dimland radio 3-27-21 show notes

Two More

On last week’s show, I mentioned personally knowing five people who have tested positive for the Covid. I don’t know anyone who has died due to the pandemic, for which I am glad.

Well, I can add two more people to the list. My wife’s brother and his wife both have the dreaded disease. He ended up in the hospital.

Fortunately, he is now home. He has some recovery time ahead of him, but he’s alive.

Cool Thing #1: My Wife And My Friend And The Covid Vaccine

Minutes apart from each other, both my wife and my friend contacted me to let me know they had set up their first dose of the vaccine. They had both received an email from our insurance company (my friend has the same insurance company as my wife and I) inviting them to make the appointment. They both told me to check my email…

Nothing.

Sure, I may be older than both of them and work outside the home, but they get the invite and I don’t. My friend works at home. My wife is between jobs.

I see how I rate.

Actually, I am very pleased and excited. This means the circle is expanding and my turn will come soon. Jesus! It better.

Cool Thing #2: The Sound Of Mars

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

In February (I’m a little behind), NASA released the first ever audio recording of the sound of another planet! A sound that is at the same time both familiar and exotic.

It’s the sound of wind.

WIND ON ANOTHER PLANET!! GOD DAMN! THAT’S COOL!

The Story Of The 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” Scandal

The baseball season is just days away and I’m pretty excited about it. I thought I would tell the story of the 1919 World Series, in which eight players of the heavily-favored Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing the Series and losing on purpose to the Cincinnati Reds, to celebrate the return of the greatest game ever.

The information I related came mostly from Ken Burn’s Baseball, but there were a couple other sources. One of which has adjusted the story that has always been told, breaking a couple myths of the scandal. Oh, the fellows definitely cheated, but the motivation was more nuanced.

I also realized something I hadn’t noticed on previous viewings of Ken Burns’ documentary. Two of the “talking head” contributors attempted to excuse or at least soften the cheating of those “dumb farm boys.” I called bullshit on that. They cheated. They may have been naive in thinking they wouldn’t get caught, or, if they did, they wouldn’t get more than a slap on the wrist, or that the gamblers would play square, but they knew what they were doing.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Prisoners (2013)

A pretty good movie about two families whose youngest daughters go missing and one of the fathers (Hugh Jackman) goes a little too far in taking the law into his own hands. It’s a dark movie with good performances all around. It asks interesting questions about how far a parent would be willing to go to save their child.

It’s very much worth watching, but there is a scene near the climax of the film in which the main police detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) on the case needs to get somewhere in a hurry. He races along winding country roads, in the rain. He gets to a more urban area with more lanes and more traffic. He was driving his unmarked police car as he weaves in and out of traffic, nearly hitting several cars.

My pedantry briefly took me out of the movie because of something he didn’t do.

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe. WEAR A MASK!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: All Those Years Ago by George Harrison and Go! by Tones On Tail

Second ad break bumpers: Electric Lash by The Church and Waltz The Halls by Game Theory

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 3-20-21 show notes

The Yoleus

A tale I didn’t get to on last week’s anniversary show was about the opening theme music of Dimland Radio. It’s called Ram and it’s by Minneapolis alt rock band The Yoleus. My friend Dave was the guitarist for the band and he gave me permission to use one of their tunes.

Originally, the opening song was Ahead by the UK punk/post punk/art punk band formed in the late 1970s Wire. I got to thinking about a year into doing the show that there might be licensing problems using that song. Luckily, I knew Dave and he hooked me up.

Unfortunately, the link to the song I have used for the last ten years is gone. Here is a short clip of The Yoleus playing live. It’s not the same tune, but it will give you a flavor of what the band was like.

And there’s the outro music of the show. Again, it features Dave on lead acoustic guitar. It also has my friend Richard on mandolin and me on a twelve-string acoustic guitar. The song is called Angler’s Treble Hook. It’s our version of the traditional blue grass song Fisher’s Hornpipe. Our version is slowed down to be more ballad-like (and easier for me to play).

Z Talk Radio’s Server

Last week, I mentioned part of the reason I don’t do live show anymore is because of occasional server problems. I figured prerecording the shows would eliminate those issues. Weeeeeell, ironically, when I attempted to play last week’s show in its usual time slot, the server wouldn’t let me.

So, last week’s show was download only.

