Category Archives: Ephemera

endless variety of links, resources, tools of note and other bits of interestingness which don’t fit elsewhere (often in process) note: some topics (writing, cannabis, vws…) may live in own category

REM recording in Vancouver

REM Begins Recording in Vancouver

from R.E.M.hq via Heading to Vancouver

I have many things to mention about this …:

1) Story about meeting REM (fairgrounds SLC, UT circa 1985/6, Guadacanal Diary opening) – Buck and Mills were real friendly to a young sprout like me

2) Story about meeting EKap and explaining about REM’s album Fables of the Reconstruction before i realized he was tight with the band

3) Story about telling EKap i saw REM 6 times before Green tour (in 4 time zones to boot) most of which before he was out of elementary school (grizzled am i)

4) Discourse on the transitions of Vancouver as a recording hotspot for various genres (cheesepop, punk, metal, and most recently REM and Police)

5) Commentary about REM’s role in music these days (no Bill Berry, why do they still work so hard?, what is their legacy? (and i don’t mean all the hall of fame sh!t) are they really more important that U2? as i always argued with Corey Demille about in 10th grade)

6) Ponder what happened to my sweet 4-colour-bleed tour book about pondering perpetual motion from (which?) tour (no doubt lost with so much other misc rcok stuff)

7) Reminise about first buying “Murmur” at a record store in Bellingham and rewinding Radio Free Europe a dozen times before moving on to the next tracks (on cassette)

8) Happy memories on “Perfect Circle” as a stealth song for smoothing the ladies (before released much later and some lame band hi-jacked the name making things confusing)

9) Stories of Peter Buck’s other bands and projects i caught or listened to + his wife’s ownership of the Croc Cafe in Seattle (scene of much fun)

10) Recalling buying Dead Letter Office (along with Stewart Copeland’s Rumblefish Soundtrack) on vinyl in Toronto and flying them home with some damage to SLC (Still my fave REM album though Reckoning and Fables are perenial faves too)

11) Rambling about the disconnect i felt with the band when they chezed out with the Shiny Happy Radio Song pablum (but i’m mostly over it now) – shoot not even sure what happened on their last few albums … anyone wanna lend me a copy?

But since i am toiling away, i will just say the REM are recording somewhere in Vancouver – nothing more. 

(photo above uncredited – assumed to be Kaplan’s like this one)

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Oly’s Last Word Books kicking down the rare goods

Wise book enthusiasts are advised to visit Last Word Books in OlyWa. Check the tasty stash including the thick stack from the legendary counter-culture publisher Loompanics plus Evergreen College library books – cheap out the backdoor. The rag-tag group is even MySpaced and erstswhile curators of the Oly Zine Library and un-secretly Pirates and Honky Tonk Dragons .

Last Word Books – and their stablemate Rec the Place Fantastic Records – are worker owned collectives specializing in hard to find media of all sorts and providing a comfortable and welcoming space for the free exchange of ideas and they are a Zhonka Surfbreak location – kicking down the free wi-fi for the people! What’s more, they tend the Uncle Weed collection of cannabis related books and magazines for professional use only).  Here’s a map to Last Word Books in downtown Olympia.  To get to Olympia better, be sure to examine the Oly Poster Project & listen to the Clubside Breakfast Time podcast

LWB is a frequent stop for me whenst sojourned in Wa’s capitol city – where everyone brings a half dozen friends to college with them and stay on to starta rock band or non-profit group (well not all, some start worker’s owned collectives).

Here’s what Evergreen had to say about LWB:

Last Word Books emerged from the storefronts of downtown Oly on May 2002, opened by four ambitious then-sophomore Evergreen students. Six Greeners and alumni now run this cooperative. All but 2 percent of the books are used; even the new ones make use of recycled material. The inspiration for this used-book store came from co-owner Sky Cosby, whose father owns Walla Walla’s Earth Light.

