dimland radio 2-26-11 show notes

Week From Metaphorical Hell

Snow storm. 15″ of snow. One employee has no car because of DWI. Complaints at one of my work’s bigger accounts. Another employee gives two week notice when questioned on how much time he works each night. That employee pulls a no show and his run doesn’t get cleaned. Head supervisor has Monday and Tuesday off. Special project request from account that had complaints. Task needs to be done Wednesday night. I help task get done and complaints dealt with Wednesday night…

There’s more but you get the idea.

Ten Minute Topic With Chris Brown

Fellow skeptic, Chris Brown.

I hadn’t done a Ten Minute Topic in a while, but I has this one in the can for a long time. Chris and I talk about personal experience and the trickiness of memory. We don’t know everything, but we got into it anyway.

Learn more about memory here and about how false memories can be created here.

And here is an excellent clip of Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the argument from ignorance and about eye witness testimony. I referred to it during my talk with Chris.


It’s Not True: Magnetic Knee Therapy


Pure quackery. Don’t waste your money.


An ad from the Sunday paper for a product claiming, that for only $9.97 plus $1.00 in handling, you can get a therapeutic knee wrap with 32 magnets that will ease pain and add flexibility. Don’t you believe it. The magnets have no effect, except possibly the placebo effect.

Learn more about this particular bit of quackery here.


XTC Skylarking Vinyl Reissue

Yes, it’s what you think it is. You should see the back cover.


My wife got me the vinyl reissue XTC’s 1986 masterpiece, ‘Skylarking’. It’s my favorite of XTC’s albums and it’s wonderful. I consider it a grand error that the music consuming public never caught on to the band the way they deserved. It’s a shame.

Not only does the reissue exclusively available on vinyl, there are two other special features: it sounds the way it was intended, but never did, and the cover art is what was originally intended. The sound wasn’t right because the bass sound was set incorrectly, and the original artwork was considered to naughty for 1986.

Learn more about the sound issues here and the original cover art here.


Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ahead’ by Wire
First ad break bumpers: ‘That’s Really Super, Supergirl’ & ‘Grass’ by XTC
Second ad break bumpers: ‘Ballet For A Rainy Day‘ & ‘Season’s Cycle’ by XTC
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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