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Bluenose Ghosts

2014 October 29
by gpotter

In times before the present century, many of Nova Scotia’s people were isolated in small settlements along the coast. Storytelling was everybody’s pastime in the evening. It was very quiet at night …

Bluenose Ghosts [1975] (MP4)

Just in time for Halloween … a great piece of spooky Canadiana. A 1975 adaptation of some of the stories found in Helen Creighton’s Bluenose Ghosts.  Props to the Nova Scotia Archives for making this and other archival film available to the public.

From Wikipedia:

On a song-collecting foray seeking Mr. and Mrs. Enos Hartlan in the community of Hartlan’s point on the eastern side of the Halifax Harbour, Helen took notice of Mrs. Hartlan’s interest with a deserted house near their property. She explained to Helen “That’s our Ghost House,” created from the wood of old shipwrecks, and haunted with strange knocks and footsteps. This tale became the inspiration for over two decades of ghost story collecting in the Maritimes, one of her first published explorations outside of the chronicling of folksongs, for which she is best known.

Creighton not only recounts the experiences of others, but her own encounters with the supernatural, from her experiences with forerunners such as death knocks, to her own helpful spirits and premonitions. She attempts to write without judgement of the stories, admitting that some may be a result of imagination, but also that there are those with unquestionable authenticity. She does not compare them with similar stories from other parts of the world, explaining that “this book is devoted to the thinking of our own people.

Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free

2014 October 8
by gpotter

1. Anytime someone puts a lock on something that belongs to you, but they won’t give you the key … they didn’t put that lock there for your benefit.

2. Fame won’t make you rich, but you can’t sell your art without it.

3. Information does not want to be free.

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Cory Doctrow’s closing speech from the 2014 dConstruct conference.

If you need us, we’re on the radio

2014 September 19
by gpotter

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#wire106 radio bumper – If you need us, we’re on the radio [MP3]

To observe audio week over at #wire106 I stuck together this bumper.

Minutemen Acoustic Blow-Out

2014 September 7
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by gpotter

I never gave a damn about the meterman until I was the man who had to read the meters, man.

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Minutemen – Acoustic Blow-Out (1985) [MP4]