1.21.2018

dimland radio 1-20-18 show notes

What The Happened Last Week?

Well, I talked over a sounder and forgot to take my second break. I just kept talking.
 
Then I changed Morgan Freeman's name to Martin Freeman. Whoops.

Sports!

It's finally happened! A break in a playoff game went the Minnesota Vikings' way. 50 plus years of playoff and Superbowl futility and several breaks going the way of the Vikes' opponents.
 
In case you live in a cave or are a member of al qaeda, you may not know about what is now called the Minneapolis Miracle. Well, I let you know about this show.
 
I talk all about it, my reaction, the reaction of Minnesota fans, etc. I also give a little advice to those who are so dismissive of sports fans. 

Fun With A Conspiracy Theorist

   

I posted the internet comic strip you see above to my Facebook. And it brought a response by a conspiracy theorist claiming the President doesn't even have full clearance to all areas of Area 51. Friend of the show, Craig, and I decided to have some fun responding to his comment.
 
We must have had too much fun, because the fellow making those claims deleted his comment and our teasing was lost.
 
The next day he posted a curious message on his Facebook feed. 

I Liked Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  
I wrote a review on the Warehouse Find blog, in which I admonished some Star Wars fans' negativity. But, I guess they are entitled to their opinions.

Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Star Wars Light Saber Battles And The Turned Back
  
I talked about what a bad idea it is to turn you back on your opponent when in a sword fight. Why would you expose your back, however briefly, while in a duel? It might looks cool to the audience, but it's still just a bad idea. 

Top Three Cool Things Of The Week

There's just one Cool Things from this week.

1) Come on! What else would it be?
 
 
 
Movie Recommendation: None

I've recommended this before, but since it's part of my Pedantic Moment this week, why not recommend it again? Besides, it's a modern classic. 
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'I Ran (So Far Away)' by A Flock Of Seagulls & 'Like It Or Not' by Genesis
Second ad break bumpers: 'Lay All Your Love On Me' by ABBA & 'Little America' by REM
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.

1.14.2018

dimland radio 1-13-18 show notes

Casey At The Bat

Longtime listeners know I can't go very many shows with talking about The Who. And it's been a whole week.

I was invited to help some folks out in a round of that bar trivia thing. The featured topic was going to be the world's greatest rock band: Nickelback. No, wait. What am I saying?!

Of course, it was The Who and I was brought in as a ringer. But, would I turn out to be mighty Casey and strike out? Would there be joy in Mudville? 

Roseanne Will Be A Trump Supporter

The return of the hit sitcom Roseanne is already raising some eyebrows. Its controversial star has stated that the title character will be a Trump supporter. She feels it would be "realistic" because the series is about a blue collar family and plenty of blue collar folks voted for Trump.

I speculated that perhaps Roseanne Barr might be trying to show blue collar viewers that it would be OK to admit they'd made a mistake, if her character came to realize that through the course of the series.

I'll never know. I didn't watch the show when it aired in the late 80s into the 90s and I don't intend to watch it when it returns.

This article gives more info and also notes that Barr herself had been a supporter of Trump. 

Pedantic Moment: The Shawshank Redemption
 
I warned about spoilers before I got into what I'm pedantic about when it comes to the great, great movie: The Shawshank Redemption.


What was I pedantic about? You'll have to listen. Here's a hint. It has to do with a poster and a plastic bundle.

By the way, I kept calling Morgan Freeman, Martin Freeman. I have a drug problem.
 

Dimland Radio Science Zero: Charlie Daniels
  
Well, country music star, Charlie Daniels, stopped singing about the devil going to Georgia to make deals for souls long enough to warn Taco Bell about their latest ad campaign. Taco Bell is airing TV ads with a conspiracy theory theme. Mr. Daniels thinks that's a bad idea.

The internet had a little fun with him. And I named him a Dimland Radio Science Zero.

Dimland Radio Science Hero: David Mitchell & Robert Webb
  
I've know about these two British actors. They had a BBC2 show called 'That Mitchell And Webb Look'. It's a sketch comedy show featuring some excellent satire. They send up the Princess Diana death conspiracy, the moon landing hoax, aliens, and homeopathy.

