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Rhinoceros II.

     “Only the previous day, Arch had found him in a spirit-dance corral, blistering the creatures to the point of death, such was his need to touch and destroy.” –Frank Beddor

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2020-01-17) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show, ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back awhile. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

This particular eight-hour show ends with a solid fifty-minute interview from Snap Sessions last year between Doug Nunn and Tracy Burns about Tracy’s fabulous career in performing and teaching improv comedy. And I just want to mention now, because I forgot to on the air until deep into it: /Next/ week’s MOTA show (9pm, Jan. 24), the first hour-and-a-half or so will showcase Kylie Felicich’s cast of dozens of theater-show-veteran kids, from three feet high to maybe five feet high, in /The Thief Lord/, true live radio drama in KNYO’s storefront performance space at 325 N. Franklin in Fort Bragg. Come early and there might be a chair for you to be in the very /studio audience/. Come late and gawk through the display window at what real local community radio is all about. And I want you hear me just now, in your head, announcing that in the tone-of-voice of Dom DeLouise in /The Twelve Chairs/ exulting, “Ya ya YA! Ya ya YA!”

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Something sphinx around here.
https://www.futilitycloset.com/2020/01/15/buried-treasure/

Too many attachments.
http://catandgirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-01-14-cgcause.gif

Dripping.
http://marriedtothesea.com/011420

Ziegfield. Ziegfield! /BAM! BAM! BAM!/ Ziegfield, I know she’s in there! /I know she’s in there!/ BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM!
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2020/01/glorifying-american-girl.html

This is what being here now looks like. There’s no other thing going on for these creatures, no rehashing of decisions, no regrets, no plans, no past or future, just the object, the most fabulous object in the world. Just for a flash. Then it all starts up again, the sniffing, the worrying, the looking around for opportunity or a place to lie down.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2020/01/14/catching-treats/

Who’s a g’boy? /You/ are. /You’re/ a good boy.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2020/01/a-girl-and-her-dock-diving-dog.html

Rerun: Wonderful old woman and her Mini-Me.
https://earthlymission.com/old-lady-feeds-squirrels-with-marionette-version-of-herself/

The ten kinds of movies.
https://twitter.com/leesteffen/status/1217167850009440257

Latwnya the naughty horse, learns to say no to drugs.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/latawnya_the_naughty_horse

Emily Yacina – Stephanie. (via NerdCore.de)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45WZ7CHna08

How we get ice-cream cones. Surpisingly, it involves x-rays. Sugar cones are harder than waffle cones, so they’re a better choice for harder ice-cream. And there are “cake cones”. I didn’t even know they had that.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2020/01/14/catching-treats/

I’m enjoying imagining people smart enough to figure out a thing like this, going about their normal day, moving amongst us, buying groceries and saying hi and bye, and so on, as though we’re we’re the same species, to be polite to us.
https://www.futilitycloset.com/2020/01/12/more-prime-images/

Praise The Eye. How religion works, part [some big number; I’ve lost count].
https://theawesomer.com/blind-eye/554841/

Model citizen.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2020/01/model-citizen.html

Rerun: How the Mellotron works.
https://boingboing.net/2020/01/13/touring-the-inner-workings-of.html

William Tell Overture.
https://theawesomer.com/william-tell-overture-insanely-difficult-arrangement/554814/

I looked at the picture and started reading, and my whole body tensed up and I choke-squeaked /NO!/
https://www.neatorama.com/2020/01/16/Chainsaws-Were-Invented-to-Help-with-Childbirth/

Can’t-Clog-It industrial-strength toilet.
https://boingboing.net/2020/01/13/magnificent-steel-toilet-flush.html

How people sound.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riwKuKSbFDs

African artists’ movie posters.
https://twitter.com/Retr0Joe/status/1215631541579198464

How to make them land. Change your carbon vibration.
http://www.amyoops.com/2020/01/make-contact.html

Cartoons. I’m not sure I quite understand all of them, and I like that.
https://greenlemon.me/illustrator-creates-18-intriguing-comics-with-unexpected-endings/

“I don’t know which one is telling the truth.”
http://wondermark.com/c1508/

What.
https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/82068030_2966181470069104_9007878770106826752_n.jpg

Lovely brand-new sewers. How nice they are when they’re new. (Click through the gallery at top.)
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-photos-capture-worlds-sewer-systems-when-they-were-brand-new-180973921/

Top ten Tom the Dancing Bug comics of the last decade.
https://www.patreon.com/posts/33125694

Physics Girl on dark matter. But, speaking of Fermi, maybe dark matter is where everybody is. You know, “Where is everybody?” Maybe that’s where they all are, past their techno-singularity, compressed half-out of spacetime somehow. Maybe dark matter is the Heaven of the Rapture of the alien Nerds. Or the detritus of wars where fantastic weapons push the enemy and his ships and entire star systems out reality, and there’s mutually assured destruction, so nobody’s left around to tell about it, and it’s an inevitable war technology that galaxy-spanning civilizations all acquire at some point… I used to think that dark matter was just the mass of all the light between the stars, that the stars have been giving off all this time, but that’s not it, it turns out. I was really disappointed, because I felt so smart. That’s okay, I’m smart in other ways. I can juggle five bananas if they’re hard enough. Um, sorry, here’s Physics Girl:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6Eq2sI1NDY

A new kind of dancing where you act like the alien baby in the movie /Alien/ is about to come burst out, I think. The comments are rather unfair. If they don’t like it they don’t have to watch. Nobody’s forcing them to. It doesn’t look like fun, though. It looks like some kind of 1980s German performance art.
https://twitter.com/whatrosasaid/status/951769344811266048

Art. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://robotmafia.com/imaginative-illustrations-by-felicia-chiao/

Rerun: Russian ice karting.
https://theawesomer.com/ice-karting/549972/

And /Dancin’ Queen/ played on the magnificent 100-year-old Hooghuys (rhymes with Louise) paper-strip-controlled pneumatic Gramont.
https://theawesomer.com/ice-karting/549972/

ABOF: Always be on fire.

     “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” –Didymos Judas Thomas

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2020-01-10) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show, ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back awhile. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Hong Kong ballet bolero.
https://www.neatorama.com/2020/01/05/Just-another-excuse-to-listen-to-Ravel-s-Bolero/

“What he’s telling you is, /Don’t invade my space or I’ll attack you./”
https://boingboing.net/2020/01/06/knives-vs-cops.html

“What will I have done?”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjfrJzdx7DA

Vespa.
https://blog.europeana.eu/2019/11/vespa-and-piaggio-icons-of-italian-industrial-design/

Italian Spiderman.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2020/01/italian-spiderman-trailer.html

Whee!
https://theawesomer.com/spinning-magnets/553804/

Per aspera ad astra. Excelsior. Up and at ’em, kid.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2020/01/04/anti-motivation/

The Mandalorian as a spaghetti western. /Oo-eeyoo-eeyoo. Wah-WAAA-wah./
https://www.neatorama.com/2020/01/09/The-Mandalorian-as-a-Spaghetti-Western/

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk.
https://vimeo.com/374243350

We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me). Not the version by the Ink Spots used in Episode 6 of /Watchmen/ but the one recorded by The Ladybugs in their large echoey dorm bathroom, accompanying themselves on uke and tastefully brushed snare. Say that– see how nice that feels: “Tastefully brushed snare.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd80jO_toFE

Samurai Guitarist makes easy songs hard in several clever different ways.
https://theawesomer.com/making-easy-songs-hard/554060/

Whipped cream. Yum.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2020/01/05/happy-whipped-cream-day/

Photos. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.booooooom.com/2019/12/30/64-photos-by-64-photographers/

History of the Earth.
https://theawesomer.com/history-of-the-earth/553668/

A collection of words used in fan-fiction to describe genitals. My favorite: The gates of Versailles. And I just now got that, it’s in the sense of seeing all the way to France.
https://wtffanfiction.tumblr.com/post/21958712617/genitals

Low riders in Japan. Sing to the tune of Ghost Riders in the Sky. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/japan-lowriders-subculture/index.html

Thousands of pulp magazines for free, to read on your computer, tablet or phone. There goes the winter.
https://archive.org/details/pulpmagazinearchive

Wronger boats.
http://catandgirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2020-01-07-cgresponsibility-2.gif

“/Maybe/ if we weren’t so focused on all these bad things, all these bad things wouldn’t still be going on. Did you ever consider that?” “Nope. Not one time.”
https://i0.wp.com/amultiverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-01-07-Bird-Guys-Burden.jpg?fit=3840%2C5636

$16,000 a page, a hundred years too late. Might as well be on the moon.
https://www.messynessychic.com/2020/01/07/the-curious-case-of-the-notebook-from-state-lunatic-asylum-no-3/

Oh, my God, a tan suit? A bike helmet, on a bike? No president has ever done anything worse.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MWxq80oze0

Spike Jones. And that’s entertainment.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be7O9g2sphw

Aieee!
https://boingboing.net/2020/01/08/british-nazi-set-self-on-fire.html?fk_bb

Before he cheats.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2020/01/before-he-cheats.html

3,000-year-old brain fudge still astoundingly pleasantly scientifically valuably fudgy.
https://gizmodo.com/we-finally-know-why-this-2-600-year-old-human-brain-is-1840879918

A lounge-lizard swing version of Jonathan Coulton‘s /Still Alive/ (end-theme music for the game /Portal/, where the makers of /Rick and Morty/ got the portal gun from. Full horn section. Just great.
https://theawesomer.com/still-alive-swing-cover/511945/

Rerun: Pop jazz version of Master of Puppets concatenated with the real one.
https://theawesomer.com/master-puppets-jazz-edition/472890/

And astronaut Gene Cernan’s closing statements. You know all about the first thing anybody said on the moon. Here’s the last thing. So far.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKexFyfhwkg

 

Next.

     “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” -Sun Tzu

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2020-01-03) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show, the last show of the decade, ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back awhile. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Trauma puppets.
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-50866764/how-puppetry-can-help-with-trauma

Morphing simulated old-time beetles. Beetles of if.
https://boingboing.net/2020/01/02/ai-generates-old-fashioned-zoo.html

Wrath of a jealous god-man.
https://boingboing.net/2020/01/01/god-man-scorned.html

Paint. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pCBaLX8M-Q

Cool photos of the year.
https://newatlas.com/digital-cameras/best-photos-photography-2019-gallery/#gallery

Push Earth around in various ways to really understand seasons.
https://ciechanow.ski/earth-and-sun/

Rerun: Guards of the Sapphire City. (via Futility Closet)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02gfh-h6mTQ

Let the pageant begin!
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49288614321_86093567af_b.jpg

This city has the right idea about what a city should be spending all the money on. It’s clearly working. Do you see any homeless people sleeping in piles of plastic bags and trash in this city? Does anyone look even the slightest bit ill or lonely or hungry, tired, cold, dispossessed, disenfranchised, melancholy, regretful, oppressed, addicted to opioids, buyer-remorsed, footsore, ennui’d, etc.? It’s like heaven– unless it’s like in The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas. That would be both unacceptable and hard to spot.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2012/11/les-machines-de-l-machines-of-isle-of.html

Our modern world.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/our-modern-world.html

Realistic typewriter typefaces for a change, in assorted levels of realism. Style F is a bit too distressed. Style /G/, now… Hmm. Just have it. You know you want it.
https://ctrlcctrlv.github.io/TT2020/docs/download.html

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. I didn’t watch the film yet, but from the trailer I get the impression that 13-year-old Valerie is like Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz but instead she visits a weird city of sexy-dancing vampires who harmlessly burn or rather toast her at the stake and then have sex with her, or maybe it is all a dream, or maybe it’s like in /An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge/ and she’s hallucinating all this as she’s dying in the stake-fire. I get a kind of /The Fantasticks/ vibe from the trailer, or maybe Jodorowsky’s /El Topo/, or Tarsem Singh’s /The Fall/.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/valerie_and_her_week_of_wonders

The dancing pig and its tongue.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2020/01/le-cochon-danseur.html

The wonderful bus.
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/2019-in-review/the-year-in-stupidity

The original Snakes & Ladders game.
https://twitter.com/pickover/status/833130755878432770

Well of death.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2012/11/indias-death-defying-maut-ka-kuaa-or.html

A funny war game. Nobody falls like a thunderbolt here; everyone falls like a googly-eyed slow-motion rag doll.
https://boingboing.net/2019/12/30/totally-accurate-battle-simula.html

Syd Mead’s muse might have been Arthur Radebaugh. Here are a couple of places to learn about him and see some of his work:
https://tinyurl.com/WPaganPinterestRadebaugh
https://tinyurl.com/ArthurRadebaughFuture

And here’s the future we got instead of all that. “Serving up the image of diversity for your corp., school, any business.” On the one hand, at least there are some differently-colored people in this future; on the other hand, they’re imaginary people used to deceive. I suppose you could use this software to make a funny non sequitur-heavy webcomic, but that sort of thing is always the first thing that occurs to me.
https://boingboing.net/2019/12/30/this-company-wants-to-use-ai-t.html

And the past. Some photographs that caught my eye in Shorpy last week. Two of the American Indian men with Vincent Price in the next-to-last one are /survivors of the Wounded Knee massacre, when U.S. soldiers murdered hundreds of Indian men, women and children for no good reason at all, as if there ever could be a reason for that. In short, the soldiers were tense, they heard a sound, and they were armed to to the teeth with the killingest weapons of the time, and the sound set them off like the trigger of a mousetrap and they went crazy and shot everyone in sight, including some of each others/. I’ll bet you did not know that Vincent Price was a long-time chairman of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Further, I’ll bet you did not know any other interesting facts about Vincent Price. For example, why do you think he spoke the way he did? What sort of an accent is that? No, he was not Armenian. Guess again. (Throughout Shorpy, click on images to make them enormous and sharp.)
https://www.shorpy.com/node/6909
https://www.shorpy.com/node/25059
https://www.shorpy.com/node/15108
https://www.shorpy.com/node/25146
https://www.shorpy.com/node/25128

Attention, pundits.
https://thenib.com/the-important-pundits-vs-anti-semitism

“I have spoken with God and made my decision to live on the ice. This is my home now… No, you’re not hearing me. This is /my/ home. Go get your own home. I was here first.” This is one way history works.
https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/photo/2019/12/photos-week-3/w10_1190019231/main_1200.jpg

Lesser monsters to be children of.
https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/monsterkidclassichorrorforum/seldom-seen-movie-monsters-t30269.html

When he goes up onto the porch and stands over the box, I think he’s going to piss on it, too, in addition to having thrown it around and punched a hole in it, even though you can tell he saw that he’s being photographed. He’s exhausted, his back hurts, he’s had it with this awful job, and who knows what else has gone horribly wrong in his life lately. We’re all doing the best we can. Ram Dass said, “We’re all just walking each other home.”
https://boingboing.net/2020/01/03/man-videos-postman-abusing-box.html

ABOF: Always be on fire.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/places-that-are-always-on-fire

Fire. This is fine.
https://boingboing.net/2019/12/31/footage-of-australian-fire-cre.html

Animated result of a star getting sucked into a black hole. (via Cliff Pickover’s Reality Carnival)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu6hIhW00Fk

Art.
https://dangerousminds.net/comments/gabor_urbans_cataclysmic_artwork_will_prepare_you_for_the_end_of_the_world

Art.
https://www.reddit.com/r/nextfuckinglevel/comments/e5d0ll/in_my_local_mall_i_thought_it_was_so_beautiful/

Art.
https://www.reddit.com/r/interestingasfuck/comments/egi7w9/what_happens_when_you_swing_a_string_of_glow/

Train horns.
https://www.classicfm.com/composers/pachelbel/canon-on-trains/

I skipped you ahead to the this-and-that comparison. The reddish-bronze-ish brand new Chinese sax is a seeminly impossibly low $270. The normal-colored one is $4,500. For the price of one pro saxophone you could give all 16 saxophone students in an entire school district one each. And just like with the comparison of the $15 (!) set of magnetic pickups on a Squier Strat and the $1000 trick pickup set on a $12,000 custom electric guitar with the same strings and essentially the same neck and bridge, sure, you can hear the difference if you really squint your ears but it’s so tiny, who cares? On the other hand, the $270 saxophone was probably produced in a factory prison city with anti-suicide webbing around the roof and all the high windows every because of what turnover means in a place like that. It’s a very pretty color. It looks like clockwork steampunk art. (It just occurred to me: the electric slide guitar I sweat-soldered together all those years ago out of copper plumbing parts might be that color if I were to polish it with patina powder. Hmm.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3tPErM0P6o&t=7m33s

Town becomes lake. Twenty-five years later, lake dries up, leaving a really interesting place to make a movie in. Somebody should totally do that.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2012/12/villa-epecuen-town-that-was-submerged.html

God damn, I love movies. Good ones, yeah, but even shitty ones. Trailers, soundtracks, the sea of video jackets in an old rental store…
https://theawesomer.com/2010-2019-movie-trailer-mashup/550327/

