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For the record: happyfrog and 3rd Whale merger press release

Green Web and Mobile Companies Merge to Help Conscious Consumers “Be Green on the Go”
Cross-posted from PRWeb

What happens when a happy frog and a pod of whales get together to change the world? Vancouver, Canada-based, green web companies 3rdWhale.com and happyfrog.ca announced an equity merger with plans to grow globally with the goal of helping eco-minded consumers make informed choices in all aspects of their lifestyle – from organic food to eco-travel.

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) November 12, 2008 — Vancouver Canada-based, green web companies 3rd Whale and happyfrog.ca announced an equity merger and plans to grow globally under the 3rd Whale name.

The merger combines 3rd Whale’s location-based mobile phone application with happyfrog.ca’s rich “web 2.0” platform providing green consumers with cross-platform tools to find values-aligned businesses. By using the company’s next generation mobile and web tools, participants can easily share their eco-smarts by adding business reviews, blog posts, and mentoring programs to help others reduce their eco-footprint.

3rd Whale is best known for the “Greenest Person in the World” contest which generated media exposure from Venezuela to Germany. 3rd Whale is the brainchild of Boyd Cohen, who holds a Ph. D in Sustainable Entrepreneurship and is an Assistant Professor at British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University. The company recently opened an office in Sunnyvale, California and is actively adding members to the executive team and meeting with venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.

Dr. Cohen, CEO, points out, “By combining happyfrog’s expertise in web delivery of green business listings, and related community engagement, with the growing global brand of 3rdwhale.com and our mobile application, we are poised to initiate truly global change.”

In just over a year, happyfrog.ca grew into the definitive directory for finding environmental and wellness focused businesses and organizations in B.C. Happyfrog’s platform also gave a voice to bloggers and the public to share their opinions about favorite businesses from yoga to sushi with the Myhappyfrog social networking platform.

Happyfrog’s “Frog squad” of bloggers and podcasters were visible at eco-trade shows and conferences, including EPIC Sustainable Living Expo at Canada Place, resulting in tremendous exposure for the businesses and organizations showing real environmental leadership.

Founded by independent media veteran Ron Williams, happyfrog was built and launched by Webby-nominated consulting firm, Social Signal (known for Change Everything, BCHydro Green Gifts).

Williams, now President of 3rd Whale, expressed his excitement with the merger saying, “When I first dreamed of creating happyfrog.ca, I knew partnering with values and technology-aligned companies would be the key to scaling to a larger base. Upon meeting the 3rd Whale team, I knew we’d found a great fit to bring our local prototype to a worldwide audience.”

3rd Whale’s mobile application (called Luna) is in public beta for iPhone and on track for general release on Nov. 14th followed by versions for the Google Android and RIM Blackberry platforms. The happyfrog.ca site will be re-imagined and re-branded as 3rdwhale.com and tens of thousands of new entries will be added in conjunction with subsequent rolling launches in new markets worldwide.

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Fresh batch of happyfrog “Pond casts” from the Health Show

You know i dig making my wee little audio documentary interviews and … at the recent Vancouver Health Show at Canada Place, i interviewed four entrepreneurial women for podcasts posted at happyfrog.ca’s Frog blog. Thought i’d share ’em here for posterity:

Know your Local Water
Vancouver has exceptional drinking water but there is many reasons for concern – chlorination, excessive water laws, groundwater protection and finding a filter made for local water. Mary of yourwatermatters.com also invites you to speak your mind by contacting the Ground Water Advisory Board.

Grab a Stylish and Durable Bag
Bringing your own bag is easier, more stylish with Moukisac.com. Marie tells about her durable 6 in 1 bag system which starts as a fanny pack and turns into a shopping bag with a variety of small sacks for bulks, produce and even sprouting.

