2.10.2017

The Maui Wedding Association 30 Sec. TV Commerciat

Back in 2009, I believe,  I produced this 30 second TV commercial for the Maui Wedding Association. Since then, it had been deleted from the MWA website files for "acting up" with the website apparently.  Since in personal computer years, this was like a million years ago, and since it was no longer available on the internet - I searched, and even the OC16 TV people had not archived it... probably cus it was a commercial,  I had to resurrect two very old computers that I believed it was archived on. Low and behold (does anyone still say that? Showing my age here I guess), I found it in my ancient desktop. God I wish I could have saved that old Doom game I had from years ago too.

Anyway, I tried plugging in my external hard drive but the computer couldn't load the driver for that, and since it's not online, it couldn't search for the correct driver (boy, that's always a headache), so I plugged in an old ScanDisk flash drive, I think one of the first ones ever made, since I knew this computer had used that before. So, that said, here it is. Anti-climactic I suppose.

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Full Moon in Cupid Today Friday 2/10/17

Full Moon in Cupid Today Friday. Look at the moon tonight.
Cupid is an inner satellite of Uranus. It was discovered by Mark R. Showalter and Jack J. Lissauer in 2003 using the Hubble Space Telescope. It was named after a character in William Shakespeare's play Timon of Athens.
It is the smallest of inner Uranian satellites, crudely estimated to be only about 18 km in diameter. This and the dark surface made it too dim to be detected by the Voyager 2 cameras during its Uranus flyby in 1986.
The orbit of Cupid differs only by 863 km from the orbit of the larger moon Belinda. Unlike Mab and Perdita, Uranian satellites also discovered in 2003, it does not seem to be perturbed.

Side note: It's comforting to note that Cupid is not "Perturbed", haha


1.29.2017

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Hawaiian Island Weddings 16 Year Analysis of Trends

We started talking a lot about how the real estate crash as an effect on Hawaiian Island Weddings and the growth or loss involved with each president in office. George W. Bush was in office 2000 - 2008. There was not much decline in number of weddings post 911, even though we were in wars, people felt safe traveling to Hawaii. The sharp decline in revenues after 2008 is a direct response to 6 million people loosing their homes and 8 million people being put out of work.

During the Barack Obama presidency from 2008 - 2016, we see a recovery in 2010 where, although we are only doing slightly more weddings, revenues are higher as people are spending more money on their weddings. This peeks in 2012 but declines from 2013 - 2015. We can't say this is all caused by the economy, as there are other factors involved, such as millennials doing more searching from social platforms and Google search results resulting in fewer bookings.

2016 shows an upswing in both weddings & revenues. 2017 has started out promising with approximately 55 weddings on the books at the start of 2017. Being that the average number of weddings per year has been around the 100, and with the February engagement season just around the corner (Valentine's Day is the second most popular engagement season after Christmas & New Years) we are hoping for an increase in the number of weddings over the 2008 - 2016 flat era.    

Hoping for continued upswing in 2017 under the Donald Trump administration. How can we use the tactics that got Trump elected to convenience more couple to be married in Hawaii. 



Graphs show years 2001 - 2016

The Gen Xers are on the decline and are not the ones who are getting married. The Millennials are moving back in with their parents, have high college debt, and are don't see any financial benefit from being married, and can't afford to have children although, they must be having children as there are 69 million post millennials (no name for them yet), but can they afford to come to Hawaii to be married.


LGBT Couples gained the right to legally marry in June 26, 2015. Although it was legal to marry in Hawaii in 2014.
Hawaiian Island Weddings performed 12 same-sex marriages in 2014 (12% of our total weddings), but only 6 in 2015 (8% of our total weddings). Since it was legal throughout the country in 2015, couples chose to be married at home. In 2016 we performed only 1 same-sex wedding (less than 1% of our total weddings).  Even though our website "Hawaii Gay Weddings"
( http://hawaiigayweddings.org/ ) comes up #1 in Google search for the term Hawaii Gay Weddings.









1.17.2017

Common Mistakes Brides Make During Wedding Planning

10 of the most common mistakes brides make while planning, so you know what to look out for when prepping for the big day.
What to Avoid:
- Announcing your engagement on social media right away; take the time to inform close friends and family first.
- Making decisions (especially venue and catering selections) before creating a guest list. It’s important to know the rough size of your wedding so there’s enough room.
- On a similar note, though the average turnout can be expected to be 80% of your guest list, you cannot guarantee that and should not invite more people than can fit in your venue, or than you can afford.
- Getting started on planning before you’ve figured out your budget is an easy way to go over your spending limit.
- Be sure to carefully read and negotiate your vendor contracts so you know you’re getting everything you expect.
- Not having a “Plan B” in case of rain can lead to a disaster for outdoor nuptials.
- Overestimating your DIY skill set is likely to cost more time and money than simply buying or commissioning what you were hoping to make.
- Ordering a dress in too small of a size doesn’t mean you will fit into it; it’s easier to alter a dress that’s too big than the other way around. Besides, you should not try crash diets in an attempt to completely change your body anyway.
- Don’t forget to break in your shoes, otherwise you’ll spend the day in pain instead of bliss.
- It may be your day, but it’s also your future spouse’s day, and both of your families likely care deeply. Ignoring all of their opinions starts everything off on the wrong foot.

11.20.2016

Stolen Camera Finder

I wonder if this works. Also, what are you gonna do if you know someone has your camera?


Remember The Poloroid Camera?


















Did you or your family have one of these?

10.24.2016

Professional Affiliations












8.12.2016

Increased Visitors for the Aloha State


7.22.2016

Stay Out Of Airport Full Body Scanners



They say that anything can kill you these days. The poisons that we use in our homes, the plastic water bottles we use everyday, the questionable ways that are food is grown and sprayed with insecticides. I think we all know that many of these things in modern life should be avoided, used properly, or thoroughly washed. But, when it comes to walking though the Full Body Scanners at the airport, most of us don't even give it a second thought. The government says that the radiation put off from these machines is less than we would receive flying at cruising altitude for just a few minutes. So, what's the issue? Don't believe everything you are told, especially about Full Body Scanners.

According to the TSA’s Frequently Asked Questions page, the machine “uses harmless electromagnetic waves to detect potential threats, which are highlighted on a generic outline of a person appearing on a monitor attached to the unit. If no anomalies are detected, an ‘OK’ appears on the screen with no outline.”

Unfortunately, this is deliberately misleading. A closer look into millimeter wave technology and the ways in which it affects the human body during an average TSA screening reveals a truth that the government doesn’t want you to know. The doses of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the TSA’s millimeter wave technology machines can cause gene mutations, nerve damage, sterility, affect the immune system, and even cause cancer.

A World Health Organization report reveals that millimeter waves not only heat the skin but also damage eyesight and cause cancer, particularly cancer of the skin.

Skip the Full Body Scanner and Opt for a Pat Down

Bottom line - Air travelers, when faced with the Full Body Scanner at the airport, should Opt-Out and choose a manual pat-down instead. Even though it's physically invasive and admittedly unconstitutional, air travelers can minimize their radiation exposure and thus minimize the risk of developing cancer by not subjecting yourself to these Full Body Scanners.

Partly taken from the article  www.thetruthaboutcancer.com/airport-full-body-scanner

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