A Couple Entertainment Notes
I start off by mentioning that the Fox network seems desperate for me to watch their live TV event of the musical version of A Christmas Story. I’m not a big fan of the musical genre and there is no way any version of one of my favorite holiday movies could ever be as good as the original. Only the original has Darren McGavin.
And I talked about the outrage I felt at a click-bait site that listed the 10 Best Singing Drummers. Whoever put it together listed Karen Carpenter lower than Peter Criss of KISS. He certainly isn’t a better singer and I don’t think he’s even a better drummer.
Jim And Andy
There’s a Netflix documentary called Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, which gives audiences a behind the scenes look at Jim Carey making the film Man On The Moon, the biopic of comic, performance artist Andy Kaufman. Carey decided to go deep into the method and “channel” Kaufman and Kaufman’s very caustic character Tony Clifton.
Carey comes off as quite the jerk to his co-workers, but his performance is pretty damn good in the film.
Pedantic Moment: Jim Carey’s Method Acting Stopped Short
Jim Carey’s method didn’t go all the way. Andy Kaufman got lung cancer and died. Jim didn’t get lung cancer and he’s still alive. Some method actor he is.
It’s Not True: The Amish Don’t Vaccinate And Don’t Get Autism
Of course, if the anti-vaxxers accept that fact they would just say, “See? Vaccines cause autism.”
They get to not accept the truth about the Amish, vaccines, and autism and claim vaccines cause autism. If the do accept the truth, they still can claim vaccines cause autism. They can have it both ways.
Yeti DNA Samples
Last week’s Pedantic Moment (better than this week’s) had to do with a headline stating that DNA alleged to be from yetis turned out not to be bigfoot. (Well, duh.) Well, I thought I should report on the story from which that PM came.
Is This A Perfect Example Of Mansplaining?
A Facebook friend claimed Norman Rockwell’s 1959 illustration The Jury Room (see above). The Facebook friend claimed this illustration is a perfect example of mansplaining. I asked, “If the lone hold-out was a man, would it be mansplaining or just splaining?”
What do you think?
Top Three Cool Things Of The Week
Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week, all related to the space documentary The Farthest: Voyager In Space.
3) The amount of computing power used in the Voyager Project is equivalent to an object you might have in your pocket.
2) The planetary alignment that makes the mission possible in the shortest amount of time happens once every 176 years.
1) The gold records with lots of information about us and our little planet will last a very, very, very long time. Very long. Very, very.
Movie Recommendation:The Farthest: Voyager In Space
It’s streaming on Netflix, so watch it as soon as possible.
Music heard on the show…
Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ram‘ by The Yoleus First ad break bumpers: ‘Rock N Roll Is King’ by ELO & ‘One I Love’ by REM
Second ad break bumpers: ‘Girls On Film‘ by Duran Duran & ‘Relax‘ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
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