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Schnitzel mit schmutz.

Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-08-15) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click.

Okay, not as funny and sad as Robin Williams but funny and sad: I prepared all week, brought everything to the station, set up, switched in and did my show, checking every once in a great while (three times in six hours) to make sure I was on the air, and it turned out that I was checking coincidentally during the brief instances when the stream was actually sending my show out properly to the web (and also to the transmitter), when in fact most of the time, for some unknown reason, the stream was filling in from the automation system. So when I got home at about 5am I read email from all my friends asking if I was okay because they couldn’t get me on the radio or the web and so just gave up. This is where the swear words go.

It’s probably better that I didn’t know. It’s a kick-ass show, with stories and music and educational material of pathos and grandeur, and you can listen to it by clicking here.

Also here are some links to interesting not necessarily radio-useful items that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

It’s not your fault.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzb726TP-OM

“Please, Blue Fairy. Please make me a real boy.”
http://boingboing.net/2014/08/13/tom-the-dancing-bug-will-pino.html

Oh, well. What can you do.
http://truth-out.org/art/item/25543-press-conference

“Give me steam, and how you feel to make it real, real as anything you’ve seen.”
http://vimeo.com/101485993

Gojira!
http://io9.com/these-rarely-seen-godzilla-posters-show-you-a-new-face-1618992483

Steamed eyebrows.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/568586002

In sepia.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/old-time-portraits-parasites-180952147/?no-ist

A really interesting video about UV and skin and a limitation in human vision.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9BqrSAHbTc

If your connection and computer will play this in HD, let it.
http://vimeo.com/102935595

“I was doing some DNA profiling until you parked your maudlin keister in front of the window.” (Scroll down.)
http://studygroupcomics.com/main/the-short-con-by-aleks-sennwald-and-pete-toms/

Like a girl.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJQBjWYDTs

Q: What is your day job? A: Data entry.
http://www.alternet.org/id-go-out-public-wearing-tight-pants-shock-people-life-man-worlds-largest-penis?paging=off#bookmark

/What if?/ The expensive shoebox question.
http://what-if.xkcd.com/108/

Cardboard art…
http://io9.com/intricate-cardboard-models-of-theoretical-flying-machin-1620666769

…which reminds me of a movie I really liked: /The Science of Sleep/. The wikipedia story of it doesn’t mention the cardboard animated dream sequences, but it’s a nice story. Here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Science_of_Sleep

Brek-ek-ek-ex, FedEx, FedEx. Brek-ek-ek-ex, FedEx.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCGBNj-aSwA

Spy org chart. Read the article, click on the chart, then plus to embiggify.
http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2013/08/what-nsas-massive-org-chart-probably-looks/68642/

Smile teevee. An art project.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh_4rv-ndEI

The butts from Brazil.
http://elitedaily.com/envision/competition-to-find-the-best-brazil/702954/

Cinemagraph GIFs. (Click anywhere on the page BUT the obscuring subscribe box.) (My favorite GIFs are the tilt-shift cloverleaf and the twitch-ear cat.) (And then there are many more pages of this stuff.)
http://all-that-is-interesting.com/cinemagraph-gifs

Why black men don’t open carry.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/08/1320164/-Why-Black-Men-Don-t-Open-Carry

Israeli snipers shoot at children playing on a rooftop, cripple one, and then laugh and joke about it. Not an art project.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUibXSgILv0

One of the nicest things about America is, we never send the army in against our own people. And when we do, they make sure to teargas anyone with a camera and take the camera apart.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5RVKfzTEWo

A nice new webcomic. The story so far. (Scroll down.)
http://studygroupcomics.com/main/the-short-con-by-aleks-sennwald-and-pete-toms/

Thank you, masked man.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CebRfSFnWGM

Work ethic.
http://tinyurl.com/nmw8mp6

Incidentally, /Dutch Wife/ is the Japanese term for a sex doll. I kind of see the attraction, but I’d like to hear what her voice sounds like. The voice is important to me.
http://metro.co.uk/2014/08/13/new-japanese-sex-doll-looks-just-like-a-real-woman-with-new-level-of-realistic-artificial-skin-4830675/

Humans need not apply.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU

In which Gracie adopts a giant dog.

   “Hark! The moon, like a testicle, hangs low in the sky.” –Robin Williams (R.I.P.)

Once again, in reading so far this week I’ve collected an unusual amount of really interesting material that, by its nature of being primarily visual or requiring too much explanation might not necessarily work well on the radio, so I’m just posting it in the middle of the week to clear the deck.

It’s all below. And if you haven’t heard my last week’s (2014-08-08) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show, click here and you can listen to it now.

Just watching this movie trailer I cried so hard it made the whole front of my head hurt. I can’t remember the last time that happened.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Salz7uGp72c

Well. This is useful.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr6VawX2nr4

Trying it out. I really like the precision of the stop-spin burn. It’s as positive as a light switch. They know exactly how to do that part of it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yRWhu0UGYw

Backward and in heels.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8XDhHFfBhI

Even prettier in the air. And they smell better up there too.
http://www.arkinspace.com/2014/05/peacocks-in-flight-its-quite-sight.html

Lighthouse porn.
http://www.boredpanda.com/lighthouse-photography/

The mathematics of weight loss.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGKLpYtZ19Q

The yoyo champion of the world. The music sounds like a boot stomping on a human face forever, but you can turn that down.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMd2oKx0PTo

The tantrums of Li’l Bess. (Scroll down.)
http://www.ep.tc/problems/64/

The insinkerator version of Over the Rainbow.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcBYpmD29ik

New hyperlapse technique. Shock and awe.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA4Za3Hv6ng

At 1:03, for just an instant, Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory appears. She looks troubled.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YhOBw_lk18

Again with the passive-aggressive notes.
http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/category/workplace/

Passive-aggressive loans.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDylgzybWAw

In which Gracie adopts a giant dog.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB0na1GXDOY

Parts.
http://vimeo.com/102528792

Issues, they have, hmmm?

“Is there anything more capitalist than a peanut with a top hat, cane, and monocle selling you other peanuts to eat.” — Cohen

Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-08-08) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click. It’s brief this time, just three hours long, because of a technical problem that began about midnight, whose symptom was a buffer loop of my own voice repeating over and over on the air a ten-second snatch of an article about abortion, and since the upgrade locking us all out of the system for our own protection there was nothing I could do about it. For all I know it continued until Saturday.

