8.18.2019

dimland radio 8-17-19 show notes


A Dimland Radio ARGH!

I think I have ARGHed about some of this before, but I was fired up again, so I just let it rip.
 
When listening to podcasts, there are things hosts do that tend to annoy me. One thing that some do is drink drinks with ice in the glass and the tinkity-tinkity-tink sounds get on my nerves.
 
And there's another thing some podcasters do that makes me grit my teeth. They call the little talk at the top of the show that is unrelated to the main topic or guest their "Maron Open". The Maron Open is named for Marc Maron whose wildly successful podcast WTF, started in 2009, has him giving a little talk at the beginning of each show, then he brings on his guest.
 
I'm telling you, it seems each generation thinks they've invented the wheel. Marc Maron did not invent the show opening anecdote. It goes way, way back. In fact, Jack Paar used to do it in the late 1950s. I kid you not!
 
What really set me off was a thing that is done on every goddamn episode of the My Favorite Murder podcast. MFM is a true crime podcast (also wildly successful) hosted by Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff, two funny women who are fascinated by true crime stories, each will tell the story of a murder, a serial killer, or some other story of survival or death. For the most part, it is a very entertaining podcast.
 
But then it happens. After their Jack Paar Open, they have to spend time figuring out which of the two goes first with her story. Every goddamn time! AAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!

Figure that out BEFORE you start recording!
 
The Misidentified Owl Prophecies

On the most recent episode of MFM, Karen told the story of the Mothman sightings. Beginning in the fall of 1966 and through December 1967 in the rural area of West Virginia along the Ohio River, a series of sighting of a large winged man with glowing red eyes were making the news. The sightings took place at night and most were likely people mistaking owls for some mysterious creature.
 
The sightings stopped in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of Silver Bridge on December 15, 1967. The fact the sightings stopped after the tragedy that claimed 46 lives led to speculation that the "Mothman" was attempting to warn of the impending bridge collapse.
 
Or. The sightings stopped because claiming to have seen a giant flying man seemed silly after such a tragedy.
 
 
Yep, This Is Our President Part Two

As if talking about him for the better part of last week's show, I talked some more about the cluelessness of our president in relation to his visits with the hospital staff, first responders, and survivors of the most recent senseless mass shootings. Another photograph caught my attention and I think it is appalling. It shows the president with a big smile and a thumbs up while his wife, also smiling, holds a newly orphaned baby, whose parents were killing while sheltering the baby from a hail of bullets. Talk about tone deaf!
 
But, here's the more disturbing that, I have a friend who is a Trump supporter who attempted to spin the photo as a celebration of life. I have known this person from more than 25 years, and I can say with 98% certainty if it had been the Clintons in that picture he would have been livid.
 
This one doesn't bother me.
I also attempted to practice the principle of charity by comparing the orphan photo to another also showing the president with the smiling thumbs up pose, but this time it was with the hospital staff. That image doesn't bother me. It may be somewhat callous considering why he was at that hospital, but he is with the staff, not the victims. They are doing their jobs and the president is showing them his support. Even one of the staff members is giving a thumbs up.

This Product May Do Something...


Friend of the show and mine, Craig spotted this banner at a local festival. It's for the CBD oil that is all the over-hyped rage now. Look at all the uses of the weasel words "may" and "support". It just may do something or it may not.

YouTube Video Series Recommendation: Welcome To The Basement

My friend Craig also turned me onto Welcome To The Basement, a movie review series on YouTube. Hosted by Matt Sloan and Craig (a different Craig) Johnson, the two take a humorous, if sometimes corny, look at movies that Matt has never seen before. The hosts both seem like really nice fellows and their reviews are pretty good. Warning! There are spoilers.
 
Matt received 10 points for his stance on onscreen vomiting. He doesn't like it. Neither do I.
 
Oh, and 10 points to my friend for recommending this movie review series.
 
Check it out!

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Ronnie's Song' by Urban Guerrillas & 'You Lose' by The Replacements
Second ad break bumpers: 'Dream Reoccurring' by Husker Du & 'Only You' by Yaz
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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8.11.2019

dimland radio 8-10-19 show notes


We Gonna Be Famous!

Travis was first up in the individual interviews.
Last Thursday was the second Thursday of the month which means it was time for the monthly Minnesota Skeptics Meet-Up. I always look forward to that gathering of mostly like-minded skeptics. However, this past meet-up was particularly interesting.

