Category Archives: Northern Voice x 11

bits and pieces from 11 spiels / panels at Vancouver’s personal expression conf – topics: podcasting, art, creativity, hockey, and history. find vids, pods, slides, tweets…

Northern Voice 2009 Speaker Submission – Story of a Story (letters from russia)

Not to spoil any surprises but if i don’t post it here, i’ll misplace my notes and forget what i pitched to Northern Voice 2009 (awesome site by Alexa Booth too).

Pending acceptance, this will be my 4th year spieling forth to the assembled masses.

Year 1 – i pinch hit on a “Blogging your Passion” panel with awesome folks and impromptu banter and anecdotes

Year 2 – i was emergency replacement call up for “3 Ps of Podcasting” featuring my Bob Dylan-esque analog presentation

Year 3 – i was among the chosen and presented the secretive “F@ck Stats, Make Art” preso to the delight of most assembled

Year 4 – i’m hoping for a “creativity track” with Nancy White, Monique Trottier, Rachel Ashe and other artsy, craftsy types in a row – here’s my pitch and bio for 2009 (both awkwardly written in 3rd person):

Story of a Story (Letters from Russia)

Content – whether blog article, photo, video, podcast – should tell a story. The best stories are retold and shared with others, and the very best stories create conversations which might live on for generations.

How does a content creator elevate their work from craft to art? The same creative parameters apply whether the delivery method is digital or analog or both. When applied with vigour, the work elevates to something beyond an ephemeral musing.

Using a mixed-media project called “Letters from Russia” as a example, Dave will discuss practical tactics for harnessing inspiration, plotting the big picture, grinding out the “real work”, and finally creating a satisfying tangible artifact.

Dave will discuss the role of blogs, podcasts, reader interaction, RSS, and self-publishing with chapbooks and/or on-demand web services as efficient methods of sharing and distributing the project to an audience.

Presenter Bio

Poet, podcaster, pundit, and chronic documentarian, Dave Thorvald Olson particularly enjoys making arts and crafts and listening to vinyl albums while gazing at trees or soaking in a hot bath.

An ace marketer by day and renegade social media brewer by night, Dave gracefully nurtured, launched, sold, and/or jettisoned several internet companies. He now works for Raincity Studios (partially) revolutionizing the way media is created, consumed, and shared.

Published in numerous magazines, journals, and books, Dave is most proud of his handmade chapbooks, static montage art, and international audio hi-jinks. His co-conspirators frequently comment on his ability to recount stories after several micro-brews while inventing new lexicon and avoiding the bill.

Crazy Canucks: Social Media and Hockey Panel – Northern Voice, 2008

At Vancouver’s personal expression conference, Northern Voice 2008, i presented my (now semi-infamous) spiel “Fuck Stats, Make Art” to enthusiastic reviews and then spent the afternoon with my dear colleagues from The Crazy Canucks podcast discussing our role as independent chroniclers of the NHL hockey team and the thrills and problems we face along the way dealing with team management, credentials (or lack thereof), and the reasons for producing grassroots, fan-powered media.

“Rebecca Bollwitt brings together her “Crazy Canucks” podcast co-hosts who are all BC sports/hockey bloggers for a panel on sports blogging. It’s something that’s never been covered but it’s a HUGE market filled with rivalries between ‘traditional media outlets’, rumour mills, and NHL team “officially appointed” bloggers.”
Featuring JJ Guerrero, Dave Olson, Alanah McGinley, and John Bollwitt – Filmed and uploaded by JMV

A lovely treat to riff with my Crazy Canucks colleagues in the Sports Blogging and Podcasting panel. This rag-tag group grew into a team over the past 61 shows and the panel was as easy and intuitive as the podcasts. We know each others strengths and are “giving” to one another in the conversation. The questions in the session were great and show a real understanding of the weird tension we have with the “official”ness of the Canucks and the trade off of objectivity and creative control vs selling out.

Alanah and JJ live outside the Vangroovy tech industry bubble and run the two most popular Canucks blogs out there. Alanah’s is famous for drunken live blogging which is no surprise why she ranks #1 for drunken canucks fan. JJ is the people’s ambassador to GM Place – walking the concourse with him is a task as he’s stopped more often than Mike Weaver would. And of course my good buddies the Bollwitts – the Vancouver blog and podsafe music podcast darlings.

 

Alanah of Canucks and Beyond posted this video of me (representing Hockey NW, home of the Canucks Outsider), J.J.of Canucks Hockey Blog, and the blogging Bollwitts: John (Radio Zoom) and Rebecca (Miss 604) yakking it up. My posture is horrible but the conversation is compelling for media pundits, hockey fans and social media enthusiasts Notes from NV08 wrap up.

