dimland radio 2-15-20 show notes

Nature Encroaches

I live in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota. (Cartographers, put your maps away.) I’m not in the downtown area, but I’m also not exactly in a rural area. Even so, we get a fair amount of wildlife creeping around. Oh, sure, there are the squirrels, rabbits, and assorted birds, but every now and again something more “exotic” makes its presence known.

There have been deer in the neighbors’ yards, turkeys by my office. Why we even had a nesting pair of Merlins in a tree across the street. Merlins aren’t very common in this area.

I retold the tale of a close encounter I had with a raccoon. It had been a few years since the visit, so my memory may not have been entirely accurate. It happened during a lunar eclipse and while the Cubs were playing the Pirates.

Photo: National Audubon Society

I brought up the whole wildlife encroachment thing, because another unusual animal made its presence known some weeks ago. It was a Great Horned Howl. I didn’t see it, but I heard its call. The damn thing actually goes, “Who-who whoooo.”

What’s next? Coyotes? Wolves? Great White Sharks?


Toot

A little mystery has arisen at the comic book store for which I work. Nostalgia Zone in Minneapolis has loads and loads of old comic books. (Check out our website!) We are always buying old comics from folks and, we’re not sure when, we bought a collection that had a curiosity. Someone had written “Toot” on the covers of the books.

We didn’t notice them at the time, but the Toots soon became apparent. We don’t know what it means. Is it a nickname? Was someone making a cryptic comment? Is it code?

It’s a mystery. I blogged about it for Nostalgia Zone’s official blog: Warehouse Find.


A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: A Twofer About Tailgating And Brakes

Allstate Insurance has been running a series of auto insurance ads featuring a character name Mayhem for a few years now. In one of the more recent ads, Mayhem is tailgating another driver, the driver isn’t paying enough attention to the car in front of them because of the tailgater behind them. And, soon enough, crash! The driver runs into the car in front. And Mayhem drives away unscathed.

Here’s the problem: There is no way Mayhem could have avoided banging into the car he was tailgating and get away undamaged. He was way too close. Even if he had smart brakes in his car. (During the show, I underestimated how close Mayhem was tailgating. I thought it was about a foot. Nope! More like three inches! Even more impossible to drive away from untouched.)

And, speaking of smart brakes, Subaru is running an ad touting that technology in their cars. In their ad they show a family out for a drive. Dad, who is driving, is spending too much time looking at his family and not enough at the road, when the cars in front of him suddenly stop. He sees, but it’s too late to stop. He takes a last look at his family as his life flashes before his eyes. Fortunately, the car has those smart brakes and stopped itself in time. Phew!

But, when in a sudden stop situation, no one takes the time to look around. They lock eyes on whatever it is that has forced them to do a quick stop.

And is the daughter eating a cup full of coffee beans?


Hang on. America Is Great Now?

Photo: ABC News

Our glorious president, who is looking more and more as though he will be re-elected, has unveiled a new slogan to replace Make America Great Again. It is now:

Keep America Great

Apparently, America became great sometime in the last three years.

It doesn’t look like the 1950s again to me.


Remember When MTV Played Music Videos?

Remember when The History Channel had shows about history?

Remember when The Learning Channel had shows that weren’t learning us bullshit?

Remember when The Science Channel did science?

Oh, those were the days.

I complained about a new mystery-mongering show on The Science Channel. It’s called Curse of the Bermuda Triangle. The show follows four Duck Dynasty-like “explorers” as they don’t solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

There’s no mystery really. The area gets lots of traffic. Ships sink, planes crash, divers drown. There’s nothing particularly special about the area, other than it is conveniently expanded when mystery-mongers want to include other weird happenings or disappearances that don’t quite fall into the area of the Devil’s Triangle.

The first episode is of the disappearance of Flight 19, a military training flight. They went off course, ran out of fuel, and ditched in the water. Wow! What a mystery?! I sure hope the fellows can get to the bottom of it.

And I have a friend who is involved. I talked a bit about this friend. Sigh.


Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Love Is For Lovers by The dB’s and Love Is Stronger Than Pride by Sade

Second ad break bumpers: Love At First Sight by XTC and Love Is The Law 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

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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.

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dimland radio 1-25-2020 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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dimland radio 1-18-20 show notes

Let It Snow

It wasn’t the biggest snowfall we’ve ever gotta in the Twin Cities, but the timing did make it tricky. I decided to do my Friday night job over the weekend. That job is cleaning an office building. Mentioning that led to...

