Magnetofunky - A 1223Studios Production

Grid power to the people!

Magnetofunky is a laid back (and often explicit, you bet your ass...) weekly podzine of extremely eclectic music and progressive politics, with a focus on energy independence for the 99%, the people usually left out of discussions on going off the grid or generating electricity in an emergency. I'm seeking solutions to a simple scenario: how do you charge a battery AND keep your fridge running on day three of a blackout without a solar panel or a windmill?

Physically, I'm in the damn-near completely gentryfied and contentious (and constantly renovated) left coast oasis of art, culture, and social experiment called San Francisco. My current base of operations is in my Mission District sculpture/podcast studio, but metaphorically, I'm perched at the western end of Golden Gate Park near Sunset Beach, where the sunsets are wonderful and scientists, poets, artists and musicians come through and jam to the surf...

The Open Mic Stage accepts submissions of almost any genre from great bands and artists the world over, whether big name or indie, as long as I like the beat and flow.

Send mp3's, press kits to: mfunkyzine "at" gmail "dot" com. Please submit media download links only, no attachments; they'll only get deleted.

The Facebook podzine page has music video and Power Grid-related misc. Please leave a comment or rating on FB or my iTunes page...

Magnetofunky No. 115 - March 15 2019,    Duration: 33:47

Episode Transcript

Image: The finished magnetically quenched spark gap apparatus on the Benitez-8....

"Ides All Around"

Gods Among Men - Jojo Abot

The Checklist

Image: Alexkor circuit detail...   

Open Mic Stage: SXSW Bootlegs

Summon The Fire - The Comet Is Coming    Children - Chastity    Big - Fontaines D.C.

03/17-A Reading at SFPL for Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th Birthday    03/19-Tomorrow Will Be Different, UCLA Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, LA    03/20-Greg Grandin's The End of the Myth, First Cong. Church, Berkeley    03/22- alifornia Counts - Strategies for Reporting on the Census, Center for Health Journalism, LA

Watching Paint Dry...

Image: The next day results from cone dipping...    Image: The Benitez-8 with all the wiring finished, including the cut-off switch...

One More Tune:
TAO - yahyel

Magnetofunky No. 114 - March 08 2019,    Duration: 33:27

Episode Transcript

Image: The first Alexkor battery charger circuit breadboard diagram, from A Practical Guide to Free-Energy Devices by Patrick J. Kelly...

"The Alexkor Assist"

Cancers - roomofwater

The Re-Re-Invented Wheel

Image: The Alexkor circuit with coil added and the resistors swapped from 2 watt to 1/4 watt sizes...    Image: To adapt the circuit to handle two batteries in series, the 'A' side enters through a voltage divider that cuts 24V to 12V. The 'B' side batteries connect via the yellow wire...   

Open Mic Stage: Spring Indie

Cash Cow - Hippie Johnny    leather jacket perfume - muet    Channel 37 - ABANDONspree

03/09-UndocuFest 2019, El Rio, SF    03/10-Reading - Darius James' Negrophobia @ Alley Cat Books, SF    03/11-Town Hall with Mayor London Breed - Districts 5 and 8 @ SF LGBT Center, SF    03/11-Albany Park Poets Open Mic @ Nighthawk Cafe, Chicago    03/15-Green New Deal Create-a-thon @ Citizen Engagement Laboratory, Oakland

Benitez-8 on 3rd Base

Image: The cone magnets came in, ready for spark gap mounting...    Image: The panels prepped for drilling the magnet holes...

One More Tune:
Looking for a Body - Jeromy Darling

Magnetofunky No. 113 - March 02 2019,    Duration: 39:29

Episode Transcript

Image: A spark gap jig holds the frame in place for mounting. Brass wood screws as electrodes, following Tesla specs...

"Quench Class"

Gremlins - Angry Bear

Going To The Horse's Mouth

Image: A spark gap jig holds the frame in place for mounting. Brass wood screws as electrodes, following Tesla specs...    Image: The post- spark gap components in rough mounting position...    Image: Half inch x half inch magnets with one North tip and one South tip for the spark gap, following Tesla specs...

