10.08.2017

dimland radio 10-7-17 show notes

The Triumphant Return Of Dimland Radio

Yet another mass shooting has grabbing our attention. This time in Las Vegas. This time, it is said, it's the worst mass shooting in modern American history. This time it was carried out by an older, wealthy, white man.
 
I don't have any answers as to why this happens or why America has such a probably with gun violence. I don't know how to stop it. I have no interest in owning a gun and, though I can understand the position of those who wish to get rid of the 2nd Amendment, I am a supporter of the Bill of Rights.
 
I talked about the stupid argument about the Framers of our Constitution could only have had flintlocks, muskets, and pistols in my when they wrote that 2nd Amendment. Really, that's just a dumb argument. Don't make it.
 
I talked about my initial reaction when seeing the news on Monday morning. And, of course, the portrait format amateur video reared it's ugly head again. I noted something a little humorous about one of those amateur videos. I also talked about that fellow who attended the concert and stood and gave the finger to the shooter while being shoot at. Well, not exactly while being shot at. Still, a pretty defiant dude
 
And I got into this whole tendency of law enforcement and news media to call this guy a terrorist. Is there a racial component to that tendency? Possibly. I extend a small benefit of the doubt to the Sheriff in Las Vegas, but according to the legal definition of acts of terror Nevada law, that mass shooting was an act of terror. The "lone wolf" sort, but still terror.
Image was mentioned on the show.

You Picked The Wrong Guy, Mr. Scammer
 
I accepted a friend request from a fellow on Facebook. I pretty much accept any friend request that is sent to me. I might want to rethink that. So, immediately after making this new FB friend a message from him popped up.
 
He was trying to hook me into an internet scam. Not gonna work on this skeptic, pal.

Pedantic Moment: The Picture Isn't Helping
 
Sorry about the poor quality. Picture was taken with my flip phone.

I spotted a page of a magazine posted on an office wall the other day. It was a full page photograph with a caption meant meant to inspire. The caption was quoting an African proverb: "If you to go fast, go alone. If you want go far, go together."
 
 
That's a nice sentiment. However, the image in the photo is of a competitive rowing team carrying their boat into the water. Can you guess my pedantry?

Hint: Is the goal of competitive rowing to go fast or far?
 
Top Three Cool Things Of The Week

Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week.

3) The MN Twins made it into the postseason. They are the first team in baseball history to lose 100 or more (103) in one season and make the playoff the next. Of course, there is an ARGH involved, because the Hated Yankees, once again, bounced the Twins right away. That's five times in the last six times the Twins made the postseason that the Hated Yankees have done this.

2) The MN Lynx won the WNBA Championship. This was their fourth title in seven years. There's one team in Minnesota that knows how to win it all.

1) Penn Jillette accepted my apology for being an asshole. You'll have to listen to get the story.

Movie Recommendation: None

I ran out of time, 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: 'Every Word Means No' by Let's Active & 'I Want You Back' by Hoodoo Gurus
Second ad break bumpers: 'Stop Hurting People' by Pete Townshend & 'Soul In Isolation' by The Chameleons UK
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.

9.03.2017

dimland radio 9-2-17 show notes

Welcome To High School And Welcome To The Curb

I still feel so stupid. More on that in a moment.
Thursday night was a welcome freshmen and parents to their new school. My son Hayden starts high school on Tuesday. My wife and I are a little nervous about it, but I'm sure he'll do his best. I didn't talk much about the presentation to the parents (the kids were sent off to some other part of the school).
I did note an odd perceptual thing, at least on my part, when looking at people standing at the front of an auditorium. It might just be me, but those people tend to look taller than they are. Is it just me?
It was what happened after the event at the school that made the night a royal pain in the ass and made me feel so stupid. On the way home I took a slight detour to show Amy and Hayden something. It was pretty much on the way, so I figured why not.
Getting back to our route home, my attention was not as sharp as it should have been. I was concentrating on the oncoming traffic during a turn onto the on ramp for the Interstate. I didn't notice I had cut the corner just a bit too sharp.

WHAM!

I hit the curb dead on with the front driver's side tire. The tire blew out.

So, god damn stupid.

Guest Appearances Of Other Podcasts

A couple weeks or so back, I participated in a group discussion of filmmaker George Romero. The discussion was on The Assault Of The Two-Headed Space Mules podcast, hosted by my friend Douglas Arthur. He had enough material to split it into two parts. Please check them out.

The other podcast was more recent. It's called A Topic A Month and is hosted by Adin Briggs who resides in Duluth, MN. Or as Minnesotans call it: Dah-loot. Adin had me on for about an hour to discuss conspiracy theories from a skeptical angle. Please check it out.

Yes, You Have The Right, But There May be Consequences

Tuesday morning the local free weekly newpaper, Cities Pages, broke a story about the owner of a bar in Minneapolis' North Loop section having donated $500 to the 2016 Senatorial campaign of David Duke. Yes, that David Duke.

That news has had a ripple effect. Part of which is the MN Skeptics group will be taking our business elsewhere for our monthly meet-ups. For the past six to seven years the MN Skeptics have headed to Club Jager, after having dinner at Be'Wiched, a way cool deli that has been very good to us. None of the members of MN Skeptics wishes to remain patrons of Club Jager.

