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On that train, all graphite and glitter, undersea by rail.


     “Just because a heart is a jet-ski doesn’t mean a jet-ski is a heart.” -InspiroBot

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2017-07-07) 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.

Things went rather well until about 2:15am, when Comcast power-cycled my cable modem at Juanita’s and knocked me off the air in Fort Bragg for 7 minutes and off the air in Ukiah for the rest of the show. They do that for maintenance once in awhile, always at a time when they think nobody will notice or care. This is only the second time it’s happened during my show in several months, but /harrumph/. I’ll be stepping through an automated phone tree to have a stern word with one of Comcast’s tech-support representatives in a vast yammering boiler room in Mumbai, see if I don’t!

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:

God. Volume 1: Serengeti.

John Prine and Iris Dement singing /In Spite of Ourselves/.

Can you tell real news from fake news? Find out.

Everybody loved the Atomic Age bullet-brassiere photospread last week. So here’s some more.

I saw this and realized that this is what we’re all trying to do for each other all the time. And what’s wrong with that? Happy is happy.

Japanese playground equipment at night.

A slideshow of anamorphic car park signage.

Be yourself.

Or be the sexy French teacher you always dreamed about.

Or give up on this disappointing world and travel to an alternate one that might work out better for you. There’s a potato involved.

Meanwhile, in waking life, Giovanna Parascandolo rebuilds a Fiat 500 motor in four minutes.

Color photos of Japan after WW2. Not a lot of motor vehicles.

Mountain trip to Japan. 1959. (Including 1953.)

“That’s the way I like to live my life. I know everything’s gonna be just fine.”

The other life. Johanne.

Deep. Amazing.

Rerun: “When a grid’s misaligned with another behind, that’s a moire.”

And further fascinating mathematical looping GIFs. (It might take a minute or more for the page to fully load.)

Notice that apparently it doesn’t have to be an equilateral or a right triangle. For extra credit: would it work if it was either of those?

Beloved green Mrs Grotbags is dead. Who was Mrs Grotbags, you say? Here, look:

A brave film about puppets in bed, from the era when that could still land you in prison.

They should have just gone with the marionette. Clearly the woman didn’t want to do it. You want to help, but what can you do?

See? Like this. “Don’t force me to experience things.” I can’t stress this enough.

What turns you on?

How about talent and stage presence? (Warning: loud.)

Yes, how /about/ talent and stage presence?

Family patriotiporn. (Captain Americat is my favorite, though the poor thing seems uncomfortable.)

Magical realism.

It’s good to have a system.

Guide to the races of Star Trek.

Pussy Riot says make America great again. This is from last year, but it’s still fresh.

Fireworks fails. (A misnomer. The fireworks are functioning as designed. It’s the genes that are failing here.)

Pro car-stunt guy explains some car stunts.

Impressive simulated 3D environment, done with projectors in a mostly featureless white room. If I understand this correctly, the demo is optimized for the camera location, though I think the point of view can be set for the user’s head.

The roller coaster that only goes up.

Rerun: On a plate.

So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?

Club pipers.

Vice president Mike Pence visits NASA facility, touches something.!0/3nz297igjgesep23eor0btjxersiufq

“Please become a squee-ah shape, please. Please become a squee-ah shape, please.”

“Art Clokey’s first film, Gumbasia (say gum-buh-SEE-uh) inspired and financed Gumby on the Moon, the pilot episode for the Gumby show.”

InspiroBot generates endless photographic inspirational posters for your cubicle, if there were still lots of cubicle jobs to fall back on, which there aren’t, so pick one and put it up in the bathroom. (My favorite so far: “Make it so that a stranger gets scared every day.” Or maybe: “If we lose our right to be secretive about wild animals, we might as well strangle democracy.” Or: “Don’t expand your consciousness, just divide and conquer.” Or: “A kiss can sometimes be like a mother on speed.” Or: “Most people become hot dog vendors because it gives them soft skin.” Or: “Just because a heart is a jet-ski doesn’t mean that a jet-ski is a heart.” That is so and true. Okay. Stopping now.)

Bad Bunny.

And Scott Peterson’s story that I read during the show, but in its original illustrated format. It’s a PDF file.


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