dimland radio 9-18-21 show notes

Whoopsie!

On last week’s show I made a couple goofs.

When I was going through the George Jones song Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes I misnamed one of the legends of country music to whom George was referring. It was in the line ‘Old Jerry Lee and Charlie.” The Charlie being referred to is Charlie Rich. However, twice I said it was Charley Pride.

Both men were popular country singers, but how they spelled Charlie/Charley wasn’t the biggest difference. See if you can spot the biggest difference.

My next whoopsie came when I was talking about how American presidents now have to end every speech with “God bless America” or some variation invoking their imaginary friend. It’s tiring and it reminds atheists they don’t have a seat at the table.

I goofed when I went by my memory that previous presidents such as Carter, Ford, and Nixon didn’t do that. And I was correct for the most part. A friend of the show sent me information (an article on TheBlaze.com) that it was Richard Nixon who first put the “God bless America” into the closing of a speech in April, 1973.

That’s not to say that no president prior to Tricky Dick ever invoked the invisible watcher of everything we do (I mean everything – He/she/it watches you do those naughty, dirty things you do. How uncomfortable does that make you? Atheists do feel that discomfort.). It’s just that previous presidents didn’t end every speech with those three little words. And Nixon may have been the first to utter those words at the end of a speech, it wasn’t until Ronald Reagan that they started becoming the go to closer. After 9/11, with George W. Bush they became part of every speech.

Not a big whoopsie, I guess.

“Hey! At least I resigned! Oh! And God bless America!”

And, as long as I was talking about presidents, can you guess which first name is the most common among American presidents?

Hint: It’s James.

Sports Ball Talk

I hate the New York Yankees. I give the latest reason why.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Pedantic Pronunciation

Stay classy, Trump Nation.

When discussing the anti-Biden yard sign stating, “Joe and the Hoe gotta go” (classy!), at the most recent skeptic’s meet-up, the proper spelling of the sexist and racist insult of Vice President Harris. Is it ho or hoe?

All eyes turned to me and Craig says, “Let’s ask the pedANT.”

My answer? Is the pedantic moment.

There Are Jumping Worms?!

I didn’t know two things at the beginning of this week that I know now. One is that no earthworm is native to Minnesota and the other is that there are jumping worms. Jumping worms!

JUMPING WORMS!

I was looking up the hours the local compost yard was open, when I spotted a warning about the invasive species called jumping worms. Jumping worms don’t actually jump. They wiggle quite a lot and appear to jump. The MN DNR advises that if you find jumping worms, you should kill them.

I also found out that worms don’t exactly lay eggs when producing baby worms. Two worms, which are hermaphroditic (that means they have all the sex parts), sidle up and get all mucusy with each other and soon they each give the other some sperm to fertilize the others eggs. Sexy! Then they place their fertilized eggs in a cocoon and the eggs hatch out later.

I didn’t know that at the beginning of the week…

That’s three! Three things I learned this week.

A Cool Thing!

Both ABBA and Killing Joke have new music out!

Don’t Shut Me Down by ABBA

I Am The Virus by Killing Joke

Yes, the Killing Joke song seems to be stepping into conspiracy theory territory. but are they criticizing conspiracy thinking or indulging in it? I don’t know. The song still kicks ass.


Mask up! GET VACCINATED! And if you have been vaccinated, THANK YOU!


Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Super Trouper by ABBA and The Wait by Killing Joke

Second ad break bumpers: Lay All Your Love On Me by ABBA and Love Like Blood by Killing Joke

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


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dimland radio 9-11-21 show notes

Amy’s Back At Work And Hayden Spotted Something

My wife Amy finished her second work back to work at Cold Side Silkscreening. It is going well, although she is a little anxious about working solo. Dropping off and picking up is going fine, but it is a little tricky. It’s still much better than paying for parking.

Last Sunday, we got to see our son Hayden in person for the first time in more than two weeks. He has changed so much. OK, not really. But it was so good to be able to give him a hug again.

On Labor Day, Hayden was back at college in Mankato, enjoying a day with no classes, hanging out with a couple friends and shopping at a Goodwill thrift store. He spotted a t shirt with a design that seemed familiar.

He texted me. He said he might be crazy but the design looked like one of mine.

It is.

On Thursday, Amy brought home several pieces of original art of some of the designs I had done for a regular customer of Cold Side’s. Among them was the design Hayden spotted.

