9.22.2019

dimland radio 9-21-19 show notes


Shingles Vaccine Just As Rough The Second Time Around

I don't merely talk the talk. I walk the walk. Well, when it comes to vaccination, that is. I often talk about the importance of getting vaccinated on the show and I make certain I get my vaccinations. I also make certain my wife and son get theirs.
 
Vaccination may be the greatest achievement in medical science. They are safe and effective. When an anti-vaxxer is being your ear about them causing autism (they don't) just ask them, "Got polio?"
 
I will say this though. It's not an unusual reaction to get flu-like symptoms after receiving the shingles vaccine, which is given in two doses. A sore arm is also likely. However, not everyone reacts the same way. I did get flu-ish after both doses. In fact, at 4am the morning after I recorded this show, I woke up feeling as though I had full on flu. It was pretty bad.
 
I took some Tylenol and went back to bed. I was much better, but not 100%, when I got up later. I pushed through, because I'd rather have the flu-like symptoms for a couple days than shingles.
 
Here is more info on shingles and the vaccine. 

A Mysterious Power Outage Got Me Thinking

Last Sunday night, we had the power go out for just under an hour. It was usual in that there was no storm, no high winds, and the temperature was fairly moderate for a mid-September evening. So, it's a mystery about why the power would have gone out.
 
It was also usual in that in was pretty extensive. My parents, who live a mile away, also had no power and from what my dad could see the power was out as far as he could see. My son was online chatting with a friend in Tennessee, when we lost the lights. That friend said their power had just gone out, too!
 
That got my paranoid mind turning. What if it's another Carrington Event? Could it be a terrorist attack? What will we do without power?
 
No Monster In Loch Ness
 
 
A study of the environmental DNA present in Loch Ness showed what kinds of wildlife lives there. The evidence showed there are plenty of eels in the fabled loch, but they found no monster or prehistoric reptilian DNA. We can probably concluded there is no Nessie.
 
The news media jumped to the conclusion that Nessie is likely an eel. But Nessie could also be a misidentified boat wake or waves or a log or otters. Or it could be someone perpetrating a hoax as is the famous Surgeon's Photograph. It could be lots of things, but a monster? It doesn't look likely.
 
Uncropped and less impressive.
But there are tourist dollars to be earned, so the legend will undoubtedly continue.

Some Showed Up, None Stormed

 
The Storm Area 51 event came and went Friday. The turn out was just a bit less than the two million who said they were going on the event's Facebook page. The page was a joke, but it did seem as though many were serious and that was worrisome. If people really attempted to storm a military base that could result in some very unfortunate circumstances.
 
 
Well, attendance was underwhelming with maybe 3,000 people showing up.
 
Yes, but why bring the North Korean flag?
 Hey! There's always next year.
 
The world reacts.
In The Meme Time...

 
Not the official Pedantic Moment for this show, it's coming, I had to correct a couple things about this meme. First, the actual estimate of the number of people who attended Woodstock is closer to 400,000. It's the Joni Mitchell song popularized by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young that had the line "by the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong" that probably got people thinking there were 500,000 hippies in attendance. Eh, what's a 100,000 among friends?
 
Next, Jimi Hendrix played his legendary rendition of America's Nation Anthem at the crack of dawn on Monday. By the time he hit the stage, most all of the hippies had left. It's estimated that a mere 40,000 were present when he performed. Not a number to sneeze at, but certainly not half a million strong. It was the film that came out the next year that people learned by Hendrix's musical statement.
 
And brings me to my last point, which my wife clued me into. Sure, none of the hippies there protested the guitar god playing the anthem, but that's probably because Hendrix playing it, in the context of the event, was itself a protest.
 
Silly meme makers.
 
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: The Name Of The Band Is The Who!


It's a variation of the famous "Who's On First" baseball comedy routine made famous by comedy duo Abbott & Costello. It's from the the FoxKids animated series Animaniacs (1993-1998). The characters are Slappy Squirrel and her nephew Skippy. Somehow they find themselves at Woodstock in 1969 and go into the routine. Slappy wants to know the name of the band onstage. Skippy answers, "Who." And we're off on a nearly two minute ride of pure, white-hot, pedantic aggravation.

Skippy. The name of the band is The Who! Not Who.

Yes, I know that precision would ruin the routine, but I can't help it. I'm a pedantic Who fan!

Yes, I know I didn't say The Who fan, but in that context it is understood. Just as when saying you are a Beatles fan or Rolling Stones fan. But when asked the name of my favorite band, I answer, "The Who." Because that is their name.

I also talked about the routine as done by Abbott & Costello. Abbott the straight man of the duo has the information about the unusual names of his baseball team. He doles out he names quickly and Costello is too slow to catch on. Abbott is either oblivious to his friend's slow uptake or he's just an asshole who likes to make the little fellow suffer.

Also, Animaniacs wasn't the first to use the greatest rock band in the world in a variation of the classic comedy routine. In the 1970s the comedy troupe The Credibility Gap did an expanded version of it. This version not only featured The Who, but also the rock groups The Guess Who and Yes. And The Credibility Gap acknowledge in the routine on their album that they are ripping off a classic.
 
