To protect and serve.
“He claimed he rides a motorbike to fight crime, protecting the public from knife crime and gang warfare. But we can reveal ‘The Renegade’, who said he lives near Nuneaton but in fact lives in a Leicestershire village, fabricated a number of claims about his activities. It’s understood he does plan to tackle criminals in the area – but isn’t currently able to because he has no motorbike and works in the evenings.”
It begins with Emperor Hirohito’s matter-of-fact but shaky radio address to the Japanese people explaining the decision to surrender and so end the War After the War To End All Wars. Or so I’m told– I don’t understand Japanese; it could be anything, like with the girl who paid for a spiritual serenity tattoo on her skinny white thigh and found out years later that it really said Tasty Chicken.
That’s what I like most about other languages: they sound like talking and look like writing, but they’re really, like our own, just singing and painting, not at all like an atomic bomb, though that is a kind of painting, I guess.
It’s like in /Firefly/, where the characters are talking along in English, but when they swear passionately they lapse into Chinese or French or an even more arbitrary science-fiction-swear language. It demonstrates what’s really important: the melodramatic problem they’re singing (and fighting) about.
Download the show and play it while you’re cleaning the birdcage, or fixing the car, or exfoliating, whatever that means– or skip frenetically around in it, find something you like and learn something and/or merely enjoy yourself. And write; I’m happy to read on the air everything you have to say, swears and all.
I had to go back to Juanita’s house before a week had passed, so you’ll hear me talking very quietly, the microphone practically pressed against my lips, because of not wanting to disturb the neighbors with yammering at full volume the way I can do on Franklin Street. Maybe it’s better this way; what do you think?
Anyway, here are links to plenty more not necessarily radio-useful but interesting items that I happened upon while putting the latest show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.
Dog meets the Dog of Wisdom.
If Matthew Inman’s dogs were a pair of middle-aged men.
The most beautiful watch.
Who’s a big bird, then, hm? Who’s a big wicker bird? /You/ are. /You’re/ a big wicker bird.
One angry laser-eyed space chicken.
Maps (and a graph) of U.S. electricity sources.
Stan Lee vs. Jim Hensen –vs. Walt Disney.
CGI disgust discussed.
The way the world used to be, when people had real problems and didn’t have to make problems up for themselves to feel alive.
The pep talk generator. If it isn’t peppy enough for you, click on Next Pep Talk.
Killing a lion is the most cowardly thing you can do. Here’s why.
Majestic flight of Soyuz to ISS.
The original 2007 Zoomquilt, but now you can use a control to change speed and direction.
…and a similar project. I like this better.
Nice music. Interesting stretchy, flowy video.
Bill Cornelius sent me the link to this short film about a vertiginous bicycle ride. At a couple of points in it I cried out and flung my arms around my own head.
Diary of a sex tourist.
So beautiful and so dangerous.
And turquoise ice on Lake Baikal, Russia.