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Shodo mantras & “next steps” on blackboard (for #Circumnavigation poetry book, annotated)

this is the important one, For Stanley (so he knows the emotions and adventures of his Papa), For me (for hanging in there in the rough patches), and For Pals (that’s you, for supporting me and listening to my rambles)

Not able to work on poem book today but snapped shots yesterday as part of my “meta-documentation“ / in this case, Shodo-style mantras and reminders + an up-dated blackboard “next steps” list.

its seems *obvious* but to keep in my flow with inertia and momentum, i write everything out

Also keeping a notebook of records listened to in the process. #Circumnavigation

yes, one is hidden because its about ghosts / this part of the bench is quite messy as full of projects to come after the book project (which is happening on the other bench)

Circumnavigation poetry book / update about environment and routine

update about my “circumnavigation, of sorts” poetry book project… kind of like a slacker #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month campaign), briefly:

yes, its true, i dig a nice checklist

trying to stay within my energy envelope which means couple hours a day max #mecfs

my barn studio is a sanctuary: dark, calm, cool

made a nice environment + keeping a notebook of records played + “warming up” with a few letters and postcards

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Vignettes & Lists / tying dangling ends

[Oh, I should be more clear: these are things done recently, a few things I might do today, and things that might happen in the next couple weeks, possibly… I move very very slowly and have to nibble at life in tiny pieces but, I often make lists as a sort of diary & brain-offload]


  • ordered 5 white 15mm buttons for an Ichiro Japan baseball shirt (made in China)
  • ordered various sawtooth frame hangers and related hooks
  • some family photos framed + 2 more underway with mat board
  • investigated buying own mat board cutter
  • roasted pumpkin seeds


  • making soy milk
  • ordering supplies for making 4kg of miso
  • wrote aerogramme to a poet in a car crash (he’s ok but…)
  • wild boar rampaged the compost bins (again, as is their privilege and routine)
  • now made oatmeal and coffee
  • today is grocery order/delivery from co-op

Hoping today/tmrw/etc to:

  • put kura desk on swivel casters
  • assemble packet for Gary Snyder
  • finish a few more Kerouac in Kobe dossiers
  • try a new power adapter on an external harddrive
  • move a speaker to higher shelf
  • maybe a few more mix cassettes
  • book reviews for Amy C & Marc Z

also on list:

  • set up a mic to record “logistical announcements” for 2 podcasts to “reclaim ownership” on itunes (added in 2005 and worried about losing the feed)
  • charge a typewriter-style keyboard for poetry assembly
  • back to hospital on Thurs.
  • schedule a visit with shodo artist


  • Mailed aerogram(me)
  • Casters on desk
  • started to clear out a bunch of empty boxes
  • plugged in hard drive and it works (so many back ups from 2015) 
  • Moved the speaker
  • Now filtering soy milk
  • Bit of lunch and the grocery order is next

Yes, I’m doing too much but I hate being stuck in bed so when I’m able to get up and about, I always overdo it and never learn the lesson.

Am I reminding myself? Maybe, I don’t know I’m not very good at this 😞

List: books of note / recent-ish (from a bus)

Semi-legible list of recent books read… in bed a lot recently so staying off the robot screens and looking at the pages of the words.

Some of these may be a couple months ago but can’t remember if I told you or not – anyway I made a list {which includes “lists of note“, a book of lists deserving of a wider audience, not to be confused with its cousin “letters of note“ volumes one and two, ed. & signed by Shaun Usher.

also Kerouac, Cassady, Brautigan, Ginsberg, Thompson, Babbs (a.k.a. usual suspects) plus Miles Copeland bio (& obligatory World War II book now that I’m a middle-aged guy).

Somehow mentioning Montana (regarding ordering Doug Peacock book from Black Elk Press in Livingston) reminds me to mention about reading Richard Brautigan’s “An Unfortunate Woman” in a lovely first edition hardback. Its a meta-chronological account of a few months of RB’s life, much in Montana with Japan, Toronto & SF namechecks and time-shifting. When i read his books, sometimes i think i wrote the lines, or at least want to make more pods and videos about his books but i’m super tired now so here are other items, already made, ergo: “Richard Brautigan” tag at this very creative life archive.

Extraneous note: Posting this from a bus with Wi-Fi leaving the house for the first time by myself since January, or is in December (#sickness)… Anyway, heading for some seitai treatment, it’s chilly, and i’m a bit foggy but I’m all right. Have scarf & cool shoes.

PS Bus has Wi-Fi and power outlets at the seat. Some kind of luxury. The bus company is called “Uno bus“ and it’s a private franchisee providing municipal bus service in my area of Okayama ++ seat rest covers, various payment options. And it’s actually really good Wi-Fi too. Also you pay based on *exactly* for how many stops you ride.

when boarding, get a ticket with a number and match with the grid when disembarking, that’s your price OR use a prepaid tap card and voila, auto-magic accurate payment

Lists for “beginning of end” with coffee in bed

The beginning of the end of the Tsuchida Station construction project… But you know, “the last 5% is the hardest 95%” next comes cleaning all the parts, a few fine-tuning bits and moving stuff all around. “Don’t worry, I’m super good at this part” (he whispers to himself).


  • Checking off past steps
  • Scribbling down next steps
  • Adding a few bonus projects to make it all a bit more fun

(Obviously written in code & in bed)

“These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time” via Vogue

These Are the 78 Best Documentaries of All Time, October 6, 2021 via Vogue Magazine

What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, in this time of seemingly perpetual sociopolitical strife, would we veer away from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films and go see something small and rooted in the real, instead?

