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Where will I be for Vancouver 2010? via JohnBollwitt.com

Where will I be for Vancouver 2010? via JohnBollwitt.com

Rebecca made a post the other day asking this question, and this past week has been littered with fleeting thoughts of, “holy crap, the games are actually here.” I decided to walk home …

Source: Where will I be for Vancouver 2010? – JohnBollwitt.com

Pope Funk & Rome – Crazy Canucks in the Fanzone Suite (video)

John Bollwitt writes, “We were able to hook up John Biehler with a spot for suite night, and he made this great video snippet while we recording the last segment of this episode.”

Pope Funk & Rome from John Biehler on Vimeo.

TCC#79 – Canucks Fan Zone Suite Night

Canucks Fan Zone Suite Night 2009

John Bollwitt says, “Come along for a ride with all sorts of hi-jinks with not only your TCC crew, but a whole bunch of Canucks fans who are on the new media front lines with coverage of our favorite team in the NHL. Thanks to the Vancouver Canucks organization, members of the Fan Zone had the awesome opportunity to take in the preseason match against the Anaheim Ducks at GM Place from a fifth level suite. DaveO leads the way throughout this episode while introducing you to other great folks that bring you some great, alternative Canucks coverage.”

TCC#79 – Canucks Fan Zone Suite Night

in the abyss, one man stands alone…

in the abyss, one man stands alone … with only a giant stein of beer and a crocheted beer can toque to protect him … how will he survive?

Via @johnbollwitt Dude, this screams cover art for something. {note: this is a wild photo – seems so serious while goofy)

Miss604 rocks my *famous* furry hat

Miss604 rocks my hat made famous by Don Cherry – Who do you prefer?

a) Miss604 (by John Bollwitt) 

or b) Don Cherry by DaveO

Happy 38th Birthday Tribute from Miss604

Rebecca Bollwitt, my dear pal and social media co-conspirator wrote a lovely birthday post for my 38th birthday, Aug 16 2008. I am very fortunate for these lovely words.

DrupalCamp Vancouver Day Two

Here are a few:

Hopping into the wayback machine let’s explore late 2005. John had just moved to Canada to be with me and decided to add me on his podcast, RadioZoom as co-host/local expert. At the time he was immersing himself in podcasts and connecting with interesting hosts all over the globe. One person that he had been corresponding with was Dave Olson, who did several podcasts and made appearances on Clubside Breakfast Time. I’d often hear stories from John about the ultimately cool Uncleweedand Cosmo G Spacely.

After meeting in 2006, we ventured out into the hockey podcasting realm in October of that year with the great Uncleweed. Since then it’s been a non-stop adventure withThe Crazy Canucks along with our co-hosts JJ and Alanah.

The Crazy Canucks on CKNW talkin' bout Podcasting


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Photo credit: Raul on Flickr

On top of being a mentor in podcasting, Dave is also an inspiration to bloggers having coined the now internet-famous “F*ck Stats Make Art” motto at this year’s Northern Voice conference.

Here is a small sample of Dave’s Podcast and Blog Portfolio (not including his Raincityand happyfrog works): Choogle on with Uncleweed Podcast hi-jinks / Blog, Canucks Outsider Hockey Podcast / Blog, Out n’ About with Uncle Weed Travelin’ man vidcast,Postcards from Gravelly Beach Literature Podcast / Blog, Olympic Outsider Winter Sports-Culture / Blog, Mountain Highway Writer’s Notebook / Blog, Ephemeral Feasthouse Miscellania & Notes

Personally, Dave has always been a great friend to both John and me. He gives straight up advice, helps us cross promote our projects like crazy, and is always there to offer an inspirational word when I feel like the blogging world has got me down. I think what makes Dave even more cool in my books is that he went to high school in Surrey, just like I did. Even though there are a few years between us (I won’t say how many since this is supposed to be a very sweet tribute) we can still reminisce about the old days, the old hood, the things Whalley has seen and where it’s going. We know this place; we’ve formed ourselves through our experiences in Metro Vancouver and I hold his opinion of my site, and its integrity as a local blog, in the highest regard.