Sky Cosy LWB David at LWB
Photos by Cynthia Miller

Nederlander Tax Write off for Hash

A kinda cheesy article from Canoe but the topic intrigues me so here it is, read more via the link.  I *would* put a photo to a Amsterdam coffee shop here or maybe a big chunk of hash, but i am kinda busy right this minute but maybe later i’ll write some commentary and include a relevant photo but maybe not.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A Dutch court has added a new item to the list of activities eligible for tax relief – drug running.  Judges in the central city of Arnhem recently declared that a professional fisherman convicted of smuggling drugs could deduct the cost of buying and shipping hashish to the Netherlands from his income on his tax return, national daily De Telegraaf reported Tuesday.

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The court ruled that because he had only been convicted of drug running and not trading in drugs he could deduct the cost of buying and transporting the drugs on his tax form. That cut his tax bill to euro1.8 ($2.4 million) – a saving of euro1.5 million ($2 million).

Under Dutch law, marijuana and hashish are illegal but police don’t fine smokers for possession of less than five grams (one-sixth of an ounce) or prosecute for possession of less than 30 grams (one ounce).

Authorities look the other way regarding the open sale of cannabis in designated “coffee shops.”But growers are subject to raids and prosecution, meaning the officially tolerated shop owners have no legal way to purchase their best-selling product.

The case isn’t the first time a court’s ruling on taxes has raised Dutch eyebrows. In 2005, judges in the northern city of Leeuwarden ruled that witches can write off the cost of schooling in witchcraft against their tax bills if it increases the likelihood of employment and personal income.

CANOE — CNEWS – Weird News: Dutch court makes hash tax deductible

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Too High To Fight? Interesting article on military drug testing

Hmmm, maybe time to bust out my drug testing in the worlplace white paper.–

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Too high to fight?

 

I usually offer to help soldiers fail drug tests – not pass them

By MATT MERNAGH

NOW Magazine (Toronto)

I got some weird and crazy e-mail recently. Among the updates from war resisters groups and pot legalizers was a letter from the wife of a Canadian Forces soldier. The distraught woman was writing to ask my advice because her husband had failed his urine test and was being prevented from deploying to Afghanistan.

Talk about a moral dilemma. Oddly, just this month, writing for Cannabis Culture, I urged service personnel not wanting to wage war to get stoned and flunk the Department of National Defence’s recently resumed pee test. If any CF soldier doesn’t want to deploy, I’m offering to puff pot in their face all day or send them peace cookies. No reason to go AWOL.

So here I was being asked to help a soldier convince his superiors to retest him so he could deploy. I have no clout at DND, of course. However, it turns out that my anonymous soldier is one of 89 service personnel who popped positive out of the 2,276 tested before leaving for Afghanistan.

Two soldiers have been fired, three were able to show they had a narcotic prescription and five more were sent to counselling. There are 79 more administrative reviews to go.

 

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When interviewed by the media, Hillier admitted at least one crew used cannabis to camouflage their vehicle. All efforts to down the indica thicket using white phosphorus and diesel fuel bombardment failed, he said. But when a small patch did ignite there were other problems: a section of soldiers downwind had “some ill effects.”

The United Nations Office of Drug Control estimates the Afghan cannabis crop at 30,000 acres, one-third of the world supply. The resinous strain packs that classic skunk smell and would be a terrible reefer toke, but it’s pressed into hashish and transported to world markets. You can come across it in Toronto.

Are soldiers retested to make sure they’re straight once they’ve settled into Kandahar? I can’t help querying. “Where would they get the drugs from? In the mail?” Laviolette asks.

“The soldiers are in an enclosed environment. They’re not even allowed to drink alcohol except for two beers on Christmas Day,” minister of defence spokesperson Isabel Bouchard reassures. “The military always needs to be ready. This is Canada, we respect the Afghan way of life and are their

invited guests,” she says.