But you don’t experience any of that. You get a pretty good three-hour show, with an Alex Bosworth story, some professional grade kvetching about so much unfairness of things, lukewarm girl-on-girl action, and so on. Exactly what you need.

And here are some links to further other things that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites in the column to your right:

/This Land Is Mine./ From Nina Paley, copyfighter and animator of /Sita Sings the Blues/.
http://vimeo.com/50531435

/Sita Sings the Blues/. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzTg7YXuy34

Progress in space.
http://io9.com/first-close-up-photos-of-the-solar-systems-most-crazy-1616987871

Virtual tours of Mars and Earth’s moon.
http://presurfer.blogspot.com/2014/08/google-maps-adds-virtual-tours-of-mars.html

New (old) Nazca lines.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/05/nazca-lines-peru_n_5648996.html

Physical progress toward the singularity.
http://www.kurzweilai.net/ibm-launches-functioning-brain-inspired-chip

Wildlife photography perfected.
http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-wildlife-photography-marina-cano/

Q: What makes a thousand-dollar violin sound like a million-dollar violin?  A: A nickel’s worth of fungus.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120908081611.htm

Ants.
http://www.nature.com/news/humanity-s-cultural-history-captured-in-5-minute-film-1.15650

Digital atlas of the Roman Empire. Move about, zoom in and out, just like Google Earth. Sadly, no street view yet. They’re workiing on that.
http://imperium.ahlfeldt.se/

Wait, that’s not right. Street view, ancient Rome:  http://googleearthdesign.blogspot.com/2011/03/street-view-in-tours-ancient-rome.html

Inspirational quotes to buck you up when you are feeling down.
http://thoughtcatalog.com/jim-goad/2014/08/20-wonderfully-inspirational-quotes-from-killers-and-psychopaths/

World War One women at work.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11006588/WW1-women-at-work-In-pictures.html

A non-satirical real advertisement for a Japanese product to improve your smile strength.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c4O6FlEktc

“For weeks I’d been wanting to write a straw man argument takedown, but I couldn’t find the right argument to oppose. Then my four year-old said something totally wrong about String Theory.”
http://nextdraft.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ed102783e87fee61c1a534a9d&id=0606e1ee90&e=d5796300b2

“I condemn this bombing of civilians.”
http://www.alternet.org/comics/alternet-comics-matt-bors-american-israeli-relations

Again with the lovely little cars and trucks.
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/08/more-lovely-microcars.html

Some interesting people from long ago and far away.
http://www.retronaut.com/2013/12/immigrant-portraits-ellis-island/

A compendium of close calls.
http://boingboing.net/2014/08/06/video-very-close-calls.html

Sugar bagels. Sand moose.
http://www.superlinguo.com/post/93755424405/tastefullyoffensive-name-improvements-for

And the anatomy of songs.
http://wronghands1.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/anatomy-of-songs/

La Fin Du Topless Sur La Plage?

 

“It’s impossible to have just an okay time on a trampoline. It’s either the most fun you’ve ever had or you go to the hospital.” — Greg Dorris

Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-08-01) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click. (It includes Alex Bosworth’s /Summer of ’76/, Miranda July’s /Majesty/, Chapter 2 of Eleanor Cooney’s 2003 book /Death in Slow Motion/, nearly a hundred other things, and ends with the unfairly obscure forty-minute David Ossman recording /How Time Flys/ [sic].

And here are some links to further other things that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites in the column to your right:

A brief history of British pier fires.
http://boingboing.net/2014/07/31/a-very-brief-history-of-pier-f.html

Every Upworthy video ever, in 2 minutes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIyLuFCaJA0

Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4zRe_wvJw8

“Hey, gang, let’s put on a show!” “Yeah! We can use my uncle’s barn!” “And we can invite the mayor!”
http://gothamist.com/2014/07/27/nsfw_photos_nude_modelsin_body_pain.php#photo-1

Lumiere Bros. footage of everyone getting along fine there before the British rearranged the place.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vaIK8wlAl0

Beatbox guy at TED.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNZBSZD16cY

Tiny cars and trucks.
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/07/these-glorious-three-wheeled-microcars.html

“Victims of the Black Death grew boobs on their necks.”
http://wilsonquarterly.com/quarterly/winter-2014-four-decades-of-classic-essays/history-past-life-reeked-with-joy/

It turns out that, after all, it’s the very part of weed that gets you high that actually fights cancer. I’m tempted to say to the anti-medical-weed people, “Put that in your pipe and smoke it.”
http://gothamist.com/2014/07/27/nsfw_photos_nude_modelsin_body_pain.php#photo-1

Agent Scully says /Ohmigawd/.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dw3m-vIj7A

And cut to the science.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yscLj2FySdo

Airplane phylogeny.
http://betaknowledge.nearfuturelaboratory.com/post/93011505011/airplane-phylogeny-seen-in-pierre-lemonnier-ed

Paragliding little girl. Doo dah, doo dah.
http://www.kuriositas.com/2014/07/watch-this-toddler-have-her-first.html

An article about The Bloody Olive.
http://w-cinema.blogspot.com/2012/04/bloody-olive-1997.html

The Bloody Olive, itself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB041MXW1Rw

“But I understand the importance of the article because recently I also had an accident with a giant anteater that almost cost me my life.”
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11299627

Twelve Monkeys.

Cartoonist Mike Lukovich’s replacement Statue of Liberty plate: “I’ll trade you your huddled masses for my racist nitwits.”

In reading so far this week I’ve collected an unusual amount of really interesting material that, by its nature of being primarily visual or requiring too much explanation, might not necessarily work well on the radio, so I’m just posting it in the middle of the week to clear the deck.

It’s all below. And if you haven’t heard my last week’s (2014-07-25) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show, click here and you can listen to it now– or really any time; the MediaFire links are much more permanent than the Dropbox ones were. (MediaFire gives 50GB free, versus 2GB free with Dropbox, so I don’t have to delete older shows to make room for new ones anymore.)

Have fun.

