Many years ago, when we were still in Austin, on the observation of the passing
of Frankie Manning, we, as a community decide to learn the Shim-Sham and dance
it in honor of him.
Frankie Manning doing his thing
I can’t say I got a hang of it then. I can’t say I got the hang of it in the
years since, either. When done right, it looks like this:
Fortunately, our local dance studio, You Should Be Dancing, held a
workshop this past weekend. The wonderful Stephanie Shapiro taught us the
dance with great humor, kindness, patience and skill. She has a solid method
for this dance and really helped us master chunks that we can stitch together.
She was even patient as I scribbled notes in-between dance segments. I’ve
written them down below as I move forward in truly learning this dance.
I recently found a tool that has really improved my life: jq. jq can
extract, restructure and change JSON data. Professional programmers often call
this operation “munging,” “massaging,” or “frobnicating.” The rest of this post
will take you through an example of some frobnication.
Oftentimes in life, there are those events that are so grand-seeming that you assume they’re for someone else. I’d slot things like “Meeting Paul McCartney” or “Getting a skybox seat at the Superbowl” in this category. I’d almost relegated seeing “Hamilton” to the same category; however, late on Friday night, my friend at work asked if there were any takers for a pair of tickets his sister couldn’t use and I pounced! We could hardly believe our luck and had to check our e-tickets several times to confirm that we really had them and that we really were going to see what Michelle Obama called: “…the best piece of art in any form that I have ever seen in my life.