Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Two Halves That Are Different

From Harold Chun, Mililani
In Social dancing, the man must be dominant just because he leads. He creates the opportunities that the lady completes and enhances, and let's face it, the ladies are wonders. But he has to give her the chance to fill the space. In doing her part, she becomes the more important one because she must produce the final result. In the end, it is an equal but different relationship.

"We cannot focus on having a great blog. We must focus on
producing a blog that’s great for all of our readers."


Social dance is a sport, modified with our own personal art. It teaches us to respect and to get along with a person of the opposite sex and even all the others on the dance floor. That is why it is considered such an important social activity. If a man is too possessive or pushy or protective, the lady won’t be able to do her part. The man can smother the woman or she can end up having to do too much in the relationship. These adjustments are not always taught but are learned on the dance floor and with time, most do very well indeed.

"Sh-Boom, (Life Could Be A Dream)" by the Chordettes

That’s why the benefits of cultural dancing are so wonderful. Everyone involved seems to understand that, even if you don’t win a medal or a trophy dancing. You can learn to live a happy life just by moving to your favorite music and enjoying it along with your fellow dancers.


The Garden of Life

First plant five rows of Peas
Presence, Promptness, Preparation, Perseverance, Purity.

Next plant three rows of Squash.
Squash Gossip, squash Indifference, squash unjust criticism.

Then plant five rows of Lettuce.
Let us be faithful to duty, let us be unselfish and loyal, let us obey the rules and regulations, let us be true to our obligations, let us love one another.

And no garden is complete without Turnips.
Turn up for meetings, turn up with a smile, turn up with new ideas, turn up with determination to make everything count for something good and worthwhile.
And Keep On Dancing


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Serious Social Dancing?

Yes, I think we can get too scientific in dancing for the majority of us. We just want to have fun. But studies and findings must be made. This kind of findings have led to a great deal of speculation with respect to mirror neurons—cells found in the cortex, the brain's central processing unit, that activate when a person is performing an action as well as watching someone else do it. Increasing evidence suggests that sensory experiences are also motor experiences. Music and dance may just be particularly pleasurable activators of these sensory and motor circuits.

"Social Dancers know that when they dance, their purpose is not
to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy the music
and each movement along the way."


So, if you're watching someone dance, your brain's movement areas activate; unconsciously, you are planning and predicting how a dancer would move based on what you would do.That may lead to the pleasure we get from seeing someone execute a movement with expert skill—that is seeing an action that your own motor system cannot predict via an internal simulation. This prediction error may be rewarding in some way. So, if that evidence indicates that humans like watching others in motion (and being in motion themselves), adding music to the mix may be a pinnacle of reward.

"Here's To Life" by Jimmy Borges


Music, in fact, can actually refine your movement skills by improving your timing, coordination and rhythm. Take the Brazilian folk art, Capoeira—which could be a dance masquerading as a martial art or vice versa. Many of the moves in that fighting style are choreographed, taught and practiced, along with music, making the participants more adept—and giving them the pleasure from the music as well as from performing the movement.

"It is becoming more certain that comments and information contributors will make these blogs into real social media. Patience."


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Updating

The over all picture of social dancing on Oahu is good, however it is not reflected in the feedback to share with our fellow dancers. We are not yet Social Media. The easiest for the readers is the comments section at the end of every blog. Of course, some have informed me that not many are computer savvy enough to do that. Ask around, it is easy.

"Social Dancers know that every time they dance,
they turn into a better version of themselves."


Comments for fresh perspectives: If you are always among the same dance crowd you will find inevitably the same thoughts being reflected back over and over. Break out!  Good advice for people to seek other groups and by commenting in different groups and different blogs, you will be forced to leave your blog-reading comfort zone and visit new thoughts and new blogs. This exposes you to new ideas, different ways of looking at things, and hopefully a way out of the echo chamber. You will be ready to become a Two Center, and information contributor and no matter your subject, the hits will go through the roof.

"From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdinck

In 2001, President Clinton handed George Bush a projected 10-year budget surplus over $5 trillion. Bush and Cheney turned Clinton's surplus into a $5 trillion deficit through outrageous tax cuts for the rich, two disastrous wars, and a financial crash that caused the Great Recession. It took us to the end of the Obama administration to get out of that mess. And then we voted for even dumber dodos again. Yeah man! These crooks had the money to not only buy themselves in but to take control of the entire US government and bleed it dry. Not only that but these are liars and thieves of the worst kind.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

In Honolulu, the trouble was not that the Legislature “failed” to approve billions of dollars in new taxes for the Rail Tragedy. The real trouble is that the Mayor and certain council members seem unconcerned with runaway expenses and believed the project deserves unlimited new tax revenue, regardless of their demonstrated inability to manage costs, and regardless of the fact that rail is now taking funds from other important priorities.  No one knows what happened to the first three billion, heh heh heh. And the Present Rail Party is living it up.

