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Choogle on! with Uncle Weed bonanza rolling down the rails with momentum …

Yup two more episodes out the door today – shocking i know.  I’ll post brief descriptions here and/or you can easily browse on over to Choogleon.com – plus you are subscribed by now right?

Now which one will i bust into next?  A vaporizer testing session perhaps?  Or a late night San Jose missive?  Maybe an interview with a Vappy maker or author?  Keep tuned-in to find out.

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Greenwich Village Rooftop NYC Diesel Smokedown – Choogle on #40

Late night hoots on a historic Greenwich Village rooftop with Uncle Weed talking with a Canadian friend about NYC scenes and buildings plus 9/11 recollections, vacuum tubes, ferries, oreo cookies, the last ink factory, Hudson fireworks, hockey lock-out, law school ideas, propane tanks and lawnmowers, 2002 Cannabis Cup (see pics if you are Uncle Weed’s ‘friend’ on Flickr) and minor police incidents plus a few confessions (lousy joint roller and typist) and a self-aggrandizing plug for Zhonka Surfbreaks free wi-fi for the people!


Bacon, Biscuits and Hemp Ed – Choogle on #39

Whilst visiting mentor/amigo Hemp Ed in Pe Ell, Washington, Uncle Weed chats about cellulose fuel conversion, logging industry, tasty eggs from hemp seed fed chickens laden with omega 3s fatty acids plus Willie Nelson’s peaceful bio-diesel revolution, Ed’s Alaskan logging hi-jinks, Finnish saunas and Hemp Express Van flashbacks.  Visit Hemplobby.org (be sure to download the “Practical Guide to Cannabis” .pdf) and Ed’s HempLobby Chronicles blog.

Heading to a Book Expo in the Big City (and fiddling with Shelfari)

For the day-job (shilling ecommerce software) I am heading to NYC (paraphrasing Stevie Wonder monologue from “Livin’ for the City” – “New York City, just like i imagined it, … skyscrapers and everythang”) for the world’s biggest book industry trade show. As a book enthusiast and a perennially aspiring writer, i am a wee bit excited despite the myriad tasks to accomplish to make the trip useful for my work.

book expo america

Every dang publisher large, small, micro, foreign, local, topical whatever will be there it seems and i kinda wish i was going there with a manuscript to hustle rather than as a working stiff but perhaps the observance the goings-on will remove some of the mystery shroud i keep holding up around the unholy alliance of commerce and art.

Just poking around the list of exhibitors and attendees, there a million little presses publishing literary works which i have never heard of – and they seem to be helping their writers to succeed. Is this possible or i am mental? Both are likely but regardless, I will plan to outreach and educate myself and perhaps pursue publishing my massive collection of this and thats once i know a little more how the game works – shoot i don’t even know how to get an ISBN because i don’t care, i just wanna write, but to do that i need to time and space resultant (crassly enough) from ugh … money.

Good news is, I sold three essay articles last year at (who hoo @ .20 cents a word) 2 were lead stories plus scoured up some mainsream media coverage about my podcast projects. And managed to get back rolling with writing freeverse which i lost my voice for a bit while writing expository works, case studies, business docs, press releases etc.

Next up, giving Letters from Russia (.pdf) an edit in preperation to pass around to get some distribution to the peace loving peeps of the world and then get back to work on my longer pieces which i draft, start, outline, think about, fiddle with, scribble on but never really bear down cause (admission following) i am always waiting for a 6 month sojourn in a quiet cabin with beverages, hot springs and bird signing – which may not happen for some time.

Anyhow, this books expo deal … the conference director Lance Festerman is blogging and they are even putting out a Book Expo podcast and started a BEA Shelfari group.

Gravelly Beach on Shelfari

You may know that I love my books and my bookshelf and use the both the arrangement and the contents as a motivational starting point. Shelfari allows group and community interaction based on the books you put upon your virtual shelf. The usability is very nice and brisk. I signed up a while back but did not do anything with it but now invite you to stop by and visit Gravelly Beach on Shelfari if’ ya wanna interact on books and such.

Using Social Media for Artistic Endeavours at Vancouver Film School (2007)

Notes on the white board from VFS Lecture

Lecture by me (Dave Olson) to Robert Scales‘ class at Vancouver Film School on March 29, 2007. My occasionally witty, yet sometimes convoluted banter, is laden with anecdotes on publishing, planning, development, outreach, promotion and collaboration, particularly about HempenRoad film project.

Roll camera for:  Using Social Media for Art Endeavours – Dave O Lecture at VFS (52:42, 51MB, mp3)

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Vancouver Review worth your Twelve Bucks

Vancouver Review is a tasty and high-quality, hyper-local literary journal which i read cover to cover (well the 2 issues i got my hands on anyhow) while sailing aboard the Seabus. I’ve scored the two copies from my fave espresso lounge (Cafe Milano AKA Turk’s West) and am going to scratch out a few ducats for a subscription.

The current issue (pictured below) include discourse on bio-regionalism’s evolution into a cultural and economic meme, a review of two western decades apart, a post-modern telling of an ancient-feeling story and banter on Canadian politeness and the lack of employment in literary characters.

Plenty of local references and Douglas Coupland drippings abound in the oversized glossy which folds nicely into my lunchbox.

