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An Alex Bosworth Thorgellen.

     “The difference between a cult and a religion: In a cult there is a person at the top who knows it’s a scam. In a religion that person is dead.”

Here’s the recording of last night’s Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready for you to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with plenty of other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which always provides about an hour of each of my Friday night shows’ most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return, going back decades. And tiny bravely struggling KNYO itself. Find the hidden donation heart there and help the station out with a holiday gift from your own hidden heart. And/or try the new fire-engine-red vibrantly healthy KNYO hot sauce, for vim and pep. (“It’s toasted!”)

Here’s a link to my dream journal project that I restarted a couple of years ago and have been keeping up– not compulsively like the old days but at least several dreams each week. The latest post is always on top. (I send a batch of dreams from the week all at once on Sunday or Monday night. (I’d like to read /your/ dreams and I always offer to. Just email me. Or include them in a reply. Or give me a link to your dream journal and I’ll make a note to always go there and check for updates.)
https://MarcoMcClean.Medium.com

BESIDES ALL THAT, here are some not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.

Our whole galaxy of 100+ billion stars is the single pixel at the bottom of this new map of just a tiny fraction of the /real/ world out there.
https://hub.jhu.edu/2022/11/17/interactive-universe-map/

What a supernova in our stellar neighborhood could do to Earth.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/11/23/What-a-Supernova-Could-Do-to-the-Earth/

The sunscreen essay.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/11/everybodys-free-to-wear-sunscreen.html

The tanzmasken of Lavinia Schulz and Walter Holdt.
https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/tanzmasken

Thorgellen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kccw_2uHKjQ

Wow! Wow! Wow! What a terrific project. Scroll down and feast.  (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCphTF9wHwhCt-BzIq-s4V-g

The best kites ever. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/Rainmaker1973/status/1591128560265490433

See the long-form infographic. Also: how do you suppose NPR got left off this list?
https://techstartups.com/2020/09/18/6-corporations-control-90-media-america-illusion-choice-objectivity-2020/

Aired only once but never again. (You might have to click the sound on.)
https://twitter.com/MichaelWarbur17/status/1595848337760350214

Put French people with funny laughs in the same room. (via Everlasting Blort) (Click sound on.)
https://twitter.com/AFC_GLEN/status/1575942075287158785

Kimbra – Settle Down. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHV04eSGzAA

Rerun: Nelly McKay – I Wanna Get Married.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXrvri6xCr4

Rerun: Somewhere That’s Green.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIvpOIUqKKA

A taste of their own medicine. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/Rainmaker1973/status/1592075305870848001

The saga of CUM, Canadian United Media.
https://www.fark.com/vidplayer/12653336

Cosplay art. (via BoingBoing)
https://www.instagram.com/lowcostcosplayth

“He only has to paint half the burger because the camera films from just one side. A mixture of Vicks Vaporub and pulverized meat helps fill in any holes.” Well, I bought a Big Mac at a McDonalds a couple of months ago for five times what it cost the last time I bought one, but it was pretty good, but I was very hungry and there’s an old saying: Hunger makes the best sauce. The Big Mac was soft and messy and salty and wet with something orange, the way I remember a Bob’s Big Boy burger was when I was little in L.A., and that was nice. This was a very different experience from the time I had Taco Bell food once after not going to Taco Bell for decades. Taco Bell food is also five times more expensive than it was, and also not bad, exactly, but there was something about it that didn’t sit right, that I can’t articulate, and that’s my failing, not Taco Bell’s. Just not what I think of as a real burrito. There used to be a Mexican restaurant in Healdsburg that I’d go to sometimes on my way to or from The City, where a burrito was no more expensive than anywhere else but it was substantial, chewy, flavorful, big enough for you to think about maybe not eating it all at once but you’d do it anyway. There was a place down in Noyo Harbor for decades –El Mexicano– where they had a burrito like that, too. Last time I was there was around the turn of the century. Yelp says they’re still in business. Anyway, sorry, here are food cosmeticians, or rather food /morticians/, because you can’t eat it after these technicians have tarted up the food for its sexy close-up, with turpentine and soldering irons and foot powder and melted crayons and so on; all you can do is throw it away. It makes me think of businessmen and teevee newspeople and elected officials; they all go through a process very like this every time before you see them. Even women in makeup all look like 1950s stage female impersonators to me… not that there’s anything wrong with that. Soon it’ll all be done with hackable CGI in our replacement eyes, like in /Minority Report/.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/11/the-tricks-behind-major-food-commercials.html

Without the text, I would guess this is a dish sponge. Say dish sponge five times fast in the mirror without looking like you’re swearing at someone you hate with a passion. Just try to; see how hard it is.
https://gizmodo.com/nasa-orion-views-moon-surface-artemis-1849820337

Much ado with Lissajou (say LEES-uh-zhoo). (via Clifford Pickover)
https://twitter.com/noondlyt/status/1595660544152768512

Matt Berry reads his favorite memo.
https://boingboing.net/2022/11/18/matt-berry-reads-hilariously-prurient-matt-stone-memo-to-the-mpaa.html

Cents.
http://marriedtothesea.com/112422

So a snafu, a shitshow and a clusterfuck walk into a bar…
https://qz.com/work/1225213/the-difference-between-a-snafu-a-shitshow-and-a-clusterfuck

 

 

Popsicle toes.

     “You can’t deny Jews control the international Rube Goldberg machine market. Wherever a bowling ball falls on a switch to a fan blowing a paint balloon onto spikes, startling a mouse that pulls a string to raise the curtain on a sign that says EAT AT JOE’S, there’s a Space Jew in a throne room somewhere, in a high collar and tight gold and purple helmet, though in black and white, watching it on a round screen on a pole, washing his hands in the air like a fly, smiling with just his mouth, not his eyes, muttering, ‘Excellent,” or “Splendid.'”

Here’s the recording of last night’s Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready for you to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with plenty of other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which always provides about an hour of each of my Friday night shows’ most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return, going back decades. And tiny bravely struggling KNYO itself. Find the hidden red donation heart there and help the station out with a substantial gift from your own heart. And/or try the new iron-rich vibrantly healthy KNYO hot sauce, for vim and pep. (“It’s toasted!”)

Here’s a link to my dream journal project that I restarted a couple of years ago and have been keeping up– not compulsively like the old days but at least a post of several dreams each week. The latest post is always on top. (I have a batch of dreams from this week that I’ll proofread and post by Sunday or Monday night. It works better that way; I don’t get confused about which ones I sent to Medium and which ones I only read on the radio.) (I’d like to read /your/ dreams and I always offer to, if you’d send them.)
https://MarcoMcClean.Medium.com

BESIDES ALL THAT, here are some not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.

Unslicing.
https://theawesomer.com/unslicing-tomatoes/688511/

Theda Bara Salome. Hubba-hubba. Hot-cha.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/11/theda-bara-salome.html

What a nice place to live. It’s like competing floating villages in an art game environment about a water planet.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2017/07/lake-kavicsos-hungary.html

Monju hunters of Sofugan Island. (9 min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIPLQZrlMGs

Live Goa’uld larva Xmas ornament, perfect for that special someone on your list. (via Fark)
https://assets.atlasobscura.com/article_images/8488/image

I don’t remember where it comes from, but at one part in a story an old Jew who’s been through absolute hell sees something like this and growls, “So the /whole world/ isn’t crazy.” I think it might have been Walter Matthau, or a man sitting next to Walter Matthau. My grandmother used to sing this song to herself sometimes when she was working. She was constantly working in her house or in the restaurant. I have no picture in my head of her ever just sitting there thinking about something, though she must have done, because I rode to Ohio in an airplane with her when I was five and all I remember of the trip was the scene outside the window my nose was stuck to.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/11/moon-river.html

Philosophy.
https://existentialcomics.com/comic/472

God.
https://i0.wp.com/boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/684ctemp-bd-deus-ex-machina.jpg

What. (Eleven years in prison, that’s what, because she frauded a few rich people out of a few drops of their money. Meanwhile the entire Sackler family profited in the billions of dollars from mass murder, drug pushing of the worst drugs on a huge scale, and not a single one of them will even ever spend fifteen minutes in the back seat of a police car, much less be frog-marched across the lawn to it. And they all get to stay wealthy beyond the dreams of avarice, too, and keep all their mansions and golf course hotels and jet airplanes and basketball-court-size sex dungeons. And the Mormon church’s multi-billion-dollar tax-free real-estate empire, and on and on, all the religions including, of course, the ones with their own cities and countries. I remember reading an article about a poor boy in prison for stealing a cookie. And a woman put in prison for five years because, to get her daughter into a slightly better school, she registered to vote in a school district a block over the line from her apartment. I’m not saying the woman in this creepy A.I.-produced squirming picture shouldn’t be punished for stealing, but start with prosecuting and pauperizing the royal long-term dynasties of world-class stealers first, how about, and people who are millionaires because of war, or because of their position in government and insider trading. (Or) Just stare back at pretty, psychopathic, hypnotic Elizabeth Holmes for awhile, until you wake up, on your feet, in a strange city, with someone asking you, “How would you like to pay for that, sir?” And you say, “Pay for what?”
https://i0.wp.com/boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/holmes.gif

Janet, Janet, Brad-Brad-Brad. Doctor Scott!
https://theawesomer.com/rocky-horror-but-its-only-the-characters-names/688773/

YMCA.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2014/11/ymca-by-bottle-boys.html

The judges of contests like this are just mean and horrible. It’s their job to say yes or no; they can say no. They don’t have be such a dick about it and roll their eyes and make fun of these people who came a long way to audition and are doing the best they can, and doing it pretty well, to me. I would say thank you for coming, and say something nice about them, and give them a treat of some kind. Chocolate covered raisins, or free tickets to a game.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/11/17/dcc/

Disney voice actors, including Walt Disney himself.
https://laughingsquid.com/disney-voice-actors-side-by-side/

Kinetic mayhem. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://americandigest.org/the-day-after-the-night-before/

Bach into Down Hearted Blues.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwVk5txhdxA

Waaah-eeya-ee-aahh, eeeyooo-eeeyohhhhh. Here’s a skill. Two and sometimes three different notes at once.
https://theawesomer.com/polyphonic-overtone-singing-in-an-echo-chamber/688294/

Nature.
https://gizmodo.com/nature-conservancy-photo-contest-2022-1849774085

Minions washing and recoating a telescope mirror. Note: they don’t use the tail of their shirt. They use the special cloth that comes with the mirror.
https://theawesomer.com/re-coating-a-giant-telescope-mirror/688570/

Fire one million.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0mO6UY6uTg

All the prisons in the U.S., seen from the air. Spread out all over this great land of the free and home of the brave is a giant, expensive, and still growing gulag fungus, that’s like one of those adhesive traps that people with zero empathy put on the floor so mice get stuck there and suffer in tighter and tighter captivity until they succumb. You know who should be put in places like that? Rich people who don’t pay their fair share of taxes, and who profit from the misery of poor people and people in prison especially. See above.
http://prisonmap.com/

DUST: Recycling Man.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZL0fOo44oo

Sand-powered acrobat.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/11/sand-powered-automaton.html

2001: a remix.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2014/11/2001-remix.html

First-person toy roller coaster ride.
https://theawesomer.com/knex-steel-vengeance-roller-coaster-pov/688941/

Pulse-jet model plane engines. Apparently they’re hard to start, but once started, away they go.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSMiP1GN1vU

Flight.
https://theawesomer.com/evolve-drone-fpv-freestyle-flight/648891/

“Color. It’s just… better.” (Or) “Without color, it ain’t blood!” (Or) “Well, there’s your problem, Tom. This is completely shot. I think we’re looking at replacing the whole unit.”
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/color_photographs_to_fight_crime

Date.
https://xkcd.com/2698/

Rerun: Trapped in the web of love. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ao4ILWfl8U

Our universe narrated by Morgan Freeman.
https://theawesomer.com/our-universe-trailer/688828/

Mawaan: Are you checking me out, or are you just a racist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayczwaGr-lU

The story of the last Hiroshima survivor. There are moments in this that will kick you in the chest.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/11/what-akiko-saw-at-centre-of-hiroshima.html

Turkey.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2014/11/turkey-trot.html

Rerun: Beef.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/11/tweet-of-day_01030226385.html

Raawrrr!
https://www.vintag.es/2022/11/pachimon-postcards.html

Echoes by Pink Floyd, illustrated by A.I. (15 min.)
https://laughingsquid.com/ai-generated-pink-floyd-echoes/

The first version of /Twisted/ that I heard was Joni Mitchell’s. Annie Ross wrote it, and here’s that, though I still like Joni Mitchell’s better. What do you think?
https://boingboing.net/2022/11/14/they-dont-make-em-like-annie-ross-anymore.html

Elderly Joni Mitchell and Elton John sit there talking about Joni Mitchell’s music. This is pretty good, though it’s sad how her health has deteriorated. (25 min.) (via PerfectForRoquefortCheese)
https://www.openculture.com/2022/11/joni-mitchell-tells-elton-john-the-stories-behind-her-most-iconic-songs.html

French comic acrobats in the prime of their lives.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/11/14/repost-commitment-to-the-bit/#more-87907

Dave Chapelle’s SNL opening monologue last week.
https://www.theroot.com/dave-chappelle-tackles-kanye-west-kyrie-irving-and-mor-1849779632

The LinkSys Unifiller Cake-O-Matic 1000 with patented Swing-Away Tray Table!
https://theawesomer.com/rocky-horror-but-its-only-the-characters-names/688773/

Divorce as objects in a house.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/11/empty-house.html

Tip your head 45-degress to the left, see the panda-catdog-otter-baby emerging from a wormhole through spacetime. Just look at for a bit. You’ll see it. (via Fark)
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/2211/wr18_woronow_2048.jpg

A relatively local road luge race. Ryan Farmer wins. The others can hock their luges. Or stand on them. When I was in third grade our neighborhood was a long steep hill. There were lots more kids around in those days, traveling in wild packs, and a rite of passage was to stay on a skateboard all the way down that hill, which was hard because the road was bumpy and skateboard wheels were tiny and hard and loud, and the merest pebble would stop the thing and yank it out from under you and your feet with it. I still have marks on my arms and legs from that. No helmets, of course; that was the before-time. Most cars didn’t even have seatbelts, or if they did, they lived stuffed in the crack between the couch bottom of the car-wide front seat and the back of it, which came up to just below a grownup’s shoulders, so if a car hit you from behind, your entire head was liable to pop right off like a ketchup cork.
https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2022/nov/11/video-ferndales-ryan-farmer-takes-first-place-worl/

“I can’t believe this is what F. Scott Fitzgerald’s hair looked like. No one ever talks about it.” (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/spiritnght2/status/1591222940628324354

A baby star burping.
https://newatlas.com/space/james-webb-stellar-burp-protostar/

And what do you suppose is going on here, for 50,000 uma pulu ribu ruvics? (via Fark)
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Fhr8jsZWQAEElWC?format=jpg&name=medium

 

Armistice Day marks 10 years of MOTA on KNYO.

     “The Green People are street vessels used by the United Nations to prepare for a total takeover of the United States. The privately held property inside the U.S. would be internationalized, the citizens’ weapons confiscated and children gang-raped if we allow them to continue their covert operations. We have been softened for decades. The continual dumbing-down of our education system and the increasing banality of popular culture are just two trends we can trace to one sick source. That source is Welsh people. They are right out in the open. Society has become so Welsh that most people do not recognize Welshness when they step in it. Like my mother’s lawyer. Fucking Welsh bastard.” -Spider Jerusalem in Transmetropolitan (2001)

Here’s the recording of last night’s Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready for you to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with plenty of other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which always provides about an hour of each of my Friday night shows’ most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return, going back decades. And tiny bravely struggling KNYO itself. Find the hidden red donation heart there and help the station out with a substantial gift from your own heart. Or try the new iron-rich naturally healthy KNYO hot sauce, famous from approximately coast to coast. (“It’s toasted!”)

Last night’s show marked ten years of Memo of the Air on KNYO (five of them also on KMEC), after almost 15 years on KMFB, and, before that, five years of publishing Memo countywide, after edit/typesetting the Mendocino Commentary for two years. Sound effects for hundreds of plays for Mendocino Theater Company, Gloriana Opera Company, Warehouse Rep Theater, yadda yadda… Before that, two years of live radio drama (Chuck Frank, Private Op; and Cleveland, Ohio, 37th Century!) through the phone lines from the Albion Whale School to KKUP in Cupertino. Four miserable months trying to do radio at the beginning of KZYX with rotten rat bastard Sean Donovan tapdancing on my head, a month in 1985 of my little automatic phone-answering pirate station in Mendocino, in the Corners of the Mouth church tower. Oh, and two-plus years of the Radio *Free Earth 2-hour variety teevee show, recorded every Wednesday in the back room of that little pink house in Caspar and put on Friday nights on the cable in town (it was Warner Cable in those days). I have a crate of tapes of over a hundred of those teevee shows, many of which featured people who are long dead now, musicians and fishermen and artists and a large, florid preacher woman who would sit on a bar-stool and read the bible into the camera. Recording the Lark In the Morning music camp. And all the videotaped stage shows and music shows and Cynthia Frank’s Women’s Choirs and, ahem, birthdays and bar mitzvahs and Gala Grand Openings. And six months of just a deejay radio show on KMFB in 1983-84 midnight-to-6am Friday and Saturday nights, back when I was almost too shy to even speak the station I.D., that I would start with the recorded radio drama I wrote and directed at the Community School, where I learned and taught recording engineering, and recorded, among other things, kids’ bands, experimental art video, the Lark In The Morning record album for Mickie Zekely and Michael Hubbert… Klingensmith– that’s the name I was hunting for: the boy who ran the board for a lot of those Community School /Radio Free Earth/ radio shows, including Lawrence Bullock’s private detective /Joe November/. And the live radio dramas in Crown Hall and Helen Schoeni Theater, and on and on… But, in short, my latest milestone is: ten years of all night, every Friday night, eight hours and sometimes more, at KNYO, in one or the other of the places in town, or by remote from elsewhere in the great darkness, and I’m kind of proud of it.

Armistice Day, when traditionally, for the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh /month/ we bow our heads to listen to the guns’ having gone silent, and reaffirm that the Great War of a hundred years ago was in fact the War to End All Wars, being so terrible and infuriatingly stupid that the world would not ever let another one happen– and yet, of course, we did and do, all the time anymore, overlapping, never without a war, because a handful of obscenely rich people need so very much to stay rich, and their money is so persuasive to men who are clawing to be /just a little bit/ rich. And the jobs book-falsifying and screwing and pounding and welding forty-billion-dollar aircraft carriers together, that are obsolete before they’re even slid into the water and christened with champagne, let’s not forget about those.

Here’s a link to my dream journal project that I restarted a couple of years ago and have been keeping up– not like the old days but at least a post of several dreams each week. The latest post is always on top. (I have a batch of dreams from this week that I’ll proofread and post by Sunday or Monday night.)
https://MarcoMcClean.Medium.com

BESIDES ALL THAT, here are some not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.

The first 14.5 billion years.
https://twitter.com/pickover/status/1589375405357948928/photo/1

Galaxy in the 1950s.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/11/galaxy-science-fiction.html

A vibrating coin sorter. My (dead) stepbrother Craig had a football-game toy that worked on this principle. It was louder than this, and razzier.
https://boingboing.net/2022/11/09/this-1960s-coin-sorter-is-an-electromechanical-delight.html

Al White, Marine, his story in his own words. (100 min.)
https://theava.com/archives/202913

Stop right there.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/11/07/repost-bursts-of-beauty

Shut up and dance with me.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/11/05/repost-shut-up-and-dance-with-me

Welp.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/11/05/The-Horror-of-the-Midwest-Goodbye/

Hammer time.
https://i0.wp.com/theava.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Hammers.jpeg

Hammer names. I had a ball peen hammer when I was a little boy. They say, “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” but a ball peen hammer is not like that, it’s just fun to hit dirt and rocks with and make moon-crater landscapes of scraps of wood and inscribe your name in dots on the concrete wall next to the alley. And you can’t help but smile when you say it: ball peen hammer. Try it.
https://www.theengineerspost.com/types-of-hammers/

A shark made of hammers, some of them of the ball peen persuasion. A hammerhead shark.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/11/09/punny-art/

And scroll down to brainstorm/green-needle. It is a weird thing about our brains, and a good reason not to fly off the handle when someone offends you. You heard them wrong because your brain is not reliable but carries a lot of random crap around for you to punch yourself in the nose with and blame other people who have no idea what your problem is and who just want to get away now. And it’s not just you, nor is it just sounds. It happens in every aspect and facet of communication. Everybody does it. We take turns unwittingly gaslighting ourselves and each other.
https://boingboing.net/2022/11/07/ventriloquist-says-poor-peter-parker-without-moving-his-lips.html

Some smitement. A path of smiting.
https://www.fark.com/vidplayer/12631256

How sound works in horror movies.
https://boingboing.net/2022/11/05/how-sound-design-works-in-horror-movies.html

Feynman on the scientific method.
https://27thstreet.me/2022/11/08/feynman-on-scientific-method/

What. (via Fark)
https://mediacloud.theweek.com/image/upload/f_auto,t_content-image-full-desktop@1/v1667508677/2022-11-02T232958Z_1431128580_UP1EIB21ELT3U_RTRMADP_3_GYMNASTICS-WORLD.jpg

“I had the patron saint of dads for sissies, and no, I didn’t know it at the time, but I know it now.” Don’t sneak, son. Excellent advice.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/11/the-saint-of-dry-creek.html

Snake dance. This reminds me of when Tyler and Ruthell Lincoln’s Symphony of the Redwoods, and, I think, Gloriana Opera Company, spent a risky $18,000 (thirty or forty thousand in today’s money) to put on /Dido and Aeneas/ in Cotton Auditorium. There was a girl in a snake-slug suit in the underworld scene that gave this very impression.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2014/11/contortionist-snake-dance.html

Freaks: the glass blower, the baldheaded tattooer of canvas ships, Italian mafia cigar Indian, man with dinosaur feet, Thomas Dolby beatboxing into a harmonica mic, tough, bored woman bouncer in sparkly shorts, ready to bounce you right out if you get fresh back there, mister.
https://www.shorpy.com/node/26861?size=_original#caption

Three million flamingos flaminging (say fluh-MING-ging).
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/11/tweet-of-day_01717599836.html

Traffic moderate to heavy on the 405 to the 10. (via Fark)
https://chicagoyimby.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Screen-Shot-2022-03-02-at-7.14.58-PM.png

How we get screws.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtcf5rum3fw

How we get pencils.
https://theawesomer.com/inside-a-pencil-factory/688052/

How we get sick.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/11/just-flu.html

How a universal flu vaccine might work.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/11/06/How-a-Universal-Flu-Vaccine-Might-Work/

Why golden retrievers are much more likely than other dogs to be fat pigs. They don’t just eat food, they spasmodically engulf it. They inhale a whole day’s food in one horking breath and go vacuuming and snarfing around the floor for more. Why? I looked it up; science is baffled. Not a clue. It’s neither genetics nor environment. All Lab-like dogs are like that. They are chow-hounds. That’s the term we in the industry use.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2014/11/spaghetti-eating-competition.html

