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Some odd local news to report… First, in the “Duh!” department, local stores are pulling those fun little jelly candies off shelves after two kids in California choked to death on them. On one hand I thought it was ridiculous, but then again, it is marketed toward kids, and you...

The Honolulu Advertiser again takes glee in shining its bright lights (?) into the dark musty corners of our local television news market. An article in Sunday’s paper features some familiar insights (KHON tops, KHNL bottom), but at least one great quote – Joe Moore called a pinhead!

Now some of these anecdotes are funny — strange things announced on commercial airplanes, courtesy the discussion forums at Airliners.Net. US Airways? “After takeoff, we’ll be dimming the cabin lights to make our flight attendants look more attractive.” And Southwest not only seems to have the best customer service, they...

The WorldPoint empire continues to quietly unravel. Though the auction house is kind enough to not name any names, the location of the selloff is indeed that of the former “world headquarters” of WorldPoint Interactive. High-end Mac G3 towers, fifteen fifty-inch color plasma flat display panels, leather massage chairs… I...

I’m getting more of this SirCam Worm virus than I ever did of that old classic, ILOVEYOU. Thank god most of my mail comes in through UNIX systems… and even the ITS team at UH is on it, filtering this sucker out before it gets to anyone. Still, the link...

I’m not sure what it means, but although I enjoy a train wreck as much as the next guy, in some cases, I still side with the old-school idealsists. The whole Chandra Levy case, and specifically the media’s obsession with it, always bothered me (as did the whole Lewinsky affair)....

What a difference a year makes. Witness the tale of WorldPoint, a locally-grown “high-tech” firm specializing in translation that was once the darling of Hawaii’s “growing tech sector.” In March of last year, the headline was, State breeds new high-tech success. They were growing exponentially, headed for an IPO, a...

Well, the rumors were true. Liberty House will become Macy’s, with the new owners taking control next month, and the new name to be installed sometime later. Looks like, fortunately, all employees will be retained, and in fact, all stores (except a three-person kiosk on Kauai) will be kept open....

Ah, so now I don’t need to feel bad that my daughter Katie picked up the Homerism exclamation of disappointment, “D’oh!” It’s in the OED now, as is “bad hair day,” “full monty” and “serial monogamy.” Language is a many splendored thing.

The total cost of raising a kid born this year is up $5,000, according to the USDA. Personally, though, I think their estimate of $165,630 is still very conservative. In any case, that number’s only going up… I’ve half a mind to buy in at this price and save. Ahem.

Newsweek this week introduced us to The Reviewer Who Wasn’t There, David Manning of the Ridgefield Press. The thing is, I don’t know how all that many people can be surprised. The only surprising thing to me, actually, is why Sony would create a fictional reviewer, when you could throw...

This town’s pretty schizophrenic about its interpretation of its own laws. So now there’s a 20-foot-high cross towering over Makakilo they’ve deemed a ‘structure,’ not a ‘sign.’ What’s an activist to do? Build an equally huge monument to homosexuality, of course! I love it. I wonder if they need help...

Douglas Adams is gone. It’s been a week and I still can’t believe it. He was too young. And too wonderful a writer. I have to read the “trilogy” again — probably my tenth time through. In honor of the man, word is spreading on the net about Towel Day...

Now’s a good a time as any to mention the building crecendo of buzz and press over the Bay/Bruckheimer blockbuster (usually not declared until the opening weekend take is tallied, but I think this is a sure bet) “Pearl Harbor.” I don’t know why, but the previews and TV ads...

Well, I guess we were overdue for a test of the other side of the Horowitz controversy. It’s fun to point at supposed liberals when they argue against free speech, but that’s because it’s unexpected. Conservatives, on the other hand…

Filed for future reference (because I’m frequently asked to explain it), a fairly comprehensive history of the “all your base are belong to us” geek meme (link courtesy MJW), a once quaint example of “Engrish” (badly translated Japanese) that has become the annoying “Wazzuuuup!” catch-phrase of the web. Oh, and...

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s 40 tons of space debris! Yep, they’re bringing the Mir down this week, a historic, fiery descent that’ll land it – “hopefully,” say the scientists with a wink – in a remote, unpopulated swath of Pacific Ocean. Of course, the Russians just took...

Now that’s a lot of doughnuts. I always wondered why we never had one here… or rather, why we had so few that did so poorly. I know the Catch of the Day guy has a good head on his shoulders, though, so the franchise should thrive. I love that...

Free speech and U.C. Berkeley would seem to be best friends. Except that the once activist-rich campus is also having an affair with Political Correctness. Though I’d been following the Horowitz story for a while on college lists, I was glad to see this U.S. News article summarizing the debacle....

The “Yum!” heard ’round the world. Although I didn’t get this particular piece of overforwarded e-mail, the story is fascinating, even making the Washington Post. Poor Brad and Claire! There’s even a fan page of sorts, collecting the scoop from all over. In following this story, I also found a...