I proceed with this round-up trepidatiously as i tend to look forward to what’s next and try to temporarily forget recent projects once complete. Also, i am (somewhat) hesitant to ramble on about myself (sorta). But, as a note to future self, and for a record of gratitude, here is an endlessly incomplete collection of events, incidents and anecdotes from this past year (pardons in advance for any omissions).
Interested in any of these topics? Rather than me including the handy links (like i probably should), i encourage you to poke around and discover the artifacts and collections about any topics, adventure, project listed… doing so will allow me to share this sooner and move onto the next thing (plus *everything* would end up linked).
I’ll also include a few meditations and manifestations for the 2011 so you can ask me, “hey dave, how’s it going with those things you mentioned you’d do in 2011?”
The other day, i recorded a wee festive video messages to say thanks for letting me participate in your life and thanks for being part of mine:
Healing: Abdominal surgery (2nd in years), challenging recovery was significantly aided by kindness and traditional Chinese Medicine (thanks Drs. Trauben & Ying & Nagy)– tried to enjoy films during recovery but, due to pain, watched WW2 movies and documentaries to feel camaraderie from injured comrades
Speaking: Shared my stories on stages including… Pecha Kucha (Fck Stats, Make Art, remix’d), Word Camp Vancouver (Art and Tech) – thanks Duane/Dale/Johnx2/Rebecca, Social Media Camp Victoria (for day-job), plus lecturing classes at BCIT, and TNMH spiels at Capilano University 2x, Fresh Media (also a podcast lecture at this one i think… ) – Also Northern Voice video about finding voice/creativity, etc. – thanks for Andrew Lavigne, Julie Szabo, Monica Hamburg and all who showed up to watch while i lay upon a davenport
Wrangling: True North Media House – survived the tension and negativity to create a social movement of documentation, reporting, funtimes, internationalizing and explore the issues about modern media and global mega-events… from prosestors to journalists, we didn’t fit in anywhere but ended up “being” a story. Interviews/coverage in PBS Media Shift, CBC Radio multiple times, and dozens of other outlets
Internationalizing: Also Olympics in general as a fan saw a handful of freaking awesome hockey games hanging with my face people drinking tall cans in parks, meeting visitors, finding new pubs and parks, riding the bus with happy people, hugging strangers
Documenting: Along the way, i created a bucket load of Olympic Outsider podcasts on-the-go with instant publishing to bring all of you along
Documented: The With Glowing Hearts filmmakers followed me around for much of the above and combined my story with others to make a remarkable soliloquy about a city in change and various approaches to dealing with it
Awarded: Choogle On awarded 3rd place (4th kinda) in Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver which is kinda neat. Made a few more episodes (though many are hidden currently)
Yup, always on the go… here’s where (and of course there are podcasts from the trips so you can come along in my backpocket):
Austin for SXSW for the 3rd time – getting more local, finding face cafes, greenbelts with yoga tattoo artists, hidden bars and bar-b-ques. hectic fun hanging with industry luminaries where you can’t tell the millionaires from the bankrupt. Also made podcasts to detail the nuances and form an audio quest guide for rookies and chooglers. also broken leg cyborg rescue mission – cheers to John Biehler, Nadia, Flanders, Amber Case and Dave Delaney + Pugz and Laurie
Toronto including Hockey Hall of fame for 1 rapid hour, wandering new streets, cafes and bars – Canada is different there but some charming people amongst the bustle and smoke
Seattle to Subpop meeting superhero: Mudhoney’s Mark Arm, enjoying the backroom tour and going home with a box of CDs (thanks Dean for making it happen)
Festivaling: Komasket Music fest interviews with great bands and enjoyed vibe of small time fest (see also articles in Vancouver observer) shisha tents with tea, lake canoes paddles, redemption song outdoors, couch green room “backstage” – note: Bocephus King is giant and enjoys swimming. Extra thanks Kazia and “Family Man” Barrett
Roadtripping: Trip to Nelson for Christmas Day lighthouse ferry ride, soaking in a hot springs cave, local organic Nelson beer in a haunted hotel and snowy day drives + met harp/hashman Xomaha. Made a video to tell you i like ya (above) – plus a stop at Duhkabour museum (near Castlegar) in search of Draft dodger statue (a story for another time ( someone wanna fund my trip and article?))
Writing: Along with meta coverage, interviews, and miscellany, articles and essays abounded! including pieces in:
- RAIN – an interview and art piece about my personal artistic journey
- Vancouver Observer – dossiers about the inaugural SeaBus voyage, summer festivals, train travel and Remembrance day ++
- Megaphone – Let’s Get Lost, a tour of forgotten Vancouver counter-culture landmarks
- Inside Vancouver – Vancouver Tourism featured vancouverite sharing my fave activities, places and tips
- Exode – Serialized Letters from Russia (in a stylish manner)
- Granville (Varley forthcoming) – this is a big one which is a true labor of affection
+ Blogging: was “official” blogger (along with Bob from VIAwesome) at TEDX Vancouver and documented a bucket full of talks including Nardwuar and Josh Fox
Culturing: Going the Opera – twice(!) including a contemporary Canadian opera and a more trad Italian preceded by rainy night fun with draft beer and raclette at German festive market with Chris and Cinci
Meeting: Getting friendly with the CBC Radio 3 crew – admire/enjoy what they do + props to Grant Lawrence for book/tour/blog/etc.
