6.29.2015

dimland radio 6-27-15 show notes

Why Do I Keep Listening To The Film Vault

The Film Vault is a weekly podcast on which the two hosts make a Top 5 list of a different category related to movies. Generally, I like the two hosts: Bald Bryon and Anderson. However, they can drive me nuts!

I discussed a few of those reasons and specifically complained about their most recent show. That show featured their Top 5 picks of songs performed in movies. These songs could not be covers and the films couldn't be documentaries or concert films. The song had to be by a fictional artist as part of the film.

My complaint was that they played clips of the songs and talked of virtually every second of every clip! ARRGH!!

Why do I keep listening to the show? See this week's movie recommendation.

More About The Confederate Flag

I noted that there were plenty of people pushing to take those flags down from State buildings, but there's been a bandwagon jumping by Walmart, eBay, and other sellers by stopping the sale of any item festooned with the offensive flag.

I'm not so sure that's the best thing to do. I still maintain that private citizen should be able to own and display it if they like, but our government should rethink it.

And there was this cartoon that makes an excellent point, which I mentioned on the show, but now I can't find it. Sorry.

It's Not True: Not A Rat In The KFC Meal

Doubtful News carried the follow-up to this sensational, though hard to swallow story. The rat turned out to be (drum roll) chicken.

Pedantic Moment: Buick Ads

I really get bugged when I watch the current Buick ads in which people can't tell which car is a Buick. The new Buicks aren't your dad's Buicks anymore, apparently. They ain't dumpy anymore, so people are having a hard time identifying a Buick.

A valet parking attendant can't find the Buick in the lot. A woman standing on the sidewalk, inches away from her friend sitting in a Buick can't find her find. Her friend just says, "I'm in the Buick."

This does not reflect reality. 

Pringles Moment
 
Picture that scene in 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' in which Violet ignores Mr. Wonka's warning to not chew the entire meal flavored gum which hadn't been perfected yet. Instead of an entire meal, imagine just a cheese burger. And instead of gum, imagine  Pringles chip.
 
Are you imagining it? Well, that's pretty much the experience I had when I ate a cheese burger flavored Pringles chip. Except I didn't balloon up and there were no Oompa Loompas. 

Pedantic Moment: Picking Apart 'Westworld"
 
I then spoiled the hell out of the 1973 classic sci-fi Western 'Westworld'. I like the movie, but there are a few things that make it pick apart worthy. If you haven't seen it yet, you may want to watch it first before listening to my rantings.
 
Movie Recommendations: Frank (2014)


 
A quirky, enjoyable film about an aspiring musician getting involved with an unusual, arty, underground band led by Frank. Frank (Michael Fassbender) is the artistic genius behind the band and he's just a bit off, but so likeable. Oh, and he wears a papier-mache head. All the time.
 
It's pretty unusual and it has some pretty unusual music. You'll like it as long as Anderson and Bryon are talking through the main song in the final performance in the film. 
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'All You Pretty Girls' by XTC & 'All Gone Away' by The Style Council
Second ad break bumpers: 'All Shook Down' By The Screaming Blue Messiahs & 'All Those Years Ago' by George Harrison
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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6.22.2015

dimland radio 6-20-15 show notes

Again

Yep, again. This time in a church. This time in Charleston, SC. This time the motive seems obviously racial, as the accused mass shooter has a history of being a white supremacist.

How do we stop these mass shooting events? More gun laws? More mental health care?

I don't know. If I knew the answer to that I'd be working at the Mayo Clinic. Does this look like the Mayo Clinic?

My Leftie FB Friends Really Don't Like Republicans

I mentioned how some of my more liberal Facebook friends (there's one in particular, but I don't mention his name) really don't like the GOP and those on the right. When Rudy Giuliani appeared on Fox and Friends the morning after the shooting, he stated that at that time we didn't know the motive for the shootings. He also said we shouldn't let incidents such as this one divide us.

The liberal FB friends (just a couple of them to be fair) jumped on Rudy and attributed things to him that he didn't express. At least, not on that show and in that article. So much for Rudy's advice to unite.


I did point that out to them.

We Have Two Major Political Parties And, Guess What!, They Often Disagree With Each Other

I think this wins the longest title of a blog segment that I've ever written award.

Anyway, that one leftie FB friend, whose name I don't mention, also stated that according to the Republicans the only real thing Pres. Obama has done wrong is be black. I countered, "No, the only thing he's done wrong is be Democrat."

I shouldn't have to explain that Republicans and Democrats often disagree because they are opposing political parties. And as such they have different ideas about what is best for our country. Duh! Call me naive, but Obama being African-American has far less to do with the opposition than his party affiliation and ideals.

And I reminded people of those idyllic days of political harmony when Bill Clinton was President. That was a golden time in our history when Democrats and Republicans always saw eye to eye on every issue. And Pres. Clinton never got any kind of grief from the GOP.

Remember those days? Neither do I.

Put The Stars And Bars In The Museums

Representing secession, treason, and slavery since 1863.
In the aftermath of the apparent racially motivated shooting in Charleston there has been a push on social media to remove the flags of the Confederacy from state and local government is many areas of the South. I agree. Our government should not flying a flag the represent secession, treason, and slavery.

Private citizens can own and fly them if they choose, but our government needs to take them down. This action is long past due. 

HAN SHOT FIRST!
 
My friend Douglas had stated that Lucas altered the Han shooting Greedo in the cantina scene in the original Star Wars earlier than the 1997 special edition releases. He said he saw the altered scene way back in 1981. I maintained that the scene wasn't altered until 1997. I told him I own a VHS collection of the pre-altered films in the widescreen format. That collection was released in 1992.

