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Survey Thursday – The Story Behind Your Nickname?

April 30, 2009

* What’s the story behind your online name?

Creating an online persona is fun for many of us and our online “name” is just one part of that fun. Some of us use our real name as part of our “handle” or screen name (e.g. frankie, Kel. Sr., rayboyjr.), while others go with something totally off-da-wall (e.g. MoOgooGuypAN, BananaFysh, S Ticket). This blog is meant to uncover the mystery that is your name, while giving you a chance to share a little more about yourself to the WWE `ohana. And no worries, even if your name is pretty straight forward (e.g. NeedaHobby, HNL2LAS, hemajang) we wanna know the real meaning and why it’s significant to you. Dig down deep folks. 🙂

Speaking of hemajang, he recently asked this question to me:

The big question for me is…how come WWE when most of your posts are local specific?

Which prompted me to dig this one out of the idea box and post it! So here we are. Check out the meaning behind my name below and den post yours k? Shoots!

World Wide Ed was actually a nickname I had back at UH (that, and sedward, the UH email account name I had at the time). I was a columnist for the Ka Leo O Hawaii student newspaper and wrote a column under the same banner (World Wide Ed), for its similarity to the phrase World Wide Web, a topic in which I covered. That’s pretty much it. Kinda boring, but I’m sure the stories behind your names will be much more interesting. Share share!

P.S. To make things even more interesting, try and take a stab at guessing the meaning behind someone else’s name too. *grin* Or what about explaining your “other” nickname(s)?


Results from last week (Do You Facebook?)

  • Yes: 12 (DA WINNAH!)
  • No: 11

Hooo! Talk about a tight race!

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Survey Thursday – Do You Facebook?

April 23, 2009

* Do you Facebook? If not where do you call (social networking) “home”?

Lately, the old older peeps here at work have been asking me about this strange new thing called “Facebook.” As the resident “Web Expert” I guess I’m the go to guy for these types of questions and boy, have they been a-comin’! First I smirk (at how late they are to the party) and then I proceed to explain to these newbies what it’s all about. How you use it, why people use it, privacy concerns, etc. The look on their face is priceless. It’s the same as that of someone who just watched TV in color for the first time. (at least I think that’s what they looked like. 😛 )

Facebook, at least to me, is where it’s at. There are so many features to control privacy, friends, microblogging/notifications (ala Twitter), and, as evident by the interest from the old older peeps here at work, it’s catching wind. I’ve gotten back in touch from old friends from yesteryear that I haven’t spoken to in years, and all the company and corporate peers are there as well! There are so many more relevant people up in thurr than say a MySpace. If I had to compare the two, I’d tell someone that MySpace is more for kids and ‘tweens and Facebook is more for adults. (No, not that kind of “adult” you perv. 😉 )

There is a downside though. With so many of your professional contacts up in the heezy, you really have to watch what you say and post. It’s not like I have anything to hide really, but posting that drunken party pic from the weekend (I don’t do this – just an example) is probably not something for your boss’ eyes. I’ve heard of stories of those kinda things coming back to haunt employees, and that doesn’t really surprise me.

How did we get to this point? I remember the good ol’ days when these social networking type sites were strictly for us “young” peeps? Let’s turn back the clock a bit shall we… Remember these?

Chat/Talk on UH’s Unix system –> HCU –> Asian Avenue –> IM/Messenger type services (AIM/Windows Live/Yahoo!/Google Talk) –> Friendster –> LinkedIn –> MySpace –> Facebook

Oh YEAH! I bet ya forgot about some of those gems eh? Ha!

And that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what other sites are out there (Yelp, Flickr, TwitterBebo, Hi5, YouTube, and yes, we even have one on AroundHawaii.com).

Is there something after Facebook? Probably, but for now, this is where the party’s at yo. Holla if ya hear me! 😉

Talk to me!
* Do you Yahoo! Facebook?
* If so, how many friends ya got?
* Do you add anyone or just the people you know IRL?
* Are your bosses or company’s executives on there too?
* What’s your favorite part about Facebook?
* Your least favorite?
* What other social networking sites do you frequent?
* If you’ve never joined Facebook or any other social networking site, why or why not?

