dimland radio 9-5-20 show notes

Can’t Pretend That Growing Older Never Hurts Part Four

Mom is fine. More or less. I mean, she is 83 years old. How good can she be?

Tales From The Janitor’s Closet

Now, I realize that most people think of janitorial work as interesting and rewarding work that is all sweetness, light, and smells of roses. Well, Tales From The Janitor’s Closet gives me a chance to draw back the curtain and show my listener that janitorial work may be great but it does have its drawbacks.

As of this writing it has been four days since I last had to clean poop off the carpet at one of the properties I clean. Before that it had been four years or so.

I know the story is pretty gross. Especially since I told of the two times in my 31 years of janitorial work in which I had to deal with shit. Literally. First time it was human generated, this most recent time it came from a dog.

Sorry to break it to you, kids, but being a janitor isn’t always as glamorous a job as everyone thinks. But, hey! At least the pay sucks!

A Dimland Radio ARGH! Baseball And The Slippery Slope

“Sure, I’ll talk to you. Who needs to concentrate on the game? It’s only my job. Besides I get to be on the TV.”

Originally and for many, many years of televised coverage of baseball limited viewers’ access to managers, coaches, and players to before and after game interviews.

The networks that carry baseball began to think, “How can we get even more coverage? How deeply can we get into the game? How can we piss off baseball fans like Jim Fitzsimons?”

Thus began the slippery slope. I know slippery slope is a logical fallacy, but sometimes I think we really be on that slick incline.

First it was before/after game interviews, then a reporter in the stands to get info from the dugouts, then they mic’d up players to eavesdrop for “sounds of the game,” then interviews with managers between innings, then interviews during the game with pitchers who weren’t playing that day, then interviews with managers during the game, then mic’ing up and giving an ear piece to a player to talk to him while he’s playing in an All-Star Game, and now doing that in a regular season game.

Where will it end?!

I don’t need that much coverage and I resent that the announcers are making themselves part of the game.

MLB! Please, put a stop to this!

A Dimland Pedantic Moment: Is White A Color?

A discussion started on my Facebook page on whether or not white is a color. It could be consider all the colors (as in light) or the absence of color (as in pigment).

I settle the question this way:

Isn’t that a white crayon I see there? Huh!

Is a white crayon included in Crayola’s 64 crayon set? Yes? Are there 65 crayons in the box? No? Well, then white is a color. If it’s good enough for Crayola, it’s god enough for me.

The same argument can be made to those who same black isn’t a color.

Stealing Geo’s Thunder

George Hrab is a musician who does an excellent podcast called The Geologic Podcast. On a recent episode (I’m stealing some of his thunder here) he did a comparison between musical legends Don Henley and Phil Collins. Henley jealously guards his copyrighted material. Collins is less protective.

Henley does not allow unauthorized usage of his songs on YouTube. Collins does as long as that usage isn’t monetized.

That moment you hear the drum break on ‘In The Air Tonight’ for the first time.

On YouTube there are lots of reaction videos. Usually this videos are of younger people discovering classic songs for the first time. George talked about one particular reaction video by two young fellows, twin brothers Fred and Tim Williams, hearing Collins’ In The Air Tonight for the first time. The kids loved the song and their reaction video received millions of views.

And the 39 year-old song became a hit again in the aftermath of the reaction video.

Take that Don Henley!

Correction: On the show I said the brothers were teenagers. I’m getting old, because 22 year-olds are looking like teenagers to me.

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: Hip Swingin’ by Naked Raygun and Entre Nous by Rush

Second ad break bumpers: Real World by Husker Du and Brilliant Blues by Pete Townshend

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 8-29-20 show notes (in brief)

Normally I write pretty extensive show notes. I had done that for two hours today. I went to publish and everything I had written disappeared. I had been saving drafts all along, but I must have done something wrong when publishing. So, now you are just getting the show notes in brief.

Can’t Pretend That Growing Older Never Hurts Part Three

I gave another update to my mom’s medical challenges. She had another visit to the hospital, but she’s home now and improving.