The server problems appeared to be ironed out. I could do all those things I couldn’t do last week. BUT! The server still wouldn’t let me play last night’s show, so it too is a download only show.

What will next week bring?

The Car Wasn’t Quite Fixed

Problems with our car persisted and it ended up back at the dealership getting more repairs. The $90 it cost in the first round of repairs was just too good to be true, I guess.

It’s running now.

What will next week bring?

The Cat Is Sick

Poor kitty.

Our kitty overheard that the Covid relief money we received was a third more than expected. “Oh, really?” she said, “Well, you can just break off that third for me.”

A very expensive vet hospital visit later and we learned she has inflammatory bowel disease. We have meds to give her, but they are pills. Ever try getting a pill into a cat? All pet meds should be in liquid form.

I explained the difference between pet people and not pet people. I am a not pet people. My wife is a pet people. Sigh.

Don’t get me wrong. I love our kitty. I just know this isn’t going to end well. Or cheaply.

She may improve.

What will next week bring?

My Friend And Masks. Again.

Look, I don’t have the energy or time to write it all up here.

I’ll summarize it this way:

The argument in this meme is stupid.

Are gun carriers constantly shooting their their guns 24 hours a day? No? Well, people breathe constantly. Your point is a stupid one. Wear a mask, maskhole!”

Masks work. (It should be pointed out the mask wearer in the meme needs to cover his nose. Little known fact: The nose is connected to the lungs.)

Dr. Fauci, an immunologist, knows what he’s talking about.

The Eye Doctor vs the Immunologist debating masks and infectious disease. Hmm. Which one carries the bigger stick here?

Sen. Rand Paul, an eye doctor, is a grandstanding mask politicizer, who had Covid. Which is something the senator has in common with his favorite president (Fearless Loser) and my friend, who both also had Covid.

I agree with Pres. Biden and Dr. Fauci on how to handle the pandemic. And they haven’t had Covid.

Neither have I.

Interesting how the mask politicizers have had the Covid, isn’t it?

The Boss’s Wife And The Gish Gallop

Ugh. I spoke to my boss’s wife the other day and she rolled out her well-rehearsed Gish Gallop on me on the pandemic, the economic slowdown, lock downs, Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates, who is really gonna pay for the Covid relief, why can Walmart stay open while the restaurant next door has to close, the vaccine is a therapeutic not a vaccine, masks will be mandated forever, it’s all about control, the Covid death numbers can’t be trusted, hospitals get paid more for Covid cases, if you don’t think illegal immigration is a problem why do you lock your doors, The Who‘s song Baba O’Riley is the greatest rock song ever…

Ok. She didn’t make that last claim. I just threw it in there to see if you were paying attention. If she had, she would have been right, of course.

And the Gish Gallop being what it is, I couldn’t even begin to refute or explain every claim, so she thinks she’s won the day.

She did make one claim that I was later easily able to refute. She said that Bill Gates and Dr. Fauci went to school together, as though that’s some kind of evil thing. A less than two minute search of Wikipedia put that to rest. Assuming she meant college, Gates went to Harvard University (he dropped out after two years) and Dr. Fauci went to the College of the Holy Cross (for his BA) and Cornell University (for his MD). And Fauci is 15 years old than Gates.

But then Wikipedia could also be in on the conspiracy.

The Who And Humorous Tales Of My Ringtones

I use three Who songs for my ringtones: Baba O’Riley for general calls, My Wife for my wife, and 905 for my son.

The ringtones have led to some confusion and nearly had me looking like a crazy old man.

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe. WEAR A MASK!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Teacher Teacher by Rockpile and Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by The Police

Second ad break bumpers: Every Word Means No by Let’s Active and Nothing Turns Out Right by The Mighty Mofos

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 3-13-21 show notes

Happy Anniversary!

It was on March 13, 2010, a middle-aged internet radio novice made his first timid steps to do a show called Dimland Radio.

It was me!

At the time, Z Talk Radio was filled with paranormal promoting programs and the online chat rooms were filled with people ready to believe. There was one skeptical listener and commenter in the chat rooms.

It was me!

I became somewhat of a skeptical gadfly, but a likeable one. Soon it was suggested that I do a show on the network. That I become Z Talk’s resident skeptic. It took some time and some convincing, but I decided to do it. And now it’s been 11 years! And Dimland Radio is Z Talk’s longest running show. By far.

I’m just that stubborn.

