5.19.2018

dimland radio 5-19-18 show notes


I Make A Clarification

Last week, while I was talking about it being a bad idea to have America's National Motto "In God We Trust" displayed in public schools (it's also a bad idea to have that as our National Motto), I speculated as to what was the prayer that was said in public schools, before the Supreme Court ruled school prayer was unconstitutional. I thought it was The Lord's Prayer, but I wasn't certain.

I looked into it, but I couldn't find that there was a specific prayer, except in New York where their school students recited what was know as The Regents Prayer.

That doesn't mean The Lord's Prayer wasn't said in any schools, but I couldn't find an answer. If you know, drop me a line. drdim@dimland.com

Yanny Or Laurel

Sure, I talked about the unusual sound sensation that's been sweeping the nation. As another example of how we need to be suspect of our senses (remember the blue/black or white/gold dress?), I talked about what happened when some high school kids looked up the word "laurel" on vocabulary.com and played the pronunciation audio file. To some it sounded like yanny, not laurel. They posted their discovery online and within days loads of people are arguing over what they hear.

It seems that people who can hear higher frequencies hear yanny, while the lower frequency folks hear laurel. The hosts of the podcast Squaring The Strange discuss this phenomenon and this site has plenty of audio links to see how the pitch affects what we hear.

I hear yanny most of the time. This is odd since I have old ears, which don't hear the higher frequencies the way they used to. Perhaps I was primed to hear yanny. It's weird.
 
Alert! Alert! Black People Are Having A Picnic! Call The Police!

Some white people, I tell ya.
 
One white woman decided to die on the hill of stopping some black folks using a charcoal grill in a lake park's no charcoal grill section. Oh, the humanity! Did race play a part? I don't know, but the woman was being awfully petty.

The wife of one of the scofflaw grillers confronted the woman and the woman just wouldn't back down. She was pot committed, as the kids say. The wife, also a white woman, took video, in the landscape format, of the confrontation and that video provided the internet with plenty of meme making opportunities.
 
I think the complainer should have realized there are bigger problems in the world and minded her own business, even though she was technically correct. The picnickers were violating the rules of the park. But, come on.
 
I mentioned a few of the memes I saw. They were mostly pretty good and some were quite funny, but I think this one (below) is brilliant. No, it doesn't use the complaining woman, but it's turn about situation is great social commentary.
 
Brilliant!
 
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: That Cartoon Is Just A Demo



This Round-Up (Ahhh! Monsanto! AAAAHHHHHH!!) ad needed to be clear that the cartoon showing how to use this weedkiller is a demonstration. Really? A drawing isn't the actual thing? Huh. Do tell.
 
Movie Recommendation: Mother! (2017)



This biblical allegory written and directed by Darren Aronofsky didn't do well with a general audience. They may have found it too confusing and frustrating. I think it's supposed to be. We are supposed to inhabit Jennifer Lawrence's character (in fact, the camera rarely moves more than two feet from he face or back of her head) and she is confused and frustrated throughout the film.
 
Her much-older-than-her husband (Javier Bardem) is a poet who has been suffering from writer's block, while she restores His home which had been heavily damaged by fire. People just show up to the house and take over and the husband welcomes them.
 
There's comes a time of calm and inspiration when the husband regains His writing ability from news given to Him by His young wife. A new work of poetry is written and sent out to the world.
 
Then the world descends upon their house...
 
Three Cool Things
 
3) The yanny/laurel phenomenon is pretty cool and I think this image, inspired by the debate, is also pretty damn cool.
 
2) My wife and son gave me this VHS tape (yep, we have a working VCR) of the official MLB review of the MN Twins' 1991 World Championship season. Cool!!!
 
1) And in the video, is something very super cool: The Twins could actually beat the Hated Yankees!