… and … The VR is now accepting poetry submissions … a beacon which always catch my eye but … i just write poetry, i don’t know how to analyze my work and refine for submission. Which ones are worthy and.or topical? No clue.

Vancouver Review = $12 for four issues!

Mail a cheque (in Canadian funds) made out to Vancouver Review to the address below, together with your name, mailing address and, for our records, your email address and phone number. (International subscriptions $28; institutional subscriptions $32. All prices in Canadian dollars.)

Painting in Goudy’s Parc Guell in Barcelona


Painting in Goudy’s Parc Guell in Barcelona
Originally uploaded by Uncleweed.

That post about Picasso got me looking through Europa trip photos. None of Pablo’s private museum (located in a grand old funky manor house in downtown Barcelona) but here’s this one of me painting at Gaudi’s Parc Guell right after visiting the Picasso museum.   Painting all loose and free d from constraints for replicating form , … No mad skills here, i just try to listen to my surroundings and not think about what i am doing while i am splattering paint onto surface.

Picasso’s paintings causing disturbances – Thoughts about Art and Ownership

I am an aficionado of art in general but for me, the most scintillating and infectious era of painting spanned roughly from the ending of the impressionists to the start of the abstractionists – Van Gogh to Picasso in brief – in there are Matisse, Vlaminck, Toulouse-Latrec, Chagall …

I also follow along as various Van Gogh and Munch’s are stolen and sometimes recovered and meditate (for lack of a better word to describe deep, lucid thoughts occurring while walking and not-thinking) on the reasons and logistics for art thievery and the conundrums and tensions between art and commerce in general.

Anyhow, A few weeks back, a story of quadrillionaire impresario Steve Wynn excitedly put his elbow through Picasso (and received tons of really favorable press from it – he’s clumsy and an art enthusiast the articles say). He had to cancel a sky-high deal to sell the piece and sent it into repairs.

Meanwhile, another Picasso (one I particularly like too) is accused of being obtained under devious and dubious surroundings – indeed diaspora results in art and objects d’art to be left behind, sold at a discount rate, hidden never to be found or otherwise experience an unplanned change of hands.

How to present a case? Is one really entitled to damages from a third-party (meaning someone who did not “steal” the painting but may have purchased it off someone who did obtain it in tense circumstances)? Should The Louvre, for example, return Hammurabi’s code? But to whom?

Egypt’s ancient and rich legacy is another example of a museum taking, but ultimately preserving, objects that otherwise would’ve been scavenged by bandits and melted and sold. The Haida art local to the Northwest might have been lost with many of the tribe (small pox etc) had the somewhat(un)-scrupulous sea captains not taken precious artifacts to London for cataloging and preservation – later to help revive the art for contemporary artisans.

In the case below, the factoid missing from the briefing is how the wealthy banker obtained the painting in the firstplace. There may well be a chain of devious behavior but either way, i’d prefer the piece to end up in Pablo’s fine museum in Barcelona which, while full of fascinating pieces showing his progress as an artist, lacks some “major” pieces from what is perhaps his most enduring era of his craft.

$60M Picasso taken off auction block (CNN)

POSTED: 11:05 a.m. EST, November 9, 2006

NEW YORK(AP) — British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Art Foundation withdrew a Picasso painting worth up to $60 million from a planned Christie’s auction Wednesday amid claims by a German man that he owns the piece.

TheLloyd Webber foundation and Christie’s said ownership claims by Julius Schoeps meant a “cloud of doubt has been recklessly placed” on the ownership of the painting from Picasso’s Blue Period, “Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto.”

Schoeps is suing the Lloyd Webber foundation, saying in a federal complaint that he was an heir of wealthy Jewish banker Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy from Berlin and that the banker lost the painting in Nazi Germany in a “forced sale.”

Vancouver Sculpture Bienelle

Vancouver is hosting a collection of world-class public outdoor sculpture for a period of time. All the details are at: http://www.vancouverbiennale.com/

Art and photography enthusiasts may consider contributing to the Flickr Vancouver Bienelle Group which is also a contest of sorts as you may win a nice lil prize for your efforts.

My snaps are tagged and stashed on Flickr but here’s a few samplers:

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Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso (and others) in Seattle via OlyBlog

Source: Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso (and others) in Seattle | OlyBlog

My buddy Cosmo – and knowing that i am an enthusiast of Vincent Van Gogh and modern-ish art in general – passed along an Olympian article (now that i live in North Vancouver, i thankfully don’t read it much ;-)) about a exhibition in Seattle put on by the friendly billionaire Paul Allen.

In short, the exhibition will juxtapose works of art from different eras in an attempt to emphasize the similarities of concept or intent despite the apparent differeces in medium or technique (i.e. Monet next to Jimi Hendrix). In other words, art is art is art unless it is not art.

Here’s the roster (BTW, I am totally gonna see this stuff and try to resist my art thief impulses).

More about The DoubleTake: From Monet to Lichtenstein via Seattle PI.

Orion – Gravelly Beach #16

Gravelly Beach series

Orion – Gravelly Beach #15
9″x9″
oil on stretched canvas

Onisan – Gravelly Beach #15 (by brother Bob)

Gravelly Beach series

Onisan – Gravelly Beach (by brother Bob)
charcoal