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Entries from June 25th, 2007

Indie Lifecasting

June 25th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · The Web

Things really do happen faster on Internet time. Turns out one of Hawaii’s first “professional lifecasters” is already going independent. Star 101.9’s Maleko showed early interest in lifecasting, and was (along with yours truly) a finalist in Ustream’s “Lifecaster Grant” program earlier this month. So it seemed perfect that his Clear Channel radio station was […]

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McLovin of Hawaii

June 24th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Pop Culture

We caught the trailer to Judd Apatow’s next film, “Superbad,” when we slipped out to see his current release, “Knocked Up.” Which was brilliant. But the “Superbad” trailer — in addition to promising another winner — also included a wonderful Aloha State shoutout. One of the characters gets a fake ID, and the issuing state […]

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My Wii Number

June 23rd, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 14 Comments · Gadgets

We have a Wii. I’m not a gamer at all (we have a PlayStation 2, dance pad and all, and have used it maybe a dozen times), but Nintendo’s groundbreaking console is surprisingly fun and addictive. Instead of focusing on horsepower and the latest and greatest graphics, the Wii is perfectly fine with ’90s-era arcade […]

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ChipIn Goes Facebook

June 23rd, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · The Web

One of Hawaii’s tech startups, fundraising facilitator ChipIn, has unveiled its Facebook Application. ChipIn, which was effusively profiled in Hawaii Business Magazine (with several follow-up pieces), didn’t seem to be getting much traction outside of Hawaii. I seem to recall it made a blip on the radar after the October 2006 earthquake with an Big […]

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PayPerPost 2.0?

June 22nd, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · The Web

Silicon Valley gossip blog Valleywag, which generally teeters just beyond the edge of credible reporting, surprisingly nailed a serious story today. As serious as blogging gets, at least. “Microsoft pays star writers to recite slogan,” declared Nick Denton, and the names called out are hardly bit players in the blogosphere. Mike Arrington of TechCrunch. Om […]

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Justin.TV’s Hawaii Channel

June 21st, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · The Web

I’ve written before about Justin.TV and Justin Kan, the San Francisco lifecaster whose antics inspired me to start experimenting with live video. It all ultimately led to the launch of HawaiiGeek.TV, my own lifecasting site (which got some notice in a recent Honolulu Advertiser article). Plenty of my fellow island geeks have seized on the […]

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Beyond the Bogglement Event Horizon

June 9th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Hawaii

Theories about parallel universes, black holes, and space-time singularities are nothing new to rabid fans of science fiction. But even fellow island blogger Steve “Linkmeister” Timberlake must have doubted reality for a moment when he discovered an unexpected, infinitely improbable link between his world and that of renown sci-fi editor and writer Teresa Nielsen Hayden. […]

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Podshow Hacked

June 5th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · The Web

Podcasters with accounts at Adam Curry’s PodShow “social media community” got a bizarre e-mail message this morning: From: “hacked.by.yeknom@podshow.com” Reply-To: k.ostrowski@podshow.com To: account@address.tld Date: Jun 5, 2007 7:12 AM Subject: HACKED! Mailed-By: podshow.com podshow.com got HACKED by yeknom! The messages appear to have been copied to PodShow’s lead developer, Kevin Ostrowski. Apart from the e-mail, […]

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