Friday, August 31, 2007

 

Goodbye August and Good Riddance!

Since today is Friday and often known as 'Casual Friday' by some, I'm keeping my post simple and casual and cool. I'm dedicating this video to my fellow blogger Lifecruiser known as the Captain with a penchant for Dom Perignon champagne.

I'm a swabee on the Captain's yacht, so I aim to please. I promised Lifecruiser a COOL penguin video. I'm counting down the hours until September as the hot, dry, days of August 2007 have dragged on for what seemed like eternity.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

 

News That Makes Me Go Hmmmmmm

The recent news about the key that could have saved the Titanic was quite something. Did you happen to read it too? If not, here's the link.

It is ironic stories such as this one which make one ponder about fate, destiny, life, and death.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

 

Under A Maui Moon

Yes, I managed to keep my eyes open for the Total Lunar Eclipse! Yes, it was spectacular! However,the Moon didn't turn a bright copper--more of a muddy orange. But NO, none of my photos turned out good enough to post! My 'professional photographer' girlfriend (who slept soundly during the eclipse ) told me today what I should have done to capture the eclipse--photo lighting tips which arrived many hours too late.

I had a front row seat to observe the eclipse from our back deck. The stars twinkled overhead as I observed the umbral shadow slowly divide the Full Moon. No noises disturbed the peaceful night--not even a breeze rattled the palm fronds of our tall palm trees on our property. Magical!

Did anyone capture the eclipse in photos?

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Monday, August 27, 2007

 

A Spectacular Lunar Eclipse Awaits Us This Evening

Photo: Charles Pfeil

Tonight's the night when I must stay up late because I don't want to miss the TOTAL lunar eclipse beginning around midnight on Maui. The Moon is supposed to turn a reddish-coppery color when it passes between the Earth's umbral shadow during this eclipse, and from beginning to end, the eclipse will last about an hour and a half.

Stargazing, observing eclipses, and watching planes take-off are three things I absolutely love! How about you?

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

 

My First Chuckle Of The Morning

As I sat down at the computer this morning to read emails, I read a story in the New York Times online which I've subscribed to for many years. Having lived in Manhattan, I have great respect for the "paper of record". Even though I haven't seen a hard-copy paper version in a long time, I still get my NY fix by reading the Times.

What made me chuckle was how certain rebellious people-- when told they can't do something or told to NOT do something-- do exactly the opposite. We live in duality universe, and polarity always comes into play! This is why inventive renegades have worked to figure out how to switch the new iPhone from the locked-in AT&T contract to other cell phone carriers.

The August 25th NY Times article, "With Software and Soldering, a Non-AT&T iPhone", tells the story of different people who have figured out how to get around the rules. The first person mentioned is a 17-year-old! "It took 17-year-old George Hotz two months of work to undermine AT&T’s investment."

Human nature is very funny to me. How about you?

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

 

Thursday Thirteen--Early Adopters

Yesterday I explained to my partner what the term "early adopters" means as he wasn't familiar with it. For the sake of those who are reading this who may not be familiar with it either, I will define the term before listing 13 things of which I'm an early adopter.

This definition of an early adopter is from What Is:

"An early adopter is a person who embraces new technology before most other people do. Early adopters tend to buy or try out new hardware items and programs, and new versions of existing programs, sooner than most of their peers. According to a theory called Diffusion of Innovations (DoI) formulated by Everett Rogers, early adopters make up 13.5 percent of the population.

Early adopters, while eager to explore new options in technology, are not the most daring, and are not especially prone to taking risks. That role, according to Rogers, is played by a small minority of people called innovators. Only one person in 40 is of this type. They are the people most likely to conceive and develop new methodologies and technologies, and who often end up running large IT corporations or founding new ones.

Early adopters and innovators have counterparts, known as laggards and Luddites, at the opposite end of the human spectrum. Laggards are slow or reluctant to embrace new technology because of disinterest or financial constraints. Luddites actively fear or loathe new technology, especially those forms they believe threaten existing jobs."

I'm an Early Adopter blended with a Cultural Creative.

Here's how I'm an early adopter (having used most of these technologies and gadgets for a while)

1. I have multiple blogs and websites, two squidoos, one Tumblr, one Twitter, one Stumble page, and engage in countless social networking sites.

2. Cell phone with camera and email

3. Wear and carry several objects of protection against electropollution such as BioPro

4. Car with inbuilt Mp3 attachment and Satellite Radio reception

5. Relax daily on a Chi Machine

6. Digital camera(s)

7. iRobot by Roomba

8. Ionic Conditioning Quiet Hair Dryer

9. Air Purifier

10. MBT Sandals

11. Magellan Portable GPS

12. Flip Video Camera

13. Philip Stein Tesla watch

Next week I'm planning a list of ancient technologies I employ.

