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Summer 2008 Event Omnibus

A whole bunch of events you might be interested in:

The Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival

Saturday July 26, 2008
http://www.pandorascollective.com/sdrfestival.html

If you're a literary reader or lover of poetry this is a great event. I don't fall into either of these categories but enjoyed the performance poetry and story slams of past years. Quite a wide range of presentations, with some having a Hip Hop feel and others more traditional.

Vancouver Blog-a-thon 2008

Saturday July 26, 2008
http://blogathonvancouver.wikidot.com/

Local bloggers raising money for charity by posting every 30 minutes for 24 hours. Fellow podcaster Colleen from 353 Review is participating, as is local big gun blogger Miss 604.

Slow Food Circle Farm Tour

Saturday August 9, 2008
http://www.slowfoodvancouver.com/index.php/AgassizTour

From their site: a self-guided bicycle ride following the popular Circle Farm Tour. Embark on a leisurely cycle and learn more about local food production. Riding your bicycle, you will get to experience and taste local food products produced close to home, while getting to know and supporting your local farmers.

VinoCamp 2008 (aka Wine Camp)

Saturday August 16, 2008
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/137449114/bmann

From the site: An outdoor gathering of wine tasting, learning, and sharing, done in an informal style. We'll learn about growing, tasting, and pairing wines from a wide array of enthusiasts and experts. Mash this up with techies that like to record and capture these types of events in an unstructured style, and you have a fun one day event. This is Definitely Not The Wine Festival.

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"After the Credits" Podcast Hits 30 Episodes!

Podcast SymbolMarina, Colleen, and I just published our 30th After the Credits podcast!: After the Credits Episode 30 - A Dark Rant.

I suppose 25 is a more traditional milestone to mention but I missed it, so I'm going with the next multiple of 10!

The first episode of After the Credits was posted on November 30, 2007. We've been averaging over 3 podcasts a month for the last 8 months. It doesn't seem like 30 episodes. Looking back, the biggest surprise was how long it took to get the audio quality up. We still have our off episodes but thankfully they're far more infrequent. I'm still struggling with my stammering, though. I swear to God the ideas ricochet around my head 20 odd times before getting to my mouth, greatly befuddling coherent expression. Fortunately my two most excellent co-hosts are there to bail me out.

When I bought my mixing board and microphones I remember wondering if I'd use them enough to justify the purchase. It's so very cool to look back over the 30 After the Credits podcasts and the 25 Mad About Movie podcasts and answer: Yes. But coolest of all, it's still as fun now as the day I started.

If you're interested in checking out After the Credits a list of recent podcasts can be found in the right sidebar or at Row 3.

Visiting the Parents at the Chilliwack Buffalo Shoot

The parental units are down from the Interior competing in the Chilliwack Buffalo Shoot. Buffalo shoot you say? It involves shooting black powder rifles and pistols, and throwing tomahawks and knifes. And not just on a range. There's a trail walk where you move from one target station to another. The target might be straw or moving metal silhouette. The 'Hawk & Knife involves more than just making the blade stick. A station might require a half or three-quarter rotation. And people wear period costumes.

But I digress. With my folks a mere hours drive away instead of the usual eight it's a no-brainer that I pop out there for a visit. After arriving the challenge is always finding the right trailer. Fortunately my parents 5th wheel is equipped with handy "make it obvious for Dale" graphics in the form of bears.

Chilliwack Buffalo Shoot Bears on the front Bears on the back

I got there just after the competition had finished for the day. Black power creates a lot of residue so the guns need cleaning after use. Unlike modern rifles which require a solvent, you only need regular soapy water with black power.

All Clean

Guns attended to, we settled into a lazy after of catching up.

Father Parental Unit Mother Parental Unit

Giro di Burnaby 2008

Joined my friends Sylvia and Grieg down from the Yukon to watch the Giro di Burnaby tonight. Although I don't know a whole lot about cycling I had an expert advisor. And we had someone to cheer for: Zach Bell. Zach came in second tonight, pretty cool. He came in third yesterday at the Tour de Gastown and is representing Canada at Beijing.

