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.

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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. 107 - January 12 2019,    Duration: 41:16

Episode Transcript

Image courtesy iStock...

"28 Days Later"

Stranger - PYRA

Half and Half

Image: The Benitez-7 now works properly in both directions...   

Open Mic Stage: UK Indie
Falling For A Stranger - The Mona Lisas    Drunken Love Songs - Tuesdays Secret    Spike Milligans Tape Recorder - The Membranes    Unclean Animals - Blank Fiction

01/19-Volunteer Solar Installation Orientation, Burlingame Main Library    01/22-The Healing Power of Doulas, SF    01/23-Shout Your Abortion Book Tour @ Women & Children First Bookstore, Chicago    01/24-Mythbusting Intersectionality @ The African American Policy Forum, NYC

And B-7 Crosses Home Plate

Image: The new switch could be placed on the front panel...    Image: it has a smaller footprint, or it could go on the underside of the top panel...

One More Tune:
Miss Lonely Hearts - The Pink Diamond Revue

Magnetofunky No. 106 - January 12 2019,    Duration: 38:40

Episode Transcript

Image: Full pic of the Benitez-7 working, but now only on first base...

"Wiggle 1.5"

Pure Adrenaline/Ruff - eddy

Split The What?

Image: pic from the Emedia Press article Poor Man’s Split the Positive Battery Swapper by RS Stafford...    Image: The Bedini switch 7 diagram with added contacts from the two relay switches acting as the induction coil...

Open Mic Stage: Indie Big Beat
A Problem With My Love - Ray Elle    Hatevol - Front Line Assembly    Stuck Between The Trivial And The Impossible - Vertacyn Arc Materializer

01/13-Alternatives to Calling Police-White Supremacy and the State @ Skyline Community Church, Oakland    01/17-Marching Orders @ BRIC, Brooklyn    01/17-How Some Countries Are Solving Climate Change @ Climate One, SF    Advance Notice-ONYXCON SANKOFA 2019, 02/16-17, Atlanta

Benitez-7 First Base

Image: The control panel with the rocker power selection switch. I'm replacing that with a big slide switch after all...    Image: I got a well-seasoned but solid leather belt from the neighborhood thrift store for the permanent booster box belt... Image: In the Sat. wee hours I got the relay switch wired right (wiggle 1.5) and got the transformer working...

One More Tune:
Bonnie and Clyde - A.Sil

Magnetofunky No. 105 - January 05 2019,    Duration: 46:28

Episode Transcript

Image: Closeup of Benitez-7 diagram. This tuning knob is the wrong one to wire...

"Wiring The Right Knob"

NatGeo - Vertacyn Arc Materializer

3 Wiggles

Image: The auto relay switch wired in 'wiggle 1' configuration for the Benitez-7...    Image: The auto relay switch wired in 'wiggle 2' configuration for the Benitez-7. The white curlique wire represents the capacitor to the common ground...

Open Mic Stage: Guitar Variations
It's Setting In - BoogieDoo    No One Told - Stereoship    The Fear (Mary Vaughn Vocals) - Randy Raatz Band Mistified - Octopolis

01/05-Protest Against National Chains on Ocean Front Walk in Venice, LA    01/05-Witness at the Texas Border, Berkeley Zion Presbyterian Church    01/08-Public Forum on CA's New Privacy Law @ Milton Marks Auditorium, SF    01/09-Mass mobilization to tell Oakland school board no cuts no closures

The Booster Backside

Image: The mini booster mounted to the base fits just under the front panel outlets...    Image: The Mini-Tesla Coil looks great finished, but it's not working yet...

One More Tune:
10327 - FTR

Magnetofunky No. 104 - December 28 2018,    Duration: 39:32

Episode Transcript

Image: The auto relay switch will hopefully bridge the wiggle room in the two different diagrams...

"Fork in the Weeds"

CLOUDS - Kwame

The Triple Tap Returns

Image: The triple tap transformer, re-mounted and wired for use in the Benitez-7...    Image: The Benitez board prepped for switch 7 - the first iteration's motor switch and circuit is removed, leaving the A1 and B1 battery positive wires...

