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February 2020


The Blare Blog
Temporary Lodging at the Center of the Bla Bla Galaxy

Mon. Feb. 24, 2020 11:25 AM CST
Being uncertain when the kdxradio.com website will be restored to its former glory, we'll blog from this make-shift frame here in the MultiPurpose Hallway of the Internet Building, home of Worldround Radio. It has now been 1-week and a-day since the mighty web server conked, recovery going slowly because some of us can't be rushed and take our good old time. It's also true that we've had no previous experience rebuilding something like this and have been absorbed consulting with a pool of professionals who're provided valuable assistance. It's raining today as we head out for business, and upon returning maybe we'll recall some of the experience over the past several days.

Mon. Feb. 24, 2020 8:12 PM CST
The Internet Server that failed, putting us out of cyber existence, had been faithfully operational for about 10-years, and there's the likelihood we'll find a cure to return it to service. But first we have everything working from a newer server, bringing us back to the network. Now that we're present and radio programs again stream from KDX-OGG the time came to un-install the large black (broken) server-box so we can evaluate its condition and perhaps retrieve any valuable contents from its hard-drives. We'd like to blast the inner workings with compressed air to remove all the dust, but it's raining with dropping temperatures and that kind of aggressive cleaning is an outdoor job, so we'll be stuck for awhile dabbing at the dirt to minimize it without puffing it airborne indoors.

Isn't it exciting to be included in our repair process? We've always combined working hours with socializing. At the radio and TV stations we'd typically brings lady friends to the job and held conversations except when the microphone was turned on for commercial announcements. I guess this isn't much of a conversation since I dominate The Blog, but you'd be welcome to speak if I could only hear you. Let's give it a try... but hold on.. Commercial!!

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Mon. Feb. 24, 2020 8:56 PM CST
Many tourists wander across The Blare Blog and wonder what it's actually about. We think that J. Hale does a fair job explaining:
Decent Explanation

Mon. Feb. 24, 2020 11:29 PM CST
It doesn't matter whether or not we exist.
A Convincing Case is Made

Tuesday February 25, 2020 6:35 PM CST
KDXradio.com Website & Radio Servers were down for several hours of maintenance today and are back up as of 6:35 PM CST.

Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:55 PM CST
One might wonder, since The Blare Blog and Website are back online, what is it exactly that remains to be repaired? I can answer that. The broken server is holding the HTML pages comprising the entire contents of the lost website on a hard-drive. Better anticipation of possible futures would have seen backup of those pages to an external device, but not having done that we've gone mining for that quarantined drive. The first surgical exploration revealed three extant hard-drives with no clue as to which one to exhume. The second surgery took us into the new server only to find that there's no spare hard-drive bay thus no way to install the drive. Plans B through E were quickly visualized so we'll be moving forward with those procedures in the winter days forecast all week and you'll read about it here on The Blare Blog. - (Updated 2/26/20)

Wednesday February 26, 2020 8:52 AM CST
Half-inch snow on campus as we report on 2.8 million free images placed in public domain by The Smithsonian.
Image Collection

Wednesday February 26, 2020 11:40 AM CST
For radio programmers
20 Science Podcasts

Wednesday Feb. 26, 2020 2:15 PM
Keeping watch on COVID19

Wednesday February 26, 2020 6:55 PM CST
More than 3-million vintage recordings.
Free Streaming News
National Jukebox

Wednesday February 26, 2020 7:39 PM CST
Two Times
There are two times.
Day Time when we are close to home earth
Night Time when we are infinitely far away from everything everywhere

Death Symphonies On the Radio At Night
The short poem, Two Times, is a distillation grown out of a lengthier string of thoughts, memories, feelings and ideas that flowed through the mind while standing alongside a cold wall hearing a death symphony on the radio. The World Premier of Symphony No. 6 by Christopher Rouse was being performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as heard on KDX Worldround Radio located in the adjoining room (the radio station - not the orchestra). For the moment my mind was out the window where cold dominated the winter night stretching all the way to space present and retrospective recalling a different night one mile and many years ago the 500-foot tower blinking red lights as a beacon to all flying objects the classical music announcing shift done and Susan with me in the snap-shot moment that has no other detail such as how she'd come to be there or what we did following. Death symphonies travel in the same air as coldness finding radios flung about sharing with strangers the ill fate of the composer dead two weeks before this Premier. As brass instruments entoned I was trying to fit these impressions into an architecture of words rumaging around in vocabulary thinking how I could drive to the tower's flashing night lights this same moment that same mile away only this time Susan wouldn't be there. Perhaps I should do what Rouse did and speak by orchestra - not intending to go into competition, but the pee was done and everything else happened in a warmer part of the building.

Thursday February 27, 2020 12:40 MIDNIGHT CST
Randy Rainbow, take it away!
One-On-One with AG Barr

Friday February 28, 2020 2:04 PM CST
Since Monday we have been under the seeming delusion that this website is accessible from the internet, but email from Boomer laments the fact that kdxradio.com is still absent. Lifting the hood and looking at the gears we spotted a wrong number entered into our blinky router, now corrected. Maybe now we're reachable on the WWW.

Friday February 28, 2020 7 PM CST
Progress
Boomer determines existence of kdxradio.com

Hi Carl, been wanting to get to this letter all day..

I'm getting the transmission, the signal for the HTML portion of the website is coming in, a temporary page at Abyss that you have put together with several blog posts on it. It loaded immediately.

Sometimes pages don't show up because DNS records need to be updated to the new IP address, another source of delay on a new website.

I still like Windows XP myself, I'm using it to write this letter. It's still a favorite operating system. While you were on Amiga, I started with Windows 98 and 95.

In any case, very good, it's working!

Boomer

Thanks to Boomer for providing feedback from out in the world.

Meanwhile, our work to recover the web pages from the broken server is happening slowly because other projects arise, but of course we will persist.

Saturday February 29, 2020 9:53 AM CST
Science Denier in Charge of COVID19 Outbreak
Squinty Mike On the Job

Saturday February 29, 2020 1:20 PM CST
Shunners
The expression "Part 15" refers not only to a particular section of the FCC Rules & Regulations but also a sophisticated hobby of low power broadcasters who build transmitter / antenna systems and often operate micro-radio stations. In fact "part 15" as a hobby is practiced around the world even though stemming from federal rules in the United States. A small number of forums exist as gathering platforms for enthusiasts, but suffer from a peculiar sociological blight which divides the hobby into two groups who shun each other. We see it as the authoritarians vs. the creatives, no doubt reflecting a malaise found throughout the population. The authoritarians practice control in place of creativity and establish rules designed to belittle the creative types through stern moderation of the forums, debunking technical and programming pursuits with haughty censorship culminating in deletion for being "off topic." In each case we've seen the authority figures also happen to be white nationalists set on tamping progressive thought and prepared to eliminate others based on mindless "end justifies the means" anti-intellectualism.

Saturday February 29, 2020 7:25 PM CST
Another Night Like Wednesday
A few entries back we posted Death Symphonies On the Radio at Night as a reaction to the World Premier performance of Symphony No. 6 by Christopher Rouse. In describing the work on APM's Symphony Cast, narrator Julie Amacher noted that Rouse consciously based the music on the same pattern as Mahler's 9th, with unsteady tempo in the first movement signifying faltering health followed by a rapid 2nd movement and moderate 3rd movement where Rouse ends with a single strike of a deep gong. Nights later it occurred to me that Mahler had done a 4th movement in his 9th portraying resignation to death's inevitability. This brought me to the idea that by omitting a 4th movement in his symphony Rouse was refusing to resign voluntarily.
Symphony No. 6 Christopher Rouse