Documentaries can be a hard sell, but it’s one that’s getting easier all the time. Once viewed as something stiff and obligatory, documentary film has, in recent years, risen to the top of the heap—thanks in no small part to some of the earth-shaking, needle-pushing, and ultimately world-changing films that are listed here, which find their focus in war, love, sex, death, and everything in between. And as for this list—its only qualifier is that these are the critically acclaimed, historically important, and pivotal films that a person who cares about film (and in doing so, often cares about humanity, in general) should really get to know.

Source: These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time | Vogue

Books: Reading List, circa (2018-2109)

My pal Erica on Steamboat island invited me to post 10 books for 10 days and invite 10 people or something… of course, i can’t do something simple and overthink everything and figured i should round up a lost of recent reading, then i should transcribe this list (didn’t do), and offer some remarks, comments, links, reviews or each (yeah right), and then add annotations to other resources or related topics in this archive (oh slow down!), so hey, here’s a bunch of scribbled sheets of paper with books and writers – not chronological or organized by author, topic or anything… just jotted down as they occurred to me over a mug of coffee (or two). 

Some great books in t/here too! Some classic, some very recent. Epic history, quirky short stories, punk rock, Pacific war, travelling, exploring…

Do with it what you will (or won’t). There are already ones i realize i forgot to write and i also have a few fermenting posts of books shelf photos, sub-sets of cover shots and another lists (including this “read all over” article from a few years back which would have sufficed for the original inquiry but hey… overthinking! 

I really should transcribe this list… will you? 

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Scrapbook: Wonder Hotel / rejuvenations, inspirations + amusements (2018)

Scrapbook: Wonder Hotel / rejuvenations, inspirations + amusements (2018), cover

I make scrapbooks and journals for all sorts of reasons, sometimes for my own creations and writing, sometimes for specific project and in this case, for inspiration or dareisay therapy. 

Background: I was having hard go of it in life or whatever and moved into a very small room at a boarding-house-type place. While basic, i quite loved having a place which kept me safe and allowed me rest. Reminded me a sign i saw in Vancouver for the “Wonder Hotel – Rooms for Rent – Clean, Quiet, Free Cable, Fridge, Secure” – all the attributes this Ankangan Guesthouse possessed.

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Keri Smith’s “How to Be an Explorer of the World”

How to Be an Explorer of the World

Fave books list from “Read all Over” in Vancouver is Awesome

Book shelf

Background: They say, “Read All Over (as in read all over town or the literary pun joke, what’s black and white and re(a)d all over… ) is about celebrating the booknerd in all of us, highlighting book lovers in Vancouver and is published in Vancouver is Awesome.” Indeed, my contributions were included in the series and archived here for convenience.


Read All Over celebrates the bookworm in all of us, showcasing readers in Vancouver and the books they love most.

Poet, podcaster, pundit and chronic documentarian from his earliest days, Dave Thorvald Olson spends his time writing, painting and listening to vinyl albums on the back porch while gazing at Lynn Valley’s mountains and trees. He’s traveled to 25+ countries working very odd jobs including mushroom farmer, grape picker, college librarian, submarine tour guide, beach club host and now, dot-com community wrangler. He enjoys hot springs, counter-culture, collecting ephemera and swilling microbrews. You many have caught his stories at SXSW, Northern Voice, TEDx, or Pecha Kucha.  Literature fans will enjoy his spoken word podcast series calledPostcards from Gravelly Beach.

Photo courtesy of Dave Thorvald Olson

How do you like your books served up best – audio books, graphic novels, used paperbacks, library loaner, e-reader…

I especially like tracking down hardback vintage editions of my favourites and set them on the top shelf of my case alongside dog-eared paperback versions. Example: a rare Catcher in the Rye with photo of Salinger; an unedited version of Kerouac’s On the Road scroll; andDr. Zhivago in Russian (just for fun). While I usually travel with paperbacks, I hauled a massive edition of War and Peace to Belize just to enjoy it more on the porch. I also buy lots of library cast-offs. Never tried an audio book, or an e-book for that matter.

The one book you always recommend is…

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke – elegant soliloquies, devoid of pretension, about pulling the best out of oneself – particularly when writing.

What books have changed your life?

Walden/Civil Disobedience – Thoreau showed me that words are the source of public and private revolutions rather than violence.

The Catcher in the Rye – Salinger’s renegade first-person, colloquial narrative is nuanced & powerful and still underestimated in ability to transform.

Dharma Bums – Kerouac’s chops & sincerity shine through in this earnest story which coaxed millions to put their boots on!

The Backcountry – Following Gary Snyder’s steps in a Kyoto train station shaped my journey and trueself while heading into the Japanese hills.

Desert Solitaire – Crusty Ed Abbey’s seasonal treatise is both elegant and bombastic plus ecologically important for the past & future.

War and Peace – Satisfyingly critical life lessons tangled within Tolstoy’s epic cast of thousands in a revolutionary soap opera of class & honesty.

Bonus: Siddaharta by Herman Hesse; Rommel Drives Deep into Egypt by Richard Brautigan; Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce; Post Office by Charles Bukowski; Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis; and, Walking Up and Down in the Worldby Smoke Blanchard.

Where is your favorite place to crack open a good book in Vancouver?

On a Crab Park bench – glancing up at tugs and freighters – continued on the Seabus as needed.

What book makes you feel like a kid again?

The Adventures of Tintin. I have a complete collection of the stories (including the previously banned “Soviets” and “Congo” escapades) about this renegade Belgian reporter and his eclectic band of co-conspirators.

The story about the creator Hergé is equally compelling as he started the series for a Catholic newspaper and carried on during Nazi occupation.

Your life story is published tomorrow. What’s the title?

Trips to Elsewhere: A Shoebox of Anecdotes and Incidents

Photo courtesy of Dave Thorvald Olson