 

F*ck Stats, Make Art Resource Dossier – Northern Voice wiki

F*ck Stats, Make Art Resource Dossier – Northern Voice wiki – Source: Northern Voice / F*ck Stats, Make Art Dossier

Fck Stats, Make Art: Additional Dossier from NV08

Flashback Dossier from Northern Voice 2008 as written by Greg Andrews as “Dave Olson on art, blogs, self expression, and redefining success” shared here for archival purposes with affection and thanks.

Dave Olson commanded a pre-lunch time slot with his rousing, bullet-point-free presentation entitled “F*ck Stats, Make Art” at Northern Voice 2008. “Art makes the future” Dave states. What we know about history is based on art, because someone chose to record it. Technology changes our focus on what art is. Oil paints were a technology revolution that allowed post-impressionist painting. The Internet has lowered the bar immensly for the distribution of art, but the most popular content seems to be the least meaningful, most simpleminded things like “some guy dancing around the world“.

Dave goes through a brief history of things he has created over the years: from a photocopied punk rock fanzine, through paintings, poetry, photography, writings, and now podcasting. He contrasts craft vs. art: you can take pride and enjoyment in your craft, your day job, but the meaningful personal expression comes through in art. Embracing translucency, instead of transparency, is his policy. No one cares to hear minor details of your life, and there should be things you don’t want to share, but you do want to put your whole self in the work. “Declare your story” and talk about what you create; “put the log back in blog”.

A slide with Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin pops up, and Dave goes into redefining success. Validation can be found from things other than stats, such as reader/listener mail and feedback. Success is for each person to define for themselves. Hold yourself to high standards and maintain your reputation. Hunter S. Thompson is referenced, in that he could write anything because he was very good at it. Rewards will come, possibly when you’re dead, but good art will have longevity. The presentation concluded with a standing ovation.

Link to audio available on the Northern Voice wiki.

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F*ck Stats, Make Art by Dave Olson NV 08

NOTE: This is my pitch awkwardly written in third person …

DaveO – F*Ck Stats, Make Art.mp3 – AUDIO!  Recorded, Levelated, and added by Cosmo’s Condo }

Why

Publishing almost anything and reaching a worldwide audience is suddenly ridiculously easy yet that doesn’t mean a vast stream of top-quality content flowing down the tubes.  Often, the stuff that floats to the top is goofy, nonsensical, or cheesy slices of contemporary pop culture – either contrived or wrangled their way to the top of the viral avenues.

Tis easy to get hung up how many people visit your site, view your video, comment on your pictures, add you as a friend etc., however these metrics mean very little in the long term.

How

By taking a rambling, pictorial journey through his own career of creating grassroots art, Vancouver’s renegade social media maker Dave Olson will  extoll, encourage and explain the importance of digging deep to muster creative self expression which will stand the test of time.

Besides spieling on the importance of creating meaningful content, and reasons for concentrating energy on action rather than talking, Dave will share insider tips on outreaching to mainstream media and using promotional skills to amplify your personal message.

We’ll explore questions and topics like “why bother?” “what constitutes success?” “how to express yourself?” “exploring mediums” and “making technology your b!tch” – though a veteran computer user, Dave will seek to tame the intimidation and paradox of endless opportunities which often thwart rather than encourage creativity.

Known for a intensely casual, fast-paced style (laced with humorous anecdotes), Dave is an experienced teacher who ran web design classes, and guest lectured to classes at Vancouver Film School and presented to Rotary Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, loggers and rock bands.

Background

Since publishing a ditto-machined community newspaper in 3rd grade, Dave’s made punk rock fanzines on hijacked xeroxes, poetry chapbooks printed on hemp paper in Guam, homegrown business docs and tv appearances in Japan, filmed and distributed a feature-length documentary travel film, created dozens of voluminous websites, series of semi-legendary podcasts on topics from hockey to literature, started activist ISPs in Olympia, and published expository essays in major magazines on political conundrums and public policy issues.  He also worked at Kinko’s for three months just to use the colour copier surreptitiously afterhours.

Bonus

From a young age, he’s parlayed his artistic and business endeavors into a litany of media appearances from radio in Guam to newspapers in Vancouver to a feature in High Times magazine who said,

“Though his hair is kind of wild these days and a thick beard covers most of his face, you can’t pigeonhole Dave as a hippie. He’s kind of a Renaissance guy who can speak at length on anything from ecology to music to pro hockey.” Chris Simunek, High Times 03/2002

http://hightimes.com/ht/news/content.php?bid=99&aid=3

A graduate of Evergreen State College where he studied philosophy, international business, public policy and writing, Dave also attended Univ. of Utah, Univ. of Guam, has worked as a mushroom farmer (Japan), grape picker (Germany), private beach club host (Guam), toured with the Grateful Dead, wrote the Law School Admission Test, made photo journals from SLC Winter Olympics and 2002 Cannabis Cup and enjoys oil painting and making static montage paper art to fill up his cluttered studio.

