12.21.2014

dimland radio 12-20-14 show notes

My Skeptical Core Rocked?

I reminded my listeners of the story I told of Michael Shermer's skeptical core rocking back on my November 22nd show. Recently, I had one as well. It involved the 70s mother of all paranormal TV shows: 'In Search Of...'
 
But first...

Women's Underwear Part One

While watching an episode of 'In Search Of...' on haunted castles that featured a re-enactment of a ghost encounter in 1880 or 1890. There were two sisters driven crazy by the experience. One was preparing for bed dressed in a nightgown that was modest as one might expect in Victorian England. However, if your eye is as used to checking out certain areas of women's bodies as mine is (I know - patriarchy), you would notice she was wearing rather modern (modern for the 1970s) panties. 
 
Anyway, My Skeptical Core Rocking 
 
So, Amy and I were watching our DVD collection of 'In Search Of...' and the episode on the Oak Island Money Pit Mystery. I remembered the episode, but my wife hadn't seen it before, so the Money Pit was new to her. After that episode, I played for her the Skeptoid Brain Dunning had done examining the mystery. There is a far more likely explanation - a natural explanation.
 
The Braveheart Battle Speech Cliche 
 
It seems that since Mel Gibson made 'Braveheart' that the pre-battle speech used in his film has become cliche. At least, that's how it seems to me. I suggested that Hollywood just cut some production costs and drop in that scene from 'Braveheart' into any movie with that cliche.
 
But, I also mentioned two pre-battle speeches in two great films that, for me, surpass that stirring 'Braveheart' original speech. They are: 1) Patton's address to his troops at the beginning of 1970's brilliant biopic 'Patton'. A speech performed perfectly by George C Scott in his best known role, and 2) from 'Saving Private Ryan' it's the talk Tom Hanks as Capt. Miller gives his men as they approach Omaha Beach in the invasion of Normandy. He and his Sargent simply remind the men of their training with Hanks ended his understated talk with, "I'll see you on the beach."

Women's Underwear Part Two

As part of a rant about how pointless I think the Grammys are. I mean XTC has never been nominated. And they are awesome. The Grammys just award those artists who are popular and have sold a lot of records, but the best of them, right?
 
That's what I thought. Or I tried to think. But I just learned Charli XCX has been nominated for two Grammys. Perhaps she's great. I'd never heard of her until she appeared as a musical guest on David Letterman's show.
 
Well, I don't know about her singing talents.
 
I did, however, notice how she was dressed. She was wearing underwear and looked pretty good. I also noticed that her panties were loose fitting and revealed, not everything, but quite a lot. Ahem.
 
Last Minute Thoughts  
 
After the show, I had ended I realized I still had a minute or two left, so I postulated that this whole Sony email hack, not releasing 'The Interview', 'Team America' being pulling from being a suitable replacement, etc. are all part of an elaborate conspiracy to keep what looks like an awful movie from being released.
 
Hang on. Conspiracy? What show is this?

Movie Recommendation: None This Week

I didn't think of a movie for this week, but watching 'Patton', which I've recommended before, would be a good choice.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Limelight' by Rush & 'Earn Enough For Us' by XTC
Second ad break bumpers: 'Senses Working Overtime' & 'Ballet For A Rainy Day' 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.
 

12.15.2014

dimland radio 12-13-14 show notes

Reality Shows

We don't have cable, so we miss out on a lot of those flip my house or renovate my house shows, but we were visiting my father-in-law and he has cable. So, we caught an episode of some house buying/fixer up show (Property Brothers) that features twin brothers.One brother helps land the deal on a good house, the other is a contractor who fixes it up.

Well, I don't care for "reality" shows, because they just ain't real. The couple whose new house is being renovated, (which the show refers to as reno, by the way) keep "acting" impatient and a bit demanding. These people had been living in the basement of the guy's parents' house. Relax!

Of course, the producers of the show push the couple to act that way, I'm sure. Call me a cynic, but I don't buy it.

And the show ends on budget, in time, and the couple loves it. I'm assuming this happens every show.

Give me This Old House.

Thomas Kinkade, Painter Of Crap

Maybe it's a bit of sour grapes, because Kinkade made money hand over fist for his incredibly lame art. The masses just loved it. Painter of light? You know who was a painter of light? Rembrandt! van Gogh! Monet! They were painters of light, not this hack.

This is a painter of light! (Rembrandt)
This is a painter of light! (Van Gogh)
This is a painter of light! (Monet)
This is a painter of crap! (Kinkade)
So each year, just after Christmas, because they are on sale, I buy greeting cards to send out the next year. (Yes, I send Christmas cards.) What I look for are cards with a secular Christmas message. I ain't sending any religious messages.

So, I was filling out this year's cards when I realized the cover art was by Thomas Kinkade, painter of crap. God damn it!.

Dimland Radio Science Hero: Keith Law

In mid November, pitching legend Curt Schilling took to the Twitter to demonstrate that he doesn't understand evolution. "If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys." Sigh. That is a common question of those who never learned about one of the strongest supported by evidence theories known to science.

