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Steve Wozniak To Appear On Dancing With the Stars

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the he-sure-gets-around dept.

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Redpill82 writes "It has been confirmed that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will be a contestant on the new season of Dancing with the Stars starting on March 9. Did ABC determine that ratings were low with the technology community? I know I'll be interested in seeing how far Mr. Wozniak goes in the competition."

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Why I respect Woz (5, Funny)

Dystopian Rebel (714995) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782477)

- he is famous engineer (I will never be famous)
- he is a talented engineer (I will never be talented)
- he built revolutionary products (I write Perl scripts)
- he's a member of the Segway Polo team (I have a folding bicycle)
- he gets to dance close with a hot woman on television (Mom, what's for breakfast?)

Re:Why I respect Woz (2, Funny)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782523)

- he's a member of the Segway Polo team
- he gets to dance close with a hot woman on television

Are you sure? I heard that his dancing partner will be called "Ginger" >.>

Re:Why I respect Woz (2, Informative)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 5 years ago | (#26786575)

Mod parent Funny. (Hint: Ginger = Segway)

Woz may be talented, famous, and dancing (5, Funny)

wiredog (43288) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782543)

with hot chicks. But I have a sub 50k Slashdot UID!

Christ, I am such a loser.

Re:Woz may be talented, famous, and dancing (5, Informative)

ComputerSlicer23 (516509) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782637)

If it makes you feel any better, you beat Woz [slashdot.org] to registering for slashdot.

Kirby

How much does a sub 1k Slashdot UID cost ? (5, Funny)

messner_007 (1042060) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783965)

How much does a sub 1k Slashdot UID cost on a free market ?

Maybe I can buy myself a good UID and the girls will go crazy on me.

Re:How much does a sub 1k Slashdot UID cost ? (5, Funny)

Cornflake917 (515940) | more than 5 years ago | (#26785327)

Maybe I can buy myself a good UID and the girls will go crazy on me.

I believe you might have come up with the worst strategy for getting girls, ever.

Re:How much does a sub 1k Slashdot UID cost ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26788821)

I believe you might have come up with the worst strategy for getting girls, ever.

No, I'm sure there are far worse... For example, the GP's strategy does not involve potential for massive public embarassment and/or personal injury.

Re:How much does a sub 1k Slashdot UID cost ? (1)

farrellj (563) | more than 5 years ago | (#26787087)

So, what's mine worth? :-)

Not that I would sell it...it's worth far more as geek cred than in script from any country!

ttyl

Re:Woz may be talented, famous, and dancing (5, Funny)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782863)

Loser perhaps, but you aren't so much of a loser that your going on dancing with the stars, which no self respecting person does.

Re:Woz may be talented, famous, and dancing (2, Insightful)

SeattleGameboy (641456) | more than 5 years ago | (#26787685)

Excuse Me??? He is getting a chance to spend day and night dancing with half-dressed hotties like this (http://www.realitytvmagazine.com/blog/images/2009/02/julianne-hough-dwts8.jpg), and he is the loser??? No wonder guys on Slashdot never get any...

Re:Woz may be talented, famous, and dancing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26789149)

thx for the link... wow

Re:Woz may be talented, famous, and dancing (1)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 5 years ago | (#26788447)

My son is a math/computer geek, in a way, a little shy. Much like me when I was young.

But when he was sixteen, he got infatuated with a girl, and signed up for a ballroom dance class in order to get more face time with her. He's been taking lessons ever since.

Probably one of the best moves a geek could ever make, both for self-development and social development. If you can dance well, you will never hurt for female company. They'll line up to spend a Friday night with you. It's the losers that are scared of their own bodies and worried about what other people will think of them that make fun of other men that can dance.