—–

When the West was burning witches and arm-wrestling over a haunch of hart in castles made of piles of gray rocks, Muslims were inventing algebra, astronomy, five-part harmony and baklava in places like this:
http://gravity.ir/galleries/architecture/

The square root kid.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGfcscsnaeQ

The Dog Waltz.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS0SYGbvrFE

Peace signs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxDYiBls99w

Russel Brand says what we all think about Sean Hannity.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_m98GAdqKM

Russel Brand says what we all think about Bill O’Reilly.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJe-bCstAtg

The world doesn’t look like tables and chairs and cars and tree shapes and smooth skin and so on. The world looks like this.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/57989/10-extremely-magnified-photos-plants

What the world looks like to a tire.
http://vimeo.com/101358524

/Where/ we look.
http://boingboing.net/2014/07/29/eye-tracking-heatmaps.html

“I said, Mom, are you ever gonna tell me about the birds and bees? She said, Are you having sex tomorrow? I said, No. She said, Then, no, and she turned around and walked away. That’s the only sex talk I ever had with my mom.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKlgIY_rnSk

“Remember: alien sex is DANGER sex.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y_nACag-Oc

Speaking of which.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSoYNynrVOg

Sadie reacts to some startling news.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84DLT4yRcy4

The intelligence of crows.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXQAgzfwuNQ

Bio-likeness project. I’ve skipped you past the explanation because I don’t want you to start crying.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXgowHN3Zxc&t=1m13s

Motorcycle mishap compilation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0UkKEvnVkU

Oh, the shark shoots (finger snap) from his nose, dear (snap), and his nose is (snap), stainless steel (snap, snap).
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.509321005830227.1073741828.107042739391391

Evolution of Bollywood Music. Penn Masala is a wonderful a capella group of Indian-American college kids. They sound like Pentatonix, and that’s really good.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lErtjguuvSw

Ivory Coast cocoa bean farmers taste finished chocolate for the first time in their lives. They had /no idea/. “Ahhh! Mmmm! It is so good! What is it, again? Chocolate. Chocolate. And they make this from my beans? Ohhh. This must be why the white people are so healthy! “
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEN4hcZutO0

If you even just click to read this, you become a terror espionage threat criminal and can never travel to Australia:
http://www.wikileaks.org/aus-suppression-order/WikiLeaks-Australian-suppression-order.pdf

The Next War in comix form. Scroll down and down.
http://boingboing.net/2014/07/28/the-next-war-a-comic-for-the.html

“Please, let’s just not have our last words be, /Oh, shit!/”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y1ya-yF35g

“The Air Force has caused itself /more grief/ with that /silly bastard/… That /silly bastard with his picture next to the bed! …I mean, he is a /silly/ bastard. I wouldn’t have him running a /cathouse/!”
http://vimeo.com/100981004

March of the Juggalos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUcrORML3Gg

Another thing America is number one in: fattest firemen in the world, hands down.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/18/health/firefighter-obesity/

March of the –uh– whatever these things are.
http://vimeo.com/4262780

Satoshi Kon is dead. Here’s a short film about his editing technique.
http://vimeo.com/101675469

53 places 53.
http://flavorverse.com/53-surreal-places-need-visit-die/

George Steinmetz’ summer aerials. Click on and then click through SLIDE SHOW.
http://projects.newyorker.com/portfolio/steinmetz-summer/

Some thoughts on the American room.
https://medium.com/message/3fce9b2b98c5

I had only read about this mid-1980s teevee show. It’s as creepy as they say it was, but a whole different kind of creepy now. “Eeugh! It /smells/ like a girl.” “Yeah, son, I used some of your mom’s perfume.” Here’s just the first 20-minute episode of /Small Wonder/.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48WCJ84z7vw

Why a can? And why that shape?
http://www.datagenetics.com/blog/august12014/index.html

 

My new wrestling name: The Flabbergasting Filipino*

(*The two runners-up were, in order, The Flemish Flibbertigibbet and The Fact.)

Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-07-25) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click.

And here are some links to other things to enjoy that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites in the column to your right:

“Nice teeth, bitch.”  “Thanks. Tasty minicam bezel, man.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojSaYrOttVs

Stop it.
http://www.boredpanda.com/shake-dogs-caught-in-motion-by-carli-davidson/

Who will watch the watchers?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwpP_s8LV_Y

Watch these maps of lightning striking in real time.
http://www.blitzortung.org/Webpages/index.php?lang=en&page_0=30

Ahh, electricity. I see.
http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/high-frequency-electric-currents-in-medicine-and-dentistry-1910/

Real places. Part 8.
http://www.sciencedump.com/content/beautiful-unreal-looking-landscapes-around-world

Snowflakes for real to snowflakes turn out to be like hearts for real to hearts.
http://www.sciencedump.com/content/snowflakes-close-bizarre-world

Rosies.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/57990/new-faces-rosie-riveter

A vast chart. Note the size control (low-center) and click anywhere and drag to navigate.
http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~226099~5505934:-Composite-of–Adams–Synchronologi

How gravity makes things fall. A thrillingly good explanation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlTVIMOix3I

Not the Diet of Worms but an actual diet of worms.
http://catandgirl.com/?p=4642

Diet of Worms.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diet_of_Worms

Diet of giant alien sea creatures and flying saucers. (Houses, cars and cows.)
http://boingboing.net/2014/07/21/the-weird-and-wonderful-painti.html

 

 

 

Fretless radio (or) A thorough and fashionable investigation.

Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-07-18) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show (*) ready to download and keep or just play with one click. It’s a pretty good show, and a long one. It features the first of a series of new stories by Alex Bosworth, who I remember telling you is not dead after all. Not only has he entirely recovered, apparently he’s been writing all this time. Huzzah is the word we apply here. Alex’ story Ellipse comes about three hours into the nearly eight-hour show.

(*) I’m experimenting with using only MediaFire to both archive these shows and make them available to listen to and/or download, and not duplicating the effort with Dropbox as I have been doing. It used to be that MediaFire confused potential listeners with advertisements for other items whose download buttons visually crowded out what you were there for in the first place, so it was easy to click on the wrong thing and become frustrated. That has changed; ohhh, there are still other items, including scare ads about how your computer is IN FEARFUL PERIL and NEEDS TO BE CLEANED NOW, but it’s easy to ignore all that and click on the right thing– there’s the file name, which always begins with KNYO, and there’s a green button next to it that says LISTEN.  Also, MediaFire has its own player which begins instantly and doesn’t make you wait for the whole 150MB file to download before starting to play it, which in some browsers Dropbox does. If your experience is different from mine, or if you want to order me to make the world go back to the way it used to be when a tomato was a tomato, let me know. Anyway, this is to explain why when you click on the show link it looks different from what you’re used to seeing. Now it’s the same link as you’ll find via Links To Recorded Audio, above.

