Author: Ryan Kawailani Ozawa

Peril of Parenting #2215: It’s 11:43 a.m. on a lazy Saturday, and my daughter Katie has now, for the sixth time, run up to my wife’s computer and played the same song (“Spread A Little Aloha” by The Mana`o Company). Even a cute song like that can drive you up...

Fascinating. A local prank (unleashed on the islands in 1959) made the list of the Top Ten April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time. Dubbed the “Hawaiian Tax Refund,” the announcement (made by an unnamed radio station) claimed that all Hawaii residents would get their entire income tax for the...

Though I hate to eliminate the last remaining shred of a possibility that I might be a humble man, I just have to say I think I really outdid myself with my latest crazy web project: HawaiiStories. In short, it’s a community weblog. Ideally, it’ll really bring together the many...

Oh man. Those new Nixon tapes are priceless. “Do you know what happened to the Romans? The last six Roman emperors were fags… You know what happened to the popes? It’s all right that popes were laying the nuns.” Nixon seems to have earnestly believed that civilization was on the...

So OHA is taking another swing at a comprehensive Native Hawaiian registry, this time via a standardized ID card and a few buckaroos to boost their visibility. While centralized management of anything so diverse and politically sensitive, by default, makes me (and others) nervous, on the other hand I can...

Priceless. A non-escribitionist’s encounter with a notably self-masturbatory online diarist. The gist? Woman goes on date. Woman looks up guy on Google after date. Woman finds date describing her distressingly long tongue on his web journal. Says she, “There should be a law about these people with web diaries or...

Why is it that I’m catching up on everything online except my online journal (and, perhaps, overdue e-mail to cherished friends)? Anyway. Updated the IsleTies ‘burb of Hawaii journals/diaries/blogs, and even created a trio of goofy buttons:

Sunday, CBS is bringing us 9/11, a documentary of sorts of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York, filmed through the lenses of two French film students and including footage that, until the broadcast, was seen only by a few hundred firefighters and government officials....

Microcontent news has done a couple of thought-provoking pieces on the phenomenon of weblogging and how it’s affecting what’s found on the web – specifically, via Google. Basically, they’ve now covered the “good side” and the “dark side.” Of course, the first thing I did after I read the section...

Boy, those kids at the Honolulu Advertiser are really on the ball. Front page news in today’s edition: Group says Honolulu ‘mean’ to homeless people. The story, about a national report that ranks the city among the nation’s worst in its treatment of the poor and homeless, sounded familiar —...

I think Jen and I have together crossed some major geek threshold. We’re both sitting at our computers, simultaneously browsing threads at Metafilter. (I’m hoping I can wean her from FameTracker.)

If anyone’s been wondering where I’ve been wasting my time lately (apart from battling bacteria and virii), check out TopNoggin — Trivia for Journalers. (You know me… never happy unless I’m obsessed with some project or another.) This one’s I’ve always daydreamed about doing, and finally tackled it with gusto....

Block most web ads by saving a simple file to your hard drive? If you run Windows, you probably have a ‘Hosts’ file — basically a pre-ISP DNS directory. And if you put in the addresses of websites that serve ads, setting their destination to null, your web browser will...

I’m having trouble putting into words just how valuable I think the The Television Archive‘s “Sept. 11 Collection” is. Just the other day I was thinking to myself how quickly America seemed to have recovered from, if not outright forgotten, that terrible morning. But one click and fifteen minutes of...

This is the actual lede on an Associated Press story posted today: “President Bush fainted briefly in the White House residence Sunday after choking on a pretzel while watching a National Football League playoff game on television, White House physician Dr. Richard Tubb said.” The folks over at MetaFilter have...

Who cares if I’m starting the year behind in journal entries as it is. It’s time once again for Heather’s contagious Friday Five! 1. You’ve just won a complete collection of movies starring one actor – what actor would you pick? Hmm. Christopher Walken? The smaller the parts, the better...

I was actually wondering, not too many weeks ago, how there could not be sites like this one: a personal web site, weblog included, of a man killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. 22-year-old risk consultant Paul Battaglia had an office on the 100th floor of one of the World...

Hey, kids! Long-time reader, first-time poster… it’s time for my very first Friday Five! 1. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Being the sensitive, multicultural fellow that I am, I’m reluctant to call many foods “weird,” since I’m sure braised monkey brain in some cultures is as popular...