dimland radio 3-28-20 show notes

A COVID-19 Update

I gave an update on how the COVID-19 was affecting things on my end. Minnesota’s governor Tim Walz has issued an emergency executive order that puts the state on a Stay At Home status. He has asked Minnesota businesses that aren’t considered essential to shut down or have their employees work from home and Minnesotans to stay home as much as possible.

I work in janitorial which is considered essential, so I still have work. However, some of our customers have closed their offices and are working from home, so we have had to make some adjustments. I’ll still be going into the office each day and cleaning my buildings, doing what I can to disinfect commonly touched surfaces.

Governor Tim Walz has been very impressive in his handling of this crisis, unlike some American presidents I could mention.

And, please, don’t compare this to the flu.

No Baseball

There are many aspects of this COVID-19 crisis that are troubling. There’s the high infection rate, the high mortality rate, the effect on the world economy, and there’s no baseball. Last Thursday would have been opening day, but this crisis has put the game on hold.

I miss baseball already.

That’s where YouTube steps in. There are full games archived on the video streaming site! So far I have watched Game 1 of the 1988 World Series between the Oakland A’s and the Los Angeles Dodgers featuring the miraculous Kirk Gibson game-winning home run game. I’ve seen the home run many times, but I never watched the entire game. My friend Michael, a Dodgers fan, joined me through texting in watching as well.

Yesterday, I watched Game 5 of the 1987 ALCS between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins. That was the game in which the lowly Twins defeated the mighty Tigers to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1965. Spoilers! The Twins won that World Series.

Watching those games gave me a feeling that life is normal again, at least for a little while.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Call It Physical Distancing

Speaking of my friend Michael, he pointed out that calling what people throughout the world are doing by keeping apart from each other and staying home social distancing is wrong. We should be calling it physical distancing. World leaders aren’t telling people to cut off all contact with others, to become hermits, they are telling us to avoid physical contact and closeness in order to curtail the spread of this invisible enemy.

We can still make use of our phones. We can Skype or Facetime. We can text and email. We can shout to each other from across the street. We can still be sociable, but from a safe distance.

And, I have noticed that there has been a move to switch the phrase to the more accurate one.

A Tale Of Toilet Paper

Sure, we could be considered part of the problem, but the company I work for is a janitorial company and we buy toilet paper in bulk to supply our customers. Toilet paper has become scarce due to panic. A couple Wednesdays ago, the boss’s wife told him to get out there that day to get toilet paper, despite the fact that we had planned to go the next day. She insisted and he did what he was told.

It’s a good thing the boss listened to his wife.

Crashing By Design

Ok, it wasn’t by design, but I wanted to use a Pete Townshend song title. It was by accident that I crashed and fell over my shopping cart in the parking lot of the supermarket. It was one of those smaller carts so its center of gravity made it so that the sudden stop sent me head over heels.

I was not drunk!

A Dimland Radio ARGH!

“Paul Shaffer!!! Oh, my god! I’m so shocked, surprised, and excited!!! Yaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! I’ve never been so excited in all my life! Paul Shaffer!!”

I can’t stand the Fox show The Masked Singer. I don’t watch it, but somehow it still finds a way to invade my life. ARGH!

A Cool Thing

The Colorado Symphony gathered together through the magic of the internets to play Ode To Joy. It’s beautiful. And it’s very cool.

Stay Safe!

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

These are scary times. But we are in these times together.

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Escape From The Planet Earth by The Alleycats and From The Air by Laurie Anderson

Second ad break bumpers: I Against I by Bad Brains and Rat Patrol by Naked Raygun

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 3-21-20 show notes

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

Malpaso Productions/Warner Bros.

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.

Stay Safe!

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

First ad break bumpers: Under Pressure by Queen and Take Me Down To The Hospital by The Replacements

Second ad break bumpers: This World Over by XTC and Hope by Bauhaus

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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dimland radio 3-7-20 show notes

Fun With Customer Service

I start the show with a riveting tales of changing my PIN with my bank over the phone. It started with me checking if I could do it online. I couldn’t. So, let’s go to the phones. Several calls to the automated phone systems, which required speaking to someone in customer service three times. Eventually I succeeded in changing the PIN

There’s got to be a better way.

Ugh! This Coronavirus Thing

First of all, it’s called COVID-19. It’s a strain of the coronavirus, but the new media and the general public insist on calling it coronavirus. Sigh. It’s a fruitless battle for this pedant, so I surrender. Call it whatever you want.

There is more information coming out about this latest end of the world panic and it should help calm fears. Assuming people will actually pay attention. I will link to those items below:

First, there is Dr. Paul Offit who is a real doctor and has appeared on the television letting people know the we are seeing the mortality rate going down.

Next is the excellent podcast Science Vs giving an update on the status of the dread disease.

