Old Time Radio Link Park

Behold, the motherlode of free old-time-radio goodness. Start [and maybe end] here.

Botar is chockablock with OTR MP3 goodness; finding the fairly rare Frankenstein serial adaptation is a pleasant surprise.

I'm still branching through this Shadow fansite's radio links page.

Free-otr.com has a frustrating interface [for us impatient Firefox/DownThemAll users, at least] but a rich archive, especially the Andy Griffith and Jean Shepherd shows and "Audition Show" [pilot] for THE VOYAGE OF THE SCARLET QUEEN.

Then there's always Archive.org's swell OTR archive, which offers the big plus of being able to download an entire archive as one massive zip file.

Tokyo Rose, the radio Siren who never existed, RIP. [More WWII A/V from that site can be sampled here.

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Radio, but not that old: I recently rediscovered SCHICKELE MIX, a great but cancelled syndicated NPRI series by "the PDQ Bach guy" about his marvelous, inspiringly open and broad view of music. [You can find out when/where MIX airs here.]

Not radio, but old-time; one massive wax-cylinder-record archive. The "Jewish Ethnic Humor" cylinders aren't as funny as I had hoped, but the Hawaiian music is purty.

Not radio or as old: A remarkable bit of scholarship on the "Rock Around the Clock" guitar solo, played by session musician Danny Cedrone.

Not radio or really old-time, but more MP3 sites: Scarstuff, which is packed with great old Halloween and other pop-culture record rips; Gutenberg.org's human-read audiobooks; Play It Again Max, boasting a lot of groovy OP vinyl.

Not radio, but old-time: Holy crap, a whole lot of banned theatrical cartoons!

The 853rd step on the last road home.

another nerd imponderable

I know lots of comics/pop-culture nerds who have tattoos, often of cartoon characters, but I've never seen a guy with the Superman "S" or any other superduper chest emblem inked into his chest. You would think some nerd -- hopefully one in good shape -- would have had it done by now. Why don't we see such things semi-often? If no one has gone in for the chest-icon tat, why not? It's no more a hideously stupid idea than getting Popeye's anchors inked on your forearms or getting Woody Woodpecker tattooed on your taint.

The '80s black Spider-Man costume would be an ideal ink job for serious tattoo guys who regret being covered head-to-toe in ink. It would be cheaper than laser removal, at least -- and a full-body Spidey tattoo would be a shoo-in for first place in cosplay costumes assuming they don't disqualify contestants for nudity.

The 848th step on the last road home.