For that gathering we were joined by a camera crew from the local public television station TPT. They are doing series focusing of various Twin Cities social groups that have regular meet-ups. Travis, one of the organizers of our gatherings, was contacted to see if we would be interested in being on the TV. Well, duh!

It made for an interesting if awkward meeting. We don't normally have cameras and a boom mic hoovering around us. It took some time to get warmed up, but we eventually did. And after we found our footing, the producer had some of us partake in individual interviews. I did my bit, but we all think Tim stole the show.

Tim wins!
 We were told the segment on us should air in December or January. I'll keep you posted.

Yep, This Is Our President


There was some brief talk about the Minnesota Twins' lead in the AL Central slipping away, but then there was the unpleasantness of having to talk about our President. I shard the editorial cartoon you see above and a Trump-supporting Facebook friend of mine tried to shame me for sharing the cartoon in the aftermath of the mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.

Thankfully, most of the heavy lifting in response to the MAGA member was handled by other FB friends of mine, but I did respond:

"I honestly did not share this as a response to the most recent mass shootings. I don't know if the cartoon was done as a response to those shootings.

"I shared it for two reasons.

"1) I happen to agree, at least in part, that Pres. Trump is presiding over a climate that is encouraging, intentionally or not, the worst of us to act out. He may not be creating those who are acting so hatefully and heinously, but he is winding them up. As is shown in the cartoon.

"2) I think it is a damn good editorial cartoon, both in its artistic skill and ability to make its point.

"Is Trump to blame for the climate we find our country in of late? Is it the media? Is it the Left? Is it the Right? I don't know. It's probably a combination of all those factors."
 
Clueless. Simply clueless.
I also mentioned the tasteless, crude, completely incompetent photo op the Trumps had with victims of those horrible shootings. Talk about tone deaf. And this was before I knew about the photo of that clueless couple with a newly orphaned infant. I think I might have to talk about that image next week.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Letterman's Great Moments In Presidential Speeches

Look at that. The second PM involving Letterman in as many shows. Huh.

Well, the pedantry had to do with Letterman teasing Pres. George W. Bush having verbal gaffs in public. But, I always thought it was unfair to set up the bit by showing previous presidents making actual speeches and comparing them to moments when W was speaking off script.

But it was nice talking about a man who knew better than to treat meeting with victims of some horrible tragedies as though they were kissing babies campaign stops. Even people who couldn't stand W at the time agree with that notion.
Three men being presidential, one man being clueless.

One More Observation On Pres. Trump

Many people had criticized both Pres. Obama and Pres. W. Bush as being teleprompter politicians. They would sound great when reading a prepared speech, but they wouldn't be nearly as good off the cuff. (Funny Letterman didn't continue those Great Moments In Presidential Speeches while Obama was in office.) But, Pres. Trump turns that notion on its ear. He made not be great off script, but he often sounds even worse when reading a prepared speech.

He sounds even more disingenuous. 


Three Cool Things
1) The Minnesota Twins turned their second triple play this season in their loss to the Atlanta Braves. Yes, they lost, but a triple play is always cool.

2) The Replacements may never have caught on with the general public, but their musical influence is far-reaching. This video shows the band doing a soundcheck for a show at Maxwell's in New Jersey way back in 1986. These guys were cool.

3) A member of the Minnesota Skeptics said something about my podcast that cracked me up. It helped to keep me humble. And that's cool. I guess.

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 & 'Nobody Told Me' by John Lennon
Second ad break bumpers: 'That's Really Super, Supergirl' by XTC & 'Candyman' by Siouxsie & The Banshees
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.

7.28.2019

dimland radio 7-27-19 show notes


A Correction
 
Last week I made a little boo-boo. I was talking about the Apollo Moon Landing missions and I got the number of men who had walked on the lunar surface wrong. I said there were six, but it was actually twelve. There were six successful Apollo missions involving a moon landing. There probably would have seven had Apollo 13 not had its problem.
 
Apologies.

The Bomba Squad And I'm Not Psychic

The Minnesota Twins are far ahead of the rest of the league when it comes to hitting home runs. As of this writing, the Twins have 201 homers for the season. They now hold two records related to this surge in hitting prowess. One: The most games in a season with at least five home runs (nine games, previous record was eight games). Two: The quickest to 200 dingers in a season (103 games, previous record 122 games). At this point, the Twins have 25 more home runs than the next highest team in the league.
 
