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Throw your voice.

2017/06/03


Here’s the recording of last night’s (2017-06-02) 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.

That was my 1000th Memo of the Air show. They gave a party and filled the place up with people. There was pizza and chopped fruit and popcorn and almonds and soda pop and a pretty good cake. I didn’t have to do a thing but run the board and read the show. I don’t do well in a crowd, and Jerry and Bob took care of the whole thing -and my mother bought the cake and chopped the fruit- and the whole thing was surprisingly painless and I’m grateful, because they told me they were going to do it and I was anxious. Also it was neat the way about a dozen people over the course of the night filtered into the booth at random and sat at the guest mic… At one point Mitch was talking about Trump and the general helpless weltschmerz of the political situation, and two women and their little children wandered in off the street and were standing in the doorway; one of the women got in a discussion with Mitch, and made a number of good points. I was looking at my watch and thinking about how I should be reading this or that thing by now, that I’d brought, but then I grasped that /this/ is what radio is supposed to do. People should feel comfortable walking into a real radio station, right into the broadcast booth, and doing exactly this, and where else is it possible? Not at any of the commercial stations, that’s for sure. Not at KZYX, which is having its pledge drive now with a goal of, I think, $60,000 to raise, where not coincidentally the manager pays himself exactly $60,000 and pays the local airpeople exactly nothing, so whatever they tell you on the air about how Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Corporation /needs/ your money to do this or that important thing is a fricking lie, because every dollar raised in the pledge drive goes straight up the manager’s personal nose. They say only 20 percent of their budget is covered by their federal grant, but their federal grant is $160,000 a year; five times that is $800,000, and that’s a /crazy/ amount of money, /enough to build a dozen radio stations from scratch and run them all for a year./ Radio does not cost that much. An entire radio station is less complicated than the phone in your pocket. Something is fishy there. It’s a money-laundering scheme or it’s /something/ but it’s just not right. And on up the chain: just Ira Glass and his two producers of a one-hour NPR show are paid $500,000 a year. And a local treasure like Jamie Roberts is paid zip. And a crackerjack reporter like Sheila Dawn Tracy can’t even get on the air at KZYX, nor can I. Does that seem right to you?

If you’re hearing pledge drive pitches on the radio and feeling influenced by Pavlovian conditioning to pay them so they can put on more and longer pledge drives, it’s little KNYO that needs your money. In other words, go to http://knyo.org instead. Click on the big red heart. Every penny you give to KNYO pays immediately for something necessary, visible, audible and/or tangible, and there’s no hocus pocus. Or, whatever, do what you want. Maybe you like hocus pocus. It’s a poetic phrase; it’s fun to say. Say it when you click on the heart.

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:

How to throw your voice.
http://www.wikihow.com/Throw-Your-Voice

Cream.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UgiJPnwtQU

Colorizing old photographs. (At the end there’s a fast montage where each picture gets only four or five frame-steps. You can step through any YouTube video a frame at a time by pausing the video then pressing the period key. You can step backward with the comma key.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vubuBrcAwtY

Jerry Garcia’s prom photos.
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/jerry_garcias_prom_photos_revealed

Whale heart.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UxIyQ3iwes

The story of Western philosophy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkP4g9e86qA

Abduction.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ug6gAO8n0s

Keepin’ the dream alive.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk_qLtk0m2c

Speaking of which, I recommend /Her Master’s Voice/, by and about Nina Conti. “Easily the most heartbreaking, romantic, and profound film about ventriloquism ever made.”
http://www.avclub.com/article/iher-masters-voicei-is-the-most-profound-movie-abo-95915

And while you’re at it, see /In the Realms of the Unreal/, about Henry Darger, obscure hospital janitor, who was revealed upon his death to have drawn, written, collaged and painted a 15,000-page graphic novel titled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. You will never forget this amazing film.
http://www.pbs.org/pov/intherealms/film-description/

Scroll down to Veronica Lake posing fetchingly tangled in a drill press for a shop safety flyer. Ow, fuck! she seems to be saying.
http://omglane.com/2469/jaw-dropping-facts-about-ww/20/

Countdown.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwbm3uyUisg

Here’s what nature thinks of your puny roads.
http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2017/05/heres-what-nature-thinks-of-your-puny.html

Another impressive spiral train.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hPuNFjRTZA

GoPro on Hot Wheels wheels.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01jSLhE6__c

Mad Marx: the class warrior.
http://existentialcomics.com/comic/186

Created equal.
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/05/52/fc/0552fc77a41b0043e5aeebdf332183b4.jpg

It’s always sunny in Paris.
http://existentialcomics.com/comic/187

Grasshopper, when you can tow seven cars and a helicopter with your dick, it will be time for you to leave.”
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/watch_a_kung_fu_master_pull_an_enormous_helicopter_attached_to_his_penis

Motion-capture dance animation.
http://boingboing.net/2017/05/30/stunning-motion-captured-dance.html

How the works of fireworks work.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViabnPpLwe8

The story of the Jane collective.
http://fusion.kinja.com/comic-the-story-of-the-jane-collective-the-women-who-1795679333

A brief history of snake dances.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/a_brief_history_of_westernized_snake_dances

The creatures.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKqw8nY6-Eg

Hoseplay.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUGEtZTCk7g

Accents. Cockney on top, but try the others nearby, too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhW0Lr7ERLA

A metaphor for something.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyxwoLHFv_U

“Just pick whatever normalization lets you make fun of Florida.” (Also, in case you’re new to XKCD, there’s hover text.)
https://xkcd.com/1845/

Desensitization.
http://sadcomic.com/desensitization

So close.
http://bitsandpieces.us/2017/06/over-the-river-and-to-the-woods/

An interesting TED talk about consciousness, which turns out to be an illusion.
https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_dennett_on_our_consciousness

Spankers and spankees.
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/spankers_delight_the_vintage_erotica_of_cheri_herouard

Donald Trump, Super Spy.
http://boingboing.net/2017/05/29/donald-trump-0045-superspy.html

Things on the bottom that started out on top.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20170404-divers-mesmerising-images-of-wrecks

Things on the top from even higher up.
http://www.andyyeungphotography.com/WalledCity/

Right-arrow through this slideshow of an abandoned Japanese amusement park.
http://romainveillon.com/portfolio/nara-dreamland/

The different religions are different comic book franchises. “The various fairy tales can only coexist peacefully when their adherents recognize them as metaphors.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHUrAvKNF8s

Further religious iconography.
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_magical_and_disturbing_dream_like_nude_oil_paintings_of_erik_thor_sandb

And here’s something you don’t see every day.
http://s4.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20170529&t=2&i=1186723123

 

 

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