12.16.2018

dimland radio 12-15-18 show notes


Amway? No way!
 
I have a co-worker who often asks my advice or to get clarification on a topic about which he has some confusion. Recently, he told me of a friend of his who has gotten into a multi-level marketing (MLM) scheme. I wasn't surprised to hear that this friend was attempting to get my co-worker to sign up as well. That's one of the main tasks of being part of an MLM scheme: Recruit others into the scheme. .
 
I asked if the money was rolling in for this guy. It's not. I'm shocked!
 
Actually, I'm not shocked. MLMs rely on people's gullibility in thinking it will be easy to convince other people to join in and their hopes for big money. The big money never materializes, but their own money does disappear. The members need to maintain a monthly minimum of product. The friend of my co-worker is shelling out $300 a month, but the big money is just around the corner. Or is it? Well, when it comes to Amway 99.99% of its members lose money.
 
I advised my co-worker against getting involved. I hope he listens.
 
Brian Dunning produced a video from which I got much of my information as part of his InFact YouTube video series. Check it out here.
 
HBO's John Olivier gives a longer, more detailed look at MLMs. Click here.

Cool Thing #1:

 

I decided to try an experiment this week and not run through the Three Cool Things at the end of the show. Instead I would intersperse the cool items throughout the show, giving more time to each one.

The first is the fact that because of the power of science the human species now has two interstellar spacecraft cruising through space. Voyager 2, launched 41 years ago, has finally joined Voyager 1 in interstellar space, which means both spacecraft are now outside the influence of our sun.

The image above has a few of the astounding facts. And this link is to information on the documentary The Farthest: Voyager In Space, which tells the story of NASA's Voyager mission.

Science! YEAH!

This Really Isn't Much Of A Problem Anymore But...

In the not so old days, when widescreen movies went on television the scourge that is "pan and scan" was invited. Until recently, television screens were more square, while movie screens are much wider, so in order to fit the movie picture onto a TV screen someone had to reformat the image.
 
Sure, they could have opted to put the black bars at the top and bottom to approximate the shape of a movie screen to accommodate the full picture, but then people would complain about the black bars. Such rubes!
 
I gave a couple examples. One was Mackenna's Gold (1969), which is generally a mess of a movie and pan and scan didn't help; and Star Wars (1977), which lopped off a Tusken Raider (calling them "sand people" seems racist to me) from a shot and that led my younger self to some confusion. Luke says he can see one of them now. I can't.
 
MacKenna's Gold - Pan and scan.
What we should see. Oh, look! Telly Salaves!
Star Wars - Pan and scan. Where's that Tusken Raider?
Widescreen - Ah! There he is!
Turner Classic Movies produced a short film featuring filmmakers discussing why pan and scan is bad and that audiences should be bothered by what they are missing in the picture and not by the black bars across the top and bottom of the screen.
 
Of course, nowadays televisions are formatted more like movie screens so pan and scan isn't the problem it once was. Except now the old TV shows have black bars on the sides.
 
Cool Thing #2: 

In the world today, our lives are very well documented visually. From photographs to video, most of us in the developed world, anyway, has plenty of pictorial evidence of our existence. That hasn't always been the case. One hundred years this sort of documentation was much more rare, so how cool is it that a website has posted a video featuring film footage of four artistic masters? Well, it's very cool.
 
At this link there is a nine minute video of film taken of Monet, Renior, Rodin, and Degas. The artists are old man at the time they were filmed. You can see the ravages of time evident in each, especially Renoir.
 
They were just as alive then as we are today. These films give us a look back in time and it is so awesome!
 
Movie Recommendation: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
 
 
It is said this movie suffered from Star Wars fatigue or possibly from audiences having trouble accepting anyone other than Harrison Ford playing Han Solo, and those factors led to this film not performing as well at the box office. It might also be due to the switching of directors while the film was in production. Ron Howard took over after directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (directing as a duo) were fired.
 
Well, I recently watched the movie and I really liked it. It's fun! Star Wars movies should be fun, right? Yeah, some can get a bit dark. Empire Strikes Back and Rogue One were pretty dark, but they were still fun.

Solo is more light-hearted and filled with Easter Eggs for the fans. And I think Alden Ehrenich and Donald Glover both do a fine job playing Solo and Lando Calrissian. They don't do impressions of Ford and Billy Dee Williams, but they do capture their essence and attitude, with an gesture or voice inflection here and there that get pretty close to the original actors.
 
As I said, it's fun. The special effects are terrific. Watch it.
 
Cool Thing #3:

 
I found the above photograph in the trash of an office I cleaned years ago. The fellow on the left is a stranger to me, but the man on the right is former MN Twins pitching ace Frankie "Sweet Music" Viola. I fished this picture out of the trash and have kept it ever since. I think it's cool.
 
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'O, Superman (For Massenet)' by Laurie Anderson & 'Dark Entries' by Bauhaus
Second ad break bumpers: 'All Shook Down' by The Screaming Blue Messiahs & '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

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12.09.2018

dimland radio 12-8-18 show notes


A Memory Of Pete Shelley
 
Musician Pete Shelley died on Thursday. He was a founding member of one of the UK's earliest and best Punk rock bands.

