11.10.2019

dimland radio 11-9-19 show notes


A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: "These Walls Are Sheathed With Lead."
 
This moment is something I noticed the most recent time I watched the haunted house classic The Legend of Hell House (1973). I watch this movie most Octobers as part of my Halloween month horror movie viewing tradition. Something occurred to me this latest viewing.

My talking about the this pedantic moment meant I had to do quite a bit of spoiling of the movie. I tried not to give everything away.

It has to do with a secret room, electromagnetic radiation, and lead lined walls.
Emeric Belasco in his special room.
Bullshit Defending Bullshit
 
There's a discussion between two of the characters in Hell House. One is Ms Tanner. She's a psychic and she gets upset at Dr. Barrett's skeptical attitude toward her claims. She goes off on a little diatribe and uses the Bible to bolster her argument.

"Yeah, well. The Bible is bullshit, too, Ms Tanner."

No, Dr. Barrett didn't say that. I did.

An Item For The Gullible
 
Your cell phone will not hurt your naughty bits. This product is merely an attempt to extract money from the gullible. Just go with Fruit of the Loom or Hanes and stop worrying about cell phones and your junk.

Bride Of Frankenstein Is Not A Horror Film
It is often said that Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) is a sequel that is better than the original - Frankenstein (1931). Weeeeellll, maybe. If you like camp.

I prefer my horror movies to be horror and not camp. Bride just doesn't work for me. And the biggest reason it doesn't is Una O'Conner as Minnie.

The camp starts right of the bat with a ludicrously acted prologue meant to catch the audience up on or remind them what had happened in the first film. Then the new story begins. The camp takes a little break when the monster (Boris Karloff) is introduced. The monster is understandably upset and he lashes out at a couple peasants. There is promise that the film could become a monster's revenge against Frankenstein and the people of the village, but as soon as Minnie encounters the monster all pretenses of horror are dropped.
Watch the clip and note the change in the musical score as the scene goes from horror to camp. And watch the way Minnie reacts to seeing the monster had survived the fire. Her reaction is so cartoonish you will wonder if the movie is a comedy.

There are some interesting characters and nice cinematography, but there ain't no horror. Just lots and lots of camp.

However, Neil Gaiman loves Bride, so there's that. 

Cool Thing: Old Hollywood Trickery



How did they do those shots? Were those performers really putting their lives at risk? Didn't anyone hear the phrase "safety first"?

Well, there was some trickery involved and it's very clever and cool.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Delirious' by Prince & 'Since You're Gone' by The Cars
Second ad break bumpers: 'All That I Wanted' by Belfegore & 'Love Is A Stranger' by Eurythmics
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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11.03.2019

dimland radio 11-2-19 show notes


Baseball. One Last Time. (Until Next Season)

The 2019 World Series has concluded and the Washington Nationals are the champions of the baseball world. It was an entertaining series and one for the record books, because not one game was won by the home team. The series went all seven games with four in the Houston Astros' home park and three in the Nationals'. It has never happened in any American major sport that has a seven game championship series (baseball, basketball, and hockey) where the road team wins all seven games. Never.
 
It has happened where the home team wins all seven games. The Minnesota Twins did it in 1987 and 1991. (I mistakenly said 1992. Yikes! Everyone know the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992. Duh!).
 
And now baseball is over. Sigh.
 
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: But He Did Drop The Beer

It was in the top of the second inning of game five of the 2019 World Series when Yordan Alveraz of the Houston Astros hit a home run that just cleared the wall. A fan was returning to his seat, he had a can of Bud Light (some consider it to be beer and technically I suppose it is) in each hand, and he realized the ball was coming right at him. He didn't drop the beers or run for cover. He braced himself and the ball hit him in the chest then dropped to his feet.
 
He didn't spill a drop.
 
Until...
 
He went for the ball. His hands, filled with beer cans, dropped behind the wall as he and two other fans went for the ball.
 
Our hero came up with the ball. But not the beer.
 
A big deal (and a Bud Light commercial) was made out of his not dropping the beer when he was hit by the ball. And it was quite the sight to see, but the beer was eventually sacrificed, so he's not that much of a hero.
 
 

Inktober 2019. One Last Time. (Until Next October)
 
It came to an end on Halloween. The daily drawing challenge called Inktober was an enjoyable, if sometimes grueling (can drawing be grueling?), way to stretch my drawing muscles. I did pretty well to keep up, I even got ahead a few days when I was in the flow, but I did fall behind on the last day. It was part of the reason there was no show last week. It just got too busy.
 
I mentioned a few of the drawings and I thought you might like to see them. There was the prompt Treasure for which I drew Robert Newton as Long John Silver. (I even recommended watching the 1950 Disney classic Treasure Island.) The prompt Ancient brought the film The Exorcist (1973) to mind, which gave me the opportunity to join some others of the Inktober group in drawing naughty bits. And there was the prompt Dark, which I think inspired my best drawing of the month. I drew the hands of Boris Karloff as the monster in the Universal horror classic Frankenstein (1931).