It's been such a long time since...
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Saved By Zero' by The Fixx & 'Candyman' by Siouxsie & The Banshees
Second ad break bumpers: 'One Step Ahead' by Split Enz & 'Requiem' by Killing Joke
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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5.12.2018

dimland radio 5-12-18 show notes


It's Not True: Blucher Does Not Mean Glue
 
At the end of last week's show I blurted out that in the classic comedy Young Frankenstein Cloris Leachman's character name means glue in German. I had heard that not-a-factoid recently on the Dana Gould Hour podcast. I didn't verify and friend of the show, Michael, clued me in on it being a myth. There is no German word meaning glue, either a noun or a verb, that is in any way close to Blucher.
 
US Code, Title 36, Subtitle 1, Part A, Chapter 3, Subsection 301

I am not easily offended, but I am easily annoyed. And I find it very annoying to see people at sporting events standing with their hands over their hearts during the singing of God Bless America. According to the US Code, American citizens are to do that during the playing of our National Anthem - The Star-Spangled Banner. God Bless America is not our National Anthem, people!

I expressed that annoyance on the Facebook and someone attempted to tell me I was wrong. As if! When have I ever been wrong? Oh. Right. The Frau Blucher thing.
 
In the course of that social media discussion, I was a bit sloppy and I was called on it. I eventually set things straight by not attempting to paraphrase and just quoted directly from the Code. That went better. I need to be more clear.
 
However, there is one argument that, if made, I would concede the whole thing. Did someone make me concede?
 
The Thin Edge Of The Wedge

Can someone explain to me what it is with some Republicans and their obsession with getting their god back into the public schools? It's really quite disturbing how some feel it's fine to exclude certain students in the name of tolerance (and promotion) of the majority's religion.
 
Well, they say, "God" can be any god, not just ours (wink, wink).
 
Oh, really? Does that include those religions that worship multiple gods?
 
This all stems from Minnesota State Sentator Dan Hall's legislation that would allow public schools to install privately funded displays of the National Motto (it really shouldn't be our motto) In God We Trust. It's so good to know that all the other problems have been solved, because our state senate can spend its time figuring out how to combine Church and Sate. At least, the legislation doesn't mandate the display. Oh, Minnesota is so progressive!
 
This legislation is the thin end of the wedge to get kids saying the Lord's Prayer in school so things can be great again the way it was in the Senator's day. He even says it's a "good start."
 
I'm an atheist. My wife is an atheist. Our son is an atheist and he's in the public school system. Why, Senator Hall, do you want to exclude us?
 
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Taking Your Guns And Tombstone Meme


I know, for a Pedantic Moment I really ought to have everything straight, but I didn't have the image of the meme available, so I didn't get the wording exactly right, but I had the gist of it correct. Good enough. (You try to do an hour long show!)
 
As you can see, the meme above is an anti-gun control message. The person who made it used a gun protestor's admission of wanting to take guns away from law-abiding Americans to give their response. Their response was shown by using an image of Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) from the film Tombstone. Sort of, "Oh, yeah? Well, just try and take 'em."
 
Except. In the movie, just prior to the big gunfight at the OK corral, what was it Doc and the Earp brothers came to take from Ike Clanton and his gang? Hmmmmm?
 
The Clairvoyant's Clients Are Being Conned By Someone Other Than The Clairvoyant?

It appears a con is on. A second one. Well, you see, there's a clairvoyant woman in Scotland who has spent the last 30 years connin... er... building a clientele and some other con artist is attempting get in on the con... er.. I mean... umm.
 
Actually, the irony of this story is awfully fun.

In my opinion, her clients aren't only being conned by the outside party. She's also conning them and, because I'm sure she believes in her abilities, she's conning herself.
 
Three Cool Things
 
3) The monthly meet-up with the MN Skeptics is also cool, and this time a member who hasn't been to one in quite a while finally made it back. And that was really cool.

2) My wife clued me onto this comedy troupe called WomenComedy. It's all dudes, so I'm not sure how they came up with that name, but their videos are very funny and that's cool.
 
