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Seeking a Handmade Holiday Gift? Mavili’s Hat and Scarves at Lonsdale Quay

Mavili sells his handmade hats and scarves at Lonsdale Quay during the holidays and reports place him at other markets from time to time. His hats and scarves make great festive gifts and your money is going to a decent man working hard at his craft.

Get on the SeaBus at Waterfront Station for a :15 harbour cruise with a market at the other side where you’ll see Mavili and other fine vendors and fishmongers. Here are a few photos of Lonsdale Quay and North Vancouver etc.

His hats are made from the finest materials (mostly wool) and the workmanship is old-world outstanding – he is often sewing right on site!

This year, his booth he is on a cross aisle in the Quay Market near the bank machine – do not confuse him with the cheap knock of hats vendor. (BTW, Mavili only takes cash so the bank machine is well placed).

Here’s his photo for the record:

Mavili the Hatmaker at Lonsdale quay

He makes hats and scarves in various styles for gentlemen and ladies – i am partial to the designs with earflaps cause my ears stay warm and i feel like Holden Caulfied in Catcher in the Rye.

Some kind Choogle on podcast fans purchased this one for me as a gift. Alas i lost it.

Fortunately Mavili made me a custom made new version with a few minor changes for ever more ruggedness!

Last year i purchased colour and style matched hats for all my brothers who were all pleased. I wear one of his hats each day and am now a proud owner of a matching hat and scarf set while my brother Dan got another lid for his collection.

bros with new hats

Support this talented artisan this festive season and be sure to tell him i said hello!

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For the record: happyfrog and 3rd Whale merger press release

Green Web and Mobile Companies Merge to Help Conscious Consumers “Be Green on the Go”
Cross-posted from PRWeb

What happens when a happy frog and a pod of whales get together to change the world? Vancouver, Canada-based, green web companies 3rdWhale.com and happyfrog.ca announced an equity merger with plans to grow globally with the goal of helping eco-minded consumers make informed choices in all aspects of their lifestyle – from organic food to eco-travel.

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) November 12, 2008 — Vancouver Canada-based, green web companies 3rd Whale and happyfrog.ca announced an equity merger and plans to grow globally under the 3rd Whale name.

The merger combines 3rd Whale’s location-based mobile phone application with happyfrog.ca’s rich “web 2.0” platform providing green consumers with cross-platform tools to find values-aligned businesses. By using the company’s next generation mobile and web tools, participants can easily share their eco-smarts by adding business reviews, blog posts, and mentoring programs to help others reduce their eco-footprint.

3rd Whale is best known for the “Greenest Person in the World” contest which generated media exposure from Venezuela to Germany. 3rd Whale is the brainchild of Boyd Cohen, who holds a Ph. D in Sustainable Entrepreneurship and is an Assistant Professor at British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University. The company recently opened an office in Sunnyvale, California and is actively adding members to the executive team and meeting with venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.

Dr. Cohen, CEO, points out, “By combining happyfrog’s expertise in web delivery of green business listings, and related community engagement, with the growing global brand of 3rdwhale.com and our mobile application, we are poised to initiate truly global change.”

In just over a year, happyfrog.ca grew into the definitive directory for finding environmental and wellness focused businesses and organizations in B.C. Happyfrog’s platform also gave a voice to bloggers and the public to share their opinions about favorite businesses from yoga to sushi with the Myhappyfrog social networking platform.

Happyfrog’s “Frog squad” of bloggers and podcasters were visible at eco-trade shows and conferences, including EPIC Sustainable Living Expo at Canada Place, resulting in tremendous exposure for the businesses and organizations showing real environmental leadership.

Founded by independent media veteran Ron Williams, happyfrog was built and launched by Webby-nominated consulting firm, Social Signal (known for Change Everything, BCHydro Green Gifts).

Williams, now President of 3rd Whale, expressed his excitement with the merger saying, “When I first dreamed of creating happyfrog.ca, I knew partnering with values and technology-aligned companies would be the key to scaling to a larger base. Upon meeting the 3rd Whale team, I knew we’d found a great fit to bring our local prototype to a worldwide audience.”

3rd Whale’s mobile application (called Luna) is in public beta for iPhone and on track for general release on Nov. 14th followed by versions for the Google Android and RIM Blackberry platforms. The happyfrog.ca site will be re-imagined and re-branded as 3rdwhale.com and tens of thousands of new entries will be added in conjunction with subsequent rolling launches in new markets worldwide.

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Fresh batch of happyfrog “Pond casts” from the Health Show

You know i dig making my wee little audio documentary interviews and … at the recent Vancouver Health Show at Canada Place, i interviewed four entrepreneurial women for podcasts posted at happyfrog.ca’s Frog blog. Thought i’d share ’em here for posterity:

Know your Local Water
Vancouver has exceptional drinking water but there is many reasons for concern – chlorination, excessive water laws, groundwater protection and finding a filter made for local water. Mary of yourwatermatters.com also invites you to speak your mind by contacting the Ground Water Advisory Board.

Grab a Stylish and Durable Bag
Bringing your own bag is easier, more stylish with Moukisac.com. Marie tells about her durable 6 in 1 bag system which starts as a fanny pack and turns into a shopping bag with a variety of small sacks for bulks, produce and even sprouting.

