3.02.2015

dimland radio 2-28-15 show notes

 
SNL Turned 40

I turned 50 and Saturday Night Live turned 40. Coincidence?!

I guess not.

Anyway, I talked about some of the highlights and having my 11 year-old son taking in a few skits and jokes that may not have been suitable for someone his age. In fact, the first skit 'Celebrity Jeopardy' was filled with moments my son shouldn't have been privy to. I'm such a bad parent.

I also mentioned the funniest moment was an ESPN skit of which my wife and I didn't catch a word. We were struck into a laughing jag by the look on Will Forte's face. You can watch that clip here.

I mentioned being pleasantly surprised by Molly Cyrus' redition of '50 Ways to Leave Your Lover'. Her voice was deeper than I expected and it didn't seem as though she lip-synced or was autotuned. She ought to release the song as a single. It might be a hit and be taken more seriously than her other music.

I also got into Victoria Jackson's nutballery. I never thought she was that funny, but recently she's gotten into posting her nutty, conservative ideas online. She has a problem with Pres. Obama and is convinced he is Muslim. She ought to be reminded that the US Constitution has no religious requirement in regards to who may be president. Perhaps she's just pulling an excellent Poe.  

It's Not True: JFK Is Not A Jelly Donut

Pres. Kennedy did not declare himself to be a jelly donut in a speech he gave in Berlin in 1963. When he said, "Ich bin ein Berliner," he had the grammar correct and none of the Germans there thought he had goofed up.

Here is an article detailing on how the idea that he called himself a pastry is not true.

The Oscars Were...Meh

I talked a bit about the Oscars and how Neil Patrick Harris was ok, but his jokes fell a bit flat Overall he did the best he could with the material he had. I expected more. He did a great job with the opening number, though.

I talked about Joan Rivers and others being left out of the In Memoriam segment. And I also mentioned my surprise at Lady Gaga being able to sing. Who knew? Her fans, I would guess.

More Bullshit On The Internet. No. Really?

Facebook friend, fellow ZTalker, and conspiracy theorist Kale Kelly posted a story through his Skeptical Edge Facebook page. The Skeptical Edge is an internet radio program Kale hosts with Joe Couto and is returning soon to Z Talk Radio.

The story he posted seems to be a variation of the stolen kidney urban legend. I called him on it and he got all up in my grill about how I poop the party, I don't do my research (by which he means I don't get my information from his favored sources), and that Snopes isn't all that.

I let him know that none of the major news site carried the story. And that the only ones that did seemed to me to be tabloids such as The Daily Mail (Fail). That seemed henky to me. Add those factors to the urban legend of organ stealing and I felt confident in called it bullshit.

Now, I will mention Snopes. Here's their take.
 
Movie Recommendation: The Train (1964)
 
United Artists

As recommended to me by friend of the show Kitty Mervine, I found this to be a pretty good WWII movie about a group of French Resistance fighters struggling to keep a train filled with masterworks of art from being brought from France to Germany.

It stars Burt Lancaster and Paul Scofield and was directed by John Frankenheimer. It is available on YouTube, but the video quality is a bit faded and the film has been sped up just a little, so the characters have an Alvin and the Chipmunks sound to them. Otherwise, it's worth a watch.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Love Song' by The Cure & 'Sex Beat' by Urban Guerrillas
Second ad break bumpers: 'Destination Unknown' By Missing Persons & 'Above It Now' by Figures
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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2.23.2015

dimland radio 2-21-15 show notes

 
Another Loss

Another person of some significance to me passed away this past Tuesday. It was my old boss, Harry. A fellow for whom I had worked since 1989 and played cribbage with for the better part of the last seven years. Harry had become a friend.

I talked about working for him, his run-ins with gas station clerks, his failing health, the funeral, and, of course, cribbage playing.

I will miss Harry very much. 

Insulin Fail

While Harry was fighting the pneumonia to which he ultimately succumbed; my dad also had pneumonia. In addition to pneumonia, he had strep throat, but he did recover. While he was at his worst, my mom had me come over to help her give Dad his insulin shot.

We didn't get it quite right. Dad is ok. We didn't kill him.

Never Found In The 80s: Valentine's Edition

For Valentine's Day, I did a special edition of Never Found in the 80s. I featured five Never Found artists and their love songs. It can be found at the Stuck in the 80s blog. Click here.

Movies! Movies! Movies!

I decided to talk some movies. Three in particular which I had just seen recently: Notorious, Big Trouble in Little China, and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

Notorious is a Hitchcock classic that I will say more about in my movie recommendation section below.

Big Trouble in Little China was better than I expected. It had an unnecessary cold open, a character who said the lead character's name about 100 times throughout the movie, and the end credit song was awful. But, I was able to suspend my disbelief enough to enjoy this crazy bunch of fun.

