THE DAY AFTER THE CANADIAN ELECTIONS DAY
Tuesday October 22, 2019 5:01 PM CDT -- Artless Deal
Come to Motel Grift.
We'll leave the extreme right on for you.
- line from satiric commercial heard on the Bob Cesca Show on KDX
Tuesday October 22, 2018 6:17 AM CDT -- Proposed New Holiday
October 22, 2019 - The Day After the Canadian Elections Day.
Good news. The newly formed Peoples Party (the equivalent of the
Republicans under Trump - proponents of hate, white nationalism, etc.)
won no seats, and got under 2% of the popular vote. It's somewhat
disturbing that they got even 2% but unfortunately there are always
yahoos in every crowd.
Our politics are quite different here in Canada. The Progressive
Conservatives are the equivalent of moderate/left wing Republicans
(prior to Trump) a la John McCain. The various factions of the
Democrats are represented, from moderate to progressive, in the
Liberals, New Democratic Party and Greens (not entirely accurate, but
close enough). There's an outlier Bloc Quebecois party that focuses on
Quebec, but they too are fairly progressive (i.e., promoting climate
change action, etc.).
The results ended with a minority Liberal government, which means that
they will have to garner the support of at least one of the more leftist
parties to govern. Pretty much all have stated beforehand that climate
change action would be a prerequisite for that support.
So, all in all, an encouraging result, and reason to celebrate. Minority
governments don't allow the ruling party to run roughshod over the
people (and call the consitution "phony"). Now if only you can get rid
of that Trump guy and his Republican brown-nosers.Artisan Radio
Sunday October 20, 2019 8:05 PM CDT -- The Difference between "r" and "t"
looked up everything else I sifted through several reports about the
health benefits of beer. One was particularly interesting until I
realized I was reading the health benefits of beets.
Sunday October 20, 2019 7:05 PM CDT -- A Spectrum View of Our Wi-Fi Audio Transmitter
We Don't Know How to Keep the "SAVE AS" Window Out of this Screen Grab
but in any case the sqiggles are showing the Alpine Symphony.
Sunday October 20, 2019 6:48 PM CDT -- Out of Context Sunday
the Deutsche Welle Festival Concert brings great concert music to the
KDX listening audience we are here in the control booth reading again
from Schopenhauer as we have for the past 20-years. Previously quotable
material shared from the greater whole of these writings made sense
within themselves in the sense that a brick is a logical part of a wall
and is both a brick in its own right yet no different from the general
class "brick" comprised of all bricks, not only the ones used in a
particular building. Be that as it may I thought it might be
interesting to quote a line that does not stand on its own nor relate
in any obvious way to the surrounding text which goes unquoted. Here it
Minerology, especially where it becomes geology, inclines toward etiology, though it principally belongs to morphology.
- A. Schopenhauer
Sunday October 20, 2019 4:20 PM CDT -- The Small and Large Loop Antenna
This is the best toot (tutorial) we have seen on the subject.
Sunday October 20, 2019 9:49 AM CDT -- The Psychology of Skycology
runners, that is, people who run radio stations, are well
served having some awareness of the psychology that drives their
listeners. We don't know most of them personally, but according to the
famed psychologist C. J. Jung all listeners share a "collective
unconscious" and of course if they are unconscious of it how could we
ever hope to be cognizant about it? Yet they do have collections, and some of
them collect radios and happen upon our frequencies when they dial and
it's those happenstance encounters when we've got to have our prime
program moments so they stay tuned while we bask in the delight of
being heard. Do I sound good? My mother thinks I sound good.
this morning for example. According to a KDX poll thousands of them (listening public)
skip church on Sunday and that's why we air The Hour of Slack, a
program that speaks the language of avoidance and gives home-stayers a
cuddly sense that they are not alone and unlike the dreadful sermons
going on at church, the jibber jabber on Hour of Slack does not hold
attention whatsoever being more like a barely audible conversation
somewhere else in some other room. You can think over the top of it, make phone calls
over it, watch TV, surf the internet, or hover half asleep in the
God is in the sky, and so is radio. Paying
homage to radio just happens to be more enjoyable than listening to the
peculiar "word of god" spoken from the pulpit by a closeted gay man.
Oh, I shouldn't have said that. He's not closeted.
Sunday October 20, 2019 6:34 AM
CDT -- A Quiet Morning
are very silent in our town, an achievement, really, when you consider
the noisyness being delivered in many other places by air attacks
employing equipment manufactured by neighbors working for the
armaments factories just past the city limits.
quiet contributes to clear thinking, and on the subject of loopstick
antennas for RF transmission, we were wromg to consider it for the
obvious fact that warming of the ferrite represents signal strength
being wasted as heat. As a wise YouTube presenter said, the loopstick
is a one-way device; it will recieve radio signals but not transmit
them. The guy who claimed
antennas are reciprocal, able to send or receive in equal degree, was
in error when it comes to the ferrite stick antenna.
Saturday October 19, 2019 1:33 PM CDT -- The Shallow Mystery Theatre
you noticed that when you toss a used tissue toward the waste basket
with dead-center aim the tissue changes course at the last possible
second and lands 1-foot outside the basket.
To this day
science is unable to explain why.
Saturday October 19, 2019 10:49 AM CDT -- However
as we are streaming with our OPUS Codec, we have even fewer rare
listeners than we had with OGG-VORBIS. The fact that we don't care
whether anyone listens gives us the motivation to go on with it. Radio
station KDX represents a perfect world in which every home would have
radio station and programmers depend on acceptance by each and every
individual thus preventing any entity from becoming centrally
monopolistic, plus it would save a lot on electricity. We only run the
stream because of a childlike fascination over the fact that it's
possible to do so and the self-important sensation of telling people we
own an international radio station, except we avoid telling anyone
here in town that KDX is atheistic because we don't want to attract
Christian arsonists. At the end of the day, at the end of everyday,
really, we cannot deny that radio has gone the way of books; people
don't read books anymore nor do they listen to radio. I might be
drifting at this point owing to all the coffee, not a bad transition to
mention "Radio Books", a forthcoming overnight program starting soon
bringing book readings from classical literature, a blending of radio
and books. Minus listeners.
Saturday October 19, 2019 10:25
AM CDT -- Windows 7 and the World Are Ending
Microsoft hand-delivered the warning: Support for Windows 7 Comes to An
End January 14, 2020.
If you value existence in this world we advise migrating to Windows 10
AND... yes, there is further trouble ahead... "We suggest you ditch
your computer and buy a new one!" At this point I step down from the
pulpit and hand the microphone to a Guest Blogger who could be you!
Submit an essay of any length on the subject of
"Microsoft Deserves Being Soft and Dangly for What They've
Human Kind", or anything of your chosing, except make it angry and
mean. Hatred is an undeniable force and any mention
is a trigger word. They took our mental health! Microsoft - Maker of
Operating Systems That Die Like Dogs and Just As Often!
Saturday October 19, 2019
8:29 AM CDT -- Counting Stooges
Life was simpler when we only had Three
. Now, with the Trump Regime, we've lost count of how
many stooges there are.
Saturday October 19, 2019 6:03 AM CDT -- Yesterday was Friday
didn't blog because of being occupied with other biz, including
comparative tests involving stream formats, with KDX-OPUS, KDX-MP3 and
KDX-AAC running side by side by side. Our findings are admittedly
subjective, but the OPUS codec seemed to sound distinctly better than
MP3 for the same load on the system, and AAC wasn't as good on voice
but seemed fine for music. We'll do it all again sometime with maybe
some frequency tones to observe response on a meter for that scientific
Every Friday we hear an episode of Blare OnAir and
yesterday's show from 2010 brought to mind a classic problem
digital corrective software still hasn't solved, namely that of
inherent distortion in an audiofile, which was the case with this show,
otherwise it was one we'd like to salvage even if it means re-doing.
