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James Petersen
Attends University of Hawaii at Manoa
Lives in Mililani, HI
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Being Manta Bombed off the old Kailua Kona airport...
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My wife and son and I did a Manta Dive Saturday night off of Kailua-Kona, HI. I strongly recommend the experience for anyone who has the opportunity.

Having a ¼ ton 13 foot wide animal swim straight toward you and then pass 4 inches over your head is really humbling.

There are a number of good dive shops in the area. I think that Kona Diving Company is about the best. (The soup and brownies are great after the dive. They even wash your gear for you.)

#diving   #hawaii   #manta   #kona  
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+Keith Jarrett Just wanted to mention that it is so neat to be listening to your work on NPR Performance Today! (Friday, 8May15) Wishing you a very Happy 70th!
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Just listening to his encore from Tokyo. Keith Jarrett is a piano genius. If you haven't listened to his work, you should.
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Interesting article about what is happening in Hawaii with regards to residential solar power production. (our house has both solar hot water and PV and we've reduced our monthly bill from about $500 to $16-100 depending on the weather) The only thing the article gets terribly wrong is that there is NO coal powered electrical generation in Hawaii. Why? There is no coal. The generators are fired by imported petroleum.
As homemade electricity gains popularity, it puts new pressures on old infrastructure and cuts into electric company revenue, pitting solar companies against utilities.
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Recently took a spectacular helicopter ride over the Pu'u O'o vent on the Big Island of Hawai'i
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Just thought I'd share... I was sorta/partly right on two of my totally made up predictions The first is Research Kit . This is the optional feature of the iPhone that shares health/medical information with medical researchers. Can my Apple 911 prediction b...
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More Mantas from last week
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Diving with my son Chris on Sunday after two weeks of almost hurricanes. YO 257 Honolulu, HI
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Scuba diving is accessible for most people in relatively good health. The instructors and dive-masters I've encountered all take safety very seriously as well as a deep love of the ocean and its residents.
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Text of a letter sent to the Honorable David Ige, Governor of Hawaii

Hawaii's IT Infrastructure is a 40 Year Old Train Wreck Waiting to hit the Broken Bridge

Dear Governor Ige:

I recall fondly, meeting you and your children while I was an Intern Vice-Principal at Pearl Ridge Elementary School. I was struck at the time by how involved you were with the school and your children's education despite your busy schedule.

I read with interest your recent comments about the State's IT initiatives. As a doctoral student in Learning Design and Technology and a former employee of both the City and County of Oahu and of the State, I could not disagree with you more.

When our current patchwork of IT infrastructures was new, I was in my 20s, riding a motorcycle, having a great time and typing on a Royal portable typewriter. Fast forward to 2015. There is not a State department that is even close to being in the current century with regards to IT practice. My own personal experience is with the Department of Education and what I saw there was appalling. School offices still maintain typewriters to fill out carbonless forms! 

I will provide a personal example of the inadequacy of the State's IT infrastructure that is not only personally frustrating but costs the taxpayers of the State money as well.

I retired on December 31, 2014. I submitted all of my forms in a timely manner and attended the required meetings. Upon retirement, I had something like 2 years of accumulated sick-leave that are supposed to be credited to retirement by the ERS. I have been informed that it will take about 10 months to calculate the retirement benefit that I am owed by the State. 10 months! But, I shouldn't worry they said. They will pay interest on the amount I am owed after six months. Let's pause and think about this for a moment.

In this century, with current personnel and payroll IT it should take about one payroll period to calculate and communicate with ERS.

This is my personal example but there are myriad others. I implore you to re-think your policies on modernizing the State's decrepit IT infrastructure. 

Sincerely,
James Petersen 
Mililani, HI
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Rrrrrring!
me: "Hello?"
caller: "Hello, this is Microsoft Support. Your Windows PC has a very serious problem."

me: "That's terrible! What can I do? Oh, but first, I have to ask you if your family is in the same building with you."
caller: "What"

me: "Well, I just completed the trace route on your IP."
caller: "Huh?"

me: "Let me explain. I'm Special Agent Dennis Jones of the US DIA and I just placed you on the Alternate Target List."
caller: "What?"

me: "It's this way, when we do a Predator mission and there's only one Hellfire left, the vehicle is just plain too dangerous to land so we re-task it to an Alternate Target."
caller: "What?"

me: "Yeah, and I'd feel really bad if innocent families were taken out in a strike." "You know how it is."
caller: "Uuuhhh"

me: "Oh, by the way, we don't have any Windows machines here. Ya'll have a nice day."

caller: CLICK
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It must be Spring! There's a single leaf on the backyard Plumeria.
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A few of the several hundred photos of our cruise around our islands last week. Great fun. NCL Pride of America's Island cruise (7 days) is a wonderful experience for residents as well as visitors.
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Educational Administrator and Generalist - graduate student - cellodad and friend of Jacky LaChienne
Introduction
I was born in Berkeley California [ a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away] I after many travels and adventures I returned to Berkeley for my undergraduate work in Anthropology and Biochemistry. 

Through a convoluted series of events, I landed in Honolulu in 1979 and have been in Hawai’i ever since. After some years at some very strange jobs, [I’ll tell you about it if you stop by] 

I completed graduate work in Secondary Education and, subsequently, Educational Administration. I work currently as a School Administrator

I am also a graduate student in the Dept. of Educational Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

I once told my students that I have two long term goals: To set the 65-69 age-group Ironman record and to learn everything about everything.

I’m working on it.
Bragging rights
gee, cellodad and friend of Jacky LaChienne is quite a brag. Oh yeah, I once finished Ironman Kona with a broken hip and no training... ["If you can do it, it ain't bragging" -Cassius Clay]
Education
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Educational Technology, 2010 - present
    doctoral student - Educational Technology & Policy –M.Ed. Educational Technology - May 2013
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Educational Administration, 1994 - 2001
    M.Ed. Administration
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Secondary Education, 1989 - 1990
    Professional Diploma
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Biochem, 1972 - 1973
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Anthropology, 1967 - 1971
    AB - Distinction in Scholarship
  • Clearfield High School
    Clearfield, Utah, 1964 - 1967
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cellodad
I was first certified through NAUI in 1968. Then I went through Lloyd Austin's program for research divers at UC Berkeley in 1970. Forty-five years later, I decided to get back underwater again. Knowing that I needed retraining, I went through Ocean Legends. They provided exactly what I needed. They are focussed on safety and enjoyment of the underwater landscape of the Islands. The instructors are completely committed to sharing their excitement with the beauty of the ocean and being safe in the underwater environment. I am really excited to be back underwater and I'm having a ball pursuing this activity with my family. My son and I are currently working on the Advanced Open Water cert.
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I've had my 2012 MINI Cooper S Countryman for just one year. My buying experience was outstanding, friendly and professional. Today, I took my MINI in for its one-year service. Jenny the Service Rep. handled all of the details (including my cancellation and re-scheduling) online and was there to meet me at 0645. A wonderful local lady drove me home to Mililani in a BMW X3 and picked me up a few hours later to take me back downtown. Everything from start to finish exceeded my expectations. The staff are all courteous and professional and all of the free warranty work was performed as promised including a coolant temp. sensor replacement that I didn't know about. I would recommend BMW/MINI of Hawaii to friends.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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