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The talons of Weng-Chiang.


    “This is your home now. We welcome you with three merit points and a work assignment. In your time here, full cooperation will be rewarded with further merit points, which may be traded for privileges such as food, shelter and permission to speak. Anything less than full cooperation will cost you points. Attempts to avoid service, by digging, or self-harm, are permitted during sleep period. Oh, yes, ahem, and the attitude adjustment facility is soundproof now, thanks to the generous merit point donations of those who came before you. That’s all. Get to work, and have a wonderful, uh, day.”

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.


Thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with lots of other MOTA shows 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, in case you’d like to look at that. I want 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. Or send me a link to your writing project on any subject. I’m mainly here to read your work on the radio and I don’t care what it’s about nor even if you can’t control yourself from swearing like a sailor; most of the show is during Safe Harbor hours when that’s okay. It’s still a free country, or so they say. See About and Contact and do what you do.

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.

Ken and Ryu. Ryu and Ken.

Wayne. (via Fark)

The Zaoule (say za-OO-lee) dance.

The Zouave (say zwahv) dance.

3 Sunnys. (vie b3ta)

Cold Little Heart.

John Hartford – Gum Tree Canoe.

Num-Num cat loop progressive compilation. It starts out so simple.

3D Mars flyover. This would go great with Laurie Anderson’s /Big Science/ playing over it: “Hey pal! How do I get to town from here? And he said, Well, just take a right where they’re going to build that new shopping mall… Go straight past where they’re going to put in the freeway…Take a left at what’s going to be the new sports center. And keep going until you hit the place where they’re /thinking/ of building that drive-in bank. You can’t miss it. And I said, This must be the place.”

Pink Floyd live at Pompeii. It makes me think of /Spinal Tap/ and the Stonehenge scene.

Rerun: Turntable dance. (via b3ta)

Art-chitecture. (via Everlasting Blort)

Asking A.I. to create a Sailor Moon Mad Max movie. (You might have to click the sound on.)

Asking A.I. to generate a whole new sign language. Result: Ihonialllilal. Requires custom hands.

The Seinfeld/Pulp Fiction deepfake.

Howlin’ Wolf’s guitar player teaches you to play Smokestack Lightning.

A comic-strip history of company towns.

The all-aluminum 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt. The green one– not turquoise, not aqua, not Mig-green (Russian-jet-cockpit-green), but something in the middle. Juanita’s 2000 Honda Insight is made of aluminum and plastic. The tow-truck guy had a hell of a time finding somewhere to stick on the magnetic towing lights.

Color. (via Everlasting Blort)

Bessie Coleman Barbie. (via NagOnTheLake)

This is your brain on conspiracy bullshit.

The prophecy.

Those /other/ cops.

That mecha is modeled on the robot in this scene from Robocop. They have a fully detailed life-size (car up on its hind legs size) one in Fundemonium, in Rohnert Park.

You can see the Fundemonium robot in their promo video, just briefly, on the far left, at 1:22. The camera seems to avoid it, probably to not make it the focus of what the store’s about, because it’s not; it’s just cool. The last time Juanita and I went there, they’d moved it out of the window and way off to the side.

Our Town on shrooms. (via Clifford Pickover)

Rerun: Awkward. It reminds me of a lot of Bill Plimpton’s work. (via Everlasting Blort)

Music for (last) Sunday morning.



Ze Frank on slime.

Rerun: Zappa – I’m the slime.

The /important/ issues. (via the Anderson Valley Advertiser)

The curse of the classified documents.

Back in /my/ day.

Black Mask Magazine cover art.

Mrs. Betty Bowers of Landover Baptist Church, America’s Best Christian, flowcharts the Bible for you.

Motor Mouse and Autocat.

Poker Face as old-timey Western swing. (Lantec1000 wrote: “Interesting fact about this song. Lady Gaga was very anti-war at the time when World War II first broke out. But after D-Day, she did a performance for the soldiers overseas and saw first hand the destruction that the war has caused. She decided to fully support the war effort and this song was alluding to the radar technology the British invented and played as a taunt to the Germans.”

