June 21st, 2006

krazy koati

With some funny jokes you've never heard before

I think my favorite old-time radio station is trying to ditch me. A few months ago they switched from a schedule-free format (so far as I could tell) in which shows started or ended at any old time and you'd get a Spike Jones music segment or a five-minute mystery or some other novelty and the next thing started and maybe there'd be a repeat and maybe there wouldn't, putting in its place a format in which the shows started on the hour and repeated each four hours. Repeats like that make it much easier to catch something if you have to step out, but I kind of missed the freeform days.

Then they switched to rerunning things several days in a row, making it even easier if you missed a show, but also meaning that somewhere around Thursday the subtle dramatic weaknesses of I Was A Communist For The FBI stop being endearing (``You ever notice when we send that Matt Cvetic guy on a job we all end up getting arrested?'') and start being nuisances. But a weekly run is still fine, particularly for serial shows. With the shows as background noise I can lose plot points even despite the phenomenal overwriting of the era (``Yes, Arthur, your wife Marian, whom you married, seems to be taking liberties with her marriage to you, Arthur'') and the repetition helps. But then they started running things for more than a week, and I started listening to other stations more.

And now they've added a bit of the audio dropping out to silence. The first time it was just the last five minutes and I was busy enough I didn't notice, but the time peeled back to where, now, there's silence from about 20 minutes after to 55 minutes after the hour. I hate to nag the people responsible for the station -- they've got to have heard about the glitch -- but it's frustrating to lose a pleasant station.

The Registry of Marriages reported that 171 couples -- about three times normal -- came to get married today, since they thought the date of 20-06-2006 was particularly pleasant. At least one couple flew in from the United States for it, and one person mentioned he thought it would make a very easy anniversary. That doesn't match the 300 couples who married on 06-06-06, but it's a fair little uptick anyway.

Trivia: The Peters map projection was originally published in 1885 by James Gall, as the Gall cylindrical projection. Source: Maps and Civilization, Norman JW Thrower.

Currently Reading: Galileo's Planet: Observing Jupiter Before Photography, Thomas Hockey.