4.20.2014

dimland radio 4-19-14 show notes

 
A Little Talk About The Weather

Let's just say this winter/spring has been pretty annoying.

The Goal Is To Be An Entertainer?


Notice anything about the individuals in the above image? Yes, they are all dead, but what I pointed out was that they are all (with the exception of Hunter S Thompson) entertainers. The quote is by author Chuck Palahniuk and I'm not sure he meant that entertainers are the only creators. I gave a few examples of other people who could have been included had the person who made this image hadn't been so shallow in their thinking.

However, it is good to see Keith Moon included.

Never Found In The 80s: The Minutemen
 
After a long absence, there was finally a new Never Found posted on the Stuck in the 80s blog. I had sent in several, but none had been posted. Steve Spears is a busy man so let's cut him some slack.
 
So, this past week The Minutemen were profiled. An alt rock band from California whose existence was cut short by the death of lead signer and guitarist D Boon.

The Ghost Of Capt. Kidd

In another bit of guest bloggery, I had written a piece about a long lost toy recently. Actually, I had written about it a few years ago, but there was an important update that needed to be made. So, the updated blog has been posted to the Two Different Girls blog. Well, I am a different girl, I guess.

What Does Courtney Love Know?

Apparently, Courtney Love is a vlog contributor to Rolling Stone now and, in a recent vlog on Bruce Springsteen, Ms Love made it known that she doesn't care for the Boss's concerts and, in an off hand aside, stated that "saxophones don't belong in rock & roll."

Well, in the comment thread of this shared on Facebook post I listed the following examples of how saxophones (not my favorite instrument) can be use effectively in rock & roll...
 

You mean to tell me Courtney Love doesn't like any of these songs? 
 
Not Arrested For Merely Standing In The Shade

The headline of the article made it seem as though the "man" arrested Ms. Slate for simply standing in the shade. Well, that's not the case. Former military and current folk singer Emily Slate decided to stand in an area sealed off by the park rangers in anticipation of a legalize pot rally. Park rangers asked her to leave the area. She refused. Park officials repeated their request for her to leave the area. She kept refusing. The rangers gave her one minute to comply or she would be arrested. She refused. The rangers then arrested her. She resisted. The rangers had to wrestle her into a park ranger vehicle to take her to jail. She kicked, spat, and screamed about living in a police state, while on-lookers called the park rangers fascists.

Congratulations, Ms. Slate. You escalated the situation by not complying. You could have made your point and walked away and not have been "assaulted" and arrested. But then you wouldn't have that street cred for your folk singing career, would you?

Here's the somewhat biased account of what happened. There's a video clip showing the rangers exercising great patience as Ms. Slate continued to not comply with their repeated requests. Here is another account of what happened. I guess you can decide if my take is correct or not.

Movie Recommendation: 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
 
Tremolo Productions/Gil Friesen Productions

This Oscar winner for Best Documentary is a fascinating look at the careers of some of the best background singers in the business. There are some great insights into what they go through to practice their craft and how the right backing vocals can make good songs great. However, if you aren't a fan of the African American style of Gospel singing, there will be parts of the documentary that might be hard to get through. But it is worth it.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Pride' by Echo & The Bunnymen & 'King of the Hill' by The Minutemen
Second ad break bumpers: 'Love is a Stranger' by Eurythmics & 'Gone Daddy Gone' by Violent Femmes
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.

4.13.2014

dimland radio 4-12-14 show notes

The Rush City Saga

Well, not much of a saga, but it was the story of why I didn't do a show last week. My in-laws' house needs to be sold as my father-in-law can't live on his own. We have potential buyers, so Amy, Hayden, and I went up to do some cleaning to make it presentable. The people interested in buying are from the nearby church and they want to buy it for the church.

These church people are likely the sort that think the earth is only 6000 years-old. Their website (which I won't link to) tells of their Truth Project in which they give
"lessons concerning science, evolution, and Darwin, and how we are programmed to believe many of the lies that the world tells us." Oh, well, as long as their check clears.
 
We'll be haggling on the price at this point. We get the best price we can for Dad and, hopefully, it will cover the price of the parking ticket we received during our Rush City visit. Thanks, Rush City.

Yes, But Who Created This Doofus?