To get the Thursday Thirteen code, click here.

Don't forget to enter my contest here.








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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

 

Hula For A Hot Maui Day

August seems to be moving ever so slowly, and I'm counting down the days until September and cooler weather. I've having to water the plants on our deck TWICE a day just so they don't fry. Sad to say, but even then, some have bit the dust. The sprinkler system in the yard is miraculously managing to keep most of our vegetation alive. Our 'giving' mango tree must LOVE the hot, windy weather because she has outdone herself in mango production this year. She has totally earned herself a Gold Star! We have been scarfing down mangoes and giving them away--and our tree just keeps giving us more!

My partner has begun wearing a baseball cap as he runs around in the daytime. This was the first year after twenty some odd years living in Hawaii that the sun is burning his head. We joke that now there are TWO suns!

Yet we remain in gratitude because people all over the world have it far worse than we do. The news is full of flooding, rain, tornadoes, and hurricanes. There's too much water there, and not enough here. Some of the news speaks of "weather wars". Our world is out of balance whether it's man made or natural.

Here's a beautiful hula video I discovered on YouTube which helps me to remember the Hawaiian culture and Maui I love:

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Monday, August 20, 2007

 

Countdown to 400 Posts!

Recently I stumbled upon a site with the list of the 100 most prolific bloggers, and some of the ones at the top of the list had over 10,000 posts! Imagine! This blog is almost the ripe old age of 400 posts, and today begins the 5-4-3-2-1 countdown to THE Grand Old Age of 400 posts for Who's Yo Mama?!

This upcoming 400th birthday was why I decided to run my first blog contest! Hey, I should celebrate that this blog has survived and flourished for this long, shouldn't I??? If you haven't yet entered the contest, you can enter it here. A Big Mahalo for all that have already entered! I appreciate your participation!

Some of the misconceptions I wanted to clear up with others as gleaned by some of the comments are:

I'm not the age of Elvis! But I certainly remember his talent, his fame, and his career through television, photos, and the net.

I picked this song because it was written by a beloved Hawaiian performer, Don Ho, who passed away this year.

My brilliant Aussie blogger girlfriend, Sue, came up with the idea of tying in a blog contest with a song and video. Mahalo Sue!

Now that I've cleared up these misconceptions, I feel bettah! And check out these stats for my multiple blogs: 1866 posts for my main blogs, and this number doesn't figure into the smaller blog posts on my more minor blogs, nor does it factor in my two Squidoos. This is another reason I'm celebrating: so far I've survived my blogging obsession! :Smile:

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

 

This Video Has Been Making Us Laugh Outloud

This video has been sent to us a couple of time, and it never fails to make us laugh, even though we've seen it more than once. Perhaps it'll make you laugh too before Monday and another work week begins?

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Friday, August 17, 2007

 

Summer's Last Hurrah

With the finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" (and the win of the darling female dancer Sabra!), with Maui kids back in school, and with Labor Day soon approaching, I'm aware that summer is almost over. And I'm ok with that! The summer of 2007 has zero resemblance to the Summer of Love 1967 as this summer has showcased paranoia on a national scale, witnessed the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, stock market dive, growing national discontent, rumors, and revelations of misconduct in every area you can imagine.

The two reality shows we've been watching this summer at our casa have been "So You Think You Can Dance", an uplifting, feel-good show, and "Big Brother", a non-feel-good show full of malice, deception, and pettiness. The two shows couldn't be more of a polar opposite, and now with the 'happy' show completed, we're left to live with the ugly one! We're now rooting for the emotional, sensitive Amber. We never would have thunk so at the beginning of the show that she would turn into our favorite.....by default.

My partner was so upset with what he calls the "stupidity" of the house when they didn't vote out Evil Dick when the other house guests had a chance that he said he wouldn't watch it anymore. However, I know this statement was hot air on his part. He's hooked! Big Brother is a bad train wreck of colliding characters-- most of the contestants reveal their worst qualities which makes this reality series inexplicably riveting to watch. Why are we watching it? Talk about stupidity! Never underestimate the public's desire for gawdawful tv.

Having been totally smitten by the fabulous performances of Danny on "So You Think You Can Dance", we'll have to carry his lovely energy with us in our hearts through these remaining, hot Dog Days of Summer. I'm so ready for Fall!

P.S. Don't forget to enter my contest!! Scroll down for the contest news!

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

 

Thursday Thirteen-Memories of Elvis


Today is the 30th Anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, and I think it's a great day for folks to share an Elvis memory on my blog contest. Click here to enter the contest.

These links might interest you also:

"Top Earning Dead Celebrities"

"Duet Marks 30th Anniversary of Elvis Death"

I heard on the tv last evening an interview with Linda Thompson, one of Elvis's girlfriends for a long time. She said (and I paraphrase) that Elvis was extremely fond of Hawaii and was one of his favorite places.