Schilling is a contributor to ESPN and a fellow contributor, Keith Law, took to the Twitter to counter Schilling's ignorance. Law's Twitter account was suspended. Nothing happened to Schilling.

A few days later, Law had his account reinstated. ESPN said it wasn't suspended because of his views on evolution, but they were unclear as to why.

"Eppur si muove." was Law's first Tweet after reinstatement. Click here to learn what he meant.

I Must Be Getting Old...

I don't like the look of the current style of men's suits. They look too small and ill-fitting to me. Maybe, I'm just old.
It looks uncomfortable to me.
 My Dad Is Old...

This past Friday was the memorial service for my Uncle Dick. It was a very nice service. There was plenty mentions of God and prayers, but I kept my composure.

My father, however, had no problem with God and praying, but he did find the pastor a tad long-winded. He muttered as much to my younger brother, but Dad could be heard by those not sitting right next to him. Including the pastor.

Movie Recommendation: Apollo 13 (1995)

Imagine Entertainment
A very good telling of the "successful failure" of Apollo 13. It was to be the third mission to the moon, but an on board explosion made the mission one of getting the three astronauts home alive.

Well directed by Ron Howard with a fine cast featuring: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, and Kathleen Quinlan.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Wolves, Lower' by REM & 'Watusi Rodeo' by Guadalcanal Diary
Second ad break bumpers: 'We Care A Lot' by Faith No More & 'We Got The Beat' by The Go Go's
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.

12.07.2014

dimland radio 12-6-14 show notes

 
I Know I Said I Wouldn't Do It, But...

I just had to talk a bit more about Ken Burn's Baseball. Last week I went on about how Mario Cuomo was a drag on the series. He's so dower. I also mentioned how he is such a politician that he tries to sell us on the idea that he loves the bunt. Nobody loves the bunt!
 
So, I continued watching the documentary and in the 10th Inning, the follow up to the main series, a journalist and baseball fan, Michael Barnicle, backed me up. He was talking about the steroid era and he made the point that ball players watch the highlights on Sports Center. He said, "There's no highlight films of bunts."
 
Thank you! 10 points, Mr. Barnicle.

Pedantic Moments
 
In some parts of the world this is accurate.


 
I had more than one for this show. I started with a graphic I stopped on Facebook. The creator of the graphic was bothered by Americans being called Americans. They attempted to claim that North and South America are one continent. That's not what I learned in school.
 
However, people in Spanish speaking countries do learn that in school. I thought the seven continents was universal. I guess not. You can learn more here.
 
Still, the United States of America is the only country in the world with America in its name. That makes it acceptable to call it America for short and its citizens are Americans. What else would you call us?
 
Then I went into more pedantry by talking about an episode of The Night Gallery. This classic TV show by Rod Serling featured stories of supernatural themes with twists fitting of Serling's other series, The Twilight Zone.
 
This particular show had Jack Cassidy using astral projection to exact some revenge on his young wife and his doctor with whom he believed she was having an affair. In his ghost-like form he was still able to move around and walk through walls. How do ghosts do that? How do intangible beings propel themselves? How does he pick up an object he intends to use as a weapon? How does that object pass through walls and is then able to crush the victim's skull?
 
Jack Cassidy on The Night Gallery
As I discussed this particular pedantic moment, another one occurred to me. Jack Cassidy was married to Shirley Jones back in the day and she starred in The Partridge Family. I recently saw an episode from the first season, in which the family was dowsed in skunk scent.
 
Somehow the group ended up in a hospital to perform for the sick kids. Instead of giving the family gowns or scrubs to wear, they were given various other outfits. And for some reason the gals all wore hats. Why would they wear hats?
 
Anyway, I noted that Shirley Jones, in the outfit she was wearing, looked...hot.
 
See what I mean?
Sad News

We had a death in the family. My Uncle Dick died on Tuesday of lung cancer. We thought he had gotten past it when, in August, his doctor's classified him as a cancer survivor. It didn't last long. The cancer returned and he went into at home hospice. It didn't take long for the disease to run its course.
 
Uncle Dick was a good guy. Not perfect, but who is? He had a great ability for story-telling and he loved his corny jokes. He loved baseball and he got to work at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, where he was well liked by everyone.
 
I related a couple stories about him and let everyone know he will be missed.

Movie Recommendation: Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)
 
MGM
Ok, I haven't seen this one, so I don't know if it is any good. It's a musical and I usually don't care for them. But, it was my Uncle Joe's favorite movie. Uncle Joe was Uncle Dick's twin brother. He had died in the spring of 2013, so to honor them both I recommended it. If you watch it, let me know if it is any good. Email me at drdim@dimland.com or comment below.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Villiers Terrace' by Echo & the Bunnymen & 'Vamos' by Pixies
Second ad break bumpers: 'The Village' by New Order & 'Vanishing Girl' by The Dukes of Stratosphear
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.