Re:Learn to dance (3, Informative)

Migraineman (632203) | more than 5 years ago | (#26789323)

When I was about 14, I watched my folks get out on the dance floor. It was the coolest thing (after the initial WtF?!?!? moment wore off.) I made a commitment to myself to learn to dance. School got in the way, but after college I went to a local club and took group lessons. They're inexpensive compared to private lessons, and you get the social benefit of peers who are at the same level of proficiency as you. After the lesson, ask someone from the class to practice what you just learned. (Note: you'll need several hours of practice to reinforce what you learned in the 1-hour group lesson.) Go from there. No one will bust on you for trying to learn, as long as you're polite.

Fast forward 10+ years ... I'm a competitive dancer now. I've traveled all over the US for competitions. I also met my wife through dancing. Learning to dance was life-altering for me, and in a very good way.

As a final note, if you're a guy, your job while dancing is to make *her* look good.

Re:Woz may be talented, famous, and dancing (3, Funny)

alta (1263) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782899)

damnit, that makes me even loserrer. Let's see if #56 comes around. He posts quite a bit.

Re:Woz may be talented, famous, and dancing (3, Funny)

Erbo (384) | more than 5 years ago | (#26786449)

Heh...I'll out-lose the both of ya :-)

Re:Woz may be talented, famous, and dancing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26783023)

Eh just get a new account. You will look less knowledgeable and, subsequently, less losery.

Re:Woz may be talented, famous, and dancing (1)

Trixter (9555) | more than 5 years ago | (#26784575)

But I have a sub 50k Slashdot UID!

Christ, I am such a loser.

Does that make me better or worse than you?

Re:Woz may be talented, famous, and dancing (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26785683)

It makes you a big loser either way. I am tired of all these 'my UID is smaller than yours' reverse pissing contests.

Re:Why I respect Woz (2, Funny)

n1ckml007 (683046) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782585)

He's the Mac daddy!

Re:Why I respect Woz (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782603)

I hate to say it, but he WAS talented many years ago. It seems that, like Ozzy, in recent years he's become less famous for his actual notable accomplishments than for his reality show appearances and public eccentricities.

Re:Why I respect Woz (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782729)

Who says great figures have to keep on creating just to be respected? Bringing an entire new field of technology like personal computing into being is enough of an accomplishment that he can rest on his laurels. I'd only complain that while Slashdot celebrates Woz, I feel this community really neglects other great PC engineers of the '70s, and has seemed to forget a lot of the details of the era's culture, for which I'd recommend Freiberger's Fire in the Valley [amazon.com]

Re:Why I respect Woz (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26783789)

"Bringing an entire new field of technology like personal computing into being"?

Really? Really? Come on. No love for Commodore, Atari or the countless others who came up with the same ideas at the same time? He didn't bring an entire field into being, he was around when the field came into being and was at the right place and the right time. That's all. I fail to see what's so great about his engineering too, he just did what other people did just as well back then. The C64 had an entire custom chipset developed by very talented individuals. Just like Atari and others.

And from what I've seen of him publicly, he's quite a cock. You heard me, not cocky, but a COCK. The way he spoke to Jack Tramiel was disrespectful and Tramiel had just as much to do with "Bringing an entire new field of technology like personal computing into being" as that fat prick Woz.

Re:Why I respect Woz (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 5 years ago | (#26784791)

I know. Why do Atari's accomplishments get largely ignored? They had the best early color and sound systems in any of the home computers back then. The C64 was leaps and bound ahead of the old Vic 20, which was a pretty decent machine itself. Once I got my first Atari 800, it was all but impossible to go back to the TRS-80...

That said I still do have some love for Woz though. (But I don't watch any stupid "reality" shows on television either.)

Re:Why I respect Woz (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26785495)

Wow, you had enough time away from sucking Woz's cock to mod me flamebait? Bad boy! Get back on your knees and suck!

Re:Why I respect Woz (-1, Flamebait)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782771)

1. True, famous because he was lucky enough to have Jobs turn the company into a real bussiness so could sit around and tell everyone they are doing it wrong.

2. Talented engineer? Since when? Lots of people built and programmer simple computers in thief garage while the steves were getting started, he's not really special. It's not like he is even indirectly responsible for ANYTHING you can get from Apple today.