Open Mic Stage: Hot Aussie Mix
Just Another Number - Mount Pl3asant    Slimeball - THE SKATEGOATS    Liar - The Stiff Nips    The Red Sea - Pointbreak Spy Not Happy John - radio caroline south

12/30-1st Annual Kwanzaa Cookie Contest @ Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum, Sacramento    01/01-Sacred Sounds at the Kava Lounge SF    01/01-02-45th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading @ The Poetry Project, NYC    01/03-The Democracy Chain @ L.A. City Hall

The Easy Booster Part

Image: The front panel of the booster box with DC and AC outlets installed...    Image: The battery holder supports are done...

One More Tune:
chaos live @ backroom - tokyo beef

Magnetofunky No. 103 - December 21 2018,    Duration: 32:52

Episode Transcript

Image: The finished Mini Tesla base - battery side. On the top, the bottom secondary wire is stripped and wrapped around the counterpoise bolt and ends under the aluminum tape...

"Tesla on Third Base"

Kemir Beni - She Past Away

Crash and Burn No. 2

Image: The battery layout on device no. 7...    Image: This transformer placement on the Benitez board is much better for the outlets...

Open Mic Stage: Hey Larry!
Hard - Ray Elle    WNDW - Rivr    Soluk - She Past Away

12/22-Drag Queen Storytime @ Alameda Free Library    12/25-Bridgewatch Christmas Day 2018    12/28-Telegraph Open Mic @ Nomadic Press, Oakland

Waiting For Toroid

Image: The Mini Tesla base plate components pre-wiring. The spark gap supports went in straight, the machine screws decided to tilt on their own...    Image: Al Lasher's had 2-cell AA battery holders and little DPDT's for a basic on-off switch...    Image: The finished base - capacitor bank side...

One More Tune:
Queen - A.Sil

Magnetofunky No. 102 - December 14 2018,    Duration: 33:39

Episode Transcript

Image: The triple-tap transformer is wired up and ready to be placed on the Benitez-1 to make it a 1(7). This is where I would mount it...

"Benitez Crash Test"

Hello - Black Stardust

Continuity Detour

Image: After the transformer crapped out, I used the coil from an LED bulb...   

Open Mic Stage: A Couple Submitted Tunes..
Rebuild - Chet & His Alter Egos    The Beauty - A Primitive Evolution

12/15-Gun Buy-Back SF @ United Playaz, SF    12/16-Legalize Affordable Housing Everywhere Mtg 1 @ 1260 Mission St, SF    12/18-Pop-Up African Market @ Stonemill Matcha, SF    12/20-Pedagogy of the Oppressed reading group @ DSA, SF   

Battery Impedance Weeds

Image: The acrylic Mini Tesla plates before the 1/4 inch drill bit made a mess...    Image: The finished Mini Tesla base...    Image: The iconic Tesla coil secondary...

One More Tune:
Gamma Ray - Octopolis

Magnetofunky No. 101 - December 08 2018,    Duration: 37:02

Episode Transcript

Image: The clock movement for the spring motor...

"The Coefficient Loophole"

Public Radio Deadbeat - Octopolis


Image: Still from the Plasma Channel video...    Image: The circuit board for the Mini Tesla Coil...

Open Mic Stage: A Hard Blue Set...
Republifucks - Mind`s Eye    WTFIWWM...../product/mubz-beats - realkingK   
Glad Im not white(FUCK NAZIS) - Difference of Opinion    GOP-God Over Politics - Columbine Christ

12/08-East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest 2018 @ Omni Commons, Oakland    12/11-LAFLA Expungement Clinic @ LA Law Library    12/11-Lynn Fitzgerald @ The Gallery Cabaret, Chicago    12/13-Pack the Chamber! Hearing on the Public Bank Task Force @ SF City Hall, Room 250   

Benitez 1(7)

Image: A spherical magnet with proper orientation seated in a screw pot metal case...    Image: The transformer for the Benitez-7...   

One More Tune:
Small Price To Pay (For Pussy) - Octopolis

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