Monthly Archives: November 2011

Not quite 'like father, like son,' we wholeheartedly recommend Moon by Duncan…

Not quite 'like father, like son,' we wholeheartedly recommend Moon by Duncan Jones (a.k.a. Zowie Bowie), and revisit The Prestige with Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla.

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It's another double feature! Both movies may have you questioning reality as you revel in some outstanding performances.

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Popspotting #171: "Bowie Family Duo" (Nov. 28, 2011)
Today for Movie Monday, we explore an unusual family tie. We start with

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Help my partner +Valentino Valdez and I are reclaim some closet space! Save over…

Help my partner +Valentino Valdez and I are reclaim some closet space! Save over 50 percent on a limited number of a few items from the proud alma mater of Steve McGarrett, Chin Ho Kelly, and Kono Kalakaua.

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Black Friday? What are you, nuts? We've got limited quantities of a few KHS logo items on sale for more than 50 percent off! Check out our 2011 Holiday Clearance… orders will be first-come, first served!

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Logo Shop | Kukui High School
KHS Holiday Clearance. Great deals for 2011, while supplies last! We have a very limited quantity of Kukui High School logo items to help stuff those stockings. Orders will be accepted via e-mail to v…

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I am by no means a professional photographer, nor even a 'pro-am' shooter,…

I am by no means a professional photographer, nor even a 'pro-am' shooter, though I know many, and always admire their well-honed skill and super impressive gear. Still, since the smudgy, grainy shots of my old Samsung flip phone, through the Palm era, and finally moving through every iPhone, my smartphone has been my primary camera for years.

I am absolutely certain that a "real" photographer with a "real" camera will always be able to produce better images than a random geek like me. But the fact that I always have my iPhone with me, and that I take pictures of almost everything, is not insignificant. I might have had a nicer camera in the 1990s, but I'm constantly lamenting the simple dearth of photos I took back then.

Quantity over quality? Perhaps. But I think at this point, "unitasker" point and shoot digital cameras (RIP, my trusty PowerShot) are dead dead dead. It's now either smartphones or DSLRs. And frankly, the only thing a DSLR has that I wish my iPhone had is a solid optical zoom.

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Can the iPhone 4S replace a "real" digital camera? Ars investigates
Ars set out to find just how the improvements to the iPhone 4S camera hardware measure up against a few other camera options, including the Galaxy SIII. The iPhone 4S may not compare in image quality …

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Mahna Mahna! Can Jason Segal rekindle the magic, after more than a decade since we…

Mahna Mahna! Can Jason Segal rekindle the magic, after more than a decade since we last saw Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, and the rest of the gang on the big screen? We also weigh in on the latest Pixar short attached to "The Muppets," yet another visit with the "Toy Story" gang.

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Popspotting #166: “The Muppets” (Nov. 21, 2011)
For Movie Monday, we preview a Thanksgiving release we're not ashamed to admit that we were really looking forward to, movie critic cred be damned. After a 12 year break,

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Here's Heath!

Here's Heath!

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Podcast fans know him as Heath Solo. Hollywood knows him as Heath Centazzo. We know him as a good friend, and a great guy, and someone we're thrilled to finally have on our show. He enlightens us about a Cameron Crowe documentary, a potentially ill-fated NBC cop show, and a geek classic that's now out on Blu-Ray. Then, we talk turkey.

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Popspotting #164: "Star Suspect" (Nov. 17, 2011)
Joining us today for PopTalk & Trivia Thursday is podcaster, actor, and all-around supergeek Heath Solo (@HeathActor), a.k.a. Heath Centazzo.

Heath is the host of The Film List podcast, a gradu…

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Can a reporter scoop his or her own network or publication?

I always find these debates to be amusing. Can a reporter scoop his or her own network or publication? If said scoop is widely notable, would not that information be inexplicably tied to the reporter’s employer? I’m only a wannabe journalist, but if I were a working journalist, it’s journalism that would come first. I’d like to think if I did it well, it reflects well on everyone I work for or with.

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Do reporters undermine their employers’ scoops by tweeting them first? | Poynter.
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The new-and-improved Apple Store at Ala Moana will debut this Saturday

Looks like the new-and-improved Apple Store at Ala Moana — Hawaii’s first, and my sentimental favorite — will debut at 9 a.m. this Saturday. I’ve been tracking the progress much of this year. Thanks to Mike Oniya on Twitter for the heads up!

Here’s a write-up from ifoAppleStore based on photos and a video I sent them a few days ago.

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Temp Store Debuted iPhone 4s During Construction
Last month’s debut of the iPhone 4s was held in a cramped, temporary version of the Ala Moana (Hi.) retail store, just steps away from construction work to expand and remodel the original store that o…

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Right now, there are really only two solutions: burn it or bury it

A neat story. Reducing waste mass by over 95 percent before even transporting it would have benefits all the way down the line. And the process generates more energy than it consumes via heat, meaning it can make hot water at the same time. Here’s one military technology that I’d like to see mainstreamed, moving them from aircraft carriers to schools and office buildings.

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“Right now, there are really only two solutions: burn it or bury it,” Jernigan said. “Any potential solution must reduce the security and logistics concerns of trash disposal, and help the environment… that’s a good thing for the Marine Corps.”

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Isle marine base testing new trash technology — Hawaii Star
At Camp Smith above Halawa, the military is testing a high-tech trash disposal system that can reduce a standard 50-gallon bag of waste to a half-pint jar of harmless ash.

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"The iPhone is mightier than the sword." So writes Howard Dicus

“The iPhone is mightier than the sword.” So writes Howard Dicus on his blog at Hawaii News Now, reflecting on the limits on news coverage of APEC, and how the village filled in the void.

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In developing a security plan for APEC’s 20 visiting heads of state/government, the Secret Service both commandeered Honolulu’s traffic cams for their own use and barred their transmission for the use…

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