3. Not really, they just sold new products, revolutionary might have been the first guys who assembled PCs in their garage. The Woz wasn't the first.

4. Segway polo team? Awesome, he's a geek with enough money that he bought a device that allows fatties and geeks to move around while their already under developed muscles fatigue even more. Owning a segway makes you a trendy douchbag, nothing more.

Perhaps you watching a different version of the show than I, when did they get hot women? As far as I can tell it's always been a collection of washed up has-been who were about to be forced to work again so they do the show to make so money. From what I can tell that applies to both the dancers and the stars.

If your going to pick someone to respect, pick someone respectable, not some random loser who was in the right place at the right time ... 40 years ago.

Re:Why I respect Woz (1)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782835)

Perhaps you watching a different version of the show than I

Heh, you watch that show.

Re:Why I respect Woz (1)

reuteler (819104) | more than 5 years ago | (#26785757)

come on.. bicycle polo (even w/ a folding bicycle) is quite a bit cooler than anything on a segway.

Re:Why I respect Woz (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#26786991)

bicycle polo (even w/ a folding bicycle) is quite a bit cooler than anything on a segway.

Well not quite anything.

Thanks, CmdrTaco (1)

LittleLebowskiUrbanA (619114) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782485)

After your breakdancing stint, our geek dancing ratings have plummeted!

Segway polo (1)

JBMcB (73720) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782497)

The guy plays Segway polo, he has to be nimble on his feet. I suggest he stays away from those Hawaiian shirts, though.

Re:Segway polo (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782813)

Uhm, no. The electronics in the segway do all the work. Its hardly more than an outside video game. Possibly less physically demanding than a good game of Wii tennis.

Re:Segway polo (3, Insightful)

JBMcB (73720) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783441)

"The guy plays Segway polo, he has to be nimble on his feet."

How on earth did you interpret that statement in any way other than light sarcasm?

Re:Segway polo (1)

dwarg (1352059) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783537)

This guy has some intense personal hatred of Woz (I suspect he was molested by an Apple II), he's been been flamin' all over this thread.

Re:Segway polo (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 5 years ago | (#26784279)

No hatred of Woz himself, just this retarded idea that he's something special.

Re:Segway polo (1)

dwarg (1352059) | more than 5 years ago | (#26784673)

No hatred of Woz himself, just this retarded idea that he's something special.

Ah, I see.

Well, you're special too BitZtream. I see all the amazing things you do and I hope you realize how important it is to all of us. It's not like you just stumbled into making the personal computer like Woz. You didn't just happen to be in the right place at the right time, and in spite of that you still managed to do so many things that haven't made you famous, or rich, or get you invited onto a TV show. So keep up the good work and let us know about any other titans of the industry that aren't worthy of our recognition.

Re:Segway polo (5, Informative)

SteveWoz (152247) | more than 5 years ago | (#26784955)

BitZtream is not off base. I was very athletic in school with letters and trophies and all. 15 years ago I could run a marathon. After a spinal injury I have not kept in good shape and I let my weight go too, so this will be hard for me. But it's not about dancing. It's about ratings and attracting viewers. You never know what pranks I might find a way to pull on the show.

I don't mind it when people treat me badly. I wish I had no fame and no money, and I do my best to limit both. But I'm not cool enough to turn down the producers to DWTS. By the way, I had never seen the show until I watch a DVD last night.

Re:Segway polo (2, Insightful)

dwarg (1352059) | more than 5 years ago | (#26785701)

Yes, but you still haven't explained why your Apple II molested poor BitZtream. ;p

Seriously though, my comment was in reference to the numerous comments BitZtream has left on this thread attacking you. A lot of people try to deify those people that come first, or at least are given credit for getting there first, so I understand the temptation to attack them to compensate for it, but doing so is even more asinine than deifying them. I don't need to pee all over myself in deference to you, but I see no reason why I shouldn't be grateful for all your contributions to personal computing.

You're an ordinary man that stood on the shoulders of giants, as anyone that has ever accomplished anything has. And in case you haven't noticed more than a few people have clamored onto your back to make a name for themselves.

