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    “Do not let a girl who decorates her buttocks deceive you by wily coaxing, for she is after your granary.” -Hesiod

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-04-05) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also other ones going back about a couple of years. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet.

Besides all that, here are links to further worthwhile educational and/or sensational items that I set aside for you while gathering last night’s show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

Auroras over the South Pole. With it sped up the way it is, you can see that it really is fire. Gigantic electric fire.

A day of constant sun in the middle of Arctic summer.

Art laser projection on water mist.

Spinning slow-motion camera jig project. Stick around for the clip with the toy airplane crashing through balloons filled with paint.

Trailer for an HBO miniseries about Chernobyl.

Elenor Kopka’s GIFs. You’ve got a GIF, son, but you’ve gotta develop yourself. If you rely on your GIF, you’ll fail.

All fresh Trump tweets automatically become captions of old Gary Larson cartoons.

Slow birds.

The story of the tiny Bede or BD (actually say BEE-dee) planes. I saw one of these at an airshow in Nevada in the early 1970s. I remember it being the jet version, and the P.A. announcer said something about /400 miles an hour/, but this documentary seems to say that they didn’t put jet engines in them till later and in any case they topped out at about 300 miles an hour. Hmm. The whole airplane weighed no more than two people on a bicycle.

A clever little real-life spaceship. Scroll down and watch the short video. The actual path of the capture orbit reminds me of a program that ran on an IBM PC under DOS in the 1980s called /Gravity/. You could define a whole solar system and set it going, and it looked a lot like this, except for dots and circles instead of a picture of planets.

Here’s an emulation of /Gravity/ that you can play with. You’ll have to click on it to start it, maybe twice, but once you figure out how to get it started, use the arrow keys to arrow rightward to Samples, then down to a sample, then press Enter. Then figure out how to stop and edit the sample and go on from there. Think of it as a puzzle.

Li’l Barr. The book report.

Rerun: She is so happy. This is wonderful. An antidote to everything awful in the world, such as our Willendorfian president with no useful skills or knowledge except to be a coward and a spoiled bully… Sorry. Ugh. Okay, try again: Rerun: She is so happy.

Kung fu rat kick.

Milky the Marvelous Milkin’ Cow. New, from Kenner.

Five things to know about Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family.

Better than Jeebus.

I repeat, better than Jeebus.

Flying. The second video is better, to me. Darker, faster, more joyously vertiginous and dreamlike. And he flies the drone through and then down inside a desert waterfall. Downward and upward spirals. Slaloming low among dry washes. Threading the needle of a rock arch. I know some of it is digitally sped up, but even so, what amazing piloting skills and what an amazing machine.

Testing French ejection seats. Not an ideal job for the bad of back.

Louis Armstrong – When Skeletons In The Closet Start To Dance.

Speaking of which.

Bees under the sink.

Nirvana – In Bloom (Jazz-Funk Cover) by Metaphump.

A short film about a young couple with a problem to solve.

How to say the capital names of Europe and points east.

Women at work during World War 1.

Kevin Gustafson used Kerbal Space Program to show what might have been if in 1972 Nixon had committed NASA to put men on Mars by 1981 using only tech we already had by 1972. (13 min. played at 2x speed.)–ZN4

He walked on the goddamn Moon. He can wear what he likes.

A nice project. A little organ made entirely of paper. And a balloon.

William Tell Overture on two melodicas. The staccato rolls they play are done with breath control.

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dog. “I’m fryin’. Martha, I’m /fryin’/!”

Wow. It makes me want to see Game of Thrones. I did see part of an episode of the first season once, long ago, where a bewildered young lady with delicate features and bleach-blonde hair was forced to eat an entire fresh raw bloody horse’s heart that was almost as big as her whole head. That had Jason Momoa in it, who I knew from /Stargate:Atlantis/. I think he was the one forcing her to eat the horse’s heart. Maybe it was a family religious ritual. And, come to think of it, that was the same lady on the dragon-barrel-crane-thing in front of the green screen, here, but when she was a teenager.

The trouble with old model steam engines.

Take a tip: Also you can wash dishes with it and even lousy food tastes good and never spoils. Dinner guests will throw themselves at you in order to eat your plates, dear. You’ll have to beat them off with a washrag!

Rerun: Exactly what happens when you die, regardless of what soap you buy.

“This folder is labeled /Adult/. I’ll just move it to /Literature/.” Does this spark joy?

A half-hour puppet show about coffee.

Black blood (that’s Hersheys’ chocolate syrup), nudity, Sharpie tattoos, upbeat doo-wop music, snakes.

So much work. /I/ think it’s worth it.

Where’s Cody’s teeth? Cody has no teeth! Cody? Cody? /YAAAAAAAAGH!/

Aieee! Run away! Run away!

“Samir! You are breaking the car, Samir! You do not concentrate! You must listen to my calls, Samir! Left, left, hard left! Ah, fuck, Samir!” “Sami, Samir, what are you doing, man! Be easy on the wheels! You aren’t listening to me!” Samir has the patience of a saint.

Physics of scale, Fermi’s paradox, paleo diet.

A good explanation of the history of video tech. It begins in 1843 (!) and it stops explaining at the advent of videotape recording in the 1950s.

Rocket-powered golf clubs. (Skip ahead to about 6:30 for close-up slow-motion thrust diamonds in the toy rocket motor exhaust.)

How to come back in one piece, men. Keep those gunners guessing.

No. /Bad/ India.

Further about Prince Rupert’s drop, including the surprising result of shooting one with a gun.

End-of-life regretful Gojira.

Ian McKellan’s expressive eyes.

And a video essay done by /making/ a video essay about /writing/ a video essay about a movie that’s about writing the movie’s screenplay by adapting an impossible book to make a screenplay out of, that itself is recursively meta, whatever that means. Not at all as confusing as it sounds. (20 min.) Points for if, whenever you see a counter counting, here or anywhere, you hear in your head, “Cathy’s turning over! Hooray!”

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