2009 October 12

Monday, October 12th, 2009

I’m a little obsessed with Christian Weston Chandler.

At first, you feel sorry for him. Then, you realize that his ‘autism’ qualifies him for tons of free government money every month that he squanders on Playstation and porn, he refuses to get a job, and repeatedly does ridiculous things on the internet. So much so that he’s had his own horrific wiki dedicated to him. It’s an endless parade of tragic and hilarious. It’s obvious that he’s not stupid, just amazingly unaware of how the world functions – presumably because he’s never had to really interact with it. This is a guy who has been kicked out of various malls and stores because he sits around with a sign begging for a girlfriend. This is a guy who draws very detailed, disproportionate comics about his own characters having sex.

Today, he is very angry about ‘dang dirty trolls’ on the internet. Cardboard everywhere is terrified.

When you Google ‘Voice-O-Graph’, I’m the third result. Well, not ME, but a thing I wrote a while ago. I’m an unofficial internet expert, apparently.

Most of these (as well as the similar Recordio discs) I’ve found or bought off of eBay, but I’m mainly interested in preserving them. They’re flimsy, they tend to flake apart, and eventually, they become too hard to extract sound from. And because each one is completely unique, it’s a little tragic to lose all of those sounds from the 40s and 50s. Because of this, I get a lot of e-mail asking me to transfer these old recordings of family members and friends onto CDs and MP3s so they can be heard again. I do it for free – other places charge thousands of dollars.

I recently had the pleasure of transferring about 40 old Recordios for a woman in New Mexico, as recorded by her mother and father (and friends) while he was stationed in Yokohama in 1948 and 1949. I’ve never seen such a well-preserved, coherent collection, so I leapt at the chance. Over 2.5 hours of recordings, there’s a beautiful portrait of a family making the best of a hard situation. I was given permission to post some of these here, so enjoy. More to come.

A January Get-Together

Christmas 1948