dimland radio 5-30-20 show notes

George Floyd

Perhaps you’ve heard that name. Sure, you have. And you know the significance of the name. George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer while he was resisting arrest by lying on his stomach, on the ground, his hands cuffed behind his back, and three cops holding him down. One of the cops was kneeling on the back of his neck. For as long as nine minutes.

George Floyd died.

I ‘m a white guy. Middle-aged as much as it pains me to say it. I do not know what it is like to deal with police as a black man in America. I have dealt with cops. I’ve gotten a couple tickets. I’ve been stopped late at night because the circumstances were suspicious. I work as a janitor and I often leave buildings very late and that has gotten the attention of the police from time to time.

I retold my compare and contrast story of my being pulled over by cops and the story of an African American professor being detained by police. Neither of us were involved in the crime we were being detained for, but my reaction to the police attention when it was over was much different than the professor’s when his encounter ended.

I also talked about the horrific image of George Floyd losing his life. I discussed the importance of seeing such images. I believe it is important to witness these horrible moments. I argued as much on Facebook.

The meme that so concisely explains why quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee and lost his job with the San Francisco 49ers was what I shared on Facebook, and that sparked the conversation on the appropriateness of sharing an image of a dying man. It’s all right there in that meme. It’s brilliant.

I am sharing the meme here. However, I have cropped it to remove that terrible image of a suffering George Floyd. Well, call me a hypocrite.

Riots

Minneapolis and St. Paul saw an explosion of riots and looting in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. A lot of destruction happened, mainly in Minneapolis. Dozens of businesses were burned or looted. A post office was destroyed, as well as the 3rd precinct police headquarters.

The destruction area got within three blocks of Nostalgia Zone, the comic book store I work for. The day after the first night of riots, the owner boarded the store.

The store has survived. So far.

And Then There’s Dad

My dad is 85. He’s not as spry as he was even just a couple years ago. He still gets around, but he’s slowing down. Well, the other day he had gone to the supermarket to pick up a few things. It was closed in anticipation of a second night of rioting, so he went home.

He got home and complained to Mom about a pain in his side and a feeling of nausea. However, the ailments passed quickly. Mom told me about it, but said Dad was fine at the moment.

Later that evening, I received a call from my panicked mother. “Your father is sick! Please come over!”

Mom hadn’t called emergency, but I was thinking pain in side and nausea. Is he having a heart attack? I had my wife call 9-1-1 as I rushed over.

I’ll leave the rest of the story for you to listen to, but I will say that Dad is fine. So far.

All this and a continuing pandemic. 2020 has really sucked.

And Now I’m Actually Using A Comb!

Not since I was in high school have I carried a comb. In the age of COVID, haircuts have been DIY or just let go and grow. My wife could cut my hair, but I’ve decided to wait it out, so I now need a comb. The Great Clips where I get my hair cut has a sign in the window saying it will reopen June 1st. So there is light at the end of the COVID hair tunnel.

Without a comb. Watch out!

I Got Hate Mail!

After ten years of Dimland Radio, I finally got my first hate mail. It came through Z Talk Radio’s email. A fellow didn’t like my opinions, so he quit us.

Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

The name redacted to save the person embarrassment from not checking their spelling.

Cool Thing: Baseball On YouTube

There are full baseball games on YouTube. Many of them I have no idea how they come out, so it’s like baseball is being played now. It isn’t. I miss it, but YouTube is helping.

And I just watched Justin Verlander pitch a no-hitter for the Detroit Tigers. I didn’t know that was what was in store when I started watching. It was awesome!

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe.

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Everyone A Puzzle Lover by 10,000 Maniacs and Eliminator Jr. by Sonic Youth

Second ad break bumpers: neXt Position Please by Cheap Trick and One Day by The Church

Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle


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dimland radio 5-23-20 show notes

Stealing Geo’s Thunder

On episode 663 (three away from Satan – Hail Satan!) of the Geologic Podcast host George Hrab’s cold open was about certain tropes in movies and television shows that bug him. I didn’t want to spoil them all, but I did dig into one that bugs me as well: Characters rarely say goodbye when ending a phone conversation.

I came up with a way I’d like to see characters say goodbye on the phone.

MTV’s Moments Of Prescience

This was a show filled with audio clips. The first two were pulled from MTV’s first day of broadcasting. Veejay Mark Goodman was reading some news items in which seem to predict the future, sort of.

