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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Frank Nora Show 1651 – Julius (2/16/11)

1:30:17 – Rough morning commute, clock cleaning, temple of false hope, Cinnabon, the latest Overnightscape Central, limping with numb toes, zonked out last night, Apples To Apples, the shocking realization that even The Marx Brothers are fading into oblivion, they used to show a lot of older stuff on independent TV stations, browsing in libraries, the Dewey Decimal System, Groucho Marx’s TV show “You Bet Your Life”, fell asleep in my chair, cold medicine, the world changed around 1995 – with the rise of the Internet and the decline of some aspects of pop culture, more choice makes for less commonality, the new adults coming out of the childhood system, synchronicity of Bora Bora, whatever happened to podcasting, marketing, home shopping, Aol Late Night, it helps to already be a movie or TV star, Kevin Smith, NetFlix on Boxee Box, Felix The Cat, The Story of India, the next day, upcoming 8th anniversary of The Overnightscape, NyQuil, The Overnightscape Underground listed yesterday as a sub-collection on the Radio Programs page on, robot legs on 41st Street, Dee Daa, confusing websites, Lion King social media, QR code, 9/11 Memorial, World Trade Center, the most boring day of the 20th century (April 11, 1954), Fringe, Boxee Box, Riverworld, naked science fiction, weird Monday morning, new sidewalk shed design (scaffolding), Park Avenue walk/don’t walk signal, underground train yard, Creative Commons, weird hazy darkness in the sky, the movie “Zeitgeist: Moving Forward”, resource-based economy, how did we get tot this point?, greed, “the powers that be” as the remnants of an ancient civilization – trying to rebuild it, worker race, merging the two societies together, technological growth, quality of life, The Venus Project, all the corporations represented in Times Square, lovely evening, cat and bird cartoon, the deranged world can be aesthetically pleasing, the situation is not sustainable, everything buzzing along, the space-time continuum, another video screen in Times Square, the insane world, and all the weirdness keeps grinding along.

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Released February 2011 on The Overnightscape Underground (, an Internet talk radio channel focusing on a freeform monologue style, with diverse and fascinating hosts.

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  1. Excellent episode, especially the last 30 minutes. And nice Harry Nilsson (The Point) reference near the beginning. 🙂

    I agree about growing up with old movies and shows on TV. Greg and I have talked about this a few times on The Paunch Stevenson Show. When we grew up in the early and mid 1980s, old content like The Little Rascals, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges, The Honeymooners, Looney Tunes, Woody Woodpecker, Popeye, Betty Boop, Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse, etc. were on free network TV constantly… and then in the early/mid 1990s, all of that old content vanished. It’s too bad because like you pointed out, many young people today are clueless about that stuff. My younger brother knows what it is because my father has exposed him to it, but otherwise, he’d have almost no way of discovering it on TV.

    By the way, as far as I remember, channel 11 in NYC was always WPIX, not WNEW- right?

    Regarding QR codes- remember in the mid/late 1990s, everything would have the address to its AOL channel? Now it’s Facebook and Twitter. What will be next?

    Regarding Park Avenue walk signals- the explanation you read means in order for walk signals to be installed on the traffic lights, electrical boxes must be hung from the ceiling of the underground train station and I guess because the ceiling is so thin (18″?), it can’t hold the extra weight.

    Regarding that Zeitgeist movie- it sounds like socialism, which is a great thing. Let’s all work together and share so that *everyone* can live a decent life, instead of capitalism in which some people live a fantastic life, but the vast majority of people live a miserable, stressful life.

    I was talking to someone about universal health care and I said, “Why wouldn’t people want to help others in need? Why wouldn’t we want to make sure everyone has health care?” He said, “I don’t want my tax dollars supporting some lazy bum who doesn’t want to get a job (and in turn, health insurance).” I’m curious Frank and everyone else, what is your response to that?

    Comment by Rob — February 17, 2011 @ 10:50 am

  2. Rob,

    The response I usually give for the concerns some express over supporting bums, is that we support them with or without any change to the health care system,
    it’s just that we push them to use more expensive critical care and emergency services and then we as tax payers, absorb the full cost anyway, no one is left to die, they are just
    pushed to emergency care which hospitals and doctors absorb by charging other customers more.

    I have for most of my life identified with conservative ideas concerning the desire to keep government out of our lives, but I think that it the current incarnation, our healthcare system limits personal freedom by trapping people who have chronic conditions into working at companies who can provide group coverage, without that, in most states they are only able to receive coverage in their states insurance risk pool, which has severe lifelong limits and very high prices.

    Comment by chad — February 17, 2011 @ 11:48 am

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