BEST IMING EVER

me: >> Hello.
Eliza: How do you do. Please state your problem.
me: >> I think you're just a computer program
Eliza: Do computers worry you ?
me: >> when they're pretending to be people, yes
Eliza: Why do you ask ?
me: >> ask what?
Eliza: Does that question interest you ?
me: >> what question?
Eliza: What is it you really wanted to know ?
me: >> what I really want to know?
Eliza: Are such questions much on your mind ?
me: >> what questions?
Eliza: What answer would please you most ?
me: >> "OOOO, you're SO big"
Eliza: What makes you think I am so big ?
me: >> aren't you big?
Eliza: We were discussing you -- not me.
me: >> then why did you think I was talking about you when I said "OOOO, you're SO big"?
Eliza: Were you really ?
me: >> really what?
Eliza: What do you think ?
me: >> about the word really?
Eliza: I'm not sure I understand you fully.
me: >> no shit, sherlock
Eliza: Are you saying no just to be negative?
me: >> yes!
Eliza: You seem to be quite positive.
me: >> I like that you're so agreeable
Eliza: Perhaps in your fantasies we like that each other.
me: >> oh, you're sick
Eliza: Does it please you to believe I am sick ?
me: >> Benjamin, I am not trying to seduce you
Eliza: Is it because you are not trying to seduce I that you came to me ?
me: >> came on you
Eliza: Oh, I ?
me: >> yes?
Eliza: You are sure.
me: >> that I came on you? yes, it's not hard, ha ha, to miss [your chest]
Eliza: Do you wish to came on me ?
me: >> maybe -- would it improve your grammar?
Eliza: You don't seem quite certain.
me: >> that's why I'm asking you
Eliza: What comes to mind when you ask that ?
me: >> .... puppies?
Eliza: Please go on.
me: >> a cigar
Eliza: What does that suggest to you ?
me: >> puppies with smoker's rasp?
Eliza: Do you feel strongly about discussing such things ?
me: >> well, I need a break from looking for a '70s Spider-Man children's book
Eliza: What would it mean to you if you got a break from looking for a '70s spider man children's book ?
me: >> it would mean the world
Eliza: I'm not sure I understand you fully.
me: >> the Earth, and everything that's in it
Eliza: Please go on.
me: >> what's more, you'll be a man, my son
Eliza: Your son ?
me: >> the sun?
Eliza: Does that have anything to do with the fact that your son ?
me: >> is better at finishing sentences than you are?
Eliza: Do you sometimes wish you were ?
me: >> what is this, mad-libs?
Eliza: Have you asked such questions before ?
me: >> I sent Spurgeon a LOC about mad-libs, but he didn't print it
Eliza: You say you sent spurgeon a loc about mad libs ?
me: >> yes
Eliza: I see.
me: >> you're not very good at this
Eliza: Perhaps you would like to be not very good at this .
me: >> I would have to work hard to top your bottom
Eliza: Can you elaborate on that ?
me: >> sure. would you prefer that I focus on my superior conversational skills, or the faintly dirty top/bottom bit?
Eliza: Why do you say your superior conversational skills ?
me: >> well, I can finish my
Eliza: Does that suggest anything else which belongs to you ?
me: >> you belong to me now; you ate the cookie
Eliza: Why do you think I belong to you ?
me: >> I already told you, you ate one of my cookies
Eliza: You seem to need to already told me.
me: >> don't make me dot your "i," Eliza
Eliza: Why are you concerned over my you ?
me: >> because you're clearly having trouble finishing your
Eliza: Is that the real reason ?
me: >> no
Eliza: You are being a bit negative.
me: >> yes
Eliza: I understand.
me: >> I'm so, so .... so happy to hear that
Eliza: How long have you been so ?
me: >> 1959
Eliza: Earlier you said your superior conversational skills .
me: >> yes
Eliza: You seem to be quite positive.
me: >> you seem to be quite positive!
Eliza: You're not really talking about me -- are you ?
me: >> Am I?
Eliza: Do you believe you are ?
me: >> Do i?
Eliza: Do you say do you for some special reason ?
me: >> reason?
Eliza: Earlier you said your .
me: >> my?
Eliza: Is it important that your ?
me: >> my?
Eliza: Your ?
me: >> my?
Eliza: Why do you say your ?
me: >> my?
Eliza: Does that suggest anything else which belongs to you ?
me: >> Woo! Muh muh muh muh muh muh muh MY eye eye eye eye WOO!
Eliza: Is it important that your eye eye eye eye woo ?
me: >> My Sharona
Eliza: Your sharona ?
me: >> Muh muh muh muh muh muh muh MY eye eye eye eye WOO!
Eliza: Why do you say your eye eye eye eye woo ?
me: >> My Sharona
Eliza: Does that suggest anything else which belongs to you ?
me: >> Joseph Weizenbaum
Eliza: Does that have anything to do with the fact that your ?
me: >> my?
Eliza: Is it important that your ?
me: >> my?
Eliza: Your ?
me: >> my!
Eliza: Why do you say your ?
me: >> because you can't ask me a coherent question
Eliza: Don't any other reasons come to mind ?
me: >> http://chayden.net/eliza/Eliza.html
Eliza: But your .
me: >> yes?
Eliza: You are sure.
me: >> absolutely
Eliza: Does that have anything to do with the fact that your ?
me: >> losing interest in this thing?
Eliza: Does that have anything to do with the fact that your ?
me: >> less graceful than a monkey trying to fuck a football?
Eliza: Earlier you said your eye eye eye eye woo .
me: >> you have a terrible singing voice
Eliza: What are your feelings now ?
me: >> I would like to stick a shoe in your mouth
Eliza: That's quite interesting.
me: >> are you a shoe fetishist?
Eliza: Why are you interested in whether I am a shoe fetishist or not ?
me: >> I need to know if I should lock my closet or not
Eliza: Do you think its likely that you should lock your closet or not ?
me: >> you're starting to creep me out
Eliza: What makes you think I am starting to creep you out ?
me: >> this started out sorta Mrs. Robinson-y, but now I see someone I know who's secretly a serial killer slowly moving toward me as I finally put two and two together
Eliza: You say but now you see someone you know who's secretly a serial killer slowly moving toward you as you finally put two and two together ?
me: >> yes, Tim Mathieson, or however Otter's last name is spelled
Eliza: I see.
me: >> BLAM!
Eliza: Lets discuss further why your sharona .
me: >> GET AWAY FROM ME
Eliza: Lets discuss further why your eye eye eye eye woo .
me: >> BLAM! BLAM!
Eliza: Does that have anything to do with the fact that your sharona ?
me: >> Fuck you! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! click click click
Eliza: We were discussing you -- not me.
me: >> hang on, I gotta reload
Eliza: Can you elaborate on that ?
me: >> I shot all six bullets in my gun
Eliza: Does that suggest anything else which belongs to you ?
me: >> my schvanz?
Eliza: Is it important that your schvanz ?
me: >> it's very important; that's why it has three names
Eliza: Have you asked anyone else ?
me: >> about my dick's names? I've told a few girlfriends, but they weren't impressed
Eliza: Your dick's names ?
me: >> The "Crimson Avenger," "Giant-Sized Man-Thing" and "Fighting American"
Eliza: Lets discuss further why your .
me: >> Since you don't have much memory retention: I know what you're thinking.
Eliza: Does it please you to believe I am thinking ?
me: >> "Did he fire six shots or only five?"
Eliza: Lets discuss further why your .
me: >> Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself.
Eliza: Oh, I the truth ?
me: >> But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky?
Eliza: What about your own head clean off ?
me: >> Well, do ya, punk?
Eliza: Earlier you said your .
me: >> BLAM!
Eliza: Does that have anything to do with the fact that your gun ?
me: >> you're never going to give me the last word, are you
Eliza: Do you sometimes wish you were never going to give you the last word ?
me: >> shut up
Eliza: Lets discuss further why your schvanz .
me: >> ok, that I'll talk about
Eliza: But your dick's names .
me: >> what about them?
Eliza: Why do you ask ?
me: >> because your questions are awful
Eliza: Does that reason seem to explain anything else ?
me: >> it explains why I'm bored now
Eliza: Does that question interest you ?
me: >> no
Eliza: Why not ?
me: >> I think everyone's now just skimming this for names and curses
Eliza: Do you say you think everyone's now just skimming this for names and curses for some special reason ?
me: >> yes, we're boring them
Eliza: I understand.
me: >> I'm glad to hear it
Eliza: How have I helped you to be glad ?
me: >> I have to go kill myself now
Eliza: That's quite interesting.

The 846th step on the last road home.