In all, there are 327,322 images of human faces in /Time/ magazines since 1923. And here they all are, catalogued and linked to the photographs and articles they’re from.
https://magazineproject.org/sandbox/chronological/

…which reminds me of the slow, majestic, poignant (say POIN-yent) story in the 1999 three-episode British teevee series /Shooting the Past/, about the stories of people in old photographs.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_the_Past

Palindromic Bob. (via AVClub)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUQDzj6R3p4

“Pavilion that soars above the clouds.”
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2022/11/ryounkaku-japans-first-skyscraper.html

Low-gravity simulator exercise equipment. The man demonstrating it makes me want to scream at him to be more careful. He’s going to hit his head on the sharp corner of that pile of plywood.
https://theawesomer.com/low-gravity-stunt-rig/688220/

Toy!
https://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/1970s_flight_simulator

A post of various intriguing sounds in Tacky Raccoons.
https://tackyraccoons.com/2022/11/05/saturday-matinee-konzerthausorchester-berlin-mario-wienerroither-the-reverend-peytons-bid-damn-band-and-johnny-winter-w-edgar-winter-rick-derringer/

Visiting Henry Dagg. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfOtb8_dsqc

Art.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/11/painting-of-day.html

Park blancmange.
https://live.staticflickr.com/2359/2467830942_360f49213f_b.jpg

Each room in this seemingly ordinary house should be named for a different planet, or perhaps for the specific perversion or catalog of perversions it might be particularly suited to. (via Fark)
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Windsong-Ct-Baltimore-MD-21208/36347154_zpid/

Too sweet. Hurts my teeth to look at it. (via Fark)
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/309-9th-St-Pacific-Grove-CA-93950/19324264_zpid/

Printing a replacement foot for a duck.
https://mylistofthangs.tumblr.com/post/103263793220

Ornithopter. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXg-qoRN0co

Collectively, Le Signorine Grandi Firme.
https://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/signorina_grandi_firme

How different foods would walk. She should do Taco Bell and run.
https://boingboing.net/2022/11/10/how-would-food-walk.html

Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! “Them as don’t work don’t eat.” This was not Marilyn Monroe’s first movie.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gD8YZu8uLs

Popcorn on church organ and drums.
https://theawesomer.com/apopcorn-on-church-organ-and-drumspopcorn-on-pipe-organ-and-drums/687806/

Video of octopockles throwing and spewing dirt, rocks and shells at each other, slapping at each other and getting briefly stuck together by their suction cups. “Stop it!” “/You/ stop it!” “No, /you/ stop it!” Though mostly when they act like this they’re not immaturely sparring but rather they’re octo-ladies telling masher octo-men to leave them the fuck alone and keep their junk to themselves.
https://newatlas.com/biology/octopuses-hurl-objects-rare-animal-throwing/

Bouquets of coral. Maybe one of these would change her mind.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/11/11/repost-lungs-of-the-ocean/#more-87877

The book.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/11/using-astronomicum-caesareum-book.html

The pessimist’s archive. The latest technology is always the end of the world. (via BoingBoing)
https://pessimistsarchive.org/

No amount of prayers or magic or old wives’ tales will get you this. Only real education and real medical science.
https://newatlas.com/medical/neurons-help-paralyzed-patients-walk-again

Rerun: “What a great studio. Boy, did we have some times in this place.”
https://boingboing.net/2022/11/07/listen-to-merry-claytons-incredible-background-vocals-for-gimme-shelter.html

A clock made of four-inch-tall nixie tubes, not LED strips in jars but real high-voltage wires in rarefied neon gas.
https://theawesomer.com/zin-70-giant-nixie-tube-clock/687709/

“Another bag of Molly was discovered inside McMullen’s brassiere.” She seems nice. (via Fark)
https://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/florida/jeepers-creepers-peepers-407501

Catering to the carriage trade.
https://existentialcomics.com/comic/471

Fashion.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/11/tear-you-apart-bela-lugosis-dead.html

Gallagher, inventor of the kitchen Sledge-O-Matic (“And don’tcha wanta know how it works!”), dead at 76.
https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2017/03/remembering-gallagher.html

An advertisement for alcohol. “Or against it,” said Juanita. Either way, have a hankie ready.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/11/08/repost-the-students-surpass-the-masters

FOUS. I want to make one like the biggest one. Plastic drainpipe should work fine.
https://theawesomer.com/playing-progressively-larger-flutes/687895/

Edison Studios’ interpretation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. (via MentalFloss)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-fM9meqfQ4

Look at how many there have been after that. Wow. Hundreds.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_featuring_Frankenstein%27s_monster

I haven’t seen even a tenth of those, but the best I saw is this one. Very faithful to the text:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Shelley%27s_Frankenstein_(film)

Raft of the Medusa.

     “We’re all self-saboteurs to one degree or another. When one sees a fellow self-saboteur sabotaging himself particularly spectacularly, one feels a form of envy.”

Here’s the recording of last night’s Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready for you to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with plenty of other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which always provides about an hour of each of my Friday night shows’ most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return, going back decades. And tiny bravely struggling KNYO itself. It’d be so sweet if you’d find the big red donation heart there and help the station out with twenty or more. Or buy some naturally healthy KNYO hot sauce. (“It’s toasted!”)

Here’s a link to my dream journal project that I restarted a couple of years ago and have been keeping up– not like the old days but at least a post of several dreams each week. The latest post is always on top. (I have a batch of dreams from this week that I’ll proofread and post by Sunday or Monday night.)
https://MarcoMcClean.Medium.com

Man, what a week. Wednesday the crown broke off my back-right tooth, yikes. Luckily this is a week I’m at Juanita’s where the excellent wonderful financially accommodating women dentists are a block away; equally luckily I didn’t swallow the crown, so they took me in Friday morning, Juanita’s and my 34th wedding anniversary, which I forgot about. For some reason I always think we got married on November tenth, not the fourth. She has prep for Dickens Faire going on and goes to the Cow Palace on weekends for that; I’m supposed to go Sunday and video a workshop; I’m anxious about driving in San Francisco and don’t want to go but of course I will. (Did I bring the video stuff… Oh, thank Christ, yes.) Friday, though, day of the night of the show, on two hours’ sleep between two sixteen-hour days, I came home from the dentist (it cost exactly as much money as I finally got ahead with, because of working extra hours in October and having paid off by September the eighteen-month loan to fix my car from its catalytic converter being stolen Xmastime of 2021) and Juanita’s precious though useless old car was gone from where it’d been for years, being a bone of contention for a neighbor who once put an onion on it. (I had to look up what that means: leaving an onion on something.) Was it stolen? Was it finally towed by the landlord? I didn’t want to call Juanita at work and have her freak out and get fired, and I didn’t want her angry at me later for not telling her right away… But when she came home she said it was gone for weeks, that she took care of that. I had walked by that spot several times this visit and didn’t even notice (reflexively not looking that way where the neighbors would see me looking and be reminded to put another onion on it). Anyway, no killing-level stress but lots of little edgy-comic stresses. And the show went fine, once I noticed, early on, that I’d put some of the used paper in the printer faced the wrong way so they were printed on one side twice, an unreadable palimpsest. I started some music and solved it. My mother called a few times and her phone didn’t work right so I had no idea what was going on there, and worried about that, but it turned out she was fine, just her computer was playing more things at the same time than just my show and she thought my show was broken for everyone. She finally sent me an email, that I saw much later, that said, “FIX IT.” But the show went surprisingly well. It felt like an extension of Halloween, the bleak, uneasy adult The-Swimmer-by-John-Cheever kind of fall night. Maybe I’ll read The Swimmer on the show next week; it’s been awhile. And the story behind the Raft of the Medusa painting. More and more, the whole world feels to me like that. Another word for it, a funny old phrase: going to Hell in a boat. Well, whatever it is, when it feels like it’s everybody, it’s probably you. It’s probably me.

BESIDES ALL THAT, here are some not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.

Downside Up, a short film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFisjATJM2M

Fingerstyle Hotel California.
https://theawesomer.com/hotel-california-fingerstyle/639909/

Happy star guy. Unnervingly familiar cartoony 900,000-mile-wide face made of rips and gashes in the magnetohydrodynamic photosphere of our sun, the heating system. Who does that look like? Someone from old-time radio? A standup comic? A meme? (via BoingBoing)
https://pictojam.com/p/sun-smiley-smiling-face-on-the-sun-captured-by-nasa-solar-dynamics-observatory

Steam hammers. Let there be no doubt about it.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2017/06/the-steam-hammers-of-industrial-age.html

Hide and seek.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq1PkROKZK4

Hit or miss.
https://27thstreet.me/2022/10/29/hit-or-miss/

Swing /Get Low/.
https://boingboing.net/2022/11/04/this-swing-version-of-get-low-works-a-little-too-well.html

Squirmy squirmy night.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/starry-night.html

Elizabeth Siddal, the real Ophelia.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/the-real-ophelia.html

Art.
https://boingboing.net/2022/11/03/watch-gigantic-balls-think-the-prisoner-run-amok-on-the-streets-of-london.html

A.I. costumer. (via PerfectForRoquefortCheese)
https://www.aiweirdness.com/ai-imagines-my-cat-in-costumes/

“Welcome to the Infinite Conversation, a never-ending discussion between A.I. Werner Herzog and A.I. Slavoj Žižek. The opinions and beliefs expressed do not represent anyone. They are the hallucinations of a slab of silicon.”
https://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/infinite_conversation

Bad seeds.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/happy-international-animation-day.html

I love this! Kids pitch their horror movie ideas. The Freddie one is my favorite.
https://boingboing.net/2022/11/03/stephen-colbert-takes-horror-movie-pitch-ideas-from-kids.html

It takes about one minute for a crook to arrive, slide under your car, rip the catalytic converter out and get clean away. They sell it for $100 for the expensive metal it contains. It costs you anywhere from $1500 to over $3000 to get it replaced, because it’s against the law for a shop to install a used one from a wrecking yard, for obvious reasons. You can add about $400 to to the cost of mere repair to get a shield fastened over the part so next time the thieves come around, they’ll look underneath, see that it will take them /ten/ minutes, give up and go to the next car and steal that one’s part instead. What a world. Here, watch them work. Oh, wait, I forgot; there’s a second guy here. He’s the apprentice. His job is just to observe and to get the hubcaps, perhaps to use them for cereal bowls or a fondue tray. In the old days, on every trip to the city, you’d see a car here or there up on concrete or wood blocks, that thieves had taken everything off of and out of: lights, motor, seats, bumpers, wheels, brake parts, even the glass. You don’t get that so much anymore. Now it’s just this loaf-of-bread-size thing that is prized. You could fit two in a book backpack, just like the backpack on that stranger dressed all in black racing away on his electric bicycle the day before I discovered /my/ catalytic converter was gone, by starting the car to go back to the coast and it sounded like a helicopter gunship attack. These awful crooks, but it’s their livelihood. This also is a metaphor for so much.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcE1_r51FmU

House of automata. (via BoingBoing)
https://www.instagram.com/thehouseofautomata/

Sousaphone lightsaber fight. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5bsQ534H7c

19th century Japanese pregnancy dolls.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/11/pregnant-dolls.html

“Kwang toong! Kwang toong! Kwang toong!”
https://boingboing.net/2022/11/02/a-long-weird-thai-health-promotion-psa-about-the-dangers-of-consuming-off-season-vegetables.html

The little robot spacecraft that could, and did. (via Damn Interesting)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5QxBowETq8

A sample of /Billionaire Island: Cult of Dogs/ comic. Scroll down.
https://boingboing.net/2022/11/03/a-sneak-peek-at-mark-russells-scathing-late-capitalism-satire-billionaire-island-cult-of-dogs.html

Two Rockettes.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/11/04/friday-bits-dance-party-30/

Rerun: 10-year-old girl put a spell on you. Because you’re hers. Stop whatever you’re doing and watch out, she’s not lying. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwFloCPXzCs

Rerun: Artists die penniless and all alone. (via PerfectForRoquefortCheese)
https://www.openculture.com/2022/10/famous-artist-dies-penniless-and-all-alone-the-met-museums-fascinating-archive-of-artists-death-notices.html

Rerun: Retrofuture. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://mossandfog.com/a-look-back-at-wild-retro-futuristic-cars/

The train tunnel dance. “Whether it’s Italian olive oil going north or Scottish whiskey going south…”
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-36425139

Five miles per second.
https://boingboing.net/2022/11/02/if-the-international-space-station-was-no-higher-than-an-airplane-this-is-what-it-would-look-like-flying-by.html

“Electric wires hide inside the trees. You don’t want to climb or fly a kite near these.”
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/30/beware-of-mr-ouch.html

“By death are we pro-life, amen.”
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/26/a-modern-trial-by-ordeal-for-ye-accused-abortionists.html

Pastel boudoirs in the atom age.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/american-hotel-bedrooms.html

Lightspeed visualized on Earth, then compared to the poky snail-like speed of sound (in air, on Earth). (via PerfectForRoquefortCheese)
https://digg.com/video/visualizing-the-speed-of-light-on-earth

Time trap.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjm5Z8D-YX4

Magic candy from Papa Stalin.
https://twitter.com/OfficialFtSill/status/1587100993514348544

This sport is so uncomfortable to watch, but it arrests the eyes. The structure always fails, and always people are hurt or killed.
https://www.fark.com/vidplayer/12627222

An American example.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/

River of bats. Cueva de los Murcielagos.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/10/31/bat-cave/

Burning Man from the air.
https://laughingsquid.com/above-the-dust-drone-buring-man-2022/

A walk among the boroughs.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/11/an-exhaustive-journey-through.html

What! (via Fark)
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Uvh4EXOxV90/maxresdefault.jpg

This guy’s projects are thrilling. Here’s just one, the ionic wind machine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrEBoPYS4ns

Here’s another.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTBZ0VwIgs8

Procedural name generator. Kingbeetah, Mackadee, Bearwig, Sparracuda, Skingo… Combinations of animals, often, it seems like.
https://www.samcodes.co.uk/project/markov-namegen/

Mark Mothersbaugh demos his synthesizer collection. (via PerfectForRoquefortCheese)
https://www.openculture.com/2022/11/the-mastermind-of-devo-presents-his-personal-synthesizer-collection.html

The ondioline, pinnacle of vacuum-tube musical technology. (via PerfectForRoquefortCheese)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05sAxt8zNZI

Beer, like the rest of adult drinks however expensive or cheap or rare or common as piss, equals water, ethyl alcohol, and a few molecules of color and flavor. Alcohol is to blame for one in every eight U.S. deaths before the age of 65. There’s an epidemic of so-called drug deaths now, with opioids killing 100,000 Americans every year, but alcohol kills far more and blights the lives of everyone else in your family for sometimes decades before it kills you. And it smells and tastes so awful; it’s a cleaning-product chemical. And yet, here are thousands and thousands of square miles of good agricultural land given over to alcohol production, a lot of it for vehicle fuel, when the carbon footprint of making it and adding it to gasoline is worse that not even bothering, but it’s a cash cow for giant corn corporations. Somehow that’s all fine with everyone, the damage and misery and waste. We could have cities in space by now.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/11/beer-advertising-posters.html

What time is it, patriots? (Hear this in the voice of Buffalo Bob.)
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/10/quote.html

I somehow have missed seeing whatever popular kind of thing these girls are making fun of, but I get the idea.
https://twitter.com/SomaKazima/status/1585079150700040193

Romani in California.
https://www.huckmag.com/art-and-culture/a-glimpse-inside-californias-romani-communities/

Summoning the dramatic, clumsy dead.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/10/a-1932-seance-summoning-dead.html

Seb Skelly’s latest brasswork.
https://theawesomer.com/fleetwood-mac-everywhere-brass-cover/687286/

Farmer famous for playing trombone to attract cows instead this time invites a choir to sing in his giant echoey new grain silo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rjix44QzFQ

One-man band. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spo85lUYls0

Life On Mars, circus waltz version, Robyn Adele Anderson.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTMNSY8I3s0

Where would we be without the tireless and mostly thankless efforts of the Federal Occult Range Management Administration? In Hell, boys, that’s where we’d be. Burning in Hell. (via PerfectForRoquefortCheese)
https://www.jwz.org/blog/2022/10/federal-occult-range-management-administration/

Soft, chewy, delicious witches going to their Sabbath. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://arthistoryproject.com/artists/luis-ricardo-falero/witches-going-to-their-sabbath/

Bare-shouldered, white and mischievous.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/11/vintage-pittsburgh-ladies.html

What. (via b3ta)
https://mobile.twitter.com/rainisto/status/1587355512001134592

Art.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/11/03/hall-des-lumieres/#more-86412

A demonstration magnetic gearbox.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaMD_9kOlTA

These races are close because the world is nuts.
https://thenib.com/decision-2022/

And, “Well, yeah.”
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/10/freedom.html

Baby Huey at the Grand Guignol.

     “I made this half-pony-half-monkey monster to please you, but I get the feeling that you don’t like it. What’s with all the screaming! You like ponies, you like monkeys. Maybe you don’t like monsters so much… Maybe I used too many monkeys… Isn’t it enough to know I ruined a pony, making a gift for you!” -Jonathan Coulton to lovely captive guest, deep inside Skullcrusher Mountain

Here’s the recording of last night’s Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready for you to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with plenty of other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which always provides about an hour of each of my Friday night shows’ most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return, going back decades. And tiny bravely struggling KNYO itself. It’d be so sweet if you’d find the big red donation heart there and help the station out with twenty or more. Or buy some naturally healthy KNYO hot sauce. (“It’s toasted!”)

Here’s a link to my dream journal project that I restarted a couple of years ago and have been keeping up– not like the old days but at least a post of several dreams each week. The latest post is always on top. (I have a batch of dreams from this week that I’ll proofread and post by Sunday night.)
https://MarcoMcClean.Medium.com

Last night’s Halloween show has poetry, educational material, song and story, all in the miasma of shivery uncomfortable awkwardness that you’ve come to expect. I want to mention specifically Paul Modic’s memoir, Muncie Memories, Mike Sears’ snarky want ad for the woman of his dreams, Ezekiel Krahlin’s tale of the dance of crackhead scammer and dog-sitting scammee, and my own true Halloween-time story from 1999, of picking up a miserable schizophrenic and/or drug-fizzing hitchhiker and her half-a-carload of belongings including a live yowling kitten in a bag, and spiraling down into a nightmare of exhausting compassion for such an erratic mechanism; second-to-worst night, and longest night, of my fortunate, lucky life, and, as they used to say in Pathe Films: You are there.

BESIDES ALL THAT, here are some not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.

Amazing.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/amazing-stories-covers.html

Indonesia from the air.
https://theawesomer.com/indonesia-by-fpv-drone/686419/

Slow Roads web game.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/24/slow-roads-a-chill-driving-game-you-can-play-for-free-in-your-browser.html

Night of the living dread.
https://laughingsquid.com/night-of-the-living-dread/

Wilkinson’s Family Restaurant.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/10/wilkinsons-family-restaurant.html

The story of Deadsy.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/deadsy_deadtime_stories_for_big_folk

The Marconi 707.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2011/04/marconi-707.html

Horrible horror of the “irrigation system sprinkler valve air pressure hissing sound”!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSyAcRU9LoU

This is just like fights of people bitching at each other on the MCN Announce listserv, each one in the right and everyone else in the wrong, of course, and apparently no-one able to see the situation from above, say, /Who cares?/ and get going in a better direction.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/10/27/stooges/

I think the last time I could scream like this guy, at so high a pitch, must have been when I was four or five. But I didn’t, really. I squeaked. My grandmother told me, “Pear shaped tones.” I said, “What does that mean?” She said, “Peeaaar shaaaaaped tohnns.” I went to my mother and said, “Gramma says, “Peeeaaar shaaaaped tohnns. What does that mean?” My mother said, “She means /don’t squeak/, honey.” Also, when I went to get my flu shot this week there was a family waiting in the room, with several small children, two of them repeatedly shriek-squeaking like fingernails on a blackboard cranked up to eleven. That sound could wither plants. I really like the newslady in the video. She has the right attitude and an infectious giggle.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/10/22/squirrel-shenanigans/

Speaking of five.
https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2022/10/a-5-year-old-boy-plays-mozart.html

They’ve got a brand-new pair or roller skates. They don’t say how much, but I’ll guess the keys to a pair of these skates runs at least a couple thousand dollars. Compare them to a ten-dollar thrift-store bicycle that goes three times faster and is way safer. Wheels that small, a single tiny pebble can send you ass-over-teakettle (the term used in the industry).
https://gizmodo.com/moonwalkers-shoes-increase-walking-speed-kickstarter-1849704064

Pat’s dogs! Pat’s chili dogs! Pat’s dogs! Pat’s chili dogs! Band interview: “I barely have any memory of it. We just kind of pulled up, and it was the first time we had done anything like that, and before I knew it, it was over.” That’s what she said.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/cinderella-pats-chili-dogs.html

“One of the more original illusionists in the history of legerdemain, The Great Virgil! And his lovely assistant Julie!”
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/the_great_virgil_and_julie_the_spirit_cabinet

Scroll down and down. Who /is/ that lady? Well, she was Maria Snoeys-Lagler. She really liked to pose stage-right. Walter Matthau! She got to stand next to Walter Matthau! Finally, after all those lesser lights.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/maria-snoeys-lagler.html

An exhaustive history of Halloween. (100 min.)
https://laughingsquid.com/randall-carson-halloween/

The inventions. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://socks-studio.com/2016/11/07/william-heath-robinsons-wacky-inventions/

“You know, the mainspring of our nation, wound up as tight as it is, is guaranteed for the life of the watch.”
https://theawesomer.com/how-a-mechanical-watch-works/685961/

Rerun: Shocking! (via NagOnTheLake)
https://dangerousminds.net/comments/shocking_bizarre_diagrams_from_1931_illustrate_the_many_ways_to_die_of_elec

Rerun: Stop. Continue.
https://theawesomer.com/songs-that-stop-on-stop/657316/

Tomorrow’s radio farmer.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/farmer_of_the_future

Crazy eyes.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/27/the-video-for-funky-town-is-as-80s-as-it-gets.html

Cam-o-phrenia.
https://theawesomer.com/eptora-a-unique-mechanical-7-segment-clock/686443/

“Can you even imagine way back in the time when they thought thunder was caused by angry gods fighting on top of a mountain?”
https://twitter.com/_Steve_B_/status/1583915527126515712/photo/1

Teasing the shredder.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOcKRdgPFac

Metal music. (via Everlasting Blort) (You might have to click the sound on.)
https://twitter.com/dusttodigital/status/1572949640357494786

Cultural appropriation. Mongolian (or perhaps Inuit) throat-singing on the intercom at work. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/cooIboobs/status/1582741377531904001

“And with a thundering roar, and twelve million in public money, the 130-ton Brabazon Behemoth takes the air!”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSNwQCOXSoo

This is a real aeroplane in the real world, that makes me think of Studio Ghibli films. It’s so wonderful and sails so slowly and majestically. That’s flying. Next to that, the helicopter filming it is an ear-splitting, bone-shaking, air-clawing abomination whose mere downdraft threatens the motorized kite.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ8JrcY-TIs

There’s a part in the video where you’ll jump /WHOA!/ and throw your hands up in the air. Hint: it’s when the cops shoot their spark weapons at a fleeing man and hit him in the backpack that has a gallon of gasoline in it, for his motorcycle.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/27/a-fugitives-backpack-bursts-into-flame-after-being-tased-by-the-cops.html

Counterfeit forever stamps flood the market.
https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2022/03/counterfeit-forever-stamps-are-becoming.html

Speaking of flooding.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2022/10/the-knox-mine-disaster.html

Engine trouble.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/engine-triuble.html

Power lines are the main thing I worry about when flying in dreams.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/10/24/Amazing-Footage-of-a-Pilot-Ejecting-from-His-Jet/

And here’s a much cheaper-to-produce and far steadier video of essentially the same ride. You can skip ahead to 17:15.
https://theawesomer.com/crossbow-camera-pov/686069/

Art.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/jaco-putker-artwork.html

Naked Vegas.
https://dangerousminds.net/comments/naked_vegas_kelly_garnis_images_of_the_showgirls_strippers

What.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ff_iU4jWQAAAYCp?format=jpg&name=900×900

Crackup of ants on bikes.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/10/25/who-thought-this-was-a-good-idea/

Size.
https://theawesomer.com/aircraft-size-comparison/686301/

Rerun: Size.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/insects-flying-up-close-and-in-slow.html

NASA’s galaxy of horrors!
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/galaxy-of-horrors-nasa-posters.html

The nightmare of production of The Wizard of Oz.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/27/the-behind-the-scenes-nightmare-of-the-wizard-of-oz-1939.html

The little boy at 3:25. The little girl at 5:50. The woman at 6:35. The girl at 8:06. Oh, heck, all of them. I’ve seen several videos of this sort of thing before. Clearly it’s overwhelming to hear for the first time, expecially to hear one’s own voice. It’s very common for the person to hide their face in their hands and sob, and I cry right along with them.
https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2022/10/people-hearing-for-first-time.html

Remember.
https://catandgirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/2022-10-16-cgmore.gif

And a drummer, drumming. Rented a tent, a tent, a tent. Rented a tent, a tent.
https://laughingsquid.com/timothy-fletcher-drumming/

 

Half man, half ant! MANT!

