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Per servire e proteggere.


     “There’s a reason you separate the military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.” -Admiral Adama

Here’s the recording of last night’s (2020-06-05) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show, ready to re-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 awhile. And you can go to Links To Recorded Audio, see above, and hear older shows yet.

And here are links to worthwhile educational, sensational, and/or gratuitously prurient 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:

Black parents explain how to deal with the police.

Candy shop.

The borzoiest (say bor-ZO-ee-yist) borzoi ever. And the videos. So nice. You can’t tell just by looking, but a borzoi’s fur is silky-soft and has lanolin in it to make your hand petting it silky-soft too. And up close all borzoi dogs smell like salted popcorn, whereas other dogs only smell like that between their toes and/or when they’re puppies.

I love this.

The luxury high-tech dream bed of the future.

A very unusual old photograph.

Two lizards. Kind of crunchy looking.

And more lizards.

Tiny automata.

Wait for it.

Bob Paquette Microphone Museum. There are four kinds of things I like to see a lot of at once in a catalog or in, like, a wall of them: 1. All different sizes and shapes of cheap wristwatches. 2. All different kinds of musical instruments, mainly ridiculously expensive electric guitars and novelty instruments. 3.  I’ll think of something to put here later.  And 4. Microphones. They are simple and wonderful technology. I have a microphone that was made in the 1940s on a 1930s design. I’ve had to repair it a couple of times, once in the 1980s and once in the early oh-ohs, but it still works and sounds great. They’re just so shiny and interesting. There’s nothing weird at all about having a thing you’re thrilled by, and no, I’m not being defensive. Shut up.

Architectural firm develops an office furniture plan to minimize spread of disease. This went past hundreds of trained architectural eyes to be fully approved for release, yet somehow no-one saw what you see immediately on glancing at it. (Look quickly, probably they’ll pull it down or change it out soon.)

What about /my/ plate?

From the start, my money’s on the white one to last longest. That’s a solid house, on the relatively stable center of the slide. And notice how when it’s undermined and it tips into the water it bobs upright again just like a ship. Of course it is as doomed as the rest, but that’s the one the revenant time travelers would pick to view the event from, people like in the story /Vintage Season/. (via the Anderson Valley Advertiser)

Spongo! The toothbrush of the future

Pripyat in the present day, in the Other World where the training was one percent better and the mistake was not made.

The advantages and disadvantages of your parrot character in game play.

Selfies. (via EverlastingBlort)


Luca Stricagnoli’s one-man-band-on-guitar latest. A normal guitar with just one neck this time.

This is like something Simone Giertz would make. The video only shows one cycle, but it’s made to go and go. (Though if Simone Giertz had made this it would spin as fast as an electric fan and the flame would strobe on and off like an old movie projector.) (And if Survival Research Labs made one it would be thirty feet tall, weigh seven tons, go around thirteen times, unscrew itself, and fall apart, the massive parts crashing down to stop just inches before the feet of the audience.) (I think everyone in Survival Research Labs’ crew has had some kind of traumatic injury– deafened or lost a hand or an eye or has a plate in his head or something.)

Guardians of time.

Beautiful. The concept, the execution, the result. Big effective art can be entirely static and peaceful too.

And I don’t usually repost a link to a reddit thread, but you might get a kick out of browsing through this. For instance, in the bible-contact-juggling photo op, three items down, you’ll notice the top of Trump’s hair has become a golden ferret curled into a tam o’shanter hat, a lenticular foam frisbee, a cough drop, or a button that if pressed down on by a big finger would make an airy squeak and you’d look up to the sky and say, “Press it again. Harder.”

A young Mister Bean explains Matrix special effects. (10 minutes) (via NagOnTheLake)

Rerun: The incredible jelly donut juicer.

Trigger warning: blood spills out of the tall, gentle old man’s ear after a policeman shoves him down so he hits his head on the pavement. Another officer seems for a moment to want to help him, but he’s pulled away to continue to march to menace some people to camera-left. Later, when called on all this, the police claimed the man tripped. You know, he just tripped over his own big stupid feet. Why didn’t you help him, then, you know? Protect and serve? Here: “…During that skirmish involving protestors, one person was injured when he tripped and fell.” (After internet outrage, two officers were temporarily suspended from duty, with pay, over this. Such shabby disrespect of their brothers in blue incensed the other 57 officers in the squad, and caused them to resign from police-riot duty in a huff. Because every day is upside-down day now.) (Click the sound on.)

A metaphor for something.

Social class.

Stop the madness.

Ad for Old Spice after-shave liquid. (Well, let’s see what it’s made of… It turns out to be mostly two kinds of alcohol that you can’t drink because they’re poison, a little propylene glycol, some tap water, a few molecules of color, and then, according to the company’s website, It opens with spicy, citrusy top notes: nutmeg, lemon, orange, star anise & aldehydes. Then the floral heart becomes apparent with carnation, jasmine, geranium, cinnamon, heliotrope, & pimento. All this is laid on a base of ambergris, benzoin, cedar, vanilla, tonka bean, and musk.” And I suddenly remember: in an office where I used to work, the young woman at the front desk, a single parent of a small boy, told me, for some reason, that she was always really attracted to men who smell like after-shave.  I said, “Did your father smell like that?”  She looked surprised, narrowed her eyes and said, “Yeah.”  I said, “Do you think that might be why?”  She said, “Why what?”

What’s funny is, random notes pecked at on your keyboard at typing speed do in fact sound just like jazz.

Is 2020 over? No.

And how to copy an Eames chair, in case you ever have to do it fast, to prove your worth in a test of usefulness the space aliens give when the sun is about to explode and they can only evacuate a few hundred of us in their scout ship.

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