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The Susquehanna Hat Company routine.


      “We are all stardust.” Neil deGrasse Tyson points at me. “Except you.” Startled, I drop my beer can, it rolls to the front of the auditorium. –Vineyille

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2016-10-14) KNYO (and, three hours in, also KMEC) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and enjoy.

Or, thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost, you can get it this other way, which you might like better, because it offers an instant-play option.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast by plugging this URL into your podcast app: (unless you use iTunes for podcasts, in which case currently you’re out of luck on that score).

During last night’s show, done by live remote from Juanita’s apartment, there were several web connectivity events that interrupted the stream from my portable studio to the transmitter. When that happens I see it on a running graph on the monitor just above and to the left of my reading easel, and the audio streaming software shows an alert message and keeps trying to solve it until it connects properly and says /On Air/ again. During a problem like that I put on some music and wait. A couple of times the problem persisted and I had to reset my modem. Here’s a puzzler: just before the show there was no dialtone on Juanita’s Sonic fusion line, but there was still DSL internet access, which is weird, and when Scott Peterson phoned to talk about his latest article in the Anderson Valley Advertiser, the dead phone surprised me by ringing (!), the internet connection was severed, reestablished itself, I talked with Scott, hung up, checked, and there was a dial tone after that, so, ya know, what the hell?

There had been a few problems two weeks ago, and the Sonic tech came out by appointment this last Tuesday and checked things over and seemed to have put it all right, but apparently this thing will require another service call and more fussing. To be fair, the Comcast cable internet service to this place, that we had before Sonic DSL, was even less reliable and twice as expensive.

Here’s the connectivity graph as it looked when I signed off. (By that point the first hour of the show has traveled off the left side of the graph and so you don’t see where the blue line nosedove just before nine, clipping the end of a heartbreaking Moth story.)


The blue line indicates the buffer level in the computer at the other end, in the radio transmitter shack. Everywhere that line goes down into the yellow warning bar, KNYO listeners in Fort Bragg (CA) hear the sound stutter and cut in and out, and if it stays there for awhile the computer replaces the unreliable signal with random music from the station’s library. Eventually a good connection is reestablished and my voice or whatever music I’m playing comes back on the air.

The recording of the show is always made where I am sitting and reading aloud, so it’s uninterrupted and sounds pretty good. Try it out.

Anyway, besides all that, here are links to a few not necessarily radio-useful but otherwise worthwhile items that I set aside for you while putting the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right. Enough for at least a whole rainy day:

A concentration of the sort of thinking that puts childish political and religious squabbles (and technical glitches) in perspective.

Rerun: the captivating Whitney music box. Try the other variations, too, besides the default. I like the stereo ones (with headphones) and the hand-cranked one best.

The Susquehanna Hat Company routine.

Och, the puir wee lad.

What analogy?

That explains it.

Rerun: This land is mine. God gave this land to me.

Rerun: What Mormons believe.

The over-commercialization of Halloween is a crying shame. They don’t even sing the old songs anymore.

The trailer for a movie about horrible potatoes and how they wreck a young lady’s whole life.

Chip card.

Shake your elbow. Yeah. That’s it. Shake it all around.

“Foaming or fizzing urine could indicate excess protein in diet or a kidney problem. See a doctor if foaming happens all the time.” Just think about that for a moment: foaming and fizzing?

“Cesium also behaves similarly on the napkin.”

Water, ethyl alcohol and a few molecules of color and flavor. The graphic is kind of a periodic table of piss. There are even foaming and fizzing kinds of this stuff.

Just stop drinking.

Shit job.

Ostrich von Nipple – So Do We.

Heavy metal played without the guitar distortion reveals it to be simplistic noodly surf music.

The embryo of the bat.

You know that screaming phone-modem sound that fax machines (some people still use them) use to transmit a picture? Here’s the result of a fax machine dialing a wrong number whose voice mail automatically does speech-to-text. True story.

“I just can’t, with her, anymore. Too much preaching.”

“I spent a few hours and read the entire Scientology Handbook. It gave me a sense of knowingness I’ve never had before.”

“Corporal punishment has been linked with a range of unintended negative outcomes, including higher rates of mental health problems, a more negative parent-child relationship, lower cognitive ability and academic achievement, and higher risk for future physical abuse.”

How to talk Minnesotan. (1993. 27 min.)

The latest installment of the Prose Edda for Bostonians, by Rowdy Geirsson.

Squeamish Cyclops.

“Ha ha ha! Mine is an evil laugh. Now, die!” “AAAAH! Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!”

Never bring a gun to a pigfight. He’ll slash at you with the pig and knock the outer cover off your right-hand boob.

Emotional movie moments.

“By Grabthar’s Hammer, By the Suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!”

The heat was hot and the ground was dry and the air was full of sound.

Eruptions, earthquakes and emissions.

An eight-year-old comedy sketch, but still timely– except that in 2016 not even the so-called moderator has a clue anymore.


“So many arguments, especially on a place like Twitter, are almost content-neutral. You can swap one argument out for another and the context is almost irrelevant.” So no-one can tell the difference between a pissy-angry random-word-shuffling robot and a flesh and blood pissy-angry right-wing twat. This knocks the Turing test into a cocked hat.

The making of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. (Press /shuffle/ to shuffle through the years.)

He said sup.

Suffer from selfie nose? Now there’s a pill for that.

Glow wall.

Golf ball.


Particle accelerators

Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God.

Animated time-map of the big five.

The same thing but much smaller.

The seven times Christopher Hitchens nailed it.

The story of the remarkable Curta calculator.

Thufferin’ thuccotash.

And the full-lenth Mondo Mod.

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