Elvis has a big fan in Hana (Maui), and at her roadside jewelry and gift store, she has parked an Elvis car which truly is amazing. Here's a photo of the hood of it.
So here's MY THIRTEEN Memories ABOUT ELVIS and about the song he's singing on my contest (hey, I'm entering my own contest!):

1. his amazing, sexy dance moves
2. his handsome face--especially the early years
3. his touching way of singing the famous Don Ho song "I'll Remember You"
4. his larger-than-life stage presence--charisma!
5. his spirituality
6. his generosity
7. his flamboyance
8. his talent
9. his gift of touching the hearts of others
10. his voice--oh what a voice!
11. his many loves
12. his choice of songs and movies
13. HIS LOVE OF HAWAII

To get the Thursday Thirteen code, click here.



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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

 

Have You Ever Noticed That...

Art Courtesy of Love Peace Happiness

Have you ever noticed that people like to site statistics and odds? My partner related to me that he heard the odds of a hurricane hitting Hawaii are once every fifteen years. I suppose there's comfort in odds for some, but not for me. I'm a renegade, and I like to see odds busted and replaced by miracles. Scientists predict that our Maui island volcano, Haleakala, is supposed to have an explosion every 200 years which would mean that our island is due or overdue for another explosion. Phooey!

In any event, Hurricane Flossie has been downgraded, and we haven't seen even one drop of rain. The sky is overcast in South Maui, and we're praying for some rain! It's been such a long, sweltering summer here in South Maui that rain would be a delightful change for our vegetation and for us!

When I worked many years ago in sales, marketing, and advertising, the concept was that everything is a numbers game. Percentages. To some extent I buy this as I believe anything that's repeated often enough and long enough becomes truth and REAL to many.

So in this vein, don't forget to enter my contest. If you haven't read the prior posts, you can reach the contest by clicking here.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

 

Hurricane Flossie Watch and Wait

As many of you may already know, Category 4 Hurricane Flossie is expected near our Hawaiian Islands tonight. Will she merely sideswipe the islands or change course? This is the BIG question on everyone's minds right now. Even then, Maui most likely won't be in Flossie's path but the Big Island could be. When it comes to hurricanes, one never knows for sure. If I don't post for a couple of days, well....Flossie could have nicked us.

Mahalo Nui Loa for your prayers to safeguard everyone and everything in these Sacred Isles!

And don't forget to enter my FIRST Blog Contest. I posted about it yesterday, and you can either scroll down to the contest, or simply click here.

I already have some great entries, and I'd sure like to see lots more!

Many of you may know that the song was written and also performed by the great performer Don Ho who passed away this year.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

 

Blog Contest-- I'll Remember You!!



As I come close to writing my 400th post, I've decided to celebrate by running a Blog Contest!

The prize: a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate

After listening to the feedback given by many of you, I feel a gift certificate is the easiest prize to offer.

There are two steps to this contest. First, subscribe to my blog. This is very easy. Look on the upper left hand sidebar where it reads, "Subscribe to a RSS feed from Who's Yo Mama?" Click on this, and subscribe. Let me know you've done so in the comments.

Second, share a memory or feeling elicited by the song in the (above) video in the comments.

The contest will end on October 10, 2007.

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What If?

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Friday, August 10, 2007

 

Back to Life....Back to Reality



I haven't been able to get the song lyrics from the song "Back To Life, Back To Reality" by En Vogue out of my head today....I just keep hearing:

"Back to life, back to reality
Back to life, back to reality
Back to life, back to reality
Back to the here and now yeah
Show me how, decide what you want from me
Tell me maybe I could be there for you"

And thus it is that I give a big Shout-Out to my recent commenters! I want to be there for you too, even though I'm often tardy on returning a comment as I whiz pass reading one blog and then another and then.....

So many great blogs, so little time!

Counting back from several posts back:

Maui Girl's Meanderings
Stone Girl
This,That, and The Other Thing
Alasandra
Veggie Tales
She Who Laughs, Lasts
Loose Leaf Notes
Will Write For Food
Suldog
This Eclectic Life
Home and Hearth
Captain Lifecruiser
Life In The Fast Lane
Tom's Hideaway
Teaching And All That Jazz
Hawaii Vacation Gifts

Mahalo Nui Loa!!!!

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

 

Thursday Thirteen and Deliberations


For some time I've been observing and participating in other blogger's blog contests. And now I've decided to run a contest of my own, my FIRST contest. Because it's my first one, I've been deliberating about all the details of this upcoming contest. Be sure to check back here soon to enter the contest because I'm almost done deliberating and perhaps your feedback will help me to make my final decisions.

