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All the flavors of malarkey. An annotated history. (Halloween, part 2 of 2)


      “Every society invents the failed utopia it deserves.” –John Tresch

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2016-10-28) 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.

And 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:

How we get Yosegi-zaiku marquetry.

A watershed moment.

The last great spectacular flight in early aviation. 1933. Men flew two (2) open-cockpit biplanes over Mount Everest (!), taking large-format pictures of each other. One man’s oxygen mask hose fell apart and he noticed that he was starting to die so he taped it back together with his handkerchief.

Digitally stabilized downhill mountain bike run.

How we get perfect little springs.

Two ways to get rid of wasps and yellowjackets without using chemicals, sprays or poisons. “The ticking sounds are when a wasp flies into the spinning wire.” Question: Why /do/ they fly into the wire? Answer: The smart ones don’t. But they have no Borg adaptation skills to deal with the shop-vac-full-of-soapy-water method.

Time-lapse shots of ants eating different foods, set to random stock music.

Fancy people-food made of insects and rotten fruit juice.

The ancient South American Quimbaya fastened their ponchos with tiny spacecraft.

A little Wonder Woman goes a long way.

Oddly familiar, this meme.

/Petrov, Yelyena and Me/ from Flight of the Conchords.

In 1998 Syd Garon and Rodney Ascher animated the Jack Chick tract /Somebody Goofed/.

A wise bass player once told me, “Electronic music is for people who don’t know how to play music.” And now also for ducks.

An eternally shimmering shard.

Sixth one down: Ayn Rand in a candle-holder costume.

Don’t be selfish.

Scary girl. (You’ll recognize Scary Girl’s mother as the actress who played the demonic Consolidated Lenstrex rep in /Slings and Arrows/.)

Proofreaders’ marks.

My favorite is the melty slobberlog.

Maps that explain English.

Bad Lip Reading project Presidential Poetry Slam. (Molly Bee sent me the link.)

Wait! What? /Bleurgh!/ Oh.

I like it where Hannity says, “You were robbed.”

You’re so nice to talk to, Mr. Neutral.

Rules for rulers. How everything works. (20 min.)

Winner of kindergarten parking lot design contest. Extra points for the neat wiring.

Old-fashioned hand-drawn cell animation to Hall of the Mountain King.

It’s so hard for autistic people, why make it harder by being an asshole to them.

“Vagina gonna take da stage, ’cause Vagina got a lot to say.”

Okay, whatever, yeah, fine.

Give a mouse a cookie.

Another impressive civilian rocket project. Skip ahead to about 2:50 for the rocket’s point of view.

It’s just the gas.

Worthy rerun: every TED talk in a nutshell.

And look at what they just found! Dozens of mysterious ancient ships from the Byzantine empire that have been in the dark at the bottom of the Black Sea all this time, perfectly preserved (except for the damage that caused them to be down there in the first place) because of the “lack of oxygen in the Black Sea below 150 metres”. Dissolved oxygen, they mean. They know you know that water is made of hydrogen and oxygen and homeopathic memory.


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