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Posted November 5, 2010 by Diane Seo

Nonstop Honolulu doesn’t have a central office or actually any shared work space. We all work independently in our homes, and although it would be nice to have a Nonstop Honolulu newsroom some day, we don’t really need it. With so much high-tech and mobile equipment available, we can easily produce content and operate our website without lacking anything.

Our mode of operation has been to utilize whatever technology emerges that facilitates our work (and that we can afford). As far as communication, there’s no loss of that. We “talk” throughout the day (and night) through countless e-mails and texts, and we meet regularly, usually at my house, for working pau hana potlucks.

Since we don’t have a main office that you can come visit, I thought I’d show you our personal work spaces and what equipment we rely on to bring you Nonstop.

Catherine Toth (1 of 7)

Catherine Toth

"I tend to do a lot of my writing in two places: at a large wooden desk in my living room, overlooking fruit trees (out the window) or in bed, propped up with pillows and watching 'The Colbert Report,'" Cat said.

Equipment: MacBook, Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, Canon PowerShot S95, (just bought this) HP Photosmart Premium Bundle Edition (printer, scanner, copier), iPhone 4, old-school dictionary and thesaurus, Diet Coke and steno notebooks.

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  1. Takeshi
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Hey Cat, how are you liking your Canon S95? Was thinking about picking one up…

  2. Melissa808
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    People on Twitter know that I go around town, mooching WiFi, AC, and electricity wherever I can! I’m not as comfortable working at home; I’d rather be a nomad in someone else’s space with the buzz of people around me (as long as they’re not talking to me while I work).

  3. Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    This article has prompted me to clean up my desk a little bit more… yikes! Had to shoot it dark to hide all the wires and random paperwork, disks, etc. under my monitors. :)

  4. 808marv
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I’m liking Melissa’s “desk”, but for me I’d be too paranoid with that much liquid around a laptop! Also interesting that Tracy is non-Apple as photographers/videographers seem to be mostly Mac users. Love the monitor on the sofa Mari! ;-)

  5. DianeSeo
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    @808marv Yes, Tracy is a non-Apple groupie like the rest of us. Mari also uses a PC, but is thinking of coming over to the silver side.

  6. Melissa808
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    @Johngarcia Dude, did you ever see my desk when I worked in an office? Heh. But we should all be proud that our desks don’t look like Kekoa’s. His desk is epic.

  7. Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I am digging these desks. Did any of you clean up your spaces for the article? ;-) (It’s okay. I’d do the same thing.)

  8. m
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Hello Diane,
    You should see the mess on my desk….

  9. DianeSeo
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    @m Do show… Actually, it would be fun to do a follow-up gallery of our readers’ work spaces. Send me your pic at

  10. Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Hmm… looking at all those clean workspaces, comparing it to mine right now.. I just know I had to do something today… But what was it again? *rolleyes* lol

    Anyways, cool to see more and more people work either from home or on the go, wish more companies/people did this. It would bring cost down for them, but also might take some traffic away from the roads :)

  11. Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    @DianeSeo @m cool idea… but…. so messy, too messy :( lol

  12. hikino
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    @Melissa808 And only you would list a knife as part of her standard gear! Though it was great to witness that historical occasion at Melt when you forgot it…and we didn’t take pictures. The shock of it all, I guess….

  13. Ynaku
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    @hikino @Melissa808 Yep, no mess with a gal who carries a knife. It has been my perception of Melissa as the nomad and moocher (in a nice way)

  14. Ynaku
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    @DianeSeo @m Picture a case of paper some stacked nicely, others strewn over a desk with a planner, destop, monitor, calculator, various pens and cds, and that’s my typical desk at work. Oh and you can’t see what color the top of my desk it. LOL but hey my workgroupd turns over jobs so fast I cannot keep up with the paperwork. So who’s complaining? Not my boses.

