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Down the South Rim (Grand Canyon 1)

Down the South Rim (Grand Canyon 1)

Grand Canyon Ramble Flashback (circa 1988)

Grand Canyon – 3 guys and their packs
Grand Canyon – 3 guys and their packs on the trail

Received some photos as a complete surprise… The fella above in the middle J/C.T (who I’m not sure I’ve seen since this journey in 1988) tracked me down to send this delightful documentation from a walk across the Grand Canyon. The emotionless faces were intentional and we were having a much better time then we let on (probably) :-) That’s filmmaker BGK on the left.

Note: J/C and me each had loaded up 24 cans of warm beer (purchased with my fake ID) to keep the trip a bit weirder.

On the North Rim after completing the crossing

In brief:

Getting packs together before starting down

Day one, knee busting endless steps all the way down to South rim (including a tunnel which revealed the canyon bottom

Tunnel to bridge

Day two across the hot bottom, refreshed by a swim in a perfect pool and time for contemplation of the indigenous folks who’d roamed these canyons before we did so for “recreation”.

Cooling off in waterfall with a hole
Life on bottom, contemplating and breathing

Day three, brings nothing but up up up the North rim which included pockets of snow and, upon getting closer to the top, piles of donkey/mule shit, while we avoided the (lazy!) tourists riding on their burdened backs.

Me and BGK at top of the North Rim
Me and BGK at top of the North Rim

We celebrated and gave thanks with a sacrifice on a stone altar.

Sacrifice to the Canyon in gratitude
Sacrifice to the Canyon in gratitude

Love tracking down analog gems like this!

Victorious ramblers!

Aside:  Also, he reminded me of our 30th high school reunion is this summer. Technically, I dropped out and attended/graduated “adult high school” at the local community college which was one of my smartest ideas ever as i took photography, mountaineering, ceramics as well as creative writing, humanities and geology (just to get onboard with this field trip). Renaissance guy in training indeed.

“Art Technology Are Old Pals” Talk Transcription (Wordcamp Vancouver 2010)

Transcription of a talk called “Art and Tech are Old Pal” at Wordcamp Vancouver in 2010. Video no longer exists (thanks to blip.tv) but audio exists, as does a “round-up” of photos, tweets, artifacts, and so on. See “Consider Perusing” below.

Dave: I bet you’ve had a lot of knowledge today, so you’re probably pretty exhausted.  I’m pretty wiped out but that’s mostly from the speaker’s dinner last night.  Thanks to the organizers for bludgeoning us the night before.  I really went there.  This will be fine.  I’m just going to pop in for just an hour or so.  It turned out to be longest bus ride of my life on the way home.  Overall, we’re good.  So, Mr. John Biehler on keyboard. [applause]

So, I do my best thinking in the bath because you can’t do anything else.  When you’re in the bath, there’s really nothing else you can do.  You certainly can’t use your iPhone unless you put it in a little Ziploc bag.  You shouldn’t be using your laptop.  That’s just dangerous.  I can’t use my vaporizer because I’d be electrocuted.  So really, all that’s left to do in the bath is thinking.

Recently, I was in the hospital.  Hit me the slide there, John.  While I was recovering and having my scrambled eggs and stuff like that, I got to thinking about what a strange conundrum.  What a strange piece of place of history that we live in with this tool.  I was thinking about coming to talk to you guys.  I had to have something because I really couldn’t think about it because I really couldn’t do much of anything.

I started thinking about how weird it is that all of a sudden art and technology were seeing these fruitions of time where all of a sudden a lot of you are making tools, writing codes, I went and sat in some of the things, and John’s talking about Map and all the new innovations of WordPress 3.0., I use the free WordPress.com, so I’m just letting you guys figured out how to build the tools.

But, all of a sudden, we’re replacing time that guys are making tools.  You’re also expected or in some way producing content for these things.  All of a sudden, you have this new publishing platform in front of you.  I started thinking, because I’ve always been caught in space between art and technology as evidenced here with my King Tut exhibit there, that was pretty good and that’s the important part of taking risks, just proof and point about when you make art, you got to take some risks.  

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Art and Tech are Old Pals – WordCamp Vancouver, 2010

Photo John Bollwitt

Gist

Some of my pals rallied up WordCamp Vancouver recently and i was among many other pals as a speaker. Like last year’s WordCamp Whistler “Greeks to Geeks – Are you Worthy?” (video), I took the closing slot to tell my artsy/history stories after they all had a hectic day of technical learning.

Audio

Art and Tech are Old Pals – Prezo from WordCamp Vancouver 2010 (.mp3, 1:04:17 , 59MB –Available as VBR MP3 and Ogg Vorbis via Internet Archive)

Blurb

By exploring technological innovations from tubed oil paints and graphite pencils to telegraphs and mountain bikes, Dave will explain how scientific innovation spurs the creative process and how to balance the cranial hemispheres to foster the seemingly opposed disciplines of both building a publishing platform and producing compelling content using WordPress.

