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The fruitcake of knowledge of good and evil.


     “So there I stood in line at Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, the aroma of tuna hotdish permeating the church basement, waiting for Mrs. Magendanz to finish carefully carving pieces of warm apple pie and place each one gently on a paper plate, and I found myself staring at the back of Myrtle Krebsbach’s dress, her long dark hair falling gracefully on her shoulders. I thought back to that time, a few years ago, when we found ourselves together sharing a cigarette behind the Statue of the Unknown Norwegian while we waited for the city council meeting to begin, and as the soft light of autumn sunset disappeared behind the horizon and the whippoorwills began their crepuscular trills, I reached out and firmly took hold of her bosom in my hands and said, HONK! …And then I said to Mrs. Krebsbach, “If you ever tell anyone about this, I will kill you and throw your body in the lake, and you will never work in radio again.”

Here’s the recording* of last night’s (2017-12-08) 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.

And thanks to the fine folks at KMEC-LP Ukiah /this/ particular show ran live there too, from the beginning at 9pm, not waiting till midnight to be included as had been the way. They had a meeting at KMEC, all unbeknownst to me, and apparently some people spoke up on my behalf, and they had to change things anyway because of upgrading and the aftermath of the fire and connections chaos and all, and they just changed it, just like that, and told me. So, progress. Thank you, Joel Thompson, Ed Nieves, Sid Cooperider, Alicia Bales, /the/ Govinda, and others at KMEC for this improvement and opportunity.

It seems to have worked okay. KMEC left about 20 minutes before I signed off KNYO at about 4:05 a.m. but the very end of the show I’ll always be running an old-time radio play while I clean up my mess and make the studio presentable for the next person, so if losing KMEC at that point is the most likely thing to go wrong electrically and it happens again once in awhile in future shows, and nothing else goes wrong, who could ask for anything more?

This show is a little more uneven than usual, due to I don’t know what, nervousness, probably, but that’s the good thing about your getting the recording. You can skip right past anything that doesn’t interest you personally, or that you’re embarrassed for me about, or that grates on your nerves, and find something that does interest you. It won’t hurt my feelings, and it’s so kind of you to even worry about that. You’re a good person to care about others that much, in general, or to care about me in particular at all, after what I said to /you/, whatever that was. See, I don’t even remember. You’re that much better than /I/ am, and good for you. Good for you.

Otherwise, here are links to a few not necessarily radio-useful but worthwhile enough items that I set aside for you while putting the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Lightning in slow motion. Turn the video quality up until it stops working right, then back off a bit.

Good at it.

Or you could call these guys. They have a machine that makes it perfect. Really smooths it down.

Fur Elise on wineglass harp.

How religion works.

The magic roses.

Two magicians.

How Two Balloons got the ocean.

Salt labyrinth.


What’s the best version of Peter and the Wolf?

On your deathbed.

Best of Web, 10.

Awake ye scary great Olde Ones.

What the parrot saw.

Silence is violence.

How much corn could a corn duck horn if a corn duck could horn corn? (He shouldn’t talk while it’s eating. It looks up like, /What?/ It’s rude. Let it eat in peace.)

Bacon slicing machine.

Math art.

The carol of the chairs.

Gifified (say JIFF-uh-fod) Japanese woodblock prints.

Ugly Renaissance babies. (Technically, renaissance means new beginning/ new birth, so.

The titles on the cards have nothing to do with the episode of Outer Limits the picture comes from. Other than that, great.

Piano-wire spring-reverb memory. OH! AMAZING!


And that! and that! and that!

Don Martin comic strip sounds.

GoPro camera falls off crashing race car, lodges in grass, eerily captures car flipping over it in the air.

Stainless steel wire fairies.


David Youngblood’s nominee for cinema’s greatest scene. An essay with illustrative examples.

Spy stories for dummies.

This piece of shit couldn’t get hired to introduce drunken British vacationers at a karaoke bar. Would /you/ hire him?

Blackface fashion masks of the 1500s. And 1600s. It’s called a vizard.

What an interesting kind of animal. What do you suppose he’s thinking?

A selection of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comics.

Flickr’s top 25 photos of 2017.

Time traveling Instagrammer stuck in the 1950s.

The Southern California fires from very far away, very close, the ground, the air, every way.

And space. Pretty.


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