Open Mic Stage: Pacific Rim Stage

Music Box - GEN    Billy Bob and Ephedrine - The Props    Euphorium(Trance Remix Feat. NK) - THE TAMERS

03/03-Thresholds 20 year Anniversary Reading @ Heirloom Books, Chicago    03/03-Free Max Harris, Oakland Metro Operahouse    03/05-Action Night for SB 24 for Student Access @ Naral Pro Choice California, SF    03/08-International Women’s Day Conversation, Manny's, SF

Benitez-7 Passes Go

Image: I decided to swap out the 1K resistor for a 200 Ohm, and instead of the diode or a regular bipolar transistor I installed the IRF510 MOSFET to resolve the connections...    Image: The moment of truth test of the Benitez-7 using a 555 timer. The board didn't smoke, the IC took the two different voltage sources just fine, the battery charging function is ok, but the LED power meter indicates 6.8 - 7V going into the 12V positive rail...

One More Tune:
Swimming Pool Everywhere - Shihui

Magnetofunky No. 112 - February 23 2019,    Duration: 33:30

Episode Transcript

Image: The guts of a 555, from - 555 Timer Basics Lesson...

"The Benitez-7 Weeds"

NSA (No Suckerz Allowed) - Cee Knowledge and Cosmic Funk Allstars

Little Eureka

Image: As a safety feature, I made another run to Al Lasher's for parts to make a 555 tester...    Image: The Benitez-7 circuit complete with B1 positive line connected to the rail, and A1 positive connected to the RC circuit. The pin 3 output is routed through a default 1K Ohm resistor and a 1N4007 diode to the 12V supply line to oscillate the transformer on the B1 line...

Open Mic Stage: Inbox Indie

Dionysian Eyes - Johnny child of God    Be With Me - K Gizzle    On The Brink - Krown

02/23-Sankofa Days at The Bay @ Aquarium of the Bay, PIER 39, SF    02/27-Best Practices for Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace @ Planned Parenthood Los Angeles    03/01-The Rise of Surveillance Capitalism @ Roulette, Brooklyn

Benitez-8 on Second Base

Image: Testing the ignition coil continuity. Most ignition coils should have a primary resistance falling somewhere between 0.4 and 2 ohms. 1.8 is fine...    Image: The Benitez-8 circuit complete with the 10K pots connected and the ignition coil primaries wired...

One More Tune:
Goin Down - Cee Knowledge and Cosmic Funk Allstars

Magnetofunky No. 111 - February 15 2019,    Duration: 49:44

Episode Transcript

Image: Modified circuit detail - A1 positive to the RC circuit, B1 positive to the IC input pin...

"Wading in Virgin Weeds"

Down The Road - Set The Controls

I Got Your Split Positive Right Here

Image: My circuit modification of the 555 Astable Oscillator for both Benitez systems...   

Open Mic Stage: Very Indie

I Have No Reason - Crawfish Kings AKA Crawfish Killers    Mother You Are Lucky - Post Cinema    Crimes of the Innocent - Rogue Poet    M - SHADDOW

02/16-Free Move Your Money Workshop @ Berkeley Public Library West Branch    02/17-Stacie Williams In Conversation with Tara Betts @ 57th Street Books, Chicago    02/21-The 54th Annual Commemoration for El Hajj Malik El Shabazz @ Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, NYC

Murphy's Law Backup

Image: B-7 parts detail...    Image: For the B-8, the 10 Ohm 25W rheostat with a 15 Ohm 25W big-ass resistor added in series to the wiper terminal turns 1 - 10 Ohms resistance into 15 - 25 Ohms resistance. Those two big 5K Ohm potentiometers can be replaced with the 1K pots used in the Bedini motor...

One More Tune:
From the Heavens - ABANDONspree

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