Credentials

Dave presented (a pinch hitting) well-received presentation about podcasting at NV 2007 and (another pinch hitting performance) on a panel “Blogging your Passion” at Moosecamp 2006.

Also active participant in Barcamps, Drupalcamps, Transitcamps and enjoys camping in a tent best of all.

Fck Stats, Make Art: Round-up, reviews, audio – Northern Voice, 2008

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Really truly pleased to read all the kind words from folks who rolled by my Northern Voice presentation Fck Stats, Make Art – sorry for messing up your SEO mojo with the inappropriate title ;-). To all who showed up, thanks! Really a treat to see so many friends, heroes, colleagues and new friends smiling back – makes doing my “Dave O Show” a blast.

Audio

F*ck Stats, Make Art, NV 2008 – (.mp3, 55:42, 53MB) Recorded, Levelated by Cosmo

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{Note: Last year’s podcast presentation induced the creation of yet another podcast feed which features all my odds and ends which don’t fit elsewhere from marketing lectures to sound seeing strolls. This is now a series i guess.}

Subscribe Feasthouse podcast feed

Slides

Note: This was a “stream of consciousness” slide deck which only roughly corresponded with the talk – later versions were accompanied with “paperpoint” collage slides.

Reviews and Artifacts

So if you’ll pardon me, … for the self-indulgence file, here’s an annotated NV08 roundup for personal archeology (in no particular order):

More from the Northern Voice posted by Carol Browne at 1:59 PM on February 23, 2008

After Matt’s talk, I sat in Dave Olson’s session called “F&*% Stats, Make Art. He’s clever and funny. Dave’s big into the podcast side as well. I also spoke to him briefly after he spoke – very gracious.

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IndieScribe – Liveblogging Northern Voice blogger con, part deux »

Dave Olsen rules. He is swearing too. He is swearing so much his talk is called “f— stats, make art”. He stresses that we should put our hearts into our work, otherwise what we are doing is just bullshit. And that we need to start really caring about what we are creating. On and control your transparency; because he doesn’t really want to know all that shit about you. All humor aside it was an inspiring talk, Olsen stressed that we should get back to ourselves “people say that if you want to be an artist you need to go to art school – bullshit – study yourself” states Olsen. Find your craft and take it seriously he states, and there is a big difference between typing and writing. (Dave Olsen)

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dave olson: blogging and creativity Isabella Mori change therapy

today i want to tell you about the session that touched me the deepest. it was dave olson’s “f**k stats, make art”. miss 604 has a great synopsis of it, and you can find my notes at the end of this post.

one of the things that became very obvious for me after dave’s presentation was sadness/frustration/disappointment that i had abandoned my practice of doing at least one piece of “artful writing” a day, no matter how short, kitschy or silly. dave may just have just stirred me enough to go back to that.

so i ended up writing two poems and would like to dedicate them both to dave.

thanks to dave olson, no. 1

a concussion of the most
mindful sort
comes over me as i indulge in these
northern voices.
poems must be written,
suns must be risen,
earths must be quaked
in this pyramid of
gentle thoughts
– not just yours,
not just mine –
that shake up this world.

{note: Thanks so much for the lovely work! } Consider reading the rest of MoriTherapy’s blog post for complete synopsis of Fck Stats, Make Art)

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Northern Voice: Fuck Stats, Make Art

Have I mentioned before that our pal Dave Olson is awesome? He’s here to talk about how Art Makes the Future. History may have been forged by popes and generals but the only reason we KNOW about it is because someone took the time to write and paint about it.

{Note: My pal Miss604 took attentive notes which resemble my own scribblings – which i’ll post once i recall where i stashed the bits}

Comments from Miss604’s post:

Tod Maffin Best talk so far. Totally inspiring.

Stephen Rees I had three pages of scribbled notes in my moleskin to transcribe. It seems to me that you got the spirit if his – very impressive – presentation.

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Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline…What I missed at Northern Voice Nancy White

There were two sessions I really wish I had not missed. One was Dave Olson’s F*ck Stats, Make Art Dossier.

Apparently, Dave was on the same stream as our “Writing on Walls” session – tapping into our creativity. I’m glad the session was recorded and blogged. It was interesting to see that there were quite a few sessions that pinged on a central core of creativity.