Even though we couldn’t get away to camp with Dave this weekend we’ve enjoyed many good times like watching the Canucks, talking Whalley Little League, promoting green living, playing golf, and most recently hiking in Lynn Valley.

It’s today that I raise a pint of tasty fermented beverage in honor of my bro Dave’s birthday. Here’s to many more years of grassroots media making and good times on and off the grid.

 

Podcasting for Social Change Panel at NetTuesday4 Roundup

On July 8th, 2008, i conceived and presented a panel about podcasting at Net Tuesday, a movement about using technology to effectuate goodness.

NetTuesday July 2008 The Aftermath

I made a preview video, recruited some of my fave smart folks including: Rob Cottingham, Roland Tanglao and John Bollwitt, then turned the event into a bit of a gameshow with funny hats.

Here’s feedback, reactions, commentary and more from the gig posted here for posterity.

From Dale’s Digital Doodles

The Net Squared Vancouver Net Tuesday event, Podcasting for Social Change, was excellent. Dave Olson and the panel of John Bollwitt, Rob Cottingham and Roland Tanglao struck a great balance between information and humour. And while discussing the importance of story and caring for your content, they demonstrated it.

Dave Olson, Rob Cottingham and John Bollwitt

Roland Tanglao

From Miss604’s NetSquared Liveblogging: Podcasting for Social Change

We’re just setting up now, waiting for the panelists and of course – the throngs of eager social media do-gooders that will be in attendance tonight.

Robots NO FOLLOWUpdate: David Drucker is now here (arriving with John) and he and Dave are discussing David’s post about how the Hippies Saved Vancouver.

I just heard DaveO instruct John to write something down for the panel presentation, “it’ll be like one of those 1970’s game shows,” this is going to be fun.

Update: Things are underway, “so you’re thinking of podcasting eh? First of all let me tell you you’re INSANE,” states DaveO. “It’s one thing to produce content and it’s another to have it actually do something.” Dave starts by introducing the panelists and handing them each a special hat – no joke.

Dave’s first point is to note that the least important part is buying a bunch of expensive equipment and asks the panelists to express a few points about what people should think about when considering podcasting.

Rob: “I would ask myself – do I really care enough about this subject?”

John: “What will your level of commitment be? Are you going to be able to hear yourself and like what you’re saying?” “Are you going to be able to learn with each episode.” “Are you going to have passion?”

Podcasting for Change PanelistsRoland: “Do it and don’t worry about how it goes – just try because you’ll find something. We’re all creative human beings.”

There’s a difference between making something for fun and making a big production out of something when it doesn’t need to be. “It’s not a bad idea to start on a hobby podcast before you get started on something other people are dependent on,” remarks Dave.

Update: We now get to the part where the panelists wrote key points on memo cards. John says the most important part is voice – and not necessarily the actual sounds but having your opinions and thoughts expressed. “With audio there’s very little distraction,” says Dave.

[Editor’s note: Roland is streaming this live on his Qik account]

Now what about getting to that first episode? Title, point of view (outsider/insider), the aesthetic etc. Dave notes that storytelling is paramount – it doesn’t need to be a 60 minute high-quality production, you can have your own narrative.

Dave points a few questions to John about soundseeing, which is basically walking around with a recorder and capturing sounds, and talking about what’s going on around you. “You’re going to forget stuff, you’re going to go off on tangents,” it’s okay to veer off your show notes or show plan as long as you tell that story.

Update: Dave now speaks to the folks from the Pivot Legal Society podcast about how they keep a schedule, how they create stories and produce content.

He also discusses series – taking snippets of audio, bits and pieces, and pasting it together using his White Poppies for Remembrance series as an example. Rob talks about “Bedtime with Rob and Alex” which is a podcast he did with his wife… from bed.