And here are some links to other things to enjoy that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites in the column to your right:

The latest North Korean advance in clockwork audioanimatronics.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSedE5sU3uc

Giant fluffy bunnies.
http://www.neatorama.com/2014/07/14/Somewhere-Underneath-This-Giant-Fluff-of-Cuteness-is-a-Rabbit-Somewhere/#!bhiSsL

Peaceful scene of an old Irish astronaut at home.
http://media1.s-nbcnews.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Slideshows/_production/twip-140703/ss-140703-twip-02.nbcnews-ux-1360-900.jpg

Some wonderful places elsewhere on Earth.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2689037/Stunning-photographs-unbelievable-travel-destinations-never-knew-existed.html

And the World FireKnife Juggling Contest. Knives. On fire.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgf0SBZnk6M

Excelsior.

“When it seems like it’s everybody it’s probably you.”

Bob Young came with an engineer friend of his, who told me his name both times I asked, so you’d think I’d remember it and could tell you [insert emoticon for palm-to-forehead here], and they repaired and replaced things (new sound card, new router, etc.) and moved the broadcast booth’s computer away from WinXP (!) and to smarter, svelter Linux and installed an entirely different and new automation and on-air software suite, and it became problematical as these things do, and wasn’t ready to just use by the time my show was to start, but eventually, after a lot of tapping and swearing and digital stuttering and test tone sequences, all was somewhat solved by a little after midnight. What I’m saying is, I didn’t get to do my show this week.

That’s okay. You might not have heard last week’s show (Friday, July 4). It’s a pretty good one. You can get it here. Or even here.

Or you can browse through the vast catalog of all eighty-three shows I’ve done so far for KNYO, by clicking here and scrolling down.

I’m sure everything will be copacetic by Friday the 18th. Ah, I almost forgot– we calibrated the signal chain to make live shows sound even better. So we’re going in the right direction and progress is being made. I’ll talk to you next Friday. Thanks for being interested. You’re a peach.

Meanwhile, here are some interesting things to look at and listen to and learn about, that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites to your right.

Bullfrogs in slow motion.
http://vimeo.com/98596977

Car racing in Britain in the 1930s.
http://www.wired.com/2014/07/1930s-british-car-racing/

It’s a comic and a graph.
http://boingboing.net/2014/07/09/tom-the-dancing-bug-a-formula.html

Hobby Lobby.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/07/1311462/-Cartoon-Corporations-are-religious-nbsp-people

The sound of water drops hitting different things.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPbET75oFH8

A new kind of Jew’s harp.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9S-xys7Qkg

Universal handwriting typeface, constructed by averaging.
http://theuniversaltypeface.com/home

Elephant’s graveyard of French cars.
http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2013/06/chatillon-car-graveyard-belgium/

These very few companies own all these thousands of somewhat foodlike products.
http://mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files/food-brands-map.png

Fireworks show filmed from camera drone flying through the explosions.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvkcqgpZJCw

What will likely kill you, depending on where you are, and if you live long enough to catch it.
http://theweek.com/article/index/264247/this-map-shows-the-disease-most-likely-to-kill-you

And a tiger swimming in brilliant green algae.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2686132/Cute-moment-tiger-strains-head-water-swims-pond-green-algaee.html

 

 

The Herkimer Battle Jitney.

“The finest non-lethal military vehicle ever made.”

Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-07-04) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click.

And here are some links to other things to enjoy that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites in the column to your right:

ABC Meat.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6fUDddc_gA

Taste the happy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKeWdOeVZn8

Sonder. Keta. Be sure to watch and fullscreen the videos.
http://neatorama.com/2014/06/26/10-Beautiful-Completely-Made-Up-Words-That-Describe-Obscure-Sorrows

Further underwater dogs.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2205225/Underwater-Dogs-Calendar-2012-Photographer-captures-pets-diving-pools-fetch-ball.html

Firecracker facts and colorful package labels. My favorite fact: very old funny papers make the best casings. Something about the dryness and brittleness and fiber content.
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/kaboom-10-facts-about-firecrackers-that-will-blow-you-away/

PES’ famous fireworks animation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASSOQDQvVLU

The official names.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/31097/names-10-fireworks-effects

Makin’ fulgurites in an antipasto dish.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rln4MGwlKM

Pneumatic art.
http://boingboing.net/2014/07/04/magnificent-contraption-vacuu.html

34-second Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda trailer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYBi5OMtl5Q

Job interview.
http://vimeo.com/85147502

Tiny flowers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on an old penny. “You could do it in the kitchen.”
http://hyperallergic.com/72044/sculpting-the-tiniest-flowers-in-the-world-to-build-the-future-of-nanotechnology/

Map of the insidious invasion and takeover of America from within. It doesn’t show the Hawaiian Islands nor Alaska and the Aleutians but it might as well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJxrTzfG2bo

Stick around for the Compact of Free Association.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASSOQDQvVLU

Space without the space.
http://xkcd.com/1389/

Thunderstorm seen from space.
https://vine.co/v/MFzIvZBq6M7

Tempest in a teapot.
http://vimeo.com/86711365

Nosferatu in 4 minutes, with added sound.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iSolYGvLrE

Wiggle-GIF method stereo-ized classic monster shots.
http://boingboing.net/2014/07/02/spooky-stereoscopic-gifs-mo.html

Mathematical beauty of the universe.
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/collective/2013/sep/19/nature-numbers-beauty-universe-expressed-through-e/

The stupid, it burns.
http://thechive.com/2014/06/28/facebook-is-like-a-megaphone-for-stupidity-39-photos/

Magical little airplane built to take off and land nearly like a helicopter. (Also you have to be the greatest pilot in the world.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zDo7hkmCNY

VW-juggling robot plan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CyuWriEGzo

Hitler’s selfies.
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/weird_private_photographs_of_hitler_practicing_dramatic_gestures

“Daddy is exercising his demons.” “I think you mean he is exorcising his demons.” “No.”
http://mylifeinart.com/artists/jon-bentley/

Abraham Lincoln’s goat-headed slippers.
http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/newsroom/display.asp?id=1297

Aww.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMeDuoHBi2g

Panoramic time-lapse videos of night sky.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azJaOQAGTJo

I don’t know how to feel about this. It’s interesting, but, you know, kids!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IloOj0kVJsg

