Bunker In Place
Episode Transcript. Length - 37:00
Magnetofunky No. 163. It's Friday, June 12th, 2020.
Hey. Larry here. Time is definitely not flying, time is heavy and everybody sees how much heavy lifting is required. Meanwhile, I'm just fiddling with bike gear and making my own baby steps. Anyway, since this is June I'm going with the small diversion of featuring mostly new indie surf tunes for the crowds spreading Covid-19 on crowded beaches...
[song] - 01:01
Ok, that was Invasive Species The First Wave - a 2018 number by Hastings 3000, a one man Garage-Psych / Surf Rock-n-Roller formed out of the frozen tundra known as Minneapolis. Nice.
This is a laid back (and often explicit - you bet your ass) weekly (yeah, right!) 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] - 04:35
Ok, in Grid Theory,
Still going with the DIY bike gear first, I picked up a couple steel rods - 1/4" for the handlebar sling front support rack and 3/16" for version 2.0 of the rear rack trailer hitch. My small vise and vise grips were used to bend them into rough shape. Yeah, the rear piece ain't pretty, but the trunk bag and panniers on the rear rack covers it, and it's a much better fit than the big clunky corner braces. Four small hose clamps have it locked down tight...
Last Thur. I took the bike and cargo trailer out for a shakedown ride. Again a light 10 lb. load as I went as far as the small park where the Golden Gate Park 'wiggle' starts going uphill, then turned around and rode up Market St. to New Montgomery, over to Howard and back down to the Valencia Bottoms of SoMa. Got a few thumbs-ups and smiles on Market, at least one or two 'Ah ha!'s, and a few bikers I noticed took their time passing me cause they were checking out the hitch. Showing off aside, the longer more leisurely ride also let me practice avoiding potholes and streetcar ruts with the extra wheels...
Meanwhile, the front rack was finished and wrapped in electrical tape. To tie it down I used a small velcro strap where it wraps over the handlebar extension bracket. That leaves the flying ends free and somewhat shielding the brake and shifter cables. The handlebar sling rests against the rack, no strain. I'd like to test ride the full setup to the park and back, except I still haven't procured the tarps yet; yeah, shopping at the local Lowe's online is no picnic either, so I'm looking at stores way out of town via Bart that might have two still available if I can get to that store in time. And I'm still bypassing Home Depot and Walmart...
Also meanwhile, considering a sculpture workspace easy to setup and take down, I like a portable patio half umbrella standing on a ground tarp and covered with a bug net to catch stone chips. A 6 x 6 ft. area should be enough. For a portable worktable I've seen setups like a heavy duty speaker stand with a 100 lb. load max topped with a 1-1.5 ft. board with a pipe floor flange mounted underneath.
The cargo trailer may theoretically pass that 100 lb. limit with the studio, the power plant, batteries, and the odds and ends I haven't thought of yet, but I'll deal with that then---[bell]
Anyway, in a bit, actual labwork...
[Back To The Stage] - 09:17
Ok, Back to The Stage, continuing the surf rock with Robbin' the Grave, a Reggae / Surf / Rock piece by RAC, a band out of Phoenix, AZ creating nostalgic sounds of a punk rock adolescence mixed with desert delusion and an appetite for a good time.
Next up is Into Place, an Indie / Psychedelic Surf / Dream Pop number by Aüva from Boston, from the 2015 EP 'Light Years.' Nice piece.
We wrap up with New Orleans Rock / surf / Garage band THE BILLS, Pulling influences from delinquent films, true crime, and chaotic living, the music ranges from sneaky instrumentals to high octane surf to lyric driven gritty pop gems. The song is Check's In The Mail, the title cut from 1/2018 album, check out their FB for info on live stream shows.
[songs] - 10:34; 14:42; 18:47
["Geeknotes"] - 21:42
Geeknotes: Take Your Pick...
Ok, The past two weeks feeling like two months in the continuing hard slog of this year, with too much shit to slog through, so I'm gonna pick a couple turds to kick over....
Instead of concentrating on who Biden will pick as VP in August (?), we really need a not-so-short list of corp. Dems, GOP moles and saboteurs I don't want anywhere near Biden's Cabinet, like Rahm Emanuel, anybody from Chicago named Daley, Amy Klobuchar, Tim Geithner, Tom Perez, Arnie Duncan, Lawrence Summers, Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke, Jamie Dimon, anybody I missed from Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo - hell, anybody from Wall St. that couldn't pass a short-arm inspection by the Squad (or E. Warren)...
Considering the lasting damage Pres. Shithole is commiting right now (including the strategic klan rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa, trampling on the grave of the Black Wall Street), let alone his anticipated shitshow between losing the election and Biden's Inauguration, I hope a group of shadow House and Senate Dems are studying the ways different GOP state Sens. and Reps. stripped power from newly elected Dem Governors like Wisc...