Dried Fruit for Washing Clothes

Soap Nuts are a fruit for washing clothes – the waste water is non-polluting, the soap packets are compostable and the smell is like lemongrass. The fruits are grown, dried and prepared in India and fairly traded to green consumers in Vancouver. Learn more about Sapindus (aka soap nuts) at Wikipedia

Healthy Food and Packaging to Change the World
At the Vancouver Health Show, Dave talks to Alex a mother and entrepreneur who, with her partner Colin, produce dried whole foods packaged in cellulose, glass and with no glues. They discuss carbon footprint, local sourcing and creative distribution. Visit madewithlove.ca.

Hemp for Victory with Author Kenyon Gibson – Choogle on #52

In Camden Town London, Uncle Weed visits Hemp for Victory author Kenyon Gibson to discuss his motivations and influences for writing the book, using hemp for fuel, fiber and food, unique modern hemp products, the political pressures surrounding re-mainstreaming cannabis hemp, activism tips for emerging hempsters, his research for UK Parliament on hemp as a replacement crop for opium in Afghanistan, plus conversation on contemporary hemp production in the United Kingdom and around the globe.

Plant a seed for Hemp for Victory – Choogle on #52 (.mp3, 38MB, 47:05)

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Hemp for Victory Author Kenyon Gibson

Get Hemp for Victory

“Hemp for Victory: History and Qualities of the World’s Most Useful Plant.” [ISBN 0-9549939-0-X, London, Whitaker Publishing, 2006.
Hemp for Victory in the UK through Whitaker Publishing
Hemp for Victory in USA via Mina Wear

Hemp for Victory reviews

Just Published in UK: Hemp for Victory – Kenyon Gibson’s new book Hemp for Victory: History and Qualities of the World’s Most Useful Plant, is out in paperback at $29.95, printed on tree-free hemp Mina Hegaard of Minawear Hemp Clothing is one US distributor. Bulk orders can be made via Kenyon Gibson, or from the publisher’s site, www.whitakerpublishing.co.uk. More information is available on Kenyon Gibson’s Hemp for Victory web site which includes a link to a recent Guardian article about hemp and the book.

“The talented researchers and writers assembled by Kenyon Gibson have gone above and beyond the call of duty by creating a phenomenally documented compendium on cannabis hemp. Paralleling the numerous uses of cannabis hemp, Hemp for Victory details its social, political and economic impact over the years. Historical and current information covering a wide range of relevant topics makes Hemp for Victory especially useful for an equally wide range of readers. Environmentalists, farmers, patients, and manufacturers will all benefit from Hemp for Victory.
From the budding hempologist to the seasoned activist, Hemp for Victory is a must have.”

John E. Dvorak, Board Member and Treasurer of the Hemp Industries Association, founder and curator of the Boston Hemp Co-op’s Hemp History Library and Museum

Kenyon Gibson resources

Kenyon’s Hemp for Victory blog and bio:

“My interest in hemp was started when my younger sister told me about the benefits of the plant. After reading up on her remarks, I was not surprised to see that major corporations and politicians have kept this information suppressed and tried to give hemp a bad image. As our climate deteriorates and our economies suffer, it is time to put the foot down and demand a change for the better. With hemp, we could make a safer, fairer and cleaner world. Writing about this for the last seven years has finally produced “Hemp for Victory”, and I hope that it will awaken the reader to the opportunity we have to make a change. There was such a plethora of information on hemp that one book could not contain it, and as events are unfolding daily, it is good to be able to blog about it; otherwise, I’d never have finished writing, as the temptation to add just one more bit was part of the reason for the long gestation period for “Hemp for Victory”.”

Kenyon edits the Journal of Industrial Hemp Association

Speech by Kenyon “The Best People in History Used Hemp

Article by Kenyon “Hemp The Bush That George Grew

Kenyon Gibson is all smiles outside Sainsbury’s Camden Town, with his hemp bag
Kenyon Gibson
Photo by Sagar at Hemp and Natural Fibres

Hemp is at hand” article in The Guardian by Annie Kelly, Wednesday September 27 2006

excerpts:

For decades, UK farmers were banned from growing a plant wrongly associated with potheads. But this versatile member of the cannabis family is moving back into the agricultural mainstream.

