Open Source Culture From Romania Vancouver – Raincity Radio

Open Source Culture - Dave Olson (with mic) with developers Zak Greant and Darid Ashcer, by Boris Mann via Flick (cc)
Open Source Culture – Dave Olson (with mic) with developers Zak Greant and Darid Ashcer, by Boris Mann via Flick (cc)

Open Source Culture – photo of Zak Great and Darid Achser by Boris Mann via Flick (cc)With the eLiberatica conference in Bucharest, Romania {see also: eLiberatica 2008 in Romania – The benefits of Open and Free Technologies} approaching, Raincity Radio host DaveO, along with Boris Mann, sit down with two noteworthy presenters, Zak Greant and David Ascher, to discuss the importance of open source in emerging economies, various Mozilla Foundation projects (including MoFo, MoCo, MoMo), plus a casual conversation about OS community building and management, Romanian cuisine, prawn fishing, and developer culture in Europe and Vancouver.

Originally released by Dave O for Raincity Studios, May 5, 2008

Geek out with: Open Source Culture From Romania Vancouver – Raincity Radio (28MB, 192k mp3, 20:14)

Green-minded Bloggers Celebrate Earth Day with EPIC Coverage

Stylin eco at EpicKicking off Earth Day 2008, a group of eco-minded social media makers produced over 50 pieces of social media at the EPIC Sustainable Living Expo in Vancouver, BC April 18-20. The multi-media coverage including audio podcasts, video clips, blog articles, and a vast collection of photos. In all, the crowd-sourced campaign featured over 70 eco-conscious businesses and sustainability-minded organizations, plus numerous noteworthy presenters and even a “green” episode of CBC’s the Dragon’s Den.

The media dispatches were published using many “web 2.0” technologies including posting on the “Frog blog” and at the new EPIC Expo blog, as well as the writer’s personal blogs and various eco-community sites. The rich-media content was distributed via multiple channels including photos at the happyfrog Flickr pool, “Pondcasts” in iTunes, Frogwalking videos on and You Tube, and even micro-blogging on Twitter.

A comprehensive guide to the coverage of EPIC is included in “Get Social with EPIC 08 Coverage” or subscribe to the EPIC Expo 2008 RSS Feed.

Frog squadders at EPIC
Frog Squadders at EPIC

Brought together by BC green web community site,, the social media makers comprised a diverse assortment of personalities, interests, and demographics which resulted in a variety of topics and points of view.

Rewarded with a bamboo/organic cotton t-shirt and an “honorarium”, the “Frog Squad” showed their commitment to spreading practical ecological information to effectuate positive change with this multi-day blog marathon. The citizen journalists explored every facet of the show from sampling organic beer, vodka and coffee, to checking out presenters like Mike Holmes, Adria Vasil and Simon Jackson.

Frog blogger with Adria Vasil
Frog bloggers Miss604 and hummingbird post with Adria Vasil at EP

Working from a “blogger’s lounge” (a coffee table, a few chairs, and a borrowed Salt Spring coffee airpot) next to the happyfrog booth in the concourse, the volunteer team of experts provided almost real-time coverage by publishing continually throughout the day. The stream of content allowed interested people from out of town to experience the expo – as well as building excitement during the run of the 3-day event.

Mike Holmes at EPIC
Mike Holmes at EPIC photo by John Bollwitt

The resultant grassroots footage is dubbed “social media” since it is meant to be shared. Site visitors are encouraged to add favorite posts to their social networks and shared bookmark services, send to a friend or post a comment on the blog. Further, with Creative Commons licensing, the interviewees may re-use the content on their blogs to help magnify their message.
Stephan for Simple Shoes

