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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

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.

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