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La morte ha fatto l’uovo.


     “Married couple Anna (Gina Lollobrigida, R.I.P.) and Marco (Jean-Louis Trintignant, also R.I.P.) run a hi-tech automated poultry farm, breeding boneless chickens. Unbeknownst to Anna, Marco is a serial killer, who lures prostitutes to motel rooms before stabbing them. The arrival of Anna’s cousin Gabri (Ewa Aulin) further fragments the troubled marriage, as she and Marco begin an affair and conspire to run away together. However, Gabri is actually plotting with her husband Mondaini (Jean Sobieski) to kill Anna and frame Marco, as they have discovered Marco’s secret. When Marco discovers Anna’s body in his hotel room, he cleans the crime scene and takes the body back to the farm to dispose of it. What Gabri and Mondaini do not know is that Marco’s fixation is not with killing prostitutes, but simply hiring them to role-play murders, letting them go safely and handsomely paid. At the farm, Marco falls into a machine used to grind chicken feed in which he was trying to dispose of Anna’s body. When the police arrive, having responded to the murder at the hotel and then coming to the farm to investigate Marco’s alleged activities, the police focus their attention on Gabri, suspecting her of committing the murder out of sibling jealousy. Gabri and Mondaini are eventually arrested for Anna’s murder, as the farm chickens feed on Marco’s ground corpse.” -Wikipedia

Here’s the recording of last night’s Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on 107.7fm KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (CA), ready for you to re-enjoy. As sometimes happens lately I had to start the show forty minutes late because of getting Juanita home from work, so that explains why just a few minutes into the recording I’m already telling you it’s ten o’clock. Her car might not be finished being fixed this week, too, so it’ll probably happen next week again. I always put something long on early to cover the time before, in case something goes wrong.


Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with lots of other ones going back quite a way. And thanks to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, which always provides about an hour of each of my Friday night shows’ most locally relevant material, going back decades. And tiny bravely struggling KNYO itself. Find KNYO’s hidden donation heart and help the station out with a one-time gift or, if you can, a recurring gift from your own hidden heart. And/or acquire a concentrated vial of new and improved fire-engine-red KNYO hot sauce, to promote vim and pep and vibrant health. (“It’s toasted!”)

Here’s a link to my dream journal project that I add to at random every week or so. I’d like to read /your/ dreams on the radio and I always offer to. Just email me. Or include them in a reply to this post. Or send me a link to your dream journal and I’ll make a note to go there and check for updates. It doesn’t have to be a dream. I’m here to read your writing on the radio and subject is no object. See About and Contact.

Also, about the above recording, because of all the complications and oddnesses of this week I noticed at the last instant that my show file had enough material in it to take two more hours to read than there was time available. I had compulsively amassed way too much. So I used my trick for that, which is to brutally jettison (until next week) the longest pieces first, and the longest piece was by Paul Modic so, Paul, next week, for sure. And I got Louis Bedrock and Clifford Allen Sanders mixed up together in my mind, so I think I might have declared that Louis Bedrock is in his 90s, when that’s not right. Other than that, it’s a pretty coherent show.

BESIDES ALL THAT, here are some not-necessarily-radio-useful but worthwhile items that I set aside for you while gathering MOTA together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right. I’m sorry, I don’t have time to check the links; if something’s out of place and you feel the urge to be a hero, please let me know what it is so I can fix it up. You /are/ a hero. You prove that every day.

John Brosio’s art. Explore the galleries. (via Clifford Pickover)

Will Wilde play the Freebird solo note-for-note on harmonica? Will Wilde will. (via MissCellania)

Rebecca cuts loose at 4:50. (also via MissCellania)

Thirteen moons.

Latest rocket triumph– launch, various steps, all go like clockwork,
booster separation through their tandem powered landings like two good
sheepdogs running back to the truck. Multiple simultaneous views of
every step. I cued you ahead to just before the launch so you don’t have to wait.

“I been thinkin’ about movin’ up there. The moon might be nice.”

That /was/ the future.

Scarborough moonlight. (via Clifford Pickover)

The sunspot cycle.

Willowmere, Drumthwacket, Il Paradiso, some real names for some real pretty places that won’t look anything like this anymore. It’s probably all Walmarts and freeway cloverleafs now. Cloverleaves?

Oregon seems nice.

And Dublin.

Slums. (via b3ta) (Give it a letter or a number and watch the slum develop.)

Dystopia. (via MissCellania)

Two-hour kaleidoscope.

Why should I die? Why. Whyyyyyyy.

La morte ha fatto l’uovo. There’s an actress in Mendocino named Gina O’Feral who also I’ve always thought is very pretty. That might be a useful general rule: Ginas are pretty. Like how movies about Gypsies are always good, and especially when the word Gypsy is in the title. King of the Gypsies, Queen of the Gypsies, Time of the Gypsies, Angelo My Love, Latcho Drom, and so on.


Meanwhile in the decadent witless West. Ah, youth. Don’t be drinking anything that could short out your keyboard when you look at this.

Rerun: Playing For Change – Gimme Shelter.

“I /am/ with the group. I hate women. I’m supposed to be here.”

Four short Dust good tiny-budget science-fiction shows. Exit Strategy, Click, Multiverse Dating For Beginners, and It’s About Time, all about characters recognizing their mistakes and attempting to rectify them while stuck in the same day. (Total 47 min.)

The 1950s story The Cold Equations done as a play. (12 min.)

The 1926 German Impressionist version of The Simpsons /Steamed Ham/ episode.

Indian Superman choreography. (Click the sound on.)


The entire Joni Mitchell music catalog on YouTube. (via Everlasting Blort)

Joni Mitchel (with Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny) – Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (2006).

Jeff Beck (R.I.P) – Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (1996).