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Indeed Nancy, i’d hoped to hang out in your arts and crafts funtime and enjoyed seeing lots of creative hi-jinks going on. Not sure if you remember but you made a great “podcasting lunch” sketch for my amigo Cosmo and i at Mindcamp 1.0 in Seattle. I also enjoyed your ’symbolic word poetry remix’ wall.I wish you could’ve stopped by to enjoy my schtick (and i’d have enjoyed your input for sure) but gratefully the recording and remarkable notes will tide you over til next year. With all these common themes emerging … How about a “analog expression” track? I was also displeased being up at the same time as Monique’s preso about books and writing and missing Alan’s tour de force ~ sigh.

Keith Bao wrote at 5:19pm
“Know Much Fu”I f*@!k’n dig this!!!!!!
Refreshing and honest, down to the core.
It was an honour to be there listening.

Kris Krüg wrote at 10:23am
fuck stats make art rocked.
upgrading heros in progress.

Ariane Khachatourians wrote at 4:56pm yesterday
I’m home sick today and have been listening to back episodes of Postcards from GB for the last hour or so…listened to the most recent one twice cause I liked it so much :-)Ditto on the session motivation. Totally inspiring.

Alexa Booth wrote at 2:18pm yesterday
yeah agree with @victoria, I feel teh motivations too

Victoria Potter wrote at 1:10pm yesterday
hey man. I really enjoyed your NV talk. consider me officially motivated.

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Victoria Potter Northern Voice 2008: Done Like Dinner February 25, 2008

I had expected something bordering on more technical, but still had a good [and informative] time listening to all the speakers; including my friend Stephanie’s talk on design, and Dave Olson (aka. uncleweed) and his Fuck Stats Make Art motivator.

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Bob’s Blog Get there faster. Am I too old for Northern Voice?

There were two more sessions that were seminal. First, Dave Olson producer, writer and visionary gave a great talk 181050268_8408c6e9f6_m.jpgabout the need to make art, not stats. Truly great rant that put a number of things in perspective for me. We get so caught up in the techno, the art suffers. It shouldn’t. And if Dave has anything to do with it it won’t. When everyone seems bent on promoting wikis, blogs, 3rd Life and all the other accoutrements, Dave was extremely refreshing. I would suggest you follow his work. This guy is truly unique.

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Blog the Fire Alicia Northern Voice 2008

After looking at the schedule the first thing I saw was the Sports Blogging and Pod Casting. Which I am very excited about because that is the Industry I want to have a career in. I have heard about the speaker Rebecca Bollwitt from many people and with not a lot of women on the panel, I am quite excited!I think another session with Dave Olson will be interesting F*** Stats,Make Art which seems like my sort of thing and will be a good discussion.

{note: kudos on the fine taste to get the Daveo double-hitter ;-0}
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Dave Olson also had an outstanding session about making art instead of worrying about “fucking stats”. Looking forward to hanging more with these guys in Austin real soon.

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Northern Voice Stephen Rees Yet another blog for me

If you missed it, plan to go next year and book early. Maybe next time they will have decent coffee, enough food for lunch and somewhere to hang your coat up. But these are minor quibbles. Excellent presentations today from Matt Mullenweg, Marc Canter, Dave Olson and Alex Waterhouse Hayward.

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My dear amigo Chris Heuer rocked some photos

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At the tiki party, I read 4 pieces of freeverse findable at Mountain Highway:

Waiting Only Twice a Day

standing up already

Pulling to the strait

All the secrets just vanished

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Etc

NO NV08 FOR THIS CHICA
I was really looking forward to meeting a lot of bloggers whom I’d only read or heard about, as well as picking up a few tricks of the trade for myself. Hope to catch up with her at the Green Living show for happyfrog’s frogblogIT’S ALL GREEN, IT’S ALL GOOD

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Northern Voices 2008 Dana Oshiro meme.ca
Dave Olson’s podcast features a rousing rendition of the Canadian national anthem, his antics in Amsterdam and an impromptu longboard hockey game at the University of British Columbia’s Chan Centre.

{note: the Canadian anthem referenced is a humorously lackluster rendition from the Canadian Little League championship in Whalley, Surrey BC – fortunately i keep better versions in the feed too ;-))

I’m spoiled because new product demos are a dime a dozen in SF. I’m less interested in the technology available than I am in the way it is used. For this reason, my favorite presenter was a fellow I’d never heard of, Dave Olson. Dave Olson is a bit of hoser. He produces the Canucks Outsider Podcast, published a grade school punk zine featuring D.O.A and publishes Uncle Weed- a marijuana lifestyle blog and podcast. Olson’s lecture, entitled, “Fuck Stats, Make Art” was a welcome change from the widget wankery preached at most conferences. Olson entertained with embarrassing childhood anecdotes while still managing to deliver a great message.

