The Slocum Affair episodes 1-3

Featuring original presentations staged through the efforts of The Cyborg Players — a somewhat stiff group of actors overcoming their synthetic voices’ limitations to deliver their unique brand of human irony.

This episode was produced first. However, it’s sort of a Star Wars-y deal whereby the subsequent episodes kind of flesh-out what has previously occurred to arrive at such a charged moment in the Bob and Doris Slocum trilogy. Bob is a cyborg-in-waiting, and Doris mostly just wants Bob to listen. (Warning: cybernetic expletives)

Episode 1: “Are You Watching This?”

In the prequel to ‘Are You Watching This’, we hear Bob and Doris’ session at the relationship counselor. Therapist Gregory Kettleman — played by the slightly randy robot Lee — encourages Doris to explore a very non-Bob scenario featuring none other than Antonio Banderas!

Episode 2: “Antonio! Don’t You Want Your Water?”

This brings us to newcomer Sangeeta Gupta starring as Preeti Krishnamurti in this episode that follows Bob and Doris Slocum fresh out of couple’s counseling and off on their vacation to the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Bob falls under the spell of their fragrant Indian tour guide Preeti. Hearing the echoed voice of the Slocums’ counselor Gregory Kettleman, Bob finds himself on a quest that suggests that there may be only one answer to his one question. He must choose carefully.

Episode 3: Bob’s Hawaiian Singularity


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Topicmatch: the text phrase matching game about people, places, nature, arts, and science.

Choose a topic. Study the paired text phrases. Shuffle the phrases. Then try to match them: Choose a number, read the phrase that appears, and then try to find its match.

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Wall Street and Speed Limit

Why is it that protests on Wall Street and elsewhere — denouncing corporate greed and perverse distribution of wealth, and the attendant corruption of our institutions — why don’t we recognize energy policies and energy’s absolute relevance to inequity? (Indeed, amassing capital essentially correlates to determining energy policy.)

But do you really think this is primarily about class struggle? When we toss the capitalists out, who exactly are we going to bring in to assist in managing this clusterfuck we call our society? Some good old anti-capitalist professionals? Maybe even some young ones?

Well, did you ever consider the inequity and degradation that necessarily result from a high-energy consumption economy? Forget capitalist or socialist. Think: society gorging itself on energy actually deprives and frustrates the hell out of us.

Significantly, in this mostly unacknowledged aspect of quanta of energy as it correlates to inequity, the actual source of energy is irrelevant; whether it be petroleum, nuke plants, the “clean” energies of wind and solar, the hoped-for magnificent new battery; maybe even cheap plentiful energy gushing from used kitty litter, or some other techno-splendorous future development.

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Antipodes for Anthropoids

Some fifteen years into the Internet’s emergence onto our lives, we are informing and being informed at a rate that was inconceivable prior to our connection to this digital network. As kids growing up in the seventies we fantasized about the all-knowing, all-powerful computer to which we’d just inquire for answers to pretty much everything.

So now we’ve thoroughly inquired of the great machine. Some have tried to engage it sexually, if not just find a date. Others have practiced varieties of digital alchemy whereby cleverly programmed computer code, or portals established for gathering yet more information, has led to untold riches if not merely new strategies for paying the rent. Antipodes for Anthropoids continued here

How You Gonna Act?

No one is about to deny that our way of life, particularly from an economic standpoint is, at best, currently in a sort of holding pattern. At worst, many are in a real hurtbag — foreclosure, lost job — the spigot for money has slowed to a pathetic trickle — the water is murky — no one really knows the size and weight of the dominoes in play. (A little bit of that ancient and current literary genre: doom porn, but can not help.)

And yet, as a nation that has feasted on the planet’s wealth for the past sixty years or so (in addition to the prouder American tradition of actually producing wealth), we have a store of resources, both human and material, that is certainly in our favor. cont’d here

So Much More Than Mai Tais

I first learned of the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) sponsoring of a group of eight mainland internet entrepreneurs, dubbed: So Much More Hawaii through local media impresario Damon Tucker’s blog. (Damon really wants to down some Mai Tais with these folks. “Hey everyone! I’ll twitter for the next round! Oops! my dang cell phone is stuck!”)

Apparently, the idea is for these folks to tour the islands whilst blogging away in their respective “vertical niche markets” : convention biz, blog talk-radio, travel; both family and solo, food, and so on.

Sounds like a great gig to me.

All kidding aside, the HTA sponsoring of these savvy social media marketers, to have a good time and broaden their bloggees’ online understanding of the “real Hawaii”, could be viewed in various ways. And yes, the Hawaii Tourism Authority is in the business of generating tax revenue and tourism money.

Well, that’s part of their objective anyway. The other goals of the HTA are what you might call of a social, cultural, and environmental nature. click here to read the rest of the story

Follow Marshall McLuhan on Twitter!

Hey! Isn’t that numbnuts staring at his reflection again?

