11.17.2014

dimland radio 11-15-14 show notes

Shit Week Explained

My Facebook friends have been seeing me post vague comments about last week being shit week. On this show, I explained it was about the load of work needed to be done to get my in-laws' house ready for close. That's what made it shit week. There was a shit ton of work to do.

We got it done. We had help from my younger brother, Steve, that went a long way in getting finished. I'm not sure we would have, if not for his help. Thanks, Steve! 100 points!

And Amy worked herself to exhaustion. Physically and emotionally. 100 points!
 
Never Found In The 80s: Rockpile

My most recent Never Found artist for my guest blog column on the Stuck in the 80s blog is Rockpile. Rockpile featured two fairly well known musicians: Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe, however they never had a song crack the Top 40. Their history is a bit complicated.
 
I Am 50!

Remember how it was a big deal when Mick Jagger turned 40 in 1983? Pete Townshend even wrote an article for Rollling Stone magazine about it.

Remember how old Wilford Brimley looked in the movie 'Cocoon'?

Well, Jagger being 40 and Brimley looking old is nothing. I just turned 50!

I didn't mention the Jagger thing, but I did talk about Brimley looking so old in that movie. Why he must have been ancient when it was made. Nope! He was, you guessed it, 50.
 
This is 50...and so is this.
I speculated as to why, in my mind, I don't "feel" 50. In that same mind, I "feel" as though I'm in my 20s, but a look in the mirror and my aching knees, feet, back, and other parts remind me that I ain't in my 20s.
 
Double Blinding Police Detectives

I saw a news story the other day about a woman who had wrongfully accused a man of raping her in 1984. Jennifer Thompson thought she had remembered her attacker's face and she thought she had been a good witness when she identified Ronald Cotton as that attacker. However, people are very bad eyewitnesses. They can be influenced, intentionally or not, by investigators, prosecutors, the news media, and others.
 
Thompson was shown a photo array and a live line-up of suspects and she picked out Cotton both times. But the line-ups were not blinded to the detectives and they may have influenced her identification.
 
After years in prison, DNA evidence found that Ronald Cotton was innocent. He was set free and he and Thompson have become good friends. They are taking their story to the public to, in part, inform people of the unreliability of eyewitness testimony and that it is important to double-blind police suspect line-ups.
 
20 Dick Moves At The Grocery Store

I spotted this list on the internets and I thought it would be interesting to talk about. The list doesn't include my biggest complaint about grocery shopping: people pushing their carts down the wrong side of the aisle. I hate that!
 
Brushing Teeth BEFORE Breakfast
I was flipping channels the other day, when I stumbled upon this bit of the show Cougar Town. It's a song about the morning routine of the character played by the Botoxed Courteney Cox. The song states that she gets up and brushes her teeth. She does a couple other things and then she eats breakfast. She brushes her teeth BEFORE eating breakfast? Really? How's that orange juice tasting, Courteney?

Movie Recommendation: None This Week

I didn't have time to recommend a movie, so you are on your own this week.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Show Me' by The Pretenders & 'Seen and Not Seen' by Talking Heads
Second ad break bumpers: 'Sleepless' by King Crimson & 'She's Tight' by Cheap Trick
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.

11.09.2014

dimland radio 11-8-14 show notes

Gonna Be A Busy Week

We've been dealing with my in-laws' house a lot lately. Well, really Amy's been doing most of the work. So much stuff to get rid of or store. Will we get it done in time for the closing?

We'll see.
 
Cats Are A Nocturnal Pain In The Neck

Our cat got me a bit upset the other night. I was trying to get some sleep and she wanted attention. I nearly threw her out, but, realizing I really couldn't do that, I gave her some attention. She then allowed me to get some sleep.
 
Hollywood Was Worse Than I Imagined

I ran across an old Western starring Randolph Scott the other morning. It's called 'Western Union' and it was released in 1941. The scene I watched featured several Indians approached a crew of nervous cowboys protecting a Western Union stagecoach. Scott told his men to stay calm and hold their fire.
 
I started an inner dialogue playing the scene out with my expectation that the Native Americans wouldn't be depicted unstereotypically. But, as bad as I thought it would be, it was worse.
 
Political Kindergarten

So, the mid-term elections are over and the sky is falling. This is the worst thing to ever happen. The world is coming to an end. That is if you lean Democrat. The Republicans are pleased.
 
I, once again, stated that things aren't as black and white as people tend to think. And I wondered when disagreeing came to mean hating. There is a graphic being shared on the Facebook that is a straw man and an ad hominem argument. The statement is, "Republicans hate Obama more than they love America." Sure, they do, because they don't support every one of the president's policies.
 
Really? The opposing party opposes the president? Get that feather out and knock me over.
 
I also mentioned how happy I am to see the political ads having gone away. And I observed that the ads against Al Franken mentioned that Franken, a Democrat, voted 97% on the said of the President, another Democrat.
 
