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Hooray, hooray, the first of May.

2017/04/29

     “For the writer of fantastic stories to help the reader to play the game properly, he must help him in every possible unobtrusive way to domesticate the impossible hypothesis. He must trick him into an unwary concession to some plausible assumption and get on with his story while the illusion holds. And that is where there was a certain slight novelty in my stories when first they appeared. Hitherto, except in exploration fantasies, the fantastic element was brought in by magic. Frankenstein even, used some jiggery-pokery magic to animate his artificial monster. There was trouble about the thing’s soul. But by the end of last century it had become difficult to squeeze even a momentary belief out of magic any longer. It occurred to me that instead of the usual interview with the devil or a magician, an ingenious use of scientific patter might with advantage be substituted. That was no great discovery. I simply brought the fetish stuff up to date, and made it as near actual theory as possible.” -H.G. Wells

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2017-04-28) 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 isn’t surrounded by confusing flashing ads.

Lots of local action this time. Ellen stopped by, and Thomas, and John, and Jeff Wright (about his arrest and transport to jail a few weeks ago for standing his ground on being allowed to get his mail from the mailbox he paid for) (but in the course of discussing that it came up that Jeff, as well as having been an Air Force jet mechanic, spent six years of his youth seriously studying the cello). I read the first part of Jay Frankston’s book about the man who keeps the keys; I’ll be serializing that over the next few months, but it’s appropriate to start it on the International Workers Day show because of the Spanish Civil War content. And about midnight a man who called himself Bo came in and talked to Jerry about, I thought, trying out the piano in the window to see if it was fixable, but it turned out he just wanted to play it, even though a few of the keys don’t ring so much as thunk, and that’s fine, there’s a microphone for out there. After about ten minutes, though, I started reading stories again anyway, and it’s kind of nice with piano in the background for about an hour.

And, before and after, the by now familiar broad range of this and that. Then Firesign Theater at the end (How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You’re Not Anywhere At All). So, all in all, the usual unique radio experience for the connoisseur with the attention span people used to have before quick-cut direction and popcorn media turned everyone into that cocaine addicted rat that keeps pumping the reward lever like a masturbating teenager.

But 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:

“Fighting to keep its antenna pointed toward Earth…” You go, little robot! Who’s a good boy? You are! You are!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrGAQCq9BMU

Meanwhile actually /on/ Earth:
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-jiggling-chair.html

Windmill fails.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVHzfUWul2Y

Spoiler: the sneaky orange-suited rescue ninja sucker-kick-saves her.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yRIfi1Xn74

How government works now.
http://www.truth-out.org/art/item/40390-how-government-works-now

Credit cards.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6zgmhsCLnc

SoCal Ren Faire. “The taste of Spain.”
http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/harry-israelson-renaissance-pleasure-faire-photography-250417

Happy lasing.
http://www.neatorama.com/neatogeek/2017/04/25/Mad-Scientist-Builds-A-200-Watt-Laser-Bazooka-That-Can-Shoot-Through-A-Computer-Case/

Armageddon.
http://www.boredpanda.com/12-gone-into-rapture-comics-that-will-ruin-your-childhood-43/

Metal, a retrospective.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dun7KkHd1qA

Metal mesh art.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOro-it6CpE

Pressure-washing porn.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2017/04/pressure-washing-porn/

“I’m all out of almonds. I’m all out of almonds. I’m tryna find someone who has some almonds, yeah.” The Lana Del Rey one is also good. Look around for that.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJhykU8sJYM

OMG. WN.
http://boingboing.net/2017/04/27/angry-mom-texts-35-year-old-ma.html

Everybody’s prejudiced.
https://archive.org/details/everybodysprejudiced

Drugs + alcohol = No job!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp6ULhPV7Bc

And your brain on drug policy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKXN6Vdr3g0

 

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