11.10.2018

dimland radio 11-10-18 show notes


Becoming Aware Of My Denial

I have in the past usually dreaded the coming of winter, but I always knew it would happen. For some odd reason this year I was thinking we wouldn't have a winter this time around. Tuesday night reminded me that winter is coming, as they say on The Walking Of The Dead or is it House Of The Thrones.
 
Something like that.
 
The Blue-ish Wave

Not being all that versed in the world of politics didn't stop me from attempting to talk somewhat intelligently about the results of Tuesdays mid-term elections. The Democrats did fairly well. Hey, considering all the gerrymandering done be Republicans over the last several years, I'd say they did rather well.

It looks like my family's health insurance is safe for a couple more years.

Why does it feel like this president is out to get me? I didn't feel that way when W was president.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: It's Complicated
 
I have a couple Facebook friends that were suggesting it's unfair that California, with 40 million people, has only two senators, while other states with far fewer people also get two. It's also unfair that Washington DC, with a higher population than Wyoming, doesn't have any senators.
 
One was saying California has two senators while 23 other states with a combined population equal to California's has 46 senators. Well, yes. I guess, but that's the deal. Each state gets two senators.
 
Of course, the House of Representatives' numbers reflect each states population, more or less. Wyoming has one representative, while California has 53. See how that works? But then the number of people represented by each does vary...
 
Oh, it's complicated.
 
However, I noticed something. It seemed my two friends were suggesting DC should have senators and California should have more senators. There has been a proposal to split California into three states. Suppose we do that and give DC senators. Which party do you think would be most likely to benefit? Which party do you think my two friends are more closely aligned with? Hmmmm.

Sometimes Being A Skeptic Is A Drag

There's always some credulity creeping up wherever I go. Belief in debunked notions: Astrology, psychics, jinxes, curses, the universe caring about us. The list goes on and on and skeptics have to be selective in what they speak out against, to whom and when.

Otherwise, we'd would probably just want to avoid people and stay home and watch TV all day. But that's no escape, because TV is filled with bullshit. The internet then? Of course not.

The other day a news story popped up about an iceberg that looks to be an almost perfect rectangle. The story was on the morning news. It was shared on the internet. And I must not have been in a receptive mood.

"How do we know it's rectangular? We're only seeing that one image. And don't suggest nature can't create right angles. It can! And don't suggest aliens did it. They didn't!"

When a FB friend and UFO enthusiast posted the story, she didn't suggest aliens, but the image below shows how it went...


Sometimes being a skeptic is a drag.


More Talk About Homeopathy

I said that TV isn't an escape from bullshit. Far from it.
 
The other night I saw an ad for a pain remedy for your dog and/or cat. It's called Pet Pain Away. As I watched the ad start with it show pet-owners being considered about their pets' pain, I nailed what the "medicine" was going to be.

I said, "This is going to be homeopathic, ain't it?"

I was right.
 
That's when I reviewed the three silly notions (there are probably more) behind homeopathy. Silly notion number 1) Diluting the "active ingredient" makes it stronger. Silly notion number 2) The water remembers the "active ingredient" had been in it. Silly notion number 3) The Law of Similars, or like cures like. This means that the "active ingredient" needs to, at full strength, cause the problem the homeopathic concoction is meant to relieve.
 
For example, a homeopathic sleeping pill's "active ingredient" would need to be a stimulant. That would be diluted to the point where not even a molecule of the stimulant remains, so now it will cause the opposite response and make you very, very sleepy.

See? Silly, ain't it?
 
People buy it and someone has figured out how to get those people to buy the snake oil for their pets. The poor pets. They're just getting water.
 
Three Cool Things
 
1) The second Thursday of the month was just this past week and that means I met up with the Minnesota Skeptics. Despite dealing with the traffic, made even worse by winter weather, to get to the meeting place, arriving and commiserating with skeptics is always cool.
 
2) With the release of the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, I went on a bit of a Queen kick which included checking out their showstopping performance at Live Aid in 1985. I guess you could say Queen was pretty cool.
 
3) A friend clued me in on an usual placement of a statue of a famous rumpled, humble, persistent, unassuming TV detective. There's a statue of Lt. Columbo and his dog Dog in the Hungarian city of Budapest. How cool is that?

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'English Roundabout' by XTC & 'Mad Jack' by The Chameleons UK
Second ad break bumpers: 'I Am An Animal' by Pete Townshend & 'No More Lonely Nights' by Paul McCartney
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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11.03.2018

dimland radio 11-3-18 show notes


October, Halloween, And Baseball Are Over

I know! How will we go on?
 
Somehow we will survive. We must remember there are more important things, many more important things. Though offhand I cannot think of what they are, but I'm sure there must be something.
 
No baseball... Sigh.
 
The Moment Of Silence Cough

Have you ever noticed that during a moment of silence there almost always seems to be at least one person who coughs. The further past three seconds the moment of silence lasts the chances of there being a cougher get to be nearly 100%.