Audio editing software does offer clip-fixing, which was applied and
did some good. The problem stems from the microphone-building
experiments we were conducting back at that time.
Also put to
inspection was this website's HTML Code, which, in our effort to keep
it simple and uncluttered, has gotten complex to the point where
various HTML errors have been detected, to be systematically
corrected probably by 2027.
Not to mention our recent interest
in connecting a Software Defined Radio (SDR) for site visitors to
utilize for sampling our local radio reception, making us the only such
resource in this part of the continent. Along with it we're compiling a
list of north american SDR websites giving an alternate way, other than
direct web streams, to tap other locations for news reports. To better
demonstrate what we're talking about, here's an SDR located at
Sunnyvale, California near San Francisco.
Thursday October 17, 2019 6:10 PM CDT -- Waking Up Getting Smart
People dropping religious affiliation.
Thursday October 17, 2019 5:11 PM CDT -- School Radio
In the early years educational radio was developed as a
teaching tool with classrooms tuned in by a radio sitting on the
teacher's desk and accompanying notebooks handed out and collected by
teachers. It was a first attempt to eliminate teachers so that people
like Betsy DeVout could plunder the financial resources
of school systems. Teachers won that battle by wrenching
control away from the radio and using their training to provide
in-person teaching. Educational stations began shutting down, but
there's always a new scheme and today we have so-called "public radio"
which ignores the fact that every radio station is a public station,
and the self-proclaimed "public stations" mark their ground by virtue
of being "non-commercial" using endless begging and panhandling to
solicit donations so as to keep them publically non-commercial. A
conformist style applied to these stations is the pinacle of
gentrification and the particular stilted manner of public radio
announcers foresignals the robots destined to replace them. At the same
time a few LPFM school stations have materialized under the false
concept of "training" students for radio, but students already know how
to play CDs and the announcements they give are no more than public
address announcements sent to a limited area under the impossible
notion that listeners care whatsoever about students playing music and
talking. We've entered a time when lack of education is reflected by
Thursday October 17, 2019 4:58 PM CDT -- Wild Ferrite in the Mulch Pile
In the process of imagining an antenna for the forthcoming
SDR (Software Defined Radio) we spent a day researching loops and now
turn to the ferrite bar antenna nominally called a "loopstick", and as
thoughts have transfigured it
comes to mind that maybe, perhaps, possibly, a ferrite bar loop antenna
could be used for transmission? Just hear me out. We know that strong
RF can heat a ferrite bar and they can't withstand too much heating,
but in the case of part 15 radio the energy would be very small and it
just might slide by. Why, you ask? And we smile with this good answer:
compactness. Ya. The ordinary part 15 AM transmitter requires a 10-foot
pole and buried ground radials which can be cumbersome if the ensemble
is moved around. A small package might give the hobby the boost nothing
Another potential application for a ferrite antenna, assuming it could
withstand 1-Watt, would be for the output of a long wave transmitter in
lieu of a 50-foot vertical tower.
Thursday October 17, 2019 1:44 PM CDT -- WBAI New York Hot Potato
Keep it. Sell it. Hold On. Refuse to hold on. I say so. No
you don't, I do.
Thursday October 17, 2019 10:05 AM CST -- The Devoiding of Education
As Secretary of Education Betsy DeVout plans to introduce
the Kingdom of God through Charter Schools owned by rich
money-makers as part of the master plan to convert America from a
Democratic Republic to a Christian Theocracy, she serves as exemplar of
the wealthy ignorant being above the impoverished intellectual.
Thursday October 16, 2019 9:55 AM CDT -- Large Cache of Low Power Radio
Wednesday October 16, 2019 2:05 PM CDT -- About Bosses
all had bosses and some of us have been bosses. Over the years I cannot
think of one bad boss I've ever had but the same thing can't be said
for a few assistant bosses. It's likely that Bosses Day was invented as
a time to pay homage to current bosses but why not let old bosses know
you remember? Some husbands kiddingly refer to "the mrs." as the
nominal boss of the household and Christian men labor under the
delusion that the male rules the family. There are tricks of the boss
trade such as having the largest door and biggest desk in the office
and bosses are free to come and go while executive secretaries maintain
Wednesday October 16, 2019 11:52 AM CDT -- The Very Definition of Beauty
Wednesday October 16, 2019 11:26 AM CDT -- Getting in the Loop
search is on for a loop antenna suitable for reception of the AM and SW
bands by SDR. Please include recommendations along with your donation
in the amount of $100 or more.
Wednesday October 16, 2019 11:07 AM CDT -- Out of Phase Material
for radio is often produced in stereo even when destined for broadcast
on mono radio stations. In the ideal situation the left and right
stereo channels mix into what is called an L+R mono signal which
reproduces clearly at full level on mono radios. But, if left and right
channels of stereo audio are in opposite phase they will
the mono feed and be nearly inaudible. A trickier incident occurs when
only some of a stereo program contains out of phase material and this
has happened recently in several programs carried on KDX. The result is
that the out of phase material sounds far away and is not heard at the
level intended by the producer. To avoid this we recommend that
producers check their audio by listening to an L+R mix on a mono
speaker, otherwise the error is not evident when listening only in
Wednesday October 16, 2019 8:35 AM CDT -- Societal Criticism
Women wearing too much by
way of earings look like chandeliers.
- C. Blare
Wednesday October 16, 2019 7:39 AM CDT -- Fog Has Cleared and We See
SDR in Our Future
first turning attention to the curious business of Software Defined
Radio (SDR) we (those of me here at KDX) became increasingly baffled
because there's so much happening in this field, but all at
once we see a clear path ahead and have a plan in place. A
conversation yesterday with Brooce at the Monitoring Station, recent
adopter of a SDR Play RSP1A, brought our notice to this modestly priced
device which covers almost all the bands we want, and this morning's
viewing of the linked video from SevenFortyOneChannel, also in
Hartford, which nicely demonstrates the device together with its
supplied software "SDR Uno", the last question becomes a matter of
antenna choice to make it all materialize, and we imagine a nice loop
for the lower bands and a whip for the upper.
all of it is in place we'll connect the SDR to the website so visitors
can tune into our local bands here in the midwaste, making us the first
and only remotely accessible SDR from this region. The main emphasis
will be the opportunity for worldwide listeners to hear our
numerous part 15 transmitters thereby extending their range from
250-feet upward to full global.
Tuesday October 15, 2019 8:50 PM
CDT -- Unfit Secretary of State
Mike Plumppious violates the
The Federal Government is Not a Church.
Tuesday October 15, 2019 6:25 PM
CDT -- Reading from Page 50
Every keen pleasure is an error and an illusion, for no attained wish
can give lasting satisfaction;
and, moreover, every possession and every happiness is but
lent by chance for an uncertain time,
and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.
All pain rests with the passing away of such an illusion; thus both
arise from defective knowledge;
the wise man therefore holds himself equally aloof from joy and sorrow.
-- Arthur Schopenhauer "The World As Will and Idea"
Monday October 14, 2019 6:16 PM
CDT -- Another Batch of SDR's in the World & Other Related Info
Not too many SDR listening stations found in the U.S.
Monday October 14, 2019 4:41 PM CDT -- Why the Hats are Red
Trump MAGA hats are red so they'll match the necks.
