Author: Ryan Ozawa

This weekend brings the Leonid Meteor Shower, and not only is the Earth passing straight through one of the sometimes evasive debris fields, but folks in Hawaii, Australia, and the western Pacific are expected to have the best view. The best show in 30 years, say some excited astronomers. I’m...

You know, I wish I had the money to throw away on a Premium Subscription to Salon.Com… but apart from most of the “Sex” department, I haven’t found what they keep outside the pay barrier too lacking. For example, the “preview” of a recent piece by Jennifer Foote Sweeney —...

It’s often said that a million monkeys locked in a room with a typewriter will eventually — albeit probably after an eternity — create Hamlet. So I guess that’s part of the appeal of National Novel Writing Month, the brainchild of California columnist Chris Baty. Jolene cued me in, and...

Within hours of the attacks on America — when I was at work but thinking only of being back at home with my family — I knew we’d soon be hearing predictions of a June 2002 baby boom. It makes perfect sense. Sex in a time of terror (Salon.Com); More...

Probably an old link, but I stumbled across the story at The Smoking Gun, and a quick search for the name of the suspect — Celinda D. Barge — turned up a more local story on this unfortunate incident at a Burger King. Have it your way, indeed.

Woo! Check it out! After half a dozen submissions, one of my amateur airport digicam shots finally made it past the tough quality-control moderators at Airliners.net. I had no idea they were going to be so picky, but I guess if you’re hosting half a million images on your own...

Some odd local news to report… First, in the “Duh!” department, local stores are pulling those fun little jelly candies off shelves after two kids in California choked to death on them. On one hand I thought it was ridiculous, but then again, it is marketed toward kids, and you...

The Honolulu Advertiser again takes glee in shining its bright lights (?) into the dark musty corners of our local television news market. An article in Sunday’s paper features some familiar insights (KHON tops, KHNL bottom), but at least one great quote – Joe Moore called a pinhead!

Now some of these anecdotes are funny — strange things announced on commercial airplanes, courtesy the discussion forums at Airliners.Net. US Airways? “After takeoff, we’ll be dimming the cabin lights to make our flight attendants look more attractive.” And Southwest not only seems to have the best customer service, they...

The WorldPoint empire continues to quietly unravel. Though the auction house is kind enough to not name any names, the location of the selloff is indeed that of the former “world headquarters” of WorldPoint Interactive. High-end Mac G3 towers, fifteen fifty-inch color plasma flat display panels, leather massage chairs… I...

I’m getting more of this SirCam Worm virus than I ever did of that old classic, ILOVEYOU. Thank god most of my mail comes in through UNIX systems… and even the ITS team at UH is on it, filtering this sucker out before it gets to anyone. Still, the link...

I’m not sure what it means, but although I enjoy a train wreck as much as the next guy, in some cases, I still side with the old-school idealsists. The whole Chandra Levy case, and specifically the media’s obsession with it, always bothered me (as did the whole Lewinsky affair)....

What a difference a year makes. Witness the tale of WorldPoint, a locally-grown “high-tech” firm specializing in translation that was once the darling of Hawaii’s “growing tech sector.” In March of last year, the headline was, State breeds new high-tech success. They were growing exponentially, headed for an IPO, a...

Well, the rumors were true. Liberty House will become Macy’s, with the new owners taking control next month, and the new name to be installed sometime later. Looks like, fortunately, all employees will be retained, and in fact, all stores (except a three-person kiosk on Kauai) will be kept open....

Ah, so now I don’t need to feel bad that my daughter Katie picked up the Homerism exclamation of disappointment, “D’oh!” It’s in the OED now, as is “bad hair day,” “full monty” and “serial monogamy.” Language is a many splendored thing.

The total cost of raising a kid born this year is up $5,000, according to the USDA. Personally, though, I think their estimate of $165,630 is still very conservative. In any case, that number’s only going up… I’ve half a mind to buy in at this price and save. Ahem.

Newsweek this week introduced us to The Reviewer Who Wasn’t There, David Manning of the Ridgefield Press. The thing is, I don’t know how all that many people can be surprised. The only surprising thing to me, actually, is why Sony would create a fictional reviewer, when you could throw...

This town’s pretty schizophrenic about its interpretation of its own laws. So now there’s a 20-foot-high cross towering over Makakilo they’ve deemed a ‘structure,’ not a ‘sign.’ What’s an activist to do? Build an equally huge monument to homosexuality, of course! I love it. I wonder if they need help...

Douglas Adams is gone. It’s been a week and I still can’t believe it. He was too young. And too wonderful a writer. I have to read the “trilogy” again — probably my tenth time through. In honor of the man, word is spreading on the net about Towel Day...

Now’s a good a time as any to mention the building crecendo of buzz and press over the Bay/Bruckheimer blockbuster (usually not declared until the opening weekend take is tallied, but I think this is a sure bet) “Pearl Harbor.” I don’t know why, but the previews and TV ads...