6.25.2017

dimland radio 6-24-17 show notes

A Clarification

I started the show making sure my point from the last show about repealing the 2nd Amendment. I tried to make it clear that was not my position. I was advising those who wish to add more gun laws to cut to the chase and call for repealing (or greatly rewriting it to only cover rifles and shotguns used for hunting) of the right of the people to bear arms.

The Yanez/Castille Dashcam Video Released To Public

The dashcam video of the tragic traffic stop in Falcon Heights, MN in July of 2016 that left Philando Castille dead and Officer Yanez heading to trial for manslaughter was released. It isn't graphic in the sense of what can be seen, but it is very upsetting.
 
I still find it difficult to understand how the jury came to that verdict.
 
I also talked about a YouTube video that gives instructions on how to handle being a legal carrier of a firearm when pulled over by the police. The video was posted to YouTube several months before Castille was killed. Castille was a legal carrier and he was armed. I had to wonder how he might have benefited from seeing that video.
 
I will see what I can learn about the training that people looking to get a right to carry permit go through and talk about it next week.

Poor Reporting And Anti-Semitic Swindler  
 
A food vendor at the MN State Fair announced its menu and within three hours that vendor, Hideaway Speakeasy, changed the name of its sandwich called The Swindler. TCJewFolk.com complained that the name of the sandwich was anti-Semitic.
 
The first few articles I read never explained how the word swindler is anti-Semitic. I searched the Google and I couldn't find anything giving the missing explanation. The state of journalism these days is such that so often there are questions left unanswered, and seemingly unasked. Obvious questions. Such as: "Why is swindler anti-Semitic?"
 
Fortunately, I found an article that made the connection. It's not the word that's the problem on its own. It's the word used as the name of a sandwich that one would find in a Jewish deli.
 
Ah! I see.
 
Let's Get The Lawyers Involved
 
So, for more than 50 years lumber sizing has not been exactly 2" x 4" or 4" x 4". Those are "nominal" (name only) sizing. The actual size is a bit smaller. There's a long history of the battles to standardize lumber sizing going back to the turn of the 20th century. It took until 1963 for the standard to be set.
 
I suppose it's not exactly common knowledge, but it's been 50 plus years and now the lawyers are involved. Someone thought the agreed upon nominal sizing practice for more than half a century was deceptive. So, a class action suit is being filed against Menard's and The Home Depot.
 
A lawsuit? Really? Talk about swindlers.
 
Pedantic Moment: Regan Should Have Died
 
 
I spoiled a horror classic from 1973, but at more than 40 years I think it's not a big deal.
 
It's The Exorcist that I talked about. Specifically the scene in which young Regan (Linda Blair) possessed by a demon turns her head all the way around. 360 degrees!
 
Now, as a pedant, I can accept the demon was keeping her alive after breaking her neck, tearing the veins and arteries, the nerves, and the skin. However, after the demon leaves her body, she should have dropped dead.
 
AND! I didn't mention this on the show, but she does it twice in the movie. So, if the first time didn't do enough damage, that second time sure as hell should have!
 
Some Sour Grapes, I Guess
 
My last topic of the show showed just how frustrating being an artist can be. I know art is subjective, but how it feels to have a talent for producing art and work on it all your life to improve on that talent only to see someone who can't do it be a guest on the Johnny Carson show, as an artist? Twice?!
 
I'll tell you
 
It's fucking frustrating!!
 
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: 'Sweetest Taboo' by Sade & 'English Roundabout' by XTC
Second ad break bumpers: 'Reel Around The Fountain' by The Smiths & 'Ledge' by The Replacements
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.

6.18.2017

dimland radio 6-17-17 show notes

An Opportunity To Be A Good Neighbor

A neighbor had a significant part of a tree in his front yard the other morning. That presented me with an opportunity to be Good Neighbor Jim. But did I take advantage of the opportunity? 

Maybe.

It Then Became A Pretty Heavy Show

The entire show didn't wallow in the heaviness of recent events, but a good portion of it did. Before I got to the heavy stuff, I talked about some heavy thunderstorms that came through the Twin Cities and of a photograph taken of the storm by one of the Minnesota Skeptics. You can see and maybe even buy a print of that photo here. And as of this writing the image has been shared more than 37,000 times on the Facebook.

This past week saw Congressional Republicans become victim to a mass shooter as they practiced for the annual Congressional baseball game; the jury return a not guilty verdict in the manslaughter case against Officer Yanez, the cop who shot dead Philando Castille; and an apartment building (or block of flats as they're called in the UK) known as Grenfell Tower completely engulfed in flames.

I couldn't do a show without saying something about each event.

In brief, I noted it would be interesting to see how the GOP deals with their support of gun ownership now that they've been the target of a lone nut. I also gave some advice to those who wish to see more gun regulations. I may not have been clear enough in my advice. What I suggested isn't what I want to be done. I was just advising that others need to be intellectually honest and go all out. Stop pussy-footing around.

I expressed my dumbfoundness at the not guilty verdict in the manslaughter trial of Officer Yanez. I realize that the public doesn't know everything the jury saw. We don't know what evidence they considered. It just seemed pretty clear cut.

Then there was the Grenfell Tower fire and the not surprising reaction by 9/11 Truthers. "See? That building didn't collapse. It was on fire for several hours. The Towers were built to withstand an impact by a 747, Building 7, blah, blah, blah."

The apartment in the UK was not built the same way. Dammit! Do I have to go through this all over again?!

I learned that building regulations enacted in 1971 in the UK made it so that Grenfell Tower, built in 1974, was constructed in such a way that it wouldn't collapse due to an explosion or major fire. 

Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: That's Not John Lennon 

One of those clickbait quizzes got something wrong. There was a quiz to determine which member of The Beatles you might be. I didn't take it, because whoever put it together didn't realize their posted image of John Lennon was not John Lennon. Dumbass.
This is not John Lennon. It's Christopher Eccleston portraying John Lennon.
Photoshop Is Used By Liars
 
I tried to give a brief tutorial on how to spot Photoshopped images shared on social media.

The lesson was prompted by this image of Whoopi Goldberg:
Those Aren't His Hands!
 
I talked some Star Trek: TNG. Specifically about Capt. Picard's story about how he came to own and play a particular flute and about an episode in which Picard develops a romantic relationship with a new member of his crew. She's happens to be a musician and she gets involved with her Captain musically as well as in the bedroom. Wink, wink. 

There's a scene in which they are playing music together and I think it's very obvious those  are not Patrick Stewart's, the actor who plays Picard, hands. There was a musician lying below camera and reaching up into the shot in order to make it look as though the Captain is actually playing a fairly complex melody.

It is ridiculously obviously. Not only because the angle of the hands isn't quite right, but because Stewart has to rely on eye acting for the scene. And he doesn't look convincing. He looks a bit hammy and really awkward.

Have a look.

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: 'Dodo/Lurker' by Genesis & 'Atom Tan' by The Clash
Second ad break bumpers: 'Down In The Siene' by The Style Council & 'Shut Out The Light' by Steve Diggle
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.

6.10.2017

dimland radio 6-10-17 show notes

Today My Son Is...

...No longer a middle schooler.

My boy made it through preschool, kindergarten and, now, middle school and I'm feeling kinda melancholy. My wife and I are gonna miss that school and we anticipate the next four years going pretty fast.

These kids grow so fast.

We noted the wide range of physical maturity was on full display with those 200 or so 13 and 14 year-olds. It was incredible. Some appeared to be old enough to be graduating from high school. One young lady looked as though she could have been a teacher at the school.

Our boy still is on the young looking side, but that just means he'll look much younger than his actually years when he makes it to middle age. Just like his father.

And no Dimland Radio show could be complete without me complaining about people taking video in portrait format. I really need to cool it with that, but seated right in front of my wife and me at the ceremony were four people taking video the wrong way. ARGH!

But there are times when portrait can work. For instance...

Is Richard Spencer A Nazi Or Is He A Poe?

Probably a Nazi, although today's Nazis aren't exactly your grandfather's Nazi, but they're almost as bad. Still, whenever I listen to Spencer, which hasn't been very often, I keep hoping he's some performance artist playing this part to parody the racists of this country. He can't really think that way can he? 

Well, yeah, he can. He doesn't impress me as being a deep intellectual thinker. In fact, he seems like a dipshit. He even finds the American ideals of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happy to be "faggy." Well, he's definitely not a member of the Tea Party.

Former NBA star, Charles Barkley hosts a documentary series that focuses on race problems in America. He's attempting to have the difficult conversations he believes are necessary to improve the lives of all Americans, especially those in the minority. I haven't seen the series, so I'm not sure how well he does in furthering those ends.

The series does have its critics. But watching the segment with Spencer has me thinking Barkley and his partner in that interview, Gerald Griggs, showed great restraint as they listened to the bullshit. And, as far as I know, neither man punched the Nazi.

But is Spencer just putting one over on everyone? Probably not, but watch this clip. Can he really think this way?




Dimland Radio ARGH! Cats Being Let Outside

You really shouldn't let your cats outside people. There are way too many hazards out there: Disease, parasites, predators, poisons, cruel people, traps, traffic, and unwanted pregnancies to name a few. There is also the fact the cats are really doing a number on bird populations. Some experts might disagree, but indoors is the best place for kitty.

Last week, I discovered another reason you should keep your cat inside. Not that they might do their bathroom duties around the shrubs in your backyard, which is bad enough. No, some of those little buggers might actually damage your property.

We allow our cat on the closed in front porch, which she really likes. Well, the other night one of the neighbor's cats tried to get on the porch and tore the shit out of the screen of the porch door. Good thing the glass was down.

Don't Forget The Power To Edit
 
The Barkley documentary clips reminded me to once again tell listeners that whenever they watch documentaries, people on the street interviews, etc to always remember the filmmakers have the power to edit.
 
Remember the viral video of a young woman walking the streets of New York City being constantly approached by strange men? I will say I'll never understand how dudes can just hit on strange women just walking by. I guess it's not in my nature.
 
That said, remember the viral video clocks in at just under two minutes. That was edited down from ten hours of video of her walking around. Ten hours! Another editor could easily cut together two minutes of he walk without be spoken to or approached at all.
 
I wondered if a two minute video could be made from those ten hours showing only women talking to her.
 
Timing Is Everything
 
I ear-witnessed a car accident the other morning. After getting my son on the bus, the bus got a little hung up on the corner. The driver was trying to make a turn, but there was a young fellow driving a car in the way of the bus. After a few moments, the young fellow was able to get by the bus and the he and the bus went on their way.
 
I'm crossed the street heading the same way as the young fellow. A few seconds passed and I heard a loud crash. The young man hadn't noticed he needed to stop at the next intersection. He drove through and was T-boned.
 
Had the bus gotten there a minute earlier or later, the whole accident might have been avoided. Timing is everything.
 
Rod Hull And Emu
 
Finally, I talked about how weird the 1970s were and I used the comedy act of Rod Hull and Emu as an example. I blogged about it for Warehouse Find, the official blog of Nostalgia Zone. Click here to read all about 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: 'Celebrated Summer' by Husker Du & 'Armgh' by Au Pairs
Second ad break bumpers: 'Turning Japanese' by The Vapors & 'Subdivisons' 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

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.