He argues that somewhere in the process of monetizing and analyzing the web, content producers have sacrificed their need to create art and have fun. In essence, they’ve become meta-douches. It seems Dave Olson is putting the passion back into publishing and as long as this hoser keeps giving ‘er, I’m behind him 100%.

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TechVibes Greg Andrews Dave Olson on art, blogs, self expression, and redefining success

Dave Olson commanded a pre-lunch time slot with his rousing, bullet-point-free presentation entitled “F*ck Stats, Make Art” at Northern Voice 2008. “Art makes the future” Dave states. What we know about history is based on art, because someone chose to record it. Technology changes our focus on what art is. Oil paints were a technology revolution that allowed post-impressionist painting. The Internet has lowered the bar immensly for the distribution of art, but the most popular content seems to be the least meaningful, most simpleminded things like “some guy dancing around the world“.

Dave goes through a brief history of things he has created over the years: from a photocopied punk rock fanzine, through paintings, poetry, photography, writings, and now podcasting. He contrasts craft vs. art: you can take pride and enjoyment in your craft, your day job, but the meaningful personal expression comes through in art. Embracing translucency, instead of transparency, is his policy. No one cares to hear minor details of your life, and there should be things you don’t want to share, but you do want to put your whole self in the work. “Declare your story” and talk about what you create; “put the log back in blog”.

A slide with Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin pops up, and Dave goes into redefining success. Validation can be found from things other than stats, such as reader/listener mail and feedback. Success is for each person to define for themselves. Hold yourself to high standards and maintain your reputation. Hunter S. Thompson is referenced, in that he could write anything because he was very good at it. Rewards will come, possibly when you’re dead, but good art will have longevity. The presentation concluded with a standing ovation.

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I’m Taking the Northern Voice Challenge! Richard Eriksson Who Challenged Me At Northern Voice

Whether they knew it or not, intended it or not, the following people challenged me to think a little harder about creativity and craft. People close to me wonder why I don’t identify as being creative. The following Northern Voice speakers have me wondering too.

Dave Olson

Dave Olson challenged me to step it up a notch, and to consider another media form if I’m struggling at the one I think I’m good at (writing). Podcasting, maybe? I don’t like the sound of my own voice, so that strikes video out as well. Photography is the medium I sunk the most into already, so I will try to bring the SLR to more places, make the same mistakes everybody makes when they start out, and document the process better. I’d like to learn how to draw. And sing. Outside of the conference, he remarked that he likes to find a third place, away from work and away from home to be creative. This has me thinking of the ideal place to work somewhere (and on something) not domestic and not commercial, but somewhere in between.

(I know that my desire to learn how to sing directly conflicts with the angst about hearing my voice, so don’t bother pointing that out.)

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Marketer deluxe Jordan Behan of Strutta My Northern Voice Wrap-up

My favorite presentation of the weekend wasn’t about blogging at all, but rather a homage to making art; a visually stunning and clever rant by my good friend Dave Olson entitled “F*ck Stats, Make Art.” A standing ovation followed his talk, and I think I was first on my feet.

raincoaster Northern Voice Blogging Conference stream of consciousness debrief part 1: Moosecamp

I did one last year on Stats: The Forbidden Love, and given that this year there was a talk on “Fuck Stats: Make Art” maybe it’s time for another one. After all, they are independent principles, not antagonistic. And Oscar Wilde cared passionately about his stats, you just know it.

{Note: This is a sweet piece of prose!}

But I must admit, even as an Egalitarian of long standing, that there is something wrong with a world in which grown men are not ashamed to admit they’re too scared to go into neighborhoods that don’t frighten a woman. They looked me in the eye, one after another (the men, not the eyes; mine are virtually on top of one another, except the ones I keep in the freezer) and told me that the Gallery Gachet wasn’t in Gastown, it was (horror of horrors!) in the Downtown EastSide (although the out-of-towners called it the Lower East Side, presumably thinking it was a wormhole to Manhattan or something). As if Gastown were an idyll of upper-middleclassdom, which it is not and never has been. The people who work in Gastown are convinced it’s a postcard and that the bums and junkies they see on the street each day are “spillover” from the Downtown EastSide, just on the other side of Maple Tree Square. That the junkies, streetwalkers, and bums have been there since 1860 never seems to occur to them and, day in and day out, they remain convinced that it is the down and outs who are the anomaly, not the chino-clad technologists and graphic designers.

{my comment}

Dave O Posted February 26, 2008 at 8:19 pm |

 After catching yuppie cooties at the Lame-lighter, i led a rag-tag gang (past the endlessly sprouting fancy furniture stores) on a late-night foray to the Gachet where we imbibed and roasted til the last Seabus sailed. Dig what they are brewing up there for sure.