Stories and examples will draw from Van Gogh, HD Thoreau, Word Perfect, telegrams, Gnomedex, mountain bikes and the channeled scablands in eastern Washington.

Slideshow

Art and Technology are Old Pals (embed in your blog to share with friends!)

Artifacts

Here’s a round-up archive the artifacts from the “Art and Technology are Old Pals” prezo.

Snaps

by John Biehler
by Rebecca G.

Short Form Commentary

penmachine @uncleweed By all accounts you kicked ass at #wcyvr10 once again. Well done! 9:53 PM Jun 13th

DuaneStorey @penmachine yah @uncleweed hit one over the Green Monster on Saturday… 9:55 PM Jun 13th

arianecdesign @penmachine Indeed he did! @uncleweed, you capped the afternoon with a smile at #wcyvr1010:03 PM Jun 13th

robertdall Breaker Breaker -> DaveO @uncleweed http://flic.kr/p/89QEs3 doing his best Smokey & the Bandit impression. #wcyvr1012:33 AM Jun 13th

robertdall Dave O @uncleweed doing his thing http://flic.kr/p/89MiGx WordScroll #wcyvr1012:30 AM Jun 13th

typefaster @uncleweed loved your talk today, here’s a pic I got of you – http://is.gd/cNjGb – 10-4 good buddy.- 9:16 PM Jun 12th

therealkazia @uncleweed Fantastic and inspiring end to WordPress camp! Thank you! 5:34 PM Jun 12th

mariskar Sunshine and music on Granville Island after @uncleweed‘s great closing talk at Wordcamp! #wcyvr2010http://twitpic.com/1wania5:25 PM Jun 12th

kempedmonds Awesome shot of what missed out today @ #wcyvr as @uncleweed closes the show http://j.mp/9Pw3iA by @JohnBiehler4:44 PM Jun 12th

arianecdesign All @uncleweed was missing were a couple of SyQuest disks and an 8-track tape player! #props #storytelling #wcyvr104:38 PM Jun 12th

johnbiehler Here’s @uncleweed closing out #wcyvr10 http://flic.kr/p/89N9D44:11 PM Jun 12th via Flickr from West End, Vancouver

npdemers Ohmygawd, Dave Olson is hilarious. And hey, I’ve got a couple hours to kill. Let’s visit the museum! #wcyvr103:53 PM Jun 12th

robertdall If Dave Olson was a reglion I would be a believer. 3:33 PM Jun 12th

typefaster oh my… floppy disks. If we start talking about BBS’s, i’ll be in full-on geek flashback mode. @uncleweed ‘s talk at #wcyvr103:21 PM Jun 12th

davemmett “Words aren’t for processing. Words are for changing lives.” – Dave Olsen at #wcyvr103:14 PM Jun 12th via Twitter for iPhone

typefaster loving @uncleweed ‘s props during his talk at #WCYVR10 … we’re so obviously from the same generation. Long live the 70s + 80s :) 3:04 PM Jun 12th

vanessa_chu And the clothes change happening at #wcyvr10 as @uncleweed goes back into the future to the 70’s. 3:03 PM Jun 12th

vanessa_chu Enjoying @uncleweed‘s story telling session to close a full #wcyvr10 day. Art & tech unite! 2:46 PM Jun 12th

airdrie @uncleweed art vs technology. #wcyvr http://moby.to/nnbxn22:45 PM Jun 12th via Twittelator

wordcampyvr Art and technology are old pals #wcycr10 @uncleweed http://twitpic.com/1w9dgb2:42 PM Jun 12th via Twitter for iPhone

Miss604#WCYVR10 winding down. Coffee, muffins, & the storytelling of @uncleweed http://twitpic.com/1w9d5z2:41 PM Jun 12th

msamye .@uncleweed is a great final speaker for #wcyvr10. Stand-up meets tech = ftw. 2:41 PM Jun 12th via TweetDeck

johnbollwitt Final session of the day with none other than @uncleweed #wcyvr10 http://tweetphoto.com/26922162:40 PM Jun 12th

mariska @uncleweed is up! http://twitpic.com/1w9cib #wcyvr102:39 PM Jun 12th

johnbiehler Everyone’s eagerly awaiting @uncleweed‘s closing talk at #wcyvr10 http://flic.kr/p/89Qmw32:38 PM Jun 12th

Wrap-up

Miss 604 Rebecca Bollwitt: WordCamp Vancouver 2010 Wind Up

Duane Story: WordCamp Vancouver

Miscellanea

Pod-radio-tech-speaker @todmaffin has some concerns and comments about “geek-Camps

I notice that some of my social media friends in Vancouver have put together an excellent day tomorrow called WordCamp (a day about WordPress). There are sessions on using WordPress as a CMS, being curious for a living, SEO tips, and the inimitable Dave Olsen presenting “Art and Technology Are Old Pals.”1

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Locals still talk about Dave’s über-inspiring “Fuck Stats. Make Art” presentation at Northern Voice a couple of years ago for which he received a lengthy standing ovation. []

Video

Note: Alas, video no longer available, leaving placeholder in case can be re-found

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