Furthermore.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ROFD_rfERY

Iceland.
https://laughingsquid.com/iceland/

(!)
https://boingboing.net/2020/01/03/wonderful-video-blowtorch.html

“She had up a sign saying, ‘Fifteen bob a night with use of cruet,’ and you were left, rather, weren’t you, wond’ring what on earth she meant.” What you notice right away in this interview is the odd similarity in aspect between the men’s nostrils and their eyes. The nostrils are little eyes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m3ngnTWE8w

Play a game of your own devising in collaboration with a conversation program.
https://play.aidungeon.io/

If the shoe were on the other foot.
https://theawesomer.com/the-turning-point/553330/

When we first see the woman she’s so happy. This is leading up to a peak experience, the best day of her life. Suddenly, it’s the worst, the absolute worst, and it switched in less than a second. He’s tired, frustrated with his job, very old, probably hungry, maybe his back hurts under the weight of fifty pounds of robes. She went there hoping to see him… but she never imagined she’d actually really /be/ this close to him. He’s moving along the line, agonizingly slowly getting closer and closer. See, others are brushing his robe, his sleeve, even holding his hand, interacting with him. Oh, my God, it’s going to happen! She will /speak/ with the Pope! He will see her, touch her! For the rest of her life she will have this moment! But he turns at just the wrong time, begins to move away. She grabs his hand, or rather her /hand/ grabs his hand, and he lashes out, or rather his /hand and mouth/ lash out… And I told Juanita the story of this. To me, I was excited to be telling something I learned about people, refining and reinforcing a story I could tell others, that might make me a little less likely to someday be any of the players in a similar story, might make others imagine themselves here and be better people, be more understanding and less fragile, more worldly and yet still able to feel. Learning to be a person. It’s education, rehearsal, writing. But to Juanita, it sounded like I was japing at a helpless person’s destruction, a person like her –she sees herself as the woman in the story (of course)– and what’s the matter with me that I will never fucking learn to not tell her that kind of story, and her head is down and she’s crying. And I’m like, Oh, no. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I’m an idiot. I’m just like the snippy Pope, I can’t help myself. And at the same time, I’m like the adoring woman, too, and you try to do the right thing and the other person doesn’t react right and it’s awful… This is like that… But… I just looked at it again, and it’s the exact same video but this time it’s all different from what I saw before. The woman doesn’t look happy or anticipatory at all, the whole time. And I can’t understand her language, but she might be angry. Yeah, she’s angry from the start. Maybe she came there to kvetch at him about a church policy or child molestation or an infallible executive popely action of his whose repercussions devastated her family in some faraway place, and even if he couldn’t understand her he sensed her ire and criticism, he looked right at her; maybe that’s why he turned away, flinched away from her intensity… It’s really true that our lived lives are more about the stories we tell ourselves, from limited snatches of perception, than about what’s really going on, which we only find out later if even at all. Or maybe it’s a third thing, or a hundred things, a different thing for everyone in the picture. Here’s where I say out loud to myself, as I do several times a day, “Stop thinking about that,” though this time it’s more in a /that’s sorted out, next item now/ way than a mortified or a /bad dog!/ way.
http://www.cynical-c.com/2020/01/01/happy-2020/

Shut the fridge!
https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/e5iffg/british_people_guess_how_much_us_healthcare_costs/

The Underwood Typewriter Girl then and now. I had a Royal. Underwood and Royal were like Coke and Pepsi.
https://www.reddit.com/r/OldSchoolCool/comments/ehm0wy/my_grandma_was_the_underwood_typewriter_girl_its/

The godmother of drumming. Very workmanlike, understated, professional.
https://laughingsquid.com/grandmother-plays-down-with-the-sickness/

Superlatively skilled animal-sound guy.
https://www.reddit.com/r/interestingasfuck/comments/eie8hq/this_guys_animal_sounds_are_insane/

Famous opera singer Cecilia Bartoli, but time-and-pitch distorted, and video modified on what’s called a content-aware scale. I had to look that up, so you do to.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc7WjY72kZo

Everything you need to know.
https://twentytwowords.com/helpful-infographics/

Stupid meaning of life. (Muttered bitterly to oneself.)
http://existentialcomics.com/comic/322

The scale of Australia’s fires.
https://www.reddit.com/r/interestingasfuck/comments/ei5cw2/the_scale_of_australias_fires/

“New wearable vest grows a self-sustaining garden watered by your own urine. Designer Aroussiak Gabrielian says each cloak can grow up to 22 crops.” (This makes me think of vampire Laszlo’s vagina-theme topiary in /What We Do In The Shadows/. But with more crops.)
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-thursday-edition-1.5408766/this-wearable-vest-grows-a-self-sustaining-garden-watered-by-your-own-urine-1.5408768

Writer says, “I don’t care if I’m 36 years old. I would play with this all day long.” (There was a toy that I felt that way about, that belonged to my Ohio cousins when I was little, that was a face-down half-sun with motors and gears in it and little planets that moved around on tracks, and speed and lever controls that spun the whole thing and raised and lowered a little rocketship on a wire to rescue a magnet off one planet and carry it to another without dropping it. This car thing is nice but that planet game toy was the most fabulous object in the world. I still dream about things like it, almost 60 years later.) (I just wasted ten minutes, just now, trying to find the planet toy and not getting anywhere. If you ever find a picture of something you think is that, please contact me; I’d like to see it, compare it with my memory.)
https://imgur.com/1Wravql

Ammunition for the war on Xmas.
https://www.reddit.com/r/PublicFreakout/comments/efu2mk/a_school_not_realizing_that_these_are_outdoor/

I like these people. Their life seems precarious, but they obviously have it under control. As they say, they’re still afloat.
https://theawesomer.com/off-grid-island-home/552799/

“Oh, they’re /so/ much– oh, the /fat/ pens are /way/ better!”
https://theawesomer.com/spinning-ink-from-pens/552956/

A new kind of clock face.
https://theawesomer.com/time/553095/

“This is significant because political groups who understand the algorithm can use it as a sort of gullibility funnel to pour bullshit down the throats of people who don’t have a proper gag reflex for propaganda.”
https://theawesomer.com/how-algorithms-replace-your-brain/553010/

My favorite is a tossup between “The adverb of willy nilly is willilly nillilly.” (and) the one where Scarlett Johansson is fighting with Adam Driver and the text inserted is, “The Oxford comma removes ambiguity! Your parents are not Ayn Rand and God!”
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/emersonmalone/grammar-language-memes-punctuation-2019

TYWKIWDBI’s best of 2019. And there goes your day.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2020/01/revisiting-tywkiwdbis-best-of-2019.html

And similarly never click here if there’s something you should be doing later.
https://www.reddit.com/r/interestingasfuck/

Kaiju.

     “I know you really want someone to hold you. But we all got a chicken-duck-woman-thing waiting for us. Every day I worry all day about what’s waiting in the bushes for us, about what’s waiting in the bushes of love.” –BLR

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-12-27) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show, the last show of the decade, ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back awhile. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life, but when the most durable alternative proven to last the ages –for the alien archeologists to come and dig up in 4,000 years– would be the Netflix model but mailing out three-foot-high stacks of vinyl records… Nah, this way is fine.

Eleanor Cooney called to explain and read from her new book /Midnight in Samarra: The True Story of WMD, Greed, and High Crimes in Iraq/, I just wanta say that first. Before and after that, there’s an expanded poetry section, as well as the usual overload of quirky information on every subject plus one. And it ends with a recorded interview with comic book artist/musician/philosopher R. Crumb, who says “ya know” a lot, but we do know, so we can cut him a little slack in that regard. Also Alex called with a travelogue of ten states in a Hyundai (say HUN-day; the Y is silent). Recipes, DIY fixes, offensive jokes and gestures, the annual year-end roundup of things Americans got stuck up their butt and had to go to the E.R. for, the world in a nutshell, good night radio, hence the term. Elmore James’ got nothing on /this/ [unintelligible].

*There was a problem with getting connected to KMEC Ukiah, so the show was only on KNYO. We’ll get that fixed by next week. If you have friends in Ukiah or basically anywhere that isn’t Fort Bragg, you might let them know that in a pinch they can listen to Memo of the Air and anything else on KNYO in real time (and the sound quality is pretty good, too) by going to http://KNYO.org

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the last MOTA show of the decade* together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Serious size.
https://theawesomer.com/the-true-scale-of-atoms/552313/

Strange planet.
https://theawesomer.com/strange-planet/550550/

The best space photos of 2019. Click on top image to reach the gallery.
https://newatlas.com/space/2019-best-space-photos/

Rerun: holiday/end-times favorite /The Big Snit./ There’s a lesson here.
https://www.nfb.ca/film/big_snit/

And /Anna & Bella/ again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPh0-mrVQ0k

Victoria d’Orazi used to live next door to Juanita but moved to Grass Valley. Here she is singing /Take Me To The River/ with not only great enthusiasm but also her new band. More and more drummers in bands now play that kind of drum that’s a chair; it sounds just as good and it sets up in the time it takes to set it down. Victoria makes me think of Carie McAlpine, do you hear/see that too?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMYu-lWWLLQ

Not just Italians, then, though Italians have the best sweary gestures. I often do them on the radio. You can’t see it, but it’s like smiling when you say a sponsor’s name; it enhances the effect nonetheless.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/why-do-we-move-our-hands-when-we-talk.html

Another horrifying Xmas tree fire demo. Ten seconds after the spark the (demo) house is as good as gone. This is a normal tree just like yours, unless you have a metal one. The metal ones are dangerous too but on a lesser scale: dads poked in the eye putting it together, cats choking on metal shards, toddlers electrocuted by fairylight wiring touching the metal, but that hardly ever happens. When I was small, in my grandparents’ Italian restaurant in Burbank we had a tree that was all metal and took about twenty minutes to assemble, from box to finished. It was put up in the restaurant window with a little spotlight with an attached color-gel wheel on a rotisserie motor, and I remember staring at that placidly fascinating thing until they had to pull me away. Just going near it I’d be fixed in place, trapped, changing colors inside and outside right along with it. The motor was old, noisy, erratic; it sped up and slowed down so you could count the seconds for the color to change but it was never the same time twice, and the tree was so shiny and sparkly. I have this superimposed in my mind with the big chrome car bumpers and rocketship-shaped rocketships of the time (mid-20th-century Googie space-age). But which is more rocket-like in fiery actuality? The appearance of the metal tree? or the following natural old-fashioned rocket motor disaster time-bomb that plays out in thousands of houses every year, providing jobs not for a handful of pocket-protected aerospace engineers but for countless firemen and insurance agents and construction workers and furniture makers and appliance factories, sheets and curtains, clothing, windows, paint, teevee people, plumbers, funeral directors… Take the tree outside. And next year get or make a metal one. There are beautiful ones people have made out of all sorts of things that don’t explode in flames and wreck your life even worse than a clown with a prehensile phallic puppet and pockets full of speed (see below).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr6b9b8FYKk

Spanish anatomy class. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://laughingsquid.com/teacher-wears-internal-organ-bodysuit/

Tiki pop. Mainly because: try to figure out the woman’s leg. Something’s not right. It’s like those African animals that Europeans in the middle ages painted, having never seen one, but going by an explorer’s description. It’s like bad taxidermy. But it’s her real leg.
https://theawesomer.com/tiki-pop/552675/

Edward Hopper’s Jedi mentor. The midichlorians are strong in this one’s pencil.
https://www.messynessychic.com/2019/12/20/moonlight-etchings-of-the-forgotten-artist-who-taught-edward-hopper/

This is the best one-hour rocket science lecture for kids that I’ve ever seen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HESOat2iPzU

Miss America wins on strength of colorful chemistry volcano demonstration.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50862408

How to escape a supernova.
https://theawesomer.com/how-to-escape-a-supernova/552334/

…Or we can all succumb to religious bullshit and our species goes nowhere forever. BASTA!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lA3T78o9pY

Movies.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/year-end-lists-2019-movies.html

California explained.
https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/edrxpl/california_explained_oc/

Cake and pie related sex jobs available in the new economy. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXwXuVtPiks

This holiday dance video is really uncomfortable viewing. The kids are clearly talented, but it’s creepy somehow. I half-remember that the clown with the goose/vulture puppet was arrested like a week before he died of old age anyway, because for all those years he had been giving kids drugs and molesting them. Yeah, that’s it. That’s why it’s creepy. Like all those Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney movies where they danced like wild-eyed herky-jerky electric mixers because of the pep pills.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1svA2sGhDEE

Jazz hands, sloth-cat-thing. (via Everlasating Blort)
https://www.anyabozartist.com/persian-cat-gallery

Meesa Claus get velly wet-wet longtime. How wude!
https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/photo/2019/12/photos-week-2/w10_RTS2V0EH/main_1500.jpg

Trope talk: Kaiju. (15 min.)
https://theawesomer.com/trope-talk-kaiju/552923/

I still like /Bushes of Love/, but this is pretty good. It’s about Yoda’s stick.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/my-stick.html

William S. Burroughs‘ /The Junky’s Xmas/ in Stop-O-Mation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6kHN92Yv48

Vietnamese water puppets.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2016/08/vietnamese-water-puppet-shows.html

Cute ginger bovine.
https://imgur.com/gYgxtvL

The thing outside the window.
http://extrafabulouscomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/window-1-e1577225775676.png

Checkin’ on the ewes. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/ZwartblesIE/status/1209780829100097536

The sound of ice. It doesn’t sound safe but he shows you with a tool that it’s thick enough. When I was in high school I saw some reckless boys crash through inadequate ice once and it stuck in my mind. The boys weren’t in danger; it wasn’t deep there; they could stand on the bottom and it didn’t even come up to their butt, but it was a symptom. They were crazy twins and they were always doing something like that: diving one after the other the wrong way off a platform to barely miss the concrete, jumping their matching motorcycles from a blind trail into the middle of the highway, and so on. Just a few years after the ice event one of them crashed his motorbike into the back of a Volkswagen, flew through the air and was killed, so. Anyway, the sound of ice:
https://www.theava.com/archives/115897

J.K. Rowling and the League of Disappointing Authors.
https://i0.wp.com/amultiverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2019-12-23-JK-Rowling-and-the-League.jpg

I’d like you to compare this with any kind of meditation or prayer or magical devotion to imaginary spiritual bullshit. Because this is thrilling and real and happening, and it’s just as good of a story.
https://theawesomer.com/going-back-to-the-moon/552441/

Would attend this church. Would be on time and not sneak in late nor sit in the back. Would participate in the sacraments. Would scheme to slip our people into positions of power to manipulate the government in our holy image.
http://www.amyoops.com/2019/12/pizza-party.html

I don’t remember what I called the coolest thing ever last time; I’m not even searching for the term to find out what it was; whatever it was is entirely over, because this is the coolest thing ever. This, right here, and it’s surprisingly cheap ($70 for 292 parts equals 23 cents per part). Here’s an idea: Put one of these together for your third date with [fill in name] and then she gets to keep it. Later on when she moves in (because she will, and you know that because of how well you got along assembling this, neither of you flipping out from frustration nor taking over and taking it out of the other’s hands to do it right) you can play with it all you like. It’s not the best hurdy-gurdy in the world, but it doesn’t have to be.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmfIP2oJW-4

Self-driving, tire-destroying time machine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lA3T78o9pY

Things Mike Boyd can do (comma) in slow motion.
https://theawesomer.com/skills-in-slow-motion/552440/

Fog.
https://jalopnik.com/this-is-a-great-case-for-staying-off-the-highway-in-fog-1840686086

The myth of whiteness.
https://www.fark.com/vidplayer/10657838

Mama mia let me go.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/12/21/bohemian-rhapsody-lip-sync/

Deep fake face mods appropriately applied to celebrity impersonator.
https://laughingsquid.com/jim-meskimen-deepfake-christmas-poem/

“…Unless you’re flatfooted or a redhead; that’s bad luck on a boat.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QTq-HEEnn4

Train.
https://boingboing.net/2019/12/25/arts-crafts-build-your-3.html

The secret of Abe Lincoln’s mallet of mystery revealed. (16 min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx7iN_y4X7k

“Time and the elements have damaged their tired old frames, and plants now grow through their broken bodies.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF3fzUOitYA

Rat kings, squirrel kings, and so on.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2019/12/rat-kings-squirrel-kings-and-their.html

Non-human animals don’t really kill that many people, and if you run off the road and crash to avoid a deer, that’s not really the deer that killed you, is it.
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/519289/animal-most-likely-kill-you-each-state

The advent of reiki massage.
https://imgur.com/rNFGIPR

I like the thrilled one third from the left, near the door. And the mischievous one at bottom, straight down from the tree. And the one lowest-left with the one behind her and to /her/ left who wants to strangle her, or perhaps caress her, who can barely control her hands; she’s broken her present, nervously twisting the tissue and yet her face is blank. That’s passion. What happened later that night? Something wonderful or awful, that’s for sure. And I notice that none of the others in the photograph, women or men, interest me at all.
https://www.shorpy.com/node/5120

And there, this. The one with the copper on the side and the recessed headlights. That’s what I’m talking about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo_zXe2UWKw

 

A Bohemian lullaby.

