Show Number 311 On 3/11
Relax numerologists and conspiracy theorists. There’s nothing mystical and there was no secret plan going on to make it so that the 311th show of Dimland Radio would fall on 3/11. Honestly, it’s just a coincidence. I mean it.
Oh, and iTunes (or wherever you get podcasts) subscribers, don’t forget Dimland Radio was a show on the Z Talk Radio Network since March 13, 2010. That’s why there have been 311 episodes. You can listen to most of those first 300 (iTunes’ first show was technically 301) from the Show Archives page at ztalkradio.com.
A Most Unpleasant Sunday Morning
For a sizable chunk of the last 20 years, I have done the t-shirt design for the yearly Pub Crawl event for Delta Upsilon, a fraternity at the University of Minnesota. Its humble beginnings of a drunken bar scene evolved into a Where’s Waldo-ish illustration depicting inside jokes relating to each of the members of the fraternity.
Over the years, I’ve drawn plenty of drunkenness, some pot-smoking, animal antics, vomiting, defecation, crashed cars, various other strange behaviors, and sex. Yep, sex. I did what I could to keep the sex PG-13 or, at most, rated R. In fact,until the last two years, I had managed to hide the naughtier parts of the naked co-eds. However, the nipple was freed in the last two designs.
Well, I shouldn’t be too flippant, because in mid-February I saw a brief news item on the local TV nightly news. The item was about a fraternity at the U of M being suspended. The fraternity was Delta Upsilon. The news report had no details, so last Sunday morning, after a couple of weeks with no news, I looked for what I could find out about it online.
I got into more detail on the show, but suffice it to say the suspension stems from the alleged sexual predatory atmosphere in the house. There were sexual assaults a couple of years ago, that led to investigations and, at least, one member expelled from the fraternity and the university. But a current member raised concerns that the fraternity hadn’t changed its ways.
Thus the suspension. And thus my very uneasy feeling about the work I had been doing for those guys all these years. I can’t be certain I never drew depictions of rape. And that makes me feel so gross. I naively thought the sex was consensual or just made up as a joke. But I doubt if I had asked if all the sex was consensual they would have admitted any of it was rape. Still.
You can read more about it here and here.
What Makes A Meh Beer Better Than Meh?
When that meh beer is free. But not much better.
Over the years, my boss would occasionally give me a 12 pack of beer. Since I don’t drink as often as I used to, I decided that when I drink beer I’ll drink one of better quality. I had settled on Summit Extra Pale Ale as that beer and my boss would get that kind for me when his generous mood struck him. Until, that is, last week.
Last week, he brought in Rolling Rock. Meh.
I was gracious and thanked him.
So, now I have to try to consume that meh beer. Oh, well. It was free.
Pedantic Moment: A Twofer From 12 Angry Men
I had two Pedantic Moments from the classic jury room drama from 1957, 12 Angry Men. It really is a good movie. Still, it is not immune to pedantry.
Also, this was the first ever listener contributed moment of pedantry. If you should have a good candidate for a Pedantic Moment, send it to me at email@example.com. I might share it on the show.
One moment dealt with a re-enactment being timed to see if the witness could get from his bed to the front door of his apartment was a quickly as he claimed. The experiment showed he couldn’t. The move from the bed to the front door took longer than testified to in court. However, the amount of time the experiment took according to the story was about 10 seconds longer than the actual run time in the film.
Watch the clip. You can time it yourself.
My listener’s Pedantic Moment was even better because it would result in a mistrial. In this scene (see below), Juror 8 did some of his own investigation and found a knife identical to the murder weapon. That’s a no-no. Jurors are to weigh the evidence presented in court. They are not to investigate. The duplicate knife was left in the jury room and the bailiff certainly would have found it. Mistrial!
Movie Recommendation: None
I didn’t get to one this week. You are on your own.
Music heard on the show…
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