Monthly Archives: July 2013

World Music Idents

Cassie needed my help to drop some sodas that Taylor’s Tonics & The Fizzary are donating to a local hippy/world music radio station’s live event. So we drove up to El Cerrito and found the place. It was the nice house on a quiet suburban street with the raspberry-colored VW van parked outside, emblazoned with the station ident and frequency: 88.1 KECG.

The couple that were running things, Corey Mason and Debra Sue Kelvin, came out to collect the stuff and greet us. After insisting on hugs, they carried the boxes of soda over to the big piles of other donated goodies. Corey and I chatted about the kind of music the station plays. Anything from tribal dronings to hard Mexican techno, from jazz to dub to folk, apparently. You get the (magic eye) picture.

Anyway, Corey was taken with my accent, and so he asked me to come to the little studio cubby hole, jammed with stacks of CDs, mixing desk, CD decks and duplicators, and a big mic on a spring arm. He gave me a flyer for the radio station, and after cueing up a recorder, got me to do a couple of station idents.

So, next time you’re listening to…

worldone radio, 88.1 keCg 99.7, for peoplov peaceEco pOwerUnity*, a broadcast service of West Contra Costa Unified School District,

(*sic) …listen out for an ident by a British suburban Gen-X misanthrope. Those folks were so sweet and friendly, they could almost melt this judgmental little heart of mine. Apart from that, I like a bit of Goa Trance, Tribal Techno and White-boy Dub, so who knows.

In other audio news, I finally caved and created a Facebook page for my podcast, The Coiled Spring. Go and like it.  I’m in the process of editing the next episode, so maybe I’ll insert these idents just for fun.

Toxic Feet

It was my 41st birthday recently, and my friend Adam (of Gillico and What I Had For Dinner Tonight fame) gave me a goodie bag from the Alameda branch of quirky Japanese dollar-store/pound-shop  chain Daiso Japan. Included were:

  • Koinobori (Carp windsock) – now flying from the corner of my deck
  • Thing you tap on your head to relieve stress (actually just kind of hurts)
  • Chicken timer!
  • Cool pencil
  • Kung Fu Koala t-shirt
  • Germanium bracelet (with dubious health benefits)
  • Couple of other bits and pieces
  • and…

Some “sap sheets”, which are these pads you stick on the soles of your feet overnight, and by the morning they have supposedly drawn out “toxins” from your body. Utter guff of course – there’s no evidence that any “detox” products or diets do anything, including “support the body’s natural detoxification”, but it was “fun” to try them out.

There were two in the package, so I stuck one on, and left the other as a control. The pads contained a powder of some kind, which smelt faintly of vinegar. The pad stuck on my foot nicely using the supplied adhesive pad, which provided a water- and airtight seal (which would provide important to how the pad “works”). I went to bed.

In the morning, after walking the dog and before showering, I peeled the pad off to see what had happened. The pad had turned a muddy, sticky brown, and the sweet vinegar smell was now more pronounced. But what of the other pad? I had left it on the table, uncovered, to see what would happen overnight. In the morning, it looked the same as when it came out of the packaging. Perhaps because it wasn’t in contact with my foot, no toxins had been drawn out, so it remained clean and white. Right.

I realised that sealing the first pad over my skin meant that regular moisture from the sole of my foot had caused the powder in the pad to turn brown and sticky. I tested this by sprinkling a few drops of water on the second pad and leaving it for five minutes, after which it turned brown just as predicted.

The FDA have banned companies from pretending that these things treat any kind of illness, or have any medical effect. The sap sheets I was given just said they were “soothing” or some other weasel words. They didn’t hurt me, so What’s The Harm?

Anyway, thank you Adam for my goodie bag!