Roxanne Darling of Barefeet Studios and personal friend recaps the way Social Media had an impact on how information flowed around the globe about the tsunami created by the earthquake off the coast of Chile.
When I awoke Saturday morning to the news of the quake, which I first saw via Twitter, I immediately sent a tweet to both Roxanne and Shane and called their phone to let them know a wave was on its way. At the time they had well over 12 hours before the wave would reach their island of Oahu and it even turned out to be a nonevent. However, after seeing this animation of how the wave moved around the Pacific Ocean, and its scale in comparison to Hawai’i, I’m glad that I reacted as quickly as I did and that they did too. A few subtle changes to any of the circumstances regarding the tsunami could have easily turned a nonevent to aÂ devastatingÂ one.
Great to see the Social Web play such an integral role in providing people with warnings, information, and communications during times of disasters. Much of the time the Social Web is looked at as a waste of time but all the time spent “playing” on these services ends up being extremely valuable when they are put to other uses.
One of the best places to track the tsunami that will be hitting Hawai’i in a few hours is the #hitsunami tag on In Hawaii Now.
While in Hawaii last year, visiting Shane and Roxanne in Kailua, Eliza and I found this orchid Bird of Paradise flower behind a few garbage cans near a burger joint we were having dinner at. It just shows you that beauty runs deep in Hawaii.
Update: I stand corrected. Mike Cohen commented that this is actually a Bird of Paradise flower. I had original marked this as an orchid. I don’t mind being corrected and I very much appreciate Mike taking the time to let me know. Thanks Mike.
InHawaiiNow.com, a new Web site by my very good friends Shane Robinson and Roxanne Darling of Barefeet Studios, tries to answer that question using real-time Twitter updates from users in Hawaii who generally cover specific topics.
Example: Want to know what is going on in the music scene tonight in Hawaii? Check out the music category. By doing so I found out via Dr. Trey that tonight, from 6 to 9 at Jimmy Buffet’s I could have listened to Mailani Makainai.
Too bad I’m not on Oahu at the moment.
As more Twitter users that are in Hawaii added to the site its value is sure to skyrocket. I think the real time searches of the entire Twitterverse add even more value. Such as anyone that has recently mentioned Hawaii on Twitter. I’d love to see more geographic areas and keyword searches added to the list. This way when you’re out and about you can find on what is going on in the area you are, rather than just in Hawaii in general. With a little hacking of the URL you can do this yourself. I did a quick hack for Hanauma Bay (one of my favorite places on the planet). But imagine if you could quickly find out where everyone was surfing today. Valuable, marketable, and useful stuff.
I’m sure Barefeet Studios has many more ideas for InHawaiiNow. I’m glad Hawaii has a service like this and I think many travel destinations should definitely consider doing something similar – perhaps somehow even on their official sites for their area.
A more geeky reason that I like this site is because Shane used Code Igniter, a PHP MVC framework, that I rather adore. More on this later.
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I don’t know about you but I love calendars. If I didn’t self-impose a limit of two my wall would be filled with calendars of all types. Right now I have a stunning Hawai’i calendar hanging up (thanks to Eliza). It has photos from different islands that make up Hawai’i. And I also have a National Parks calendar that is a yearly gift from my brother-in-law from South Dakota, John. This calendar is big, has amazing photographs from many of the National Parks in North America, and is extremely well designed.
Do you have any calendars? If so, share them in the comments. Oh – and if you’re going to post a photo of your calendar just paste the link to the calendar and I will fix your comment to include a photograph. The penmanship episode really turned out terrific with photos so thanks to all those that participated over there.
That Hawaiian beat just keeps on coming!
While at Podcamp Hawai’i Eliza and I met a lot of interesting people from all over the globe. One man, Richard Alexander, had a pretty exciting story to tell. You see, he’s into origami. He and his partner, Michael LaFosse, own a studio for working with handmade paper to create stunning works of art.
Many of the works by the Origamido team are made with single sheets of paper made from materials that they’ve gotten from all over the globe. A remote desert, materials from Japan, and wood from a rain forest, are only some of the examples I heard Richard speak of. The two photos I’ve included in this post show how realistic their work turns out. Each of these examples, the bat and goldfish, are made from a single sheet of paper. Amazing.
The exciting part of Richard’s story is that they are moving from Haverhill, Massachusetts to Waikiki, Oahu, Hawai’i. Richard’s reason for being at Podcamp was so that he could learn a little bit about New Media, and how he could leverage it to promote their new 2,000 sq. ft. space in the International Market Place in downtown Waikiki.
While Eliza and I (more Eliza than I) were doing laundry at one of the local laundromats, of all things, Richard Alexander walked by. He had just signed the lease on his new space and the laundromat was directly in-between the location of the new space and his apartment. I was eating a Puka dog. Richard, walking by, says: “Colin?”. We were both surprised that we bumped into each other again. He immediately offered to take us over to see the new, completely empty space that he had just signed the lease on. I’m looking forward to returning to see what he and his team end up creating there.