Jeff Beck (R.I.P) and Jimmy Page in 2009.

Jeff Beck – ‘Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers.

Richie and Rosie.

Hup! Hup! (via the Anderson Valley Advertiser)

Ro! Ro! Rotate ya owl!

Woodcut art. (via Tacky Raccoons)

Fashion. (via Everlasting Blort)

Natural green.

Man-made purpledy-blue. (via Fark)

David Crosby (R.I.P.) when he was just a puppy.

Man-made animals. (via BoingBoing)

To guard the peace of these hollow hills. (56 min.)

The Stockholm telephone tower.

Watch a man make a lovely working toy-size real seven-cylinder airplane motor. At the end, it starts and runs. He’s /so happy/. It looks like the only parts he doesn’t machine himself from blocks of metal are the glow plugs and the valve springs.

Watch a man make a lovely acoustic-electric guitar starting with chunks of wood. Videos like these will teach survivors of the apocalypse how to use a cache of machinery to rebuild the world. All the tools are demonstrated. See how he goes wide on all his cuts. Its easier to cut things smaller than to cut them bigger.

Watch a woman make a 1920s amplifier from scratch, including making the vacuum tubes, speaking of a valuable skill useful in the dystopian future. Even if it doesn’t become dystopian. Some fusion-power experiments are basically vacuum tubes.

This is like when Bruce Lee said, “Be wiggly water.” (You might have to click the sound on.) (via Everlasting Blort)

“Oi always knew about Louis Prima because oi’m a huge fan of The Jungle Book.” “There’s always a part where it goes fadoomp! and then it goes phWAAAURGHH!” (57 min.)

Tongue-mouths on stalks.

The mistakes.

The passions.

The real moon. Full-screen your browser. Click on the image to magnify. Arrow to move around. “The image colors, although based on the moon’s real composition, are exaggerated. Here, a blue hue indicates a region that is iron rich, while orange indicates a slight excess of aluminum.”

“Ja, ja! Tefal go into Fiskar like hot pee into snow.”

The 1959 Plymouth XNR.*

*In the same series: The 1953 GM Superliner truck and the 1963 Ford Thunderbird Italien.

*And the Phantom Corsair.

Aw, yeah. Right there. (via Everlasting Blort)

What safety looked like back when everyone had fourteen kids and if you hit a bump or the brakes and one flew out through the window there were plenty of spares and it wasn’t so bad. Safety seat.

Worlds I never made. Because I didn’t have to. (By the year 2026, 90-percent of the internet will be written by A.I.s.)

Infinite diversity. This made me think of the trouble du jour inside KZYX. It’s a /little/ something like this. Human /cult/ consciousness is already easy for a machine to mimic.

“And pretty soon a little feeding frenzy started there around the camera…”

Jealousy or envy of the pictured bird? Or simply the joy of pecking at aluminum? (via Tacky Raccoons)

Peter Gunn, Season 1, Episode 1.

Arresting animals. (via Everlasting Blort)

Wildlife photo contest winners.


Make your own professional infrared photographic filter out of a cut-apart floppy disk.

Dust – Future Boyfriend.

Dust – Heartless. (15 min.)

Dust – Strong (10 min.)

Dust – Macrocosm (13 min.) (Warning, physical comedy.)

Baba Yaga. This would be like halfway on the scale from Sheelba of the Eyeless Face to Ningauble of the Seven Eyes.

A modern sportsball player’s method of recovering his mojo: Seek advice from 8,000-year-old witches. They’ve been around the block a few times. They know.

This is a story about Frank Whittle, arguably the greatest aero-engineer of the twentieth century, and about the turbojet engine, which he invented in 1931, before there were materials suitable to make it work, and which the British patent office unwittingly gave to the Nazis /almost/ (but not quite) in time for them to win the war with it. “People in the area hadn’t heard that particular kind of noise before. You couldn’t really hide it, however secret it was supposed to be. One officer said, ‘How does that thing work, John?’ And John replied, ‘Oh, it’s easy, old boy, it just sucks itself along like a hoover.'”

Actual Apollo engineer explains the Saturn 5 Rocket.

Latest rocket triumph– launch, various steps, all go like clockwork, booster separation through their side-by-side powered landings like two good sheepdogs running back to the truck and barking, /Ready to go again, boss!” Multiple simultaneous views of every step. A thrilling ten minute show. I used YouTubeTime to start you at 30 second before the launch. I hope they don’t replace the original link.

Vicky’s famous backside.

A Studio Ghibli moment in the real world.

“Are you a disembodied brain, created by a random assemblage of atoms in the vastness of infinite time and space? Did your brain randomly assemble with the full set of memories of a specific male human being on 21st century Earth, including once getting sand kicked on you by a bully at the beach?” Well, I had sand thrown in my eyes once, when I was five, by bigger boys higher up in a playground rocket-shaped jungle-gym slide structure, so, hmm.

It’s not the flying that’s dangerous, it’s coming down.

Advice about your body image. (via Everlasting Blort) (You might have to click the sound on.)

Similar encouragement in airplane runway sign language.

“Today I don’t have the pussy for little lanterns.” “This brings me by the street of bitterness.”

Some more Hark A Vagrant favorites of mine:

Gift-wrapping your compliant little goat. (via Danese)

John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards. (via Everlasting Blort)

Borned in the hellscape.

Trampsta – Chunky.

Patterns. Two hours to come full-circle.

“Meanwhile an evil caricature of a crazy scientist in a boat lab is trying to crossbreed a fish and a human to make a new kind of underwater creature. He needs athletic subjects for this, so he kidnaps exclusively wrestlers.” Video catalog of worldwide Batpersons, and companion catalog of exotic Spidermen. With great power comes great responsibility.


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