9.22.2018

dimland radio 9-22-18 show notes


Retiring "Wife Beater"

Last week, as I talked about the Universal Studios horror classic The Wolfman (1941), I described the undershirt worn by Lon Chaney Jr. during the first transformation scene as a "wife beater." That's an old term from a less enlightened time. A listener suggested it might be time to stop using the term. He's right.

Consider it retired.

Movie Night

Each Sunday night, for the last several weeks, my wife, son, and I come together as a family, turn off our devices, and watch a movie. It's very enjoyable and good to spend that time together. However, picking a movie can be tricky... 

The Decision Has Been Made, But...

Well, each of my suggestions for movie night were shot down. And I'm OK with that. But, let's pick something.

They picked Superbad (2007), a very, very, very raunchy comedy about two high school friends coming to terms with going their separate ways after years of friendship and dealing with raging hormones.

I try not to be a prude, but my son is 15 and...

Oh, Boy! More Blurry Lights!

A Facebook friend of mine has captured video of some UFOs. The images are very, very, very underwhelming. Are they alien spacecraft? Inter-dimensional beings in their inter-dimensional craft? Ghost orbs? Demons? Top secret military aircraft?

What could they be?
Blobs #1: Before zooming in.
Blobs #2: In full zoom.
Blobs #3: Blobs merging.
Blobs #4: Yawn.
Sky Lanterns: Litter, Fire Hazards, UFOs

I took a stab at what I thought those blobs of light might be and I came up with sky lanterns.

Sky lanterns are mini hot-air balloons made of plastic or paper and are often launched at weddings or some other celebrations. They float away shimmering and glowing into the night sky. They are so pretty.

They are also litter. They have to come down somewhere. And they are fire hazards. In 2011, sky lanterns were determined to have started a wildfire that burned 800 acres in Myrtle Beach, SC.

As of December, 2015, 29 states had banned sky lanterns. In early 2016, Nebraska became the 30th state to ban these possible explanations for some of the nighttime sightings of UFOs.

Which state do you think my friend lives in? A sky lantern free state or a sky lantern ban state?

More information at this link. 

It's Not True: Man-child President Trump's Double Fist Pump At A 9/11 Ceremony

I was caught be this one, too. The story of the picture is that the 5th Grader-in-Chief inappropriately did a double fist pump as he headed into a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony in Pennsylvania. Well, Snopes.com cleared up the confusion.

And you thought Snopes was just a leftist site set up to make Republicans look bad.
  
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Another Not Very Profound Placard
Nice try, but...

I don't know what protest this young woman was at, but I do know the message on her sign is not nearly as profound as she thinks it is. In fact, it's kinda dumb.
I mean think about.

Three Cool Things
 
1) On YouTube there are several full length episodes of Sherlock Holmes adventures starring Jeremy Brett (here's one), whose portrayal of the great consulting detective is the best. I blogged about it here.

2) Also on YouTube are several video clips of the viewer mail segment from Late Night with David Letterman. So much fun to look back at a show that I rarely missed and had such an influence on me. Here's one. 

3) Homework time. Watch this short film by Adult Swim. It's funny and you will quickly come to understand why I think it's so cool. Watch it before next week's show, because I'll be talking about it.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'All Gone Away' by The Style Council & 'Help Me Somebody' by Brian Eno/David Byrne
Second ad break bumpers: 'I Don't Know' by Naked Raygun & 'Positive Vibrations' 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

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.

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9.15.2018

dimland radio 9-15-18 show notes


A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Again

Excellent forced perspective!
Yes, again. This time I explained how suspension of disbelief works for me. I can accept the main idea of this great film that there are extraterrestrials visiting earth, that they have far advanced technology, and that they can somehow implant ideas into people's minds. But the story has to stay within the rules it sets up for itself. And everything else in Close Encounters follows along with what would happen in the real world. Nothing feels out of place or wrong. Except how do the humans know how to respond when learning a "basic tonal language" without having been given any kind of key from which to learn? How did the government fellows know what to tell the musician to play back when the "conversation" started? Am I making sense?

I gave a made up example of potential rule breaking in another movie (Creature From The Black Lagoon - 1954) that would make it difficult to suspend disbelief. Impossible, even. And I noted an oddity about The Wolfman (1941), more than one actually. And I talked about my favorite deus ex machina moment that comes from Monty Python's Life Of Brian (1979).

I blogged about the whole Pedantic Moment I have regarding Close Encounters.
Beardless Jim

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Beardless Jim

As a little stunt for my friends among the Minnesota Skeptics, I shaved off my mustache and beard. It has been 11 years since I had gone clean shaven.

Leading up to the big moment I had foregone trimming the facial hair. I'm gonna be shaving it off, so why bother. That means the before picture show the beard being much shaggier than I usually keep it. I don't care for a shaggy beard. On me, that is.

I also don't care for the clean shaven look. So the beard and mustache are growing back. By next month's meet-up, I will look as I should.

