Northern Voice 2009 Dave Olson Letters from Russia

Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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When Uncleweed is on tap for a speaking engagement I make sure not to miss it even though I’ve seen him do over a dozen talks in the years I’ve known him.

In fact, his F*ck Stats Make Art talk last year was so successful that he was asked to present it this year at SXSW.

Today he was talking about the process from idea to publication while sharing his personal journey surrounding his Letters from Russia series. I wasn’t live blogging his session as I wanted to pay attention and focus on his message, delivered as he stood before a packed while sporting a smoking jacket.

I did however jot down some of his quotes on Twitter and John Biehler snapped some photos so I’ll share those now.

“I came across a ticket that was $420 to Belize. I was like ‘BUY’ … I wonder where Belize is?”

Photo credit: Dave on Flickr

“If any of you have read it, it’s a big long story and there’s a lot of war and a lot of peace…”

Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

“If you snip the kite string will it soar higher? No it will tumble to the ground.”

“80% meditation, 10% execution, 10% inebriation.”

Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

“What makes a work important is giving it an audience.”

Photo credit: Dave on Flickr

Check out Dave’s podcasts, blogs, and prose on his site, which links to a bagillion other sites where his inspirational content lies.

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  1. Stephen ReesSunday, February 22nd, 2009 — 7:13pm PST

    The only tweet I managed during this session was “laughing too hard to type”. Uncleweed is a local cultural artefact and we should find ways to get him funded so he can keep on doing his schtick.

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  3. Gillian ShawMonday, February 23rd, 2009 — 9:50pm PST

    That is too funny Stephen. Grants have gone to way less worthy causes – this should be no problem! 😉

  4. JeremiahTuesday, February 24th, 2009 — 6:19am PST

    Is your talk online somewhere?

  5. DaveoTuesday, February 24th, 2009 — 6:38pm PST

    Dig it Mr. Rees – can you head up a committee? I have a closet full of stuff to talk about – i’m just getting started.

    I posted all the resources from Letters from Russia on my blog and will post audio/video when it surfaces.

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  7. DaleWednesday, March 11th, 2009 — 9:51am PDT

    Dave’s talk can viewed (horray) at

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