“It doesn’t matter if I’m off the beat. It doesn’t matter if I’m snapping to the rhythm. It doesn’t matter if I look like a complete goon when I dance. It is my dance. It is my moment. It is mine. And dance I will. Try and stop me.”

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Photos.

Just tried out the new camera and also kept going with the old one. Worked pretty good for first time at Makua Alii and not many dancers attending, Will try it again the next time I get a chance to go a dance party. With two cameras I could get a few photos from four different people. Some photos have not come out. There is reading in the camera that says wait. I am not sure why.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God,
which is why we call it the present.”


I cannot take many photos because my fingers and my hands are not very controllable. I can work the computer OK, of course with many mistakes which I can always correct easily. For sure, the results are that two people in a picture - better than one. And three is better than two. However, 15 is not better than 14. I cannot make strict rules so it will be up to the photographer. They will make the ultimate decision.

"Call Me" by Blondie


I look forward to having two collages of nine photos each. Good enough for our blogs. Later on we can concentrate on a small write up and a photo of one member at time. And this all remains just one big happy family. From there we can begin to look for dancing couples in costume to make a transparency graphic to use in posters. Now that I know how to do this. These blogs are a long ways from giving the reader/dancers what they really want.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Eventually we will be getting Guest Bloggers which can get in and work their own blog within the main blog. And everything can be their choice. They can even choose the blog. Waikele or Waipio are wide open for just such a new club. They have a couple of nice Community Centers. If they can overcome the barriers, the dancers have it made in the shade.

"Social Dancers know that dance is the joy of movement to music
and the heart of life."  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Great Going

Dance can be a war between emotion and intellect manifested through movement. When dance becomes too strictly intellectual and ignores the passions and emotions of the music instead of maintaining an awareness of them, it becomes sterile - lacking in substance. We can all try to seek balance in our pursuit of dance, not polarization and perhaps, enjoy it a little bit more.

"Social dancers know that when they dance, their purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy the music every step of the way."


Nearing the half year and we have advanced quite a bit in all of our blogs. They seem to be solid and the hits have been going slowly up. The Dance scene on Oahu seems to be a more cohesive going thing, much more than it was in the last century. Most social dancers have accepted other people's preferences in dance. Hey, to each his own. Even though there have been clubs in town created with a specifications that they were not ballroom dance clubs.

 Blogger's Law Number 23C:
"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."


Shortly after the opening the famous Palladium, a new awareness began. The term, "Junk Dancer" first came out. This began to be recognized when the Rootzi Tootzis stated flatly that they qualified to be Ballroom Dancers because they danced in Ballrooms and most of us did not and they were right. We danced in Malls, Gas Stations, School Cafeterias, District Parks and Community Centers. An added feature was that they danced, "Correctly," the clear implication was that anyone who did not dance that way was dancing incorrectly. They demanded the distinction and we concur.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

 

Then we have less of what has been known as LAGS, (Latest And Greatest Syndrome.) The Students want to be at the top tomorrow and there are teachers who would like to impress the students of the vast amount of knowledge they have in dancing. The collusion leads to LAGS. So they learn steps too far in advance of their capabilities and most spectators can see, that's no way to Blackpool. And yet, most everyone is aware that this exists. Dammit, slow down!

"Social dancers are well aware that life offers a second chance.
It is called Tomorrow."

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Robot Vehicle Scene

The bus project in San Ramon in California, completed at the Bishop Ranch office park complex, involved two 12-passenger shuttle buses from a French private company Easy Mile. They’re not fast—most go less than 40 mph—and with some exceptions, they did not travel particularly long routes. But these small projects have been important first steps towards our autonomous future, The Present Rail Party is against these people because it makes the Rail Disaster obsolete - right now.

"Social Dancers know that one of the best feelings of happiness in the world is when they are happy because they made somebody else happy."


These vehicles are designed for mass transit and we have nothing against those other robot cars noodling around town getting in human-error fender-benders. And the robot taxis are doing great all over the world even it they are not permitted on Oahu. More programs have started public testing throughout the US and taking plenty of passengers. For sure there are more in Latin America, you may see a public self-driving vehicle on city streets anywhere that have not been included.