Eight year-old Olivia McConnell is learning first hand about the truth of the old saying about not wanting to see how sausage and legislation are made. She suggested to the her Governor, her State Rep. and her State Senator that South Carolina (where she lives) adopt the Columbian mammoth as the official state fossil.
 
There was agreement all around and the bill was sailing through the SC state congress, until another State Senator decided it would be a good idea to make sure the legislation acknowledge that God created the mammoth on the sixth day. Sound of screeching brakes!
 
Can you guess which Party this doofus is from?

This Church Is Raking It In
 
Slow motion preacher Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas was robbed of one weekend's donations back in March. The take? Oh, just a mere $600,000! That's just one weekend! This guy is really raking it in for God. I'm in the wrong business, but I would need to believe in God as I believe Joel does.

This next guy, however...

Peter Popoff Is A Sack Of...

In 1986, James Randi exposed to the world that "faith healing" preacher Peter Popoff was using trickery to appear to be getting information about his desperate flock from God. Randi revealed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson that the voice of God was really Popoff's wife using radio signals to give the the good preacher the information. Soon after being exposed Popoff's ministry declared bankruptcy.

Problem solved right? Nope. The money man is back. He's been back for some time, but I just saw one of his God will give you money infomercials the other night.

Popoff never comes out and asks viewers to send money, but he offers a free bit of "miracle spring water" and specially anointed packet with "instructions" on how to get God to send you supernatural money.
 
Turns out the packet has the pitch for sending Peter money, money, money, money, money.

Again, I'm in the wrong business, but I would need to lack things like scruples, morals, ethics. The things that I believe Popoff lacks.

Movie Recommendation: The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
 
Martin Scorsese's 'Goodfellas' of Wall Street made me feel conflicted. Was I supposed to be repulsed or envious of the characters in this film. Lots of sex, money, and lots and lots of drugs fill this movie. Great performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill keep you interested through this three hour epic. It's fascinating look at that world of Wall Street.

It's rated R and it is a hard R for sure.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Myrrh' by The Church & 'Life's What You Make It' by Talk Talk
Second ad break bumpers: 'Raspberry Beret' by Prince & 'Always The Sun' by The Stranglers
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.

3.30.2014

dimland radio 3-29-14 show notes

The New TV

This show was live because we got a new TV. I had to go pick it up Friday evening which threw off my normal Friday night schedule. So, instead of prerecording the show on Friday night, I went on live. I hope I didn't sound too scared. At least, no more than usual.

Dyer: Hoaxing Again

World renown bigfoot hoaxer Rick Dyer admits to another hoax. Ho hum. Hoaxers gotta hoax.

Dimland Radio Science Hero: Jimmy Wales
 
There is a petition going around with the goal of making Wikipedia less critical of alternative medicine. Those darn skeptics on Wikipedia keep letting users know that alt medicine is not supported by science. The petitioners are threatening to not donate to Wikipedia and Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the online encyclopedia, has said the alt medicine supporters need to show that their treatments work. It's as simple as that.

Some Cosmos Talk

My friend John thinks the little he's seen of the new Cosmos is a "disaster." What?! I pointed out why he is wrong. Also, the boys and girl over at the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe podcast have given Cosmos a bit of a review. Their overwhelming overall impression is that the show is awesome. They had a handful of minor nit picks, however, and I went over those.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the show on our new TV.

Two More Dicks

A viral video has been labeled as instant karma (karma is, of course, nonsense, but still) has come to my attention. A road rager got stuck behind a left lane hog. The road rager final got passed the hog but ended up losing control of his vehicle and crashing of the road. Luckily, no one else was involved in the crash.
 
The common reaction I saw was people thinking the guy got what he deserved. Now, I agree, but the woman who planted herself in the PASSING LANE should have gotten out of the way.

They were both dicks. He was dickus majorus. She was dickus minorus. (That's made up Latin. Pretty good, eh?)

Movie Recommendation: ParaNorman (2012)
 
This was the first film we watched on our new TV while streaming on Netflix. Yep, our new TV has Wi-Fi. Anywho, ParaNorman is an animated feature that is pretty clever. My son, Hayden, really enjoyed it and made sure I watched it with him the following day. It's pretty good and you can stream it on Netflix.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Shaken Not Stirred' by Red Guitars & 'Scorpio Rising' by 10,000 Maniacs
Second ad break bumpers: 'Above It Now' by Figures & 'New World Man' by Rush
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.