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Splat!

Splat!

Like Roger Ebert, I’m a fan of Rotten Tomatoes. It’s like those little “major reviews at a glance” tables some newspapers and magazines compile, but fortified with the power of the web. You can see at a glance whether a movie is an across-the-board hit, a mixed-bag, or a bomb....

Domain of Disappointment

Domain of Disappointment

You snooze, you lose, right? I already own far too many internet domain names (thinking right now, I can’t even name them all), but for ages I’d been meaning to pick up kilinahe.com for Jen (and by extension, Katie). Kilinahe was Jen’s Hawaiian name for her Hawaiian 101 class at...

Finally

Finally

A little note to offer a great big welcome to Mitchell, who has, after incessant nagging and pleading, finally joined the booming ranks of escribitionists with his journal, “Chalkdust.” “I’m going to work myself through this time in my life as I try to figure what’s important and what I’m...

U-Haul Does Hawaii

U-Haul Does Hawaii

Turns out the Aloha State was one of twenty-seven “Venture Across America” destinations featured recently by U-Haul. The Hawaii section — which, like all the others, features a pretty well-done Flash feature — includes a coloring book and computer wallpaper. Notably, the main presentation focuses on the “alien invasion” — the...

It was a Dark and Stormy Night

It was a Dark and Stormy Night

The 2002 winners of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest — which recognizes exceptionally bad writing — were announced yesterday. I love these awards… the literary equivalent to Black’s “Worst-Dressed List.” While an Oakland woman (Ms. Rephah Berg) took top honors, my favorite among the finalists was Mr. Charles Howland of St....

Towers and Shadows

Towers and Shadows

Plans are expected to be revealed today that outline several possible uses of the former site of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. “The plans include from two to six office towers, some topped by glass-clad see-through structures, several hundred feet high, to evoke the twin towers. Several include...

Overhaul

Overhaul

Well! Have a baby and you do all sorts of wacky things. You fall asleep standing in the kitchen. You come up with whole new measurement systems to make the amount of time slept in the last week sound really long. And you get sick, get wired on cold medicine,...

Hey! Saturday is Towel Day! Too bad it’s not a weekday. I would’ve loved to shared the occasion with my coworkers. I will have to be sure to have my towel with me… and perhaps my digital camera.

As if I wasn’t busy enough. What was I thinking? I should never have started. Next thing I know, I couldn’t back out, and I couldn’t not finish before I left for Kuala Lumpur. I wonder if this is my subconscious’ way of dealing with my oft-explained fear of flying?...

Monday, April 29 UA 827 Departs Honolulu (HNL) April 29 at 10:20 a.m. – Time: 8 hrs., 5 mins. UA 827 Arrives Narita (NRT) April 30 at 1:25 p.m. (6:25 p.m. April 29 HST) – Time: 4 hrs., 30 mins. UA 897 Departs Narita (NRT) April 30 at 5:55 p.m....

Peril of Parenting #2215: It’s 11:43 a.m. on a lazy Saturday, and my daughter Katie has now, for the sixth time, run up to my wife’s computer and played the same song (“Spread A Little Aloha” by The Mana`o Company). Even a cute song like that can drive you up...

Fascinating. A local prank (unleashed on the islands in 1959) made the list of the Top Ten April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time. Dubbed the “Hawaiian Tax Refund,” the announcement (made by an unnamed radio station) claimed that all Hawaii residents would get their entire income tax for the...

Though I hate to eliminate the last remaining shred of a possibility that I might be a humble man, I just have to say I think I really outdid myself with my latest crazy web project: HawaiiStories. In short, it’s a community weblog. Ideally, it’ll really bring together the many...

Oh man. Those new Nixon tapes are priceless. “Do you know what happened to the Romans? The last six Roman emperors were fags… You know what happened to the popes? It’s all right that popes were laying the nuns.” Nixon seems to have earnestly believed that civilization was on the...

So OHA is taking another swing at a comprehensive Native Hawaiian registry, this time via a standardized ID card and a few buckaroos to boost their visibility. While centralized management of anything so diverse and politically sensitive, by default, makes me (and others) nervous, on the other hand I can...

Priceless. A non-escribitionist’s encounter with a notably self-masturbatory online diarist. The gist? Woman goes on date. Woman looks up guy on Google after date. Woman finds date describing her distressingly long tongue on his web journal. Says she, “There should be a law about these people with web diaries or...

Why is it that I’m catching up on everything online except my online journal (and, perhaps, overdue e-mail to cherished friends)? Anyway. Updated the IsleTies ‘burb of Hawaii journals/diaries/blogs, and even created a trio of goofy buttons:

Sunday, CBS is bringing us 9/11, a documentary of sorts of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York, filmed through the lenses of two French film students and including footage that, until the broadcast, was seen only by a few hundred firefighters and government officials....