Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 171 – The Living Museum in 64 Stories

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It took Jowi Taylor 11 years to collect the pieces and create “Voyageur”, the Six-String Nation guitar.   It was made from 64 individual artifacts modern and ancient.  Each tell a story from the history of Canada.  A piece from former Prime Minister Trudeau’s canoe paddle, wood from the sacred albino spruce, (also known as the golden spruce),  of the Haida First Nation people, the top of Wayne Gretzky’s hockey stick, part of the cabin of a former S. Carolina slave John Ware, a piece of the handle from a championship oyster-shucking knife, and many more objects adorn and make up this guitar.  Jowi calls it a living museum because he invites people to touch it, photograph it, and of course play it.

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This episode of Hot Fossils is an homage to this living piece of history, this unique method of telling 64 wonderful stories.  Jowi Taylor gave the keynote address at this year’s Podcasters Across Borders. I attended the weekend of June 21st.  After the keynote, Jay Moonah was invited up to play the guitar.  My show today opens with Jay and Bob Goyetche playing “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Lennon and McCartney, followed by the question period.   I have edited out portions of the question period in order to focus on the story of the guitar itself.

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After the question period, I talk to Jowi and he describes additional pieces that make up the guitar case.  For those of you interested in obscure and not so obscure Canadian lore, you’ll find out about the fun fur that lines the case, pieces of the costume that Karen Kain wore during the ballet Sleeping Beauty and material from the sportcaster Don Cherry’s pants.   You can read all about the six-string nation guitar project at the site sixstringnation.com.

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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 141 – Podcasting Prohibited

On a rainy, miserable weekend because they can do little outside work, Ninja  and Special K conduct a painting proof of concept in the basement that also includes the art of putting Muskoka chairs together.  They debate whether Adirondack, Muskoka and Cape Cod Chairs are all the same or not.   Ninja finds proof in Wikipedia that they might be, but Special K is certain they are all slightly different.  Ninja promises her partner that there will be no podcasting this weekend, but can’t quite stick with it.

Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 137 – Portable Oddeo Device Geek Gathering


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Joan comes to a podcaster’s meetup and starts asking questions that everyone wants to answer yet digresses from. Revealed: What is it about podcasting that makes us want to spend hours and hours editing? Podcasting is about passion. We discuss the intimacy of podcasting, lattes, beer, and subjectivity. Sean admits he can listen to a knitting podcast and be thoroughly engaged. And challenges us to listen to his podcast about songwriting at Ductape Guy.

We learn that podcasters are communists, anarchists, members of knitting cults, hobbyists, navel gazers, former hippies, and most important of all: communitists – a new word coined by Joan. (Later that evening Katherine comes up with the verb form: communitize). Scarborough Dude swears a lot and then Joan swears back. So listen to this MetaCast with Sean, Katherine, Ken, Daniel, Rob, John, Valerie and others.

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Who’s listening?

Read it and weep podcasters! We have 3% of the total number of people listening to audio. The Globe and Mail asks: What type of radio do you listen to? and here were the results out of some 10,000 votes:

Traditional 74% 8185 votes

8185 votes
Satellite 7% 722 votes

Internet streaming 9% 1015 votes

Podcasts 3% 328 votes

None of the above 7% 782 votes