And here's a video version of The Credibility Gap doing their routine.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Your Phone Is Off The Hook, But You're Not' by X & 'Eighties' by Killing Joke
Second ad break bumpers: 'I Don't Remember' by Peter Gabriel & 'That's Entertainment' by The Jam
Closing song: 'Angler's Treble Hook' by $5 Fiddle

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9.15.2019

dimland radio 9-14-19 show notes


Cool Thing #1: New(ish) Who Song!

I must apologize for attempting to sing in this segment, but I didn't have clips of songs to play. Sorry.
 
Imagine my excitement when Friday morning I saw that my favorite band had released a "new" song. It is a new Who song, but it's a cover of a solo Pete Townshend song which he had released in 2015. I explained this was not the first time for there to be a Who version of a solo Townshend song, demos notwithstanding.
 
I like the Who version a little more than Townshend's. That where my attempt to sing comes in to demonstrate the growliness of Townshend's older voice. I don't know if he puts the growl on or if his aged vocal cords give him no choice but to sing that way.
 
I give a brief history of other Who songs released after 2000:
 
Real Good Looking Boy (2004)
 
Old Red Wine (2004)
 
Be Lucky (2014)
 
Ball And Chain (2019)
 
Solo Townshend songs since 2000:
 
Guantanamo (2015)The original version of The Who's Ball And Chain
 
How Can I Help You (2015)
 
If you think there was a lot of talk about The Who for this song, wait until the new album drops in November! Heh heh heh. 

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: University Avenue And The Twin Cities

My wife Amy suggested I listen to the true crime podcast produced in Australia called Casefile. It sounded intriguing as she described it, so I did. It's pretty good, but my pedantry kicked in when they profiled the Weepy Voiced Killer. I realize this pedantry might be a bit on the eye-rolling side, but that's pedantry for you.
 
The show can be forgiven since it is produced in Australia that the host, who is anonymous by the way, doesn't know how University Avenue is situated in relation to to Twin Cities. He describes it as splitting the two cities with St. Paul on one side and Minneapolis on the other. That's not how it runs. University Avenue runs through then Twin Cities, not between them.
 
Paper Straws

I had my first experience (at least an adult, but I can't remember back that far) with drinking a soda through a paper straw. Paper straws are becoming more common as a measure to protect the environment and turtles. The paper kind are biodegradable and less likely to end up choking out turtles.
 
That's good I guess, but...

Cool Thing #2: Network Television Brightened Harry Potter
 
The other evening NBC was playing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and I noticed something: I could see what was going on!
 
On the DVD version the Battle of Hogwarts scene, in which Lord Voldemort and his Death-Eaters and other magical beings attack the fabled school, is damned dark. I adjust the brightness level, but that doesn't help much. The darkness makes it difficult to see details. You can still tell what's going on, but it is a little frustrating.
 
NBC must have felt that same frustration and brighten the movie. Doing such did bring out missing details, but it also tended to flatten the look of the movie and expose some of the flaws in the CGI effects that had been hidden by darkness.
 
Cool Thing #3: Helena Bonham Carter
 
Helena Bonham Carter is a terrific actor. I don't think she gets enough notice for how good she is and in Deathly Hallows Part 2 she really shows why she's so good. In the scene in which Harry, Ron, Griphook, and Hermione as Bellatrix LeStrange (if you don't know Harry Potter, I'm not going to explain it to you - sorry) make their way into Gringott's bank, Helena really shines.
 
She is playing Hermione as Bellatrix and you absolutely see the mannerisms of actor Emma Watson in Bonham Carter's performance. In the scene of the group gathering on the beach to apparate to Diagon Alley (again, I'm not going to explain) as Bellatrix (really Hermione) approaches the group you swear it's Watson, but it's Bonham Carter. Incredible!
 
Links below:
 
This video has several Bellatrix moments including the Hermione as Bellatrix moments. Note the excellence. Spoilers! And in this you can see how dark the films are.
 
Behind the scenes with Helena Bonham Carter.
 
Seinfeld, Corbert, And Cosby And Separating The Artist From The Art

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld recently appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Cobert promoting his new Netflix comedy special - Jerry Before Seinfeld. The conversation turned toward Jerry's influences and Bill Cosby was discussed. Cosby contribution to comdey cannot be denied, but can his work still be viewed in light of what the world learned about the man.
 
Seinfeld had no problem separating the work from the man, the art from the artist. Cobert can't. There was a brief and interesting discussion. After the commercial bring, Jerry had changed his position...
 
Interview part one here and part two here.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'OK Wait' by Naked Raygun & 'Uncertain Smile' by The The
Second ad break bumpers: 'Rusholme Ruffians' by The Smiths & 'English Roundabout' 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

Please subscribe on iTunes! Just search for Dimland Radio in the podcast section. And if you could leave a good rating and a positive review it would be awesome.

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.

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