Monday October 14, 2019 2:05 PM CDT -- As Long As We're At It
Day is on the way out and while we're cleaning the calendar so let's
dump "Daylight Wasting Time", which, if you haven't been paying
attention, comes up in a few weeks when we "fall back" one-hour. Our
calendar from the local municipality lists both changes during the year
as "Daylight Time" which has us unsure which is actually
Time, which is the time it'd be if we didn't mess with the clock. Oh,
and let's definitely count impeachment among our batch of
Monday October 14, 2019 12:17 NOON CDT -- Two Events Added to the
KDX-OGG will be closing at the end of the day replaced by KDX-OPUS;
Tomorrow is Global Handwashing Day and The Blog will be Open.
Monday October 14, 2019 11:59 AM
CDT -- Fiddling with Minutia
the point of saying "News, Talk"? What I mean is, isn't news on radio a
matter of "talk"? It's all talk. So why say "news" along with talk? Or,
since humans are by nature "story tellers", we could say something like
that..... Genre: Stories.
Monday October 14, 2019 9:55 AM CDT -- Defend This
A video depicting Trump mass-murdering his enemies was shown
to his supporters at a Trump Miami resort.
Monday October 14, 2019 9:40 PM
CST -- Worm in a Colander of Spaghetti
This is how it will all end.
Monday October 14, 2019 6:04 AM
CDT -- KDX-OPUS is Streaming Today
radio on the internet offers several format options and each has its
features and limits. MP3 and AAC+ are currently most common of the
formats and OGG together with OPUS are being seen more often. KDX
Worldround Radio is equipped to stream in any of the formats but has
opted for OGG (officially OGG-VORBIS), an open source format supplied
by the makers of the Icecast server, because of the nifty Audio Player
generated as part of the stream. The same is true of OPUS, which is the
most recent evolution of OGG, except that OPUS does not so far generate
a "Currently Playing" description as do all the others. The benefit of
OPUS, we are making an educated guess, is probably that it provides
quality audio at the gain of less bandwidth. The same is true of AAC+
compared to MP3. Anyway, our question of the day, as we consider the
OPUS format, is this: how important is the "Currently Playing" line on
the directory listings for our station? A perusal of a thousand other
stations shows song titles as "currently playing", with astounding
repitition as Michael Jackson, Linda Ronstadt, Queen, Duran Duran, Dave
Clark Five, the Viscounts, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Taylor Swift,
Marty Robbins, Fleetwood Mac, Katy Perry, Billie Ellish, Paula Abdul,
Dusty Springfield, Patti Smith, Rolling Stones, Steve Miller Band, Joe
Cocker, Cher, David Cassidy, Alice Cooper, Carly Simon and so on, while
KDX is always "currently playing" news and talk, which is mentioned in
the "Genre" category. So there's the answer. KDX doesn't really need a
"Currently Playing" line attached to our radio stream. This has been a
very efficient morning with one project out of the way. OPUS it is! Bye
October 13, 2019 8:18 PM CDT -- The FCC Podcast
Official FCC Podcast
Sunday Ocrober 13, 2019 1:25 PM
CDT -- SDR Feedback
Hi Uncle Carl!
notice from your blog that you are thinking about trying an SDRPlay
RSP-1A. Well- that's what I just bought!
I am having problems - but they
have nothing to do with the RSP-1A. The problems are due to a
separate hardware issue.
More comments to follow.
Very Best Wishes - Brooce
Sunday October 13, 2019 1:21 PM
CDT -- Spain Received on Medium Wave in Connecticut
From the Monitoring Station -
Spain - 684 kHz heard inside the house on Sony portable radio.
Details to follow. Very Best
Regards - Brooce
Sunday October 13, 2019 8:17 AM
CDT -- SDR Today
Peek and Look
Following the SDR trail we are right now looking at the SDR Play RSP1A
with frequency range 1kHz to 2 GHz.
Saturday October 12, 2019 2:21 PM
CDT -- Slowing Enthusiasm
inspired to install an SDR Listener Access Point on this website we
went right to work scrolling lists of available devices built to our
specifications only to find them well outside of our price range. The
prices range from $1,515.00 to $73,500.00. Not wanting to reveal too
much about KDX's financial position, that's too costly for a hobby that
lacks earning power. In round 2 of our engineering study we'll use our
agreeable (much lower) price range as the target and determine how much
bang the buck will support. Our ideal was based on a frequency range of
DC to 6 GHz so every one of our low power transmitters could be
observed by visitors, from long wave to Wi-Fi.
Saturday October 11, 2019 9:56 AM
CDT -- Software-Defined Radios and Antennas
Saturday October 12, 2019 8:12 AM CDT -- Server Too Shy to Ask
word "server" is bandied about in computer circles but not eveyone is
in the loop and are shy about asking "What is a server?" Everyone is
pre-conditioned to expect a server to be something of a waiter, one who
serves tables without hesitation, a slight contradiction if the server
waits. Occupational misunderstandings put waiters in charge of waiting
rooms but today we have all these servers online with varying degrees
of latency, a modern word for waiting, no longer at the table but at
work stations. KDX is a radio station generated from servers at a work
station, and radio is Carl's station in life, so who better to offer
the inside scooper. Here goes. A "server" can be an item of hardware
called a server, or hardware called a computer functioning as a server,
or software alone acting as a virtual server within computer hardware
of either kind. And that's all there is to it.
Friday October 11, 2019 4:23 PM
CDT -- Citizens Band Report
We Take You Now
Anwhere You Want to Go
Brooce has the floor -
Channel 11 Crystal
soldered to circuit board
nice old CB Walkie Talkie
this one does work
is for 10/11/19 - a week after CB day)
Friday October 11, 2019 3:10 PM CDT -- AooRAaSD
The earlier post on SDR is stirring thoughts which brings
us to recognize that all
of our radio activities are "software defined"
Take KDX Worldround Radio, consisting entirely of radio defining
software strung together in a chain. It suddenly comes to
that we could install a SDR, give it a stream and enable anyone
anywhere to tune the dial at this immediate location to hear KDX right
from our air signals! That might be more exciting than just the
ordinary stream link which lacks the artifacts of listening to the
radio spectrum: such things as lightning crackles on the AM band and
the swish and fizz tuning from station to station on FM. Ok then, it's
a deal, sign here! We've got some shopping to do.
Friday October 11, 2019 2:51 PM CDT -- The World by SDR
be paying more attention to software-defined radios (SDRs) which have
recently become another radio related side-hobby. In fact Bruce
recently added SDR capabilities to his Monitoring Station in
Connecticut and will be making steady reports. To briefly describe what
it's all about, an SDR consists of a physical device that connects to a
computer and is operated by software making it a radio
across a wide range of bands and can be used for listening or
observing waveforms as a spectrum analyzer. An offshoot of the
is that it can be rigged to a remotely accessed stream and controlled
from anywhere in the world, which has made way for SDR sites springing
up everywhere. From here in the midwaste, for example, I'm able to
locate SDR sites in Europe, Iceland, anywhere, and get this... the
visitor is able to tune around on the far off SDR on a band of choice!
One can DX from afar!
October 10, 2019 6:05 PM CDT -- Nietzsche (pronounced : Nee'-tchee, or,
some say: Nee'-tchah)
Interesting from New
have much of the Nietzsche book collection here at KDX, and right now
are focused on Book 3 of "The World As Will and Idea" by Arthur
Schopenhauer, another philosopher mentioned in this link. Without
writing my own New Yorker submission I'll cut this off by recalling two
things from Nietzsche that come to mind: he said that priests are
parasites and he recommends that surplus people voluntarily die.