1) Facebook helped me solve a case of identifying a famous person at a ballgame. I took a few screen captures, so the quality wasn't the best. Despite the bigfoot level photo quality, the person was identified. Cool!

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'North Country Girl' by Pete Townshend & 'After The Lights Go Out' by Urban Guerrillas
Second ad break bumpers: 'Chance' by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry & 'Shadow Line' by The Fleshtones
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.

5.05.2018

dimland radio 5-5-18 show notes


A Little Tribute To My Departed In-Laws
 
Together again.
On May 4th, we gathered at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for a final send off for my wife's parents. Mom died in September 2013, Dad in October 2017. Their remains will be interred at Fort Snelling. They were sent off with full military honors as Dad was a Vietnam veteran.
 
A few friends and family were their for one final goodbye.

Who's Afraid Of Michelle Wolf?

It appears the President is. He didn't attend the White House Correspondents Association dinner at which comedian Michelle Wolf was a featured speaker. She let pretty much everyone have it. It was uncomfortable at times, but she wasn't lying. And she got me to laugh a few times.
 
There were more than a few people upset by her speaking truth to power, but there's the old saying: Don't dish it out, if you can take it. We have a President who loves to dish, but, judging by his absence and his (and others) reaction, he can't take it.
 
This image should put things in perspective:
 
Yes. Yes, she did.
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Hawaii Five-O Has An Outstanding Police Sketch Artist

Talking about Ms Wolf's roasting performance got me talking about other featured speakers. One also ruffled feathers, the other was a very, very safe choice. First was Stephen Colbert and he made President George W Bush pretty uncomfortable. And give credit to W. He was there.
 
The other was Rich Little. He was featured the following year after Colbert. He couldn't make anyone uncomfortable. Unless, that is, you watched him attempt to act.
 
Little was a guest star of an episode of the original Hawaii Five-O. He played a revenge killer, who was killing drug dealers he held responsible for the death of a young woman he loved. He also happened to do impressions, you know, because Rich Little does impressions. Makes sense.
 
The Pedantic Moment comes from a sketch of the suspect. One of the murdered drug dealers was killed in a motel and the manager of the motel was asked what the man who rented the room looked like. She didn't know.
 
She was vague when talking to McGarrett (Jack Lord). She was sent to work with a police sketch artist to see what they could come up with.
 
Her assessment of the sketch was, "Not a spitting image, but it's OK."
 
This is a screen capture of that sketch:
 
The killer is... Rich Little?!
Lady! That is the definition of "spitting image!"
 
Playing The Gadfly Again

I pointed out that Trump did not called Mexicans rapists. He was talking about illegal immigration and the kinds of people who are coming from Mexico. He said:
 
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
 
Sure, it's not a great thing to be saying and it might not even be true, but he didn't say, "Mexicans are rapists."
 
I also asked if this whole Korean peninsula peace and denuclearization thing happens, should Trump get any credit? Should he get the Nobel Peace Prize?
 
Of course, there are plenty of people who think he shouldn't, but I now of one guy who says he should: Moon Jae-In, the President of South Korea. Is he right? I dunno.
 
Three Cool Things
3) I recently learned how to do screen captures on a Mac. Not thrilling, but I think it's cool.

2) I finally got to wear my suit. It was for the military ceremony for my in-laws.
 
 
1) A solemn occasion, yes, but the ceremony at Fort Snelling was pretty cool.
 
Song Comparison
This might not be fair, but what the hell? When I was in my 20s I thought Violent Femmes' song Please Do Not Go was a good, angst-filled song about unrequited love. But now that I'm in my 50s, I don't think it holds up.

But the song About Today by The National is a song written by adults about a longtime relationship coming to an end. It just kills me.
 
Art is subjective. Check the links. What do you think?
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Everyone A Puzzle Lover' by 10,000 Maniacs & 'Golden Brown' by The Stranglers
Second ad break bumpers: 'Once In A Lifetime' by Talking Heads & 'Nocturnal Me' by Echo & The Bunnymen
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.