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Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54

Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers

From a skunk-scented perch along Mosquito Creek, Dave spiels about feverish dreams in a Mexican clinic, personal archeology, mirages about the Wonder Hotel, and reads verse about late trains, dammed rivers, watching ships, and men in white coats walking past.

Take your vitamins for: Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54 (128k mp3, 16:35, 15MB)

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Fact Checking Dossier for Political Animals

This list is borrowed from Democrats Abroad newsletter and was compiled by Beverly Bandler of DA-Mexico for easily fact-check and de-bunk rumours and innuendo which spread during this time of political intrigue.

PS American ex-pats … are you registered to Vote from Abroad? Be sure to fill in the forms and ensure you rballot arrives to your international address in time to count.

Factcheck is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, “consumer advocate” for voters to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

Snopes validates or debunks urban legends, Internet rumors, and email hoaxes.

Fact-Checker “truth squads” the national political debate, focusing on the issues that are most important to voters.

Urban Legends covers Internet hoaxes, email rumors and urban legends, including petitions, politics, and protest.

Truth-o-meter is “a scorecard separating fact from fiction. A project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly, it helps find the truth in the presidential campaign.”

RealClearPolitics claims to be an independent political site offering the best commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources.

Campaign Desk Columbia Journalism Review Campaign Desk fact checks the media.

OpenSecrets, the site of the Center for Responsive Politics, is your “guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy.”

On the Issues seeks to “provide non-partisan information for voters in the Presidential election, so that votes can be based on issues rather than on personalities and popularity.”

Gnomedex Lineup

I may take this year off from Gnomedex. Not that i don’t enjoy it immensely but because i am sick of spending rare sunny summer weekends indoors geeking out. Family and outdoor leisure time is so scant and August is the stretch run before the months of drizzle begin anew. I am always spieling forth for fall/winter confabs instead.
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Though i am grateful for Chris Pirillo being a Zhonka Broadband customer, i may not make it this year though i am sure my amigo y amiga will manage to tear it up anyhow.
the crew at EMP

Here’s some flashback videos from previous years:

Plus Darren Barefoot’s “Stacie” speech: Darren Barefoot speaks at Gnomedex, 2007 +
Darren Barefoot speaks at Gnomedex, 2007 – Part 2

and the Canadians take over Gnomedex

## Via Pirillo ##

Here’s the proposed lineup of speakers for this year fresh from Chris Pirillo.
http://www.gnomedex.com/initial-speaker-line-up-announcement/

What’s happening at Gnomedex 8.0 this year?

We’re learning about the ReacTable Project with Arick Lindross:
http://reactable.iua.upf.edu/

We’re discussing the cult of Internet celebrity with Sarah Lacy:
http://www.sarahlacy.com/

We’re talking about social search trends with Danny Sullivan
http://searchengineland.com/

We’re putting the user in control of vendors with Eve Maler
http://www.xmlgrrl.com/blog/welcome/

We’re engaging Gen-Y with the young entrepreneur Mark Bao
http://markbao.com/

We’re seeing how social media reaches the third world with Amanda Koster
http://www.salaamgarage.com/

We’re finding fun and frivolity with Eric Nakagawa
http://icanhascheezburger.com/

We’re noticing how open source is changing hardware suppliers with Jeremy Toeman
http://www.buglabs.net/

We may (Schedule Permitting) gain insight with Brian Cox of CERN
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Cox_%28physicist%29

We’re discovering what went into the Mars Rover mission with Scott Maxwell
http://marsroverdriver.blogspot.com/

We’re creating our own 3D fabricators with Evan Malone
http://fabathome.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

We’re tripping into Internet Black Holes with Ethan Katz-Bassett
http://www.cs.washington.edu/research/networking/astronomy/hubble.html

…and that’s just the beginning. :)

Howling at Land and Sea – Postcards #53

Howling at Land and SeaVisiting the Woodshop on Steamboat Island amidst hayfever and national holidays, Dave and Wm. Lenker exchange spontaneous musical freeverse tales of Pennsylvania, Agana Harbour (Guam), Jericho Beach (Vancouver), and Lake Crescent (Washington) while wounded Samson howls along.

Weigh anchor for: Howling at Land and Sea – Postcard #53 (128k mp3, 17:51, 16MB)

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Podcasting for Social Change – Net Tuesday4 with DaveO and All-Star Panel

What: Net Tuesday4 – Podcasting for Social Change


When: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 5:30 PM!

Where: WorkSpace
400, 21 Water St.
Vancouver BC
V6B 1A1

More: Meetup, Facebook Event

Sponsors: Communicopia, Social Signal, and WorkSpace

Topic: Ways Non-profits/Social Change orgs can use podcasts to spread their message

Three ways:
1) publishing conferences and repurposing stuff you are already making
2) event and campaign crowd coverage (including micro podcasting i.e. utterz)
3) special reports interviews etc.

To make it easy, we’ll cover:
1) planning
2) producing tips (with toys to demo)
3) publishing/promoting

panel:

dave olson – moderator/podcaster
john bollwitt – podcaster and audio engineer
rob cottingham – social change technologist
roland tanglao – mobile pundit and tech-evangelist

Trainspotting a CP Classic on the Gastown Rails

Tis no secret i enjoy trains and would ride trains everywhere given a choice of trains, planes and automobiles. I noticed this noble Canadian Pacific train idling on the tracks by Waterfront station. I snapped some identification shots to find out the story from a transportation veteran like Stephen Rees.

My biggest question is: Can i ride this Halifax? Really, how do i get aboard with a berth and permanent seat in the bar car? Who’s running this train?

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This train looks to be from the era of the Trans-Continental Pop Festival’s fabled “Festival Express” train from the legendary train+alcohol+LSD-powered cross-Canada tour of counter-culture bands (Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band) in 1970. I’d love to recreate that trip!

Side note: here’s how the tour went down:

Concert dates

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http://flock.com

Talking happyfrog and Greening Planet Earth – Evolution Radio (2008)

Nick Kempinski from Evolution Radio 107.9 (run by students at BCIT) interviews happyfrog.ca’s Community Manager Dave Olson for the Planet Earth show.

Topics include the ways happyfrog helps green businesses and organizations, ways to get involved in greening the planet, as well as Dave’s background as a traveler, writer and activist.

Hop into: Dave Olson talking happyfrog on Planet Green show on Evolution Radio (3:02, 5MB, .mp3)

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