“I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 A.M. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.” –Joan Didion
Equipment problems prevented starting on time, but Bob Young showed up and made a fricking satellite phone out of an umbrella and a Speak-N-Spell, and by 9:30 I stumbled into the air. And after a couple of minutes of getting used to weightlessness it went pretty well. Mitch Clogg and Elly Cooney came in and Mitch read from his new book. Alex called much later and talked about film. I think you’ll like it.
Again, I want to recommend the teevee series /Jessica Jones/. She’s adapted from the Marvel character. She’s a self-loathing alcoholic private detective with a low-rent superpower (strength) and a reasonable explanation for the self-loathing part of it. The villain is played by everyone’s favorite Doctor, David Tennant. All the peripheral characters are required; I especially draw your attention to the red-haired woman who lives upstairs. The year of shows are all one story– no episode stands on its own; start from the beginning.
And 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.
Weightless but not tireless elephants.
The founding fathers take off their belts.
The 2016 World Church-Supplies Expo.
I don’t know how to think about this. I’m happy she’s having a fun time, and I’m happy tech has got to this point, but– ramifications. And, see, on the other hand, my mother started teaching me to read as I was learning to talk, so storybooks were like this to me, and maybe this is the new storybook. It won’t always be a giant mask/hat; it’ll be contact lenses and/or implants powered by blood and body heat. And everyone will get used to the new way, like we’ve gotten used to people in the line at the grocery store shouting in your face while he’s really talking to someone a hundred miles away, or a person on a street corner explaining something to the air. They might be crazy, or not, and it has nothing to do with us, so.
Young man with Asperger’s on acid. A documentary.
Learn the stroke symptoms from this musical doctor.
The precautionary principle.
Bringing yourself down to a dog’s level just confuses the dog.
“They want prisoners to vote. They’ve taken all our fish and money through the years.”
What’s inside a big $700 battery? A little $30 battery and a sponge to keep it from sliding around in there.
Time is broken. This man shows you how to fix it. Pay attention.
The U.S. has gone fucking mad.
How a match works. In slow motion.
How long drugs stay detectable in your blood.
“This is the greasiest crane I’ve ever been on.”
Lateral movement in film.
Space Oddity on gayageum.
Live performance on high-school-kid-made synth projects.
I understand you like to look at pictures.
And you appreciate technical-minded artistic genius. Which this is.