Archive for December, 2004

Jingle All the Way

Some friends and I participated in the annual “Jingle Bell Bash” in downtown Honolulu Saturday. It used to be called the Jingle Bell Run, but the truth is that the overwhelming majority of participants has never truly run the route, which makes a quick two-mile lap of the downtown area.

Known more for its crazy costumes, dressed-up doggies, and supposedly cute babies in strollers than for its world-class athletes, the Jingle Bell Bash is sponsored by the Honolulu Advertiser as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.

The Ultimate 80’s song

I have an almost unhealthy dependance to my iPod. It goes with me everywhere, and I spend far too much time creating playlists on it. I was fiddling with my 80’s playlist tonight when I got to thinking, “What song is the ultimate 80’s song?” For me it’s either “If You Leave” by OMD or “Lips Like Sugar” by Echo and the Bunnymen. One of my friends countered that it’s actually “Supersonic” by JJ Fad. Anyone have something to throw into the ring?

A Day at Ala Moana Beach

Surprisingly yesterday was a very mellow day at Ala Moana Beach Park. Usually this place is jam packed with cars and people. I suspected this past Sunday would be no different. When we arrived around 11:00am there was actually a lot of parking. This was probably due to the fact that earlier the Honolulu Marathon started from this very park. At 5:00am they had the whole park closed off to cars and 25,000 people started their 26 mile run from here. They opened up the park to cars around 8:00am but I think most people decided to stay away expecting large crowds.

And The Winner Is…


Local musicians and politicians alike are crowing with pride over the announcement of the first Grammy Award nominees for Best Hawaiian Music Album. The category (actually, category number 69 in field number 14, “Folk Music“), was announced last year, and is seen as both an affirmation of the growth and artistic merit of Hawaiian music as well as an opportunity for even wider, worldwide exposure for the genre and artists.

Thunderbird 1.0RC

I’ve been a Firefox user for some time now. Thunderbird also looked intriguing, but I never installed it because I didn’t want to take the time to set up all the message filters and account info again. Well, I jumped the gun and installed the 1.0 release evaluation 2 days before Thunderbird’s 1.0 official release. (Might as well do it when I have the time!) So far, I’ve been very happy with the way it works. Configuring it is easier than Outlook, and I like the anti-spam options. Disabling remote-loading of images is “supposed” to help reduce spam, but we will see. Some sites apparently used the image load as a indicator that you’re reading their spam and send you some more. That’s a problem if you had Outlook’s the preview pane enabled, since images would load automatically and…bingo. The message filter wizard is much more intuitive than Outlook, and mail downloading is smoother. I don’t know how else to describe it, but when Outlook was downloading mail, it would “hiccup” while you’re reading. Once configured, Thunderbird doesn’t “feel” any different than Outlook, and I consider that a good thing. It doesn’t force me to acquire new habits. How it works behind the scenes, though, is reassuring.

10 Thoughts About Kaua`i on My First For-Fun Visit

I know, it’s lame. I’ve never been to Kaua`i except for two consecutive weekends right after Hurricane Iniki in September of 1992 to help with the cleanup. So just about everything I experienced this past Thanksgiving weekend was a first for me.

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