  15. Posted November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    This is awesome! Can totally relate! LOL!

  16. Posted November 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    BTW, Melissa… Why mooch Wi-Fi when you’ve got Road Runner Mobile 4G from Oceanic!? 8)

  17. MoOgooGuypAN
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    You folks seriously need to get Mari some kind of raise. Who has Sony Cybershot cameras anymore. I think the last one I owned was a 4 meg that took crappy pictures compared to my Lumix. And really…a flip phone? Are those compatible with 3G? You guys seriously need to get get Mari an iPhone4 which should cover her phone, camera, and video capabilities. BTW, throw in a real computer too…Mac Book Air anyone?

  18. Melissa808
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    @MoOgooGuypAN I think Mari carries those by choice!

  19. Melissa808
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    @WorldWideEd Russy Pooh uses it most of the time! And he can tell you………

  20. Posted November 4, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    @Melissa808 You didn’t get locked up at office #1 ?

  21. Melissa808
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 12:02 am

    @PHOTOluluTV locked IN!

  22. Maxcat
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 3:45 am

    @Melissa808 @MoOgooGuypAN like what Mari does with her choices … the proof of the pudding (gotta play with foodie words here) is in the work Mari produces and it is ‘al dente’ which I loosely translate as to my taste …

  23. Maxcat
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Diane like this piece. My faves … well Melissa and Cat and Mari of course … but Diane, my cat is on my desk too so I love yours … Most identify w Ed though cuz his workspace looks like mine, but he needs more books and to be a bit less tidy … Kudos to you all though.

  24. Maxcat
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 3:49 am

    @Johngarcia John, noooo don’t give in stay on the dark er dirty er messyside

  25. Posted November 5, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Great pictures! You guys rock for being able to put all of this one from mobile offices. To have mastered working this way is quite an accomplishment. I love seeing an inside look into a website, especially one as fun as this one! Nice cat in the last photo…reminds me of a certain someone on the @LiveFyre team; I’m always hearing “meow” during the skype meetings haha! Would love to see more posts like this!

  26. Maxcat
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 3:58 am

    @Ynaku @hikino @Melissa808 My wife used to carry industrial strength Tabasco sauce (12 oz bottle) in her purse in places like China, Okinawa, Mainland Japan, PI and Poland. Used to be report/outbrief writer on PACAF IG team (late 70s/early 80s). Me and my yellow pad wrote in some crazy places. Can’t imagine how much easier it is now. We took pics 35 mm SLRs and base photo labs had to be at our beck and call when inspection was over while we put stuff together. Outbrief was dual screen with 35 mm slides, we left report after outbrief …. It’s is just incomprehensible to imagine how different our life would have been. One constant though we always had food around.

  27. MoOgooGuypAN
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 4:18 am

    @Melissa808 @MoOgooGuypAN hahahahaha. I was just teasing. Retro is a style too. ;)

  28. TobyTamaye
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Wow, this looks like an Apple commercial. Whoo hoo MACs rule all!!

  29. DianeSeo
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 5:14 am

    @Maxcat Thank you. It’s cool that people like seeing this kind of stuff. I guess it’s breaking down any illusion that journalists or media folks have some sort of special work set-up. Nope, just normal folks with computers and cats…

  30. chant808
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 5:16 am

    @808marv Yeah, I never bought into the Apple hype. As an advocate of free, open-source software, I prefer non-proprietary hardware and software… I’m also a gamer and digital artist, so my laptop is definitely equal to or better than a Mac for graphics work :-P

  31. DianeSeo
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 5:17 am

    @JonHearty @LiveFyre Thanks for the comment. Yeah, we didn’t really have any choice financially but to work independently with mobile equipment, but in reality, I prefer it to being cooped up in an office from 9 to 5. And yeah, my cat is a fixture at my desk or dining room table. Guess she likes to be near the action.

  32. chant808
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 5:17 am

    @Johngarcia Lol, is that why your pic is so dark? I didn’t want to shoot my desk either…

  33. Melissa808
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 5:38 am

    @Maxcat No offense, but IMHO Pua is a bit of a “taker” and is one of those girls that uses her looks to get what she wants. And she does. LOL

  34. DianeSeo
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 6:09 am

    @Melissa808 Hey hey hey, that’s my cat you’re talking about. But yeah, she moves from one warm lap to the next.

