1.20.2019

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I Was Challenged

This is the actual story.
You may recall a story I told a couple shows back about a skeptic sharing a bit of fake news on Facebook. It was my position that they should have known better. They should have taken the time to make certain the story was true and that the site was a reliable source for news.
 
At the time I did a quick Google search using the story's headline - Georgia Man Cuts Off His Own Penis To Stop Masturbating. I added "Snopes" to the headline and immediately found an article on Snopes debunking this bit of fake news.
 
Done and done.
 
However, a friend of the show challenged me to do a deeper dive. So, I did. I tell the story of that deeper dive on the show.

New Year's Resolutions

Normally, I make only one resolution each year and it's always the same: I resolve each year to live to see the next year. One of these years I'll break that resolution.
 
But this year, I realized I had made two other resolutions. It wasn't an intentional thing, I was just thinking that I was determined to finally finish a portrait I had started and had been tickling at for a couple years. I also had been thinking I was determined to be a more positive and less snarky presence on Facebook. Not that I won't ever snark, but I'll try to tone it down a bit.
 
Then it hit me! I just made two resolutions! Heaven help me!
 
Well, let's see how I do.
 
An Examination Of Lazy Photoshopping

Look at those poorly Photoshopped big pants!
Someone thought it would be funny to make Pres. Trump look fat by Photoshopping really big pants on him in the official holiday photo the President and First Lady took last year.
 
Oh, har, har! Look at the big pants!
 
I used the photo to explain how to spot poorly done photo fakery.
 
Of course, one could just do a quick Google search to find the actual image.
 
 
A Dimland Pedantic Moment: Listener Questions Are Questionable



I have been listening to and really enjoying the Slate podcast Hit Parade. It's a monthly podcast on which host Chris Molanphy examines some aspect of pop music history. I don't always care for the music, but I still find the podcast fascinating.
 
The main show comes out near the end of each month, but they release a mini episode as a connection between shows in the middle of the month. They call it The Bridge episode. On the bridge podcast the host and one of the show's producers will follow-up on the previous show and preview the next show. They also have a listener call in to partake in a three question trivia challenge. The first question of the challenge has to do with the previous show's topic, while the second and third questions relate to the upcoming show.
 
Then the listener gets to attempt to stump the host with a trivia question. The implication being the listener crafts the question themselves, except, call me cynical, the question also has to do with the upcoming episode and they sound too professionally written.
 
Hm. Am I being pedantic or am I being cynical?
 
Three Cool Things

Skeptics to the left of me, birders to the right...
1) The above photograph was taken be my friend Craig at the most recent MN Skeptic's meet-up. A meet-up that happened to coincide with another group that Craig meets with: A gathering of birders for talking about birds and drinking beer. It was an usually crowded night for the skeptics. The birders were pretty cool.
 
2) Craig also clued me onto this young musician from Germanland. Her name is Sina (pronounced See-Nah. I got it wrong on the show.) She's very talented and has quite the appreciation for the music I like. How can I not like this kid?! She posts videos of herself playing the drum parts of famous drummers flawlessly. Her videos include her explaining why Ringo Starr was great, there's an absolutely beautiful version of The Beatles' Something with Avonlea an equally young and talent singer, and there are videos of Sina playing Keith Moon's part on My Generation and Won't Get Fooled Again. Kids today! I tell ya!
 
3) The decidedly not cool and not punk novelty album Chipmunk Punk by Alvin & the Chipmunks is horrible. I explain why it ain't punk. It has covers of songs by Linda Ronstadt, Tom Petty, Queen, and Billy Joel - punk icons all. This album is so not punk, it might just be pun... Um. Hang on...
 
Anyway, on my Spotify I came up with a punk alternative listing of songs Alvin & Co could have covered. And that's cool. If I say so myself.
 
You can find and follow me on Spotify. Search Jim Fitzsimons and you'll find my playlists.
 
However, here's the list with links!
 

Just imagine those songs as sung by those pesky rodents.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Nocturnal Me' by Echo & The Bunnymen & 'Twilight Zone' by Golden Earring
Second ad break bumpers: 'How Soon Is Now' by The Smiths & 'Electric Lash' by The Church
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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1.12.2019

dimland radio 1-12-18 show notes


I Was Wrong
 

If you read the show notes from last week you will know that I was wrong in the Dimland Radio ARGH! segment. I thought the song Auld Lang Syne was replaced by New York, New York as the first song heard in the new year.

Well, the traditional song was played, but not for long.
 
It's still an ARGH! just not as argh-y as it was when I thought the song was skipped entirely.
 
Check out last's week show notes here.

A Dimland Radio ARGH!: Jury Duty

For third time in my adult life I have received the summons to do my civic duty and report for jury duty next month. Great. Now I'll have to burn my three personal days and two days of vacation (assuming I need to be there the whole week), so that I can continue to pay the bills.
 
Great. Just great.
 
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Admonishments
 
It's making me hungry now.
Well, maybe not a thousand, exactly. But, when I smartassedly decided to, for the first time ever, take a picture of a meal I was about to eat and post it on Facebook, I was admonished for suggesting a Quarter Pounder with Cheese Meal from McDonald's is food.
 