Tales From The Janitor’s Closet

This segment was pretty much just me going on about some things office workers do that make janitors grumble. There always seems to be at least one person determined to make the janitor’s job harder. the jerks.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Good Will Hunting


We watched Good Will Hunting a couple weeks ago. It’s a good movie. Oh, sure, he’s a math genius, but Good Will doesn’t know how to mop. As if! 

And I suggest a possible career path Good Will’s best friend, played by Ben Affleck, might pursue.

Sports!

 

I mentioned last week that the Minnesota Vikings were (note that, were) in the playoffs. They managed to beat the New Orleans Saints and move on to San Francisco to take on the 49ers. I predicted the Vikes would lose. They did. 

Well, at least they won’t lose the Super Bowl. 

A Dimland Radio Science Zero Or This Can’t Be What Gwyneth’s Vaj Smells Like
 

Goop, the website designed to extract money from the gullible, has a new product. It’s a scented candle that Goop claims smells like their leader’s vagina. It’s called ‘This Smells Like My Vagina’. The vagina in question belongs to America’s princess Gwyneth Paltrow.

How does Goop come up with these ideas?

But it’s a misrepresentation. It’s just some perfume, not the smell of Gwen’s genitals.

I imagined how a particular customer might have been disappointed by the bait and switch. 

Cool Thing: Behind The Scenes Photos From Harry Potter Movies

 

The Harry Potter movie series (and books) are among my favorites. So, I thought it would be of interest to share this site which shows some of the behind the scenes magic. It’s cool.

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: Electric Lash by The Church & Love Vigilantes by New Order
Second ad break bumpers: Seven Year Ache by Rosanne Cash & O.K. Wait 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

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 1-11-20 show notes

More Busy And Interesting Times 

It was a harrowing week. I didn’t get my show prep as finalized as I normally do, so I was kind of winging it through the show. I did have bullet points, but not much else written down.

It was busy because a full time employee who cleans several properties was in the hospital with the flu. Get your flu shot! And the supervisor and I had lots of fill in work to do.

It was harrowing because my dad has been ill with an infection since Christmas and this week saw me doing a lot of visits. I had to get Dad to a doctor’s appointment, convince him to use his damn cane, get groceries, do laundry. All while worrying these two 80-somethimngs aren’t going to be able to stay in their house much longer.

Big decisions are gonna have to be made and soon.

Cool Thing: Minnesota Vikings Are In The Playoffs And… 

Photo: USA Today

They beat the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans in their first playoff game of 2020. It was very surprising, because even the most diehard fan believed a win there over such a tough opponent would be highly unlikely. But the Vikes did indeed rise to the occasion and beat dem Saints.

 
The following week was filled with speculation on how well the Vikes would fair against the San Francisco 49ers. Confidence on the part of the fans and local sports analysts began to soar as the week went on. The Saints were the toughest foe of this postseason and our boys beat them. They surely can beat the Niners. No problem!
 
Let me state the Dimland Radio Vikings/Fans/Analysts correlation:
 
The higher the confidence on the part of fans and analyst of a Vikings playoff victory, the greater the likelihood the Vikings will lose.
 
I predicted a Vikings loss to the Niners. (But I always predict the Vikings will lose, so this is no big deal.)
 
The game was played yesterday.
 
 
Oh, well. At least they won’t lose the Super Bowl.
A Dimland Radio ARGH!
 

My ARGH! is the frequency of which I am smelling marijuana, pot, weed, or whatever the kids are calling it these days. I smell it when driving almost everyday. I smell it when shopping for groceries. I find it troubling.

I’m not a prude. I have had some experiences smoking the stuff, but it never did all that much for and I feel no desire to spark up.

But I had a request for pot users. A couple actually. One is to not drive under the influence, please. The other: Go with the edibles. I won’t have to smell those.

Moms. Keeping Us Humble

 

I showed the Minnesota Niche video on the MN Skeptics meet up group to my parents. Dad seemed mildly impressed, but he was still sick so that may have tempered his reaction.

Mom, on the other hand…

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: Entre Nous & Limelight by Rush
Second ad break bumpers: Subdivisions & Tom Sawyer by Rush
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.


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 like. Find out more here and here.

Images used under Fair Use.