Category Archives: Notes to Future Self

notes and miscellanea kept for amusement and further reference – lists, recipes, notices, oddities and secret messages

Seratonin and walks in nature…

“You are a creative in a field that requires some degree of quota and productivity. At the end of the day, some days you are all used up.

Give yourself pats on the back over little successes.

Understand that your bodies natural need to make happy signalers like serotonin (sp) dip when your body is barraged with outside serotonin producers. So your funk might be fake.

You already do my #1 happy producers. Walk in nature.

Most Influential BC-ers: Nobody said democracy *always* works

Joe Shithead and Bev Davies

The Vancouver Sun conducted a multi-tiered survey to vote for the most influential BC residents ever. The end results are skewed to people how have active constituencies who’ll get out the vote – and that’s all right with me.

The results include an eclectic list of artists, renegades, rebels, world-changers and mudrackers which reminds me why i am pleased to live here.

Way to go Joe of DOA (a personal hero) who truly rallied his gangs of reprobates to actually participate in the campaign – apparently a tactic the Sun had failed to consider ;-) instead it seems hoping that normal poltical voting apathy would cross over to this effort.

Here’s what Paul Bucci  (deputy managing editor) cobbled together to (somewhat begrudgingly) announce the accolade:

According to voters, the most influential British Columbian is musician, Joey Keithley, lead singer of the punk rock band DOA.

And while that is interesting, does it truly represent the province’s most influential citizen, greater than, say, Terry Fox or Emily Carr or W.A.C. Bennett, to name just a few? The results aroused our curiosity, and we found that Sudden Death Record’s web site included a link to our voting form and urged Keithley fans to “vote once, vote often.”

How often? Well, out of 2,912 votes cast for Keithley, some 1,268 votes were from IP addresses that registered multiple votes. In fact, one single IP address alone recorded 843 votes for Keithley. So here is our list, warts and all.

What does it say about us? It says we like musicians, truly heroic people like Terry Fox, environmentalists, entertainers, athletes and iconoclasts.

Here’s the full Top 10 List:

1. Joey Keithley

Bev Davies' 144 Punk Rock Photos 1979-1984

2. Terry Fox

3, David Suzuki

4. Michael J. Fox

5. Ross Rebagliati

ross regbliatti at 2002 olympics

6. Emily Carr

7. Rick Hansen

8. Peter ‘Dr. Peter’ Jepson-Young

9. Joni Mitchell

10. Marc Emery

Marc Emery awaits extradition to the USA

See all 219 vote-getters (including notables like Randy Bachman, WAC Bennet, Pam Andersen, Steve Nash, Cap’n Vancouver, Trevor Linden, Bryan Adams, Sarah Maclachlan, Douglas Coupland (not Copeland as printed), etc….)

My pal Jeff’s festive beer cellar list…

Anderson Valley — Boont Amber Ale
Brouwerij Verhaeghe — Duchesse DeBourgogne
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat — Duvel
Dogfish Head — Worldwide Stout
Dogfish Head — 90 Min IPA
Deschutes — Black Butte Porter
Deschutes — Obsidian Stout
Deschutes — Inversion IPA
Deschutes — Jubelale
Deschutes — The Abyss 2010
Great Divide — Yeti Imperial Stout
Hair of the Dog — Fred
Hair of the Dog — Adam
Hair of the Dog — Doggie Claws 2010
Innis & Gunn — Oak Aged Beer
Lagunitas — Brown Shugga
Lindemans — Cuvée René Gueuze
Lompoc Brewing — C Note IPA
New Belgium — Ranger IPA
Ninkasi — Total Domination IPA
Ninkasi — Believer Double Red Ale
Ninkasi — Oatis Oatmeal Stout
Ninkasi — Sleighr Dark Double Alt
Rogue — Hazelnut Brown
Trappistes Rochefort — 10
Turning Point Brewing — Stanley Park Amber
Victory — Prima Pils
Widmer — Brrr Winter Ale
Widmer — Hefeweizen

