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Georg Tirebiter
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Attended Universi-T of Hawaii, Quang Tri college of death
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Yesterday the water was sparkling with the reflected sunlight. I like that, and the camera didn't disappoint. I know that for most photogs, the light is all wrong, but I can't get on the other side of the water to take a real nice pic of the bubbly sea. So even though the sun was hurting my eyes to look in its direction, it is my favorite time to stare at the sea because it's so hard. I'm still walking in Waikiki in the afternoon and the sun is shifting in the sky so that what was once in shade is now in the sun and vice versa.

I also dropped off my 2 camo shorts at the tailor yesterday because I wanted them tapered. I am tired of walking around in baggy-ass shorts. The tailor and his wife didn't seem to think it was strange. 

And, do you see a pole in the middle of the picture? As big as the ocean is, I would probably run into it if I was steering a sheep there.
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+Georg Tirebiter A gave you a compliment and you in return give me a nasty remark you might want to find out why you're being nasty to others.
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The annual Merri Monarch Hula Festival concluded last Saturday. My favorite halau (hula group) wasn't that great. It appears that the kumu hula (choreographer and teacher of the group) was not up to his usual creativity. After being skunked 2 years in a row, he decided to go more traditional in the ancient hula competition ~ the only competition I'll watch ~ at least for the women's hula. He still was ground-breaking for the men's kahiko (ancient hula.) Here's a group called Ke Kau O Kahiki. I liked the performance. It's a show of strength. 
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+U-Ming Lee I just know what I like. The judges care about precision and traditional movements, and very little about creativity. 
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Since I've returned from my trip to Japan, I've been taking real short naps; it's as if I'm fast-forwarding my life. I'll be just about to watch a You Tube video about animation when suddenly, I look at the screen and instead of beginning, it's over already. What the...The other day, I was watching a ball game in the 2nd inning, next thing I know, I watching the 7th inning stretch and some wahine (woman) is singing "America the Beautiful." Or I'm about to hand-draw a potato in my notebook and suddenly I'm upside-down in my chair. 

Sucks to be old and you can't get rid of your jet lag in one swell foop. In fact, today, I was astounded that I had slept for 9 hours! Dafuq? I never sleep for that long. I remember getting up at 5am and looking at the wall clock and suddenly the time is 9:30am. I got to find that remote and put it on pause!
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+Uluomatootua Aiono haw! you're suffering from the same syndrome!
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I hope everyone can see this page

I was reading +Klomwang Hwang 's post about Jane Goodall, who is still observing and interacting with her primates in Gombe at 81years old. When I clicked on another article about a guy who is a climber. The article opened on a video (?) of him scaling a cliff. It was spectacular. 

Although it's an article in the NYTimes, I hope you can see it just for the splash screen. 
The master of climbing without ropes spends his life cheating death.
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+Javier Seen your short review encouraged me to stand on my bed this morning without ropes secured to the wall as I normally do. Honnold is supernatural. 
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The Honolulu Festival is an Annual Event

The 2nd to the last event in the festival is a parade through Waikiki. Since Friday, there's been several cultural events showcasing Japanese culture and their love for hula. The announcer at the review stand said that it's in the 21st year. I've only been aware of the parade since 2005 or 6, when I saw it with my wife & sister-in-law. Our kids were off island, all grown up and following their own life path. So we were there sans offspring. 

Today was my 3rd time at the parade. I last went when I lived in Waikiki. It is essentially the same parade I first saw. It was supposed to feature cultures around the Pacific Rim. I saw Filipino aborigines called Igarot. I thought of how my grandmother used to deride them to us kids until we hated them as much as she did, though we didn't know what they looked like, but I was sure it wasn't too far from monkeys, according to her. Imagine my surprise when I first saw them march in the parade. They looked normal and most were fairly attractive. Hmmmm. There were also Taiwanese aborigines who resembled the Igarot; I didn't know there were aborigines in Taiwan! We also had 2 wildmen prancing around a pickup, google informed me that they were displaying indigenous Australian symbols, and an Aborigine flag. I added them on as an afterthought because I didn't know that I took a video of them. Actually, why wouldn't I? Just because there were only 2 of them and they were dancing around a pickup truck? 

As in previous parades, there were a small number of Alaskan native Americans, though they weren't in the costumes that I saw them wearing before. If anything only one guy, that looked Caucasian, was wearing something unusual, kind of like a deranged bird. An Australian high school band marched. The Hawaiian participation was the Royal Hawaiian band, a couple of private schools, the Hawaiian Okinawan Association, a homeschool for cheerleading preschoolers, a few policemen on bicycles, and 2 on motorcycles. 

The biggest participants by a long shot were from Japan. They had high schoolers, teens in shorts jumping rope, women doing modern dance, women doing hula, and older women in traditional garb and heavy makeup. It was great to see.

The problem is that as it got later and later, it got colder and colder. I looked around and saw that I was the only one not prepared with a jacket. I had a t-shirt and ignored the chilly near-the-ocean temps until I simply couldn't. I didn't stay after it got dark, and left around 7:30pm. The parade started at 4pm. I wore a new batman t-shirt I bought from Amazon dot com. I missed the up-close view of the fireworks show. I could see it from my house and it was great. It was paid for and staged by the city of Nagaoka, Japan using barges anchored offshore. 

in 7 days, I'll be in Japan wearing my Batman t-shirt and trying to blend in. Haw!

