Friday, May 31, 2013

Our Readers getting more Akamai

Generally, the entire Internet is going out of control, the spam, the malware, and many other bad selling schemes bordering on the outright stealing. The worse is the Ransomware. Something is going to have to be done there, but unfortunately the Republicans are dragging their feet on this. The readers on these blogs seem to becoming more akamai and we should help each other. Hooray for them.

"Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented."

Why Opening Emails Was Once Unsafe

In the past, Microsoft Outlook had a serious security problem. Emails – which were once just plain text – are also allowed to contain HTML code: the same code that web pages like this one are written in. An Outlook vulnerability allowed emails to run JavaScript code and infect your computer. For this reason, just opening an email was potentially dangerous.

However, this vulnerability was fixed. Emails cannot use JavaScript. Modern email clients don’t even automatically display images in emails. As with web browsers, operating systems, and other computer programs, security holes are occasionally discovered and patched.

"Rags To Riches" by Tony Bennett

As long as you are using up-to-date software – including your mail client, browser, browser plugins, and operating system – you should be able to open email messages and view them without fear.


Are these people ready for their own blog?

"People in such a hurry to learn fancy steps that they remain forever in intermediate level. Why? Because they never learned  the basics which includes natural styling."

From the Waha 25 years ago.
By Richard Masuyama

The only comment to this trend is that many students are interested only in picking up new and very advanced dance figures without too much concern about technique and styling that goes with these. The figures in the Gold Bar and Gold Star are mostly for exhibition and competitions and are starkly out of place on the social dance floor. They generally require a great deal of space for their execution and many will agree that they look terrible when not done correctly.

With so many dance steps and figures available, it is sensible to concentrate on those that can be led and followed easily with any partner for use in social dancing. Forget the open and fancy figures that can be done only with one or very limited number of partners. Learn to do the simple figures well and leave the fancy ones to the expert exhibition dancers.

Pub's Side Note: A dance blog is what all "dance websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select or target audience. Information easy to update and change. Our readers are gradually picking up on this action.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Honolulu Traffic

Web site - Honolulu Traffic,  May 23, 2013.
So you don't think our appeal has a chance?

Here’s what you need to know about our appeal:
First, in 2003, the Federal Transit Administration approved a Final EIS for the BRT plan prepared by Parsons Brinckerhoff, the City and the FTA, which “reaffirms selecting the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Alternative as the Locally Preferred Alternative.”

 "We know the truth, not only by the reason,
but also by the heart." ~Blaise Pascal

They also wrote, “Public input received in hundreds of Vision Team and Oahu Trans 2K meetings and workshops … [showed that] the predominant sentiment among thousands of participants was that a grade-separated [elevated rail] transit system would be unacceptably: (1) intrusive on the visual environment; (2) divisive of communities; and (3) too expensive.”

Second, federal environmental law requires that Honolulu had to, “Rigorously explore all reasonable alternatives,” to determine which would be the preferable alternative.


Third, when Mayor Hannemann took office in January 2005, he immediately wrote of his, “political decision … not to proceed further with any phase of the BRT project.” Note that this was a “political” decision, not one made on the merits as part of a formal environmental process.

Fourth, during the Alternatives Analysis phase of what became the rail project, the City and FTA failed to consider BRT a “reasonable alternative” despite only two years previously having declared it the “Locally Preferred Alternative.” Further testifying to its reasonableness, the 2003 BRT EIS had forecast more ridership for BRT than the City and FTA currently forecasts for rail — and at a tiny fraction of the cost of rail.


Fifth, Judge A. Wallace Tashima, the Federal Court District Court Judge presiding over this matter declared at the outset that he was unfamiliar with the most relevant statute concerning this issue, Section 4(f).

In short, the City and FTA failed to "rigorously explore all reasonable alternatives," of which some variant of the 2003 BRT plan should have been explored. The BRT issue is just one of the many contested ones detailed in our appeal, but for this issue, we clearly have the law on our side.

Pub's Side Note; In spite of all this, the Rail Party that elected Caldwell is going ahead spending millions on items that will never be used. There are millions in profits already there for the taking. They don't care about the citizens of this community. It's the bread, Fred.





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.

"Three Coins In The Fountain" by the Four Aces

Pub's Side Note: First news from Blackpool. Calvin posts in Town Dancer blog.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What's Doin'?

The hits throughout are slowing down. I think it is mainly the Analytics changing their interpretations. They are trying to eliminate bounce which is a hit that counts but is in only by mistake. I don't worry too much as long as I have others in my stats and they go down too.

"Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance."