Thursday October 10, 2019 1:38 PM
CDT -- Let's Not Forget the Q
micro-essay yesterday on LGBT inadvertantly left out the "Q", which
stands for "queer". So let's include the Q but puzzle renewedly over
the whole gender identification structure; it doesn't hold up. Not only
does the expression LGBTQ leave out several categories but it's
entirely based on a binary foundation of two biological genders;
genders which vary from a standard quite clearly defined by that set
capable of biological reproduction. Any achievable combination is
"natural" so long as it is physiologically possible and given that
other species have been found to exhibit similar behavior with some
statistical frequency. Therefore "LGBQ" are not genders but merely
deviations from an a priori biologically pre-established foundation,
where "T" is not a gender so much as it is a leap from one gender
to the other, and "Q" is a redundancy because it can apply to
of the foregoing classes and is nothing but slang.
of religion and short-circuited thinking have reduced our species to
incoherent babbling which is widely accepted as "close enough" if done
Thursday October 10, 2019 1:29 PM CDT -- Wayback Machine
Link courtesy of Artisan
Wednesday October 9, 2019 5:01 PM CDT -- Vintage Technology
Historic computer systems still working - from Artisan
probably are aware of this, but I thought I'd drop you a line in
case you aren't.
This is an invaluable
resource if you ware looking for old software
downloads (whose links
exist but are now broken). I recently purchased
a Mac Powerbook G4
(PowerPC architecture) at a thrift store just to play
it. There was, at least, plenty of radio and music oriented
software available for
it at the time (circa 2005).
still an active community of PowerPC users and
developers that are
keeping this thing alive (including modern browsers,
etc.). I also managed to find and download a lot of
radio software, but
some just didn't exist any more. That's where I
went to the Wayback
Machine, and managed to find (and download)
everything I wanted.
The Powerbook I have
(1.67 Ghz PowerPC, single core, 512MB RAM, 80GB
HDD, DVD superdrive)
holds up pretty well even today with this
lack of memory is the single biggest detriment, and I'm
going to upgrade to 2GB
(the maximum) - it takes PC2700 DDR - the
machine bogs down with
One thing Apple did
right was making the interface easy to use for those
that don't have a lot
of computer experience (i.e., they want to use the
computer as a tool
only, and don't care about the intrinsic nature of
Software installation is exceptionally easy and it either
works, or doesn't (none
of those 'almost working' issues that you get on
a Windows PC).
I'm not sure I'll do
anything with the laptop once I'm finished, but I
sure am having fun with
it. Including the Wayback Machine.
- Artisan Radio
There are probably many stories of how this vintage computer
hard/software were used by radio stations.
Wednesday October 9, 2019 9:57 AM CDT -- There Should Be a Name for
People Who Stay with Their Biological Birth Gender
say it's the plastics others blame dairy products but switching genders
has, regardless of underlying cause, become a fashion trend leading to
complicated identity issues. Gay pride, for example, is all about
public exhibition over "coming out" but is not exactly the same as
changing gender sometimes referred to as "the change".
Neither of them is
the same as transvestitism which involves being one gender but play
are expressed in shorthand as LGBT which means "lesbian, gay, bi and
trans, but I don't see the non-changed mentioned in that collective.
Certainly the rush to pick and change going on all round causes one to
give a moment's thought to the matter and there are plenty who elect to
remain put with the gender on the birth certificate but we are acronym
excluded. We can't say "N" for normal because it's normal to be
whatever one decides to be; sometimes they say "straight" but that's an
expressional preference rather than a gender; "O" for original
might be misunderstood as a claim to being unique when all we mean is
"the way it was". Without labels and descriptives we have no identity.
How can we ever have a parade?
Wednesday October 9, 2019 7:53 AM CDT - Moat Science
committee appointed by Trump to explore the idea of a 2,000-mile moat
on the southern border filled with snakes and aligators has uncovered a
snag in the the fact that aligators eat snakes and snakes, in turn, eat
baby aligators. Trump's response when informed of this impasse was to
yell, "I DON'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEMS ARE! ONLY COME TO ME IF
YOU HAVE SOLUTIONS! JARED WOULD KNOW WHAT TO DO!"
Wednesday October 9, 2019 7:32 AM CDT - Do They Even Exist?
talked about the shortage of rational talk radio stations on the two
streaming directories where KDX is listed and we've mentioned that KDX,
our rational talk station, receives no attention by listeners on these
directories. But as we've learned more about it we now realize
that listeners attributed to so many of the music stations
on these directories might be finding the stations on any number of
other directories, because no matter how many directories list a given
station, every listener to that station gets counted across all the
directories and it may be impossible to know which directory the
listener started from. With all this we've become informed that there
are many more radio directories than we knew and while we fret over
stream listeners it is reported that the internet audience favors
podcasts which come as singular downloads and not by way of stream.
Conscious curiosity comes to ask - do stream listeners actually exist?
Tuesday October 8, 2019 3:13 PM CDT - Leave the Leaves
Please turn off the noisy gasoline powered leaf blower and
keep the rakes racked.
Monday October 7, 2019 10:28 PM CDT -- TR-33 Walkie No Talkie
Message from Brooce -
all of your blog yesterday.
have a lot of great stuff there - the blog is really cooking!
I've got to read it over a bunch of times still.
TRC-33 Walkie Talkie didn't work when I turned it on. Some of
the RF sections work. It puts out a good carrier on the 2 Channels it
has, 9 and 14.
final audio stage works. When I turn the radio on there is a
loud "click" in the speaker.
transmits audio, but is way way down in modulation.
are some things I want to try but only a few. So if It
doesn't work out at least I will have a really cool vintage
radio to display.
funny thing is - the radio looks like it has barely been used - so what
More to report soon. - Brooce
Brooce, if you ask me I think it's a capacitor problem, so I hope you
Monday October 7, 2019 10:21 PM CDT -- Mischke Introduces a Second Show
the 115th Mischke Roadshow on KDX this afternoon we learned of a second
program starting soon called "For the Sake of the Songs" in which Tommy
D.Mischke and other musicians will discuss music in depth. We've
already heard an example of what's to come and it's tremendous and will
be added to the KDX program lineup.
Monday October 7, 2019 7:03 PM
CDT -- The Next Designated Blare Blog Holiday
We will be Open Thursday October 10th for Julia Sweeney
Monday October 5, 2019 1:44 PM CDT -- The Question Gets Asked
Are there ghouls in human society? Well, I don't know, but it reminds
me of someone.
Mitch and His Melting Mug
Monday October 7, 2019 11:53 AM
CDT -- Double More Music
you're packing in as much "more Music" as you think you can, but that's
only what you think. These guys have found a way to mega-cram the music
for more more!
Monday October 7, 2019 10:59 AM CDT -- Think Again
a fair critic requires being self critical, and now would be a good
time. I've been too harsh with music broadcasters in low power and
streaming radio, framing them as providing too much of an over-supplied
genre in a world short on intelligent news/talk radio. This outlook
grows out of experience on the Icecast and Steamcast Directories where
KDX is the lone such news/talk station amid a sea of music. My
rationale for explaining why next to no listeners find KDX as their
station of choice is to assume the unserved listeners gave up and don't
look on these directories. I'm probably right, but the thing wrong
about my prejudice is that low power radio offers the penultimate in
free choice and the real significance is the great number of stations
exercising their freedom to broadcast. If a different reality put us in
a world filled with intelligent talk stations we might feel unnecessary
owing to gross redundance, so perhaps we enjoy the distinction of being
in the ideal position of as one of a kind. That works for me, we can
stop thinking now.
