dimland radio 11-16-19 show notes

A Cave Tour And A Tale Of BS
 
It’s weird how memories pop into your head sometimes. I was cleaning the other night when the memory of a family road trip to California in 1976. (Correction of error on show: I was 13 during the trip, not 11.) Part of that trip included a visit to the Cave of the Winds (yes, that’s what it is called) in Colorado. It was during the tour of the cave when the tour guide stopped the group in a large section and had the lights turned off.
 
It got very, very dark. We were told it was the darkest dark possible. We were also told of a science experiment done in just such an area of complete darkness. The results of which were told as a little joke for the tour group. And, all these years later, it dawned on me…
 
That story was bullshit.

OK, Boomer And The Facebook Troll
 

The Millennials are pushing back at the Baby Boomers’ incessant insults about how they are ruining everything by using the pithy dis, “OK, Boomer.” It’s picked up steam and has begun to show up all over the social media and the phrase has even made it’s way into the New Zealand parliament. 
 
While talking about the dire importance of taking action to stem climate change, New Zealand MP Chloe Swarbrick was heckled by one of the very few attendees to Parliament. Her response was a brief hand wave and a quick utterance of “OK, Boomer” and she continued with her speech.
 
Stephen Cobert also weighed in on the OK, Boomer thing. (Correction of error on show: I said Cobert hosts the Late, Late Show. That is wrong. He hosts the Late Show.)

I posted on Facebook about noticing the phenomenon and a discussion was generated. It quickly led to the predictable response “OK, Boomer” when a FB friend stated the phrase is a form of bigotry. That led to the rise of a troll.
 
I unfriended them and their last salvo was to insult my artistic abilities. The classic move of a troll. I then blocked them. A move that I’m sure made their day. You’re welcome, troll.
 
 
The above statement was shared on Facebook. I refrained from commenting on Facebook, but I did mention on the show that if someone wishes to decry the bigotry of using a stereotypical epithet to describe a group of people, that person also shouldn’t use a stereotypical epithet when doing so.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Russians Storming The Beaches Of Normandy?

 
A great example of why Millennials have adopted the OK, Boomer attitude.

The above meme, other than be an example of a straw man and selection bias, is factually incorrect in its choice of an example of the heroic 18 year-olds of D-Day. That image shows a Russian soldier.

 
“Class, what is wrong about showing a Russian soldier when referencing the invasion of Normandy? Yes, Dim. Can you tell us?”

“Of course, the Russians were fighting the Germans in Eastern Europe. Normandy is in Western Europe, so the Russians weren’t even involved.”

“Very good, Dim. 10 points, Slytherin.”
A Dimland Radio Science Zero: The House Republicans Of Ohio
 
Apparently, “God did it” will be considered an acceptable answer in science class in the state of Ohio. The Republicans in the House of Ohio passed a bill that will allow students to not be penalized for getting incorrect answers on science exams if their answers are religion based. Gee, I wonder which religion that would be…
 
The Ohio Senate is Republican controlled, so this bill has a good chance of becoming law. Might this become  the next separation of church and state case to go to the courts? Will it be the next Dover Panda Trail?
Sir Anthony Hopkins And The No True Scotsman Fallacy

An a la carte Christian (aren’t all of them a la carte?) friend of mine triumphantly shared an article posted in January of this year about how actor Sir Anthony Hopkins turned away from alcohol and atheism and became a Christian.

 
I read the article and followed the links (here to here). I’m not so sure he was ever an atheist.
 
This raises the No True Scotsman fallacy. It’s sort of moving the goalpost by responding when some person does something contrary to the stereotypes of a certain group, in turn putting a lie to the stereotype, that that person never really was part of that group. I know I was coming awfully close to commenting that fallacy.
 
Hopkins may have been an atheist who turned to the Christian god, but I’m not sure. It was the quote below attributed to him, that made me wonder if he had been an atheist.
 
“Being an atheist must be like living in a closed cell with no windows.”
 
Hm. Must be like? Not is like?
 
I would have thought if he had been an atheist he would know what it is like.
 
He was at an Alcoholics Anonymous (a Christian religion-based group) meeting and he was asked, “Why don’t you just trust in God?”
 
I wonder how triumphant my Christian friend would have fell had the actor been asked, “Why don’t you just trust in Osiris? …Zeus? …Odin? …Allah?”

 

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ram‘ by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: ‘Love On A Farmboy’s Wages‘ by XTC &You’ve Got Everything Now by The Smiths
Second ad break bumpers: That’s Entertainment‘ by The Jam & Armageddon Days Are Here (Again) by The The
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 11-9-19 show notes

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: “These Walls Are Sheathed With Lead.”
 
