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Monday, March 14, 2011

Frank Nora Show 1667 – Contact (3/14/11)

1:31:14 – Starting off on Year 9 of The Overnightscape adventure, symmetries, the Audiodicals idea, March Madness, Dashic Deeds, coat slice, purple clip, the Oakley sign, Bambi Meets Godzilla, Hardware Wars, Nivea construct, Laser Park, Night Packages, photocopiers, human issues, Japan tsunami video, Pokemon, Poodwaddle, first world nations, Lithos, Emigre Manson/Mason, font foundries, electromagnetic technology, nuclear disasters, Jamaican flag, Dayworld, crazy guy, flea market, Hell’s Kitchen, resin paperweights, silver dollars, Lofi Archive, Canch View/32nd Street, Further, The Grateful Dead, hypnopompic “Ultragamut”, reality filters, advertising in dreams, sneezing, falling asleep watching Fringe, Alan Ruck (from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Ben Stein, Jeffrey Jones, idea for a free/clean channel, FCC rules, funny name, opening a portal between this universe and the cartoon universe, Space Jam, American Idol, Charlie Chaplin, crane smashes, IBM, media stimulation levels, That’s Entertainment, contact with cartoon characters, Bugs Bunny, The Muppet Show, Floyd Pepper singing “Blackbird” by The Beatles, the ability to create characters, new Wells Fargo bank branding, public domain, BlogWorld Expo, Podcast Expo, marketers, influencers, talk radio – one of the greatest forms of entertainment ever, Bill Hicks, Alex Jones, marketing, Ontario Mills Malls, truck-sized elevator, Chaos Ticket, 1672=209*8, The Strokes “Angles”, Japan nuclear reactor problems, zirconium, The China Syndrome (1979), and stages.

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

posted by Frank at 6:17 pm filed in Frank,Mar11  


  1. now: make some and leave them places and see if anyone actually goes to the page and or listens. make a new page and DONT link it here on onsug. make it only ‘findable’ through the audiodical. the idea, unless i am losing the thread, is to get new listeners. this idea is fun, but not sure if, in itself, it is much more of a draw than the random decals. the list of titles and dates needs something more interesting, i suspect… also – if we call them audiodicals – periodicals occur periodically… monthly/weekly/etc… we’d want to make them in some regular time cycle, perhaps?

    Comment by pqribber — March 14, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

  2. I think our problem has been a “platform” problem. On what does our audio content rest? As I mentioned on the show, it’s not a technical issue but a human issue – our shows presented in a neverending blog/podcast format feels hard to grasp, off-putting. So that’s the basic issue I’m trying to address with the Audiodicals idea.

    Any kind of promotion that might involve placing materials in random places would ultimately lead someone to some web page – and if the platform is “broken”, it’s not going to lead to much engagement. Audiodicals is an attempt to fix the platform itself – leaving the paper Audiodicals in random places would be only one aspect of the system. For example, I see people giving a paper Audiocal to other people with a brief introduction as a much better method.

    As for the design, I was striving for the simplest possible graphical image that could contain both the idea of listening to shows and checking them off, as well as a list and means to listen to them. It could be more elaborate – be several pages long and contain detailed descriptions of the shows – but I think for this form it might be better to keep the paper simpler and allow the deeper details to reside on the Internet.

    I do think that releasing Audiodicals on a set schedule would be a great idea. Different Audiodical titles would be similar to the recent idea of separate channels.

    I feel that the Audiodical Prototype represents some solid ideas, and I think it’s worth pursuing things in this general direction. That is, audio releases in complete release units as opposed to an unending sequence of shows. On a technical level, the blog/podcast system is an effective way to organize and deliver content. But on a human level, it’s not working, at least for the kind of content we produce.

    Comment by Frank — March 14, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

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