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Back Podcasting -- and then some...

I'm currently on an audio rejig now that some of my listening problems have been resolved.
This means that I can -- if I want -- return to podcasting as an adjunct to my other activities.
Aside from the 'Whoopee!' factor -- it is so good to discover that since I last podcasted, the digital world has moved on.
So much better.
More user friendly.
Indeed with the platform I'm using now, Podbeam, you can get yourself a handy podcast app for listening on your phone.
Too easy.
In the same package is an easy to use crowdfunding program.
With that sort of package I can commit --especially at their prices.Including a generous freebie...
In the mix are a few player options like this one below.
Indeed you too can host my 'station' by copying the SHARE embed code from here or from within the player itself.
When I think back to the olden days....
Too easy.
Bear with me as I recover old files and record new ones.

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Samuel Beckett.

As it happens I was thinking that when I look back on that part of the 20th century with which I cohabited, I ask myself what stands out?
Culturally, I mean.
What can touch us -- what touches me -- today with full on, no holds barred meaning?
I surely had my favs back then. In the day. As one does.
But you know what speaks to me the most? Today. That rambles around my head like a perennial house guest?
Samuel Beckett.
Supposedly Beckett was the high priest of meaningless. Like with all that existential crap.
But for me his words and his 'situations' explore the frustration of being human in a society that discourages us to be who we seek to become.
Like his 'Waiting for Godot', we wait...and wait...and still, things stay the same.
In this age of neoliberal bottom line ledgers, this is no minor point.
Is this all there is?
I suppose, if we were to tweak Beckett for today what we ask to wait for is so horrendous that our words would need to be even more strident and urgent than those deployed by his characters:

“Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. Not indeed that we personally are needed. Others would meet the case equally well, if not better. To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! Let us represent worthily for one the foul brood to which a cruel fate consigned us! What do you say? It is true that when with folded arms we weigh the pros and cons we are no less a credit to our species. The tiger bounds to the help of his congeners without the least reflexion, or else he slinks away into the depths of the thickets. But that is not the question. What are we doing here, that is the question. And we are blessed in this, that we happen to know the answer. Yes, in the immense confusion one thing alone is clear. We are waiting for Godot to come -- ”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

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A Question of Style

Looking over the output -- and after a few years making with the collaging -- I note that I have style -- 'a' style, anyway.
Black is my default background.  A sort of Medievalism on my part.

Best Ratbaggery for 2019 so far... [A personal selection of comics] from Ratbag Media
But then, what I'm gearing up to --still -- is the multi panel and get back to the narrative.
Wish me luck.
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Nothing but graphic political satire...

More than I know what to do with...pops out every now and then.
Click on image to enlarge/slide show.

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More comics...recently made.

What with one thing or another, I seem to be on a graphical roll. How good the montages are is not necessary the main game.In a world full of Facebook memes my efforts are players.
My output is registering sometimes...and with practice, I get to skill up.
I house all my graphical business on my punchratbag site...but nowadays the web is where you find it or share it.
So in the main I pump out the stuff from my facebook account. 
For those into arty mode, my technique is changing. Rather than be beholden to PhotoShop 'reality' I'm preferring the effect engendered by the old scissors  cut and paste techniques of the DADAists.
I'm preferring 'masks' to faces. Despite the photographic sources: 2 D to 3D. Parody to 'new'...
And I love the statements -- even if other folk don't  always embrace my POV.
I love 'Aussie Rules' for instance. Too bitter for some, maybe most...and folk objected to 'Baby Throwing: the new national sport' -- when I thought it was absolutely true, and darkly and shockingly funny.
Just click on an image for a slide show.


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Blather Vox Pop : the biological farmer

Alan Broughton is a biological agriculture researcher and organic farming teacher based in Eastern Victoria. He has had extensive experience in farm management and setup both here  in Australia and  overseas.
I had a chance to discuss with him some  of the assumptions  being made about   livestock as climate change drivers  and how a new approach to grazing animals can impact on the sustainable ecology of agriculture. 

(Duration:29.01  — 31.1MB)

Further Reading
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Some recent graphic political satire

Graphic? Not too many dead bodies I hope. But then the situation does make one bitter. Not much rolling in the ails to be had. I reckon thee game is to grab a thought -- a context -- and try to express it by marrying contradictory elements.
So going down the page: Sumo wrestling, 'Where's Wally?, children's drawings, Black Adder,emigration promotion (ten pound Poms), conference attendance and voting,sleaziness, '80s film comedies(Weekend at Bernie's)...(Click on images to enlarge view.)

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