Stay tuned.

More Unrest

I grow weary of Trump’s America.

I’m Feeling It Again

With Pres. Trump’s complete mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, I had hope that he would lose his reelection bid. The polls may have shown Joe Biden with a big lead, but the race is tightening and America seems to have adopted Trump’s “it is what it is” attitude.

I once again think he will be reelected.

To Be Fair: “Under God” and the DNC

Contrary to claims on social media, the words “under God” were stated when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance during the Democratic National Convention.

To Be Fair: Melania Trump And The Rose Garden

First Lady Melania Trump did not chop down cherry trees and uproot hundred year old rose bushes for her renovations of the White House Rose Garden.

Uri Geller And Marvel Comics

“Daredevil! Let me help you! Quick! Give me a spoon to bend!”

Issue 133 of Marvel Comics’ Daredevil features ’70s “psychic” spoon-bending phenom Uri Geller who used cheap magic tricks to gain world fame by convincing the gullible that he had supernatural powers.

Stan Lee, publisher of Marvel Comics, smelled a good publicity stunt and had writer/editor Marv Wolfman put Mr. Geller in one of Marvel’s comic books.

James Randi magician, skeptic, and exposer of cheap trick artists has shown the public that Mr. Geller is just doing some magic tricks. That’s all. Check here and here.

And here is Geller’s infamous appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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: Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads and Ghosts by The Jam

Second ad break bumpers: Eye In The Sky by The Alan Parsons Project and Talk Talk by The Suburbs

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 8-22-20 show notes

Can’t Pretend That Growing Older Never Hurts Part Two

I gave an update to my mom’s medical challenges. The doctors determined she needed a pacemaker and they installed it last Wednesday. She got home Friday.

I wish I could say that she was well on the road to being herself again. This morning I got word she was taken back into the emergency room having another several anxiety attack. This isn’t over yet.

Stay tuned.

The Cat Is Good Though

Kitty with her new feeder.

Callie, our cat, has been more of a pain in the ass lately. She seems to constantly need attention and/or food. She had really been ruining our sleep (a reason to not have pets).

Amy decided it was time for a vet visit. Hoo boy! That means a vet bill (another reason to not have pets). The vet told us to get an automatic pet feeder. Which we did and I must say it has helped.

A couple days later, the vet called to tell you the blood work showed that kitty is in purrfect health. They may not have said it that way, but that’s the way I want to think they said it.

Letterman Swearing?!

During these dark days of the Covid, I’ve been looking for any moment of respite I can find. And I can find lots and lots of clips from Late Night with David Letterman. And I found one set of show clips of his “Why We Edit” segments.

At about he 32 minute mark is a clip of what they called their “foul show”. A show that had to be edited because they decided to let it all hang out. It’s funny, of course. It’s Dave. How could it not be funny?

The thing is Dave swears in the clip and it’s not bleeped. We hear him swear. There is no way this segment aired uncensored. So, that brings up the mystery as to how this unbleeped version exists.

Cool Thing: Scientists Take First Picture Of A Solar System Similar To Ours

Science succeeded in something historic. A photograph was taken of a solar system with multiple planets for the first time. This solar system is 300 million light years away and the photograph was taken by the Very Large Telescope in Chile. So cool!

Flat Earthers, Evolution Deniers, And The Dunning-Kruger Effect

None of us is immune to the Dunning-Kruger Effect, but the poster children for it have to be flat eathers and evolution deniers. There are plenty of videos of science promoting YouTubers taking on these science deniers.

SciMan Dan is one such YouTuber. Here’s one of his videos dealing with the ignorant arrogance of Kent Hovind, young earth creationist, evolution denier, and king of Dunning-Kruger. And in this video he takes on a flat earther.

I talked about a simple proof that demonstrates how we know the earth is a sphere and not flat. It involves the moon. You may not have been aware of this but the moon looks different to people living in the Southern Hemisphere to those living in the Northern Hemisphere.