For those excellent send-ups, they are Dimland Radio Science Heroes. 

This Is Pretty Clever
 
I got a laugh from this the other day. You might as well.
My Sports Prediction
 
When it comes to the MN Vikings my rational thoughts go right out the window. 40 plus years of watching the Vikes come up short, especially when some of those years the team was so damn good. Vikes fans are a little wary. And I'm very wary.


With that wariness in mind, I made my prediction about how the Vikings will do this postseason.

Top Three Cool Things Of The Week

Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week.

3) Despite my wariness, the MN Vikings being in the playoffs is pretty cool.

2) I made to the MN Skeptics Meet-Up on Thursday despite my doubts earlier in the day of being able to make it. But I did make it.

1) My son has three photograph in an art exhibit at a local college. The exhibit is for area high schools with outstanding art programs. My boy got an Honorable Mention. His photographs in the exhibit can be seen just below this sentence.
Movie Recommendation: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

 
I've recommended this before, but since it's part of my Pedantic Moment this week, why not recommend it again? Besides, it's a modern classic.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Scarecrow People' by XTC & 'Warm Leatherette' byThe Normal
Second ad break bumpers: I forgot to take my second break. What's the deal? Well, there is that drug problem.
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.

1.07.2018

dimland radio 1-6-18 show notes

It's A New Year...Again

As I get older, these years just go by faster and faster. Why it seems just yesterday I was making the same resolution I make every year. And it's tradition for me to talk about that very specific resolution, which I have yet to break. 

Should We Really Feel Guilt About Our Guilty Pleasures? 

I don't think people should feel embarrassed or guilty for liking something other people might think is silly or strange. Hey, your 53 and you like old toys and comic books? That's cool. You like what you like. As long as you aren't causing harm to others, why feel shame.

So what if you like ABBA. Everybody should. In fact, those who don't ought to fell guilty. The weirdos. 

ABBA, Not Exactly A Deep Cuts Band
 
My talk about guilty pleasures led me to talk about a deep dive I did on ABBA's music. I listened to all their albums through Spotify. It turns out that the Swedish supergroup is more a singles band than an album one.


If you know their hits, you've pretty much got it. There might been a deep cut or two, but really their singles are so damn good, you don't have to dig for much more. Unless you want to, then go for it.
Peppermint Lump
 
I thought I knew virtually everything there was to know about the music produced by Pete Townshend. Well, I was wrong. In 1979, Pete teamed up with an 11 year old girl singer, Angie (Angela Porter) and produced pretty catchy bit of pop tunage.


I've been obsessing on the song since I learned about it this past Tuesday. It's called Peppermint Lump. The little girl lead vocals aren't great, but that doesn't stop me from liking it. See the Three Cool Things for the link below.
Conspiracy Theory Response Not Sent
  
I have more than 2,400 Facebook friends. Many of them skeptics. Some think themselves to be skeptics but they are actually conspiracy theorists. One of them posted some conspiracy nonsense of personal incredulity trying to say 9/11 was an inside job.

I didn't unfriend the fellow, but I wrote a response to one of his posts. I didn't send it though. Some hills you just don't want to die on.

Instead I posted the following XKCD comic strip:

I also mentioned this strip on the show. I considered using it as a response:

I'm A Little Slow And Oregon's New Pumping Gas Policy 

Oregon state has joined most of the rest of the country in allowing people to pump their own gas. There were several comments and memes spreading around the internet poking fun of Oregonians.

One such fun poker image (see above) left me baffled for quite some time. My Facebook friend refused to explain the joke when I expressed It didn't understand the "green" gas reference.

The answer did come to me. Eventually.


Top Three Cool Things Of The Week

Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week.

3) Stan Lee turned 95 on December 28. Yes, that wasn't this past week, but it's still cool. I blogged about The Man and his importance in the lives of comic book fans and creators.

2) Season 11 of The X-Files premiered with plenty of alien/conspiracy theory goodness.

 

1) And the song that has been this week's obsession: Peppermint Lump.
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: 'Villier's Terrace' by Echo & the Bunnymen & 'I Believe In You' by Don Williams
Second ad break bumpers: 'Keep On Working' by Pete Townshend & 'Eliminator Jr' by Sonic Youth
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.