Yahoo! Weather Shows Off Beautiful apps – iOS and Android

April 18, 2013
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Yahoo! Weather Shows Off Beautiful apps – iOS and Android

I alway check the weather here in the Pacific NW. Not that the rain ever stops me. I love the rain and the sunshine. You probably do as well. And I use the built-in Apple iPhone weather app. Today, Yahoo has a contender for that. A Beautifully designed Weather app. Does this mean more of the same design goodness at Yahoo? With 19% less...

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Aviation Treasure

April 12, 2013
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See larger image Bell and Ross Big Date Altimeter Automatic Black Dial Mens Watch BR0196-ALTIMETER Once in a while I’ll see a watch both innovative and stylish. A watch can be an investment or just a reminder of an accomplishment in life. This Bell & Ross watch reminds me of the years of piloting around the San Juan Islands and beautiful Pacific Northwest. As...

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Camping Season Is Here. Best Gear

April 12, 2013
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I bought one of these years ago, and I love that it so well built, I’ll never need to buy another one. The axe head is hand forged from Swedish quality steel alloyed from iron, carbon, silicon, manganese and vanadium. The hand forging uses presses that deliver many blows, making the axe edges stronger than if they were drop forged.

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What Drives Rural Broadband Success?

April 5, 2013
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What Drives Rural Broadband Success?

A key element of a Rural Broadband Communications Strategy – for the Islands beyond economics – that is, cheaper and faster Internet is political and cultural. Today, no one polled in SJI BST can remember 3 things the candidates for San Juan County office promise to do if elected. Why? poor communications, poor retention, poor engagement, indifference? What do you think? What can a...

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Be Amazing Because You Are Beautiful

April 2, 2013
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I stumbled across this story set to stills and music. Its a great way to deliver a message of kindness, openness and beauty. You’ve noticed talking with someone that after a few minutes they become more and more beautiful? They pause, they listen, they are tickled by your response. They see you. You see them. Maybe it was a another life. Maybe it is...

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Electric Vehicles: X-Prize the Local Economy

April 1, 2013
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Electric Vehicles: X-Prize the Local Economy

X-Prize for local economic innovations in energy. Using entrenched old-school world of economics to determine ‘market viability’ of a new breed of transportation is like saying MRIs will never prove cost-effective to the developers of it before the first 1/10 of 1 percent of Americans begin to use them. The commuter market for small vehicles coupled with transportation sharing and innovative market approaches will...

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Orcas Beauty: Music and Grace McCune

March 18, 2013
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Orcas Beauty: Music and Grace McCune

Orcas Island is beautiful in so many ways. Beyond the turquoise blue seas, deep forests and fresh water lakes Orcas island’s human treasure include a wonderful artist, Grace McCune. Attending one of Grace’s performances is something every Islander should plan to do. You’ll leave uplifted and smiling, the natural result of being in this talented artist’s presence. I had the opportunity to interview Grace...

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San Juan Islands: Smart Guide – Free Listing

March 17, 2013
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San Juan Islands: Smart Guide – Free Listing

Visitors to the San Juan Islands will enjoy the iPhone app, a guide to the San Juan Island region. Includes everything you need to rest easy and enjoy your visit to the Islands.

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San Juan Islands: Access is a Broadband Right?

March 12, 2013
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San Juan Islands: Access is a Broadband Right?

Is Internet access a right? Is a Broadband Right even a human right? Do we live fundamentally better lives by communicating? Switzerland, Finland think so. Google offers 1 megabit free service. What will our local Broadband organization offer? If we to set an example, draw positive attention and promote the concept of egalitarian and positive access for *all* islanders, irrespective of their ability to...

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Google Glass FTC and Freedom of Speech

March 12, 2013
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Google Glass FTC and Freedom of Speech

“The Citizens United ruling did however remove the previous ban on corporations and organizations using their treasury funds for direct advocacy. These groups were freed to expressly endorse or call to vote for or against specific candidates, actions that were previously prohibited”. – wikipedia article on a Supreme Court decision clearing the way for Corporations to exercise political and other public influence under the new ‘Constitutional...

