Monthly Archive: January 2014

Hawaii Geek Beat

Drones Over Hawaii

This morning’s “Hawaii Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now focused on the increasing popularity and promise of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones. While drones are frequently associated with military operations, the commercial applications of the technology are even more interesting. Over the holiday season, online retailer Amazon made headlines...

Hawaii Bitcoin Group Grows [with Q&A]

Hawaii Bitcoin Group Grows [with Q&A]

Bitcoins have been around for five years. In 2010, the cryptocurrency was worth a fraction of a cent, an early fan spending 10,000 of them on a pizza. With the price of Bitcoins often hovering $1,000 each, those 10,000 Bitcoins would be worth $10 million. Bitcoins are now in the headlines...

City Clears Homeless Camp in Iwilei

City Clears Homeless Camp in Iwilei

I work at Dole Cannery in Iwilei, an industrial neighborhood just outside downtown Honolulu. The area has seen more and more development over the years, with warehouses being replaced by business offices and high-rise apartment buildings. Along Iwilei Road, a block away from Aala Park (also known for homeless activity)...

Make movies with your DSLR and Hawaii Shoots

Make movies with your DSLR and Hawaii Shoots

More and more, people are using the cameras on their smartphones instead of dedicated cameras. Indeed, several generations of iPhones remain the most popular camera models on Flickr, with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II squeaking into the top five. But in the same way that cameraphones have put pretty good...

Journalism film series ‘Deadline’ next week

Journalism film series ‘Deadline’ next week

Hawaii’s media landscape remains in constant flux. Last year brought the end of the Honolulu Weekly, and the launch of HuffPost Hawaii. Hawaii-based entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar is building First Look Media (with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and others). And Hawaii was where NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had his crisis of...

App lets anyone explore Heʻeia fishpond

App lets anyone explore Heʻeia fishpond

Heʻeia fishpond, located north of Kaneohe, is the largest remaining native Hawaiian fishpond on Oahu. Fishponds were once abundant in ancient Hawaii, dating back to the 14th century, and today they are valuable cultural and natural resources. The Heʻeia fishpond is also one of the most thoroughly studied spots on...

Learn to code in a weekend at UH

Learn to code in a weekend at UH

“Learn programming” is a very likely entry in the average geek’s list of new year’s resolutions. But while resources abound to learn to code on your own, taking a class and asking questions is probably better for those in a hurry. And if you’re in a real hurry, this weekend’s...

Revisiting 2013 one second at a time

Revisiting 2013 one second at a time

Happy New Year! With the arrival of 2014, I’m resolving to blog more often… a resolution I’ve failed to keep for the past several years, but it’s worth another shot. The first thing I was looking forward to share in 2014 is my complete 1 Second Everyday video for last...