I also talked about the traffic and road construction woes that plague my sojourns to the meet-up location. Well, if you want nice, smooth, and reliable roads, construction delays are the price we pay. And taxes, of course. 

A Rant About Coffee Drinkers

When working as a janitor, I can get annoyed by some of the messes left behind. Not the kind of messes one would expect in a place of business due to the work being done. It's the unnecessary and avoidable messes that make me grind my teeth.

One such unnecessary mess is caused by coffee drinkers and their insistence on filling their coffee mugs as full as possible. They need that caffeine so much, they just can't leave any it of that mug unfilled, and off they go dripping coffee all along the way. And leaving coffee rings.

Coffee rings. Coffee rings. Coffee rings. 

A Dimland Radio Science Hero: Harrison Ford

I haven't been able to discover how Harrison Ford feels about GMOs or vaccination, but his stance on human-caused climate change and how the people of the world need to address it is right on. He has called for Americans, at least, to stop casting votes for anti-science political candidates, whether they're really anti-science or just pretending. 

An Anti-Vaxxer Or A Russian Troll?

The following anti-vax "facts" list was left in response to a pro-vaccination comment on Facebook:
My response? Listen to the show. ;)

Some anti-vax myths dispelled here. 


Also On The Show 

Hurricane Florence? Never fear! Pat and Kat have it under control! 

Three Cool Things
 
1) The above picture of our president gave me a chuckle, but I found something out about it, which I will talk about next week.

2) Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, added another story to his legend with his astounding second half (after a knee injury) performance against the Chicago Bears. Oh, if only the Vikings could have a quarterback like Rodgers. 

3) GQ has released a recent interview of Paul McCartney. There's a video of Paul talking about some of his classic Beatles and Wings tunes.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Head Over Heels' by The Go Go's & 'One Day' by The Church
Second ad break bumpers: 'Undertow' by Suzanne Vega & 'Twist' by Tones On Tail
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.

9.09.2018

dimland radio 9-8-18 show notes


When In A Hole... 


Well, I started off the show by jumping right in a hole and got to digging even deeper.
 
On Facebook this past week, a conversation arose on just what is the proper position of the toilet seat when the toilet is not in use. The toilet at home, that is. Public restrooms are a different story.
 
I start out talking about how I was all set to come down on the side of the men. Well, that is my team, but the conversation got me thinking a little more deeply on the topic. My conclusion had to be modified, because the women brought up some very good points that I hadn't considered.
 
But, I may not have climbed out of the hole I dug. You'll be the judge.
 
I also sidetracked a moment to talk about my thoughts on the recently invented term "mansplain."
 
I should probably stop digging. 

Anonymous?

I would like to think the NY Times wouldn't just make up an op-ed and say it was by a "top official" in the White House. And I would be right. But whenever something is anonymous I get a little skeptical.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind




This pedantic moment is an epic one. And there are plenty of spoilers.
 
Ever since I first saw this Spielberg classic back when it was released, I have always been mystified about the music playing, the intergalactic dueling banjos scene. How do the humans know what to do?
 
"What the hell are we saying to each other?!"
I also talked about some other things done in the meeting with the aliens at the end of the film. During the returning of the hostages, how did the government people know that those who had been kidnapped by ET would be returned at all? But they did. How?
 
"Humans are too stupid to have produced an Einstein."
And that supposed to be profound remark about Einstein was insulting!
 
Artists Working For Living, But Not Doing Their Art
 
Actor, Geoffrey Owens, of The Cosby Show fame, was spotted working at a Trader Joe's. The news hit the internet. There was a round of job shaming, as though working at a Trader Joe's is somehow beneath him.
 
To its credit the other part of the internet spoke up it support of Owens. Saying there's no shame in working to support oneself and family, even if one used to be a regular cast member of a hit TV show. People were learning that life happens and even those who had their big break may need to take a few steps down when the big gig is gone.
 
Artists struggle. Some make it well enough to earn a consistent living. A very small number make it into the realm of big time fame and wealth. Most struggle, toiling away in anonymity, while they watch the less talented ride high. (I'm telling you, every cartoonist who has tried, but couldn't crack into the world of comic books, has looked at the artwork of Todd McFarlane and Rob Liefeld and thought, "How the hell did they get work?!"
 
Hey. It happens.
 
On the Facebook comedian/writer/actor Leighann Lord wrote about the struggle and how it feels to have to work other jobs to support her passion. I understand exactly what she was talking about.
 
We press on.

Three Cool Things

1) I took my wife and our son to see The Maltese Falcon (1941) last weekend. Such a great film and it was so cool to be able to see it on a big(ish) screen with an audience that appreciates these old movies.

2) The tattoo I design for my younger brother turned out pretty and he liked it.
 
I may not look it, but I'm thrilled!

3) I got my copy of the John Byrne X-Men Artifact Edition art book. Now that was a great artist! Sooo cool!

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Rattle My Bones' by The Suburbs & 'Unfinished Business' by Au Pairs
Second ad break bumpers: 'Nobody Told Me' by John Lennon & 'Shadow Line' by The Fleshtones
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.