  35. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 8:41 am

    EO: I am impressed that you actually use your toes to type out your posts! A rare talent indeed!?
    Wine Gurl: Opinel Knife? Is that for self-defense against Flying Tomatos?
    CAT: Okay, where are the dogs???

  36. NonStopMari
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 10:08 am

    @Annoddah_Dave i can do many things w/ my toes.

  37. NonStopMari
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 10:10 am

    @MoOgooGuypAN @Melissa808 i’ll take retro and leave it at that. but if i ever meet u in person, u will get the FULL response. mchang is right, btw, it’s a matter of choice. not that i wd turn down a raise.

    @Maxcat u are the sweetest!

  38. hikino
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 10:41 am

    @NonStopMari @Annoddah_Dave Oh, the visual that just passed through my head…I feel faint…must sit down….

  39. hikino
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 10:43 am

    @NonStopMari @Annoddah_Dave I smell a haiku coming!

  40. trulyjoannies
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I love looking at behind the scenes!!!

  41. hikino
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 11:35 am

    @Melissa808 A haiku for Melissa:

    The Twitter Goddess,
    Her gospel soars on WiFi,
    Electric nomad.

  42. hikino
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 11:40 am

    @NonStopMari @Annoddah_Dave Okay, got it!

    Mari composes,
    with retro gear, comfy couch,
    toes, doing magic.

  43. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    @hikino @NonStopMari LMAO! WoW, that is one great haiku bruddah H!!! I knew you could do it. EO is the best for composing 575, her toes do all the “walkin’”!!

  44. turkfontaine
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    what a wonderful look behind the scene. this is what makes NSHNL a unique media source- the personal touch.

    Mari- nice toes

    Cat- the Coca-Cola company is on line two, they want to talk about a product placement deal. you wanna take it?

    I Knew that John’s setup would have to be a cross between the bridge of the USS Enterprise and the War Room from Dr. Strangelove.

  45. testtweetscjb
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    test test

  46. Maxcat
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    @Melissa808 hahaha … Melissa, no offense taken … my current cat, ‘Mousy’ is a “taker,” “talker” and generally obnoxious. But, I was pressured by younger people to get another cat and one of em was with me when the local APL shelter did a massive ‘adopt a cat’ day and stategically placed homeless kitties at coffee shops. This one saw me pulling into the parking slot and started doing the soft, barely audible meow and did her best to look totally pathetic. Of course my young friend was like ” … awww, if that isn’t cuteness …” So, Mousy, selected me and has been taking and talking ever since. Talk about being panhandled.

  47. mjc_808
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Like the others who posted I LOVE behind the scenes posts like this one especially with a cool group like this!

  48. Posted November 6, 2010 at 12:42 am

    @turkfontaine Hey, if I can get some kind of financial kickback, I’m all about it!

  49. Posted November 6, 2010 at 12:43 am

    @Annoddah_Dave @hikino @NonStopMari Actually, there WAS a photo with Sunny in it. But she wasn’t too happy about doing my work. She’s a finicky worker, not that reliable…

  50. Posted November 6, 2010 at 12:44 am

    @WorldWideEd I miss my Mobile 4G…

  51. Posted November 6, 2010 at 12:44 am

    @Ynaku @DianeSeo @m I see a story coming… Everyone should email us your desk pics and we should post ‘em. Very cool. :)

  52. Posted November 6, 2010 at 12:45 am

    @chant808 @Johngarcia You had SUCH a creative glow about your desk.

  53. Posted November 6, 2010 at 12:45 am

    @Takeshi LOVING it, actually. I don’t care for the pop-up flash, even though it’s more effective; it interferes with me technique of taking photos of myself. How vain!

  54. hikino
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 2:43 am

    @Cat @Annoddah_Dave @NonStopMari Should have used Indy instead. He’s a ham!

  55. Melissa808
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 3:22 am

    @Annoddah_Dave the knife is for making nice cuts in street food! Or in hostile readers…….

  56. Melissa808
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 3:25 am

    @Maxcat Some pets just naturally KNOW how to work it! On a side note, the cats in my neighborhood don’t really care to mingle with humans. But watching them from afar, I can see their super distinct personalities. Who says that all cats are alike??