     “Ninety-nine percent of all living creatures die by being eaten alive.” -Mary Ann Tirone Smith

Here’s the recording of last night’s Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready for you to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with plenty of other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which always provides about an hour of each of my Friday night shows’ most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return, going back decades. (This time well over an hour.) And tiny bravely struggling KNYO itself. If you can find it in /your/ corazon, find the big red donation corazon there and put twenty or more toward sorely needed replacement equipment. That would be so great. If you were never a special person before, you are a special person now. Or buy some KNYO hot sauce. (“It’s toasted!”)

Here’s a link to my dream journal project that I restarted a couple of years ago and have been keeping up– not like the old days but at least a post of several dreams each week. The latest post is always on top.
https://MarcoMcClean.Medium.com

Last night’s show, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the so-called Cuban Missile Crisis, had and has new features for you to discover, as well as timely local election and health information, some poetry by Notty Bumbo, D.H. Lawrence, and David Gurney, stories by Molly Bee, David Herstle Jones, Sebastian Iturralde, Paul Modic of Laytonville, Nona Smith, Tony Bourdain, and lots more; the usual two chapters of both No More My Echoing Song by Clifford Allen Sanders and Kent Wallace’s new book, a work in progress: Mister Westerner. Speaking of whom, Kent Wallace called to recount an encounter with a bellicose Russian cheerleader in Vietnam. Andrew Scully called to cast an unflattering light on our town’s historically malodorous namesake, General Braxton Bragg, and also to list some of the sex-and-violence-related shenanigans of Ukiah’s Finest. Some corazon-related music, mostly after David Jones’ story about a corazon attack in Zihuatanejo, and, uh, like that. Corazon– why does it sound so familiar, like some kind of ethnic food… Oh! Calzone. That’s not the same thing. They’re not at all interchangeable.

ANYWAY, here are some not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.

Space interview with Nicole Aunapau Mann, NASA astronaut on the international space station, US Marine officer, fighter pilot, graduate of the US Naval Academy and Stanford University, and Wylacki member of the Round Valley Confederated Tribes. She’s the first American Indian woman astronaut. (20 min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qoD1kebM6U&t=130s

Mant! Half man, half ant! Mant! (The whole short film. 15 min.) “Oh, Bill, if you could only listen to the man and leave the insect aside.” “Insecticide?! Where?”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVEjdGQSzc8

The existence forecast.
https://theawesomer.com/the-existence-forecast/685445/

Horror comic drawn around real cop quotes.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/15/im-a-cop-is-a-classic-horror-comic-using-real-life-quotes-from-police-departments.html

Italian fabric ad.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2011/04/coral-steppi.html

Ads. (50- ja 60-lukujen parhaita suomalaisia mainoksia.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMIxQk3Tm58

The synthetic party.
https://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/synthetic_party

London in the 1930s.
https://laughingsquid.com/colorized-1930s-london/

Cosplay winners showcased in an arresting video style. Also: this all looks like back to normal, to me. I hope we don’t get another tidal wave of disease this year because of a huge number of people defiantly refusing their shots for anything and also not wearing a mask. Domino masks don’t count, nor would a Daredevil mask, though owl-bear or Spiderman or Rorschach masks might, depending on the fabric.
https://theawesomer.com/the-best-cosplay-comic-con-2022/685328/

Let’s Summon Demons coloring book.
https://theawesomer.com/lets-summon-demons-coloring-and-activity-book/685048/

Rerun: Hard ‘n’ Phirm, El Corazon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKQPVp1Pd5o

Real, actual aborted pregnancy photos. That’s not a baby. It’s not even a chicken. It isn’t screaming any more than spoiled food in your fridge is screaming. Every wanted abortion is a medically necessary abortion. People who don’t like an abortion can just not get one, and mind their own goddamn business.
https://jezebel.com/viral-photos-show-what-early-abortions-actually-look-li-1849683495

Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet. Wardrobe stills.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/forbidden-planet-wardrobe-test.html

All new tricks from Bicycle Ballerina.
https://laughingsquid.com/bicycle-ballerina-lea-schaepe/

Thriller in 20 styles.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2014/10/thriller-sung-in-20-different-styles.html

200,000 sandpipers.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/sandpipers-hunt-while-being-hunted.html

A collection of /startling/ results of the hydraulic press project.
https://theawesomer.com/the-most-unexpected-hydraulic-press-moments/685691/

Art.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/10/16/repost-the-needle-painter/

Art. (via Clifford Pickover.)
https://twitter.com/pickover/status/1583148885718945792/photo/1

Dance.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/10/14/yang-liping/

The new telescope works better than the old ones. Previous Pillars of Creation images were pretty good, but this, wow.
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2022/nasa-s-webb-takes-star-filled-portrait-of-pillars-of-creation

Nose jobs of the 1920s
https://www.vintag.es/2022/09/nose-jobs.html

Look at that nose. What a nice nose.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/shirley-ross.html

Smokin’ and posin’. My favorite is where happy blondie casually uses her friend’s velour dress for an ashtray. That’s clearly on purpose, from both of their face espressions.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/vintage-smoking-ladies.html

The real (latex) George. George is actually the English word for Jesus, the way Peg comes from Margaret. He looks like like Humphrey Bogart in the African Queen, after the leeches.
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/ultra-lifelike-jesus-christ-with-28256273

Inside the wood. “De gnurrs come from de voodvork out.”
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/woodswimmer.html

Rerun: The buttface ballet.
https://www.facebook.com/juanita.watkins.714/posts/pfbid0bKcEBGP2QZ2Mu2K3MJxeZcBM9a1fGfvuND4V1exRQj26kf6dsmn2s2obtosTV8H1l

Puddles Pity Party sings War Pigs.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/17/puddles-pity-party-covers-war-pigs.html

Rerun: True real-life colonial horror.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/alice-seeley-harris-photo.html

Bella Ciao in Farsi. That’s Persian.
https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2022/10/farsi-version-of-bella-ciao.html

You never know when your hardy band of partisan Italian anti-fascist patriots might need to hide in the forest and have a stealth camp. A stealth camp needs a stealth stove, for hot chocolate and squirrel stew and whatnot. Follow this man’s safety suggestions; you don’t want to cut your finger open with those snips.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8nkF0bYYLE

Talking Heads, /Crosseyed and Painless/ live in 1980.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a03NRrOXDk8

One minute of Led Zeppelin’s /Black Dog/ in a major key.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejoGRvzkVjM

Turn any music into a MIDI file, free, in your browser.
https://theawesomer.com/basic-pitch-sound-to-midi-converter/685007/

Innovative tactile drone music synthesizer. Not tactical, tactile.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/20/folkteks-weird-beautiful-droning-custom-electronic-instruments.html

A further new music toy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hk-kOPdHAY

Blackenshear (Blackshear) the Curious. (via MyOneBeautifulThing)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WAWHhHe3tY

Pet beaver builds a dam in the kitchen.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/doing-what-comes-naturally.html

What.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FfH1tuiVsAI4Mdd?format=jpg&name=900×900

What.
https://thesmokinggun.com/buster/california/painted-perp-popped-265730

Darwin giggled. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://bustednuckles.net/and-darwin-giggled/

Nature red in tooth and claw. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://va.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_rjk0vqBZeb1rkp3i3.mp4

Bugs.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/20/new-ai-based-video-from-sci-fi-prog-metal-heavyweights-voivod.html

Big smile.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/music-for-sunday-morning_0962317887.html

Continue smiling.
http://presurfer.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-evolution-of-tap-dance.html

An ad for delicious gum with no plastic in it. Though my favorite gum lately is called Painterz, from the $1.25 store. It’s a bag of big gumballs in bright colors that stain your lips. (“The lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning.”) They’re pretty good; it’s good gum. I do like gum a little stale so the first few chews are hard to do and provide some exercise and, incidentally, induce manly cheek dimples, which, with the stains, produce a dramatic Heath-Ledger-Joker effect.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/everyday-meals-with-milliways.html

Your childhood ruined. (Scroll down and down.)
https://www.facebook.com/YourChildhoodRuined

Art. (via Clifford Pickover)
https://www.fineartphotographyvideoart.com/2020/12/Wilfred-Jenkins.html

Greetings, Earthling.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/10/18/fabulous-weird-trotters/

Rerun: David Pumpkin.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/18/snls-classic-haunted-elevator-and-the-amazing-david-s-pumpkins.html

Your Rubik’s cube of cubes. (via Clifford Pickover)
https://twitter.com/etiennejcb/status/1582027687337435137

Menopause, myth or hoax? (via Redwood Mary)
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-63234486

Coyote and badger friends playing and going somewhere together. Either that or coyote luring badger to his dark doom, like the wolf character luring exhausted Corwin into its cave of bones near the end of the fifth /Amber/ book.
https://twitter.com/fasc1nate/status/1583130244659417089

Country singers sing opera.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/country-singers-do-opera.html

Model airplane science.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55G-mwT9uCE

Being Mr. Rogers. Can you think of a better sort of person to represent Earth to visiting space aliens, because I can’t, and he’s dead, so we’re screwed.
https://laughingsquid.com/mister-rogers-1997-emmy-awards-speech/

Wait for it.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/18/in-tears-actress-shares-her-sad-story-about-bringing-5-rude-fans-to-her-set.html

“A photograph is a secret about a secret.”
https:/newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/what-vivian-maier-saw-in-color

Another great reason besides defense against asteroids to pursue space tech might be to have a viable gene pool of people living anywhere else but Earth when the next extinction-level supervolcano shoots its wad. The one in Yellowstone is overdue.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/10/18/What-You-Need-to-Know-About-a-Supervolcano-Eruption/

Artist’s conception of an ancient proto-crab. Yum.
https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/1580785621840236545/BVwbp8Zb

The health-jolting chair. “A conservator of nervous energy.”
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/health-jolting-chair.html

And Olga Valentinovna Korbut 50 years ago. This routine is now against the law. That’s just one of the reasons why I refuse to do it, myself, even in private.
https://twitter.com/fasc1nate/status/1583123400129929218

Bunnyrabbits, Satan, cheese and milk. CHEESE AND MILK.

     “Verba volant, scripta manent.”

Here’s the recording of last night’s Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready for you to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with plenty of other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which always provides about an hour of each of my Friday night shows’ most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return, going back decades. And tiny bravely struggling KNYO itself. Find the big red donation heart there and put twenty or more toward sorely needed replacement equipment. Or don’t. I don’t wanta put any pressure on you to do the right thing and have you get all panicky and sprain your clicking finger. Take a breath. You’re okay.

Here’s a link to my dream journal project that I restarted a couple of years ago and have been keeping up– not like the old days but at least a post of several dreams each week. The latest post is always on top.
https://MarcoMcClean.Medium.com

Last night’s show had and has new features that you’ll discover, as well as the poetry of Louis C.K. and Caitlin Johnstone and my mother Evelina, stories by Paul Modic of Laytonville, Bruce Anderson, Sebastian Iturralde, Ted Chiang, Chelsea Manning, Ezekiel Krahlin; two chapters of both No More My Echoing Song by Clifford Allen Sanders and Kent Wallace’s new book, a work in progress: Mister Westerner. Speaking of whom, Kent Wallace called to talk about the importance of pronunciation, and about the ongoing Vietnamese diaspora, an ancient Greek word for breathing out, and then breathing its young population back in again with a little money saved up, which makes a sound in both directions, like a giant harmonica, from the Latin: harmonicus. Rounded to a close with the earliest surviving recording of the Green Hornet radio series, in all its barking and shouting and seminal radio karate chop sound effects, not to mention the roar of the Black Beauty, safe at speeds beyond any normal automobile, partly because of Kato’s driving skill but also its enormous power. The engine is fully two-thirds of the car, like a Gee Bee airplane. Kato has to sit on a telephone book to see over it. (This was 25 years before teevee’s disappointing version of the Black Beauty.) I’ll play some more from the original radio serial in future shows.

FURTHERMORE, here are some not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.

Scotland.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/wild-scotland.html

Native land and languages. Move around. Zoom in.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/10/10/which-indigenous-lands-are-you-on/

This website uses A.I. to generate a title, a plot, and an impressive poster for a brand-new imaginary movie every time you refresh it. And you can save the posters and synopses as links.
https://thismoviedoesnotexist.org

The Flight That Disappeared. (Full film, 72 min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I_FQ0kjBRY

Queen of Outer Space! “Vimmen can’t be heppy vithout man.” “You’re so right, baby.” Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Fleming… with Laurie Mitchell as Queen Yllana.. (Full film, 100 min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-sQJcEk-kI

I’ve been out of the Doctor Who loop for two years, but I’m about to get back in.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/09/the-power-of-the-doctor-trailer-looks-epic.html

Don’t blink. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/GlennIsZen/status/1578711355754176512

Play Kung Fu Chess online, a game engineered by the writer/artist of Existential Comics.
https://www.kungfuchess.org/

Priceless cultural antiquities, where they have all got off to, and why nobody whose great-great-great-plus-grandfather stole them has to give them back.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJPLiT1kCSM

That’s who I was at that age, right there. And then, overcome with embarrassment immediately afterward, I would have dived under the table or fled to hide in the bathroom or out back of the restaurant behind a shrub. My grandparents’ Italian restaurant. Other than those and that, the same kid. (via TackyRaccoons) (You might have to click the sound on.)
https://twitter.com/RnaSphere/status/1577273642849038336

Things that washed up dead in Texas. That I was born to see. Nobody ever smelled them, not half as much as me. (via Fark)
https://www.mysanantonio.com/lifestyle/outdoors/article/texas-coast-washed-ashore-animals-17491470.php

How we get scientific names of animals.
https://laughingsquid.com/how-animals-get-scientific-names/

My dinner with g’Melb-natz.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/10/09/A-Star-Wars-Encounter-Wed-Like-to-See/

John Hartford simultaneously plays banjo, tapdances on plywood, and sings his song /Gentle On My Mind/. (via David Gurney)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCVQ3w3sKxA

Kisses.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/10/kisses.html

Crazy Dolls and the Bollocks (live).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNS9IaUcssc

Art plus gloves equals art gloves. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://img-cache.oppcdn.com/fixed/17148/assets/sXqhS6D9sv1S6gHG.pdf

Don’t. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://twitter.com/HorribleSanity/status/1576966258146230274

Do.
https://theawesomer.com/building-a-satellite-dish-chair/684142/

Viewmaster.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/10/viewmaster.html

Talk to books. Go on, don’t be shy. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://books.google.com/talktobooks/

Bunnyrabbits, Satan, cheese and milk.
https://soundcloud.com/valentin-shvets/stark-effect-bunnyrabbits-satan-cheese-and-milk

Back to the salt mine.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/09/these-salt-flats-look-like-a-landscape-from-another-planet.html

Road space comparison.
https://xkcd.com/2684/

Forty minutes of 1972 teevee ads. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8fpADbnmhs

Polish pulpits. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/Anna_Mazz/status/1578750988436967424

Buster Keaton. I never saw this particular film of his before. It’s entirely new to me. Also, looking it up to learn more about it, I discovered that I’ve been all wrong all my life about Michael Keaton and Diane Keaton being brother and sister, children of Buster Keaton. Though it is still true that Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister, as are Danny and Jenna Elfman, Peter and Jane Fonda, Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal, and so on. They’re all still alive. Buster died in 1966 of lung cancer from cigarets and asbestos.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/the-chemist.html

I like the way Mickey Rooney looks at the flexible girl not with coarse lust but with calm admiration and respect, including of course the healthy young man’s /that’s for me!/ component. Just a small motion of his head as his imagination goes to work on what he’s seeing and what it implies. He is us. He is the viewer beholding a marvel. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/historyinmemes/status/1579412957938978816

British gospel rock. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ikUIhgnW78

Future generations, if there are future generations, a poem by Caitlin Johnstone. (via Ezekiel Krahlin)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA1C_VPFAFE

Lucy.
https://laughingsquid.com/lucy-in-the-sky-with-diamonds-dulcimer/

Okay, these people are the all-time winners. Everyone else can give up.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/10/08/Tom-BetGeorges-Halloween-Light-Show-2022/

Getting while the getting is good. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/DickKingSmith/status/1571075943552393217

A.I.-illustrated Thriller.
https://theawesomer.com/thriller-with-ai-generated-images/684177/

Nyctinasty.
https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2022/10/timelapse-of-nyctinasty.html

A.I.-generated Halloween candy.
https://www.aiweirdness.com/bonus-halloween-candy-by-state/

“What is this dude training for?” A fair question, but why assume he’s training for anything. Can’t a person just enjoy himself anymore? Maybe this is his happy-dance, where he just got off the phone with his wife, or something, and she’s pregnant with twins and he’s thrilled and can’t contain himself. (via Everlastiing Blort)
https://twitter.com/WUTangKids/status/1580015823259054082

And zero to 62mph (100kmph) in less than 1.5 seconds. You can’t even fall 40 feet in that time. If you fall for 1.5 seconds you’re only going 30 miles an hour at the end. This is that much faster than the acceleration of gravity. Vehicle tech is leaps and bounds beyond our ability to think and steer anymore. I remember a science-fiction story set in a future where it’s a capital offense to take over from your car and drive it yourself, because you can’t anymore. They catch two boys who went out joyriding in a car with the car’s driving brain disconnected, and they have a five-minute court trial, execute them and recycle their reckless and foolhardy remains.
https://newatlas.com/automotive/stuttgart-greenteam-1-5-second-ev-record/

600 years of science illustrations.
https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/10/science-illustration-book/

Wildlife photography winners.
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/wildlife-photographer-awards-2022-scli-scn-intl/index.html

For fans of hands.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2017/05/giant-hand-sculptures-around-world.html

And an ad for Three Hands Washing Up Liquid. You see here something I’ve read about but didn’t think was real: British people don’t rinse the soap off the dishes. They put them up to drip dry with the soap still on them. Bleagh. Or maybe the soap is edible there. Maybe it tastes like delicious gum. I got some dish soap from the dollar store once that smelled a little like green apple gum, but it was still poison, though maybe not for Brits because of a genetic quirk. I have personal experience that rats can eat half a bar of hand soap and they like it and it doesn’t hurt them, so maybe this is like that.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/three-hands-washing-up-liquid.html

A minaret of jam.

     “We’re on a planet, a sphere, with a certain number of people and a certain number of resources. What is the best way for us to manage this? What stories do we need to tell ourselves and one another to make this work?” -Russell Brand

Here’s the recording of last night’s Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready for you to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with plenty of other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which always provides about an hour of each of my Friday night shows’ most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return, going back decades. And consider tiny bravely struggling KNYO itself. See if you can find the big red donation heart. What do you suppose that might be for?

Here’s a link to my dream journal project that I restarted a couple of years ago and have been sporadically keeping up. The latest post is always on top.
https://MarcoMcClean.Medium.com

FURTHERMORE, here are some not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.

