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Whinge, whinge against the dying of the light.

2014/12/13

  “One of my chief objections to the management of the universe is that we suffer so much more from our gentler and more amiable vices than from our darkest crimes.” — A.E. Housman

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2014-12-12) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click. That’s my 874th weekly Memo of the Air show, my 105th just for KNYO.

This time I did the show by remote from Juanita’s place, and it worked out nearly perfectly. There’s a little noticeable hum, because of the cheap way I slapped things together, but it isn’t bad. I learned a lot, and I’ll probably do it this way again sometime.

The way Bob Young and his service guru have it set up to get the signal to KNYO’s transmitter shack, it doesn’t matter anymore where the airperson is. You can do a radio show on KNYO from anywhere there’s reliable high-speed internet access. It’s nice and familiar to do it at the station on Franklin Street; you can just go in and sit down and start, but with a cheap computer and mixer and mic –and your music player, if you do a music show– you can get just as comfortable elsewhere. It’s the same thing. You just sit down and do what you’re there to do.

It’s funny, I was so nervous and edgy and worried I wouldn’t be able to do it right, that it wouldn’t feel normal and wouldn’t flow. It’s a pretty good show. Lots and lots of useful information and tooth-gritting outrage as well as happy goofiness and appropriate and inappropriate musical bleeps and bloops.

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

Cymatics.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3oItpVa9fs

Tribolunimescence of quartz. (You can also get this by crushing a sugar cube with a glass.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWcM0IYzPxk

Physics Girl’s latest amazing thing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnbJEg9r1o8

Space movie clips and Anthony Hopkins reading Dylan Thomas.
http://vimeo.com/113142476

Magic ballet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyBVG_npWug

This might be considered technological cruelty, except that the victim is clearly enjoying himself. It occurs to me that it’s very much like what Fox so-called News does not only to its viewers but to itself.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqs-kQre2E8

Another pretty good metaphor for teevee in general.
http://boingboing.net/2014/12/11/this-day-you-will-be-mesmeriz.html

And yet another fascinating slow-motion-fest.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFtEJDkQL2o

Magic bullet(s). This reminded me of the Puffa Puffa Rice cereal commercials from my childhood where bags of rice were “shot from guns”, and then I looked that up and found it was never Puffa Puffa Rice after all– oh, there was a Puffa Puffa Rice cereal, but it was Quaker Puffed Wheat and Puffed Rice that was shot from guns. (How I wanted one of those giant cereal cannons.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkaIoH6Um60

Airbag.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRcajZHc6Yk

Every raindrop is a micro asteroid impact. But with surface tension, so there’s much more sucking backward of the ejecta. Pretty.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmRYYeIqT3w

Practice makes perfect…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNSpDSbTjjw

…or not.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYcsW48HHXM

Bye, crazy-eyes. Don’t let the screen door hit you in the ass on the way out.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OE5Xt_khvA

HELP the police. HELP-HELP-HELP the police.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kf4kyQabwQ

Wake up, America.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03_Tby_ICCw

The art of space.
http://gizmodo.com/a-brief-history-of-space-travel-as-told-by-the-art-that-1667376220

Six one-way mirrors.
http://www.waitwow.com/happens-build-cube-one-way-mirrors/

Snow polygons. Like crop circles but with polygons instead of circles, and snow instead of crops. No, wait– circles are sometimes involved. Just imagine the kind of bed cramps this guy must get in his thigh muscles after making something like this.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/08/snow-art-math-patterns_n_6283730.html

The spiral staircases of Budapest.
http://io9.com/the-wonderful-geometry-of-budapests-spiral-staircases-1668212736

Zoom.
http://www.cosmic-symbolism.com/

Right-wing lessons learned.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/08/1349706/-Cartoon-Lessons-learned

Wondermark — Icebergs, Part 1. And Part 2.
http://wondermark.com/1k82/
http://wondermark.com/1k83/

Jackie Chan’s best day ever, the day his idol Bruce Lee knocked him out with a stick and said sorry.
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2014/12/jackie-chans-best-moment.html

Colbert interviews Smaug, a fellow gated-community dweller and fiscal conservative.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaRoqslM4W0

Fun with boredom.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw8idyw_N6Q

Capybara madness.
http://gianthamster.com/2010/08/ten-things-to-know-about-capybaras/

Anthropomorphic taxidermy.
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/anthropomorphic-taxidermy-how-dead-rodents-became-the-darlings-of-the-victorian-elite

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/catholics-celebrate-feast-immaculate-conception-virgin-mary-photo-report-1478596

The 1784 Calculon Mark V says, “You can crank my shiny metal ass.
http://io9.com/the-strangest-and-most-beautiful-calculators-humanity-h-1668731927

Bvvv daz-taz dvv, bvv daz-taz drvv…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VEVttqc3oM

The perfect model of a scientific wedding.
http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/09/Libretto-The-Wedding-Complex

Why won’t you? Film and fire.
http://vimeo.com/110740378

Watch a 1976 BMW motorcycle being built by sturdy Frenchmen with a cigarette in the corner of their mouth. (Frenchwomen make the wheels, and paint the perfect lines on the gas tanks freehand with a brush.) Also Pink Floyd is involved.
http://www.ina.fr/video/CAA93053907

It’s not really walking on water, though, is it. It’s not water, it’s oobleck.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-wxnID2q4A

Yahaah! Woohoo!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDEaAOcDKnA

All just the songs from year one of Flight of the Conchords.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YpeHv67FQE

And, speaking of which, here’s every death in the Lord of the Rings trilogy in six minutes. Apparently one does not simply walk into Mordor.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-drTsEp0J8E

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