I found this clip on YouTube and thought they said the alterations had been do far sooner than 1997. However, I just watched the clip again and I misheard them. They state the alteration of the scene was done for the 1997 special edition theatrical release.

During the show, I said Douglas and I were both right. Apparently, I was wrong and that I was the one who was right.

YouTube Is Ruining The Rickroll
 
With YouTube insisting on placing and ad, either the fifteen second no stop ad or the longer ads one can skip after five seconds, at the beginning of their more downloaded videos, they are ruining the Rickroll.

Click here to see what I mean.

Adam Carolla - Wrong About Where The Wild Things Are
 
If the stories we hear Adam Carolla tell on his podcast about his childhood are to be believed, it can be understandable why he doesn't get the brilliance of such children's books as Maurice Sendak's 'Where The Wild Things Are'.

Sure, there are a lot of crappy kids' books out there, but this isn't one of them. And since Adam has kids now, he's been reading those kids' books that his parents never bothered to read to him as a child.

He thinks it's so easy to write a kids' book.

Bad ones, such as Adam's "free-styled" book? Yes. Brilliant ones such as Sendack's brilliant and award-winning book? No.

Here's a segment from Adam's improv children's book:

"...And they walked on.
And on. And on again."

Here's what Adam was calling easy:


"...And he sailed off through night and day,
And in and out of weeks,
And almost over a year,
to where the wild things are."

Not quite the same, is it?

I will admit Adam's book is funnier.
 
Movie Recommendations: Duel (1971)


Universal Studios
This was a made for television movie. It was one of the early works of directing by Steven Spielberg. The film follows Dennis Weaver as a traveling businessman driving through the American Southwest, when he encounters a very old, nasty looking fuel tracker truck that, at first, won't get out of the way, then begins to attempt to kill Weaver.

The film is very well done and it help launch Spielberg's career. He's done pretty well.

It's available on DVD through Netflix. If you get the DVD, be sure to watch the extras. Spielberg and writer, Richard Matheson, provide an interesting insight on the making of the film.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Above It Now' by Figures & 'Dirty Mind' by Prince
Second ad break bumpers: 'Tape Your Wife to the Ceiling' By The Suburbs & 'Sex Beat' by Urban Guerrillas
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

6.15.2015

dimland radio 6/13/15 show notes

Better Late Than Never

This was the show that was supposed to play last week. I'm not entirely certain why it didn't play as scheduled, but I think I might have screwed something up. But, I guess better late than never, because I think this was one of my better shows.

Doubtful News Dropped My Name!
 
So, in late May a video of an odd looking object floating through the skies of New Zealand was captured on video through the window of a jet airliner. What was this UFO (remember the U stands for unidentified)? Some have suggested it was the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
 
Someone had posted an image of His Holy Noodleness on the Facebook group page Group of Fort. The person was curious as to what it was and what the other members of the group thought of it.

As it so happened, just a day or two prior to that posting a FB friend of mine had posted a link to the YouTube video of the hoaxer showing how he created the image. With that bit of good info available, I linked to it in the comment thread.

Sharon Hill, the curator of the Doubtful News website, posted on Doubtful News the hoax reveal and yours truly got himself a nice thank you.

Pretty cool beans!

Bitch About The First Pitch

I wondered why there was a change in how baseball conducted the ceremonial first pitch. In the old days, the first pitch was thrown from the stands, not the mound. Maybe that was just for presidents. Anyway, I did some research and it looks like Ronald Reagan was the first sitting president to take to the mound for that first pitch.
 
Thanks, Obama!

Speaking Of Politics
 
I took a moment to suggest that politics can get otherwise fine skeptics to fall victim to their own political bias. One such skeptic who is very left in his politics tried to shrug off a recent poll that shows that George W Bush now has a better approval rating than President Obama. He suggested the sample size was small and skewed by being done mostly by landline phone calls.
 
I suggested that had the poll showed Obama ahead of W, that particular skeptic probably wouldn't have had an issue with sample size or landlines. He would likely just accept it as a given. "Of course, Obama is more popular than Bush. Duh!"
 
Thanks, Obama! 
 
A Selfie Brings The Hurt To ISIS
 
Looks Photoshopped, he isn't looking at the camera, and image is not the selfie in question.
 
Now I wasn't saying that a selfie taken by a member of ISIS didn't help the US military in selecting a target. I was suggesting that the image in the article on the ISIS selfie probably was constructed for the article.
 
I thought the image looked Photoshopped, that the terrorist wasn't looking at the camera, and my biggest problem was that the selfie image was a third person (or should that be second person?) point of view and not the selfie itself.

Sleep Paralysis And Fringe Thinking
 
I'm not a psychologist. I may be completely wrong, but that didn't stop me from talking about how folks who tend to believe fringe or conspiratorial ideas will accept opposing ideas as long as those ideas also conflict with the "official" story. I also pointed out that even though the majority of experts in some field can be in complete opposition to the idea of one crank, fringe thinkers and conspiracists will hold the crank's idea up as the real story.
 
And I talked about a recent guest on the internet show Paradigm Shift and his alien abduction experience. I never heard of him or his claims, but in the break before he told his story I had pretty much nailed every aspect of his claim.

However, I did this with just myself as a witness. So, you'll just have to take my word for it and I understand if you remain skeptical.
 
But the reason I could be so accurate was because the fellow was describing all the classic symptoms of sleep paralysis. I also told about the experience I had with my own bout of sleep paralysis.
 
Movie Recommendations: None
 
I didn't have time this week, so you are on your own.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'You've Got Everything Now' by The Smiths & 'You Know Better Than I Know' by Pete Shelley
Second ad break bumpers: 'You Took' By The Church & 'You'll Have To Go Sideways' by The Soft Boys
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