dimland radio 10-17-20 show notes

And Like A Good Neighbor…

Amy came to the rescue of our next door neighbor. The neighbor had gotten her finger caught in her garage door and the finger got pretty messed up. In a panic, she came over to our house to see if Amy could help.

Amy jumped into action.

We Got Our Flu Shots

The Fitzsimons household believes in vaccination and we get out flu shots every year. This year is no exception.

If everyone gets their flu shots and follows the CDC guidelines to deal with the COVID, we could see a drop in COVID infection rates and have a less problematic cold and flu season. Win, win!

If only we had good, strong, intelligent federal leadership.

Why Skepticism?

Blindly trusting a voice on the phone. This is going to go very badly.

In 2004, at a McDonald’s in Kentucky, a phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer led to the three hour humiliation, including sexual assault, of an innocent young woman. An assistant manager believed the voice on the phone. She just took him at his word and she did what she was told. The story is infuriating.

You can get a more detailed account of the story than I related on this recent episode of Casefile, a true crime podcast from Australia. You can also watch part of the ABC’s PrimeTime Live report on the case here. The 2012 film Compliance was based on these events. Here is the Wikipedia article on the case.

Although one employee of the restaurant had his skeptical radar working and sniffed it out as bullshit early on, the assistant manager kept right on doing what she was told until another and older than her employee got involved and put an end to the torture.

A healthy dose of skeptical would have prevented the entire scene and kept an innocent person’s horrific life-altering torment.

But when authority speaks, people tend to listen…

The Milgram Experiment

Speaking of obeying authority, when listening to that Casefile episode I kept thinking of an experiment that was conducted to see how far people would comply with authority. Would people continued to apply increasingly intense electrical shocks to someone because they were told to by an experimenter in a lab coat.

Well, according to an experiment conducted by Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale University, in 1963, 65% of participants would follow the instructions of the person in authority all the way up to 450 volts. Click here to learn more.

Something Strange Happened While Making Planet Of The Apes (1968)

When the classic 1968 sci-fi film The Planet Of The Apes was being produced, people involved noticed a strange phenomenon. When on lunch breaks the cast of extras, in full makeup, would gather in groups according to the species they were portraying. Gorillas with gorillas, chimps with chimps, etc.

This mystified the cast including the star Charlton Heston. No one could explain why people would self-segregate like that. It’s a mystery…

Well, I give a possible explanation on the show.

A Dimland Pedantic Moment: An 89º Angle

The meme show what is supposed to be an 89º angle and it challenges perfectionists to look at it and still have a nice day. Presumably, perfectionist would want that to be a 90º angle, being so close, that it not being so would ruin their day. However, why would a perfectionist be bothered by a depiction of such an angle? The meme says it’s 89º, not 90º. No problem.

But! Is it an 89º angle?

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe. WEAR A MASK!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Dear John by Au Pairs and Eighties by Killing Joke

Second ad break bumpers: Repetition by Urban Guerrillas and Tears by Chameleons UK

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


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dimland radio 10-10-20 show notes

I Was Wrong, But Things Are Turning Out Right

Tampa Bay moves on.

Last week I talked about the Houston Cheaters (Astros), who defeated the Minnesota Twins in the first round of this year’s playoff. They handed the hapless Twins their 17th and 18th playoff loss in a row. Gah! So frustrating.

The Hate Yankees do not move on.

During that talk, I mentioned the Cheaters would get their asses kicked in the next round. Well, the Cheaters proved me wrong. They beat the Oakland A’s in their best of five American League Division Series. Houston is now one series win away from making it to the World Series. Let’s hope the Tampa Bay Rays can crush the Cheaters’ hopes.

Tampa’s win also signifies something special. The Hated Yankees lost! YES! No 28th World Championship for the Evil Empire this year.