     “When any worthwhile thing is done in the world, it’s usually done by somebody weird.” -John Sandford

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-12-20) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

Holly Tannen, ladies and gentlemen, first 40 minutes of the show. Eleanor Cooney didn’t make it; she says next week for sure. Things pretty much ran to plan otherwise, unusually to plan, you might think, if you were of a suspicious nature or had one, nature /or/ plan. Also Jerry gave me a recording to play of Bob Boler reciting holiday Dylan Thomas in that lower-register pipe organ voice he had. I’ll never forget his part in MTC’s /Curse of the Starving Class/ where his character, a generally deadbeat absent father, drunkenly corrects the inflection of his little girl’s angry swear delivery. He could /sing/ too, that guy.

Well, I’m off to see Gloriana Opera Company‘s /Snow Queen/ now. This is the last weekend for it. Eagles Hall, corner of Alder and Corry, Fort Bragg (CA), 7:30 tonight, 3pm Sunday and that’s it, so now’s your chance.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the Solstihannukwanzissimus MOTA show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

A clever way of smoothing delivery of erratic power.
https://www.futilitycloset.com/2019/12/18/ups-and-downs-2/

I blame this on homeschooling.
https://boingboing.net/2019/12/18/large-truck-rescue-goes-badly.html

She?
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/12/18/is-anyone-a-doctor/

A little perspective.
https://www.reddit.com/r/confusing_perspective/

Belly dancing Xmas carols.
https://www.fark.com/vidplayer/10652841

The chimney did not work, so they took it apart to see what the problem was. Birds. It was birds being birds.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2019/12/inside-chimney.html

The Venezuelan jungle parrot. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVIv3kc3p3I

Capitalism, pal.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2019/12/privatizing-public-water-resources.html

Mister Puppet.
https://laughingsquid.com/thinko-mr-puppet-animation-system/

Ze Frank’s latest.
https://theawesomer.com/true-facts-about-mudskippers/552023/

Stop doing that, René Auberjonois. You are dead. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://imgur.com/gallery/O7i6bgA

The song that no-one likes. “Thiiiiis soooong bloooows!”
https://theawesomer.com/that-song-that-no-one-likes/551837/

The chemical reaction of orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream.
https://theawesomer.com/chemical-patterns/551668/

Chicken vortex.
https://petepushpin.tumblr.com/search/C+H+I+C+K+E+N+V+O+R+T+E+X

They sound like they’re having a good time but they don’t look like they’re having a good time. They’re pretty good at it, but they look like they’re all, /Okay, whatever, we’ll do it, look, we’re doing it, mom./
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tts94OuBubY

“It’s Christmas once again but you’re fucking one of my friends.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNCG1TtrzFY

Defendant tries to escape courtroom. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLLRwS0ht9I

The secret.
https://xkcd.com/2241/

The other secret.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gyvipBs6Vs

Shhh! Secret Sam. Secret Sam.
https://www.theava.com/archives/115308

Sure she doesn’t.
https://nypost.com/2019/12/16/girl-doesnt-realize-shes-flipping-the-bird-during-entire-nativity-play/

The world is different from the way it used to be.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/grace-jones-sings.html

Brown rodent demonstrates white privilege.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/tweet-of-day_14.html

Two mice fighting in the subway.
https://www.insider.com/photo-mice-fighting-london-tube-wildlife-photograher-2019-12

These are the people who are saying.
https://boingboing.net/2019/12/18/a-cavinesque-and-hobbesian-loo.html

Watch this all the way through. And slow the fuck down.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=71&v=hvhRHiskRIc

Hamlet unfollowed you. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://lustik.tumblr.com/post/189643219052/sosuperawesome-giulia-rosa-on-instagram-follow

Two-thirds of a full Janko, the smarter keyboard than never caught on, thanks to corrupt Big Piano.
https://www.futilitycloset.com/2019/12/19/the-janko-keyboard/

Traditional Xmas.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/traditional-christmas.html

Kung fu dang nuns, bitch. Don’t piss them off, they’ll /fan/ your ass. Or chop, kick, stick, bike, shovel and/or sword it. Or just rescue it or pray for it, you never know with them. “The purpose of training these nuns to fight all comes back to the concept of peace and equality.” Okay, sure, why not.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/kung-fu-nuns.html

The entire New Testament of the bible screamed at you in an Asian accent in nine hours and seventeen minutes. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbYc3SS10NQ

Over men and horses, hoops and garters, lastly through a hula hoop of real fire.
https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/photo/2019/12/photos-week/w22_RTX7BMHX/main_1500.jpg

Learn about SmartPipe and what it can do for you, the user. It’s new, it’s /Smart Pipe/.
http://wondermark.com/smart-pipe/

2019 illusion of the year. Also finger creatures.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/2019-illusion-of-year.html

It seems funny, but this is the way /everything/ works. Banks, Facebook, insurance, church, everything.
http://www.amyoops.com/2016/05/its-that-guy.html

“…Or is /this/ what you want for our future: a barren wasteland of filth and despair, humanity enslaved by a new master race, massive /pig/ people? No.”
https://laughingsquid.com/use-cups-amimation/

Media coverage. What it looks like from a slightly different angle. Look at all those guard-thugs everywhere. There are more of them than the adoring crowd for whoever that guy is.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2019/12/media-coverage.html

Another view, from yet another angle, of behind the scenes of how /everything/ really works.
https://theawesomer.com/cyriaks-circle-world/551507/

 

Pish tosh, fish mush.

     “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be cured against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.” -C.S. Lewis

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-12-13) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Last week I saw this cartoon and I thought, it’s a lot like KZYX, except better for the workers in the cartoon because at KZYX the airpeople aren’t even being paid anything at all but a pat on the head, while the handful of people in the KZYX office are snarfling $300,000 a year out of the station into their own personal gloveboxes. And anyone who speaks critically of this, or of any other part of the operation of the NPR-colonized station, is kicked off the air and banned for life from doing a show there, because you can’t use the public airwaves if you won’t drink the cult’s kool-aid. They spill out hundreds of thousands of dollars a year of tax-derived Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant money for themselves and for all the canned crap from a thousand miles away; what are /local/ airpeople, chopped liver?
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/shopping.html

Planes, trains and automobiles. Modern vehicles don’t really do it for me the way these do, and I don’t think it’s just me.
http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2019/12/best-banners-of-2019-vintage-photos.html

Kiss the frog.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/kiss-frog.html

If Hogwarts were an inner-city school.
http://www.cynical-c.com/2019/12/12/if-hogwarts-were-an-inner-city-school-key-peele/

You haven’t seen /Frozen/ until you’ve seen it in the original Klingon.
https://boingboing.net/2019/12/06/klingon-pop-warrior.html

Useful charts.
https://theawesomer.com/useful-charts/511477/

The creativity delusion.
https://boingboing.net/2019/12/11/roll-over-beethoven-2.html

Jesus Christ, the game.
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/12/12/This-Game-Lets-You-Play-As-Jesus-Christ/

Reindeer boobs. I vote yes. Except the raindeer man-boobs, which are creepy, and I know that makes me some kind of bigot, but so what.
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/fashion-beauty/reindeer-boobs-trend-makes-raunchy-21071539

Well, see, now, /there’s/ your problem. The drug for that is pretty pricey, but we can drill a hole and get some ice in there and get you out the door. Take a minute to decide.
https://res.cloudinary.com/fleetnation/image/private/c_fit,w_1120/g_south,l_text:style_gothic2:%C2%A9%20ScienceRF,o_20,y_10/g_center,l_watermark4,o_25,y_50/v1506123438/o0mdzhd0mth1phai7eio.jpg

Carved out of a rock.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2019/12/the-unbelievably-delicate-marble.html

It’s all about the lightsabers.
https://graphics.reuters.com/ENTERTAINMENT-STARWARS/0100B4QC2F7/index.html

Star Wars teaser sweetly Sweded.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/the-rise-of-skywalker-teaser-sweded.html

Czech kids posing like medieval illustrations. (via WeirdUniverse)
https://designyoutrust.com/2019/08/a-group-of-czech-students-recreate-weird-and-strange-scenes-from-medieval-books/

Metal music.
https://theawesomer.com/the-anarchestra-revisited/550608/

How we get trees.
https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/e8c1ia/very_rare_footage_of_tree_being_assembled/

Bye-bye backache. (via Everlasting Blort)
“Makes the Perfect Christmas Gift!”: The Television Ads of Ronco

Shake that cola drag.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/nancy-sinatra-for-rc-cola.html

The space wall.
https://theawesomer.com/the-space-wall/551108/

The BBC sound effect library.
http://bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/

Boris Johnson is a lying shit. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_G-FBSf1UI

“You know what’s wrong with today’s society? I’ll tell ya what’s wrong. Kids don’t drink out of the skulls of their enemies anymore, that’s what’s wrong.” (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRg_8NNPTD8

And.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wy-W-pYlds

Captain America bird. “I can do this all day.”
https://imgur.com/gallery/uhlDFXf

“Welcome to the pahty, pal.” Die Hard on ice.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/die-hard-on-ice.html

Action Man Battlefield Casualties. PTSD Action Man.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHlCZDzNLKQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0kf1xhB2VN99IZyRJbu8cHBq5SLQbyM8VdW-6x0wEqosV-7BE_ERmVqlE

I like the animation style. It’s by Natalia Ryss.
https://thecuriousbrain.com/?p=129047

Roulette-wheel-emotion cat. Or rather binary emotion cat.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/tweet-of-day_11.html

Sid Millward & The Nitwits.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4YY0SDuBfI

The annual Waga-Attari border retreat ceremony. The flourish at the end: the straightening of the cap and the twirling of the mustache.
https://www.futilitycloset.com/2019/12/12/wagah-attari-border-ceremony/

Juanita and I saw this guy at the Sonoma County Fair a couple of years ago. A sea of empty seats. Bad time of day, late in the run of the fair, audience of about six people. He still brought the magic and gave it his all. A total professional.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPBWac-JFls

Creepy dolls. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.puppiesandflowers.com/creepy-dolls-creepy-doll-eyes/

Jonathan Coulton’s Creepy Doll. That always follows you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgfklKnOg4w

Xenomorph ASMR. “Hey. Hi. It’s me, ASMR Miranda… And my new roommate Whisper Billy.”
https://news.avclub.com/in-space-no-one-can-hear-this-amazing-xenomorph-themed-1840410642

Cats going /What the what!/
https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/e9eymy/cats_reacting_to_a_cat_filter/

All fashionable (or not) self mutilation looks like this to me. At least if it’s just makeup you can scrub it off. Though if you’re wearing the makeup to cover abuse bruises so the piece of shit who did it to you can get away with it, how is /that/ right? Anyway, don’t do anything like this; it’s crazy and makes me flinch.
https://boingboing.net/2019/12/13/enjoy-these-photos-of-lips-inj.html

Down the rabbit hole.
https://dangerousminds.net/comments/down_the_rabbit_hole_watch_jonathan_millers_swinging_sixties_alice_in_wonde

Ode to a crystal set. (via b3ta.com)
https://youtu.be/iXmyyMybD6M?list=PLA603AF36DBE82B37

Pulleys.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2w3NZzPwOM

“Some of you have written in suggesting that I’m a wack job.” (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/dollyxparton/status/1161734360464338945

Endless jingling. Reload for fresh Dada cutup Xmas jingle composition. (via Everlasting Blort)
http://joshmillard.com/endlessjingling/

“Is it a squid? Is it a worm? It’s a worm.” Though the average depth of Earth’s oceans is only 12,000 feet. That’s just the top part of this.
https://neal.fun/deep-sea/

 

A little some o’ that Wasatch orthodontia.

     “Stop, drop and roll was always such a big deal as a kid. I really thought I’d be on fire more than this as an adult.” -Steven Wright

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-12-06) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

Al speaks on youthful motor adventures, the drive-in, the dog races. There’s the cat drama tale, where everyone involved is the good guy and the other one is the bad guy, which is standard for drama. Kay plays trombone through the phone. Various poems and arts and crafts, science and political and health info. Whimsy and tragedy, cake decorating tips and heads on spikes, NASA dolphin LSD trials, the latest in cutting-edge sex robot news… It’s not just a mixed bag, it’s a bunch of mixed bags in a blender, the effect I’m always shooting for. Oh, and at six hours and fifty minutes in, the one-hour recording of Gina O’Feral, Steve Worthen and Mark Friedrich in Mervin Gilbert’s and Mendocino Theater Company’s reading series production of /The African Queen/ from last Wednesday, so.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Dancing insects.
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/12/01/How-Stop-Motion-Animation-Began/

About the rotoscope process.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/the-trick-that-made-animation-realistic.html

Closure.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/closure.html

Moving pictures.
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/12/03/Moving-Pictures-2019/

Airbag for bicyclists and pedestrians and skateboarders.
https://hovding.com/stutterheim/

And this:
https://www.gq.com/story/craig-green-moncler-interview

The thermostat one.
https://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_2574_annoying-unwritten-rules-everybody-seems-to-follow/

Where the last names are.
https://www.netcredit.com/blog/most-common-name-country/

Combatting the anti-vaccine echo chamber.
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/12/03/It-s-War-These-Parents-Fight-Against-Anti-Vaxxers-on-Facebook/

If.
https://www.sunnyskyz.com/blog/2932/If-We-Drew-Modern-Animals-The-Way-We-Draw-Dinosaurs-Based-On-Bones-Alone

“You just wanta make sure you don’t make it all lumpy.” I’m not sure there wouldn’t be niche interest for that, though. People get jewels set into their teeth, and tattoos on their face and neck and ears, and little metal clothespins that stick sideways through their tongue, and they can get a job in the post office or even in a /bank/ now, much less a bail bond agency or an adult toy store. I think a penis plastic surgeon is limiting his market by ruling out uneven lumps and corkscrew shapes and so on. And genetically engineered bacteria that would make your dick light up like a Christmas ornament, or memory-wire mesh implants that would make it flip left and right like a Billy Bass in response to stock price information on the Fox News chyron or a Dolly Parton song or a FitBit feedback loop. The sky’s the limit for technological self-mutilation in this weird crappy timeline we’re stuck in anyway since that idiot went back and stepped on the butterfly in the Cretaceous. Stay on the path, they said. There was even a sign. But it is what it is. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. /Or can you?/ Sure, with a syringe. Easy.
https://boingboing.net/2019/12/05/dr-penis-explains-differe.html

A little lead time.
https://moderncastle.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Final-data-set_lead-poisoning-LG-logo.png

Fun with fossil fuels.
https://theawesomer.com/ice-karting/549972/

Apocalypse Pooh. “[groan] …Still in Saigon… /shit/.”
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/apocalypse-pooh.html

Pachelbel’s canon on European train horns.
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/12/05/Pachelbel-on-Train-Horns/

The granddaddy of teevee remote controls. Read the whole story.
https://www.vintag.es/2019/11/zenith-flash-matic.html

The cars. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.businessinsider.com/17-of-the-most-bizarre-cars-ever-designed-2014-5?IR=T

“Make love, not bugs.” “For rectal use only.”
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/30430/funny-and-fabulous-fortune-cookies

“31-year-old Luo Cuifen went to a hospital in China complaining of blood in her urine. X-rays showed that she had 26 needles embedded in her body, affecting her lungs, kidneys, brain, and other organs. Doctors believe the needles were inserted when Luo was an infant by grandparents who were disappointed that she was born a girl.”
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/17021/x-rays-news

Ian Danskin. Does this intelligent deconstruction of political reality make my butt look fat?
https://boingboing.net/2019/12/02/how-the-alt-right-is-like-an-a.html

Three Shining Swords, a Star Wars kabuki play. (The real action starts a little after 13 minutes in.)
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/12/02/Kabuki-Meets-Star-Wars-A-Japanese-Twist-to-an-American-Sci-Fi-Classic/

A time-lapse/montage or rather a serial catalog of uses of the toilet room in a place where people dress up nice to work.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuwRxha8zSU

Refuse to spread.
http://www.marriedtothesea.com/index.php?date=120319

See everything. Say nothing.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/beware_of_female_spies

The white pillow-shaped pill.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/12/02/silica-gel-packs/

But why do only little /boys/ get a heart marble?
https://laughingsquid.com/et-reunites-with-elliot/

/All Star/ on melon ocarinas.
https://theawesomer.com/all-star-on-melons/549884/

Cat ladders.
https://99percentinvisible.org/article/swiss-cat-ladders-documenting-deconstructing-feline-friendly-infrastructure/

Pigeon bridges.
http://www.pigeonbridge.com/en/#Intro

Planetary panoramas.
https://theawesomer.com/planetary-panoramas-4k/411448/

Bad Lip Reading project: Stranger Things.
https://laughingsquid.com/bad-lip-reading-of-stranger-things/

As it was.
https://dangerousminds.net/comments/bob_dylan_joni_mitchell_van_morrison_neil_young_the_band_in_the_alternate_l

Two silly unpatriotic girls and the Ghost of Meat Rationing Present.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/prices_unlimited

Rerun: Joanna Connor at a backyard barbeque.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/11/30/joanna-connor-band-walkin-blues/

Liquid sheep.\
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/tweet-of-day.html

Slovenian trampolinos.
https://theawesomer.com/the-worlds-largest-trampoline/549668/

Good news.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/tweet-of-day_30.html

Art. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://lustik.tumblr.com/post/189392900572/turecepcja-illustrations-by-yanin-ruibal-an

Rap.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdTalMWrQ7c

Rerun: Emo Trump.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/emo-trump.html

Hmm.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/11/29/the-stockings-were-hung-2/

Brunch!
https://theawesomer.com/brunch/549614/

No man.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EKy8FPvUEAEKa3Q.jpg

Flight of the Conchords Texan Odyssey. (44 min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHPe85CUpoM

Eat Drink Man Woman.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2019/12/clever-mashup-of-150-movie-titles.html

A visual history of light.
https://theawesomer.com/a-visual-history-of-light/478825/

Push it out, push it out, pushin out the demon. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh3syx7lKeU

The nightmare anno dominimus.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc0BGDYDnyE

Harpo and Lucy.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/12/harpo-and-lucy.html

Russia 2046. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.behance.net/gallery/61685009/Russia-2046

And Jesse Wiedel paintings, by year. (Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost sent me the link to this.)
http://jessewiedel.com/paintings.htm

Traish LaRue vs. El Santo! At the Palindrome on Thorgellen!

