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Some days you eat the bear.


    “Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.” –Natalie Goldberg

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2015-01-30) KNYO Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click. This was my 881st weekly Memo of the Air show, my 112th for KNYO.

I’ll trick up this post later with a table of contents of the show. Come back tomorrow night for that, if that’s what you want. I have to go to bed so I can work tomorrow. I will tell you this: its a more coherent show than usual. Most shows, I know the reasons for the choices I made are a bit obscure. This time the intent is obvious nearly all the way through.

Besides the 5.8-hour 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:

Iced flowers.

Lovely nuclear reactors. Turn the sound up.

This little 10-minute film about two women’s first airplane flight is an advertisement for a telecom company. And so what? It’s perfect.

Sword fight montage.

Breeders have an Eisenstein moment.

An industrial-size perambulator full of such moments.

A very short clip from an episode of Penn and Teller’s wonderful teevee series /Bullshit!/ in which they present a memorable argument against the hysterical anti-vaccination crowd.

Brain tricks.

I’m not sure which martial art they’re illustrating here, but it’s probably not one meant to help you take down an attacker who has a knife or a blunt instrument.

Fallacy Man!

Archery Man!

This artist’s pet cat died, so he made a quadcopter out of it.

“Build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door.”

They mention the Dark Crystal, but there are creatures like this in the distance in Northfork.

“How was work?” “Well, nobody ran over my hand or even honked their airhorn and made me piss my pants.” (This union job is over, by the way. New machine-shifted concrete dividers were installed last week.) (It still takes someone to drive the truck across the bridge twice a day, though.) (Until they hire a robot to do that too.)

Self-shifting concrete divider gif.

The practical beauty of specialized machinery.

Das Otterhaus.

“Amongst the gestures to which this ferocious toy reacts are swiping a hand in front of its face to make it turn to the side, swiping around its head to make it spin on the spot, and covering its eyes to make it act frightened. It also reacts angrily to its tail being pulled.” So it’s like a plastic cat, then, to suit a cruel child’s impulses.

Flying around, avoiding obstacles in real time.


What the sky would look like if the moon were replaced with some other Solar System objects.

A gloriously well-made machine has been doing important work for eleven years (and counting) on another planet.

Notes from underground.

Young people try moonshine for the first time, starting with boutique moonshine and ending up with the real stuff.

“I can’t solve the world’s problems, but I can solve this tiny problem for these cats.”

$2.50 laser-sight glass-breaking blowgun project.

This battery has been continuously ringing a bell since the year 1840 and it hasn’t run dead yet.

“And Moses lifted up his _______ and with his _______ he smote the _______ twice and the _______ came out abundantly and the _______ drank and their _______ and _______ also.”

Give a little man (or woman) a little power, and he (or she) becomes a little monster. And here’s why. It has something to do with cookies.

Selections from a prostitute’s diary. “One lineup so far. Other doorbells are regular clientele who’d rather sit here and drink than endure the mayhem of a downtown bar. Mandi’s got them feeding the jukebox, she’s pole dancing. I made lemon bars for everyone. Might try to finish Madeleine Albright’s bio.”

“Welcome to the year of the whores. People around the globe celebrate.”

A long setup to “No, you can’t fuck a Time Mug on teevee.”

A long setup to “Will it be a nice God?”

Sad robot.

The Zombie Tabernacle Choir. (Let it load, then click on various zombies.)


“She had a lot to deal with! She did the best she could!”

How to roll a racist troll. It’s a kind of motherly jiu-jitsu.

Fish found living on Antarctica in pocket of liquid water under half a mile of ice. Read down to Heteromeles’ comment which offers a plausible explanation for the fish’s having eyes anymore.

More space time-lapse shots.

Finland Finland Finland.

Fireworks in Finland.

The magic power of knowing a magic trick.

Some days you pet the bear.

Penn and Teller and John Cleese! And Rosie; let’s not forget Rosie.

An embarrassing death.

Conservative scold Ken Starr got a billionaire pedophile off.

Just one of the babies likes it (at 1:45)– out of all the babies. The others are all terrified– /terrified/. But the one baby thinks it’s kinda cool. Why? And the mothers get such a kick out of their babies’ terror.

Musicians with giant baby heads on.

Whoa means whoa.

Clash of cultures.

“Something we can all agree on.”

The famous David Foster Wallace /This Is Water/ commencement address.

So, in short, if you lose you should play what neither of you played, and if you win you should play what the other person just played. That way you have an edge.

And where the goats are. That’s not a question.


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