Again, interesting, but I’m on edge the whole time because of the light poles and other things on the ground. He can go anywhere he wants to in the whole sky, and he’d rather show off like an adolescent who thinks nothing can kill him. Um. And stop hitting the house with your god-damn ball.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_crOZT3DbxQ

84. (I’ve skipped you ahead to the actual song.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cyIxkFLjWI&t=1m50s

Mall.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2670491/Fish-abandoned-New-World-Mall-Bangkok-flooded.html

“Ow.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztP4cDdy83o

How we get electrical transformers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9us_GmElUCM

The last hand putter.
http://vimeo.com/98953952

/Rude/ Goldberg machine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDcmnNssWDE

A chart of the NSA spy programs /that we know about/.
http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2014/07/01/every-nsa-program-we-know-about-in-one-chart/

Smiling through times of suffering and suicidal depression.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRvk5UQY1Js

“It being self-evident…”
http://www.alternet.org/comics/alternet-comics-jen-sorensen-those-buffer-zones

How well do you know this quiz?
http://www.clickhole.com/quiz/how-well-do-you-know-quiz-412

Bitchy Resting Face redux. And the proper term is Bitchy Resting Face, not Resting Bitchface; it’s funny they don’t know that.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twO293UQ_MQ

Another thing people used to do before the internet.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmQTafVgucs

Pet bird makes and applies its own feather extensions.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJIUNNssSVg

Middle-aged software engineer shreds on dulcimer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1nzkYr_JDM

Stay for the two ground-effect craft videos at the bottom.
http://io9.com/these-soviet-concept-vehicles-are-clearly-from-an-alter-1597889367

And hooray for freedom.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-day-we-celebrate-liberty.html

 

The elephant in the room.

  “I was at a restaurant, I saw a guy wearing a leather jacket at the same time he was eating a hamburger and drinking a glass of milk. I said, ‘Dude, you are a cow. The metamorphosis is complete. Don’t fall asleep, I will tip you over.’” –Mitch Hedberg

Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-06-27) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click.

It’s a short show –only 3.5 hours– because the broadcast booth’s internet access failed at midnight, and about twenty minutes later the developing full column of red NOT CONNECTED TO SERVER warnings on the computer log caught my eye. If the booth can’t use the internet my show is neither getting to the transmitter nor is it streaming on the web, so I stepped twice through the dance to fix it, gave up, cleaned up my mess and left. What there is of the show is pretty good. Oh, and it includes Police Street, which is Side One of the 1975 Firesign Theater record In The Next World You’re On Your Own.

And here are some links to other things to enjoy that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites in the column to your right:

More time-lapse blooming.
http://vimeo.com/daviddelossan

Fireworks in art through the ages.
http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/06/25/picturing-pyrotechnics/

Propellers, stupid-looking, dangerous, inefficient and noisily cool all at the same time.
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/06/cars-with-propellers-part-1.html

How to peel ten pounds of potatoes in 30 seconds with a bucket, a hose, a toilet brush and an electric drill.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7w9pycCSd0

Watch a nuclear reactor start. That Pantone color is Cherenkov radiation blue.
http://sploid.gizmodo.com/seeing-a-nuclear-reactor-start-up-is-cooler-than-my-sci-1596286481/+caseychan

What each country leads the world in.
http://c.fastcompany.net/multisite_files/fastcompany/imagecache/inline-large/inline/2013/10/3020280-inline-i-1-world-things.png

Alien internal organs. Kidding. Ink falling through water.
http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/alberto-seveso-colorful-musician-album-covers

Water made of glass.
http://www.neatorama.com/2014/06/26/Ben-Youngs-Amazing-Glass-Sculptures/

Too many. Nightmare. Run away.
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/26/10-incredible-crowds.html

“Now say, ‘Fools! I will destroy you all!'”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNN4Oo0KhZo

The top secret files.
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/25/tom-the-dancing-bug-dare-you.html

World War Two animated map.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WOVEy1tC7nk

Teaching Japanese to swear properly in English. With video of the educational process.
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/23/aided-by-books-and-ex-pats-ja.html

Another place on the very small list of places I would actually want to go to another country to see…
http://www.treehugger.com/culture/bounce-below-worlds-first-trampoline-park-abandoned-slate-mine-wales.html

…To add to Uluru, which I had no idea sometimes pours over with water.
http://www.amusingplanet.com/2014/06/waterfalls-on-uluru-rare-sight.html

The Prophecy of the Popes. Some Latin required.
http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-prophecy-of-the-popes-15th-century/

Make your own Oculus Rift visor out of your phone and a cardboard box.
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/26/elegant-cheap-simple-folded.html

Another category of employment openings. “And what do you do?” “Oh, I wear an invisible mummy suit and fluff hair and superhero capes.”
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/26/gimpsuited-greenscreen-fluffer.html

“Incredible strength, Mike, and a total disregard for the laws of physics!”
“Incredible use of sorcery here on the ground! He is the Michael Jordon of magic!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOOT_3U4rZM

Negotiation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6x0tk3D7xU

Ukraine, hands down. After the original, un-messed-with one, of course.
http://www.businessinsider.com/how-19-different-countries-define-beauty-2014-6?op=1

 

One large Galapagos turtle upon wheels with revolving clockwork eyes and extra string.

   “You go, Amy Farrah Fowler– follow your endocrine system.”

  Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-06-20) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click.

  And here are some links to other things to enjoy that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites in the column to your right:

There will be blood. “What are you doing in here? You’re missing the vagician!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEcZmT0fiNM

Colorful rivers.
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/06/super-colorful-rivers.html

Another one-take wonder.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC194cPvPaGJjhJBEGwG6vxg

My OCD.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnzz-eFmKaw

Book of miracles.
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/beasts-comets-and-other-signs-of-the-end-times/

Cymbal. And this happens every time. How different the world looks now. Look around.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kpoanOlb3-w

Drowned churches.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2298091/Haunting-images-churches-world-drowned-make-way-man-dams-reservoirs.html

None pizza with left beef II.

   “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” –Frank Zappa

   Here is the recording of last Friday’s (2014-06-13) (full moon plus Friday the 13th) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click.

