Shelter In Place
Episode Transcript. Length - 36:14
Magnetofunky No. 159. It's Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.
Hey. Larry here. The last 2.5 weeks has been one long Fri. the 13th/Ides of March combo of suck, culminating with a nascent global pandemic and the city under a public health 'Shelter In Place' order that's not quite a lockdown. Meanwhile, the lab was down after my calibration tests, waiting for parts and making progress on my camperbike plans.
The music is mostly fresh new goodies from Metropolis and Projeckt Records with a bit of sweetness at the end...
[song] - 01:06
Ok, that was X - Rotersand, German intelligent electro, from the new metropolis-records album "How Do You Feel Today", both a critical observation of our civilization and a profoundly biting piece of social criticism.
This is a laid back (and often explicit - you bet your ass) weekly international podzine of extremely eclectic music and progressive politics, with a focus on energy independence for the 99%. My podpage is 1223studios.com/mfunky.h. The Twitter is @Magnetofunky.
[Grid Theory] - 05:50
Frontcountry, Backcountry, Slackcountry...
In Grid Theory,
Since the lab's been on hiatus waiting for another power plant component, I spent most of the past fortnight wandering the camperbike weeds to decide what kind of bike living I want to do, which determines what and how to pack for it. Long story short, after separating out the great outdoors into the backcountry, the frontcountry (for me, official camping spots and anything within 100 yards of the highway), and the in-between slackcountry (farther out but the phone still gets bars). I want to spend as little time as possible on the actual highway or twisty mountain trails, and supposedly there are bike trails running the full length of the state, and I want to do mainly half boondocking-half stealth camping, not spend any time in regular camping sites unless I'm with a group, so I'm going with all three variations - bikepacking handlebar and frame bags, touring panniers and the cargo trailer for camper stuff. I now have a general timetable and started getting the gear I'll need, after sorting through all the high-dollar glamping goods and prepper bug out survival camp videos for my own list.
As far as the portable power plant, what I'm waiting on is a 5A 60W CC CV DC converter, on sale from Hong Kong eBay, but I'm beginning to suspect that a few companies in Shenzhen are passing themselves off as Hong Kong, to steal business and stick it to HK. This goes with the 22Ah batteries and the up-to 200W system ( as soon as I find a 20A 200-300W Boost Buck converter that's not coming from Shenzhen). Anyway, the new parts arrived in-country last week, right before people started panic buying and fighting over toilet paper like they fought over water bottles in 1999, so maybe it's jammed up or I'd have gotten it Monday...
Ok, I'll break out my new gear in a bit...
[Back To The Stage] - 08:49
Ok, Back to The Stage, continuing the new cuts whose titles made a sentence: DEVIL; I Call You; She ran so far away that she no longer can be found...
First, DEVIL - another piece from the Swedish captains of postpunk, Then Comes Silence. The full album 'Machine' dropped on Fri. This tune could be played during the GOP Convention (if they don't cancel it out of decency...)
[song] - 09:25
Next up it's I Call You, an interesting Doom, griefwave, shoegaze piece by NIGHTCRUSH, an unsigned underground Italian band - Alessandra Cesano and Raffaele Galasso. The band is from a group that pitched to Projeckt Records and founder Sam Rosenthal didn't pick them up, but they were included in his unsigned band album collection called Discovery, in this case Discovery2
[song] - 13:29
Ok, here's She ran so far away that she no longer can be found - by American Ethereal band Black Tape For A Blue Girl. This comes from Highlights - A collection of tracks spanning the more recent releases (2016-2020). Nice...
[song] - 18:34
["Geeknotes"] - 22:56
Geeknotes: Closed Until April...
Ok, gonna keep this short cause there's no events to blast, just noting that my last show was Leap Day, before Super Tuesday, and when I consider everything that's happened since then, it's dizzying, but I'm gonna focus on what Atty Coverup Gen Bill Barr just did - had the DOJ drop charges against two of the Russian organs that helped P-Grabby steal the Presidency, while everybody's busy freaking out over the pandemic and fighting over toilet paper. We'll see if the corporate newspresenters take notice...
