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Journey to the SBX

Journey to the SBX

The Sea-Based X-Band radar ship, the SBX-1, dominates the horizon when it’s in port in Pearl Harbor, making headlines just by showing up. Part of the U.S. Department of Defense Ballistic Missile Defense System, it’s 280 feet tall, 380 feet long, with a displacement of 50,000 tons. Two out of...

Maui Makes Dancing Matt’s New Video

Maui Makes Dancing Matt’s New Video

Globetrotting dancer Matt Harding has, at long last, posted his latest “Where the Hell is Matt?” video. And among the many clips making up the montage, we see him attempting a fire dance in Kihei on Maui. The two-second scene appears along with other dances in places ranging from Texas to...

Hawaii Gets Big Google Street View Update

Hawaii Gets Big Google Street View Update

Google today added over 200 popular Hawaii visitor attractions, historical sites, resorts, parks, schools, and golf courses to its Google Street View collection. And the expansion takes Google’s 360-degree imagery of the Aloha State beyond the open road. The announcement was made at a special media event at Hanauma Bay...

Frii App for iOS Finds Free Stuff in Honolulu

Frii App for iOS Finds Free Stuff in Honolulu

Declaring daily deal discounts an ‘old school’ fad, a local firm is betting that free stuff is the best way to connect businesses to new customers.

Colbert: Lingle TV for ‘insomniacs, people in traction’

Colbert: Lingle TV for ‘insomniacs, people in traction’

On last night’s “Colbert Report,” host Steve Colbert and his writers seized on the news that Linda Lingle was launching her own cable TV channel. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Super PAC Super Cash & 24-Hour Political Ad Channels www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor...

More Income, More Trees

More Income, More Trees

The wealthier the city, the thicker the trees. So writes Tim de Chant of the ‘Per Square Mile‘ blog, focused on density and geography. In ‘Urban Trees Reveal Income Inequality,’ he cites a 2007 study: They found that for every 1 percent increase in per capita income, demand for forest...

Hawaii Terrorism Tale Tops Amazon Fiction Contest

Hawaii Terrorism Tale Tops Amazon Fiction Contest

“These are the last minutes of Charlie Kaleohano’s life,” opens Brian Reeves’ 310-page self published novel, swiftly drawing readers into a Hawaii in turmoil. The native Hawaiian independence movement has gained steam, but not without a price, a Waikiki hotel bombing and the assassination of a government official sparking conflicts and driving...

State Preps IT Coalition, Open Data Platform

State Preps IT Coalition, Open Data Platform

On Friday, State CIO Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia and the Office of the Governor called together several community stakeholders to update them on their ongoing initiative to transform government. The presentation came just as the state selected Socrata for its open data platform. Contrasted against the passage of SB2858, it made...

Sunlight Foundation Shines on Hawaii

Sunlight Foundation Shines on Hawaii

On Wednesday, the first local meetup of the Sunlight Foundation community will be held at Yogur Story . Pulled together by  Burt Lum, my fellow open government advocate and long-time partner in geekery, the gathering will bring together like-minded folks to discuss how technology new thinking can make government more transparent and...

HMAUS Springfest Tomorrow

HMAUS Springfest Tomorrow

“Explore” is the theme of this year’s Springfest event, one of two signature annual gatherings of the Hawaii Macintosh & Apple User Society (HMAUS). Taking place on the campus of Kapiolani Community College, Springfest is a free, casual conference that offers presentations and workshops inspired by Apple technology. Topics include...

Startup Weekend Honolulu Startups

Startup Weekend Honolulu Startups

Startup Weekend Honolulu went down over a 54-hour jam session in Kakaako, in conjunction with other Startup Weekend events happening around the world. The goal? To pitch, design, code and launch a startup in less than three days. The event was hosted at The Greenhouse Innovation Hub on Auahi Street. On...

Institute for Astronomy Open House on Sunday

Institute for Astronomy Open House on Sunday

This Sunday brings the annual Institute for Astronomy Open House in Manoa. As a science-positive geek dad, it’s one of my favorite family events, and you can browse photos I took last year on Flickr. There are many hands-on activities, from dry ice comet making to sunspot observing, informative displays, and...

TeleTweet App Merges Current, Classic Tech

TeleTweet App Merges Current, Classic Tech

I love Twitter. It’s a fast and efficient social network and status stream based on short messages. And today, the Hawaii-based team at Shacked Software released an app that pairs Twitter’s modern, real-time stream of news with some vintage, old-school technology. TeleTweet [iTunes link] is a Twitter client that unearths...

Come to the 5th Hawaii Geek Meet on Sunday

Come to the 5th Hawaii Geek Meet on Sunday

The Hawaii Geek Meet will once again be held at Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park, Picnic Area #40, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday, April 15. You can RSVP on Facebook, but what matters most is that you join us. Bring your friends, your family, some...

Another Unforgettable Unconferenz

Another Unforgettable Unconferenz

Yesterday brought the fifth-annual Unconferenz, held at Kapiolani Community College. The event is a great grass-roots geek gathering, and one that has developed a reputation over the years of fostering connections and sparking ideas that have gone on to create real change in the local tech community. This year’s Unconferenz...

Hawaii Innovation Alliance Launched

Hawaii Innovation Alliance Launched

On the national front, we had the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), beaten back by a massive groundswell of opposition from major internet firms and grassroots geeks alike. Here in Hawaii, a proposed law that would have required internet service providers to track and save user data for two years...

‘The River’ Shares Scares, Hawaii Ties

‘The River’ Shares Scares, Hawaii Ties

Tuesday night brings the premiere of “The River” on ABC. Created by Oren Peli, the man behind the “Paranormal Activity” film franchise, the show is described as a “paranormal adventure horror” series. The modest production came to the islands with a modest, eight-episode first-season order, following in the much larger...

New Apps Unveiled at the City’s First Hackathon

New Apps Unveiled at the City’s First Hackathon

A total of six teams participated in Honolulu’s first civic hackathon this past weekend, each developing anapplication that takes advantage of public data made available online by the city. The top three teams won cash prizes provided by the hackathon’s sponsors, and two of them focused on TheBus and its web...

Gov. Abercrombie on Open Data

Gov. Abercrombie on Open Data

Gov. Neil Abercrombie yesterday delivered his second “State of the State” address before the Legislature. And technology was one of the priorities he singled out as key to the state’s long-term future. He mentioned the Hawaii Broadband Initiative, consolidation of disparate state systems under the Office of Information Management and Technology,...

Bookmarks for January 20th

Bookmarks for January 20th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on January 20th: City’s first ‘Hackathon’ to build new tools: The “Hackathon” is a free event that is open to anyone with an idea or an interest in contributing to tools that can better connect citizens...