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What's With My Email? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Sause   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 15:29

Recently we have had a lot of email issues which I believe are beyond the scope of the website itself or our host, HostGator.  If you are signed up for our announcements, and have noticed a long lag since the last time you received email from us, and especially if you're email is yahoo.com or hotmail.com, then you are probably one of the ones affected.

My personal email address is with Cox.net, and is thus a paid service which I access using a dedicated email browser, Microsoft Outlook.  I know that many of you have migrated to smart phones and tablets using gmail or are using web based ones like hotmail, yahoo, bigfoot, gmail, etc.  Recently one of the principal guys from Google said that you should have 'no expectation of privacy when using gmail' - as if you had any expectation from the CIA not reading your emails!

The issue as I see it, is there is more and more traffic on the Internet and everyone providing free or even paid service, tries to eliminate the junk mail.  I get 10-20 advertisements per day in my yahoo spam folder, but yahoo blissfully puts some of those ads in my inbox anyway.  My guess is those are from advertisers who pay yahoo a fee, so those pass muster.

Lately, whenever someone sends a club email all the ones going to yahoo addresses seem to trigger a message in my inbox that the mail was undeliverable or is still sitting in the queue.  I can't even be sure that those messages are valid, but I do know that many of our board members and key people use yahoo addresses.  I sent a mail from my personal Cox account explaining the issue and offering to test options.  I got replies from all kinds of folks, and ones not on yahoo, saying there was or wasn't an issue.  Now I don't know if they got the rejected mail, or it went to a junk folder, or it truly did get blocked.  I have made a few changes in the website configuration at HostGator's suggestion and they tested and established that HostGator to yahoo mail seems to work fine.

Maybe the problem was temporary and is now fixed, maybe not.  I'm still getting warnings from emails sent out in the last two weeks, coming in a clump of six or eight at a time.  My best suggestion is this.  If you think you have a mail issue coming from us, then write to me, Dave Sause, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I will send you a message to look for.  If it doesn't come through in a few seconds, then the issue is ongoing.  If it does, then at least you should be getting normal emails from us,

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 15:54
 
General Explanation of Calendar Events PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Sause   
Saturday, 02 February 2013 21:02

OK, I admit it - there are things about the events module that I wish I could change ... however, generally its operation is pretty slick.

When myself or one of the authorized people creates an 'event' but typing a text description and selecting on what date and time in begins and ends, multiple things happen.  Part of this process is to select a 'category' such as "STDS Contra Dance Events" or "Outside Traditional Dance Events."  Anything that is managed by Scissortail or one of its affiliates comes under the STDS heading; anything put on by one of our friend dance groups all over the country is considered an "outside event".  There's a legend of the color codes and the categories at the bottom of each calendar.  There are three icons at the upper left which lets you choose to see an entire month, a week or a day.  There is a combo box to the right of the icons that allows you to jump ahead or back a few months.  If you reach it's limits, just click it again and you can go further.  Really the calendar never stops and you can go out to see years ahead or back, if we have built any events.  You can also move through the calendar months one at a time by clicking the name of the previous or next month.

The event information, that is, text, timing and category all are used by the system to determine how things are displayed, and, to that end, we have three different calendars: STDS Events, Special Events and Combined Events.  By selecting one of the STDS categories, the event appears on both the STDS and the Combined Calendar.  By selecting one of the Outside categories, the event appears on the both the Special and the Combined Calendar.  Thus if you want to see only Scissortail events, go to the STDS calendar.  If you want to see Outside Events (usually three or more days, pre-registered and pre-paid, and involving travel outside Oklahoma) then you want Special Events.  (By the way, the Flamingo Fling and Set for Spring [when we host it] are considered special STDS events and are on all three calendars.)

This may seem overly complex ... but when you have as many as three or four events going on at the same time, the calendar gets pretty busy.  If you are the "dance gypsy" type and have the desire and resources to dance out of state to all those magnificent callers and bands, then maybe the Combined calendar is the way to go.  However, sometimes you may just want to see STDS ... that's all that we're trying to support.  One of the things that I wish I could do is put a little description on the top of each page to explain the various calendars.  I just found out this evening how to display the menu title instead of 'events calendar' so that you at least know which one you're looking at.

Event information will drive various displays.  That is, we only create or edit the event.  This automatically corrects all three calendars.  If the event falls within two weeks of the current date, then it also pops up in the "Next Events" box.  I know that two weeks time is not adequate warning to plan for a big event with travel and registration, that's why you should look out a month or two on the calendar.  If I had the "Next Events" box do this, there would be so many items that the list would be huge.  It's really just a "two minute warning".

Also, the complete event information creates a short summary that appears in the calendar or next events box; when you click on it you can see the full details and any related links.

Final comment: these are YOUR calendars.  If you are a responsible person for a group, a caller, a musician or just a member with some knowledge of what's happening, then please review the events and send  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it corrections, comments and additions.  I won't promise that we will advertise every concert, exhibition and bake sale - but to the limit of our resources we will try.  As long as this is something interesting to dancers or aimed at all of us or a specific group of dancers that is usually good enough.  What appears here is only as good as the information we have.  So do let us know!  We hope to see you at as many of these events as possible!  There are things called "repeating events".  I tend not to create ones like "every Wednesday at 6 PM until forever" though.  Mostly there is something that changes about each event and you want your participants to know what that is, right?  Also, as soon as we do one of these, there are schedule changes, weather issues, holiday conflicts, etc.  Mostly I hear about it when someone shows up for your regular event and you aren't there.  So think in terms of one event at a time.  When possible we will also send out an email reminder for your event to several hundred folks who have said they want to be notified.  So use the system.