PS My spiel about the fucking of the stats and so on … was more about inspiring folks to step it up and reap validation from producing quality work which evokes passionate responses rather than settling for the saccharine pleasure of statistics. There is some audio of my pontifying somewhere.

 

Mighty Thanks

Thanks to the kinds people who organized the event. I’ve becomes great friends with some of these diligent inclusive and inspiring peeps and truly enjoy learning more about their many skills and noble dedication to knowledge sharing. I encourage others to step up and help out driving the vision of the event going forward. Special thanks to KK, Boris and Roland who (unbeknownst to them) served as sounding boards for bits and pieces of my presentation in progress. Their reaction, diatribes and riffs helped my schtick for the better.

Creativity Champs

Lighting Painting - Dave OlsonI really dumped my guts into my spiel about making art with the mighty tools at our disposal. With a group of opinionated, smart and savvy folks, I wasn’t sure if my message would be redundant or met with indifference or confusion. The resultant cavalcade of positive remarks suggests I articulated much of what i set out to share.

Hmm … what do I come up with for next year? As per the convo percolating at Nancy White’s post, perhaps a creative arts track of some kind is in order. As for me, I’d very much to learn about the other part of the publishing business which i know very little about – agents, distribution, editors and all that. Remember tis important to know much fu!

As for creativity, no one expresses artistic passion at NV like Rachel Ashe, three years back we shared a Barefoot-hosted panel with Capn’ Ajax and a Ms. Yarnageddon, last year she snapped very thoughtful diptychs of photos of artists and their tools. This year was light painting – she rallied up some helpers and armed with a bushel of gadgets created some positively psychedelic works. Spiral Godess is my NV hero!

Who’d I miss? Post a link to join the muster roll. Thanks again to all for the kind words – i look forward to seeing what you brew up! Keep an eye and i’ll post my notes or slides or something, sometime, maybe …

More Snaps

Here are some of your favourite DaveO NV08 photos from other Flickr members.
Dave Olson by duanestoreyDSC_2226 by Ianiv & Arieanna

Northern Voice confab preview

Without rambling on too much, Northern Voice is a community run conference which is cheap, educational and fun. It is also sold out. Too bad for you. Moose Camp – the first day (Friday) “un” conference has some slots to accommodate a few more eager learners.

This year, i plan to actually attend and participate in this year’s Northern Voice party…

Canada's Blogging and Social Media Conference

I am posting my pitch here (and at the wiki F*ck Stats, Make Art Dossier ) so i don’t lose it and forget what i am proposed to speak about. I am batting third in the main hall with F*** Stats, Make Art after Matt Mullenweg and Marc Canter. Lots of other good stuff going on including the two other presentations parallel to mine.

Northen Voice 2008 poster

Fuck Stats, Make Art
Dave Olson, NV 08

Why

Publishing almost anything and reaching a worldwide audience is suddenly ridiculously easy yet that doesn’t mean a vast stream of top-quality content flowing down the tubes. Often, the stuff that floats to the top is goofy, nonsensical or cheesy slices of contemporary pop culture – either contrived or wrangled their way to the top of the viral avenues.

Tis easy to get hung up how many people visit your site, view your video, comment on your pictures, add you as a friend etc., however these metrics mean very little in the long term.

How

By taking a rambling, pictorial journey through his own career of creating grassroots art, Vancouver’s renegade social media maker Dave Olson will extoll, encourage and explain the importance of digging deep to muster creative self expression which will stand the test of time.

Besides spieling on the importance of creating meaningful content, and reasons for concentrating energy on action rather than talking, Dave will share insider tips on outreaching to mainstream media and using promotional skills to amplify your personal message.

We’ll explore questions and topics like “why bother?” “what constitutes success?” “how to express yourself?” “exploring mediums” and “making technology your b!tch” – though a veteran computer user, Dave will seek to tame the intimidation and paradox of endless opportunities which often thwart rather than encourage creativity.

Known for an intensely casual, fast-paced style (laced with humorous anecdotes), Dave is an experienced teacher who ran web design classes, and guest lectured to classes at Vancouver Film School and presented to Rotary Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, loggers and rock bands.

Background

Since publishing a ditto-machined community newspaper in 3rd grade, Dave’s made punk rock fanzines on hijacked xeroxes, poetry chapbooks printed on hemp paper in Guam, homegrown business docs and tv appearances in Japan, filmed and distributed a feature-length documentary travel film, created dozens of voluminous websites, series of semi-ledendary podcasts on topics from hockey to literature, started activist ISPs in Olympia, and published expository essays in major magazines on political conundrums and public policy issues. He also worked at Kinko’s for three months just to use the colour copier surreptitiously afterhours.

