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Bookmarks for November 22nd

Bookmarks for November 22nd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 22nd: Wave Gliders Begin Historic Swim Across Pacific: Yesterday, four Wave Gliders (self propelled robots, each about the size of a dolphin) left San Francisco for a 60,000 kilometer journey. Built by Liquid Robotics,...

Ready for APEC, But Just Barely

Ready for APEC, But Just Barely

After nearly two years of planning and preparations, APEC is finally landing in Honolulu. This week’s events brings government leaders from around the world (including Punahou grad and U.S. President Barack Obama) to the Aloha State. That definitely means heightened security (which will disrupt traffic and other aspects of everyday...

Bartleby’s Second Book Featured by Apple

Bartleby’s Second Book Featured by Apple

It was over a year ago when “Bartleby’s Book of Buttons,” a delightful digital storybook for iPad, hit Apple’s App Store. Created by Hawaii-born artist Henrik Van Ryzin and his wife Denise, I found the app to be a delightful, wonderful digital storybook for the iPad. That first release was dubbed...

Bookmarks for October 20th

Bookmarks for October 20th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on October 20th: CityCamp Honolulu: CityCamp Honolulu (CCHNL) is an unconference focused on innovation for municipal governments and community organizations. It is a collaborative effort to re-imagine the way the web, applications, technology and participation will...

Launch Platform Looms Over Honolulu Harbor

Launch Platform Looms Over Honolulu Harbor

If you’ve been anywhere near downtown Honolulu over the past couple of days, you probably couldn’t help but stop and gawk at the massive Sea Launch Odyssey platform docked at Pier 10 near Aloha Tower. It’s an imposing sight. It stood out even when viewed from my office in Iwilei,...

Island Middle School Students Shine in D.C.

Island Middle School Students Shine in D.C.

Two middle school students from Kailua and Hilo represented the Aloha State in a national science competition earlier this week. Winners and finalists in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade from across the country attended at a black-tie gala at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C on Tuesday. Robert...

PLAYHawaii Acquired by CrowdSavings

PLAYHawaii Acquired by CrowdSavings

One down, still a few dozen more to go. Once described as the first group buying site in Hawaii, PLAYHawaii has been acquired by Florida-based CrowdSavings. “Even though Crowdsavings is one of the leading group buying sites on the mainland, they are committed to our hyper-local focus to help support...

‘Angry Birds’ In Real Life

‘Angry Birds’ In Real Life

Check out this real-life “Angry Birds” game, set up by local tech company HONBLUE (and sister company JET Graphics) yesterday at the Pacific Building Trade Expo. “Angry Birds” is one of the hottest, biggest video games out there, and it was inevitable that people would start to recreate it in...

Bookmarks for September 28th

Bookmarks for September 28th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on September 28th: Neptune, Uranus ablaze in new infrared photos: The distant “ice giant” planets Uranus and Neptune look like worlds aflame in new photos captured by Hawaii’s Keck Observatory. Sopogy gets certification from SRCC: Sopogy...

Gube Gives Kids a Safer YouTube

Gube Gives Kids a Safer YouTube

Kids love iPhones (and iPads). And kids love YouTube. The problem is, there are a lot of videos on YouTube that aren’t meant for kids. Among geek parents, it’s a nearly universal challenge, usually involving “helicopter browsing.” And it’s safe to say parents don’t always relish the prospect of watching...

Maui Author’s Diet Tale Sparks Uproar

Maui Author’s Diet Tale Sparks Uproar

A children’s book author on Maui has set off a firestorm of controversy with a forthcoming title about a 14-year-old girl who finds her way to social acceptance through weight loss. “Maggie Goes On A Diet” was penned by Paul Michael Kramer, who moved to Hawaii from New York about...

Kiddori App Helps Track Kid Birthdays

Kiddori App Helps Track Kid Birthdays

Local developer and dad Mattias Atterbom has designed an iOS app to help solve a familiar family shopping challenge: remembering how old everyone’s children are. Described as “the perfect app for anyone buying gifts for kids,” Kiddori ensures that you always have the ages of your nephews, nieces, and friends’...

Commercial Highlights UH Manoa “Lifestyle”

Commercial Highlights UH Manoa “Lifestyle”

This past weekend’s opening college football game between the UH Manoa Warriors and the Colorado University Buffaloes was broadcast live on ESPN. And during one of the commercial breaks, both universities got some airtime to show off their stuff. For UH, the theme of the day was “Lifestyle.”

Simple Honey Travel Startup Team in Town

Simple Honey Travel Startup Team in Town

Honolulu-born web entrepreneur Eric Nakagawa is back in town, laying the groundwork for his next internet startup with partner Joyce Kim. Called “Simple Honey,” there are few details on what exactly what the company will do, although Nakagawa has described it as a “high profile travel project.” The “About” page tagline reads, “Making...

Eat Local Challenge Starts in September

Eat Local Challenge Starts in September

To mark it’s third year, the “Eat Local Challenge” is expanding from a week-long initiative to one that spans the whole month of September. The aim is to encourage thousands of people to build a more sustainable, secure, and healthy local food system. And to help everyone through the month,...

Class on Social Media in Disaster Response Previewed

Class on Social Media in Disaster Response Previewed

A federal program to train government employees, first responders, and other disaster response personnel in the use of services like Twitter and Facebook got its first trial run yesterday. The Hawaii-based National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) held a pilot demonstration of its course titled “Social Media for Natural Disaster...

Bookmarks for August 17th

Bookmarks for August 17th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 17th: Deep recycling in Earth faster than thought: The chemical analysis of tiny glassy inclusions in olivine crystals from basaltic lava on Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii has now surprised geologists: the entire recycling...

Firing Up for the Fringe Festival

Firing Up for the Fringe Festival

The world’s largest arts festival kicks off halfway around the globe this weekend. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe sold over 1.8 million tickets in 2009 to see over 18,000 artists from 60 countries. This year, several students from the Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center (NHISPAC) have traveled to...

On to Comic-Con!

On to Comic-Con!

It’s that time of year again, when over 130,000 geeks, nerds, collectors, artists, fanboys and fangirls of all stripes converge on San Diego for “The Nerd Prom.” And, once again, I’ll be making the pilgrimage to immerse myself in the beautiful chaos of Comic-Con. This will be my fourth trip to...