Dancing and geekery

I seem to be dancing quite a lot lately. I’m enjoying Dancesport B lessons. Sadly had to give up on the Intermediates on a Monday night as I think 4 nights a week is just a little bit too much. The word on the CDC grapevine is that some people think the Dancesport classes are too easy. Not sure where that’s coming from. The web page reckons people with more than a few terms of medals should be going to the B classes, and Alf never did arms and whatnot in his Latin teaching. Possibly dancing one-upmanship going on? Who knows.

Off to Rome in a week or so, which should be fun. Anyone know any good restaurants and suchlike?

People on the SpamPal support forums are getting a bit excited over the idea that someone might commercialise the thing. This would probably involve producing a better installer so the average Windows user can use it without having to fiddle with Outlook Express settings and so on (note to Windows users: please stop using OE, I’m bored of getting copies of viruses. Try Thunderbird or something instead). James Farmer, the author, has licensed it under an open source licence, so he presumably doesn’t mind this. But some people who wrote plugins, manuals and foreign language support for it are up in arms about the evil megacorps appropriating their stuff. I’ve said that I don’t mind my meagre plugin going in to such an effort. I’m not convinced that it’d be a commercially viable venture anyway, but people have packaged up SpamAssassin in a similar way. If people want to trade money for time spent fiddling with it, I can’t really see the harm in it.

The company also want to make a free DCC plugin, which would be nice, as the chances of me getting off my arse and finishing mine seem quite small at the moment.

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5 Comments on "Dancing and geekery"


  1. The word on the CDC grapevine is that some people think the Dancesport classes are too easy.Possibly dancing one-upmanship going on? Who knows.

    You reckon? 😉

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    1. You reckon? 😉

      Could be, could be. Actually, most likely is, given the personalities involved. Either that or I’m rubbish, of course.

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  2. The word on the CDC grapevine is that some people think the Dancesport classes are too easy.

    The first week of the Latin (though not the Modern) was too easy. Lots of people were going to both A and B (to try them out), and Bruce was teaching to the lowest common denominator. Since then, things have improved. (The Modern class seems about the right standard.)

    I’ve heard a couple of complaints about the slowness of the A class. This is mainly because Paul is (correctly) teaching how to dance the basics correctly, while people are expecting to learn a lot more moves. They just don’t realise that you’ve got to dance the basics well before you can learn the harder moves.

    That being said, you should be in Dancesport B. In fact, you were one of the examples we used to illustrate the standard of the class.

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    1. Since then, things have improved.

      Fair enough. The two teachers have different styles, but for my money I prefer more emphasis on technique rather than learning great long routines (although that’s possibly less applicable in latin, anyway).

      In fact, you were one of the examples we used to illustrate the standard of the class.

      I have a personalised class 🙂

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    2. This is mainly because Paul is (correctly) teaching how to dance the basics correctly, while people are expecting to learn a lot more moves. They just don’t realise that you’ve got to dance the basics well before you can learn the harder moves.

      Hear, hear, hear, hear, hear.

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