Bill & Ted, however, I just couldn't get past how dumb it was. I didn't buy in, so every dumb thing that happened just added to my dislike of the movie. Dudes! I totally should have first seen it at age 15, not 50.

Mini Dick Van Dyke Show Rant

We watched the first two episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show recently. The show is a classic sit-com. One of the best of all time. It is also of its time. Very sweet, innocent, and naive.

I mentioned that both episodes alluded to a doctor making housecalls. When did that stop happening, I wonder.

I had a certain sympathetic reaction to Rob's (Dick Van Dyke) return home from a rough day at the office and being set upon by his eight year-old son.
 
Movie Recommendation: Notorious (1946)

RKO Radio Pictures
An Alfred Hitchcock suspense thriller classic involving post-war activities of Nazis hiding in Brazil. It stars Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Claude Rains. Bergman and Grant are especially good. Hitchcock keeps the suspense building through the film.

It's a classic. Check it out!
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Under Pressure' by Queen & 'Ace of Spades' by Motorhead
Second ad break bumpers: 'Mayor of Simpleton' By XTC & 'Skyway' 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

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.

2.09.2015

dimland radio 2-7-15 show notes

 
Catholic Clothing Vs Islamic Clothing

Both outfits seem weird to me.
I spotted this graphic (above) on the Facebook. I didn't think the person making the image was making a valid point. First off, both outfits are weird. But, then again, weird is in the eye of the beholder. Second, the Catholic group is made up of nuns who are wearing their habits because that is what they are required to wear as being nuns. The habit is a nun's uniform. It is not a requirement of all Catholic women, just nuns. 

The burkas worn by the second group are required to be worn by Muslim women, because they are women. I see that as being not entirely analogous with the nuns' situation.

I also mentioned that the Muslim women required to wear burkas might not see them as a hardship or degradation. They may believe it is a requirement of their faith and have no problem with it. Some might believe it takes their appearance out of the equation when dealing with men.

Still, both outfits seem weird to me.
  
Pedantic Moment

Pandora has been playing an ad for a money loaning company called Kabbage. They have a woman releasing a genie from a lamp and the genie offers to grant her a wish. She wishes for a business loan.

(Record needle scratch) A what?! A business loan?! She wishes for a business loan?!

What a crappy wisher.

A Dimland Radio Look At Sports
 
Quite a Superbowl game, eh? I talked a bit about how Seattle was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And I lamented the MN Vikings' woeful history of always losing Superbowls and that it's been 38 years since the Vikes have had an opportunity to lose another one.

And, apparently, Al Michaels has said that he believes the MN Twins' organization had added extra crowd noise in the Metrodome to help give the Twins an extra at home advantage in their 1987 World Series championship. Really, Al? Selling a book, are we?
 
Brian Williams May Have A Memory Problem

I posted on Facebook that I'm willing to give Brian Williams, NBC News anchor, the benefit of the doubt that his 12 year-old memory of the military copter he was on had taken enemy fire of rocket propelled grenades. He had been taken to task for his enhanced recollections and he issued an apology for getting it wrong. That apology may not be enough as Williams is still getting a lot of heat. Even from his predecessor, Tom Brokaw.

One thing we should all know is that memory is not video tape and is a very tricky thing. People have gone to prison due to witnesses having faulty memories of which they were absolutely certain. And I was able to go with Mr. Williams by his word. However, it has come to the public's attention that Williams appears to also have enhanced memories of his involvement in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The investigation continues.

A few links for this one...

Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus talks about false memories.

The Stripes and Stars story.

But this fellow says Williams' memory was mostly right.

An article from Skeptic on flashbulb memories.

An article comparing flashbulb memories and normal memories.

The Katrina memory problem article.
 
Also, bear in mind, those who are accusing Williams of making false memory claims are also going by their memories.
 
A False Memory Story From My Past
 
I told the story of an old office manager of mine putting himself into an event in which he really had no part. We had three DEA agents making their way into our place of business some years ago. They were searching one of the upstairs loft apartments for drugs and info on a dealer we had living there. We didn't know the guy was a dealer. And we didn't know they were DEA agents until a couple days later.

It was thought to be a break in and a police report was filed. One of my coworkers and I had seen the agents, but we didn't know they were agents, and we gave our report to the officer about the three men we had seen. The office manager never saw the fellows and couldn't stay around to watch us file our report.

For some time after that, when the office manger would tell our customers the story, somehow he became involved. He would state that he saw the three agents sneaking in and sidling up the stairs. Each time he did this, I would seethe with annoyance. But I wouldn't call him out in front of customers. I would just let it go.

Until, one day, he told the story to me!
 
Movie Recommendation: None This Week
 
You are on your own.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'I Generate a Feeling' by Pete Shelley & 'Couch Potato' by Man Sized Action
Second ad break bumpers: 'A Song from Under the Floorboards' By Magazine & 'Coldbringer' by Naked Raygun
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

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.