6.16.2019

dimland radio 6-15-19 show notes


All Quiet In The Neighborhood

It's been quiet. Maybe a little too quiet.

Going To California

There won't be a new show next week, because I'm going to California to meet up with a couple friends I've only known online. It should be interesting and a lot of fun.
 
Unless they turn out to be serial killers. Then it would really be interesting.

Weren't The Confederates The Bad Guys?


I recently watched the 1940 Western Virginia City. It stars Errol Flynn, Randolph Scott, Miriam Hopkins, and Humphrey Bogart. There's a decided sympathy shown to the Rebels who were trying to get $5 million in gold from Nevada to the Confederacy, so the the War for States Rights could continue.
 
Yep, the War for States Rights. States Rights to keep slaves
 
The film even starts with a dedication to the Rebels. That indicated to me that this movie might have been based on actual events, but I couldn't find anything that confirmed this story was true.
 
Why would Hollywood show sympathy for the South when it comes to the Civil War? There was The Birth Of A Nation (1915), The General (1926), Gone With The Wind (1939), and other films that all overlooked the fact the war was about whether or not rich Americans could own people. I guess the studios didn't want to alienate Southern movie-goers.
 
There's also a horse falling stunt that made me recoil. Errol Flynn's character, a Union captain, is being chased on horseback by a group of Confederates, when he comes to quite a steep drop. It's almost a cliff it's so steep. He decides to attempt the decent, but midway down the horse he's riding starts falling head over hooves.
 
It was an actual horse doing the roll. It's very difficult to watch, but the horse appears to survive the fall as it immediately jumps up on its "feet". Yikes!
 
During my talk on my shock at the treatment of that horse, I was reminded of The Godfather and the infamous scene with a horse's head (a real horse's head) being left in the bed of a Hollywood studio executive. That's shocking enough as well, but what's even more shocking is that I am now older the actor Abe Vigoda was when he played to role of Salvatore Tessio! How is this possible?!
 
Abe at 50.
 
Me at 54.
 
The Valsalva Maneuver
 
No, that's not what they call that horse stunt in Virginia City. It's something one can do to equalize the pressure in ones ear as one is flying in a pressurized cabin.
 
I haven't flown very often, but the two occasions I traveled by air I suffered quite the sharp pain in my ears. The first time it happened I marveled at the prospect that everyone who flys experiences such pain, but they all seem to take it in stride.
 
Well, that can't be. I learned that some air travelers are susceptible to this discomfort and, obviously, I'm one of them. So, when you fly chew gum, yawn and swallow, or try the Valsalva Maneuver when you feel your ears plugging up, especially as your flight descends.
 
The New Documentary Always Amazing And The Justification Of Belief In Magic
 
A brand new documentary that follows the life, career, and friendships of magician/comedian The Amazing Johnathan is available on YouTube. It's an entertaining and truly touching look at this nutty performer's rise in the world of entertainment, an unexpected friendship, and dealing with a terminal diagnosis. It is well worth a watch.
 
Something is said in an outtake interview clip played during the end credits that sparked a topic for the show. It's the notion that those who want to believe magic is real cling to in their justification of their belief. They point to all that is still unknown to science. It's in there, they believe, that magic could exist.
 
That might be true, but, so far, of all the things that were unknown and are now known because of science, none can be attributed to magic. To quote Tim Minchin: "Throughout history, every mystery ever solved, has turned out to be not magic."
 
Here's Tim Minchin's Storm and a bit on magical thinking and the media's obsession with balance by Dara O'Briain. Both were referred to in my talk.

A Dimland Radio Science Zero: WHO

No, not the greatest rock band ever, but the World Health Organization. Normally, the WHO would be consider a Dimland Radio Science Hero for all the good work it does to fight the spread of disease and the keep the world population in good health, but recently the WHO has given promoters of alternative medicine something to point at as legitimizing their use of medicine by magic.
 
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is being included in the WHO's medical diagnostic guidelines. TCM is not science-based. It medicine by magic. And it's inclusion in the guidelines is, according to Dr. Steven Novella, " a full-throated endorsement of pseudoscience in medicine."
 
For that, the WHO is a Dimland Radio Science Zero.
 
Learn more here.
 
One Creepy But Cool Thing: The Dancing Pig (1907)


Little is known about this short film from 112 years ago. It's called The Dancing Pig and it shows a young woman being harassed by a man-sized pig in top hat and tails. Then the young woman turns the tables on the pig and gets it to dance with her. The film lasts about two minutes and ends with a closeup of the pig making faces and sticking out its tongue.
 