If you live in, say, Minneapolis and you travel to Australia, when you look at the moon it will appear upside down. This is because we live on a spherical earth and not a flat one. If the earth were flat the top part of the moon would be the same no matter where you travel on the planet.

This video explains why the moon and the constellations appear upside down to a Northern Hemispherer when they venture to the Southern Hemisphere.

Creatures Of Habit

Baseball is back. The league is doing what it can to keep everyone involved during the Age of Covid. Regular testing, no fans in the stands, and masks are some of the measures being implemented. The mask wearing could be improved (cover those noses!) and more universal.

It was the masks that gave me a good chuckle at a recent game. I wish I could have found an image. I couldn’t so you will have to take my word on this.

“Say that again.” “Mumph mum murm mumph.” “WHAT?! Take that glove away. I can’t understand a word you’re saying.””

During mound visits in which catchers, pitching coaches, or managers want to discuss something with the pitcher, it is common to see the fellows covering their mouths. This is to keep the other team from reading their lips.

My chuckle came when the pitching coach put his hand in front of his mouth when talking to his pitcher. I laughed because the coach was already wearing a mask. Creature of habit, I guess.

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: Generation by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and English Roundabout by XTC

Second ad break bumpers: Talent Show by The Replacements and Tape Your Wife To The Ceiling by The Suburbs

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 8-15-20 show notes

Can’t Pretend That Growing Older Never Hurts

There was no show last week, because my brain was pretty much fried after a week of stress over my mom having some serious anxiety attacks. She ended up in the hospital and still hasn’t quite recovered. It’s been a challenge for Dad, me, my wife, and, of course, Mom.

So Hard To Pin Down

Speaking of my parents, Dad told me that the nylon window screen to their kitchen window had seen better days and needed to be replaced. We talked about him doing it himself or there must still be some hardware stores that can do it. Maybe even Home Depot can do it.

Dad thought that the nearby Batteries Plus store might be able to fix it.

“Batteries Plus?” I asked.

This is where a person’s experience and knowledge colors their perception. Dad saw a sign outside the store that read: “Screen broken? We fix it” He knows nothing of smart phones or tablets and he had his damaged window screen on his mind, so that is the direction his thinking went.

“Um, Dad? I don’t think they mean window screens.”

Comic Books!

So much hair! Such big glasses! So much thinner!

I wanted to keep this show form getting too heavy with the COVID and Fearless Leader talk, so I indulged myself in talking about comic books. There was my start as a young buyer of comic books leading to me becoming a serious collector. I talked about some of the history of comic books – they started, when the super-hero genre began, and of some of the pioneers in those early days of this American form of pop literature.

I talked about Captain America and of his historic first issue with a very gutsy punch depicted on the cover. I hemmed a little on when the comic book was released. The cover date says March, 1941, but I was correct (at least according to Wikipedia) the issue hit the newsstands in December, 1940. I blogged about it! Click here.

After WWII super-hero comic books began to drop off in popularity. They were replaced be war, western, sci-fi, horror, and romance comics. Timely Publications, publisher of Captain America, Human Torch, and Sub-Mariner dropped those heroes along with changing its company name to Atlas Comics.

In 1954, the US Senate became concerned that comic books were turning America’s teens into juvenile delinquents. Hearings were held and publishers were grilled. The comics industry created the Comics Code Authority as a way to self-police their product and save the kids of America from a life of depravity and crime.

Through much of this history was a fellow who would become synonymous with comic books, Stan Lee. He started working for Timely at age 16 doing minor tasks and worked his way up to writer of feature stories. Stan hoped he would have become the next great American novelist, but there he was writing comic books. By 1960, he was getting ready to quit.

But, he held on and created…

Oh. You know what he created. If you don’t, listen to the show.

Biographics Gets A Few Things Wrong

There is a YouTube channel called Biographics. The channel features short video biographies of famous and infamous people throughout history. The videos are hosted by Simon Whistler, who does a fine job talking us through the various histories.

The videos are well produced and very informative, but are they getting their facts right?

