5.22.2016

dimland radio 5-21-16 show notes

Why I Like Flip Phones

Yes, flip phone are passe. My wife has let me know that. But the cell phone service I use, a pay as you go thing, has sent me a free phone. It's a flip phone which is so 2006.
 
I like it! It's like the phones in The Wire. It eliminates the accidental button pushing while in my pocket. Best of all, I can pretend it's a communicator from Star Trek: TOS.

I Know Steve Shives Is A Bit Controversial...

I like YouTuber Steve Shives. I mainly watch his 5 Stupid Things... series. Steve can get the internet riled up. Steve is a staunch feminist and has upset plenty of folks on the internets who don't agree with his brand of feminism. I don't always agree with him though. But we're human We're not always going to agree with each other, but I don't want to cut myself off from viewpoints I may not agree with. I don't want to live in an echo chambers, even if that would be more comforting.
 
 Anyway, Steve posted this sentence on Facebook:
 
"The hissy fits [emphasis mine] being thrown over a Ghostbusters movie no one has seen yet are as amusing as they are annoying as they are revealing." 
 
I thought it ironic that Steve, a fellow very sensitive to sexism (it's sexism that he is referring to when he says revealing in his comment) would use the phrase hissy fit. Hissy fit is a phrase that is a female based. I pointed that out.
 
Other commenters began to discuss the etymology of the phrase. It's hard to track down, but one stated it comes from the Greek word for womb - hystera. I never made anymore statements, but I had always associated "hissy fit" with a female based phrase. 
 
Steve obviously agreed and stated he would use the word "tantrum" instead and he replaced the sexist phrase in his original post.

Photographs Can Lie

I talked about something I learned from Jeff Wagg of the College of Curiosity about a photograph making the rounds on social media. The photograph appears to show a Kenyan police officer about to curb stomp a man laying unconscious in the street. It appears to show that, but that's not what is happening.

Go here to get the story from Mr. Wagg.
 
I mentioned this far less disturbing example of an optical illusion that Phil Plait had written about. Go here to check that out.
 
And I mentioned the film American History X in the curb stomping talk. The entire movie is on YouTube. Click here.

Music Of My Life

I got the idea from the podcast Geeks Without God and their recent guest Barb Abney. The following would be the tape I would make as my Music of My Life mix (not necessarily in the order I stated on the show):
 
Paul McCartney - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
Paul McCartney - My Love
Paul McCartney & Wings - Band on the Run
Cheap Trick - Dream Police
J Geils Band - Centerfold
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime
The Vapors - Turning Japanese
The Who - So Sad About Us
The Who - I'm One
The Who - Baba O'Riley
Pete Townshend - So Sad About Us/Brr
Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open the Door
Pete Townshend - Face Dance Pt. 2
Pete Townshend - Give Blood
Pete Townshend - Misunderstood
Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant
Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Christine
New Order - Perfect Kiss
Tones On Tail - Go!
Les Rita Mitsouko - Cest Comme Ca
Wire - Ahead
The Screaming Blue Messiahs - Wild Blue Yonder
The Replacements - I Will Dare
The Replacements - Unsatisfied
Husker Du - Celebrated Summer
Urban Guerrillas - Freeway Picnic Party
Suzanne Vega - Cracking
Pete Townshend - Slit Skirts
Sade - By Your Side
Lorrie Morgan & The Beach Boys - Don't Worry Baby
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians - The Man With the Lightbulb Head
 
I mentioned the Japanese new wave band The Plastics and their song Top Secret Man. It wouldn't go on (goon?) this tape, but I said I'd link to it and I keep my word.
Movie Recommendation: None

I didn't have time, but you could watch American History X.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Face Dances Pt. 2' by Pete Townshend & 'Go!' by Tones On Tail
Second ad break bumpers: 'Cracking' by Suzanne Vega & 'Earn Enough For Us' by XTC
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.

5.16.2016

dimland radio 5-14-16 show notes

This Skeptic Poops His Own Party

Being a skeptic sometimes means you poop the occasional party. You tell how that excellent, hilarious story that happened to a friend of a friend is just an urban legend. You let people know that green tea isn't a miracle weight loss product and/or it doesn't cure cancer. And that emergency room visits are no higher during a full moon than they are during any of the other phases of the moon.

But, sometimes, a skeptic can poop his own party. Last week I raved about The Who, the greatest band in the world. I talked about the concert I'd just seen and I pointed out how Roger Daltrey nailed the "YEEEAAAAHHH!" at the end of 'Won't Get Fooled Again'.

I was impressed, but it was also quite jarring that he nailed it so well. I even made an aside during the show wondering if they had somehow "sweetened" the scream.