     “Does it have to be human? …Does it have to be fresh? …Where’m I s’posed ta GET it?” -Seymour Krelborn.

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-11-29) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

It was a circus last night. Hank Sims and Jenny came in. That’s /the/ Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost, providing real, old-fashioned small-town journalism but on the web. Al Nunez (say NOON-yez) came and reluctantly accepted the money help everybody gave this week to get him over this rough patch, and he was persuaded to sit down and talk for a little while, and if you’ve been following his saga on the MCN listserv I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear it from his own mouth here. Kay Rudin called a couple of times to talk about the Big Band event coming to Lauren’s in Boonvile /next/ Saturday night, and I only hung up on her once. Alex Bosworth called from Arkansas, as promised, to give the skinny, the lowdown, the poop, etc., on Thorgellen, the ancient pagan festival of blood and fire in honor of Thor, which Memo of the Air celebrates every year and has done since 1997, including the Airing of Grievances and the solemn playing of William S. Burroughs’ /A Thanksgiving Prayer/, hands and knees and heads bowed down. Thomas showed up and explained the financial term /derivatives/ in a way even /I/ could understand. Blues legend Lucky Otis called from Los Angeles. And people who didn’t even want to be on the air kept coming in and going out. I didn’t really get to start reading the material I brought to read until way after midnight. I have work tonight, so I’m not going into any detail here but, let’s see… If you want to hear the part where Al Nunez is there, you can skip directly to about an hour and eight minutes in. Oh, and Thomas heard me say something about a hamburger, so, just like about three years ago, he came back later with a hand-cooked cheeseburger on toast, with bacon, lettuce, tomato and a thick slice of onion in it. Oh, my god. Perfect. There’s your Thorgellen feast, right there.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Rerun: Turkey dubstep.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/those-turkeys.html

Duck art.
https://www.demilked.com/people-drawing-ducks/

Things people used to do before phones.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05svBr3FJD4

Speckled octopockle.
https://laughingsquid.com/camouflaging-octopus-changes-color/

Open memory box.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/27/open-memory-box-hundreds-of-h.html

Style. Some home design ideas for you. I have about five favorites in this collection. How many for you?
https://www.boredpanda.com/apartament-home-design-fail-pleasehatethesethings/

We regret the error.
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1197940986040770560.html

Industrial park.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2019/11/repurposing-old-industrial-sites-as.html

A queer ferry.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/a_queer_ferry

It’s hard for a trolleyman to hold still. The trolley is the future, and future is always moving.
https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/aef9c2ca2a23a8df4b303d92fc2028a3ce8a6fa2/c=0-12-1064-613/local/-/media/2016/08/15/WIGroup/WisconsinRapids/636068630355526528-streetcar.jpg

Hong Kong. Summary. Short video. Pretty much the whole story of what’s the big deal here.
https://www.vox.com/world/2019/8/22/20804294/hong-kong-protests-9-questions

“A Jew coup.” Ahem. The last line of this lunatic right-wing evangelical Christian preacher radio/teevee star’s delusional rant is the money shot for this sort of thing. Stay for it. It’s not that long. I wonder what happens when somebody, just on the street, tells him and his crazy cult friends that his Jesus Christ is a Jew. Or asks him to think of a single instance in all of history where what he’s paranoid about actually happened: the Jews getting in power and slaughtering and killing all the Christians.
https://vimeo.com/375426140

Dragon.
https://laughingsquid.com/dragon-woven-from-palm-leaves/

Asbestos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxfZSEboVM4

William S. Burroughs, A Thanksgiving Prayer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLSveRGmpIE

Comedic juggler.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2019/11/comedic-juggler.html

Why do you suppose they call her popcorn girl?
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/11/26/popcorn-girl/

Clock. (via Everlasting Blort). It’s wonderful, but I would prefer an equivalent ultimate value in plain milk chocolate and caramel.
https://twitter.com/Steampunk_T/status/1172246833583796225

Food timeline.
http://www.foodtimeline.org/

Dubstep on power tools.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh6itBrjlD0

‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy. Bow-bow-bow ba-da BWARR, ba-da BWARR.
https://laughingsquid.com/ramones-i-wanna-be-sedated-on-dulcimer/

Scenes from The Shining dubbed in Japanese. (via b3ta.com)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izinvUZUZ5Q

Always remember.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/11/23/kickstart-my-heart-misheard-lyrics/

If donkeys’ nostrils had eyeballs.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/11/22/heres-lookin-at-you-kid-2/

Watch the center of the gif (say jiff) for about 30 seconds, then look at the picture.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/11/21/trippin-2/

They called it the Danger Dance. You could cripple yourself. You could break your stupid foot completely off.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/dangers_of_the_charleston

What.
https://imgur.com/lsH9vDD

How we get nuts.
https://imgur.com/LoVuanr

How we get chameleon puppies.
https://www.reddit.com/r/NatureIsFuckingLit/comments/dldnwp/baby_veiled_chameleon_takes_the_first_breaths_of/

“/Sigh./ It’s like this.”
https://theawesomer.com/the-ants/548985/

One day and one night in a place where they have winter.
https://gfycat.com/faithfultintedalaskanhusky-nature

Jaguar (say JAG-yoo-ahr) versus croc-thing.
https://gfycat.com/uniquegoodclumber

Jellycam.
https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-exhibits/live-web-cams/jelly-cam

Seal snot.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/27/the-irish-language-has-the-bes.html

What all your problems look like from up there.
https://theawesomer.com/the-world-below/509218/

The path (or) Why not to put wet scrap metal in the furnace.
https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=kpLMa_1574880545

Boy gets dog.
https://www.reddit.com/r/aww/comments/dsgt0p/getting_a_dog/

O Fortuna, the real lyrics in English for a change.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/o-fortuna.html

Auroral meaning.
https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/response-list-for-trumpers-this-thanksgiving

The page counts for you so you don’t get stuck and never get out.
http://chihuahuaspin.com/

6 kinetic characters.
https://theawesomer.com/six-kinetic-characters/549039/

A man with a really good videocamera in his hat, with great stereo sound, just wanders around Osaka for an hour in the middle of the night, and it seems like a really night place. Very different from the anime shows I’ve seen, where rocket-powered motorcyclists have sword fights and battle terrifying ghost bears from the other world. Nothing like that at all in real life. Use your good headphones.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/28/watch-an-evening-stroll-throu.html

Let this actual astronaut tell you what’s wrong with all your favorite space movies.
https://jalopnik.com/let-this-actual-astronaut-tell-you-whats-wrong-with-all-1840032072

Magnificent model rockets.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWvYe37r44c

The X-ray craze of 1896. I love the little dreamlike soft-focus electrical X-ray-booth trolley car.
https://daily.jstor.org/the-x-ray-craze-of-1896/

Yes, the big question on everybody’s mind.
https://thenib.com/a-real-head-scratcher

He gets to the new one (repeating bow and arrow) at about two minutes 30 seconds.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/25/jorg-sprave-is-back-with-a-new.html

Capybaras. These things are about he size of a very big dog. Technically they’re rodents. Capybara fact: everyone loves them. It doesn’t matter what kind of animals you put in with a capybara they get along great.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/25/capybaras-relaxing-in-a-hot-to.html

Cardboard. Enjoy them while they’re here. These things don’t last. Water from the air gets in and makes everything soft and all we’ll have left is the pictures.
https://laughingsquid.com/kinetic-cardboard-sculptures/

More than the sum of their parts.
https://laughingsquid.com/penny-hardy-blown-away/

Where your bullshit magic earth mother crystals come from: Mos Eisley, and you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy… No, wait, the scum and villainy part, yeah, but Tucson, on Earth. Not Mos Eisley on Tattooine.
https://newrepublic.com/article/148190/know-healing-crystals-come-from

About Cthulhu Ventures LLC. An investment opportunity.
https://nerdcore.de/2019/11/26/cthulhu-ventures-llc/

Yggdrasil. Sounds like an ointment for lumbago, whatever that is, but it’s not. It’s the root and trunk and branch of everything there is. So… it’s an ointment? No. It’s… never mind, okay, it’s an ointment.
https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/yggdrasil-the-sacred-ash-tree-of-norse-mythology

Everyone’s different inside, but surprisingly almost everyone shares the rotating glitter-fluid Jupiter marble effect.
https://laughingsquid.com/the-other-side/

And SquatMagic /will be/ your butt-transforming secret. The results are amazing, they say. Just /look/ at how fit these kids are, and it all comes from the magic of simply squatting in a rubber wrestling suit on this ingenious device. /Transformo posteriori!/ (via b3ta.com)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TykqB18FCc

 

 

Zeppelin spy basket.

     “And then she was in the sky! And he picked her up! And then she was awake again! And then…” -ecstatic little girl to her mother, walking past me, going the other way, across the parking lot of the theater multiplex and the FoodMAX, last Monday when I went for salad parts and oranges, cheap olive oil, etc. I had just been in the Salvation Army store and passed up a chance to buy, for a measly ten dollars, an antique pneumatic chord organ just like the one my cousins had in their basement in Ohio when I was six years old, and I’m still kicking myself about that, but it’s not like I don’t have enough musical toys. I just love the design and the sound, especially the thrumming whirrrr of the air pump, and the way everyone in the place jumps and/or cringes and/or merely turns to stare when you hold down all the keys at once. But ten dollars is ten dollars, as you’ll recall from the punchline of that old joke about Fred and Edna at the State Fair. I always felt that if Fred and Edna loathed each other’s company that much why did they stay together so long in the first place… Ya know what? The instant I press send on this I’m putting my street clothes on and going back over there to see if it’s still there.

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-11-22) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

This is a pretty coherent show, as these things go. It has a kind of flow to it. I worked hard and played hard and did a good job of it. That’s what comes of a routine. Everything went right, including taking quite a bit of time out to help search for Juanita’s Dickens Faire costume corset when she was frantic and stuck and late to prepare and unable to progress. It’s the element that ties the whole room together, so to speak. I put my fingers on it in one of the stuffed bags and /knew/, and pulled it out and held it on display, and she was so incredibly happy, hopping-up-and-down happy, all better, the world wonderful again. “Now,” I said, “Kiss me like I just found your corset.” You’re welcome to use that line in your own life; I’m not proprietary about a gift from the gods.

A lot of the show’s break-time music is related to Shakespeare-flavored subjects: Shakespearean HipHop, Green Eggs and Hamlet, Tesser singing the famous Five-Minute Hamlet, Bluegrass Lady MacBeth, and so on, because of the show at Mendocino Theater Company’s little theater the Helen Schoeni Theater in the middle of the Art Center in Mendocino, running 7:30pm Thursdays through Saturdays and 2pm Sundays, through December 8 (707 937 4477 for info and tickets). Also, if you get this tonight (Nov. 23) it’s not too late to see the locally produced extravaganza /Aladdin/, not at all the Disney version but written and directed by Felicia Felicich of Fort Bragg and choreographed by Amanda Ficili of Albion, starring a bunch of the kids who were so great in /Really Rosie/ last month, and that’s 2pm Sunday Nov. 24 in the Matheson theater downhill and across the street to the east from Mendocino High School.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

We go forward. We go back.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2010/08/joy.html

Art.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/where-1960s-psychedelic-look-came-from.html

You know how sometimes you see a recording of an act that’s not going over well, for whatever reason, and the stereotypically ugly audience expresses displeasure by silent physical and psychic withdrawal, and the performer nervously jokes, “Tough crowd.” This scene is what the polar opposite of every part of that looks and sounds like.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPAB3JiWrnY

Randy Rainbow’s latest.
http://www.cynical-c.com/2019/11/22/hes-just-a-gurl-wholl-quid-pro-quo-randy-rainbow-song-parody/

I will face my fear. I will let it pass through me.
https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/photo/2019/11/photos-week-3/w29_1181055680/main_1500.jpg

No wonder the Muslims hate the West. This is blood magic sex music. These brazen degenerates are animated by demons. You can see all the way to France. I say, first, medicinal wine from a teaspoon, then beer from a bottle!
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/de_kermisklanten

Ragtime! Shameless music! that’ll grab your son, your daughter, in the arms of the jungle animal instinct mass-steria! (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkw57uGnSrs

The saucy wheels on the bus.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOYnov77So4&t=5s

“Notice, by the way, that the leaves are protected by skins of vellum specially made from the intestines of an ox.”
https://youtube.com/watch?v=2Lak64SAaIY

And there you have it.
https://laughingsquid.com/rick-and-morty-the-world-hates-smart-people/

What it sounds like going up and coming down. There’s no air at the apogee; the sound you hear there is transmitted to the microphone through where teh microphone is attached.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aCOyOvOw5c

Dune. Dude! Shai hulud! Yee-haw (bump) yee-haw (bump). (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/FabulousWeird/status/1194999407449706501

Flawless and stirring.
https://theawesomer.com/imperial-accordion-march/427160/

Made of.
https://un-gif-dans-ta-gueule.tumblr.com/post/163715440136/what-are-we-made-of

A beautiful building. Usually when I look through a list of new architectural achievements I think, so what? Not this time.
https://newatlas.com/architecture/zaha-hadid-leeza-soho-completed/

Almost to NaPoVoInterCo.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-sneaky-plan-to-subvert-electoral.html

Och, aye, these foolish women and their shitty fashion sense, which looks fine to me, but what do /I/ know. I mean, look at /me/: mismatched socks, plaid green pyjama pants and a purple sweatshirt with the elbows worn through and the tag sticking up in back.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/right-and-wrong-in-fashion.html

Speaking of which:
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/goldrake.html

“Powered by clockwork she is a harpist playing a lyre (now missing) and was once dressed in fine silks. Made of papier-mâché with glass eyes and real hair.” It makes me think of /Hugo/, the clockwork brainwashing-of-Helena scene in /MirrorMask/, and the sad death of Robin Williams’ robot sister in /Toys/.
http://joannecasey.blogspot.com/2019/11/musical-automaton-circa-1870.html

“And it weighs only fifteen-and-a-half pounds.”
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/the_philco_safari

Mercury transit. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yNzSwlnQ2Q

I saw Sidney Poitier’s name in an ad for a movie when I was a little boy and stumbled over this very idea, but got up and carried on as though nothing had happened and forgot it entirely until just now.
https://www2.b3ta.com/host/creative/19721/1573956317/SidPoints.jpg

How does an aerospike engine work? This video is over an hour long, but I skipped you to exactly the answer to that question, with helpful animation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4SaofKCYwo&t=14m36s

Zeppelin spy basket.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2019/11/the-zeppelin-spy-basket.html

Iron Maiden Delilah.
https://laughingsquid.com/bruce-dickinson-sings-delilah-by-tom-jones/

This video will be out of date by the time you see it, but I want to present it as an example of how this guy /finally/ learned to do professional standup. Every time before, there always seemed to be something a little off, embarrassing mugging, the timing not quite right. Now it’s right. Maybe he had to reach the right age before he could relax into it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FwQBJIBuCg

Water drumming. Sounds cool, looks exhausting. /Bloop./ /Blummmp./ Plish-plash-plish. (I read a list of reasons why humans are adorable, and here is one: “Humans are not an aquatic or even amphibious species, but they flock to bodies of water simply to play in it. They can’t even hold their breath all that long; they just love to splash.”
https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2019/11/tweet-of-day_18.html

William the faience hippopotamus.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2019/11/word-for-day-faience.html

Vocoded. (via https://b3ta.com)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMoGdZLIRn8

How was your day at work, honey?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoBxHAUVfpo

The illusion of control.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1URmwnpHv0

The last man on Earth.
https://theawesomer.com/the-last-man-on-earth-sat-alone-in-a-room/548271/

