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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Encourages Opportunities for Veterans in Technology

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Future Caucus and of the Diversifying Tech Caucus, delivered opening remarks at the congressional briefing Veteran Readiness in Technology: Preparing Veterans for the 21st Century Economy, hosted by the Millennial Action Project, Engine, TwinLogic Strategies, and Amazon.

tulsi-technology1The congresswoman spoke about how veterans are largely underrepresented in the rapidly growing technology industry, and about the importance of empowering veterans as they transition to civilian life. Following opening remarks, expert panelists discussed the current challenges transitioning service members and veterans face during their path towards a career in technology, and opportunities for veterans and service members in the 21st century tech economy.

tulsi-technology2“Roughly 500 veterans return to civilian life every day, bringing with them unique experiences and skills from their military service. Our veterans are natural leaders, trained to make decisions under pressure, work together as a team, and accomplish the mission at hand,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “Veterans have been largely underrepresented in the tech community, making up just 2% the sector that drives much of our economic innovation across the country. Ensuring our veterans have access to training and opportunities that set them up for success in the 21st century tech economy is good for our economy, good for our tech industry, good for our country, and good for our veterans.”

Background: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has introduced legislation like the Veterans’ Entry to Apprenticeship Act, to enable veterans to use their GI Bill benefits for apprenticeship programs in the skilled-trade industry, as well as the HIRE Vets Act to incentivize employers to hire and retain veterans.

Hawaii’s New $7 Million Federal Grants Aim to Increase Solar and Renewable Energy Integration Into Electric Grids

The State of Hawai’i was awarded more than $7 million in federal grants for renewable energy projects that include increasing solar energy and electric vehicles in Hawai’i, Governor Neil Abercrombie announced at today’s opening of the 2011 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo.

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the following grants:
  • $6.1 million to the University of Hawai’i (UH) to work with industry partners to allow the electric grid to take on more solar energy by developing and demonstrating state of the art photovoltaic (PV) inverters
  • $750,000 to state Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) to provide technical assistance to the Public Utilities Commission and ultimately help remove barriers to allow for more renewable energy on the electric grid
  • $300,000 to the UH Maui College in partnership with DBEDT and private industry to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in Hawai’i
“To move beyond just talking about energy independence in Hawai’i, many people are now doing the intricate and necessary technical work behind the scenes,” Governor Abercrombie said. “The partnerships we are building among government agencies, utilities and private companies are advancing our plans to grow a sustainable economy here in the islands. And our strong alignment with President Obama’s clean energy initiatives opens up new opportunities for Hawai’i agencies, companies, and entrepreneurs.”
The number of PV systems, which generate electricity from sunlight, has doubled in each of the last three years, making Hawai’i second in the nation in photovoltaic per capita use. The two federal grants received by DBEDT and UH will help improve the reliability of the electricity delivery system as we continue to expand our use of renewable energy sources. Right now, electricity is generated when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. The projects will address both technical and regulatory changes to address the variability of solar power and other renewable energy.
“The technology developed through these grants has the potential to facilitate a broader adoption of PV systems at lower costs,” said Dr. Rick Rocheleau, Director of UH’s Hawai’i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI).
“These grants are important investments in Hawai’i’s efforts to move toward energy independence,” said Estrella Seese, Acting Energy Program Administrator of DBEDT’s State Energy Office. “With the many strategic partnerships between state agencies including UH, the USDOE and energy industry, Hawai’i is poised to reduce its dependence on imported fuels within two decades.”
The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, hosted by DBEDT at the Hawai’i Convention Center, is a meeting place for international leaders and energy experts. Over the next three days, the State of Hawai’i and its partners will host a roster of world-renown speakers who will share diverse insights into the implications of advanced renewable energy technologies along with cutting-edge projects, while offering their perspectives on policy issues, and investment and financing opportunities.
This morning’s speakers also included R. James Woolsey, former Central Intelligence Director, and Dr. George Ka’iliwai, U.S. Pacific Command, Director of Resources and Assessment.

Six Days… 15 Stories… AND NO LEAKS!

Well our County Building still leaks after all this time and money that has been put into it …. yet the Chinese can build a  “…level 9 Earthquake-resistant, sound-proofed, thermal-insulated 15-story hotel in Changsha, complete with everything, from the cabling to three-pane windows…” IN SIX DAYS!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps0DSihggio]

More Here: Chinese Build 15 Story Hotel in Six Days, Rest of Seventh

“Project Better Place” An Interesting Debate

I was the first in the State to mention Project Better Place coming to Hawaii back on September 7th of last year.

