Monthly Archives: October 2012

Disney buys Lucasfilm, plans more Star Wars movies

Money grab or not, I actually think there's room for an Episode VII, VIII and IX in the "Star Wars" story. Every time I watch the original trilogy, I pick up vibes that Luke will eventually turn and that Leia ultimately rises to lead the Rebels.

Then again, episodes I, II and III turned one of the best villains ever into a whiny crybaby via a ham-handed backstory, so I don't have the highest hopes.

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Disney Buying Lucasfilm for $4 Billion
The acquisition gives the company a commanding position in the world of fantasy films.

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Tsunami warning issued for Hawaii

A magnitude 7.7 quake off Western Canada has prompted a tsunami warning from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Their notice was upgraded at 7:09 p.m. based on the first sea level readings. The effects could reach Hawaii shores by 10:28 p.m.

A tsunami has been generated that could cause damage along coastlines of all islands in the state of Hawaii. Urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property.

A tsunami is a series of long ocean waves. Each individual wave crest can last 5 to 15 minutes or more and extensively flood coastal areas. The danger can continue for many hours after the initial wave as subsequent waves arrive. Tsunami wave heights cannot be predicted and the first wave may not be the largest. Tsunami waves efficiently wrap around islands. All shores are at risk no matter which direction they face. The trough of a tsunami wave may temporarily expose the seafloor but the area will quickly flood again. Extremely strong and unusual nearshore currents can accompany a tsunami. Debris picked up and carried by a tsunami amplifies its destructive power. Simultaneous high tides or high surf can significantly increase the tsunami hazard.

The estimated arrival time in Hawaii of the first tsunami wave is 10:28 p.m. HST on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Messages will be issued hourly or sooner as conditions warrant.

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From STEM to STREAM on HPR today at 5 p.m

While +Burt Lum is away, +Angela Keen will be guest hosting on Bytemarks Cafe this afternoon. Our topic is hopefully a digestible one: expanding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to include the Arts and Reading… or STREAM.

If you've an idea, question, or suggestion, we'd love to have your voice in the mix. Just calling 941-3689 during the show, which airs 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Hawaii Public Radio 89.3FM (and streamed online at Isn't STEM enough? Is STREAM a good mix? If you're an educator, what do you think of how the movement might evolve?

To get things started, here's a piece that argues that STEM and the arts are not mutually exclusive.

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Op-ed: Don’t pit science and math education against the liberal arts
Guest columnists Sandi Everlove and Michael Zimmeran say the competition between the liberal arts and a STEM education is a false conflict.

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'Cloud Atlas,' once deemed unfilmable, opens Friday

I declared "Cloud Atlas" my most-anticipated film of 2012, and this was based only on the Wikipedia entry and a failed attempt at reading the novel several years ago. I watched the extended trailer on YouTube so many times, I knew it by heart. And as the release date drew near, my wife and I resolved to read the book before we saw the film.

It was the first book I'd read in a while, and the first book we'd read in tandem, making it a special experience on its own. And fortunately, I loved David Mitchell's recursive, varied storytelling. Different styles and voices, different degrees of 'meta,' all wrapped up in onion-skin layers, the book was a wonderful exploration of universal human experiences.

I also realized why people had said it was a novel that would be impossible to translate to the big screen. Which made me appreciate even more the bravery (or folly) of the Wachowski's (of "The Matrix") and Tom Tykwer (of "Run Lola Run").

We were able to catch "Cloud Atlas" a week early at HIFF. For myself, I'll say I liked it, both for its ambition and for its dizzying but still digestible restructuring of the story. But the movie pounds hard on points that are much more subtle in the book, adds some pat closure to aspects originally left ambiguous, and definitely leaves out a lot of the best parts (as you'd expect). So the book doesn't ruin the movie, nor vice versa, and I'd strongly recommend you consider diving into both.

For +Popspotting, Jen posted her take as well!

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One of our most-anticipated films of 2012 opens this Friday. We devoured the book, then took in the film at the +Hawaii International Film Festival. Here, +Jennifer Ozawa shares her take on a movie adaptation that many said could not be made. Are you excited, curious, or concerned about "Cloud Atlas"?

