Category: Miscellaneous

Bidness

Bidness

We interrupt this blog with a brief commercial announcement (of sorts). Know anyone looking for a great PDA? I’m finally releasing my baby to the great unknown. This great color Handspring Visor Prism comes with a bunch of goodies, and makes a great upgrade or first PDA. Advantage to Hawaii...

Hawaiian Diacritical Marks

Hawaiian Diacritical Marks

I created a little table of ASCII codes that should display Hawaiian diacritical markings (the ‘okina and the kahakō) on a web page for my friend Andy, but I figured I might as well post it here in case it helps anyone else. Special thanks to the recently blogified Scott...

Two for the Show

Two for the Show

Newsweek puts $87 billion in perspective. The New York Times devotes dozens of delicious column inches to a great travel piece on sleepy Hilo. Reading it made my heart ache.

Give or Take a Billion

Give or Take a Billion

Since he’s just put in for an extra $87 billion to spend on his mess in Iraq (a bit of it set to go toward stabilizing his last mess in Afghanistan — remember Afghanistan?), it’s not surprising to learn that Bush couldn’t help out more with that pesky AIDS problem. But...

King of Insight

King of Insight

On the eve of the end of an incredible era of scientific accomplishment and discovery, The New Yorker published a wonderful tribute to the little satellite that could. The story of what it took to get Galileo out there is amazing. And the reason it has to be obliterated is...

Are We Square?

Are We Square?

I recently got to meet up with Mitchell “She’s a Babe!” Dwyer and Ian Murphy, and movie talk dominated. I got the chance, therefore, to profess my love for “Fargo.” Mitchell has it high on his “Top Movies” list too, and we’ve both vowed to share it with Ian. (As...

Ack!

Ack!

Some good news for a change. Oh, how I’ve missed that motley crew. I most certainly longed for them in recent months, when world affairs were just begging for a decent flogging. Here’s hoping Opus, Bill and friends can get up to speed in time to make delicious hash out...

Can You Spare Your Name?

Can You Spare Your Name?

Online petitions are a dime a dozen, but if you’ve a moment, I’d urge you to sign this one, backing an impressive come-from-behind grassroots effort to kill the FCC’s attempts to allow greater media consolidation. Try as I might, I can’t find a way to sell the FCC’s move as...

PGP and Weblogs

PGP and Weblogs

After a bit of googling around (er, I mean, Googling™ around), I was heartened to see that people still use PGP, including the hep and cool web tribe of bloggers. I found public keys posted by the adored Joi Ito, for starters, as well as for Joe Lewis in California,...

Of Envelopes and Solidarity

Of Envelopes and Solidarity

I remember sending these guys $10 back in 1994, just as I was getting onto the web. Back then, the hot topic was the Clipper Chip — I wrote a paper about it for a class I was taking in Hilo — and Phil Zimmerman‘s PGP was the cool new toy. Since...

I Am Not a Crook

I Am Not a Crook

You never know what’ll stick, what’ll become your legacy. Perhaps we’ve already heard Dubya’s tagline: “Bring them on.” My humble proposal?

Change

Change

Update from Seoul. The good news? Most of my old coworkers still have jobs, at least for a while. The bad news? One of them doesn’t. Must press for the inside scoop.

Network Overload

Network Overload

Back in April I mentioned offhand that I was playing with Ryze, a barebones but fairly established site for business networking. I realized pretty quickly how late I was to the party. Heck, academics are already studying this stuff. Social software, FOAF, trusted networks… however you categorize these systems, they’re...

Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week

From the Things You Didn’t Need to Know But the Fox Network Will Show You Department comes this gem from Eric Schotz, producer of the upcoming special, “101 Things Removed from the Human Body”: “It’s one thing when a 2-by-4 gets picked up in a hurricane and it hits you...

Virtual Space

Virtual Space

Just got a note from my webhost, informing me I’m again nearing my 1GB storage limit (independent of my bandwidth use, which is always obnoxiously high). So, time for some spring cleaning. A painful exercise, but fortunately one I have so far been able to concentrate on forgotten backups and...

Nice Guys

Nice Guys

My good friend Nate, now in Portland, follows the Tour de France more closely than anyone else I know. I look for the headlines when they’re posted, but admit to not really understanding the nuances that make bicycle racing so interesting. This article, originally from the Los Angeles Times, summarizes...

Another Life

Another Life

It was a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. As feared when I left, there are plans afoot to relocate my old office to Singapore. And there’s no guarantee that the staff — rather than just their respective positions — is actually going to move. Good luck,...