7.27.2014

dimland radio 7-26-14 show notes

Do Not Attempt?
 
This was a special show as it featured the triumphant return of Chris Brown, host of the Meet The Skeptics podcast. It had been more than a year since I had Chris on for a Ten Minute Topic, so this time we went way over ten minutes. I had Chris on to talk about The Amazing Meeting 2014, which he attended earlier this month.
 
But first, I talked about a couple car commercials that have me somewhat annoyed or, at least, curious. One is for Chevy and it is a montage of people doing summer-y things. One such thing is jumping into water and as that shot is being shown there is a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen warning viewers, "Do not attempt." What? Then why show it?
 
The other ad has two coworkers hopping into their sporty cars and racing each other home. It turns out they live across the street from each other. Which got me thinking, "Uh, guys? Carpool!"

TAM Talk With Chris Brown
 
Then Chris Brown joined me to give his report on this year's The Amazing Meeting (TAM). TAM is an annual gathering of skeptics held in Las Vegas, at which skeptics come together to hear talks, participate in workshops, and socialize. The event is put on by the James Randi Educational Foundation and is a highly anticipated event by skeptics all over the world.
 
Since I could not attend, Chris Brown gave us the lowdown on this year's conference. He reported on Penn Jillette's Bacon and Doughnuts Party, George Hrab's MCing and his annual video glitch, Carol Tavris' kerfuffle causing (to those who weren't there to hear it) talk, Bill Nye the Science Guy's talk, and 'An Honest Liar,' the documentary focusing on the Amazing Randi.
 
Movie Recommendation: None
 
Chris and I just talked too long for me to have time to recommend a movie, so you are on your own for the next two weeks. That's right, there will be no show next Saturday. That's the day of the big Paul McCartney concert.
    
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Jason and the Argonauts' by XTC & 'Jools and Jim' by Pete Townshend
Second ad break bumpers: 'Jesus Chrysler Drives A Dodge' by The Screaming Blue Messiahs & '(Just Like) Starting Over' by John Lennon
Closing song: 'Angler's Treble Hook' by $5 Fiddle

That's it! See you next Saturday night for Dimland Radio 11 Central, midnight Eastern on www.ztalkradio.com you can also download my show from the z talk show archives page. You can email your questions and comments to drdim@dimland.com

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7.22.2014

dimland radio 7-19-14 show notes

Stop Posting Fake Videos!
 
I got out of the gate talking about three videos I've been seeing on the internets. Two of these videos I could confirm as fake, with the third being rather iffy.

The first was the ballgirl who makes an amazing catch in foul territory. Not only is it not real, if it were the ballgirl would be in trouble for interfering in the play. The video was part of a Gatorade ad that ran during the 2008 MLB All Star Game.

The second was of a man being struck by lightning. Twice. Caught on a security camera we see the poor sap get struck, fall down, get back up, start to move on, and get struck again. What we don't see is the video being blotted out by the flash, as it would be, and we don't see the lightning reflecting of the surrounding trees and such.
 
The third shows a woman cleaning up a bar after hours. The security camera catches her tripping over two bar stools and falling through a plate glass window. I could not find out for sure that this video was faked, but the are some red flags that lead me to believe it is.
 
She seems to begin tripping before she walks into the first stool, the window breaks way too easily and not the way plate glass windows would break, and there is audio for the video. Although not impossible, I think it's highly unlikely a security camera in a bar would have a microphone.

Look
 
In 2007, the movie 'Look' was released. It's a low budget film using the "found footage" technique. However, there's a twist to director Adam Rifkin's use of found footage. He uses the images all captured on security cameras. It's done really well and I enjoyed the movie, but (you knew there would a but) all the security cameras are equipped with microphones, so all the dialog is audible. It was a difficult hurdle for me to get over.

Chewing Gum Company's Experiment Shows Gum Chewers To Be More Pleasant
 
A chewing gum company (Beldent) finds gum chewers to be more approachable and friendly? Well, no shit.
 
I talked about this very unscientific experiment that was done to see if gum chewers faced an unfair stigma. I wasn't aware there was a stigma against gum chewers, but oh well. The experiment was conducted in such a way that the gum chewers would be viewed positively. So bogus!

The Long International Nightmare Is Over
 
Of course, I mean the World Cup. I'm not a soccer fan, but my son is, so I saw more than my share of possibly the most boring sport in the world. But that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.

Guys running around kicking a ball, and running and kicking, and running and kicking, and running and kicking...
 
Tommy Ramone Dies
 
Tommy Ramone (Tommy Erdelyi) died on July 11th putting all of the original members of the seminal punk rock band Ramones into the "they are all gone" category. It's hard to believe they are all gone and, yet, Keith Richards lives on. Must have been the glue sniffing.
 
Kendall Jones: Cheerleader, Big Game Hunter, Social Media Pariah
 
I've been seeing a lot of my Facebook friends expressing disgust at Kendall Jones for posting pictures of her smiling self and her big game kills on social media. My position is that although this may be distasteful to the sensibilities of some, Ms Jones is hunting these animals legally. She is not a poacher and she pays handsomely for the permits allowing her to hunt lions and leopards and other endangered species.
 
I made the argument that, as counter-intuitive as it sounds, legal, permitted hunting of endangered species has been shown to help preserve and increase their numbers. The white rhinoceros may just be such a case.
 
