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August 30, 2011

Aviation Jargon — “Near Miss”

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I was reading an article today about two commercial airliners almost crashing into each other.  It was described as “a near miss”.  Wouldn’t a “near miss” be a collision?  A “near hit” or “near collision” or “near crash” would be a close call.  We can only hope that the person that “coined” the phrase “near miss” does not work for the FAA.  Now there is a scary thought!

 

I live near SFO and where I live is near the “down wind” pattern of SFO.  The airliners fly overhead all the time and I myself have seen a few “near hits” with the many private aircraft flying in this area.  Not only is there San Carlos Airport, but Palo Alto Airport is also close.  All three are within 10-20 miles of each other and share air space. Then add to the fact that Moffitt Field (military) is in the mix.  Moffitt is just south of Palo Alto Airport and they normally don’t have much air traffic over in my area, but once in awhile an F-18 or military tanker will fly over.  The military aircraft always get my attention because they don’t have noise abatement devices and are very loud.  (I like these the best).  So with all this air traffic around close calls or a “near crash” is inevitable once in awhile.

 

Nothing to report at this time, but the next time a “near hit” occurs, I will report it here.

August 11, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 – Top 4 Performance

Tonight’s judges were Nigel, Mary, and guest judges Kenny Ortega and Katie Holmes.

The contestants did four routines tonight one with an “All Star” as a partner, one with one of the other contestants as a partner, one with both girls and both boys, and a solo.  The solo will not be judged, but it gives you one last chance to see your favorite in their specialty before the final results tomorrow night.  The “All Star” dancers are past competitors from previous seasons of  SYTYCD.

Remember folks, tomorrow night is the final show this season and America’s Favorite Dancer will be chosen by your voting.

Tonight’s highlights in order of performance partnered with All Star (AS = All Star):

1] Melanie and Marko – Style: Disco                           Song “I Feel Love”
This was the first Disco Style this season and it was just okay for us.  It was entertaining but not even close to a “wow”.

2] Sasha and AS Mark – Style: Contemporary           Song “Raise Your Weapon”
Sasha was in her specialty and she “nailed” this routine.  Sasha showed her great technique, power, energy and intensity in this routine.  Natalie should be proud of her sister on this performance.

3] Tadd and AS Joshua – Style: Hip-Hop                   Song “Hustle Hard”
Joshua won SYTYCD on season 4 and it was great seeing him perform once again.  He our favorite all season long and tonight Tadd stayed right up with him on this routine.  Tadd showed great energy, technique, and power in this routine.  It was a great performance by both dancers and fun to watch.  The “swag” was on.

4] Melanie and AS Robert – Style: Contemporary      Song “Sacrifice”
Melanie showed her great technique, power, and her special touch of drama in this routine.  Every week she “brings” it and she continued once again this week with a beautiful performance.

5] Marko and Sasha – Style: Broadway                      Song “Whatever Lola Wants”
This is a tough style to “nail” and we think tonight was only a “so-so” performance by both dancers.  If we had to choose, Sasha out danced Marko with her power, but overall it was a disappointing performance by both.

6] Melanie’s solo routine – Style: Contemporary        Song “Song For Viola”

7] Marko’s solo routine – Style: Contemporary           Song “The Fear You Won’t Fall”

8] Tadd and Sasha – Style: Cha-Cha                         Song “Raindrops”
We agree with Mary when she said, “This entire routine was a struggle for both dancers”.  We actually think the choreography given to the dancers was lame, but they did the best they could with it.

9] Marko and AS Lauren – Style: Contemporary              Song “Shirk”
Lauren is last seasons SYTYCD winner and this routine was danced nicely by both dancers.  We enjoyed every movement by Marko and his technique constantly amazes us.  Bravo!  This was our first “wow” tonight.

10] Tadd’s solo – Style: B-Boy                                   Song “Mamma Knows Best”

11] Marko and Tadd – Style: Jazz      Song “Show Me Want You Are Working With”
Another “wow!” and a great job by both dancers.  It was entertaining with excellent technique, and they told a story and that gets a “Bravo!”

12] Sasha’s solo – Style: Contemporary                    Song “Be Be Your Love”

13] Melanie and Sasha – Style: Contemporary          Song “Heart Asks Pleasure First”
This performance simply put was a great performance by both dancers.  Another powerful story told by the dance and the dancers told it to perfection.  Bravo!

14] Marko and Tadd – Style: Stepping                      Song “B.O.B.”
We really enjoyed this performance because we thought both dancers “nailed” the routine.  A solid routine by both dancers but not quite a “wow”.

Our favorite routine tonight
Melanie and Sasha

Tomorrow night will be the results from tonight and America’s Favorite Dancer for Season 8 will be chosen in the final show this season.

We have nothing else to report tonight except that at the end of the show Nigel predicted that this years winner would be a girl.

See all of you out there in cyberland tomorrow for the results and we hope you voted for your favorite dancer.

August 10, 2011

Thought for Today

Filed under: General Nothing — alaboutnothing @ 12:53 pm
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  We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success;
We often discover what will do, by finding out what will do;
and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.

“Samuel Saailes”

Nothing is better than discovery.