COINCIDENCE?!

Yes.

Atheist Talk

Probably a Photoshopped image. No clouds and the day/night line is pretty sharp.

Inspired by an image shared on Facebook by a Pennsylvania congressperson, Stephanie Borowicz, I started a bit of a conversation, if you will, about religious tolerance. More specifically, I was concerned with non-religious tolerance. There isn’t much of that in America. Sure, an atheist can just keep their mouth shut and the majority wouldn’t even notice, but it is clear to us atheists that we don’t have a seat at the table.

Admittedly, I was a bit snarky in my initial response to the politician. I had stated: Prayed that satellite right up there, did we?

That got some people riled up. Mockery! Making fun of belief! Religious intolerance! Persecution!

How dare I remind a political representative of the people of Pennsylvania that not everyone they represent shares their faith?! I guess those who no longer believe in their imaginary friends can just sit their butts down and keep their mouths shut. How dare atheists make believers uncomfortable with their questioning snarkery?!

And why is being a person of faith considered virtuous?

I explore my thoughts on that question.

I also ask the question: Suppose MN Rep. Ilhan Omar posted that same image and asked Allah to continue to bless America, would those so upset by my religious intolerance react the same way as the did to Rep. Borowicz?

I would.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Amazon’s Rapunzel Ad

Just a quick Pedantic Moment dealing with an ad for Amazon. The ad shows Rapunzel in a tower waiting for her prince (or princess, no assumptions) to arrive. Well, they ain’t showing up, so Rappy takes matters into her own hands and goes on Amazon to order a ladder. It arrives and she goes free.

Ain’t no way Rapunzel was getting out of the tower with that hair.

The pedantry? Her hair is not nearly long enough!

Some Interesting Things About A Minor Country Hit

A friend shared the video for country music legend George Jones’ 1985 song Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes. The song is a tribute to the legends of country music. However, all of the legends listed are men. No Loretta Lynn? No Patsy Cline? No Tammy Wynette?!

George! Tammy was your wife and singing partner!

I rewrote the lyrics to include some female legends of country music.

The video for the song uses the old (even by 1985) movie and TV trope of small towns and businesses suffering due to the Interstate Highway System. I talk about that a bit and about another moment of interest in the video…

I immediately recognized that toy horse in the window (see the photos above). It’s Thunder. Thunder was horse belonging to the cowboy action figure Johnny West by Marx Toys. Marx had some of the coolest toys back in the day.

I knew it was Thunder, because I have one! (See the photos below.)


Mask up! GET VACCINATED! And if you have been vaccinated, THANK YOU!


Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Highwayman by The Highwaymen and Bull Rider by Johnny Cash

Second ad break bumpers: Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good by Don Williams and He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones

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 8-28-21 show notes

5 Minutes Of Covid

Realizing I have talked about Covid a lot over the last several weeks and months, I decided to limit the amount of Covid talk I do this week to five minutes.

Ivermectin, a livestock deworming medication, is the latest doesn’t work preventative or cure for the Covid to be jumped on by people who don’t want to get vaccinated. Add it to the stockpile of hydroxychloroquine, bleach, and UV lamps. What some people won’t do to keep from getting the jab.

The FDA has given full approval to the Pfizer vaccine. Can we hope this will get some of the vaccine hesitant to get vaccinated? One reason they were holding back was the fact that the vaccines have only received Emergency Use Authorization, not full approval. Well, Pfizer has that now. But, just watch the vaccine resistant move the goalpost by saying the approval came too fast. They could be like Fox News who want the ability to both suggest the approval came too fast and not fast enough. Still, it could get more people to join Team Vaccine.

Fearless Loser gave a super-spreader rally in Alabama, the state with the lowest vaccine compliance in America. The former President who lost the 2020 election (he lost, really, he did) was booed by some of his supporters after he recommended they take the shot. After all, he took the shot. But, these people just want to die. Too bad that Covid takes away a person’s ability to breathe. They would be able to do their Mel Gibson’s version of William Wallace impression and cry “Freeeeedooommm!” as they die.

There. Got it done in five minutes.

Old Art And Old Job

On the show a while back, I talked about a piece of original comic book art, page two of Marvel’s Sub-Mariner issue # 72, I have owned since about 1980. I was considering selling it if the auction site gave me a good estimate on its value. They did ($1000 – $2000 or better) and it is currently on the auction block.