If you get a chance, and are in Waikiki, head down to the International Market Place and visit Origamido on the second-floor. I think you’ll be more than impressed with what they do.
During the Social Media Club’s workshop in Hawai’i Chris HeuerÂ mentioned IBM’s blogging policy. You see, unless you are a start up in the tech-space, having a blog is a relatively new idea. Not only that, but allowing your employees to blog on their own, is downright scary (to some companies).
Some people at IBM put together what they call their Social Computing Guidelines and after perusing them rather quickly – I think they are quite good.
If you are a business that has been around awhile and you’ve been scared to allow your employees to blog or to have your own blog, take a look at these guidelines and think about implementing them for yourself.
Source: IBM Social Computing Guidelines.
This modern hotel showcases some of Wyland’s (whose name is Robert Wyland, by the way) artwork on nearly every surface available. Wall-sized paintings, sculptures, surf boards, and even tile works on the bottom one of the hotel’s pools all show off the creativity of Wyland.
The rooms are a decent size with all of the amenities that you’d come to expect nowadays. Beautiful flat-panel televisions, high beds, and nice bathrooms. Eliza and I had a room with a fridge and a sink (no range to cook on). We both really enjoyed our stay here.
Not that you spend a lot of time in your hotel when you are in Hawai’i, but I still think it is important to find one that suits your lifestyle. The Xbox-filled gaming room suits my lifestyle, though I admit I didn’t end up using it. The bar in the lobby with some of the better tenders I’ve come across, suits my lifestyle. The free wifi throughout the property, does as well. Â Though, I must say that only having wired access in the rooms was a bit disappointing. Â But Eliza and I quickly took care of that with Mac OS X’s internet connection sharing which is drop dead simple to set up.
Why am I writing about this hotel? Because they were extremelyÂ accommodating. They helped out the Podcamp attendees and speakers and also were always on hand when we wanted to chat about the hotel. Something I have never, ever heard of with any other hotel.
Speaking of photographs from Hawai’i. I have been thumbing through the over 2,000 photos that Eliza and I took during our stay on the Pacific island of Oahu and found some pretty nice gems (I’ll post those soon).
Source:Â World Animal Day.
Me, speaking at Podcamp Hawai’i. Credit: Eliza Devroe
I have an awful lot of writing to do. I figured one of the easiest things to start off with, and hopefully get the ball rolling with everything else that I need to write about, would be the photos, videos, tweets, and much more from both Podcamp and Wordcamp Hawai’i.
Oh, did I mention that I learned how to properly spell Hawai’i while I was there?
The visuals tell only part of the story. You’ll have to be there next year ((There will be a next year, right?)) to experience what type of conference the outstanding people in Hawai’i are able to put together.
This morning in Waikiki I lead a session at Podcamp Hawaii called “Using video to build community”. Â Since only about 125 people were able to make it into room 304B (out of the 500 or so attendees), I thought I’d share the thoughts of the group on the Podcamp Hawaii web site, as well as my slides.
Upon my return from the New Media Expo in Las Vegas I said that I regretted not mentioning that I was going to the event beforehand. So I thought I’d look at the next few months of activities and jot them down here.
I don’t think it needs to be said that we’re both looking forward to attending these events.
In November, shortly after our return, I’ll be heading to New York City for Carsonified‘s Future of Web Design conference. I will have some exciting things to talk to developers about, regarding Viddler‘s new Developer Partner Program, and I think FOWD is the perfect venue for these discussions.
Last week I wrote “Stop being entertained by today and try to be yourself” which, in short, was some of my thoughts on how I need to make an effort to do things in the real world and stop doing things just because other people do them.
Well, Roxeanne of Beach Walks with Rox, decided to reply to that post with a slightly different twist on the same idea. She says there is no need to keep up-to-date on everything all the time, but she’d rather search for something once she needs it.
Great idea. Why keep up with everything when you may not even need that information? Just look it up later. This reminds me of another famous great mind Albert Einstein (yes I’m comparing Roxeanne to Einstein) who:
When one of Albert Einstein’s colleagues asked the eminent physicist for his telephone number one day, he reached for a telephone directory and looked it up. “You don’t remember your own number?” the man asked, understandably startled. “No,” Einstein replied with a shrug. “Why should I memorize something I can so easily get from a book?” — via Anecdote
I am not sure if this is fact or fiction but the idea rings true regardless. The Internet is an enormous phone book that can be consulted at anytime using powerful tools like Yahoo! or Google whenever you feel like you need some information. And as Roxanne says “…you might find something even better…” than what you would have if you’d kept an out-of-date bookmark of that information from the past.
If you aren’t already subscribed to Beach Walks with Rox I certainly suggest you check it out. The show is ran by two of my friends (whom I’ve not yet met) in Hawaii and it is one piece of entertainment (though I think Beach Walks has an enormous amount of value beyond simple entertainment) that I will never get rid of.
Thanks for responding Roxeanne and “Secret Cameraman”. Keep up the great show!
There are also some other great replies to that post in the comments, so be sure to check out those too.
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