10 Years Of Dimland Radio
It was March 13, 2010 at 11:00pm. It was Saturday night. It was live. A somewhat tentative sounding 45 year-old me started doing a weekly show. And, though I no longer do the show live (I do it live to laptop with no editing), each week (well, most weeks) I have managed to put a little show together. In total, I have done 467 shows, 152 of which, including this one, are available through iTunes, Podbean, and very likely whichever podcatcher you use.
Dimland Radio is Z Talk Radio’s longing running show. The skeptic has outlasted them all. I intend to keep doing a show even during these uncertain times.
So, thanks to station owner Scotty Rorek and to my small but dedicated core of listeners.
Some Clarification And A Visit To Atheist Corner
On the last new show and in the show notes, I said this strain of coronavirus is called COVID-19. This is incorrect. The virus is called SARS-CoV-2. The disease this virus causes is called COVID-19. Sorry for the goof. I’m learning all this as we go.
I did some grocery shopping recently. I’ve noticed that people seem nicer to each other. More polite. There seems to be an understanding that we are all in this together.
I did have a moment to stop by atheist corner, a moment I kept to myself at the time. A nice older couple was behind me in the check out line. As we were bagging our groceries the husband said to me that we need to put our faith in God.
“Oh, really?” I thought to myself. “Why would we put our faith in an omnipotent god who allow this to happen?”
On the show, I also ranted a little about how certain evangelicals use these sorts of crisis events to say it’s a judgement from God against the world because of a group of people they hate. It’s odd how child raping priests are never claimed to be the Big Guy’s motivation for visiting terrible events upon His creation.
Reviewing Dirty Harry
These are troublesome times. I thought I’d keep the show light by doing mini-reviews of the first four of the Dirty Harry movies.
I recently purchased a four-pack DVD set for the bargain price of 10 bucks that included the first four of the five Dirty Harry films starring Clint Eastwood. The movies in the four pack are Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), and Sudden Impact (1983).
For an even mini-er review they go like this: Really Good to Pretty Good to OK to Pretty Silly.
But for 10 bucks, I felt lucky.
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: What’s With The Dog?
In the silly Sudden Impact, an old friend of Harry’s pops up for a visit. They hadn’t seen each other in a long time and the old friend decides it would be a great idea to surprise his old buddy with a pet dog. Only in movies, especially ones as silly as this one, would a character thinks a surprise gift of a dog would be a good idea.
The dog is only in the picture to provide lame comic relief and a meet cute between the dirty one and the revenge killer he’s hunting down.
The pedantry? Well, it was clear that two dogs were used to play “Meathead” in the film. It was clear because one was obviously male and the other was very obviously female. In fact, it was a female dog that had recently had a litter of puppies. If you’re gonna used two dogs, make sure they’re both the same gender.
Better yet, judging by how pointless it was, don’t have the dog at all. Find some other way to have the two characters meet. Do some writing.
Two Cool Things
Cool Thing #1: Google posted a Doodle that is an animated video demonstrating the proper hand-washing technique. I would add that it is important to dry your hands thoroughly after washing. Otherwise it’s cool.
Cool Thing #2: At the same time, Google celebrated Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis (whose name I likely butchered), a nineteenth century physician who was first to recognize the importance of hand-washing in the prevention of spreading disease. He wasn’t treated well at the time, but now we understand how cool he really was.
More on both of these cool things can be found here.
So far my home state of Minnesota has not been shut down, but I am anticipating big changes as far as my job goes to happen soon. I’m practicing social distancing as much as I can, while still going to work. However, if the state doesn’t deeply or completely curtail my work, I think our customers will.
These are scary times. But we are in these times together.
Music heard on the show…
Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus
Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle
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