dimland radio 7-19-14 show notes

Stop Posting Fake Videos!
I got out of the gate talking about three videos I've been seeing on the internets. Two of these videos I could confirm as fake, with the third being rather iffy.

The first was the ballgirl who makes an amazing catch in foul territory. Not only is it not real, if it were the ballgirl would be in trouble for interfering in the play. The video was part of a Gatorade ad that ran during the 2008 MLB All Star Game.

The second was of a man being struck by lightning. Twice. Caught on a security camera we see the poor sap get struck, fall down, get back up, start to move on, and get struck again. What we don't see is the video being blotted out by the flash, as it would be, and we don't see the lightning reflecting of the surrounding trees and such.
The third shows a woman cleaning up a bar after hours. The security camera catches her tripping over two bar stools and falling through a plate glass window. I could not find out for sure that this video was faked, but the are some red flags that lead me to believe it is.
She seems to begin tripping before she walks into the first stool, the window breaks way too easily and not the way plate glass windows would break, and there is audio for the video. Although not impossible, I think it's highly unlikely a security camera in a bar would have a microphone.

In 2007, the movie 'Look' was released. It's a low budget film using the "found footage" technique. However, there's a twist to director Adam Rifkin's use of found footage. He uses the images all captured on security cameras. It's done really well and I enjoyed the movie, but (you knew there would a but) all the security cameras are equipped with microphones, so all the dialog is audible. It was a difficult hurdle for me to get over.

Chewing Gum Company's Experiment Shows Gum Chewers To Be More Pleasant
A chewing gum company (Beldent) finds gum chewers to be more approachable and friendly? Well, no shit.
I talked about this very unscientific experiment that was done to see if gum chewers faced an unfair stigma. I wasn't aware there was a stigma against gum chewers, but oh well. The experiment was conducted in such a way that the gum chewers would be viewed positively. So bogus!

The Long International Nightmare Is Over
Of course, I mean the World Cup. I'm not a soccer fan, but my son is, so I saw more than my share of possibly the most boring sport in the world. But that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.

Guys running around kicking a ball, and running and kicking, and running and kicking, and running and kicking...
Tommy Ramone Dies
Tommy Ramone (Tommy Erdelyi) died on July 11th putting all of the original members of the seminal punk rock band Ramones into the "they are all gone" category. It's hard to believe they are all gone and, yet, Keith Richards lives on. Must have been the glue sniffing.
Kendall Jones: Cheerleader, Big Game Hunter, Social Media Pariah
I've been seeing a lot of my Facebook friends expressing disgust at Kendall Jones for posting pictures of her smiling self and her big game kills on social media. My position is that although this may be distasteful to the sensibilities of some, Ms Jones is hunting these animals legally. She is not a poacher and she pays handsomely for the permits allowing her to hunt lions and leopards and other endangered species.
I made the argument that, as counter-intuitive as it sounds, legal, permitted hunting of endangered species has been shown to help preserve and increase their numbers. The white rhinoceros may just be such a case.
Movie Recommendation: Catching Hell (2011)
ESPN Films
Steve Bartman became a scapegoat after attempting to catch a foul ball during game six of the NLCS in 2003. His team the Chicago Cubs were five outs away from heading back to the World Series for the first time since 1945, but he may have prevented outfielder Moises Alou from catching the ball and recording an out. After that play the wheels came off and the Cubs lost the game and then lost game seven. No World Series again.
The film examines the idea of the scapegoat and also focuses on Bill Buckner and his boot in the 1986 World Series. Why do we focus on those two plays? What about the other booted plays and poor pitching that lead to the Cubs' collapse in 2003 and the Red Sox's collapse in 1986?
It's an excellent look at those plays, the players, the fans, the games, and the scapegoats.
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: 'Is It A Crime' by Sade & 'Institutionalized' by Suicidal Tendencies
Second ad break bumpers: 'In Between Days' by The Cure & 'Invaders of the Heart' by Cheap Trick
Closing song: 'Angler's Treble Hook' by $5 Fiddle

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