Meanwhile we have been getting some good kokua from HBDA and we herewith post.


Then I have a cold and I don't feel so hot. I will just take it easy.


There must be some dancing on that side of town.

"Here in my Heart" by Al Martino

Notice from the legislators in the new Political Machine on Oahu.

To all our loyal voters, we realize that you are already seeing an increase in your ordinary living expenses such as food, clothing, rents and automobile items throughout the island. And you understand that gas and property taxes must be increased to pay for the Rail Crisis. So we ask of all our good citizens to tighten your belts and hope this will end soon. Meanwhile, we are going to give ourselves a little raise.


Friday, May 17, 2013

Classes

Our Reader/dancers can be divided into several classes. Now that we think there are twenty thousand readers in our blogosphere, these are all approximate figures just to get an idea in print.

"It is of course possible to dance a prayer."
~Glade Byron Addams

AAA class: These are less than two hundred very good people. They include the Guest authors, and their fellow travelers, and they tune in perhaps two or three times a week. They also help in getting information, to all our reader/dancers by contact with the Guest Authors.

They recognize the publicity value to their club or group. They know they are getting some new kind of newsletter, at little cost, not only for their membership but for a larger group of dancers. They are the ones that are slowly developing these blogs into real "social media." They are the meat and potatoes of these blogs.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Al Martino

Since these people are getting to realize the real value in a personal opinion and their personal photos on a social dance blog, we will get the future Guest Authors from this group. A very solid group and good for everyone.

AA class: Maybe 400 possibles, and they read most blogs maybe once a week. They are very busy in their own personal involvements, they like to dance and are able to converse about the dance environment and the blogs at times. They do not have much time to help anywhere else.

"96 Tears" by ? & the Mysterians

A class: Maybe 600 possibles. They are readers of an occasional blog and interested viewers of exhibition dancers but are not necessarily passionate dancers. They are mildly interested in promoting ballroom dancing. They are primarily interested in their own social group and in their own dance environment. They continue in the way they have been doing it, for maybe 30, 40 years.

B class: Another 800 are dancer/viewers, and just have very little interest in the outside working of the dance environment. They do dabble but very carefully so that they never get really involved. They are not enemies. Many are fans of show business dancing. But this whole blogosphere could be rather extraneous. Clubs have their own newsletters, Their members have their own reading matter elsewhere. They got along very nicely without these extraneous things for 50 years and can probably get along another 50 years without them.

"Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the
state of the soul's weather to all who can read it."
 ~Martha Graham


C class are the rest of the dancing environment, they are simply not that interested. Many are just computer and Internet challenged. We don't know much about them and most will remain there. For most organizers, they are just a part of the herd and not much is done for them. But we believe that they all have every right to their opinions. For us, they simply count as human beings and we make an effort to find what they like. But it has been their decision and they are stuck with it, and we must be on our way.




Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Moving Right Along

Not so good but I keep trying. The total hits of our blogosphere have hit the wall and I can see the point of diminishing returns in less than a month. This with the present set up. Just one more Guest Author would not only move the hits up in his/her choice of blog but also by synergism increase all the others too.

"How rare and strange it is, to find in a life composed of so
much of odds and ends … to find a person who has these
qualities, who has, and gives those qualities upon which
friendship lives. How much it means that without these
friendships - life on the blogs is nothing."

I am the only that knows that because I am the only one that has the stats. The entire enchilada is still good at over 300 average hits per day but not when you compare them to the hits of a month ago. And sadly, I can blame myself for the big part of it.

"Eight Miles High" by the Byrds

I have not been to enough places and stayed awhile to communicate to someone of our need for information about our dancing environment. And with the Rail Disaster, I cannot get to town so easily.

 
Yes, but is anybody dancing over there?

It is quite simple, no information, no photos, no readers, no use. Give it up. I hate to give up on any of the blogs. So I may have to concentrate on some more than others. Town Dancer is now in second place and the only one staying at over 100.

Honolulu Dance Guide now leading the way at over 120 average hits per day. They must be doing something right. So that moves my agenda now to every other day from whatever is there in any of the blogs.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul & Mary Ford
 
Our contributors and our reader/dancers are doing very well, but they cannot carry the entire burden. Social Media means every one gets in on the act and we must be patient. We must contact people personally and that is what I intend to do. A little information here and there and the "prized photo" now & then will do very nicely. We can share with the increased readership. Takes work and patience. Many thanks to all our present readers anyway.

"Blogger's Law #28D: No matter what goes wrong,
there is somebody who knew it would."
 