I was really happy with those hands, but Facebook gave it a resounding "Meh." And then Facebook really seemed to like what I though was my weakest drawing of the month. It was for the prompt Injured that I drew a scene from the film Misery (1980). I just don't think it worked very well.

I also mentioned the final drawing of the month. The prompt word was Ripe and I went with a scene from the 1978 remake of the sci-fi horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Here are the drawings for your viewing pleasure:
 
Day 21:Treasure
 
Day 23: Ancient
 
Day 26: Dark

Day 29: Injured

Day 31: Ripe
 
It Ain't Easy Being A Skeptic

There is so much magical thinking and myth believing, and the spreading of such thinking, in the world it makes getting through the day as a skeptic difficult. My wife gets exasperated whenever I point out myths and errors in people's logic. "Can't you enjoy anything?!"
 
I gave a few examples.
 
There is no such thing as a sugar high.
 
Police detectives do not develop a sixth sense about when they will get called in on a case. It's called confirmation bias. They forget all the times they thought they might get called in and weren't, but remember the couple of occasions when their premonition proved correct.
 
And, no, Edgar Allan Poe was not thought of, at the time he died, having "a good long life" when he met his demise at age 40. 40 was not considered old in 1848, the year Poe died. It's true life expectancy at birth was approximately 38 years in those days, but that's because infant mortality rates were so high back then.
 
If a man lived to age 40 in 1850, as was about what Poe lived to be, his life expectancy was 66 years. No 40 year old in 1848 was considered old, except by kids maybe. People would having been saying the same thing we say today when we learn someone died at age 40:
 
"Too young."

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Erica's Word' by Game Theory & 'Let's Get Married' by Celibate Rifles
Second ad break bumpers: 'Away' by The Feelies & 'Nothing Turns Out Right' by The Mighty Mofos
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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10.20.2019

dimland radio 10-19-19 show notes


In The Flow

Athletes call it being in the zone. Creatives (musicians, writers, and artists) will call it being in the flow. And I'm sure there's a similar state for people pursuing other not necessarily creative or athletic endeavors.
 
It's a mental condition in which everything is working. You're hitting those long shots, getting just the right words, or, as in my case, the images are just pouring from your pen.
 
This past Wednesday night as I was getting ahead of schedule in the Inktober daily drawing challenge I was in the flow. Below are the results.
 
Day 17:Ornament
 
 
Day 18:Misfit
 
 
Day 19:Sling
 
 
Day 6: Tread

And for the hell of it, I mentioned the drawing for Day 16's prompt of Wild, so here's that one.
 
 
Christopher Columbus: An Exaggerated Evil


I may be stepping into some controversy here, but I don't think Christopher Columbus is the most evil man in the world. Should he have a national holiday? No. Should he be humanized and have his deeds put in perspective? Yes.
 
I will direct you to this video by Knowing Better. The host corrects some errors and misinformation that has been spread about the explorer who certainly had an impact on the world, for good and bad. I think Knowing Better makes a good case for setting the man in historical context.

A Dimland Radio ARRGH! Isn't Regular Yoga Bullshitty Enough?
 
First there was yoga, a relaxing, meditative, no impact, stretching and strengthening exercise. It has its bullshit baggage, but if you can ignore all that it's a decent way to exercise. But, then came:
 
Mommy and Baby Yoga. Puppy Yoga. Cat Yoga. Goat Yoga. Llama Yoga. If you prefer not to involve a baby or an animal in you stretching, there's Yoga in a Himalayan Pink Salt Room. Hot Yoga. Ariel Yoga.
 
Not quite the marketing nonsense that strikes your fancy?
 
Well, now there's Rage Yoga! Yoga in which you shout, swear, and rock out to some screamin' guitar solos. I wonder what the next yoga marketing scheme will be. Underwater Yoga? Yoga in a Treehouse? Honey Badger Yoga?
 
As my wife said when hearing about Rage Yoga, "Shut up and do your stretches!"
 
Movie Recommendation: Joker (2019)


Amy, Hayden, and I saw Joker last Sunday. We really liked it. It's not your typical comic book movie. It's a character study of a man named Arthur Fleck who is dealing with mental illness and tries to fit in with a society that doesn't take much notice of him. When it does it is to crap on him. He is slipping deeper into his illness. Society is also breaking down, mirroring Arthur's descent.
 
Joaquin Phoenix was the perfect choice for the role. His performance is terrific. We may have another actor receiving the Oscar for playing the Joker.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Walking And Falling' by Laurie Anderson & 'And I Moved' by Pete Townshend
Second ad break bumpers: 'Seconds' by U2 & 'Throw Your Arms Around Me' by Hunters & Collectors
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.

Images used under Fair Use.