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Qui custodiet lorem ipsum. The director’s cut.


    “Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed.” –Albert Einstein

Here is last Friday night’s (2013-11-15) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click, once you’re there.

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

Zapruder film digitally stabilized and scenery-comleted using all other available photography of that moment. Suck it, Magic Bullet conspiracists. And, Jesus, look at Jackie reacting, in the blink of an eye, to help the running Secret Service man onto the suddenly accelerating car. An amazing moment.

Time Quest is a remarkable and subtle science fiction time travel movie about that day. Avoid the other movie of the same title, the religious one. The one you want is the one about JFK, this one:

Some other books and movies and teevee shows about that day.

Anders Ramsell spent ten years creating a half-hour-long animated version of Blade Runner by painting 13,000 hauntingly nebulous watercolor pictures.

Land of the free. Home of the brave.

Further video of the current state of dynamic shape display, which was a brand-new thing in the world only like last week.

Math teacher Vi Hart’s musicalization of pi.

Clever musical mashup.

I don’t know what to think about this. It just seems weird, somehow, but also of course wonderful.

Like a fire in a taxidermy shop.

Two search results near the top of the list for “Like an explosion in a paint factory”,955612 and

An article about a new animation technique. With two amazing videos.!oqYls

Cigarets, which kill half a million people in the U.S. every year, are legal.

As are salty harrumph, bunglespleen, and Her Majesty’s sugar barnet.

And rocket powered bicycles.

And these parents’ clever dinosaur hoax.

And elephants playing piano. (!!!)

And sending a camera phone, recording and with its little light on, through a giant old hospital’s pneumatic tube system.

And using a vacuum hose to put a little girl’s hair in a ring.

And Thanksgiving.

And prosperity-gospel churches, and carrying a gun on your hip in the grocery store, and spying on people’s lives through their phones and computers, and making a fortune manufacturing land mines, etcetera and so on.

Weed is not as fully legal as any of those things.

“And guess what, boom.”

Bas relief 2.0. Reverse perspective…  and

Five lines, one butt.

Koi groupies.

A story about fish scales.

Cheat sheet for time.

The Red Balloon, but about yarn.

Theo Jansen’s wind-powered spindly effeminate stick creatures…

…versus macho Jesus.

…and the fabulous Wall of Boxes. (I really like it that the Japanese word for DAMMIT! turns out to be GAAAH!)

The Gettysburg Address as a Powerpoint presentation.

Imagine paving streets by hand with heavy paving blocks the size of a horse’s head for ten hours a day, then trying to straighten up and go home. You stop on the way home and buy a bucket of beer and a slab of bacon fat and a mouth harp with your last two-and-a-half cents in the world. Climb five flights of rickety stairs to your one-room unheated apartment where your wife and sixteen kids are all ripping up old socks and newspapers for yarn and knitting new socks and newspapers out of them. And you were happy. It was a different world.


Now YOU can charge the battery in your phone FREE and LOSE THAT GUT with this ONE WEIRD TRICK. Actually, this is a pretty good idea.

I had two semesters of calculus thirty-five years ago, and I look at this now and it’s like lorem ipsum for math. I mean, I don’t even know the names of the symbols anymore.

“…Where they are painlessly dispatched by a sledgehammer blow upon the head…” (page before last) This is the booklet accompanying, or rather narrating, or possibly only describing, a family tour of a meatpacking plant in 1903.

It’s a teevee trick, but it’s deep and useful. This sort of television improves you. You don’t want to be the prick; you want to be the good guy. The other videos in this series are also cool, such as the one on shopping-while-black.

And, finally, little French honking bluesmaster Rachel Plas.


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