The Superspreading President And His COVID Hot Zone White House

Pres. Trump still has the COVID. If he was being tested negative, he would be telling us. He’d be touting it as vigorously as he touted his cognitive test in which he was able to identify a drawing of an elephant. “Very good, sir. Now can you spell your name?”

His little garden party for the hand maid he wants to put on the Supreme Court has been pinpointed as a major COVID spreading event. Everyone was tested before the event and they all tested negative for the virus, so no one wore masks or distanced themselves. This shows how testing can give false negatives, which must have happened, because many people in attendance got infected.

The Horrible People Are Upset

Part of what makes Fearless Leader such a horrible person is his ability to reveal the horribleness of others. To encourage it. To fan the flames of hatred. “Stand back and stand by.” “Liberate Michigan.”

Earl & Pattie Deplorable

Remember the laughter of his followers as he ridiculed Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, when she took ill with pneumonia? Have you seen the two horrible people, members of the basket of deplorables, proudly wearing their Trump 2016 t-shirts? The shirts with the slogan, “Fuck your feelings.” Remember them?

Well, now the Trumpers are upset at the pleasure many Never Trumpers are taking in witnessing this horrible man and so many in his White House all being infected with the virus they decided to downplay.

Really? This upsets you? You feel it’s being mean? You feel it’s being uncaring? You feel it’s not showing the proper respect to out president?

I’ll just refer you to the slogan on those t-shirts.

Eddie Van Halen

UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1970: Photo of Van Halen Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

While I was never a big fan of the band Van Halen, I did like a few of their songs and I certainly understood the mastery Eddie had when it came to playing guitar. It just wasn’t the kind of music I was into.

The news of Eddie’s death came as a surprise to me. I was unaware he had been battling cancer. The news really did affect his fans as of course it would. Eddie Van Halen created a signature guitar sound and he had a far-reaching influence on the musicians who followed.

It happens to every generation. We lose our heroes and it reminds us that we are getting older.

Cool Thing: Is It A Dog Or A Clown?

It’s a dog, but because of pareidolia (finding patterns where there are no patterns) some people see a creepy clown face. Which do you see?

Really cool. And really creepy.

A Dimland Pedantic Moment: Westworld (1973)

I really like this movie. I loved it as a kid and we just picked up the Blu-Ray version. It looks so much better than the VHS copy I had. The picture is excellent and the plot holes are massive and plentiful.

I read the blog I wrote in 2015 listing some of those plot holes and I added a couple more.

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe. WEAR A MASK!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Can’t Get There From Here by REM and Honeymoon Croon by Bauhaus

Second ad break bumpers: One Day In Your Life by 54-40 and Like It Or Not by Genesis

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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dimand radio 10-3-20 show notes

18 In A Row

For years I was convinced the Minnesota Twins suffered from “Pinstripe Fever,” a strange deep-seated fear of playing the Hated Yankees in the postseason. After all, the Twins’ first opponent in the playoffs have been the Evil Empire so many times now I’ve lost track. The last time the Twins got a win against the Bronx Bastards was in 2004. But, after this postseason in which the boys were once again swept right out, it looks as those the Twins’ problem isn’t the Pinstripes, it’s the playoffs.

That playoff win in 2004 was the last one the frustrating Twins would enjoy to this today. Since that win, the Twins have lost 18 playoff games in a row. EIGHTEEN!

That is not only a record in Major League Baseball, it is the longest playoff losing streak in all major professional sports in North America! And they set the record playing the Houston Cheaters who made it into the postseason despite having a losing record. Ugh!

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Which Lane?

Close enough for government work.

Driving home from work the other night, I spotted this Pedantic Moment. Look closely. Do you see the problem?

This Was Not The October Surprise I Expected

I had thought the pandemic might be our best chance of ridding America of the petulant man-child who has occupied the White House for nearly four years, but not this way.

Pres. Trump has been infected by what he had called a Democratic hoax, the China virus, “kung flu” (his words, not mine), or his downplayed version of the flu. He has it now. He has the COVID.

