Some Links of Interest (I hope...)
|Caller and Dancer Resources
|The INTERNATIONAL organization of square dance callers. (Yes, I am a member!)
| The Square Dance Callers'
Association of Northern California.
In addition to some members-only content (such as the note
which our association subscribes), this site has caller
lists for both our members and Bay-area callers in general.
Note: currently, I design and maintain the association's website, and have done so since mid-2009. (Prior to that, Diane Gaskill did most of the work, after inheriting the site from the late Nate Bliss.)
|Charles Bridges' web site. Charles is a square dance caller and round dance cuer (and teaches other dance forms as well!), and was the caller for the Cal Aggie Square Dancers when when I attended UC Davis. His web site has information about all sorts of dance activities in the Sacramento, CA area.
|The Associated Square Dancers of Superior California is the dancers' association in the Sacramento area. Their web site also contains a lot of information about square dancing in the Sacramento area.
|The Northern California Square Dancers' Association covers the northern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, including most of the East Bay. Their web site includes a calendar of dances held by their member clubs, as well as information on the Golden State Roundup festival held every Memorial Day weekend.
|The North State Dancers' Association covers most of the real Northern California (by former state senator Stan Statham's definition). Their website includes a list of their member clubs and dance schedules for the area. Their annual Jamboree is at the end of March.
|The Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers' Association covers the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, and quite a bit of ground below there as well -- as far down as Monterey County. Their Jubilee festival is generally the second weekend every October.
|Square Dance Nevada
|This website is maintained by the ICC (Inter-Club Council), the dancers' association in the Reno area and the organization that puts on the Silver State Square Dance Festival every May. It contains information about Silver State and other square dance activities in the Reno area.
|Vic Ceder is a highly respected caller who calls just about every level there is, and has published instructional books on square dancing. His web site also has a searchable database of square dance callers and round dance cuers, as well as a wealth of information on the use of digital music by callers.
|Some of my favorite callers
|This is the web page for my absolute favorite caller, Joe Saltel. You can blame him, in part, for my becoming a caller -- I bought all of his tapes and played them in my car's tape player, and eventually started singing along with him going down the road. From there, it was just a short descent into madness...
|Daryl is another of my favorites, and several of my favorite singing calls are on the record label that he founded ("Chinook Records"). He is another certified caller-coach, and I was fortunate to attend one of his schools in 1996.
|Hunter is a young man from Montana who is developing into an outstanding caller! Watch for him near you!
|World-famous caller with a wonderful deep voice. He also wrote my favorite Christmas singing call, "Bradley The Brown-Nosed Reindeer."
|Some local clubs with web sites
|Located in Novato, CA. They dance the A2 program on Friday
nights at the Marin Sail and
Power Squadron on Hamilton Parkway. Their club
caller is Steve Minkin.
(I'm one of the callers who is asked to fill in occasionally when
Steve is out of town.)
|Circle 'n Squares
|Located in Santa Rosa, CA. (And not to be confused with the Circle 'n Square club [no terminal 's'] in Yreka!) They dance on Thursday nights to Steve Minkin at Monroe Hall.
|Singles and Pairs
|Located in Santa Rosa, CA. I call for them on Wednesday nights
at Monroe Hall.
Their website just started in November of 2010, but it gives a
information about the club's history — at one time, it was the
club in Sonoma County. (Actually, I designed and maintain the
|The Tam Twirlers are located down in Marin county. They dance on Wednesday nights to Eric Henerlau at the Marin Rod and Gun Club. Their web site includes animated graphics of many of the square dance calls we use, as well as the written call definitions. They've put a LOT of work into this -- check it out!
|Some useful square dance vendors
|Manufacturer of square dance calling equipment in Concord, CA.
|A major square dance record distributor. They also are licensed to sell .MP3 versions of some records directly over the Internet.
|A central resource with links to most of the major square dance music producers, and a searchable database of currently-available songs in MP3 format. Not all producers are participating in the search database, but most do.
|Some computer news and info sources
(formerly PC Week)
The first two of these are updated daily, and I check them every
PC Magazine started out as a monthly magazine, but has migrated into an active website. Its specialty has been large comparative reviews of various types of computer equipment and software. In the days when it was primarily a print publication, PC Magazine published a downloadable utility program every month; I've used some of the PC Magazine Utilities for over ten years.
|In 2004, I started exploring Embarcadero/CodeGear's (formerly Borland's) Delphi programming environment again (after having let version 1.0 of Delphi languish on my hard disk for years). After using Google to search for answers to a bunch of different "how do I..." questions, I started noticing that this site was coming up fairly frequently. Now it's among the first places I go looking for common Delphi answers.
A site which collects Delphi-related blog entries and postings
Embarcadero's Delphi support forums every day and displays them in
place. Very handy if you're a Delphi programmer!
|Good source of comparative reviews of computer components.
|Computer Vendors I use
These are some of the vendors I've used for computer hardware and
software. I've been using Provantage for over 15 years, since they
called "Programmer's Connection," and they have always provided
I've been doing a lot of business with NewEgg over the last several years, and their service has been excellent as well -- and their shipping charges are very reasonable.
I usually prefer to go to Fry's in person, but they're quite a ways away -- the nearest ones are in Concord and Sacramento. The website is a good resource, but most of my online buying these days goes through NewEgg.
(Also see the "Software I Use" page)
| ESET NOD32
This is the commercial antivirus program I'm recommending these
Small, fast, and very reliable. If you listen to Leo Laporte's
show, you've already heard of it. Otherwise, you probably haven't,
it has a very good reputation in the computer trade press. Most
don't carry it -- go to the website and buy the download version.
|A very good antivirus program with a free
version for noncommercial home
use. It's smaller and faster than the current version of AVG Free,
which I used to recommend.
good anti-spyware applications, with free
versions for home
use. Currently, MalwareBytes seems to be the best-regarded spyware
removal tool in the industry.