Dimland Radio debuted on March 13, 2010. In eight years, I have amassed a few fans, one of them is especially loyal. I appreciate every one of that quite select group.
Let’s see if my exceedingly modest downloads numbers can be increased in the next eight years.
It’s Not True: 10 Mile High Tree
It seems way too silly, but, with the rise of the Flat Earthers, it isn’t beyond possible that there are people who believe there were trees that grew to be 10 miles high. The mesa seen in the photo (above) is said to be the petrified remains of one of those trees, apparently cut down be a giant chainsaw.
No Good Guy With A Gun Ever Stopped A Bad Guy With A Gun?
Not that it is a common argument on the social media, but I have seen it suggested that it’s never happened that good guys (other than cops) with guns ever stopped bad guys with guns. I recently learned of one times when civilians with guns assisted the police in stopping a bad guy. They helped stop Charles Whitman in August, 1966. In Texas, where else?
I’ve been noticing that younger women like to use the word “perfect.” The sample size is very small and it’s purely anecdotal, but it’s curious.
Do You Mind?
At the last MN Skeptics meet-up we talked about how fluid language can be. Meanings of words and phrases can change depending on how they are used. It can be frustrating to pedants, like myself.
One phrase, in particular was brought up. The “do you mind” question. It’s an odd question that can be weird to answer. It’s a little confusing, but I think I get through it.
Pedantic Moment: Begging The Question
To beg the question is a logical fallacy. It’s what a certain kind of circular logic. Such as saying the Bible is the word of God, because it says in the Bible that it is the word of God. That’s begging the question.
However, as I discussed in my talk about the “do you mind” question, language is fluid and, sometimes, we pedants just have to accept that certain phrases are just going to be used wrong by a greater and greater number of people. It will come to a time when the phrase will take on that meaning, even if it is wrong.
“Begs the question” is beginning to mean “raises the question.” And the host of the YouTube series History Buffs (an excellent series about the accuracy of films that depict historical events) often says, “Begs the question.”
And I also recommended watching History Buffs. I think it’s well done and it appears to be accurate. But beware! There are spoilers.
Movie Recommendation: Blade Runner: 2049 (2017)
Ridley Scott has given us a worthy sequel to the 1982 film noir, sci-fi classic. He recaptures the tone and look. And he may have surpassed the original. If you liked the original, I think you will be pleased.
Top Three Cool Things Of The Week
Here’s Three Cool Things from this week.
3) Stephen Hawking died. That’s not cool. What’s cool is that he lived and thrived, despite a crippling disease, and left quite a legacy in the world of science.
2) As a nerd, it’s always cool to be able to communicate with comic book producers. Through Facebook I was able to chat with Mike DeCarlo.
1) The Netflix series History’s Greatest Hoaxes. The series examines so great hoaxes throughout history in a way that makes this skeptic very happy.
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