And then there’s John Oliver giving good information with a heaping helping of humor.

But What Of The Conspiracy Theorists?

Hey! Have you heard that this whole coronavirus infection is a plot by George Soros to do something nefarious… I guess.

That’s what I heard from a conspiracy theorist who shared a meme similar to the one you see here. They seem to think the Lysol was privy to the existence of coronavirus long before there was a coronavirus. I tried to explain the coronavirus has been around for a long time, that SARS and MERS were strains of it, and that the current strain is called COVID-19. But, nope, George Soros, New World Order, THEM!!!!

If only there was a vaccine for conspiracy theory.

Hang On, They’re Doing What Now?

The shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes is temporarily closing the healing pools to prevent pilgrims seeking miraculous cures for their diseases, ailments, illnesses from getting infection by the coronavirus.

Closing the healing pools to prevent the spread of a virus. Healing pools.

Hmmm.

And speaking of the religious preying on the gullible, televangelist Jim Bakker has been given a cease and desist order from the New York Attorney General’s Office. Bakker has been selling some snake oil product called Silver Solutions as a cure for COVID-19.

A televangelist scamming their viewers?! The world is coming to an end!

They Were Told There Would Be No Math

On a recent edition of MSNBC’s 11th Hour hosted by Brian Williams, he and his guest Mara Gay, an member of the New York Times editorial board, showed the world they couldn’t do math. They, in a manner that showed them to be very pleased with themselves, shared a Tweet that was pointing out the staggering amount of money Mike Bloomberg spent on advertising in his bid to become the Democrat nominee for president.

But, oh boy, did they all get the math wrong.

To his credit, after a commercial break Williams noted the mistake and apologized.

Three Cool Things

Cool Thing #1: My second favorite band XTC has had a 49 track tribute album drop just this week. I haven’t listened to all the tracks yet, but those I have are pretty cool!

Cool Thing #2: Two videos of animals crossing a creek using a fallen tree bridge are so much fun. The first video is here, the second is here.

Cool thing #3: This photograph is of the surface on Mars, taken from the surface of Mars! Do I have to say it?

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Peek A Boo by Siouxsie and the Banshees and Uniforms (Corp D’Esprit) by Pete Townshend

Second ad break bumpers: Traveling Man by The Woodentops and Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads

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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dimland radio 2-25-2020 show notes

New Dimland Website Is Coming

My wife is putting together a new website for me. It may take some time, so bear with us.

This should improve the blog situation for me. We will switch over to WordPress for the blog. I am currently using Blogger and Blogger sucks.


Holding The Snark At Bay

I told the tale of a recent visit to the supermarket and my use of the express lane when I was pushing it on the number of items. I was admonished by the cashier. I apologized to her. She was right, mostly. However…

There was no one behind me in line.


Another Python Has Died

I talked a little bit about Monty Python member Terry Jones’ illness and death. The illness he had was a form of dementia that robs people of their ability to communicate. My father-in-law had the same thing. I talked about how it affected him.

I also blogged about Terry Jones this past week.


Islamophobia Slinks Around The Internets

A couple of my Facebook friends, one of whom is a cousin of mine, shared the above image. It’s bullshit. The McCarran-Walter Act (not McCarran Warner Act) of 1952 had to do with immigration to the United States. It did not ban Muslims from holding political office.

If it had, it would have been unconstitutional. There is no religious requirement to hold office. I pointed that out on both of my FB friends’ posts. My cousin responded that his Facebook had been hacked and he didn’t post that image. He removed it and changed his password.


My Old Art School Is Now A Boutique Hotel

It’s gone from a yearly tuition of about three grand when I attended school in 1983 to about 20 grand a year when it stopped being an art school. Now that it’s a boutique hotel it’s a mere $249 to $449 a night.

Click here to see some of the rooms that are available. I can place a couple of the rooms, but the renovations make it difficult.

And It’s Not Haunted!

Well, probably not. It was rumored that a servant who worked for the rich family who owned the mansion turned art school turned boutique hotel hanged herself in the main stairwell. Which of course means her ghost haunts the place.

I never encountered anything ghostly in my years there. That doesn’t mean it’s not haunted, but it’s not haunted.

And These Places Aren’t Haunted!

The claim of the old art school being haunted got me thinking of something I saw on social media. It’s a video that was shared by noted skeptic Sharon Hill. The video is a ten minute discussion of a live event edition of the Ghost Adventures show and its shortcomings due to not being able to edit. Its host Zak Bagans has done very well financially NOT finding ghosts.

And I thought of another video that was part of an attempt to bring a skeptical ghost and other paranormal claims investigation show to cable television. The attempt was called The Skeptologists and it didn’t fly. The cable networks prefer mystery-mongering shows to science-based skepticism.

Well, that crew was investigating an allegedly haunted ship, when their producer played a little trick on them.