Anyway, good luck with DWTS I know you'll have some fun with it. And thanks for everything.

Re:Segway polo (3, Funny)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 5 years ago | (#26786007)

> You never know what pranks I might find a way to pull on the show.

May I suggest:
  - change the judges' score cards from decimal to hexadecimal
  - redirect Denise Richards' votes to Lenny Goodman
  - a performance art representation of big-endian vs little-endian
  - surreptitiously replace NFL Linebacker Lawrence Taylor's musical selection with "Never Gonna Give You Up"

Re:Segway polo (1)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 5 years ago | (#26786731)

You should go out on the stage, strutting out "Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers!" but in style...
Show them how it's really done.

(Shame about your UID ;)

Re:Segway polo (1)

Erbo (384) | more than 5 years ago | (#26786799)

Good on you, Mr. Woz. I know I have a good reason to watch this season of the show now, and I hope you do as well as John O'Hurley (my "gold standard" for DWTS competitors).

GO WOZ! GEEK CULTURE REPRESENT!

Re:Segway polo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26787447)

A couple of unasked-for advice (hey, but this is /.!), if you want to prepare.
Btw, IAACLD&PCMT (I am a Competitional Latin Dancer and a physicist in condensed matter theory):

First and foremost: Hire a Pilates instructor - the stuff has been invented to keep injured dancers in shape, so it's a) not too straining in the beginning and b) very, very good for dancing.

Muscles/body parts you will need:
Ankles (jumping takes alot, espcially if your weight is slightly... higher)
Small back (Needed to stay upright, for in-body-movements)
belly muscles (see above)

Do not, repeat, do not do lots of weights. They tend to hunch your shulders, and the added bulk muscles in your arms just slow you down and get into the way. Most weight training is not concerned with body parts/muscle groups you need, and won't help you actually move (what dancing is all about).
You need flexibility in your shoulders and the top of your body, and you will not get that from weight training.

Apart from that, self-confidence and self-enjoyment is key on the dance floor. Enjoy what you do (which is not that hard - almost all the girls are really hot!), and if something goes awry - hey, the only three people that know what you were planning to do are you, your partner and the choreographer. None of those will tell, so just make somethign up, keep smiling & going!

If your mind works similar to mine, you probably learn by someone explaining to you why something is done a certain way, instead of just showing you how it's done (how many dancers learn).
Most instructors will mostly focus on showing you stuff, instead of explaining, so you will have to ask questions.

Good luck on stage!

Re:Segway polo (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26787489)

I have *never* watched DWTS, as you abbreviated it, but I intend to make an exception now. Is this what the producers intend, to draw people like me out of the woodwork? Dammit, it will work. If it were That Other Steve they had conscripted for the show, I still wouldn't have considered watching. You, however, are cool because you're NOT cool, and you consciously work at keeping it that way. You get extra mod points for an absence of disingenuousness and pretentiousness.

I anticipate that having Steve Wozniak on Dancing With The Stars will make it a bit more "real" than the producers of this "reality" show will intend. Besides, seeing you become more fit might motivate me to fix up the touring bike and work myself up to double centuries again. Maybe I'll even start thinking about entering the Grumpy Old Men division of the Race Across America.

Re:Segway polo (1)

JBMcB (73720) | more than 5 years ago | (#26787641)

>But it's not about dancing. It's about ratings and attracting viewers.

I'll watch it while you're still on.

> You never know what pranks I might find a way to pull on the show.

Oh, please do. Segway tango? :)

I wonder if it will involve... (1)

catdevnull (531283) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782503)

I wonder if it will involve the Segway... ...we know it won't involve Kathy Griffin...

backstage conversation (5, Funny)

William Robinson (875390) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782511)

Bill: You won't believe Steve is such a good dancer.

(Ballmer jumps on stage for monkey dance)

Bill: Oh, forgot to mention, I was talking about Wozniak.

Re:backstage conversation (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783283)

It's best for the judges that Balmer not be in it anyway. Unless they're quick enough to dodge chairs, they're better off without him.

