Monthly Archives: June 2012

SBX Tour: Visiting the "Giant Golf Ball"

"What is that thing?" Thousands of Honolulu residents see the SBX looming over Pearl Harbor every day when it's here. Yesterday, thanks to +Burt Lum and the Public Affairs Office of Navy Region Hawaii, a few lucky geeks got an up-close and inside look at the "giant golf ball."

Click through for photos and video!

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Part of the U.S. Department of Defense Ballistic Missile Defense System, it’s 280 feet tall, 380 feet long, with a displacement of 50,000 tons. Two out of three dimensions are comparable to an Enterprise-class aircraft carrier, and each of the massive pontoons upon which it sits are each the size of a Los Angeles-class submarine.

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Journey to the SBX
The Sea-Based X-Band radar ship, the SBX-1, dominates the horizon when it's in port in Pearl Harbor, making headlines just by showing up

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Check in together and rack up the votes for Ala Moana

Check in together and rack up the votes for Ala Moana

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This is just a test of Google's new Events feature. First invitees are people who RSVP'd via Twtvite. Note that the official event page and RSVP list is here: http://twtvite.com/liveponohawaii

We're planning a tweetup at the park for one big push to build awareness and hopefully log a good amount of votes in the Coca-Cola Live Positively America's Favorite Park Campaign.

We don't have all the details yet (like location) but what we do know is that there will be power (in case you need a boost), some refreshments (while supplies last), and a variety of giveaways (while supplies last) for those who come and help us help the park move up the charts!

The other parks ahead of us had a head start and seem to be doing a pretty good job of staying ahead of us, but we think they have yet to see the appreciation Hawaii has for our parks!

Please save the date/time and plan on coming down to show your support and spend some time hanging out IRL with your online friends and other park lovers.

NOTE: PLEASE CHECK BACK AS WE WILL UPDATE THE DETAILS OF THIS TWEETUP AS WE FINALIZE THE PLANS. UPDATES WILL ALSO BE POSTED AT FACEBOOK PAGE LISTED BELOW.

More information on the contest here at http://www.facebook.com/liveponohawaii

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Ala Moana Regional Park Live Positively Meetup
*This is just a test of Google's new Events feature.* First invitees are people who RSVP'd via Twtvite. Note that the official event page and RSVP list is here: http://twtvite.com/liveponohawaii

We're planning a tweetup at the park for one big push to build awareness and hopefully log a good amount of votes in the Coca-Cola Live Positively America's Favorite Park Campaign.

We don't have all the details yet (like location) but what we do know is that there will be power (in case you need a boost), some refreshments (while supplies last), and a variety of giveaways (while supplies last) for those who come and help us help the park move up the charts!

The other parks ahead of us had a head start and seem to be doing a pretty good job of staying ahead of us, but we think they have yet to see the appreciation Hawaii has for our parks!

Please save the date/time and plan on coming down to show your support and spend some time hanging out IRL with your online friends and other park lovers.

NOTE: PLEASE CHECK BACK AS WE WILL UPDATE THE DETAILS OF THIS TWEETUP AS WE FINALIZE THE PLANS. UPDATES WILL ALSO BE POSTED AT FACEBOOK PAGE LISTED BELOW.

More information on the contest here at http://www.facebook.com/liveponohawaii

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Learn about Hawaii's open data movement tomorrow

The state of Hawaii is moving forward with its open data initiatives, and has selected the +Socrata platform. (+Burt Lum, +Jared Kuroiwa, and I are assisting as +Hawaii Open Data.) If you want to know why this is important, why governments are moving in this direction, and finally how the public, coders and developers can tap into it, there's an introductory webinar being held tomorrow morning.

Though it may be framed more for people within the government (why should departments publish their data in an open, standardized format?), I think tech heads will get something out of it, too.

#opendata   #opengov   #gov20   #hawaii  

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» State Sets Open Data Briefing for June 27 Hawaii Open Data
Join Us for an Introduction and Briefing on Open Data. The State of Hawaii will be launching its open data site at data.hawaii.gov in July with selected datasets. In advance of the launch, the Office …

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Where the Hell is Matt? Kihei, But Not Waimea Bay

Where the Hell is Matt? Kihei, But Not Waimea Bay

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Globetrotting dancer Matt Harding has, at long last, posted his latest “Where the Hell is Matt?” video. And among the many clips making up the montage, we see him attempting a fire dance in Kihei on Maui. The two-second scene appears along with other dances in places ranging from Texas to Thailand to Pyongyang, North Korea.

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Maui Makes Dancing Matt’s New Video

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Google Street View gets even better in Hawaii

And yes, they finally drove through Mililani Town proper!

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Good geeky news from Google for Hawaii lovers and residents! Greatly expanded Street View coverage expands virtual tours of the islands. Check out photos from today's announcement and a list of newly added locations!

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Hawaii Gets Big Google Street View Update
Google today added over 200 popular Hawaii visitor attractions, historical sites, resorts, parks, schools, and golf courses to its Googl

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Hawaii politics sparks laughs on Comedy Central

Hawaii politics sparks laughs on Comedy Central

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With ‘Lingle 2012,’ Lingle can reach voters who will watch 24 hours of political ads… key demographics like insomniacs, people in traction, people who can’t find the remote, people trapped under a book case, empty Best Buy stores, and cats left alone with the TV for comfort.

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Colbert: Lingle TV for ‘insomniacs, people in traction’

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Revisiting the Dark Skies app for super local weather

Listening to the "Build and Analyze" podcast on the +5by5 network yesterday, I was reminded of the "Dark Skies" app. It was born out of a Kickstarter project, and used a very different mathematical approach to weather prediction, focused on hours rather than days, and on specific locations, not cities.

I didn't even care at the time whether it worked, it just seemed like a neat idea, and the app itself turned out to be pretty cool. The satellite animations are still pretty unique among the many, many weather apps out there. But, it only covered the contiguous 48 states, leaving Hawaii out of the fun.

But I just checked back and saw that Hawaii (and Alaska) were added about a month ago, so I finally bought the app ($3.99). Unfortunately, this morning is apparently a pretty boring morning here in terms of rain (but I do like that it suggests a more interesting location for the moment).

Considering how unpredictable and regionally distinct Hawaii weather tends to be, I'm really curious to see if Dark Skies can indeed tell me it will rain in two hours in Mililani and help me plan spontaneous pau hana walks to the park with the kids.

http://darkskyapp.com/?ref=5by5

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