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2017/06/17

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Here’s the recording of last night’s (2017-06-16) 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.

It’s time. We need to either get a real phone box to put people on the air properly or experiment a little with making the one we have at KNYO work better. (It’s the one I made out of a thrift-store phone.) It puts a harsh edge on callers’ voices that can’t be corrected with the tone controls. Probably fixing the impedance match between the phone thing and the board with a transformer would do it. The problem is, I’m mostly only in Fort Bragg when I go to do my show there, and then I’m busy doing the show, and then it’s four or five and I just wanta go home and fall asleep in my clothes. Jerry will probably get to it this week. If that doesn’t solve it, we’ll have another fundraiser, a bingo night, or sell off all the heirloom melmac in the equipment closet, or something.

The reason I bring it up is, Zeke called from San Francisco at one a.m. (four hours into the show) to read his story and I felt bad that I couldn’t make the sound quality better. Then I forgot and left my mic off, so after his story, when we were talking for a little while, you only hear my voice faintly through the phone’s handset. So embarrassing. But really, so what? It’s a good story and a good show. I think you’ll like it. Ah, right, I almost forgot: Thomas came to the station early in the show, very excited, practically /fizzing/ about his new cryptocurrency monetary app project. I’m not sure I understand it completely; maybe you’ll grasp something that I didn’t. He was bruised and scraped up all over from just a normal bicycle accident. Wear your bike helmet. It doesn’t look stupid. Astronauts wear helmets; do astronauts look stupid? No, they don’t. Imagine an astronaut saying to his mom before he blasts off, “I don’t want to wear this helmet. The other astronauts will laugh at me.” An astronaut would never say that, because an astronaut is smart, and he wears his darn helmet that we paid a lot of money for, and he doesn’t just put it on until he’s out of sight around the corner. Hold still. There. Be careful.

Besides all that, though, 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:

A kaleidoscope dance made of fingers.
http://boingboing.net/2017/06/13/watch-this-hypnotic-kaleidosco.html

Everyday wizards of talking.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3H5D-XxPrI

Triangle of life.
http://catandgirl.com/triangle-of-life/

Pinched.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmPvjZKBNYY

If mobile games were honest.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8ayD71cXYs

100 walks 100. Kind of a wizard of walking.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEoUhlesN9E

Contented.
http://www.marriedtothesea.com/index.php?date=061117

Jerkass god. Explain that.
https://francoistremblay.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/saturday-morning-breakfast-cereal-on-an-anti-theodicy-denying-death-antinatalism/

Just open the dang-blasted turnstile, consarn it! Son of a bitch! I’m about ta have a /heart/ attack, here!
http://boingboing.net/2017/06/15/man-blows-his-top-because-toll.html

No. Don’t do that.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Xt-NQHipY

Lasers vaporizing rust. It sounds like it looks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8q3DZB_l6M

Munyon’s homeopathic cures.
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/munyons_homeopathic_cures

A map of the ships buried beneath San Francisco, and a full explanation of how they got under there.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/05/map-ships-buried-san-francisco/

CineFix’ top 10 science fiction films. Number one will surprise you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8xAuN_nHNc

Joe Bonamassa and Tina Guo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQBkV7s0sV0

Further incontrovertible proof of chemtrails’ terrible magic: a persistent cloud shaped like Britain and imprisoned by a pentagon of pure evil.
http://boingboing.net/2017/06/15/a-cloud-shaped-like-britain.html

Often I’m kidding when I make an analogy, but I’m being totally honest here: This video shows very clearly what the people who run KZYX look like to me. How you feel and all the things you think, watching this person fail and fail and fail to park a car, is how I feel whenever I tune to KZYX and just let it play for a few minutes and listen to it. (Usually it’s some recorded crap from 1,000 miles away.) Then I have a quick little exercise daydream about explaining to them how to do it right, to improve, to let in people they’re terrified of and get out of the way, and both in the daydream and in real life they never listen, because of the Dunning-Kruger effect. The skills they need in order to judge properly how bad they are at running a radio station to prioritize learning and taking chances and embracing danger and just being alive are the very skills they don’t have regarding actually doing any of those things, even if they wanted to. They compare their product with other run-of-the-mill NPR drone stations, and it’s indistinguishable, so they think they’re good at it. They think they’re the good guys and that anyone poking at that bubble is the bad guy.
http://boingboing.net/2017/06/10/driver-attempts-to-parallel-pa.html

Speaking of which, here’s a poster I’d like to put up where the (unpaid) airpeople can see it when they’re at the mic begging for /hundreds of thousands of dollars/ for KZYX so management can eat steak and drive nice cars and have health and dental insurance and pay off their vacation houses and so on, while the poor airperson is happy just for the opportunity to work in glamorous radio and be patted on the head at a board meeting once a year for his valuable service.
http://www.marriedtothesea.com/index.php?date=061617

And just take a gander at Miss Bomarc Interceptor Missile, 1958. (Missile, 1/8 scale.)
http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/miss_bomarc_interceptor_missile

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