 


Friday, May 10, 2013

The West not looking so good,

The Rail Mess is goofing everything up. Many new plans have been put on hold. Though efforts are still being made to get the first Industrial Park in the Waipahu - Kapolei sector. Schools are raising their rates. Food prices are already going up. No hu - hu, the legislators are thinking of giving themselves a raise. Naturally, the new political machine has taken over.
 
"People's best successes come after their disappointments."

Fortunately, Line dancing and Zumba are still going strong in the West. Now we gotta get a little more action in our type of social dance. We have to rustle the bushes for Line dancing because that is a very natural beginning to partner dancing. The music is identical and the name of the dances are almost all identical to cultural partner dancing. Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Waltz, etc.

"Stand By Me" - Ben E. King

The locations must be found even if only in malls since school cafeterias are pricing themselves out of the market. There are some looking at portable dance floors to set down on a park, with permission of course. They have to pay for the Rail Tragedy too, so it will be tough. And for sure it is going to get worse, we are talking about billions and billions of dollars in pure profits by somebody.


The present commercial places may do it  but the difficulty of paying for the Rail Fiasco remains. Ige's 19th Puka is still there. So is the Fleet Lounge. The Dance Pavilion in Waipio looks deader than a door nail, but no one wants to admit anything. Mum's the word. We may know something in a couple months. In the Council, Ann Kobayashi seems to be the only one that knows anything.

Pub's Side Note: Ordinary Communication Media is to whom it may concern, one way, newsletters, email flyers, web sites. They do their job but nuttin' like a blog.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Rail Disaster Getting Worse

Of course, now they are thinking of letting HART (the Rail Tragedy) take over from Oahu Transit and then downsize Oahu Transit for a year and then dissolve them completely, Yoshioka has to go. Much as they are going to do when they establish the new Rail Maintenance Division and then downsize the present maintenance department and eventually dissolve it. Lotta high priced Haoles being imported from the mainland.

"The new Rail political machine has shut up truth and buried
it under the ground. But it will grow, and gather to itself
such explosive power that the day it bursts through it
will blow up everything in its way."
 
They are not doing much but already running up the money spent just on salaries alone for the imported engineers. Some are predicting the running out of money as early as next year. No hu hu, we have to let the people on the North Shore and on the Windward side pay a little more for this Rail Catastrophe.


Oahu coulda been a contendah, with just double the Articulated
buses they have now, no need for the Rail Mess. Proven fact,
buses are one tenth the cost and five times more efficient.

Little known fact is that the Federal Transit Authority is pro- bus, not pro-rail. So how come the OK for Federal funds from the Feds? They got some arm-twisting from a Senate committee and that's politics not good for the people. That committee will rue the day they messed up so many people in the Hawaiian Islands just to make money for the few.


Three on the Waianae Coast, and three north of the freeway, Kapolei -Waipahu. Ten thousand less people on the freeways and in downtown traffic. And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." The freeway would not be empty, there would be a few cars. Voted down by the Rail Disaster people, naturally, its the cash, Nash.

On the Waianae Coast, they already know that the rail is a block on the road and not any help at all for the commuters. The low class don't count, the high ivory towers and the new Rail Tragedy Political Machine are what count.





Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Plans

Hopefully, most of you have read the latest Stats for April in my personal blog, of all the blogs in our Statistics. They are the ones that have counters which as a rule have the most hits. It is settling pretty good that the two top blogs are Town Dancer and Honolulu Dance Guide.
 
"Do not forget small kindnesses and
do not remember small faults."

However, beginning this month the Stats will include only our blogosphere. The other blogs have become superfluous and too much extra work. We are well on our way without them. Town Dancer has not able to attract another Guest but there has to be one coming soon. One that will be covering the ordinary type dancing in the clubs, not the fancy stuff.  The other blogs are too much alike and the only difference will be when we get a new Guest Author with that one different and unique opinion.
 
"Time Of The Season" by the Zombies

In blogging of this sort, it is known as S.O.S. (same old shit) If I write blue on Monday and I write blue on Wednesday and I write blue on Friday, that is SOS. The following Monday, you write green and Paul calls Mary. Mary calls Robert and Robert calls Miriam etc. They inform each other that it is not SOS and the hits go through the ceiling.

Everyone has an opinion. We have written that they are like noses, everyone has one. And they are  all different. If you have your favorite pictures, they are also unique and perfect for a blog. We are still in the process of developing this entire enchilada. My first goal is, of course, making one of our blogs independent from the creator (c'est moi.) To see them rack up the hits and no one can catch them, and to know that "they" did it on their own.

I can then be working on getting the next one independent and the "Junk" blogs will 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.