  57. DianeSeo
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Thanks for all the comments. More behind-the-scenes posts to come for sure.

  58. mokolai
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 7:46 am

    MacBook Pro (13″), HP deskjet printer, hele wireless card (shitty), Canon 7D, Fujifilm 8.2 mega pix (old), Sony micro cassette. Geek Squad 4G and 8G flash drives with all my football records. Diet Pepsi, Skittles.

  59. mokolai
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Forgot my IPhone 3G

  60. Harrycovair
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    With Technology, who needs a physical office. You’ve got Virtual Offices, Video Conference Centers (which helps if everyone can get online the same time), Cloud Storage (which I still have to read up on), and good old email, IM, Twitter, and a reliable cell phone. All this and a central server to post, update, and push your blogs and you’re all ready to repeat it again the next day.

    NSHNL is predominately Apple based I see. 5 Mac afficionados’ and 2 Intel/AMD guru’s. Of course John Garcia being the digital guru that he is already has a dark room for his precise work which I can really relate to.

    I like Melissa808 ‘s “office” the best, especially this particular one on Ward Ave with a bowl of Oxtail Soup. Who can resist going to work at a different “office” every day and ordering a fuud item to taste, ponder, and then writing it up.

    In the words of the immortal fictional character Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith: “I love it when a plan comes together”. It’s great to see how the team works independently and pulls it all together virtually.

  61. Posted November 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    @Harrycovair John Garcia Melissa808 Holy cow — are you able to post!?

  62. Posted November 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    @Cat @WorldWideEd Me too! It doesn’t work for me half the time! >_<

  63. Harrycovair
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    @Johngarcia John Garcia Melissa808 I can reply to this one now, BUT, I can’t reply to another blog. This is getting weirder and weirder.

  64. Harrycovair
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    @DianeSeo @m I’ll kindly pass on this request. I can’t see my desk thru the trees, uhh, paper. 8-)

  65. Posted November 7, 2010 at 1:18 am

    @Harrycovair @Johngarcia @Melissa808 Just so you guys know, we’re going to put some things live in the next couple of days that will give us a much better idea of what on earth is happening to @Harrycovair and his posting woes. There will be error handling and logs sent to us for each case that will give us more exact data on where the issue is occurring when your not able to post.

  66. Harrycovair
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 5:13 am

    @JKretch @Johngarcia @Melissa808 Am I the only one reporting a problem such as what I’m encountering? Gee, I must be really unique.

    Let me know by either a tweet or thru this blog. I’ll even step down and use a vanilla version of IE 8 if that will make things a little easier to diagnose.

  67. Harrycovair
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 5:17 am

    @JKretch @Johngarcia @Melissa808 Weird, the reply above posted but I couldn’t post a reply to M’s post from 2 days ago (as of this time stamp that is).

  68. Ynaku
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    @Cat @DianeSeo @m I’m sendig a pic. No laugh K?

  69. Posted November 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    @Harrycovair Harry, yep, you’re the only one – who we know about at least – who has issues that seem to be completely random. It’s not to do with timestamps or particular articles, it’s something to do with your user sessions and establishing a consistent connection to our server. Safeguards and more reporting will help us fix it. @Johngarcia @Melissa808

  70. MaxMaxMax
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 1:27 am

    @TobyTamaye You said it! ;^D

  71. MaxMaxMax
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 1:29 am

    @DianeSeo @JonHearty @LiveFyre Been working from a “virtual” office for over ten years now. Using various screen sharing software for collaboration, to video/audio chats over the internet with not only clients in town, but across oceans, really shows how office space is not needed like it was in the pre-internet days!

  72. Posted November 8, 2010 at 3:01 am

    I started drooling when I saw Ed’s computer and camera setup, then pure jealousy took over when I saw John’s setup. I want those lenses!

About Diane Seo

Diane Seo, the editor and co-founder of Nonstop Honolulu, is the Digital Media director for Upspring Media. Prior, she served as managing producer of Metromix Honolulu; manager of The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF section; Managing Director of New Media for the ATP, which runs men's professional tennis worldwide; a senior editor at and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.

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