Category Archives: Personal Musings

sometimes i have something to say about me, life and the passage of time – schemes, ideas, holiday dispatches, thoughts and dreams that aren’t too private and other journalling

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (Lomo camera)

Personal Archeology Exhibit – #daveo50
Pre-scheduled Daily Ephemera / 2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

In creating the 200+ posts for this personal archeology project, I’ve used all sorts of different tools (analog and digital) to capture the artifacts and ephemera sourced from creations made from other analog and digital tools… Like a recursive mirror looking at yourself – ha! #meta  In doing so, to add an extra layer of meta, i’ve documented (some of) the tools used to create original projects.

In this case, a  Lomo “La Sardina” sardine can camera – modelled after cameras used for espionage and intrigue by erstwhile spies for clandestine operations – this one, a special cork covered limited edition and uses 35 mm film.

For more fun, i use whatever old crusty expired film i can get my hands on (tip: look at the bottom shelf of dusty old drug stores), and has a battery powered flash with some snap-on filters for weird effects.

Sometimes the film loads rather *incorrectly* so the images get split across two frames, further, a night in a psychedelic Volkswagen bus sauna seems to have melted a lens somewhere to make things even fuzzier – there are a few other tricky features built-in, (by tricky, they’re very simple but create tricks like long or double exposures).

When traveling, tend to stay away from snapping at a lot of pictures and instead feel like a third grade Ansel Adams in that I carefully consider each frame, that said, the results are very different then a master photographer using a large format camera, so really, the point doesn’t stand whatsoever… but what I mean is: I make scrapbooks, paintings, sketches, poems, occasionally some ambient audio recordings and a few digital reference photos when needed but enjoy the fuzzy hazy unpredictable snaps from the 35mm camera… I especially enjoy when the exposed roll of film is lost/ stashed/ possibly forgotten for a period of time and then I need to track down somewhere to develop meaning the results are known months or years after the shutter snap.

The results from this Lomo camera are scattered throughout this archive, specifically from Kerala, India (on Remembrance Day), a train ride through the length of Thailand (co-mingled with poems), collections from Grateful Dead concerts and driving across the US Midwest (time-lapse-ish), oh yeah, Big Cottonwood Canyon and the aforementioned VW bus to Diamond Fork hot springs to Las Vegas.

Dig in for your own amusement, that’s the point. Snap click wind wait.

fondly, dvo/uw

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (lighters)

Personal Archeology Exhibit – #daveo50
Prescheduled Daily Ephemera / 2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

“Personal Archeology” project heads into the stretch run towards 50 on 16.8.20 / just shy of 200 posts of artifacts > From elementary school report cards to fake IDs, newspaper clippings to folk legends.

I’ll tell you a secret: there’s another 100+ in the “draft/pending“ folders that I didn’t quite finish up to get into the flow so maybe a bonus round in the autumn.

Also, I barely started the deep digging kura grain barn studio stash so really have enough to keep going another 50 years. #goal

Hope you found some interesting evidence of where our lives intersected and/or found some inspiration for digging into your own remarkable past and sharing your story in a unique way.

I’ve had a notion to do a little “musings & tactics for personal storytelling” video / Might get to it eventually but I’m pretty busy kissing a little baby’s head over and over again. If you have questions though, hit me up.

fondly, dvo/uw

UW 3>s Peace / Alternatives are Unworthy (Remembering Nagasaki)

Peace. Try > Be > Do. Alternatives not worthy.

a replica of the plutonium bomb “Fat man“ dropped on Nagasaki on Aug 9, 1945, 11:02 AM  (as seen at the museum in Nagasaki)

UW <3s Peace

Remembering “all“ (I mean *all*) victims of war. It’s not worth it, let’s talk/respect/listen/find another way.

Fck hubris, imperialism, fascism, totalitarianism, feudalism, false divinity, insecure bullies, tyrants, despots, inherited monarchy plus liars, dictators & deceit in general.

I live up road from Hiroshima (bomb coulda been here instead) & visited (wonderful) Nagasaki in Feb (early C19 daze) > hard to go to those places without understanding the horrific costs, as well as the resilience of recovery in the horrendous aftermath.

Worth noting I also went to Tinian where Enola Gay took off, lived in Guam and landed on the runway on Peleliu Palau (Bloody Nose Ridge). Explored all the points of view by reading dozens of historical accounts, every documentary can find, fictional movies, historical podcasts.

Everywhere I think of the ridiculous cost of humans and opportunity and resources and endless heartbreak resulting from conceit, imperialism and hubris.

We ask the wrong questions & the results are horrid for so many, beyond “they did so we should…”

For more about how Japan tangled itself all up in a mess, listen to “Dan Carlin‘s Hardcore history“ podcast fantastic series “supernova in the east” each segment about 4 hours(!) but he’s a great storyteller and unpacks in great detail while not getting overtly “political“.