First was a news item about anti-rock crusading preacher from Minnesota Steve Peters wanting there to be a rating system, similar to movie ratings, for rock records. Peters and his brothers were on a crusade to expose the truth about rock. Rock is the tool of the devil meant to corrupt kids and turn them away from God.

Hail Satan!

Well, Pastor Steve didn’t get a rating system, but a few years after this news item Tipper Gore’s PMRC did succeed in getting record companies to put warning labels on albums with explicit content. That was the kids would know which ones to buy.

Hail Satan!

“Eye Phone?! Who would ever want one of those?”

Next Goodman told the story of a Maryland man who had invent a device one could wear while listening to music. It covered the person’s eyes and flashed colorful lights in time to the music. He called his invention the Eye Phone. Goodman scoffed. He didn’t think the world was ready for the Eye Phone yet. Oh, Mark. How silly.

Hail Satan!

And Then There Were These Two Bigfoot “Documentaries”

I played several clips from two bigfoot “documentaries” for 1975. First was the Peter Graves hosted film The Mysterious Monsters (aka Bigfoot: The Mysterious Monster). Graves had decided to find out for himself if bigfoot was real. In short, he didn’t.

Oh, the documentary was sure to make actual science look close-minded, rigid, and unyielding in its nonacceptance of shitty evidence. But in the end, bigfoot remained just as unproven as ever.

The mean skeptic, the frustrated investigator, and the credulous scientist. You can tell he’s a scientist, he’s wearing a white lab coat.

The second “documentary” I discussed (very briefly, because it was total bullshit) is called The Legend Of Bigfoot. The film was made by a fellow named Ivan Marx. Never heard of him? That’s surprising, because going by his film he establishes bigfoot is real! I would think his would become a household name after such a feat.

Ivan Marx, the man who proved bigfoot exists!

And yet.

And there’s his proof! Right there! Can’t you see it? How can science deny this proof?!

Ooops! I almost forgot…

Hail Satan!

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe. Hail Satan.

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Eye In The Sky by The Alan Parsons Project and Rocket From A Bottle by XTC

Second ad break bumpers: Two Story House by George Jones & Tammy Wynette and Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran

Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle


That’s it! See you next Saturday night for Dimland Radio 11 Central, midnight Eastern on www.ztalkradio.com you can also download my show from the z talk show archives page. You can email your questions and comments to drdim@dimland.com

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dimland radio 5-16-20 show notes

New Wipers, No Rain

Having waited long enough, I finally picked up and installed a new set of windshield wipers on our Kia Soul. Now, I’m just waiting for some rain to see how well they work.

Of course, It hasn’t rained.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: COVID Charts

I’m sure there is some criteria to placing the countries into specific categories of which I am unaware, but seeing these charts from endcoronavirous.com on MSNBC had me scratching my head.

Why are Jordan and Lebanon considered winners when clearly their numbers are going back up?

Jordan and Lebanon are clearly going back up. How are they winning?

Why are Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, and especially Kyrgyzstan considered to be nearly there, meaning close to winning, when they too appear to have their cases going up?

Burkina Faso and Costa Rica are going up, but they are considered nearly there.
Kyrgyzstan is almost back up to peak! How are they considered nearly there?

And why is Ecuador considered to still be in trouble when its numbers are well down from their peak?

Ecuador’s numbers are way down, but they are still in trouble.

The other countries being included in their particular categories make sense. The ones I’ve pointed out seem anomalous. What is going on here? What information am I missing?

Mom Wants Out!

Minnesota’s governor Tim Walz, who has done an admirable job handling the COVID crisis, has announced a cautious reopening of the state. Over the next few weeks Minnesota will phase out of the shutdown, but people should still practice social distancing and continue to wear masks and wash their hands well and often.

My mom doesn’t think the reopening is going fast enough. She wants out of the house. Dad needs a haircut, dammit! And Mom wants to get back to the casinos!

Hmmm. Desperate to get back to the casinos… Should I be worried?

Could this be Mom?

Cool Thing #1: Richard Wiseman Messes You Viewers

Richard Wiseman is a Professor for the Understanding of Psychology at Herfortshire in the UK. He is a cool dude who demonstrates how we really don’t know what we saw. Our eyes can play tricks on us. Our brains can be fooled.

Go to this link. Watch Richard make that wine glass on that small table disappear and reappear. How does he do it? But there’s even more trickery going on than a disappearing wine glass.