Dimland Radio’s Very First Topic

The first topic on that first show, after I did all my acknowledgements and thank you’s, was the children’s Saturday morning cartoon show that first aired in 1969: Scooby Doo, Where Are You!

It was a good place to start because, for most of the many incarnations of the show following the exploits of Scoob and the gang, the main lesson was that the answer to all those mysteries was never magic. The scary monster or fiend always turned out to be something mundane. Most often it was just someone in a costume trying to scare people off some property. One mystery it was a robot run amok, but, advanced though it was, the robot wasn’t magic.

Even through the blight of the annoying character of Scrappy Doo, the show remained a primer for skepticism. There was a stumble or two in the later years when the g-g-g-ghosts were real, but for the most part Scooby Doo remained a beacon of skepticism.

Not Just Dimland Radio’s Anniversary

This week in March marks other less auspicious anniversaries.

It’s been a year since the World Health Organization declared there to be a world-wide pandemic.

It’s been a year since the NBA announced it was suspending its season due to the pandemic.

It’s been a year since the Minnesota Skeptics have held an in-person meet-up. We’ve been rocking the Zoom ever since.

It’s been a year since I’ve hugged my mother.

It’s been a long year, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The Clash Of Skeptics And Believers

Some professional skeptical investigators are liked by believers. The believers think those skeptics have open minds, are respectful, kind, understanding, and always willing to get to the bottom of a mystery. I strive to be the same way, except I’m strictly amateur.

Sometimes, and one might say inevitably, the kind and respectful skeptics run afoul of the believers.

It’s an old skeptical saw to ask why we never see headlines proclaiming: “Psychic Wins Lottery… Again!” The believers’ response is often, “Oh. It doesn’t work that way.”

How unfortunate for the psychics.

Sometimes, especially after tragic events, skeptics wonder aloud, “Why didn’t the psychics warn about this? Why didn’t they prevent this from happening? What good are they?!”

“Oh. It doesn’t work that way.”

Humph!

Close, but it would be more accurate to say, “Oh. It doesn’t work.”

And then the believers get upset.

The Clash Of A Z Talk Psychic And A Z Talk Skeptic

I haven’t talked about this encounter since it happened. But, with the passing of time, I thought I would talk about the incident on its nearly 11 year anniversary.

First, I will state this unequivocally: I believe the psychic in this story, who shall remain unnamed, believed in her claimed abilities. She was sincere about them. I do not think she was putting on an act in order to gain fame, money, or importance. She really thought she was psychic. She was a funny, tough as nails, call it like she sees it sort. She didn’t give a damn about what anyone thought about her. She was a bit of a hoot actually and she was quite popular on Z Talk.

However, I do not believe she really was psychic. I’m a skeptic. And there has yet to be anyone to show that ESP or clairvoyance or psychic abilities are real.

The incident began the night before my second show. I took part in a group hang-out on the program that was on Z Talk on Friday nights in those days: Paradigm Shift with Dave and Christy. It was meant to be just a bit of spontaneous fun conversation since the guest for that show was unavailable. A few Z Talkers called in, among them was the psychic and the skeptic.

During the hang-out, the psychic tried to read me. She wanted to know what happened to me when I was 32 years old. Her spirit guides were telling her something important happened to me at that age. I didn’t play along. I didn’t give an answer. I told her that she kept asking me questions. She’s the psychic. Give me answers, not questions.

Not much more came of it that night, but I thought this might be good for my show. I got permission from Dave to use a few audio clips from the conversation, but he didn’t ask what I planned to do and I didn’t tell him. I should have. It might have saved me some grief.

Dimland Radio was done live on Saturday nights in those days with a far more active chat room. I played the clips and suggested that what the psychic was doing looked an awful lot like cold reading to me. That went over… not so well.

When I went off the air and into he chat room for the post show chat, the place was on fire. I had started a whole shitstorm! “Dim! Why are you attacking her?! We thought you were one of the good skeptics!”

The chat room was filled with friends of the psychic, all accusing me of attacking her. She was in there as well, demanding I be disciplined in some way or she would sue. So much for not caring what others thought of her.

I hadn’t thought I was attacking her, but in effect I was. When I realized that, I apologized profusely. The owners of Z Talk went easy on me since I was new to the network and didn’t know the policy of not being critical of fellow Z Talkers without giving them the heads up and opportunity to rebut.