I’ve thought about the project for awhile, and I think it might work on the other islands the way they have the stations planned now, but I just don’t see how they can be feasible with only four stations on the Big Island.

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In this recently released youtube clip, Project Better Place CEO Shai Agassi talks about the Hawaii Project at  about the 7:00 minute mark.  Towards the end of the video, a managing editor at Forbes explains why this might not work.

Better Place CEO and founder Shai Agassi wants to change the automotive industry by switching gas stations with battery replacement and charging stations for the next generation of electric cars.

Although current plans include smaller areas like Hawaii, Israel, Denmark, and San Francisco, Better Place aims at nothing short of an industry-transforming revolution. Will it be possible?

In this extended interview (at end of clip), Shai Agassi discusses his companys plans and challenges. Bruce Upbin, a managing editor at Forbes Magazine, comments on Better Places challenges and why the network may not work in the U.S.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXL76NyTSKU&hl=en&fs=1]

Things to think about:

1. Prices of Gas have fallen…

2. Building a network… is there enough stations

3. Capital… does Project Better Place have enough money?

1000th Comment

Aaron Stene over at the Kona Blog just made a comment on my blog regarding the Time Warner Internet speeds planned for the Hualalai community.

The comment was a great comment in the fact that his comment was the 1000th comment from a “Real Person” (meaning not someone just attempting to spam my blog).

Of course Aaron was letting me know that he had covered something before I started blogging, so I feel kind of stupid about writing the blog, but that’s how life goes!

Aaron Stene and Hunter Bishop were two of the first people to add me to their blogrolls and I probably never would have kept blogging had I not gained some immediate readers from their blogs.

Aaron and I are both hard headed and we will go back and forth on our East side vs. West side arguments… but he knows I’m right (at least on my blog I have the final say) lol :lol:

The buggah recently came all the way over from Kona to Puna  just to see… Not me.  Can you believe it… I mean I was literally probably less then 1 minute away from him at any given time and he could have called… but he doesn’t have my number. :wink:

Just playing Aaron… next time.

I appreciate all the comments that I have gotten.  I can’t believe the number is that high.  I guess I’m not the only person in the world that can’t resist from making comments on things!

Mahalo!

Luxury Home Owner on West Side Being Offered 100Mbps Internet Speeds from Time Warner!

In today’s news:  The Rich Get Richer!

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…Time Warner Cable in Hawaii about their future plans for symmetrical 100Mbps connectivity in Hawaii. Unfortunately for residents, this is only being offered to those who have homes in the Hualalai Resort area, a luxury development on the Kona-Kohala Coast of West Hawaii. It’s the only instance I’ve seen where Time Warner Cable has opted for pure fiber, though you’re seeing cable operators embrace FTTH more and more for new developments. In this case it looks like Higgins gets symmetrical 100Mbps, while TC, Rick and Magnum get 8Mbps/1Mbps.

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According to Cable Digital News, Time Warner Cable has issued a request for information (RFI) exploring next-generation fiber-to-the-home architectures, (like RF over Glass (RFOG), EPON, 10-Gig EPON) that allow them to run fiber to the home, while keeping their current head ends and cable modems. Before anyone gets too excited, cable carriers are largely only interested in these technologies for new higher-end “greenfield” developments like, say, in Hawaii luxury residences — or small businesses.

More here

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*update: I just found out that The Kona Blogged was the blog that broke this news a while back:  http://tinyurl.com/ar728u http://tinyurl.com/chbt4b Good Job Aaron!


Kamehameha School Student “…Detention for What We Believe In.”

I’m wondering about this recent tweet I just got.

It’s from a purported Kamehameha Schools “Student” who recently started a Twitter account.

There has been controversy about the use of KSBE on Twitter and people Hi-jacking the name and logo, so I can not necessarily believe this purported Tweet.

Capsun posted this the other day:

“Yesterday, Kamehameha Schools had a problem on Twitter.  It wasn’t that they have only a couple dozen followers….”

Ian Lind blogged:

“Check out the war of words (or Tweets) that flared this month on Twitter.com between the official Kamehameha Schools persona (@KSNews) and a cyber squater that has grabbed onto a related name (@KSBE)…”

I just got a “Follower” on my Twitter account from someone using the Twitter Account: @KSBEstudent.

In this tweet he says:

No longer allowed to bring homelunch, dentetion for defending what we believe in.

