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A cautionary tale.


     “BLACKS! Are on this planet! HERE! In-a New Jersey! Coming to destroy us! We must act! ESCAPE, or DIE! We must-a work faster, to-a finish the Great Vehicle itself, so that we can-a enter the 8th Dimension, and FREE our trapped comrades, so we can return home, and-a seize power once again! History is-a made at night! Character is what you are in the dark! We must WORK, while the clock, she’s-a ticking! We hide, they seek! Where are we going! [PLANET 10!] When-a do we leave? [REAL SOON!]”

Here’s the recording* of last night’s (2018-01-26) KNYO and 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, from this other place, which you might like better because it offers an instant-play option and isn’t surrounded by confusing flashing ads.

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

Just a beautiful little film. /My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes./ (14 min.)

A calendar of caterpillars.

Singin’ in the MRI.

How editing shapes a story.

Those poor, sad men and the magical women they invent to assuage their crushing loneliness.

Husband and wife (Ernie and Cassandra Velasco) share sculpture vision, execution, reward.

Skiing the warm world. Somehow this is an ad for Audi.

Whereas I use food service heat-lamps from the thrift store in clamp-sockets pointed right at me.

A natural consequence of a capitalist medical system. “We’ve extracted all the money from your situation that we’re going to get. Goodbye and good luck.”

Speaking of which, gazillionaire Charles Koch and his wife What’s-her-name, immediately after the Republican tax, um, plan, let’s call it, passed, gave $500,000 to Speaker Paul Ryan and another $500,000 to the Republican party as a kind of bonus, on top of all the hundreds of millions of dollars Charles and his brother David spent buying elections up to now, in order to become ever obscenely richer at the expense of everyone else and fuck the world up further, going forward.

How to walk that fine line between being a decent person and a total wanker.

A paean to animator Richard Williams.

Here are some other words you can use to form ideas and sentences:


Vintage photographs of women getting tattoos.

Simulated flight through Orion nebula in visible and IR light. Listen for the audience cough in your right ear at 1:40. That person is out there, somewhere, behind you a little and to your right, out in space, coughing.

Vastly closer to home, some more Juno mission images of Jupiter.

Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek: Voyage to Vengeance!

Gory Mexican comic book covers.

Secret Agent XXL Relaxed Fit.

Long-haired businessmen.

Cautionary tales.

I had a subscription to /National Lampoon/ in the early 1970s when I was fourteen. My favorite cartoonist ever was Shary Flenniken (Trots and Bonnie; Trots is Bonnie’s talking dog). Unbeknownst to me, Juanita, who I didn’t meet until mid-late 1986, also loved /National Lampoon/. I somehow lost Juanita’s copy of National Lampoon’s special issue: /The Utterly Monstrous, Mind-Roasting Summer of O. C. and Stiggs/, and like everything else I ever lost of hers it’s a huge deal any time she’s reminded of it. If you have that particular magazine, let’s talk. It has to be the real magazine, not the pdf file, which is nice but it isn’t what I lost, that was hers, that she prized.

Okay, that in mind, here’s the trailer for a new movie, just out, about Doug Kenny, the man who started /National Lampoon/ magazine.

Army of clowns wants YOU.

“Ram those balls down the hose, boys! Ram ’em down the hose!” Prior art in patent law.

Recording death metal on 100-year-old Edison wax cylinder recording device.

Mantis squad.

Fractal pyramid.

Musician explains one concept at five different levels, from the way you’d explain it to a seven-year-old, up. (15 min.) At the end, the teacher is demonstrating by playing with Herbie Hancock, and it just sounds like tentative random notes to me, with the original notes of the tune emphasized but so what? I’m not smart enough to see the connection. I only understand the beginning level explanations to the children.

The numbers. (Remind me sometime to tell you about /The Numerals/, the plastic new-math kit that unaccountably tormented me in second grade, and the feeling of which comes back in full force whenever I’m confused and intimidated.) (This isn’t confusing or intimidating, just pretty.)

Disassembling a 17 by 17 by 17 Rubik’s cube. Apparently it has one screw in its hidden belly button that releases the whole mess. Riffling the thousands of parts apart makes a neat sound that at first I couldn’t quite place, but it’s the exact sound of typing 100 miles an hour on a loose-clicketty old computer keyboard in the middle of the night, trying not to wake anyone up.

The mind boggles! (Depending on your browser, you might have to click the video’s audio on.)

Francois Tremblay’s picks of /Cat and Girl/.

Fish and bird.

Nice work if you can get it.

An illustrated collection of fashionable English words.

Boarding school girls at Coney Island.


Chinese people on trains.

Photographer travels Africa in flying lawn chair.

Take this visual test about how big different countries are, relative to each other. (I got a 78 and was surpised and pleased, and at the same time disappointed.)

“A whopper actually taught me about net neutrality.”

Daisy drops a tab.

Inga jumps. “Everything is okay!” Would go again.

Why swimming pools in non-counterbalance-damped skyscrapers are a bad idea. (The whole building is like a giant slow vertical version of the stopper on a door, where the wind is the cat’s paw sproinging and sproinging it.)

Glorious time-lapse storm clouds. When it gets to the lightning storm at 1:40, oh!

Demo plywood combo lock. Doo dah, doo dah. Fun to watch him make it work. Oh de doo dah day.

Structure. (Scroll down for the list of what you’ve been seeing.)

Scroll down to the portait-mode video. This is like a live-action version of the coming movie I saw a trailer for about mobile giant mechanical cities trampling the world.

Talented looping musician.

In Congress: The Skull Fucking Bill Of 2007. Every year they try to pass this bill or something like it, and it doesn’t pass, and the problem gets worse. It’s like the thing with school shootings, and bar and nightclub and outdoor festival and theater and highway and bedroom and SWAT shootings.

The ’50s and ’60s in black and white. (At this writing, the site is taking forever to open. There might be a problem with it.)

And a musical warning, involving roller-skating dancers who are remarkably fit, about being careful not to hit a deer nor roll your car avoiding one. /Just keep it under the speed limit and you’ll never hit a deer./


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