“Control what you give away,” says Dave. “Find out the parts of you that are interested (but don’t give away your secrets or emotions) but make it personal and be aware.” Especially when it come to doing a podcast for an organization – have that element of disclosure where you decide if you’re an insider or outsider.


David Drucker and Nancy Zimmerman @ NetTuesday – Photo credit: Raul on Flickr

“You don’t have to have an intro but your podcast is a lot cooler,” says Dave, “if John had all the time in the world he’d be producing stuff for me all the time!” Dave then curses immigration Canada for allowing John to get a work permit (thus not having much time anymore to do podcast production).

John now breaks out some mobile podcasting tools (the exact one from my Lab with Leo segment). He says not to worry about the tools to start with, just use what you can then you can hone your craft and move forward with production.


Photo credit: Raul on Flickr

There are also some websites that can help you find podsafe music to use, and others where you can find bed music and tunes to spice up your audio (like IODA). You can even find artists that want exposure who might love for you to use their tunes in a podcast – such as Vancouver’s own Derek Miller who has some great instrumental stuff. “Bassoons are great, it’s like a combo between a saxophone and a bong!” quick side note about tunes from Dave. He also says that if you’re soundseeing and folks note a microphone and want to jump up and talk into it – keep rolling! Capture that audio it might be absolutely fantastic, and is totally original/organic.

Now we’re onto the tools and gadgets, there’s a woman here from SFU’s radio station who has been recording with a device that made the panel go “ooooh!” Then Dave remembers that she gets a hat for contributing.

Dave gives a shout out to Father Roderick “on paper we have NOTHING in common, but he makes these amazing podcasts.” He also shows off his new solar power unit that can plug into his recorded to give it a charge, “of course it doesn’t always work here in Vancouver.” Rob notes that sometimes high caliber equipment can be intimidating as well, “you want a compelling and honest story,” so don’t let the tools get in the way.

Dave says the biggest tip he can give when it comes to equipment is to invest in some big earphones – your ears will thank you.

Speaking to Roland, “I don’t think someone gets something out of its box and uses it to make something creative as quickly as you do,” Dave notes. Roland says that you can use your mobile phone to record audio and video easily [Editor’s Note: See previous editor’s note about his Qik stream]. You’d be surprised at what you can use to simply capture audio on the go, like your laptop internal microphone (if you must) and even digital cameras, purely for sound.


I commented to the panel so I got a hat too

Editing tools – what do you use?

Rob: Audacity – an open source application, combined with a few other quick tools for uploading, tags and iTunes magic.

Dave: Apple’s Garage Band, “it comes with the machine.”

John: Ubercaster (for Mac) – which pushes it to iTunes and adds ID3 tags for you (which is why we use it for The Crazy Canucks andRadioZoom). The similar Windows equivalent would be Castblaster. See John’s “Podcasting 101” blog post for more tips and tools.

There’s now a discussion about free podcast hosting services but as John notes, beware – they may try to tag on commercials at the front or tail end of your audio so that probably isn’t the best solution for an organization. Rob says if after hitting the button you realize you’ve uploaded something “hideously compromising,” you have control of the files and the aggregation if you’re self-hosting.

Dave is wrapping up the presentation and Q&A, “there’s a hundred ways to do it, the trick is to find the way that works for you.” Each panelist is now stating their reason for doing what they do and what they love about podcasting while Dave goes on to preach a sort of “fuck stats make art” as it applies to podcasting. If you can find your audience, inspire, get subscribers and participants (in comment form etc.) then that’s the best he can ask for. Rob says to find measurable ways to engage people and look for “wins” if you’re a part of an organization ie. “because of this podcast we were able to…”

A question from the audience asks, how do you get a peer review with podcasting? How do you know the content you’re listening to is from a good source? Dave replies by saying there is peer review, “there are even groups of people who will get together on a Tuesday night to talk about podcasting.” With regards to the quality of the content, Roland chimes in about a national newspaper in Canada saying they’re consistently wrong in their technology section and the only ones who provide accurate information are their bloggers because they actually get immediate comments and feedback.