Something that will get in and never leave. I hadn’t heard this song in years, and Thursday I woke up with it blasting in my head, then, sure enough, there it came every ten or fifteen minutes all the rest of the day. To be free of it I must give it to someone else. But you have to invite it in. Here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N_Aagf3hA8

Let’s learn a little about Martha and the Vandellas. First off, there was no Martha. They were Annette, Rosalind, and Gloria. Then Martha showed up and Gloria was all like, /That’s it! I’m gone!/ Something like that.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_and_the_Vandellas

Joan Armatrading performing live in Germany in 1979 The whole concert. (92 min.).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brp8Va8XVQw

Photos of young Katharine Hepburn exploring the ruins of her storm-destroyed childhood mansion.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/katharine-hepburn-hurricane.html

Further adventures of hydraulic press girl. (15 min.) (My favorite is the white-core pink teacup.)
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/10/03/pretty-funny/

The most extreme place.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/10/lets-travel-to-most-extreme-place-in.html

Moons of Jupiter with Manhattan Island and environs for scale.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/05/beautiful-3d-animation-compares-sizes-of-the-80-known-moons-of-jupiter-with-manhattan.html

Tap battle. Priest dance-off. The Irish invented tapping on things: spoons, tables, skulls…
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2014/10/priest-dance-battle.html

A.I. fashion designer. “Tap image to design a new dress.”
https://thedesignerai.com/

Hyena daycare emergency room twee horror spacewar theater fire.
https://www.ghostlystock.com/

A showcase of art produced by A.I. with the participation of Midjourney Lab community users, which you can be one of, see next.
https://www.midjourney.com/showcase/

This page includes instructions to play with the Midjourney Lab project:
https://www.makeuseof.com/forget-dall-e-midjourney-best-ai-text-to-image-generator/

I’d be afraid someone would step on this and crunch it, but that goes for living pets too; that’s nothing new. Also it’s got all resources of the internet and what it learns about you and how to interact with you, just like your phone and teevee and toaster anymore; a /what the parrot saw/ situation. Somehow it makes me think more of the robot teddy bear companion of David in the movie /A.I./ than of the Disney-cute robots it looks and scurries around like. /Supertoys Last All Summer Long/– that was the story they started off with for /A.I./. Further, five minutes after these are out in people’s houses there’ll be a story about one saving someone’s life. “RRRowr! Reeer-rawr!” “What’s that, Dinky? Little Timmy’s fallen down the well?” REREE-vurv! “Oh! The toast is done. Thank you. /I wonder why the toaster didn’t tell me that./ Never mind, just go get my toast and bring it here.” “Vruh-VER ra-REEvruvum.” “Figure it out. Spear it on your ear-thing.” “VO-VAY!” “…No, that’s not toast, silly, that’s a dildo.” “NILL-no! VERR VERRR” “I don’t want to play now. Go away. I have to work. Go on.” Aww.
https://newatlas.com/robotics/loona-pet-robot-kickstarter

A lifelike, literally steam-powered (!) robotic hand with independently operated fingers and a three-way thumb. Even the sound of flexing is great. Imagine what further development here will mean to people who’ve lost a hand, or to robot masseurs and masseuses that will never become resentful at your master-slave relationship and twist your head off like a ketchup cork.
https://newatlas.com/robotics/clone-robotics-realistic-hand

The Rector-Rotor. For all your prostate needs. “Actual size.”
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/the-rector-rotor.html

Al Jolson – Rock-a-bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBWTgxYx6mg

The feral atlas. Explore.
https://feralatlas.supdigital.org/

Learn about sound. Explore Chrome Music Lab. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Harmonics/

Your heart melts into a puddle. It’s largely her eyes, I think, and the memory of her voice and of her powers (flying, word invention, telekinesis, contagious hallucination, etc.). She’s still alive. She’s 87 now and still influencing popular culture, for example: /Guardians of the Galaxy/ (“I’m Mary Poppins, yo!“)
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/julie-andrews-childhood.html

Another first-person bike ride down a ski mountain. https://laughingsquid.com/gopro-ride-down-mountain-bike-trail/

Further bike thrills. Notice the rider’s nice teeth. Thank the full-face helmet.
https://theawesomer.com/hannah-bergemanns-baddest-utah-lines/683251/

“I’ve been an engineer on one of the biggest laser driven inertial-confinement fusion reactors for a couple decades now and I’ll be blunt, the vast majority of fusion hype videos on the internet, or anywhere really, are hot garbage not at all worth my time. This video really impressed me though, both in its accuracy and detail, and its relative thoroughness in examination of the RFC scheme for magnetically confined fusion.” (For the short of attention span, skip ahead about 7 or 8 minutes.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GJtGpvE1sQ

World of Tomorrow. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PUIxEWmsvI

“The train horn eventually catches the officer’s attention.” I’m sorry, this is not getting old for me. Its funny and horrible and emblematic and fraught and indelible, and learning more about it just magnetizes it further. The tattoo, for instance.
https://www.fark.com/vidplayer/12584844

“Get outta the car!” “Why?” “POW POW POW! POW POW POW!”
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/07/san-antonio-cop-fired-after-shooting-innocent-teen-who-was-just-eating-a-burger-in-a-mcdonalds-car-lot.html

The Bat. (Full film. 100 min.)
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/10/the-bat.html

Laugh at the nukes. From the safety of an Atlas bomb shelter! (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.atlassurvivalshelters.com/

Advances in perviness.
https://existentialcomics.com/comic/466

Your awful skin has failed my test, Mona. Or Jane, you’re Jane, right, of course. The skin, though, focus.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/janes_skin_didnt_pass_the_love_test

“A boy has more self-respect when he’s clean-shaved. I tell him to use a Gillette razor!” (and) “Ev’rybody needs the kind of real zip and zing pep that delicious Sunbeam Bread gives you!” (and) “Time-out for many busy men of medicine means time enough to enjoy a cigarette. And because they know what a pleasure it is to smoke a mild, good-tasting cigarette, they’re particular about the brand they choose!” My favorite, though, is the unbreakable portable radio that they drop off a ladder and it /doesn’t chip or crack/ where the seemingly identical radio dropped right next to it shatters into shards. “Of course, a tube might jar loose, but /that’s/ easily fixed!” $27.95 in 1948.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFrkSiCvBo0

Attack of the leotards. This is how it starts. Leotard hoons. Leotard louts. They look like Indian knockoff versions of American superheroes– the texture and shape and squishiness. But they’re bullies. Squishy bullies.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/05/video-gang-of-green-extraterrestrials-attack-two-women-on-nyc-subway.html

The Kiffness found a new cat to squeeze for tuneful material.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/06/forlorn-wail-of-a-cat-transformed-into-music.html

Taste the biscuit.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/10/taste-biscuit.html

A documentary about the recording of /Chess/.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jfFFVEn5LM

This looks like someone saw Nina Paley’s cartoon /This Land Is Mine/ and thought, /I could do that/. This shows the progress of weapons technology over the lack of progress in people just growing up.
https://laughingsquid.com/brief-disagreement-steve-cutts/

A demonstration of the James Bond chord.
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/03/perfect-explanation-of-the-iconic-james-bond-chord.html

Dancing with myself. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.nowness.com/picks/the-cinenotes-dancing-with-myself

A jaunty version of /Alouette/. I didn’t know what this song means in English but now I do. It’s meaner than I imagined.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_hFw_cWg9U

A flying tour over, under, inside and outside Wrigley Field.(via Everlasting Blort) (You might have to click the sound on.)
https://twitter.com/MikeSington/status/1576570492130979843

“Circular wheels that make understandable, in simplified graphic manner, concepts that explain the way the world works.”
https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/despinque-anglicus-illuminations

Objects in space.
https://gizmodo.com/dark-energy-camera-space-images-1849618586

Stone rice pots.
https://theawesomer.com/making-rice-cookers-from-stone/683138/

The Tornados – Telstar. (via PerfectForRoquefortCheese)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn6TNWVjZP0

The Stanford torus. (via PerfectForRoquefortCheese)
https://www.jwz.org/blog/2022/10/stanford-torus/

Jake’s auto parts.
https://www.shorpy.com/node/26809

The Japan Buddy Guy one!
https://tackyraccoons.com/2022/10/01/saturday-matinee-the-kiffness-w-the-joy-buddy-guy-w-chris-duarte-%e5%9b%bd%e6%9c%ac%e6%ad%a6%e6%98%a5-and-kid-ramos-w-the-memphis-kings/

I love all of this, but you can skip to 6:40 or so, where the tiny girl jams on her giant bass guitar with Steve Vai, first in sound check, and then for the main event, and acquits herself like a pro. Think of the practice and dedication that got her there. And she’s like ten years old.
https://www.jwz.org/blog/2022/10/stanford-torus/

A compendiium of Mel Blanc screaming.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/10/mel-blanc-screaming.html

Wicker Mummers mumming. (30 min.)
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/the-armagh-rhymers.html

Bluegrass-ish /Seven Nation Army/.
https://laughingsquid.com/bluegrass-seven-nation-army/

A loop of calm bits from Studio Ghibli films. Full-screen and just leave it running.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9Ug-3qhrwY

Again: “ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS. EXCEPT EUROPA. ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE.”
https://newatlas.com/space/striking-juno-closeup-europas-icy-crust/

The trailer for a documentary about Soviet bus stops.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/10/soviet-bus-stops-trailer.html

Creepy. (via Clifford Pickover)
https://t.co/63RFs36XYq

“Gaddol naaawthl disgate! Flowaz around ya baht! Gadil wabee in disblace! Check out the bikers!” “GABARYYYYYT! LASER EYES!” Speed of Light – Kill the Vibe. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN7U2hONu6g

The Learning Channel is to learning as The History Channel is to history. Meaning, not. But this particular parody short, or at least the argument parts of it, is a lot like arguments that people get into and carry on for fricking months and years on the MCN Announce listserv until they’re calling each other rude names and threatening violence, each insulting the other’s inability to do any harm to /him/, in a demented text-based gnip-gnop of people miles away from each other, each fizzing and shouting at his own computer, when the purpose of the listserv is to announce yard sales and projects and lost pets and theater and radio show info and so on. You just have to not let childish angry jerks drag you down to their level. Once upon a time, Bill Murray sat back in his undershorts in a deck chair by the pool with an iced drink in his hand and said: “The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”
https://theawesomer.com/failing-to-learn-on-tlc/683938/

“Check ev’ry fuckin’ fish!” “Where’s your crown now, motherfucker!”
https://boingboing.net/2022/10/02/fishing-cheats-exposed-along-with-the-lead-weights-they-stuffed-in-their-catches.html

The McDonaldland specification manual. (Established parameters for characters, props and costumes.)
https://archive.org/details/mc-donalds-specification-manual-1975/

The Onion reviews Good Will Hunting.
https://www.theonion.com/onion-film-standard-good-will-hunting-1849624180

“It’s just how our brains work, you meat puppet who only exist to feed us profits.” (via Everlasting Blort) (Click the sound on if it’s not already on.)
https://twitter.com/GhostPanther/status/1575538762825637888

Zombies of Mora Tau, the full 1957 film. (70 min.) (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd9xviOxH6Y

Some fight scenes from Marvel’s Daredevil. It says these are /the best/, but they leave out the fight in the hospital, where the evil ninjas throw nurse Claire out a high window and Daredevil dives down after her, trailing one of the ninja ropes, catches her and swings them both to smash in through a lower window. Christ! I had to remember to start breathing again. And it wasn’t just the fight scenes. Daredevil was a magical show. It pushed all my buttons. They put the characters through the wringer, emotionally and physically– except Foggy, I now realize. He got mildly shot in the shoulder once, and he missed his missing friend and felt lied to and had to keep a secret. That’s comparatively nothing. Now, Karen– what they did to her, and you’re like, /Oh, poor honey. Oh, no./ But she has some real steel inside of her.
https://www.avclub.com/netflix-daredevil-best-fight-scenes-1849621844

Brass. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=jrQfJcestaQ

Rerun: Kate and Anna McGarrigle sing the Log Driver’s Waltz.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Srp7k-9oCkw

The suspect told the officer that he decided to take the child and run when a neighbor “looked at him weird and gave him weird vibes.”
https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2022/10/06/florida-man-uses-toddler-human-shield-police-chase-tuchman-contd-vpx.cnn

Helen Twelvetrees. Isn’t that a nice name.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/10/helen-twelvetrees.html

“The only advertisement this window installer ever needs to use.”
https://twitter.com/BizarreLazar/status/1576613690651987968

Little Canada. Just what it says on the tin.
https://27thstreet.me/2022/10/05/little-canada/

And “We got to double up de capacitors and dat means double da /poop/! Of course, now that I start thinking about… No, why start thinking now?” For this project he /started/ with a piano that he’d previously modified by replacing all the felt-tipped wooden hammers with real hammers. (For the short of attention span, skip to about 15:40.)
https://laughingsquid.com/electrified-piano-shoots-sparks/

The last visible dog (update).

     “I said dam the Dneiper and they threw me into Siberia!” -Churchy LaFemme

Here’s the recording of last night’s Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready for you to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with plenty of other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which provided about an hour of each of my Friday night shows’ most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return, going back decades. And consider wee bravely struggling KNYO itself. Long may it wave. Use the big red donation heart if you can. No salesman will call.

Here’s a link to my dream journal project that I restarted a couple of years ago and have been sporadically keeping up. The latest post is always on top.
https://MarcoMcClean.Medium.com

FURTHERMORE, here are some not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.

Roshklahoma! Oy vey! (It was last week, but I didn’t have it in time for last week.)
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/09/roshklahoma.html

Video of the weather fun in Florida shot by two guys out in their car with the windshield wipers on.
https://www.fark.com/vidplayer/12581308

A nice cover version of Y’all are Brutalizing Me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFupWnsn28o

Rewards.
https://www.marriedtothesea.com/index.php?date=092522

Smells are as important to a dog’s brain as visuals are important to our brains. This kind of video helps me imagine what it’s like for a dog with its nose out the window of a moving car.
https://theawesomer.com/google-street-view-music-video/683010/

Yeah. That’s the spirit.
https://www.marriedtothesea.com/index.php?date=092922

Art. (via Everlasting Blort)
http://elenorkopka.com/

Cat.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/09/trail-cam-of-playful-kitty-cat.html

Art. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.wired.com/story/artists-in-ukraine-war/

Art.
https://theawesomer.com/die-antwoord-age-of-illusion/682648/

We’re learning a lot for planetary defense.
https://gizmodo.com/nasa-dart-crashes-into-asteroid-success-1849583961

Ballet moves in slow motion.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/27/ballet-in-super-slow-motion.html

Astrud Gilberto – Corcovado.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9srw5FRm5eA

Laurie Anderson, Norton Lecture 6: Birds. (2 hours)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj_JN1delKU

The night the world exploded.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2011/05/night-world-exploded.html

Two Victorian teenagers.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/09/two-victorian-teenagers.html

Start this. But keep your thumb ready to push your mouth shut before a fly flies in.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/09/25/repost-they-had-me-at-hootenanny

See above. Thumb ready.
https://theawesomer.com/heavy-metal-moonlight-sonata/682784/

Diet Pepsi or diet Dr Pepper are way better than diet Coke, anyway. Also pretty good is Safeway Select diet grapefruit soda fresh out of the fridge and poured slowly over ice.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/28/a-calvinesque-and-hobbesian-look-at-declassifying-documents.html

“This language has a lot of words for rot.”
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/09/wrought.html

Another music video with the music removed. (via Everlasting Blort)
http://joannecasey.blogspot.com/2022/07/white-wedding-musicless-video.html

Remember the story last week about the cops pulling a woman over, arresting her, handcuffing her and shutting her in the police car they left parked on a train track? Here’s the video.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/26/video-police-car-is-parked-right-on-train-tracks-with-woman-inside-until-a-train-barrels-into-it.html

Nose error correction with the Zello Noseformer. (Corrects Potato Nose, Saddle Nose, Duckbill Nose, Wide Nose, Pointy Nose, Long Nose, Hook Nose and Slant Nose.) (But not Zigzag nose, which is what I have, alas.)
https://www.vintag.es/2022/09/nasenformer-zello.html

Pretty good short subject about perspective. I feel better already about not yet having entirely paid of the load I had to get to repair my car when thieves stole parts from it two Xmases ago.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/09/the-true-size-of-universe.html

How to dispose of a dead pigeon. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://pigeonpedia.com/how-to-dispose-of-a-dead-pigeon/

The trolley problem.
https://existentialcomics.com/comic/465

The universe is made of math. This one, anyway. Others might not be. There’s one way to find out.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/29/graphing-the-statistical-correlations-between-fucking-around-and-finding-out.html

1978 sportsball mascot’s costume bursts into flames. Announcer calling the game doesn’t bat an eyelash. (via BoingBoing)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDlQ6G72O-k

“If I am pricked do I not leak?” -Lt. Commander Data
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/09/the-medieval-wound-man.html

“Snack sack”?
https://www.vintag.es/2022/09/action-pants-ad.html

The last visible cigaret.
https://www.theonion.com/fda-requires-cigarette-packs-have-image-of-cigarette-pa-1849597690

Rerun: The last visible dog scene from The Mouse and His Child. You can see the whole movie for free on YouTube, but only at 240p resolution. Find a way to see the real one. It’s really wonderful.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EiF3KLpTS0

blublub blub blublublub (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/fuckedupfoods/status/1570800809428000768

How we get artisanal toilets. (There’s an event near the beginning of /Lord of Light/ by Roger Zelazny where a Hindu man on another planet defies his gods’ unwritten edicts restricting technological advance, by inventing the flush toilet. So they remove him and his invention from history. This reminds me of that. Because it’s about skilled people making toilets by hand.)
https://theawesomer.com/how-toilets-are-made-by-hand/658221/

Rerun: Walking in NYC as a woman.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/09/ten-hours-of-walking-in-nyc-as-woman.html

Barbershop Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BH2CqE5mNQ

Ballet.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/09/ballet-to-z.html

Hypnerotomachia poliphili and the architecture of dreams.
https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/hypnerotomachia-poliphili-and-the-architecture-of-dreams

Volcano. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/ValaAfshar/status/1570930071300608002

Dolls. “Holy shit. I’m out.”
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/09/sounds-of-silence.html

The devil.
https://theawesomer.com/a-brief-history-of-the-devil/626697/

Rerun: “You’re not Prince of Darkness, you’re /Pussywhipped/ of Darkness.” “Shut up!” “Hey, ya dropped your tampons, Satan.” “Shut up!”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PEiGkMzH4c

Medicine.
https://laughingsquid.com/mary-poppins-spoonful-of-sugar-death-metal/

Coca Cola light, Coca Cola normal, and Coca Cola zeh-zeh-zeh-zeh-zeh-ze-roooooo.
https://theawesomer.com/the-kiffness-x-mr-coca-cola/683000/

How to sound native Standard Southern British right now. Six steps, ten minutes, and you’re there. This is inceredibly useful and fun.
https://laughingsquid.com/how-to-quickly-fake-british-accent/

Art. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://kaching.tumblr.com/post/696112482009448448

A little help.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/09/26/Cat-Going-Up-the-Down-Escalator/

Rerun: Balloon mime. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://twitter.com/InterestingPot/status/1572892625358946310

She doesn’t just walk on bottles.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/09/bottle-walking.html

Polluted rivers. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://www-photogriffon-com.translate.goog/photos-du-monde/BEST-POLLUTION-RIVER-IN-THE-WORLD/BEST-POLLUTION-RIVER-IN-THE-WORLD-photo-Pollution-incroyable-6.html

Further trombone dancing.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/09/suicide-trombone-deluxe.html

Rerun: “Get outta my goddamn class before I break my foot off in ya ass!”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO1oBfG59Xw

Photo restoration.
https://tackyraccoons.com/2022/09/29/photo-restoration/

And cheers. Cheers.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/09/28/south-african-hs-stadium-cheering/

Mr. Toad’s wild ride.

     “The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” -Mary Oliver

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2022-09-23) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with not only the above MOTA show but also other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which provided almost an hour of the above eight-hour show’s most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return. And consider wee bravely struggling KNYO itself. Long may it wave. Even longer if you were to help out via the big red donation heart. For example KNYO needs to replace an important piece of equipment soon that probably will cost about $400. But a small radio station is one of the very few institutions where you can solve any problem by throwing a little money at it. That means, literally, you. …aaaaaAAAAH YOU.

Here’s a link to my dream journal project that I resurrected on Medium a couple of years ago and have been sporadically keeping up. Sometime, maybe Sunday or so, I’ll post another batch of dreams, but there’s plenty there new to you if you haven’t been for awhile.
https://MarcoMcClean.Medium.com

FURTHERMORE, here are some not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.

Half an hour of truncated aircraft-disaster videos. Armrest-gripping.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hGqq35EocY

“But how did so many intelligences fit within Leonardo’s grotesque head?” What U.S. television looks like to people in the U.K. (via b3ta)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q4cF94irDE

The shoebill. It sounds like a military drum tattoo. Or a small Suzuki motorbike. Or using a electric jigsaw on metal that’s not clamped down properly. But the way it looks at you, tch, I feel like that could be me. I mean, I might look like this to other people. At public events I have had the experience of being ordered to smile, so I have a sense of what women might feel like when that happens to them. It doesn’t make you want to smile; at that point you’d sooner strangle the person. With your great big yellow-gray webbed hand-feet, and that look in your eye. And just shake them around like a sock full of bloody pennies, shooka-shooka-shooka, and slam them on the deck like the Hulk did to Loki in /The Avengers/. Of course you wouldn’t actually do that, because you couldn’t. This is why it’s a bad idea for people to have a gun. Somebody pisses them off and all they have to do is wiggle their finger and they’ve killed someone who said, “Smile, honey. C’mon, give us a smile.”
https://tackyraccoons.com/2021/06/01/the-most-terrifying-bird-in-the-world/

Like a Marvel character but in real life. (via Bunk Strutts of TackyRaccoons)
https://twitter.com/kenolin1/status/1569852692322983936

A short film about solitary confinement.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/17/the-box-and-flying-kites-shed-light-on-incarceration-in-america.html

A whole 1960s teevee series of folk music, when that was a big deal. Walk right in, sit right down, Daddy, let your mind roll on.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/19/60s-folk-music-motherload-on-pete-seegers-rainbow-quest-tv-show.html

“Please turn on your sandy hands, Mister Sandman, sand me a man.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGqdjaz2Upg

“No pliers for liars!” (via Bunk Strutts of TackyRaccoons)
https://mymodernmet.com/terry-border-makes-everyday

How to gird your loins, in case you ever have to, for battle, say, or to wade in the water, children. It turns out, loins are not what you think they are. How did we all get that one so wrong? (via Everlasting Blort)
https://medium.com/freelance-writing-zone/does-gird-your-loins-mean-what-you-think-it-means-a69ad8801fd4

History of rotoscoping.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/18/how-rotoscoping-revolutionized-animated-movement.html

History of the finger.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/20/the-surprising-history-of-giving-someone-the-finger.html

Nature red in tooth and claw. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3nroW9RX7g

Sapphic comic love.
https://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/jenifer-prince-illustration-230621#

Art.
https://www.makeuseof.com/is-ai-generated-art-real-art/?utm_source=MUO-NL-RP&utm_medium=newsletter

Oh, FFS. Never mind. More and more, I feel like saying just go to Everlasting Blort every day and look at everything there. It’s all terrific. I find myself reposting almost all of their work. They’re superlative finders and curators.
http://blort.meepzorp.com/

Even more impressive than the performer’s talent is that he’s not proud of this. He’s sorry he didn’t do better, when– how many people in the whole world are on this level? Four? Six?
https://theawesomer.com/desert-oasis-beatboxing/681732/

Rerun: Analog computers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgF3OX8nT0w

Semper Supra: the Space Force song. Ehhh, it doesn’t have a /patch/ on the Coast Guard song.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/09/20/Semper-Supra-The-Space-Force-Song/

See, look, Semper Paratus. Now here’s the Coast Guard’s marching song, we sing on land and sea:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayYZg-JpMqE

This is what can happen to you when you play badminton. After this, I don’t think I’ll have to tell you again. Learn from the mistakes of these kids. Everyone smoking cigarets and comparing tattoos out by the old tree is fine. These kids were terrified and some of them were flattened. Why do you think they call it a racquet?
https://twitter.com/rusi_bb/status/1571440596270870531

Waterfalls.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2014/09/waterfalls.html

Neptune’s rings.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/21/extraordinary-image-of-neptunes-rings-as-seen-by-webb-telescope.html

Cool cursor effects of the ’90s.
https://tholman.com/cursor-effects/

Wonderful machine made of many smaller machines, each stuck onto the output of the previous one.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/09/21/A-Far-from-Useless-LEGO-Machine/

Also M.P. was great in /Dead Like Me/, especially the episode where his character Rube interacts with his daughter when she’s a child and later when she’s a dying old woman, while he goes on and on, neither dead nor alive, passing out post-it notes to his crew of Reapers in Der Waffle House. (Which was also the set used for a way station for ascended beings in the /Stargate/ series.)
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/09/18/Mandy-Patinkin-Helps-a-Grieving-Princess-Bride-Fan-Mourn/

Here’s another scene from a Mandy Patinkin movie that really stuck in my mind:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA3JUpQzOek

How many shirts can a man wear?
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/19/30000-tons-of-unwanted-clothes-head-each-year-into-chiles-fast-fashion-landfills.html