#cloudatlas   #movie   #review  

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Popspotting – Pop Culture Podcast » Popspotting Post: Cloud Atlas
Jen's preview of”Cloud Atlas,” starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Huge Grant, directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, in theaters Oct. 26, 2012. I read the 2004 novel “Cloud Atlas” by Da…

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Movies from Old Hawaii Shared on YouTube

Rick Helin (Kailua Productions) discovered several vintage 16mm films depicting old Hawaii back in 1940 at a garage sale, and got help from the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County and their special telecine converter to convert them to digital format.

This latest installment is of Kauai, with some remarkable scenes (including the sugar mill trains of Kekaha, and pre-hotel Hanalei Bay). Rick invites anyone who recognizes the families depicted to step forward (although the children in the video would be nearing their 80s today!). Check out his KailuaKid channel for previous vignettes from the Big Island, and he promises more to come from Maui and Oahu.

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South Park skewers Hawaii's transplant tensions

I confess, I was surprised to discover they were still making new episodes of "South Park," which to me almost triggers nostalgia for the end of the '90s. But the latest episode turns the show's infamous eye for outrageous satire on Hawaii.

From the synopsis:

Butters’ outrageous behavior is a sign. It's time for him to begin a journey where he will follow in the path of his ancestors. When Butters starts acting out at school, his parents realize it’s time to tell him why he’s not like all of the other kids. He must travel to a foreign place to learn the ways of his people. It will be a difficult trip for a young boy to make alone so Butters chooses Kenny to travel with him to the distant and secluded island of Hawaii.

It's not long before the word 'haole' starts flying, and other references make clear that creators Trey Parker (who has a home on Kauai) and Matt Stone have spent enough time here to seize on the sensitive seams beneath the polished pictures painted by the visitors' bureau.

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Going Native (Season 16, Episode 11) – Full Episode Player
Watch Going Native (Season 16, Episode 11) at South Park Studios. Butters’ outrageous behavior is a sign. It's time for him to begin a journey where he will follow in the path of his ancestors. When …

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Snapjoy saves, sorts, makes it a snap to share photos

I'm severely behind in making local backups of all my photos. Most make it to Flickr, a lot makes it to Picasa, and of course there's my goofing around on Instagram. But they're all over the place, and it's no picnic to explore them. +Snapjoy, a +YCombinator startup, imports everything, and sorts it simply.

I love that it's both a "backup of everything" and an easy way to browse a timeline of all my photos (going back to 2004, in my case, when I started my Flickr account). And they just released an iOS app today to make taking a trip down memory lane even easier.

The free plan is 5GB, and you can earn more space by connecting services and sharing photos. There are paid plans up to 200GB for $16/mo. I'll probably stick with the free, which is more than enough to at least have a backup of your Instagram gallery, but at any level, it never hurts to have your stuff saved in more than one place.

Invite link below, which earns both of us 500MB of extra space!

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You're invited to join Snapjoy
Snapjoy is the best place to enjoy your photos. Every photo you've ever taken, magically organized.

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Kailua Chocolate Company Earns International Recognition

"The Triple Cacao bar is the only bar in the world that incorporates the tangy, lychee-tasting fruit of the cacao pod as well as nutty, crunchy nibs and smooth, rich dark chocolate to give you a taste of three flavors and textures all from cacao. This bar, and Madre’s full line up of Hawaiian and Latin American chocolates, are showing the world that we can make world-class chocolate right here in Hawaii creating a great market for the new but rapidly growing cacao crop in the Islands."

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Congratulations to Nat Bletter and David Elliott of Kailua's +Madre Chocolate! Their "Triple Cacao" bar makes the company one of only four U.S. companies to win world medals at today's International Chocolate Awards.


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Madre Chocolate Takes Silver at International Chocolate Awards | Hawaii Grinds

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Hawaii Public Radio's 'Celebration 2012' Enters Day Eight

+Hawaii Public Radio made history last time around by wrapping up its pledge drive two days early, as listeners stepped up to support HPR's great, original, local programming. They're hoping to do it again today… but it is truly 'Challenge 2012.' A live Presidential debate and a holiday complicated the schedule, leaving $276,302 to go this morning.

If you listen to +Burt Lum and I on +Bytemarks Cafe, you know that we still eagerly volunteer for the weekly gig because of the valuable platform and conversation that HPR fosters for local tech and science. HPR also offers unmatched coverage and commentary on local politics, arts, and more.

Only a fraction of the people who benefit from HPR programming support it. If you're a listener and not yet a member, please consider joining today. Pledge online, or call (808) 941-3689. Mahalo!

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