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I’ll see your Pascal’s wager and raise you Roko’s basilisk.

2014/12/27

“Grand Funk Railroad paved the way for Jefferson Airplane, which cleared the way for Jefferson Starship. The stage was now set for the Alan Parsons Project, which I believe was some sort of hovercraft.” –Homer Simpson

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2014-12-26) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click.

I did the show this time by live remote from Juanita’s house. The mixer is plugged straight into the computer’s USB sound interface (a five-dollar thumb-size box literally from France); there’s no proper limiter so the volume level jumps around somewhat, but it’s a pretty good show. One high point, to me anyway, is near the end, an article by Andrew Solomon in Salon.com titled Naked, Covered in Ram’s Blood, Drinking a Coke, and Feeling Pretty Good. Another is near the beginning, the Alex Bosworth story Glad Tidings. Not that there aren’t several worthwhile hours in the middle. And Boston Blackie at the very end.

Besides the show, here are some links to striking but not necessarily radio-useful items that I found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

A lovely road trip of the peaceful nearly deserted surreality of what most of America really is.
http://vimeo.com/74353678

A comic strip about what greedy monsters have been busily converting America into (for-profit prisons). (Be sure to scroll down.)
http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/28152-price-of-private-prison

“You say you want some aurora? Well, here’s some aurora.”
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/blogs/7-of-the-best-aurora-borealis-videos-from-2014

Take a tour of the Smithsonian.
http://www.mnh.si.edu/vtp/1-desktop/

A young woman quietly sings to her cute little dog.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iAaEH_dR_Y

This Modern World’s 2014 in review, part one.
http://www.truth-out.org/art/item/28192-year-in-review-part-one

Even when you know better, even when you’re shown better.
http://www.relativelyinteresting.com/bulge-illusion-trick-brain-mms/

And the view from a hawk with cameras strapped to it flying through a wood.  At 0:48 it magically flies through a hole barely wider than its body though its wings are three feet across.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bXHLznnQmY

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