Monday October 7, 2019 8:21 AM CDT -- Mainly Global
Worldround Radio, your friendly Blogger, is an International
Broadcasting Station and as such generally declines to report on local
media events happening within a few miles of our Internet Building here
in the Mid Mississippi River Valley, however the tumolt presently
happening across our hometown radio dial deserves some mention. After
reading in Radio Ink Magazine that two local stations had been
purchased, we tuned in to one of them and heard that after many years
the hometown religious format has given way to yet another conservative
lineup of hate programs. On Sunday we made note that the station gave
the proper FCC ID on the hour for its AM but failed to mention
FM translator. This morning both frequencies were ID'ed 15-minutes past
the hour, then the station went silent for several minutes until a
phoneline-quality feed was potted up. We guess they are trying to rig
the automation system so no attendent is required. Large stations are
now being run like home hobby stations.
Monday October 7, 2019 8:12 AM --
Maybe You Could Air It On Your
The American Veterinary Association has a Podcast
Sunday October 6, 2019 6:05 PM
CDT -- Two Failed Attempts to Break Into CB Radio and One Last Plan
the time when it was required to apply for a CB license I did so,
purchased a table-model CB transceiver, brand forgotten, a large ground
plane antenna with some poles for mounting, and showed potential tower
climbing skills by climbing out of our third story window, easing along
a skimpy edge and got the antenna neatly placed at the rear corner. But
before the cable got connected to the radio I was hired by the FM
station and spent all my time there.
Years went by and I found
myself in a gated community of people who were always concerned about
lesser people living outside the gate. At a neighborhood gathering I
proposed the idea of a neighborhood CB watch where we could monitor a
selected channel , communicate with each other, and send alerts so we'd
be like a well organized mob. They all looked at me like I was a
trailer-park escapee who didn't belong. Maybe they had a poor attitude
about CB radio and felt it didn't behoove their class. The idea was
Now, in this third lifetime, I have a CB radio donated
by a friend and envision installing it in the KDX control room for
purposes that can be dreamed up later. Having several communications
radios that tune CB channels I've heard nothing locally, even living
1,000 feet from a major interstate, but one afternoon got skip from
Arkansas and California by unemployed clowns.
If Aijet knew of a way to generate cash with the CB band
it would be gone.
Sunday October 6, 2019 4:38 PM CDT -- Broadcasts That Interrupt
Hi Carl Bloge,
I see your Situational
Alert, you need a good message with a tone:
I heard the jingle test
used in the 'audio art' group Negativland's It's All In Your Head
project about religion, done like a radio broadcast day.
The album version is
the one my station plays, and the best to get an idea of what this
project is about.
The Situational Alert has
come true! It's NOT
not all in your head! It IS
all in your head, full stop, period, end of story!
Wait. I got that wrong. Don't keep confusing me! Here's what I was
trying to say: it is all in our head, yes. But it is also everywhere else,
in our head.
It is OUT of our head as much as in. And there are two things wrong
with this shirt... one, it's not in my color, and two, the way the arms
are criss-crossed and buckled I can't use my hands!
Sunday October 6, 2019 9:38 AM
CDT -- SITUATIONAL ALERT!!
HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION THAT WE MAY BE AT HAZARD STATUS BUT ONLY YOU
WHO READ THIS ALERT KNOW ABOUT IT AT THIS TIME! OTHERS MUST BE NOTIFIED
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO MINIMIZE POSSIBLE OUTCOMES! YOU ARE ASKED TO USE
ALL COMMUNICATION CHANNELS AVAILABLE TO YOU TO NOTIFY EVERYONE ON YOUR
CONTACT LIST OF THIS IMPENDING SITUATION! TELL THEM TO STAY ON THE LINE
AND STAND BY FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS! IT MAY ONLY HAVE BEEN A DREAM
THAT NOTIFIED US ABOUT THIS BUT WE CAN"T PLAY GUESSING GAMES WITH SO
MUCH AT STAKE! PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ME BECAUSE I AM BUSY NOTIFYING
OTHERS! WAIT A MINUTE ... THE ALL CLEAR HAS BEEN SOUNDED! BE SURE TO
NOTIFY EVERYONE THAT WE ARE NOT UNDER
EMERGENCY STATUS! I REPEAT...
Sunday October 6, 2019 7:02 AM
CDT -- Very Stable Reptile
The National Zoo
"Don't knock the 2,000 mile moat idea!", says group radio owner Carl
Blare in pre-dawn news conference.
2,000 mile moat on the southern border of the Homelant would do much
for employment and the economy. Thousands of zoo keepers, a
to the farming of otherwise endangered aligators and snakes,
water-trench management, hundreds of thousands of special trained
guards to keep the reptiles from crawling out of the moat, care and
feeding of the millions of lethal beasts, it all translates to a new
industry larger in scale than the space force. KDX totally endorses The
Moat and believes refugees and immigrants would be better off as snack
the odds stacked against them by pro-lifers.
Saturday October 5, 2019 5:06 PM CDT -- How to Get a QSL Card from KDX
1.) Get a postcard from the post office or standard index card. Using a
crayon, make big block letters "KDX";
2.) Using a sharpie in smaller letters write Frequency: jot down the
frequency of reception;
3.) Write the date and time of day;
4.) Sign and mail to self.
Saturday October 5, 2019 4:57 PM
CDT -- QSL Must Mean Something
I mean, the letters have got to stand for something, and
Saturday October 5, 2019 3:19 PM CDT --More CB Radio, QSLs and TV Shows
Incoming Blab from Boomer:
I liked CB radio a lot,
and was into it during the craze, when everything was CB, trucking, and
it was a fad, and CBs were featured plot lines in sitcoms, and
newspapers carried CB columns. There were lots of radios and antennas
to look at and choose from and Radio Shack had a dozen models of walkie
It was a nice time,
normal people were given the power to talk on the radio for miles,
without having to be tech nerds, reading their meaters to tell people
they are coming in 20 pounds over.
I like the times when
CB was a hobbyist movement, not yet a fad, and QSL cards were popular.
This page has some great ones.
Here's an episode of the TV show Good Times, "Breaker Breaker" that
features CB during the fad years:
I like how they set it up, just place the radio on a table and start
talking, not like the real crowd who would worry about their SWR first.
Breaker 15 for a radio check.
I broadcast on CB, playing music tapes, but it was just an experiment.
I heard stories of people who really did use CB for broadcasting and to
be DJs. Now that would be an obscure form of broadcast radio, and did
anyone write articles about CB broadcasters. Did they send out QSL
cards, or did any move on to professional radio?
understand. #METOO have some CB memories: two fails, actually, but I
knew what I was doing but others didn't; know what I was doing or they
were doing, that is.
over the weekend I'll write about it.
Hey, a 20% chance of thunderstorm is happening!
Saturday October 5, 2019 3:00 PM CDT -- The American Museum of
Founded by Ralph Nader, host of the Ralph Nader Radio Hour
as heard on KDX.
Saturday October 5, 2019 12:11 NOON CDT -- Shorter Days Get Cooler
nightime temperatures now touching 50-degrees F the Internet Building
gets uncomfortablly cool during the overnight. To compensate we'll be
keeping our web radio server online for the 1-degree of extra heat it
generates. At first we'll only be testing because there'll still be
upward temperature excursions until the weather dips closer to
winterlike, which means we'll still be closing shop on the
nights. For readers of The Blog this means you'll be able to find us
open on cold nights and we'll even be streaming radio programs
good for extra school credit.
Saturday October 5, 2019 8:11 AM
CDT -- What is a Tort?
