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Warning: Howard Dicus thinks for himself and is hard to pigeonhole in our partisan world. Despite blogging, he's been known to spell words properly and use reasonably good grammar. But, more in the blogging spirit, you never know what we'll write about next.

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A new Hawaii legislative session

Many years ago when I found myself working for a national radio network at perhaps too young an age, I relied heavily on the mentoring of older colleagues, who provided sage advice… and, sometimes, advice that I would not give to a young person working with me now. One that…

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Technologies: What concerns you, and what concerns insiders

Most people outside technologies industries still use loads of young technologies. You might not know as much as an industry insider, but you know enough to have concerns. You probably need smart phones or other computers not only for your work or schooling but also to maintain all your interpersonal…

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Music Post: A quick history of fast music

A pensive Beethoven, posing with pen. A very short time into exposing yourself to classical music, you discover that most symphonies have four movements and one of those movements is nearly always a “scherzo.” You have Beethoven to thank for that. The four-movement format itself was more or less invented…

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Music Post: An American grab bag

For 10 years “Howard’s Day Off” has often featured 20th century music and American music especially. We all love “Rodeo” and “An American in Paris” but there is so much more American music to enjoy. A future program will link that music to jazz, another of the show’s recurring themes,…

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Mahalo, Wally Zimmermann

Wally Zimmermann has died. He worked for HawaiiNewsNow and KHON and KITV. And we all loved him. And me, I owe my television career to him. After decades in Hawaii, Wally had moved to Tennessee, after concluding his finances would not allow him to become a homeowner in Honolulu. Knowing…

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Music Post: A brief survey of British classical music

Poor England. Italy was the epicenter of Western music before the late Baroque. Then those German dudes Bach and Haydn wrested the honor away. After Wagner, the Second Viennese School ran offsides and Paris got the ball. For generations after Debussy and Ravel, tout l’Amerique went to Paris to imbibe the…

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Truth, spin, and jaw-flapping

Rodrigo Duterte, who was notoriously tough on drug suspects as longtime mayor of Davao, was elected president of the Philippines by promising to do the same thing as president. Mostly he made threats by inference, referring, for example, to using the corpses of drug crooks to make the fish fat…

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Trains and me – Part I

It’s more than passing strange to be a lifelong rail buff who winds up in a state with almost no railroads, at least not any more. People see my model planes and assume that’s my hobby, but that’s “work-related.” Trains are my thing. Come to think of it, though, it…

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Trains and me – Part II

Most people who call themselves train buffs are equipment buffs, less interested in the history of railroad companies than in the locomotives and cars – “rolling stock” they used. My interest stems from an interest in geography and history. The history of railroads is the history of America, and the…

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Music Post: Christmas music and the Renaissance

A snowy scene from the only place in Hawaii where we routinely have snow scenes, the summit of Mauna Kea. What kind of music does this describe? Multi-part singing. Brass ensembles. Sometimes guitar accompaniment. Moody melodies but nice harmonies. This describes Renaissance music. It also describes Christmas music. The simple…