Writer, Activist and Mudracker Cory Doctorow in Vancouver to Talk to ya

Cory Doctorow is mighty.

Besides being former outreach coordinator for EFF (who might save your a$$ one day), he is an editor of massive traffic generating Boing Boing and a well published science fiction writer and lecturer on writing.

Here when i should spew forth praise for this renaissance guy, and linkto all his stuff, .. but … i am mostly posting this so i don’t forget to go see him spiel forth at SFU’s downtown campus (in the Harbour Centre), Thursday, March 8th at 6PM. I reserved a spot, yup in on top of it eh.

I heard his speak at Gnomedex 06 and he is wise, witty and on top of sh!t to be sure.  You are a sucker for not showing up just to check his iconoclast schtick and groove-on specs.

Here’s what he said on his blog (which i pasted here for joyful redundancy):

Vancouver speech, Overclocked launch, Mar 8/9

{photo by Bart Nagel at http://craphound.com/bio.php]

I’m speaking at Vancouver, BC’s Simon Fraser University on March 8/9, in a couple of events that will include launches for my new book, Overclocked — and I’m delighted to note that the book has sold out its entire print run in two weeks and is going back to the presses!

The talk is presented by the Faculty of Applied Sciences’ Leonardo Institute, a non-credit graduate program that examines the risks, uncertainties, ethics, and art of applied science.

Doctorow’s topic is The Totalitarian Urge: total information awareness and the cosmic billiards. “It’s about how technology changes the way we view social problems,” says Doctorow. “Older mechanical technologies make us see the world as deterministic, knowable and manipulable. New emergent technologies like the Internet teach us that control is an illusion, the universe is out of control and laughing at us, and that the more we watch and control, the more problems we have.”

The lecture will be presented twice: Thursday March 8 at 6:00pm in the Fletcher Challenge theatre at SFU Vancouver (515 West Hastings St.) Free. Seating is limited. Reservations, 604-291-5100. Friday March 9 at 3:30pm at SFU Burnaby in Academic Quadrangle, C9001. Free. Arrive early to ensure a seat.

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Thrashers Game Night Variety Pack – Canucks Outsider #49

Grab bag episode with host Dave Thorvald talking trade deadline and pre playoff prognostication with transit-riding Dan Funboy plus some South East division insight to set up the game night at the Thrashers (thanks Mark) extravagnaza including copious history and pre-game skate analysis of callups, veterans and stars.  Plus Dave checks in on the Jeff Cowan show vs. Gretzky’s Coyotes with rec league dynamo Chris Bob Sugar.

Download Thrashers Game Night Variety Pack – Canucks Outsider #49 (44:11, 41MB, .mp3)

Music snippets: “Fake out” by Derek K. Miller of IHR (hear them review my beloved M Audio Microtrack) plus Bread and Av playing “$20 Bill” and Mark Olson playing “Flame.”

Canucks Outsider #??

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Kurdistan – The Other Iraq

My brother Lt. Magnum (USN) is in Iraq and recently traveled to Kurdistan and says,

“I am in Irbil (sometimes spelled Erbil.) It is Capitol city of Kurds (you know, in Iraq, they have Arabs and Kurds) – you should look for it on a map. Kurds have culture closer to Turkey. Also, Irbil is a lot closer to Turkey than to Baghdad. The camp is run by the Korean Army. Only about a dozen Americans here.

Kurdistan – The Other Iraq

I flew down on a Japanese Self Defense Force C-130 painted pastel blue. My Japanese buddy, Major Natori, hooked me up.  Today I got a tour of a vocational school and a hospital that the Koreans built here. I met lots of really friendly Iraqis who are getting an education. A lot of them speak English really well and even make jokes.

This place is so nice. Lots of hills and green grass. The air is very clean and clear. Maybe like North Dakota from pictures I’ve seen, or Mongolia.

It is fun being with the Koreans. I ate lunch and dinner at the Korean cafe. For lunch I had bulgoggi and the red hot spicy soup that Kaito likes. It has meat and tofu and big green onions. For dinner, it was mackerel Korean style, two types of KIMCHI, and beef with Toppogi mochi. And rice is sticky rice. It is delicious after all American in Camp Victory for 4 months!

Anyway, the adventure continues.

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Kris Krug took a pic of me at Northern Voice 2007

Northern Voice 2007
Originally uploaded by kk+.

Yep, that’s me getting all arts and crafty for my podcast production presentation at northern voice / moose camp. My amigo – the noted Vancouver fashion photographer Kris Krug (aka KK+) kicks down the deluxe photographs of yours truly indeed.

This one of me removing paintbrushes from a sushi roller whilst wearing my sunny day festivus gift scarf coupled with the JCPenny sweater (from The Dalles, Oregon) and used Patagonia organic cotton shirt (thanks Heather in Idaho) make this shot an instant classic ;-). Fashionista i am not, the ‘style’ just flows naturally and no i don’t spend a lot of time on my hair or beard grooming, it just looks that way.

Kruggers is also is a community building advocate a global-minded Vancouver blogger and flickr photo superhero whom i plan to bribe to take a family photo to replace to goofy one on my Pa’s wall.

Vancouver Panorama from Cypress #video

DaveO shares knowledge like a tour guide on a visit to a scenic lookout point on Mt. Cypress road.

After pointing vaguely towards the Gulf Islands, Fraser Valley, Burrard Inlet, Stanley Park and Lions’s Gate Bridge, he caressingly creates a few panorama shots of the environs with a soundtrack of earnest folks taking photos.

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Police in Vancouver

After rehearshing in NOrth Van the past while, this announcement is totally unexpected but exciting.   Stand in line now for tickets!

LOS ANGELES — The Police 30th Anniversary reunion world tour will kick off May 28 at Vancouver’s GM Place and travel through North America until early August, Sun Media has exclusively learned.

CANOE — JAM! Music – Artists – Police, The: Police reunion tour starts in Van.

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