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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Overnightscape 1074: Ramp Fiction (5/12/14)

2:44:33 – Frank in NYC, plus the Other Side. Topics include: Lethargic weekend, weird dreams, tofu, Broadway musicals, manic street preacher, Art of Noise, Vulture Culture, never lend the loser a hand, John Kongos, Happy Mondays, if this is the movie, water fountain slow burn, dream logic, cylindrical book, wisdom, mysteries of footwear, weak shoe store experiences, the death of retail, games and puzzles, Revomaze, mall scare, soft incect, Terra Cruise, Yummytails, Zappos, Oculus VR and Facebook, wave of chaos, checkout slow burn, bag confusion, keys mishap, a new “Andy Kaufman Lives” Google Hangout which I did not attend, bench vandals, yogurt, food review (Sunneen Detox Salad), beverage review (Boxed Water Is Better), milk carton flaw, Starlog, magazine archives, Bud ad memories, The Pinball Arcade, Junk Yard pinball, Midnight Madness mode, where are all the dead birds, broken cigar, the “Ramp” concept, international land, fountain, 48th Street Ramp, neon sign, Libya, abstract murals, Turtle Bay, Nightstation with Frank: Southbound (3/11/12), old truck, recording from 4/1/01, Sigourney Weaver, Clay Aiken, Casey Kasem, the guy who played Wedge in Star Wars, Anthony Daniels, Mel Blanc, Twiki, workshops, comments on last episode, Vic and Sade, Howdy Doody, the “Ramp Fiction” concept, creative urges, the Other Side, coins, hockey, Weasel Village Mall, The Jalopy, New Time Radio, Times Square, Alta Diggers, the VR Expo, an anger of purple cakes, and more…… plus the Other Side (at 2:03:50)… Blufftoon Time #2 (Part 7 of 7) (7/15/01) [Onsug, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0], College of Automation (Commercial, 1981) [FuzzyMemories.TV], Woolworth – “Dollar Days” (Commercial, 1979) [FuzzyMemories.TV], Greasing Wheezer by Smersh [FreeMusicArchive, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0], Wonder Why by McDonat [, CC BY-NC 4.0], Daydreamer by Obsibilo [FreeMusicArchive, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0], Clever Rodent Cafe by Another Flask of Weird [, CC BY-ND 3.0], TV Pixxx [collection], Satellite Positioning by Esselfortium [One on Twoism].

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posted by Frank at 7:59 pm filed in Frank,May14  


  1. Thank you very much for addressing my Q and for your kind words as well!

    Comment by Jimbo — May 13, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

  2. Agreed on death spiral at retail.

    1. company sees sales are down or profits not as high as investors demand
    2. company cuts “fat” at all levels through company
    3. HQ workers now overworked jaded
    4. company moves to all part time at retail, no benefits, less upward opportunity
    5. workers have no incentive to care
    6. customers seek alternative

    In the old economy, new retail stores would appear and replace these and then they would follow this process,
    but new technologies are disruptive.

    logistics, shipping, credit cards, internet

    less can do more

    but that leaves more without sufficient work

    The post WW2 era was a great bubble

    but things are returning to the more standard model

    1% is rich, 99% are poor

    How do we break out of this?

    Comment by chad bowers — May 14, 2014 @ 6:26 am

  3. Frank! Just listened to this episode today, and I can’t believe you’re finally elaborating on “Ramp Fiction.” I’ve been thinking about the concept of creating a Universe in audio ever since you told that great Weasel Village Mall story about VR gone wrong on Onsug Central a few years ago, and THIS WEEK, I’ve been working on a story concept myself that I’m trying to relate in audio. So glad you finally gave it a name so I can know what the hell I’m working on. Haha.

    You’re right. The original story tellers just TOLD the story, and I think we’ve gotten away from the idea that for a good story to be related, it has to be written, with carefully constructed sentences and subtly placed themes. Why can’t we just tell the story like we’re sitting around a campfire?

    Have a great time in California.

    Comment by Mike — May 15, 2014 @ 7:11 am

  4. How about a Frank Nora Senior episode of remembrances of Howdy Doody??

    Comment by pqribber — May 15, 2014 @ 7:38 am

  5. Anyone remember Richie Cunningham losing out to the black kid in the Howdy Doody look-alike contest on the first Season of Happy Days?

    Comment by Jimbo — May 15, 2014 @ 8:00 am

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