in hits continues, it may be the first to go. All we can say is we gave it a try.

Then Oahu East is having a tough time and we cannot blame anyone. So I made a new blog with the same name, in Word Press. I made it into a Micro Blog and it seems to be working out. Just a little bit bigger and fancier than Twitter. We shall see what the hit counter turns up. I may delete the old one next month.
 
"Here In My Heart" by Al Martino

The other blogs are congregating around the 30 average hits per day. No clear cut good or bad. So the evidence is there. The readership has been diluted, but anyone of those blogs is also wide open for a regular Two-Center or a Guest Author. No matter who it is, the different viewpoint is the important part and the hits will show it.

For sure there are plenty of dancers out there with a some experience and willing to share with their fellow dancers, along with a photo or two. And there are plenty of reader/dancers out there just waiting to hear all those different opinions and see the photos too. The hits will go through the roof and the Creative Researchers And Producers will become obsolete. Town Dancer will become the first completely independent blog and the entire island will see the difference.

"Cold, Cold Heart" by Tony Bennett

Pub's Side Note: It is slowly forming, mostly all by itself, a new dance force, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." It will be in separate independent blogs and we shall let it roll!

Pub's Side Note: The Dow Jones Industrial average closed on Friday at 14909.60. The last business day of the month. The winnng number for the laptop computer will be 60 at midnight Sunday.



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dancing Strata

We have covered the similiarities of our social dance strata to the pyramid and most people understand and agree. It is just a guide and most blogging addresses the "bottom" part of the pyramid which is about four times bigger than the top half. There are a hellavah lot more of us than the rootzi tootzis.

"A lie has speed, but Truth has endurance"

But there is stilll another sample that we can use and it is used widely in social studies, the Normal Curve, which can be easily plotted on a graph. In dancing we can apply it very easily at least to give anyone the idea. The "bottom" five percent can be the ones that are only marginally interested in dancing. The Top five percent can be the expert, dancers that know most of the tricks and turns in our type of dancing. It would also include most of the professionals.

So you can already see the big bump or curve in the middle comprising of over 90 percent of the possible dancers out there, wherevah. However social studies must make further distinctions. The next portion or ten per of the bottoms will be true beginners and ten percent of the top will be true god gifted dancers. and you still have a big bump in the middle of 70 percent of the dancers.

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

Most of our blogs and many of the Dance Web sites address the lower portion of the Normal Curve. We will favor and do what we can for the "common" dancer and we will minimize the rootzi tootzis who do not need us. But there will be some in the social media that will address the more advanced dancers out there and if they establish a lot of rules and regulations that will be their prerogative.

Ah, but the good part is that you will eventually be able to see our huge group of fun people evolving and that will having fun moving to music in our way. Of course the definition of "our way" has not been publicly defined yet and can be considered in process. We had been losing fans in all of the "ballroom" groups until the Internationals seize the name "ballroom" for themselves. We find ourselves in the process of finding new terminology for what we dance.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey

It had been accepted as "Social" dance but the Night Clubbers have liken their dancing to Social dance. They have the right to do so. And we should understand when groups like these would like to differentiate and it should be their privilege.


New blog on the block just waiting for the right bloggers to come along.

So we must find a new terminology of our type of dance where we dance to DJ music in malls, gas stations, school cafeterias, district parks, community centers and even in the street if we have to, just for the fun of it. The basics are not that much different from their dancing but they can think the way they want to. no hu hu.  We may find the night clubs that will accept our screwy way of dancing. They will be recommended in these blogs. There will be more social dance clubs and we will dance our dance to our music.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Competion Dancing

We have always had competition dancing in Hawaii. Perhaps not the formal, strict rules of National and International Organizations but competition nevertheless. We all know the John dances better than Fred and everyone also realizes that either one them is a far better dancer than me. These are well known assumptions that are made in everyday social dancing.

"I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum
of accurate information in the world." ~ Margaret Mead

And most of us constantly try to get better. If you like more serious competition dancing, you’ll want to know there are two “flavors” — amateur and pro-am.

