Thursday, April 28, 2011

Merrie Monarch Ho'ike night 2011

Yesterday was Ho'ike (display) night at the 2011 Merrie Monarch Hula Festival here in Hilo. While the competition held over the next few nights is strictly hula, the ho'ike featured dances from four different cultures across the Pacific.

The night started off with Hilo's own Halau O Kekuhi, performing kahiko (ancient) hula.   For their opening number, they actually wore clothes of traditional kapa barkcloth!


Students in the Marshallese Iakwe Club at UH-Hilo performed some Marshallese dances.  I think "Iakwe" is the Marshallese word for "Aloha."

Merahi o Tapiti performed a bunch of Tahitian dances.

Te Tu Mataora, a Maori group from New Zealand, ended the show.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Monitors-to-People Ratio

I tried out the new iPhone version of Microsoft's "Photosynth" panorama app in the control room at work, to show off our monitors-to-people ratio.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Chicken Tender Fail

Burger King put more chicken in their new Chicken Tenders, yet kept them as far as possible from tender... and found a way to make the breading even more tasteless and cardboard-like than before. Wow.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Can Boeing still make planes?

 Daily Finance asks: how many compression cycles should a 737 last? N73711 made it 89,089 before that little problem with AQ 243. 75,000 was expected back then. Since then it's fallen to 60,000, and now Boeing's acting nervous beyond 30,000. Hmmm.

Why I'm leaving Twitter.

I've stuck it out and continued participating on Twitter while Elon Musk has run it into the ground, made it progressively more inhospit...