I shared some memories of my experience with the Buzzcocks and Pete Shelley.

This Cartoon Again?



Yes, I talked about the above cartoon again, because something else occurred to me when I listened to last week's show.
 
President George H. W. Bush Died...

...And some folks on the internet couldn't get past their hatred of GHWB and President Trump. I gotta tell ya, it gets mighty tiresome.
 
I hope the people who had all that fun focusing only on the bad stuff Bush 41 did remember that when other people remember only the bad things of Jimmy Carter's years as the president.
 
During this talk I also touched on how original the phrase "Make America Great Again" is, why people tend to focus on only the good stuff of those who died (unless they allow the partisanship take over, that is), an aspect about the Apostle's Creed (not Apollo's Creed) that I hadn't know about, and there were two moments when I got emotional watching the funeral of GHWB.

Three Cool Things
 
1) This live footage of the Buzzcocks in concert from 1981 is pretty cool.
 
 
2) Geologist/blogger/podcaster Sharon Hill's response to being invited by a TV producer to maybe participate in yet another mystery-monger program. Her response (above) was brief, to the point, and way cool.
 
3) As Pres. George W. Bush greeted Michelle Obama at the funeral service for his father, he slipped her a piece of candy. Now that's not only cool, it's pretty damn sweet.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Telephone Operator' & 'Qu'est-Ce Que C'est Que Ca' by Pete Shelley
Second ad break bumpers: 'I Generate A Feeling' & 'Homosapien' by Pete Shelley
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.

12.01.2018

dimland radio 12-1-18 show notes


I Saw Dana Gould

The fellow in the back and I are stunned into silence by Dana Gould's amazing ability to sign a poster.
 
Well, I did. He performed at the Acme Comedy Club. He was very funny.

I (once again) recommended listening to his podcast, The Dana Gould Hour. I gave a few reasons why I enjoy it so much. And I told him that his is the only podcast I listen to in which I never feel compelled to speed through his ad reads. He suggested a possible reason for that...

Oh, Boy. Would you Guys Stop Doing This?

There's some fakery going on here.
The internet keeps getting filled up with lies about this guy. And I keep having to tell the internet that there's plenty of actual bad stuff about him that can be used to try to convince others to not re-elect him, you don't have to make stuff up.
 
Does the president having improper feelings for his daughter? I don't know.
 
The maker of this meme wants us to think he does. Sure, it might just be a joke, but there are some people who will think the middle and lower right photos aren't fake. They are.
 
Even the images that haven't been doctored can look wrong when just the right moment is chosen and the "Trump wants to bang his daughter" text is added.
 
The images came from the 2016 Republican National Convention. Ivanka Trump gives a speech and introduces her father. Watch the last 30 seconds on this video and the moment looks completely innocent.
 
It's All About Timing

It may seem odd but drawing images can be subject to timing and pacing. These three images all have the same problem in that they flow awkwardly and that throws off the timing. The "punchline" comes at the wrong place.
 
In the comparison of Democrats and Republicans, which I drew because I couldn't find the original, the punchline comes in too early. In the two Wonder Woman images, the same joke is ruined by the punchline coming in visually before the set-up.
 
The Democrat should be on the right for this to flow properly.
Hannity should be on the right and Wonder Woman's image should be flipped.
Ditto.

Don't you agree? Of course you do.

And Still No Decent Photograph Of Bigfoot
 
 
I spotted the above image on the Monster Talk Facebook page. It shows a deer that appears to be fleeing from a flying squirrel. It's an eerie, yet cool image. And it must be a rare moment and still a photo was captured.
 
However, to this day there is still no decent photograph of bigfoot. Maybe some day.
 
Speaking Of Photographs Of Bigfoot
 
"Stop, Lady! Or I'll shoot!"

Could this illustration (above) by Mort Kuntsler for an article in a 1960 edition of True Magazine have been the inspiration for the bigfoot costume that was probably used in the Patterson/Gimllin film from 1967? (I heard about this article on the Squaring The Strange Podcast)
 
We can't say for certain, but the bigfoots in the two images do share an interesting feature in common: Pendulous breasts.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment And ARGH!: Recycling PSA On The Radio

I didn't have the audio for this Public Service Announcement for recycling when I recorded the show, but you can listen to it here. I hate these sorts of ads. A repeated phrase, multiple voices, kids' voices, and the ad doesn't even tell you what it's about until three quarters of the way through. I hate that!
 
And, kids, you ain't growing up. You are no longer useful in your present state, you will rounded up, destroyed, and made into something else. That's not growing up.
 
Three Cool Things
 
It's true.
1) Speaking of bigfoot pictures, someone on the internets put the above images of Amelia Earhart and Patterson/Gimlin's bigfoot together and made a truthful observation. It's brilliant and funny. And that's cool.
 
2) NASA's Insight lander has successfully landed on Mars. Thus continuing our robot invasion of our red neighbor. COOL!
 
3) November's daily drawing challenge of Crystalvember has come to an end. That might not be cool, but helping a Facebook friend have something to look forward to each day while dealing with a serious illness was very cool.

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 & 'No Self Control' by Peter Gabriel
Second ad break bumpers: 'Seven Seas' by Echo & The Bunnyman & 'This Is The Day' by The The
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.