SCAM Warning for Hawaii Facebook Users

The Better Business Bureau of Hawaii today is warning Facebook users of hackers, scammers and ID thieves posing as the user’s friend in order to spread viruses or steal identities…

More Here

Ka Leo TV: UH Newspaper Goes to Youtube

I just noticed that the University of Hawaii Manoa’s student newspaper Ka Leo has joined the ranks of  “youtube” users.

Here is the papers first video:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6bGdwy5k28&hl=en&fs=1]

Will Hawaii Based Algae Fuel Primarily Be Used for the Military?

Knowing me… I’m probably reading into this completely wrong.  But it does seem a bit strange for us to be focusing so much on “alternative energy” only to just give it up to the military.

Jet fuel and other fuels made from algae are being developed in San Diego. Some of the research is being funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), part of the Department of Defense.

DARPA has provided $35 million to San Diego-based companies SAIC and General Atomics to pursue the creation of algae-based jet fuel…

Military Jet Fuel Focus:

…The DARPA money for SAIC could total up to $24 million to develop algae based military jet fuel JP-8 that costs $3 per gallon, according to an article on the Web site Earth2Tech.com

…The Web site CleanTechnica.com also noted the interest in algae fuels. It reported, “SAIC says there will be two phases to the project. The first will involve refining the technology and developing lab-scale production capabilities. The second phase will involve the construction of what SAIC calls a pre-pilot scale production facility.”

CleanTechnica.com also stated, “SAIC will do the work at company facilities in Georgia, Florida, Hawaii and Texas. The company will work with a team of industrial and academic partners.”

Here is a recent CleanTechnica article on the Maui Algae Plant.

…While a number of factors still need to be put in place before the first phase of the program can begin, the anticipated start date could be as early as 2011…

However, it appears to me, that it was sold to the State as something else:

This innovative partnership can help move Hawaii one step closer to securing energy independence and achieving our goal of having 70 percent of Hawaiis energy come from clean sources by 2030, said Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle”…

Maui Algae Plant

Maui Algae Plant

Legislature Gets TV Facilities… Cooking Show on Agenda?

I think it’s pretty cool that Olelo has opened up a place for legislators and their staff to produce videos and use equipment right at the capital building.

From the Senate Majority Caucus Blog:

It’s finally here! After much collaboration and anticipation,`Olelo Community Television unveiled their new video production studio today, Monday February 2, 2009, right here at the Capitol.

Studio@Capitol is a full in-house video production facility complete with video production equipment available for rent, two editing stations, and a DVD duplicating center. It is available to all members of the Hawai`i State Legislature, State Administration and staff to create, shoot and edit their own productions…”

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Now here is what is blowing me away… A senator has already mentioned the following:

…There is great interest and excitement about what this could mean in terms of new ways to reach out to the public and connect with constituents. You can bet each Senator has their own ideas on how to do that. Among them, there has been mention of hosting a cooking show, an end-of-session wrap up, weekly video podcasting, and much more!…

More Here

So I’m throwing around names of cooking shows that could be possible with some of our current Senators and this is what I’ve come up with… Feel free to add your own:

I know I’m missing a few… but I figured too many cooks would spoil the broth.

I just love when our tax money is spent on a good cooking show.

UFC 94 Replay Now Being Broadcast for Free… BJ Penn Loses to St. Pierre

The entire broadcast is being replayed online for free at the same site that was broadcasting it live earlier.

In case you missed the fights… it is being rebroadcast now here.

Final Round of BJ Penn vs. George St. Pierre Now Available on Youtube

If you check out youtube, there is a few people that have posted some home movies of tonights fight.

I’m not sure how long they will be posted. This one is a decent pirate:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opaXnXxIePc&hl=en&fs=1]
Like I said, I’m not sure how long that will be available though.

Congrats GSP

It was a good fight.

And thanks to the Channelsurfing net for providing the feed free of charge!

Still wondering how you pull that one off?

Watch UFC 94 LIVE for Free Now… BJ Penn vs. George St. Pierre Coming Up

Hat tip to Island Trust

It appears that you can watch the fights live for free now at the following site (note a plug-in maybe required).

I’m not sure if the BJ fight will be shown for free though… Can only wait and see:

Click here to view now:

http://bit.ly/OCV9a

Tracking Legislative Bills Via RSS Feeds

Press Release

The bill introduction deadline has passed, and there are now 1,680 Senate bills and 1,843 House bills in the pipeline.

