Category: Miscellaneous

Bloggers Wanted

Bloggers Wanted

Alex Salkever, founder of Hawaiirama, is looking for a few good bloggers. Local bloggers, that is. Hawaiirama is a slick new blog that “covers the Islands like a giant beach blanket,” with an emphasis on travel, food, and local happenings. It’s off to a strong start, due in no small...

Look, Ma, No iPod

Look, Ma, No iPod

The top gripe podcasters and even podcast listeners have is the misconception that you need an iPod to listen to them. Podcasts can be played from almost any portable media player, as well as from your computer. Well, a new service called Podlinez makes it even easier to tune into...

Voters, Listen Up!

Voters, Listen Up!

Perfect timing. On the heels of my post on mapping tools for politics, a fellow podcaster wrote to let me know that he’s assembled a special “Voter and Election Information” edition of his “Searching the Internet” show. Edward Vawter, with whom I was able to meet when he visited Hawaii...

Hawaii Blog Smackdown

Hawaii Blog Smackdown

Prominent island blogger Ian Lind, a must-read for any Hawaii media or political wonk, got a tip from Honolulu Weekly editor Chris Haire that trouble-prone Board of Education candidate Kris DeRego was blogging. The modest name of the UH undergrad’s online outpourings? “Hardball Hawaii.” Lind gave it a once over,...

Political Map Magic

Political Map Magic

Earlier this year, Matthew Kane at Indiana University came up with “Following the Dollars,” a project for informatics professor Markus Jakobsson’s “Issues in Security and Privacy” class. He mixed Google Maps and public campaign finance records from The Fundrace Project to create an amazing new way to see local politics....

I Like iLike

I Like iLike

Yet another social network slash music recommendation service launched yesterday, named — almost too predictably — iLike. Like other similar sites, it collects information on the music you like (via an iTunes-specific plug-in for both Windows and Mac) and suggests other stuff you might like. You can connect with friends, see what...

Lost on Location

Lost on Location

A location shoot for “LOST” doesn’t usually merit an article in the local paper, but I guess when they take over a brand new, multi-million dollar University of Hawaii facility, someone’s gotta notice. Spoilers inside!

Feed Your Brain – Hawaii Political Blogs

Feed Your Brain – Hawaii Political Blogs

My total infatuation with Google Reader continues. I’ve spread the word at Bytemarks and at HawaiiThreads.com, and have converted a few skeptics as well as total newbies to newsreaders. Having shared how I now keep up with a gazillion or so websites, though, I’ve also been inspired to share what...

HECO Hack

HECO Hack

The 6.6 magnitude earthquake that shook Hawaii on Sunday didn’t cause a tsunami, but the island-wide Honolulu blackout that followed has prompted a wave of questions and criticisms for Hawaiian Electric. The utility has now revealed, for example, that the system was not brought down automatically by cautious computers, but...

Google Reader Rocks

Google Reader Rocks

I love it. If you haven’t tried it, or if you’ve never really thought about feed readers (or even know what a feed is!), you really should check it out. If you love to devour stuff all over the web, and sometimes struggle to keep track of it all, Google...

‘This American Life’ Podcast

‘This American Life’ Podcast

Oh, blessed day! The excellent public radio program “This American Life” — out of Chicago’s WBEZ and carried nationwide through Public Radio International (not National Public Radio, thank you!) — will now be available as a free podcast. Previously, “This American Life” was sold commercially through Audible.com, first for almost $4 an...

Croncast, Couplecasts, and Creative Podcast Promotion

Croncast, Couplecasts, and Creative Podcast Promotion

Kris and Betsy of Croncast are great examples of the simple, personal, wonderful side of podcasting. A husband and wife with a kid, a house on a cul-de-sac, and a microphone. While many podcasters aspire to the slick production standards of commercial radio, and while certainly a good many “personal...

LOST Seminar

LOST Seminar

Once again, there will be a special session on “LOST” as part of this year’s fall Hawaii International Film Festival: Television as the New Cinema With diminishing returns at the U.S. box-office for past few years, flooded by one lousy packaged TV remake after another, and the disintegration of theater...

Who, Now?

Who, Now?

As the Mark Foley scandal (a.k.a. “PageGate”) continues to suck Republicans into its hungry maw, party leaders and their conservative backers have been scrambling for a scapegoat that isn’t one of their own. The initial explanation offered was Foley’s struggle with alcoholism, and the strategy was to paint him as...

Google Goes Hawaiian

Google Goes Hawaiian

Honolulu’s acclaimed bus system, TheBus, is about to get even better. The sharp minds at Google Labs have chosen Honolulu as one of five metro areas to test its new Google Transit system. Take the simple coolness of Google Maps, merge it with bus routes and timetables, and you have...

Podcasters, Hold Your Fire!

Podcasters, Hold Your Fire!

The podcasting community, tech community, and ever reliable Apple-hating community is up in arms over a recent legal challenge the Cupertino firm sent to Podcast Ready. To hear the blogosphere tell it, Apple is suddenly trying to claim ownership of the word ‘podcast,’ and is further biting the hands of...

GoDaddy? No, Daddy.

GoDaddy? No, Daddy.

I barely keep up with the podcasts I subscribe to, so I didn’t notice that Adam Christianson’s excellent MacCast had gone missing. Douglas over at My Word let it be known on the podcasters mailing list that Adam was apparently taken offline, with no notice, by his webhost, GoDaddy. It...

512-336-9113

512-336-9113

Fascinating. I’ve been getting calls on my cell phone from (512) 336-9113, usually at odd hours. I finally got one this morning that I could answer, and there was a fellow speaking in stilted English asking about my RCI merchant account. I told him he had the wrong number and...

It’s Enormous!

It’s Enormous!

Speaking of local news… we wound up at the city’s centennial celebration at Honolulu Hale on Sunday. After riding the rides and collecting some swag, we went to check out the giant cake. “Serves 10,000!” they said. Daryl Huff from KITV was there, and ended up interviewing Katie for the...

Joe’s Fed Up With This Crap

Joe’s Fed Up With This Crap

Following a highly publicized sale and significant layoffs, local Fox affiliate KHON — home of the news anchor Hawaii loves to hate, the singular Joe Moore — switched to a studio automation system called “Ignite.” Well, the system certainly ignited Joe Moore’s famous temper. And fellow local Flickr fan “Crispyteriyaki” preserved the...