Cool Thing: Bluntnose Sixgill Shark

Scientists captured video of a huge fish! It’s a bluntnose sixgill shark and it’s big! It’s way cool.


Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: U Got The Look by Prince and Tony’s Theme by Pixies

Second ad break bumpers: Houses In Motion by Talking Heads and C’est Comme Ca by Les Rita Mitsouko

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 great rating and a positive review that 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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dimland radio 2-8-20 show notes

Our Long National Nightmare Continues…

We knew it was going to happen. Some of the people involved told us it was going to happen. The impeachment process has been completed and Pres. Donald J. Trump has been given permission by the US Senate to enlist foreign nations to interfere in our elections. This along with the permission to lie under oath, granted by an earlier Senate.

Well, OK, not exactly. Both Trump and Pres. Bill Clinton were impeached, respectively, for those little oopies. So their permanent records will at least have those red marks.

I sent the first segment giving my observations on the process and, once again, I predicted that our illustrious leader will be re-elected.

I also gave kudos the Sen. Mitt Romney for being the only Republican senator to actually take his oath seriously, something no senator has done in the two impeachment trials to take place in my lifetime. Oh, they raised their hands and promised to weigh the evidence impartially and they signed a book reiterating that same oath, but they’d all made up their minds before the House managers presented their case.

His verdict made Romney the only senator to find against a president from the same party in the history of the three impeachment trials to have occurred in American history. Before you say Republicans voted against Pres. Andrew Johnson, you should know Johnson was a Democrat. They did things differently back in the 1860s.

Here is Sen. Romney’s speech on how he was going to vote in the trial.


Andy Gill Died

Boy, the celebrities are dropping like flies (not in 3s) these days. He may not have been as big a celebrity musician as Neal Peart, who died last month, but I would argue Andy Gill’s impact on music was almost as significant.

Gill was a founding and, as of his death, last remaining original member of the seminal post-punk band from the UK Gang Of Four. Gang Of Four influence was far reaching in alternative music from UK’s Au Pairs to America’s Red Hot Chilli Peppers. The latter had Gill produce their first album.

I first laid eyes and ears on Gang Of Four through the excellent concert movie Urgh: A Music War. That band’s contribution was mesmerizing. Check it out here.

Andy Gill was 64 when he died February 1, 2020. Cause of death was pneumonia.


A Crotchtatsic Halftime Show

I know. I’m a middle-aged white guy. Who needs to know what I think of the halftime entertainment provided by two middle-aged Latina women at this year’s Super Bowl?

Well, I’m telling you anyway. I was bemused. I don’t want to shame anyone. I just found all the crotch shots and the stripper pole confusing. Was it female exploitation or female empowerment? I don’t know.

I did a comparison of past halftime entertainments. Lady Gaga’s, Madonna’s, and Prince’s. I also took the opportunity to talk about the “Wardrobe Malfunction” incident of 2004. Wardrobe malfunction? As though seeing Janet Jackson’s bra instead of her bejeweled nipple would have made the fact Justin Timberlake tore her top off more palatable.

I know. OK, old man.


One Ad The Drew The Skeptical Eyeroll

The Super Bowl is almost as legendary for its ads as for the games. A sizeable portion of the audience watch it for the ads more than for the game. Weirdos.

One ad got under the skin of this skeptic. Michelob, a company that brews a product that resembles beer, is pushing for more organic farming. There are organic farming proponents that claim organic farming alone could feed the world’s 7.5 billion people. But the world’s population would need to go vegetarian and end 50% of food waste. Tall orders.

And organic proponents tend to be GMO opponents. We’re going to need GM crops if we are to feed the 9.8 billion expected by 2050.


Cool Things! Cool Things! Cool Things!

Cool Thing #1: Skeptic and actual doctor Steven Novella, host of the excellent Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe podcast, wrote a blog sticking up for science and for women by criticizing a New York Times op-ed defending the pseudoscience of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop. Steve is so cool.

Cool Thing #2: NASA, from a distance of 11.5 BILLION miles, was able to fix the ailing Voyager 2 spacecraft. Voyager 2 had shut down because of a possible overuse of power. If NASA would have been unable to fix the problem, we would have lost out on another approximately five years of information about interstellar space. But fix it, they did. Cool!

Cool Thing #3: There is a cleaned-up version of the famous Lumiere Brothers film: Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat. I marveled at of how, despite the clothing style, contemporary the images look. Those people catching or disembarking a train on an ordinary day in 1895 look current. In other films from antiquity, there’s a feel of old, but this clean up makes those people look more now than then. And they are all dead! Even the little kids. How cool is that?


Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: We’re So Cool by Au Pairs and Natural’s Not In It by Gang Of Four

Second ad break bumpers: Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time and Paralyzed by Gang Of Four

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.

Subscribe to Dimland on PodBean!

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.

Images used under Fair Use.