  • Simon Jackson, fervent protector of the Spirit Bear, garnered a report from the floor by Raul (AKA hummingbird 604), background info by Jonathon Narvey (jnarvey), plus a podcast of his stirring presentation.
  • Super-contractor Mike Holmes’ candid presentation was live blogged by Rebecca Bollwitt (AKA Miss 604) and Raul interviewed with Adira Vasil, author of Ecoholic.
  • More audio “Pondcasts” (produced by johnbollwitt of Radio Zoom) included happyfrog Community Manager Dave O’s (daveo) conversations with the Reddot Campaign against junk mail, local news source The Tyee, a tech-activist offering solar power web hosting, Simple hemp shoes, and stylish and efficient Vespas.
  • Videos interviews with LevelGround Trading, Industrial Artifacts, Hank&Cheef, and many more vignettes from the floor with hosts Christy and Cliff.
  • Reports from the journey by two Salt Spring coffee roasters who biked their way to EPIC to tell about the company’s carbon cool initiatives and green tax on disposable cups.
  • Handmade body care crafter Naked was featured in a podcast interview and a post by eco-enthusiast Alexa Booth (xabooth).
  • Vancouver designer coverage with a Devil May Wear podcast, blog post about Dahlia Drive, and an eco t-shirt comparison including RioRain, HTNaturals and Me to We.
  • Sustainable travel tips with a podcast and blog post about Parks Canada and a post on Adventure Travel by Colleen Coplick (colleenc) who also points about the problem with plastics and the benefits of the EPIC Sigg bottles.
  • Greg Andrews (GregEh) also noticed the Sigg bottles along with Frogfile sustainable office products – ditto by Karen Fung (countablyinfinite) who also reported on the fancy solar lounge table and the design panel hosted by Shared Vision.

Natureland Organic

See all EPIC coverage at: EPIC Expo 2008 coverage.


If you are interested to learn more about how and why we took on this campaign, please contact Dave Olson, Community Manager, dave (at) happyfrog (dot) ca

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Crazy Canucks Game 7 say Be Joyful!

While i was live vid-blogging the stunning, one-for-the-ages game seven last night (still grinning), my Crazy Canucks cohorts rocked out a variety pack of festive reaction and chronicled the mayhem which spread across the GVRD and spiraled to flar flung lands from China to Denmark and beyond …

Here’s the teaser, now go grab the show if you don’t already have it in your ears.

It was a nervous first round, but the Canucks pulled it off in game seven to win the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Dallas Stars. Rebecca (Miss 604) and John (Radio Zoom)lead off this episode, stepping on their balcony to capture the atmosphere of the downtown celebration going on in Vancouver. After that, Alanah (Canucks and Beyond) phones J.J. (JJ’s Canucks Hockey) just a few minutes after he left GM Place where he had tickets for this amazing game seven. He has some great reports of the atmosphere from inside and outside of the garage, and hopefully you can make out what he’s saying from all the noise of celebrating fans in the background.

TCC#32 – Taking Dallas down in the first round

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Can you guess which Crazy Canucks these are?


Game 6 Alive for the Playoffs Wrap-up and Thanks

Big thanks to all for coming along for the ride for the live video podcast whether online or in person including regular guests Dan Funboy and Mark the Motivational Speaker plus Winnipeg Karl and all the intermission guests listed below.

Mark the Motivational Speaker and DaveO breaking it down (and inadvertantly flashing gang signs it seems) Photo by Left Antler

Nice to see many amigo y amiga on the (albeit squirrelly) chat channel including GZ Expat, Australian guy, Hot Wheel, Chris Pirillo, RadioBread, Olympia Dave and more …

Big ups to Roland Tanglao (Roland is a Bryght guy and also makes Van Eats) for tending to all the crazy tech stuff.  See also Urban Vancouver and Now Public for updates on live events.

Big thankies to Elastic Path (they make ecommerce software) for the fancy schmancy space for the instant studio

I’ve listed some random topics i remember with pertinent links to increase your knowledge.  Let me know if theres other to mention.

Next time, we’ll aim for a better chat and a WIN for the Canucks!

Canucks Outsider live video podcast
DaveO and Dan Funboy on the Live Show

Roland Flickr set – Richard photos

Kid Line

Edmonton and Toronto both had a “Kid Line”

from Wikipedia “Kid Line” entry:

The Kid Line was a NHL line for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1930’s. It included Charlie ConacherHarvey “Busher” Jackson and Joe Primeau. When they first came together as a line, Primeau was the oldest at 23 years old, while Jackson and Conacher were both 18. All three players are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

and from the Edmonton Oilers entry …

Adam GravesMartin Gelinas and Joe Murphy, their “Kid Line” (not to be confused with the 1931-32 Leafs’ Harvey “Busher” Jackson“Gentleman Joe” Primeau, and “Big Bomber Charlie” Conacher) won their fifth and, to date, final Stanley Cup

Canucks Family Cookbook

Here’s Radio Bread screenshot of me cheesing out with the 1981 team Cookbook with 2 perogy recipes (Stan Smyl’s Mom’s and Brent Ashton)

