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The generic Tylenol I've been taking each day for the vaccine side eff9cts...

Magnetofunky No. 183. It's Saturday, April 17th, 2021.

[intro theme]

Yeah. Larry here. It's been two weeks since I got the J&J vaccine shot, and I've tracked my side effects along with the vaccine sabotage campaign and the continuing spread of right wing sedition across the country, not to mention the apparent efforts of the police to provoke an excuse for a race war.

Meanwhile, I'm getting closer to wrapping up the gear prep and moving my bike nomad plan to the next stage...

The music this time out is a few brand new cuts submitted and curated within the past month, starting with the pro-vaccine tune shared by Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl...

[song] - 01:23

Yeah, that was Eazy Sleazy - Mick Jagger with Dave Grohl, and yeah, I said shared, because I did a hard search to see if the song was on sale anywhere, and it's not, with the exception that Mick sold an NFT for 24-hrs. for pro-indy musicians charities. Mick himself said he wanted to share this song about eventually coming out of lockdown, with some much needed optimism. I'm saying all that specifically to any podcast platform managers with a rod up their butt about infringement, because I ain't the first or only podcast blasting the tune. Nuff said...

This is a laid back (and often explicit - you bet your ass) underground 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] - 06:35

Waiting Period

In Grid Theory,

Since the last episode, once Gov. Newsome said the state would open up the COVID vaccine rollout beginning April 1st., the site myturn went from frustrating to fastlane. Early on the 1st., it only took a few minutes of refreshing to get an appointment for the next day, so on Good Friday (4/2) I went to the Oakland Coliseum vaccine supersite and got my J&J one and done shot.

Over that first weekend I sat anticipating the inevitable side effects, or how my body would respond to an actual case of COVID.

Sat. morning (4/3) got my first and only side effect so far, a slight headache, but since I almost never get those, I quickly popped a couple Tylenol from the first aid kit. I was actually happy to get a side effect, cause getting none at all would play into the paranoia that I either didn't get an actual vaccine, or even worse, I'd be one of those asymptomatic carriers if I got infected. Anyway, later on I went to the store and bought a small bottle of generic acetaminophen cause the first aid kit only had 4. Good thing, because that slight twinge of a headache didn't go away; it took till day 8 to be faint enough in the background to not have to pop a couple, though I still did, and even now it's only gone to every two or three days feeling the need to take a pill.

Meanwhile, I set up the front axle mount on the new cargo trailer, which goes on the back burner until I no longer need the granny cart to haul stuff for storage. What hit the front burner for a minute was adding another bikepacking bag, what they call gas tank or bento bags. My old school MTB has a bare section of brake cable on the top tube, and when I first looked at frame bags and handlebar harnesses I said so much for those and moved on.

Then I came across a video where a guy used a band saw to cut a long piece of 1/2" pvc pipe lengthwise to cover his exposed cable to hang a triangle frame bag. Well, I don't need a band saw; my pvc pipe cutter can split a 1.5" or 2" section, just enough for the velcro straps underneath.

So I started looking again at front bags with a phone sleeve, and rear bags big enough for the patch kit and a few tools. These things swing from $20 to over $100, which is nuts---[bell]

Ok, the actual bags I got and the digital nomad gear in a bit...

[Back To The Stage] - 10:17

Ok, Back to The Stage, continuing the sampling of brand new cuts with another Covid-related sort of number - Quarantine Blues - Tombstones In Their Eyes, a dark shoegaze, neo-psychedelic fuzz rock and roll band from Los Angeles. The single is from their next record, "Looking For A Light" is due out on 4/20/21, brought to you by Kitten Robot Records/Somewhercold Records.

After that, it's Test, another cool track from Stone Mtn GA hip hop producer rapper K Gizzle. This one had some extra bite to it...

Finally, we have HARDCORE HAPPY - THE BLOSSOM, AKA songwriter Lily Lizotte, an independent South-East Asian raised between New York and Sydney Australia, now based in LA. Her signature sound is dreamy yet dark, playful yet bittersweet. The song was uploaded to triple J Unearthed on March 19th...

[songs] - 11:33; 15:55; 18:50

["Geeknotes"] - 21:39

Geeknotes: Vaccine Sabotage...

Hey, Geeknotes!

Ya know,

Trevor Noah got it right when he said the problem with killer copsain't a few bad apples, it's the rotten tree that produces a few good apples. The tree in a broad sense is the entitled supremacist society that produces the racist bullies that desperately need a badge and a gun, but in a specific sense it's the police unions that recruit these assholes and runs interference for them. Two ways you can fix this - potty train two generations of Americans to be non-racist (which will never happen), or, defund and replace the current police unions with an alternative, like police guilds, or citizen-controlled co-ops, call it what you like, but the criteriafor becoming a cop should be as rigorous as for being a teacher or a doctor, since they hold the power of life and death against us for whatever misdemeanor or instance of felony sass mouth sets them off...

The latest gambit is vaccine sabotage - accidentally spoiled batches, overhyped concern trolling stories of extreme side effects, in particular with the J&J vaccine. Fact: we got 6 cases of blood clots out of 8 million shots. Also fact: you get 500-1200 cases of blood clots for every 1 million women taking birth control pills. Also fact: a clinical study of a male birth control drug was killed when a few men got acne and mood swings as side effects, not blood clots, but it was men after all. All I'm saying is, the corp. media needs clickbait, anti-vaxxers need clickbait, and the GQP needs to steal back the Senate so every big lie and scary headline that helps continue the pandemic and hobble the Biden Administration is good for their civil war.