This moment is something I noticed the most recent time I watched the haunted house classic The Legend of Hell House (1973). I watch this movie most Octobers as part of my Halloween month horror movie viewing tradition. Something occurred to me this latest viewing.
My talking about the this pedantic moment meant I had to do quite a bit of spoiling of the movie. I tried not to give everything away.
It has to do with a secret room, electromagnetic radiation, and lead lined walls.
Emeric Belasco in his special room.
Bullshit Defending Bullshit
 

There’s a discussion between two of the characters in Hell House. One is Ms Tanner. She’s a psychic and she gets upset at Dr. Barrett’s skeptical attitude toward her claims. She goes off on a little diatribe and uses the Bible to bolster her argument.

“Yeah, well. The Bible is bullshit, too, Ms Tanner.”

No, Dr. Barrett didn’t say that. I did.

An Item For The Gullible

 

Your cell phone will not hurt your naughty bits. This product is merely an attempt to extract money from the gullible. Just go with Fruit of the Loom or Hanes and stop worrying about cell phones and your junk.
Bride Of Frankenstein Is Not A Horror Film
It is often said that Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) is a sequel that is better than the original – Frankenstein (1931). Weeeeellll, maybe. If you like camp.
I prefer my horror movies to be horror and not camp. Bride just doesn’t work for me. And the biggest reason it doesn’t is Una O’Conner as Minnie.
The camp starts right of the bat with a ludicrously acted prologue meant to catch the audience up on or remind them what had happened in the first film. Then the new story begins. The camp takes a little break when the monster (Boris Karloff) is introduced. The monster is understandably upset and he lashes out at a couple peasants. There is promise that the film could become a monster’s revenge against Frankenstein and the people of the village, but as soon as Minnie encounters the monster all pretenses of horror are dropped.
Watch the clip and note the change in the musical score as the scene goes from horror to camp. And watch the way Minnie reacts to seeing the monster had survived the fire. Her reaction is so cartoonish you will wonder if the movie is a comedy.

There are some interesting characters and nice cinematography, but there ain’t no horror. Just lots and lots of camp.

However, Neil Gaiman loves Bride, so there’s that. 

Cool Thing: Old Hollywood Trickery



How did they do those shots? Were those performers really putting their lives at risk? Didn’t anyone hear the phrase “safety first”?

Well, there was some trickery involved and it’s very clever and cool.
 

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ram‘ by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: ‘Delirious‘ by Prince &Since You’re Gone by The Cars
Second ad break bumpers: All That I Wanted‘ by Belfegore & Love Is A Stranger by Eurythmics
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 11-2-19 show notes

Baseball. One Last Time. (Until Next Season)

The 2019 World Series has concluded and the Washington Nationals are the champions of the baseball world. It was an entertaining series and one for the record books, because not one game was won by the home team. The series went all seven games with four in the Houston Astros’ home park and three in the Nationals’. It has never happened in any American major sport that has a seven game championship series (baseball, basketball, and hockey) where the road team wins all seven games. Never.
 
It has happened where the home team wins all seven games. The Minnesota Twins did it in 1987 and 1991. (I mistakenly said 1992. Yikes! Everyone know the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992. Duh!).
 
And now baseball is over. Sigh.
 
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: But He Did Drop The Beer

It was in the top of the second inning of game five of the 2019 World Series when Yordan Alveraz of the Houston Astros hit a home run that just cleared the wall. A fan was returning to his seat, he had a can of Bud Light (some consider it to be beer and technically I suppose it is) in each hand, and he realized the ball was coming right at him. He didn’t drop the beers or run for cover. He braced himself and the ball hit him in the chest then dropped to his feet.
 
He didn’t spill a drop.
 
Until…
 
He went for the ball. His hands, filled with beer cans, dropped behind the wall as he and two other fans went for the ball.
 
Our hero came up with the ball. But not the beer.
 
A big deal (and a Bud Light commercial) was made out of his not dropping the beer when he was hit by the ball. And it was quite the sight to see, but the beer was eventually sacrificed, so he’s not that much of a hero.
 
 


Inktober 2019. One Last Time. (Until Next October)

 

It came to an end on Halloween. The daily drawing challenge called Inktober was an enjoyable, if sometimes grueling (can drawing be grueling?), way to stretch my drawing muscles. I did pretty well to keep up, I even got ahead a few days when I was in the flow, but I did fall behind on the last day. It was part of the reason there was no show last week. It just got too busy.
 