I apologized on the next show and assured everyone that second episode was gone. Erased. Never would it be heard again. I learned and moved on. The psychic left the network a year or so later and, I recently found out, died four years ago.

The St. Patrick’s Day Car Crash Of 2015

In just a few days it will be the anniversary of another event.

It was in the very early hours of the day after St. Patrick’s Day when my family was awakened by the sound of a car crashing into a tree on our boulevard right next to our house. The car narrowly missed hitting our old van that we used to park on the street.

It is a the tale of three very frightened young people, an angry yet apologetic man with a sawed off shotgun, a crashed car, the police, and me in my pajamas.

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe. WEAR A MASK!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: You Took by The Church and Entre Nous by Rush

Second ad break bumpers: Ashes To Ashes by David Bowie and Heat Of The Moment by Asia

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.

Subscribe to Dimland Radio on PodBean!

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dimland radio 3-6-21 show notes

What Did I Say?

Last week I sneaked in a word just as the show was getting under way. It’s the technical term for a certain sex act and I was challenged to slip the word into the show, so I did.

Did you catch it?

Math Is Hard

With the latest COVID relief package making its way through the House and Senate, I thought I would demonstrate that I’m not a mathematician. The demonstration was unintended. I thought I had hit upon something profound.

But, it turned out that math is hard.

And I’m a doofus.

I’m Also Old

My wife was watching the John Hughes teen angst classic Pretty In Pink the other day.

(Lookin’ good, Steff.)

I discovered I had gotten old when my reaction, after watching for a few minutes, was to roll my eyes and tell the kids to settle down and stop being so dramatic. To paraphrase the 1990s philosopher the Fresh Prince: Kids just don’t understand.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Marjorie Taylor Greene

First off, she’s fucked in the head. She is bad for America. She needs to get on some meds.

But…

Funny as the retort may be, by using ironic sexism, going by Biblical logic kooky, QAnon Marge is still right about God creating only two genders. Again, I mean that going by the Bible she’s right. The invisible sky-daddy created the two genders by taking the rib out of the one He made from dust. According to the Bible, which is what the loopy lunatic from Georgia is basing her ideas on, the deity only made two genders.

Of course, we all know the Bible is bullshit, right?

It’s Not True: Praying To The Golden Idol

“If we pray hard enough, our Lord will turn this into a real boy…”

At the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual event at which conservative Republicans gather the air grievances, complain about being oppressed, and strategize on the best ways to not make life better for other people, someone wheeled in a cartoonish statue of Fearless Loser. A golden idol if you will.

The above image of evangelicals gathered around the idol to bless it or pray to it is a lie. It’s a Photoshopped image that originally had the Loser himself as the center of attention. So, yeah, pretty much the same thing.

“We did it! Thank you, God! He’s a real boy!”

Part of me still expects to hear that this golden idol (made in China!) was actually a massive trolling of the conservatives.

Walks Like A Nazi Symbol, Swims Like A Nazi Symbol, Quacks Like A Nazi Symbol…

A hell of a coincidence. But a coincidence.

Initially, my reaction to the shape of the stage at the CPAC event was that it sure did look like one of the several runic symbols the Nazis adopted for their military and governmental insignia. Come on! Look at it! These conservatives are sending a message to their Neo-Nazi base!

Well, not so fast. Let’s remember not to assign malice where human incompetence or oversight or pure coincidence can explain the resemblance.

As the conversation rolled out on my Facebook page, I maintained the willingness to accept the stage design, which looked so much like an odal rune, was simply an amazing coincidence. That it was not intended as a dog whistle.

The odal rune was a symbol used by Nazis in occupied Yugoslavia during World War II. And the othala rune, very similar to the odal rune, was adopted by the National Socialist Movement in 2016 to replace the swastika in order to be “more inclusive and more mainstream.” Neo-Nazis striving to be more inclusive. Riiiight.

Anyway, the company that designed the stage was shocked by the resemblance to the runic symbol that had been ruined by the Nazis. (The Nazis ruined a lot of things. Excepts skulls. Skulls are still cool.) They had not intended to use a Nazi symbol and they weren’t sending any message.

Although, no doubt that some Neo-Nazis have seen that stage and believe they have been given a message.

The Car Is Better?

We had some trouble with the car. The problem was a loose battery cable and the fix was simple and inexpensive. I also replaced the gas cap, which might have been the source of some other weirdness.