There is another piece of original comic book related art that I have owned for about the same amount time as that comic page. It’s a sketch of the DC character Warlord done by the artist who created him – Mike Grell. Drawn for me for 15 bucks maybe during an in-store appearance he was making at the comic shop I frequented back then.

That sketch was estimated at $150 – $300 in value. It, too, is on the auction block. The current bid prices on both are still low ($290 and $90, respectively), but the auction ends on Wednesday. We’ll see.

That’s Cold Side

The old job? That’s what Amy’s got. After close to 19 years, my wife will be returning to the place we first met: Cold Side Silkscreening. She was first hired on as the second staff artist after I left that position in spring 1999. Due to a downturn in business in 2003, Amy was laid off. A move she didn’t mind because she was about to have our son and she wanted to be a stay at home mom.

The art department at Cold Side had some very good artists over the years. The current staff artist, Richard, had stepped out of the art department making room for me way back in 1996. In 2014, he returned and this year he decided to retire. But they needed someone to take the reigns.

And that someone is Amy. She starts Monday.

Of Establishing Shots And Old Beatles Concert Footage

The Fab Four

A YouTube reaction video of a portion (She Loves You) of a televised Beatles concert from about 1965 or so got me thinking of the importance of establishing shots in film, television, and comic books. The YouTuber’s reaction was to the band’s performance, which was excellent, my reaction was to the video presentation.

It wasn’t very good. No shots of the entire band playing together (the establishing shot) and not one shot of Ringo! Not one! I saw the importance of establishing shots in covering live musical performances.

Here is the reaction video. For comparison, here is another live version of She Loves you from about the same time period. And here is their live performance of Revolution, which shows the progression of presenting live rock performances. It’s more like what we see today, although the John Lennon close-ups are a little too close. And that entire “best” performance, from which the YouTuber pulled She Loves You is here.

Speaking Of The Beatles, Here’s The Rutles!

Not the Fab Four

The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash an excellent parody of the Fab Four by Eric Idle, Neil Innes (both from Monty Python), Lorne Michaels and Gary Weis (both from Saturday Night Live), which first aired on NBC in 1978. It didn’t get much of an audience, but it did receive favorable reviews.

The mock rockumentary, years ahead of Spinaltap, closely parodies the career of the Beatles. It even features a cameo of George Harrison. It’s funny, if somewhat corny, and very entertaining. The best part is the music. Neil Innes wrote the songs and some of them would have been huge had they been released in the era parodied in the show.

It’s on YouTube.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press is an actual newspaper. The Rutles aren’t a real band.

And my eagle eye spotted a couple items of interest to Minnesotans and me. Two newspaper headlines are show in the segment sending up John Lennon’s The Beatles are more popular than Jesus moment. The Rutles’ Ron Nasty (Innes) declared they were bigger than God. One newspaper was the St. Paul Pioneer Press! The other has an article about some named Fitzsimons. Well, Fitzsimmons, actually. Frank Fitzsimmons was the former president of the Teamsters Union.

That Fitzsimmons one of the two M‘s clan. We one M’s don’t associate with them. And when you look closely at the main headline, you can see it was literally cut and pasted into a real newspaper.

Pretty cool!


Mask up! GET VACCINATED! And if you have been vaccinated, THANK YOU!


Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: The Model by Kraftwerk and The Perfect Kiss by New Order

Second ad break bumper The Sinking Feeling by The The and The Bottom Line by Big Audio Dynamite

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 8-21-21 show notes

Empty-Nesters Now and We’re… We’re…

“OK. Now what?”

We’re OK, but Amy did have a bit of an emotional outburst Friday night just after we finished watching a movie. The night before, after arriving home from dropping our son off at college, felt strange, but there were no tears. On the drive home from Mankato, I had a couple moments of realization that the boy was no longer at home.

So, it was Friday night when the emotions welled up in my wife and the tears finally came. Oh, boy.

And here’s a piece of advice gained from my recent personal experience: If you have just dropped your only child off at college and you’re missing them, don’t listen to The Beatle’s She’s Leaving Home. Unless you want to get the feels, that is.

The coordination plans with his roommate and parents’ arrival didn’t quite work out. They hit traffic and arrived an hour after the scheduled meet-up, we made it there an hour early. Arriving early is sort of a Fitzsimons tradition.

Classes start Monday. Good luck, Hayden.

