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Monday, August 31, 2015

MOUNT MCKINLEY IS NOW DENALI

In the growing tradition of reverting to cultural tradition,  Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signed an order renaming Mount McKinley (at 20,237 feet, the tallest peak in North America--the Andes reaches 22,841 feet) to Denali, (not Mount Denali), the Koyukon Athabaskan (also can be spelled Athabascan, of which there are supposedly 53 different languages) term for "the  high one."  All this in preparation for President Barack Obama's trip to Alaska this week.  While Republicans have historically been against the change, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski more recently had acquiesced.  

However, Speaker of the House John Boehner and his Republican delegation from Ohio are deeply disappointed.  Why?  President William McKinley is from Ohio, and every two years some congressional Republican has introduced legislation to keep the Mt. McKinley name.  Actually, President McKinley not once visited Alaska.  However, it's possible that some legislation might actually be introduced to settle this matter, and my gut feeling is that if this happens, Denali will prevail, for Republicans are at this moment in time hesitant about being labeled anti-Eskimo.  So political logic will probably prevail and the Republicans will just quietly only mumble regret.

Okay, then, since I went to McKinley High School, which had an original name in 1865 of the Fort Street English Day School, what about some reversion here?  Well, forget Fort Street English Day   Ah, but in 1895, there was a grand change to Honolulu High School.  That is worth a re-look.  Daniel K. Inouye High School?  Hmmm....  He did graduate from McKinley.

The country where wholesale changes were made is India.  After gaining independence in 1947 from British imperialism, some of the more notable adjustments were:
  • Mumbai (1995, I was last in this city when it was called Bombay)
  • Chennai (1996, I remember Madras shirts)
  • Tamil Nadu (1969, once the State of Madras)
  • Kolkata (2001, Calcutta)
Still to come:  Bhagya Nagararn for Hyderabad.

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Hurricane Ignacio at 110 MPH appears to be easing by the Hawaiian Islands:


But Jimena is now a SUPER HURRICANE at 150 MPH!!!


However, all signs show some weakening and a turn north:


I show Hurricane Kilo because last week it was just south of us, also turned north, but sufficiently west of Hawaii:


Are we just lucky, or are our tall volcanoes diverting these ocean storms?  Hard to believe that no hurricane has yet been recorded to make landfall over the Big Island of Hawaii.


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Sunday, August 30, 2015

PROGRESS ON THE BLUE REVOLUTION

The endowment of my apartment to the University of Hawaii just got fully signed this past week, and I received this copy:


You might need to enlarge to read it.

The University of Hawaii Foundation (UHF) recently met with advisors of Blue Revolution Hawaii (BRH--has copyrighted the term, BLUE REVOLUTION) to determine how best we could work together to find cost-matching, leading eventually to our stated goal of securing $1.5 billion for the Pacific International Ocean Station (PIOS), the first monumental step towards the Blue Revolution.  That torus, or donut-shaped floating platform, would be PIOS, although the ultimate shape might be the following:

Decades ago I advanced these spiral concepts, for they can forever be expanded.  A circular shape seems sensible to withstand hurricane conditions, allowing ships to be protected and platform stability to be maximized.

While much of the discussion between the UHF and BRH focused on the traditional fund-raising methodologies, BRH introduced the opportunities stakeholders might gain through active partnerships.  The University of Hawaii seems flexible enough to embrace such innovative financing mechanisms.

In parallel, we will pursue the involvement of enlightened billionaires seeking a legacy.  How much more gratifying can it be than developing the next frontier for economic development by harvesting the sustainable resources of the ocean in harmony with the natural marine environment, while maintaining the spirit of the moana?  Even better, it is possible that the ocean thermal energy conversion process might well enhance Planet Earth for Humanity by preventing the formation of hurricanes and remediating global climate warming.


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There are six ocean storms:  


From the left is Hurricane Kilo, now at 140 MPH, having eased pass Hawaii to the south last week:


But, yikes, Hurrican Ignaciio is also up to 140 MPH, and heading our way.  However, most computer models have him moving slightly north of the Hawaiian Islands:


Yet, there is at least one track that goes right over my apartment.

Right behind is Hurricane Jimena, only at 135 MPH:


While current projections seem to suggest a similar path as Ignacio's, it's a bit too early to feel comfortable.

In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Fred has formed off Africa, and will become a hurricane.  However, all signs show a weakening as Fred approaches the Caribbean:


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Saturday, August 29, 2015

15 CRAIGSIDE GOES TO OCEAN HOUSE



Last night 15 Craigside went to Ocean House, on the beach at Waikiki in the Outrigger Reef Hotel.  I'm very familiar with the special room we were provided, for Blue Revolution Hawaii annually celebrates our mahalo dinner here.



There appears to be an age difference in the two groups.  The bottom one is us, and Eric to the right is President of our Association.

As the two individuals in the back left can't be seen, here are Alfred and Charlotte, with our primary interface, Alika, in the middle:


Alika was, perhaps, the most efficient waitress we have experienced in any of our dining outings.

