ASFO 2023–09–30

Mail Call! Much of the rest of the show, alas is political incompentence and stupidity ― thin soup, you may say. There seems little reason, though, that they should be so ubiquitous if, somewhere along the line, we the common people had not decided to accept them. As I have said time and again, policies which cannot be implemented will not be. Also, the resources required by the environmentally–benign renewable–energy–and–battery future, and their relation to cocaine and alcohol.

A letter, three Bhutanese postage stamps with a lenticular effect showing art of the Apollo landings, a Soviet 4-kopeck postage stamp celebrating cosmonautics with an attached caption, an axolotl sticker shaped like a human brain, and a Soviet electronic pocket calculator in a sheat.
Contents of a parcel from SDFer lcd

Supplementary Show

2023–10–03 From ATOM 142 (1968 August), How DFR Was Repaired, a very interesting description of work on the primary circuit of a sodium–cooled fast–neutron breeder reactor, which had not initially been thought feasible. And then some material from the 1975–76 Annual Report of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. Truncated early by a telephone call from a medical office.

Sounds of Synergy – 2023/09/27

Listen in the archives


  • G Jones – Which Way
  • HI-LO – Renegade Mastah
  • My Nu Leng & Flava D – Soul Shake (1991 Remix)
  • Kai Wachi – Vivacity
  • Left/Right – Sunspot
  • Mista Playa – TOXIC MEMORIAL
  • Interworld – METAMORPHOSIS
  • G Jones – Thought Tracing
  • BLKSMIITH – illegal activities
  • vertigoaway feat. Rainsdeaf – Catalyst
  • SmartMeter – Sade Breathless
  • voxkai – apex
  • Arcade Trauma – Helaina
  • Morrigan – Deja Q
  • Frums – Yoku
  • G Jones – Visions

Intergalactic Wasabi Mix – Ep 1010 – 2023/09/22


ASFO 2023–09–23

Good news from Canada! Also the OSIRIS–REx space mission, some observations about the UAW strike, the politics of the Wall Street Journal, more of my accurséd numismatism, and the usual miscellany.

Two rectangular blue cards with "The Luna Project" stamped on them in gold, and cutouts holding Luna Project medalets. Scattered around, five Greek 10 drachma coins with an imaginary head of Democritus on one side and an atom symbol on the other.
The laser-cut, rubber-stamped Luna Project medalet cards, and some of the Greek coins I propose to make into similar souvenirs

Supplementary Shows

  • 2023–09–26 More from Science News Yearbook 1970, mostly about the continuing struggle to get enough data to understand and predict the weather, and the longer–term changes in climate.
  • 2023–09–29 The “Awards and Prizes” section of Science News Yearbook 1970, and a goodly part of a little booklet entitled Euratom at the Atomium, describing a “Permanent Exhibition” inside a large sculpture erected for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. Unfortunately, this exhibition appears no longer to exist, and the space is now used for a historical presentation on the 1958 Fair. This may be considered a symptom of the loss of confidence and forward momentum in the field of atomic energy and in Euratom specifically.

Intergalactic Wasabi Mix – Ep 1009 – 2023/09/21


Sounds of Synergy – 2023/09/20

Listen in the archives


  • Feelassikan – Vagues I
  • Feelassikan – Inside Youuuu
  • Vantage – Rokkaku Dai-Heights
  • DJ Myosuke – Funky Shit
  • The Prodigy – Funky Shit
  • The Chemical Brothers – Chemical Beats
  • Excision – Tonight
  • DJ Myosuke – Meat Mincer
  • goreshit – Evilstab!
  • vertigoaway – Code-263
  • 128kbps – Sorry Mush
  • Burial – Homeless
  • Silentroom – Angel Echo
  • onoken – BLUEALiCE

ASFO 2023–09–16

Mail call! Also a contemplation of nuclear safety, in the context of the horrific dam collapse catastrophe in Libya ; Indian country broadband, the question of “sticking to the old ways,” and the possibility that novelty–seeking is a fear response, with a diversion into alternative foodstuffs (the peanut is your friend!) ; and “teaching the controversy”.

Supplementary Shows

  • 2023–09–19 Again from Science News Yearbook 1970, sections on Apollo 12, Soyuz 4―8, and Mariner 6 and 7.
  • 2023–09–22 The rest of the space material from Science News Yearbook 1970, including Venera 5 and 6, the death of Bonnie the macaque, and a round–up of major space missions launched in 1969 up to 17 November. Also I start reading the section on atmospheric science, led there by a note in the space round–up. (Again this is a substitute archive.)

Intergalactic Wasabi Mix – Ep 1008 – 2023/09/15