Canucks Outsider Cookbook

BC Floorball

Floorballers Stewart the Fossil” and Silly Billy Tucker ( with Dave O in the 1st intermission
Check out Floorball – here’s the When & Where

Richard’s Hockey in Iceland

Ejected Player sitting in stands
from Richard’s Hockey in Iceland (Set)

Elvar Jonsteinsson (ISL)

Born 09.10.78
Height 182 cm / 5′ 11″
Weight 89 kg / 196lbs / 14st 0lbs
Position Left Defender, Left Winger
Shoots left

Bonus: Richard’s (curator of Canucks Nation) shot of the “Beer-y-mid” on CBC’s HNICBeerymid on CBC

CBC Beerymid

Brent Ashton

Oldtimers’ Hockey Challenge – Players – Brent Ashton

Brent Ashton played for nine teams during a 14-year career, and was traded an extraordinary nine times

Brent Ashton in Wikipedia

Brent Ashton’s career hockey statistics at

Brent played for the Canucks in the 79-80 and 80-81 seasons – here’s a line:

1980-81 GP 77, G 18, A 11, PIM 57, +/- -10

Brent Ashton

  • Forward
  • Born and lives in Saskatoon
  • Married with 3 children
  • Played 14 years with nine teams in the NHL
  • Scratch Golfer
  • In the sportswear business and studying to be a Financial Planner

And Even More …

Left Antler took some great snaps and brought happy vibe – thanks!

Canucks Outsider Live for the Playoffs
The Fossil and Mark look on the big screen at EP HQ

Finally … Big thanks to my cohort Cosmo of the Clubside Breakfast Time podcast (who was at Podcast hotel) for the quick action on the clip from CBC’sOn the Coast with Priya Ramu


Too Many Daves – the ‘Nucks need a new Dave as Nonis cut loose


Did I ever tell you that Mrs. McCave
Had twenty-three sons and she named them all Dave?

Well, she did. And that wasn’t a smart thing to do.
You see, when she wants one and calls out, “Yoo-Hoo!
Come into the house, Dave!” she doesn’t get ONE.
All twenty-three Daves of hers come on the run!

He of the perfect hair, the unheralded hockey career as captain of the Maine Blackbears, a law degree, and a noted contract expert is “relieved” of his duties {Nonis relieved of General Manager and Senior Vice-President}. Alas, as a life long Canucks fans (he and me both), I am sure he is far from “relieved” and likely quite frustrated, possibly embarrassed, and certainly thoroughly disgusted. He wasn’t a perfect GM but also managed the team during a absurd lock-out, ongoing lawsuits x2, a messy ownership change and major front office personal changes.

It seemed to me, the GM, the owners, the coach and the players were a bit of an odd mix – also i am not seeing any brilliant young minds who can step into the gig with more valour then Dave.  Some say he wasn’t experienced enough or didn’t have sufficient respect from other GMs to take get calls answered and deals done but, when you compare his performance to other GMs in flux (Leafs ousted John Ferguson, Sens Bryan Murray, Floraida Jacques Martin, Atlanta’s Don Waddell) or consider the mess Doug Maclean made of the ill-fated Blue Jackets or Jay Feaster in TB or Milbury/Snow of NYI, Dave did a decent job.  Unfortunately, when stacked against Detroit’s Ken Holland, NJ’s Lou Lamarello, Doug Riseborough of the Wilds, he didn’t do enough to raise this team to the top.

I give some blame to injuries, a disconnect between coach’s system and players’ skills, and a legacy of mediocrity but those are part of the game.

BTW, anyone really thinking Ken Holland will leave the most-successful franchise of the recent era to ressurect the flailing Canucks just cause he’s from Vernon is in need of reality check. Ditto on Brian Burke. Pat Quinn is more likely (Is Quinn back IN? by Ian Bell), nevertheless i am leery of going back in time to attempt to recreate lost magic. If Scott Bowman would take the gig though, i’d pay him whatever he wants – he’s only won *everywhere* he’s worked. Pierre Lacroix used to make some deal magic for the Avs but seemed to be a no-salary cap kinda GM.

