Category Archives: Reblog

Big Island of Hawaii: Part 2

More poaching, hurray for reblog!

Adventure David

Sampling the local cuisine is always a big part of an adventure.  Following are the places we have visited and recommend in that regard:

Sam Choy’s – Great open air setting that is reportedly the place to experience a Kona sunset.  The pork loin, macadamia nut crusted chicken, the braised beef short ribs, and the three fish combo were all excellent and the Molten Lava Flow drink was especially delicious.

Lava Flow at Sam Choy's

Lotus Cafe – Very interesting Pan-Asian menu.  Gluten and GMO free offerings.  100% solar photovoltaic powered and organic.

Basik Cafe – Good place for breakfast fruit bowls with an interesting selection of fruits such as acai.  Most are gluten free or can be so modified.

Kona Brewing Company Pub – A “must see” for the craft or home brew enthusiast.  Tours available.  Good selection of soups, salads, pizza, sandwiches, nachos, steak, pork chops, prawns, lasagna, etc.  About a dozen beers…

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Big Island of Hawaii: Part 1

Poaching my father-in-law’s awesome post about our trip to Hawaii. All of the benefit for none of the work!

Adventure David

For Marcia’s birthday (a big one) and JJ’s birthday (almost a big one) we traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii (how appropriate!) for some fun in the sun.  Glad you decided to follow along on our adventure.

We rented a condo in Kona overlooking the ocean with a fantastic view of the Banyan Surf Area where large numbers of surfers congregate from first light to dusk.  Following are views from our lanai.

First light from lanai

Lanai view

Here’s a view of our condo from the beach area, with JJ and Derek engaging in an early morning hug.

Early morning hug

We love turtle-watching and there were several in the tidal pools outside the condo.  Here’s my favorite shot.

Turtle friend

There are some very good snorkeling areas on the Big Island and we’ve sampled two so far:  Pu’uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) and Kahalu’u, which we preferred for the number and variety of fish and which is shown…

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What is this, an update for *ants*!? News

The big news on the internet the last couple of days has been that seminal RSS reader Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1, 2013. Google Reader had lots of fans, including many of us here at Automattic, but it’s time to move on.

Speaking of moving on from Google Reader, did you know that you can import your subscriptions directly from Google Reader into the Reader? We launched the Reader about 18 months ago; it’s responsive to fit any size screen, you can like and reblog content without leaving the news stream, and if you run out of new posts to read, you can discover new content in the Recommended Blogs section.

To import your subscriptions, just visit the Reader import page; you’ll be reading your feeds in the Reader in three clicks or less, or your money back.



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After almost six months my father-in-law is finally posting to his blog. My personal opinion is that he forgot the most important adventure travel essential: the #1 son-in-law.

Adventure David

Following are the elements and tools that help make my adventures more satisfying and fun:

1.  A partner/traveling companion with an adventurous spirit – Many people travel solo with great success, but my travel almost always includes my wife, Marcia.  We’ve been wandering together for almost 40 years and hope to continue for many more.  It’s great fun to see new sights together, try new foods, and meet interesting locals or fellow travelers, creating memories to last forever.

2.  Versatile, reliable transportation options –  When travelling in this hemisphere, we have several tools at our disposal, including:

a.  Pickup/truck camper combo – 2007 Chevrolet 2500HD, diesel, 4WD, extended cab pickup with 2007 Northstar Laredo SC truck camper, which allows us to park about anywhere a normal car can fit, travel off-road and boondock if desired, and tow if needed, while providing a queen-sized bed, wet bath, nice sized refrigerator/freezer…

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Rebel against your pants-enforcing masters, come work for Automattic! News

Merry band of comrades seeks nice, hard-working, diligent, motivated, fun-loving people to join their mission: to democratize publishing and make the best it can be. Work with us.

Last year at Automattic (’s parent company) we hired 48 people:

  • 19 developers/systems folk — those who write code and make sure servers are running.
  • 14 Happiness Engineers — those who support our users in the forums and answer requests for help.
  • 6 themers and designers who create beautiful themes and sites.
  • 8 in business and operations — those who work internally with Automatticians and with our VIPs.
  • 2 in editorial curating Freshly Pressed, and inspiring bloggers to keep on blogging.

We expect to hire 60 new Automatticians in 2013. We’re a distributed company: Automatticians work from home, their local coffee shop, co-working spaces — the location in the world where they’re most comfortable and productive. Our hiring pool…

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I’m not gonna lie: this might be one of the greatest product launches of all time. But where’s the option to turn everything into a static .jpg? News

New Tools for Restaurateurs

Between starting the demi-glace and getting the case of chickens out of the walk-in for stock, the last thing we think you should be worrying about as a restaurateur is whether the guests showing up to your soft-open can actually find your phone number and location on your web site. Can phones do Flash yet? How long has that osso bucco been braising? We think the latter is probably a much better thing to take up your time, so we put together a few key tools to help get your mind off your website and where it belongs – on the food.

Introducing Confit

When looking at common restaurant site problems, one of the first issues that sprang to mind was how often broken animations, inaccessible information and bloated PDFs are foisted upon us when using our smartphones, when all we really need is a phone…

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