We wrap up Monochrome Month with a digital illustration depicting a scene from a science fiction story that I’ll probably never get around to finishing. Without giving away too much (in case I do decide to finish it) the story takes place in a dystopian civilisation on a barren planet where the ruling class trades human lives like commodities. And there’s also pneumatics involved.
On second thought, I probably don’t need to protect the story elements that much. Click to see the image larger.
Above you see a brilliant parody of 1960s anti-drug “educational films.” CATNIP: EGRESS TO OBLIVION? debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and comes to you now here in PopCult. Thanks go out to Mistress Rhonda at Bizarre TV who brought it to my attention. Written and directed by Jason Willis, this short film takes the over-the-top anti-drug propaganda of the 1960s and applies it to catnip. Cat lovers will enjoy it because of the cute kitties. Everyone else will just laugh.
Below you find an actual 1960s anti-drug film, just for reference, or more laughs, depending on your point of view.
We also have parts of songs from then-future RFC guests The Buttonflies (in the 120 Second Art Show) and The Diablo Blues Band (over the end credits).
Our animation was a segment of “Duffy’s Mascot,” and your host is lethargic after eating a wonderful meal at Bluegrass Kitchen. You can read the original production notes HERE.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, an auto-immune disorder that weakens my muscles by keeping the nerve signals from being transmitted to them. I wrote about it at the time, and a few times since, but since it’s now a day short of one year since I first told my readers about it, I figured it was time for an update.
First of all, I need to reiterate how lucky I am. I have a very mild case of this disease. It’s so mild that, as the effects of the disease wane from time to time, it sometimes appears as if I’m in a full remission. I’m not. I still have it, but it hasn’t hit me nearly as hard as most people who are diagnosed with this.
I feel lucky because I had already adapted to life with the impairments that this disease brought with it. My fingers were essentially useless. I could not open a bottle of water and had to use both hands to get my car door open. I managed to adapt to this and continue on with my life. In the back of my mind I figured that I was in the early stages of ALS and that I would have to keep making adjustments as the quality of my life declined.
So when I got the diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis, I was actually thrilled. What I had was treatable and not fatal.
One of the drugs used to treat MG has been a bit of an adventure. Also, my optimism at my double-vision going away completely has now been tempered with the realization that 12 years of atrophy in my eye muscles is going to take a long, long time to repair, if that can ever happen.
The problem drug has been Prednisone. It’s a wonder drug of sorts that can be used to treat all kinds of ailments, usually more effectively than any other drug on the market. Unfortunately, it comes with a laundry list of side effects that provide a whole new set of challenges.
You know the drill. Here are some graphics with just a few of the cool shows you can get out to in town this weekend. There’s more than this if you’re willing to look. There is no excuse to say that there isn’t anything to do.
Radio Free Charleston International puts the randomizer back in action at 3 PM Thursday on The AIR. Tune in at the website, or on this handy embedded radio player…
After another morning and afternoon filled with special encores of Curtain Call, Radio Coolsville, Sydney’s Big Electric Cat and Ska Madness, we make the world safe for eclecticism on Radio Free Charleston International at 3 PM with a show that revisits a ton of great music that we originally presented one year ago. This show was bumped off the server last summer, but it was so good we decided to bring it back for your listening pleasure.
Listeners will be treated to then-brand-new music by Steve Vai, The Monkees, Ultravox, Anderson/Stoldt, The storkes, ABC, The Avett Brothers and more.
You can hear Radio Free Charleston International on The AIR Thursday at 3 PM, with replays Friday at 9 AM and 10 PM, Saturday at 11 AM and Sunday at 1 AM and 10 PM.
Following RFC International on Thursday,you can listen to this week’s new Radio Free Charleston, with Fabulous Head and more at 5 PM, and The New Music Show at 6 PM , The Crazy Show at 6:30 PM. In prime-time, it’s this week’s episodes of The Swing Shift and Curtain Call, followed at 10 PM by Live From The Empty Glass (this week with Travis Stephens and Matt McGuire). All night long after that, it’s a marathon of The Swing Shift.
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