Also, no matter who’s at the helm, i am convinced the Canucks need to find a solid, money centre to build around.  All successful teams have a clutch goalie (check), a steady, defensive-minded, somewhat intimidating blueliner (sorta check), and centre who wins faceoffs, skates well, knows hockey, and is a strapping – or at least durable – lad who can distribute and snipe as needed a la Lecavailer, Thornton, Sakic, Brind a’mour … (no check) and, then a second line who can score and take advantage of 2nd tier defensive matchups (possible check). The rest of the team can slot in with the easier to find grinders, chippers, specialist, energy guys, PKers, and so on.

Right now, i’d trade anyone on the team for Malkin and Jordan Staal and rebuild around them. Since that won’t happen, and i don’t see much beyond could-be-good d-man and the possibly-a-sniper-but-undersized wingers and a string of “the next great goalie” the new GM has some work to do. The question is: How much of a rebuilding will we see this time around? The old core are gone to make money elsewhere without the drama and lofty expectations we foist upon them and everyone is tradeable i think including the suddenly holy Kesler, the belaugered Sedins, the gotta-be-pissed-off Luongo and all the 3/4 liners.

Rypien ain’t gonna save the team, nor is Raymond, Brown, Bourdon or McIver. Sure Edler and Burrows over-performed and we all love a bargain but they aren’t guys who will hoist a Conn Smythe (as cool as that’d be). No ones holding their breath for Grabner to fulfill expectations and Patrick White is a complete unknown and Schneider will take time. So where will the next Trevor Linden come from? Trade/FA or possibly a Restricted FA offer sheet (heh to RJ Umberger maybe). And old Markus Naslund – from yearly hero to persona non grata – has a all-time leading scorer ever been treated with such indifference and borderline scorn. My two-nie is on him playing for MoDo next year.

I’d very much like to know about Dave Nonis outside of recent Canucks exploits ~ learn who cuts his hair, what he studied at law school, what kind of player he is/was, who was his fave Nucks growing up, experiences in NYC, and the like but alas, Dave, we hardly knew ya.

For my part, good luck and happy times ahead to Dave.

All-time Canucks Dave Team

L Dave Balon

D Dave Baybch

D David Dunn

D David Fortier

C Dave Gagner

D David Logan

L Dave Lowry

W Dave Capuano

G Dave Mclelland

R Dave Morrison

D Dave Richter

L Dave Roberts

L Dave Saunders

C Dave Scatchard

L Dave Williams

GM Dave Nonis



Rick Steves gets even cooler with a Cannabis Policy Guest Column in Seattle PI

Travel in Europe guru, PBS super-star, decent Lutheran guy, and multi-purpose enlightened thinker Rick Steves wrote a guest column about the failed USA war on drugs policy – i’ve re-posted for educational use from Seattle

We need to get smart about marijuana


As a parent helping two children navigate their teen years, and as a travel writer who has seen firsthand how Europe deals with its drug problem, I’ve thought a lot about U.S. drug policy — particularly our criminalization of marijuana.

Europe, like the U.S., is dealing with a persistent drug-abuse problem. But unlike us, Europe, which treats drug abuse primarily as a public health issue rather than a criminal issue, measures the success of its drug policy in terms of pragmatic harm reduction.

Europeans seek a cure that isn’t more costly than the problem. While the U.S. spends its tax dollars on police, courts and prisons, Europe fights drug abuse by funding doctors, counselors and clinics. European Union policymakers estimate that for each euro invested in drug education and counseling, they save 15 euros in police and health costs. Similar estimates have been made for U.S. health-based approaches by the Rand Corp. and others.

While Europeans are as firmly opposed to hard drugs as we are, the difference in how they approach marijuana is striking. Take the Netherlands, with its famously liberal marijuana laws. On my last trip to Amsterdam, I visited a “coffee shop” — a cafe that openly and legally sells marijuana to people over 18. I sat and observed the very local, almost quaint scene: Neighbors were chatting. An older couple (who apparently didn’t enjoy the trendy ambience) parked their bikes and dropped in for a baggie to go. An underage customer was shooed away. Then a police officer showed up — but only to post a warning about the latest danger from chemical drugs on the streets.

Some concerned U.S. parents are comforted by the illusion of control created by our complete prohibition of marijuana. But the policy seems to be backfiring: Their kids say it’s easier to buy marijuana than tobacco or alcohol. (You don’t get carded when you buy something illegally.) Meanwhile, Dutch parents say their approach not only protects their younger children, but also helps insulate teens over 18 from street pushers trying to get them hooked on more addictive (and profitable) hard drugs.