To wrap things up, Dave asks the panel about their favourite podcasts.

Rob: The Conversations Network
John: (cautiously mentions) the Daily Source Code, if even to know what not to do and also Father Roderick’s podcasts. Also, Island Podcasting and Dick and Jane’s for Canadian podcasts.
Roland: Coverville

Colleen asks Dave what his ideal podcast length would be, what’s the attention span? He says “seabus size” is ideal for him as he dislikes the editing process and would prefer more time creating. Someone else from the audience says she say a chart that stated 10-15 minutes is popular as well as 30-40 minutes on the longer range.

Back to John’s favourite podcasts, This American Life (excellent for story telling) and for those short bites, The Onion Radio News. Dave adds in Cory Doctorow’s podcast and Jay’s Clubside Breakfast Time podcast.

From panelist Rob Cottingham’s Can you hear me now? Podcasting for social change at Net Tuesday Vancouver

Just got back from Workspace, where Net Tuesday – the monthly meetup of folks interested in using the social web to change the world – wrapped after a fun panel on podcasting, pulled together by Joe Solomon.

Moi and John BollwittThis was my first opportunity to serve on a panel moderated by Dave Olson, whose infectious brand of high energy, wit and playfulness makes it easy to overlook the fact that you’re also learning a heckuva lot from him. (That, and the fact that there’s a good chance he’s made you wear a goofy hat. Flickr photo by Raul P.)

The panel also included Vancouver podcasting mover-and-shaker John Bollwitt, who turns out to be an utterly limitless source of fantastic advice on everything from an inexpensive, easy-peasy podcasting rig (an iPod Nano plus a Belkin TuneTalk Stereo) to IODA’s Promonet as a source of podcast music. (Check out his Podcasting 101 blog post.)

Keeping up with the succession of URLs we tended to spew was Roland Tanglao, who not only diligently popped them up on the LCD projector but also streamed the whole thing on his Qik accountand served as a panelist in his own right, drawing on his extensive experience as the quintessential early adopter.

(Sorry you missed it? Good news – thanks to Rebecca Bollwitt, you didn’t! I’m hereby proclaiming her as Vancouver’s inaugural liveblogger laureate.)

As so often happens (and fair enough, with social media), the real star was the audience. We were kept hopping with smart, lively questions and insights – and the whole experience has sharpened my thinking about podcasting considerably. I’ll be mulling this over for a while to come.

Thanks to everyone who came, to my co-panelists, to Dave and especially to Joe for organizing.

Raul’s NetSquared July 2008 Flickr Photoset

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rolexpv/sets/72157606059363338/

Behind the Scenes with Crazy Canucks on Get Connected on CKNW

The Crazy Canucks crew (well, John, Rebecca, Dave) were guests on GetConnected Radio on CKNW (Chorus Radio Network or whatever) a week or two ago. While there, John set his recorder on the table to capture the between the takes banter with hosts Mike and Yolanda talking with us about the technical and creative backstory of making podcasts and publishing them out to the people. You can even hear Mike “hitting the button” in the 21st floor studio on a beauty Vancouver Saturday in the midst of playoff mania.

This raw segment is published with an intro by John as:
TCC#35 – The Crazy Canucks GetConnected interview

Or for your convenience, grab is here:
Crazy Canucks on CKNW
(24:38, .mp3)


photo by Drew Olson on Miss 604’s photostream

Read more:

Miss 604 – Get Connected With The Crazy Canucks

Audi Hertz – On the radio to talk about podcasting with GetConnected

Dave O talks to Mike on Get Connected

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photos from Miss 604’s photostream