Taking A Critical Look

Cool shades, nice scrubs, a smug smirk, and a sign making an unsubstantiated claim. That is all that’s needed for some people to share the image we see on the right on social media.

Other than a case of apostrophe-itis, everything is spelled correctly. And it doesn’t appear, to my eyes, that the sign was altered to display the “don’t get vaccinated” message. There are certain red flags that you should notice.

First, anyone can put on scrubs and hold a sign. The people sharing this image all across the internets provide no evidence of who the person is and that the message is truthful.

There’s a reason healthcare workers dressed like this around Covid patients. And it’s not to look cool.

We are given no proof this person is a doctor or a nurse. Don’t assume she’s a doctor or a nurse just because of the scrubs. From my admittedly limited experience with hospitals and clinics, it seems everyone who works in those places wears scrubs. This person could indeed work in a hospital or clinic. In the mail room, at the front desk, in record keeping.

But let’s assume the sign isn’t a lie and that the woman is a doctor who works in the ICU with Covid patients. And let’s assume she is unvaccinated. I think it’s a sure bet that she was geared up in full personal protective gear for those 573 days.

Next item: Who is Stew Peters? I didn’t know either until I just did a Google search on him. He’s a podcaster and anti-vaxxer. Recently websites that aren’t exactly the most reliable for news, their pages are filled with anti-vax and Fearless Loser was the victim of a stolen election (he wasn’t) stories, have reported the Stew has been banned from Twitter. No other reputable news sites have even mentioned Mr. Peters.

Well, the same people who would jump on sharing the image of the smirking scrubs-wearer with an immune system might also hurry to share links to Stew’s bullshit story about a German doctor finding horrific stuff in Covid vaccinated people’s blood.

Although it is possible a podcast can break a big story, this hots’s anti-vax stance should raise an eyebrow.

Really? Horrific stuff. Nearly 5 BILLION doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered worldwide. If there were horrific stuff in the blood, horrific side effects, we would hear about it. We heard about the six women who developed blood clots due to the Johnson & Johnson Covid Vaccine. But we’re only hearing about this horrific blood stuff on Stew’s podcast.

It is possible for a podcast to break news, but, judging by Stew’s anti-vax nature, I am gonna list this as bullshit.

Speaking Of Bullshit

I’ve been noticing lately that on CNN the word bullshit has been used more often without being censored. Last week, Don Lemon called bullshit on Gov. Ron DeathSentence (R- Florida) and his anti-mask stance. I found it refreshing.

Call it what it is. Bullshit.

I mentioned James Lipton and his fawning interviews with actors and his asking them their favorite curse word. I also mentioned the Mr. Show sketch that parodies Lipton very mercilessly.

The Field Of Dreams Ballgame Was Pretty Great

I didn’t get to watch much of the game live. I did watch the highlights and the entire ninth inning on YouTube. It was a regular season game, but it definitely had a playoff atmosphere. The capacity crowd of about 8000 and the viewers at home were treated to a very entertaining game. It had plenty of big hits, a couple lead changes, a thrilling come from behind pair of homers to take the lead in the top of the ninth, and a dramatic walk off home run. Major League Baseball and Fox Sports couldn’t have asked for a better contest.

Yes, it involved the Hated Yankees, but they lost to the Chicago White Sox while giving fans a great show. That’s good for baseball. You can watch that thrilling ninth inning here.

A Dimland Radio ARGH!

“Derp. Derp. What’s on Twitter? Derp. Derp.”

The seats for the Field Of Dreams game were very, very expensive. And look at what the young fellow in the picture (circled along with a woman who gets it) was doing when White Sox player Tim Anderson hit the game winning home run.


Mask up! GET VACCINATED!


Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Desperately by Don Williams and She Never Said by The Church

Second ad break bumpers: Isolated Case by The Vapors and Drinking With An Angel 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 Apple Podcasts! 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 8-14-21 show notes

My Pillow Guy Is Heading For A Breakdown

“Was the election stolen or am I crazy?”

Late night talk show hosts have been having a lot of fun ridiculing the off his rocker pillow magnate Mike Lindell. He’s an easy target and worthy of ridicule for his conspiracy mongering that the 2020 Presidential Election was stolen by the Chinese using the Dominion voting systems and probably alien technology or some other wacky QAnon nonsense.