Happy event hunting!

Dave

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 February 2013 22:15
 
Scissortail On The Web Print E-mail
Written by Dave Sause   
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 19:50

If you are a first time visitor to this website, then you should first read the article "A Quick Profile Of What We Do", below.  If you are a returning visitor, a member of STDS, a registered user of this site, or a subscriber to one of our newsletter series, then there is much more here for you to see and do.  Each bulleted item on the Scissortail Menu at the left side of your screen selects a different feature of this site and some items like "Photos and Videos" expand when you click on them to reveal sub-topics.  Right below the heading we display a trail of 'breadcrumbs' to help you figure out how you got where you are and to be able to backup all the way or part of the way.  Believe it or not, breadcrumbs is the official computerese term for this!  We want this site to be easy to use and a place that you enjoy visiting.  I will do my best to keep it updated, fresh, interesting, and pertinent for you.  However, I can't do this by myself.  You have to tell me what you want to see here, what works for you, what doesn't.

We will still be sending emails to remind you about our events and communicate last minute changes and you may have noticed lately that these look more like commercial advertisements than the normal text only personal emails.  This is one of the new features of the site, a newsletter and subscription module.  You can now choose to join or depart from those mailings and communicate which ones you want right here from this website, and without the trouble of finding an email address or phone number to contact us.  This is just one example of how this site will grow and hopefully improve and facilitate the process of being part of our community.  Since the website doesn't need to sleep like the rest of us humans, we're open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (or even 366 some years!)

We've also begun to include videos and photos within the articles and event links themselves.  When you are recommending Contra or ECD to your friends, you don't have to explain much or give them addresses - just send them here to look and listen.  We have business cards available at the sign-in table at every dance.  These are for your use.  Hand some out, and be sure to suggest that they visit this website!

Have a great time exploring the options!  Watch for changes and updates!  Have fun!  And most of all, let us know what we can do to make it better.  Just click any of the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it links to shoot me a quick email.  Don't hesitate to contact me, if only to say "This is what I looked at!".  You can also call me at (405) 694-3690, my cell phone.

The adventure begins ...

-Dave-

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 July 2012 14:21
 
Dancing At OU and Postal Training Center Print E-mail
Written by Dave Sause   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 11:17

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Our own Miranda Arana teaches a World Music Class at OU and includes Contra Dancing as part of the curriculum.  She also teaches Contra every Thursday evening at the Postal Training Center in Norman at 7:30 PM.

On October 30th, the second flash mob dance was held in front of the library on the OU campus and students and community members (including your WebMaster and his WebMistress) had great fun dancing in the warm fall sunshine.  This is actually the second OU event she has held.  Below is the video from the first one during May Intersession 2012.

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 13:42
 
A Quick Profile Of What We Do Print E-mail
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Sunday, 14 February 2010 11:17

Welcome to Oklahoma City’s Contra and English Country connection, the Scissortail Traditional Dance Society! Here you'll find dates, times and locations of our dances, as well as caller and band data. There's helpful information for new and experienced dancers, what-to-wear to tips and advice about becoming a better dancer. We dance at smoke-free venues, and Epworth does not allow alcohol. But contra dance and alcohol are not great friends anyway—there can be lots of spinning. Some dancers are fragrance sensitive, so please be respectful, for their enjoyment.

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STDS was organized in June 1988. Over the years we have grown to over 150 members and routinely have 30 to 50 dancers attending. We usually dance:

  • Contra (live music): the second Saturday of every month, 7:30-11 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 600 NW 13th Street.
  • Contra (live music): the fourth Saturday of every month, 7:30-11PM, at Epworth Methodist Church, 1901 N. Douglas Avenue.
  • English Country (recorded music): the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, 7:30-9:30 PM, at the City Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Boulevard.
  • English Country (live music): scheduled on available Saturdays, 7:45-11:00 PM, venues are announced.

There may be additional special dances and/or scheduling conflicts; so be sure to check our calendars. Each June we host a major Contra dance weekend, the Flamingo Fling.

If you are new, please come at 7:30 PM. For all Saturday night dances, at about 7:40 PM there is a brief review of basic moves for new dancers. (If you can walk and turn; then you will be dancing the first evening!) All Saturday dances are taught and called. Most of us change partners for each dance and, of course, everyone is welcome; whether you came alone or with a partner. Please see 'About Contra' for more information on dance etiquette and customs.  Thursday night English Country dances are taught informally as we go.

Admission for Saturday dances is $8 for non-members, $6 for members and $5 for students through the undergraduate level. Admission to Thursday dances is $2.00 for everyone. Special events dance admissions are announced as we go and may require advance registration. Annual STDS membership costs are $8.00 per person or $12.00 per family (no charge for the website or to be on our mailing list.) We dance a combination of simple to more advanced dances.  Other type dances may be included, such as Waltz, Hambo, English Country, Scottisch, Circle Mixers and Squares; just to name a few.

 

Come Join Us!

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 July 2012 14:22