Re:backstage conversation (1)

jaraxle (1707) | more than 5 years ago | (#26785317)

I'd be worried for the judges. Any low scores and Ballmer might fucking kill them, never mind the chairs.

~jaraxle

My guess... (5, Insightful)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782559)

Either really well or really badly. My hunch is that it won't be in between.

Re:My guess... (4, Insightful)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782683)

I do a lot of ballroom dance, and it's a pretty common occupation for engineers to be fantastic at.

Really, who would be fantastic at a social skill that hasn't truly been in vogue in half a century except nerds?

Re:My guess... (1)

ckthorp (1255134) | more than 5 years ago | (#26788111)

You know why, right? It's a physical activity constrained by a largely predetermined set of individual units which can be concatenated onto other units given a probabilistic digraph indicating the odds of successfully connecting one move to another, vis without breaking arms, dropping your partner, etc.

Re:My guess... (1)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 5 years ago | (#26788465)

I took ballroom dance lessons with my girlfriend (now wife). The instructor, a very attractive woman with legs up to her hairdo, seemed to be ignoring me and paying more attention to the other dancers. When we did dance, it was for a very short time and she moved on quickly. It was only at the end of the lessons that she said she really enjoyed dancing with me, because I was sure-footed and not afraid to lead, which was why she didn't help me a lot - the others needed much more help.

At the time I thought it was because I was a former wrestler and was also taking fencing lessons, both of which require coordinated footwork. I never considered that being an engineer might have had something to do with it.

The Woz? (1)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782597)

I assumed they would have gone with the Master of Dance: Balmer [youtube.com]

Then again, they really might like their chairs there.

Re:The Woz? (1)

francium de neobie (590783) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782715)

It's not the disappearing chairs that kill you, it's the chairs that decelerate in front your head that kill you.

But on a related note, I heard Ballmer would keep throwing chairs at anyone who complains, frowns, cries, screams, throws eggs, sleeps, or just didn't clap his hands in beat with his "Developers! Developers! Developers!". Maybe if we install a crash test dummy in the audience, and give Ballmer enough chairs, he'll keep throwing chairs and forget to release Windows 7.

Just an idea.

and his partner is none other than CMDR TACO (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26782611)

and his Beno-Burrito-Band

This is News??? (3, Funny)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782619)

If so, please notify me when Carly Fiorina does a spread in Playboy.

Monday, before coffee? (3, Funny)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782663)

That's just not right. I'm going to have to walk around all day with that image haunting me.

Couldn't you have just linked goatse?

Re:Monday, before coffee? (1)

illumin8 (148082) | more than 5 years ago | (#26785465)

Why is this story news, when last week, Steve Wozniak becoming chief scientist at a flash storage company [muckety.com] isn't? Frankly, Slashdot has really become terrible lately. Badly formed javascript that makes what used to be a quick loading mostly text page take minutes to render on slow systems and mobile browsers. Stories that are more tabloid than news for nerds.

Slashdot, it's very obvious you have new owners. Quit trying to "monetize eyeballs" or whatever stupid Web 2.0 jargon you're trying. Just go back to the news stories you used to have and quit sending us all this crap.

Re:Monday, before coffee? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26785823)

http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/04/2331203

They gonna allow segways? (1)

aapold (753705) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782627)

Offhand I think they're hoping for a William Hung moment...

Oh No (1)

DynaSoar (714234) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782641)

Don't get me wrong, I have all respect and admiration for St. Woz. But this is a guy who converted his basement to a cave, complete with stalactites and stalagmites, and when hunkered down amidst them looked every bit a Neanderthal in t-shirt and jeans. He doesn't look much different now than he did in the picture in TIME the above came from. I hope they intend for his appearance to be comic relief because that's what I think it'll end up being.

Re:Oh No (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783409)

I don't think most of the people watching the show will even know who he is, so it might pan out.

You ever been in his basement (1)

Dareth (47614) | more than 5 years ago | (#26787219)

... NO, cause it is dark down there and we all know what happens in the dark!