Possible Hijacking Topics 😛
* American Idol dish
* Hell’s Kitchen dish
* The Office dish
* Survivor: Tocantins dish
* CSI dish
* Grey’s Anatomy dish
* Harper’s Island dish
* Southland dish
* Dancing With the Stars dish
* The Biggest Loser dish
* Lost dish
* NBA Playoff runs
* etc.

Happy Survey Thursday… Woo Hoo it’s almost TGI(F)F!

Custom Plates?

April 16, 2009

On my drive home the other day, I saw a custom license plate that said “ForMom”. Ok, so it didn’t really say “ForMom” but since I’m about to tease this person, I’d rather not embarrass ’em too much. 8)

What are your thoughts on a custom plate that says something like “To ____” or “For ___”? Personally, I think it’s great. It shows effort. It shows thoughtfulness. It shows that special someone that you really care about them.

But what about that special someone you actually bought the car for? So shame!

The novelty and impact of the plate is pretty much pau the very second after the gift is given ain’t it? Yet, they still have to drive around with that thang for the rest of the car’s existence.

You can’t exactly go and trade it in for a “regular” license plate. That’s like a slap in the face to the person who bought you the dope G-ride. So you’re stuck driving around a car that people assume you couldn’t afford yourself. Lose money!

It did get me a thinkin’ though. WWJD WWWWEOD? LOL! That’s the worst acronym ever. It’s “What Would the World Wide Ed Ohana Do” for those who don’t have ESP. So… what it is? WWWWEOD? 😛

Talk to me!
* What custom plate(s) would you get and why? (6 character limit)
* Already got one? Share!
* What are some good ones you’ve seen on the road?

I once saw one that said “WWW”. I was jealous! Ha! Then I thought… do I really want people to easily identify me by my plates, right after I “accidentally” cut them off? 😛

P.S. Here’s the City’s site to search and apply for your own Personalized Plates.

Survey Thursday – Email?

April 9, 2009

Back in the glory days of the web, us peeps with email addresses were few and far between. As students, we  were hooked up with one by default (with an ugly @uhunix.uhcc.hawaii.edu suffix), but that was back when we had to log into a UNIX shell and check it via a program called Pine. Good lord! uhunix? Pine!? I’m choking myself up with all the memories! LOL!

Nowadays, every Bill, Sergey, and Jerry Tom, Dick and Harry has an email account from such free services as Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo! Heck, even my momma has not one, but three that is checked on the regular. ISPs like us, offer accounts as part of our services: up to 10 accounts per Road Runner customer (via the sexy @hawaii.rr.com domain 😛 ) to be exact.

Whereas this question would’ve been “Do you have an email account?” in a past WWE column in the Ka Leo, today, I gotsta up my game and stay current with what’s happening on the world wide interwebs. Errrbody pretty much has email. It’s just a matter of provider. With that said…

* Which service do you use for email and why?

I’m a Gmailer fo sho. Their flexibility with forwarding, filtering, sorting, account management, header privacy, etc. is off the chain! There’s no comparison. And I didn’t even mention the searching aspect! Plus my account ties in nicely to the billion other Google “products” I use. I honestly don’t know how/if I’d survive without my Gmail and Google Calendar. Scary!

K, your turn! Share, share!

Have a good weekend y’all! Das right! I get tomorrow off. Wahoooooooo!

Tax Tip Thursday: File for Free!

April 2, 2009

Didja file your taxes yet? You are aware that it’s due in 13 days riiiight? 8)

Well, for those of you who waited until the very last second, you may be in for a little treat, WWE style: Filing your taxes for FREE!

A friend sent over this little tidbit so I figured I’d post it for da `ohana as it may very well help a few of you. Check it:

If your Adjusted Gross Income for 2008 was $56K or less, you can file your taxes for free this year. No gimmicks, no catch, the IRS just wants those with AGIs $56K or less to e-file which saves them costs and saves you a couple hundred bucks. Even if your AGI topped $56K, you can still file for free. You just won’t get tax-preparation software, though. Just the forms.

How?

1) Go to www.irs.gov,
2) Click the “Free File” link
3) Choose which company’s software you want to use (including the biggies like Turbo Tax and H&R Block)

If your tax filings are a little more complicated than the average or if you file your own Schedule C, it’s probably best to just stick with a tax professional.

Hope this helps at least a few of you. Remember, getum in by the 15th!

