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Meta: Sortganizing & Archiving {Errors & Omissions}

Dossier of Importancy Pod Stories at Purple Thistle

Gist: As i am undergoing an epically wonderful slog of personal archeology, i love the part where i find new treasures, less-so is tidying up already created things, but (as you maybe know), i’ve migrated 13+ sites/feeds/channels into one mega site (almost 5000 mixed-media posts) a few years back (thanks Duane).

I tell you this because: sometimes there are “errors and omissions” – broken links, missing images, duplicate posts, mis-categorization etc. Sometimes these are import errors, typos or sloppiness by me or helpers (often hired by Upworker etc.)

For example, recently (Dec. 2020) David G. noticed the audio embed for the “Taos Hi-jacking Incident” was borked (there was an extra “http”) and i also noticed the url slug didn’t follow my conventions. Thanks to his noticing, these are fixed. I have a spreadsheet to track such things (yes, its true, me a spreadsheet!).

Oh i should mention, most all the pods from “Choogle On with Uncle Weed” and “Postcard from Gravelly Beach” series, as well as the “grab bag” of lectures, spiels, riffs etc as “Community Feasthouse” are hosted on Internet Archive for future proofing. i.e.:

https://archive.org/details/podcast_choogle-on-dave-olson-creati_taos-hi-jacking-incident-from_1000395102535

So two more things:

1) If you find errors and omissions, please submit on errors and omissions form (natch)

2) You should totally listen to the story of the night at gunpoint. When i recorded the riff year’s ago, i’d fallen out of touch with the co-conspirator Sooby Ahmed, but now back in touch and he can confirm and extrapolate any details required. 

Update: Sooby errr “Sohaib” says, 

listened to and with a nostalgia that took me back. While others were feeling beat and on the road we hit a bump! The generation its been or so since is less the surprise than this incident. I think it went well though. Thanks for recapturing!

Notebook: Grandpa Roadtrip (AZ, NM, UT, Mexico), 1989 + #daveo50 musings

Notebook: Grandpa Roadtrip (AZ, NM, UT, Mexico), 1989 / cover

In my #daveo50 “personal archaeology“ project, there are over 160 posts pre-scheduled (before baby), however there are at least another 100 in draft form and then still shelves and boxes filled with treasures…

Ergo: The other day I popped out to holy barn studio for the first time since the baby came home and randomly picked up this notebook and it’s pure gold… a log diary from a road trip with my grandpa through UT, AZ, NM, Mexico etc / with no agenda, no school, many motels, every national & state park & monument, endless diners (incl his flirting with waitresses). i’m posting it here as an “placeholder“ reminder to myself that this project can continue on all year and beyond beyond… so much evidence, so many oddities, such documentation.

Notebook: Grandpa Roadtrip (AZ, NM, UT, Mexico), 1989 / final page detail

I also remember that Douglas Coupland exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery included a display of his notebooks telling me that “the work is the art“ and in this case, this humble $.35 spiral-bound notebook with a mix of my scribbles and my grandpa’s delicious cursive is “the #art” the rest is ancillary.

“So it is written, so it is done”

PS: This note posted elsewhere regarding this “discovery” of personal archeology: 

…My heart stopped so many times while opening up all these archives… I’ve moved so many times and been through so much uncertainty and so much turmoil and chaos in my life that the fact these things survived is truly miraculous and each shred of paper and scribble of handwriting is cherished. My grandpa was a colossal character, a real “big Fish“ type… I’m still not to his country count on my travels or to his level of charm so to see his handwriting and remember that trip is really quite splendid.

Notebook: Grandpa Roadtrip (AZ, NM, UT, Mexico), 1989 (final page detail)

See more: artifacts from this trip at: Mementos: SW Road Trip with Grandpa, 3 B&W views (Arizona, New Mexico)

Note: I wrote a story about a bit of the trip and specifically one morning on a First Nations “reserve” with a few observations while waiting for something to open (note to self: post that up sometime) and read some of it in a Postcard from Gravelly Beach podcast too as well as a tribute to him in another.