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The little man in the boat, and other stories.


      “Now, an ignorant person, that’s someone who doesn’t know whatever you have just found out.” –Will Rogers

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2016-02-19) KNYO (and, three hours in, also KMEC) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and keep or just play with one click.

A little over an hour in, Stuart Cohen came by and talked and sang and played guitar for maybe an hour and ten, and then Alex called from a parked car in San Diego and that went on for awhile. But I stayed until after 4am and ended up reading almost everything I brought to read, anyway, so it’s kind of an experiment in doing things a little differently and seeing how it turns out. One thing I learned, something I have to learn over and over again, apparently, is the importance of checking everything before I start at all; as the show goes out from the studio to the transmitter(s) I record it at the source, where I am, by running a line from the headphone output of the monitor amp to my old video camera. And someone before me in the studio had left the amp’s tone and balance controls cocked oddly –who knows why?– so afterward, today, I had to repair that so I wouldn’t sound like someone talking through a pillow, and I took the opportunity to replace the music I’d played in the first hour with the clean music files (Louis Prima, Thomas Dolby).

Oh, and when I was talking with Alex, when he read his new story I turned my microphone off so not to interfere, and then when we were talking again I forgot to turn it back on (!), and during that time my voice was picked up only thinly but piercingly by the telephone, so for more than a half hour there it sounds more like /I’m/ the one calling in. No great harm done, but then Alex and I hung up, and over a minute of real-time dead air resulted when I was sitting there blathering about Sophie Madeleine and her project and introducing her music. (I cut the dead space out of the recording.) It ain’t the end of the world, but it’s embarrassing. I always get a schadenfreudistic kick out of examples of the incompetence of other radio people, so I suppose it’s only fair to return the favor.

So! Download the show and enjoy it, I hope.  And also here are links to a few not necessarily radio-useful but really worthwhile items that I happened upon while putting the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right.

Year of the Fire Monkey gala.

Diane-Arbus-like photography.

A personal relationship.

A horrifyingly bad charter-school teacher is recorded by an I hope horrified assistant teacher. What strikes me is: the object of the teacher’s wrath seems used to being berated and barked at, she just complies, and the others just go forward as though nothing happened. Teaching to the test turns school into a kind of boot camp.

Aerial view of sheepherding.

“I felt like I’d gotten the keys to the kingdom.”

Who they lived at the same time as. (Scroll up, down and sideways.) (Though, go back more than about 500 years and you might as well stay /up/.) (And look at that– checkbox only religion and history seems to be glutted with popes.) (And you can click on any of the people and read the Wikipedia article about them.)

A chart of who marries whom. (Mouse-over it to see the connections.)

A satisfying video.

Sad Jeb. (Includes “Please clap.”)

The real song of the sewer. Not the funny Art Carney one.

“If there’s a hero in this story, it’s going to be [the wedding videographer].”

How to deal with telegram bullying.

And 6 years on the sun in 6 minutes. The explanations and close-ups start at 2:50.

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