Bonus

From a young age, he’s parlayed his artistic and business endeavors into a litany of media appearances from radio in Guam to newspapers in Vancouver to a feature in High Times magazine who said,

“Though his hair is kind of wild these days and a thick beard covers most of his face, you can’t pigeonhole Dave as a hippie. He’s kind of a Renaissance guy who can speak at length on anything from ecology to music to pro hockey.” Chris Simunek, High Times 03/2002
http://hightimes.com/ht/news/content.php?bid=99&aid=3

A graduate of Evergreen State College where he studied philosophy, international business, public policy and writing, Dave also attended Univ. of Utah, Univ. of Guam, has worked as a mushroom farmer (Japan), grape picker (Germany), private beach club host (Guam), toured with the Grateful Dead, wrote the Law School Admission Test, made photo journals from SLC Winter Olympics and enjoys oil painting and making static montage paper art to fill up his cluttered studio.

Credentials

Dave presented (a pinch hitting) well-received presentation about podcasting at NV 2007 and (another pinch hitting performance) on a panel “Blogging your Passion” at Moosecamp 2006.

Also active participant in Barcamps, Drupalcamps, Transitcamps and enjoys camping in a tent best of all.

F*** Stats, Make Art | Northern Voice 2008

Wiki listing Source: F*** Stats, Make Art | Northern Voice 2008

Northern Voice Puts Blogging in Focus « BIG marketing for small business

Northern Voice Puts Blogging in Focus « BIG marketing for small business

3 Ps of Podcasting Prezo – Northern Voice: Round-up, artifacts, audio

Dave Olson rocking the podcast routineYup, been meaning to scribble something about Northern Voice but wanted to take the time to do it right, … since magical time expansion is unlikely, here it goes …

First off, massive thank yous to all the folks who rolled into my presentation: Three “P’s” of podcasting: Plan, Produce, Promote.

The Podcast Spot guys recorded and posted a podcast of the podcasting show but here is an alternate version recorded on my beloved M-Audio Microtrack and remixed by Bread the Producer.

Listen up! Three 3 Ps of Podcasting – Plan, Produce, Promote (and Party) – (.mp3, 59:00, 40MB)

T’was really a treat to have so many amigo y amiga grinning back at me plus cool that a lot of other “veteran” podcasters were along for the ride plus folks making podcast software, podcast networks, consulting about podcasts etc. While the inclinations are different for various casters the process for making shows is really the same.

I advocate taking the time to work on your presentation style and “embracing your internal dialouge” in order to deliver a compelling conversation on on cue in order to make concise and listenable shows. Planning the idea and then busting out the production with Macgyver skill using the vast array of kiss-a$$ software apps and thrifty hardware out there.

Uncleweed by Chris Heuer
photo by Chris Heuer

The visual aid of my schtick was a series of 75(?) pieces of 100% hemp cardstock (no trees harmed) – each painted with one or maybe two words each in black acyrlic. A few cards had lists or phrases written with oil pastels and even a couple of doodles to deliver the feeling.

I filled the time for 59 minutes from Planning to Producing to Promoting and Partying and tossed the cards in the air and to the floor as the routine rolled on. Yes certainly inspired by Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues. In the spirit of non-commercialism, i stayed away from personal or professional plugs or even listing all my fave podcasters (many makers in the audience even) so i didn’t leave anyone out.

I did specifically mention:

IODA Promonet

Inside Home Recording

Castblaster

Ubercaster

Flickr is resplendant with great pics of me in action from the increasing famous Megan Cole, Clubside Breakfast Time host Cosmo was taking shots (there with Blarney Nat and the irrepressible Dingo), photog-deluxe (and Vancouver fashion photographer) KK, the energetic Chris Heuer, international man of mad skillsRob Scales, gracious Miss 604 and podcaster-in-arms Radio Zoom John (both part of the Crazy Canucks), blogaholic Adrienna, Vancouver Duane, Mutually Inclusive PR and possibly more (flickr tag uncleweed) …

Dave O presentation at Northern Voice
photo Megan Cole

More giant funtimes in the auditorium with Podcast hotel and Splashcast Alex Williams, mediadude John Anthony Hartman, Bruce Sharpeaudio-guru and Levelator-maker, Jordan Telling Ten Friends, Shirley (of the North) Beyond Robson.

More shout outs to the Podcastspot guys who chronicled chronicled Northern Voice with podcasts galore and ahhh … a fellow from InsidePodcasting or something about podcasting (sorry, i wanted to chat with you further, but) and ya, Ian King from 24 Hours and my buddy the Moose

Also, thanks to Roland for steering the ship and trusting in me to get r’ dun. I was a late substitution and managed to cobble together my “Paper Point” moments before the gig but managed to keep the folks enjoying my edu-tainment, .. but don’t take my word for it, plenty of comments abounding, so, if you’ll indulge me in a moment of repose, i’ll post a round up below.