August 5, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 — Final Top 4 Pic’s

Top 2 Guys:
    

Top 2 Girls:

   

(Mouse over each picture to get the dancers name)

We have nothing else to report at this time except to say its been one great season.

August 4, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 – Top 6 Results

Tonight’s judges were Nigel, Mary, and guest Lil ‘C’.

Tonight the judges did make the decision as to who was leaving the show.  The boy and girl that received the least votes left the competition this season.

Leaving tonight is Ricky and Caitlynn.

As we say to all the departing contestants, “To Ricky and Caitlynn we send our congratulations for making the Top 6 and even though you are leaving tonight, let nothing stand in your way as you continue your journey to complete your dream”.

Other highlights from tonight:

Kent Boyd (Runner up last season) and Lauren Froderman (Winner last season) danced the “You and I Collide” routine and were amazing as usual.

The “Bad Boys of Dance” did a routine we found that the name needs to be changed because there was also a girl dancer included.  Nice routine however.

Pia Toscano from this seasons American Idol, sang her new single “The Time”.  Pia was one of our favorites and even though she left the show early, you can bet that Pia will be around the music industry for a very long time.  She has one of those voices that come along rarely.  It a great seeing her perform once again.

So folks, next week will be the final show for SYTYCD Season 8 and the four competitors will be Sasha, Melanie, Tadd, and Marko.

We have nothing more to add at this time except because we know nothing we are always searching for more information and we found that Wikipedia (The internet information center) has some pretty good statics on SYTYCD.  If you are interested please < Click here >

Have a peaceful week and we hope to see you again next week.  Thank all of you out there in cyberland for your support.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 – Top 6 Performance

Tonight’s judges were Nigel, Mary, and guest judges Christina Applegate and Lil “C”.

The contestants did three routines tonight one with an “All Star” as a partner, one with one of the other contestants as a partner, and a solo.  The solo will not be judged, but it gives you one last chance to see your favorite in their specialty before next week.  The “All Star” dancers are past competitors from previous seasons of SYTYCD.

Remember folks, next week is the final show this season and America’s Favorite Dancer will be chosen by your voting.

Tonight’s highlights in order of performance partnered with All Star (AS = All Star):

1] Melanie and AS Twitch – Style: Hip-Hop                Song “Romans Revenge”
This is the first time this season where we get to see Melanie doing the Hip-Hop style and she was awesome once again.  We agree with Lil ‘C’ when he said it was “Buck.” It was definitely a tough routine and as usual Melanie “nailed” it.  Bravo!

2] Sasha and AS Kent – Style: Jazz                           Song “Fool of Me”
This routine included a wall as the main prop and the routine was one of the most amazing we have seen this season.  We could not take our eyes off the dancers as they progressed through this routine using the wall throughout.  This routine was a piece of art, “The art of dance.”  Sasha danced the routine with emotion and brought the viewing audience along with her.  It was probably the best routine Sasha has danced this season.  Bravo!

3] Marko and AS Janette – Style: Paso Doble            Song “Zoarongo”
This is not one of our favorite styles, but there have been some routines that we have appreciated and this was one of them.  It was not one of Marko’s usual “wows”, but he did a good job with it.

4] Tadd and AS Ellenore – Style: Contemporary        Song “The Golag Orkastar”
This was an odd routine that had the dancers mostly hanging from a chandelier, which really took the focus away from the few dance steps in the routine.  The chandelier did a fantastic job just hanging around.  The few dance steps that Tadd had he did a very good job with it and we noticed he must have hung from a chandelier once or twice before coming to SYTYCD.

5] Ricky and AS Jamie – Style: Contemporary          Song “Inside These Lines”
This was another routine where the dancers had props.  This time the prop was a stick in each hand, which makes the routine all that much harder.  It was not one of our favorite routines because it started with flow, but then it seemed the dancers were more focused on not dropping one of the sticks then the dance movement itself.

6] Caitlynn and AS Pasha – Style: Samba                 Song “Drop it Low”
This was no doubt the best Samba routine we have seen in many weeks.  Caitlynn had great technique and really entertained us.  Caitlynn is really growing with each passing week and we really like watching her continue on.

Tonight’s highlights in order of performance partnered with other contestant:

1] Ricky and Sasha – Style: Whacking                      Song “Schoolin Life
This is the first time this style has been done ever on SYTYCD and we must say it was interesting.  The dancers however seemed robotic in their movements during this routine.

2] Tadd and Melanie – Style: Broadway                     Song “Where Do I Begin”
This routine was danced very well by both dancers and the judges went “ga-ga” over Melanie, but remember that Tadd was way out of his style of “B-Boy” and held his own in this routine.

3] Marko and Caitlynn – Style: Jazz                            Song “Heavy In Your Arms”
This was a powerful dance routine and both dancers reflected the power in it.  We agree with the judges that Caitlynn had a “moment” tonight in this routine and it was he best ever this season.  Marko was his usual awesome and danced fearless.  Bravo!

Our top two best routines tonight
Sasha / Kent and Marko / Caitlynn

Tomorrow night will be the results from tonight and two dancers will be going home.

We have nothing else to report tonight except to say this has been one of the best seasons ever for SYTYCD.

See all of you out there in cyberland tomorrow for the results and we hope you voted for your favorite dancer.

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