Monthly Archive: August 2010

LOST Locations Tours Upgraded

LOST Locations Tours Upgraded

The best “LOST” filming locations tours have gotten even better. Ed Kos of Kos Tours announced today that he has secured access to some new, well-known but well hidden, “LOST” sets. Dubbed “LOST Valley,” the secluded spot includes several iconic structures: The Hydra and its the polar bear cages,  The Orchid (or...

Inouye, Akaka Get Low “Digital I.Q.” Scores

Inouye, Akaka Get Low “Digital I.Q.” Scores

Hawaii’s representatives in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Daniel Inouye and Sen. Daniel Akaka, have less than stellar “Digital I.Q.” scores, according to a new study by researchers at George Washington University and New York University. “Digital I.Q.” was defined as “an individual’s online competence including his or her presence on...

iPad App: Flickpad

iPad App: Flickpad

Digital cameras and online galleries have transformed how we take, organize, and share pictures. But part of me misses the simple, organic fun of casually sifting through a pile of photos. Enter Flickpad. Conceived and co-programmed in Hawaii, Flickpad offers a unique and instantly intuitive way to explore the photos...

Bookmarks for August 24th

Bookmarks for August 24th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 25th: Addicted Gamer Sues Game-Maker, Says He is ‘Unable to Function’: A federal judge is allowing a negligence lawsuit to proceed against the publisher of the online virtual-world game Lineage II, amid allegations that...

Sorting Out the “LOST” DVDs

Sorting Out the “LOST” DVDs

Today brings the much-anticipated release of “LOST: Season Six” on DVD (or Blu-Ray), and “LOST: The Complete Collection” on DVD (or Blu-Ray). Meanwhile, as in years past, retailer Best Buy is also touting “Exclusive Bonus Footage” in its Season Six DVD and Season Six Blu-Ray sets. The question is, which...

Crowdsourcing My Mouth

Crowdsourcing My Mouth

On Saturday morning, I cracked a tooth. Having not seen a dentist in over a decade, and having shunned the dental profession most of my life, I had no idea what to do. Being the hapless nerd I am, I immediately tweeted about it. Fortunately, I received a flood of...

Nonstop Honolulu Coming Monday

Nonstop Honolulu Coming Monday

“If there’s buzz, we’re on it.” So says Diane Seo today, in announcing NonstopHonolulu.com, which she hopes will be the city’s “main online source for eating, nightlife and events.” The site is rising from the ashes of a former shining star. When the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin morphed into...

CitizenGulf Hawaii to Benefit Gulf Coast

CitizenGulf Hawaii to Benefit Gulf Coast

New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region were still recovering from Hurricane Katrina five years ago when the BP oil spill further devastated its communities. Next week, events are being held across the country to help fishing families find a new, more sustainable future by providing an educational program for...

“LOST” Talk at SXSW Interactive

“LOST” Talk at SXSW Interactive

Two great flavors may be coming together next March: “LOST” and SXSW Interactive. Doug Meacham and Amy Greenlaw, two fellow fans and geeks, are proposing a panel that focuses on the “transmedia storytelling aspects” of “LOST.” “If you aren’t familiar with ‘transmedia storytelling,’ it’s just a fancy term for telling...

Civil Beat Puts Public Data Behind the Paywall

Civil Beat Puts Public Data Behind the Paywall

The headline proclaims, “Civil Beat Shares Hawaii State Employee Salaries” — but there’s a catch: you have to pay to get full access to the information. To be sure, there’s a reasonable and deep debate to be had over whether the names and salaries of government employees should be public in...

iPad App: Bartleby’s Book of Buttons [Updated]

iPad App: Bartleby’s Book of Buttons [Updated]

“Bartleby’s Book of Buttons Vol. 1: The Far Away Island” [iTunes Link] is a new iPad application for kids (and playful adults) that embraces everything that makes the Apple device special. It’s a kind of “digital pop-up book” that engages readers in ways that no dead tree could, and it...

Bookmarks for August 17th

Bookmarks for August 17th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 17th: Report charts new course for US astronomy: The report pointedly stresses the need for funding agencies to select between the two large-scale, US-led facilities currently under development — the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope...

“LOST” Meetup in Waikiki on Aug. 25

“LOST” Meetup in Waikiki on Aug. 25

One of the many things “LOST” fans have to look forward to this month is the release of “LOST: The Complete Connection” on DVD and Blu-Ray. To celebrate, several local fans are getting together next Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Giovanni Pastrami in Waikiki. The event is the brainchild of Ed...

“Hā” Celebrates First Birthday

“Hā” Celebrates First Birthday

The “Breath of Life” blew out a big candle last night. One year ago, the Polynesian Cultural Center unveiled its new evening show, “Hā: Breath of Life.” The ambitious, 90-minute production took three years and $3 million to prepare. And by all accounts, it was worth it. The show staged...

LOST Conference Cancelled

LOST Conference Cancelled

Even though there’s a lot for “LOST” fans to be excited about this month, some bad news emerged this week: “LOST: The Conference” has been cancelled. The event was the brainchild of David Lavery and Lynnette Porter, and was planned to run alongside the Hawaii International Conference on Arts &...

Game Companies Boost Hawaii Economy

Game Companies Boost Hawaii Economy

Video games are a growing business in Hawaii. The state’s entertainment software industry added over $23 million to the state’s economy in 2009, according to a report released today by the Entertainment Software Association. The Hawaii findings were only a small part of a national survey that concluded that the...

Bookmarks for August 9th

Bookmarks for August 9th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 9th: Childhood personality traits predict adult behavior: Using data from a 1960s study of approximately 2,400 ethnically diverse elementary schoolchildren in Hawaii, researchers compared teacher personality ratings of the students with videotaped interviews of...

Healthier Cooking for Kids in Kahala

Healthier Cooking for Kids in Kahala

It’s astonishing what kids will eat, and how much of it. But as a dad to three keiki, I can tell you that I’m not always proud of the things they put in their mouths. If you’re like me, you might want to check out “The Kids Food Adventure,” a...

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Makes Top Six

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Makes Top Six

The short independent film “Hawaiian Ghost Story” is one big step closer to becoming a reality. As I blogged last week, the project was in the running for $50,000 cash and a $200,000 finishing contract in Openfilm’s first “Get It Made” competition. And today comes official word that it garnered...

“Hawaii Five-0” Theme Song Contest

“Hawaii Five-0” Theme Song Contest

In anticipation of the Sept. 20 series premiere of CBS’ reboot of “Hawaii Five-0,” the network has announced a video upload contest on its site. Fans are encouraged to upload their “best interpretation” of the show’s iconic theme song (or, at least, up to 30 seconds of it), and the...