Ok, enough ranting. I actually have an event listed, a local Zoom thing to check out:

Ca. state Senator Scott Weiner is hosting panels on his proposed legislation SB 260, the Climate Corporate Accountability Act, that requires large corporations to annually disclose their entire carbon footprint, with a blueprint to reducing that footprint, and a conversation about the environmental justice movement and their work to ban fracking and other dangerous drilling, as well as implementing buffer zones between oil wells and our schools, homes, etc. Speakers from the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, Climate Health Now, and more TBA. Click the link to get an RSVP to the event.

Ok, for the duration, if you like, or hate the show, give it a quick review. Go to And, if you have promos, pluggers, gig info, an art opening, etc, send me an email and I'll start up the calendar next month, let's say by Earth Day. The address is [email protected]. And bands, artists and poets - download links, no attachments, please, and no promises...

[Grid Practice] - 26:10

Digital Nomad Gear...

Ok, In Grid Practice,

Back to the top bag...

After my payday I saw that Target had a Schwinn phone bag for under $20. There's very little room inside it for more than a few granola bars and little jerky sticks, but it will substitute for a handlebar phone mount, and the plastic cover is touchscreen friendly.

The rear tool bag was a bust; my air pump is 9" long, requiring a 9.5" (24cm) compartment. The longer bags that bothered listing dimensions stopped at 23, and the one model I did see that was 25cm cost $120. Meanwhile, in the same Target store I found a fanny pack (sorry, travel hip bag) that WAS big enough to hold my full patch kit, and that almost wraps up the bikepacking gear; now I'm looking at feed bags because the bike touring rule of thumb says you should consume at least 20g of carbs for every 30 min. of riding, and that top bag will never carry more than 3 hrs worth of snacks...

Ok, tihe digital nomad gear. My existing phone is a 3 yr. old Moto E4 ihat's now below the horizon because there are no more updates for it, so for a new phone I stayed with the Moto brand and picked the G Play, cause it's cheap, and mainly for the big 5000mAh battery (even though it's running Android 10 and I just found out it's only getting one major update). Anyway, I bought it unlocked so I could get used to it, and when I do kill the AT&T home internet I'm gonna go with the T-Mobile Magenta senior plan cause the phone data is enough to use Google Maps all day and download movies and tv shows, and the hotspot/tethering data is enough for my laptop to browse, do mail and upload the podcast and any travel media. No need for a fancy 5 or 10-device doohickey.

The other items are the backup 100W boost-buck converter which came in a few days ago, and a critical piece of gear I got with the last of the mad stimmy- a solar hand crank weather radio.The Midland ER210 at Best Buy. It's not the top device on the market, but it's more than capable for camping, and this model takes a regular 18650 battery so I can carry a spare. Comes with a clock too...

What's left on that list is a backup AC smart charger in case I get a chance to charge the big batteries with shore power; a Group 24 battery box, and a good solar hand crank power pack with 8-10000mAh to take the strain off the phone battery.

For maps and navigation I got a travel phone app, Avenza Maps, that supports a digital state benchmark map for offline use that shows public and private land, nat'l park and BLM boundaries, which will greatly help me avoid private property when stealth camping, especially if I'm nowhere near a state park.

And speaking of which...

I went through the state recreation website and picked out 21 coastal parks that have hiker/biker campsites from Mendocino Co. N of the city down to San Diego, downloaded the brochures and individual maps. These parks have plenty of open walk-in bike-in spots to register and pay for them on site, just call ahead or roll up with $5 or $10 and set up, instead of car and RV campers who do have to reserve well in advance. The closest park that's open, Half Moon Bay State Beach, has spots right now, but the season is just opening and the Covid restrictions are just being lifted, so that'll definitely change by summer peak. I'm actually much closer to taking that first overnight trip now that I have a non-trailer bikepacking-only tent pole.

With a little help from the local hardware store staff, I got a 2-4 ft. aluminum extension pole, a screwon adapter, a 2 ft. piece of 1" pvc pipe and a slip cap to make a pole that breaks down small enough to carry in the handlebar harness.

Nice. but I'm not ready until I make my Internet mobile with the phone. I'm not doing this without the option of real time navigation because depending on which route to take there's either high-traffic stretches of level highway with no shoulder or an offroad bike trail over a small mountain with a big climb between here and Half Moon Bay...

[One More Tune] - 32:22

Ok, for this week's One More Tune, we close out with the only song that's not worksafe, including the title, so you should probably skip the next 4 minutes. It's Woke Fuckboy - Mum Friends, an Indie, Pop, Rock duo out of Adelaide, SA, coming off of their sold-out debut single release ‘Rails’. Mum Friends continue to weave through the (all too relatable) post break-up haircuts and the strenuous task of being in your 20s in the 2020s. Cool...

[song] - 33:09

Well, OK.

The music bed this time is The Anchor Tree (Release) - theAdelaidean, Australian ambient/drone composer, from INNER REAL LIFE, his third solo album for Projekt Records. Nice.

[Closing] - 37:24

Hey, this show is a 1223studios joint.

I'm on almost all the popular podcast platforms, the latest being Castbox and Overcast. You can also say "Alexa, ask AnyPod to play Magnetofunky". Show notes are on the podpage. Send email to [email protected].

If you like the show, tell your friends, and, One last thing for the remaining red hat anti-mask vaccine saboteurs - when, not if, you catch a case, be aware that COVID causes erectile dysfunction, especially if it's an asymptomatic case from a wild-ass variant, and nobody's health insurance covers dick pills, so, enjoy paying out of pocket from now on for your numbnuts as you 'own the libs'

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

Next episode is set for, let's say May Day and we'll see what happens.

I'm Larry, trying hard to stay chill at my garrett in the Mission, and this is Magnetofunky, from San Francisco, where we are still slogging through, no longer into, the darkness.

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