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A murder of crows.

2014/08/23

   “If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination. In short, once begun upon this downward path, you never know where you are to stop. Many a man has dated his ruin from some murder or other that perhaps he thought little of at the time.” –Thomas De Quincey

Here is the recording of last night’s (2014-08-22) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click. You know you want this.

This time all the machines that allow me to perpetrate my show were the machineries of joy. Everything worked. Afterward I got email that Bob Young actually sent before I even started off for the radio station, where he, concerned that I might be worried because of last week, told me that Ken, the young engineer who set up the new streaming and transmitter-link system, would be monitoring to make sure things went smoothly for me. This is the kind of service you get from people who are in radio for the love of radio, dammit. (Neither Bob nor Ken is being paid.) Here I shake my head in wonder and in so doing flick a grateful tear from the corner of my eye. The Jews used to say, “The whole world is not crazy,” and this is precisely the sort of thing, and these are precisely the sort of people, they used to say it about.

Even beyond the electrical technicalities it’s a fine show, including of course an emblematic Alex Bosworth story; a beyond-clever parody of TED talks; some perspective on America’s militarization at home and cult of expensive bombs and bombing abroad; sexual body-image help; a surprising explanation of why the price of sex worldwide has fallen through the floor; adventures in –or rather on– mushrooms; kitchen tips and so on, and finishing up with the Firesign Theater album /Fighting Clowns/.

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

Livinus Vincent’s Wonder Theater of Nature.
http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/08/20/redressing-the-balance-levinus-vincents-wonder-theatre-of-nature/

The apparent speed of the world is like the colors we experience, or the apparent size and resolution of things. These are all dependent on the way our brains and senses work. Instruments let us see what’s happening from a different point of view, through different eyes, at different rates, that are equally valid. This airport scene, for example, is really happening all the time. This is what it might look like to an intelligent plant.
http://vimeo.com/102908493

Etc.
http://www.businessinsider.com/8-jaw-dropping-photos-of-earth-from-space-2014-8

The tiny Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet nucleus set in Los Angeles for scale.
http://boingboing.net/2014/08/21/how-big-is-the-churyumov-geras.html

Calvin and Muad’dib.
http://omnireboot.com/2014/top-10-dune-tumblrs/

Okay, I get it. This is America now.
http://www.stltoday.com/news/multimedia/st-louis-county-police-tactical-team-under-fire/html_7fb666cb-31bd-5d52-a64c-5ad86a9d685e.html

A new fascinating and disturbing Cyriak piece.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnWP2Emps1M

Jesus loves me, yes I know. For the bible tells me so.
http://www.alternet.org/belief/9-most-homophobic-church-signs?paging=off

Getcher pope here! We got ’em, you want ’em. Popes! Popes! Getcher pope.
http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/news/2014-08-13/75753390-22f3-11e4-838a-4511dcb49b68_h_51518085.jpg

The current pope seems a bit of all right. Not so, Pat Robertson, or rather Reverend Clueless.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjjWYAUUpHw

Unexpected mathematical images. (Scroll down.)
http://mathoverflow.net/questions/178139/examples-of-unexpected-mathematical-images

Pipe guy! A homemade instrument and a pair of zoris.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0gED3rn2Tc

You see the car up there right away, and then you find out how it got there.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pJbRffrJow

The Onion makes characteristically perfect fun of TED talks.
http://www.theonion.com/video/onion-talks-hypothetically-it-would-be-okay-to-hav,36687/

“Don’t take chances with pickups! Loose women may also be loaded with disease!”
http://boyopress.com/protect-yourself/

Small-time true crime from New Castle, Pa.
http://smalltownnoir.com/

Russians swearing in astonishment, and the amazing true-life motorcycle accident they’re astonishment-swearing about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4ZTxggubm4

This is the way the captains of industry laugh about poor people trying to climb up the ladder of success, which has been greased, in this case with actual grease, or rather Vaseline-brand petroleum jelly. They make the same sounds as these women, in the same transports of mirth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9-rE5RBZvU

Visualized birdsong.
http://www.neatorama.com/2014/08/21/This-Psychedelic-Art-Is-Actually-A-Birdsong-Visualized

“But isn’t that just avoiding the problem?” “Words to live by.” –Nicole Hollander
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2014/08/planes-avoiding-thunderstorms.html

Mount Everest in 3D.
http://everestavalanchetragedy.com/mt-everest-journey.html

Scroll down to the reviews.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1618081012

I don’t have kids of my own nor want them but I like this advice.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/31-truths-about-raising-kids-that-you-wont-find-in-a-parenti

And I like this. It reminds me of the wordless book /The Arrival/ by Shaun Tan.
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119001/photos-child-immigrants-ellis-island

“They just killed him. They just killed this man. Oh, here we go again.” Nine shots. One two three four five six seven. (Pause.) Eight nine. (If you’re likely to be upset by watching a man get vengefully/unjustly shot to death by men who feel they’re in the right to do so, don’t click here.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-P54MZVxMU&bpctr=1408697116

It’s not just Missouri.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/19/1322627/-It-s-not-just-Missouri-Know-your-rights

And so on.
http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/louise-milan/

Why not? she says. Scroll down for why not.
http://boingboing.net/2014/08/19/cnn-anchor-on-ferguson-why.html

Movie robots. Also a Dalek. Technically, Daleks are not robots. Oh, and a replicant, which is not a robot. Edward Scissorhands is not a robot. Nor the Borg queen. I think this enjoyable video is just mistitled.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zcTPFQitEs

Primitive interactive entertainment robots.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/toys/4276614

And many mysteries unraveled. (Click on right arrow to page through the book.)
http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-expositor-or-many-mysteries-unravelled-including-that-of-the-learned-pig-1805/

 

 

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