Saturday October 5, 2019 7:22 AM CDT -- Morning Sign On Over a Cup of
week as normal programming (normal?) has gone out over streaming radio
station KDX-OGG we've been here in the background where the keyboard is
kept trying to solve an apparant technical mystery which turns out not
began last weekend
when we downloaded a stereophonic demonstration record from 1960, from
when stereo LP records were introduced, but when played on the air the
right channel was absent sparking a week long inquiry as to why. Many
hardware and software measurements were examined finding nothing to
explain the perceived channel loss, until we "racked up" the audiofile
to observe that the 2-channel recording contained left channel
information on both channels and no right channel information. The
explanation turned out to be that Archive.org, in their
state-of-the-art audio digitizing laboratory had somehow screwed up,
making us grateful it wasn't our boo-boo. It's always reassuring to
discover that mistakes are those of someone else.
Saturday October 5, 2019 7:15 AM CDT -- Would Be Moments
They thought I was a white collar criminal but I wasn't
wearing a white collar at the time.
I was going to blow the whistle on them but couldn't find the whistle.
That still doesn't explain what "Tort Law" is. Come back later.
Friday October 4, 2019 1:02 PM CDT -- Aboard the Starseed Enterprise
Friday October 4, 2019 9:38 AM CDT -- National Lampoon Radio Hour is
Friday October 4, 2019 9:20 AM CDT -- FCC Commissioner Has Podcast
Friday October 4, 2019 8:45 AM CDT -- Boomer Babies and Blog Blabs
set up for today's programs on KDX Worldround Radio, I was just
choosing a "Blare OnAir" program to air at 4 PM as every Friday, and
heard myself in 2014 trying to say "baby boomer"
saying "Bobby Boomer", then blabbed on about what a good DJ name that
would be. Hearing that, I made a mental association with our
correspondent "Boomer" and thought he'd find it amusing that my mistake
turns out to be the memorable part of that show.
Friday October 4, 2019 8:08 AM
CDT -- Knight-Kitten CB Walkie-Talkie
This Knight KG-4000 walkie-talkie is my favorite. I've never owned one,
but even today I think it looks awesomely styled and not dated that
much, and better than the square steel boxes on others at the time.
It's a high class item
in my view, and 1 watt of carrier power on transmit seems state of the
art in 1963. It better be a good unit at $59.95.. I just checked an
Inflation Calculator on line, and it would be like paying $502 dollars
That means the
Knight-Kit AM broadcaster 'phono oscillators' that all kids had back
then, at around $12, would be like paying $100 today, so no wonder why
people talk about saving their paper-boy salaries for a long time to
buy one of those back then.
'walkie-talkie' always sounded like a 'kiddie' term, so I know that
others sometimes use handi-talkie today. Walkie-talkie sounds like
something a 1950s DJ would come up with.
Aside: Thanks for the
scans of the three old Knight broadcaster manuals you sent as PDFs
earlier this year, they've been good to study.
I think we'll call a handheld wireless microphone a
Friday October 4, 2019 8:02 AM CDT -- Addition to Previous Message
The TRC-33 also had
selectable squelch and battery level indicator
are important features and I especially sometime would like to talk
more about "squelch" as long as we were are here blogging about things.
Roger that! I
mean - - -10-4!
October 3, 2019 4:05 PM CDT -- CB MUSEUM
Beautiful Radio Shack Realistic
TRC-33 Walkie Talkie.
Made from 1966 - 1967.
100mW Input Power
50 Inch Whip Antenna
2 Channels A and B
Sockets To Install Crystals
This radio has channels 11 and 14 installed
Sockets for external mic and power supply 9
Or 6 AA batteries
I had this radio in 1967. I tried to
"make it better" and destroyed it instead. (I was 12 years
old at the time.)
I looked for this radio for years.
Just got it last week from E-Bay.
I have not powered it up yet
I will bring the voltage up slowly - don't want
to hurt those 1960s transistors and caps.
So this radio is 53 years old -
when I was 12 the TRC-33
really went through batteries
Alkalines were not available then.
Those Carbon-Zinc Batteries only lasted a few hours!
Thursday October 3, 2019 1:20 PM CDT -- The Broo Brewing Comapny
from my CB radio museum coming for CB day.
Thursday October 3, 2019 11:24 AM
CDT -- Boomy Ricochet
like a DJ name, doesn't it? "It's the Boomy Ricochet Show", or "This is
Rick Oshay with my boomy voice glancing off the mountains and hallway
walls all across America!" I'm getting a little carried away with it,
it stems from bending BOOMER's nickname a bit and emailing him as
BOOMY, to which he promptly responded:
CB for Carl Blare. Yes, I saw
another of the special secret blogs last month too, I think I visited
that one, or might have waited until the weekend, but I knew it was
[Editor Note: the "super secret blog" refers to the Executive Key sent
to Premium Members allowing fultime access to The Blog]
Seeing it more will
help, I caught up with more than a week and sent a long response last
That's the thing, I
like the experimentation, it makes one think about why a website needs
to have 24 hour access, but that's the expectation, so typical that
people don't even consider why. The site is automatically brought to
you by an unmanned computer, for access in all time zones.
I enjoyed reading about
LEDs, all on one page at the Edison Tech Center. I've been an LED
believer for general lighting since the early white light LEDs came
out, using blue light and phosphor, and I've bought many flashlights
over the years, each brighter than the one before.
The brightest one I had
in the 2000s had 21 LEDs on a flat top, and now a single chip
flashlight can be brighter. I like the latest version of the Eveready
flashlight with the chip deep down in the reflector, and a good rival
is the Ozark Trail light for just a few dollars.
The 'Meater' I didn't
see that post, but I believe it, seeing creative misspellings all the
time on forums. That reminds me of a time when my radio station got a
note dropped by, for the DJs to play a song by Meatallica. It made me
laugh then and now.
I've always thought
that Part-15 forums were mostly classrooms filled with students,
learning from classmates' experiments. I learn things regularly at the
forums. One thing I'd like to see more of are the projects people are
working on, when they put in a new antenna or build a kit transmitter,
or demos, like the video of Legacy's tunable loop antenna pulling his
station in at a shopping center. Part-15 US seemed to have a lot of
that when I started to follow the hobby earlier in this decade.
Maybe it's tougher now
that high tech has moved into microelectronics. The bigger parts are
out there, but they aren't as familiar to people now. Home assembly is
also harder with small stuff, when it goes micro, then you need more
specialized equipment to assemble something.
appropriate you addressed me as "CB for Carl Blare" because tomorrow is
10-4 CB Day when we think about Citizens Band Radio.
Thursday October 3, 2019 10:48 AM CDT -- Streaming Media Handbook
Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:33 PM
CDT -- Talking Over the Concert
Light Emitting Diode
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is spinning through a
number of other works before it gets to the Dukas, and I'm
probing around looking for a suitable day to declare Marriane
Williamson Day. I ran across this notable quote attributed to her:
"For a man to be considered ruthless he's got to bomb Cambodia. For a
woman to be considered ruthless she's got to put you on hold."
Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:57 PM CDT -- Poised At the Radio
In a few minutes the weekly SymphonyCast comes on the air
this time bringing for us a new work unheard in the previous career as
a classical show host, the Symphony of Paul Dukas (Doo-kah). While
we're waiting for the concert I'll say a few words about the
composer. His "Night on Bald Mountain" is one of the handful of
classical compositions known by a wide popular audience since its use
in the Micky Mouse film "Fantasia", depicting spooks, witches, evil
spells and the kind of fright that comes with early darkness leading
toward All Hallow's Eve October 31st, when KDX celebrates Cosplay Day.
What to expect in Dukas' Symphony we have no idea... oh, the RT
Afternoon News is wrapping up. Go away.
