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 2-22-20 show notes

The SGU’s Experiment

The long-running podcast The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe did an intriguing experiment for the show number 762. It was recorded in front of a live audience in Australia, with the experiment being they did the show as though it was the year 2035. They made no mention of doing something usual, they just did it.

They talked about climate change, asteroid/earth collisions, new technologies and current state of social media. And they did it really well. Especially well, when, from what I learn from George Hrab on his Geologic Podcast, you consider they didn’t do loads of prep before recording.

I did not that the group seemed a little amped up. The show mostly flowed as normal, but there was just an increased intensity.


The Dream

As long as I was talking podcasts, I thought I’d recommend this excellent show to my listener. It’s called The Dream and it is in its second season.

The first season had them investigating multilevel marketing scams (MLM for short and don’t call them pyramids). The idea of these business opportunities is to recruit people to sell product (which those people have to but a certain amount to sell) and recruit other people to sell that product and recruit more people and so on. It ultimately doesn’t work. Virtually every person recruited loses money and eventually cuts their losses and quits. Some then get caught up in another MLM.

Season two tackles the wellness industry. They look into diet fads, supplements, alternative medicine, anti-vaccination, and everyone’s favorite vagina-owner Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop.

Both seasons are informative and infuriating.


Expert?! Since When?!

Last week I talked about the “Science” Channel’s new program Curse Of The Bermuda Triangle.

There isn’t any mystery about the particular chunk of the Caribbean. It gets lots of traffic and is prone to rough seas. Ships sink, planes crash, divers drown. Sometimes they are never found. It’s a big area. And it doesn’t suffer more such incidences than other comparable areas of the world’s oceans. There’s no mystery.

Well, there’s one mystery.

I mentioned that I have a friend who is involved in the show. He is introduced as an author and an expert on the Bermuda Triangle. There’s the mystery. He has written a few books. But expert on the Bermuda Triangle? Since when?!

Well, I watched the first episode which focuses on Flight 19, the naval training flight mission which, in December 1945, went off course, got lost, ran out of fuel, and ditched in the ocean. The planes and the men were never found.

It wasn’t as bad as I expected.

When my friend was consulted and he listed the silly… er… I mean paranormal explanations for Flight 19’s disappearance (aliens, “electronic fog”), the fellows weren’t buying it.


Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Radio Free Europe by REM and One Step Ahead by Split Enz

Second ad break bumpers: Straight To Hell by The Clash and Stigmata Martyr by Bauhaus

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 2-29-20 show notes

A Shout Out

I have a new listener! They sent me a nice message and it warmed my heart. Thank you so much.

You can warm my heart too by subscribing to Dimland Radio on iTunes or following on Podbean.

Shameless plug over. On with the show notes.


Don’t Panic. Wash Your Hands.

Just some soap and water and twenty seconds of washing. Frequent hand-washing can go a long way toward hindering the spread of illness.

It’s called COVID-19. It’s a strain of the coronavirus and it’s all the rage now. Everyone is getting it.

Well, not everyone. But of those who do get it 80% will be sick for a week or two, recover, and be fine. That remain 20% may have more serious complications. The fatality rate is about 2%.

Since October, at least 18,000 Americans have died from the flu. Remember SARS? That was also a coronavirus and it’s fatality rate was close to 10%. We survived that.

I’m not telling you to shrug this off. Take it seriously, just don’t panic. Wash your hands. Here’s a link to 13 myths about coronavirus debunked by two pathologists.

However, what does concern me is that the Man/Child in the Oval Office has put VP Mike Pence in charge of America’s COVID-19 response force. Greeeeaaaat. Mr Anti-Science will save the day. The man doesn’t even accept evolution. And we have five more years of this nonsense.

There were a couple other aspects with this whole COVID-19 thing that I talked about. One was that another reason to poach rhinoceros has been discovered. The rhino horn is now being peddled as a cure for COVID-19. It’s not. Rhino horn can’t do shit. Leave the rhinoceros alone.

And, two…

It’s Not True: Corona Beer Has Nothing To Do With Coronavirous

Of course it doesn’t. And despite claims on the internets, no one really believes it does. The notion did give me the opportunity to make a joke at Corona beer’s expense.

Flat Earth Can Hurt

“Mad” Mike Hughes was killed when his latest attempt to determine whether or not the earth is flat went awry. Hughes may not really have been a flat earther, but he was affiliated with a flat earth group who gave him financial support. The association is enough to realize that conspiracy theories taken to extremes can be dangerous, no matter how benign they might seem.

This is why skepticism is important. Rational thought could have prevented this. However, Hughes had the daredevil personality, so I don’t think conspiratorial thought can be held completely responsible. “Mad” Mike would probably still done his rocket launches if he got his funding from a group trying to prove men walked on the moon.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Skeptic vs Cynic

I innocently and gently corrected the misuse of the word cynic by the hosts of the wildly popular Stuck in the 80s podcast. And what do I get?

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Little Red Corvette by Prince and After The Lights Go Out by Urban Guerrillas

Second ad break bumpers: Nothing Turns Out Right by The Mighty Mofos and Diane by Husker Du

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 1-25-20 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 & Tony’s Theme by Pixies
Second ad break bumpers: Houses In Motion by Talking Heads & 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 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.

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