August 14, 2020

There is much to love about this, but you should at least watch from the 8 minute mark, a song about Stonehenge. Read more

August 14, 2020

Continuing my adventures into ‘everything that is sound immersive cool’ and headphone-theatre, here’s my thoughts on something new in terms of at-home entertainment, which also includes a little ‘paranormal’ flavour. In his book Theater of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics, and American Radio Drama, Verma suggests that we should use the term “audioposition” rather than “vantage point” to describe the experience of listening to the radio. “Listeners do not just ‘have’ a point of audition; they are ‘positioned’ by audio composition and… Read more

August 7, 2020

After watching the Umbrella Academy Season 1, I have to admit that I started the show because of Ellen Page and Robert Sheehan – and then stuck around because the ensemble cast (particularly the minor characters Hazel and Cha-Cha, played by Cameron Britton and Mary J. Blige).  This delightful montage appeared last month:  Season Two arrived in August and was everything I hoped for. After the Hargreeves siblings are tossed through time into Dallas during the 60s (and not even the… Read more

July 31, 2020

As they did on other border stations, spooks rivalled singing cowboys as mail pullers at XEPN. Also called radio astrologers and psychologists, these performers were vaudeville mentalists of the airwaves, players in the show business tradition from which Norman Baker had emerged. They answered listeners’ questions on any subject, pitched a variety of exotic products, and predicted the futures of radio fans. …On the other hand, many people enjoyed the mentalists’ programs. “Border radio in the old days was very… Read more

July 20, 2020

Just to commemorate the day, here’s something from the album The Race for Space, that I used to play on RTRFM now and then. The Race for Space is the second studio album by British alternative group Public Service Broadcasting. Working with sound samples from the British Film Institute, the album relives the story of the American and Soviet space race from 1957–1972. This song, “Go!” is specifically about the Apollo 11 landing. Read more

July 17, 2020

If you’re a person with a pulse, more likely than not you’ve been asked about your star sign. Back in the day, I used to respond with “Ophiuchus”! Because being a smart-ass is a trait of those skeptics who need to work on their social skills. Apparently NASA has now got into the act of disappointing fortune tellers world-wide, although whether this is due to astronomers finally being fed to the back teeth of being asked by the general public… Read more

July 11, 2020

You’d think that they would have had enough of reality programming and all its machinations, manipulations and downright un-reality, but it appears the Osbourne family is returning to television. It’s a part of the Travel Channel’s planned screening efforts, by filming shows with stars in pandemic lockdown (just in case you wondered if there’s any outlet that is exempt from those kinds of shows being aired, the Travel Channel have indeed done it in the past and are trying it again)…. Read more

July 2, 2020

I saw plenty of reviews comparing Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks to the works of Michael Crichton, and quite frankly, it’s difficult to challenge that. Footnotes! Expert commentary! Not being quite sure if the expert commentary and references are real or not! AND MORE FOOTNOTES! Footnotes are fun, so no complaints there. I hasten to assure you that this was a book I was looking forward to. I chased it down the week it… Read more

June 27, 2020

What do climate deniers, anti-vaccination activists and COVID-19 conspiracy theorists have in common? Why are they so resistant to ‘facts’? Join research psychologist and former politician Dr Carmen Lawrence, social scientist Professor Julie Leask and cognitive scientist Stephan Lewandowsky as they explore why myths and misinformation can be so compelling, who benefits from spreading misinformation, and how we can change people’s minds. Facilitated by Misha Ketchell, Editor of The Conversation. Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and The… Read more

June 19, 2020

BRAND NAME: Evo-leousion ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Modified descent SCHEDULE: S4 Appendix D-X9 WHAT IS IN THIS LEAFLET? This leaflet answers some common questions about Evo-leousion. It does not contain all the available information due to restricted elements involved in the testing and creation of this product. It does not take the place of talking to your subscribing professional practitioner. All medicines have benefits and risks, and the benefits have been weighed against the risks this medicine will have for you. WHAT… Read more

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