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An Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Idea

With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to help make people’s shopping a little easier. If you have anyone on your list who eats food, I have a great idea for you: Hashi-A-Go-Go. 

Hashi-A-Go-Go and Case

My friend Logan (another one of my girl friends who has a boy’s name) is pretty industrious and she decided to apply her craftiness to make Hashi-A-Go-Go. You may have seen other versions of them around, but now you can get a home-made pair just in time for the holidays.

She is only doing a limited run for the holidays, so if you’re interested, you’d better contact her to order yours, logan.okita@gmail.com. The price is $10 and you can see just what you get: a pair of chopsticks and a washable case for them.

Just look at what a great way this is to give something that keeps on giving…to our planet.

According to ecohashi.net (note that Hashi-A-Go-Go is not affiliated with Eco Hashi):

  • More than 63 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks are produced each year
  • That destroys 100 acres of forest a day
  • That equals 25 million fully grown trees a year

Hashi-A-Go-Go Craftiness: A Sturdy Button Closure (Instead of a Loop)

Oh, and it’s low-maintenance! Just wash the chopsticks in warm soapy water and air dry – that’s it! And the cloth holder can be treated like any similar clothing item, washing it in cold water and hanging to dry.

So why not be kind to our environment by bringing your own eco-friendly set of chopsticks to your next meal?

No disclosure necessary. I get absolutely nothing for writing this post except the joy of spreading word about my crafty friend’s creative endeavor.

Mahalo!

PS: Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @capsun or visit my photo blog.

Please note: The views expressed here are mine and mine alone. While I am employed by and affiliated with organizations and individuals, permission has neither been asked nor granted to write on the topics discussed here.

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Changing Conversation on capsun.org with Livefyre

Disclosure: Livefyre is the exclusive sponsor of BlogcastFM, where I serve as Editor-in-Chief and receive compensation. However, I was neither paid nor asked to write this post.

Capsun's New Livefyre Profile

I first saw Livefyre in action when my friend John Garcia deployed it on NonStopHonolulu.com back in August 2010. It took me a while to work out the kinks in my registration, but I finally got on earlier this year. This impressed the folks at Livefyre when I noted that I had known about them for a year, making me one of the early adopters (Thanks, John!).

So just what is Livefyre? Basically, it’s a commenting system. From their WordPress plugin description, Livefyre is a real-time comment solution that centralizes conversations from around the social web back to your content, while encouraging live engagement between users on your site. But the description I like the most is from their Director of Strategy, Jenna Langer, who says they are “changing conversation across the web.”

Earlier this morning, I woke up and decided today was the day to activate Livefyre here on capsun.org. It was quick and painless. It took less than 10 minutes for me to complete, including importing all of my comments, but the whole thing would have taken even less time if I hadn’t been trying to take screen shots and drafting this blog post. While I’ve only seen it deployed on WordPress blogs and sites, I just discovered this morning that it also works with tumblr sites. They even have an instructional video.

Livefyre's Simple 2-Step Process

This installation has actually been on my to-do list for a long time. In fact, when I finally finished the install this morning, I saw my overdue notice from October 7 of this year. Of course, as an irregular blogger, I thought it was more important to actually have blog posts up than a comment system for a blog I didn’t update. :)

There are a few easy steps to go through to install Livefyre on a WordPress blog

So as of now, all systems are go – so please feel free to comment away. And if you like what you see, you may want to checkout how Livefyre can help you on your own blog.

Mahalo!

PS: Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @capsun or visit my photo blog.

Please note: The views expressed here are mine and mine alone. While I am employed by and affiliated with organizations and individuals, permission has neither been asked nor granted to write on the topics discussed here.

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Recapping BlogWorld LA 2011 #BWELA

As I promised in my last post, I did attempt  to liveblog from my BlogWorld conference. Unfortunately, time and technology prevented me from doing a true liveblog (where it is updated continuously). Instead, I tweeted like crazy from the conference and posted recaps to the BlogcastFM website.

Guy Kawasaki, Hawaii-born founder of Alltop

You can find a brief description of the recaps below. Click through if you would like to discover blogging tips, advice, and findings.

Day 1 at #BWELA: Morning Sessions and Keynotes through Lunch:

The morning started off with a kick-ass session of Guy Kawasaki and Chris Brogan talking about Google+ and its uses for business.

At some point, Srini even bumped into Cali Lewis of GeekBeat.tv, where he was able to share information about how BlogcastFM helps bloggers promote their blogs and take them to the next level.

