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Seattle Kokon Taiko is starting new classes in November - sign up while there are still places available : http://www.seattlekokontaiko.org/
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Too far away!
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Matsuri

Seattle Kokon Taiko playing Matsuri at the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival
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Awesome! Sorry I missed it...
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Turtle in Kauai
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Wow. You got really close! I love the look that she gave you.
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I've been looking at this site for a while and have a strong feeling that the content on the pages has been generated by a machine. What do you think?

http://www.goingoutside.com/beach/1000686_Keaau_Beach_Hawaii.html
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Here are some thoughts:

1. This sentence looks like a reference to a DB with geospatial content : "There are more activities here other than just hanging out at the beach like boating, golfing, fishing, and swimming, so it's impossible to get bored."

2. This sentence is not really about anything but includes a very structured reference to the location "No chance of getting bored in Hawaii if you take pleasure in the beach. We all must stop at the beach once in a while, and Keaau Beach in Hawaii County, Hawaii is the outdoors at its finest."

3. Content from other pages on the site appear to have very similar snippets : "With so many beaches in Hawaii you'll never become bored. If you're feeling down from spending too much time indoors, no problem, Alapai in Maui County, Hawaii is such a wonderful site."

I was considering crawling this site for content for my beach search engine but I don't think it offers any real value.
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N. D. Tyson rocks, but he doesn't know how to enjoy a movie. There is only one real problem with Gravity but he buries that in failure to suspend disbelief...

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/oscars/2013/10/gravity-astrophysicist-neil-degrasse-tyson
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Probably the best movie I've seen this year. As a scientist in an area that no one really cares about he should know better and use this movie as an opportunity to get people to look at the stars and think of space again. Instead, he's nitpicking on inconsequential details that no one but nerds care about. Frickin' Buzz Aldrin was "very impressed" with the movie. That means it's good enough.
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This is interesting, but I wonder if the know the actual origin of the name they are using. I think not...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21714191
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Wow. That's hilarious. Awesome reference. It's memetic evolution in action.
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turtle in poipu
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+Greg Linden I pushed out an update to the beach search site which includes more coverage for Hawai'i including Big Island. The site is not optimized for speed and there is no ajaxian waiting animation so please be patient. Also, in adding more beaches I've not yet addressed duplicated locations (on the dev box, not yet on the site).

http://d8taplex.com/beach/index.html

Something I want to look at next is mining the content associated with the beaches for features (especially the presence of shade!)
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Playing around with hero images:

http://d8taplex.com/beach/index.html
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+Greg Linden  - I have Big Island data integrated (not pushed out). If you are going on a trip soon I'll try to get it up before you go (let me know). Otherwise it will make it out after I've worked on some perf and data quality.
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