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 … Continue reading The Slocum Affair episodes 1-3
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. Download the free version: Topicmatch Free, to give it a spin … Continue reading Topicmatch: Android™ app for contextual learning.
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 … Continue reading Wall Street and Speed Limit
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. … Continue reading Antipodes for Anthropoids
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 -- … Continue reading How You Gonna Act?
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 … Continue reading So Much More Than Mai Tais
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 … Continue reading Follow Marshall McLuhan on Twitter!
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 … Continue reading audio interview: Jay Fitzgerald of Sensible Simplicity Forum
"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 … Continue reading I’m My Own Best Fluffer
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 … Continue reading Blogzilla Versus The Community
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 … Continue reading Island Notes’ Year-End Blog Slog
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 … Continue reading greed.org
Pahoa 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 … Continue reading Weasels Pimped My Kid …She’s goin’ to Harvard!
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 … Continue reading The Cost of Obama’s School Computer Plan