Giro di Burnaby Banner
Giro di Burnaby Banner

Starting Line
Starting Line

Racing Fast
Racing Fast

Making a Lap
Making a Lap

Hulking Disappointment

When I looked off my balcony this morning I got excited, there was some sort of Edward Norton/Incredible Hulk promotion going on in sleepy North Van!

Truck with Hulk 1

Upon closer inspection the Symantec connection became obvious. Bummer.

Truck with Hulk 2

One wonders if this kind of marketing actually pays off.

BIFF Turns 3

Nearly every Friday for the last 3 years science fiction/fantasy fans have been meeting in North Vancouver to share their genre enthusiasm at BIFF, the Burrard Inlet Fan Fellowship (I've never been fond of the name but the acronym BIFF tickles my fancy). I've met many, many nice people and made some good friends, including my fellow After the Credit podcasters Marina and Colleen.

BIFF had its 3rd anniversary last Friday. Happy Birthday BIFF!!!

BIFF Birthday Cake

If you ever find yourself with nothing to do on a Friday night, check it out: http://biff.realityfree.ca

iPhone Line-Up in North Van

Had to return some video's this morning and being such a nice day I decided to make my evening walk a morning walk. On the way down to the video store there was a crowd of people on the street. Very unusual for Lonsdale Ave in the morning. Amazingly, they were still there 20 minutes later on the way back. What the heck? Scanning the street for a possible reason it suddenly became obvious: line up at the Rogers store for iPhones! Couldn't resist crossing the street for a picture.

iPhone Line-Up in North Vancouver

So to all you iPeeps courageously braving the Rogers cluster-fuck I'm happy you have a nice, sunny morning for standing in line. That, at least, doesn't have a service fee.

Podcasting for Social Change

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

Here's a bunch of event coverage if you want more:

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Podcasting Intro: Podcasting for Social Change

Here's an event budding podcasters might be interested in:

Cartoon iPod

What: Net Tuesday4 - Podcasting for Social Change

When: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 5:30 PM!

Where: WorkSpace
400, 21 Water St.
Vancouver BC
V6B 1A1

More: Meetup, Facebook Event

Sponsors: Communicopia, Social Signal, and WorkSpace

Topic: Ways Non-profits/Social Change orgs can use podcasts to spread their message

Three ways:
1) publishing conferences and repurposing stuff you are already making
2) event and campaign crowd coverage (including micro podcasting i.e. utterz)
3) special reports interviews etc.

To make it easy, we’ll cover:
1) planning
2) producing tips (with toys to demo)
3) publishing/promoting

Panel:
dave olson - moderator/podcaster
john bollwitt - podcaster and audio engineer
rob cottingham - social change technologist
roland tanglao - mobile pundit and tech-evangelist

Cross-posted at Group 42
iPod Graphic by ~deleket

Serenity Charity Screening

Sunday was the annual charity screening of the movie Serenity [Wikipedia] and the After the Credits podcast crew (Colleen, Marina and Dale) were there:

Can't Stop the Serenity 2008

Wondering about my fancy chapeau? You'll find your answer here: Jayne Hats ... It's pretty cunning, don't 'cha think? A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything.

Can't Stop the Serenity Poster 2008Quick back story on the event: There was a short lived but really excellent TV show named Firefly [Wikipedia]. Though it was cancelled it picked up a phenomenal fan base. It sold so well on DVD a follow-on movie named Serenity was made. Sadly, the movie didn't make enough for sequels. But remember the fans (known as Browncoats, explanation here) who bought all the DVDs? Give or take a year after Serenity's theatrical release Browncoats brought together the idea of good works and favourite things: they decided to give Joss a birthday present by putting on a charity screening of Serenity to raise money for Equality Now, a charity with a link to his mother. The event was a success. It subsequently grew out of the birthday present angle and simply became an annual fundraiser: Can't Stop the Serenity. The Vancouver proceeds also benefit the BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre.

Seeing the movie is great. Seeing it with a large group of friends is awesome. Knowing it benefits a good cause: smugsville!

Congratulations and a big thank you to Gayle for making it all happen in Vancouver!

More URLs:
Marina's Photos
Serenity Vancouver Screening Blog
MySpace Serenity Vancouver Screening Site
Vancouver Firefly/Serenity Meetup Group



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