Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain.
“A garment that squeezes the testicles makes a man think differently.” -Umberto Eco
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 isn’t surrounded by confusing flashing ads.
Ezekiel Krahlin called, and also Scott Peterson (later I read Scott’s story /Death Spiral/). TJ came in and shared his insights into self defense. At about 1:30am (that’ll be 4 hours 30 min. into the recording) a bunch of people leaving the bar saw Jerry working on a computer in the front and came in. Jerry sent them back to me. They were friendly, but you know how easily I am overwhelmed by a crowd, and at first I didn’t understand what they were all saying, but it soon became clear: Jay Smeck (I’m guessing at the spelling), of Yuba City, has a new song out. I gave him a wire from the mixer to plug into his phone, and he sang along with his recording that I played on the monitors. When I’m doing the show from Fort Bragg I don’t use headphones, so it didn’t occur to me in time to hand them to him, and I felt a little silly about that, but it worked out fine and he sounded like a pro, which means he’s very good; the monitor situation was primitive and terrible and he just instantly adapted and performed. They all shook my hand, I was hugged from several directions at once, and they left.
I’m trying to convey how this all felt to me: I’m alone in a quiet room in the middle of the night, reading into a microphone, and suddenly there’s this kaleidoscopic whirl of activity, like a scene in The Magic Christian, and everything’s happening at once, and then I’m alone again, and it’s quiet, and I go back to reading. It’s like: did that really happen? Well, yes, because one of them brought a cigaret in and it still smells like cigarets. But on the air, and in the recording, it’s just radio. Somebody’s talking, you hear some music, somebody’s talking again. The inside is so different from the outside.
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:
The finely crafted television of the future.
The finely crafted Hupfeld Phonoliszt of the past.
1950s ads improved by Cheeto Benito quotes.
Aboriginal auto repair.
“What are you lookin’ at?”
The battle of Helm’s Deep broken down into 24 beats.
Host a hunted family under your floorboards.
The story of rubber.
Art? Not art? So many questions. Also- the right-hand woman’s legs remind me of the thought experiment, /If your legs bent the other way, what would a chair look like?/
“And here we see coasters being packed for shipment. And in a matter of minutes the line /could/ be producing water tumblers or tomato slicers, breadboxes or pitchers.”
Live in the future!
Fraley’s robot repair.
Get a load of the /pipes/ on that baby.
Rule 34, is there anything it can’t do?
Evolution of 2-D animation.
Logan retrospective. 17 years of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in four minutes.
Chuck Norris shoots everybody.
And the map.