--some Greek person 

(The following ideas are largely borrowed from an essay by Marshall McLuhan entitled: The Gadget Lover: Narcissus as Narcosis, appearing as Chapter 4 of his book: Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1st Ed. McGraw Hill, NY, 1964; reissued MIT Press, 1994, with introduction by Lewis H. Lapham; reissued by Gingko Press, 2003 ISBN 1-58423-073-8). Likewise, McLuhan interprets the ideas of medical researchers Hans Selye and Adolphe Jonas, Lewis Mumford, and William Blake — He also said the Virgin Mary provided intellectual guidance — and if you can’t borrow from her, who can ya?)

Narcissus comes from the Greek word narcosis, or numbness.

Narcissus did not actually fall in love with himself, contrary to popular interpretation.

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audio interview: Jay Fitzgerald of Sensible Simplicity Forum

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting Jay Fitzgerald on his Puna homestead.  His recently created Sensible Simplicity Forum is for folks wanting to live in sustainable ways. Rather than the current green-spin of industries promoting  their hidden agendas in the name of sustainability, Jay’s forum takes advantage of “free” internet tools to foster discussions, share techniques, and coordinate resources to further the practices of truly sustainable living.

interview w/Jay Fitzgerald 32kbps 15 minutes

I’m My Own Best Fluffer

“Who the heck do you think you are, mister?!”

— virtual townsperson

Well, this blogging seems as though it will continue and although I don’t seem to blog in the daily news mode, I appreciate the efforts of those who do. My Island Notes blog is more of the e-zine type — where I just sort of post something when a critical mass of self-interest compels me to do so.

Anyway, it amounts to an arbitrary posting schedule but I figure readers would be put off by excess blog-filler-fluff. Well… ‘cept for my mom. She sort of told me to give that edu-rant-thing a rest — maybe lighten up a bit, you know?

Dear Mom, I hope you like this. Fluffy sure does. Love, Darren
Dear Mom, I hope you like this. Fluffy sure does. Love, Darren

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Blogzilla Versus The Community

The term blog is rather absurd. To be sure, that is what we are going with and it would be more absurd yet to try and start a movement to redefine terms for the world wide web.

So for the sake of pragmatism let’s at least take a look at why blog is perhaps lacking in clear definition.

To blog means to have a unique location where anyone can experience how you, the blogger, have chosen to participate in the arrangement of digitally reproduced content on the internet.

A type of befuddlement has also emerged with this digital technology. This can be attributed to the equally emerging illusory aspect of digital media. Our so-called “blogging community” in Hawaii suffers from this digitally created veil that hangs upon the eyes of an organic community of real people, responding to this current and increasingly dominant digital content. Continue reading “Blogzilla Versus The Community”

Island Notes’ Year-End Blog Slog

Well, it’s been about two months since I first..blogged.

(Do we really have to go with the terms, “blog”, “blogging”, “blogosphere” and such? Sounds more like a turd for chrissakes, or maybe one of those cheese logs covered in slivered nuts–don’t sound much like something you’d really go out of your way to get a load of. What happened to our old standby, “writing” ? I mean, how would it sound if we took some other creative pursuit with an ancient history and a perfectly fine name, say “painting”, and now, on the internet we’re gonna start calling it “pixelblow” or some such computer-generated nonsense? Anyway being that I ain’t the one who gets to decide these things, I’ll just get on with
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Ian Lind’s insightful blog post, reading, in part, “Not much Christmas cheer for charities hit by Madoff scam” quoted an email sent out yesterday by the ACLU to its supporters:

In the last couple of weeks, however, we’ve been hit hard in a way that no one could forecast. You have, no doubt, heard about the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme in which investors have been horribly defrauded of up to $50 billion. What you may not know is that two foundations that have been incredibly generous and longstanding supporters of our national security and reproductive freedom work have been victimized by the Madoff scandal — forced to close their doors and terminate their grants. Continue reading “”

Weasels Pimped My Kid …She’s goin’ to Harvard!

education-imagePahoa High & Intermediate School (Hawaii), as one of the thirty first-prize schools “winning” Samsung’s fifth-annual Hope for Education essay contest, will receive more than $60,000 in technology, software, cash grants and educational television programming packages. Samsung (with Microsoft Corporation and DIRECTV) posed the question, “How has technology educated you on helping the environment and how or why has it changed your behavior to be more environmentally friendly?” As of this posting, the actual content of the winning essays is unavailable, however the take of these “good corporate citizens” is available at:, a Berkshire Hathaway Company.

If I have to see another seven year-old child gleefully smiling at a computer screen, I think I’m gonna puke. Continue reading “Weasels Pimped My Kid …She’s goin’ to Harvard!”

The Cost of Obama’s School Computer Plan

Our children’s lives have become mired in a world placing disproportionate emphasis on global economic considerations.

While economics and material goods are indeed necessary for securing the immediate needs for our survival, excessive energies have gone into the institutional programming and marketing of activities that were previously peoples’ innate experience of belonging to a healthy human community. Continue reading “The Cost of Obama’s School Computer Plan”