   And here are some links to other interesting things to listen to and/or look at and/or think about, that I found mostly thanks to the websites listed to your right:

Fun in the Balkans.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OxiRdgpOqs

Fun everywhere else.
http://www.alternet.org/video/watch-jon-stewart-drops-truth-bomb-john-mccain-and-other-warmongers

Another cool, slightly less childish, thing a million-dollar-a-day team of military jets can do.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shaHKayQ8-Q

And then there’s this dog, who operates on less than a dollar a day.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PElfdeFnaiw

Fetch.
http://vimeo.com/92172277

The story of tools.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd2PNHysj7A

How we get marble.
http://vimeo.com/94076571

Why we’re against unions.
http://leftycartoons.com/ten-reasons-were-against-unions/

Winning.
http://www.alternet.org/comics/alternet-comics-matt-bors-return-us-troops-iraq

The sad romance of math.
http://www.neatorama.com/2014/06/16/Math-Meets-Romance-Novel/

It’s a minefield.
http://truth-out.org/art/item/24381-because-extremists-are-crazy

Go. Just go.
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/06/lets-go-ancient-chinese-game-boards.html

Another of countless sad examples of what happens when government is controlled by even the most peaceful of religions. Press play.
http://www.theawl.com/2014/06/21st-century-concentration-camps

None pizza with left beef.
http://www.thesneeze.com/2007/the-great-pizza-orientation-test.php

Gauze in water.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD7RHcp1wvc

And the educational magic of tubes.
http://www.pleacher.com/mp/puzzles/tricks/tube.html

The illusion of control.

   “The lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue, the roof of the mouth.”

   Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-06-13) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click.

   And here are some links to other interesting things you might like, that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

How to teach people to shut their phone entirely off before driving.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelzarrell/volkswagon-texting-and-driving-psa

The story of Tim’s Vermeer.
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/10/vermeers-paintings-might-be.html

Bottles.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocwRWoZUB0c

Dude, you’re flat.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EkEsTafD38

Did you know that Hayao Miyazaki once made a music video?
http://vimeo.com/48043470

Slow-motion lightning.
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/10/video-slow-motion-lightning.html

Comics archetype times table.
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hVOW2U7K4-M/SeqZJV0cLqI/AAAAAAAA_Ng/Zu1ff5hmwhs/s640/creebobbycomicstimestable.jpg

Ladies in space. The photoset is a tad Barbarella-heavy, but to each his own, I say.
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008/02/barbarella-other-ladies-in-space.html

The total area of solar panels it would take to power the world, Europe, and Germany.
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/12/the-total-area-of-solar-panels.html

How to tell the difference.
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/11/tom-the-dancing-bug-how-to-te.html

Are you alone?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKMQzkIiB0Y

And as a long-time fan of fantasy interstellar diaspora, I have to say squee.
http://gizmodo.com/holy-crap-nasas-interplanetary-spaceship-concept-is-fr-1589001939/1589277571

How to become as cool as one wishes to be.

   “I tell ya, I love the boy to death, but he has been difficult since he fell outta me at the K-Mart.” –Sheldon’s mother

   Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-06-06) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click.

   And here are some links to not necessarily radio-possible elements of vicarious experience that might could larn ya a thing er two, that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Lovely origami animation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ0epTLZPk4

GRKTRGDY.
http://www.futilitycloset.com/2014/06/07/grktrgdy/

Exactly what you always suspected. Rumble, rumble, spit, spit, rumble rumble, spit, spit. Useless.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjcyUjXwH_4

Ocotopi at night.
http://vimeo.com/95510899

Art.
http://gbtimes.com/china/buffalo-body-painting-contest-held-yunnan

Art 2.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa_langley/sets/72157644228081367

Lightning.
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/05/spectacular-mysterious-lightnings-part-1.html

How to become as cool as one wishes to be.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBeHQtJm5UI

“Pictures of women in their nick-nacks pulling each other’s hair.” And what’s wrong with that? It’s way better than video of giant man-cows in plastic armor fighting over a ball, or throwing or hitting a ball, or running after a ball.
http://metro.co.uk/2014/05/31/the-lingerie-fighting-championships-are-just-what-they-sound-like-4745843/

One one-take movie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbdN-KigJ14

Logic gates explained by pulley demo. (!!!)
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/02/logic-gates-made-from-pulleys.html

Where trust has gone, love will soon follow.
http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/57056/americans-who-believe-most-people-can-be-trusted

How far are you flung?
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-far-are-you-flung-when-an-amusement-park-ride-goes-terribly-wrong

Click on each photograph to travel in time.
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/ng-interactive/2014/jun/01/d-day-landings-scenes-in-1944-and-now-interactive

“It could have been a sobering moment.”
http://www.truth-out.org/art/item/24127-lethal-confluence

Baby leads dance.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enu6GFQPJ4o

The point and the videography don’t seem to have anything to do with each other, but –good point and good robot dancing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmBHnk78Q_4

The McGurk Effect, the Shepard Tone Illusion, etc.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzo45hWXRWU

So the CIA, the FBI and the KGB walk into the woods…
http://brucesterling.tumblr.com/post/87876034143/now-thats-political-humor

Masonry opens doors.

   “You crazy monkey! All you criminals can do is– is stop elevators and break iron hearts!” –Jonas Acme

Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-05-30) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click. It’s high school graduation time and also election time, so of course this show includes the Firesign Theater record Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers. Also there’s another Firesign Theater surprise hours later, which the above quote hints at.

And here are some links to other things you might get a kick out of, that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Cognitive bias parade. What interests me is that every one of these seems to explain uncannily exactly why the management of whatever supposedly creative and/or educational organization you’re having trouble with is so screwed up. And by you’re I mean I’m.
http://www.cognitivebiasparade.com/

Dancing here in the future. So much fun to watch. And then it’s over and you’re all like /why is it over?/ And this isn’t even the winning number.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY2D0j454PI

Here’s the winning number. It’s shot from much farther away, though.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWK5bzWkiuE

Watch a million ants coordinate their efforts perfectly to build and finish a gecko from parts just lying around in the environment. They make it look easy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBQyonxze7c

Calories.
http://www.dose.com/lists/2715/23-Photos-Of-People-Posing-With-Their-Daily-Food-Intake-This-Will-Be-The-Most-Insightful-Thing-You-ll-See-Today

“Scream in ecstasy.”
https://twitter.com/pickover/status/440240611614941184

I got a 28, a pretty good score, which surprised me because in real life I usually feel like I have no idea what others’ mental state is. (Be sure to answer all the items –guess if you have to– or the scoring won’t work.)
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/well-quiz-the-mind-behind-the-eyes/

The Blonsky Device.
http://www.neatorama.com/2014/05/28/Libretto-The-Blonsky-Device

Michael Jackson on beer bottles.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkbZlautuUc

The toy robots of your dreams.
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/05/toy-robots-to-have-and-to-hold.html

And World War One in the air.
http://www.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/wwi/wwiair/

Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.

