Are You Hawaii’s Rachael Ray or Iron Chef? If So, This Tryout May Be for You; If Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, What About a Planet Made of Diamond?; Back on this Planet, Some Good News

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Are You Hawaii’s Rachael Ray or Iron Chef? If So, This Tryout May Be for You

Are you the next Iron Chef or Rachael Ray? If you think you have a shot, there is an open casting call scheduled in Honolulu on Tuesday, August 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Season 8 of Food Network Star, which is Food Network’s “hugely successful” culinary reality series.


If you are the type to set off fire alarms when you cook, this may not be the job for you. But if you have a flair for creating fine cuisine, the show’s producers are looking for “passionate, charismatic individuals with major culinary chops.” They are seeking “chefs, line cooks, home cooks, caterers and culinary enthusiasts.”

The casting is being held at Sheraton Waikiki located at 2255 Kalakaua Avenue. More information on the web at

If Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, What About a Planet Made of Diamond?

NASA is reporting that astronomers have discovered an exotic planet that appears to be made, at least in part, of diamond.

Hawaii had a hand in the glittery discovery. Astronomers, who identified the plant about 4,000 light years away from earth, used a Hawaii telescope along with telescopes in Britain and Australia, to aid in the research.

For those of us not up to speed on lightyear calculations, the planet is about one eighth of the way to the center of our galaxy. For those not sure about that either, it is really far away.

Reuters, in an article about the discovery, said: “The new planet is far denser than any other known so far and consists largely of carbon. Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the carbon must be crystalline, so a large part of this strange world will effectively be diamond.”

Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne told Reuters: “The evolutionary history and amazing density of the planet all suggest it is comprised of carbon — i.e. a massive diamond orbiting a neutron star every two hours in an orbit so tight it would fit inside our own Sun.”

The science web site has more details on the diamond planet discovery. But if you are a girl in search of the perfect diamond and you are thinking of hopping aboard a spaceship to get there, this second story on may get you to think twice.

That story just below shows a star being swallowed whole by a black hole.

There is a video here on Youtube entitled Black Hole Caught Killing Star (And Eating It For Lunch).

The black hole is supposedly one million times bigger than our sun.

Some might compare this to America’s deficit overtaking the nation’s taxpayers.

Back on this Planet, Some Good News for Our Soldiers

Twenty World War II Veterans and members of the Greatest Generation Foundation who fought in the Pacific, will meet up with Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division who have returned to Hawaii after serving in Iraq on September 1.

Together, the veterans who represent the Army, Army Air Corps, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard, will attend the official Change of Command ceremony for the 1st Bn, 27th Inf. Regiment, where Lt Col. Donald M. Brown relinquish command of 1st  Bn 27th Inf. Reg to Lt. Col. Todd M. Fox.

The ceremony will be followed by a celebration in the Warrior Brigade Dining facility on Schofield Barracks.

The veterans have traveled to Hawaii at this time to commemorate the 66th anniversary of Victory in Japan Day, which was on September 2, 1945.

The Denver-based Greatest Generations Foundation will sponsor the travel costs for the veterans.