Many of you have participated in the Public Access Room (PAR) workshops – either here at the Capitol or in your community – and have learned handy tips on finding and tracking the bills you’re interested in.  I’m writing to let you know about a slight change in procedure regarding one of those tips – subscribing to RSS feeds to allow you to easily track hundreds of bills and know at a glance if there’s been any activity.  While you can still track your bills using this method, an extra step is required due to a temporary technical difficulty – the feed link does not currently appear on the status sheet pages.  Don’t panic!  There’s just an added step.

Here’s what you do:

· Collect your bill numbers as you find them (via text search, reviewing the list of Senate or House bills filed, etc. – call or email us if you need assistance).

· Go to the Bill Status and Documents page of the Legislature’s website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov ).

· Enter the bill numbers in the top box (separate the bill numbers by commas, as shown – you can put in more than a dozen at a time).

· Click “Go.”

· You’ll see a list of hyperlinks to the measures’ status sheets with the RSS subscription links symbols () next to them.

· Click each subscription link to subscribe.

· You’ll be on top of things!  The subscriptions work as well as ever.

Note:  The folks in data systems are working diligently on any number of issues amidst the usual flurry of session – they have every intention of returning the subscription links to the status pages as soon as possible.  This is just a work-around until that happens.  We’ll send another alert then to let you know the links have been restored.

If this email leaves you feeling a bit overwhelmed, baffled or confused, feel free to contact us at the Public Access Room.  We’ll be happy to walk you through the procedure for RSS subscriptions, or help you find a tracking method that works better for you.

Honolulu City Council Passes Bill Banning Text-Messaging While Driving

From KITV:

The Honolulu City Council has passed a bill banning Oahu motorists from text-messaging on their cell phones and playing video games while driving.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann hasn’t decided whether he’ll sign the bill. He’s concerned the measure will be difficult for police to enforce.

Council member Charles Djou introduced the bill after a city bus driver was suspended for playing a video game while driving a bus.

Dear Mayor Kenoi… Tuesdays Tsunami Drill and Twitter

Twitter provided an excellent form of communication for many people during recent power outages.

I hope the county will look at twitter in the future as a means of communication.

I just sent the following email off to the Mayor:

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Just curious if ANYONE at the county has thought about using TWITTER as a communication device during times of emergency?

During the recent Oahu Power outage, twitter was a vital way for many people to communicate.

I look forward to seeing how the evacuation plays out, however, I suggest that the county look at other ways of communicating directly with the public in the general for releasing immediate information.

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It is interesting looking back now at some of the dialog that was going on during the power outages.  There is several pages of tweets.

Hopefully more and more people will begin using twitter as a communication device.

I just made a tweet about my wife being at farmers market… and a few minutes later I got a tweet back from someone telling me how the weather was there right that second.

Technology can be a great tool if used correctly.  Many people are a bit apprehensive to jump on the band wagon.  That’s ok… your kids and grand kids will be on it soon enough.

New NASA Moon Rover Revealed – The Video

I was fortunate enough to be on Mauna Kea when they had the “Media Day” and got to see the SCARAB rover in action.

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Here is NASA’s Latest Mars Rover. It doesn’t have a name yet, however, NASA is offering kids a chance to name it: (DOUBLE CLICK TO GO TO VIDEO)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG7WzcRFEYk&hl=en&fs=1]

NASA unveiled its latest prototype lunar vehicle at the tail-end of Barack Obama’s inauguration parade in Washington DC.

The Lunar Electric Rover was tested in the Arizona desert last October and is run by a plug-in electric Lithium-ion battery.

NASA is sharing its technology with the US automobile industry.

The strange looking vehicle has plenty of time to wait till being used for its intended purpose, as astronauts are not due to go back to the moon until 2020.

New Media Workshops Being Held on Big Island

Barbra Pleadwell of Hastings & Pleadwell and Christian Engelhardt of Gum Design will deliver the workshop “Use New Media Communication: Boost Your Business” to Big Island businesses and organizations this month.

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Hilo Date: Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: 2009 Technology in the Workplace Expo & Seminar, Hawaii Community College (1175 Manono St., Building 382, Cafeteria)
Cost: HTDC clients, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business members; attendees of the 2009 Technology in the Workplace Expo & Seminar: FREE
Registration: Call Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, 808-935-7178

Kona Date: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009
Time: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (coffee, pastries served)
Location: King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel
Cost: HTDC, Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business members: FREE; non-members: $30
Registration: Call the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, 808-329-1758