Wednesday, February 6, 2019

My Top 5 Most Played Tango Songs


Based on iTunes play counts...


#1
"Café de los Angelitos", Rodolfo Biagi, Alberto Amor, 06/15/1945



"Cuando Se Ha Querido Mucho"con Jorge Ortiz (also recorded on 06/15/1945) is up there, too, as is "Indiferencia" (09/10/1942) with Jorge Ortiz as well.



#2
"Yo no sé por qué razón", Enrique Rodriguez, Armando Moreno, 05/13/1942





#3
"Verdemar", Carlos diSarli, Oscar Serpa, 09/16/1955





#4
"Nostalgias", Osvaldo Fresedo, Héctor Pacheco, 11/21/1952





#5
"Malena", Anibal Troilo, Raúl Berón, 08/18/1952

Sunday, January 27, 2019

how much co2 does the u.s. emit into the atmosphere each year?

I went back to an old post on this subject...I had gotten the math wrong and re-calculated it...or so I thought. I was still wrong! Y'all are supposed to be checking my math. #newmathvictim #it'sthesimplefuckingunitconversionsthatkillmeandnowthati'mgettingoldandmybrainisgoingdownhillit'sevenworsetypeshit

Here it is in metric tons, tons, pounds, acres, square miles, and last but not least, Ford Expeditions.




FUCK MAN I WAS STILL OFF … ONE THOUSAND MILLION IS A BILLION NOT A TRILLION … IDIOT!

NEW CORRECTION 01/27/2019

2017: 5140 MILLION METRIC TONS
[source: u.s. energy information administration]

5140 million metric tons
5665.880133 million tons
5,665,880,133 tons
11,331,760,266,800 11 trillion lbs
5500 lbs/expedition
2,060,320,049 expeditions
110.7 sf/expedition
228,077,429,370 square feet
43560 sf/acre
5,235,937 acres
640 acres/sq mi
8181.152052 square miles

TRAVIS COUNTY 1023 SQUARE MILES
VERMONT 9249 SQ MI
NEW HAMPSHIRE 8969 SQ MI
MASSACHUSETTS 7838 SQ MI

SO TRAVIS COUNTY 8 LAYERS DEEP IN BUMPER-TO-BUMPER FORD EXPEDITIONS - EACH YEAR
OR MOST OF NH (91.2%) 1 LAYER DEEP

THAT'S HOW MUCH CO2 is EMITTED INTO THE ATMOSPHERE EACH YEAR IN THE U.S.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Fwd: [New comment] Why I Quit Tango (a survey)



Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: TangoClay <donotreply@wordpress.com>
Date: January 21, 2019 at 4:15:04 PM CST
To: alextangofuego@gmail.com
Subject: [New comment] Why I Quit Tango (a survey)

WordPress.com Sister Elle commented: "Love and Hate relationship with Tango. I have been trying to come back to Tango every year for last 10 years. I dance for about 1-2 months then I go away because my energy is more for extroverted Lindy Hop (Which I'm currently trying to learn) or salsa"

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Angels Tango Marathon, Fermo, Italy

I always find myself wishing these were done with Golden Age music...otherwise, very well done...a great representation of what tango uh, "represents"...(grin)


Angels Tango Marathon - winter edition 2019 by Sivis'art from Sivis'Art on Vimeo.

For this 3rd edition, the theme of temptation is symbolized by the apple. Angels Tango Marathon takes place in Italy in a charming city near the Adriatic Sea in the city of Fermo. The event is located in a 3 star hotel. The atmosphere is friendly and the food is excellent.

Asphalt. Rubber. Prada. Marfa.

Me and sweetiepiehoneybunch spent Christmas out in Marfa. Obviously we had to "experience" Prada Marfa, 30 miles to the west in Valentine, Texas. At 5:30am.
I was using my new Movi gimbal thingy mounted on a tripod, which I won't do again. You can see the gimbal motor making slight adjustments throughout the video. Next time I'll do it without the gimbal.


Asphalt. Rubber. Prada. Marfa. from Alex Tango Fuego on Vimeo.