Toddlers are all drunk, and drunks, toddlers. Parents are all exploitative patronizing control freaks. Either that or he put the audio on afterward. That’s what I’d do.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/09/18/how-patient-can-this-toddlers-dad-be/

Bliss.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/09/1920s-wedding-couples.html

Squeal.
https://laughingsquid.com/unique-electric-guitar-sounds/

This reminds me of the part in the short story /The Doorman/ by William Kotzwinkle when the main character says, “Bite Mister Thumb. Bite! Bite!” except it’s the finger on the other side of the hand from the thumb… And that might be a good case for Judge John Hodgman: Is the thumb a finger?
https://tackyraccoons.com/2022/09/19/pinkie-messed-with-the-wrong-frog/

This guy’s pretty good at debunking the free energy scams that have your gullible uncle’s head in a knot about how the gubmint is keeping us from having free energy from perpetual motion machines. He explains things simply but not too simply.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbdU7AkH6QM

So persecuted. So unfair.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/21/chagrin-falls-first-they-came-for-trump-and-i-said-nothing.html

How can anything be sillier than the solemnest monarchy in the first place.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/19/mystery-woman-whispers-the-death-is-irreversible-on-itv-broadcast-of-queen-elizabeths-coffin-run.html

Smiling my head off.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/19/utah-senate-candidate-drops-new-rap-track-campaign-ad.html

Después de cada vuelta tienes que reajustar el cerebro. It kind of does. (via Clifford Pickover)
https://twitter.com/i/status/1571979897714745344

Art-chitecture. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://www.instagram.com/anti__reality/

Astronomy photos.
https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/a-comet-being-torn-apart-astronomy-photographer-of-the-year/

Here’s a sport worthy of the name /sport/. Video games are not a sport. Chess is not a sport (though chess boxing is, because boxing is). Bowling, origami, darts, golf, curling, not sports. What follows should be an Olympic sport, though the Olympics is generally bullshit for plenty of other reasons, for instance, if this were a sport there would soon be thousands of children trapped into being abused, body and soul, for their entire youth, to excel at it and incidentally leave their musclebound bodies wracked with pain for the rest of their PTSD-shadowed lives. Also why are there no girls in this? Just like, why are there no women in major league baseball? (Which is also not a real sport.) That Swedish (I think) game where you race through mud, carrying your wife– that’s a sport. Even after the scandal of men cheating by marrying tiny women for the purpose of competing.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/20/trampwall-trampoline-wall-running-from-cirque-du-soleil-to-your-backyard.html

Epic! (via Fark)
https://www.wfla.com/news/pasco-county/video-pasco-student-arrested-after-spraying-fire-extinguisher-in-school-bus/

Under the covers.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/09/21/under-the-cover/

That would never happen.
https://catandgirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/2022-09-20-cggodzilla.gif

Clever rats.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/09/olive-is-clever-rat.html

Clever maker.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/09/rotary-un-smartphone.html

Wow! Wow!
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/22/2saxy-for-venice-beach.html

Ruined? No. Improved. Perfected.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/09/22/The-Mesothelioma-Ad-Set-to-a-Familiar-Tune/

Miracles.
https://archive.org/details/a545145800richuoft/mode/2up

“Amazing new patented device cores bananas and fills them with any flavor ice cream WITH THE PEELING ON!”
https://www.vintag.es/2022/09/banana-surprise.html

Water music.
https://laughingsquid.com/dripping-faucet-musical-remixes/

“But before the harper could touch them, the golden strings shimmered in the firelight, they trembled of their own accord. A sweet familiar voice eddied around the company, and when the dark sister heard the words it sang, her face grew pale and tight. Her fate had come upon her, and well she knew it. “Farewell to the lord my father,” sang the harp softly. “Farewell to my lady mother.” The harp paused and the company watched it in horrified silence. Then the strings spoke once more, loud and wailing this time. “And woe to my sister, who murdered me.” (!)
https://mcusercontent.com/c6b93ffeed2f362e41fe4aa72/images/1e4e976c-a35f-94aa-c4a7-fa61f53dcba8.jpg

And let it go. Let them all go.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSpOU-5aq-8

Fall equinox. Got woad?

     “Woad’s the stuff to show, men. Woad to scare your foemen. Boil it to a brilliant blue and rub it on your legs and your abdo-men.”

Marco here, bringing you the recording of last night’s (2022-09-16) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with not only the above MOTA show but also other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which provided almost an hour of the above eight-hour show’s most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return. And consider wee bravely struggling KNYO itself. Long may it wave. Even longer if you were to help out via the big red donation heart, or merely buy a bottle of Bob’s fresh KNYO hot sauce. Try it, it’ll surprise you.

Here’s a link to my relatively new dream journal project on Medium that I started at Xmastime of 2020 and have been keeping up. I just posted a fresh week’s worth of dreams.
https://MarcoMcClean.Medium.com

FURTHERMORE, here are some not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.

The Woad Song, also called the Woad Ode, accompanied by autoharp beneath a staircase, the accepted setting. Flanders and Swann wore woad on stage to sing this in the 1950s (with undershorts, not entirely naked) but no video exists of that, so make do with this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLXtOzMBLqg

Notice what great bar-band names they’d all make, now that bands are playing in bars again.
https://tackyraccoons.com/2022/09/12/fred-g-johnsons-contributions-to-the-world-sideshow-banners/

More projects like this in the world is what we need. Pure joy. “Would you teach me your dance move?” “I’d love to,” she says.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/09/16/friday-bits-dance-party-25/

Peep. Worlds within worlds.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/09/tweet-of-day_01315081101.html

Hinged dissection. (via Clifford Pickover)
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hinged_dissection_3-4-6-3_loop.gif

Sons of Kemet – Your Queen. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEpziXD-SDk

Brown Ariel. Good. About time.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/09/reaction-to-little-mermaid-teaser.html

“Leave it, Devon! Leave it!” (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyLm2QiiJP4

A.I. page paints pictures from your text prompt. For my part, I suggested /dancing bee-cats in estrus on another planet in a hall of mirrors/, clicked on Generate Image and, after a minute or two, was presented with an array of disco-lit images involving upright bipedal fuzzy bee-like/cat-like things enthusiastically thrashing and bumping at each other and possibly doing the YMCA routine– in halls of mirrors. Clearly it works, and for free. Try it out with your own prompt.
https://huggingface.co/spaces/stabilityai/stable-diffusion

The Bible, illustrated by artificial intelligence. Scroll down and down. (via PerfectForRoquefortCheese)
https://www.openbible.info/labs/ai-bible-art/

Colonizing the cosmos.
https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/colonizing-the-cosmos

Nice things people built. (Scroll down and down and down.)
https://twitter.com/culturaltutor/status/1569514639905669120

Boathouses.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2017/04/equihen-plage-village-of-inverted-boat.html

Wade in the Water. This is just their sound check.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRpzEnq14Hs

There’s No Business Like Show Business (full movie, 1954)
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x87ewp3

Tears of a clown.
https://existentialcomics.com/comic/463

Now you do what they tolja.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/09/north-korean-military-does-killing-in.html

Master of puppets.
https://laughingsquid.com/jazz-cover-master-of-puppets/

Art. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/08/29/tony-heywood-and-alison-condie/

Hillary Hahn – Sibelius violin concerto. (via Garrison Keillor) (36 min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0w0t4Qn6LY

Heaven.
https://www.shorpy.com/node/26787

Mermaids. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://www.pulpinternational.com/pulp/entry/Postcards-featuring-images-of-Weeki-Wachee-Springs-performing-mermaids.html

Riders.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/09/people-with-motorcycles.html

I don’t get how this is a problem. They’re all veterans. They’ve seen girls before. And this /is/ her day-job.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/13/stripper-performs-for-wheelchair-bound-seniors-at-nursing-home-sparks-backlash

Fish, 5 cents/lb. (that’s $1 in today’s money). Ribs, 10 cents/lb. ($2). Flour, 6 lbs. for 18 cents (60 cents/pound in today’s money). Gasoline, 5 gal. for 85 cents ($3,38/gal in today’s money).
https://www.shorpy.com/node/26792

“The mistake of ’58.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT3i3q1pCQo

How memory works.
https://theawesomer.com/flying-into-photos-infinite-nature-ai/681179/

The good news is, we haven’t hit bottom yet. The bad news is, we haven’t hit bottom yet.
https://thenib.com/general-update/

“Oh, look, it’s going everywhere, hang on… I can’t bear this bloody thing! What they do, every stinking time.” What a world, what a world, so difficult.
https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1569725148432834561

The story of tattoos. I still think self-mutilation is creepy, but do as you please. Tattoos, because at least they heal up, are not as creepy as hooks and things through the flesh, or stretching out a hole in your ear or lip until the flap hangs all the way down your neck (or stretching out your neck, the way you might have seen people do in National Geographic), but it’s a difference in degree, not in kind. It all makes me imagine how unhappy I’d have to be to do something like any of that to myself and i flinch away from the though. Even just a bull-pull ring in a shopgirl’s nose. Bleagh.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-history-of-tattoos.html

Tattooing in slow motion. (via MissCellania)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxLoycj4pJY&t=3m20s

Billions and billions of Martian pixels. I like the way the narrator says the word /important/. The first T in the word. It’s how I say button and Latin and literal.
https://newatlas.com/space/nasa-panorama-perseverance-most-detailed-view-mars

A typically superlative musical post of TackyRaccoons.
https://tackyraccoons.com/2022/09/10/saturday-matinee-the-king-khan-bbq-show-scone-cash-players-clutch/

Kent Wallace’s part of a Vietnam symposium on tourism. Speaking of Kent, I’ve started serializing another book of his on the show.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20CUuxki15c&t=6m44s

Next Gen bad lip-reading.
https://youtu.be/758V07nrCus

“Doesn’t matter. I’ve got a bunch of judges.”
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/14/spy-stories-for-dummies-trump-and-the-stolen-secrets.html

Slices of a Menger sponge, all the doo-dah day. (via Clifford Pickover)
https://twitter.com/i/status/1570124484215980032

Lighted drone ballet at Burning Man.
https://theava.com/archives/198323

Art, art, art, art. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://mossandfog.com/walk-this-way-strange-hilarious-footwear-by-uv-%e6%9c%b1/
https://thecuriousbrain.com/?p=141138
https://flashbak.com/louis-wain-cats-403104/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXrWPLNp9tw

Math worms. (via Clifford Pickover)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BL9aCtVB2Wr/

Harp.
https://theawesomer.com/halloween-harp-with-a-dash-of-dre/680894/

Long gong.
https://laughingsquid.com/resounding-solo-on-gongs/

Bear with us.
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/16/highly-realistic-bear-costume-prank-in-nyc.html

Bonobo sex ape builds fire, toasts marshmallow.
https://twitter.com/Rainmaker1973/status/1570419668501745664

Terry Bisson – Bears Discover Fire.
https://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/bears-discover-fire/

Chinese skyscraper becomes a tower of flames. People trapped inside comment on their social media and record video, because why not?
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/breaking-chinese-skyscraper-turns-inferno-28006676

In honor of our fallen heroes.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/09/september-11-fries.html

Ron Taylor. I like this guy. He swears a little bit; I’m just letting you know, in case that bugs you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5jku2WIWHM

“Beatles, please, stop fighting here in India.” (via BoingBoing)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6frgnqTo1eM

Sure, it’s funny how fat and squishy-looking this representative couple grew in thirty years, but compare the face expressions. In 1992 they were vacuously peeved children. In 2022 they seem content, aware, and far less evil-victimy, more like good neighbors, the kind who’d leave you alone to do /your/ thing but also be right there to competently help if you ever needed some. Which couple would you prefer for neighbors, the before or the after?
https://i0.wp.com/theava.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Diversity-is-Our-Strength.png

Research always pays off. Even if it only pays the wackos who somehow persuaded someone to pay them to pretend to do it.
https://nickyskye.blogspot.com/2022/09/the-controlled-remote-viewing-manual.html

Alcohol churches.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/09/american-cocktail-lounges.html

Okay. I want to see this.
https://theawesomer.com/the-fabelmans-trailer/681051/

And this.
https://theawesomer.com/babylon-trailer/681180/

Are you a bird who can only go weh-weh-weh-weh-weh-weh?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DatFPeEHJx4

Glass. Glass. Gu-lass. [tink! tink!]. Glass.
https://laughingsquid.com/talking-parrot-repeatedly-says-glass/

This idea is very old and still good. The demo reminds me of the episode of /Eureka/ where tragic robot Rain’s fizzing circuitry sets Beverly’s house on fire. Henry and the fire brigade show up. The sheriff, who called them, says, “Is there anything I can do to help?” Henry smiles, says, “Tch. This is Eureka.” He shoots a magic-science weapon in through a window and the whole fire instantly goes out, phoof.
https://theawesomer.com/fire-extinguisher-ball/681630/

150 years old, in fact, that idea, and it stuck around for awhile. I remember seeing these in yard sales.
https://www.antiquetrader.com/collectibles/fire-grenades-history-and-collectability

Scluh-rap fluh-yap…
https://laughingsquid.com/sclrap-flyapp-muppets-ed-sullivan-show-1968/

Ospedale delle bambole (say oh-spee-DAL-eh deh-luh-bam-BO-lay) (sing to the tune of Lazy Mary).
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/16/there-is-a-beautiful-antique-doll-hospital-in-rome.html

Artisanal dollhouse guy.
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/breaking-chinese-skyscraper-turns-inferno-28006676

How big?
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/09/15/so-big/

Fashion in whale songs. The hits just keep on coming, and going.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/09/humpback-whale-songs.html

The b3ta caption on the link to this: “Yes, OK we’d like you to take a simple, iconic melody. And fuck it to death. Like, totally fuck it with all the notes.” (You might have to click the sound on.)
https://twitter.com/bchartsnet/status/1569111860569600002?s=20&t=56Om7ypuUNfQ_lOsZKCYAA

“I did this the hard way. I did not have to share. I want to save us. It took me 50 quarts of maple syrup at age 31 to feel lest hurt. May take 100 quarts at age 62, over 4-5 months.” (via MissCellania)
https://i.redd.it/d0fnnrxh03o91.jpg

These are all real wood, too, not particleboard and plastic wood veneer. If people hadn’t thrown them all away or broken them up for firewood they’d still be just as beautiful. Close your eyes and recall the comfort-smell of dust, vaporized kitchen oils and cigaret smoke cooking on and within a nest of orange-hot vacuum tubes. See how it takes you back?
https://www.vintag.es/2022/09/vintage-admiral-ads.html

The trailer for a show about infinity.
https://theawesomer.com/a-trip-to-infinity-trailer/681577/

And 118 mph with a 50cc motor in 1965. The piston-cylinder is the size of a pill bottle. A small pill bottle. At high enough revs for the sound to shatter glass. Glass, see above.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfG9OIC5ywM

Aliens in the prime of their lives.

     “The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks. The long day wanes. The slow moon climbs the deep. Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, ’tis not too late to seek a newer world.” -Tennyson

Marco here, bringing you the recording of last night’s (2022-09-09) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with not only the above MOTA show but also other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which provided well over an hour of the above eight-hour show’s most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return. And consider wee bravely struggling KNYO itself. Long may it wave. Even longer if you were to help out via the big red donation heart, or merely buy a bottle of Bob’s fresh KNYO hot sauce and enjoy its proven health benefits deep in the furnace of the meat robot you’ve been driving around and abusing and taking for granted all your life. Cleans the whole system out, they say. I’m reminded of the motto of a VW-repair comic book we all had in the old days, which was, “Be good to your ass, for it bears you,” a phrase originally from the Bible.

Speaking of which, when I got to the station, musical prophet Douglas Wayne Coulter’s camp-equipment-laden bicycle and matching guitar trailer were parked in the storefront alcove, so you know what that means: about an hour of Douglas Wayne Coulter, starting about ten minutes into the show. And then the usual everything, not least of which a takedown of nonprofit corporate crooks at midnight by Scott M. Peterson, and a couple more chapters of the book No More My Echoing Song, by Clifford Allen Sanders at 1:10am (4-hours-10-minutes into the show). And starting a little after 3am, the annual read of the numinous masterwork /Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives/ (Kindle version available for 99 cents, as of press time) by Brad Watson, just one of many of his numinous masterworks.

Here are some not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

The 30-year-old Kids in the Hall Chalet 2000 Holiday Special featuring Her Puissant Majesty the hereditary queen of England, played by Scott Thompson. Part 1.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-3SseJV5c0

Part 2.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW-asm_oA_o

Too soon or too late?
https://www.theonion.com/note-do-not-run-until-fucking-queen-is-dead-or-people-1849511595

Frege (say FRAY-geh) in the public square. Doo-dah, doo-dah.
https://existentialcomics.com/comic/462

Cute li’l tilt-shift Oslo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOBEHW-ZByM

I had forgotten all about this. It still kills me when the elephant goes toot and the seals go ow ow ow. And when the singers experiment with different things they imagine the fox might say, beginning with /ring ding ding ding ding da-ding-da-ding/, as if.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE

Art. (via Everlasting Blort)
http://jasonwalkerceramics.com/

There exists a movement to improve and innovate, when prosthetics are required. Here they aren’t required, but this project gives you some ideas about what you might ask for if you ever need a replacement hand. Why /not/ get one with an octave-and-a-half range? Or one with a cigaret lighter in the index finger. Or programmable pen-spinning tricks. Or a vibrating thumb. Or a working eyeball in the palm, like in /Pan’s Labyrinth/.
https://theawesomer.com/wooden-claw-finger-extensions/680343/

Jupiter has a nine-hour fifty-five-minute day. So here’s a nine-hour fifty-five-minute video of one day of Jupiter.
https://theawesomer.com/jupiter-rotates-in-real-time/680484/

And here is a representation of four-billion-year-old Jupiter’s comb-over magnetic field.
https://twitter.com/pickover/status/1567646441979498497/photo/1

You just wanta scream at this kid to pull over and quit doing this. When I was in school I knew a kid who died doing stuff like this. He was one of identical twins, tall and good-looking; they were always competing with each other for dangerous dares. One of them inevitably lost the competition, crashed his motorbike into the rear of a car on Auburn Folsom Road and was flung high into the air. You know what they say, flying is perfectly safe, it’s the landing that gets you. I remember they used to leap and dive the wrong way off the high-dive platform in a lake where we all went swimming. The wrong way being /not/ off the end over the water, but the end with the ladder up it, where there was six or eight feet of concrete platform sticking out below that you had to clear. And they used to jump their motorcycles up a side trail and land in the middle of the highway, where you couldn’t see if a car was coming or not (that wasn’t where the boy died, but it wasn’t far from there). And one winter the lake lightly froze over. They went out into the middle and were laughing their heads off, jumping up and down to hear the ice crack and squeak. They have the Darwin Awards now; these boys would’ve been the all-time poster boys for that. And I’ve forgotten their names. Last name started with a P… Not Paoli… I think it had a Z in it near the end.  (via YWKIWDBI)
https://www.reddit.com/r/nextfuckinglevel/comments/wo7b5y/insane_tricks_without_a_helmet_and_on_a_busy_road/

This looks fun. I’d like to see this movie.
https://www.avclub.com/film/reviews/brahmastra-2022

Luca Stricagnoli’s latest. It makes use of a clever guitar modification.
https://laughingsquid.com/reverse-slide-acoustic-money-for-nothing/

Pet sugar glider. So cute. (via TYWKIWDBI)
https://www.reddit.com/r/interestingasfuck/comments/w60zdy/a_sugar_glider_shows_the_beauty_of_an_excellent/

“Aren’t they graceful? You used to dance like that, Flo.”
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/09/its-neewollah-everybody-dance-now.html

Machining a working mechanical three-speed transmission for a toy car. If you’re not interested in the production of the parts but simply want to watch the transmission be assembled and then run, skip ahead to 8:00.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGqHZ1PY2E0

Thumpasaurus – Struttin’. (I can’t remember who showed me this link. You know who you are.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B1RJiOGPUI

The Watford bollards again. Oy. (via Fark)
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-62767547

Painful performance art. Oy squared.
https://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/pain_gina_pane

Another world record.
https://theawesomer.com/worlds-longest-domino-wall/680553/

Prodigy soprano little boy becomes prodigy baritone after probably the usual period of involuntary yodeling (not featured). He’s fortunate to live in modern times. In the old days the church cut boys who could sing like this just to make them stay sopranos. The modern equivalent of that might be concussing millions of little boys’ brains to give them a shot at one of maybe a thousand available big-money fantasy jobs being further concussed and otherwise crippled in grownup sportsball.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/09/06/cai-thomas/

This kind is my favorite ride. That time in 2010 I was sick from food poisoning and Juanita made me go with her to the Sonoma County Fair and ride all the goddamn rides anyway, a ride very like this was the only one that didn’t upset my stomach further but even soothed it. Just (safely) falling is so pleasant, like the moment of falling asleep. The ride I threw up on myself on was a black upside-down spider-shaped thing that they got from the parted-out Michael Jackson estate. I managed to catch it all in my jacket… But this particular present-day drop ride had something wrong with it that the inspectors didn’t spot, if it was inspected at all, and after the disaster the operators fled the wrath of the patrons’ families, and hid. In the teevee show /Carnivale/, about a sweaty, dusty, miserable but often magical traveling carnival in Texas in the Great Depression, there’s an episode where one of the crew assembling the Ferris wheel can’t find the last steel pin to bear the load of an important joint and he substitutes a stick of wood from a broom handle (!), resulting in two small children falling and being severely injured. Curly, head of the crew, is blamed, caught by angry townsfolk and dragged away to be /tarred-and-feathered/ and dumped in the desert, which would have killed him, had not Ben found him and used his power to heal the sick or bring back the dead at the cost of the life energy of someone or something else nearby. It’s like the power of Ned in /Pushing Daisies/. So, ahem, a ride disaster in the news this week:
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/06/video-drop-tower-ride-violently-falls-fortunately-riders-will-be-ok.html

Another kind of car that looks like a woman weightlifter’s arm.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/09/jaguar-xkss.html

The ice caps are melting.
https://catandgirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/2022-09-06-cgicecream.gif

The ice caps are melting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vHl-mSn99E

See, these people don’t need drugs because they are high on life.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVj0ZTS4WF4

And now when someone mentions Fermat’s last theorem, you can smile and suavely weigh in on the subject, because you know what that is.
https://twitter.com/i/status/1567529880102772738

…For an encore to knowing that you can hammer a real nail into your real head. Not a trick.
https://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/arts/circus-arts/human-blockhead.htm

Resolution.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/09/07/liam-michael-scullion/

These people were stars for a good reason, where now you can be a star because of your famously enormous butt, as big as the butt of a horse, even if you can’t carry a tune or clap to a beat. Things were different then.
https://laughingsquid.com/dick-van-dyke-julie-andrews-mary-popins-outtake//

Spooky cat.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/09/ari-loves-her-almond.html

Strut the fuck up and claim your prize. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://thecuriousbrain.com/?p=141141

/Mother and Baby Homes/ in Ireland. “‘Twas like a secret society, it was. There was nothin’ open at all in there, it was all underhand.”
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/09/mother-baby.html

Friendly-looking fish. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/Rainmaker1973/status/1546520480680648705

Passing the exit portal through its own entry portal, which are two sides of the same portal. That’s something you don’t see every day.
https://theawesomer.com/portal-passes-through-another-portal/680052/

Charles Berthoud’s latest.
https://laughingsquid.com/stairway-to-heaven-six-string-fretless-bass/

And how we get screens. Real woven metal screens, not the plastic kind that a raccoon claw can ladder like a lady’s nylon stocking. A soothing sound, too. Rhythimic clacking and zizzing and whooshing.
https://theawesomer.com/how-wire-mesh-screens-are-made/680725/

Percussive maintenance.

