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Image: An abstract bronze figurine I made a few years ago, because I couldn't pick a single political prisoner for a cover pic...

Magnetofunky No. 168. It's Tuesday, August 11th, 2020.

[intro theme]

Hey. Larry here. This month just like July has continued the crappy in multiple dimensions, meanwhile we're all shuffling through the day to day routine with low grade depression. Anyway, it's another slow month in the bike lab and the power lab, so I'm gonna start including the sculpture studio.

The music this time out is another curated eclectic mix on the theme of 'Black August' which casts a wide focus on political prisoners, black and otherwise, leading off with a black political prisoner riffing on False Freedoms...

[song] - 01:12

Ok, again that was False Freedoms [feat. Mumia abu-Jamal] - Charlie Mann, an Electronica / DubStep / House artist in London, with a handle that I think is shorthand for Zarathustra, with no other links beside his Rev. page, with no date stamp. And yeah, all the free MP3's were found there with one from the FMA...

This is a laid back (and often explicit - you bet your ass) weekly (yeah right) international podzine and personal journal of extremely eclectic music and progressive politics, with a focus on energy independence for the 99%. My podpage is The Twitter is @Magnetofunky.

[Grid Theory] - 04:59

Art Mishigoss

In Grid Theory,

Being the first episode of the month, if this is your first time listening, here's the show's elevator pitch:

My focus on energy independence has become a working model 12V battery-operated self-charging phantom solar power plant that splits the positive and runs two loads, a power loop using a 2A boost-buck converter (imitation 20w solar panel) to a 10A solar charge controller, and an open circuit output to an 8A boost-buck converter (imitation 100W solar panel) to a 12V outlet and 150W power inverter.

The system runs small appliances up to a 90W laptop, 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 modified his final design patent using conventionally available parts and equipment. I'm upgrading it to a 300W power plant, and it can theoretically be scaled up to a 1000W emergency power backup system for people who live in an SRO or are otherwise too low income to ever afford a Tesla Powerwall...


Both segments this time are brief, this one focusing on the sculpture studio which is half the reason for the mobile power plant, and since the bike lab and power lab are pretty much down to a shopping list, I have extra time to focus on the stones I'm in the middle of, and making room for working on smaller pieces. The cover pic for the episode is a bronze casting of an abstract wax piece I made back in Metal Arts class. The lost-wax casting gear I can't take on the road, but I can use bio safe friendly plastic and wax tools to make permanent figurines. One step further would be to take a unique piece and make copies by scanning and 3D printing it, and there's photogrammetry software and open source portable RepRap printers I could build and take on the road. That's a whole other set of weeds I've looked into for a while and haven't covered here, but I will be more art focused if the show continues on the road, because the energy independence side is more or less locked down with my Benitez power plant---[bell]

Ok, the lab mishigoss in a bit...

[Back To The Stage] - 08:26

Ok, Back to The Stage, continuing the tunes in acknowledgement of the movement Black August, which began in the 1970s to mark the assassination of imprisoned Black Panther, author, and revolutionary George Jackson during a prison rebellion in California. It is a time of reverence to honor political prisoners, freedom fighters, and martyrs of the Black freedom struggle. I picked songs that reference all political prisoners - well, as much as possible through a keyword search...

First up is Political prison ft Danny Florio and Hidden - a 2016 piece, I think, by Thee Anonymous 7407, a Hip Hop artist in Cambridge, ON, CA, the Dub D Canadian division leader and one third of Mindstate Music. His current FB page is Anonymous - the 'Barchitect'...

[song] - 09:34

Next up is an experimental electronica, downtempo piece, Soledad is the lithograph surgeon - Dissolved, AKA Paul Daniels, a Scottish / Canadian artist, from the 2011 release Vaporous Weeks. His last album dropped at the FMA was in 2013...

[song] - 13:32

Ok, this is a jazz piece, For Leonard Peltier - Brent Blount, a member of the Metis Nation of the United States, who's been a part of the Oklahoma jazz and blues community since 1986. He plays sax, clarinet, guitar, and Native American flute. This is from 2008, I think...