More rabbit holes (my pardons for lack of a proper copy edit / just annotations, notes etc via a various sources) re: war in Pacific + characters, forgotten-ish storylines, further reading…

Also, on various Netflix (or use VPN to skip around country), series called “Tokyo Trail” a joint Japanese /Dutch production going into war crimes trials in Japan… Judges from all the different Allied countries, trial stretched on for seemingly forever, endless conundrums

Yet another Netflix somewhere, a movie called “Yamamoto” something something, Japanese production telling story of Navy Admiral who was (mostly) against *trying* to attack the US but was put in charge nevertheless… Explores tension between Army’s aggressive goals and gluttony

Hard to get my head around how people can be so decent and kind in these times, yet 2 generations before were ruthless killers / turns out it just takes a few maniacs in power, rhetoric, brainwashing about exceptionalism + public pressure to send culture off rails

John Hershey’s long form essay in the New Yorker about Hiroshima is an absolutely fantastic piece of writing about most dreadful of topics. Thinking about #Hiroshima and #Nagasaki so much / as well all the cities that “might have have been” / so many broken dreams and lies #peace.

Another riff with with several more deep tome historical readings about war in the Pacific, breaking it down “play-by-play“ day by day, hour by hour in some cases. Post includes digressions, annotations & asides, read anyhow ;)

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” / 6.26 ~ 8.16 (passport & shots)

Personal Archeology Exhibit – #daveo50

Prescheduled Daily Ephemera / 50 years in 50 days

2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

Ergo: evidence, artifacts, ephemera, oddities, identification (fake and otherwise), cards, snippets, maps (often cryptic) / curated collections, contextualized for amusement & inspiration

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” (ribbons)

Personal Archeology Exhibit – #daveo50
Prescheduled Daily Ephemera / 2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

Yup, somehow, friends who I *assumed* were pleasantly checking out my little “personal archaeology” project have *no idea* about my endeavor, others are surprised to hear I have a website at all (really)…

Then again, others contact me and say “how’s things at h00tsweet these days?” (Whoa!) or “I’m heading to Lynn Valley, you want to meet up?“

I mean “yeah” but I’ve been gone gone gone so long and now live in Japan #ForeverHome

In other words, the cracks between the boards are some times bigger than the boards  #BeYourOwnAlgorithm

Anyhow, just another artifact from #daveo50 daily pre-scheduled series of ephemera, oddities, evidence, miscellanea, media snippets, projects, identification (fake & otherwise)…

More of “the B-sides” rather than “greatest hits” you’ve likely seen.

You’re super smart so you found the goodness.

PS Especially enjoy hearing recollections from folks about when our lives intersected / tip: stick a search term (your name, a project, a place) into the site and see what pops up

Kitchen: just tidying up, no big deal

“Celebrating” the Canucks game in the “usual manner”… Washing dishes.

Will enjoy an iced coffee while doing so at least (and think about a little bit of a house renovation to change up the closet size kitchen)

Yeah, all finished! ~ Japan life at Tsuchida Cottage, Okayama

Diary: Ichiro clothes hanging to dry

Ichiro set for sharp outfits for a bit. Sorting into “now” “soon” & “later” piles.

Thank you for all the wonderful gifts, having so much fun dressing him up (though I always want to wear matching outfits #WorkingOnIt)

Also working on special “thank you” cards for the folks who sent things along (as usual, i’ve over-complicated this idea but totally worth it, right?)

Address Reminder:
Ichiro Stanley Olson
937-1 Tsuchida, Naka-ku
Okayama-shi, Okayama-ken
703-8217 Japan

Handy: Postal Tips and details

 

#daveo50 “Personal Archeology Project” / 6.26 ~ 8.16 (passport and suitcase)

#daveo50 Personal Archeology Project / June 26 ~ Aug. 16

Personal Archeology Exhibit – #daveo50
Prescheduled Daily Ephemera / 50 years in 50 days
2020 6.26 ~ 8.16

Ergo: evidence, artifacts, ephemera, oddities, identification (fake and otherwise), cards, snippets, maps (often cryptic) / curated collections, contextualized for amusement & inspiration

#daveo50 “How May I Help You?” (UVCC library, 1988)

#daveo50 “How May I Help You?” (library)

#daveo50 “Personal Archaeology” project…

“How May I Help You?”

Please do let me know.

(from job at Utah Valley Community College library)

Consider perusing at your leisure > you will (likely) be amused

Diary: Choosing a Tree from City (for baby)

Our local city government of Okayama has a splendid program which offers us a choice of tree sapling upon significant life events, including wedding and birth of child. As we’ve accomplished both now, we get a second tree. Hooray. 

(As you likely know, selected a Peach / Momo for wedding, picked it up from a park and blossomed this spring around when John Prine passed). 

The choices include Japanese maple, dogwood (provincial tree of BC), and a few others. We ticked the box for “peach” (which are the “famous item of the area” and mailed in the postcard and will await instructions to pick up to add to our burgeoning orchard of fruits here at Tsuchida Cottage.