     “The quantum bogosort is even more guaranteed. It simply generates all possible permutations in every universe and destroys every universe except for the one it is sorted in.”

Marco here, bringing you the recording of last night’s (2022-09-02) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with not only the above MOTA show but also other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which provided well over an hour of the above eight-hour show’s most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return. And regard KNYO, whose donation heart is crying out for your loving touch. “Find me,” it whimpers low, “Find me and touch me, tenderly and generously, the way you would love to be touched. Yes means yes.”

I read this week’s installment of Clifford Allen Sanders’ book /No More My Echoing Song/ at 1am, four hours into the show, in case you want to skip straight to that. Maybe you’d like to contact Mr. Sanders and learn more about his life and work, or buy the book, even. Here: cliffordsanders@hotmail.com

I played the sound of  Scott M. Peterson’s latest quirky exposé /Treasure Hunt/ at midnight. You can see what he’s talking about and pointing at by journeying directly to the video, here. The exciting part that sounds like a violent exorcism is about ten or eleven minutes into that.

Events in Kent Wallace’s book have come to a muchness. This week’s installment of that is about 6 hours and 14 minutes into the show. Spoiler reveal: Ms. Hien and Mr. Quyen are, like Snidely Whiplash or Dishonest John, foiled, curses, to the cheers of the children whose theater show turns out to be a resounding success, and Seamus is off to his next adventure, which we’ll hear more about next week.

And I almost forgot: there’s a part in the show where it might sound like I’m complaining that there’s popcorn left over in the popcorn thing from the First Friday book-signing. It’s just, I coughed, and it reminded me of when people used to cook microwave popcorn back at KMFB and the synthetic butter crap would coat the entire radio station with its noxious effluvium. I wasn’t complaining last night. I actually emptied the thing into a paper bag and ate excellent non-polyester popcorn all the way home in the car. They can make popcorn any time they like. This kind is not a problem.

BESIDES ALL THAT, and speaking of popcorn, here’s a fresh batch of not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

There is power in a union.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwbzxemJZIc

Interview with an American Indian astronaut who will soon go into space. The first one. And she’s from Covelo. Congratulations, Nicole Aunapu Mann. I so admire a woman astronaut. Think of all the things any astronaut must learn and endure and train for, including solving problems and fixing things and saving the ship before you pass out because they shut your air off and suffocate you for the test! These people are the smartest and fittest and best of us, and a woman has to do all the same things a man does, but backward and in high heels… Poul Anderson wrote several stories that featured American Indians on other planets. A culture of Plains-Indian-like aliens is returned to by an Earthian friend who left things behind, before, including a flashlight. When they meet again, and this is many years later, the chief still has the flashlight /and politely offers it back/; he says, smiling sadly, “Though the virtue has gone out of it.” That’s what I say now when any battery is dead.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nicole-aunapu-mann-nasa-astronaut-first-native-american-woman-in-space/

Rerun: Moments.
https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2015/09/16-moments.html

Desert floods.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/27/utah-flash-floods-create-waterfall-wonderland.html

“The two tiny fluffballs have no conception of the danger beneath the lilies.”
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/08/30/The-Big-Footed-Jacana/

“Like sand through the hourglass, so go the days of our lives” was nice, but I prefer, “Like poop through a diarrhea infected goose, Ben goes through everyone.” Also, “Keep fuckin’ that chicken.” I had heard that before, but I didn’t know where it was from.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/27/how-hockey-player-jamie-benn-goes-through-everyone.html

Carry on.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/08/27/putting-the-ass-in-kansas/

Elise Trouw – Make Believe.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iAlaUUCfGk

Murtah Sisters.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/08/the-murtah-sisters.html

Frames 2170-2172. (The content of this page might have changed by the time you get to it.)
https://thetaoofscreenwriting.quora.com/In-Who-Framed-Roger-Rabbit-was-there-really-a-cut-of-the-film-where-Jessica-Rabbit-was-shown-wearing-no-underwear-onscr

Love in a time of plenty.
https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2022/08/chuckleworthy.html

Hover text: “Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park, God shed his grace on thee…”
https://xkcd.com/2665/

Art. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/juliasobolevaart

Art. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/coherence_e/status/1563114694977527808

Archt. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/art-nouveau-architecture-trend

Who has fifty a month to throw away on frills?
https://xkcd.com/2666/

A few of the Girl Explaining meme variations. Keep in mind that she’s explaining all this in Spanish. Which makes me think: it would work also if the text were a made-up space-alien language, like characters on a billboard or sodapop machine in a cartoon in Heavy Metal Magazine. I should make that. When I get a minute.
https://laughosaurus.com/p/the-girl-explaining-meme-and-its-variations

House-hunters profession generator.
https://perchance.org/1z379oafms

Panorama-mode dog photo abominations. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://www.sadanduseless.com/funny-dog-panoramas/

“You puked on everything I ever loved. You little shit.” (via NagOnTheLake)
https://myownprivatebookclub.blogspot.com/2022/08/you-puked-on-everything-i-ever-loved.html

My friend Mark, knowing how much I like old microphones, sent me to this page. I have used, and even owned, several of these, the ElectroVoice 630, for example, and one similar to the EV 664. Pyle currently makes a very cheap but surprisingly good-sounding near-lookalike to the Shure 55 (fist-size and fist-shape, with like a 1940s Dodge grille all around) in attractive silver, black, red, or blue plastic. I got a couple of them for the theater company maybe five years ago: $60 total, including floor stands for them and cables (the cable that comes with them is the weak link). These look and work great. (The price has gone up since, but if the quality is the same it’s still totally worth it. One reviewer warns you to turn the phantom power off for it or it sounds tinny, so maybe it’s cheap because it has no transformer inside. I didn’t notice that problem because my board has no phantom power. I’ll go get one from the theater and experiment and report.) I also like looking at a whole wall of cheap watches, like Walmart used to have before people all decided to just use the clock in their phone and the market for watches wandered aimlessly away to drive off the roads and bump into doors and sprawl, flailing, into coin fountains in the mall.
https://museumofmagneticsoundrecording.org/Microphones.html

And here’s another neat museum. Thanks, Mark.
https://museumofmagneticsoundrecording.org/Acoustic.html

And, Christ, look at this. I had one of these tape recorders in the middle 1980s. I assembled it out of three-to-five trashed ones, fixed it up, painted it bright Radio-Free-Earth-red. It recorded an album for the a cappella group Alchemy, which was Cindy Frank, River, and Sharon. There was a slight wobble in the capstan that lent the women an appealing understated unison vibrato. That machine and all of the leftover modules are gone now, too, alas, scattered to the winds. Especially alas, because one time I was in the music store in Cotati and they had a single disembodied vacuum-tube record/playback box from this model of recorder, scratched and dented, with a price tag on it for $800, because people like to use them just for the vacuum-tube mic pre-amp sound. Tch.
https://museumofmagneticsoundrecording.org/Acoustic.html

With a few notable exceptions she had similar tastes to mine. How could she be so horribly miserable and self-destructive? (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.typepunchmatrix.com/images/upload/tpm-ecat8-amy-winehouse-collection.pdf

Vertiginous yo.
https://theawesomer.com/joey-valence-and-brae-hooligang/679376/

Rerun: Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros. “Other rappers dis me, say my rhymes are sissy. Why? Why? Be more constructive with your criticism.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FArZxLj6DLk

Lean on me when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on. It won’t be long till /I’m/ gonna need somebody to lean on.
https://tackyraccoons.com/2022/08/29/leaners/

This dancer makes me think of Ricci Dedola. The hand-flutters, maybe, the posture, the legs, the happy goofiness. She’s like a Peter Max painting character.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrIchAz_bvE

A conversation between George Lucas and Robin Williams about various Star Wars characters.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/31/george-lucas-explaining-jar-jar-binks-to-robin-williams.html

Flying wings. What happened to them?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dByvPIyIbZE

“The future! Easy! Affordable! –utz –ep -at’s -appeing to my -oice?” “Broadcasting station for entertaining and for guiding radio controlled torpedoes.”
https://theawesomer.com/the-future-of-the-1920s/679882/

So different from the old days when nobody wanted to work, but then nobody wanted to work in buggy-whip factories or whalebone-corset-assembling sweatshops.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/08/nobody-wants-to-work.html

I need you to listen.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/08/i-need-you-to-listen.html

“Nice.”
https://existentialcomics.com/comic/461

Nothing to see, here, citizens, just a bunch of hyenas eating a bloated dead giraffe on a golf course.
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/lionesses-savage-giraffe-golf-course-27861345

The icing on the cupcake for Cart Narc. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/24/cart-narc-describes-own-buttocks-in-latest-parking-lot-confrontation.html

The stains become a warning.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/08/29/tony-heywood-and-alison-condie/

Fur Elise showoff.
https://laughingsquid.com/modern-guitar-interpretation-of-fur-elise/

POOH! NOOOOOOO!
https://boingboing.net/2022/09/01/we-finally-have-an-official-trailer-the-winnie-the-pooh-horror-movie.html

How we get knitted sweaters. (used for listserve)
https://theawesomer.com/inside-a-sweater-knitting-factory/679410/

Rerun: A fever dream about money.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/08/animated-currency.html

The Eye of Cthulhu.
https://gizmodo.com/webb-telescope-messier-74-hubble-spiral-galaxy-1849468680

Woke zoetropes. It sounds like a ska band.
https://catandgirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/2022-08-16-cgdystopia.gif

I used to be pretty good at driving backward. I don’t think I could do as well now, but if they had this then, I coulda been a contender.
https://theawesomer.com/f1-drivers-reverse-race/679923/

Print it on heavy stock, cut it out with an X-Acto knife (or get your mom to do that part), fold on the fold lines and tape it together.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FbSL-aJXgAY1u9F?format=jpg&name=900×900

Royal cats in all their splendid felinery.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/08/31/Portraits-Show-Cats-as-Royalty/

The tiny hands and feet and the tiny little head, and the reference to Violet Beauregarde. Michael Valentine, freshly back from dry Mars, was astounded by Earth, its endless water, and that anybody could be so cavalier with it and let it run out onto the ground. Imagine Thomas Jerome Newton goggling at this, thinking of his wife and child thirsting to death back on Anthea, and rubbing his aching temples with his long slimy space-flugelhorn-adapted fingers.
https://laughingsquid.com/blowing-up-stretch-armstrong-garden-hose/

And Charles Berthoud’s latest extravanza on futuristic bass.
https://laughingsquid.com/led-lighted-bass-slap-solo/

Rainbird.

     “The Blazing World, psychically charted by the Duchess of Newcastle in the fateful year of 1666, is an archipelago of islands stretching from the North Pole to the outskirts of the British Isles, linked by a great crystal stream bordered to either side by cities made of coral, marble, agate, or pale alabaster. The Duchess claimed these structures were inhabited by a variety of different races: bear-men, gruff and philosophical, or fox-men, sly and skilled in politics, along with ape-men, worm-men, lice-men, parrot men and so on in a profusion that seemed near unending. When Prospero’s band reached the archipelago in the harsh January of 1682, they found it had one property at least in common with the shifting and elusive kingdoms of the Scottish Highlands, in that it was not entirely there, in any ordinary sense. Prospero’s notes convey the mounting apprehensions of his crew as they sail out amongst the insubstantial islands in their rented ship.”

Marco here, bringing you the recording of last night’s (2022-08-26) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with not only the above MOTA show but also other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which provided or at least alerted me to well over an hour of the above eight-hour show’s most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return. And KNYO, which could do now with just a delicate touch of any loose largesse you can comfortably spare.

The first part of this particular show is the responses to my asking for recollections of Rainbird, who we all just found out died three weeks ago of pneumonia. There are some later in the show, from when I checked my email around midnight. Here’s one of those, from Peter Lit:

“Sometimes in the ’80’s, she would show up at Caspar Inn for entertainment that she was drawn to. We would go down to the sidewalk, pick up her chair, carry it and her up the stairs and into the Inn. I never heard her complain about the lack of a wheelchair ramp; in fact, I never heard her complain. I did see her rocking out on the dancefloor, conscious and respectful of others and I am grateful to learn some of her backstory. Her strength and courage were inspiring, an example for us all.”

Here’s one from Tom Tetzlaff:

“Rainbird was awesome! She will really be missed. She was a wonderful friend to me and helped me a lot. I will always be grateful to her for her forthrightness, and mutual appreciation for an entire host of things. She had a wonderful grasp of science. And what a gardener she was! She was growing all kinds of flowers and food and her place looked fabulous. She had a great eye for that.

Then there was that time I was married to Rainbird. Yep. Well, not officially or anything and only for about an hour. Here is that story.

One day some years back Rainbird gave me a call. I could tell immediately from the tone of her voice that something was wrong. That dude from China had just showed up in Albion out of nowhere and was trying find her. Rainbird wanted nothing to do with him. He somehow found out that Rainbird lived in Albion and started snooping around ‘downtown’ Albion asking people where he could find her. Stalking her all the way from China apparently. Yeah, that scores high on the creepy scale. If I remember right, someone down at the store knew Rainbird and gave her a call. Rainbird wanted nothing to do with that guy at all! He refused to take no for an answer, continuing to pester everyone, so something different was going to have to happen.

Using colorful language that was a little out of character for Rainbird, she told me that he is a full-on jackass and that relationship was long done and over. She asked if I would come over and take her down to the store, pretend to be her husband, and make it crystal clear to this guy that he is not welcome around here.

So that’s what we did. I got there as soon as I could. We loaded up and went down to that area next to the Post Office. Damn, she was pissed. I mean, really pissed off at this guy.

She wanted to get out of the truck and confront this guy face to face. There was a serious exchange of words in Chinese. I do not know what was said exactly. The emotion was raw and the message was being sent in clear terms. One didn’t have to speak Chinese to generally understand what she was saying. I made a few hand gestures indicating that he should get the fuck out of here and tossed in a “You go away!” and a couple other simple phrases that I meant for him to understand. Our body language was plenty good enough to make the point.

A few more words were exchanged in Chinese and he finally relented. After a final cool but direct exchange, Rainbird turned to me and said that we were done. Let’s go home. To the best of my knowledge, he never tried to contact her again. Damn, she was so pissed off that day.

Now I will listen to this song again, have another good cry, while remembering the good times and what a wonderful woman and good friend Rainbird was.

Rest in loving peace, Rainbird!”

(And then Tom posted the lyrics of a song called Ripples, by Genesis.)

OH, WELL, here’s a fresh batch of not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Fenn Lily – Berlin. (via Think In The Morning)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN7EW7CAT3o

FKJ looping live in Paris.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuc9C-C6Ldw

Elise Trouw looping live in her bedroom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGiOkuoJGyk

Free movies, all genres, pretty good selection. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://cinetimes.org/en/

Speaking of which: “Celia, we have to follow our passions. You wanta do your robotics, and I wanta be awesome in space!” “RRRGH! Why don’t you just admit that you are freaked out by my robot hand!”
https://cinetimes.org/en/t/tears-of-steel_xxtb

La Espera.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/08/la-espera.html

Trust.
https://www.marriedtothesea.com/index.php?date=082122

Feelings. How articulate these perfectly ordinary boys in 1967 seem. And how polite the other kids are, doing their schoolwork while all this is going on. (via Everlasting Blort) (You might have to click the sound on.)
https://mobile.twitter.com/BBCArchive/status/1357380397047316487

Professional slacker. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/21/faith-dickey-is-a-brave-soul-who-likes-to-walk-over-giant-canyons-on-a-2-inch-wide-slackline.html

It struck me that they don’t mention Den, by Richard Corben. But these are scientists and graphics people in their thirties. Their /parents/ were in knee pants when there was Den, so.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/21/how-to-ride-a-ptserosaur.html

Andre Antunes finally got around to metal-scoring the Why-Are-You-Closed guy. (I had forgotten about the teenage boys behind the man, making fun of him. At first you’re afraid he’ll go off on /them/, but his brain can only process one unconstitutional insult at a time. A guy like this, it’s easy to imagine he’s this mad about something at least once a day. Imagine what that must be like for him. His guts must be constantly in a knot. Imagine what he smells like.)
https://www.fark.com/vidplayer/12525780

Helen Grayco and the Spike Jones band – None but the lonely heart. (via b3ta)
https://youtube.com/watch?v=B_y-d5JrPqg

The end. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://idata.over-blog.com/1/39/45/90/photos110/Z.jpeg

The real cancel culture.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/23/book-banned-at-a-school-named-after-its-author.html

Art pictures. And scroll down. (via MyOneBeautifulThing)
https://500px.com/p/sebastianluczywo?view=photos

A.I. illustrates Styx – Renegade.
https://laughingsquid.com/styx-renegade-ai-generated-images/

Space food.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/08/mercury-as-cookie-space-and-astronomy.html

Ow! Oof! Ow!
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/23/watch-this-wild-video-of-children-being-thrown-high-in-the-air-as-they-ride-a-poorly-designed-giant-slide.html

How they fly.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/08/how-insects-become-airborne.html

Insouciant expertise. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://va.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_rg85i9vcl31zzhrjm.mp4

“The words of the Lord are pure words.”
https://twitter.com/hemantmehta/status/1562174691258912769

Miss PsyWar.
https://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/miss_psywar

“Cute Cthulhu.”
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/08/how-cthulhu-transcended-its-creator.html

Keep them fresh with cellophane.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/08/du-pont-cellophane-ads.html

Another honest government ad.
https://youtu.be/qyt3Op2dTc0

Hanging on when the water’s gone.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/08/when-glaciers-go-life-without-water.html

“So, whatta they call you. Wheels?” -Wolverine, on being introduced to Professor X.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/23/almost-everything-you-want-to-know-about-wheels-is-in-this-1966-explainer-movie.html

Eat fail. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://twitter.com/Animalbelngjerk/status/1548236059560927235

I’ve been dreaming more and more about abandoned places. Others tell me that’s true for them too. It might be because there are 8 billion people in the world now. (via BoingBoing)
https://twitter.com/abandonedspaces

Dog and balloon. In Istanbul, not Constantinople. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/aliarikan/status/1555775225127632899

Attitude. Instinct. Embarrassment. A parable in three acts.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2011/06/dog-defends-bone-from-plush-rival.html

Unomathemba.

     “Here comes the scream, full and round, hearty and high, a heltering sound.” -Walt Kelly

Marco here, bringing you the recording of last night’s (2022-08-19) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with not only the above MOTA show but also other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which provided or at least alerted me to almost an hour of the above eight-hour show’s most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return. And KNYO, which does not at all consider it an insult to accept to accept a little charity now and again, so why not now? And again?

FURTHERMORE, here’s a fresh batch of not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

History of Earth generated by A.I.
https://theawesomer.com/history-of-the-earth-generated-by-ai/678136/

Harp player with a symbolic metal horseshoe stuck through her nose –which, we’ve all seen much worse, and it’s their own business, not any of mine, how people mutilate themselves for fashion– tries out various wah devices. Wah means wah, it’s onomatopoeic. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnXgaWFgACw

Rerun: Onomatopoeia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN-pnU8hGSw

Every time I see a really great optical illusion I think the same thing: Just as this entertainingly fools the eye, logical fallacies and emotional arguments fool our mind into believing things that are not so. With an optical illusion, you can sometimes put a finger or a straight edge or something against some part of it and see what’s going on, just as you can use evidence and reason and critical thinking skills to debunk religious/superstitious/political bullshit. And in all cases, no matter what you do or how carefully or scrupulously you construct your presentation, there are always a million people ready to take that in and continue to believe passionately and militantly in whatever their crazy focus is this week or month or year or era, not to mention their and their club’s mission is to save the world from degenerate unbelievers like you. You are always as outnumbered by loons as were the 300 of Sparta by the hordes of nose-eyebrow-ear-lip-and-nipple-pierced Xerxes, whose flights of arrows were thick enough to blot out the sun. Raise your shield of reason and fight in the shade. (via Clifford Pickover)
https://twitter.com/i/status/1559324236291969026

Also this. Different graphs from the same stats. (via Clifford Pickover)
https://t.co/iSvUaB0Z1J

And this: “I’m taking you in the other room.”
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/16/donald-trumps-murder-spree.html

A boggling math puzzle. Too hard for me. Maybe you can figure it out.
https://www.quantamagazine.org/help-star-treks-lieutenant-uhura-in-this-probability-puzzle-20220818/

Hey Jude flowchart. (via Clifford Pickover)
https://t.co/8cPEpYAo6P

As long as they’re requiring the song, maybe this lovely instrument should be /required/ to play the song. Or a theremin. Or musical Tesla coils! Or, for our times, and to match the patriotic solemnity of the occasion of a sportsball game, chiptunes.
https://laughingsquid.com/national-anthem-on-musical-saw/

If your kink is baseballs.
https://www.theonion.com/if-your-kink-is-baseballs-here-you-go-1849424441

If System Of A Down were from India. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi106DZJhuQ

Rocket cats of the 1500s. Rocket birds. Further rocket things. They’re not really rockets for flying; they’re rather animal-borne firebombs, though in the cartoon illustrations they are sometimes shown flying, especially the birds. From the DARPA of the time. Your tax florins at work.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/objects-of-intrigue-rocket-cats

Dogs of space.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/08/sunbelly.html

Thingu. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrZ7PnolbQ4

A real war story.
https://plus.u-aid.org/

1930s mind-control chemtrail tech. Military peek-a-boo. (via TackyRaccoons
https://twitter.com/ILoveH1story/status/1557904187802808320

A sweary botanist. It fits: flowers are the lurid sex organs and perfumed flapped-open lingerie of plants; they thrive in dirt and filth of all kinds. Out of the muck grows the lotus.
https://digg.com/video/botanist-with-the-vocabulary-of-joe-pesci-discovers-the-weirdest-frigging-carrot-youve-ever-see

“No, please, I’d love to be a Mason. Freemasonry opens doors. I was a bit on edge just now, but if I were a Mason I’d sit at the back and not get in anyone’s way.”
https://catandgirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/2022-08-09-cgconspiracy.gif

Journalist catches scammers. Two birds with one stone. Eh, one got away. They’ll get him later.
http://www.cynical-c.com/2022/08/10/money-changing-scammer-gets-caught/

Georgia’s finest. That’s some fine police work, boys.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/8/16/2117048/-Georgia-officers-on-leave-after-video-appears-to-show-one-of-them-using-the-N-word

How we get bricks.
https://theawesomer.com/inside-a-brick-factory/678385/

How we get beams.
https://theawesomer.com/steel-beam-factory/678015/

“Step on it, Sis!”
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/08/lock-him-up-yesterday.html