Movie Recommendation: Catching Hell (2011)
 
ESPN Films
 
Steve Bartman became a scapegoat after attempting to catch a foul ball during game six of the NLCS in 2003. His team the Chicago Cubs were five outs away from heading back to the World Series for the first time since 1945, but he may have prevented outfielder Moises Alou from catching the ball and recording an out. After that play the wheels came off and the Cubs lost the game and then lost game seven. No World Series again.
 
The film examines the idea of the scapegoat and also focuses on Bill Buckner and his boot in the 1986 World Series. Why do we focus on those two plays? What about the other booted plays and poor pitching that lead to the Cubs' collapse in 2003 and the Red Sox's collapse in 1986?
 
It's an excellent look at those plays, the players, the fans, the games, and the scapegoats.
    
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Is It A Crime' by Sade & 'Institutionalized' by Suicidal Tendencies
Second ad break bumpers: 'In Between Days' by The Cure & 'Invaders of the Heart' by Cheap Trick
 
Closing song: 'Angler's Treble Hook' by $5 Fiddle

That's it! See you next Saturday night for Dimland Radio 11 Central, midnight Eastern on www.ztalkradio.com you can also download my show from the z talk show archives page. You can email your questions and comments to drdim@dimland.com

You can also go to my CafePress store and buy stuff with my artwork on it and have me do a portrait for you if you like. Find out more here and here.

7.14.2014

dimland radio 7-12-14 show notes

Pedantic Moment: Cuteeee
 
When I read the posts on my Facebook, I see people not understanding how to elongate words for emphasis. For instance, if you wanted to elongate the word "cute" how would you do it?

Hint: The "E" is silent.

Congratulations Cosmos!
 
Congratulations to the producers of 'Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey'! The Fox science series received 12 Emmy nominations:

- Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
- Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Progamming
- Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Nonfiction, Reality, or Reality/Competition Programming
- Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming
- Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming
- Outstanding Main Title Design
- Outstanding Music Composition for a Series
- Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
- Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming
- Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming
- Outstanding Special and Visual Effects
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I Did A Study

 
Admittedly, it was not a very scientific study, but I was prompted to do it by the meme you see above. I thought that I'd check out 50 notorious murderers and find out what their astrological signs were and see how they fared compared with the claim that is made by the meme.
 
My results showed that 56% of the 50 murderers I compiled did not fall under any of the five signs in the meme. I wrote about it here.
 
I will add this, which I hadn't thought to check for the original blog or to mention on the show. It is interesting that 7 of 12 (that's the ratio of signs not included in the meme) is about 58.33%. That's not far of from 56%, is it?

Dimland Radio Science Hero: Ozzy Osbourne
 
You read that right. Ozzy Osbourne. Some years ago, I'm not sure how many, Ozzy and Sharon were guests on the Graham Norton Show along with Olivia Newton John. ONJ was hawking some fruity, herbal drink her husband was marketing. She claimed the potion "clears your mind, brightens your day."
 
Ozzy drank a good amount of it and had a little fun. Then he wrapped it up nicely when he let everyone know what he really thought of it. Sure, this isn't an example of good science or skepticism being done. It was pretty knee-jerk. But I thought it was an excellent response to some fairly dubious claims.
 
Tommy Cooper Dies On Stage
 
There's a parody of Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start the Fire' song that changes all of the pop culture and historical references. One change was the line, "Tommy Cooper died on stage..."
 
That line intrigued me as I hadn't heard of Tommy Cooper or the fact that he died on stage. I looked it up and I found video of his having a heart attack while performing on live television. I won't link to it out of respect for his family.
 
I hoped that my talking about it wouldn't be disrespectful, but I described what happened. How he was preparing to perform a trick, while his assistant helped him into an over-sized cloak, when he seemed to lose his balance. His assistant leaves the stage as Cooper collapses. The audience laughs, thinking this was part of the routine. He then falls onto his back. Audience laughter again. Cooper is just lying there. It begins to dawn on everyone, "This is not part of the act." Cut to commercial.
 
And that was it. He died.
 
I talked about how suddenly death can come for us. And that the moment wasn't very dramatic. It was almost gentle. Cooper didn't grab his chest or cry out in pain. He just slumped to the floor and then onto his back.
 
When our time comes, sometimes it just sneaks up on us.
 
Movie Recommendation: A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
 
MGM
 
I really didn't have time to go into a movie recommendation this week, but at the top of the show, during my Pedantic Moment, I did talk a little bit about this movie. So, I figured it was as good a recommendation as any.

It's a very funny caper film starring two Pythons: John Cleese, who also wrote the film, and Michael Palin, along with Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline. Everyone is very good and very funny in this movie. Nicely done.
    
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Highwayman' by The Highwaymen & 'Heat of the Moment' by Asia
Second ad break bumpers: 'Here Comes Your Man' by Pixies & 'Houses In Motion' by Talking Heads
Closing song: 'Angler's Treble Hook' by $5 Fiddle

That's it! See you next Saturday night for Dimland Radio 11 Central, midnight Eastern on www.ztalkradio.com you can also download my show from the z talk show archives page. You can email your questions and comments to drdim@dimland.com

You can also go to my CafePress store and buy stuff with my artwork on it and have me do a portrait for you if you like. Find out more here and here.