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“Fck Stats, Make Art” shodo series

Sometimes following &/or at least remembering your own advice, is the best advice

Also, slowing down enough to remember the advice, ergo:

Each one unique (like you)

Unlike your children, you can choose favorites – do you have a favorite?

Now I wonder… What shall I do with these? Oh I, wonder.

PS “Fck Stats, Make Art” was title of a presentation/manifesto I spieled at Northern Voice 2008 & SxSW 2009 (in various forms) #evidence

Ratings (not Stats)

Portals, vol. 1 (tobacco, kura, photo/coffee/masks)

Tobacco stands, spotted in the wild. Some are shuttered, some are (vaguely) operational, one is actually a ticket booth maybe. Note: the Japanese federal government is, I think, 27% owner of Japan Tobacco, a publicly traded company. I would fact check this but I’m folding laundry right now.

Machines designed to do dispense items, various – purchased items from 2 out of the 3

Kura barns, de/re-constructed at Nozaki-te salt compound, Kojima, Okayama, Japan
— at 野崎家旧宅

Background about “Postcards from Gravelly Beach” painting series

“Postcards from Gravelly Beach” series is underway in my #ArtEveryDay series.


Lived in a trailer we rented from Bernice on Gravelly Beach Rd.

Some crazy shit went down with the house I owned in town which required a ton of energy and stress.

When returned home, i’d rush out to the backyard before the end of the sun with a basic oil painting set and an easel.

i painted the view in 20 or so ways, in half a dozen mediums, various sizes, styles and techniques – all of which you’ll see you’series, ll see during the next fortnight.

The freedom of painting re-sparked my poetic exploits as I started a spoken word literature podcast called Postcards from Gravelly Beach which featured my own work and works of my heroes.

I found it tremendously therapeutic to give my words and audience as well as cathartic to say the words out loud during a time of transition.

Wasn’t long after that on a trip to Europe, I wrote a significant sized cycle of poetry and painted a load of landscapes with a stack of sketches waiting for rainy days to finish.

In all, that Renaissance all started with about $20 worth of art supplies.

Curious to see which postcards folks enjoy the most.


Social Media Kung-Fu – Part 1: Starting your Story

Social Media Kung-Fu

#smkf @daveohoots

Part 1: Starting your Story

Most tech companies start with 2 peeps (tech + biz)

Gotta fill in til you add 3rd leg to tripod (marketing/community/etc)

Don’t wait to start marketing til you have a product – build culture and posse

Cheap and cheerful – avoid ads and trade shows, yes to speaking and media

Grassroots FTW


⃤ Decide who you are – name, description, NOT mission statement – what your company and product names? Are they easy to say and spell? If not, refresh.

⃤ What’s your vocab? Establish your voice and words

⃤ 3 words description (later you’ll do 25 words and 100 words)

⃤ Listen to your (growing) audience use the words they use (Like HootSuite for bands…)

⃤ Document it all (not fancy) if it’s not on the internet, didn’t happen – rock the blog, flickr, youtube, twitter – photo ops! get in front of camera

⃤ Build a posse (Twitter lists and small tasks acknowledged with thanks)

⃤ Make friends with media (build email list too, get to know their specific interests) offer to give quote comments for almost anything (CBC)

⃤ Media Kit – make it easy to cover your story! includes:

  • brand conventions (spellings, nomenclature)
  • wordmark, logos, screenshots
  • media contact (you not an agency)
  • exec headshots & bio
  • links to releases (more about media announcements in future session)

⃤ Make an auto-magic media feed to amplify coverage
Social BM > RSS. HS > Twitter etc. e.g. @hootwatch @endlessgoodness @truenorthmedia

Hockey History: A primer about the Summit and Super Series

Surely many young(er) folks and newer hockey fans, particularly those from the USA, don’t know the folklore behind the 72 Summit Series and the 35th Anniversary commemorative tourney dubbed the Super Series.  As usual, Ive meant to write more on this but here is a short blurb I wrote to a friend from Boston who asked what was up with the Super Series game Dan Funboy and I attended (won by the Canadians with a great Kyle Turris performance).  Stay tuned to an upcoming podcast for some commentary on the game.

Super Series Canada vs Russia

In 1972, the best Canadian NHLers played an legendary 8 game series against the unknown quantity that was the CCCP Red Army team.  They dominated the Olympics because they were “amateurs” and the Canadians always figured they would kick ass since they had whenever they sent their best to the World Championships.  The first 4 games were in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver – in all, Canada was badly outplayed/outclassed and finished with 3 losses.

The Vancouver fans booed Team Canada after a bad loss and Phil Esposito game a now-famous, post-game spiel in which he called out to Canada for support and chastised the fans for not respecting their effort or the Ruskies (remember this is height of cold war).

So the series moves to USSR and the commies do everything they can to thwart and hassle the visitors off the ice and inundated them with propaganda etc.

Coach Harry Sinden says, “”We were having a rough time in Moscow with the defections, lousy hotels, phone calls to the players’ rooms in the middle of the night, the Russians snatching much of the food we had sent over for the team, especially the steaks and beer, and the terrible officiating by the European officials,” recalls Harry Sinden. “But a long cheer at the end of the first game in Moscow by the Canadian fans was a big lift for our spirits.”

After a first game loss, the Canucks dug deep and won the series in turmoil and chaos in the arena as the Rusians tried to lay claim to the crown before the buzzer and in the final moments, a goal by Paul Henderson (who was fairly non-noteworthy NHLer) past by Tretiak became  part of Canadian folklore with his 3 time clutch game-winning goal performances.

The play of Yvan Cournoyer and Bobby Clarke (who inflicted a famous ankle-breaking slash on Kharlamov), a stunning goal by Frank Mahavolich, Ken Dryden/Tony Esposito all provided compelling storylines along with the tension of communism and foul play vs. capitalism and sportsmanship.

The other story from the tourney was Alan Eagleson, the self-styled union baron who sold out the players but was the catalyst to getting the Canadians on board.

The series resulted in some friendship and respect between the two northern ‘neighbours’ and the very start of the thought that Russians would eventually defect to play in the NHL.

So 35 years later, Vladamir Tretiak (the Russian goalie in the 72 series) and Hockey Canada organized a commemorative tourney this time with the best under-20s from each country.  2 games in Omsk and 2 in Ufa (all won by Canada) and then 4 in Canada (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Red Deer), the final in Vancouver on Sunday.

Super Series at GM placeA Few Links:

Jason Bothchford from the Province newspaper wrote a great blog on location in Russia – great drinking stories, legends of fixers and Janbulis vodka shots: