dimland radio 12-4-21 show notes

My Only Regret

My younger brother is standing at the far left. I’m the one in black next the the tiny woman holding a dog. I’m taller than EVERYONE (in the family)!

Actually, I have several, but for the first story of this week’s show let’s just agree I have only one regret.

It was the early 1970s when our parents pawned off all us kids on friends or family, so they could go gallivanting off to California. My younger brother Steve and I stayed with Uncle Gil and Aunt Shirley for a week or two.

I’m the one with the legs.

I was a rather picky eater and one evening, at dinner, Uncle Gil had had it with me turning my nose up at everything. He made a prediction about how Steve, who ate everything, and I would turn out. Uncle Gil’s prediction was that Steve would be much taller than me.

Look at the picture (at top) taken this part Memorial Day weekend.

The regret? Listen to the show.

I also talked about my long legs. They stop just beneath my nipples. A picture of me at age 13 shows off those freakish gams. Can half of the body grow faster than the rest?

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: The Top 100 Plays?

Two great plays made by Byron Buxton of the MN Twins in one game in April, 2021.

It’s something I should probably work on, my pedantry. It does make me roll my eyes and sometimes keeps me from fully enjoying something I would normally love.

For instance, Major League Baseball posted an hour long video to its YouTube channel celebrating the 2021 season. It was a Top 100 video list. I did enjoy it overall, but they titled the video The Top 100 Plays of 2021.

Hmmmm. Is a home run a play? How is Pete Alonzo winning the Home Run Derby a play? What?! Of the five triple plays turned in 2021, only there made the list? And two of them placed in the 90s?!

You see? The pedantry can get in the way. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the video, but I would have enjoyed it more if instead of “plays” they’d call the clips “highlights”. That would have made more sense.

But then I wouldn’t have had a baseball-related pedantic moment.

Paul McCartney Gives Props To The Who

Paul told the other Beatles that they needed to record a song that was “dirtier and filthier and louder than The Who”

Paul doesn’t know which Who song it was, but from what I can find, he is probably talking about The Who’s 1967 hit I Can See For Miles in this video by GQ, in which he gives some background on a few of his songs. Despite not knowing exactly the song to which Pete Townshend was referring to in the music press in 1967, McCartney was inspired by that interview to write Helter Skelter.

As a Who fan, it’s great to hear Sir Paul McCartney talking about competing with the greatest rock band in the world. So often the competition talk is all about The Rolling Stones or The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, more particularly and The Beatles. It’s good to hear a musical genius refer to a much better rock band.

I do make a distinction between pop, blues, and rock bands.

My Spotify Year In Review

With still a month to go in the year of 2021, Spotify has already put out my year in review music and podcast listening stats. I hope they factored in last December’s stats, otherwise it’s not a full year of statistics. See? My pedantry again.

Anyway, Spotify informed of my Top Five Artists of the past year. Can you guess WHO was number one? Yep, Bananarama. They are so much more than Cruel Summer. People just don’t know the greatest of that band…

What am I saying?!

Of course, it’s The Who.

My Top Five Songs are a different matter. Nope, Baba O’Riley did not make the list. I purposefully pick a handful of songs and pop them in the queue. Those songs get plenty of listens by me and it’s fun to see which make the top five.

I go into some greater detail on the show, but here are links to my Top Five Songs of 2021:

#5: Biessensounasc (2018) by Nurnberg, a post-punk revival band from Belarus.

#4: I’m Not In Love (1975) by 10 CC

#3: Ever Present Past (2007) by Paul McCartney

#2: The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins (1968) by Leonard Nimoy

#1: Prisencolinensinanciusol (1973) by Adriano Celentano, a song of gibberish lyrics meant to sound like American English. The song is currently being used in ads for Capt. Morgan’s rum. NPR interviewed Celentano about the song in 2012, click here.


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Mescal Dance by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and Invaders Of The Heart by Cheap Trick

Second ad break bumpers: Tantalized by The Church and Creatures Of Love by Talking Heads

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


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dimland radio 11-27-21 show notes

‘Tis The Season

I hope my listener had a great Thanksgiving and is getting psyched for the rest of the holiday season. I am. Pretty much.

I put the tree up and put out all the usual Christmas decorations. I do this by myself, which is fine, really. I put the tree on the porch and, honestly, there isn’t much room for more than one decorator. Another person on the porch, putting ornaments in the wrong place, would rile me up too much, so sleep in, you sleepyheads!

The sleepyheads in this case are Amy (my wife) and Hayden (our son). Hayden is up from college in Mankato this weekend. It sure is nice to see him, when he comes out of his room to go to raid the refrigerator. Ahhhh, the joys of parenthood.

And he did that thing kids returning from college for a few days often do. He brought his dirty laundry. Ahhhh, even more joys of parenthood.

Tread

We did manage to wrangle an evening out of Hayden. He consented to watching a documentary on the Netflix with the old folks.

Tread, released in 2020, documents the slow descent into madness of Marv Heemeyer, who believed the officials of the small Colorado town of Granby were conspiring against him. During his descent, Heemeyer had acquired a large bulldozer. He did attempt to sell it, but no one was interested.

With the town out to get him and having this piece of heavy equipment on his hands, what was Mr. Heemeyer to do?

Well, while have a schvitz in his hot tub, God told him what to do.

You know, that God fellow is a real asshole. It’s a good thing I don’t believe in Him.

All Of Us

The NIH is sponsoring a major medical research program. The program is called All Of Us and it wants to get at least a million Americans on board. They expect the program to last ten years and to collect a massive database of medical information that can help determine how people get sick or stay healthy, how environment affects their health, etc.

If you’re an American, you can sign up to be part of the program. You will answer surveys, give background information on yourself and your family, and, if you want to, you can give All Of Us access to your medical records (your privacy will be protected) and you can give them a sample of your DNA.

What do you get in return? If you do give a blood and urine sample for DNA processing, you will get a $25 gift card to Target. You, if you want it, can also learn your ancestry and find out if you might be at risk for any disease. And you get the satisfaction of helping to advance medical science.

Click here to learn more.

This is Tom Brady. His BMI indicates he’s obese.

While I discussed the All Of Us program, I mentioned that my BMI has me listed as overweight. That may be correct, but BMI does have some problems. BMI means ‘body mass index’ and it’s a quick way to figure out if someone is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

As I said, it has problems. It doesn’t take into account that muscle weighs about 18% more than fat, a person’s age, race, lifestyle. It’s sort of a one size fits all fat tester. It’s not always accurate. After all, superstar quarterback Tom Brady’s BMI shows him to be obese.

BMI isn’t completely useless. It can provide a quick guide to a person’s amount of body fat, but it shouldn’t be the only guide used. When it indicates someone is overweight, the healthcare provider needs to do more accurate testing to confirm.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: BOGO

Buy one, get one? Well, you’re goddamn right if I buy one, I get one. I mean, I bought that one. I better get it. That’s the deal. When you buy something, you get it. So, right. Buy one, get one.

Now, I know Buy One, Get One means either you buy one and get a second one for free or maybe half price. I know that. It’s shortened for ease of phrasing, to fit better on point of purchase signs, and for the nifty BOGO abbreviation.

But, I wanted to make a joke. Sue me.

Movie Recommendation: The French Dispatch (2021)

I didn’t even know Wes Anderson had a new film in the theaters when my wife and son said they wanted to go see it for my birthday.

That’s funny. I would have thought that, since it was MY birthday, I would get to choose the movie to be seen.

No matter, I, too, am a fan of Anderson’s films. I haven’t seen them all. Yet. But I have seen several and I really like them. They have a quirkiness to them that I like. The characters are offbeat and yet they are also pretty deadpan. And the films are funny.

Anderson also uses meticulous art direction. Every shot, every set, every scene are deliberately planned out. His films are just delightful to look at.

I recommend you check out The French Dispatch.


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Heat Of The Moment by The The and Angels Of Deception by The The

Second ad break bumpers: Let My Love Open The Door by Pete Townshend and Spring Came by The Suburbs

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


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dimland radio 11-20-21 show notes

I’m A What?

“M@&*% F#*{<%! We’re in bed!”

(This show is only available through download. I was unable to upload the show to Z Talk Radio’s server. This has happened before, so I’m sure it will be fixed.)

I do what I can to be a good neighbor. I keep an eye on the neighbor’s houses, report abandoned vehicles, cut the nice older lady next door’s grass and shovel her snow, try to keep our property looking good, and keep my sacrificial ceremonies to our Lord Satan from going too late.

And if I notice a neighbor’s garage door left open I close it. This is something that happened last Tuesday night with the neighbor who lives across the alley from me. I didn’t think I could get it closed while being able to get out of the garage before the door closed, so I decided to call the neighbor.

She answered the phone, not knowing who was calling, and reacted negatively to my calling at 9:30pm.

Covid Update

There is some good news on the Covid front. Pfizer and Moderna have gotten FDA approval to start giving their booster shot to every American 18 and up. You don’t have to be old, have a health condition that could put you at risk of having Covid complications, or be a frontline heathcare worker. You just need to be at least 18 and be six months from getting the initial vaccination jab or jabs.

Pfizer and, in Europe, Merck both have a drug that can help fight a Covid infection. The medication is an antiviral that is effective against Covid. If someone gets the Covid they can get the medication and it can reduce hospitalization and death.

That’s good! But here in Minnesota the infection rate has been on the rise. It seems that it’s the Delta variant taking hold in Minnesota.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: A Duck, A Rooster, And A Sheep Go For A Balloon Ride

“Hey, Rooster! History This Week said we don’t have wings.”

In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers put a duck, a rooster, and a sheep in the basket of their hot air balloon. They wanted to see if living, breathing creatures could breathe when aloft. It was the beginning days of flight (or floating in air) and it wasn’t certain there would be enough air to breathe up there. So, the livestock was loaded into the basket.

They survived the flight.

The podcast History This Week related the story and the host said something about wings. She needs to take a closer look at ducks and roosters.

Did That Army Really Disappear? Did It Exist?

The book is filled with excellent spot illustrations.

I went back into the pages of Strangely Enough to see what I could find about another of my favorite stories. In December, 1939 (or 1937 depending on the source), in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) 2,988 Chinese soldiers (known as the Nanking Battalion) completely disappeared.

Colonel Li Fu Sien commanded the troops stationed along the river outside Nanking (present day Nanjing) to protect against an impending attack by the Japanese. Their main mission was to keep a bridge from being captured by the invading army.

Mere hours after he completed his inspection of the nearly 3,000 troops., the Colonel received word that all contact with the battalion had been lost. He went to investigate and found all 2,988 soldiers had disappeared. The heavy guns were still in place. Campfires were still hot, but the men were nowhere to be seen.

None were see to sneak over the bridge to surrender to the Japanese. None were seen to desert through the battle stripped fields. None were ever seen again.

Space aliens? Parallel universe? Polar vortex? A myth?

Yeah. It’s that last one.

Indy Had No Affect On The Plot Of Raiders?!

“How can I not affect the outcome of this movie?”

Dana Gould has said it. The nerds on the unfunny (to me) Big Bang Theory said it. I’m sure others have said it. Said what?

If Indy hadn’t been involved, the Nazis would still have found the ark, taken it to that island, opened it, and died.

I thought of a couple things that Indy may have affected, but… hmmm.

NERDS!

Anyway, this YouTuber says that’s not the point of the Indiana Jones movies. Indy never ends up with any of the items he goes after, but he always gains something more important.


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Infected by The The and Chardonnay by Game Theory

Second ad break bumpers: Move Me by The Woodentops and Skin Deep by The Stranglers

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


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dimland radio 11-13-21 show notes

Halloween Is Over

My siblings all had good turnouts for their Halloween candy handouts. Amy and I did manage to more than double last year’s 11 kids. But not by much.

We got 23. I was a bit disappointed. But, hey! We have plenty of leftover candy.

Boosted!

It wasn’t much of a tale. I scheduled an appointment at Walgreen’s, showed up, filled out a couple forms, and got the booster jab. Easy as cake.

There was that brief power glitch…

A Dimland Radio Science Zero: Aaron Rodgers

You know, Aaron, those pads and helmet aren’t 100% effective, but I bet you’re glad you were wearing them.

Star quarterback for the Green Bay Packers was caught in a lie. He had been lying about having been vaccinated against Covid. And he carried on as if he had been vaxxed, putting myself and others at risk of getting the virus.

And he got Covid. Oh, he’ll be fine. He’s healthy and he has a homeopathic “doctor” and he listens to world renown medical science expert on infectious diseases Joe Rogan (two-time Dimland Radio Science Zero). And now Kaaron, as he’s being called, is complaining that his lying is getting him “cancelled” by the “woke mob”.

Skeptic Rebecca Watson weighed in on Rodgers’ Kaaron-ness. Click here to hear her take.

A Dimland Radio Science Hero: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reacts to being named a Dimland Radio Science Hero.

Aaron Rodgers might not get it, but basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar does. He wrote a scathing opinion piece on the Green Bay QB’s lying about being vaccinated. Kareem believes Aaron’s selfishness not only put other at risk, but damaged the reputation of all athletes, setting back the gains they have made over the decades in moving away from the big, dumb jock image.

Read his opinion piece here.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: You Like To Cook? Really?

The History Channel has a really good podcast called History This Week. It’s a weekly podcast that focuses on historical events. It’s excellent. It’s actual history, not ghost hunters or ancient aliens or dudes rummaging through old barns for valuable antiques. Actual history. Who’d a thunk it was possible the History Channel would deliver actual history?

Anyway, during an ad for Hello Fresh, the host asked her producer to relate his experience with the meal provider. He claimed to like to cook, but said he felt intimidated if a recipe had more than two or three ingredients.

He likes to cook? Really?

The Lost TV Signal Mystery Solved

When I was in grade school, I picked up a copy of C.B. Colby’s Strangely Enough, the abridged version. Strangely Enough is filled with creepy stories of ghosts, haunted places, hidden treasure, mysterious disappearances, and appearances. The stories are more than likely urban myths, but they are presented uncritically as though they were true.

As a kid, I ate it up. I believed every story. A seventh grade English teacher of mine clued me in on not excepting such stories at face value.