I will not gloat. But I understand the schadenfreude. And, with him recently downplaying that most of the COVID deaths are the elderly and those having preexisting health problems, I feel he should be reminded he is 74 years old and overweight.

I’m certain he will recover. He gets the world’s best medical care and he waited long enough to get it that medical science has gotten much better at treating the illness.

The Shitshow

Full disclosure: I did not watch the Presidential Debate as it happened last Tuesday night. I did watch clips and reaction pieces. I don’t think I would have enjoyed watching it in real time. My wife watched it and she was furious.

I talked about the moment many focused on in the aftermath: “Stand back and stand by.”

“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”

Fearless Leader was asked to condemn white supremacist groups and right wing militias and to tell them to stand down from added to the violence we’ve been seeing in this country. He asked moderator Chris Wallace to name a group. Vice President Joe Biden named the Proud Boys and the president told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” Stand by? That doesn’t mean stand down. That’s not condemning them.

To be fair, as Trump’s sycophants pointed out, he has specifically condemned racist groups and called out the KKK and David Duke by rejecting their worldview. But one wonders why it was so difficult for him Tuesday.

The sycophants also pointed out that white supremacy might not be the Proud Boys’ raison d’etre and they might only be tenuously connected to white supremacy, but how did they react by being named as a racist hate group? Were they insulted? Did they protest their innocence? “How dare Sleepy Joe call us white supremacists!”

Nope. The Proud Boys took great pride at getting a presidential shout out and they are standing by.

Quacks like a duck…

Cool Thing: Bob Mould Is Angry Again

Legendary singer/songwriter/musician Bob Mould who had been a member of the equally legendary band Husker Du has released a new album. One song, American Crisis, hearkens back to those Husker Du days. Bob is angry about the state of America today.

Really cool.

Cool Thing: This Shirt And What It Represents

This shirt (well, one very much like it) was purchased by me the first time I saw The Who in concert – 38 years ago. It was October 2, 1982. It changed my life. The concert, not the shirt.

It’s a cool thing, but, damn! I’m old.

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe. WEAR A MASK!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: English Roundabout by XTC and Telegram Sam by Bauhaus

Second ad break bumpers: Marlene On The Wall by Suzanne Vega and Undercover Of The Night by The Rolling Stones

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 9-26-20 show notes

New Glasses

George Hrab of the Geologic Podcast

Through George Hrab’s Geologic Podcast I learned about Zenni Optical. Zenni is an online site that offers eye glasses at low, low prices. Geo talked about how the website has become something of an addiction for him. He says he owns several pairs of glasses he bought from Zenni.

Glasses can cost $300, $400, $500. That’s way expensive for most anybody, but this site offers glasses for $20, $30, $40. We can get glasses through our insurance for a similarly low price, but the selection is limited and our vision needs to change by a specified percentage. So, we checked out the site and we ordered a pair of glasses for each of us.

Amy got a pair of prescription sunglasses and Hayden and I picked an extra pair of regular glasses for ourselves. I have never owned a second pair of glasses enabling me to change my look as the mood hits me. Now I can. I can go Buddy Holly-ish or 1960s science professor.

Zenni is not a sponsor, but I recommend them. I hope this doesn’t become an addiction for me.

I’m Living On The Air In Cincinnati

I decided to take a little nostalgic trip back to the late 70s and early 80s to talk about the classic TV sit-com WKRP In Cincinnati. The show aired for four years with 86 episodes. The series centered on a low in the ratings radio station that had just hired a new program director. He was determined to turn the station around and increase its ratings. He was going to do that by changing the format from elevator music to rock ‘n’ roll.

The characters of the station were likeable and funny and well played by the cast. The show broached many important topics: Payola, drug use, women’s rights, race relations, homophobia, transphobia, terrorism, the censorship of the religious right, the Vietnam War, and the festival seating disaster that led to 11 dead Who concert-goers in December, 1979. Some topics were admittedly handled better than others (the homophobia and transphobia were two of the topics that could have been done better), but to bring them up helped make the series better than much of the other shows television had to offer. Broaching the topics however awkwardly at least put them into the discussion. And it was consistently funny.