No shit!
 
More Of Me On The Internets

I've been a little busy on the internets lately. I appear on Assault of the Two Headed Space Mules hosted by Douglas Arthur. We talk about the unusual horror film 'The Lair of the White Worm'.

I have another Never Found in the 80s posted on the Stuck in the 80s blog. This time you can find Fishbone. I never saw the band play. I'm not sure why, just never did.
 
And, speaking of Stuck in the 80s, I just did a guest co-host appearance on their podcast. It was great fun and should be posted soon. I'll let you know.
 
Alan Alda And Dowsing
 
Alan Alda hosted the PBS science series American Scientific Frontiers. One show had a segment focusing on the pseudoscience practice of dowsing. They do a good job showing through the scientific method that dowsing doesn't work. Spoiler alert!
 
Movie Recommendation: Rock For Kampuchea (1979)
 
Almi Cinema 5

This is a concert film. The YouTube link states it's a different cut from the original film, but it's still a nice window on the musical time period. It features The Clash, The Specials, The Pretenders, Queen, Wings, and The Who. Check out the link!
 
Pete Townshend and Paul McCartney. Pete isn't wearing the silver outfit as everyone else is and he's quite drunk.
 

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Running Up That Hill' by Kate Bush & 'Replica' by Man Sized Action
Second ad break bumpers: 'Rough Boys' by Pete Townshend & 'Rocket from a Bottle' 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.

11.03.2014

dimland radio 11-1-14 show notes

My Halloween Show...Sort Of

I didn't really do anything very special for this Halloween show, but I did do a very extended movie recommendation segment. See below.
 
Cleaning Out The Old House

We, but my wife mainly, have been dealing with my father-in-law's house. We have it sold and we have to get everything up. We filled one dumpster already and have another one on the way. We filled our minivan with lots of old electronics to be recycled.

I told the tale of getting all those electronic odds and ends recycled. I'm very thankful to one Best Buy employee who did me a solid.
 
The Fall Classic

The World Series have come to an end and the San Fransisco Giants are once again world champs. I talked about that game seven pitching performance of Madison Bumgarner and how it was even more impressive when compared to the amount of postseason games played. In the old days, pitchers didn't have as many playoff rounds to get through. For decades it was win the pennant and then play the World Series. It hasn't been that way for a while now.

Hurray For Rikk Wilde

A very human moment took place during the the award presentation after the World Series. A fellow named Rikk Wilde wasn't the most prepared person when he stepped up to present Bumgarner with the keys for a brand new Chevy Colorado truck, but he was the most memorable and sympathetic.
 
#technologyandstuff
 
Catcalling In NYC

I touched on the viral video of a young woman walking the streets of NYC that depicts how men in New York like to catcall and harass women as they walk by. I talked about the power of editing and that it is probably possible to make another two minute long video out of the 10 hours of filming that would show her being left alone. The video has sparked a discussion and I find it interesting.
 
More videos have been made and more opinions have come out. There's a parody video showing a man's walk through NYC and a serious video showing another man's walk. I may have to revisit this topic.
 
There's also this article on research methodology.

John's Pick-Up Technique
 
Years ago, in my bachelor days, my friend John and I would hang out a various clubs around the Twin Cities. The catcalling video and the fact that John and I are not catcallers brought to mind the time John asked a young woman if he could buy her a drink.
 
This was totally shocking to me at the time. This was something John just doesn't do, but he did it that time. But, he did it in his own wry way.
 
The Sad Story Of Boyd Bushman
 
Well, I hope Bushman's life story isn't sad, but his public statement and evidence presentation just prior to his death was pretty damn sad. Bushman called himself a scientist, which he meant have been, I don't know if engineers are considered scientists, but he for a scientist he sure didn't know what makes for good evidence.
 
A video promoted by Art Bell shows Bushman displaying and talking about his photographic evidence. The quality of that evidence is laughable. Or would be if the whole thing weren't so sad and pathetic.

There's more here and here.

Movie Recommendation: My Baskins-Robbins Approach

During the month of October, I changed my profile picture on my Facebook page to a different horror film each day. I also wrote a brief description of each film. So, I went through that list at the end of the show. I hope these are all available. Here is the list:
 
The Wolf Man (1941)
Them! (1954)
The Mummy (1959)
Black Friday (1940)
The Exorcist (1973)
House of Wax (1953)
The Raven (1935)
The Blob (1958)
Nosferatu (1922)
Alien (1979)
White Zombie (1932)
The Thing (1982)
The Mummy (1932)
Frankenstein (1931)
Dracula (1931)
Halloween (1978)

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Quite Unusual' by Front 242 & 'Qu'est-Ce Que C'est Que Ca' by Pete Shelley
Second ad break bumpers: 'The Quiet One' by The Who & 'The Queen & The Soldier' by Susanne Vega
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.