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Entries from September 30th, 2007

No Rock for You!

September 30th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Hawaii, Pop Culture

Aerosmith played a concert in Hawaii last night, but chances are, you weren’t invited. It was a private gig for Toyota, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary in Honolulu.  (The band was scheduled to perform for the hoi polloi on Maui on Wednesday, but that concert was canceled.) The automaker paid the University of Hawaii […]

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Got iPhone?

September 29th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Gadgets, Hawaii Blog

If you’ve got an Apple iPhone or an iPod Touch, you can now browse Hawaii Blog with ease. Thanks to the iWPhone WordPress Plugin, this site now looks especially slick and clean for users of these devices… but looks exactly the same for everyone else. Yes, I realize the ridiculousness of creating a special version […]

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LOST Returns to the YWCA

September 28th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 8 Comments · Lost

For at least the third time within a week, the production crew for “LOST” returned to the historic Laniakea YWCA building on Richards Street, across from ‘Iolani Palace. For the show’s many character flashbacks, this beautiful building has served as everything from a mosque to a French restaurant, but most notably as a mental institution. […]

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RoadRunner Doubles Up

September 28th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Hawaii

Looks like Oceanic has upgraded the services of its RoadRunner subscribers for free, and with little fanfare. Upload speeds have been doubled (or, rather, potential upload speeds), a major boon to content creators and users of online storage. The development is a small technical change but a big move in its battle with Hawaiian Telecom, […]

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202-552-1332

September 28th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Hawaii

Hawaii residents are being bombarded with telemarketing calls from 202-552-1332. If you see the number on your caller ID, just ignore it. The number has already been posted to several nuisance number sites, including WhoCallsMe, whocalled.us, and 800Notes. The scoundrels appear to be targeting anyone, anywhere, with reports filed from Texas, Maryland, California, and Washington […]

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Colt the Cover Boy

September 27th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Hawaii, Sports

Colt Brennan celebrated quarterback of the rejuvenated University of Hawaii Warriors football team, is featured on the cover of the upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine. “It’s the first time a local athlete has received this national honor,” crowed KHON sports anchor John Veneri tonight. Now, not being particularly sports savvy, I confess that I […]

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Suck It, Who?

September 26th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Pop Culture

It’s one thing to make Newsweek. It’s another thing entirely to rate a citation in that venerable publication for a website called SuckItJesus.com. That claim to fame belongs to Carlos Uretta, a student at Hawaii Pacific University and the talented guy behind the HPU alt-news site FortStreetPulse.com. Carlos and his friends launched the site after […]

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New Media, Old Media, We Media

September 26th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Hawaii, The Web

I was fortunate to be able to participate in a panel discussion for the Pacific Century Fellows Class of 2007 today. The topic was “Evolution of On-line News & Its Effect on Journalism and News Reporting,” and my fellow panelists were: Chris Archer, News Director, KGMB9 Sandra Oshiro, Managing Editor Digital/Multimedia, Honolulu Advertiser Malia Zimmerman, […]

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Hawaii Blog 2.0

September 26th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 6 Comments · Hawaii Blog

Hawaii Blog has moved. And it’s about time. When I first launched this blog in July 2000 — truly an eon ago in Internet time — I did so almost reluctantly, apologetically, stepping into the breach of “the weblog fad” that was sweeping through the journaling community. Though it seems quaint now, at the time, […]

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Webkinz Gets Wise for the West

September 21st, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Family, The Web

About a month ago, I blogged about how the Webkinz virtual world would shut down every night just when my kids (and presumably other kids in the Hawaii time zone) would be trying to get online. By scheduling their system updates at midnight on the East Coast, they were cutting off kids living several hours […]

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