The music was vitally important to the show. Creator Hugh Wilson insisted that the music used not be soundalikes, but the real thing. That could be expensive, but they found ways to stretch the budget for music. It really worked to the show’s advantage, but it also killed the syndication run when the music rights ran out.

And, of course, there was the classic turkey drop episode.

“As God As my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

A Dimland Pedantic Moment: You’re Gonna Need More Records

Howard Hesseman as Dr. Johnny Fever on the “WKRP” , announcing things are gonna rock! Credit: Provided/Enquirer file

Admittedly, this pedantic moment was a bit tortured in how I approached it, but that’s pedantry for you.

In that first episode of WKRP, program director Andy Travis (Gary Sandy) decided to change the format right away. DJ Johnny Caravella (Howard Hesseman) pointed out that he didn’t have any records. Andy handed him a stack, “Now you do.” And zap the format was changed. Johnny immediately became Dr. Johnny Fever and he even got to say booger on the air. (An offense that got him fired from a previous job.)

The thing is Andy only handed Johnny ten or so albums. I went through some twists and turns and came up with that being maybe ten hours of on air music. That’s if you include commercial, news, and DJ banter breaks. I even allowed for one of the albums being one of those K-Tel Records hits compilations. The playlist is going to be quite limited.

Here’s a bonus show notes edition Pedantic Moment. Johnny cues up that first rock song to be played, which, by the way, is Queen of the Forest by Ted Nugent from his debut self-titled album, it is clearly the first track on the side of the LP Johnny picked. Well, the song is actually the last track of the album.

Fearless Leader Advocating Eugenics, Not Bothered By 200,000 Dead

Continuing his COVID Infect-a-thon rallies around the country, Pres. Trump, while buttering up Minnesotans in Bemidji about their healthy genes said, “The racehorse theory. You think we’re so different?” That’s him referencing eugenics. I don’t want a president who might think eugenics is a good idea. Here’s more on eugenics.

At another rally he indicated the 200,000 dead were mostly old people and people with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma and diabetes. Oh? Oh, then that’s OK. Waitaminute. All lives matter, don’t they?

I guess not.

President Trump also believes that herd “mentality” (he meant immunity) would make the COVID disappear without a vaccine. To achieve herd immunity at least 70% of Americans would need to get it. That’s approximately 231,000,000 people. With the death rates being, let’s go with the low end, 1% that would mean more than 2 million Americans would die.

All lives matter?

In regards to recent infection rates, it is interesting how the ten worst states with regards to new COVID case rates all went for Trump in 2016, while the ten best states all went to Hillary Clinton. The numbers are complicated and were different early in the pandemic than they are now. This might be a little selective in the presenting of the numbers, but it’s still interesting.

A Cool Thing: 20 Great Guitar Riffs By The Who

I spotted this on the YouTube. It’s a young musician playing what he thinks are the twenty best guitar riffs played by Pete Townshend with his band The Who.

Really cool.

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. WEAR A MASK! Stay safe.

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Electric Lash by The Church and (The) Wait by Killing Joke

Second ad break bumpers: Empty Glass by Pete Townshend and (The) Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill 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 9-19-20 show notes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Republican Hypocrisy

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Shortly before I started recording the show, my wife gave me the news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died.

Almost immediately after the world learned of her death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Republicans were ready to rubber stamp any nominee Pres. Trump sends them. Right now. No waiting. Let’s get Ivanka on the highest court in the land. STAT!

Hang on. It’s an election year. Shouldn’t the American people have a voice in this process? Shouldn’t we waiting until after the election? Isn’t that the reason McConnell gave in 2016 when he refused to allow the Senate to confirm Pres. Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia? What changed in four years?

