Moving Back the Island

30 Jul

Yup. That’s right as many of you know I’m back in Hawaii doing Hawaii Five-0 for a while so I’ve decided that that I will be resurrecting my old island-life blog: Dispatches From The Island. So if you want to keep up to date of my random goings on check back every now and then.

I love these guys!

5 Jan

So a while back I came across this Ted Talk.

Which led me to this company: Hampton Creek Foods .


Which led me to the store to find their products of which I only found Just Mayo. Which is great. But then we made contact and they sent me the GREATEST THING EVER!


Oh look how adorable. It’s like a one of those little ice creams from when you were a kid. The kind you ate with a flat wooden spoon.


Wait a minute. What’s this in the lid? A spoon?


They sent me three of these little cups.

I ate one. Amazing. Over too soon.

I gave one to a friend (mistake).

Then with the third one I managed to stop eating enough to squeeze out two


(one and half)


cookies that I actually baked to see how that works.



Because you can’t get Eat the Dough in stores. You have to know someone or meet someone like I did.

So you have to start bothering these guys to get this stuff in stores pronto.

My work here is done.

Extinction Soup

9 Dec

Look I get a bunch of these campaigns sent to me from my friends to support their films. But no other film has been as important to me to support as this one.


“Extinction Soup” is a documentary feature film that exposes the mass slaughter of sharks for their fins and the movement to stop it.

Please help this film get made. Also my friends at Arm the Animals Have designed this shirt to support the movie. You can get something you want while supporting a good cause.


Okay enough campaigning.

The Hand Prop Room

8 Dec

Hung out in a prop house yesterday.


It was pretty cool.


And sometimes creepy.


Like a museum where you can touch the stuff.


It was a great example of how anytime you see a whole bunch of the same thing it’s automatically interesting.


Like these briefcases.



Or these wooden buckets.


Oh and they had an s-ton of taxidermy.


Some of it just laying around in shelves.


Yes that’s a full horse.

IMG_2643I have no closer for this. Other than a cannon, swords and the coolest hat ever.


My First Mix Tape Ever!

27 Nov

IMG_2605Dug this out of a box the other day. It was my first Mix Tape I ever made.

I called it Picks… But I spelled it with an X… To be cool.

It was assembled by the 45s I bought at the mall and a cassette tape of the Miami Vice soundtrack.

Here’s what was on it:

Side A
We Built This City – Starship (Hands down my favorite song in 1985)

Weird Science – Oingo Boingo
Take On Me – Aha (The only song that still seems to get rotation.)
Never – Heart (I totally forgot about this song.)
Head Over Heels – Tears for Fears
Lay Your Hands On Me – Thompson Twins (Another forgotten gem. I don’t even hear it at Karaoke ever. People only to do “Hold Me Now.”)
You Belong to the City – Glenn Frey
Say You Say Me – Lionel Richie (I guess it didn’t give much thought to how the songs flowed into each other.)
Election Day – Arcadia
When the Going Gets Tough – Billy Ocean
Miami Vice Theme – Jan Hammer (This song made it on the tape because I still had space on this side but it wasn’t long enough for a full length pop song.)
Side B

Dancing in the Streets – David Bowie and Mick Jagger

Smuggler’s Blues – Glenn Frey (Miami Vice gave me the padding I needed to fill 90 minutes.)
Sun City – Artists United Against Apartheid
St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) – John Parr (The only song that could unseat We Built This City)
That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick and Friends (I guess to kill any momentum from the last song)
Sisters are Doing it for Themselves – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
Kyrie – Mr. Mister
Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
Sanctify Yourself – Simple Minds
Digital Display – Ready for the World
Secrets – OMD (Big finish?)
Now that I look at it,  I think the song order was determined by which record I bought next.
Now to convert this into a Playlist.
(With some edits.)

Got A New Favorite Item

17 Nov

at Vinh Loi TofuIMG_2446

Having been vegetarian for a while and “off island” even longer sometimes I find myself yearning for the familiar flavors of Hawaii. So when I saw this “Seaweed Roll” on the counter at Vinh Loi amongst the other impulse items I had high hopes. It looked a lot like Hawaiian food you find in convenience stores and delis. My guess (or should I say hope) was that it was going to taste like the queen mother of all Hawaiian heat lamp food: The Spam Musubi.


So I took it home and warmed it up in the toaster oven to create the full effect. And… Pay off. Move over Spam Sub the Seaweed Roll is my new favorite food at Vinh Loi Tofu.

I don’t know how it would hold up against a real Spam Musubi to a meat eater. But for me it has brought me back to the time I had my first at  pre-Don Quixote Daiei. (This reference may be too inside or mainlanders.)

Here’s To You (When We Were Pirates)

28 Sep

WWWPThose of you who have frequented my imdb page may have noticed a little title called When We Were Pirates which has been on and off that list for years. (BTW imdb: I’ve still NEVER DONE A VOICE IN HITMAN: BLOOD MONEY.)

Anyway, it looks like that movie is going to come to fruition sooner than later and one of the things we’re doing to raise a little money for it is release the song that was previously released on youtube .

On itunes:

And amazon:

so those of you with 99 cents burning a hole in your pocket…

Oh iTunes what have you done?

28 Sep

I can’t delete old podcast titles from the list anymore? You mean I have to scroll through podcasts that I listened to three years ago to find the next new one to add to my drive time playlist? First that pop up search window and now this… Look at my face.DSC00995 2

Luke Skywalker X-Wing Fighter Pilot: Best Star Wars Guy Ever.

17 Aug


My goto action figure was always Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing gear.


Unlike the my other Luke Skywalker who suffered from lightsaber hand, LSXWFP’s right hand had the best grip.


Just the right size for gripping onto my Tonka Crane or the cord for the blinds (I usually played Star Wars with mixed media).

Just thought I’d share.

P.S. In my search for pics for this post I found It’s chock full of glamour shots of action figures in cool lighting. Pretty sweet.

Some kick ass panorama shots Beth took in Hawaii

11 Aug