It is food. Maybe not great food, but it's food.
 
Try telling that to some people.
 
One Cool Thing

I only had time for one cool thing this week.

I was invited to contribute to an art show in Minneapolis. It's at Solid State Vinyl Records and the art assignment was to take an existing album cover and make some new art out of it. I decided to do something that would both reflect my sense of humor and my skepticism.
 
The original.
I took the Disneyland record of scary sound effects The Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House and converted it to The Thrilling Sounds of the House. It turned out OK.
 
My version. It's a little distorted due to it being a photograph and not a scan.

Are These The Sexiest Videos Of All-Time?
 
Ginger Lynn Allen
 
On the one snarky, celebrity gossip site (What Would Tyler Durden Do) I check out, one of the contributors gave a list of what they think are the five sexiest music videos of all-time. Now, they did admit they think skanky can be very sexy. And their number 1 pick is definitely on the skanky side.

I gave my thoughts on the five videos.
 
The number 1 video (which is not safe for work) isn't sexy at all. It's downright depressing. Click here to check out the list.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' by The Police & 'Rock The Casbah' by The Clash
Second ad break bumpers: 'Eighties' by Killing Joke & 'I Wanna Destroy You' by The Soft Boys
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.

1.06.2019

dimland radio 1-5-19 show notes


Let's Check In On This...
 
It's not getting any funnier.
No, I'm not recycling a old blog. This is starting the same way as last week's because I decided to keep an eye on how well this, what looks like a piece of crap, is doing.
 
As of this writing, the movie has grossed worldwide $35.5 million. It cost an estimated $42 million to make. Hey, this misfire will probably make its money back! Can we hope for a sequel?

What Better Way To Start The New Year?

It was 5:30am on New Year's Day when I got the call from my dad. Mom had run out of a pain medicine she was taking (she wasn't following  the prescription and was taking an extra now and again) and she began to have withdrawal problems. Dad and I took her to the ER.
 
It was a short visit and Mom got set back on track with her medication. She's learned a valuable lesson. I hope.
 
Lowering Expectations?

I received an official Minnesota Vikings desktop calendar as part of our family's tradition of a dice game gift exchange. The calendar is 365 days of facts and trivia. Below is from January 1st:
 
 
Starting the year focusing on mediocrity. How Minnesota Vikings.
 
A Dimland Radio ARGH!: Is New York City Trying To Get Everyone To Hate It?


 

The TV tradition in America is to show the ball drop in New York's Times Square "live" as the new year comes in. The shows that broadcast TV offers (Fox and ABC) were the ones we looked at. We decided to stay with Fox. Neither offer us anything we really like, we just tuned in for the ball drop.
 
So, it dropped, "Happy New Year!" Then people start making out. Yuck. And our ears are graced with with the traditional singing of Auld Lang... Not so fast!
 
Nope. What song was played?
 
New York, New York!
 
ARGH!
Except, when preparing these show notes, I looked for video to back up my point. I found video of the moment. And I found that Auld Lang Syne was indeed played immediately after the new year came in. It was greatly truncated. But it played.

I'm still aggravated by the insertion of New York, New York. It interrupted the traditional song. Is there something wrong with letting the song play out, New York?

And I'm aggravated because I'll have to admit I was wrong on next week's show.
 
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: It's An Initialism, Smarty-pants!

Inspired by one of this week's Three Cool Things is a Pedantic Moment I had while watching a very funny clip from the UK's That Mitchell And Webb Look. It's a sketch comedy show that, from what I've seen of it, is awfully funny.
 
The sketch is called Grammar Nazi (at least on YouTube, it is) and it features a boss doling out swift retribution on his employees' errors in grammar. Except before he hands out his first harsh reaction, he makes a grammar error. He calls the abbreviation HHH an acronym. It's not. It's an initialism.
 
 
An acronym is an abbreviation of a multi-word title using the initials of each word in the title to spell out another word. For example: SCUBA or SNAFU. An intitialism follows the same setup, but the letters do not spell out a word. For example: FBI or KGB.
 
Some Grammar Nazi!

Three Cool Things

1) This cool thing is about my love of the British panel/game show. Not exactly a game show, but not the traditional panel show either. There's QI, Would I Lie To You?, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and a few others. My favorite of the shows is QI and my favorite of the panel guests is Dave Mitchell.

2) China just landed a probe on the far side of the moon. Sure, it could be a Communist invasion, but it's very cool!
 
Bonus Cool Thing: It's never cool when someone does, but a freaky coincidence can be damn cool. Mean Gene Okerlund, Daryl "The Captain" Dragon, and Bob "Super Dave Osborne" Einstein all died on January 2nd. I know that's three, but don't start with the celebrities dies in threes nonsense. Sometimes they happen to cluster into a set of three.

Anyway, the freaky coincidence with these three deaths is that they were all 76 years old when they died.
 

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Only You' by Yaz & '(The) Unguarded Moment' by The Church
Second ad break bumpers: 'Time The Avenger' by Pretenders & 'Here It Is Tomorrow' by Game Theory
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.