dimland radio 1-4-20 show notes

Happy New Year!
 
I recapped my Pedantic Moment from the last show about whether or not we are in a new decade. Well, we are and we aren’t. We are out of the 2010’s and into the 2020’s, but the second decade of the 21st century still has a year to go.
 
As far as I’m concerned either way you look at it is fine by me.
 
I also touched on New Year’s resolutions.

Pedantic Moment: George Hrab Is Wrong

The awesome George Hrab.

George Hrab, host of the Geologic Podcast, was talking abut this whole decade thing. He was right when he asked, “Who gives a crap?”
 
However, when he said, “When you turn 30, you haven’t finished your 30th year, but you say you are in your 30s,” he was wrong. Think of it as a year of your life being a trip around the sun, which it is. When you are born you start your first trip, when you make it to your first birthday, you complete a trip around the sun and turn one year old.
 
So, when someone turns 30 they have completed their 30th trip around the sun. They have completed their 30th year.
 
Sorry, Geo, but you’re wrong.

Cool Thing #1: MN Skeptics And TPT2
 
 
Back in August, I told my listener that a production crew from the local public television station, TPT2, came out to get video of a meet-up of the MN Skeptics. The MN Skeptics were to be a part of a series of short videos profiling local social groups. It’s part of a series called Minnesota Niche.

Well, the fruits of their labors are available to be seen. Our group’s profile is here.

The MN Skeptics aren’t the only group profiled. There are several, but there is one group that is in strong contrast to us. The Twin Cities UFO Research Group might not want to book their next meet-up at the same place and time as our group. Although it would be interesting.
 
I addressed an assertion made about skeptics in the UFO group’s profile. I gave some of the skeptics’ reasons for reluctance in accepting visitation by some kind of alien species. But, hey, they could be right.
 
Cool Thing #2: Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise Of Skywalker

 

I took my wife and our son to see the final installment of the third trilogy of the Star Wars saga. I loved it! Especially when taken in context with the rest of the films. I think Disney should be commended for producing such an entertaining and enjoyable series.

 
I discovered a series of YouTube videos by CinemaWins. The videos list everything that is great about a given movie. The series is a counterbalance to the CinemaSins YouTube channel that makes videos listing everything wrong with a given movie.
 
I think CinemaWins’ take on the Star Wars films is pretty good. It even has me rethinking my stance on the Prequels. Check out their take on one of the more controversial of the newer Star Wars films.
 

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: Take It Away by Paul McCartney & Rattlesnake by The Replacements
Second ad break bumpers: All Those Years Ago by George Harrison & Voices Carry by Til Tuesday
Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle

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dimland radio 12-21-19 show notes

The Unpleasantness
 

Pres. Donald John Trump has been impeached.

Well, the majority of the House of Representatives voted to impeach him, but there’s an opinion out there that the impeachment process isn’t complete until the Articles of Impeachment have been presented to the Senate.
 
I’m confident the Articles will make their way to the Senate and the Senate will hold a show trial and acquit Donald John Trump. And he will be re-elected. Sorry, that’s just how I see it.
 
I took some time to explain the impeachment process.

Noah Feldman, Barack Hussein Obama, And A Troll On Facebook

A Trump supporting troll took some glee in the technicality law professor Noah Feldman put forward about the impeachment process is not complete yet, because the Articles haven’t been handed over to the Senate. Yet.
 
Folks tried to convince him he was wrong, but he wouldn’t budge and he wouldn’t cite sources. He did mentioned he posted a citation elsewhere on his page. So, I dug and found out about the technicality. I told the troll I accepted the technicality.
 
It took a little convincing, but he realized I wasn’t arguing with him. He apologized, but he had taken exception to my needling by saying he was a Russian bot. I thought we had a breakthrough.
 
But then I put a question on my Facebook page asked why people who insisted on referring to the previous president as Barack Hussein Obama, but weren’t calling the current one Donald John Trump. There were suggestions of racism and Islamophobia.
 
Then the troll reared his head again. Name calling and insulting his way to being unfriended and blocked. I’m sure it made his day.

Mentioned On The Show


This being my Christmas show, I thought I should make some sort of mention of the holiday. So, I mentioned my blog on Warehouse Find, the official blog of Nostalgia Zone. Click here for some holiday cheer.
 
Also mentioned was an op-ed piece posted on Christianity Today’s website calling for Pres. Trump to be removed from office. Click here.
 
Also, also mentioned the Stuck In The 80s podcast did a recent examination of two albums released in 1979: The Clash’s London Calling and Christopher Cross’ debut album. Click here to give the show a listen.
 
It’s Not True: Another Supposed Gotcha From A Moon Landing Conspiracy Nut

 

The photo above was shared and a conspiratorial question was asking about who took the picture of Neil Armstrong descending the ladder to the lunar surface.

 
The answer is very easy and should be obvious. Do you know the answer?
 
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: The Decade Isn’t Over


The ’10s may be about to end, but the decade still has a year to go.

I was moved a bit by an argument suggesting there’s the numerical decade (counting 1 to 10) and the historical decade (counting 0 to 9).

 
Well, I did say the ’10s may be over, but the decade still has year to go. I covering both the numerical and the historical. Aren’t I?
 

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt & Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives
Second ad break bumpers: Silver And Gold by Burl Ives & Christmastime Is Here by Vince Guaraldi Trio
Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle

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dimland radio 12-14-19 show notes

Coincidence?! Yes
 
Rene Auberjonois, Michael J. Pollard, and Carroll Spinney all died within days of each other in the last week or so. No, I’m not going to go on (goon?) about famous people dying in threes. They don’t, people just notice in threes.
 
The coincidence has to do with their deaths and Gilbert Gottfried’s podcast.
 
Nothing earth-shaking, but it’s kinda nifty.
 
Correction: I should note, while getting these notes together, I found out that Pollard had died a couple weeks prior to Auberjonois and Spinney. I hadn’t heard of his death until around the same time as the other two famous fellows. Whoops.

Environmental Activist Greta Thunberg Named Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year

Let the climate change denial tantrums begin!

Before Greta Thunberg was named POTY, climate change deniers were attacking her. Her, but not her message, because she made them uncomfortable. They would say she’s being used by the climate change hoaxers. They will say she’s mental retarded. She’s not. She is on the autism spectrum, that doesn’t mean she’s retarded.

 
She’s making waves and the deniers don’t like it. They can’t refute the scientific facts (well, they can do, but they don’t have the facts on their side), so the attack her.
 
I read portions of two open letters to her. One from an admirer, one from an asshole.

TV Tropes


They can be annoying, TV tropes. They don’t really ruin shows, but I do tend to role my eyes when they pop up. I went over a couple I’ve been noticing.
 
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Humpback Whales & The Crew Of The Enterprise
 
 

The humpback whale population has made a remarkable come back and the maker of the meme above wanted to make a little joke by crediting the resurgence to the bridge crew of the Starship Enterprise. Except…

That’s the crew from Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan not Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which was the movie the crew stole two, actually three, one was pregnant, humpback whales from the 1980s to bring back to the 23rd century.

 
You see, in Star Trek IV, the humpbacks had gone extinct by the 23rd century and a space probe from some unknown civilization was trying to communicate with the disappeared species. So, the crew goes back in time to steal two whales to bring back and tell the probe they’re ok. And, they somehow repopulate the species in the future (three whales are not enough to repopulate the species), not today as the meme maker seems to be suggesting.
 
However…

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: Walking On Your Hands by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry & Epic by Faith No More
Second ad break bumpers: Los Angeles by X & Love Like Blood by Killing Joke
Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle

That’s it! See you next Saturday night for Dimland Radio 11 Central, midnight Eastern on www.ztalkradio.com you can also download my show from the z talk show archives page. You can email your questions and comments to drdim@dimland.com

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dimand radio 12-7-19 show notes

OK, Boom… Er… Um… Hm…
 
   
The above video clip is from the classic TV cop drama Dragnet. It’s from the show’s second run (1967-1970) on television and it shows the two lead characters Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Officer Bill Gannon (Harry Morgan) lecturing a group of teenage boys. They lay into the boys pretty well about true hardship, outrage, and changing society.
 
The video was shared on Facebook as a way of showing how kids today don’t have a clue. And it struck me as ironic when connected with the whole “OK, Boomer” phenomenon. Think about it. Who is being lectured here? The teenagers are Boomers.
 
Every generation thinks the following generations just don’t get it, I guess. And yet we muddle through somehow.

I took a few minutes mentioning how some things have improved since Joe’s sermon. Traffic fatalities are way down. Especially when you compare the number of death as a percentage of the population and the number of miles driven per fatality. Way down!

They even touch on how vaccines have worked. Oh, they don’t say it explicitly. They point out how the kids aren’t familiar with have neighbors having to put their houses under quarantine due to infectious diseases that were far more common when Joe and Bill were kids. Polio is mentioned as a rarity. Mastoid scars are mentioned as being less common. (I had to look that up. Here’s what I found.)

People Do The Dumbest Things

I don’t know if Goop has endorsed this yet, but it’s just stupid enough to be right up their alley. It’s perineum sunning. There are people who will lay up in the sun and position their naked selves in such a way that the sun’s ray will get to where it doesn’t normally shine.
 
Don’t ever underestimate the foolishness of humans. And don’t risk sunburning your naughty bits. It’s dumb.