Trump honors war criminal with presidential string of human ears.
https://politics.theonion.com/trump-honors-war-criminal-with-presidential-string-of-h-1839987976

One of those pictures that’s like a temporary antidote for everything awful in the world.
https://imgur.com/FCYU8ib

Speaking of which: Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews sing together for 15 minutes. So nice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDMELGQwEvY

The internet makes her cry sometimes at night.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xOEtggUtDM

Ze Frank’s latest about a smelly mushroom.
https://laughingsquid.com/true-facts-stinkhorns/

There’s a trick that people play, where they tell their small children they ate all the Halloween candy, so they can get video of the kids going mad with rage and grief, because there’s a humor market for that. And then there’s this. (You might have to click the sound on.)
https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/dx4r4m/this_mum_told_her_son_that_she_ate_all_of_his/

So it sucks up the sawdust that the suction-powered power saw it powers makes. And the saleslady; isn’t she pretty? I think she’s pretty. (via https://b3ta.com)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP-K9Os-OiU

My beautiful laundrette.
https://www.instagram.com/coinop_london/

Telephones. This was made too early to include the green rare-orchid-derived bliss-drug telephone scene in /Adaptation/.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/telephones

Hail, hail, fire and snow, call the angel, we may go.
https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/dzxdse/the_cult_is_back_in_town/

The strength of ten because her heart is pure, for now.
https://news.avclub.com/nobody-loves-anything-as-much-as-this-10-year-old-drumm-1839998584

100.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/19/decade-of-pop.html

I really like all three of these. I’m imagining the Van Morrison version, and Kate Bush, and They Might Be Giants, and Frank Zappa, and the Beatles, and Vincent, Kraftwerk, and Weird Al, and Laurie Anderson… Laurie Anderson: “Ih… ih… ih… ih… ih… ih… ih- ih… ih… ih… Oh quid pro-quahohhhh, oh notheeeeng, oh mom and dad. Mom and dad ih… ih… ih… ih… ih… ih… ih….” Or Enya!
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/musical-trump.html

Animated graph of Trump’s insulting tweets, by the numbers.
https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/dwguvx/oc_insulting_tweets_by_donald_j_trump_retweets/

A literal geotagged shit-swarm.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2019/11/incremental-excrement.html

“Children love these. $15 and you provide the turkey.”
http://www.amyoops.com/2019/11/turkey-teddy-bear.html

Every once in awhile I see something and it makes me say, /That’s the future, right there./ Well, that’s the future, right there:
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/21/projector-throws-stable-1000fp.html

And also there:
https://laughingsquid.com/drones-fly-in-shape-of-giant-airplane/

And there, though the mature product will be powered by a tiny chemical cartridge and fit in your pocket, and the kids will all have them, and it’ll become a congressional issue when a kid on a school bus trips and one goes off in his front pocket and renders him sterile.
https://theawesomer.com/how-to-peel-an-orange/548615/

Oh, what the heck: Ze Frank’s entire Ze Frank page.
http://www.zefrank.com/

Life Magazine, September 17, 1951.
https://tinyurl.com/LifeMag-1951-09-17

Exactly. This is exactly what it’s like.
http://catandgirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-11-19-cgice.gif

That’s entertainment. Everything about it. The record player, the dog, the whistler, of course.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/tweet-of-day_19.html

And that’s what I call a finale rack. (say fa-NAL-ee rack) It’s a fireworks industry term. Kurt Vonnegut called World War 2 and the years immediately after it the finale rack of human progress, and it’s not hard to see why he felt that way. He was a prisoner of war in Dresden when 800 Allied bomber planes, the good guys, for debatable values of /good/, dropped 2,700 tons of incendiary bombs there, turning the entire city into a hell storm made all of fire. From wikipedia: “U.S. Eighth Air Force followed the next day with another 400 tons of bombs and carried out yet another raid by 210 bombers the day after that. It is thought that some 25,000–35,000 civilians died in Dresden in the air attacks, though some estimates are as high as 250,000, given the influx of undocumented refugees who had fled to Dresden from the east. Most of the victims incinerated were women, children, and the elderly.” Vonnegut survived by hiding in the meat locker of a slaughterhouse. Anyway:
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/22/watch-this-fantastic-las-vegas.html

 

R.O.U.S.

     He held up a book then. “I’m going to read it to you.”  “Does it have any sports in it?”  “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautiful ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.”  “Sounds okay,” I said and I kind of closed my eyes.

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-11-15) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

Paula Glessner (I hope I have the name right) and her mostly silent partner showed up with a box of thousands of tiny sculptures, archeological evidence of a culture of Girl Scouts in what’s now the American Georgia. And they spread them out on the table and talked about what they all mean. I can’t sum it up quickly and do it justice, but it’s about the sign of the giant chicken, a campground outhouse, a spirit journey across the continent in a van with a big dog, and a wicker flying saucer with five blue eyes. And you can too.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

“Yes, you in the back, with the index finger? You have a question?” “I do. Thank you. I was just wondering, Why can’t /we/ have streets like that?”
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/03/rua-goncalo-de-carvalho-most-beautiful.html

Or magic crystals that actually do something besides cost wooly-thinking idiots so much money that they get people killed, hence the term: blood crystals.
http://joannecasey.blogspot.com/2019/11/unique-properties.html

That’s okay; we can have magnets. They only kill people if you swallow two of them and they clamp together across a loop and create a bayou in your intestines.
https://theawesomer.com/how-magnets-are-made/547343/

And, thanks to Rod Stewart and his passion for trains, we have /this/ to admire. Thanks, Rod Stewart.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2019/11/rod-stewarts-model-railway.html

More views, though without the color turned up so much, so less punchy.
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-50403561

And we can have a cold. Bless you. (via Everlasting Blort) (Always sneeze and/or cough only into your elbow.)
https://vimeo.com/366068103

Another gloriously dreamlike POV mountain-surfing drone video. Though, speaking of your elbow, it sounds like someone’s resting his elbow on the piano tape and, whenever he breathes, it presses down and lifts again.
https://theawesomer.com/bc-drone-mountain-surfing/547742/

I love this kind of animated graph. Here, as you watch this, what year does it get to before you realize you don’t know who half of these people are, much less what their famous song is or what they even sound like, or who they just got divorced from to get back together with whom? (See? Whom.) (Say that: /whom. Whom./) (Just keep saying it. You sound like Laurie Anderson, who is not in the graph nor is her late husband Lou Reed, because there is no God.)
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-best-selling-music-artists-of-last.html

Same kind of animated horse-race bar graph, but for music genres in general. It’s hip-hop by a length.
https://laughingsquid.com/most-popular-music-genres-1910-2019/

Top of the hour, hour number five in this case, or rather seventeen, in a giant chiming-clock store. Electronic chimes, cuckoo cuckoos, grandfather bongs, everything, all at once, every hour, not just this hour, and a lot of them play a tune, every fifteen minutes, too. My mother has a clock that chirps like a different kind of bird ever hour. Juanita has an every-15-minutes-it-does-something clock; it’s set to /way/ the wrong time, too, because she has a scheme to help her be on time for work. You can hear it ringing away in the background when I’m doing the show from her apartment. I hardly even notice it anymore. Where did the magic go? Oh, well.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/five-oclock-at-clock-shop.html

I do a bunch of the things listed here almost exactly as written, and some more, too, that aren’t here.
https://www.cracked.com/pictofacts-1493-bizarre-habits-that-are-weirdly-hard-to-quit/

Do you also see this and think /dainty diggers/ and hear the Sugarplum Fairy song playing in your head for a moment and image the dainty diggers doing a little dance?
http://integrateddoha.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/cm_005.jpg

Four white cops in a train station handcuff and arrest a black man, who seems bemused and not at all surprised anymore that it’s all about his sandwich. The compounding offense seems to be that he will show them his transit papers, nor release his purse to the cop grabbing at it and baiting him for an excuse, any excuse. Even if you’re a sensitive soul it’s safe for you to look at this; they don’t shoot him or electrocute him or strangle him to death, for a change. Still, it’s a drag and not at all the America we signed up for, I think you’ll agree.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/11/four-cops-handcuff-black-man-f.html

This is a tad more disturbing, though still no use of clubs or guns or shock prods or strangulation. Giant white deputy in dark glasses yanks quadruple amputee out of his chair and wrestles him to the ground. Backup cops arrest kid shooting video of this, for, what else?, shooting video of this. I am at a loss for words and that is rare. The words /oh my god/ are technically words, you’re right.
https://www.kold.com/2019/11/14/watch-teenage-quadruple-amputee-wrestled-ground-by-deputy/

A consequence of bad advice.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/14/what-not-to-do-the-first-day-i.html

The latest in my collection of five or ten favorite ads ever. This is for a kind of car. It’s very moving. Though nothing will ever compare with the Campbell’s Soup ad stuck in my head since I saw it in the early 1970s, the 30-second-long one where a woman makes soup for her quiet daughter, and when she puts it on the table, the little girl says, “My mother used to make that kind of soup for me.” So they’re /not/ mother and daughter, then; the girl’s mother is /dead/. Oh. What will happen now? A second that seems like minutes passes. The woman says, “My mother used to make this kind of soup for me, too,” waits a beat. Little girl, her eyes down, says nothing.  Woman sits, says gently, “Why don’t I tell you a little about my mother, and then maybe you can tell me about yours.” *breathe* Campbell’s Soup can fills the round-cornered screen.
https://laughingsquid.com/renault-30-years-in-the-making/

Bambi 2: the Revengening. (say ra-VEN-ja-ning) (say it like an angry old Jewish man)
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/new-disney-movie.html

Real fire.
https://laughingsquid.com/la-machine-la-compagnie-du-dragon/

Winter where they have real winter.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/11/14/winter-is-coming-5/

The hover text: “These signals seem to be pre-star-formation but post-Malone.”
https://xkcd.com/2226/

A short clip from the surprisingly historically accurate documentary film /Flying Saucers Over Istanbul/. It amazes me that this sort of thing is going on all around us all the time, the truth is out there, and it’s pushed to the back burner as all the media can think of to plaster everywhere is the noteworthy but vastly less significant discoloration of Trump’s wattles by his rancid racist lies and the black blood, or perhaps it’s child-slave-produced Hershey’s syrup, seeping out of the pentagram on his skin-suit forehead, mixing with the lies and continuing on below, creating a world-permeating narcissistic effluvium of eldritch doom. A little of that goes a long way.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/flying_saucers_over_istanbul

 

Hunc nunc. Hunc nunc? Hunc nunc!

   “Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!”

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-11-08) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Memorial to heroic self-sacrifice. (via FutilityCloset)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_to_Heroic_Self-Sacrifice#Tablets

An exercise in a simple but effective shooting-and-editing technique.
https://theawesomer.com/sweet-curious/546371/

Another teaser/trailer for future events in the /His Dark Materials/ series, which has finally started!
https://io9.gizmodo.com/a-new-his-dark-materials-trailer-teases-the-rest-of-sea-1839634303

How we get rubbers. This factory is in Thailand, which explains the narrator’s BBC accent. But it turns out that, far and away, Maylasia supplies the world with rubbers, of course, in hindsight.
https://theawesomer.com/how-condoms-are-made/375448/

A Czech children’s charmingly rubbery teevee show: The Flying Ferdinand.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj_UmD3jXZI

Amazing real photo of a city in the clouds, with explanation.
https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/03/chicago-skyline-mark-hersch/

Photos.
https://cms.newatlas.com/digital-cameras/winners-gallery-2019-urban-photo-awards/#gallery

Art!
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/11/04/This-Amazing-Artist-Turns-Food-Packaging-into-Fanciful-Sculptures/

Dance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWZlQHtAEKY

Thriller. High school kids and their cool teacher.
http://www.cynical-c.com/2019/10/31/happy-halloween-2/

How they used to have an /I am sorry/ gesture. So much grander than a text message.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/too-marvelous-for-words.html

Narrow bike trail.
https://theawesomer.com/riding-the-best-line/546290/

Long menus.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/22/dining/diner-menu.html

Take the 5.
https://theawesomer.com/take-the-five/546129/

Here’s the whole song but live on stage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCIHrDhk3JI

I like the first one and the third one down.
https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/my-anxiety-a-visual-guide

The last visible package. (via b3ta)
https://twitter.com/sheepfilms/status/1191324318858457089?s=20

“I’d never seen astronauts sleeping in space before. It’s much more creepy than I imagined.” (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/LVaughanJones/status/1189718599952470016

Atomic gardening.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/03/atomic-gardening-breeding-plants-with.html

Powder puff dogs.
https://designyoutrust.com/2019/06/photographer-tossed-powder-on-some-dogs-and-the-result-turned-out-amazing/

Betty.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/dizzy-dishes.html

About Louise Brooks.
https://flashbak.com/if-i-ever-bore-you-itll-be-with-a-knife-glorious-pictures-of-louise-brooks-420452/

The jealous-girlfriend/unfaithful-guy meme played out with stock photos.
https://imgur.com/gallery/mGoo9

Charles Tyler sent this. William Dalrymple on the ruthless rise of the British East India Company
https://abclisten.page.link/Ngh6

Ruben Bolling’s latest.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/06/a-plethora-of-super-fun-pak-co.html

Yes, that was close.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/05/unreal-footage-of-a-guy-fallin.html

This is /crazy-eyes/. When you hear somebody described as having /crazy-eyes/, here is what that means.
https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/kidz-bop-karen/

Trump’s words put in Red Skull’s mouth.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/05/this-twitter-feed-turns-trump.html

I hope you have fifteen minutes for the most interesting Veritasium video yet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VPfZ_XzisU

Test yourself further.
https://www.sporcle.com/games/finetuner/dad-jokes-ii-copy

And further.
https://www.sporcle.com/games/finetuner/dad-jokes-i

“Yeah. Uh-huh. So seductive. I take you to the candy shop. Let you lick the lollipop.” I understand it to be metaphorical.
https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/dt5i24/ill_just_drop_this_here/

Coming up.
https://laughingsquid.com/giant-skeleton-emerges-from-mexico-city-street/

Hate for sale. Neil Gaiman wrote this.
https://vimeo.com/215445656

As Event Horizon, the film, is to 2001: A Space Odyssey, this is to Monty Python’s /The Joke That Won The War/. WARNING. HORRIBLE.
https://theawesomer.com/cursed-words/546408/

Rerun: Monty Python’s /The Joke/ sketch. Warning, delightful. (And deadly. If you use Google Translate to get English back from the German version of the joke, it results: /FATAL ERROR/, and a good thing, too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGbe5qy5274

The Smith & Jones Nazi generals sketch.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_Z6tv7cQmM

Ze Frank’s latest.
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/11/06/True-Facts-Leafhoppers-and-Friends/

Do it yourself. How to watch the entire development of a chicken embryo into a live peeping baby chicken in your own kitchen. It involves a plastic cup, some vinyl food wrap, and calcium DL-lactate pentahydrate.* (I’m suggesting the obvious continuation of the project to the chicken salad stage. That isn’t shown here.) (*Whatever you do, don’t substitute in G-23 paxilon hydrochlorate, because the resulting chicken can become highly aggressive, committing unspeakable acts including cannibalism, rape, and self-mutilation. “What’ll happen if they take the ship?” “If they take the ship, they’ll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into their clothing. And, if we’re very, very lucky, they’ll do it in that order.” Anyway, read labels and use as directed in the proper quantities.)
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/08/how-to-hatch-a-baby-chicken-in.html

The mysteries of marriage. (30 min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDFwQ0bbrbc

Octopocle limbo. It seems cruel to put it through this, but we’re assured that it’s not being hurt. It seems to me that the captive octopockle is already in a sort of limbo, between worlds. Forcing it to literally /do/ the limbo is a little on the nose, or beak, rather.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/11/how-small-space-can-octopus-pass-through.html

Lamb of God, doo doo doo-doot doo-doo.
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/11/06/How-to-Sing-Baby-Shark-for-Mass/

A conversation between two practitioners of the criminal arts of different generations but an obvious spiritual kinship.
https://theawesomer.com/old-crime-meets-new-crime/545979/

The amazing Wham-O Air Blaster toy. You might have to turn the sound all the way up on the video. Not because in your youth you were deafened by a Wham-O Air Blaster toy, but because they just recorded it too low.
http://www.retroland.com/air-blaster-gun/

Paris, France 100 years ago.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/05/beautiful-footage-of-parisian.html

Britain 65 years ago.
https://www.theava.com/archives/112517

Humans on trolley buses. Odd.
https://www.boredpanda.com/humans-of-trolleybuses/

How we get heat sinks. I had thought they were cast, but they’re shaved and bent. Huh.
https://theawesomer.com/how-heat-sinks-are-made/514668/

How we get springs.
https://theawesomer.com/inside-a-spring-factory/388895/

Grandfather’s clock.
https://27thstreet.me/2019/11/07/grandfathers-clock/

Floreana.
https://theawesomer.com/floreana/546704/

Russian techno on a Jew’s harp.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/08/techno-performed-with-a-jaw-ha.html

Their secret lives.
https://www.boredpanda.com/pop-culture-character-secret-life-illustration-ed-harrington/

And see? The whole /world/ isn’t crazy. Thank you for your service. I like your style.
https://boingboing.net/2019/11/07/drive-by-compliments.html

 

Day-O! De dead!