It's pretty creepy, but it's also pretty cool. The image of the pig smiling has been grabbed as a image from popular internet memes, so it might be familiar to you.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Highwayman' by The Highwaymen & 'Talking Doll' by The Screaming Blue Messiahs
Second ad break bumpers: 'In Between Days' by The Cure & 'Destination Unknown' by Missing Persons
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.

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6.09.2019

dimland radio 6-8-19 show notes


A Dimland Radio ARGH!

Neighbors. Most are just fine. Quiet. They take care of their properties. They wave. Maybe stop to say hello.
 
Then there are the assholes who don't give a shit about any of that. We have such a neighbor. He's the loud car guy I mentioned on the show a couple weeks back. In fact, we heard the loud car on one of the shows. Also in fact, he and the several other people who reside in his house own several cars. We think there are 10 or 11 cars connected to that house. No, he doesn't have an 11 car garage.
 
The cars are parked all over the place. And that's what led to an interesting encounter between loud car guy and his next door neighbor: An actual round of fisticuffs.
 
And I was at work when it all happened. ARGH!

Cool Thing #1: Air conditioner!

For the last five or six summers, the AC unit at the office had been slowly dying. Last summer it had stopped working altogether. It was just a loud fan.
 
I had attempted last summer to convince my boss to buy a new one. I researched, I complied a list of possibles at affordable prices, I sent it to the boss's wife (she controls the spending), but that just wasn't enough. I sat sweating all summer.
 
This year I started the process again. Again the feet of the boss's wife seemed to be dragging.
 
Enter my younger brother. He had a spare AC. The rest is pretty cool! Literally.

Left Lane Slowpokes Need To Move Over

The state of Minnesota has passed a law requiring slower traffic to keep right on the freeways. I learned long ago that if I'm driving in the left hand lane and a driver behind me wants to go faster than me, even if I'm speeding, I get out f the way.
 
On my Facebook page, my posting of this story and my comment mirroring what I said above, drew some cantankerous response. There was a bit of a back and forth debate, but I realized we weren't really in disagreement... 

Cool Thing #2: Keith Moon Article
 
Written by a musician, this article in The New Yorker from 2010 gives an intriguing take on the crazy awesomeness of the manic drumming of the best Keith Moon-style drummer in the world - Keith Moon.
 
It's cool!
 
Don't Declaw 'Em, Don't Keep 'Em Outside
 
A BBC article on the barbarity of declawing cats (and New York state's recent banning of the practice), a practice that is unthinkable in the UK, had a decided "aren't Americans awful" tone. But, as much as I dislike the practice of declawing, I really dislike the barbaric practice of allowing your cat to roam free outdoors. That's something the UKians really enjoy.
 
They'll say it's good for the cats to be free to practice their natural behavior. They'll say cooping cats up indoors will harm their psychological well-being.
 
Well, cats that part time pet owners allow outdoors face: Predators, cars, and feline (I mistakenly said female, whoops) viruses. Those were covered in the article with it making sure to note the predation was a bigger problem in the US.

However, the article neglected to mention: Fights with other cats or with dogs, parasites, infections, being stolen, tortured, or poisoned, and pregnancy. They didn't mention the damage cats can do to neighbors' property. The screen on my porch door got shredded by an outdoor cat trying to get at my indoor cat.

And the article also neglects to mention the damage outdoor cats do to biodiversity. Cats kill approximately 2.4 BILLION birds each years in the US alone.

So, you tell me. Both practices are barbaric, but which seems worse for the cat, the neighbors, and the birds?
 
Cool Thing #3: This Photograph

More pink than I expected.
The internet provided this cool thing. It was shared on Facebook: A color photograph (above) showing the living room set of the 60s TV comedy The Addams Family. I believe it is an actual color photo and not a colorized image. I hope I'm right because it is damn cool.
 
The 75th Anniversary Of D-Day And A Crazy Thing A Conspiracy Theorist Said

I had done a drawing (above) in honor of D-Day and posted it on Facebook. It was greeted by an interesting thought about what was really going on on D-Day. Oh, boy.


Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Me And Sarah Jane' by Genesis & 'Red Rain' by Peter Gabriel
Second ad break bumpers: 'If Hollywood Don't Need You' by Don Williams & 'Generals And Majors' 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.

Images used under Fair Use.

6.02.2019

dimland radio 6-1-19 show notes


The Big Scrub Job

Each year for the last several years, the janitorial service for which I work does a a big scrub and wax job of a small supermarket in Osseso, MN. I talked about some of the particulars of the job, but I also detailed a mugging and a close encounter with a deer.