Amateur only means the participants don’t make living by teaching dancing. An amateur dancing with a teacher is pro-am. Amateur couples are scored by their performance and, in a pro-am competition, the amateur is the one being judged. Some competitions result in only one winner, and at those comps some folks don’t place or win anything. Other, less “serious” competitions may award everyone a first place, because you’re judged alone (and not against the field of other dancers in your category.

"I've Been Loving You Too Long" by Otis Redding

At one time we had a very well qualified person to critique the dancing and he may have been a little rough at times but it was very enlightening for all. His intent was not malicious, but to help you correct your mistakes as he saw them Unfortunately, the Creative Researchers And Producers won that one.


This blog used to be in solid second place. Now it is still in second place but
just barely in front of all the rest of the bottom blogs.

Now we will be discussing the truth in these blogs and some of you may still wonder what we are doing. But blogging is relatively new and in Hawaii’s blogs we will be developing some of the best bloggers in the dance world and there will be more, I promise you. Just one more Guest Author in Town Dancer and everyone will see the difference and I can prepare to retire from that blog and let it evolve on its own. Should be before year’s end.

I will  have my hands full with the Other Eight, and working like hell to get rid of the next one that shows championship form. It will not be a piece of cake but I will have something to do in the short time I have left and I will feel that I have done something.

"A magician was driving down the road in Manoa ... then he turned into a drive way ..."

Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, Many leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have ever come across before.







Tuesday, June 18, 2013

B.F.Skinner - Control

Excerpted from Beyond Freedom and Dignity
By B.F. Skinner

Rousseau could take this line because he had unlimited faith in the benevolence of teachers, who would use their absolute control for the good of their students. But we soon saw that benevolence is no guarantee against the misuse of power, and very few figures in the history of the struggle for freedom have shown Rousseau’s lack of concern.
 
"Truth is completely spontaneous. Lies may have to be taught."

On the contrary, they have taken the extreme position that all control is wrong. In doing so they exemplify a behavioral process called generalization. Many instances of control are aversive, in either their nature or their consequences and hence all instances are to be avoided.

The Puritans carried the generalization a step further by arguing that most positive reinforcement was wrong, this was whether or not it was intentionally arranged, just because it got some people into trouble. The Literature of freedom has encouraged escape from or attack upon all controllers. It has done so by making any indication of control aversive.

Those who manipulate human behavior are said to be evil men, necessarily bent on exploitation. Control is clearly the opposite of freedom and if freedom is good then control must be bad. What is overlooked is control which has does not have aversive consequences at any time. Many social practices essential to the welfare of the species involve  the control by one person over another and no one can suppress them who has any concern over human achievements.
 
"All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified."

We see later that in order to maintain the position that all control is wrong, it has been necessary to conceal or disguise the nature of useful practices, to prefer weak practices just because they can be disguised or concealed, and - a most extraordinary result indeed - to perpetuate punitive measures.

Pub's Side Note: Yes, I know, this is too much for the Creative Researchers And Producers. But many have seen our goal of decontrol, by making this blog independent first chance we get then work on all the others to make them independent.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Nine Blogs

I haven't been up to it for a few days but the blogs are not losing too much. I am pulling the entire enchilada back a few notches, anyway, to let them lead the way. Still looking good but it is not going stay that way. Town Dancer will be the one to remain as eligible to go independent, possibly before the end of the year.

Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?

The hits on Town Dancer are way ahead of anything that maybe in second place. And that is because of the Guest Authors in Town Dancer, Calvin and Debra Ota and Richard Sun. All the rest of the blogs are resting comfortable in the 30 hit range because that is about as far as I can carry a blog by myself. One Guest Author that can post once a week would double the hits, guaranteed.

On the East we have Oahu East and the East Ko'olau Blog. Either one that can get the Guest Author to post once a week, will establish the future of blogging for the area. And on the West we have four blogs. Sea Country, Oahu West, Central Valley and Ewa Bus Stop. Same thing there. The one that gets the Guest Author that can post once per week, will double the hits and it will be on its way.