"It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue."

Or at least that is what our parents always told us if we wandered into their bedroom in the middle of the night.

I'm holding out hope for... (3, Funny)

Fr05t (69968) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782699)

a Stephen Hawking and Kenny Baker duo.

The Biggest Loser (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26782703)

Isn't this the guy who did some soldering back in 1977 inside a garage and got to hang out with Steve Jobs?

Who gives a fark? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26782767)

Who gives a fark?

Sharks? (4, Funny)

Migraineman (632203) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782805)

Perhaps the dance floor can open to reveal a pool full of sharks. Or maybe, Woz and Steve-O can dance in a Jackass-esgue showdown. (No really, Steve-O is one of the contestants.)

WOW[Z] - I must say, while I never... (1)

rootrot (103518) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782853)

watched Dancing, this is enough to make me watch it up until they vote him off...

There's a precedent for this (3, Interesting)

Peter Cooper (660482) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782893)

In the original UK show (that Dancing With The Stars is derived from) last year, "Strictly Come Dancing", they had a rather old and none-too-thin political correspondent called John Sergeant [bbc.co.uk] on the show. No idea why, but the reaction to it was a bit of a surprise.. more people tuned in, and people really got behind the guy even though his dancing wasn't too good.

He got through week after week just because of the overwhelming number of public votes. I guess people really love a cute (old) underdog. And.. so perhaps it'll go with Woz. People like to see regular joes (as much as Woz is a regular joe) rather than glossy celebs all the time. Perhaps Woz will resonate with America the way John did with us.

(John eventually quit the show because he thought he was taking the attention away from those who could actually dance well each week.)

Re:There's a precedent for this (4, Insightful)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783253)

I thought he quit because the panel kept bitching about the public voting for him?

Pretty stupid, if you want the winner to be based on skill rather than popularity then just have professional, expert judges decide. Of course that loses the opportunity to rake it in from all those premium rate calls.

Officially it was the attention grabbing reason (1)

footnmouth (665025) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783607)

The mantra in UK TV at the moment is interactivity; "phone this number", "press the red button now", "our website is...". The amusing thing is that, like the interactive web, execs only support it when it brings in business or is "on message".

The public, who know all along that the show is an excuse for a bit of fun, got increasingly annoyed with the show (the judges) taking it all too seriously and just kept voting for him.

That and his dance partner had an amazing rack - it's why I kept voting :)

Re:Officially it was the attention grabbing reason (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#26787077)

Do you think there are too many phone-in votes on TV?

For yes, dial 0898 123456
For No, dial 0898 654321

Re:There's a precedent for this (1)

Dr. LeRoy (104954) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783529)

It all really depends on if people connect with his personality. I think he'll be out by the 2nd rounds.

Re:There's a precedent for this (1)

ggvaidya (747058) | more than 5 years ago | (#26786431)

Heh, I still prefer Andy Hamilton's reasoning on why Sergeant became so popular - if you could either vote for the best dancer or to irritate Arlene Phillips, who would you vote for?

This isn't Precedent, This is Widening The Bar (1)

cmholm (69081) | more than 5 years ago | (#26787429)

I'll grant that John Sergeant ain't svelte, but the last time I saw the Woz on the tube, he was HUGE. I'm almost seriously surprised his ticker and/or pancreas hasn't thrown in the towel by now. Unless he's been on a serious weight reduction regimen, watching him dance is going to look like a live action remake of Fantasia [youtube.com] .

star? (1)

El Puerco Loco (31491) | more than 5 years ago | (#26782905)

if they keep lowering the bar like this, pretty soon everyone can call themselves stars. i think they should changed the title to
"dancing with some people who's names you think you know but aren't sure why."

Re:star? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26783359)

... and you can be a star, too!

Re:star? (3, Insightful)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783897)

Lowering the bar?

You don't watch the show, do you? How much lower do you go than Cloris Leachman? Oh, wait, Lance Bass? No, wait, Jophn O'Hurley? Wait, he was actually good, he was robbed.