But is it fixed? Stay tuned.

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe. WEAR A MASK!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Natural’s Not In It by Gang Of Four and Did You Steal My Money by The Who

Second ad break bumpers: One Step Ahead by Split Enz and How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths

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.

Subscribe to Dimland Radio on PodBean!

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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dimland radio 2-27-21 show notes

Good News

My dad has received his first dose of the Covid vaccine and Mom has her first dose coming on March 9th. This is good. Really good.

The vaccine rollout has been getting better and better now that adults are in charge again. We are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. Still, we need to be careful and keep doing all those Covid prevention practices we’ve been doing over the last 12 months. We’re getting close, but we are not through this yet.

Fan Mail!!!

I found an email in the drdim@dimland.com mailbox. That does not happen very often and it’s mostly spam when it does occur. Well, imagine my surprise and delight when it turned out to be a piece of fan mail!

The email was from a fellow named Bryan who lives in merry old Scotland. He somehow came across Z Talk Radio and would listen to it for his amusement. He found the more credulous Z Talk shows entertaining in their noncritical thinking. Then Dimland Radio interrupted the flow.

Bryan being a skeptic and an atheist liked what he heard and he wanted to let me know.

Thank you, Bryan. You made my week.

Rumors Of My Watch’s Death…

If you thought last week’s story of getting a new couch was riveting (I had two listeners comment on my couch tale), wait until you hear about my watch!

It’s a Wenger Swiss Army Knife design watch, which was given to me as a Christmas present from my brother-in-law more than 15 years ago. And it is one of my favorite things. I really like this watch.

Thursday morning, as I was getting ready for work, I reached for the watch, which was on the end table by my side of the new couch, but I didn’t quite reach far enough. It fell to the floor. To its apparent death.

But did it really die?

A Dimland Radio: ARGH!

Tony Romo’s wife and her shirt-tucking indecisiveness.

My wife tells me it’s called the French Tuck. I call it the mullet of shirt wearing. And I don’t like it. Tuck it or untuck it. Make up your mind!

My Second MRI Procedure In My Life

The first was due to a sudden and sharp headache after lifting something or otherwise exerting myself. My doctor wanted to check inside my head. They found nothing…

…to worry about.

This recent MRI was to check my neck. I had been having pretty severe pain for more than a month. I saw my nurse practitioner, who thought it might my super tight with tension shoulders. She gave me a muscle relaxer, but that wasn’t doing the trick. The pain was still there.

She did recommend that if the pain did not recede, I show go to the osteopathic clinic affiliated with my main clinic. I did that the next weekend and got the MRI. Turns out I have a narrowing between two of the vertebra in my neck and there is inflammation which irritates the nerve and causes the pain.

I’ve been taking a prescribed anti-inflammatory when necessary and doing neck stretching exercises each day and I have been mostly pain-free since then. On Tuesday, I will be getting an injection in my neck. Should be fun!

Spoiling A Netflix Documentary Series

Elisa Lam acting strangely.

Earlier this month, Netflix posted a new four-part documentary series about the (spoiler!) accidental death of Elisa Lam. The series is called Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel and it is infuriating.

I thought the length of the series was a little bloated and had way too much internet amateur sleuth involvement for my liking. That was the infuriating part. They don’t know what they are doing! They end up anomaly hunting and thinking something terribly nefarious happened, when it a young woman with bipolar disorder who went off her meds, had a psychotic event, and ended up drowning in one of the water tanks on the roof of the hotel. It wasn’t murder, it was an accident. (Spoiler!)

Perhaps the filmmaker wanted the series to be infuriating in order to show the damage inexperienced people can do when they are out of the depths. Watch it at your own discretion.

As I ended my talk I misspoke and said some of the internet sleuths accepted the lid was on the water tank when the maintenance worker discovered Elisa’s body. It wasn’t on. It was off. The misinformation that the lid was on when she was found led to the whole mystery. But it was off (spoiler!). I misspoke. I meant to say it was off.

Misspeaks happen.

Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe. WEAR A MASK!

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Tony’s Theme by Pixies and Eye In The Sky by The Alan Parsons Project

Second ad break bumpers: Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good by Don Williams and Apeman Hop by Ramones

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.

Subscribe to Dimland Radio on PodBean!

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.

Images used under Fair Use.