Oh, right. Democrat president then, Republican president now. Fucking hypocrite.

A New Homeowner

My younger brother Steve has become a homeowner and last Saturday I helped him move into his new abode. That was the reason there was no new show last week. Too much going on and the show had to take the backseat.

Congratulations, Steve!

A Couple More Baseball Items

I did a quick follow-up on my baseball and the slippery slope talk from the last show. I talked about watching another game with the announcers talking to a player while he was playing. The game interrupted the conversation and the player had to field the ball and attempt to throw out a runner. The runner was safe by half a step. Did the intrusion slow the mic’d up player? Would he have made the play if he had been allowed to concentrate on his job?

That’s not me.

I also talked about getting quite the ribbing when I admitted that I never learned how to catch a ball with a baseball glove. It isn’t the same as catching with a bare hand. You have to learn how to use a glove and I never did.

However, out of all that ribbing I received from my (ahem) friends, several of them have threatened… er… I mean offered to teach me how to use a glove. That’s cool.

Sometimes We Do Need Algebra After High School

It only took fifteen years, but I finally finished a model I had been working on and set aside in 2005. The model is of Marvel Comics’ not so jolly green giant the Hulk.

A splash page too small.

In 2003, the kit was released. It is a reissue of a couple earlier kits, the original from 1966 and the other from 1974. I had the 1974 kit when I was a kid. That kit came with a mini comic book that had a splash page intended to be the backdrop for the model once completed. I have since lost the model, but I still have the comic.

My intention with the 2003 kit, which didn’t come with the comic, was to get the model together and use the color copy I made of that splash page. But, the page was too small. The 2003 released was at 1/8th scale, while the two earlier models were at 1/12th scale. I would need to do algebra. I was good at it in school, but in the intervening 92 years I have forgotten it all.

So I turned to Facebook and asked for assistance. And I got it! Kind of a big deal in skepticism Mick West was the first to provide the answer I needed. That’s cool!

Life On Venus! Life On Venus! Life On… Well, Hold On There

The news broke that scientists have found phosphine, a chemical that could be produced by microbes, in the atmosphere of Venus. This does not necessarily mean there is life on Venus. It means there could be, but more work needs to be done.

To ascertain whether lifeforms are responsible for the phosphine or if it is some geologic (non-life) process, probes will need to be sent to our cloudy neighbor to take samples of the atmosphere. So, settle down. There may be life there, but more science needs to be done.

Still, it’s pretty cool.

So Cool It Brings A Tear To My Eye

Prince’s solo in a live all-star performance tribute to George Harrison of While My Guitar Gently Weeps is one of the coolest things ever.

Is There Time To Impeach Him Again?

He knew the pandemic was going to be seriously dangerous. He played it down. Now nearly 200,000 Americans are dead.

What is that building before him?

He gave his acceptance speech at the end of the Republican National Convention on the White House grounds. Doesn’t that violate campaign rules? There were other things done during the RNC the may have crossed the line of legality.

He suggested his sycophantic followers test the system and attempt to vote twice. Voting twice is illegal. (I had thought he made the suggestion at one of his Covid spreading rallies. I was wrong. He was speaking to a reporter.)

Come on! Let’s impeach him again!

The Real Cool Thing The Who’s The Real Me

John Entwistle

Sure, The Who song The Real Me is a cool thing all on its own, but I noticed something recently that I had never noticed in the many, many times I’ve listened to the song. The Real Me has no lead guitar. It has Pete Townshend doing his crashing power chords, but he doesn’t play any lead guitar parts during the song. John Entwistle’s bass takes the lead parts.

It is so cool!

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. WEAR A MASK! Stay safe.

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Eliminator Jr. by Sonic Youth and Four Engines Burning (Over The USA) by The Screaming Blue Messiahs

Second ad break bumpers: Only In America by Naked Raygun and Raspberry Beret by Prince & the Revolution

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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