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Pre-Launch Crawl

Episode Transcript. Length - 34:40

Image: Repurposing the front grill turns the utility cart into a cargo trailer...

Magnetofunky No. 194. It's Monday, November 08th, 2021.

[intro theme]

Yeah. Larry here. The clocks are set back for the winter, even though California voted 3 years ago to go DST permanently (thank you Sacramento for the bang up job you're doing), but I'll get into political disappointments later. This episode fills in another hole in the tour bible vis-a-vis formal campsites, and covers the slow crawl of the pre-launch stage of my planned nomad bike tour. The music is a quick peek at some of the newest bands featured over at the revamped Aussie music site Triple J Unearthed...

[song] - 01:27

Ok, that smoking tune was Flick - POOKIE, Hip-Hop / Jazz / Soul artist outta Melbourne, who not only employs her art work as means for self-expression but uses it as a vessel to bridge the gap between her experiences as a Black, African woman growing up in white society and how she navigates the relentless challenges of this society. This cut is from her new debut album Flick...

This is a laid back (and often explicit - you bet your ass) underground international personal journal of extremely eclectic music and progressive politics, with a focus on mobile energy independence and creative West Coast wanderlust. My podpage is 1223studios.com/mfunky.h. The Twitter is @Magnetofunky, and while I have a FB account up, the page is /larry.winfield.967.

[Grid Theory] - 06:46

Campsite Shrinkage

In Grid Theory,

Ok, last episode was an unsatisfying review of mostly RV and campervan-oriented BLM sites not along the coast, so I continued searching on Google and confirmed that the coastline is pretty much locked up except for the state park Hike and Bike sites. So I looked up to 30 miles from the coast, which includes BLM areas, but also national forests, water mgmt districts, trust lands, conservation areas, county parks, and even some Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation sites. But nat'l forest and county park maps in California shows mostly RV-only campsites and a few hiker-only, and none of the designated camps are cheap. The remaining public lands are much smaller, so the most common resources are apparently not really bike camping-friendly.

The nat'l parks are all backcountry far as I'm concerned, not bike boondock friendly, and they require a federal permit (the America the Beautiful Nat'l Park Pass). The state forests require an Adventure Pass, but those are all in So. Cal., well inland from LA just like the BLM. So in a nutshell, most of my experience will be stealth camping with an occasional stop at a Hiker/Biker, and if I want to boondock it'll be in the desert looking out for 4-legged and 2-legged predators.

What's left? Looking at bikepacker-specific resources - sites, forums and apps that are membership based, like Adventure Cycling Assoc., The Dyrt, Warmshowers, Bikepacking.com and many others that reviews gear and new bikes, offers a night's stay in somebody's back yard, sells maps and shares tips that may help me better stealth camp.

So the most I get from non-bike specific resources is how to avoid private property. Swell...---[bell]

Ok, the pre-launch stage slow pace in a bit...

[Back To The Stage] - 09:39

Ok, Back to The Stage, continuing the brief set of new fresh songs released during the 2021 Australian Spring. First up is Beta Gods (Ft. NERVE) - DREGG, a Hip-Hop / Metal / Punk outfit from Melbourne. DREGG make powerfully energetic music, driven by themes of fierce individualism, with a sound that hungrily consumes metal, hardcore, and rap, only to heave it back up in a colourful rainbow of bombastic brutality and iconoclastic absurdity. If you're in-country next year, they're playing the UNCAGED FESTIVAL...

[song] - 10:27

Ok, next up is Okie Dokie Oh My Goodness (feat. Wesley Black) - Tobias, a Hip-Hop / Pop artist from Perth. At just 22 Tobias has already solidified himself as a staple in the Perth New Wave Hip Hop scene. With roots in Pop, RnB and Hip-Hop Tobias uses his many influences, ranging from Michael Jackson to Childish Gambino to meld together a sound that could catch anyone’s ear no matter the preferred genre...

[song] - 13:57

All right, wrapping up with Terrorwave - Live Conform Die, a Hip-Hop / Metal / Rock band in Perth, whose bio states 'Music for living failures,' who sounds Like Slipknot, Korn, System of a Down, and BTW, their next gig is 11/19 at Lynott's Lounge in Perth...

[song] - 16:44



["Geeknotes"] - 21:03

Geeknotes: Semi Doldrums

Hey, Geeknotes!

Ok, we just had a smattering of off-year elections that came out on the whole much better for the Democratic Party than the corp. media will admit (as in a good number of women, politicians of color, and a lot of queer and trans people at the state and local level). But no, just focus on the results in Virginia as a big 'Dems in Disarray' confirmation that gives lazy pundits and GQP shills an excuse to blame everything on progressives and utter the word 'woke' as a substitute for the n-word. And BTW, the narrative should be 'Status Quo Corporate Dems in Disarray', cause it's the weak centrists afraid of their donors and contemptuous of their Black, Brown alphabet base who we keep expecting to stand up to outright Nazis and Seditious Pseudo-Patriots...