More Sports Talk

As of this writing the Minnesota Twins baseball club still has the best record in the Majors. Although I still think the air is going to quickly exit this balloon, it's heartening to see this team do so well.
 
I brought them up again because they had suffered a humiliating loss at the bats of the Tampa Bay Rays, a team from the American League East division, which is a tough division that includes the Boston Red Sox and the Hated Yankees. And Tampa is a tough team to beat.
 
The Rays mopped up the diamond with my favorite team by a score of 14-3 last Thursday. Yikes! A friend texted me that that was it. The balloon was deflating. The season is over.
 
One sports' cliche remarks on the character of a team in how they respond to such a loss. If they fold, their previous success was probably a fluke. If the lose the next game, but give a good battle, don't give up hope. If they win, you just might have a great team on your hands.
 
The Twins won the next game, which was game two of a four game series with the Rays in Tampa. Hey. Maybe we do have a great team.
 
And then they won game 3. They still have the best record in the Majors.
 
This is interesting.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Oh, Yes, There's Crying In Baseball

Another example of how Hollywood got something wrong again. The film A League Of Their Own gave pop culture the phrase: "There's no crying in baseball." Well, that's wrong. In the past I have given other examples and on this show I give the most recent example.
 
Albert Almora Jr. of the Chicago Cubs was at the plate facing the Houston Astros, when he fouled off a pitch which was a line drive directly into the stands. Almora watched in horror as his line drive hit a four year-old girl. She was immediately taken from the ballpark to the hospital.
 
However, in the direct aftermath of that fouled off pitch, Almora was devastated that he had hurt that young fan. He went down to a knee, head in hands, completely shook up. When he went over to the area of the stands where the girl had already been removed he ended up crying on the shoulder of a security guards. Almora is a father himself and this moment was breaking his heart.
 
So, you can see, Hollywood, there is crying in baseball.
 
The good news is the girl is expected to fully recover.
 
Years ago ballparks throughout the Majors had extended the protective netting to the ends of the dugouts to help prevent these kinds of incidents. I'm guessing some teams, maybe all, will choice to extend the netting even farther.

It's It Ironic, Don't You Think?
 
During last week's exclusive download only show, I talked about how I thought the owners of Ark Encounter in Kentucky, the tribute to human gullibility in believing in fairy tales, suing their insurance company over rain damage to an access road to the folly wasn't really ironic.
 
My opinion was that it would have been ironic if the ark itself had been damage by rain, but not an access road. At least, not very ironic. Well, Facebook friends more smarter than me respectfully pointed out the error of my thinking. I realized they were right and I was wrong.
 
Hey. It can happen.
 
In Defense Of Snopes
 
Nobody likes to be wrong, including me, especially about strongly held beliefs. So when a website like Snopes.com comes along to find the facts and the truth about all sorts of urban legends, memes, and political claims, there will be folks who will dismiss those efforts. Often times the dismissal is to claim a specific political and social bias on the part of the debunking entity.
 
If Snopes debunks a myth about Pres. Obama, they are a bunch of bleeding hearted lefties. If that same website puts to waste a lie about Pres. Trump, well, obviously, the site is a right wing nut mouthpiece. I've heard Snopes disparaged in both of these ways, however lately the claim they are lefties is more prominent.
 
I went through an article that I think shows a more balanced approach. It confirms that Prs. Obama has been named "Most Admired Man in the World" 11 years in a row, according to Gallup. Of course, that's just one article. They could still be a bunch of pinko, dirty, red Dummycrats. Or hate-mongering, money-grubbing, corporate lap dog Republithugs.
 
It depends on the political and social leanings of the readers.
 
Three Cool Things
 
1) It's a little slow and you know how it ends, but this real-time computer-animated re-enactment of the sinking of the Titanic is awfully cool.
 
2) Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend were guests on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and they did a segment with the host and The Roots covering The Who classic Won't Get Fooled Again. The whole bunch is crammed into a small space as they play the song using interesting, kid-style instruments. It's fun and Fallon didn't annoy me as he usually does. And that's cool. (Well, he's still a little annoying.)
 
Based on an illustration by the great Frank Frazetta.
3) It's June, which means I did another drawing for the DIY calendar I'm doing for 2019. This month I drew a tardigrade, a way cool microscopic critter. A Facebook friend suggested it and I came up with a fun way to present it. I hope you think it's cool.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'O, Superman' by Laurie Anderson & 'Villiers Terrace' by Echo & The Bunnymen
Second ad break bumpers: 'Eye In The Sky' by The Alan Parsons Project & 'Institutionalized' by Suicidal Tendencies
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.