Contact: letters@nowtoronto.com

NOW Magazine

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A Tin Tin movie by Spielberg?

My mom sent me this article because i am massive Tin Tin fan

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) – It was a quarter-century in the making but then again, nothing is easy for cartoon heroes such as Tintin.

Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks, a division of Viacom Inc. (VIAB), has committed to produce at least one movie about the adventures of the intrepid Belgian reporter, said Nick Rodwell, head of Moulinsart NV, Tintin’s commercial studio, on Thursday.

“After 25 years, they finally said, ‘OK, let’s go,'” Rodwell said of the protracted talks with Spielberg. In an interview with The Associated Press, Rodwell said the Hollywood company will go into preproduction for a movie, which should appear in theaters in about two years.

“It’s been a project on our future development plate here for quite a number of years, always with the idea it was something we would like to make,” DreamWorks spokesman Marvin Levy said Thursday.

A visitor looks at original letters and an enlarged cartoon of Tintin and his dog Snowy by Belgian cartoonist Herge at Paris’ Pompidou Cultural Center,on Dec. 19, 2006 in Paris. The center is hosting an exhibition to mark the centenary of the birth of Tintin’s creator, Belgian cartoonist Herge, whose real name was Georges Remi. Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks company has committed to produce at least one movie on Tintin, the head of the Tintin studio in Brussels, Belgium, announced Thursday, March 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Cory Doctorow: The Totalitarian Urge on Now Public

cory doctorow at sfu vancouver
Yup, folks came out in abundance to hear/see Cory Doctorow speak last night at SFU. Indeed, he received “Rock Star treatment” as he alluded too in his engaging spiel. Nice to hear someone roll on with respect enough for his audience that he didn’t pause to explain each nuance, he just rocked it out and assumed the audience was intelligent enough to get his quips (most were i think). In general, the audience were totally hip to what this renaissance dude is doing. Stirring shit up with the smarts to back himself up to anyone, anytime. He’s the People’s Champion for sure.

As a partner in an ISP, advocate of openness, multi-purpose artmaker and one who seeks to control my own public vs private demarcation line, I have extensive discourse bubbling in my head about his topics of net neutrality, personal/public/professional privacy, societal transparency, community tolerance, the the oppressive scare tactics of ch!ld pRon and “war on abstract nouns” fueling the pervasive ID-a-holic culture foisted upon us by those who think they are obliged to monitor everyone else, …

However, i have a scant few moments for repast at the day-job so instead, i will punt to my Seabus riding amigo Ianiv’s post at Now Public – to which i contributed a couple of snaps. Oh yeah go download his books and such from Craphound.com

You can listen to the whole recording Ianiv captured of Cory Doctorow’s speech, “Resisting the Totalitarian Urge” and Ianiv’s recap at Now Public (below) …

Cory Doctorow gave a talk yesterday at the Simon Fraser University downtown campus called “The Totalitarian Urge: total information awareness and the cosmic billiards”. He describes it as:

“It’s about how technology changes the way we view social problems. Older mechanical technologies make us see the world as deterministic, knowable and manipulable. New emergent technologies like the Internet teach us that control is an illusion, the universe is out of control and laughing at us, and that the more we watch and control, the more problems we have.”

He talked about things like DRM, privacy, Copyright and how this all comes together to change the way we live now and what the future may hold if we let governments and corporations do as they like, unchecked. More control is not always better.

cory doctorow at sfu vancouver

Writer, Activist and Mudracker Cory Doctorow in Vancouver to Talk to ya

Cory Doctorow is mighty.

Besides being former outreach coordinator for EFF (who might save your a$$ one day), he is an editor of massive traffic generating Boing Boing and a well published science fiction writer and lecturer on writing.

Here when i should spew forth praise for this renaissance guy, and linkto all his stuff, .. but … i am mostly posting this so i don’t forget to go see him spiel forth at SFU’s downtown campus (in the Harbour Centre), Thursday, March 8th at 6PM. I reserved a spot, yup in on top of it eh.

