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Two Point Four

Two Point Four

Six days. Less than that. So much to say, but so much more to do. Been baby shopping, replacing all the stuff we gave away or sold after Zac, back when Zac was The Last One Ever. Turns out tandem strollers are not cheap. But they sure are neat. More...

HeartWalk

HeartWalk

“Everyone knows someone affected by heart disease or stroke. For those I love, I will be walking in this years American Heart Walk. I have set a personal goal to raise funds for the American Heart Association — we are raising critical dollars for heart disease and stroke research and education....

Crash

Crash

Jen’s 10th Anniversary iPod. Born March 27, 2004… died July 12, 2004. Alas, the smooth plastic device my wife adored more than her husband (shut up!) had a tragic fall this morning, and — rather than the sweet sounds of Dennis Pavao — now emits nothing more than an awful, gut-wrenching grinding...

The Joy of Pecks

The Joy of Pecks

The folks at Salon published a story this week on the professor of smoochology (ad-based access alert!), which, in their words, explains “how a nebbishy ex-academic who keeps changing his name wound up traveling around the country convincing total strangers to kiss onstage.” And while I knew him by one...

Goddess Gracious!

Goddess Gracious!

The Goddess Speaks: “Oh, Chinese stick fortune. Yin-yang fortune sticks, to be more precise. I decided to ask for a reading, because despite the fact that a Ouija card game once predicted that at age 25 I’d be a wealthy, philanthropic widow living on a desert island, I’ve maintained a...

Questions

Questions

From the “questions you didn’t know you wanted the answer to but are glad someone asked” department: When the zombies take over, how long till the electricity fails? Way more information than you probably need in the event of the end of humankind. Favorite quote? “After all, it’s not like...

Gimme a ‘G’!

Gimme a ‘G’!

Once again, Burt waxes about a tech topic dear to my heart in his weekly Bytemarks column: Google’s still-in-testing Gmail service. As a former EFF member and EPIC supporter, how could I surrender my personal correspondence to privacy-invading ad scanners? Well, one of the many answers can be found by...

An Unusual Cat

An Unusual Cat

The folks at Hawaii Public Radio like to talk about “driveway moments” — times when you’re listening to something so great, you find yourself just sitting in your car in your driveway just to hear the whole thing. Believe it or not, one such moment I had way back in May...

DCS Case #12621

DCS Case #12621

Yet another entry in the Annals of Dumb Customer Service, this one from United Airlines. My request? “What is my Mileage Plus account number?” Their response? “Thank you for contacting us. To obtain your Mileage Plus account number, please contact our Mileage Plus Service Center… You may email them from...

Goo in the News

Goo in the News

The smelly, algae-filled “reflecting pools” at the Hawaii State Capitol have been a longtime source of frustrated and disgusted commentary, but now the disgusting wet mess has hit the big time. Tomorrow’s New York Times features an article titled, In a Sparkling State, Goo Fills the Symbolic Pools: Hawaii’s 35-year-old...

Yipes

Yipes

A whole lot of wacky stuff went down in our neighborhood yesterday. Carjackings, gunfire, injured feet. I mean, our apartment is smack dab in the middle of the Honolulu Advertiser‘s helpful infographic map of the fiasco. We have been thinking of moving in with my mom in Mililani…

Queen of the Road

Queen of the Road

One of my family’s most cherished documents is a 1962 article in the Honolulu Advertiser profiling my grandmother. While it just happened to be written during the brief period she was married to her second and long-forgotten husband (thus the last name Burkhart), and has that 1960s “gee-whiz a working...

Obituary

Obituary

From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, May 17, 2004: “Irene Caitano Henderson – May 13, 2004 – Irene Caitano Henderson, 86, of Mililani, an Ilani’s Express Service owner in Kohala, Hawaii, died in St. Francis-West Hospice. She was born in Kohala, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Albert and Jack Kayatani; daughter Myra Ozawa;...

Board Stories

Board Stories

Seeing as how, you know, I figured I wasn’t neglecting enough websites already, I’ve blown a good chunk of the last couple of weeks building another one. It’s one of those fancy message boards, which I was actually planning before this FAQ site got prematurely launched… meaning I’ve gotten to...

Face Off

Face Off

Nifty! Facial pattern matching software plus a database of celebrity faces equals “who you look like… if the person looking at you is very drunk and very lonely.” Jen found the site, and sent ’em both of our pictures. She looks like Uma Thurman, Bjork, and Daryl Hannah. (She’s heard...

Sent Letter

Sent Letter

Dear Governor Lingle: I know you are an advocate of the public charter school system, and I hope my fellow charter school parents and I can count on you to make sure it gets the support it needs this Legislative session.

Easy Go

Easy Go

Good News: I got $80 from my stepbrother Eathan. See, I’m such a poor businessman, I never keep track of what my “clients” owe me. While this means I usually end up doing most of the work for free, it also means the occasional payment is a pleasant surprise. Bad...

Euphemisms

Euphemisms

Good news: Sex is good for you. And one imagines being “master of your domain” is included in the definition of “sex” for the purposes of this study. Bad news: Apparently lacking anything more worthwhile to do (like, say, protecting us from terrorists), John Ashcroft is declaring another war, this...

Oh My Ears

Oh My Ears

Further evidence that it’s better for everyone that I gave up my MP3 addiction? Two songs that ended up on my hard drive tonight: “Bailamos” by William Hung, and a cover of Christine Aguilera’s “Dirrty” by none other than Hanson. I enjoyed both far more than anyone really should have.