What is going on? Sure, a sizeable percentage of the coughs are from people who just have to cough and they can't help it, but it seems to me there are those who want to be able to say, "Did you hear that cough? That was me!"

I mentioned one cough in particular that came up in one of my favorite TV sit coms: The UK series The Good Life or Good Neighbors, as it is called in the US. Just prior to the end credits there was a bit of silence and there it was - a cough.

Go to the 29:49 mark in the video at this link to hear the cough. 


One More Before I Put Baseball Away For The Winter

There was a World Series after all. I had to talk about it. Just a little. Didn't I?

My Fixation On The Fans Behind Home Plate

I have a weird fixation, obsession even, with what the fans sitting behind home plate are doing during baseball games. There are the people who insist on getting on their phones to talk to someone watching the game on TV and wave to them. "Can you see me?" Yes, we can all see you. Knock it off.
 
There are those fans who seem to barely watch the game at all. You're behind home plate. Those tickets are expensive. Watch the game! Check out the following sequence:
 
The lady in the dark top on the left, front row.
Same lady.
Oh, come on! Watch the game!
If that lady saw a third of the pitches thrown that game I'd be shocked. But, look to the right in the photos. The older fellow sitting in the front row. See how he's watching each pitch in each pic? That man is Nolan Ryan, the legendary Hall of Fame pitcher. If you are going to a ballgame and you get to sit behind home plate, do me a favor, be like Nolan.

And Then There Were These Two

My nicknames for these two (in center) were half on target.
Also, this post season I noticed a couple of other people sitting back there behind home plate. One was a woman whose cleavage was prominently on display throughout the National League Division Series (NLDS). (Gee, I wonder why I noticed her?) She was keeping track of every pitch as she kept score during the games. I took to calling her Cleavage Lady.
 
The other person was a fellow dressed in the bright orange gear of the Miami Marlins. This guy was behind home plate for every game of the NLDS, the National League Championship Series, and the World Series. (Must be nice to be rich.) I called him Marlins Man.
 
Turns out Marlins Man is his nickname. (Kudos me!) However, the woman is better know as Front Row Amy.
 
These two characters have garnered a bit of fame from their ubiquity. There's a write-up about Front Row Amy in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from July, 2012. And Marlins Man has is own page on Wikipedia.

Oh! And One More Thing About The World Series

As I did the show, it occurred to me that there wasn't one instance of the singing of God Bless America during the World Series! At least I didn't see it and I watched the games. In fact, I didn't see any instances of that new tradition that Fox Sports and the Hated Yankees were trying to shoehorn into baseball in the wake of 9/11 this postseason.
 
Hallelujah!

Moving On From Baseball To Movies

I stumbled upon a two part YouTube video series on one man's hypothesis as to what was really going on in Stanley Kubrick horror classic The Shining (1980). He believes that a major difference on the film from the book is that there are ghosts in the book. He believes the strange happenings in Kubrick's version are due to psychic projection.
 
I found the videos to be very interesting and I think he makes some good points. He reaches a little here and there, but I think he might be on to something.
 
Here is part one and here is part two.
 
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: They Are Not Twins!
 
Well, they are, but they aren't, but maybe they are.
 
While talking about The Shining, I brought up that the two creepy sisters that call for young Danny to play with them are not twins. At least not in the story. The actors who played the sisters, Lisa and Louise Burns, are twins, but during the interview scene Jack's new boss states their ages were 8 and 10 when their father went crazy and killed them with an axe.
 
However, Jack's boss also said the father's name was Charles Grady, but when Jack is hallucinating (or is he seeing ghosts or is it a psychic projection?) later in the film he meets Grady. And Grady says his first name is Delbert.
 
"Hang on. Delbert? But my boss said your name was Charles. Now I'm confused!"
So, was it just a slip of the tongue by the boss? Did he also get the ages of the daughters wrong? Maybe they were twins. Dang it, Kubrick! Way to mess up a pedantic moment.
 
Three Cool Things
 
1) All through October I and a few friends were posting a daily drawing as part of Drawlloween. Getting back into he drawing thing was very cool.
 
 
 
2) The drawing for the 27th was to be of a witch. I went with the Wicked Witch of the West as played by Margaret Hamilton in the great Wizard Of Oz (1939). It turned out pretty not bad. My wife even exclaimed, "Whoa, Jim! That's awesome!" And that's cool.
 
3) But Drawlloween came to an end and I didn't want to stop the daily drawing challenge, so to honor a Facebook friend who is going through cancer treatment I decided to declare November to be #crystalvember. Her name is Crystal and in one of her CaringBridge posts she expressed disappointment with some of her friends. She felt they had abandoned her when she became ill.
 
I reached out to her husband, also a Facebook friend, to see if they would allow me to do a daily drawing challenge as a way to show Crystal she hasn't been abandoned. (No, I don't know her any better than being FB friends, but still.) He thought is was a great idea and gave me a few ideas for items to draw that Crystal would like.
 