Rocking: DOA at Anti-Olympics show with KK, Bev et al, with me in lanyard, pins, Canadian flags and assorted spangles at the Rickshaw – see also: Misfits with mon ami Scales – UPDATE: Vampire Weekend outside Malkin Bowl with a spiked bubble tea
Partying: UW 40 party with so many friends, a whole pig and endless beer and tropical drinks the next morning in the wrecked campground – also a skunk & many fine ales for later – special thanks to analog lisa and R&B Brewing – So pleased Bev Davies came and gave me a treasured gift
Officiating: Conducted a wedding (for Kemp and Sheila) and wrote a celebratory prose with influences from Walt Whitman to Gibran to Chili Peppers
Transcending: Levon Helm with brother Dan on a perfect night with a perfect buzz and all time hero with surprises including Elvis Costello. Also, during Olympics, watched Wilco rock a long, sophisticated set in a drizzly park – really started the good feelings as fireworks reflected in Yaletown and so on… (many other bands included The Stills again)
Camping: Owl Creek Howl year 3 – sitting in stream, beers around lantern during fire ban and making funny-ish videos for Lt. Magnum with Scales and Mariska
Sporting: (drunken) Whitecaps games, (expensive) Canucks hockey, BC Lions at Empire with Dad and brother) and baseball parks around BC including Vancouver Island
Exploring: I was on the bridge for the new SeaBus’ inaugural voyage along with my pal Miss604 – took a week to stop smiling (or was this last year?), Culture Crawl to Boris and Rachel’s, day-trips aplenty to hidden neighbourhoods and dozens of walks on the Varley trail
Sunsetting: Possibly last trip to Olympia for some time. Cashed in Last Word Book credit and last coffee card on a iced chai after a hardworking weekend winding down Zhonka office with Unabonger
Remembering: Observed Remembrance Day at Japanese Cenotaph at Stanley Park with co-conspirators KK, Trauben and Lis. Followed by rainy hike and plenty beers to the Legion hall for Lt. Magnum (now Commander) Brother who made it back and forth to Afghanistan safely – chance to record some fun videos and learn more about contemporary military life and culture (see also: podcast and Vancouver Observer article)
Celebrating: My pal Derek kicked cancer’s ass for another year and i went to his birthday party and danced in his parent’s swinging party room
Visting: Maddog Maccarthy, international man of silicon up from Pacifica for Greek food and Lendog up from PDX for whirlwind hockey and beers and buddy Banghi up for CDN Thankgiving (it’s a tradition) with giant bottle of Bishmills in tow
Working: You prob know i have a wicked job at which i work hard and experience personal satisfaction and significant results and enjoy collaborating with many dear colleagues – i also appear frequently in podcasts, interviews, articles etc. discussing the concerns of the company and observations of the industry but you can find those on your own
Friending: I started a list of all the people i didn’t already explicitly mention… but this will take all day so i’m taking a hike… consider yourself admired
Words & Music: This is where i’d tell you what i read and listened to but skipping this too…
Beers and Meals: ibid (see untappd.com)
2011 is bound to be full of surprises, but there are many things i must do personally to ease my mind (i.e. taxes and biz and exercise), and many i am so eager to do to fill my soul (writing, making), and many which fit in-between (web remaking, archiving).
Here are most:
- Shut down Zhonka gently – tough one and overdue
- Do my taxes early and pay off CRA
- Establish new web *everything* – it’s all a mess, all of it
- Archive all podcasts (and release purchasable collections?) – related to above, move audio to archive.org
- Craft 5 great fictional-ish stories (flash flood, caye caulker, taos incident,
- Participate in a sport(s)/activities frequently (snowshoeing, x-country skiing, trail running, tai chi, inline hockey, swimming)
- Attend SXSW music as well as interactive
- Refresh wardrobe (new thrift store shirts/pants (possibly in Austin, Texas)
- Make a quilt from old t-shirts
- Get to know Vancouver Archives, Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery
Shouldn’t be too hard, right? Give me a hand won’t you – especially with the pleasant parts. UPDATE: Need to see a dentist multiple times and aim to drink more water.
Next big projects: Revisit the Festival Express remix of a train trip across Canada teaching about wonders of personal expression and media; begin Ole Dead Gramps audio remix project (maybe); revisit Clayoquot Rainforest Dispatches to include others’ stories; make Bev. Davies interview into something.
On Canadian Thanksgiving holiday, Uncle Weed and friends enjoy Absinthe from Barcelona, with carmelized with raw sugar and a magic mushroom tea infused nature stroll with a strawberry-grapefruit joint under the Trans Canada Highway where 2 people fell through the gaps.