And about police reform, ideas are flying, and I have a few:
* Train police cadets for 2 years instead of less than 6 mo. - yes, a minimum Assoc. Degree with refreshers every 4-5 years.
* Every cadet gets a psych profile, background check and bad conduct 'rap sheet' accessible from a nat'l database the future LEO can access but not alter.
* Every currently serving LEO gets psych profiled, background checked and tested for steroids.
* Stop training police with methods repeatedly condemned by the UN, like the IDF aim-for-reporters-eyes tactic...
* Police unions (AKA bad apple protection societies that in a weird way emulate the Knights Templar) should be abolished and replaced with community police co-ops. How would that work? Hell if I know, but let's start the converstion...
* Require police officers to live in the communities they protect. 'Oh no, I won't feel safe!' What, you mean like a black or muslim-looking officer having to live in your sundown town? Ok, then flip it - recruit from within the cities to be officers. 'hell, a lot of them are just gang bangers' - and a lot of current cops are just good ole boys protecting the homefront. This is to end the Fort Apache military approach and shift to the Sherrif Andy Taylor approach.
Funny thing, Trump banned Huawei phones as Chinese spy tech, but maybe it's because the Mate 20 models are 'dual-frequency GNSS' that makes it harder for phone jammers and Stingrays to block real-time video uploading. Also the Xiaomi Mi 8 & 9.
And as far as upcoming events - George Floyd is laid to rest, but Breonna Taylor's killer cops have yet to be arrested or, have they even been placed on desk duty? Meaning the protests aren't about to lose steam, not while police everywhere keep demonstrating the reason for the protests, and the summer is just jumping off...
Anyway, for the duration, If you have promos, pluggers, gig info, an art opening, etc, send me an email and I may add it to my Twitter feed if possible. The address is [email protected]
[Grid Practice] - 27:16
The Waterfall Effect...
Ok, In Grid Practice,
Before I dive into the labwork, if this is your first time here, a recap of just what 'energy independence for the 99%' means.
I built a 12V battery-operated self-charging phantom solar power plant that splits the positive and runs two loads; 1), a power loop using a 2A boost-buck converter (imitation 20w solar panel) to a 10A solar charge controller, and 2), an open circuit output to an 8A boost-buck converter (imitation 100W solar panel) through a 12V outlet to a 150W power inverter.
The system runs a laptop (max 90W) while one battery charges the other. A switch flips the batteries between run and charging states. The switching system was patented over 100 years ago by Carlos F Benitez, a civil engineer in Guadalajara MX. I've modified his final design concept using 21st Century conventionally available parts. This prototype emergency power backup system is designed for people who will never afford a Tesla Powerwall...
Currently I'm fixing up a plastic container to be a mobile control box. I'm just past cutting holes in the thing for the switches and power meters, and once I solder all the connections I can install the working 100W parts, but before that I did one last check of the output components for an updated 200-300W device - a 1200W booster and a 300W buck unit, designed to get voltage from one and current from the other.
A short stroll through the weeds of power supply circuits showed that this is old school topology, and the idea of voltage without current and current with a little voltage made sense when using the waterfall electricity analogy - the height of the waterfall as V, the flow of water as C. A bone dry waterfall still has V, while water on a flat level won't flow at all. In practical terms, the 1200W booster can be cranked up to say, 20V output with current set to 0.5A or even 0A; the 300W buck converter can be set to 15A output but requires a minimum of 1.2V. That 20V at 15A should work fine and shouldn't strain the batteries, but it'll go on the project board first.
So, while still working on the bike gear, I'm looking online for my DC converters, and with HK being curb-stomped like so many anti-police violence protesters, Taiwan is the only Chinese eBay I'm considering...
[One More Tune] - 31:20
Ok, for this week's One More Tune, we close out with PACIFIC CITY, some new Instrumental Sonic Surf Rock From Outer Space by King Ghidora, whose terrestrial base is Satellite Ranch, positioned outside of beautiful McMinnville, OR. Nice...
[song] - 31:43
[Closing] - 35:02
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If you like the show, tell your friends, and, here's an impossible dream I'd love to see, oh, sometime between the 4th of July and Labor Day - as Orange Queenie AKA Bunker Beeotch waddles up to the Rose Garden podium for yet another execrable press briefing, the entire White House Press Corps gets up as he begins verbally stroking himself and walks out silently enmasse as their Twitter feeds all blow up with statements that they care more about saving the country than their bloated salaries in order to be campaign props for the edification of a racist, knuckle-dragging orange tinted chupacabra fucking Nazi conman whose 15 minutes of tinpot tyranny are running out. Yeah, fat chance...
Show themes "Rocket Power" & "Spy Glass" by NY musician and composer Kevin MacLeod. Some additional audio from freesound.org.
Next episode is set for, let's try Friday, June 26th 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, the darkness.
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