How about Tatum O'Neal, Tucker Carlson, Jerry Springer (woo baby), Paulina Porizkova (who hid the hanger in her dress very well thank you), Floyd Mayweather, Penn Jillette, Rocco DiSpirito (who?), some of the turkeys from past seasons.

I kinda hope he gets hooked up with Edyta. She hardly wears any clothes, can in fact make a frog look good in the Tango, and usually gets through the first fiew weeks. Since Julianna is taken, he might as well have fun.

I expect Lil' Kim to be gone quick - hip-hop is anthema to the judges, since it's the antithesis of ballroom, especially Mr. Crankypants, Len. L.T. will suprise us, but he's gone by week 5. Denise Richards, Shawn Johnson, Belinda Carlisle (who should have taken this gig just to lose weight like so many others, and Nancy O'Dell are my favorites. There are, however, always suprises. Woz could come off as the Jerry Springer of this season, obviously in over his head, but a gamer. If he enjoys it, gives his all and doesn't let the bastards get to him, he'll be entertaining and get votes.

Now to arrange an outage on the WoW system on Monday nights. Or just message everyone to SMS in and vote. It shouldn't be too hard to hack the voting, eh? This isn't Ohio, I know, but...

ps - This is how the D-listers get up to the C-list. And how non-celebs have a little fun in front of millions. Kathy Griffin *w i s h e s* she could get on this show. We will probably see all of N'Sync, BSB, NKOTB, Menudo, and and at least one Pussycat Doll here some day. Ugh. then the entire Baltimore Ravens backfield. Harrr...

Re:star? (4, Informative)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 5 years ago | (#26788865)

A quibble regarding Cloris Leachman. From Wikipedia:

"Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an American actress of stage, film and television. She has won eight primetime Emmy Awards--more than any other female performer--and one Daytime Emmy Award. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show."

Yes, she's well past her prime physically, but she was (and is) quite talented. And telling John Stamos she was going to strap on her Oscar and fuck him with it qualifies her for comedy legend, right there.

Re:star? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26789107)

Maybe Chuck Peddle was too busy?

If they're aiming for the technically minded... (1)

optkk (907995) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783031)

I think they've missed their mark. Chances are that some people will tune in to see it, but I reckon more people will just catch the clips on YouTube etc, or torrent the episode and watch it in their own time. Of course, I have nothing to back this theory up.

Yeah... (1)

Foolicious (895952) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783297)

"I know I'll be interested in seeing how far Mr. Wozniak goes in the competition."

I know I won't.

How far? (1)

OglinTatas (710589) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783325)

"I know I'll be interested in seeing how far Mr. Wozniak goes in the competition"

maybe he'll get to second base! w00t! vicarious victory for nerds everywhere!

he'll go far because (1, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783469)

he'll bribe the judges with $2 bills

Nerds _CAN_ dance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26783471)

There may not be time to develop it in the TV show format, but nerds are actually ideal ballroom dancing trainees. The MIT Ballroom Dance Team for example is one of the strongest and most successful.

Many people think of dancing as pure personal expression, but dancing that works for two bodies in close coordination is actually a fairly complicated technical problem, and those who can conquer that eventually come to use that basic competence as launching platform for personal expression at an entirely different level.

I like to joke that the ISTD Ballroom Technique manual is about the same size and format as the assembly langauge programmer's manual for a classic microprocessor... only instead of flags and clock cycles, you have footwork and number of beats.

As a soon-to-be-married IT guy & DwtS (3, Informative)

Markvs (17298) | more than 5 years ago | (#26783669)

(Yes, I've been playing with the infinite improbability engine... thus my fiance!)

Anyway, I've now seen a few seasons of DwtS. MOST of the time, it's a pretty enjoyable show even with the cheese factor being set to "Gouda". However, last season (the 7th) was regarded as weak by most of the viewers, as most of the stars were "C list" at BEST.

Compare the names on the lists, and DwtS w/ Woz just looks a lot more watchable...