Until June of last year, six of Easy Mile’s EZ10 shuttles drove a 1.5-mile dedicated track that helped deliver students and and professors from the local metro station to different corners of campus. No incidents were reported during the six-month trial. The trial on Oahu will be to get a 12 passenger bus, picking up 12 passengers at their homes in Makaha and taking them to Downtown Honolulu by 7:45 am and picking them up at five to return home.

Beautiful Business Park to be built in Waianae but voted down by
the Present Rail Party. 8000 possible cars eliminated from the
freeway to Honolulu. 8000 less cars contributing to traffic
in town.  And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Yes, some people ain't gonna like this. The Gravy Train has been "easy money" for too long. Millions and millions of dollars are being made daily. What happened to the first billion? Heh, heh, nobody knows. Grabuaskas knew and he left just in time. Now a multi millionaire, he told them all back home,"Hawaii? Just like taking candy from a baby,"

"Dance ... is life, or becomes it, in a way that other arts cannot attain.
 It is not in stone, or words or tones, but in our muscles.
It is a formulation of our movements." 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Going Great

These blogs sure are a work in process and they all need feedback in the form of comments and from information contributors also known as Two Centers. Much of this incoming information may be blogged to inform our reader/dancers. But I also need help increasingly at the dance functions that I will be blogging. My hands are not steady and I have been fortunate to get Photo Contributors that have been very helpful and have done a terrific job so I can blog the party.

Our Blogosphere welcomes questions in the comments section.
But no guarantees of instant solutions.


I have available over a million dance photos in the Internet. Facebook gets fifty million photos daily. If I need one I narrow it down to as few as possible by subject matter and then choose "One." That is much different than having one of our fellow attendees take my camera and take some pictures of his or her friends that are special to them and would like to share with the rest of our readers. Now for these blogs that is definitely Da Max. I am planning to take two cameras with me in the future.


Our main audience is not the young (bless them) and they will always be with us. They are dancers for the same reason as the rest of the human race. But, in most everything, they "must" do it differently just for the hell of it. Remember, you were a kid once. They may have even gone to dance classes when they were kids and usually it does not do them any harm. They will eventually use some of the same movements in learning the current street dance of their time.


Many are still in the no partner style of moving to music, which is just fine as long as they move more the way they want to and less of how they have been "instructed." There is a sharp demarcation line about about the age of thirty. In my day, early in the last century, it was "never trust anyone who is over thirty." So this group is usually under 30 and they do very well. Many also become very good in line dancing and thus become very familiar with the music used in partner dancing. And what naturally follows is a very good partner social dancer. And that's us.

"A Blog is a site you are reading today. - Knowing it was written yesterday.
And expecting it to be written tomorrow."

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Greed

By Franklin Coiner, Lahiana:
The reverse Robin Hood outlook of acquiring wealth is well known from Biblical Times. There is an important thread that runs through these biblical definitions that is strongly missing from the typical definitions of greed - Trump and his fellow republicans. It is the idea that greed fosters the taking of something that is not rightfully theirs. The culture in the US, the current relativistic definition of greed does not address this component.

"Social dancing isn't just a sport, it is an attitude."


In our postmodern culture the concepts of right, wrong, and absolute truth have fallen on hard times. And come up to light again in this century. It is easy to see why even in Christian circles they have inappropriately morphed the definition of greed to eliminate anything to do with objective moral truth. And many so called Christians and republicans have followed the new "Savior" and shocked the entire world.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

"And you, Shorty, you do as I tell you to do."

There is much misunderstanding regarding the concept of greed, business and the role Christians have been called to play as human beings in the workplace. Yet, as Christians they are called to a much higher standard. Through the scripture they have been given a moral code, which they have been called to live by in all areas of their lives. Most of us fail some and we succeed in some, but only because we are not perfect. And most of us will repent and do right.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Lisa Ono

In 2001, President Clinton handed George Bush a projected 10-year budget surplus of over $5 trillion. Bush and Cheney turned Clinton's surplus into a $5 trillion deficit through outrageous tax cuts for the rich, two disastrous wars, and a financial crash that caused the Great Recession. And we were dumb enough for to vote for these dumb dodos again. Trump, Yeah man! Course they got the money.

"Adoro" por Graciela Susana

However throughout the world it is evident the Great America is deteriorating fast. And some thing has to be done soon to stop the hemorrhaging of all the good that existed before. "Those who are ignorant of history are condemned to repeat it." Yes, it has happened before. We must make every effort to make a peaceful revolution, but if it is impossible, they will make violent revolution inevitable. (John Kennedy?)