I watched their biography of Stan Lee and Marvel Comics and they got a few things wrong. And if I noticed those things in a subject I know something about, I wonder how much they get wrong in subjects I know little or nothing about.

Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comics, presented a series about the history of comic books. The first episode of which focused on how Marvel Comics came to be and how it took over the comic book world. As far as I can tell, it is far more accurate.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: M*A*S*H And “It Spun In”

I blogged about this on Warehouse Find this week. I had the audacity to be pedantic about one of television’s greatest (and saddest and most shocking) moments: The season finale of the third season of M*A*S*H and the final scene in which “Radar” informs the surgical staff of the death of a much beloved character.

The pedantry centers on three words: It spun in.

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: Lead A Normal Life by Peter Gabriel and Epic by Faith No More

Second ad break bumpers: Turning Japanese by The Vapors and Sweetest Taboo by Sade

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 Radio 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.

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dimland radio 8-1-20 show notes

Planes Crash A Lot

I start the show making a couple clarifications to some of what I talked about last week. First I wanted to make sure that I explained the gotcha the YouTuber thought she had when she discovered the all 900 of the three-digit numbers come up in a Google search of new cases of COVID.

The impression I got was that her gotcha had something to do with the “media” lying to us about the pandemic. The media is perhaps exaggerating the seriousness of the virus or just making the whole thing up. It’s just a cold or flu. So, Google is helping fool the sheep by making certain there are hits no matter what number is searched on their site.

I also needed to qualify plane crash when it came to my talk about the Law of Large Numbers. A friend pointed out the I needed to say major plane crash not just plane crash. Major plane crashes, such as commercial airliners with many passengers, are relatively rare. But! Small plane crashes happen quite frequently.

I did a Google news search for plane crash and found five crashes had taken place in America in the past week. Alabama, Texas, Montana, Nevada, and Alaska all had plane crashes since July 28th. Maybe Google is conspiring to make plane crashes seem to be happening more often than they really do. Hmmm.

Herman Cain 12/13/1945 – 7/30/2020

Herman Cain, African-American businessman, conservative, ran for the Republican nomination for President in 2012. He was a Trump supporter and not a fan of masks and social distancing during this pandemic.

In June of this year, he attended the Trump COVID Infect-A-Thon 2020 in Tulsa, OK. He did not wear a mask. He did not social distance himself. In early July, he was hospitalized with COVID-19. On July 30th, he died from the deadly disease. The pandemic claimed another victim.

His death is sad and was likely avoidable. He was 74 and had more life to live.

Wear a mask!

Chris Brown Weighs In On Masks

A voice from the past returned to Dimland Radio. Some years ago, my friend and fellow skeptic Chris Brown would join the show for a brief chat on some skeptical topic. I think we called it the Ten Minute Topic with Chris Brown, but it’s been so long I can’t quite remember.

Well, recently Chris had taken to Facebook to ask anti-maskers why being requested or required (depending where they live in America) to wear a mask to limit the spread of COVID-19 is some great attack on their rights. I thought his points were well made and asked if he would record an audio file so I could play it on the show. And wouldn’t you know it? He did.

Thank you, Chris. It’s good to hear your voice again.

Speaking Of Masks

Since the topic of masks came up I thought I’d talk about a smelly, dead animal again. Not the same smelly, dead animal. This time it was a dead raccoon (see image – WARNING!).

The smell of the dead raccoon got me thinking about the 2001 HBO WWII mini-series Band Of Brothers. When you listen to the show you’ll get the connection. And I promise it does have something to do with masks.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Private Webster Knows German, Doesn’t He?

Having watched Band Of Brothers as often as I have, I have begun to notice little subtleties and inconsistencies. My pedantry focused on Private Webster. In one episode, we learn he is fluent in German, the next episode it seems he had forgotten it.

What gives?

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: No Reply At All by Genesis and Eight Miles High by Husker Du

Second ad break bumpers: Ashes To Ashes by David Bowie and Reel Around The Fountain 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

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 Radio 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.