We feel badly for the employees of the bar. We never got any hint of the apparent attitude of the owner from any of the staff. Most of them were very cool. (There is a blog from almost ten years ago telling stories of some racial and anti-Semitic troubles by patrons with the bar seeming to look the other way.) But we needn't have worry. By the closing time Thursday night, the entire staff had quit.

The owner remarked that he was exercising his right to donate money to whomever he wished. True. He can do that. The $500 just cost him a whole lot more, because his staff and patrons are exercising their rights.


Pedantic Moment: To Serve Man

I blogged about this at Warehouse Find, the official blog of Nostalgia Zone. It occurred to me earlier in the week that an episode of the classic television sci-fi series The Twilight Zone offers a couple pretty worthy Pedantic Moments.

Read here to get those moments.

Top Three Cool Things Of The Week


Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week.

3) Victims of the "satanic panic" of the 1990s, Dan and Fran Keller served 21 years in prison for satanic ritual abuse of children in their day care. They were innocent. They have been released and received $3.4 million.

2) I found an excellent source online for identifying fake news on the internets.

1) MN Skeptics taking their business elsewhere and the staff of Club Jager deciding their principles were more valuable than their jobs.

Movie Recommendation: None

I ran out of time, 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: 'Tabazan' by Killing Joke & 'Homebreakers' by The Style Council
Second ad break bumpers: 'Entre Nous' by Rush & 'Respectable Street' 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

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.

8.27.2017

dimland radio 8-26-17 show notes

Solar Eclipse Talk And Mr. Pessimism: The Aftermath

This whole show was pretty much dedicated to the solar eclipse of last Monday. You may have heard of it.
 
Last week's show was loaded with my pessimism of seeing any of the eclipse, let alone the peak of 85%, which is what was expected in the Twin Cities. For the week leading up to the event, the weather outlook was consistently cloudy. I was certain I wouldn't see a thing. 

Monday came and I did get to see the moon cover about 75 - 80% 0f the sun before the clouds rolled in. It wasn't every bit of the event that we could have gotten, but it was better than nothing.

Some Friends And The Path Of Totality

I have a few friends who made the trek to the Path of Totality in order to observe a total solar eclipse. None of that 85% crap! They went for 100%.
 
I asked them to tell me of their experiences. Did the clouds stay away? How was the trip there? The trip home? And what were their over all impressions?
 
I got good responses from them. Especially from Maddy, the host of A Minnesota Trans-Atheist Podcast. Her story was so good I read the whole thing on the show. If I had summarized as I did the others it just wouldn't have done her story justice.
 
Now we can look forward to 2024.

Eclipse Science Isn't Doubted


I mentioned this last week, but I thought I'd read what someone else wrote (see above) on the fact that no one seemed to doubt that the eclipse would happen just as scientists had predicted. Whoever wrote it said it so much better than I did. 10 points to that person.

What Should Have Been The Official Song Of The Eclipse
 
Bonnie Tyler dragged that awful song Total Eclipse Of The Heart out for her performance on an eclipse cruise to sing during the event, reminding everyone what a lousy piece shit it is. (OK, you might like it. I loathe it and just about anything else written by Jim Steinman. Art is subjective. We'll just have to agree to disagree.)
 
I talked about what should have been the song of this celestial event. It's by the avant garde artist Klaus Nomi. It's called Total Eclipse.
 
It should have been (and in my mind was) the song for the eclipse for two reasons. One, it actually uses the line "total eclipse of the sun," not the heart. And, two, it's a much, much, MUCH better song.
 
 

Pedantic Moment (And Trump Apologetics): He Didn't Stare At The Sun

Don't let the headline mislead you. I'm not a Trump apologist. I want accuracy in reporting. Sure, it made for funny memes, but still photos of the Fifth-Grader in office are of him glancing up at the sun. He didn't stare. People are so determined to find any little thing to get on him. He does and says plenty of dumb and dangerous stuff as it is, you don't have to mislead the public by lying about him staring at the sun.
 
A glance is not staring.
 
Pause a glance and it looks like a stare.


I glanced at it, too. Unprotected. Glanced! I'm sure many, many other people did the same. But, no, Pres. Trump stared at it. Watch the video of him staring at the sun. It's right at the beginning, but careful. If you blink you'll miss him staring.
 

I was unfriended by someone on Facebook who accused me of being a Trump apologist and he said he didn't tolerate assholes. Really? He seems to tolerate himself.
 
Dimland Radio ARGH!
 
We watched Kong: Skull Island this past week. We noticed that Brie Larson's character was a photojournalist who didn't believe in taking photographs. I swear she never took a single picture of Kong.
 
Take a picture!
 
Top Three Cool Things Of The Week

Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week.

3) My friends' stories of their Path of Totality experiences.

2) Being able to share my eclipse glasses with my boss, my wife, my son, my neighbor, her daughter, my dad, and his neighbor.

1) And the fact I got to see as much as I did. Maybe as much as 80%. I'll take it.

Movie Recommendation: None

I ran out of time, 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: 'Escape From The Planet Earth' by The Alleycats & 'All That Jazz' by Echo & The Bunnymen
Second ad break bumpers: 'Skin Deep' by The Stranglers & 'Traveling Man' by The Woodentops
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.