After a decade of regulating marijuana, Dutch anti-drug abuse professionals agree there has been no significant increase in pot smoking among young people, and that overall cannabis use has increased only slightly. European and U.S. government statistics show per-capita consumption of marijuana for most of Europe (including the Netherlands) is about half that of the U.S., despite the criminal consequences facing American pot smokers.

When it comes to marijuana, European leaders understand that a society must choose: Tolerate alternative lifestyles or build more prisons. They’ve made their choice. We’re still building more prisons.

According to Forbes magazine, 25 million Americans currently use marijuana (federal statistics indicate that one in three Americans has used marijuana at some point), which makes it a $113 billion untaxed industry in our country. The FBI reports that about 40 percent of the roughly 1.8 million annual drug arrests in the U.S. are for marijuana — the majority (89 percent) for simple possession.

Rather than act as a deterrent, criminalization of marijuana drains precious resources, clogs our legal system and distracts law enforcement attention from more pressing safety concerns.

But things are changing. For example, in Seattle, Initiative 75, which makes adult marijuana use the lowest law enforcement priority for local cops, was recently reviewed after four years in action. The results clearly show that during that period, marijuana use didn’t measurably increase, and street crime associated with drugs actually went down.

More and more U.S. parents, lawyers, police, judges and even travel writers feel it’s time for a change. Obviously, like Europeans, we don’t want anyone to harm themselves or others by misusing marijuana. We simply believe that regulating and taxing what many consider a harmless vice is smarter than outlawing it.

Like my European friends, I believe we can adopt a pragmatic policy toward marijuana, with a focus on harm reduction and public health, rather than tough-talking but counterproductive criminalization. The time has come to have an honest discussion about our marijuana laws and their effectiveness. We need to find a policy that is neither “hard on drugs” nor “soft on drugs” — but smart on drugs.

Rick Steves is a travel writer based in Edmonds.

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Springtime Replenishment on Mosquito Creek – Choogle On! #66

Springtime Replenishment on Mosquito Creek – Choogle on #66
Springtime Replenishment on Mosquito Creek – Choogle on #66

On a chirping bird Sunday after returning from Mexico with parasite in tow, a weakened Uncle Weed recounts artistic endeavors and medical clinic visits in Bucerias, leading to a personal slow down period of less chooglin’ and travelin’ and more writing and storytelling.

You can help produce episodes via choogleon {at} uncleweed {dot} net – storyteller skillz are key. More topics include Dalai Lama’s citizenship ceremony, Winter Olympics vignettes, Americans Abroad voter registration, duty frees stores, TSA power trippers, TV vitriol, kite-boarding, drug testing, fear mongering, soldier extradition, Belize and Palau trips, novel project tbc Elsewhere, and a gamut of podcasts to enjoy. PS Send music. 

Choose a beverage for Spring Replenishment on Mosquito Creek – Choogle on #66 (.mp3, 42:42, 36MB)

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Sick in the Guts – Canucks Outsider hockey podcast #62

Returning from an ill-fated Mexican vacation in time to see the Canucks’ meaningless season finale versus playoff bound Calgary Flames, Dave rambles on about a horrential bout of gut sickness and hanging at a beach bar in Bucerias while the Canucks imploded.

Wheelchaired and sedated, he arrived home to find the Nucks missing the playoffs, sending off Trevor Linden without a final win and shifting the team in unknown directions with impending free agents, unclear strategy, and unproven prospects. Finally, Dave (comfy back in North Van) considers how the now-officially-official ownership might move forward before summoning Canucks heores of the future to step forth.

Download Sick in the Guts – Canucks Outsider hockey podcast #62 (.mp3, 50:26, 41MB)

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See also The Crazy Canucks

Thanks to Dan Funboy for kick ass analysis all season – some one give this guy a contract! and Album Art by Bread

This episode dedicated to Tom “The Tickler” Larschied – Thanks for “bringing it” even when the players didn’t (and he’s a guy with a squirrelly gut i hear)

Music: Antonio Carlos Jobim/Astrud Gilberto/João Gilberto/Stan Getz (from Dedicated to Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vol. 1), Black Angels (live at SXSW 2008 + Young Men Dead), The Constantines (live at SXSW 2008), Bill Lenker (live in the Woodshop 2006), Grateful Dead Brokedown Palace (live at Tempe Arizona 1992), the Blackberry Bushes (from Moon Pie), unknown pipers and drummers (St. Patrick’s Day parade, Vancouver 2007)

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