Well, that wondering got this skeptic doing the skeptical thing: Trying to find an answer to this probably better left unanswered question.

I think I found an answer. There is a video of the entire concert I attended in Minneapolis. It's not the best audio and video quality, but it did confirm that that scream sounded damn good. Maybe too damn good.

I then found another video clip of the band performing the same song nearly a year earlier. There were a couple clues that made it clear to me. The scream was EXACTLY the same as when saw them two weeks ago. Also, that second video clearly shows Roger not quite getting the lip sync right.

Well, Roger is 72 and he sang everything else, so I'll cut him some slack and overlook being fooled this one time.

Alex Jones Is On Z Talk Radio Now...

..and I let station owner, Scotty Rorek, know that I intend to keep talking shit about the king of the conspiracy nuts. Mr. Jones hasn't met a conspiracy theory he doesn't at least think has some merit. Chemtrails, New World Order, mass shootings, etc. all fall under his paranoid gaze. And I will call him out whenever I can.

Scotty said, "No worries at all. Keep going."

All right. I will.

Dimland Radio ARGH!

I had an ARGH! this week dealing with what I call "I'm the only person in the world" syndrome. I had a few example, but the main ARGH! was aimed at people who park on a side street and throw their door open without checking for traffic.

That's a good way to lose a door.

Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Tigra The Were-Woman
 
Marvel Comics Group
An old comic book character caught my eye while cataloging comic books the other day. This female superhero was introduced to Marvel Comics fan as The Cat in 1972 and a couple years later she was transformed into part woman, part cat; thus came Tigra.

The pedantic moment comes from her subtitle "the Were-Woman", which is a play on the word werewolf. Well, the prefix "were" is Old English for man, so she's Tigra the Man-Woman.

Hmmm.
 
Movie Recommendation: Argo (2012) & Bridge Of Spies (2015)
 
Warner Bros.
I did a quick comparison of these two films depicting historical events. Both are good, but Argo does a much better job at building tension even though most viewers should already know the outcome.
 
DreamWorks Pictures
Both are well made and enjoyable, but I think Argo edges out Bridge of Spies.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Houses In Motion' by Talking Heads & 'Go' by The Replacements
Second ad break bumpers: 'Move Me' by The Woodentops & 'Running Up The Hill (A Deal With God)' by Kate Bush
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.

5.08.2016

dimland radio 5-7-16 "the who show" show notes

Second Easiest Show Notes I've Ever Done...
 
Photo credit: Steve Cohen/CityPages
Honestly, I had not intended for the show to be solely about the greatest rock band ever: The Who. I even had notes prepared for a few other non-Who related topics, but I just couldn't help myself. I just had to gush about my all-time favorite band.
 
I talked about the first time I saw The Who. I hadn't planned on it, because I wasn't much of a Who fan then. But, my friend had an extra ticket and asked if I would go. I said yes and my life has been a love affair with the band and Pete Townshend in particular ever since.
 
I also covered the other times I saw the boys in concert. Each concert was thoroughly enjoyed by me, but then why wouldn't they be? I'm a massive fan and The Who are the greatest rock band ever. Have I mentioned that?
 
As part of my Who indulgence show I included the story behind this current tour and it's postponement due to Roger's illness in the fall of 2015. That illness added close to seven months to what would have already been a yearlong wait. The tickets went on sale in October 2014 for a show that was originally scheduled to take place in October 2015. The concert was to be part of Amy (my wife) and my 14th wedding anniversary celebration, but, because of the postponement, it became part of our Mother's Day celebration.
 
Photo credit: Steve Cohen/CityPages
The concert took place in the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. The Target Center is located across the street from the legendary nightclub First Ave & 7th Street Entry. Before heading into the stadium, Amy and I went over to see the temporary memorial that has been put up by Prince's star on the wall of First Avenue. There was a posting on the wall from The Who paying tribute to Minnesota's musical genius.
 
I described the show. I talked about my favorite moments and about the crowd. I speculated about those elderly audience members and how they may have conducted themselves way back in the 70s when they were young and going to concerts.
 
There are two versions of my review of the concert online. A shortened version for the Stuck in the 80s blog and a more verbose version on my weekly blog at Warehouse Find, the official blog of Nostalgia Zone. And was able to find a YouTube video of the ENTIRE concert! It's not the best quality video or sound, but you will be able to see what I was talking about.

Movie Recommendation: None

I ran out of time, so no recommendation this week. You are on your own.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Another Tricky Day' & 'Athena' by The Who
Second ad break bumpers:  'Cry If You Want' & 'You Better You Bet' by The Who
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.