Joey Skaggs


The whole sunning your butthole story got me hoping it was some hoax being played on the gullible news media. (It still might be, but I’m not certain.) I thought of Joey Skaggs, an artist who made it his mission to fool the news media and expose their shortcomings in vetting some outlandish claims.
 
Skaggs had news outlets believing he ran a brothel for dogs, developed a vitamin using cockroaches, and that he was a priest riding a bicycle with a confession booth on it so he could take people’s confessions on the street. Each hoax would hook the media, they would report it, and then he would let them know they had been hoodwinked.
 
Skaggs is a hero!

Seven Books I Love (Or I’m Fond of)
 
Facebook had a book challenge in which participants were to share the cover of a book they love, without any further comment, and invited others to share their favorites. Here are my seven:
 

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment Bonus: Reading Or Listening

It’s a matter of splitting hairs, I know, but does listening to an audiobook mean that you are reading it with your ears? I don’t think so.

 
Three Cool Things
 

1) The Who’s new album dropped Friday and it’s good. Really good!


2) The documentary that revisits the tragic event in Cincinnati on December 3, 1979, in which 11 kids died trying to get into Riverfront Coliseum to see The Who aired and is available on YouTube. Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and their longtime manager Bill Curbishly are all interviewed in depth for the first time since the accident.
 
3) The Who announced they will be returning to Cincinnati to perform in concert for the first time since that tragic night. The concert, a portion of the proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund that had been set up in honor of three Finneytown High School students who lost their lives in the crush that night, is set to take place April 23, 2020. Cool!

 

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ram‘ by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: ‘Heaven’s Falling‘ by Cheap Trick &Achin’ To Be by The Replacements
Second ad break bumpers: No Self Control‘ by Peter Gabriel & Date With A Vampyre by The Screaming Tribesmen
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 11-23-19 show notes

A Thought Experiment
 
Suppose it is eight years ago. Everything is the same as it was then, except the Ukraine/quid pro quo impeachment situation is happening to Pres. Obama. Same allegations, same evidence, same whistle blower, same everything but it involves Obama and not Trump. Pres. Obama is exactly the same as he was, but for the alleged offenses of enlisting a foreign nation to dig up dirt on his most likely opponent in his bid for re-election in return for financial aid for the military needs of Ukraine.
 
OK? Have you got it?
 
I ask you Pro-Trumpers: Are you going to claim this is all a waste of time and some kind of a witch hunt after Obama?
 
I ask you Anti-Trumpers: Are you going to been calling for the ouster of Pres. Obama?
 
It’s just a thought experiment.

A Dimland Radio ARGH! The Dead Bodies Podcast And Constant Interruptions

I recently stopped listening to the Dead Bodies Podcast, a true crime podcast originating in Australian, hosted by journalists Dee Dee Dunleavy and Sharnelle Vella. I just got fed up. Now, I don’t want to discourage people from listening to this otherwise interesting and entertaining podcast, but the near constant interruptions the two hosts engaged in had me exasperatingly yelling expletives at my iPhone. I kept shouting, “Shut the…
 
Well, I go into more detail on the show.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: America’s Finest?



A Facebook friend and old schoolmate of mine shared this image of a quite fetching female soldier. He included a comment suggesting she is a excellent example of America’s finest. Except, is she American? If you can look past the big gun and the nice buns, you will find a clue as to which army this young woman belongs, assuming she isn’t just a model and is actually a soldier, that is.

In The News
 
I went over several news items (all linked below). An obvious theme emerges.
 
UK’s Music Walk of Fame attraction honors its first musical act.
 
A world famous musician goes under the knife.
 
A new documentary examining an infamous concert tragedy and it’s aftermath 40 years on will air in December.
 
Another world famous musician promotes his new novel by being interviewed and answering most Googled questions.
 
A 1975 film by Ken Russell based on a certain groundbreaking rock opera to be re-released in the UK and a recent review of the film.
 
Another new song from a new album by a certain legendary rock group to be released in December dropped Friday.
 
What did your favorite rock band do this week?!
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment Bonus: First Darth Vader Cosplay

I did refrain from pointing out he typo.

This moment takes place after the show close, so keep listening or go back and listen if you missed it.

 
I realized I ended the show a couple minutes early so I crammed in another Pedantic Moment. In this moment, I refute the claim in the above image that the cosplayer only had his memories of the original Star Wars film in 1977 to go by when making his costume.
 
Well, I list a few other sources he could have gone to in those dark days before the internet.
 

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ram‘ by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: ‘Know Your Rights‘ by The Clash &Everyone A Puzzle Lover by 10,000 Maniacs
Second ad break bumpers: Mea Culpa‘ by Brian Eno & David Byrne & Yacht Dance by XTC
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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