Category: Miscellaneous

Everybody Dance Now!

Everybody Dance Now!

I’ve been intrigued by the trailers for the documentary “Mad Hot Ballroom” — documenting a pilot program for ballroom dancing in New York City elementary schools — and plan to see it… eventually. Whether or not you’re interested in the film, though, this interview with producer Amy Sewell is worth a read....

Aloha, Wayne!

Aloha, Wayne!

The spectacularly talented Wayne Brady is coming to Hawaii, performing Aug. 27 at the Blaisdell. I’m pretty sure, now, what Jen will want for her birthday. Wayne’s wife, the former Mandie Taketa, is from the islands — a Castle High graduate. They met here, got married in 1999 (photo snagged here),...

Jeopardized

Jeopardized

This Is Jeopardy dreamalynn I always knew she was smart, but now she’s got the nationally televised game show appearance to prove it! Yes, my dear friend “Dreama Lynn” got to rub shoulders (and other parts) with Alex Trebec in an appearance on Jeopardy. The episode airs tomorrow. Congrats, Dreama!

Dord

Dord

Craigslist and the Wikipedia are two awesome, invaluable sites that are just teeming with obsessive and creative people. But for all the practical use you can get out of them, they’re also home to some of the most excellent gems of trivia and humor that you’ll find anywhere. If you...

Gadget Lust

Gadget Lust

Don’t get me wrong. I love my current digital camera, the most versatile Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20. But I can’t help but drool just a little over news of the next entry in Casio’s sexy Exilim line, the Casio Exilim S500. Five megapixels, image stabilization, and a relatively huge LCD… but...

Blogtalk

Blogtalk

I’ll be joining Burt Lum, Roxanne Darling and Peter Kay on a panel discussion on “Blogs & Podcasts” for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Hawaii Chapter. Ah, yet another opportunity to surround myself with gurus and pretend I know what I’m talking about.

Vlog Toys

Vlog Toys

As I find myself spiraling ever deeper into videoblogging, I’ve started experimenting with the beta release of “Broadcast Machine,” a multimedia-focused, BitTorrent-enabled content management system developed by the Participatory Culture Foundation. “BM” (an unfortunate acronym) is half of the equation — a media viewing client, “DTV,” is coming in a few...

Dot Dash

Dot Dash

Take some quick-fingered kids who spend way too much time text messaging on their phones, and some HAM radio morse code enthusiasts, and match them against each other on The Tonight Show. Who can transmit a message faster? The morse code guys. Pretty cool. Always wished I took the time...

Into the Deep

Into the Deep

“Deep Throat” comes clean. How ’bout that. As the Post‘s own Joel Achenbach notes, “The revelation that Felt is Deep Throat is a rather boring answer to a fabulous riddle.” But at least now we know for sure. Sure hope these kids still get to keep their grade.

Slimed

Slimed

Jokes about airline food were flying fast and furious last week when the story broke about the “pink slimy substance” observed by FDA inspectors at the Gate Gourmet‘s Honolulu facility. And the FDA has been kind enough to post their official warning letter online with all the disgusting details. They’ve...

Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead

Okay, all you hoopy froods, you’re probably all way ahead of me insofar as taking in that blockbuster movie, but don’t forget to do your own small part next Wednesday. [Thanks, O2!]

Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

Nifty! San Francisco station KYCY, branded KYOURadio by owner Infinity Broadcasting Corp., came alive this week with the homegrown sounds of podcasts. And, as it turns out, one of the shows heard in rotation today was HawaiiUP, by yours truly. According to the schedule, unsuspecting California residents who are weird...

Got Rice?

Got Rice?

Eric Rice, who covers the triumvirate of “voxmedia” by blogging, podcasting, and videoblogging (just don’t call him a blogger, podcaster, or a videoblogger), has announced “The Podcast (and Videoblog) Roadshow.” And like all good tours, he’s starting off here in Hawaii. I think it was during a previous visit in...

Upgrade

Upgrade

I suppose minivans don’t rank too high on the “romantic” scale, but as early Mother’s Day presents go, I hope a Pontiac Montana still puts a smile on Jen’s face. More than enough room for three kids, a left-side sliding door, working AC, a gutsy V6, power this and that…...

One Down

One Down

After an eternity of debate, the state of Indiana appears poised to join 47 other states in observing Daylight Savings Time. This will leave only parts of Arizona and all of Hawaii as the party poopers. Actually, I’m glad we don’t participate in DST, because it’s not like days get...

Figures

Figures

Newsweek is reporting that Netflix (love ’em!) and TiVo (love ’em!) are about to ink a major deal. It’s a partnership that’s both revolutionary and a no-brainer, one folks have mused about for some time. As happy customers of both services, I really hope the rumors are true. Think about...

Dog’s Law

Dog’s Law

Duane “Dog” Chapman. “Dog the Bounty Hunter” on A&E. I guess this is what they mean by “guilty pleasure.” So much about the show is ridiculous. And a lot of what comes out of Duane’s mouth (and Beth’s) makes me cringe. And yet… And yet… It’s Tivo’d and watched religiously....

Fifteen Bytes

Fifteen Bytes

Last week, I talked to a Reuters reporter based in Washington D.C. about podcasting and HawaiiUP. In addition to a long conversation, I sent him a four-page e-mail missive with more thoughts and background. Exactly one sentence made it into the final piece. Having worked in print, though, that sounds...

Mall of America

Mall of America

Forget “shopping centers.” Now it’s “lifestyle centers.” Private retail complexes designed to look like thriving, organic city spaces, but are in fact carefully engineered malls: There’s something a bit unhealthy about faux public places designed to attract rich people and make them feel comfortable. (At least the traditional mall didn’t...