"Get Off Of My Cloud" by the Rolling Stones

Social Media is not well understood yet. Too many are still thinking about the big bucks that are being made blogging. They just don't know and it could be that they don't want to know. Most blogs are social media and our dance blogs will remain so. There will be more clubs and we may be able to help where it is needed. They will have to make that decision. And I intend to do everything I can to reduce my work in all the blogs. Just have to find the right people to turn it over to.

Ya lives and ya learns! Calvin has, with his blogging on the International scene, helped many of our developing International dancers to have fun with the self-discipline and strength of character to function in a competitive world. The reader/dancers too, have been interested to understand that outside world in places about as far as you can get from here.

"Twist And Shout" by the Beatles

If you read dancing club newsletters, you know they mean well. But notice how nothing ever goes wrong. Many of our web and blog sites retain the same molds. All the dancers danced perfectly. All were of championship caliber, ad nauseum.


We will get Bloggers on these blogs with their own opinions and will they differ from mine? You can bet your dancing shoes on that. Some clubs and some studios sincerely believe that you must never say anything negative about anything in writing. the results have been the Creative Researchers And Producers the most powerful clique ever developed on the Island of Oahu. So what has happened, and I quote from a mainland publication:

“We have been spoon feeding, stroking egos and discouraging intellectual
and emotional growth in our dance world.”

Now, let's dance.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Blogging

The entire enchilada looking good. I haven't blogged in this site for almost two weeks. Something I can look forward to when we get that very valuable Guest Author. The hits are still going through the roof, how about that? Just one more Guest Author to blog once a week and independence will be at hand. I can begin to phase myself out and this blog will be beholden to no one. Come on you Two-Centers,  if I work it right, this Numbah one blog will all go independent before year's end and it will be all yours.

Blogger's Law #39C: "Complex systems tend to oppose their own proper function."

The evolving definitions in Hawaii.

A dance blogger has evolved at present as someone who blogs about social dance.  A dance blogger may be a choreographer, dancer, dance teacher, dance student, dance scholar, dance critic, dance annotator, dance presenter, dance observer. Or any combination of the above that may enjoy laying down some leather to music.  If we left anyone out in our description, please let us know!

"Truth may occasionally be crushed to earth, but it shall rise again."

Our Blogosphere is a central hub of nine blogs created by one person, but most of the blogs are destined for independence. The ones with the most hits will be the most eligible. I like to say, "the junk blogs are mine." The sites should be social media to help all dance bloggers to connect and follow the dance blogosphere, It will also allow people interested in dance and blogging to learn more about the field. There are other blogs and we should accept that we can help them too, whenever they need to do a better job for their readers.


The newest dance blog, nor much there yet. But with just a couple of
regular two-centers, the hits will go through the roof.

Our blog sites aggregate feeds from participating dance bloggers. Most bloggers will post in about the same fashion so as to be read easily. But like everything else, the bloggers have the sole discrepancy of doing as they damn well please. All participating blogs will have links in the sidebar.

A Two-Center has lately been defined as an Information and Photo Contributor willing to share with their fellow reader/dancers of the blogs by submitting the information to a Guest Author. They will be the body of all our dance blogs.

A Guest Author is one who has the permission to get in, post text or graphics, save, publish and get out, all without saying "boo," to anyone.

The Administrator is the top and doesn't have to do much but he can do anything the originator can do. The plans are to have two, so as to always have one for back up.

"Music, Music, Music" by Theresa Brewer

Benefits for everyone.
Enlarge your social dance environment. Discover and find other dance blogs, all in one place. Participate as a Two Center or as a Guest Author. Add your dance blog to get increased visibility with permanent links on our sidebars. Increase you presence in the social dance environment.

To add your blog in the links, simply contact any Guest Author you can choose the blog of your choice. With the information completed it should be approved in a timely fashion.

If you haven’t already, submit your information and/or photos that you are willing to share with your fellow reader/dancers. If you know of other dance bloggers who are not yet participating, please let them know about the sites and urge them to add their blogs.

"The Song From Moulin Rouge" by Percy Faith

Dance Blogging was started by Frank and Lani Sierra, who are among some of the best American Style dance teachers on Oahu, and he still has two of the best blogs on this Island. But we all know there are more blogs coming to the islands.

"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.