Monthly Archives: May 2012

Podcasting in Paradise

Found a T-shirt I made for my first podcast in 2005. I think this was a CafePress creation. I started with a $7 Radio Shack mic and Audacity, an open-source audio editor for Windows. My love of making media was what pushed me back into the Apple fold that year. Podcasts have come a long way in the last seven years!

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This week I take my ham radio license exam

My friend +Burt Lum and I have been fortunate to have weekly tutoring sessions with Ron Hashiro (AH6RH) — a pillar of the local amateur radio community — for the past few months. On Wednesday, we're going to take the Technician Class license test to finally join the ham radio ranks. I've been taking practice exams via +eHam.net, and I think it's helped a lot.

Getting a ham radio license has been on my geek bucket list, especially since Ron first blew my mind at the first Hawaii Geek Meet. I really hope I can make this first leap.

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Sew a Lei for Memorial Day

Enjoy music of the Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club and sew lei for the Memorial Day Ceremony. Donations of lei and flowers also appreciated.

Every year more than 50,000 fresh flower lei are needed to be placed on each veteran's grave marker at Punchbowl and other cemeteries on Oahu for Memorial Day ceremonies honoring our fallen heroes. The Mayor’s Memorial Day Service is on Monday, May 28, 8:30 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

RSVP on Twitter below, or on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/233987946710754/

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LeiUp: Sew A Lei for Memorial Day
Enjoy music of the Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club and sew lei for the Memorial Day Ceremony. Donations of lei and flowers also appreciated.

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Ready for the Transit of Venus on June 5?

It's a rare astronomical occurrence, and won't happen again until the year 2117. Two astronomers from the UH Institute for Astronomy will join us on the air tonight to talk about the transit, their plans to observe it, and what we can learn from it. Tune in to 89.3FM at 5 p.m., or hit the livestream on the web at HawaiiPublicRadio.org. And if you have any questions or comments about the transit or stargazing in general, please join the conversation by commenting here or (even better) calling 941-3689.

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Are We Prepared for Catastrophic Events?

We face the possibility of natural disasters, terrorism, and technological failures and “cascading” events such as the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan. This conference brings together speakers, practitioners, and scholars experienced in responding to, recovering from, and rebuilding communities that have experienced disaster.

Catastrophic events require multi-disciplinary, engaged “whole community” efforts. Co-sponsored by government, military, scientific, academic, and non-governmental training and research organizations, we invite you to join us for a day of “thinking the unthinkable” and planning for resilience. Each panel will have keynote presentations and responses from our local community.

Respond. Recover. Rebuild. Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the University of Hawaii.

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Resilience Conference 2012

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Hawaii-built app vies for U.S. Department of Energy prize

+Derek Gabriel and friends at Hawaii-based Ikehu have entered their "DRIVE" mobile app in the DOE's "Apps for Energy" challenge. The app proposes giving incentives to residential customers to reduce power consumption during critical and peak peak times. It sounds a lot like some of the energy initiatives being pursued by the +Blue Planet Foundation and Kanu Hawaii.

"DRIVE" is currently in 19th place with 24 votes… but the first place app right now has only 105 votes. You can vote every day through May 31, so please do!

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DRIVE™ Mobile App | Apps for Energy
The DRIVE™ System is a patent-pending solution that provides incentives to residential customers to reduce power consumption during peak and critical peak times. It rewards desired consumer behavior …

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Honolulu happiness priced at over $120,000 a year

If money could buy happiness, it would cost only $62,000 a year in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Pueblo, Colorado. New York, an extreme outlier, tops the chart at $163,000. But Honolulu comes in second at a salary threshold of $123,750.

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What Salary Buys Happiness in Your City?
A new study has gained a lot of attention that shows after a worker earns $75,000 the measurable effect on happiness of pay increases stops, but that figure may vary widely from city to city.

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