Category: Miscellaneous

Hawaii Fights Hard for Screen Time

Hawaii Fights Hard for Screen Time

Despite leaving paradise for New York City, Mynette Loui is still keeping an eye on the Hawaii film industry at the Hawaii Film Blog (which is now a labor of love, no longer affiliated with the Hawaii Film Office). Today Mynette points out an article on Forbes.com about Hawaii’s aggressive...

Burning Man in Hawaii

Burning Man in Hawaii

What is Burning Man? It’s almost easier to say what it isn’t. Every September, tens of thousands of artists, musicians, free-thinkers, anarchists, exhibitionists, and other assorted humans create a temporary city in Navada’s Black Rock Desert. It’s the place to be for thinkers and creators the world over, including Hawaii....

LEGOs, Robots, and Kids, Oh My!

LEGOs, Robots, and Kids, Oh My!

LEGOs are more than toys. Robots are serious business. And math and science can be fun. Don’t believe me? Check out an interesting demonstration at UH tomorrow afternoon. Mathematics professor Monique Chyba will be showing off underwater robotic vehicles created with LEGOs. Those interlocking blocks beloved by kids around the...

iPhonegate: Cisco’s sneaky sticker

iPhonegate: Cisco’s sneaky sticker

You can’t throw a dead pixel on the internet without hitting commentary about Apple’s new iPhone. First the “reality-distortion field prompted a torrent of ecstatic, orgasmic cheers. Then the inevitable backlash followed with extensive laundry lists of why the thing might actually suck. But one of the more interesting aspects...

Apple iPhone Does Hawaii

Apple iPhone Does Hawaii

Apple CEO Steve Jobs redefined the mobile phone market this morning with the iPhone, a device that everyone expected, yet was completely unexpected. And as part of his live demonstration of the iPhone, Jobs took a break from rocking out to music to e-mail a photo of Hawaii to his...

I Flew Go

I Flew Go

Actually, we flew “go!, the new interisland airline that’s so quirky, it’s lowercase and punctuated. (Check out my videoblog entry, “go! Interisland.”) It’s a subsidiary of Phoenix-based low-cost carrier Mesa Air, and it’s shaken things up in Hawaii with airfares as low as $19.

Go ‘Ono!

Go ‘Ono!

Congratulations to Reid over at the excellent local restaurant review blog ‘Ono Kine Grindz, who was surprised to learn that his site has, once again, made the finalist list for the “Top 5 Food Blogs” over at the Well Fed Network. ‘Ono Kine Grindz is up for the “Restaurant Reviews”...

MyHeavy Vexing Vloggers

MyHeavy Vexing Vloggers

Online video is hot. YouTube competitors were “breeding like rabbits” before Google bought YouTube for a bazillion dollars. Of course, in order for these sites to court venture capitalists with a straight face, they’re going to need some “user generated content” to serve as cover for massive copyright infringement. Enter...

Get a Bead on Feed Reading

Get a Bead on Feed Reading

I’ve made no secret of my undying love for Google Reader, Google’s snazzy newsreader. It’s gotten me excited about blogs, and blogging again… no small feat, when you consider I was sick of the word “blog” back in 2000. Well, the Google Reader team hasn’t been resting on its Bloglines-busting...

Community? Bah, Humbug!

Community? Bah, Humbug!

When it comes to the personal web, citizen media, social networks, and all the other stuff shoveled under the banner of “Web 2.0” these days, I’m about as strong an evangelist and fan as one can be. After all, I’ve been posting stuff about my life for over a decade....

Merry Vloggers

Merry Vloggers

For fans of longtime local escribitionist, photographer, and worshipper Donna, Christmas came a little early this year, with her tentative first step into the vlogosphere. She’s posted other videos online, to be sure, but with “2 Days Before Christmas,” she breathes deep, smiles, and puts herself front and center. Her...

Do Hobos Have iPods?

Do Hobos Have iPods?

Surely you know John Hodgman. At the very least, you know him as the hapless “PC” in Apple’s “Get A Mac” ads… a campaign that many say backfires, in part because Hodgman is so likeable. Anyway, in case you didn’t know, Hodgman is brilliant. And now, you can listen to...

GoDaddy a No-Go for Podcasting

GoDaddy a No-Go for Podcasting

Back in September, mass-market webhost GoDaddy unceremoniously pulled the plug on Adam Christianson’s well-regarded MacCast podcast. Flagging an account for high CPU load isn’t uncommon, but you’d think a company that sponsors dozens of podcasts would have been able to handle the situation better. Well, GoDaddy seems to have crossed...

U2 & Pearl Jam at Aloha Stadium

U2 & Pearl Jam at Aloha Stadium

I’m still buzzing after the incredible U2 concert at Aloha Stadium last weekend. It was the long-awaited finale to the band’s 20-month, globe-spanning “Vertigo Tour.” And joining them on the bill was Pearl Jam. It was my first stadium rock concert, and I couldn’t have picked a better show. The...

Password1

Password1

I’m sure we all get ten times more e-mail newsletters than we actually read, even useful ones that we actually signed up for. But there’s one regular collection of articles and links I always make time for: Bruce Schneier’s “CRYPTO-GRAM. It’s a monthly mash-up of security and technology news, seasoned...

Continuous Partial Attention

Continuous Partial Attention

I was able to join Burt Lum, Todd Ogasawara and Bob Lew for lunch yesterday to talk geek. Conversation quickly turned to Twitter, the web widget of the week. Burt and I are playing with it, but Todd and Bob were mystified. The Twitterers conceded that the “What Are You...

Agog over MyBlogLog

Agog over MyBlogLog

Honolulu socialite, photographer, blogger, podcaster, and executive headhunter Christa Wittmier declared MyBlogLog her “new most favorite thing. Ever.” She evangelized the site in a post at HawaiiThreads, where many (myself in particular) tend to breathlessly exhort the latest and greatest web widget. Oddly enough, I recognized the name thanks to...

OnlyWire Makes You a Spammer

OnlyWire Makes You a Spammer

UPDATE (14:02 HST): The fine print will get you every time! A commenter on the Wired write up points out the following in the OnlyWire Terms of Service: “You agree to let OnlyWire bookmark the http://www.onlywire.com site AND the OnlyWire Sponsor site on each of the bookmarking services you are...

What Are You Doing?

What Are You Doing?

Once upon a time on the web, there were online journalers. These thoughful diarists with a knack for code publicly reflected on their lives and the matters of the day, many imagining themselves as a modern-day Samuel Pepys. Then came weblogs, and the guttural nounverb “blog,” and suddenly writing online...

Social Podcasting?

Social Podcasting?

Podcasting is cool. Social networking is cool. Why not combine the two? It seems everything on the web today is all about “the social” (to crib Microsoft’s Zune catchphrase), but podcasting is often an solitary affair. Sure, podcasters meet up and hold conferences (or “un-conferences”) and trade notes on what...