Today's Thursday Thirteen is 13 things I'm considering and deliberating about my contest:

1. Should I offer physical objects and prizes? Or should I offer an Amazon Gift Certificate? The second one would be easier for me to send to international contest winners.

2. Or should I offer more than one contest. One contest would be goodies I'd ship via Fed Ex. The other contest would be an Amazon gift certificate. And yet another could be....

3. Should one of the contest rules be to subscribe to this blog?

4. Or to fave this blog with Technorati?

5. Or to blog about this blog and mention a favorite post for another entry into the contest?

6. Or to link to this blog or another one of my blogs?

7. Do people REALLY like contests?

8. How long should I run the contest for? Weeks or a month or even more?

9. Should I broadcast this contest on sites like Blog Catalog or MyBlogLog?

10. Will this contest bring me more readers?

11. Will this contest cause me LOTS more work?

12. How generous should I be with my winning gifts or Amazon gift certificates?

13. Have the Dog Days of my Maui summer fried my brain? Just kidding! I do want to stir up some action though and have some more fun before summer is over. Tis true!

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

 

They Really Can Dance!

We're big fans of the show, "So You Think You Can Dance", and tonight's fabulosity factor and dancers hit a high point--an unbelievable show. The dancers just blow us away with their amazing talent. As the show comes close to completion, the dancers are going all-out.

My favorite is Danny with Neil coming in as a close second favorite.

If you haven't had a chance to watch this show yet, catch it soon as the finale is just around the corner. However, should you miss it, the dancers will be on tour in the United States (but not over here in the Islands--darn it!) beginning September 21st.

Watching these incredibly gifted dancers makes me want to dance. I love to dance, and they inspire me to move my body.

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

 

Our Hearts Go Out To The Families

Like most people the horror of the recent bridge collapse in Minnesota has impacted us, and we also wonder how this collapse could have happened.

In any event, I post this information I found on MSNBC online about the "Deficient Major Bridges in Hawaii." Click here to find out where they are. If you're from another state, follow the links, and you can find the bridges in your state which need upgrading.

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Saturday, August 04, 2007

 

Jessica The Pet Hippo

A friend sent me this amazing and heartwarming video today, and I'm sharing it with you! Enjoy!

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Friday, August 03, 2007

 

Thank Goddess For Cute!


When I dived into blogging in a 'serious' way one year ago, I began subscribing to other blogs which tickled my funny bone. Little did I know at the time I subscribed to them that they would be my life rafts on gloomy Maui days.

Yes, there are even gloomy days on Maui! It's hard to believe, but oh so true. Every summer my partner and I experience what is known as "Rock Fever", and we want to escape Maui as if it were a prison camp. We plot--we scheme--we dream--we pray "Get Us Off Maui!" Summer is the worst time to be on Maui and the season when Maui looks so depressing. This summer the Mokulele Highway is being worked-on, and thus, this once enchanting two-lane roadway looks ever so dreary because of the messy roadwork. And of course, the traffic is terrible because of this slowing-down from the road-work. I'm sure the County choose this low season for a reason, and I bless every dark-uniformed cop sweating in the summer's heat and all the workers as I drive by in my air-conditioned car.

Today was a difficult day for me. I left forty-five minutes early for an appointment which normally would only take me 20 minutes. However, I trust my intuition, and it told me to leave early. And the result was not good. I was on time. But the appointment ahead of me for my client was late! And what does this unprofessional Maui business woman do but make me wait a HALF HOUR for the late client to show up--and the late client doesn't even arrive for another ten minutes! When she finally arrives, the two talk story and take up more of my time even though I had been punctual! Grrr.....

All either of them had to do was say, "I'm sorry. I apologize." However, they lacked the courtesy and professionalism to do this much. Now I will be looking for someone else to take the place of this person. Next!

Many Maui business people are sorely lacking on customer service skills, and even though there are many excellent Maui business people, by far most have a lot to learn in this department.

This is where CUTE comes in! I subscribed to Cute Overload last year, and when you're as steamed up as I was about this finality and Maui b.s., I came home and looked in my email...and there it is--Cute Overload. I FEEL so much better.

Yes!!!! I'm hoping the skies clear from the rain of today so we can see more of the Perseid's Meteor Shower!

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

 

The Highpoint Of My Day

Admittedly I don't have a bad life, and I'm full of gratitude for all the many blessings which happen every day. And still I have a powerful longing for the world to finally make the long-awaited shift to a happier, more loving, more abundant world for everyone. I'm sure there are many of you reading this who feel the same way.

I just returned from a lovely dinner, and I opened my email to discover this inspirational trailer for a new movie. I share it with you because it's so beautiful and the highpoint of my day. Maybe it will make your day too!

The Shift Movie trailer

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