The Ugliest Gecko in Hawaii

I just noticed this gecko on the side of my wall and it’s got to be the ugliest damn gecko I’ve ever seen.

Ugly Gecko

He obviously looked good enough to some critter as he dropped his tail somewhere along the line and it’s now growing back.

I think this buggah is gonna die pretty soon… it looks so sickly.

Ugly Gecko

Sub Built to Fly Like Underwater Airplane: Flight Schools Train Undersea Pilots in Hawaii Coming Up

Media Release:

The company best known for selling high-altitude fighter jet flights now offers flights beneath the sea in the world’s first submersible to move like an airplane Sarasota, Florida’s Incredible Adventures is joining Sub Aviator Systems, LLC of California to offer flight training in the dual-controlled Super Aviator.

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The Super Aviator is a one-of-a-kind winged submersible capable of maneuvering beneath the sea in ways not possible in traditional subs. Because the Super Aviator’s operation is so unique, specialized flight training is required before anyone can strap into one of the craft’s two pressurized cockpits and go for an underwater flight.

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Traditional submersibles are big and bulky and fly like underwater balloons, relying on ballast systems to maneuver. The Aviator is modeled after an A-10 aircraft and flies quickly and quietly beneath the surface with the use of thrusters and flight controls. Movement is so limited in traditional submersibles that operators can sit inside on benches. Pilots of the hydrobatic Super Aviator strap in using the same type of five-point harness system used by Indyrace car drivers.

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The Super Aviator is compatible with the environment. Because the Super Aviator runs on battery power, there is very little disturbance to nature. Numerous, redundant life-support systems and self-rescue devices are standard equipment to ensure the safety of pilots while responsibly enjoying all that the ocean has to offer.

Training is open to anyone over the age of 18 and in reasonably good health. No dive certification or prior flying experience is necessary. Aviator flying adventures range in price from $3350 to $8650. Flight lessons will be offered in Hawaii in February. Other international destinations will soon follow.

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The Super Aviator is available for much more than training deep sea explorers, including research and film expeditions. Her speed, agility and range make her a good choice for studying and filming the ocean’s animals.

For more information about the Super Aviator and the flight schools offered by Incredible Adventures and Sub Aviator Systems, call 941-346-2603 or visit www.incredible-adventures.com.

UH Alumni Foundation and Harris Connect What is Really Going On?

UH Alumni Association

I previously blogged about the UH Alumni Foundation emailing me trying to update their directory information.

Today I received the following email:

We are currently in the final stages of preparing University of Hawai’i Alumni Today, the first publication ever to feature directory listings along with photos and essays submitted by alumni. We need your help! A brief telephone call will ensure your listing is completely accurate and up-to-date.

Please, give us a call at your convenience this week so that we may verify your information with you.

CALL TODAY – TOLL FREE 1-866-874-7468
(Pacific Time)
Mon. – Fri. 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sat. 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

International Residents: You may also call at:
USA Country Code (1) 757.965.8092
Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. UTC/GMT-8

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in making this publication a success. If you have already called, thank you for your quick response and your help. Please do not send updates in response to this message.

Mitchell Ka`aiali`i, BA '92, MBA '97

Mitchell Ka`aiali`i, BA ’92, MBA ’97
President 2008-10
University of Hawai’i Alumni Association
Janet Yoshida Bullard, BFA '82

Janet Yoshida Bullard, BFA ’82
Executive Director
University of Hawai’i Alumni Association

P.S. Harris Connect, LLC, a trusted partner of University of Hawai’i Alumni Association, has been chosen to produce our publication. Harris Connect’s commitment to protecting the privacy and ensuring the integrity of the information collected for the book is reflected in their privacy policy online at www.harrisconnect.com/privacy.html

I don’t know why UH is even dealing with Harris Connect in general.

Let me glean some quotes from the internet about this company:

Harris (should really be spelt HARASS) Connect is a sleazy would-be “publisher” of “alumni directories.” What they do is collect your private information from whatever schools you might have been affiliated with at some time in your life, then they pay “vendors” (a/k/a data-mining snoops) to harvest your current information. Then they call and write you and hound you to death, to “update” and “verify” your private data, so they can expand the NETWORK OF HARASSMENT. If you do not respond to their hounding calls and mailings, they will go ahead and PUBLISH YOUR PRIVATE DATA without your permission. Then they sell it to people who can in turn call or write or show up on your doorstep to harass you. They not only “publish” your information in soft and hardbound copies, but also CDs!

If you are tired of having your private data violated this way, call the School District office and tell them to STOP selling/sharing your information; and instruct Harris to get you out of their system.

Good luck.

PS Harris has many different contact phone numbers, including 800-877-6554, 877-625-4244, 757-965-8075, 800-927-8189. They need to learn how it feels to be harassed at all hours with nuisance calls and unwanted junk mailings, delving into their own private lives.

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I received five (5) calls over the past week from this number. On two occasions, the callers said they were calling from “Harris Connect” and held for nearly three minutes. Like Susan, I think they are collecting data for my Alma Mater’s alumni directory as I have also been receiving postal mail urging me to “help them update” my directory entry for a publication which will sell for $1,000!!! I just registered my work number in the National Do-Not Call Registry at donotcall.gov and intend to file a complaint if they keep calling.

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When you get a postcard in the mail that appears to be from your high school or college wanting your “current biographical information”, take a closer look.

Chances are good it’s not from your alumni association, but from an outfit in Virginia called “Harris Connect”.

Apparently some schools are stupid enough to release their alumni information to this company, which then gives them a kickback on any sales of their high-priced “directories”.

And if you enter the name of your high school followed by alumni, do you get to your high school website, or to a page run by some unknown company, that phishes for information?

Be careful. Just because some of your classmates are stupid doesn’t mean you have to follow.

Have your significant other give them a call and explain that you died of dengue fever while on a Habitat for Humanity mission with Jimmy Carter in Central America.

“Being ignorant is not so much a Shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
— Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1755

So needless to say… you anyone can do a quick search on Harrisconnect and scam/fraud as the keywords.

You can read my previous posts here:

Is UH Really Updating their Alumni Information

Update on the UH Alumni Directory Project