Have a happy Thursday y’all!

Gimme Back That Filet-O-Fish

March 19, 2009

* Is it just me or is that damn Filet-O-Fish commercial addicting or what!?!?

It never fails. Every time that Filet-O-Fish commercial from McDonalds appears as I fast forward through shows on the DVR, I have to rewind a bit and play it back for wifey so she can giggle and sing along. At first I was like “WTH, this is lame, lemme keep going,” but now I find myself delightfully amused, even bobbing my head to the beat.

Whoever thought of the idea of using that well known talking/singing “trophy fish” to sell MickeyDees’ fish product is pure genius. And whoever came up with that even catchier tune is just jingleriffic.

Mad props.

You got wifey and I (and errryone else for that matter) a-talkin’ and, undoubtedly a renewed interest in the Filet-O-Fish. Maybe I’ll go pick one up for lunch today. *grin*

Gimme back that Filet-O-Fish
Gimme that Fish
Gimme back that Filet-O-Fish
Gimme that Fish
What if it were you hanging up on this wall?
If it were you in that sandwich you wouldn’t be laughing at allllll!

Talk to me!
* What do you think of the commercial. Funny? Lame? Blah?
* What do you think of the song?
* Are you as addicted/amused as we are?
* Does it make ya wanna get a Filet-O-Fish?
* Can you think of any other TV commercials or jingles that you find catchy?
* Woah, Alexis Grace eliminated from American Idol!? Thoughts?

Possible Hijaking Topics 😛
* American Idol dish
* Dancing With the Stars dish
* The Biggest Loser dish
* The Chopping Block dish
* Lost dish
* World Baseball Classic
* NBA Playoff runs
* March Madness
* etc.


Results from last week (High School Shout Out?) Chicky chicky check if your school is in effect – Represent! (props to Takeshi) LOL!

  • McKinley Tigers: 3 (DA WINNAH!)
  • Roosevelt Rough Riders: 2
  • Kaimuki Bulldogs: 2
  • Leilehua Mules: 2
  • Hilo Vikings: 2
  • Kaiser Cougars
  • Mililani Trojans
  • Aiea Na Ali`i
  • St Louis Crusaders
  • Campbell Sabers
  • Pearl City Chargers
  • Waiakea Warriors
  • Kalani Falcons
  • Konawaena Wildcat
  • Castle Knights
  • Hawaii Baptist Academy Eagles
  • Waipahu Marauders

Happy Survey Thursday… Woo Hoo it’s almost TGI(F)F!

Survey Thursday – High School Shout Out

March 12, 2009

* What high school you went?

On the radio they (used to?) have a thing called “High School Shout Out” where you could call in and rep your high school over the air. Let’s see if we can one-up em, using technology as our friend. Haha, nah! I figgah, like kuya.d said in a previous blog, the first thing we ask when we find out someone is from here is the question above. Why not do it hurr? We get to rep our alma matter while learning a little more about each other at the same time. Win-win. Include your grad year if you dare! 😉

(C’mon fellow Cougars! If you’re out thurr, don’t let me us down! 8) )


Results from last week (What Is Your Current Ringtone?)

  • Vibrate: 2 (DA WINNAH!)
  • “one of the default ringers”: 2 (DA WINNAH!)
  • the same ring tone of the phones in CTU on 24: 1
  • Jump by Van Halen: 1
  • Boogie Wonderland for the Wife: 1
  • Crazy Train by Ozzie: 1
  • Frankenstein by Edgar Winter Group: 1
  • standard verizon: 1
  • santeria by sublime: 1
  • Tune Bach Fugue D Minor: 1
  • one of the train station chimes on the JR Yamanote line in Japan beleive it or not: 1
  • trill: 1
  • Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”: 1
  • Daytripper by the Beatles: 1
  • the Katamari Damacy theme song: 1
  • More by Sisters of Mercy: 1
  • the Benny Hill Show theme: 1
  • “A Thousand Miles”: 1
  • “Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry: 1
  • gloria estefan’s “conga”: 1
  • 2 live crew’s “shake a lil’ something”: 1
  • lupe fiasco’s “daydreamin”: 1
  • flo rida – “in the ayer”: 1
  • 2 legit 2 quit by mc hammer: 1
  • “Nova”: 1
  • japanese rap group called m-flo: 1
  • the opening riffs on vh’s “aint talkin bout love”: 1
  • “shake a lil something”: 1
  • michael buble singing “this thing called love”

… R.I.P. to Charles “Mask” Lewis of Tapout

Survey Thursday – What Is Your Current Ringtone?