Wednesday October 2, 2019 3:38 PM CDT -- Heard on Radio
Two significant changes in scientific description have not
gotten the attention they deserve, except for the one program heard on
KDX where it was reported that "Climate Change" is now so serious it is
heretofore called "Climate Emergency". Along with that the expression
"Global Warming" has become "Global Heating". No, I can't recall
exactly which of our many fine programs carried this vital information,
but why do so many always doubt anything Rush or Laura haven't talked
about. They're paid millions of dollars to strictly avoid
global health issues while keeping their audience distracted
with petty hatreds, and they obviously do a fine job. I'd like to have
them come to our waiting room in the Internet Building and leave them
waiting while I slip out the back door.
Wednesday October 2, 2019 1:15 PM CDT -- Still In the Planning Stage
We have talked about doing a live daily talk show on
KDX-OGG, our streaming radio station, and continue to consider
the idea. There are obstacles to overcome. Ok let's talk about that.
Our automation system, Zara V 1.6.2 does not allow patching a live
input from our microphone mixer while running on XP, presently our
server's OS. We have experimentally determined a workaround by running
a separate instance of Zara on the Windows 7 machine and streaming it
over to the XP/Zara through the LAN, but the setup is gummy and causes
operator burnout before ever getting started. That's just the 1st
problem. Then comes the question of putting listeners on the air, and
for this we have proven that TeamSpeak works nicely if guests are
willing to install free client software, but don't you see, this
expands the pre-prep (pre-preparation) to the point where postponing it
becomes a leading choice. Now that we're in the middle of a paragraph
bringing the whole thing up we wish we hadn't.
Wednesday October 2, 2019 1:09 PM CDT -- It Still Throws Me for a Loop
When a man says to me, "My husband handles the bills while
I do the shopping (or some such)", I am so much inclined to say, "Oh,
so you're a wife? In the old days I used to chase wives around. Guess I
won't be getting into that kind of trouble anymore".
and Limitations of Carl Blare - page 7.
Wednesday October 2, 2019 12:26 NOON CDT -- What Just Happened?
Moments ago I started noticing that a woman speaking on
the Hartmann Program sounded exactly like Marriane Williamson and I
wondered if it was suddenly tomorrow (when she was expected to appear).
And it WAS/IS her! she's Thom's
guest NOW! Did she show up a day early? Are Thom's staff just mixed up?
After all they can't always get their stream started. None of it
matters while we listen astonished as Presidential Candidate Williamson
converts everything she says to excellent talking points at the speed
of speech and she talks fast! She really would be good as president!
Love can't be
discounted as a potential force for success. Look at what Trump's done
with hate. Forget all the folderol. Make Marianne Williamson our
President right away, let's not wait for election day. She deserves a
Day on the KDX Designated Holiday List!
Wednesday October 2, 2019 12:15 NOON CDT -- Fingerprint Day October 28
On this day in 1904 St. Louis Police tried a new
investigation method -- fingerprints!
Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:56 AM CDT -- October 24th!
Yes, a newly designated holiday when The Blog will be
open! The birthday of author Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay from the
Darbhanda district, Bihar British India, born 1894. What has he
written? Um, ah, look into it!
Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:20 AM CDT -- Marianne Williamson Will Be
on KDX Tomorrow!
Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, my
choice for bringing Love to the White House, will be Thom Hartmann's
major guest tomorrow!
Wednesday October 2, 2019 10:46 AM CDT -- The Right Channel is Getting
That's not definite. The right channel might be fine, but
we've got to devise a way of finding out.
Here's the deal. For a long time KDX broadcast in mono for the simple
reason that the human voice is a monaural instrument and we are largely
a talk station.
at that confusions arose because, to choose a starting point for
discussion, many of our radio programs arrive as stereophonic audio
files, so our chain of audio software becomes a gauntlet where some
software automatically provides an L+R (left-plus-right) mix, but other
software passes only the left channel which makes some of the right
channel material to become scarcely audible.
settings make themselves available and this continued as a chronic
one day we decided to transmit in stereo.
Every concert music program carried by KDX is delivered in
superlative stereophonic sound and we now opt to deliver all the
quality available despite any argument for otherwise cleaving to mono.
But stereo brings
as yet not understood anamolies which became evident last evening when
we chanced upon an old time stereo demonstration album which we
downloaded from archive.org and broadcast before signing off for the
night. When the announcer on the record said "And now, a right channel
reference tone", the audio dropped almost entirely and sounded like it
was coming from another room with the door closed. Further
confusion arises from the fact we were monitoring on a mono (single
loudspeaker) FM radio that I think detects stereo sub-carrier and
provides stereo to the headphone jack, with our FM transmitter set to
"mono" which has whole other rationals involved so that's where we
Wednesday October 2, 2019 10:19 AM CDT -- No Matter How Much We Learn
We Never Get Smarter
Another finding from our pseudo-scientific laboratory. We
learn new things all the time. Right? So we should eventually end up a
lot smarter than we were. Right? Yet it never seems we're any smarter
than we were. Right? It doesn 't seem to make sense. Right?
It took a long time to figure out but the explanation of why "getting
smarter" has diminishing returns does have a logical explanation that
remains inobvious because it's a sub-conscious process hidden from
awareness therefore impossible to audit. Understand?
Let me explain in layman's terms. Everytime we learn something new,
some bit of knowledge buried deep in memory is expunged completely
outside of our conscious ability to detect. It might be something from
year's ago, like Sky King's daughter's name from the old radio series.
For many years we retained the name "Penny" but never put it to use by
recalling it for any reason, and then one day, at random, it becomes
demagnetized like the oxide on recording tape. To trace our entire
memory's balance of knowledge we'd need to build a backup archive of
everything we have ever known and continually inventorize (inventory)
to determine what facts are lost along the way. For example this
morning when I realized the insight being reported to you right now I
completely forgot the name of the girl who stared at me during 8th
grade and was seen pregnant that summer. I only know this because of
the vast catalog of memories filling three shelves of our book case.
The overwhelming sense that this is ridiculous nonsense almost kept me
from writing about it.
Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:25 AM CDT -- Precision Management
Every day of the week KDX carries the Live Thom Hartmann
Program, but some mornings at 11 AM CDT the stream isn't there and our
automation equipment skips ahead to whatever's scheduled for 2 PM. At
first I responded like a fire department and rushed to the keyboard to
peck and poke until the Hartmann stream comes on line. This is never
convenient because other projects get set aside while baby-sitting the
interruption. Of course we could fill out a Descrepancy Report but
instead have decided on a sure fix by having Amy Goodman standing by
ready to fill in with her 1-hour Democracy Now program which is never
late. Then at 12 NOON we join Thom Hartmann for the remaining 2-hours.
KDX is too big a station to cover for some technician who
forgets to start a stream server.
Wednesday October 2, 2019 8:48 AM CDT -- Offers Pour In
are the sitting ducks of commercial America by dint of internet
which open us as targets for advertising offers flooding in-boxes
at every moment.
subject line of one of them this morning says: "Shop Big with Low
Rates". Here's what we've determined:
one column we added up all the amounts "saved" by accepting sales
opportunities. In another column we added up the amount spent to
qualify for those "savings". It turns out that we spent far more to
"earn" the advertised "savings" than we ever recovered through the
actual "savings". What's more, when we went into our bank accounts to
access all the "savings" we found that it doesn't exist. They don't
exist. So-called "savings" are imaginary money that never deposits.