I also talked about how my dire prediction ahead of the recent nine game home stand did not hold. But for the first five games I was looking like I might actually be psychic.
 
Multilevel Marketing, My Mom, & Me

I took some time to talk about multilevel marketing (MLM) schemes. (Don't call these triangular-shaped business models pyramid schemes!) I warned against getting involved in an MLM. You will waste your time, alienate friends and family, and you will lose money. Don' get involved no matter how enticing that "opportunity" may sound.
 
I talked about my mother's brief involvement in Shaklee's MLM. Fortunately, she did not get deeply involved and didn't lose much money.
 
I also talked about being approached to partake in a couple such schemes. The first time I didn't know what MLMs were, but I knew I wasn't a salesperson, so I didn't bite. The other times I was approached I had learned about MLMs and the folks who attempted to get me into their trianglar-shaped (I didn't say pyramid) scheme received a polite, "Not interested."
 
Wanna learn more about MLMs? Check out Brian Dunning's InFact video, this Squaring The Strange podcast episode, this Last Week Tonight with John Oliver exposé, and the excellent podcast series The Dream.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Penn Jillette's Memory

Don't look so stern, Penn. It's just a memory glitch.
On his podcast, Penn's Sunday School, Penn Jillette recounted the tale of his and Teller's second appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. In his talk, he also briefly mentioned their first appearance.
 
His stories were detailed, funny, compelling, dramatic, and wrong. Well, at least, certain parts of the stories were wrong. I go through his errors in memory (you'll have to listen for those details), which I'm certain were honest mistakes, that he remembers those event just as he told them. However, video exists of those appearances and some of his recollections are not supported. See Cool Things 1 and 2 below to watch the videos.
 
The second appearance involved cockroaches. Penn's memory says there were thousands of them. The video shows more like dozens. Penn said there were cockroaches all over Dave's suit jacket. The video shows there were none. Penn said Dave was very upset and yelled at them when in commercial break. In the video Dave doesn't seem angry at all and we've seen Dave angry on Late Night.

Manhunt: Unabomber And That Famous Sketch

My wife convinced me to watch the Discovery Channel miniseries Manhunt: Unabomber, which is streamable on Netflix. It's an eight part series that dramatizes how the FBI were finally able to identify and capture Ted Kaczynski, who had been sending bombs through the mail for nearly two decades. The series introduces Jim Fitzgerald a very talented profiler who was able to create an accurate profile using the many Unabomber letters that been received by the FBI.
 
It's a good series and Paul Bettany as Kaczynski is especially good.
 
The famous sketch released in 1994.
There was a moment in the series that I found very interesting, when it comes to how memory is not videotape. In the scene in which Fitzgerald is trying to convince David Kaczynski that his suspicions of his brother being the terrorist were correct, he tells the brother that the famous Unabomber sketch of 1994 is not the suspect. Rather it's more likely a sketch of the police sketch artist who had done the first drawing seven years earlier.
 
The original sketch done right after witness saw suspect.

That's right. There were two sketches produced from the descriptions of one witness. The first one was done by Robert Exter immediately after the suspect had been seen leaving a bomb in a parking lot. The second sketch was done by Jeanne Boylan seven years after the bombing. And it seems very likely the second time the witness described the suspect she was describing Robert Exter.
 
When watching the series, I was curious if the claim in the series was accurate or was it dramatic license? I looked it up. Turns out the claim is on the level. Click here to see a report from 1994 that explores the memory glitch.
 
I even consulted memory expert Elzabeth Loftus on this and she confirmed that "All other things equal, the earlier sketch should be the more accurate."
 
Ah, memory. Such a tricky, tricky thing. 

Three Cool Things
 
1) Penn & Teller's hand-stabbingly great first appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. Note there is no fake blood on Dave's face or anywhere else on him. Still, it's cool.
 
2) Penn & Teller's creepy, crawly second appearance on on Late Night. Note the total lack of cockroaches on Dave's suit. This video's first half has Penn telling the story of the first two appearances and his memories don't quite match up to the video. But, still, pretty cool.
 
3) And to round out great early Penn & Teller TV appearances, here's the link to their legendary upside down gag on Saturday Night Live. Super cool!

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: '(The) Village' by New Order & 'Eliminator Jr.' by Sonic Youth
Second ad break bumpers: 'Never Talking To You Again' by Husker Du & 'Der Kommissar' by After The Fire
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.