Dried Fruit for Washing Clothes

Soap Nuts are a fruit for washing clothes – the waste water is non-polluting, the soap packets are compostable and the smell is like lemongrass. The fruits are grown, dried and prepared in India and fairly traded to green consumers in Vancouver. Learn more about Sapindus (aka soap nuts) at Wikipedia

Healthy Food and Packaging to Change the World
At the Vancouver Health Show, Dave talks to Alex a mother and entrepreneur who, with her partner Colin, produce dried whole foods packaged in cellulose, glass and with no glues. They discuss carbon footprint, local sourcing and creative distribution. Visit madewithlove.ca.

Hemp for Victory with Author Kenyon Gibson – Choogle On! #52

Hemp for Victory with Author Kenyon Gibson – Choogle on #52
Hemp for Victory with Author Kenyon Gibson – Choogle on #52

In Camden Town London, Uncle Weed visits Hemp for Victory author Kenyon Gibson to discuss his motivations and influences for writing the book, using hemp for fuel, fiber and food, unique modern hemp products, the political pressures surrounding re-mainstreaming cannabis hemp, activism tips for emerging hempsters, his research for UK Parliament on hemp as a replacement crop for opium in Afghanistan, plus conversation on contemporary hemp production in the United Kingdom and around the globe. 

Plant a seed for Hemp for Victory – Choogle on #52 (.mp3, 38MB, 47:05)

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Happy Sunday with the Vappy Man – Choogle On! #43

Happy Sunday with the Vappy Man – Choogle On! #43
Happy Sunday with the Vappy Man – Choogle On! #43

On a rainy Sunday, Uncle Weed visits Happy Vappy‘s designer and entrepreneur Ferdinand at his workshop in commercial East Vancouver.

They discuss reasons for using a herbal vaporizer for enjoy ganja as well as his inspiration for his business, new improvements to the Happy Vappy, why the Vappy is handy for medical patients, what’s up with convection and temperature control plus useful Vaporizer use and maintenance tips

Warm up with Happy Sunday with the Vappy Man ~ Choogle On! #43 (.mp3, 11:04, 15MB)

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Bacon, Biscuits and Hemp Ed – Choogle On! #39

Bacon, Biscuits and Hemp Ed – Choogle On! #39
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. 

Fire up the griddle for: Bacon, Biscuits and Hemp Ed ~ Choogle On! #39 (.mp3, 37.5MB, 27:18)

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Canada Day at Gnomedex06, Part #1

At Gnomedex tech and culture conference in Seattle, Jay (aka Unabonger or Cosmo) and Dave (me, Uncle Weed) offer Canada Day wishes and recap Broadband Mechanics and Marc Canter’s mighty party, the absurdity of stealth start-ups and venture capitalist, Dave Winer who created RSS, and preview PT of Make Mag and check out the t-shirts, lounges while walking into the conference for the official Canadian recognition and seeing Tara Hunt and so on.

International Festival Weekend – Urban Vancouver #2

DaveO chats about International festival funtimes in a busy Vancouver weekend including Commercial Drive Car Free Fest Day, Richmond Asian Night Market, Scandinavian Midsommer Festival, East Van Chopper Fest and more hi-jinks.

While strolling around Victoria Park near Commercial Drive during Car Free Fest Day, he recaps visits to the Richmond Asian Night Market, Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, East Van Chopper Fest plus mentions Stanley Cup playoffs, Vancouver Canadians baseball season opener, Hemptown Clothing, some amazing Marimba kids, World Cup soccer, Queen of Samba with her costumed dancers, bar-b-q’ed sausages, Guinean drummers, a nutty band called Bonkers and more Vanstyle hi-jinks.

Catch a bus to International Festival Weekend – Urban Vancouver #2 (18:09, 26MB, 192k .mp3)

Also available as “enhanced podcast” with photos included: International Festival Weekend – Urban Vancouver #2 (64k .m4a, 12MB, 18:09)

charging to the finish line
snapshot by Dave O, more on Flickr

Down at the New Amsterdam – Choogle On! #22

Down at the New Amsterdam – Choogle On! #22
Down at the New Amsterdam – Choogle On! #22

Uncle Weed heads out with Reverend Bob and Padowan Zach to spend a Sunday in downtown Vancouver’s preferred locales for herbal enthusiasts in this Enhanced Podcast – fortified with photos, links and other surprises.

Justin of the New Amsterdam Cafe gives the straight dope on the chronology of the ‘potblock’ – Cannabis Cafe, HempBC, Blunt Brothers, the great fire of 2004, and more – plus insight on the perks and challenges of the running a cannabis-friendly cafe. Then, after a visit to BC Marijuana Party bookstore, the lads head to The Cambie Inn for liquid refreshment and herbal respite before a Seabus voyage to Lonsdale Quay. 

Listen Up – “Choogle on with Uncle Weed #22” (m4a) – enhanced podcast – fortified with pics & links Subscribe – “Choogle on” in iTunes

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Wellness at Canada Place – Urban Vancouver #1

Urban Vancouver Wellness at Canada Place - jorg olif

Host Dave Thorvald Olson discusses innovative products and noteworthy entrepreneurial endeavours with exhibitors, plus makes observations on consumer attitudes, economics and public policy at the Wellness Show at Vancouver’s Canada Place on February 4th, 2006.

Listen Up: Wellness at Canada Place – Urban Vancouver #1 (20:56, 20MB, .mp3)

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