Anselm Lingnau

The database now has the current version of MiniCribs. There were some minor problems with the update process that needed to be sorted out, most of which had to do with the Django 1.7 update, and that resulted in a fairly long delay. But I hope that future updates will proceed a lot faster!

The automated import process manages to connect approximately 97% of the 4500+ cribs to the corresponding dances in the database. The vast majority of the remaining cribs belongs to dances that we don't yet have in the database; we're working on getting these added, and at that point they will hopefully also be imported correctly.


· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 13 February 2015 14:37 (last edited on 13 February 2015 14:38)

Anselm Lingnau

Just secured the domain name “”. This means that I'm now in a position to offer free domain registrations of the form “” if anyone is interested.

I'm probably going to add “” as an alias of “” just for kicks.


· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 4 February 2015 12:10

Anselm Lingnau

Videos for dance lists are back! In the Strathspey SCD Database, You can now select the “Videos” tab on a dance list detail page and see videos for all the dances that have them.

Generally, the video shown for a dance is the one with the highest quality level. If there are several videos at the highest quality level for that dance (e.g., several “Good” ones when no “Demonstration quality” video exists) then one of those is chosen at random.

Eventually we want to introduce an “Editor's Pick” badge where we explicitly designate one of the available videos as the preferred one to be used in contexts like the dance list “Videos” tab.


· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 1 February 2015 15:50

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays (RSCDS News)

This year has been particularly good for Scottish Country Dancing, and we couldn't be more thrilled at the level of engagement from enthusiastic dancers around the globe. From our ever-popular Summer School, which attracts hundreds of dancers worldwide, to the Commonwealth Ceilidh being observed across five continents, this year achieved a truly global presence, and we have all of you to thank for…

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 19 December 2014 18:00

Dance Revision (RSCDS News)

Please note the following amendment to Miss Gibson's Strathspey (Leaflet Book p.21): Bars 17-24 should end '…to finish in the middle of the set, facing opposite sides.'

Visit our Dance Revision Page.

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 17 December 2014 12:00

Winter Office Hours, Bargain Bin & Last Minute Shop Orders (RSCDS News)

The RSCDS office will be closed from 5pm on Friday December 19th, and will be re-opening on January 5th. If you would like to get in touch with any member of staff, please do so before the office closes for the holiday season.

If you are looking to purchase an item from the store, please be aware that we will not be processing any orders after December 19th. If you would like anything delivered…

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 11 December 2014 18:00

Branch Awards 2014 (RSCDS News)

Please be advise that the recipients' list for the Branch Awards has been updated.

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 10 December 2014 18:00

Anselm Lingnau

There appears to have been an outage of the Strathspey (web) Server earlier today, which I am unfortunately not in a position to investigate in detail (being in Portugal and all that). I restarted the web server and it appears to run, and we should all keep our fingers crossed that it will continue for the next few days because I don't really know if and when I'm going to be online.

(Before you ask: I used to have an automatic check that would advise me if the server was down, but my mobile phone data plan doesn't work outside Germany, and the infrastructure in question wasn't quite carried across to the new server machine in the first place. I'm going to look into crash-proofing the server better when I'm home after next Sunday.)


· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 8 December 2014 1:38

Website Maintenance (RSCDS News)

At 5pm this evening the RSCDS website will be undergoing maintenance and some users may experience a delay in page response or login difficulty. The maintenance will not take long and the website should be up and running as normal later in the evening.

Users may also experience a delay in page response or login difficulty on Tuesday December 9th, as another maintenance upgrade will be taking pl…

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 5 December 2014 18:00

Dance Competition (RSCDS News)

This year we invited Young Dance devisors to submit a dance that will be judged at the upcoming 2015 Spring Fling.

We have had 46 dances submitted to our Spring Fling 2015 competition and they will be trialled over the coming weeks by 33 Young Dance groups from around the world, including: Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Russia, Canada, America, Continental Europe and the UK. 

The final sho…

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· · Posted by RSCDS News · 4 December 2014 18:00

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