   “Knock-knock. Who’s there? Nosferatu. Blah-ha-ha.”

Here’s the recording of last night’s Night o’ de Day o’ de Dead (2019-11-01) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

I just remembered saying on the air near the beginning of the show that the time change is /next/ week. It was because I was in such a hurry getting ready, what with the power having been off all week till Thursday, and looked up the time-change date, read /March 10/ but only registered the 10. So on the extremely tiny chance you see this before it’s late enough for you to miss your appointment in Samarra, set your grandfather clock back tonight. In a perfect world there wouldn’t be any of this newfangled clock-changing jiggery-pokery. It’d be cash on the barrelhead, midnight is midnight, gol-durn it.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Rerun: The skeleton dance.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-skeleton-dance.html

Skeleton song. I like this band. They remind of Gogol Bordello.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLeol5a0MxA

It’s a dog. It’s always been a dog.
http://www.amyoops.com/2019/10/cant-unsee-it.html

Testing the new robot soldier. The testing is not as cruel as it looks. Think of it as a toaster. That’s how it starts.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/10/new-robot-makes-soldiers-obsolete.html

Gun Shop, a high-speed documentary.
https://robotmafia.com/gun-shop/

Hm.
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/10/30/Which-Planet-is-Closest/

Aethervision.
https://boingboing.net/2019/10/30/aethervision.html

Art. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/10/art-historical-masterworks-costumes-in-japan/

Out of the toothpaste tunnel, into the bucket. (Click the sound on.)
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/10/29/what-in-the-wild-world-of-hell/

Just try to play this without smiling your head off.
https://boingboing.net/2019/10/30/fantastic-version-of-mr-tambo.html

“Give me all your lupins.”
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/03/flowering-of-lupins-in-lake-tekapo-new.html

Galaxy of horrors.
https://mentalfloss.com/article/606189/nasa-debuts-galaxy-horrors-exoplanet-posters-just-time-halloween

“Getcher filthy paws offa me, monkeyboy. Yarrgh! Rowr-bazzle! Mmph! NNNN!”
https://twitter.com/41Strange/status/1188700620129099781

It’s the teeth and the tongue that really sell it.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EH71mNCU8AAPxEK?format=jpg&name=large

Art. (arrow right for gallery)
https://www.charlieimmer.com/

An /ordinary/ toilet drain seal (you put it on the floor, on the mouth of the drainpipe, drop the toilet on top of that, then screw the toilet down) is about the size of a small cereal bowl, made out of sticky flesh-colored wax, costs about $2.50 and tax, and lasts until your house is vaporized by the Earth being swallowed into the expanding Sun. Now, if you want to pay a little more for a seal that will last until the heat death of the infinite multiverse, you can get a fancy blue mil-spec thing like this one. And every time you look at the toilet, you’ll get the pleasure of knowing that there’s a lovely blue plumbing part down under there that you bought because you liked it, because you deserve it. You’ve worked hard in your life and why not treat yourself? Also you can talk about it at holidays and family gatherings and when you’re interviewed by local news about your neighbor and that monstrous act he committed, because he always just seemed like a quiet normal guy and nobody had the faintest idea. What a pretty color. I saw a Karmann-Ghia that color once. I wonder where that car is now. (Just for future reference, this paragraph is a representative snapshot of my internal dialog 97% of the time, though it’s rarely about plumbing or cars.)
https://images.homedepot-static.com/productImages/3b0922f1-625d-48de-9b6e-2daf140e2971/svn/danco-gaskets-seals-wax-rings-10718x-64_1000.jpg

Speaking of which, I want a car with a dashboard that has either /all/ of these things on it or only a mechanical speedometer and maybe a high-beam indicator: a /mechanical/ high-beam indicator– a little clockwork-powered semaphore flap with white paint behind it, and mechanical headlights that don’t switch between bulbs or filaments inside but swivel up and down on a cable to a pedal on the floor.
https://images2.imgbox.com/57/2c/4qFttQx2_o.png

If you were there you’d say, /Oh, honey. Oh, no. Don’t feel bad. I’ll pick it up. Go on, take your break. That’s okay./ We’ve all done something like this, and it’s only toilet paper; it’s not as though anything broke.
http://www.amyoops.com/2019/10/oops_29.html

But these people, on the other hand. Alcohol. Tch.
https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/dmfkre/drunk_couple_and_their_attempt_to_climb_a_flight/

These are the guys you want touching the delicate insides of your ride. They know what’s what.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/10/29/modern-art-3/

Pass this and you’re a Moose. That’s really all there is to it.
https://mentalfloss.com/article/606206/quiz-terrible-jokes

Also memorize these lyrics.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZNT1SzbMvw

The Paul Lynde Halloween special.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/the_paul_lynde_halloween_special

Crazy talk.
http://marriedtothesea.com/103119

That’s Commander Michael Lucky Jack Hendo Henderson, there, of the British Space Force Juggernaut the H.M.S. Camden Lock, in /Hyperdrive/. Nick Frost.
https://theawesomer.com/eclectic-method-shaun-of-the-dead/545555/

I love this man’s wonderful videos about repairing little steam engines. This engine is one of the many he built himself in the first place. When he fixes ones others made he’s very gentle in pointing out where they went wrong cutting corners and, for example, not using the proper metal for a particular bearing. The sound of his voice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoTZ0pus9KU

See the map. The story of the map is in the first comment.
https://www.reddit.com/r/vancouver/comments/doa8im/thank_you_yellow_cab_for_the_unnecessary_35/

And stories about remarkable chickens, including the real life demon chicken breed with black feathers, eyes, skin, claws, meat. Everything about it is black, like the story /The Black Sorcerer of the Black Castle/, by Andrew Offutt, which was in one of the paperback books in the two full shopping bags of absolutely favorite books we loaned to Mickie when he was in the hospital for months in the early 1990s and we never got them back because he threw them out or gave them away. /That’s/ something I’d use a time machine for, or try, just to test it. Get those books back, /then/ go kill Hitler, and do the other things, not because it’s easy but because it’s hard. Deal with the consequences later, or rather let the Time Police restore the proper timeline; that’s what they’re paid for. Don’t take the man’s job, Jack.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg1q1UxENPw

Malicious compliance.

   “Your sadness at her tears is so much deeper than anything you feel anymore.” -Garrison Kiellor

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-10-25) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Bangarang Halloween.
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/10/22/Bangarang-Halloween/

Cold.
https://www.booooooom.com/2019/10/17/polar-night-by-photographer-mark-mahaney/

Art video made from Google street view.
https://theawesomer.com/via-google-street-view-short-film/473460/

K’nex ball run.
https://theawesomer.com/massive-knex-ball-machine/544615/

A somewhat lower-budget but very clever ball run.
https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2019/10/chain-reaction-video.html

Danger.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/10/23/dangerous-to-be-skinny/

This man put gasoline down a gopher hole to kill gophers, then for some reason he decided to throw lit matches at the hole. (The reaction that results is the same one that pushes the pistons to make your car go.)
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/10/extermination-attempt.html

Chucky dog.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/10/tweet-of-day_22.html

Before and after.
https://www.reddit.com/r/HumansBeingBros/comments/d5wwuk/nobody_wants_to_go_near_her_because_of_the_smell/

What the internet is for, part N.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/10/higher-ground.html

Kitchen.
https://clickamericana.com/eras/1950s/how-to-be-a-perfect-fifties-housewife-in-the-kitchen

Great space hair. Duet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeC4nqBB5BM&feature=youtu.be

Gong.
https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2019/10/interesting-sounds-from-giant-gong.html

Dangerous maneuver. Sandals included, for size.
https://imgur.com/16kQVON

I am well on her side in this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bkxOo41VSg

No fair!
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/10/no-fair.html

 

Whistling in Japanese.

   “You can’t fix democracy by turning it off and on again.” -Phil Foglio

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-10-18) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

The Gloriana Opera Company /Really Rosie/ producer and director and a couple of stars showed up to talk about theater in general and their /Really Rosie/ show in particular. A brief appearance by amazing but shy-when-offstage Sandy Glickfeld to drop off a tape of a show she and Jack Leung, among others, did in 1988. Ken, who five years ago simplified and robusticated KNYO’s electronic plant, was in town so he sat down to reveal some subtle intricacies of the Ghost Ship disaster you might have heard about in the news. Alex Bosworth called, and for a change, and for a wonder, we set a reasonable time limit on our conversation and stuck to it. It might have been the subject matter: Dean Martin’s execrable Matt Helm movies. /Two/ poetry sections in the show, one early, one late. And all of it with my lower back giving me the kind of trouble nobody can help with, though there are plenty of gurus and practitioners around who will take your money to pretend to, pain that you know will go away soon by itself like it always does, but in the moment, wincing makes you warble somewhat, and pause once in awhile, and say, /Oh, goddammit, ow. Jeez./ All things considered, a busy and edutaining and not too torturous adventure, accompanied by genuine Japanese honking bluesmasters and 1940s big-hat cowboys whistling for their supper. It’s the next day now and the back is a lot better, thank you, except I just got a twinge when I carried all the video equipment to the car in one basket like an idiot, so, tch.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

The Scottish backward blancmange.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/10/scottish-ballet-tremble.html

Gamarjobat.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/10/gamarjobat.html

Mother of the year.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/10/15/tongue-trick/

The thing is, KZYX somehow burns $600,000 a year, including paying a handful of people in the office $300,000, all the while it costs less than a dollar an hour to pump every part of their entire system with electricity to “keep the great shows on the air,” and the people working to do those great shows, the local airpeople forced to beg for all that money to pay the people in the office, are paid nothing, nada, zilch, bupkis, zip, not even a nickel an hour. And that’s not right, mainly because there are very well qualified radio people who need that money, who are prevented from using those FM broadcast band frequencies to do radio, precisely /because/ they need to be paid for their work, and scabs, willing to work for less, or in this case, for a pat on the head, are sitting on that airtime, keeping us out.
http://marriedtothesea.com/101519

“I won’t be able to live with myself unless I acknowledge the pain your words have caused me.”
https://nerdcore.de/2019/10/17/social-justice-kittens-2020/

The clues a lesser detective would have missed.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-case-of-missing-sausage.html

Further such clues.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/10/17/lost-dog/

The last visible cat. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/ddoniolvalcroze/status/1181430952930750464

Every Tom Waits appearance on Letterman. (110 min.) (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wflJVB4cM_c

Space yoga. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://flashbak.com/nasas-number-1-space-suits-model-419940/

Hey, there, wing-man.
http://marriedtothesea.com/101319

Famous art with pinup girls stuck on. (via Everlasting Blort)
http://www.alterimagesart.com/#/pinups/

If we nuked a city. Details.
https://theawesomer.com/if-we-nuked-a-city/543526/

Convergent evolution.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/10/14/alexa-the-billy-bass/

Poetry in motor. “It has ticks.” “Then we must /flee/, Flotsam!”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqADvaRB1YU

Great creepy animatronics.
https://theawesomer.com/insane-animatronics-showreel/543652/

Two monks, art.
http://the-toast.net/2016/06/15/the-toast-looks-back-the-best-of-two-monks/

A.I. cubistifies NY. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=I_d4IrHMLRc

A.I. creates a good fake of your voice saying anything they’d like people to hear you saying.
https://www.descript.com/lyrebird-ai

Sound the trumpet. (via https://TheAVA.com)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y9ov6Bk8Sc

Exactly. But The Orville is pretty good, too.
https://theawesomer.com/never-surrender-trailer/544145/

Ze Frank. The sand bubbler crab.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/10/true-facts-sand-bubbler-crab.html

The adult awards for animal photography. Meaning: no truck balls on a jackalope.
https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy/gallery/2019/adult.html

Venice at night. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.flavorwire.com/617697/haunting-exquisite-photos-of-venice-at-night

What words.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/time-traveler/1958

Honk honk.
http://amultiverse.com/comic/2019/10/18/honk-honk-motherfucker/

Nope.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/10/16/oh-hell-no-6/

Superhuman fiddle skills.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jXXWBt5URw

Though.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/follies_of_the_madmen_448

Winner for duration on high heel roller skates while spinning three hula hoops. The amazing Marawa.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BKCvE1L4-0

“The faster you finish, the faster you can go home.”
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/10/17/the-faster-you-finish-the-faster-you-can-go-home/

Speaking of which:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yUx6Dn8yi0

Let’sa go!

   “Every machine is a smoke machine if you operate it wrong enough.” -George Takei

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-10-11) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

This is what they used to do before they had pole dancing. Pole dancing is the lazy person’s sexy dance.
https://laughingsquid.com/old-timey-super-mario-bros-medley/

Miyazaki’s airships. (And below that: the lighted, motorized flying warship sculpture.)
https://nerdcore.de/2019/10/04/hayao-myazakis-luftschiffe/

Visualizing herd immunity.
https://boingboing.net/2019/10/07/risk-illustration.html

Ze Frank’s latest. “Do your magic, brain witch.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxM8Eb_IoFY

Trumpery of the 15th century. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://twitter.com/kajetanobarski/status/1081653259096477696

1930s-40s in color. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/albums/72157603671370361/page1

Wicker, man.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/10/how-this-chair-became-pop-culture-icon.html

Art.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EGXwE99U8AAxOo3?format=jpg

The hotel of the mysteries.
https://boingboing.net/2019/10/09/the-donald-trump-mysteries-i.html

Nude on the moon.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/nude_on_the_moon

Balloonie! Balloonie!
https://www.krqe.com/news/balloon-fiesta/photos-a-round-up-of-special-shape-balloons

Orbiting octopockle.
https://laughingsquid.com/red-cirrata-octopus-orbits-around-wall/

Astronauts. A neat desktop image when despeckled of fish food.
https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2019_40/3037051/ss-191003-twip-02_bee690ee6330d84f5eefca0f3e2f71a3.fit-880w.jpg

Sportsball in a nutshell.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/10/baseball.html

An experimental condom-powered bagpipe thing. (via b3ta.com)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPedwnc5e_s&fbclid=IwAR1JTrbc96rKZGEu4n2ASjFHY_8c65Qz5_JzWkSnkNgujQboU0I0ksdderA

Worth it.
https://cdn1-www.mandatory.com/assets/uploads/gallery/funny-photos-10-7-2019/screen-shot-2019-10-06-at-3-59-29-pm.png

Why we will lose:
https://27thstreet.me/2019/10/09/attack-to-build/

I repeat, why we will lose:
http://www.amyoops.com/2019/10/the-new-revolution.html

A kiss from Daddy. “All the rich white folks are going to argue, and then whoever’s best is going to win a kiss from Daddy. Ooooh.” It’s the theme song to a teevee show. I haven’t seen it, but probably this is good enough.
https://laughingsquid.com/succession-theme-song-rejected-lyrics/

Hey, Joe, whaddaya know?
http://existentialcomics.com/comic/310

The flapper dictionary. It doesn’t say, but there are several reasons they called them flappers. 1. 17th century word for prostitute. 2. 19th century word for energetic girl. 3. The characteristic flappy-arm dance. 4. They wore their galoshes unbuckled, to be clever.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/flapper_dictionary

Jungefrauenzimmerdurchschwindsuchttodtungsgegenverein (say yoon-guh-frah-wen-tsimmer-dur(ch)-shvind-zoo(ch)t-tohdt-toongs-gay-gen-feh-ryhn).
https://www.futilitycloset.com/2019/10/06/for-short-3/

How motorcyclists think people react to their stupid house-shaking noise.
https://laughingsquid.com/how-motorcyclists-think-people-react/

Don’t look. You’ll be sorry.
https://twentytwowords.com/five-elephants-die-trying-to-save-baby-who-slipped-over-waterfall/

I like the way the little person and the predator communicate. “I see you. Look, guys, see? We all see you, fella.” Predator bird: “Ah, shit. Okay, well, bye. Dang it.”
https://laughingsquid.com/pygmy-marmoset-worlds-smallest-monkey/

Eat it.
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/10/06/Avner-the-Eccentric-A-Master-Clown/

The Loch Ness monster: the giant baroque contrabassoon.
https://laughingsquid.com/baroque-contrabassoon/

Lad, I don’t know where you’ve been, but I see you won first prize.”
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2019/10/bagpipe-bungee-jump.html

Balls.
https://geekologie.com/2019/10/oh-wow-guys-impressive-dragon-ball-conta.php

Shuffle-ology.
https://boingboing.net/2019/10/07/cabinet-shuffle.html

Card dealing in stop-O-mation with excellent use of sound.
https://laughingsquid.com/card-dealing-in-stop-motion/

Zuckerborg’s nipple-free techno-utopia.
https://boingboing.net/2019/10/10/nice-animation-of-zuckerberg-a.html

Twenty minutes ago I had no idea who Marty Stewart is. I like the way he talks about his life. Near the end he mentions the Byrds, and there’s Gene Parsons, and a closeup of one of his patented String-Bender-equipped guitars, from way before the patent.
https://27thstreet.me/2019/10/07/great-stories-from-an-american-master/

Augustus Jansson’s Queen City Printing Ink Company ads.
https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/augustus-janssons-queen-city-ink-adverts-1903-1907/

Fluidic space.
https://theawesomer.com/magic-fluids-hdr/543329/

Several gifs of a black hole in rotation. (via Everlasting Blort)
https://mymodernmet.com/nasa-black-hole-visualization/

Now extrapolate this to explain everybody doing everything everywhere. If there is a miracle, it’s that we haven’t blown the world up a thousand times over by now, not out of malice but just sleepiness and then blaming others, imaginary /or/ real, for problems that could all be solved by pulling over and taking a nap. Seriously, just stop whatever’s so important, make it safe, and let your eyes close.
https://boingboing.net/2019/10/08/watch-this-driver-doze-off-al.html

I care even less about video games than I care about spectator-sportsball games, but this video article is really something. It takes some time to develop the point, but it’s a cool point and a clever trick.
https://laughingsquid.com/second-person-video-game/

There’s more here than the one theme, but the first item reminds me of an old saying: In wartime, whatever you do, don’t piss off the pinup girls. They will climb entirely over you from the back to stab you in the face. Just like a cat does.
https://boingboing.net/2019/10/08/same-as-it-ever-was-2.html

An attractive new real-life 1930s-style stainless steel rocket meant for
Mars. Occasionally, like in the story /The Gernsback Continuum/, we get glimpses of this sort of thing, something from the timeline we should be on instead of crappy one we’re stuck in.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AcE7hBhpYU

Speaking of which, Todd Alcott’s store:
https://www.etsy.com/de/shop/ToddAlcottGraphics

Origami in space.
https://theawesomer.com/engineering-with-origami/542864/

How we get– whatever that is.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjNwxpEBH7E

I like this one even more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqe54Lg58Rc

And the Brother Brothers’ banjo song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws3wbU63nLQ

Happy 130th birthday, Fort Bragg (CA). After these messages.