Bev Davies in Discorder – Play it Loud

Bev Davies in Discorder – Play it Loud

The Buzzer blog » Guest post: Vancouver Transit and Art

The Buzzer blog » Guest post: Vancouver Transit and Art

Yet another Dave Olson sighting

Yet another Dave Olson sighting – this Dave Olson is the official bagpiper

Dave Olson official bagpiper

Obsessions: Best of 604 – A Night of Nail Biting (not really) Fun

Obsessions: Best of 604 – A Night of Nail Biting (not really) Fun

Stolen Klein – its out there somewhere …

Researching klein mtb’s on google, saw your post, check out this item # on Ebay…

Item number: 33026159843



saw the listing and almost choked – the closest i’ve seen since mine
was stolen. I still look at any fat tubed bike anywhere i go. This
one has two minor differences … 1) the chain stays go from square to
round (mine were square the whole way) and 2) the headset is a
specialized rather than the unique Mavic headset i had in there with
the screw set. i doubt someone would have swapped that out.

Huge thanks for keeping an eye out for me – i’ve never “let go” of the
bike and seeing this listing helps me realize that it’s out there
somewhere …


To my untrained eye that bike looked just like yours, being without
paint and all. So sorry it wasn’t.

I was researching Klein bikes because of one I bid on (and won), a
19″ red model with the sq. to round chain stays, very light weight.
Trying to get the right fork now. Maybe you could tell me the approximate
year of manufacture of these aluminum bikes?

Don’t give up looking though…a friend of mine, several years ago had his Follis
stolen, but 7 months later a guy who obviously knew nothing about bikes
walked in with the bike wanting some new tires because they wouldn’t
hold air (sew -ups), shop owner recognized it immediately from a flyer,
and my friend got his bike back. So it DOES happen. May you have good
fortune as well.


Stolen Klein Bike Alert!

Klein Mountain Bike stolen from a locked vehicle at Olympic National Park on July 20th 1997. Please help me find it. The perpetrators smashed my van window and stole the locked bike from the vehicle. Rare, older, bare aluminum frame.

Klein Mountain Bike

Stolen Klein Bike

Easily Identifiable by these unique features:

  • Oversized bare aluminum tubing with no stickers.

  • Full square chain stays.

  • Mavic headset bearing

  • Full internal cable routing

  • Under chainstay U-Brake

  • Suntour thumbshifters

  • Wolber rims

  • Schwinn KOM tires

Serial Number # M120.
Located under left rear triangle drop-out.

The Bike frame and Wheels were locked together
with a large white U-Lock (difficult to open).

If you see this bike, please lock it securely and E.mail: dave (at)

OR Olympic National Park Police (Port Angeles)
(360) 453-4501 ext. 0 Case # 9700349

Keep an eye at Bike Shops, Police Stations, Pawn Shops, Locksmiths, Markets, etc and help me find my bike.

Political blog flogged in Best of 604 Awards

Political Pundit or just another geek?Awards ceremonies always stir up commotion and controversy – i thought the Stone Cutters controlled the outcome of all major awards (but i digress … ) – and Best of 604 is no different. With 2 days left of voting, the jockeying for the coveted spots is getting intense.

Noteworthy, Mr. Narvey’s blog Currents is nominated in the best political blog but some don’t think he deserves placement in the category because he covers a variety of topics beyond politics. For goodness sakes, look at him, he uses a Zune! Is he a true political pundit or just another tech geek?

For my part, i want more political coverage! See, most of my friends are lefty-head-in-the-clouds and these so-called “progressives” don’t give me the straight edge view that the (often dangerously reactionary) Narvey provides.

I’ve lived in Utah and seen how the deep conservatives operate, and Narvey isn’t *that* offside but … still he offers up the rightie punditry i require for expanding my mind. With William F. Buckley dead, someone has to carry the affable, true-con role.

So Narvey, if you say you are political blogger, then blog politics all the time, more, more! and get rid of the lightweight techie chatter.

No matter your feelings on this, be sure to Vote for your fave in the Best of 604.