Pour a glass of Thanksgiving with Absinthe and Fungi Tea – Choogle on #54 (19:35, 17MB, .mp3)
Out n’ About with Uncle Weed – Travelin’ Man Vidcast – Show – Feed – iTunes
Cannabis Cup 2002 and Nederlander Stroll – Scenes of life at the 2002 Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam plus trips to Deventer, Madurodam, Haarlem and just strolling the streets en route to coffeeshops. Featuring Uncle Weed, Cosmo G. Spacely and Gazoo.
Clubside Breakfast Time podcast – Cosmo G. Spacely’s and guests chatting about Olympia music, news, tasty food and miscellaneous sundry topics at Olympia’s Clubside Cafe or other downtown locales.
A hemp-ed up guide to conscious travel in Japan as Uncle Weed (on the hoof) waxes nostalgic about backcountry squatting in abandoned villages with graves with offerings, wild mushrooms and counter-culture festivals. He relays practical tips on getting around the islands, finding hidden cannabis culture and exploring the natural beauty from sacred sites and hemp fields in Shikoku to high in the Nagano Mountains to wild ganja harvest in Hokkaido – features some unique Okinawan folk music.
Ikimasho! Japanese Mountain Satori Time – Choogle on #48 (.mp3, 15:34, 14MB)
Hemp Culture in Japan (.pdf) – a 1992-7 ground-breaking treatise on the history and cultural significance of hemp in Japan. Hemp Culture in Japan is available in .html or .pdf. For alternate versions, visit Taima.org, a site dedicated to Hemp in Japan.
Published in Cannabis Culture magazine (#13 & Best of …), the Journal of International Hemp Association (V.4 N.1) as well as excerpted in several books including Hemp Horizons, Hemp for Victory and “Hanp” from Norway.
Zen Rambling in Japan in Heads (VOL.6 ISS.04: The Travel/Japan Issue)
Uncleweed on Dopefiend’s Dopecast #80 (spieling on more about Japan and other countries)
My friend, the very bloggable Becks, is brewing up some kind of crazy blog fest for food project for this weekend. Of course this show she is nuts. Finally, the sun shines, fireworks explode, festivals abound, her hubby is off to work out of town and she blogs!?! … a post every half hour for 24 hours or something. Ech.
The wisefolk know that Miss 604 has become the prototypical community blogger (and she’s now a pro corporate blogger in day job too) and her site is a must-stop for anyone checking out Vancouver summer activities, local cultural and social commentary, tasty Canuck bits (plus The Crazy Canucks), west end beach life, lowdown on Surrey and other sh!tinteresting stuff for aging hipsters (who escaped from Whalley (i.e. me). By the way, i’ll be spending time editing podcasts and testing my new porch for beer drinking views.
Here’s her blurb with the all the deets about how and where to donate your bread for bread and jam.
On July 28th, 2007 – 1 blog post every 30 minutes, over 24 hours = 1 cause. Miss 604’s Blogathon Posts
Blogged with Flock
Out n’ about on London double-decker buses and underground tube to hook up for tea and joints with ethneo-pundit Max Freakout in counter-culture haven Camden Town to chat about markets and psychedelics (salvia divinorum, DMT, psilocybin) and reminiscing about two glorious summers of fungi legality in the UK.
Plus Brighton flashbacks with The Dopefiend discoursing on royals and morals and Max’s accounts of anarchist rallies and heavy handed actions by the coppers and parliamentary war-mongers.
Roll along with Anarchy and Fungi in the UK ~ Choogle On! #42 (.mp3, 24:28, 22MB)
Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the UK”
The Ukrainians “Anarchy in the UK
Sex Pistols “L’Anarchie”
Late night hoots on a historic Greenwich Village rooftop with Uncle Weed talking with a Canadian friend about NYC scenes and buildings plus 9/11 recollections, vacuum tubes, ferries, oreo cookies, the last ink factory, Hudson fireworks, hockey lock-out, law school ideas, propane tanks and lawnmowers, 2002 Cannabis Cup (see pics if you are Uncle Weed’s ‘friend’ on Flickr) and minor police incidents plus a few confessions (lousy joint roller and typist) and a self-aggrandizing plug for Zhonka Surfbreaks free wi-fi for the people!
Greenwich Village Rooftop NYC Diesel Smokedown ~ Choogle On! #40
(.mp3, 23.3MB, 25:19)
Billy Bragg “Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key” words by Woody Guthrie, music by Billy Bragg (and Wilco?)
Delfar 7 (Bread the Producer) “The Ferry Changes Tack” words by D.T. Olson, music by B. Rees
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)
(photo by Eve Lentz from Practical Guide to Cannabis)
From SouthEast London, Uncle Weed hooks up with The Dopefiend for a wake n’ bake Volcano session and recounts culinary exploits then they join Max Freakout for a day-trip to Brighton Beach with cellulose joints of Jack Herer and engage in political discourse from England’s role in the world to tasty hemp snacks.
Download Joints on Brighton Beach with Dopefiend and Freakout ~ Choogle On! #38
(32:40, .mp3, 30MB)
Black Tories “Lazurus” – Kill Kool Records
Clayton the Seabus Busker – “Rocketman” (Taupin/John)