   “Enough of the prologue, now on with the play! The Pageant of Bergen County Women is underway!”

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-10-04) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work right, just like real life.

Thomas stopped in, his mind seemingly racing, to tell about his several new websites and a fresh plan for ultimate riches and world domination. We’ll see what happens as he carries it out. Maybe the saying about absolute power corrupting absolutely will turn out to be wrong in his case, and wouldn’t that be nice. Al Nunez, jack of all trades, visited for a good half an hour. You might know him from his writing in the MCN Announce email listserv, chronicling personal triumphs and setbacks and hopes regarding health and living conditions, fluctuating levels of equanimity and life satisfaction, and lately progress on restoring his work truck. He’s a gentle, shy man who required a little prompting at first but soon began to spill the beans, as they say, on various subjects mechanical and painterly and welding-related in a pleasing comic New Jerseyish accent, though he was born and raised not at all in New Jersey but in San Francisco. See, he ran away from home at fifteen, and… he tells it fine; I’ll let him tell it. This show also features Scott M. Peterson’s new story /Mendocino Messiahs/. Scott explains how to multiply good telecommuting jobs in our area like loaves and fishes or, more realistically, like rabbits. The story also relates some of the history of Jim Jones’ mass-murder/suicide Jesus cult that I somehow missed in reading on the subject all these years. For example, the explanation of /exactly how/ Jones persuaded everyone to all drink the poison at the same time. It wasn’t just religious zeal. Well, it was that, but it was also a clever awful trick, very like Lucy pulling away the football but then finally not, where the football in my analogy is a poison bomb. Details: Scott’s story begins three hours and twenty minutes in.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

I repeat: I can’t wait! I loved the /His Dark Materials/ books, and the teaser/trailers for the upcoming teevee series are very attractive/impressive. (Although the film they made a few years ago of the first book, /The Golden Compass/, was pretty good. Great casting. Things just didn’t work out. Now they will.)
https://news.avclub.com/lyra-sails-toward-the-northern-lights-in-latest-his-dar-1838750355

Yep, that is how it works.
http://marriedtothesea.com/092919

Also yes.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/09/venn-diagram.html

In fact, I’m confident we can get to a yes on this.
https://laughingsquid.com/science-of-persuasion/

Can you find the fifth pig? See? Yes.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/09/clever-puzzle.html

Corporate monster. (15 min.) “Take the fucking pill!”
https://boingboing.net/2019/09/28/fhtagn-la-la.html

Ira! Ira! Ira! Nang nang nang nang /nang/!
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/09/29/these-dogs-make-the-weirdest-sounds/

Outtakes of the new Dark Crystal series.
https://laughingsquid.com/the-dark-crystal-age-of-resistance-bloopers/

“Annie’s somevhere but I don’t vant to vait anymore. Play it!”
https://theawesomer.com/firing-bullets-in-bullet-time/541766/

Mirror fascinates cat. This is playing at normal speed.
https://boingboing.net/2019/09/30/cat-trips-out-on-the-nature-of.html

Universal machine.
https://theawesomer.com/universal-machine/541925/

Slow food movement.
https://theawesomer.com/biopixel-slow-mo-nature-reel/466810/

/So/ primitive.
https://theawesomer.com/national-history-museum/542236/

Not as tit for tat as all that. Tit for tat would be if he bit the bird’s nose. I’ve never had my nose bitten by a bird, but I had plenty of fingers bitten by as-yet-unfriendly/untrusting pet birds before a learned the trick. Use a t-shirt. Gently, as inevitably as the tide, but faster than the tide –more like an individual wave– envelope the entire bird in the t-shirt, and you are boss of where to put the bird, for the time being.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/10/gordon-ramsay.html

Here’s something to consider: how these pictures look to you is probably a lot like how people with regular earrings and nose rings and so on look to me. So imagine how these crazy self-destructive people look to me. Warning, can not unsee.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7532641/Devotees-pierce-faces-swords-skewers-extremely-gruesome-VEGETARIAN-festival.html

It’s twenty minutes long. I know everybody only has the attention span of a gnat anymore, but this is worth it. It might change your life.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHQWUERptAM

Calculate when you will die. I got Friday, June 16, 2034.
https://www.death-clock.org/

A training video about how to set your parachute on fire while you’re still in the sky using it. The secret? /Have a second parachute ready, and don’t set that one on fire too./ Who would have thought it was that simple? Now you try it.
https://laughingsquid.com/woman-lights-parachute-on-fire-with-flare-gun/

“She knows he’ll treat her as he would a cigar: tenderly, affectionately, appreciatively.”
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/follies_of_the_madmen_446

Attempted political vandalism. The video clearly shows why we should practice these things first. Like a wedding practice: identify the problem points, adapt, and /then/ go have the event.
https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/03/nearly-2000-litres-fake-blood-sprayed-onto-treasury-extinction-rebellion-10853512/

Dang it, she done left the water on again.
https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/dcjwcc/done_it_again/

Kirin J. Callinen – Big Enough.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvrZJ5C_Nwg

Scooter.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yctf0C6Rdww

Watch this preacher practice pretending to speak in tongues while he checks his phone in the cafe.
https://boingboing.net/2019/10/03/watch-this-preacher-speak-in-t.html

Okay. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqT1DtLRAPk

Baby octopockles.
https://laughingsquid.com/baby-cephalopods/

An odd short animated film.
https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2019/10/the-full-story/

Senri no michi mo ippo kara.
https://theawesomer.com/senri-no-michi-mo-ippo-kara/413672/

How we get speakers. It interests me how much is still done by hand, at least in this particular factory. It reminds me of when I bought a couple of electromechanical reverb-spring tanks to build into a mixing board in, uh, 1985. They were the same kind that you see in very old tube-type guitar amplifiers. On each one was a little sticker that said in tiny type, “This equipment was made by beautiful women in controlled atmospheric conditions.”
https://theawesomer.com/how-speakers-are-made/542106/

“Say whut? My bad. Zoned out.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvyDM-SSLao

Ahem.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5-X_3_Kpww

I think he’s showing him where to cut, to get the rest of them apart.
https://media.zenfs.com/en/bloomberg_politics_602/8f6f9056fb62537b8ad50a2a8b8d0517

And every programming tutorial ever.
https://theawesomer.com/every-programming-tutorial/542240/

Z.Z.’s sleep-away camp for disordered dreamers.

   “Why don’t we get the joyful portents, I want to know.” -Elijah

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-09-27) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet, though the farther back in time you try to go, the less likely it is to work, just like real life.

No-one showed up to talk, and Alex didn’t call –I hope he’s all right; he broke his leg last week, remember– and I read pretty fast, so I used up the material I brought by around three or three-thirty, made use of some leftover stuff from weeks before, read a story in the New Yorker that the AVA recommended highly, and rightly so. I read a story from a book I found in my box, by Karen Russel, that now I remember Alice Einhorn loaned me years ago, oops. The book: /St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised By Wolves/; the story, the title of this post. After that, a set of music on the subject of dreams sweet and not, and then an old radio show about a nightmare science experiment gone horribly wrong, involving hubris, of course, and the resulting giant intelligent/malevolent uncontrollable spider monster addicted to drugs and bent on carnage. A pretty good show.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Maestro.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/maestro

Another camera on the back of another eagle!
https://twitter.com/sha__re/status/1165758596111654925

Breathe. You are alive. (Looping.)
https://27thstreet.me/2019/09/26/breathe-you-are-alive/

Guide to stains.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/09/22/guide-to-stains/

Chalk.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/23/science/mathematicians-blackboard-photographs-jessica-wynne.html

The latest from the Playing For Change project. See? People are okay. It’s like the Jews used to say: the /whole world/ isn’t crazy. They don’t say that anymore so much. And then there’s something like this, and things are nice again for a little while. And then it’s over in five minutes, and back to normal. And that’s life, and it’s better than never feeling anything at all.
https://laughingsquid.com/the-weight-robbie-robertson-ringo-starr/

100,000 attractive human faces free to download and do what you want to with. Go nuts, humiliate and disrespect them, rub them on yourself, no problem because they’re not real people. Caveat: if the image you abuse yourself to looks like a child, you can still be arrested, not like Secret Agent X, the Nigerian prince in the NSA spying on you through your phone or webcam. I didn’t make the law.
https://generated.photos/

How antivaxxers sound to the rest of us.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/09/26/how-antivaxxers-sound-to-the-rest-of-us/

How social media works. Or how /they/ work. Whichever you prefer, now that nobody cares whether things are singular or plural anymore, or about capitalization, or whether an apostrophe is really called for.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2019/09/23/how-social-media-works/

Art.
https://laughingsquid.com/animal-sculptures-made-from-plastic-trash/

Art.
https://youtu.be/9LxdepuRPcw

Art. I love this.
https://twentytwowords.com/re-imagine-famous-portraits-with-smile-hilarious/

Ads, kids, ads! Keds, kids, Keds!
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/ten_minutes_of_commercials

A typical child’s germ handprint in agar. If that’s a regular-size petri dish, that kid’s got /teeny/ tiny germy hands.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bacteria-handprint-photo_n_7538912

“Of course you will dream, SAL. All intelligent creatures dream.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2E7sxGAmuo

An octopus dreaming.
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/09/26/What-This-Octopus-Change-Color-as-She-Sleeps-Is-She-Dreaming/

A sweet little compilation of dancing in movies.
https://laughingsquid.com/people-dancing-in-movies/

This is just the beginning.
https://theawesomer.com/the-flying-dragon/540783/

This reminds me of Isabella Rossellini’s glass leg full of beer in the brilliant film /The Saddest Music In The World/ (shot on 8mm film in a frozen winter Canadian warehouse). “I’ve got schmalz routines that could wring sobs from a moose.” “If you are sad, and like beer, I’m your lady.” But an arm, not a leg, and without the beer.
https://boingboing.net/2019/09/23/cinederlla-with-glass-arm-inst.html

You go, kid. (via b3ta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmJ7CSRRCDM

How to give a fractious cat an enema, the cat being portrayed by Louis C.K. I’m just kidding. But he does look a lot like Louis C.K., who I still think, despite his disgraceful disgrace, is a genius. Just look at the body of his goddamn work. Look at /Horace and Pete/.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/09/veterinary-technician-training-handling.html

How to give a rather more normal and patient cat’s eyebrows a mechanical massage with a two-lobed alien sex vibrator. Apparently you go in from the other side.
http://www.amyoops.com/2019/09/kitty-massage.html

How to write thrilling love letters. Remember, exciting love letters keep her thinking of you.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/09/love-letters.html

How we get electric guitars. (Just to let you know: you can pay a thousand for a real Fender Strat, or you can pay a hundred for a Squier Strat, and if you put the same gauge strings on them they sound and play exactly the same.)
https://laughingsquid.com/how-fender-electric-guitars-are-made/

Rerun: How we get cruise ships.
https://theawesomer.com/building-a-cruise-ship/372327/

The answer to the question you’ll remember from when you were little: What if /everybody/ peed in the pool?
https://media.glacvcd.org/app/uploads/2015/03/16111513/Green_pool2-1253×940.jpg

Rocket dog.
https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2019/09/canine-frisbee.html

Space kid. This is the early 1960s in L.A. as I experienced it. And I’m looking at the gun, now, in the holster, and I realize part of why the teevee show /Firefly/ resonated so in so many people’s minds.
https://i.redd.it/dzvgi0aull331.jpg

Pillow Astronaut. Which is your favorite? Also, see the film /Predestination/.
http://pillownaut.com/beauty/pageants.html

Lovely, high-rez, color-enhanced Mars. (Full-screen and scroll down.)
https://newatlas.com/space/esa-spacecraft-mars-mosaic/

Awww. (You might have to click the sound on.)
https://twitter.com/silveragetv/status/1176509177860100096?s=21&fbclid=IwAR3qAYOpo3oG-KgJe9DSiNpNPFxFPOyQN7XXzRLxY4jGDp7TemJs75enBZA

How to tell who painted what. You can memorize these rules in five minutes and it’ll be useful for the rest of your life.
https://www.boredpanda.com/famous-paintings-artists-how-to-recognize/

Two Argentinian guys are riding around on a scooter in Argentina, robbing people for beer money. Hey, there’s a guy, let’s rob him. Gun! Gun! Oh, wait, hi. Good friends. Sorry, bye, good luck. Take it easy, man.
https://boingboing.net/2019/09/25/watch-robber-with-gun-when-he.html

Just real-life quotes from Cadet Bone Spurs (or Fat Donny Two-Scoops, you choose) about the Ukraine scandal, pressed onto Lucille Bluth photos.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ellievhall/trump-ukraine-quotes-lucille-bluth-arrested-development

The different colors different elemental gas plasmas glow. When I was playing with high-voltage in the 1980s I had access to air (mostly nitrogen), gaseous water, helium (from party balloons), and carbon dioxide. Air glowed blue or red, as I recall, depending on the level of current, water went greenish blue (and ruined my homemade vacuum pump), carbon dioxide was green, and helium was orange-red, a lot like neon.
https://imgur.com/a/NRswcnN

Scotland sped up.
https://theawesomer.com/scotland-in-motion/540685/

And now I know: Spanish stonehenge are not just pretty words to say.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-24/spanish-stonehenge-revealed-european-drought-nasa-photos/11543830

Withernsea. It’s back on the map. And can you blame it?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ0vtixnR4w

The Tiptree sneeze.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh8l0x9uF-Y

Catapult operation for the sailor. In case you ever have to do it, you’ll know how. (29 min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dmNyts7f1w

Giant cross falls on drummer. Turns out it /is/ heavy, brother.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6DTOAhJZJk&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0Pr7x-cE4Omm2BRJPCVaTt6PKP8sZIBS_pgAi_X3Y8RMAg8ybF_pe5tpY

Lightning music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq1mxZZIuIY

Animated knots.
https://www.animatedknots.com/

Porcapizza’s latest.
https://theawesomer.com/porcapizza-foxy-lady/471217/

The real natural food.
https://curiosity.com/topics/this-is-what-fruits-and-vegetables-looked-like-before-humans-intervened-curiosity/

And a fancy supercut-overview of food in animation.
https://theawesomer.com/breakfast-lunch-dinner/470418/

 

Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Three bags, full, sir.

   “When you’re accustomed to privilege. Equality feels like oppression.”

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-09-20) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet.