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The hemp community insists that it is moving hemp away from its associations with drugs and the people who smoke them, but tensions still remain.

“I loathe the fact that there are still people who think the hemp industry is run by a bunch of potheads trying to legitimise their own drug habits,” says Kenyon Gibson, hemp researcher and co-author of Hemp for Victory, a new book on the history and uses of hemp. “It could not be further from the truth, but there are people out there who benefit from keeping the link between hemp and marijuana alive and kicking.”

He believes the misrepresentation of hemp as a dangerous narcotic has been pushed for decades by international conglomerates, who are well aware of the threat that the plant poses to their trade.

“It was the large multinationals who helped ban hemp decades ago, and it’s the large multinationals who are still ensuring that natural alternatives to their products are being sidelined even in this time of environmental chaos,” Gibson says. “Look at how many trees we could save by investing in a global hemp paper industry. Look at its potential to contribute to natural ethanol, yet we’re lagging behind countries such as Brazil which are making great strides in creating fuel from domestic products.”

Token investments

“We can’t let token investments from the government into niche hemp industries divert us from keeping on pushing for the true environmental potential of hemp to finally be exploited,” Gibson continues. “The true power of hemp will be unlocked only when we’re able to use it to challenge large-scale, environmentally-damaging industries, and this isn’t happening yet.”

It is a line that companies such as Hemcore are eager to distance themselves from. Hobson says that his company prefers to treat hemp as a sustainable but commercial product, rather than getting into arguments about corporate politics.

But for Gibson, Pugh and others like them, the two issues are inextricably linked. “As hemp once posed a threat to some investors, so it does again today – for which reason some would rather leave the issue of hemp alone,” Gibson says. “With such a commodity, many positive changes can be put in place from which we can all benefit. The battle to get this recognised still needs to be fought.”

Happy Sunday with the Vappy Man ~ Choogle On! #43

On a rainy Sunday, Uncle Weed visits Happy Vappy‘s designer and entrepreneur Ferdinand at his workshop in commercial East Vancouver. They discuss reasons for using a herbal vaporizer for enjoy ganja as well as his inspiration for his business, new improvements to the Happy Vappy, why the Vappy is handy for medical patients, what’s up with convection and temperature control plus useful Vaporizer use and maintenance tips.

Warm up with Happy Sunday with the Vappy Man ~ Choogle On! #43 (.mp3, 11:04, 15MB)

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Music:

“My Children, Be Joyful” Rock Plaza Central

are we not horses (2006, CD)

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Bacon, Biscuits and Hemp Ed ~ Choogle On! #39

Whilst visiting mentor/amigo Hemp Ed in Pe Ell, Washington, Uncle Weed chats about cellulose fuel conversion, logging industry, tasty eggs from hemp seed fed chickens laden with omega 3s fatty acids plus Willie Nelson’s peaceful bio-diesel revolution, Ed’s Alaskan logging hi-jinks, Finnish saunas and Hemp Express Van flashbacks. Visit Hemplobby.org (be sure to download the “Practical Guide to Cannabis” .pdf) and Ed’s HempLobby Chronicles blog.

Download Bacon, Biscuits and Hemp Ed ~ Choogle On! #39
(.mp3, 37.5MB, 27:18)

Choogle on with Uncle weed podcast

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Music:

‘Bio’ Willie Nelson [BioWillie Fuels] “A Peaceful Solution” (origin unknown)

The Numbskulz “Roadtrip (instrumental)” (hear Numbskulz on Choogle on #26 and #19 – a third episode “Numbskulz Grow Up” coming soon)


(photo by Eve Lentz from Practical Guide to Cannabis)

The Hemp Ed van on an Cascadian Adventure.


