The Art of Tango Dancing


I keep thinking, this dance is not for me, and yet, I keep dancing it.

Artem “Tioma” Maloratsky, a New York Tango teacher, writes in his Tango Principles web site:

It took me a while to come to terms with the fact that this dance depends most fundamentally in good body conditioning, and after that in good partner connection. As those two improve, the freedom of musicality and choreography opens up as if by itself.

With regards to Partner connection, Tioma writes:

Partner connection is the heart of tango. It is probably the biggest source of enjoyment in this dance. Good partner connection opens the way to an unlimited evolution of this dance, while inefficient partner connection creates some of the biggest corruptions of it.

Leading and following are the basis of the language of tango. Good leading and good following keep this [...]

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Almost Dorothy returns with Edward Snowden

Cross-posted at Almost Dorothy

Dear Readers,

I apologize for not blogging. As usual, hijackers hijacked me. For real. It’s been so surreal and real at the same time I’ve lost the ability to distinguish that dividing line between reality and fiction. Some days I wonder if I’m real or fiction, boy or girl, human or humane. But, this is a good thing. We should all question the quality and quantitative value of our existence. I have no idea what that means, but Sharon-Needles-to-say ma has paid the ransom and I’m on my way back to the United States with Edward Snowden, who swears he was just kidding about stealing state secrets. All Snowden really knows is that Lady Gaga’s new album is light-years behind what Bjork did a decade ago, which is like so ridiculous I’ll need to buy new [...]

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Is it a “good thing” or is it “a right”?

Justice Alito:

"Traditional marriage has been around for thousands of years. Same-sex marriage is very new. I think it was first adopted in The Netherlands in 2000. So there isn't a lot of data about its effect. And it may turn out to be a – a good thing; it may turn out not to be a good thing…"

Here are the excerpts from arguments before the Supreme Court on Wednesday about a federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of benefits afforded straight married Americans, from a transcript released by the Supreme Court.

Dear Injustice Alito,

Were there rigorous sociological studies conducted before opposite-sex marriages were permitted? No. Not at all. Why are same-sex couples held to a different standard than opposite-sex couples are granted by default? [...]

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A Reason To Live (Oscars Short Film Edition)

On Saturday evening, I saw the 5 Academy Award Nominated Live Action Short-Films from these years Oscars at a special viewing at the Miami Beach Cinematheque in the Historic City Hall of Miami Beach. After seeing the films I kept thinking about that one theme that permeated all 5 films.

And I kept coming back to the American film, “Curfew”, which I did not want to like because (a) American independent films are always about dysfunctional people in a relatively functioning environment and society (compared to e.g. Kabul Afghanistan, Mogadishu Somalia; locations where two other films were filmed) and (b) I am sick of the glorification of human dysfunction in films, e.g. “Silver Linings Playbook”, and (c) I would like to give recognition to other countries for showing greatness in filmmaking.

As it so happened, the American film reluctantly got most of my attention [...]

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Guns, Money & the 2nd Amendment

The 2nd amendment grants Americans the right to bear arms. It doesn't grant Americans the right to absolute power. The gun debate is not about taking "your" gun away. It's about defining the line between the most powerful weapon you can & cannot own. And, if you open your eyes, we already do this. We have decided as a culture one can't own automatics, bazookas, tanks, nuclear weapons & other powerful badass weapons for some reason, which are all "arms." "Gun" advocates slip & slide on the argument that "guns don't kill people/people kill people" instead of dealing the real issue that the most powerful guns–semi-automatics & automatic–are weapons of absolute power & mass destruction. "Gun advocates" conflate their obsession with power with their right to bear arms. The Constitution doesn't grant Americans the right to bear the most powerful weapons ever made or a [...]

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Over the Cliff and Through the Wood to Grandmother’s House We Go…

Well – not much has changed in Washington and it’s pretty clear real change will only occur with great economic pain.  And the bad news is, barring a miracle, this pain will be upon us soon and it ultimately will be extremely severe.

There is no way around the pain now rather it’s a question of how bad.  Do the right thing now by gradually reducing spending, gradually increasing taxes, stop attacking the private sector (grow jobs) and gradually reduce the size of government and the economy will not collapse. The pain will still be bad, but depression and collapse can be avoided.

Keep spending like drunken sailors and the economy will collapse and along with it the global banking system and economy.  In fact a severe market correction can collapse the derivatives market leading to very rapid cascading failure of the global banking system, [...]

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Dear Mitt & Dear Barack

Dear Mitt: I'd like to express my absolute joy for your defeat. In case you didn't realize it, most of the entire PLANET was terrified at the prospect of your victory…

Dear Barack: CONGRATULATIONS!!! Now the pressure is on. We've given you a second chance. Enough of sticking with the Status Quo, of holding yourself hostage to a Congress that you've been forced to please consistently. Time to take the bull by the horns. This is your last (and only) chance to finally come through for us. Let us see a regulated Wall Street FOR REAL now, among others things… The wish list is too long, but I think you get the message. Go for it!

Neil’s Facebook Musings – Election Night Edition

At 11pm on November 6th, 2012:

They're shooting off fireworks in the neighborhood. I think the destruction of America just began, again! I'm gonna go throw spoons.

  A lesbian in the senate. What is this world coming to!? What's next–a gay president?

     I didn't know there was a New Mexico. What's wrong with the old Mexico?

         Does this mean gay people can marry & women can still control their bodies?

            I'm disappointed baby Jesus didn't win.

I'm anxiously waiting for my food stamps, bag of pot, free healthcare, clean water, environmental protection, quality education & Big Friggin' Bird in the mail tomorrow.

And finally:

Big Bird LIVES!

Once you vote smart, you never go back. It's not the color that makes the human. It's the quality of the social & economic policies that one person embodies & safeguards for [...]

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My friend and I went to a bar and kinda picked up a cute guy (he gave us his #) who is voting for
Romney. He is like 10 years younger, but we’re both two hot Latina women!

Now to the politics. So this guy said he is voting for Romney because he is smarter than Obama when it comes down to the economy.  And so I said: “Yes, he is smart enough to have shipped his company’s jobs overseas to China!”

He laughed sarcastically and said that I was parroting the anti-Romney ad messages, but that if Romney were to become president he would do what is best for the country.

I said: “Well, he did pretty well with Rommeycare in Massachusetts, but it’s surprising he is now against his own policies”. I wasn’t really able to finish my sentence, it was loud in [...]

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My First Time


I have all the HBO channels for free until November 7th because I'm a cheapskate and I got an offer from U-Verse so I said "yes, why not." I got hooked to Girls (a series written and produced by Lena Dunham) immediately.I love her raunchy sense of humor, her quirky yet cool character and I have a crush on Brian Willam's daughter…

Today, I was given yet another reason to love this young woman.

How I wish my generation would have had a voice like Lena Dunham. Instead we suffered a creative eclipsed between the movie Reality Bites and the series My So Called Life.

For those of you who haven't watched Girls, I highly recommend it. And for those who haven't given a  to her Ad for Barack Obama, please take a look and do so.



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