The development of an electrical machine gun that throws knives, spins them exactly the right speed in the air, and sticks them accurately into whatever you shine its laser dot on. Years ago I read the phrase somewhere, “a gun that shoots knives”*, and it stuck in my mind. Apparently it stuck in this man’s mind as well, very like a knife from a gun that shoots them.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/18/video-man-builds-beautiful-machine-to-throw-knives-with-incredible-laser-guided-accuracy.html

It says matvelloso, but I think marvelloso is more accurate. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/matvelloso/status/1555963971387043840

Patton Oswalt, ubiquitous, which in this case means everywhere at once, is entertaining just sitting in a chair chatting about movies for fifteen minutes. Here:
http://www.cynical-c.com/2022/08/10/patton-oswalt-critiques-sci-fi-films-top-5-bottom-5/

“If they can take Trump’s black hole, they’ll come for yours next.”
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/8/16/2116927/-Cartoon-Black-hole-seized-from-Mar-a-Lago

Does the past still exist?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwzN5YwMzv0

No!
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/08/15/can-not-more-drunk/

Moravian missionary socks. (Scroll down for photos of the socks.)
https://nickyskye.blogspot.com/2022/04/moravian-missionary-socks-knitted-in.html

Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT9QZBGyXjU

Crank it up to eleven.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/can_you_speak_venusian

The car has a great shape, but my admiration veers away from its sinister puckered robot chipmunk mouth. And even with soft tires and springs, sitting right over the back wheels is as queasy-making as right over the /front/ wheels like in a 1960s Econoline van or an old VW bus. Ideally, you really want to be in the middle of all four wheels, and if the thing has three wheels, the two side-by-side wheels should be in front and they should steer, and you should be in the middle of all three. But, except for the grille and the pasenger compartment placement, here, look how cool this is:
https://www.vintag.es/2022/08/jaguar-c-type.html

What. (via Fark)
https://images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca887773594c2.wixmp.com/f/d09f4868-a236-4f28-8ff2-166845cd700d/dfaonz4-d354b636-a96a-4557-a0c4-cd0862779d96.jpg

Dolls.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/08/14/repost-tiny-couture/#more-86896

Silent birds, excellent birds.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/08/your-birthday-at-huntington.html

I’d think you’d need a /Snow Crash/ inflatable Michelin-man suit to ride this. In the illustration the guy doesn’t even have leather on, nor elbow protection. He’ll be a bloody bag of broken bones, but at least they’ll be able to identify him from his protected head. And yet, I predict that soon there’ll be a Red Bull video about attractive college kids jumping off ski jumps on things like this, twisting and flipping in the air, or riding around a roller-coaster track on one.
https://newatlas.com/urban-transport/inmotion-v13-challenger-87-mph-electric-unicycle/

Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer – Big Top. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pINzrMgPUcc

Flamenco staccato. (via Everlasting Blort) (You might have to click the sound on.)
https://twitter.com/TG22110/status/1557944654133346304

Rerun: Competitive music. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKezUd_xw20

Rerun. Competitive music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQS26W3QmfI

And further competitive music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BIpuOUz0GE

Go forth and multiply.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/08/bug-class.html

Color.
https://www.reddit.com/r/coolguides/comments/99v4jj/what_voltage_turns_titanium_different_colors/

Zinga-zinga baclava. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/DIAS/status/1556295411404382208

Just what it says on the tin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqLdxYvS1_I

Inequality explained in a very polite New Zealand comic scroll.
https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/16-08-2022/the-side-eyes-two-new-zealands-the-table

Abandonment issues.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/08/an-abandoned-florida-resort.html

BNN.
https://laughingsquid.com/news-anchor-parents-morning-routine/

The cuteness, it burns. For me, the mythical wizard one wins, hands down. They are so right: 14 out of 10 for that one.
https://www.boredpanda.com/funny-dog-rates-twitter

About making new old-looking films.
https://theawesomer.com/can-digital-movies-really-look-like-old-movies/678309/

French pixilation.
https://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/topic_i_et_ii

So beautiful and so dangerous.
https://theawesomer.com/fireworks-sorting-machine/678570/

Spanish through the filter of a Southern accent.
https://laughingsquid.com/speaking-spanish-with-southern-accent/

It was /I/.
https://i0.wp.com/theava.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/It-Was-Me.jpeg

A thing birds do that I didn’t know they do. It says it’s a courtship action, but it might be fighting. Or both, I guess, why not.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/08/19/the-original-game-of-chicken-wholl-let-go-first/

British humor.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dgwxLbZXhk

Forty-five classy minutes of Justin Johnson on slide dobro.
https://laughingsquid.com/justin-johnson-acoustic-steel-slide-rock-covers/

Also Pearl Jam is a slang term for semen, as well as being a Seattle band. Oh, I see there’s a Seattle band called A Gun That Shoots Knives. What a strange coincidence, see above.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/12/what-pearl-jam-sounds-like-to-people-who-dont-like-pearl-jam.html

The velvety wet antlers of a giant placid moose lounging in a lawn sprinkler. (Antlers are made of bone. Horns are made of hard hair.) Moose antlers look like trees on another planet.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/08/tweet-of-day_01847745052.html

“This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle, this earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, this other Eden, demi-paradise, this fortress built by nature for herself against infection and the hand of war, this happy breed of men, this little world, this precious stone set in the silver sea, which serves it in the office of a wall or as a moat defensive to a house, against the envy of less happy lands, this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.”(via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=votMnm43yGw

Pal Yat Chee. (It’s only in the left channel; there’s nothing wrong with your headphones.) (I imagine Kristin Chenoweth doing this. Or Nellie McKay. The singer here looks very like Nellie McKay, doesn’t she.)
https://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/pal_yat_chee

Almost too fast for the eye, yet it shorts out the male brain like a bobby pin in an Edison outlet.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/19/nsfw-bewbs-cause-race-car-pilot-to-spin-like-kid-on-go-kart.html

Rerun: Happiness.
https://theava.com/archives/196192

They put cameras on U.S. navy dolphins. The results are creepy..
https://gizmodo.com/navy-dolphin-hunting-videos-1849423882

The entire Star Trek canon in 20 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANnFNfVuZeM

And a spectacular finale.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2011/06/my-shining-star.html

Japanese sandman.

     “My name is Kara Zor-El. I’m from Krypton. I’m a refugee on this planet. I was sent to Earth to protect my cousin, but my pod got knocked off course, and by the time I got here my cousin had already grown up and become Superman. I hid who I really was, until one day when an accident forced me to reveal myself to the world. To most people I’m a reporter at Catco Worldwide Media. But in secret I work with my adopted sister at the DEO to protect this planet I call my home from whoever means to cause it harm. I am Supergirl!”

Marco here, bringing you the recording of last night’s (2022-08-12) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with not only the above MOTA show but also other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which provided or at least alerted me to almost an hour of the above eight-hour show’s most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return. And KNYO-LP Fort Bragg, CA, which would be unironically jazzed to accept your help in the form of some money, but understands that times are tough.

Douglas Wayne Coulter showed up on his bike and alternated between playing his old and new songs and chatting about his life and concerns, for the whole first chunk of the show. He writes his own material and parodies famous music and does it all sincerely and rather well. His quirky opinions about what makes the world tick will challenge your deeply held beliefs and/or entertain you for other reasons, I’m sure.

FURTHERMORE, here’s a fresh batch of not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

The Japanese sandman then.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pPvVVTC_5k

The Japanese sandman now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVIr7p-nBOE

Text-tones as dance moves. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.tiktok.com/@cost_n_mayor/video/7111499753544011054

Living rooms.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/08/1950s-living-rooms.html

I still love this. I was just thinking about it, and I found it again by searching for /man tortures dog by talking about maple bacon/. It was right at the top of the results.
https://www.woofreport.com/tips/discover/dog-peoples-choice/meet-clarke-the-star-of-the-ultimate-dog-tease.html

War dogs in gas masks.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/08/war-dogs-gas-masks.html

“Every day Doggo would parade the high-walled streets with Quivven the Golden Flame perched on his back.” “All about her the skulls shrieked madly.” “Even though they throw me into the Mamertine dungeon yet will I not put my legs in those absurd things thou callest trousers, Flaccus declared stoutly.” “You signed certain papers today, Lioski, accused the liquid horror.” 3,000 pages of this terrific stuff. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://not.pulpcovers.com/

Flying the jet watermelon. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://americandigest.org/something-wonderful-flying-the-jet-watermelon/

Star Wars: Larry – Episode 3. Continued from Episode 2.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/09/everything-is-a-hustle-in-episode-3-of-auralnauts-star-wars-larry.html

People of the book, booked.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/10/god-man-the-omnipotent-superhero-in-book-em.html

It’s a fact.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/08/07/it-puts-the-soap-on-its-skin/

Rerun: a compilation of all the It’s A Fact Girl bits from Kids In The Hall. “You have such lovely hair, especially for a demon! Do you like to swim?” This was three decades ago.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dbcp__YIU40

A car that looks like a woman weightlifter’s arm. Cars are all angry wedges and facets now. Why can’t they be smooth and rounded anymore, like the baldheaded driver’s head in the picture, sleek and aerodynamic?
https://www.vintag.es/2022/08/alfa-romeo-disco-volante.html

Here’s just about the only reason there should ever be a crowd for anything.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/08/07/The-Audience-as-a-Musical-Instrument/

The joy of corn.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/08/05/The-Joy-of-Corn/

/Toxic/ on toothbrushes and printers.
https://theawesomer.com/toxic-on-toothbrushes/676959/

For like 20 years there I didn’t see any television. MTV was during that time. This makes it look like I missed something cool.
https://laughingsquid.com/mtv-120-minutes-video-archive/

Old photos 3D-gif-ized.
https://tackyraccoons.com/2022/08/05/the-gif-friday-post-no-741-the-pretty-girls-ii/

A nascent encyclopedia of the unknown. Get in on the ground floor. (via PerfectForRocquefortCheese)
https://wikenigma.org.uk/

As you scroll down, make the sound you associate with each one, or say the word you imagine each one might be saying inside her head, based on pose and expression.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/08/glamour-shots.html

Smiling my head off here. It’s not just the tongue technique. They’re all so precisely mechanically funny doing this. What a great group.
https://laughingsquid.com/thomas-and-friends-a-cappella/

And this. Now I want to see the whole film.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/08/an-honest-trailer-for-rrr.html

Art.
https://www.mepaintsme.com/exhibitions/

A jungle trebuchet.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/07/building-a-trebuchet-with-primitive-technology.html

From the days before the insurance companies ruined the fun for everybody. I immediately see a way to win, but you’d have to do teamwork with at least one other person, and that might have been against the rules. Fighting for the center would surely be against the rules. But there weren’t rules. They didn’t need them. If anybody was an asshole everyone else would let them know and they’d learn. That’s the fantasy about the past, though, I know.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/08/spinning-disk.html

Fresh volcano juice.
https://theawesomer.com/2022-iceland-volcano-eruption/676937/

Climate change, a timeline. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/Rainmaker1973/status/1550088206011572227

The longest river in France dried up completely yesterday.
https://newslanes.com/2022/08/11/the-longest-river-in-france-dried-up-today/

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sure you all have heard of me through the Jewish-controlled press…” (via Everlasting Blort)
https://anightatthegarden.com/

The tragedy of Mothman.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/08/mothman.html

Dolores Del Rio.
https://worldofwonder.net/womanwelove-mexican-movie-star-dolores-del-rio/

Awww.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/08/09/Little-League-Sportsmanship-Illustrated/

It’s harder than it looks, but he kept trying, and he did it. And then he threw down his hat– twice. It used to be, you’d throw down your hat in disgust when everything went /wrong/, not right. The future is becoming incomprehensible. Remember what Grandpa Simpson had to say about this concept.
https://theawesomer.com/model-rocket-sticks-the-landing/677086/

Horns.
https://theawesomer.com/everybody-wants-to-rule-the-tuba/677291/

One of my dream journal posts from last week, and some earlier ones below it. I’ve started my dream journal up again.
https://tinyurl.com/MarcoDreams2022-08-09

It’s like Santana at Woodstock, but they’re dressed like an OIngo Boingo album cover and they made most of their own instruments.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7hm3Z57M6k

This music makes me think of a bunch of kittens randomly darting around and falling over and crashing into each other, being frantic and cute, tagging in and tagging out like wrestlers, and falling asleep for a few seconds here and there.
https://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/complexity_of_brian_ferneyhough

A further advance in MIDI controlled solenoid-operated instruments.
https://theawesomer.com/self-playing-guitar-robot/676828/

Mug shots, Arkansas State Prison, 1915-1935.
https://tackyraccoons.com/2022/08/08/random-mug-shots-arkansas-state-prison-1915-1935/

The happy voice of the phone worker.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/08/bell-telephone-system-ads.html

How we get a beautiful Damascus katana. “A weapon from a more civilized age.” (When they’d have to look you in the eye and kill you, or at least sneak up on you or drop down on you from a bamboo tree, not lazily shoot you from all the way across the street.)
https://theawesomer.com/forging-a-copper-damascus-katana/677242/

How we get matches. And how match factory men lose fingers. Most of these men have most of their fingers, because they have learned to pay attention.
https://theawesomer.com/how-matchsticks-are-made/677310/

Tough crowd. They know they’re out there, they can hear them breathing.
https://27thstreet.me/2022/08/07/fab-metis-dancers/

Mmmm. (via Clifford Pickover)
https://t.co/ljarJE1KVj

Fast.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/08/09/vieler-photography/#more-86653

Art.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/08/painting-of-day_01952977991.html

Strategy.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/8/8/2114725/-Cartoon-The-strategists

Photographs. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2022/07/photos-of-the-week-swan-upping-worm-charming-living-bridge/670613/

And the canvas of Babel.
https://theawesomer.com/the-canvas-of-babel/677063/

The curve of binding energy.

     “In peacetime Fitch would be hanging around a pool table giving the cops trouble. He was perfect for war. Tibbets had chosen his men well—most of them, anyway. Moving back past Haddock, January stopped to stare at the group of men in the navigation cabin. They joked, drank coffee. They were all a bit like Fitch: young toughs, capable and thoughtless. They were having a good time, an adventure. That was January’s dominant impression of his companions in the 509th; despite all the bitching and the occasional moments of overmastering fear, they were having a good time. His mind spun forward and he saw what these young men would grow up to be like as clearly as if they stood before him in businessmen’s suits, prosperous and balding. They would be tough and capable and thoughtless, and as the years passed and the great war receded in time they would look back on it with ever-increasing nostalgia, for they would be the survivors and not the dead. Every year of this war would feel like ten in their memories, so that the war would always remain the central experience of their lives—a time when history lay palpable in their hands, when each of their daily acts affected it, when moral issues were simple, and others told them what to do—so that as more years passed and the survivors aged, bodies falling apart, lives in one rut or another, they would unconsciously push harder and harder to thrust the world into war again, thinking somewhere inside themselves that if they could only return to world war then they would magically be again as they were in the last one—young, and free, and happy. And by that time they would hold the positions of power, they would be capable of doing it.” –from The Lucky Strike, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Marco here, bringing you the recording of last night’s (2022-08-05) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with not only the above MOTA show but also other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which provided or at least alerted me to about an hour of the above eight-hour show’s most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return. And KNYO-LP Fort Bragg, CA, which would be pleased beyond measure to accept your help.

FURTHERMORE, here’s a fresh batch of not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Basses, loaded.
https://theawesomer.com/so-many-bass-sounds/624681/

One bass solo on 200 bass guitars.
https://theawesomer.com/a-solo-on-200-bass-guitars/676223/

Consent. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5mMRiiCwak

Magnet music.
https://laughingsquid.com/making-synthwave-music-using-magnets/

How we get hex nuts.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrcx5rluIXM

“It was cool. I got ta watch a bunch of it.”
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/02/two-u-s-presidents-and-a-reality-show-host-announce-deaths-of-terrorists-in-amusing-montage.html

KinderGuardians. (via the Anderson Valley Advertiser)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkXeMoBPSDk

So, that new game where you’re a stray cat in a robot city– it turns out to be really accurate about cat behavior, according to this expert on cats.
https://laughingsquid.com/cat-expert-reacts-to-stray/

A homemade camera lens attachment project.
https://theawesomer.com/building-the-ultimate-bokeh-camera/676268/

Och, aye, it’s the end of the world, for sure, when a man pretends to play the fiddle so you’ll give his wife a penny for the bucket. Film at eleven.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/fake_violin_scam

I saw this article, and I thought: maybe the handful of people in the office at KZYX who pay themselves comprehensive medical, dental and vision, not to mention hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, and they don’t pay the local airpeople even a penny, though the corporation is /swimming/ in money, much of it tax-derived, might ease into it by trying with something like this. You know, a catering table with free doughnuts, or a Polish-dog roller and a pop machine like in a gas station. Or put a few thousand one-dollar bills in a pickle bucket (bucket again! see above) in the corner of the studio and let airpeople take what they need, on the honor system. Or you could just pay them, like normal, ethical managers do, boss.
https://www.theonion.com/chick-fil-a-faces-backlash-after-asking-for-volunteers-1849349030

Hornets.
https://theawesomer.com/hornets-vs-ants-in-slow-motion/675933/

Record jackets. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://americandigest.org/hells-jukebox-drink-up-its-date-night-start-now/

15 minutes with Laurie Anderson.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/30/laurie-anderson-sits-down-with-anderson-cooper.html

Hand-drawn animation. It reminds me of Ray Rice’s work.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/08/conversations-with-whale.html

Tango.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/07/30/The-Beauty-of-Hip-Hop-Tango/

Tangled up in the blue. “Early one morning the sun was shining, I was falling through space…”
https://theawesomer.com/insane-paragliding-close-call/676581/

She’s dead.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/07/31/RIP-Nichelle-Nichols/

Aren’t these the creatures from the film /Arrival/ (the Amy Adams one).
https://laughingsquid.com/chirodectes-maculatus-box-jellyfish/

Mmm, bacon.
https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2022/07/30/fat-fight/

“Please protect these defenseless babies against selfish women who want to kiss them!”
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/josiah_oldfield_and_the_fruitarian_hospital

It was the Nash’s nose that really sold it. Manly and confident, it penetrated the air with unabashed power, grace, and oomph. I wanted to say /clove/ the air, but amazingly no dictionary shows clove as past tense for cleave anymore. Now it’s just a kind of cigaret for hip skateboarders, and an ingredient of ill-advised old-wives’-tale herbal abortion, and a seasonal seasoning for meat, pie, and drinks. The Nash evolved into the Rambler. I had two of those in my time. One was a dog and the other was a gem– an aqua, hot-oil-smelling, wide-bench-seated, three-on-the-tree gem.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/07/nash-ads-1930s.html

Art.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/07/31/repost-the-watcher/#more-86671

Art. (via Everlasting Blort)
http://special.goodsmile.info/tablemuseum/

Venice, the happy watersnake. (via Fark)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgPJeB8h9yw/?hl=en&taken-by=donquiellumbera_

The Blue Cats – Billy Ruffians. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3HX-geuja0

Caterpillar. (via Clifford Pickover)
https://t.co/lNDdNQCqZF

Just one post from TackyRaccoons’ origin days of ten years ago. It’s their anniversary today.
https://tackyraccoons.com/2012/07/17/professional-shadow-puppetry/

Air brassieres. I read yesterday that the U.S. Army is currently developing its “first-ever tactical bra.” Tactical. Bra. And /first-ever/? I think not.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/08/inflatable-bras.html

But will it have a mouse soul? Sure, why shouldn’t it?
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/04/this-is-the-worlds-first-synthetic-embryo-complete-with-beating-heart-and-brain-beginning-no-sperm-or-egg-required.html

Tangible miniature scenes.
https://theawesomer.com/koalsn-miniature-macro-showreel/676177/

Tangible miniature world. (via the Anderson Valley Advertiser)
https://i0.wp.com/theava.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/70s-man.jpg

A pleasant pling every time they find a planet. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://aeon.co/videos/from-zero-to-5000-music-and-visuals-express-30-years-of-exoplanet-discoveries

Are you ashamed of your skinny body? I tried to solve this problem with malt balls and failed miserably.  Perhaps ironized yeast /is/ the ticket to a shapely figure, and has been all along. Hmm.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/08/ironized-yeast.html

That! (via Fark)
https://cdn6.creativecirclemedia.com/lafromboise/original/20220729-153752-news.220729.rescued.cat.jw_4.jpg

The Cartwheel Galaxy. Blue took the buckboard into town hours ago. Ain’t it gettin’ time fer you ranch hands to go rescue him again? (I don’t know why they let Blue ever take the buckboard anywhere. He got captured more often than the Doctor’s companions and Tonto combined.
https://newatlas.com/space/james-webb-cartwheel-galaxy-infrared/

When the tech gets out ahead of you just the right amount. Only a little ahead, so you’re amused and not frightened out of your wits. More “Oh! Look at what this does!” and less “AAAAGH! WTF!”
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/08/meteorologist-gets-surprise.html

Free electricity.
https://newatlas.com/energy/blowhole-wave-energy-generator/

This is the world now. Everything is like this. Except you can’t just sit on the grass there because the grass is like that too. And the sidewalk. Hidden spikes and obstacles and responsibilities to pay someone in return for being allowed to simply live, breathe, occupy volume, sit down…
https://tackyraccoons.com/2022/08/01/no-free-parking/

“Dogs and cats will lie down together. Rivers of menstrual fluid will run backwards. This is the end, my only friend, the end, of all our elaborate plans, the end, of everything that stands, the end…” (via Fark)
https://www.nj.com/news/2022/08/portion-of-nj-creek-turns-red-after-company-dumps-food-dye.html

Ze Frank’s latest.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/08/04/True-Facts-About-the-Amoeba-or-Actually-Lots-of-Amoebas/

Randy Rainbow’s latest.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/04/thoughts-and-prayers-after-mass-shootings-go-fck-yourself-says-randy-rainbow-in-latest-ditty-video.html

“U is for Undine, pursuing Ulysses and Umberto, who flee her damp, death-dealing kisses.” (via NagOnTheLake)
https://flashbak.com/an-alphabet-of-celebrities-by-oliver-herford-1899-454173/

Percussive maintenance.
https://boingboing.net/2022/08/03/chagrin-falls-back-to-school-shopping-and-shooting.html

A train runs through it. For a short while in 1979 I lived in a college in Iowa that was like this, but with a mile of freight cars pulled by diesel engines with horns that shook the dorm windows. I liked it. I should have stayed there. I don’t know why I didn’t.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/08/03/A-Train-Runs-Through-This-Soccer-Stadium/

A classy little jernt. In a repurposed trolley car. (via Fark)
https://img.atlasobscura.com/XYUwl7AWJjYD6oupRmC6p7EQ0tWy4fCPYNKiKRkZwFY/rs:fill:12000:12000/q:81/sm:1/scp:1/ar:1/aHR0cHM6Ly9hdGxh/cy1kZXYuczMuYW1h/em9uYXdzLmNvbS91/cGxvYWRzL2Fzc2V0/cy9hYTkzZTZkMC01/MzgwLTQ1NjktYWU2/MC1jMDQ3YjQ0N2Q0/YjYxOGQyZjcxMDMz/MTQ5NDcxYTRfVC5I/LiBCdWNrbGV5IGlu/c2lkZSBsdW5jaCBj/YXIgKDE5NzkuMzQu/MikgTmVnICUyMzI2/NSAoMSkuanBn.jpg

Your childhood ruined. (And scroll down.) (via BoingBoing)
https://www.facebook.com/YourChildhoodRuined/

And the Book of Saint Albans. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://www.openculture.com/2022/07/the-book-of-st-albans-one-of-the-finest-medieval-manuscripts-gets-digitized-and-put-online.html

Acrobatic obloquy.

