Want a Virus? Visit the Hawaii County Homepage

So I’m surfing around on the Hawaii County website and I click on the little hyperlink to the “Other State Links” the county is promoting… (Florida is a fun state to visit ;) )

Regional Governments, or links to what not…  I’m still trying to figure out some of these links and quite frankly… I’m not going there anymore for a while!

Anyone dare click on some of these?  I only clicked on two out of five and found something other then an official government page.

When is the County of Hawaii going to get with it?

County of Hawaii:
Home Page | Site Map | Hawaii Links

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Regional Governments

County of Hawaii:
Home Page | Site Map | Hawaii Links

My 5 Favorite Blogs on the Big Island and a Couple Others

When I first compiled the FBI Blogs, I was seeking the Best Blogs on the Big Island.  I didn’t realize that there were so many.

That is often the comment I hear from even the new bloggers that join the site is that they didn’t even realize there were so many good blogs on this island.

Were fairly lucky that we live in Hawaii.  We have a lot of things to blog about and a beautiful island for taking pictures.

Not only that, we have a circus County Council on island that is a great story in itself and our local papers don’t really tell the whole story, and their writers can’t write about the true feeling they feel towards the Council members w/out repercussions.

All of this makes for a great blogging community.

A Darker View blogger Andrew Cooper asked me the following comment regarding the blog I posted earlier “When Stats Don’t Add Up

“…why don’t you compile the “Big Island Top Blogs” list…”

It’s so hard to rank blogs based on anything really.  What’s newsworthy to one person might be junk to another.

But the following is a list of my Favorite Big Island Blogs to visit, and this is probably based upon the amount of times I probably click on that blog each day.

  • A Pacific View – This Buggah says he’s not a great photographer, but I think his pictures are stunning.  He seems to be posting about 5-6 pictures a week and anyone that knows me…  Knows I’m not the type of guy that would read Playboy for the articles.
"Window on the Universe" - A Pacific View: 6/2/09

"Window on the Universe" - A Pacific View: 6/2/09

  • A Darker View – This guy, just like the above guy, spends a great deal up on top of Mauna Kea.  Maybe it’s the air up there that makes them such good bloggers… or maybe it’s the fact that I always wanted a Jedi Light Saber.
"Keck Laser Guide Star Science" - A Darker View: 6/10/09

"Keck Laser Guide Star Science" - A Darker View: 6/10/09

  • The Right Blue – This blog features some of the best underwater footage I have ever seen.  Did I mention they are up for a “Blogger’s Choice 2009 Award” for Best Photography?  Why don’t you click below and show some Big Island Support:

This site was nominated for Best Photography Blog

"That's not a plastic bag, it's a Comb Jelly!" - The Right Blue: 6/9/09

"That's not a plastic bag, it's a Comb Jelly!" - The Right Blue: 6/9/09

  • Ha! Ha! Ha! – Richard Ha’s blog covers so much about so many different things, from the economy, to tourism to growing bananas and tomatoes and of course he’s a big advocate of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
"TMT is Pono" - Ha! Ha! Ha!: 6/10/09

"TMT is Pono" - Ha! Ha! Ha!: 6/10/09

  • The FBI Blogs – This might be a bit egocentric since I designed the site, however, it’s the blogs that are on there that make it such a great site.  Bloggers spread out around the entire island covering things that they choose to write about for the enjoyment of writing.  (I guess I should have put this one at the top… since it’s probably the blog I spend the most time on… even if it’s not reading it)
FBI Blogs (From Big Island) - The Big Island's Best Blogs

FBI Blogs (From Big Island) - The Big Island's Best Blogs

Anyone Want to Place a Bid With the County? Bulldozers Anyone?

NOTICE TO OFFERORS

(Chapter 103D, HRS)

Pursuant to Chapter 103D, HRS, the County of Hawai`i is requesting bids/proposals for the following:

INVITATION FOR BID NO. 2544

PRICE AGREEMENT FOR RENTAL OF BULL DOZERS

AND/OR COMPACTOR AND/OR FRONT END LOADERS,

AND/OR EXCAVATOR, AND/OR BACKHOES, AND/OR SCISSORS LIFT, AND/OR FORK LIFTS, AND/OR GRADERS, AND/OR MANLIFTS, AND/OR WOOD CHIPPERS, AND/OR ROCK HAULERS FOR VARIOUS LOCATIONS ISLAND WIDE, FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, AND ANY OTHER AGENCY OF THE COUNTY OF HAWAI’I

SEALED TENDERS will be received and publicly opened at 2:00 P.M., MONday, JUNE 29, 2009, in the Office of the Purchasing Division, Department of Finance, County of Hawai`i, Maluhia Place, 891 Ululani Street, Hilo, Hawai`i.

Upon application, forms of proposal and specifications may be obtained from the above-named office. Any request for approval to substitute any item or take exception to any specification, special provision or general condition must be received IN WRITING in the above-named office on or before JUNE 22, 2009. Any question regarding clarification of any information contained in any bid document must be received in writing in the above-named office on or before JUNE 22, 2009. All potential offerors are advised that the County of Hawai`i reserves the right to reject any offer which does not follow these instructions.

________________________________

NANCY E. CRAWFORD

Director of Finance

State of Hawai`i – Procurement Notice System (PNS)

Posting Date: June 12, 2009

When Stats Don’t Add Up

Interesting post by Big Island Resident Laura Kinoshita on her new blog entitled “News Blotter”.

In it, she tries to verify traffic to individual blogs on the Big Island.

I can say that as much as I like Laura… those stats don’t add up.

Here is what she listed:

The 10 most popular sites (and their estimated traffic per day) are:

Wordful.com                                   5,476

PunaWeb.org                                  3,388

BigIslandVideoNews                    1,171

FBI Blogs.com                                   636

DamonTucker.com                          588

Hahaha.hamakuasprings.com     497

BigIslandChronicle                          417

Mediabaron.com                             355

DarkerView.com                              238

Hawaii247.com                                 216


Yahoo, I’ve got two blogs in the top 10! ;)

The problem, I don’t believe these statistics one bit.  I see the hits coming in for both the Fbiblogs.com and damontucker.com and I know that my personal blog is getting more page visits then the Fbiblogs.com .

Another really startling and alarming statistic that Kinoshita blogs:

There are a few, very high-quality sites that receive less than 10 visits per day, according StatBrain…:

Alanmcnarie.blogspot.com

Apacificview.blogspot.com

Breeweehawaii.blogspot.com

Coconutgirlwireless.wordpress.com

Islandnotes.wordpress.com

Japaninsight.wordpress.com

Myhawaiianhome.blogspot.com

Thekonablog.wordpress.com

This simply isn’t true.  Bree Wee’s blog is probably one of the most visited blogs on the Big Island.  Some day’s she can have 50 comments on her posts alone.

The Kona Blog the last time Aaron mentioned it to me… was getting at least 200 – 300 visits a day.

And my blog… well, it fluxuates… but 588 page visits??? Please now… I haven’t had that few visits in one day in at least 4-5 months!

Laura is a great girl and I can’t wait for the go ahead to add her to the FBI Blogs!

Doh… A Week Ahead and a Day Behind

Why in the world did I think today was Father’s Day?

I’m telling you… being unemployed and not going into work every day can really throw your whole calendar off.

TODAY: BJ Penn Hawaii Youth Foundation Benefit Concert

BJ Penn Youth Concert