Season 7:
Jeffrey Ross (Stand Up Comedian)
Ted McGinley (Actor)
Kim Kardashian (Reality TV Star)
Misty May-Treanor (Olympic Beach Volleyball Champion)
Rocco DiSpirito (Celebrity Chef)
Toni Braxton (Grammy Award Winning Singer)
Cloris Leachman (Oscar Award Winning Actress)
Susan Lucci (All My Children TV Star)
Maurice Greene (Olympic Sprinter)
Cody Linley (Hannah Montana Star)
Lance Bass (Former 'N Sync Star)
Warren Sapp (Super Bowl Champion NFL Football player)
Brooke Burke (Model and TV Host)

Season 8:
Belinda Carlisle (Singer in The Go-Go's)
David Alan Grier (Actor and Comedian)
Jewel (Singer-Songwriter)
Shawn Johnson (2008 Olympic Gymnast)
Lil' Kim (Grammy Award Winning Rapper)
Gilles Marini (Actor)
Ty Murray (Rodeo Athlete)
Nancy O'Dell (Access Hollywood Co-Anchor)
Steve-O (Jackass and Wildboyz Performer)
Denise Richards (Actress)
Lawrence Taylor (Retired NFL Linebacker)
Chuck Wicks (Country Singer)
Steve Wozniak (Apple Co-Founder and Philanthropist)

Re:As a soon-to-be-married IT guy & DwtS (2, Funny)

slyn (1111419) | more than 5 years ago | (#26785273)

Steve-O and Steve Woz should get in a dance off during the show to see who gets the rights to the name Steve.

Re:As a soon-to-be-married IT guy & DwtS (1)

GleeBot (1301227) | more than 5 years ago | (#26785639)

Shawn Johnson (2008 Olympic Gymnast)

Oh, I don't know, I think she might be able to dance, too.

Segway (1)

stanleyhudson (1472937) | more than 5 years ago | (#26784147)

Steve, was pleasantly surprised upon hearing of the following dance routines in the competition: The Segway Waltz. The SaMBa. The IPod Shuffle. His next reality tv stop: So you think you can polo.

Wozniak geekness dancing (2, Funny)

peas_n_carrots (1025360) | more than 5 years ago | (#26784343)

Old geek + dancing = Fa1L

Dancing on his feet or on a Segway? (1)

SpinyNorman (33776) | more than 5 years ago | (#26785387)

Either way, it's gonna be ugly.

Gotta watch it.

You know what... (2, Interesting)

scubamage (727538) | more than 5 years ago | (#26785481)

I may hate the show, but I wish him well. Ever since I met him at an ATI mixer, I have to admit the guy is pretty groovy. He's classic early Silicon Valley, and has a great (if not a little overbearing) sense of humor - just like every other geek I grew up with. Here's hoping he wins and makes geek the new pink. Kick some arse Steve!

I hate the show, but this is good because (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26785501)

Woz needs to lose weight, so that he may live longer.

I would like to see Woz around for many more decades, helping innovate at high tech companies (like he's doing at Fusion-IO).

He's the genuine article. Live long and prosper Woz!

Get those phones ready! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26785795)

I don't know about you but I'm already getting my dialing finger ready. I don't care how he dances. I just want to see a great guy like that on television. At least I find him a role model that probably won't be busted for steroids or insider trading.

Rumor has it (1)

MoeDumb (1108389) | more than 5 years ago | (#26785937)

the fleet-footed Woz will be introducing "the Wozzie" to a dance crazed nation.

hmm... (1)

Dretep (903366) | more than 5 years ago | (#26785965)

I wonder which star will be chosen to dance with the Woz.

*cheer* (2, Funny)

sepelester (794828) | more than 5 years ago | (#26787651)

Give it up for Steve Waltzniak!

I sense an iPhone App (1)

ckthorp (1255134) | more than 5 years ago | (#26788201)

How long before there is a "vote for Woz" iPhone app that automatically casts the maximum number of allowed votes for Woz via: SMS, call-in, and web access?
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