Dave Olson by Robert Scales
photo of me promoting Promonet by Robert Scales

Derek K. Miller‘s Fakeout was gonna be the official theme music but Roland racked up a different one (Clouds or Smoke IIRC) and though i stumbled my good vibes message a wee bit, the thought is what counts eh. DKM was following along via backchannel and mediacasting too adding in his humour and opinions. Gouranga & Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

By not plugging my shows, folks had a reason to come up to chat and ask for my addys to check it out (yeah that was the plan). Since you good people wanna know, here’s the list – each show series is entirely unique and each are handcrafted with care and attention.

I note that, like younglings, each podcast series has a unique personality and i love each equally (sniff, sniff). However unlike children they are basically free and require no diapers nor nutritional sustenance (just occasional cables and doo-dads and frequent enthusiasm) to sustain.

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Comment bonanza follows for posterity (pardon the self-indulgence):

Current Thinking from Brad GibsonNorthern Voice 2007 Take Aways

Dave Olson is a relentlessly cool podcaster and makes the rest of us look like dorks.

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Northern Voice 2007

Dave Olson, really great paper point presentation on podcasting.

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Tell Ten Friends’ My Northern Voice 2007 Roundup

Another great highlight for me was Dave Olsen’s “The 3 P’s of Podcasting,” as much for his presentation style as for the easy-to-absorb content. Using what was later jokingly referred to as an “underhead projecter,” he whizzed through 60 or 70 slides in a manner that was reminiscent of both Bob Dylan and a certain scene from the film Love Actually (one of Mrs. Behan’s favorites). I’ll have to find a video of Dave’s talk, as it has to be seen by all podcasters.

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Northern Voice at Beyond Robson | Vancouver Blog

But on Saturday I met Uncle Weed, aka Dave Olson — a local who semi-regularly puts out SEVEN podcasts!!!!!!! In a mile-a-minute, Dylanesque, low-tech performance of tossing out cards with short messages like “podcast”, “passion”, and “plan”, Uncle Weed made it seem easy. Like all it took to become a podcaster was some time, an idea, a computer, a little enthusiasm, and $20.

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Northern Voice – The Wrap Up

A photo session followed, lead by Kris Krug. In my opinion, he and Dave had the best presentations of the day. They were both laid back, had practical and useful tips, and told it like it is, plain and simple. Things don’t have to be complicated.

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Northern Voice 2007 – Best yet | Bryght

And the expected: Dave Olson, social media rockstar (his 3P’s of Podcasting session was superb; it was my favourite of the few I managed to squeeze in between organizing!),

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Almost like being there. Almost.

good job on the podcast session, by the way, DaveO!

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More Thoughts on Northern Voice

Dave Olson, Great simple use of meeting notes / props, ubercaster, garageband promonet. Expression Engine blogging tool.

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NV07: Overheard

Dave Olsen during his session on podcasting: “I’m bi-platform, and I’m man enough to admit it.”

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Northern Voice 2007 in a Nutshell

Then I moved on to Dave’s podcasting session. I have to admit that the Uncle Weed persona did put me off a bit. I guess I’m a stiff. So the subject matter of his podcasts doesn’t excite me, but the session did. Dave knows his shit. He cares about what he’s doing and it shows. So he had some great pointers and interesting presentation covering everything from getting a concept through recording and producing all the way up to promoting your podcast once you’ve got a few in the can. I only went in to the session with idle curiosity – but when he started in about how to vet an idea to see if it’s worth starting a podcast, I started to get inspired. I’ve done a couple podcasts, well they’re not episodic so some say that’s not a podcast … so I’ve recorded a couple audio file of me speaking which were syndicated in the RSS feed from my blog… But anyway, I’ve done a couple of those and I think I might like to do some more over a limited time, like a short series around a topic I like to talk about. One of the reasons I identified with Dave’s attitude was the focus on getting it out there. Get good audio quality but don’t go overboard buying equipment before you start recording. He recommended starting with a laptop if you already have one and showed the M-Audio device he uses (a Microtrack 24/96). It looks pretty sweet – two channels of audio and a CF slot. A far cry from the crap RCA puts out (which, by the way, doesn’t use any normal formats for files or connectivity).

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Northern Voice Puts Blogging in Focus

I also really enjoyed Dave Olson’s session on podcasting. His whimsical, and sometimes hysterical presentation was void of PowerPoint and instead, supported by single word cue cards ala Bob Dylan. Podcasting is something I’m becoming more fascinated with and how it can be integrated into brand marketing and communication activities.