Monthly Archives: January 2012

Agyai Marshall of Hilo sings "Get the Right Tools," an original song he…

Agyai Marshall of Hilo sings "Get the Right Tools," an original song he wrote for Home Depot. Marshall works in the paint department at Store #8453 by day, and makes music by night. So he and his friends Koa Anduha, Glen Ishii, and S.M. Amare Belay shot this fun music video in the store in the hopes of winning the company's "Search for a Star" competition.

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Renown science blogger +Christie Wilcox had a broken heart

Renown science blogger +Christie Wilcox had a broken heart. She studied it as a scientist. She wrote about it as a musician. And she took the stage at the recent ScienceOnline conference in North Carolina State University to share her song with her colleagues.

It's being referred to as "the moment." +David Kroll shares the backstory, as he himself once used music to process his own experiences. See also +Emily Willingham's write up. Read, listen, and celebrate both the bravery and artistry of Hawaii's own "Nerdy Chrstie."

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The backstory of a touching moment at ScienceOnline2012 | Take As Directed
The past weekend saw about 457 science communicators of various venues, ages, and ethnicities gather together at the McKimmon Center of North Carolina State University for ScienceOnline2012. Many pixe…

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Six teams presented apps based on city data on Saturday

And two of the three top teams based their work on the bus transit API. Developers worked with government data to solve problems ranging from potholes to parking in a first-ever 24-hour competition to advance open data and enhance government services.

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Kudos to hackathon organizers Forest Frizzell, +Burt Lum, and Gordon Bruce for pulling together this groundbreaking event.

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New Apps Unveiled at the City’s First Hackathon
A total of six teams participated in Honolulu's first civic hackathon this past weekend, each developing anapplication that takes advant

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Aloha, New York! Hawaiian Airlines continues to extend its reach with daily nonstop…

Aloha, New York! Hawaiian Airlines continues to extend its reach with daily nonstop service from Honolulu to the new Terminal 5 at JFK beginning in June. The route was announced as part of a new partnership with New York-based JetBlue.

Beginning this week, customers will be able to purchase single tickets combining travel on both Hawaiian and JetBlue, allowing for seamless travel between airlines, connecting via LAX. Coming soon, more formal code-share arrangements.

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Hawaiian Air partners with JetBlue for East Coast links — Hawaii Star
Hawaiian Airlines and New York-based JetBlue Airways today announced a partnership agreement that will make it easy for travelers up and down the East Coast to enjoy the incomparable Hawaii travel exp…

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I'm not particularly fit, but I love tech that tracks your health

Personal informatics, quantified self, living by numbers… the more you know about yourself, the theory goes, the better you can tweak and change your life to improve things. Add in gamification and social and you've got a geek-friendly way to get in shape.I loved the Fitbit, but kept losing and destroying them. The Jawbone Up looked cool, but it was a disaster. So apart from RunKeeper on my iPhone, which I always have on me, I've not been collecting much personal data lately. Now the Nike+ FuelBand is coming. Will it catch on?

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Watching videos is fun, but watching with friends is better

Chill.com is launching tomorrow, the creation of +Dan Gould, +Andrew Skotzko and +Brian Norgard. If those names sound familiar, you probably checked out Namesake last year, a social network that briefly captured the imaginations of geeks like me, but never really took off (despite some pretty innovative features) against other behemoth players in the space.Chill.com is a video sharing service, of which there are also many. But it takes some of the best features of Namesake to take video sharing up a notch. In addition to a beautiful and clean UI, and fun social features like "likes" and reshares, the main differentiator is that it's built for 'live' video.Whether it's you and your friends all watching the same viral cat videos together, or hundreds of people watching the latest live gadget keynote, Chill.com creates a kind of social screening room. It's often described as "Turntable.fm for video," but of course that would require you to know what Turntable.fm is first.There are other players in this space, including Google+, which lets you launch hangouts from YouTube videos and share videos and screens in group video chats. But hopefully Chill.com adds just enough elegance and fun to do well.

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Watch video from the people you care about.

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Less than a month to go to the annual Breathe Concert!

Less than a month to go to the annual Breathe Concert! This special fundraising event will take place on Friday, February 10, 2012 at the Historic Hawaii Theatre. It's a benefit for the American Lung Association in Hawaii.

For over 80 years, ALA Hawaii has served the people of our state. This as Hawaii remains ranked second in the nation for youth asthma, with over 175,000 people in the islands living with some form of lung disease. That’s more than the combined populations of Maui and Kauai.

Lung cancer is also the number one cancer killer of women and men in our state.

This year’s Breathe Concert features four-time Na Hoku Hanohano Awards winner Mark Yamanaka. Others include Kupaoa, Mailani, and Danny Couch. Al Waterson along with Ballet Hawaii will provide a spectacular evening of song and dance under the artistic direction of Cathy Foy.

"Cathy Foy has once again created a fantastic line-up and we are so fortunate to have her join us in the Fight for Air," said Hawaii Director Lorraine Leslie.

Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. concert are $135, $55 and $35 at the Hawaii Theatre Center box office, 1130 Bethel Street; by phone at (808) 528-0506, and online. The $135 tickets include an invitation to the pre-and post concert party at The Venue with entertainment, heavy pupus, good spirits and a meet and greet with the performers.

ALA in Hawaii, the oldest voluntary health organization in the state, was founded in 1929 on Kauai. It is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Statewide programs include advocacy and education for tobacco prevention and cessation, asthma control, air quality and lung disease.

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I don't usually go for avatar-based awareness campaigns

Some 'Twibbons' are downright ridiculous. But when it comes to causes, few fall perfectly in line with the interests of the social web. SOPA would allow the government to break the internet, but only in a way that would affect the average person, as of course hackers will always find a way around any hurdle. Alas, average people are the people least likely to know what's at stake.Here's a simple Twitter-based "Stop SOPA" avatar utility that lets you add a simple bar to your regular avatar, replace it with a "STOP SOPA" message, or replace it with a plain black box. And, you can easily switch back anytime.Of course there are several 'Twibbon' campaigns out there. Meanwhile, whole websites (like Reddit and I Can Has Cheezburger) are planning to go dark on Jan. 18. You don't have to unplug, but a new avatar is a small, easy, geeky step. (A good next step is contacting your representatives in Congress!)#SOPA #BlackoutSOPA

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12239 people changed their profile picture to protest SOPA. Join them and change yours! * seen by 22684810 followers. Follow @BlackoutSOPA. Preview with your Twitter picture ». You can always restore …

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"I am large. I am American. And I am wearing a goddamn Hawaiian shirt."

Self-described Apple worshipper Mike Daisey is performing a monologue titled "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" in New York, and an excerpt was featured in the latest "This American Life" on Public Radio International.He recounts his visit to Foxconn in China. This one company, he says, makes a third of the goods sold by Apple, Dell, Nokia, Panasonic, HP, Samsung, Sony, Lenovo. They make the Kindle, Wii, PlayStation 3, or Xbox 360, but Daisey is definitely drawn there by his love of iProducts. His story does a remarkable job of humanizing the normally invisible people who make the gadgets we love."This American Life" devotes "Act Two" of the show to fact-check Daisey's story, and the podcast and streaming version is extended with an additional interview with a rep from Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM).Geeks probably know, intellectually, that their high-tech toys are made possible only through this kind of manufacturing. But this broadcast will be eye-opening for many gadget nuts, and I expect be even more revealing for the average person. And I have to admit, I'm also drawn to what Daisey did, versus what your traditional journalist might do, and what he was able to observe as a result. It's worth a listen.

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Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory | This American Life
Mike Daisey was a self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac." Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He…

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