Wednesday October 2, 2019 7:28 AM CDT -- Descrepancy Report
This morning we received a garbled message from Brooce in
Hartford, as follows:
w micro on erp ip
hello he. O up ub
is upid wha oh
we received the message at the same moment as discovering that
website yesterday may have been inadvertantly closed all day while we
here thought we were celebrating The International Day of Older Persons
on The Blare Blog, we leap to the supposition that Brooce was trying to
tell us that the website was broken, and all of it reminds me of a TV
job during the 1970s where members of the operating staff filled-out
and submitted a "Descrepancy Report" whenever anything was amiss. For
example, as the booth announcer, it was my responsibility to write down
if the automation system turned off my microphone before I was finished
making an announcement. An example would have been: "And these
combination book shelf-TV antennas will be on sale all week at Dick's
the morning I
was late for work because of the allnight wine party I presume the
engineer on duty filled out a report about my being late, but
management never mentioned it over the next ten years so either they
liked me so much they let it slide or there were so many descrepancy
reports they never bothered to read them, and we'll never know.
what it was like this morning when I contempleted the nuanced
differences between what we do inadvertantly, advertantly, or
vertantly, and wasn't sure the best way to report it and came up with
the idea of Descrepancy Reports for KDX folded into The Blare Blog
under a paper-work diminishment policy.
Anyway, we think The Blog and Website are now
open and we can celebrate the International Day of
Tuesday October 1, 2019 6:48 PM CDT -- The Day of Creation
The universe was created at 8 PM October 23,
4004 BC. KDX was created much later and The Blare Blog will commemorate!
Tuesday October 1, 2019 6:36 PM CDT -- Bosses Day
bosses have Bosses Day off it might be difficult for workers to
celebrate having him or her around, but for the self-employed we pretty
much take ourselves to lunch. National Bosses Day is held October 16th
which means The Blare Blog will be Open!
Tuesday October 1, 2019 6:16 PM CDT -- Julia Sweeney Day
Blare Blog will be Open October 10th to Celebrate Julia Sweeney's
Birthday. A former cast member of SNL, Julia Sweeney is an actress,
comedian, author and outspoken atheist making regular appearances on
Freethought Radio as heard on KDX from the Freedom from Religion
Tuesday October 1, 2019 5:51 PM CDT -- The LED
Monday October 7th will be LED Light Day and The Blog will be Open!
Tuesday October 1, 2019 8:16 AM
CDT -- Older Persons
did they initiate an International Day of Older Persons? I don't know.
But we've had some experience in the area. In fact I was dubbed a
"geriatric teenager" for saying things like "You know life is
pointless, don't you?" It seemed obvious to me but people don't want to
hear about such things. Now I wonder "older than what?" At what moment
does "olderness" kick in? We've known some very youthful seniors, both
because they've avoided education and because they know every Star Trek
episode in full detail. And retirees don't necessarilly lose it with
the women. Many women enjoy the company of older men and it's not
definite that money has anything to do with it. As Orson Welles sang in
a song, "I know what it's like to be young, but you don't know what
it's like to be old". But the lyricist who wrote the words to the song
never explained what that's supposed to mean and the only thing I've
figured out is that young people are stuck having to go through all the
hoops until they finally qualify as "old". As I see it it's a
perfect time to do radio.
My family often says, "He thinks he's on the radio".
Tuesday October 1, 2019 7:46 AM CDT -- Why Would Anybody Care
of the low power radio way of life take great interest in small
measurements within the electro magnetic spectrum. Our KDX STL
(Studio-Transmitter-Link) has been moved from 2513.035 MHz (Ch. 28) to
2488.707 MHz (Ch. 22) on the Wi-Fi Band under the call sign
KDX-GFSK-22, where "GFSK" is the method of audio modulation. Channel 28
is near the extreme end of the band whereas Channel 22 is just above
the top U.S. internet access channel (Ch. 11). We intentionally stay
clear of the active Wi-Fi internet portion of the spectrum so as to
avoid hindering neighboring web surfers and do not ourselves employ
Wi-Fi wireless internet but utilize wired ethernet for highest speeds
and greatest security. The two channel schemes referred to are
different from one another and apply to the form of application being
addressed. Radio hobbyists talk about such things for hours and this
will be of great interest to them. In friendly exchanges with
non-technical people sports, movies and pets make better talking
points. Oh, and why did we move our frequency? No reason, really, it
just seemed like it might be an interesting thing to do.
Tuesday October 1, 2019 7:38 AM
CDT -- The Advice Trail
Responding to yesterday's "DIY Home Engineering" correspondent AM Radio
"I looked online for a
watt meater but no suksess. Can you point me to it?"
Our uneducated guess - Watt Meat might be the modern SPAM. I'll ask my
Tuesday October 1, 2019 5:26 AM
CDT -- Over the Top Hype
According to the linked article "We Are Entering the Era of Big
is prepared to perpetuate such a myth because we think podcasting is a
healthy, social, beneficial pursuit, but the limits of podcasting have
been far surpassed because the source of supply far exceeds the
capacity of a given individual to absorb. Very simple math.
Monday September 30, 2019 6:37 PM
CDT -- In Praise of Idleness
Bertrand Russell wrote this for Harper's Magazine in 1932.
It also appears in a book of essays we have in the KDX Library.
Monday September 30, 2019 12:38 NOON CDT -- National Impeachment Day
Already established, National Impeachment Day is held on March 3rd.
Monday September 30, 2019 12:11 NOON CDT -- Orange Shirt Day
Research by Artisan Radio has uncovered a Newly Designated Holiday!
Today is Orange Shirt
Day in Canada. It was started to recognize the
impact that Canada's
Residential Schools had on indigenous communities
for over a
century. At least 2800 children died and/or disappeared in
I also take it as a
sign of respect to the first inhabitants of North
Trump and his sycophants ignore is that white Europeans
were immigrants to this
land. They swindled and stole the land out from
under those that were
already here. In other words, what is left of the
First Nations are the
true 'Mericans. Not the old white males (and
females) that support
him and his ilk.
Ignorance fills ilky heads.
Monday September 30, 2019 11:38 AM CDT -- DIY Home Engineering
low power radio is largely a home hobby its practitioners cobble
together enough technical knowledge to get by. This becomes obvious in
what they say on the forums:
"If you have a spectrum
analyzer, Watt Meater, or FIM then of course you can do tests using a
dummy load to avoid any real world interference issues
Amazon offers frequent deals on Watt Meaters, stations like KDX have
gone vegon for the climate and use the newer "Impossible Meaters".
Monday September 30, 2019
7:51 AM CST -- The Fine Art of Holiday Designation
Response received from Artisan Radio to our Blog of September 28 ("It
Could Have Amounted to Something")
I agree 100% with your
recent blog entry on the current state of Part 15
Unfortunately, the current Forums have evolved to feed the egos and the
personal opinions of
their moderators, and a select, 'chosen', few,
rather than the general
membership (which is ostensibly why they were
created in the first
place). No wonder few are posting.
Your blog is an island
of illumination in a sea of darkness. It keeps
me motivated, and
continuously reminds me why I got into Part 15
broadcasting in the
The only thing is - I
wish it was kept open during the week!
- Artisan Radio
To which we replied:
A heartfelt thank you for your strong endorsement of The
I think you and I have become part of an audience viewing
Theatre of the Silly, and we can publish reviews and critiques by Blog.
They'll never say so, but don't you think they're aware
that The Blog is watching?
The Blog will be open more and more as we add "designated
holidays". We can even invent them as I already have. Send suggestions.
Upon which Artisan submitted:
I think a National
Impeachment Day would be in order. - Artisan
Done! All we need is a date for designating National Impeachmernt Day!
Homework begins now with this brushing up: