One of my favorite annual New Year's traditions is mochitsuki, or mochi making, which takes place at Japanese community centers, Buddhist temples, and even in homes. Today the +Jodo Mission of Hawaii held its mochitsuki, and while there was the traditional pounding with wooden mallets (kine) in a traditional mortar (usu) for good luck, the temple turned to its 50-year-old machine and dozens of volunteers to turn out the hundreds of pounds of mochi that's sold to the community each year.
Though I'd been out of the Android ecosystem since my Nexus One, a good deal on a Nexus 7 on Craigslist yesterday has me eagerly exploring the latest and greatest. Among them is certainly +Ingress.
Local Android guru and island #Ingress leader +Ed White told me to seek an #IngressInvite with a memorable message. So here's one I made on the beach in Hawaii today, a message from the end of the Earth, to mark the end of the "end of the world." So, +Brandon Badger, +Jen Hsieh, +Brian Rose and friends at +Google… Do hashtags work in real life? Aloha!
If you're not paying for it, you're the product. It's true for every "free" social service out there, which survives by selling you to advertisers. So it's no surprise that Instagram revised its terms of service to add advertising, on the heels of cutting off embed support on Twitter. They want all the eyeballs, and they want to monetize them.
I'm not quitting Instagram over #Instagate, but I know many people who are. If you're among them, give Flickr another look. With Marissa Meyer at the helm, revitalizing the once-preeminent photo sharing site is clearly a priority. They just released an updated mobile app that's a joy to use. And I'm already reconnecting with long-lost Flickr users as well as newcomers.
Instagram backlash is Flickr’s gain
Popular photo sharing service Instagram is facing a user backlash after the company revealed new terms of service this week. The fine print, that takes effect on January 16th, is the first big…
"The son of Japanese immigrants, Inouye grew up in Honolulu, where he was teaching a first aid course at age 17 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He enlisted in the Army in 1943, when it dropped its ban on Japanese Americans.
Promoted to sergeant, he fought in Italy and France. On April 21, 1945, while leading an assault in Italy against the Germans, Inouye was shot in the stomach. He nonetheless attacked and destroyed two machine gun nests before being even more severely wounded, losing his right arm. He was awarded the Medal of Honor.
A senator since 1963, Inouye in 2009 became chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he continued a long record of helping fund projects in his home state. From 1998 to 2003, he steered $1.4 billion to military projects in Hawaii…"
David Carr of +The New York Times profiles +brian lam, who quit the pageview rat race at +Gizmodo to start a new publishing venture: +The Wirecutter, a list of recommended gadgets that publishes maybe twelve times a month, rather than a day. And he's running this site from Hawaii, where he moved simply "because he loves surfing."
Read about Brian's new approach to sustainable web publishing, and check out the great photo of him on the beach, taken by +Kent Nishimura!
I'm a huge Apple fanboy, but no question, their Maps product is a disaster. Many said Google would gloat, and they surely could have. Many doubted that they'd make a new app for iOS, and many doubted that Apple would approve it. But it looks like it happened, and faster than I would've guessed.
Google Maps for iOS is now out, and it looks great. Clean and bright and with features the Apple-built Google-powered Maps app never had. Voice search, turn-by-turn navigation with voice prompts, Google Street View, traffic data, and transit data (albeit not in Honolulu yet, it appears).
Sweet geek release. I'm glad it's back. I hope Apple eventually catches up, or just buys someone with a head start, but for now, Google rules mapping.
My coworkers go absolutely bonkers for the holidays. In addition to community service projects, such as donation drives for the Institute for Human Services next door, Nearly every corner of the office is decked out in Christmas stuff.
I was the first person in this morning, and couldn't resist working by Christmas light for a little bit.