Canada Day at Gnomedex06, Part #1

At Gnomedex tech and culture conference in Seattle, Jay (aka Unabonger or Cosmo) and Dave (me, Uncle Weed) offer Canada Day wishes and recap Broadband Mechanics and Marc Canter’s mighty party, the absurdity of stealth start-ups and venture capitalist, Dave Winer who created RSS, and preview PT of Make Mag and check out the t-shirts, lounges while walking into the conference for the official Canadian recognition and seeing Tara Hunt and so on.

International Festival Weekend – Urban Vancouver podcast #2

Host Dave Thorvald chats about International festival funtimes during a busy Vancouver weekend.

While strolling around Victoria Park near Commercial Drive during Car Free Fest Day, he recaps visits to the Richmond Asian Night Market, Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, East Van Chopper Fest plus mentions Stanley Cup playoffs, Vancouver Canadians baseball season opener, Hemptown Clothing, some amazing Marimba kids, World Cup soccer, Queen of Samba with her costumed dancers, bar-b-q’ed sausages, Guinean drummers, a nutty band called Bonkers and more Vanstyle hi-jinks.

Listen up to Urban Vancouver #2 (18:09, 12MB, .m4a enhanced with dozens of splendid photos)


charging to the finish line
snapshot by Dave O, more on Flickr

Down at the New Amsterdam ~ Choogle On! #22

Uncle Weed heads out with Reverend Bob and Padowan Zach to spend a Sunday in downtown Vancouver’s preferred locales for herbal enthusiasts in this Enhanced Podcast – fortified with photos, links and other surprises.

Justin of the New Amsterdam Cafe gives the straight dope on the chronology of the ‘potblock’ – Cannabis Cafe, HempBC, Blunt Brothers, the great fire of 2004, and more – plus insight on the perks and challenges of the running a cannabis-friendly cafe.

Then, after a visit to BC Marijuana Party bookstore, the lads head to The Cambie Inn for liquid refreshment and herbal respite before a Seabus voyage to Lonsdale Quay.

Listen Up – “Choogle on with Uncle Weed #22” (m4a) – enhanced podcast – fortified with pics & links
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New Amsterdam Cafe in Vancouver BC

Wellness at Canada Place – Urban Vancouver podcast #1

Host Dave Thorvald Olson discusses innovative products and noteworthy entrepreneurial endeavors with exhibitors, plus makes observations on consumer attitudes, economics and public policy at the Wellness Show at Vancouver’s Canada Place on February 4th, 2006.

jorg and olif bike

Listen Up: Urban Vancouver #1 Podcast ( 20:56, 20MB, .mp3)

Interviews include:

Rob of Jorg and Olif bikes – importers, improvers and merchants of classic, Nethelander-style, steel bikes complete with flower basket and smooth style

Charles of Living Harvest – an emerging company producing and distributing protein-rich products from Canadian grown hemp seed cake and who have big plans for worldwide distribution.

Kristian of Level Ground Trading – a coffee importer forming relationships with farmers in impoverished areas to aid in social development while growing tasty, organic beans to distribute from their base on Vancouver Island.

Mike of Manitoba Harvest – a pioneering hemp company who feature a “seed to shelf” process to ensure top quality for the ‘power foods’ they export to the USA now that the DEA ban is history.

Plus observations on the Omega Harvest Hydroponic Rotary Garden, phyto-plankton, Emu oil, plus commercial hemp history in Canada and the DEA vs HIA US court challenge.

flying high on a rainy day

Note: Originally posted at UncleWeed’s blog at Urban Vancouver on March 1, 2006 & recorded or Feb. 4 2006.

Seed and Weed Primer ~ Choogle On! #14

Out for a walk, Uncle Weed rambles on about cannabis laws, seed economics, connoisseur varieties and personal responsibility.

Listen Up! Choogle on with Uncle Weed #14

Vancouver afternoon