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OPALCO Broadband Preliminary Wireless Tower Map

March 10, 2013
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OPALCO Broadband Preliminary Wireless Tower Map

OPALCO recently published a map showing where they are placing cellular towers around the islands. These cellular antenna arrays could be the size of a electric ‘telephone pole’ – possibly much taller. OPALCO notes… “Map shows preliminary coverage (purple) estimates based on initial radio study and measured at 12Mbps. Field testing is underway to test assumptions with actual equipment. Areas outside of the coverage...

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San Juan Islands iOS Guide Features Video

March 4, 2013
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San Juan Islands iOS Guide Features Video

The San Juan Islands Smart Guide for visitors and islanders helps promote a socially conscience experience in the San Juan Islands, Washington State. This Spring, the San Juan Islands premier Guide, the San Juan Smart Guide now features: Locating Emergency Services, a nearby Pharmacy or emergency number is easy with the Smart Guide. I’ve designed this system to be your personal Guide to your...

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Mining Powder

February 20, 2013
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Mining Powder

Vimeo continues to lead with innovative, beautiful films. Youtube may be the ancestral home of early web cam videos, but Vimeo has taken the lead in quality. A key example, is Mining Powder. Not your ordinary Youtube video.. Enjoy. Get the sense of what it’s like in deep powder! Amazing. R-for language. “During the winter of 2011, my brother Neil and I were presented...

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Port Townsend Small Business Sustainability

February 19, 2013
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Port Townsend Small Business Sustainability

Port Townsend Small Business Sustainability is a model for other communities. Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,113 at the 2010 census, an increase of 9.3% over the 2000 census. It is the county seat and only incorporated city of Jefferson County. In addition to its natural scenery at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula,...

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San Juan Islands Broadband Without Debt?

February 16, 2013
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San Juan Islands Broadband Without Debt?

“The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has just released a new case study on community broadband — this one examines how Chanute, Kansas, built its own broadband network over a period of many years without borrowing.” The OPALCO Plan calls for spending 38 million membership dollars to build a new network, perhaps a bit less or 40 million more, no precise plan is currently available....

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What Would It Take to Switch to OPALCO Broadband

February 15, 2013
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What Would It Take to Switch to OPALCO Broadband

OPALCO Broadband plans have recently been published. A key part of any business plan is understanding the value of the product or service. Many organizations design their plans based on focus group input. A focus group is a selected group of potential purchase intenders that represent the overall market. Working with focus groups can provide the business planning process with product or service ideas...

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NASA Asteroid Flyby Live feed Feb 15, 2013

February 15, 2013
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NASA Asteroid Flyby Live feed Feb 15, 2013

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office can accurately predict the path of the small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14. There is no chance that the asteroid might collide with Earth. This small near-Earth asteroid is passing close to Earth on February 15. So close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. Jump to NASA

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Opalco Educates County Council on Opalco Broadband Opportunity

February 12, 2013
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Opalco Educates County Council on Opalco Broadband Opportunity

OPALCO Broadband plans to become a retail Internet Service Provider and recently announced it will be educating the membership about their decision. Additionally, OPALCO has indicated this education process may take several months, but they are pressing on with spending money on the project in any case. It seems that a good number of OPALCO electricity users will need to signup before OPALCO’s Board...

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Mt. Constitution Short Film Lands on Washington State Parks Homepage

February 6, 2013
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Mt. Constitution Short Film Lands on Washington State Parks Homepage

Moran State Park on Orcas Island is one of the best places to camp anywhere in the United States. Its fabulously clean Cascade Lake, great hiking trails and 2400 foot Mt. Constitution offer locals and visitors an opportunity to explore old growth treed forests and amazing views of the San Juan Islands and the mainland. Recently Washington State Parks featured a locally produced short...

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