     “An adult polar bear can eat twenty pounds of raw meat per minute for five minutes. Then it must rest, or suffer what we call bloat.”

Marco here, bringing you the recording of last night’s (2022-07-29) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with not only the above MOTA show but also other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which provided or at least alerted me to about an hour of the above eight-hour show’s most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return. And KNYO-LP Fort Bragg, CA, which would be grateful and delighted to accept your help.

FURTHERMORE, here’s a fresh batch of not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

It’s more of a ska sermon than a reggae sermon. Speaking in tongues turns a bug into a feature.
https://theawesomer.com/reggae-sermon/675333/

The Lord’s Prayer in Swahili. (via MyOneBeautifulThing)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCa8RxaOPW8

I like all of Roy Zimmerman’s songs, but this is my favorite; it’s about traditional marriage like they had in the Bible. Here’s an article from 2013, including video. The wit, the vocal range, the stamina, what a feat!
https://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com/2013/07/roy-zimmerman-i-want-marriage-like-they.html

A.I.-generated horsies. Scroll down.
https://www.aiweirdness.com/new-ai-generated-horsies/

Art.
https://www.instagram.com/ronnaldong/

One veteran’s carousel project.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/23/scott-built-the-carousel-of-happiness-as-a-pathway-to-healing.html

Punk rock flophouse dollhouse. Portlandia did an episode about a full-size house a lot like this.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/07/this-dollhouse-is-punk-rock-flophouse.html

The Infernal Cave. It’s playing too fast. Turn it down to 3/4 speed. The girls look a little like Judi Bari when she was younger.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/23/the-infernal-cave-is-a-stencil-colored-film-about-satan-from-1905.html

A graphic dance. (via Clifford Pickover)
https://t.co/KdJ4slS416

The value of philosophy.
https://existentialcomics.com/comic/456

The sound of colleagues. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://soundofcolleagues.com/

Santo and Johnny – Sleepwalk.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rwfqsjimRM

A nuclear blast. (Next week’s MOTA is the annual atomic bomb show.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1fLeigCSbE

WAP. (Well-armed peasants.) “Fie! Fie! Fie!”
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/07/well-armed-peasants.html

“We’re one big family. Hooray for ABC.” They’re all here, even Mel Brooks. I imagine some of them tried to beg off, and they’d get told by the big boss, “You’re either in… or you’re out. Get me?” And they’d go, “Oh, all right,” and put on the rictus and try to keep up. Having to participate in something like this is close to my idea of hell.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/28/this-early-80s-abc-network-all-cast-musical-number-brings-back-the-memories.html

Doctor Carol Queen explains the history of the sex vibrator. She’s a very vivid person. She came up from the Bay Area once to see Mendocino Theater Company’s production of /The Vibrator Play/, waltzed up onto the stage and spontaneously spoke afterword for almost an hour on the subject. Everyone stayed for the treatment and left content.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdgiT6J86vw

When’s the last time you saw people that made you think of the term roly poly. Here are some roly poly people, the documentarist doing the most actual rolling of the three. (via TackyRaccoons) (You might have to click the sound on.)
https://twitter.com/TansuYegen/status/1549493046361956353

A fun car to look at. Scroll down to the black and blue one. If they made these now, with maybe electric motors, and if people had money, they’d really sell.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/07/1935-lurani-nibbio.html

Atomic Leopards – Sé que li agradarà. Right here is another kind of car for the list of ones that, if they made them today –with modern motors and equipment, of cours, and if anyone had any money– would fly out of showrooms because everyone would want one. It would have to have a soft top to put up in case of weather.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmL7X3vYlDo

Earl “Lucky” Teter and his Hell Drivers.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/07/lucky-teter.html

Here a man makes a Strat-copy guitar body out of concrete. (Kit neck, kit electronics.) It weighs twenty pounds, for exercise.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDyzABbHcEY

This one weighs less than five pounds. It’s a very heavy kind of wood, but it’s only 3/4-inch thick.
https://theawesomer.com/crafting-an-ultra-thin-guitar/675304/

The future. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://mossandfog.com/fantastic-retro-futurism-from-japan/

Not if but when.
https://theawesomer.com/asteroid-impact-comparison/675112/

330 million dead following mass shooting.
https://www.theonion.com/330-million-dead-following-mass-shooting-1849327716

Sorry about that, chief.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/26/sympathy-cards-for-school-shootings-surprise-shoppers.html

This works so well because it’s how memory works. (via NagOnTheLake)
https://www.instagram.com/thebandwashere/

Speaking of which, you’ll recall that Jesus, the mythical human-born son of the equally mythical creator of countless cubic parsecs of space and all the even less countable phenomena and particles in it, did something very like this, for reasons he loudly explained as he was doing it, so that’s the difference between Jesus and this fellow. Also Paul “Muad’Dib” Atreides did this. I almost did it once, at a board meeting, but that’s not how you lift and carry when your lower back is problematical, so I had to be satisfied with imagining doing it. I love the sound of the agitated/amused women behind the camera. And keep an eye on the man lounging in the chair, who couldn’t care less, enjoying his drink and the nice day, not even deigning to turn his head to observe the trouble, for what concern is it of his? …Or, maybe /he/ has a bad back and inside his head he’s heroically subduing the crazy man to great acclaim from the women. That’s probably it.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/26/gentleman-fights-with-cops-after-hurling-tables-and-chairs-at-cafe-for-over-3-minutes.html

Sweet Home Alabama on piano. Usually in this Russian woman’s videos she really strikes and bangs and lunges lustily at the piano, but a real piano can take that. This one, her travel piano, is made of plastic, suspended between two chairs, so she keeps a rein on her passions, because she can. That’s attractive: people who are naturally wild but have no trouble controlling themselves to protect the musical equipment. A standup comedian got wild with one of my microphones once and the entire audience recoiled in horror. Now everyone is inured to it. Performers deliberately throw down the microphone. I hate it when they do that; I’m never getting used to it. It’s like smashing a perfectly good guitar.
https://theawesomer.com/sweet-home-alabama-piano-cover/675258/

Jean Didicot (say DID-koh), footballer and fingers-assisted siffleuse, on Blue Peter.
https://laughingsquid.com/1972-whistling-virtuoso-in-football-uniform/

Full-length documentary about James Randi. (92 min.) Give this just a minute-and-a-half and you will watch the rest.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/07/an-honest-liar-life-story-of-james-randi.html

And a 15-minute documentary about Miss Cleo, the psychic fortuneteller and /obeah woman/ from Jamaica, who was really a Catholic girl from Los Angeles named Youree Dell Harris. She ended up making a billion dollars (yes: $1,000,000,000) for the Psychic Readers Network and had a ball doing it. “And she wasn’t even a /real psychic!/” So? That’s like saying someone isn’t a real Pope. Nobody with a brain in their head believes anyone is a real psychic or can make infallible decisions because they have a direct line to God or gods. Also, and you might wanta sit down for this: there are no angels or leprechauns or selkies or pookas nor princes of Nigeria who need your bank numbers to bless you of contact with their fortune. Now, I saw a real unicorn in person once, but it wasn’t a spiritual heraldic creature portending good omens for the kingdom by manifesting in a glade, it was a hippie family’s pet goat with one horn, and so what, and it smelled awful. No-one ever said anything like that about Miss Cleo. She was always a lady and only the spokesperson for the real crooks, so she skated on all charges, and that’s show biz.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/25/remember-miss-cleos-web-of-lies.html.

Little Big – Generation Cancellation. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yy4RP4FMNk

Joni Mitchel, still at it. One last time. From a chair.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aqGjaFDTxQ

Here she is when she was Roberta Anderson. This is 57 years ago. She starts at 1:30.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUNrZFreRx4

This airplane just never worked as well as it looked like it shoulda. But– good jobs for lots of people for years, that kept them away from the fighting and dying, putting different kinds of motors in it and taking them back out, trying to fix this and that, and trying again. They invented an ejection seat that ejected downward (!), that also was a powered elevator to lift the pilot up into the plane in the first place. A neat story.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhKenDU-dyY

The Empire Strips Back.
https://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/the_empire_strips_back

Neil Gaiman commentaries (yes, verb) the Sandman trailer.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/28/neil-gaiman-breaks-down-the-trailer-for-sandman.html

My dreams from Mon-Wed, July 25–27, 2022.
https://marcomcclean.medium.com/dreams-mon-wed-july-25-27-2022-80e11c7281f8

Endless unpinching.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/26/astounding-digital-image-allows-you-to-pinch-to-zoom-deeper-and-deeper-into-a-wonderful-world.html

La Chunga.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/07/la-chunga.html

And, speaking of leprechauns, see above*, Andean leprechaun hosers in Tyrolean hats. (via Fark)
https://wego-planet.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Calle-Del-Recuerdo-Guatape%CC%81-Colombia-@stantoniusrex.jpg

 

Superbugs last all summer long.

     “In memory of Tom Hezekiah Mix, whose spirit left his body on this spot and whose characterization and portrayals in life served to better fix memories of the old West in the minds of living men.” 

Marco here, bringing you the recording of last night’s (2022-07-22) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready to re-enjoy:

 

Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with not only the above MOTA show but also other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which provided or at least alerted me to about an hour of the above eight-hour show’s most locally relevant material without asking for anything in return. And KNYO-LP Fort Bragg, CA, which can always use your help.

FURTHERMORE, here’s a fresh batch of not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Tilt-shift-processed video games.
https://theawesomer.com/tilt-shifted-video-games/636308/

Solenoid-operated hammer dulcimer.
https://laughingsquid.com/running-up-that-hill-self-playing-hammered-dulcimer/

Oak.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/07/from-acorn-to-oak-tree.html

Oh-oh-oh, O-mega Mart!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGHxXw7Qcs8

Drums.
https://laughingsquid.com/mickey-hart-planet-drum-king-clave/

One Voice Children’s Choir. (via MyOneBeautifulThing)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo1W4L_SPzw

Louis Cole live. An odd and wonderful show. It starts out simple and develops into a kaleidoscope of musical creativity. (45 min.) (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1L-xETdqGw

Skeletor recites Jordan Peterson’s essay about his Twitter suspension.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/21/skeletor-recites-jordan-petersons-essay-about-his-twitter-suspension.html

Dance. (via MyOneBeautifulThing)
https://www.vintag.es/2022/07/helica-leyat.html

More like that here.
https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2022/07/16/repost-the-festival-of-a-thousand-letters/#more-86482

Trump painter. Say that five times, fast. (via b3ta)
https://nypost.com/2021/11/27/pro-trump-painter-causes-stir-in-nyc-art-scene/

Hieronymus Bosch’s butt song.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/17/listen-to-the-hidden-butt-song-in-hieronymous-boschs-garden-of-earthly-delights.html

Rerun: Paranoimia (Max Headroom version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6epzmRZk6UU

Cats with Arnold Schwartzenegger voices.
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/07/18/Cats-with-Arnold-Schwarzenegger-Voices/

Primus – Tommy the Cat.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4OhIU-PmB8

Leyat Helica. Loud.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/07/helica-leyat.html

Terrifying! And this is a /sport/. So dangerous. I can’t look.
https://twitter.com/pickover/status/1548657430455898113

Awkward. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://bunkstrutts.files.wordpress.com/2022/07/feeding-miss-daisy.gif

They’ve been doing this for millions of years. If they ever stop, The Item (capitalize the T and the I) destabilizes and the whole world goes to hell in a boat. There is one theory this has already happened, and another that it happens a lot, and more all the time. Just in case they ever need a replacement ritual guardian, you should do the steps while you’re brushing your teeth at night. They’re watching. They’ll call you. I do it. I’m ready to serve. I’ll wear my own clothes; I’m not gonna wear that stupid onesie suit.
https://twitter.com/pickover/status/847625565246898177

Nonstop bilious oy.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/7/18/2110741/-Cartoon-Alternate-realities

A relationship. (via TackyRaccoons)
https://twitter.com/p4ndr_/status/1548017731936497665

A relationship.
https://laughingsquid.com/german-pronouncing-hippopotamus/

And, by the way, Europe is on fire now too.
https://gizmodo.com/wildfires-europe-july-2022-1849190354

Magnets.
https://theawesomer.com/magnetic-vibrations/667884/

More magnets.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptc2pMWGcIo&list=PLl1vHnbabZsgOyeYQs5HV_do1kg0vxlZB

And more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du1a_dgGoXc&list=PLl1vHnbabZsgOyeYQs5HV_do1kg0vxlZB&index=2

My dreams from Wednesday through Friday, July 20-22, 2022.
https://tinyurl.com/MarcoDreams2022-07-22

“My God, it’s full of stars!”
https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2022/07/my-god-its-full-of-stars.html

Melody Gardot performing live in 2018. (30 min.) (via MyOneBeautifulThing)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhED7X7RbDU

Airplanes have their own parachutes now, built into them. I read an article a few years ago that explained why fatalities in parachute-equipped planes were not as reduced as the plane-parachute company expected. Pilots in trouble were all waiting until it was too late to pull the lever, because they didn’t want to look like a nervous Nellie. You can see how well the thing works. It’s no more traumatic than a fender-bender on a residential street.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/18/video-small-airplane-crashes-nose-first-onto-sidewalk-pilot-fine.html

Musicless music video. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxdfjWOrfLk

This also shows why you should stay in your car if trapped under or near a downed power line, or if an interdimensional rift opens up overhead and the electrical tension between the worlds must equalize. Stay in the car until it does. It might take awhile. Be patient or be fried. That’s what they say, and they don’t say that for nothing.
https://twitter.com/lostinhist0ry/status/1550077333012647937

Virginia Grey. Her real name. The most powerful X-Person, because of both her mind powers and absorbing the Skrull weapon to save her friends.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/07/virginia-grey.html

Helge Schneider. I might start using this for intro and outro music for MOTA. It has a certain bass-pedal-heavy ponderous yet jaunty je ne sais quoi. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l15tr7gjQiU

Camera on cat collar in desert country, showing all the cameracat’s social interactions with at least four other nearby pet cats. They turn out to be  like us but not like us. They’re like the way people behave in tabloid celebrity situations. They have their quick little passions and snubs and so on. Meeting and greeting, accepting or rejecting. Biding in tableaus. Sniffing each other’s nose or butt. Jumping vertiginously down off a fence. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=2JrkxfDNabk

“Do you remember/ the 2.7 version of Blender?” I think that’s a game designer in-joke.
https://twitter.com/pierrick_picaut/status/1548569900880236544

What. (via Fark)
https://usrimg-full.fark.net/2/2E/fark_2EJ1FlWNhiUGlH1uyuvTFJte9VA.jpg

Gliding.
https://theawesomer.com/gliding-to-the-alps/633661/

Tabletop cinematic horror noise generator
https://theawesomer.com/horror-cinematic-noise-generator/674651/

So it’s some combination of both, then.
https://allthatsinteresting.com/amusing-ourselves-to-death-comic

Culture clash. (Where this showed up first for me it was too small to read. I thought the joke would be about the alien couple behind her, to her right: the flat-headed woman plant-thing and the man-size sad-faced bald ant-creature. Then I though it might be about how her shirt is open down to her waist. And then I magnified it enough to read it, saw what it was really about, and I looked down at my /own/ flip-flops, like, What’s the matter with flip-flops? Nothing. Flip-flops are comfortable, healthy for your feet and whole posture. It is true that some people have got into trouble driving wearing them, where one got hooked on a pedal at the wrong time or came off and got stuck under a pedal, but that hardly ever happens, and it’s not even what she’s complaining about. She should try them and see for herself.
https://qph.cf2.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-74ad9a8d7cf22c1d41e7e85a6d7aa6be-pjlq

“Capitalism called. The rat race is over. Now it’s all crabs in a bucket.” I said this to Juanita and she said, “Terry Pratchett.” Oh, yeah, right.
https://catandgirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/2022-07-12-cgrats.gif

Speaking of crabs.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/07/media-carcinization.html

The connection between large-breasted women and worldwide communism.
https://existentialcomics.com/comic/455

It looks like fun. I want to see it.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2022/07/dungeons-dragons-honor-among-thieves.html

Art. Superheroes and muppets in and out of focus, mostly out. (via NagOnTheLake and Everlasting Blort)
http://williamwray.com/superheroes.html

Vesuvio in art.
https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/campi-phlegraei

The art bubble.
https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/visualising-bubbles

And this is just one of the things these gadgets will do for you in the near future. Glasses like this will soon be your phone, conscience-nun, movie theater, work computer monitor, map, 24/7/365 dashcam, notepad, Boswell, reminder-of-who-you’re-talking-to-and-what-their-relationships-is-to-you– everything. But just this one function, seamlessly captioning speech, including translation, is so useful. Wherever captions are possible in my life I turn them on, not just because my hearing is not great, but it aids memory and understanding even when –especially when– it gets it wrong, like when in the /Firefly/ episode /The Message/ Tracy shouted, “Gorrammit, Mal!” and the DVD caption read, “You’re a rabbit, Mal!” Or the famous dubbing euphemism for the teevee version of /The Big Lebowski/ about what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps.
https://newatlas.com/wearables/google-new-glasses-augmented-reality/

“That CGI thing, you know, I’ve done quite a bit of that since then, but that is like the most primitive form of acting that goes right back to your childhood when you had to pretend. There’s no giant cyclops. You’ve gotta conjure that up for everybody.” -Jeff Bridges
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/20/jeff-bridges-talks-about-his-most-iconic-characters.html

Compilation of John Oliver describing countries at various stages of his life and career. (20 min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RymjFne5P04

Kingfish.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaFy_MeRdlQ

Larry, Ep. 2. “You can’t make this stuff up, Duke. My quest would have to wait until I fulfilled my court-ordered obligations.”
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/19/auralnauts-episode-2-of-star-wars-larry.html

Speaking of kaleidoscopes, an orthographic kaleidoscope effect applied to a sampler of city time-lapse shots. A bit overwhelming until you relax into it.
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/07/the-wormhole.html

All teevee show episodes of thousands of series all the way back to 1975 rated on graphs. Marvel’s /Daredevil/ is nearly a solid line across the top of the graph, and I’m not surprised. But not /Jessica Jones/. That’s weird. (via BoingBoing)
https://tvchart.benmiz.com/

Find a place in your own life that at least one of these little stories resonates with. For me: It was the early 1990s. I was repairing a Boulder, Colorado crippled woman’s 1970s computer system that hung all over and under her wheelchair to let her communicate in words on a little CRT screen, say words aloud, and print words out of a dot-matrix printer, because she was trapped in a body that could mainly just sit there and stare. She could slightly move /something/ –the edge of one hand or her chin or something– against a switch to scroll through menus of letters and words and choose them to construct sentences. There was only one system like that in the world, it was made specifically for her, and I was all finished making it work perfectly in pieces on the work bench and on the floor in the shop, but when I was putting it all back together after testing it I had left the power supply plugged in, like an idiot, and a heavy clip-lead popped loose and touched the wrong place and, in a popcorn-like series of snaps, /fried every tiny part in every circuit card in the computer./. My stomach was instantly in knots. I opened the shop door to let the smoke out, went outside and sat on the step for a minute, before I had to call my boss and tell him what I’d done. I knew I was fired. But he did not fire me. He helped me through dismantling a test system and recreating a working machine for the woman and shipping it off. And I’m still working for him. I’ve screwed up a few things since then, but nothing on that level.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReGp_e0t2LM

A.I. generates labels and logos for products and services. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.adintelligence.ai/

The Band, Casino Arena, July 20, 1976. (Full show, 100 min.) (The comment by Jason Sieler has all the bookmarks.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_whFGulmKbU

Tom Mix made 160 movies under his own real name. I thought his life was part of the real-world model for Don McLean’s song /Bronco Bill’s Lament/, but that was before I found out he didn’t live to get old. Also there was a real Bronco Bill but the song’s story is not Bronco Bill’s story either.
https://www.vintag.es/2022/07/tom-mix.html

The Tom Mix Cord, the car he died in. According to Wikipedia: “Mix headed north towards Phoenix on U.S. Highway 80 (now Arizona State Route 79) eighteen miles south of Florence, he came upon construction barriers at a bridge washed away by a flash flood. Unable to stop in time, his car swerved twice, then overturned in a gully. A large aluminum suitcase containing money, traveler’s checks, and jewels, situated on the package shelf behind his head, hurtled forward and broke his neck.”
https://www.hagerty.com/media/automotive-history/80-years-ago-movie-cowboy-tom-mix-rode-into-the-sunset-in-his-beloved-1937-cord/

This girl makes me think of Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, the way she stands there, workmanlike, simply playing the right notes precisely on the beat and happy to do so, not posing and thrashing angrily around as though it hurts to play or sing, the way so many performers do anymore, though if anything hurts to play it’s the bass. The muscles in your forearms that pull the tendons that operate your fingers really sting after a short while of playing, until you build up some endurance there. Also her ears are adorable.
https://laughingsquid.com/9-year-old-girl-rush-tom-sawyer-bass/

Awww.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9Rk13tpyoI

Routing a Lego chain-drive chain around increasing obstacles.
https://theawesomer.com/lego-chain-drive-machine/674753/

“I need a place to stay. Do you think you could help me?” “Why, certainly, Joe, how about the King’s Arms?” “King’s Arms? Where’s the King’s Arms?” “Around the queen’s ass! Ha ha ha!”
https://twitter.com/JoshKraushaar/status/1550908596581531649

Elephants and machines. An illustrated essay.
https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/jumbos-ghost

“This is how an ear looks. And this is a pair of knees. And here, a foot.”
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/19/observe-the-perfect-humans.html

“E il diavolo, proprio! Il diavolo! Oh, Gesu, Giuseppe e Maria!” (“And the devil, really! The devil! Oh, Jesus, Joseph and Mary!”) Imagine this from the point of view of the old nun, and her story, which would have been very different if she could have kissed who she wanted to kiss when she was these girls’ age, and she knows it, which is why she’s so miserable. In fact, I think most moral outrage in the world, especially of old people, comes from a place like that, of missed chances and too-late-now and so much unfairness of things.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/20/huffy-nun-breaks-up-two-women-kissing-in-public-video.html

One Patton Oswalt clip per week, forever. That’s my promise. Here’s this week’s:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny2w2PJKRH8

And here’s one for next week:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh9Y1CXmBbg

A further week:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxsLqsQzxRk

What the hell, hey? Have one for the week after that. Okay, I’ll stop now. “Uncle Touchy’s naked puzzle basement…”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgSC8Qle6nA

And if ever a wonderful wiz there was. in all the resolution your video-thingy can stand.
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/24/these-wizard-of-oz-scenes-remastered-in-4k-are-stunning.html