Well, recently, I looked into one of my favorite stories in the book. It’s called the Lost TV Signal. It tells the tale of the identification card of a TV station in Houston, Texas showing up on TV screens in England three years after that Houston station had stopped broadcasting!

How is that possible?!

Space aliens? Parallel universe? Polar vortex? A hoax?

Yeah. It’s that last one.


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: Why Did I Fall For That by The Who and The Beat(en) Generation by The The

Second ad break bumpers: My Mother The War by 10,000 Maniacs and Spring Collection by The Police

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 10-30-21 show notes

Cold Open Replay: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

I decided that since it is Halloweentime I would replay the cold open I did years ago, commemorating the greatness of the Peanuts’ Halloween TV special: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It’s still my favorite holiday special and I can still hear those train whistles and exploding shells in the distance.

Boosters!

My parents got their Covid booster shots last week and so did my wife. I’ll be getting my booster this week. Once I’ve gotten that third jab, I might go maskless in public.

Might.

You can go to the Walgreens’ website and get yourself scheduled for the booster, too.

I also mentioned that the Pfizer Covid vaccine has gotten emergency use authorization from the FDA to be given to kids ages 5 to 11. Get ’em vaxxed!

The 2021 World Series Is In Full Swing

Normally, I am quite excited during the World Series, the greatest championship contest in all of sports. And I am somewhat enthused, but this year’s match-up has me conflicted. Do I root for the cheaters (Houston Astros) and the racially tone deaf (Atlanta Braves)?

I’ve reluctantly decided to halfheartedly cheer for the cheaters. First, there are only a few players left of the team caught cheating in 2017 season. Second, manager Dusty Baker was brought in to move the team past the scandal and put them on a more honest track. And, third, the Tomahawk Chop.

His team may have been cheaters, but this fan gets it.

Throughout this postseason, any time I watched the Braves playing in their home park and I started to feel good about that team, the fans would start that horrible chant and I would remember, “Oh, right. That’s racist.” What’s worse is the chant is sanctioned by the team. The park entertainment folks would start up the chant with the rhythmic drumming piped in and the electronic display banners showing an animated tomahawk doing the chop. They even have a section in the ballpark called the Chop House and it’s sponsored by Coors Light.

It would be one thing if it was just the fans, but the team approves of and encourages the chop, MLB doesn’t step in to stop the chop, and Coors Light sponsors the racist chant.

For fuck’s sake, Atlanta! Pull your heads out of your asses! It’s been 30 years since Native Americans have made it clear the name of the team and the chant are an insult to a whole section of Americans. In 1991, during the World Series between the Braves and the Minnesota Twins, the greatest series ever, Native American groups protested the racism inherent in the name and the chant, but you didn’t listen then and you still aren’t listening. It’s been 30 years!

Of course, this guy was onboard.

Yes, I know, Pres. Jimmy Carter did the chop as recently as 2003. He defended it in 1991. I’m not sure how he feels about it now. The Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Indians have moved away from the Native American stereotypes, it’s time for Atlanta to stop the chop. As this reporter opined last year, it makes the fans look like rubes.

So, I’m halfheartedly rooting for the Astros.

I Saw A Ghost Once

“Oooooo. I’m just a trick of the light.”

It must have been 1974 or 1975. I was 10 or 11 and one night I woke up from a dead sleep to see a human figure standing by the bedroom door. My younger brother and I shared a room then, but he didn’t see a thing. He was still sleeping.

I was certain a person was standing there and I cried out for my parents. They rushed in and turned on the light and POOF! the figure was gone. I’m pretty sure I was awake and it wasn’t a dream. My parents explained that our eyes can play tricks on us, especially in the dark and having just woken up.

It’s a good thing I have the sort of parents who thought of explanations for weird stuff that were of this world, not some kind of fantasy world of ghosts and such. What comfort is it to a kid for a parent to say, “Oooo, you saw a ghost! We live in a haunted house! You must be sensitive to the other world. Quick! Call Chip Coffey! We’ve got a kid to exploit!”?

Of course, Chip and his Psychic Kids weren’t a thing in the mid-70s. And thankfully they’re not a thing now.

It’s Halloween!

We have lots of candy in anticipation of a larger turnout than last year. We can get anywhere from 70 to 120 trick-or-treaters at our door, but during the pandemic (which is still a thing, y’all) Halloween we got 11. I was giving candy out by the handful!

And I picked up two very cool light projection image displays to creep out the kiddies.

One is a spooky tree, the other is a skeletal ghost. Both undulate to give the illusion of spectral floating. They are awesome!

It took some persistence and a bit of luck to get the ghost, but it was worth it!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYBODY!


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: Date With A Vampyre by The Screaming Tribesmen and King Volcano by Bauhaus

Second ad break bumpers: Ghosts by The Jam and Spirits In The Material World by The Police

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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