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Entries from August 31st, 2010

LOST Locations Tours Upgraded

August 31st, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 8 Comments · Hawaii, Lost, Pop Culture, Television

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 the “botanical station” it was […]

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

August 27th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Hawaii, Politics, Social Media, The Web

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 websites, social media following and […]

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iPad App: Flickpad

August 26th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 11 Comments · Gadgets, Hawaii, Reviews, Technology

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 your friends post on Facebook […]

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Bookmarks for August 24th

August 24th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Links

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 a Hawaii man became so […]

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Sorting Out the “LOST” DVDs

August 24th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Lost, Media, Television

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 bonus discs and goodies come […]

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Crowdsourcing My Mouth

August 23rd, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 9 Comments · Business, Hawaii, Health, People, Social Media

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 responses, on both Twitter and […]

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Nonstop Honolulu Coming Monday

August 20th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 13 Comments · Events, Food, Media, The Web

“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 the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, one of […]

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CitizenGulf Hawaii to Benefit Gulf Coast

August 20th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Events, Hawaii

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 their children. In Hawaii, CitizenGulf […]

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“LOST” Talk at SXSW Interactive

August 19th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Lost, Technology

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 stories across multiple platforms,” Doug […]

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Civil Beat Puts Public Data Behind the Paywall

August 19th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 27 Comments · Blogs, Media, Politics, The Web

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 the first place.  I was […]

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