In other political disappointments, I'm sick of the trial of the Georgia lynch mob trio refered to as the 'Amaud Arbery trial,' making it blatantly obvious that the dead black jogger is the one being tried by the back alley of public opinion. Just as egreious is the the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, where the wingnut judge is doing his damnednest to force a mistrial for shits and giggles - why, so he can disappear into the woodwork while the good guys go through the long process of mounting a retrial? And would the FBI really do a whole ass-not a half assed job of tracking down the junior OathKeeper, seeing's how so many law enforcement personnel in this country have jackboots and klan hoods in their closets...

Lastly, the biggest letdown is the Biden Admin. apparently not making any moves to unbugger the SCROTUS by adding six non-Heritage Society-picked judges, or killing the filibuster instead of holding on to it like a safety blanket against a fascist 2025 Senate. And no, the paltry 1 trillion dollar Infrastructure bill is not a compensation...

Anyway...

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[Grid Practice] - 24:45

Slow Clearance

Ok, In Grid Practice,

Picking up things on the day the last episode was sent out, the breakaway security nut finally arrived on the 18th, and I picked up a three-pack of drop cloths to Dexterize my unit for waterproofing the cargo shelves, and I picked up another can of the Minwax sealer to put a miniumum of 2 coats on each shelf and maybe a 3rd coat on at least one of them.

Then I got back to slowly clearing out the SRO unit. This is the stage campervan and tiny house people go through to pare down to what's essential, in my case the 3-pile method: what gets thrown out, what goes to storage, what goes with me. So I'm sorted through my clothes, washing what goes to The Salvation Army store in the neighborhood along with small appliances, and renewing the FB ad for the oscilloscope.

Meanwhile, I did the internet turnover. After using the new phone's mobile hotspot to upload and put to bed the last episode, that Fri. I went through the half a day hassle of cancelling my AT&T service and returning the broadband gateway during the current billing cycle (I won't know if they try any extra fee BS until the next month). Funny thing; none of the AT&T stores will take hardware anymore, ya gotta go to a particular FedEx or UPS store to get that cancellation receipt. Anyway, I got a nice bike ride downtown out of it, almost to the Embarcadero and back...

On Sat. I took the first batch of old clothes to the Sallies, but Sun. was the bomb cyclone and the official start of the rainy season. The next few days were dry enough to make a few more donation trips. The rest of the second week was spent trying to adjust to the tethered hotspot, which makes the phone hot is slow on the laptop for anything more than checking email or running searches.

The third week was its own crapfest of working through the drama of buying a T-Mobile hotspot and trying to make it to work at home. Yeah, it took the whole week and it's still not 100%, and I'm stopping my complaining here cause it backed up everything else I was doing, including putting the show together...

[One More Tune] - 27:53

Ok, for this week's One More Tune, we close out with dread ahead by 21-year-old South Australian based singer/songwriter & performer Jack Slade, from his new debut EP that brings a contemporary approach to alternative styled pop music, drawing inspiration from many genres...

[song] - 28:21

[Music Bed] - 30:31

The music bed is Dawn Sounds by mystic vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Gabriel, from the brand new album Seeing Inside featuring producer Steve Roach, released October 22 on Projekt Records. A potent elixir of suspended sonorous electro-acoustic contemplations...

Well, OK.

[Closing] - 31:34

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I was gonna do another spiel on the need for a set of liberal/progressive-oriented news and analysis channels, online and on cable, but before that, let's deal with the batshit elephant in the room - the immediate howls from right-wing hate outlets of 'liberal media bias', code for communist marxist state propaganda (funny how the Nazi Channel was never called state propaganda when Pres. Shithole was misruling). My simple response is that in the not-so-post P-Grabby zeitgeist of racist, xenophobic, eliminationist and seditionist media organs, any new or existing news organizations are perfectly justified in proudly representing a liberal media bias that's pro-Constitution, pro-rule of law, pro-environment and pro-accurate history. The mofos who want to burn the Constitution back to original receipe will throw fascist shit at whatever researched and resourced POV you apply to past and current events - fuck 'em.

Bring the sunshine, not cynical fear and red meat for the lizard brain. That kind of national news outlet right now is a pipe dream because the 1%'ers who run CNN and MSNBC like the chaotic and profitable status quo just fine, but the least they could do is stop interfering when some of the journalists who work there attempt to do actual journalism instead of lazy play by play and clickbaiting the fall of the republic to short-lived shithole empire. I'd gladly pay for genuine liberal media bias...

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

Next episode will be the week after Thanksgiving...

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, but no longer into, the darkness.




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