At about this time last year I took two weeks away from the show. One weekend was to take in the Replacements homecoming concert and the other was to scrub and wax the floor of a small supermarket in Osseo, MN.
This year the hiatus was to take in a Twins game on my son’s birthday that first weekend and then to scrub and wax the floor of that same supermarket the following weekend.
Incidentally, just before my new show aired, Z Talk’s auto DJ was playing the first show back from last year’s two week hiatus. And I talked about the scrub job and it took the same amount of time then as it did this year. There’s something to be said for consistency.
What? I don’t know. But something.
A Dimland Radio Look At Sports
I gave a bit of a go over of the Twins’ game. It was a dramatic win for the home team. It was also a big night as the 1965 MN Twins American League Champions were honored. That was pretty cool even if there was that family who couldn’t tell the difference between 4 and 5. They were milling about row 4 (our row) when they were supposed to be in row 5. Their mistake was perfectly timed to interrupt my enjoyment of the announcing the biggest names of the 1965 team.
Correction: I said on the show that the Twins had won a three series against the Cleveland Indians. I misspoke. It was the Texas Rangers.
Never Found Live Bonus Week
How many decades has the hunt been on and still the best images of an alleged bigfoot is that 1967 film by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin. Two fellows who were determined to film a bigfoot and did so on their FIRST TIME OUT! Good work, boys!
And, at best, that film is inconclusive. There are no zippers visible, but then again there isn’t anything really very visible on the creature or man in a costume. (Which do you think Occam’s Razor and I prefer as the more likely explanation?) Hell, I don’t see the breasts that are supposedly pendulously swinging about. I also don’t see any rippling muscles.
That’s the thing about these bits of evidence. The object in the picture is close enough to the camera to be suggestive and far enough away to be frustratingly lacking in detail. Hence the term blobsquatch.
So, a tourist in North Carolina captured a blobsquatch on video recently. There are a couple of issues with the footage other than being blurry. The biggest problem is the guy, who just may be videoing the biological find of the century, feels it necessary to turn the camera away from the blobsquatch to get a look at his dog. What the hell?!
The Credibility Gambit
So, what skeptics are told when given such lousy evidence is to consider the credibility of the claimant. Are they honest, down-to-earth people not prone to telling whoppers? As if their being honest can turn shit evidence into gold. But the best their good credibility can hope to do is let skeptics know the person believes what they are claiming. That’s it.
Ok, so maybe this isn’t a hoax, but that doesn’t make it a bigfoot, a ghost, the Loch Ness Monster, aliens, or whatever they are claiming.
Furthermore, when a skeptic considers the credibility of a claimant who has a history of being a con man, as in Roger Patterson’s case, if the evidence is considered really good by believers (but not by scientists or skeptics), then the believers do an about face on stressing the credibility of the claimant. Then they say skeptics are engaging in ad hominem attacks.
Which is it? They can’t have it both ways.
Movie Recommendations: Creep (2014) and Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
I hadn’t recommended a movie in quite a while, so I gave two recommendations this week.
First, was the low budget, indie thriller called ‘Creep’. ‘Creep’ consists of only two characters and is a variation of the found footage technique. It follows a young man who answers an ad for a videographer to video a dying man for one day before he gets to ill to leave a message for his yet to be born son. Or is that really what’s going on? The dying man is alternately awkward and menacing. He gets pretty creep, in fact. And then… No, that would spoil it.
|20th Century Fox
‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is a slick big budget spy film. It’s stylish and a bit over the top. Quite a bit, at times.
It stars Colin Firth as a gentleman spy who recruits a young ruffian in whom he sees potential. Samuel L Jackson also stars as the villain who wishes to save the world from global warming by… No, that would spoil it.
Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ram’ by The Yoleus First ad break bumpers: ‘She’s On It‘ by Beastie Boys & ‘She’s Calling You‘ by Bad Brains
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle
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