Listen...

Actually Valentine, Texas, 30 miles west of Marfa...


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prada_Marfa





Sunday, January 6, 2019

Impressive, too...2018 International Tango Festival Baden-Baden by sivis'art

Really nicely produced video here...of the 2018 International Tango Festival :: Baden-Baden...November 9-11, 2018...


International Tango Festival Baden Baden 2018 - by Sivis’art from Sivis'Art on Vimeo.

Find all the videos of the performances on the sivisart.com, a deserving atmosphere movie of James Bond, a magnificent place the casino and a beautiful room with an orchestra.



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»Music : Todo es amor - Fulvio Salamanca

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Why I Quit Tango Survey by Clay Nelson and Beth Anne :: Quitting versus Retention Theory


Wow. Name Tags. Forgot about that. Good idea. Tango class in Aspen, Colorado. My original teacher, Heather Morrow.


I've always felt that in the realm of building tango communities, that understanding why people leave tango/communities, will give insight into how to better retain dancers - for both teachers and community "leadership".


To that end, I've compiled Clay and Beth Anne's survey into a pdf, complete with all of the comments (which is the gist, imho) and published on Scribd. You can read or download below.


For what it's worth, I don't think teachers nor communities do near enough to "capture" new dancers. The dancers that show up to take the "free intro" classes, or the dancers that "cold show" (I made that up) in regular month class series'. At the free intro classes, we don't even bother to get them to sign a page in a legal pad or on a clipboard - giving their name and email address for follow-up. At least here in Austin, Texas. Imaging following up with a community email (MailChimp) detailing all the activities, milongas, classes, different teachers, videos, resources, the community GoogleCalendar, the community website/portal.

There's a novel concept! A teacher doing a free intro class, but acknowledging that he/she may not be the "best" teacher for a particular student, and instead of only self-promoting, they promote the community at large and all of the other teachers, too. Or worse, doing essentially zero promotion of learning opportunities. Only giving someone a glossy postcard and calling that good just doesn't cut it, if you ask me.


"Rising seas float all boats" type shit. Or whatever. You get my drift. Or if you don't, the concept of a new competing milonga (potentially) bringing new dancers into the community. The concept of a new dancer coming into the community and trying all the teachers until they find the one that they learn from most effectively.


Here in Austin we have two "free intro" classes. Monday, and Tuesday nights, both followed by milongas. I would say each one averages 5 people. Sometimes 15-20, sometimes 2-3 or none, mostly 5 or 8. Let's say 5. Times x 2 nights x 50 weeks. That's 500 people per year coming through those classes. Cut that down to 200. Then we know that very few people "stick" to tango. "You don't choose tango, tango chooses you" as they say. So in a year, 10%? 5%? Go with 5%. 10 new people per year "sticking" and coming into the community. Say only 2 really stick for the long term.


2 out of 200? 5 out of 500?


1% "stickage" rate? Why so low? What is happening here? Are potential new dancers getting turned off/turned away?


I don't know that anyone from these classes has stuck around for the longer term.


We will never know, I suppose. Unless we endeavor to know.


Here's the link to Clay's Surveys: https://tangoclay.us/clays-surveys/


Why I Quit Tango Survey Co... by on Scribd





Why I Quit Tango Survey Complete Results + Comments :: Clay Nelson & Beth Anne https://tangoclay.us/clays-surveys/ 51 Pages Very useful (or at least illuminating) information on the subject of "why people quit tango", useful in that it might help provide insight into retaining more people in both classes and local tango communities. #WhyIQuitTango #tangocommunitybuilding #tangosocialstudies #socialstudies #socialdance #socialdancecommunitybuilding #sociology #quittingtango #quittango #claynelson #claynelsonsurveys #bethanne #tangosurveys #tangosurvey





Gustavo Santaolalla - De Ushuaia a la Quiaca

Gustavo Santaolalla is the force behind Bajofondo Tango Club aka Bajofondo. He won two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Original Score for the films Brokeback Mountain and Babel in 2005 and 2006 respectively.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustavo_Santaolalla