Here is part 2 of 2 of my Honolulu Festival video for this year. 
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It's only a mile of parade walking, but parades are notoriously slow to get moving. So, at the reviewing stand, it took nearly an hour for the first unit to reach us, 3/4 of a mile downrange. They have an accordion type effect, wait, go, wait, go. I know, I've walked in several parades over the years. 
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Why DSLR's are Trippy

I haven't used my Canon Mark II DSLR in over a year. The plastic coating on the body is ashy, but the innards work just fine. I stopped using the camera because it was so heavy. I dropped it in favor of the Sony NEX-7 because I thought the picture quality was similar. 

But for the parade, I decided to use the Canon because I forgot how great the camera worked. I like using DSLRs because you can isolate people and get nice pictures by simply focusing on them. As in these examples.

I almost forgot how to use the camera, but after a few missteps, I got right back into it. Oh well, pack it away for another year, haw!
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+Ignotas Asadauskas the point of the post was not the specific camera or the settings. I did use a title, afterall to alert people what it was. I find that if I didn't understand parts of a post that google knows. 
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My favorite halau is The Academy of Hawaiian Arts based in Oakland, CA. To say that the kumu is creative is to guarantee that he'll never get a 1st place in the Merri Monarch hula competition. The judges don't like him because he wears sunglasses indoors and at night. Oh well, he did stick to the traditional steps and movements with his wahine (female) ancient hula entry. Look at his male kahiko; it's eye popping. The interviewer asked him how it was having a hula troupe in Oakland. He said, "it's just like here, you work, you go to hula class, you sleep."
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meka-leka-hi, meka-hiney-ho
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I've switched from daily walks to every-other-day walks. As I have no walking tours planned this year, except maybe walking in a huge Vegas casino with my friends, I don't see the point of daily exercise. I admit I really upped my physical shape with the 6 or more miles I walked a day in Japan, I aggravated a small hamstring pull rather than improved. The weather has been cool and breezy since I came home on Sunday.

So last Wednesday, I was standing on the sidewalk looking at the small surf. And somehow, the atmosphere bought me back to when I was young looking out at the water in the same spot. I took a picture, not even knowing what I took until I got home.

I also spotted 2 boys in the banyan tree. I've never seen anyone in the tree before, and I've been seeing that tree since I was their age.  
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+Keith Eaton I don't know about Smithsonian re-broadcasts. In fact, I rarely watch network news anyhow. In fact, the 6 o'clock news only rates about 5 minutes of watch time for me (auto accidents, maybe some protest) before I get distracted by a noise or shiny object. 
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Quite a performance of a jackson 5 song! Always late to the party, I've never heard of this singer or group until today. I went on a YT watching binge afterward.
 
Another super awesome slow jam super version of 'I Want You Back'. Lake Street Dive is so damn good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl8d8S2g4Rw
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in the 90's, along with the wife, I saw the Righteous Brothers put on a fine concert at our Arena in Honolulu. I thought they were great! She had dragged me there, but I enjoyed it immensely. When they returned at the end of the 90's, I was stunned. Bobby Hatfield could not hit the notes. Unchained Melody sounded like it would sound if I sang it. His voice had aged, though his hair didn't. Bill Medly was fine.

Then I saw Paul McCartney a few years ago perform at the Superbowl half-time show and I thought, uh-oh. Time to retire. He couldn't hit his notes either. He sounded terrible. Young hair, old face. 

Then just tonight, I saw one of those begging specials on PBS called Magic Moments, where old timey 50's groups came on and sang. What was shocking was that the women were pretty good, and even the men groups were fine. I mean, Debbie Reynolds killed with "Tammy." She even looked OK, I don't know how old she is, but I think she was in movies in the early 50's. 

The voices of those singers didn't sound strained or old. I think because they took voice lessons, unlike the rock n' rollers who sang in tune but didn't have the music lessons. Else, why do they (the old timers) sound the same as they did way back when? 

I find that I can stay in tune if I don't breathe through my nose when I sing. Haw!
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I've never had a voice lesson and can't sing worth a darn - but I enjoyed your story! :-)
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Time Magazine

recently posted the entire first issue they published in 1923. I found this story near the back of the magazine. I would have paid good money to see this boy and pig, in fact, multiple times. If only I had been an adult back then, instead of not existing in a black void until I was born in 1946.
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I have over 400 pictures I took with my DSLR

That's during the Honolulu Festival parade. I went a little nuts with the shutter. So I'm taking only a tiny percentage of the pics and editing them into a video. It's very tiring and I need frequent naps. In fact, I'm half asleep as I type this. I took video with the Canon Mark IID and with my RX-100-2 camera. You can't even tell the difference, or rather I can't. They both take terrific HD footage. My only problem with using cameras is that it seems that I'm always on a tilted slope with the take the pics. I don't know why that is, maybe my hunchback's responsible. That damn bastard, he keeps pushing me off balance.
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... except perhaps for the $5/week pay LOL
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I'm mostly known for skipping rocks on land. also sometimes for skipping friends on important events, purely by mistake. I'm an old retired policeman, since 2001, however, I never lost my talent for goofing off, being a wiseass, or accepting gifts for no return favors.  
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    English, 1965 - 1977
    interrupted in 1969 by 2 years of the Vietnam war, I went back in 1973 and graduated in 1977, going part-time and taking anything I wanted.
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