I heard his speak at Gnomedex 06 and he is wise, witty and on top of sh!t to be sure.  You are a sucker for not showing up just to check his iconoclast schtick and groove-on specs.

Here’s what he said on his blog (which i pasted here for joyful redundancy):

Vancouver speech, Overclocked launch, Mar 8/9

{photo by Bart Nagel at http://craphound.com/bio.php]

I’m speaking at Vancouver, BC’s Simon Fraser University on March 8/9, in a couple of events that will include launches for my new book, Overclocked — and I’m delighted to note that the book has sold out its entire print run in two weeks and is going back to the presses!

The talk is presented by the Faculty of Applied Sciences’ Leonardo Institute, a non-credit graduate program that examines the risks, uncertainties, ethics, and art of applied science.

Doctorow’s topic is The Totalitarian Urge: total information awareness and the cosmic billiards. “It’s about how technology changes the way we view social problems,” says Doctorow. “Older mechanical technologies make us see the world as deterministic, knowable and manipulable. New emergent technologies like the Internet teach us that control is an illusion, the universe is out of control and laughing at us, and that the more we watch and control, the more problems we have.”

The lecture will be presented twice: Thursday March 8 at 6:00pm in the Fletcher Challenge theatre at SFU Vancouver (515 West Hastings St.) Free. Seating is limited. Reservations, 604-291-5100. Friday March 9 at 3:30pm at SFU Burnaby in Academic Quadrangle, C9001. Free. Arrive early to ensure a seat.

Link, Download poster

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Police in Vancouver

After rehearshing in NOrth Van the past while, this announcement is totally unexpected but exciting.   Stand in line now for tickets!

LOS ANGELES — The Police 30th Anniversary reunion world tour will kick off May 28 at Vancouver’s GM Place and travel through North America until early August, Sun Media has exclusively learned.

CANOE — JAM! Music – Artists – Police, The: Police reunion tour starts in Van.

D.O.A. and The Furies Rock Richards, Vancouver, Feb 10 2007

DOA and the Furies live in vancouver

Punk Rock Confidential presented by
JEM Gallery and Sudden Death Records

D.O.A. and The Furies @ Richard’s on Richards, Vancouver, BC, Sat. Feb. 10th

www.suddendeath.com

Vancouver’s first punk band, The Furies will play their first show in 30 years!

  • All ages show 3 PM-6 PM
  • Over 19 show 8 PM-2 AM

Canada’s most influential punk band D.O.A. is teaming up with The Furies, Vancouver’s legendary first punk band for two shows at Richard’s on Richards, 1036 Richards St. Vancouver, BC.

The event has been dubbed Punk Rock Confidential and features a blistering cast. The amazing D.O.A. will headline the festivities. They are led by Canada’s godfather of punk, Joe Shithead Keithley, with the help of the legendary Randy Rampage on bass and The Great Baldini on drums.

The Furies started putting on shows at the old Japanese Hall in the summer of ’77. These mind blowing gigs shocked the public as the posters boldly announced “Punk Rock”. Now, The Furies, led by the incredible Chris Arnett along with the help of original bassist Jonathan Werner, are back. These shows will be their first in 30 years.

Rebel Spell will also play. They’re a great new band from Vancouver. Further support will come from First Reign, a good hard drivin’ outfit from Abbotsford.

Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $18.00 at the door. Tickets available at Red Cat, Noize To Go, Zulu, Highlife, Scratch,Bone Rattle and JEM Gallery. Tickets at JEM Gallery have no surcharge and they take phone orders as well 604 879 5366, email; thejemgallery@yahoo.com

For more info, email; info@suddendeath.com
Phone: 604.777.6972
Fax: 604.777.6974

www.suddendeath.com

Punk Rock Confidential is also sponsored by; The Only, Red Cat Records
and R and B Brewery