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Showing posts from August, 2003

Great Lewchew!

A former barbershop around the corner from me is now going to be a school of Okinawan culture and arts. (I took this picture of their sign with my cell phone.) This is nifty for a couple reasons. First, culture is just neat. Exposure to all sorts of different cultures is one of the big advantages of living in Hawaii. Second, Okinawa is a culture I actually have some connection to! Yeah, I'm as anglo as the day is long, but a cousin  of mine (on my mom's side) lives in Okinawa, has a wife from there, and is one of the top experts on Okinawa's pre-WWII history. So I've long had more than a passing interest in Okinawa. I think we'll all have to go check this place out.

I spit on your puny Earth Simulator!

A couple months back, Apple introduced their  Power Mac G5 , based on IBM's PowerPC 970 chip in configurations up to a dual 2.0-gigahertz one. They touted it as "the world?s fastest personal computer and the first with a 64-bit processor." This met with all kinds of whining from, well, all sorts of people. AMD users, for example, protested that since a  small-time specialty PC maker  had started selling workstations with AMD's 64-bit Opteron CPU in early June, Apple wasn't selling the first 64-bit personal computer. This took quite a bit of cognitive disconnect. Let's see... one computer is sold as a "personal computer," to people who expect to run all kinds of general-purpose software, from Microsoft Office to AOL. It uses a chip designed for personal computers. VH-1 runs ads for it. It sells hundreds of thousands of units a year. It's available at hundreds of stores all over the world, and via dozens of mail-order catalogs. The o

Great time to live in Hilo

 Earlier this year, Hilo got its first Starbucks. Quite nearby, actually. I was particularly unenthusiastic about this, partly because the location had, once upon a time before we lived here, been a Wendy's, and now the nearest Wendy's is 90 miles away. Next month, Hilo is getting its  second  Starbucks. Since I don't drink coffee, I don't really care about this one either. It'll be located out near Kuhio Grill, across the parking lot from the mall (Prince Kuhio Plaza). What I  do  care about is that  this  Starbucks will follow the example of Starbucks locations all over Honolulu, and include an adjacent  Jamba Juice  smoothie shop. Now, it's not like Hilo is a smoothie void right now. There's an Orange Julius in the mall; across Maka'ala street there's another one in the Waiakea Pavilion food court, and Island Naturals has smoothies, as does Abundant Life downtown. But after spending a couple years in Honolulu, I like some of Jamba

The Idiots Have Taken Over

To the driver of the white Taurus wagon, the   solid   line means   don't change lanes here . It   especially   means that when the lane you're going into is occupied by a car moving significantly faster than yours. I don't know if you just upgraded from a Yugo, but please, learn how long your vehicle is, so those of us you cut off won't wear our brakes out. Thanks! I was fascinated to learn today that it's a violation of federal law to   boycott Israel . So if I were to decide, say, that I don't approve of, for example,   Mossad carrying out targeted assassinations in the United States , and that I want to protest this practice by not buying things from Israeli companies... well, I'd best do it   quietly , since actually stating such a policy, or in any way documenting it, or even   saying   "this product contains nothing from Israel" is a federal no-no. Where it   really   gets confusing is this: There are countries (in the "Arab worl

Where does my money go?

Well, in the usual sense, I suppose I already know, at least to some degree. But in another sense, I'm going to try to find out, via   Where's George?   I've just gotten started in the last few days, and am currently ranked in the 30's out of 139   users in Hawaii   (you may need to register there to see that list). So if you're in Hilo and find a bill with "" on it, maybe it's one I've seen!

How will I know which 15 minutes are mine?

As part of revamping this site, I've been working on putting more in the way of actual excerpts up from my writing... and also from quotes by (or about) me in the media. This little exercise is making it evident just how many times I've managed to be quoted here and there. Thus far, I've got something over a dozen media mentions in 8.5 years - and there are at least another four to six places I know I was quoted that I've yet to dig up online, free or through paid archives.

Yoga and First Aid

Most weeks - well, I like to tell myself it's most weeks, and I really mean for it to be - I take a cheap one-hour yoga class, Tuesdays at noon. I made it to class this week. About 10 minutes into class, a couple new guys showed up. Young, maybe early twenties, slimmer than me and probably way more in shape from surfing or whatever. They had decided, for whatever reason, that they wanted to try yoga. Okay, no problem, the teacher got them started and when it sunk in that yoga was strenuous, joked about how people thought it was for "old ladies who can't do aerobics." It was a hot day, and we were all sweating. About 45 minutes into the 1-hour class, we'd just finished some standing poses, and the teacher was starting to demonstrate a balancing pose we were going to attempt next. I'd wound up in the front, with one of the new guys behind me and the other behind him. Suddenly, there were a couple loud crashes from behind me. The teacher looked