Well, we got it. I started the show with the tale of our success in getting the 2001 VW Jetta wagon. My wife Amy hung around for the first part of the show and added a couple comments and a giggle or two.
I also related that we had gotten rid of our other two cars. Yep, we’re down to one. The Volvo we sold to a fellow for $250. He buys old junkers and turns them in for scrap. I wonder how much he gets if he’s giving us that much for our old beater. We also took the Ford Escort to a local donation center that takes in unwanted cars. We will get some kind of tax deduction for the donation.
And Now – A Joke
Not all that long ago I heard a pretty good joke told by a guest, BJ Novak, on Late Show with David Letterman. It’s clean and I think it’s funny.
A guy walks into a bakery… You’ll have to listen to the show to get the rest. You can download it from the Z Talk Radio archive.
EVPs and The Changeling I played a clip from the 1980 MGM film ‘The Changeling’. A very good haunted house story starring George C Scott. The clip I played was the film’s EVP moment. The kind of EVP that doesn’t seem to actually happen in real life, despite the claims of various ghost hunters. But in a movie anything is possible. Reality is much different. I wrote a blog about this some time ago. You can read it here. You can view the clip of ‘The Changeling’ part of which I used on my show here.
It’s Not True: The 10% Brain Myth
I’ve talked about this before, but with the release of the film ‘Limitless’ I thought I’d bring it up again. We use all of our brain. The science tells us that there isn’t 80 – 90% of our brain sitting idle. I made the same argument that I’ve seen in a couple places. That is when someone suffers a brain injury they suffer issues from that brain damage. Why would that be if 90% of the brain is unused? I would think the odds would be good that most people suffering brain injuries wouldn’t have much of a problem.
I was challenged to site my sources and provide peer review studies. Well, here are a few sources here, here and here. I have a request out to a knowledgeable skeptic to see if he can put me on to a specific study, if I hear from him with something I’ll pass it on to you.
This is another often sited source: B.L. Beyerstein, Whence Cometh the Myth that We Only Use 10% of Our Brains? in Mind Myths. Exploring Popular Assumptions about the Mind and Brain edited by S. Della Sala, Chichester: John Wiley and Sons, pages 3-24, 1999. This chapter is required reading for anyone who wants more information on the 10% myth.
Movie Surprises, Not!
I wandered into the role of being a movie spoiler for a little bit. I talked about the film ‘Dead Again’ and how casting Sir Derek Jacobi ruined the surprise reveal of his character, because Jacobi had played stutterers in the past and his character in the past (shown in flashbacks portrayed by a younger actor) was a stutterer. So, when I saw that flashback it ruined the reveal.
‘Minority Report’ had a similar problem. The story had star Tom Cruise learning that someone on the inside was dirty and behind his framing of some future crime. (Sorry, you’ll have to watch the movie I can’t explain the plot here. Of course, I can spoil it for you.) Once I learned there was a bad guy on the inside I knew who it was because the actor playing that character, (spoiler!) Max von Sydow, often plays that sort. So, the reveal was ruined.
However, this next film succeeded in catching me completely by surprise…
Movie Recommendation: LA Confidential (1997)
In my opinion, this was the best picture of 1997. Far better than the soap opera that was ‘Titanic’ (that year’s best picture winner). An ensemble cast with some very good actors including Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, James Cromwell, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger (who won the Oscar for best supporting actress). The story is fantastically written and gives you at least one surprise that will absolutely stun you. And I won’t spoil it for you.
Get it in your Netflix queue now!
Do Something For Japan
I didn’t talk about the disaster in Japan this week, but I want to keep this info available… iTunes has sent up a portal through which you can donate some money. Click here for more info.
Music heard on the show…
Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ahead’ by Wire
First ad break bumpers: ‘Repetition’ by Urban Guerrillas & ‘Talk Talk’ by Talk Talk
Second ad break bumpers: ‘Cloudbusting‘ by Kate Bush & ‘The Sweetest Taboo’ by Sade
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 firstname.lastname@example.org