After that, it was onto an awesome keynote by Peter Shankman, who shared his thoughts on surviving in the new world. His advice is beneficial in social media and everyday life.

Day 1 at #BWELA: Afternoon Sessions:

After breaking bread during lunch with BlogcastFM alumni Pace and Kyeli Smith, we headed over to get some tips on using virtual assistants with Chris Ducker, another BlogcastFM alum.

It was then off to hear Debba Haupert talk about growing and engaging your online community.

We only caught the tail end of Jennifer Miner‘s SEO for Beginners session, but we loved the advice we heard.

After that, it was showtime for Sid’s presentation, “Accelerate Your Blog’s Growth Using Cialdini’s Six Weapons of Influence” which he adapted from similar content we shared in BlogcastFM Premium.

Day 2 at #BWELA: Morning Sessions:

We got up early today, so we made the most of it by attending the networking breakfast. There, we met-up withAli Luke and David Risley. We also met Caryn of The Midlife Guru and Doron of Best Saxophone Webite Ever.

For our first session of the day, we joined Chris Garret and Sonia Simone as they discussed, “What’s the Difference Between a Tribe and a Business?”

Then it was off to the Expo Hall to spend some time in the Livefyre lounge, where Srini interviewed BlogcastFM alum Marcus Sheridan.

The keynote with Shani Higgins covering Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere had some dynamite info.

Day 2 at #BWELA: Afternoon Sessions:

After the Technorati keynote, we checked out the Expo Hall where we saw WordPress and Blubrry, two of the services we use to bring you BlogcastFM.

We had lunch with Janice CrozeMarcus Sheridan, and Anne-Sophie of a Mind Media (whom we discovered during our conversation was a friend of our prolific guest Farnoosh Brock).

After that, we headed to what was supposed to be 8 iPhone tools and tips session with Tom Martin. Instead, he surprised us with 28 iPhone tools!

Jay Dolan, who takes a humorous approach to social media marketing, has more than a little to say about authenticity in social media

Day 3 at #BWELA: The Final Day:

We hosted an impromptu Breakfast and Blogging session and invited anyone at BWELA to stop by. Srini, Sid, and Capsun had some engaging conversations with Lara Kulpa of BlogWorld, Ali Luke of Aliventures, Kristi Hines of Kikolani, Bob DunnAre Morch, and Sandra Foyt.

In Jason Falls‘ session on This is All Such BS, he shared a lot of good tips on how to spot BS and what to do when you encounter it. It was insightful, interesting, and entertaining.

For Star Wars fans out there, we just had to go to Derek Featherstone‘s session on Everything I Know Aoubt Blogging I Learned from Star Wars. He used the Star Wars story to do some story telling of his own.

We had a room full of people join us for Srini’s presentation, “How to Maximize Engagement with Your Audience” He killed it – in a good way.

A blogging conference is much like any other – fun, educational, and fast-paced. It was a lot to digest, but definitely worth the lessons learned, new connections made, and the friendships formed and reinforced.

Whew – I’m all conferenced out and beat.

Mahalo!

PS: Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @capsun or visit my photo blog.

Please note: The views expressed here are mine and mine alone. While I am employed by and affiliated with organizations and individuals, permission has neither been asked nor granted to write on the topics discussed here.

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Live-Blogging from BlogWorld LA #BWELA

I’m currently in Los Angeles attending the BlogWorld LA conference. As part of my duties for BlogcastFM, I plan to live-blog (on blogcastfm.com) and live-tweet from the event which starts today and runs through Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Disclosure: BlogcastFM is an official BlogWorld Media Partner and I received a Full Access pass for free as part of that partnership.)

If you follow me on Twitter (@capsun), I have to warn you that you may see a lot of tweets through the weekend from and about #BWELA (the official hashtage for BlogWorld LA). I’ll be tweeting from my personal account as well as from the BlogcastFM account (@blogcastfm). You may also see tweets from founder/host Srini Rao (@skooloflife) and co-founder/co-host Sid Savara (@sidsavara), but they are both speaking at the conference, so that’s only if their schedules permit.

Also, this is our plan as of right now, but it will only work if technology permits. I think I’m well-armed: I’ve got my MacBook Air, iPad, iPhone 4S using Personal Hotspot, and an iPhone 4 functioning as an iPod touch. So don’t forget to visit BlogcastFM or check out our Twitter streams.

Mahalo!

PS: Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @capsun or visit my photo blog.

Please note: The views expressed here are mine and mine alone. While I am employed by and affiliated with organizations and individuals, permission has neither been asked nor granted to write on the topics discussed here.

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