As we were only charged $25 total for as many wine bottles as we could bring, Henry brought a Chardonnay and here are my two Stanford wines, a Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon:


I just ordered five cases (I've annually been purchasing these Stanford alumni wines now for more than a quarter century) to open up space in my wine refrigerator, for I leave on my next around the world adventure in less than three weeks, and the new batch will arrive soon after I get home.

I started with an escargot and mushrooms:


Okay, but, maybe, with a little too much taste.  Here is Henry's sashimi:


I had the sunset special, prime rib, but the medium was almost well-done:


Not sure what Alfred ordered, but Charlotte had some kind of clam bake:


She said her corn was not up to 15 Craigside standards.  Audrey's lobster dish:


Just as we finished dinner, the fireworks began:


There is something overwhelming about the noise when when you're right next to the explosion.  I finished with a cappuccino (how many of you knew this was the correct spelling?):


In a ranking of from one to ten, Ocean House, by consensus, earned around a five.  The service was terrific and we appreciated their reduced corkage charge, but the room was uncomfortably warm.  The cuisine was only acceptable, and the price was fine, in fact, lower than some of us expected, being on the beach at Waikiki, with a fireworks show.  15 Craigside will return here with a second batch of residents because the sign-up list was overwhelmed with a long waiting list.

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Hurricane Ignacio is at a fearsome 140 MPH, but the expectation is definite weakening, with a track that appears at this time to take him north of the Hawaiian Islands:



However, here are the available computer models, and any one, theoretically can still prevail:


Right behind is Hurricane Jimena, also at 140 MPH, with a potential to become a Category 5, but more importantly, with a track that could take her straight for the Big Island:


However those three models showing a right turn, seems, at this time, to be hopefully indicative of the eventual track.

In the Atlantic, Erica has almost totally weakened.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

VISIONS IN ART THROUGH PAINTINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHY

15 Craigside is today hosting VISIONS IN ART THROUGH PAINTINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHY, where residents exhibit their creativity.  Sorry, but the public is not invited.  Each exhibitor (and there are only around ten of us) was allowed to only designate 5 guests?  I suggested that we invite the world and serve champagne.  Neither recommendation was approved.  I think much of this has to do with security and privacy, plus necessary parsimony.

It takes a lot of work to put something like this together, and Irene  Zane (right) should be applauded for her fine leadership.  I should also mention several others, but I became a displayer because of her.

Residents made greeting cards for sale and refreshments were available.  Many residents volunteered their time to assist in assorted ways.


Photos also were on sale for $3, with proceeds to some worthy function at 15 Craigside.

While the shot to the left arrived via e-mail from Yvonne of Arcadia, most of the photos in my display came from slides taken more than a third of a century ago.  Some were developed in my darkroom using Cibachrome, and, these, too, are around that old.  They still look okay, but are crinkled at the edges.  Then there are a few just processed this past month with a slide to digital converter.

These photos were roughly in chronological order of our travels around the world.  While a couple of the slides are more than half a century old, the following was taken a year before my wife, Pearl, passed away six years ago at the age of 69.  At the very end are photos of my tribute to her.


In 1963, where she is standing with our dog Pepper next to the famous Slippery Slide  from the movie South Pacific.  


In the background is where Bloody Mary sang Happy Talk to her daughter and Navy lieutenant.  More importantly, this was our backyard when I was a trainee at the Kilauea Sugar Company.

Each of these photos has a story.  For example, just a simple gold koi seems meaningless.  However, several years ago in the midst of laying Pearl's ashes around the world, I happen to visit Matsumoto Castle and thought, this is, indeed, a worthy site for one of her gel caps (which contained her ashes).  So, on the way out I tossed one into the moat, and a gold koi, surrounded by a thousand other koi, mostly black, ate the gel cap.  A year later I went back to the castle, and, was shocked that the gold koi (and there is only one) was waiting for me.  These  photos were taken a year apart.


Here are other important people at my display, starting with Suzie, the Chief Operating Officer of 15C:


#2 with Sybil, Betsy and Harvey, then on the bottom with Pearl's sister, Doris.

Here are some resident artists with their creations.  Eppie, followed by Don, then Kathy:


Some of these individuals actually are professionals, but others, like me, just found a way to place a few photos or pieces of art in some sensible order.  While there might have been one or two who  commented that the activity was too commercial, everyone I know who bought something thought they were getting a good deal.  Clearly, the event was well appreciated, and surely will be continued on some annual or biannual basis into the future.

It's a big day for at 15C, as tonight we have a dinner outing at Ocean House on the beach at Waikiki. Right close by is where the fireworks emanate on Friday nights.

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Hurricane Ignacio is at 90 MPH, but should weaken into a Category 1 by Monday, and should take a northerly route and move parallel to the islands through Wednesday:


However, Hurricane Jimena, now also at 90 MPH, will strengthen into at least a Category 4, and by latest projections, seems headed straight for the Big Island.


The expectation, though, is for some weakening before getting too close to Hawaii.  However, it's too early to tell for sure.

In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Erica at 50 MPH is causing flooding in the Caribbean, but is now projected not to attain hurricane strength, and make landfall over Florida along the Florida Keys:


Erica can still be considered a danger, for if she moves just slightly west and enter the Gulf, which is warmer than the Atlantic, bad things can happen.   But not one computer model shows Erica getting too far west:



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