Photo by NetChick on Flickr

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Brother Printer Test Rolls on with photos, art and letterhead

brother printer in actions

In case you missed it, I am testing a Brother laser printer in a variety of tasks (Oh Brother – this printer is mighty).

After more than a month of testing the mighty Brother for all sorts of projects. In brief I can say this unit is a durable workhorse for a small office environment but lacks the subtlety needed for arts and crafts work.

The construction was solid and the included manuals among the best technical guides i’ve seen. The setup was excellent but the print dialouges were a bit non-intuitive which made it hard to maximize all the features.

Here’s a couple of project recaps and the varying levels of success:

Printing Colour Photos

First off was printing colour photos for family holiday pictures – I had a crazy idea to invite the whole clan up the house for the holidays. You see my people are a nomadic tribe and we don’t often end up in the same country or timezone for that matter so decided to take some family snaps and print out the goods to take home.

While the family photo shoot went as well as could be expected, the printing was quite disappointing, and in the end i had to set up the Canon inkjet to send the relatives home happy.

ready to print

Now i suppose my expectations of the photo quality came from the Apple lasers i hi-jacked late nights at Kinko’s which reproduced each nuance of a photo or art piece in crispy detail and smooth gradient. Since that was 10+ years ago, i figured that quality was standard now. However the photos came out streaky, with the colors washed out and muddy.

Of course I fiddled with color settings but maybe i need to tune the printer more? Am i using the best paper? I tried a variety of different papers (including laser photo paper of course) but each resulted in a messy sheet.

Printing Borderless Art

I also aimed to make printed collection of some of paintings – i made a few runs on the inkjet a while ago and they looked great but the ink expense was a bit much. The paintings looked better than the photos but again the gradients were rough and the prints lacked the “almost-pro” sheen of the inkjet – surprising really and disappointing as i’d hoped to run a number of sets.

Also, the lack of real borderless printing hindered the success of the projects. I was excited seeing the borderless option the print dialouge but turns out that just meant “small border” – no huge deal but the ability to bleed off the edge of the page makes for great postcards and art prints rather than be subjected to trimming and oddsized crops.

Admittedly i have no idea how duplex handling and borderless could co-exist as features but i do love the borderless option on my cheapy inkjet which resizes and spits out perfect crops ready for gift giving or making my “static montages“.

brother in happyfrog action

Printing Colour Letterhead and Mass Mailing

But the next project fit the Brother juuuuust right. The task was producing a data-merged letter mailing with colour graphic letterhead on recycled papers, plus “to” and “from” labels, for a green directory start-up i’m working on called

I loaded up the hefty Brother and hauled it up to the happyfrog HQ where it quickly joined the wireless network and was ready to go in no time. Again the printer menus and network awareness made set up slick and easy via the wireless, i had taken a Ethernet cable along in case but didn’t need it. I love smart networking and the Brother did great!

I merged the letters and sent the data to the printer in batches and the Brother showed it’s strength by churning out the stacks with not a single stuck sheet, dropped page, scattered collation or error! Considering we were using 100% post-consumer recycled paper and pushing it hard to print thousands of letters, i assumed some minor glitches but the Brother whistled through the work with great haste. No problems with the adhesive label sheets jamming up the works either.

100% post consumer recycled paper

Usually doing mass-mail batches like this, i’d print the colour letterhead first (either offset or laser) and then run the sheets again with the text block. After some modifications to the letterhead (when i realized the impossibility of the bleed), the text and graphics both printed in one brisk pass with positive results and no complaints from the printer nor i.

Next up Duplexing

I am still laying out the Letters from Russia book (by the way, did you hear Letters from Russia on Santa Cruz Free Radio?) and plan to run a few galleys of the novella before the test ends. I think this double-sided print job (which i plan to chop to size) of text and watercolors might work out fine as the colour limitations seem to be at the worst when the print is a full saturation of colour.

Also … I am still getting used to the printer dialogs and options to tune the printer but i should say that the printed documentation was unusually excellent but the software was not quite as polished.

assembly on crosley

Thanks to Social Media marketing guru Barefoot and Brother.