I Was Wrong!
Rare as it may be, I was wrong about something on last week’s show. I had said the Tenacious D hadn’t done a studio recorded cover of any rock artist prior to The Who Medley they released a few weeks ago.
Well, they had. At least a year ago The D dropped their video of their version of You Never Give Your Money/The End by The Beatles. The band is pretty obscure. Not many people know about them.
Sigh. 10 points taken from Slytherin….
(But add 100 points for being willing to admit I as wrong.)
There is some sound psychology behind the notion that experiences make for a more full life than the acquisition of stuff. Expedia.com uses that as the basis of one of their ads featuring Ewan McGregor.
“Do you think any of us will look back on our lives and regret the things we didn’t buy… or the places we didn’t go?” he asks. Then he answers to himself, “I won’t regret either. I can afford to go to all the places AND buy all the stuff.”
A Dimland Radio Pedant Moment: How Is John Wayne Dressed?
This meme showed up on my Facebook. It compares manly man John Wayne to a young fellow who is supposed to represent how men aren’t manly men anymore. Something went terribly wrong it contends.
It’s not a fair comparison. It’s cherry-picking. And it shows John Wayne dressed as men dressed in the American Old West in about 1880. That’s not how the Duke dressed in 1959 when he wasn’t on the set.
Besides, fashions change. Put your stereotypes away.
There are others of this “what happened to men” memes out there, many feature the very dapper Cary Grant. Check out this gallery.
Oh, yes. Something went terribly wrong.
Having A Little Fun With That One Gieco Ad
It was my wife who brought this to my attention.
Gieco, the auto and homeowners insurance company, has a lot of money to use to run multiple ad campaigns with lots and lots of different commercials. In fact, it seems many insurance companies also have massive advertising budgets.
Gieco has a series of TV ads that demonstrate the multiplicity of meanings of words. And most of them are pretty good. One has an animal in the attic, another has a problems with aunts. Currently, there is an ad in which the owner concedes the old house she loves might be too Victorian.
It’s that ad of which my wife swears the young Victorian gentleman suitor, when casually rebuffed by the object of his affection, drops an F bomb…
He doesn’t (probably), but it’s fun to hear it that way.
NASA To Investigate UFO/UAPs
All those shaky, blurry photographs and videos are going to be looked at by America’s space agency. And I’m sure the question “Are we being visited by space aliens?” will have no conclusive answer when they are done. I hope they don’t spend lots of money.
As Steve Novella on the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe podcast put it, the reason all of the photographic evidence for UFO/UAPs is blurry is because if the images were in focus we would be able to identify them. The blurry evidence IS the phenomenon.
Hmmmm. That fourth image seems out of place. Ah! It’s not blurry!
Brian Dunning in a recent Skeptoid podcast related the tale of the Chilean government’s two year investigation into a UFO incident caught on video in their country in 2014. After their investigation of two years, they were stumped. So, this might really be space aliens. They released the video evidence to the public.
It took the internet 5 days to be able to identify the unidentifiable!
Not an alien spacecraft. It was something far more mundane.
You can find out what it was here.
I Was Called A Groomer
I pushed back on a bigoted post about trans folx. The transphobic statement was share by a Facebook “friend”, who then unfriended me – shocking!
Here’s the post, which is a straw man…
Here’s my pushback and the reaction…
Groomer is what these dipshits call you when you try to point out their ignorance. Well, what are ya gonna do?
A Cool Thing: James Webb Telescope
I can’t end the show on a bummer note. So, let’s look at that image of galaxies provided by the James Webb Telescope. Awesome!
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