Some more prose-poetry from Jay Frankston, further chronicles of Craig Stehr, John Sakowicz proposal of a Mendocino Mondragon Corporation, the Comtesse deSpair traveled to visit Elly Cooney and have a chat (chat’s not in the show; that’s just cool news), and Alex Bosworth, on top of all his other troubles, went to take out the trash, the yard light was out, and someone, possibly the meter reader, had left the cover off a maintenance box in the ground… oy. Anyway, Alex called from the hospital at about 3am Arkansas time and, in spite of the pain management medicine for his /broken and recently reset leg/, told a few complex off-color jokes with a Yiddish lilt in the flourish. In stage magic, that part is called the prestige. With regular jokes it’s simply the punchline, but in both Jewish humor and calligraphy it’s properly the /flourish/, the right word, the right tool for the job. In pornography it’s the /money shot/. What a wonderful language, isn’t it? where every category of experience gets its own name for the payload, or sting, or kicker, or takeaway, or chorus-and-fade, or switcharoo, or bangarang, or boot. I’ll stop now.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right, like, for example, the fabulous Everlasting Blort, and the similarly fabulous B3ta, which I make a special point of mentioning here because the links I get from them don’t promote them, and I realize I’ve been unfairly ignoring that:

“Hail, hail, fire and snow/ Call the angel, we may go/ Far away, far to see/ Friendly angel, come to me.” (Make sure to click the sound on.)
https://bbs.boingboing.net/t/real-life-folk-horror-turkeys-march-in-a-circle-around-a-dead-cat/151902

A bad day in space. In which everything goes wrong.
https://theawesomer.com/space-story-a-bad-day/367056/

Award-winning new astronomy photographs.
https://gizmodo.com/howl-in-delight-at-some-the-best-astronomy-photographs-1838071964

Real wasps close-up and in slow motion. It gives them a fascinating dreamy 1960s-plasticky quality. Bright shiny mechanical living creatures. Lean in and put your eye right on it. Trigger warning: wasps, close-up.
https://theawesomer.com/hornet-flight-slo-mo/540188/

You know how they sometimes have two superheroes blasting their conflicting powers at each other –a freeze ray coming from one and a heat ray coming from the other– or two wizards blowing competing spells at each other, the spells meeting in the air while they grimace and clench all their muscles to keep the spells going? This is like that.
https://www.futilitycloset.com/2019/09/15/once-and-for-all/

“It’s in this area that the most fascinating battles between two unlikely enemies happen. Sperm whales hunt and attack giant squid the size of a house.”
https://www.neatorama.com/2019/09/15/Whats-Hiding-in-the-Deep-Sea/

I see this as an analogy for the same things I saw it as an analogy for the first time I saw it in 1983. And even more. And so do you.
https://boingboing.net/2019/09/16/have-you-seen-the-entire-mr-c.html

Further adventures in looping.
https://theawesomer.com/ac-dc-vs-beethoven/539769/

How we get colored pencils.
https://theawesomer.com/how-colored-pencils-are-made/540144/

Back-to-school essentials. Pretty good child actors.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5ykNZl9mTQ

The shoe people.
https://laughingsquid.com/shoes-with-faces/

Geert Chatrou whistles at TEDx Rotterdam 2010. Greatest whistler, or /siffleur/, in the world.
https://www.ted.com/talks/a_whistleblower_you_haven_t_heard

Look at this! It’s PVC pipe and foam and cardboard.
https://theawesomer.com/mechanical-dinosaur-costume/540442/

Of course I read this on the air, but I wanted you to see the photographs of the famous recent attack on the Arabian oil boobs. That would be the Arabia that just last month crucified and/or beheaded a few hundred men, women and children for attending a peaceful protest or posting a derisive photograph or mouthing off to a rich person. They chop off the heads of children. It makes it hard to be on their side about any goddamn thing at all. And yet we’re still selling them hundreds of millions of dollars in bombs and rockets and so on, to do as they please with it all, and it pleases them lately to bombard Syrian civilians, hence the protests and the mouthing off. I think that’s worse than a few oil boobs burning down. I don’t really care about those oil boobs. Do you? Because who was hurt there? Nobody. That’s just vandalism. Mass murder is murder.
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29874/the-strike-on-saudi-oil-facilities-was-unprecedented-and-it-underscores-far-greater-issues

Speaking of which, but in a wider arena, here’s Plan A. (More on this subject below, um, down there a bit.)
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/09/plan-a.html

All that toxic crap so close to her eyes. Bleagh!
https://www.instagram.com/twigmakeup/

This wonderful couple has invented a functional language of their own. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it. Now the sad part, not in the video and obviously not these peoples’ fault: elsewhere in the world, languages many thousands of people once spoke are dead now or down their last few speakers, their last two, soon their last one. More people fluently speak Klingon than Navaho.
https://theawesomer.com/shnyo%cd%9eof/540592/

Anthropomorphism.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2019/sep/13/comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-2019-finalists-in-pictures

Masks.
https://www.dezeen.com/2019/09/18/master-disguise-masks-exhibition-seeds-ldf/

Hooker’s lips. Her, or his, real name.
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/05/psychotria-elata-or-hookers-lips-most.html

Mood swings of a sort (via blort.meepzorp.com).
https://twitter.com/lucas_zanotto/status/1169992289432809472

Those look a lot like coils in very old radio equipment.
http://desphotosenvrac.blogspot.com/2019/07/nicolas-bets-bigoudy-party.html

“A farmer casually walks past a fallen spacecraft.”
https://www.amusingplanet.com/2019/09/the-mountains-where-space-junk-litter.html

A very short, exciting dinosaur movie. Spoiler-not-spoiler: I always love it when the hero is the smart little girl.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7kbVvpOGdQ

Kung fu motion visualization. You know what they arrested him for? Rustlin’.
https://theawesomer.com/kung-fu-motion-visualization/365830/

That ain’t workin’. That’s the way you do it. You fly the chainsaw through the line of trees. Except it /is/ working; it’s working great, here. So many moving parts, though. Still, way safer than sending a man up into all those trees to cut the limbs away. That’s some of the most dangerous work on the planet.
https://twitter.com/tariqrauf/status/1174403429810212866

Lucille Ball dancing the hula for a disgusting look-you-up-and-down creep. That’s how you got the job in those days, toots. Not at all like now.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/09/dance-lucy-dance.html

A convincing argument.
http://existentialcomics.com/comic/307

Marx for cats.
http://marxforcats.com/

OooooOOOOoooh!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmCCJHnYOUU

Los Aeronautas.
https://theawesomer.com/los-aeronautas/540233/

Like a pole dance, but with ropes and a stick instead, and in 1897.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdxoZcHG9BY

Another fine short Dust film from last year. (20 min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXxxsfQDyAQ

What.
https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2019_37/3008316/ss-190912-twip-07_a78cf5b1c44cee7e52b935b8983bc000.fit-880w.jpg

The camera-motorbike guy goes way too close, and it’s already dangerous enough. Ben Stiller did something like this in /The Secret Life of Walter Mitty/, but he tied the rock to his hand with a necktie and it didn’t fall off.
https://theawesomer.com/70-mph-downhill-skateboarding/540143/

These games are like what poet and painter Scott Croghan and I used to do when we worked together in the kitchen at Brannon’s Restaurant in the early 1980s, where Flow is now. We would think up word games, and it made the time go fast.
https://laughingsquid.com/glove-and-boots-word-games/

Rerun: Best friend.
https://vimeo.com/276021150

Man’s best friend.
https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/d3niba/rubbed_the_wrong_way/

Counting down.
https://theawesomer.com/100-movies-100-numbers-100-seconds/427830/

The riddle of the secret sauce.
https://boingboing.net/2019/09/16/can-you-solve-the-secret-sauce.html

A new kind of boat.
https://theawesomer.com/nauti-craft-marine-suspension/539979/

Epergnes of note.
https://www.messynessychic.com/2019/09/12/its-time-this-kitschiest-of-vintage-treasures-had-a-comeback/

Boomerang cutter. Show some respect.
https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/d550lp/boomerang_cutter/

How’s the soup?
http://www.amyoops.com/2019/09/hows-soup.html

Small moves.
https://boingboing.net/2019/09/18/a-malthusian-experiment-are.html

Fracking with an atom bomb. Doo dah, doo dah.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/project_rulison

How a plausible nuclear war we’re just metaphorically two minutes away from would kill 35 million people in the first hour. (Scroll down and watch the video.)
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7473199/Horrific-simulation-shows-Earth-obliterated-carpet-atomic-bombs.html

Beer. Is there anything it can’t do?
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7469707/drunk-student.html

How to live not that long ago. Especially if you want to show off your flaky bottom crust.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbUCW6LO-WE

Art.
https://laughingsquid.com/dachshund-staple-mosaic/

“No longer just a staple of religion, ritual or romance, candles today are a /hot/ decorative item.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpu5mH5me1Y

Drat, where’s my head? I’m sure you left it around here somewhere.
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2987.Headless_Women

As a project it’s nice the way it is, it’s a great idea, but it would also be neat to photoshop other things /into/ their hands. A gun, the neck of a chihuahua in a tutu, a live snake upside-down and backward, a fat wad of sopping-bloody money, etc. Or cut the people out and clip them together in various directions by their hands, like train cars couple. Use your imagination.
https://laughingsquid.com/smartphones-removed-from-peoples-hands/

Here’s why you don’t bring a flappy shirt to a flare-gun fight. It’s worse than no protection at all.
https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=uRd98_1568821521

“Go in. Go left. Enhance. Gimme a hard copy of that.”
https://boingboing.net/2019/09/16/3d-ken-burns-effect-on-standar.html

Nobody’s laughing but the red haired guy in Clark Kent glasses.
https://twitter.com/klara_sjo/status/1167426394613276673/video/1

A bicycle rider ad for a kind of drink.
https://theawesomer.com/wibmers-law/540315/

This year’s homecoming assembly dance at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/09/dancing-marvel-superheroes.html

Wait till a quiet time, put on good headphones and test your hearing.
http://onlinetonegenerator.com/hearingtest.html

And then tune your instrument.
http://onlinetonegenerator.com/tuning.html

Like this guy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UlDlkQcHTM

Or this guy (who is dead).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYvFnkSo6ro

“…In which a shipful of moon-exploring astronauts cawn’t remember their lines and encounter a group of telepawthic subterranean interpretive dawncers bent on sexy world domination…”
https://theawesomer.com/space-story-a-bad-day/367056/

 

 

 

I saw the glyph *benevolent soup snakes* in gold.

   “If the zoo bans me for hollering at the animals I will face God and walk backwards into Hell.” -Dril or Wint

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-09-13) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to re-enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet.

Right off the bat some nice heroic people came to talk about their Fort Bragg branch of the Street Medicine Project. (They do a free clinic on Wednesdays at the old Coast Hotel. And Kay Rudin brought her ever-bigger African-American dog Wally Ballou, demonstrated /earglasses/ and, amid a blizzard of my unfortunately characteristic interruptions, told twenty-five pounds of relatively unknown history about the original Woodstock art and music festival which she was, as she says, kidnapped into working at. Alex Bosworth called to bitch about his ex and reveal the secrets of his literary involvement in what’s called Spanking Erotica, the fastest growing kind; who knew? And several /interesting/, very wise-seeming young people wandered in to, among other things, read a story about historical blow-job poetry and explain Narcan. And I still managed to read most of what I brought to read, but by going so fast that it gave me a headache that you can hear. Busy night. Would go again.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Astro Boy’s poignant origin story.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/09/the-birth-of-astro-boy.html

I think the whole world, everyone, everywhere, all the time must look like this to crippled old people.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/09/born-to-be-alive.html

Smash art.
https://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2019/08/28/martin-klimas/

Astra No. 8 (1951).
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/astra_no_8

Pop-up wooden castles. This odd and beautiful handheld art makes me think, for some murky reason, of the film MirrorMask which, when I looked it up just now to check whether is should be two words or one (answer: one), I found out cost less than $4 million to make. That astounding, compelling story, suitable for all ages. And you get crappy movie after violent crazy crappy movie anymore edited by people with the attention span of a gnat, apparently, and they all cost four /hundred/ million dollars, and how is that even possible? That’s like a whole space program. It costs more money to make a movie about going to outer space than it costs to build rockets and actually go to outer space. Which reminds me of an idea I had long ago that they’d do better to give a million dollars each to a hundred filmmakers than give a hundred-million dollars to one guy. You’d a get a few stinkers, sure, but some of those movies would be outstanding. See, this guy’s fine art costs, say, a few hundred or a few thousand dollars, where a bunch of paint just sloshed at random on a wrecked car door can go for a million dollars? To me, that’s nuts.
https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2019/09/castles-by-uli-kirchler/

Paddy with a van full of monkeys.
https://twitter.com/davidmcw/status/1169145649725681664

Every noise. Scroll up and down. Scroll across. Click on the genres. Think how much work went into this. “The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.”
http://everynoise.com/

Home-a-drone.
https://laughingsquid.com/racing-drone-virtual-home-tour/

Drone-POV flying videos are improved by flying the drones around roller-coasters. You will agree.
https://theawesomer.com/drone-chases-roller-coaster/539216/

Yay, science! Comet.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/09/the-comet.html

Bumblebee.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/09/flight-of-bumblebee.html

Click on the face you think is a real person. Fun game until you keep losing.
http://www.whichfaceisreal.com/

Crime of the century.
https://theawesomer.com/crime-of-the-century/539364/

Luca Stricagnoli’s latest.
https://theawesomer.com/lose-yourself-on-guitar/539270/

Trailer for a documentary about Phil Tippett, creator of monsters.
https://theawesomer.com/mad-dreams-and-monsters-trailer/539269/

Hercules annoys Zeus once too often with his need for adventure. This is very like the episode of /Stargate/ where Teal’c got his own apartment on Earth and couldn’t fit in because he stands out like a sore thumb. Later on, a couple of years later, after Vala’s joined the team, she doesn’t call him his name, she calls him Muscles, and of course.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/hercules_in_new_york

50 years of Monty Python.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00081v8

The first turn’s a doozer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO6UxVER9-Q

A campaign ad.
https://splinternews.com/valerie-plames-first-campaign-ad-is-really-something-1837985302

Hop.
https://imgur.com/CXfsDgE

Jamal Khashoggi. A behind-the-scenes how-to. The murder was ordered by none other than Mohammad bin Salman, Prince of Saudi Arabia.
https://boingboing.net/2019/09/10/mini-documentary-about-how-jam.html

Magical vandalism.
https://www.reddit.com/r/Unexpected/comments/d1q8v8/vandalism_at_its_finest/

Not a satire/parody. Really.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD6wZNkffog

Also not.
https://deadspin.com/teen-disqualified-from-swim-meet-victory-after-referee-1838013942

The children of others.
https://lifestyle.clickhole.com/behold-the-children-of-others-1836600225

The magnificent Dumbo octopockle.
https://misscellania.blogspot.com/2019/09/octopus-turns-into-balloon-to.html

“I’ve got one word for you, Benjamin: Plastics.”
https://graphics.reuters.com/ENVIRONMENT-PLASTIC/0100B275155/index.html

Another cool Russian glass beach.
https://themindcircle.com/vodka-and-beer-bottles/

This is a real place in the real world.
https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/43evty/old_meets_new_in_china/

Who does Sean Hannity masturbate to? I dunno, ask him; he’s not ashamed to say.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-ktWEisigg

This is a a bit exaggerated but, the thing is, this is how people really are. They just don’t have the balls to stalk the person, nor the follow-through to develop the wasp idea. As Greg Brown said, I guess nobody’s lonely anymore.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8SR_2P_7ws

Irene Diaz – I love you madly.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuicG_PoF8s

I guess you’re right.
https://boingboing.net/2019/09/11/trump-and-the-tiresome-alabama.html

Art.
https://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_raw_disturbing_political_artwork_of_jan_poetter

Art.
https://mymodernmet.com/ocean-waves-me-mori-art-museum/

Art.
https://laughingsquid.com/burning-man-2019-art-tour/

Car art.
https://newatlas.com/automotive/four-unique-german-automotive-artworks-from-the-taj-ma-garaj-collection/

To be fair, this is what most people think of as regular makeup looks like to me anyway.
https://laughingsquid.com/jack-in-the-box-bodypainting-illusion/

Or like this.
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=drag+makeup&t=h_&ia=images&iax=images

Or this.
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=too+much+makeup&t=h_&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images

“Fusilli, you ol’ sumvabitch! How’s it goin’?”
https://imgur.com/H9CpCi4

Inside the BMW motorcycle factory. I love those Germans. So meticulous.
https://theawesomer.com/inside-the-bmw-motorbike-factory/539576/

Further faux shows. These people use stock footage to invent plausible teevee shows. It’s an ad for their stock footage company, but a pretty neat project all by itself. It’s like /Wheel of Fish/ in /UHF/.
https://theawesomer.com/faux-shows-2/539575/

The road to Elmo, proto-crypto Li’l Abner.
http://www.tcj.com/the-enigma-of-cecil-jensen-part-one-the-road-to-elmo/

“Land me, brother! Land me now! Oh, Mummy! Oh, Father! Oh, grandchildren! No no no no no-no-no-no! Oh, I am a motherfucker to to have signed up for this! Brother, take 200 rupees more, but let me land! 500 rupees! Oh, no, I am dying! Land me now, brother!” Yes, in retrospect, colossally unwise.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaLNibWKSlE

And, speaking of which, never shoot at the lake, Sheik.
https://www.reddit.com/r/interestingasfuck/comments/d0pdbh/tracer_bullets_bouncing_off_water/