February 26, 2009

* On your mobile phone, what do you use as your default ring tone?

(Mahalos to soogs for suggesting this one.)

My default ring tone is set to “Ringtone 10” on my LG Voyager because it’s loud, catchy and unique. Loud because I’m deaf, catchy so I don’t get irritated at it whenever it rings, and unique so I no get confused when somebody else’s phone stay ringing.

The real ringtone I wanna talk about however, is the one I have set when one of my high school boys calls me: “Nuthin’ But a G Thang“! Ohhhhh snap! Makes me laugh every time! HA! (link is NSFW BTW). The sad part is I know all the lyrics by heart. LOL!

Another ringtone that makes me crack up is the one Michael Scott (Steve Carell) uses on his phone on the show The Office: My Humps from the Black Eyed Peas.

So what’s yours? No be shame? Can’t be any worse than those two above! Or can it? Spill the beans! 🙂


Results from last week (Are You a Fan of UH Men’s Basketball?)

  • Yes: 12 (DA WINNAH!)
  • No: 5

Happy Survey Thursday y’all! It’s almost Aloha Friday!!!

Survey Thursday – Are You a Fan of UH Men’s Basketball?

February 19, 2009

* Are you a fan of the University of Hawaii Men’s Basketball program? More importantly, are you going to the game this Saturday?

I know, I know. It’s hard to be one after a gut-wrenching loss to Nevada last Saturday at home (*crossing my fingers for their nationally televised matchup against Fresno State today*)… but now, there’s more reason to come support the ‘Bows this Saturday at 7:05PM at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Not only is it the second to the last home game for the season (wipe back those tears!), it is the big Oceanic Time Warner Cable sponsored game! *grin* The first 1,000 fans through the gates gets a blue, eco-friendly Oceanic/ESPNU/Food Network/HGTV bag… great for grocery shopping! Check-check-check it out!

Get your eco-friendly Oceanic Time Warner Cable bag at this Saturday's game!
Get your eco-friendly Oceanic Time Warner Cable bag at this Saturday’s game!

Yeah, shmall kine advertisement, but come support your ‘Bows nonetheless man. They need it!


Results from last week (Celebrating Valentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day?)

  • No: 9 (DA WINNAH!)
  • Yes: 3

Happy Survey Thursday y’all! It’s almost Aloha Friday!!!

Survey Thursday – Celebrating Valentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day?

February 12, 2009

* Will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day (for one, and if so will you do it) on Valentine’s Day?

OK, so this Saturday is Valentine’s Day (To all you forgetful men out there, you’re welcome for the reminder. 😛 ) and I’ve basically heard from two sides of the camp on this one:

One side believes that celebrating Valentine’s Day – in all its glorious glory – on February 14th is a guarantee must. And that includes the whole buying roses and going out to dinner thang. And if you don’t, you obviously don’t love your husband/wife.

The other side believes that it’s all a “stupid” (and I quote) marketing ploy where flower shops and restaurants overcharge for the sake of the “special” day.

Where do you stand on this one?

I’m more with camp 2 (remember the cooler group in cabin 18 at Camp Erdman 😉 ) – and thankfully for me, wifey is with me on this one – so we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day on, of all days, the night before: Friday, the 13th. Haha! We got a laugh out of that one, but, since we’re saving ourselves from the crowds and some hard earned “scripps” (thanks dews! 😉 ), we’ll be the ones with the last laugh.

Talk to me!
* What say you? Do you go on Feb 14, or pick another night?
* Do you just ignore it entirely?
* Do you agree that it’s all a marketing ploy?
* If you’re single, where do you hang out (so I know where to send my single friends 😛 )?
* Any Valentine’s Day traditions?


Results from last week (Superbowl Betting Results?)

  • Won: 4 (DA WINNAH!)
  • Didn’t bet: 2
  • Lost: 1
  • Lost Wallet: 1 😦

Happy Survey Thursday y’all! It’s almost Aloha Friday!!!