A couple of my friends have joined in and a few other people have as well. Including Crystal! (When she feels up to it.) And you know what? You can join in, too!
 
 
Here's what you do: Download the list (above) and each day draw the item on the list whose number coincides with the date. It's no big deal if you come in late. You can make up the other drawings if you want, when you want. Post the drawing on your Facebook page with the hashtag #crystalvember.

You don't have to be a great artist. Just have fun.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'One Day In Your Life' by 54-40 & 'Requiem' by Killing Joke
Second ad break bumpers: 'Tantalized' by The Church & 'Here Is The News' by ELO
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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10.27.2018

dimland radio 10-27-18 show notes


Two Distractions

I explained at the top of the show that there were two distractions I was battling on this week's show.
 
One was a persistent cough and dry throat that I have been experiencing for the last couple of weeks or so. Cough drops helped me through the show with a minimum of throat clearing and a cough or two.
 
The other was the longest postseason baseball game in the history of the majors. Game 3 of the 2018 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the L.A. Dodgers. The damn thing went 18 inning and last about seven hours and 20 minutes. I had the game on (with the sound down) as I recorded the show, so there are a few updates to be heard.
 
What? No Love For Mary Hart?

During each World Series game, Fox likes to take some time to show which celebrities are attending the game. This postseason, in the games that take place at Dodger Stadium, behind home plate has been Entertainment Tonight's legendary host Mary Hart. However, she never gets any mention from Fox announcer Joe Buck.
 
I guess she's chopped liver. 

There's Mary mocking Boston reliever Craig Kimbrel. And that really old fellow next to the old fellow on Mary's right? That's Larry King.
I Would Say Something Happened This Past Week

Someone had been sending pipe bombs through the mail to prominent liberals throughout America  (George Soros, the Obamas, the Clinton, Robert de Niro, and others) and to one news organization which is considered to be very liberal itself (CNN). A suspect named Cesar Sayoc Jr. has been apprehended and taken into custody.
 
Let the anomaly hunting begin!
 
Even before the suspect was caught, the conspiracy theorists were hard at work searching for anomalies that would show the standard model explanation, whatever it turned out to be, would be considered a lie. A "false flag."
 
The energy of a conspiracy theorist is endless.

It's Not True: Crowds At Trump Rally In Texas

Yep. That's me setting the record straight.
I have a Facebook friend who is a big supporter of Pres. Trump. They post all kinds of pro-Trump memes, many of which have a tenuous grasp on truthfulness. This past week they posted a picture of a crowded downtown area that was claimed to show the multitude lining up for a Trump rally in Texas (see image).
 
Turns out the picture shows the massive crowds of Cavalier fans who lined up to witness the parade for the 2016 NBA Champs. In Cleveland.
 
Not Texas. Not Trump.
 
Fake news.

A Couple Phone Scams

If you get a phone call from your grandchild pleading for money, because they'd been injured in a car accident, please, ask a few questions to make certain they are who they say they are. Chances are, it's a scam.
 
I'm proud to say my father is skeptical enough to see right through that scam.
 
There's another one in which the IRS calls and demands immediate payment for back taxes or they'll send the police. If you get that call, please, tell them to get ahead and send the police. It's a scam. The IRS doesn't call people demanding money.

A Mind Reading Trick That Had Me Flummoxed

I had a coworker attempt to convince me she could read my mind. She asked me a series of questions each of which she had predicted my answers. She would write down her prediction of my answer and then ask the question.
 
She was right every time!
 
I was flabbergasted. I was certain it was a trick, but I couldn't figure out what she was doing. And, of course, she wouldn't tell me. I called a friend who I thought might know he did.
 
Over the years, my friend and I have forgotten the details of the trick. I reached out to mentalist Mark Edward, who was able to let me know what the trick was. She used a variation of the One Ahead Trick. I don't recall how she started the trick, but she would actually be writing down the answer I just gave her, pretending to write down the answer to the next question, which she hadn't asked yet.

The trick involves a force of some kind. Writing the answer she knew the answer to beforehand. She really had me going. 

Three Cool Things
 
Mark Edward
1) Having Mark Edward, a very talented mentalist and well-known skeptical activist, take the time to help me out is darn cool Thank you very much, Mr. Edward! 10 points!
 
2) The World Series is in full swing. (Hey! A sports pun!) And that is always cool.
 
3) It being so close to Halloween, I had to at least mention my favorite holiday. I talked about an old horror show that was on local TV in the 70s. It was called Horror Incorporated and its open and close were creepy cool! I blogged about at Warehouse Find, the official blog of Nostalgia Zone.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Every Word Means No' by Let's Active & 'Escape From Planet Earth' by The Alleycats
Second ad break bumpers: 'Running Up That Hill' by Kate Bush & 'Freak' by Bruce Foxton
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.