   “As a girl, if you fail to have a daughter, you will be the first fuckup in a specific eons-long uninterrupted line stretching back to mitochondrial Eve.”

   Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-05-23) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click.

   And here are some links to other things to enjoy that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites in the column to your right:

Why don’t we all have cancer? That’s a good question.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qja4z1HGDQo

What is the resolution of the eye?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I5Q3UXkGd0

Prize-winning illusions. My favorites are the autokinetic heart and the pigeon neck.
http://illusionoftheyear.com/cat/top-10-finalists/2014/

The hard parts of ballet in slow motion.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7AaZhEOJSY

Pogo (the musician, not the possum): Time Machine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtr5q6dn7CA

41 movie posters.
http://thechive.com/2014/05/18/movies-posters-re-imagined-as-vintage-41-photos/

Japanese multiplication.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Vd0NpL32k

You can see all the way to France.
https://twitter.com/pickover/status/450719125547909120

Seeing it this way makes the music better.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi5-WRgA5GI

Cymbaloms. (I saw this in The Cross Pollinator.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQxbLfV76xs

About ArcAttack’s modern singing Tesla coils. (16 min.) (Skip to 5:30 if you just want the explanation of making them sing and to hear them sing.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m6EjnEYEEg

Why walk through the valley of the shadow of death when you can drive?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6IZ2TroruU

Photographs of the majestic parade of skeletons.
http://www.amusingplanet.com/2014/05/parade-of-skeletons-at-gallery-of.html

“Forget the Austrian self-sharpening razor blades. No more zizzing and dripping like with the tropical fishes.”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-4bhVpfxJM

“And this continues until he is trapped in one corner of the room.” You might have to subscribe to Quora to continue directly to the link, but it’s free and worth it.
http://www.quora.com/Psychology/What-is-the-coolest-psychology-trick

Long shots.
http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/56605/13-incredible-unbroken-takes-movies

“Greg, stop talking to her.” Notice, not “Greg, stop shocking and kicking and terrorizing her like a bloody Neanderthal.”
http://www.suntimes.com/27487657-761/lawsuit-chicago-cops-physically-verbally-abuse-woman-on-video.html

More language maps.
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2014/05/language_map_what_s_the_most_popular_language_in_your_state.html

Kriddistadl kroodisaydl.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnVYE_W-dDY

Paging Doctor Freud.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVE3qMXKCfE

The beautiful future of the past.
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/05/imperial-dreams-art-deco-update.html

La bella machinae.
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/05/gorgeous-espresso-machines.html

Country music is different from the way it was when I was a kid.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gBV-Nzq7Pg

And how to beatbox. Born to be clever to be clever to be too clever. Bouncing cats. And baboons and pigs. Apparently that’s all there is to it. Go forth and startle people in elevators.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT8V148bvas

Revenge of the lawn.

“Any time you overhear people, if you only hear a second of what they say, it’s always completely stupid.” –OverheardInNewYork.com

Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-05-16) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click. The recording was made in the broadcast booth and so is complete. No dropouts, no stuttering. The whole show as I did it live, not as it went out over the air, or rather didn’t go out properly over the air.

The machinery that gets the signal from the broadcast booth to the stream server and then the rest of the way to the transmitter site has been problematical all along, and when fixed up and completely solved, as it is every few weeks, is so perfect then goes so wonky in a completely fresh mysterious way, that –and I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m saying it– I have to seriously suspect malicious sabotage. I mean, really. I’m recommending that we move the broadcast booth from the office in town back to the transmitter site up Highway 20, where there can be a six-foot-long wire directly from the mixing board to the transmitter and you’d have to physically cut the god damn wire to stop it working right. Then if the internet streaming part of the operation fails, who cares. The on-air signal is the priority.

There. That’s out of my system.

You’ll like the show. Even the part where I was trying to troubleshoot the studio-to-transmitter problem and had to put on Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina to get a little more time. Who doesn’t like Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina? Nobody, that’s who. Everybody likes that song, especially in the original German. It was inspired by Doctor Seuss.

    And here are some links to other things to enjoy that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites in the column to your right:

Spurious correlations.
http://www.tylervigen.com/

Ugh! How does it work?
http://www.futilitycloset.com/2014/05/15/a-geometric-paradox/

Blues-singing cockatiel.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGJaz64lrJ4

Pictures of little pets with their heads stuck through bread.
http://tinyurl.com/mxk9uf2

The Crow crieth. The Lamb blaiteth. The Grafhopper chirpeth. the Whooppoo faith.
http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/05/14/in-the-image-of-god-john-comenius-and-the-first-childrens-
picture-book/

The Purdue University Rube Goldberg team. Featuring clever Guillermo.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF3nV0r87v8

Further Japan WTF.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzC4hFK5P3g

And the most commonly spoken language in each U.S. state besides English and Spanish.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/56714/most-commonly-spoken-language-each-state-besides-english-and-spanish

 

Welcome, conventioneers! International Clitoris Awareness Week (May 5 through 11).

I’m sorry to have to tell you: no Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show this week. Technical problems mainly with the computer at the broadcast booth kept me and Bob Young (by remote) messing with it for an hour and a half before giving up for the time being. I left the automation running like a broken clockwork Godzilla, and drove out of range hearing a line from The Who’s Tommy album skipping over and over. “The boy won’t be a boy no more– young but not a child. I’m the Gypsy, the Acid Queen. Pay before we start. The Gypsy, I’m guaranteed to tear your soul apar–“ (repeat, repeat, repeat)

I suppose I could have done the show anyway directly into the recorder and then put it here for you, but I brought at least seven hours of material, and starting so late to not even be live on the air didn’t even appeal to me. Bob might come back up here from the Bay Area and replace the computer tomorrow, or I or someone else here might be his hands. It’ll get solved. I’ll let you know how things work out. And next week I’ll do a special show to make up for all this.

Shit, now it occurs to me that there was something I didn’t try… but there was more wrong than just that, so… I’m not going back there now. We’ll fix it tomorrow.