[song] - 18:32

All right, wrapping the set with Political Prisoners - R.J.Huck & Sup3rSayin, a Hip Hop / Rap rtist from Arlington, TX, who only asked that everyone not hear hear him but listen. His FB page timeline stopped at 2013...

[song] - 21:47

["Geeknotes"] - 24:04

Geeknotes: It Is What It Is...

Hey, Geeknotes!

Ok, like a few other episodes this year, this segment stalled the release date due to the low grade depression caused by take your pick, but this weekend by the corporate media's phony middle ground, passive-aggressive coverage of the latest political atrocities like the Friday night massacre at the Postal Service and BS executive orders from Emperor Anus, where the GOP crime cartel is treated with snarky kid gloves and the Dems are treated with sneering hobnailed boots, just itching to go to town on whoever Joe Biden picks as his VP, meanwhile, I thought the SDNY was gonna give us something on Trump's uncooked records from Deutsche Bank, instead we get asshole brushing off 160,000 Covid deaths as 'it is what it is'.

Anyway, there are a dozen more red hat dumpster fires other people have expressed with more elegant outrage, so instead I'll just throw some deep end randomness into the mix:

You know how the universe is expanding, but the solar system isn't and the planetary orbits are stable, and in fact the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are coming together? It seems to me that space may actually have three gravitational states - a macro state where distant galaxies are flying apart and accelerating due to dark matter; a micro state where nearby galaxies and globular clusters are slowly contracting; and a quantum state within a systems' heliosphere, where everything from the Kuiper Belt to the orbit of Mercury are stable and seemingly fixed (barring a planet Nemesis sweeping through and disrupting Jupiter or Saturn). I mean, if the universe can be 13.5 billion years old and over 40 billion light years wide, maybe the only experience we can ever have of the universe is at the quantum gravitational level, including the Voyager probes.

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] - 27:52

Lab Mishigoss...

Ok, In Grid Practice,

More mishigoss in the lab, like sorting through the backlog of electronic gear I'm packing up for storage and remembering the bench power supply I made for the SRO grid-tied emergency switch. I forgot that the DC converter I used was a 300W 20A CC CV buck unit. Cool, $10 saved, just need the 1200W booster. I cut a piece of paper with the booster's footprint (130 x 52mm) to size out the components on the project board, to see that the 300W control panel will require a slightly larger enclosure.

Looking over the solar panels, again, I saw that I could get away with as small as a 20-25W panel because Cali gets an avg. of 150 days of clear skies (not counting fire season), but a 50W panel is still more economical and can top off a battery in a day, and that a simple battery capacity gauge has to go with the solar kit.

I also started looking at alternatives to solar power on the bike (aside from a wheel friction generator, never liked those), like mounting a small wind turbine on the bike to directly charge the smartphone if I have Google maps running. But only if it costs less than a solar usb charger, and doesn't look like an easy target on a parked bike. Anyway, small stuff during a slow month full of political angst...

[One More Tune] - 30:14

Ok, for this week's One More Tune, we close out with an improvisational / Freestyle violin piece by Yael Bat-Shimon from Brighton, MA, described by The Boston Globe as an “adventurous contemporary violinist” whose improvisational work “draws on her classical training as well as non-Western musical traditions”. Her first CD, “When Way Opens: Live Improvisations”, was released in February of 2010. The piece is called 'Black Prison Song Meets Jewish Soul'...

[song] - 30:55

Well, OK.

[Closing] - 39:22

Hey, this show is a 1223studios joint.

I'm on almost all the popular podcast platforms, the latest being Google Podcasts and iHeartRadio. Show notes are on the podpage. Send email to [email protected]

If you like the show, tell your friends, and, aside from the obvious political monkey business from the White House of Slytherin, the only October Surprise I'm dreading will be the Covid death count - will it be over or under a quarter million in this country by Halloween, and how some red hats have no problem at all with the death toll as long as more Democratic voters are eliminated. Ain't that right, Jared?...

Show themes "Rocket Power" & "Spy Glass" by NY musician and composer Kevin MacLeod. Some additional audio from

Next episode is set for Friday August 21st, depending on the Friday news Trump dump, nuff said.

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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