A self-explanatory game that I think I’m just average at but that’s still fun. You look at pictures that have lots of clues in them that turn out to be natural unintended tricks– black and white, for example, or anachronistic cars, or Eastern Europe, or a film still– and guess what year they were taken. You get points for how close you come.

Every time a baby is born, its country on this map flashes yellow. (via MissCellania)

How the cell is like Star Trek.

If famous architects designed cars. (via NagOnTheLake)

A 32,000-year-old Lunar calendar. (Edit: 1,000,000,000,000 –one trillion– seconds is 32,000 years.) (via Tacky Raccoons)

45 min. of clips of Tim Minchin’s musical standup about religion, much of it from 2019 when he was 33 (Jesus’ age).

Curly sings the alphabet. Moe and Larry also sing, and all the college kids join in.

A.I. generates an endless Seinfeld episode in real time forever. (via PerfectForRoquefortCheese)

Happy capybaras jumping in the watta..

AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long

How I met your father.

Further on the subject of Adolfo Kaminsky, the Argentinian Jew who saved 16,000 men, women and children from being murdered by the Nazis, using his fingers, a razor blade, cleaning fluid, forged forms, less than an ounce of ink, and a centrfuge made from a bicycle wheel. (via Tacky Raccoons)

Art. (via Everlasting Blort)

Rerun: future of car travel. The inn’s /predigested food/ sounds delish. In your choice of colors, probably.

How to make a fire-starting device to have for when all else fails and the rubber roads run down. Make it while you still have access to a drill, a file, a pocket knife, a hacksaw, copper pipe, a pipe cutter tool, a rubber O-ring, a cupboard knob, and a section of wooden dowel; don’t wait until you’re on the run from zombies in a post-apocalyptic forest and your Bic lighter is empty. (The last zombie movie I saw was made in the 1960s, so I don’t know if fire still works as well, but a tallow torch should be a pretty good defense. 1960s zombies went up like tissue paper. Also you’ll need some tallow and a stick or a real estate company sign.

Innovative self-soldering circuitboard. His first project using the technique self-solders a circuit to control the process of self-soldering future self-soldering circuitboards. I love how excited he is about his idea.

She’s the new Pickle Queen, and her award is, she gets to kick a field goal with the world’s largest pickle, which is billed as real but clearly is papier mache, so the whole thing is bollocks. Think about that first photograph, the relationships and proportions and eye-lines. Sometimes a pickle is only a pickle, but here, I think, it’s more.

“Top this, Janet! You don’t have a chance! You’re through as County 4-H Snake Queen! Through!” Your point of view would be Janet. You’re smiling inside, gently, because that kind of overconfidence, there, is the downfall of them all, and you have nothing to worry about. Just tend to your own giant snake and enjoy inevitably re-upping your title, and watch your back. (via Fark)


A number of pocket calculator emulators. I was disappointed at first because I thought they were all broken, but then the nickel drops and I realized that all the buttons are live, including the /on/ button. You have to turn them on. (via b3ta)

“May cause dizziness.”

Dimension 5. The whole film.

Pete “Big Elvis” Vallée weeg meer dan 200 kilo en gelooft dat Elvis zijn vader is. Hieronder kun je zijn verhaal bekijken. (via PerfectForRoquefortCheese)

We’ve seen him play this instrument before. It’s so sweet. So far, this is my favorite /Over the Rainbow/, though a couple of the theremin versions are also nice.

A fun test of your ability to perceive color. I was close to average about it. I tried again with the monitor tipped backward a little and did a little better. (In other words, don’t be discouraged; it might be your device and not your eyes and brain.)

Here’s an article about color and the above test.

Rerun: Youth and aging.

Point of view. (via PerfectForRoquefortCheese)

The Eye of Smyrna (Wisconsin).

History of math. (via Everlasting Blort)

And the wreck of the Princess May.


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