Anyway, here are links to things that wouldn’t necessarily work well on the radio but nonetheless interested me enough to save them to share with you. I found them mostly via the wonderful websites listed to your right:

Cars of the future, including the most beautiful car ever. Ever. The 1947 Norman Timbs Special. All they’d have to do is make cars now on this model –maybe a little smaller, though– and people would just buy them.
http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/these-13-concept-cars-from-the-past-still-feel-like-the-1571868026/+kcampbelldollaghan

The scourge of moral superiority.
http://tinyurl.com/mwya2yu

Sure, kid.
http://truth-out.org/art/item/23540-death-penalty

A musical history of the Song of Death, or rather Dies Irae (Day of Wrath).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLgvKwOYniY

Xiangjun Shi talks about physics.
http://aeon.co/film/why-do-i-study-physics-a-short-film-about-beautiful-stuff/

Terence McKenna: Culture is an intelligence test.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP-jvxopEF0

“So, Jay, what do you have to know to drive in this kind of race?”  “Go fast, turn left, go fast, turn left. That’s pretty much it.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RElDvX856iw

Welsh corgi dog negotiates zombie apocalypse to return shoe.
http://vimeo.com/93544310

The pissing tanker, he will teach them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaEqZQXmx5M

A 13-minute teevee story about a remarkable climber.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR1jwwagtaQ

Slow motion tattoo. Fascinating because bleagh.
http://vimeo.com/86606975

Vi Hart explains Net Neutrality better than anyone else has so far, just like everything else she explains in her many instructional videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAxMyTwmu_M

Things you can do, according to some books.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/49207/17-overly-optimistic-book-titles

26 teaspoons of sugar in one McDonalds milkshake. Twenty-six.
http://www.sugarstacks.com/shakes.htm

I Criminale Della Gallassia! (/pchew! pchew!/ “Aiee!”)
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/05/thrilling-vintage-movie-posters.html

La gigantesca grua-robot.
http://arcaneimages.tumblr.com/post/85143428649

“I’ve got a metal implant in my ear too,” she says. “The doctor said it was wax but I can feel it. My partner Ken has a monitor that detects bugging devices. He puts it near my ear and it goes ding-ding-ding.”
http://tinyurl.com/oqsv2pq

Absurd right-wing Christian billboards.
http://www.alternet.org/belief/10-most-absurd-right-wing-christian-billboards?paging=off

Hot Russian girl war pilots and snipers of World War Two. Oh, and Dresden, after the hot Allied firebombing.
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2014/05/drb-history-issue-world-war-two.html

If all the ice melted.
http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/national-geographic-rising-seas

A little perspective, over 13.5 billion years and countless gazillions of stars and planets.
http://boingboing.net/2014/05/07/best-computer-model-yet-of-o.html
…and a slightly different presentation of the same information:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjSFR40SY58

The evolution of London over the last seven-millionth of that time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB5Oz9b84jM

Teevee shows’ stellar time zone corrections, if there were no noise floor.
http://abstrusegoose.com/567

It’s all inside the tiny blue blotch in the magnified square. And that’s just one galaxy with nothing particularly special about it.
http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2012/3390.html

“And the doctor said, ‘Be nice to your mother. Because if you’re ever mean to your mother you could kill her.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PUW2POEjX4

And a 1986 PBS Stan Getz interview. With the famous bear story.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5tnWBrYCbc

Spud and Cochise.

    “Come on out, Snakeweed. Come on out and get it.”

Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-05-02) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click.

And here are some links to other things to enjoy that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites in the column to your right:

800-year-old Icelandic chant in a reverberant train station.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4dT8FJ2GE0

The festival of Saint Calcium Carbide.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW638UVnIQY

What does a clock do when it’s hungry?
http://tinyurl.com/lg6n62o

Happy birthday, Hubble.
http://space.io9.com/happy-birthday-hubble-1567150871/all

Flaws.
http://the-toast.net/2014/04/29/protagonist-flaws/

Infomercial fail compilation. Apparently no matter what you want or attempt, unless you buy [Product Name] you can end up with a big mess. Or painful breasts from sleeping on your side.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eMCURWpNAg

On the other hand, here’s a beautiful advertisement, where you instantly start crying. I wish I could find the Campbell’s Soup ad from the early 1970s that I compare all these things to.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=trueview-instream&v=B51Bs4u10ZA

Psychological priming.
https://twitter.com/pickover/status/450065185731264512

The Disney Arcana.
http://dmorte.deviantart.com/art/Dmorte-Disney-Tarot-451435143

“You’re not the victim. You’re the one who’s doing it.”
http://www.neatorama.com/2014/05/01/Jim-Hensons-Advice-in-Cartoon-Form/

Oeufs sur difficile.
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/04/intricately-carved-goose-shells-by-piotr-bockenheim/

How fly muscles work.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140325-insect-flight-aeronautical-engineering-blowflies-synchrotron/

124-year-old clockwork bird chirping machine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPKFT_t2rL0

Bird and a puppy playing together.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoaEBb4IN4Q

Video from a video game scene generation algorithm competition. The winner. All this comes from 64 kilobytes of program.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwFVlNytq0Q

World War One in photographs.
http://www.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/wwi/introduction/

World War One-era curlers and massagers and blow dryers.
http://unusual.info/2014/04/26/beauty-care-100-years-ago/

Full-screen this extremely cool time-lapse drive across Nevada on I-50.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO3g8P7gnqs

Paris, parts 1, 2 and 3.
http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/56419/these-videos-paris-motion-are-mesmerizing

Dammit, Warren, pull yourself together.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hGLeB-2smWA/U1TtrMHLRfI/AAAAAAAAvCc/VX6cvck-5UU/s1600/warren_forbidden.png

Mutually assured destruction apparently still relies on 8-inch floppy disks and computers with blinking lights for a monitor. Also gung-ho attractive young twenty-somethings with a happy attitude about it all. And car keys. Like, I’m so sure. (Or) Our Potemkin missile silos.
http://gizmodo.com/inside-the-us-nuclear-silos-where-floppy-disk-are-still-1568609439

Victorian taxidermy.
http://beautifuldecay.com/2014/04/25/walter-potters-curious-victorian-taxidermy/

Curious Alice.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1fc-h018Uo

How many things are there?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6eOcd06kdk

Please Use This Song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuQt9N4Dsok

A public service message.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ME8owgVBWU

“If you pay with large notes, the taxi driver hand you back a change of fakes.”
http://whenonearth.net/7-travel-scams-need-know/

 

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