“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.” ~ Ben Kenobi

Cool Thing #2: MTV In The Internet Archive

Recently, I signed up to be able to access the Internet Archive (it’s free), so that I could watch the first few hours of MTV’s first day on the air – August 1, 1981. There is a video clip the runs four hours long. It is a very cool and fascinating time capsule. Mark Goodman was MTV’s first veejay and, despite some awkwardness, he does a fine job guiding viewers through a new concept in television entertainment: All music television in stereo!

Veejay Mark Goodman

Something I noticed watching those first hours of MTV: I really don’t care for much of the music. But I was enthused to learn The Who’s You Better You Bet was the fourth song to be played that first day of broadcasting. And that song would be played five times during that first day. An honor bestowed on only three artists that day.The other two were Phil Collin’s In The Air Tonight and April Wine’s Just Between You And Me.

The list of videos played that first day can be found here.

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe.

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Only In America by Naked Raygun and (The) Unheard Music by X

Second ad break bumpers: Lovesong by The Cure and Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely by Husker Du

Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle


That’s it! See you next Saturday night for Dimland Radio 11 Central, midnight Eastern on www.ztalkradio.com you can also download my show from the z talk show archives page. You can email your questions and comments to drdim@dimland.com

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dimland radio 5-9-20 show notes

Herbert Hoover Is Here!

After waiting way too long, we finally bought a much needed new vacuum cleaner. It’s really nifty and I went to town giving the house a seriously past due vacuuming. I over-filled the detritus catching cup just a little bit.

Rockin’ that “dad bod”!

My Rights! My Rights! My Rights!

While I’m certain not every person at the recent re-open the country protests were the hypocrites these people (see above) appear to be, my guess is these privileged white folks are fairly representative of the crowds that gathered to demand their right to get others sick. I’m encouraged to know these people are a very small faction and that most Americans understand and are complying to the the extreme measures being taken to deal with this pandemic.

I hope that the majority of us can maintain our patience as the pandemic draws on. If only we had strong federal leadership.

There are those who are disturbed by the notion that a store might require its customers to wear masks while shopping. These people cry out about their rights and yet they stop at red lights when driving. They can accept the No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service policy, but somehow wearing a mask is an insult.

Well, Is That Actually Happening?

I think I said there were no quotation marks in this image, but there are. Whoops.

Abraham Lincoln once said that while we browse the internet we should not believe every photo of someone with a quote attributed to the someone. I think it is doubtful actor Kevin Sorbo really did say the quote attributed to him in the above image. However, I understand that he might support the sentiment behind the quote.

I wondered if people are being arrested for just walking in a park. I searched for any such cases in this age of COVID. I could find three news items in which people were detained or arrested or fined for being in a public park or area of a park which was closed. In each case the law enforcement authorities went after these people because they were trespassing or, at least, they were believed to be trespassing.

I am reasonably certain trespassing is illegal and not the same as just walking in a park.

Julie Gets It

Facebook friend and doppelgänger of my wife had this to say about which “side” people ought to be on when it comes to the pandemic:

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Gloria Gaynor

10 points for cleaning the mirror before making the video.

In the early days of the pandemic, as it was just beginning to show up in the States, there was a push in the news and other sources to get out the word on how to properly wash our hands. R&B, Pop, and Disco artist Gloria Gaynor did her part to demonstrate the proper hand-washing technique while empowering us with her song I Will Survive.

It is a laudable gesture, but I couldn’t help being pedantic. All through her demo video the water was running in the sink, full on! Hey, Gloria! Turn off the water!

A Dimland Radio ARGH!

Coming in second place can be such a drag and so frustrating. Just ask CCR.

I had a stretch of just missing first place at various drive-up windows over the last couple of weeks. I relate the harrowing tale. “God damn it! Second place!”

Don’t panic. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe.

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Message Of Love by Pretenders and You Better You Bet by The Who

Second ad break bumpers: Summer Fun by The Barracudas and How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths

Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle


That’s it! See you next Saturday night for Dimland Radio 11 Central, midnight Eastern on www.ztalkradio.com you can also download my show from the z talk show archives page. You can email your questions and comments to drdim@dimland.com

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dimland radio 4-25-20 show notes

Not Your Body, Not Your Choice

The sign says no mask, but the bandana says something different.