Of the more than 150 million votes cast for president, I think Lindell believes that Fearless Loser really got 149 million of them. Mike would probably sleep even more soundly with the Orange Conman installed as king than he does on one of his My Pillows. Long live the king!

At his recent Cyber Symposium, Mike said he would reveal the “evidence” of the stolen election. The event just revealed that Mike is nuttier than kumquat. And, I think he is close to a mental breakdown. I don’t think the My Pillow Guy is going to end well.

Waitaminute… You’re Superman!

They could be twins!

The other morning I bumped into a neighbor of mine. We were both masked up, but were able to recognize each other almost immediately.

It was then that I realized there is no way people wouldn’t recognize that Clark Kent as Superman. No way a pair of glasses and combed back hair would be enough to fool anyone. This revelation has made me question everything I’d always accepted about comic books.

Well, actually it hasn’t, but it did send me on a long examination of secret identities and disguises in comic books. More than just ones facial features would need to be disguised. There’s body shape, posture, movements, the voice, and speech patterns that could all give away the secret identity.

Invisible Girl, You Are A Woman Now

Invisible Girl

In 1961, the world was changed forever when the newly christened Marvel Comics introduced the superhero group The Fantastic Four. The world met Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), the Thing (Ben Grimm), the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), and the Invisible Girl (Sue Storm).

Sue Storm battled along side her team mates against the likes of Magneto, the Mole Man, Galactus, and Dr. Doom. She helped save the world countless times. She married Reed, had a child, and had a heartbreaking miscarriage of her second pregnany. She faced all those hardships and challenges and still she was called the Invisible Girl.

Fantastic artist: John Byrne

In 1985, artist/writer John Byrne decided it was time to make Sue a woman. First, she had to go through some horrible psychological manipulation at the hands of Hate-Monger and Psycho-Man. She triumphed and declared she was no longer the Invisible Girl. From that day, 24 years after she was first published, forth she would be known as the Invisible Woman!

You go, girl! Er, um… I mean woman!

John Byrne Is An Atheist And Didn’t Get Prayed Away

Unless God is taking His time ridding the world of atheists, it appears the Facebook promoted Global Prayer to End Atheism didn’t work. I’m still here and still don’t believe in invisible sky deities.

See the atheism symbol he’s wearing?

And it appears John Byrne, the man who made the Invisible Girl a woman (he also gave her a horrible mullet), also hasn’t disappeared and, I assume, is still an atheist.

“Byrne! I will get you for giving me this horrible haircut!”

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: They Ain’t Bottomless

Try as I might, I couldn’t find the ad or an image from it to post here. Was it a fever dream? I’m sure I saw it on the YouTube. It was an ad that played just before what I wanted to watch. (I hate the ads, but I ain’t paying for YouTube!) So, I don’t have a screen capture or a link for you. You’ll just have to ask my word for it.

The ad is for Red Robin restaurants’ bottomless steak fries offer. The ad is picking up on the whole working from home and using Zoom for meetings, which allows for business up top/home casual down bottom attire. And the ad was suggested the two people in their ad were bottomless.

Except one was wearing basketball shorts and the other yoga pants. That ain’t bottomless! You want to see bottomless? Check out Julianne Moore in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts. (Warning! This link is not safe for work. There is nudity.) That’s bottomless!

Cool Thing: More YouTube Reaction Videos

I enjoy watching people discover the music I like. (What do I care if someone likes a song I don’t?)

There is one thing about these reaction videos, other than the possibility the YouTuber is pretending they don’t know the songs: I have yet to see a negative reaction. There might be a “I liked it, but I wasn’t blown away” reaction, but never a “that sucked” reaction. There might some out there. I just haven’t found them yet.

Here are three reactioners worth checking out:

Andy & Alex: The out of rhythm bobble headers who have come closest to not liking a song, but still gave it a C grade.

Jay & Amber: A couple who really enjoy hearing new stuff.

Call Me Caroline: Caroline is a singer from Australia and she is doing a reaction series listening to The Beatles. She is listening to each of their albums in order of release. She admits she knows some of the songs, but there is plenty she hasn’t heard. She is delightful to watch react.

We Are About To Become Emtpy-Nesters

Our son is going off to college this coming Thursday. Where the hell did the time go?!


Mask up! GET VACCINATED!


Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths and Man On The Corner by Genesis

Second ad break bumpers: Crosseyed And Painless by Talking Heads and The Queen And The Soldier by Suzanne Vega

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

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

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