Ok, as the Democratic Thunderdome is about done after tonight, neither Bernie nor Biden was my pick, but I'll back whoever wins the nomination, so I could care less what slime the GOP throws at either - including whatever skeleton Putin had planted in Burisma's closet for Guiliani to find against Hunter Biden during the coming summer Senate Inquiry. I don't care until November, and we'll see if #CoronaPotus has the guts to let the election proceed...
And one more thing...
Yeah, completely off topic:
One of my favorite science docs lately is the BBC Horizon show 'Shock and Awe_ The Story of Electricity -- Jim Al-Khalili' and it occured to me that electromagnetism is expressed as a three-dimensional phenomenom, but DC electric current seems one-dimensional and AC two-dimensional. What would three-dimensional look like? Instead of up and down I think it's in and out. It also seems impossible, but can you imagine it, and if you can, some engineer could put a formula on it, and somebody crazy enough could build it. Something like generating a high-energy ultrasonic electromagnetic field that pulses in and out, within a chamber that controls it? Might even have temporal mechanics features - or bugs... Just depends; can you imagine it?
[back to geeknotes]
If you have promos, pluggers, gig info, an art opening, etc, send me an email. The address is email@example.com. And bands, artists and poets - download links, no attachments, please, and no promises...
[Grid Practice] - 26:47
Ok, In Grid Practice,
The camperbike gear is just a few items to start with, from the still-evolving list that needs to be completed by summer. I signed up at REI cause the co-op has classes and conducts bike tours along with most of the gear I'm getting. The pictures are all on the Lab Notes page...
For the touring part I got a rear rack trunk bag with panniers, not big panniers, but they can balance out the eventual handlebar bag setup. Right now it's holding kitchen items - the GSI Coffee Rocket, a one-cup pour over unit that doesn't need a filter (I tested it out and it produces a reasonably hot cup of joe, but it takes longer cause you have to fill the 8oz reservoir twice for a full cup), also a kettle, the Snow Peak Kettle No. 1; holds about 30 oz., Aluminum. For most cooking I just wanna boil water for coffee, tea, instant meals or heat up canned goods, and instead of buying an expensive gas stove, I can DIY an alcohol stove from a tuna can, catfood can, Ariz. tea can, and I already made a streamlined rocket stove for backup. And doing no-cook meals will help for camping anywhere during fire season...
I also picked up a Luggable Loo seat so I won't have to dig a cathole in the woods, and I finally decided to not build a cargo trailer once I saw that it would cost less to just buy one that fit my needs (small enough to break down and carry, and can haul at least 100 lbs.) I picked the Schwinn Daytripper - $100 online, at least $30 more from one of the few local stores that doesn't have it in stock. Anyway, I took the outer dimensions of the cargo area (27.00" x 23.50") and made a cardboard mockup, minus 2" elbow room leaves 23.00" x 19.50" actual cargo area, and a 5-gal bucket takes up about 35%. I can carry a two stack with one lid for waterproof storage, and its big enough to hold any stone I'm currently working on...
Anyway, the new DC converter delivered this evening. After wiping down the box it came in, my doorknobs and lock, and keychain, then washing my hands, I opened it up, took the doohickeys out, washed my hands again, then admired the components that have 10A fuses, not 5... Now I'm in the mood for some comfort foods, like a deep dish pizza, but the hipsters around here have the pizza place right across the street jammed with takeout orders, but the liquor store ain't crowded. I went for a bottle of red wine and the traffic at 9pm was very thin. It's gonna be like this for a while...
[One More Tune] - 30:50
Ok, for this week's One More Tune, we close out with a sweet number, Tongue Tied - Nubia, an artist from somewhere in the DC area, with no bio, but she got a FB and a Soundcloud page, and sent me this nice piece. Enjoy...
[song] - 31:12
[Closing] - 34:50
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Show themes "Rocket Power" & "Spy Glass" by NY musician and composer Kevin MacLeod. Some additional audio from freesound.org.
Next episode is set for Friday, Friday, Mar. 27th, 2020.
I'm Larry, trying hard to stay chill at my garrett in the Mission, and this is Magnetofunky, from San Francisco, where we go through, not into, goddammit, the darkness.
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