The less science trusting among us took to gathering in large groups to demand the country end the lock-downs and get America back to work. There they stood shoulder to shoulder, many brandishing weapons, some wearing masks, some were complaining that they wanted to get their haircut, others wanted to get their jobs back. All of them were risking infection with the virus that has the world staying home.

Some protestors say it’s their body, their choice. (See photo above.) Wow! Now these people are pro-choice! The only thing is it isn’t just their body, their choice. Some of these people are going to get infected and they will infect others. That’s when this becomes someone else’s body and it’s not that someone else’s choice.

I reminded listeners of the argument I heard conservatives use in ’90s: The right to swing my fist ends at your nose. These people are swinging their fists right now and innocent people will end up getting too close.

Also, this meme makes an excellent point:

“We can shoot the virus, right?”

Is It Really That Crowded?

My comment on Facebook says most of it:

To be fair to HuffPo, here is a link to the article, which shares more images. Though I believe the image above is deceptive, others in the article seem less so. A couple photos show people violating the rules by gathering in groups to play volleyball.

But, as with any of the reopening efforts, success will depend on whether or not people will follow the rules.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: w/r/t

The hosts of the very successful podcast The Greatest Generation do a thing that puzzled me for some time, because I didn’t know what they meant. The hosts review an episode of Star Trek each week. They started with Star Trek: The Next Generation and have gone beyond that series to review Star Trek: Deep Space 9.

Over the years, hosts Ben and Adam have developed a series of running jokes, recurring characters, and various catch phrases. One of the phrases they have taken to using is “double-U slash arr slash tee.” For the longest time I couldn’t quite figure out what that meant. I figured it was a text shorthand written as w/r/t, but what did it mean?

I looked it up. It stands for the phrase “with regard to.” I understand why people would use w/r/t when texting, but while talking? It takes more time to say it than the phrase it replaces.

Oh, well. It’s their thing.

Crazy Play, Cool Coincidence

With shipping it only cost me $6.66. Hail Satan!

In my attempt to cope with there being no baseball, I picked up a copy of Tim Wendal’s 2014 book Down To The Last Pitch. The book delves into what may be the best World Series in baseball history: The 1991 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves. It has been a pleasure to relive that classic series and Wendal also adds a good deal of baseball history connecting to varies aspects of the 1991 games.

The author uses a 1991 World Series collision at the plate to write about two other notable home plate crashes between a base runner and a catcher. One was during the 1970 All Star game that saw Pete Rose tackle the catcher Ray Fosse. The collision was so violent Fosse’s shoulder was separated. Come on, Pete! It’s only an exhibition game. Settle down.

The other home plate collision described by Wendal came in July of 1985, it was a regular season game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners. In front of the Mariners’ faithful, the Blue Jays turned one of the most unusual double plays ever.

Toronto’s catcher Buck Martinez completed the first half of that improbable double play by holding onto the ball during a violent collision at the plate. He got the out, but had broken his ankle in the process. The remaining base runner thought he might be able to take third on the play.

While still sitting on the ground, he couldn’t get up due to the broken ankle, Martinez attempted to throw the runner out. The throw went wide of third and out to left field. The runner then tried to make it home. The left fielder threw the ball to the plate. Martinez, still on the ground, ankle still broken, caught the ball and tagged the runner out. It was scored a 9-2-7-2 double play. That’s right field to catcher to left field back to catcher. Incredible!

The cool coincidence? Well, prior to my reading about the play my son suggested I check out a documentary series about the Seattle Mariners on YouTube. I watched the first four parts of the series the next day, the day after I read about that incredible play. Can you guess what amazing play at the plate was featured in one of the parts of that documentary?

The first part of the series is here. I forget which part of the series covers that play, but this link will get you to another video showing it.

Don’t panic. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe.

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Perfect Skin by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions and Another Day by Paul McCartney

Second ad break bumpers: Sex Beat by Urban Guerrillas and Tide Is High by Blondie

Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle


That’s it! See you next Saturday night for Dimland Radio 11 Central, midnight Eastern on www.ztalkradio.com you can also download my show from the z talk show archives page. You can email your questions and comments to drdim@dimland.com

Please subscribe on iTunes! Just search for Dimland Radio in the podcast section. And if you could leave a good rating and a positive review it would be awesome.

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You can also go to my CafePress store and buy stuff with my artwork on it and have me do a portrait for you if you’d like.

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