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Hello and goodbye to all that.


    “Words are a wonderful form of communication, but they will never replace kisses and punches.” –Ashleigh Brilliant

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2015-01-02) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click.

Live remote from Juanita’s house again. A fine show. Alex Bosworth, of course, and Richard Alcott, and Elly Cooney, and Doug McKenty, and a hundred things you have not dreamed of, wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence… No, wait, that’s High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

And I was right about having an email address wrong in the Announce section at the beginning of the show. Here’s the listing as originally written:

Sigma EX 50mm f2.8 macro lens for Canon EF mount, 35mm Full Frame. Lens in good shape, but AF doesn’t work. Easy to focus manually. Includes metal hood. $50
Also EOS 650 camera with 35-135mm Sigma Zoom, $30. I can email photos. –>Mendocino black and white photography:

Furthermore, Alex Bosworth found the title and source of the intro and outro music I’ve been using all this time. It’s a song called Scheming Weasel, by Kevin MacLeod. He has two music websites– and


Besides the show, see above, 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:

I’ve printed this comic strip and put it up above my monitor, to look at it and think about it every time I’m about to press send. Immediate and lasting benefits.

And this is useful to meditate upon before you (collective you; I’m talking to myself here) spend three hours writing whatever crap seems like such a big deal at the time to take some jerk down a peg, when you created that jerk in the first place in your own image. Tough love.

Paraphrase: “[Following the curve of the way things have been going in weapons systems cost overruns], by the year 2054 the entire multi-trillion-dollar defense budget will only cover a single airplane, which in tests won’t be able to fly in the rain or at night nor be finished and able to use to kill or even threaten anyone with.”

Here is reliability and economy in a weapons system.

33 million things, each one exactly where it belongs.

Pretty and dead.

How to disassemble, clean and reassemble an $8,000 wristwatch. Apparently it takes all day and there’s no talking or sneezing, just concentrating and being an expert, and then going home to enjoy a sausage with your pet corgi-dogs (not shown) (they sleep under the workbench; he pets them with his slippered foot while he tweezes).

“I think they’ve got to have other jobs. I mean, it’s more like stamp collecting, you know, that you do in your free time.”

Watch soap bubbles freezing at -40C (which is the same as -40F).

“All praise the glory of His noodly appendage.”

“Oh, my god. It’s fantastic.” “It’s better if you relax.” “My butt feels really clean right now. It’s like, I didn’t know it could BE this clean.” “Ya-HAAAH, whooOOOaah. What the hell!” Put it that way, it sounds pretty good.




Domino theory.

Choose your own poetry kit and get constructing.

Ivan Owen’s semi-marvelous cornstarch conflagulator.

Death metal cats.

Here’s why you don’t deserve to have a dog and a homeless person does.

Oregon woman gives birth to Hindu baby.

Deep dark fears.

I winced and flinched all the way through this so you can enjoy it securely in the knowledge that he never pokes himself in the eye, and that if he ever had in his life he would not do this at all anymore, so he’s safe.

Why does the lizard lick his own eye? Because he can.

The Eagle simulations. How the galaxies formed in stringy clumps.

Fimo fractals.

“And I’d like to take a moment to thank the good folks at Monongahela Iron Works, providing for all your steel ingot needs.” That’s what this reminds me of: Bob and Ray.

I would have crossed these bridges if I were to have come to them. They are very nice bridges.

Djibouti, Djibouti, Djibouti, the girl who’s hard to get.

The sweary Latin graphic arts layout filler text generator…

…And if you choose filmdub you get something like this (*):

(*) In Firefly everyone swears in Chinese, and apparently the Chinese word for goddammit is really gorammit; it’s a kind of linguistic convergent evolution, like how the Japanese word for baseball is basaburu and the word for troll is totoro. In the Firefly episode titled The Message, when Tracy has been shot on the bridge of the ship (for being an idiot) and he’s escaping down the passageway he shouts, “Gorammit, Mal!” The English-language subtitle (in the DVD version –it’s disk 4 of 4) has him saying, “You’re a rabbit, Mal!”

A new kind of acoustic piano to play Indian music.

Two new kinds of acoustic guitar to play Turkish music. Skip to 2:30 to just hear them and avoid having to learn anything.

Fretless electric guitar. “And the trick there seems to be not to think about it too much.”

So sad and so sweet. I love this.

Great people do things before they’re ready. (Scroll down.)

For me the prize in this video is the sound of the narrator’s voice. Where he’s entirely unintelligible –which is about half the time– my brain joyously floors it to spell it all out phonetically, and it’s way funnier than any angry little boy’s Godzilla-walk through the Tokyo of a dollar store, or corporamilitary-walk through the innocent lives and infrastructure of a strategic-resource country, or otherwise new-absentee-owner-walk through any former community treasure and cultural resource just about anywhere.

Tom Tomorrow’s Year In Review Part 2.

2014 in review in four minutes. In a year there’ll be one of these for 2015. So was it ever and will it ever really be necessary to angst over all that sort of thing in real time as it drags out occurring? No.

In fact, think about it like this. Like the late Bill Hicks said, it’s just a ride…

…”And then the cow took his head off and asked me for a cigaret.”

Why 2015 won’t suck. (Scroll down.)

100 2014 pictures of the day in TwistedSifter.

Tiny little Nordics. (More tilt-shift time-lapse video.)

And several happy hours of paleo-futurological reading.



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