I mentioned a few of the drawings and I thought you might like to see them. There was the prompt Treasure for which I drew Robert Newton as Long John Silver. (I even recommended watching the 1950 Disney classic Treasure Island.) The prompt Ancient brought the film The Exorcist (1973) to mind, which gave me the opportunity to join some others of the Inktober group in drawing naughty bits. And there was the prompt Dark, which I think inspired my best drawing of the month. I drew the hands of Boris Karloff as the monster in the Universal horror classic Frankenstein (1931).

I was really happy with those hands, but Facebook gave it a resounding “Meh.” And then Facebook really seemed to like what I though was my weakest drawing of the month. It was for the prompt Injured that I drew a scene from the film Misery (1980). I just don’t think it worked very well.

I also mentioned the final drawing of the month. The prompt word was Ripe and I went with a scene from the 1978 remake of the sci-fi horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Here are the drawings for your viewing pleasure:
 
Day 21:Treasure
 
Day 23: Ancient
 
Day 26: Dark

Day 29: Injured

Day 31: Ripe
 
It Ain’t Easy Being A Skeptic

There is so much magical thinking and myth believing, and the spreading of such thinking, in the world it makes getting through the day as a skeptic difficult. My wife gets exasperated whenever I point out myths and errors in people’s logic. “Can’t you enjoy anything?!”
 
I gave a few examples.
 
There is no such thing as a sugar high.
 
Police detectives do not develop a sixth sense about when they will get called in on a case. It’s called confirmation bias. They forget all the times they thought they might get called in and weren’t, but remember the couple of occasions when their premonition proved correct.
 
And, no, Edgar Allan Poe was not thought of, at the time he died, having “a good long life” when he met his demise at age 40. 40 was not considered old in 1848, the year Poe died. It’s true life expectancy at birth was approximately 38 years in those days, but that’s because infant mortality rates were so high back then.
 
If a man lived to age 40 in 1850, as was about what Poe lived to be, his life expectancy was 66 years. No 40 year old in 1848 was considered old, except by kids maybe. People would having been saying the same thing we say today when we learn someone died at age 40:
 
“Too young.”

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ram‘ by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: ‘Erica’s Word‘ by Game Theory &Let’s Get Married by Celibate Rifles
Second ad break bumpers: Away‘ by The Feelies & 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

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dimland radio 10-19-19 show notes

In The Flow

Athletes call it being in the zone. Creatives (musicians, writers, and artists) will call it being in the flow. And I’m sure there’s a similar state for people pursuing other not necessarily creative or athletic endeavors.
 
It’s a mental condition in which everything is working. You’re hitting those long shots, getting just the right words, or, as in my case, the images are just pouring from your pen.
 
This past Wednesday night as I was getting ahead of schedule in the Inktober daily drawing challenge I was in the flow. Below are the results.
 
Day 17:Ornament
 
 
Day 18:Misfit
 
 
Day 19:Sling
 
 
Day 6: Tread

And for the hell of it, I mentioned the drawing for Day 16’s prompt of Wild, so here’s that one.
 
 
Christopher Columbus: An Exaggerated Evil


I may be stepping into some controversy here, but I don’t think Christopher Columbus is the most evil man in the world. Should he have a national holiday? No. Should he be humanized and have his deeds put in perspective? Yes.
 
I will direct you to this video by Knowing Better. The host corrects some errors and misinformation that has been spread about the explorer who certainly had an impact on the world, for good and bad. I think Knowing Better makes a good case for setting the man in historical context.

A Dimland Radio ARRGH! Isn’t Regular Yoga Bullshitty Enough?
 
First there was yoga, a relaxing, meditative, no impact, stretching and strengthening exercise. It has its bullshit baggage, but if you can ignore all that it’s a decent way to exercise. But, then came:
 
Mommy and Baby Yoga. Puppy Yoga. Cat Yoga. Goat Yoga. Llama Yoga. If you prefer not to involve a baby or an animal in you stretching, there’s Yoga in a Himalayan Pink Salt Room. Hot Yoga. Ariel Yoga.
 
Not quite the marketing nonsense that strikes your fancy?
 
Well, now there’s Rage Yoga! Yoga in which you shout, swear, and rock out to some screamin’ guitar solos. I wonder what the next yoga marketing scheme will be. Underwater Yoga? Yoga in a Treehouse? Honey Badger Yoga?
 
As my wife said when hearing about Rage Yoga, “Shut up and do your stretches!”
 
Movie Recommendation: Joker (2019)


Amy, Hayden, and I saw Joker last Sunday. We really liked it. It’s not your typical comic book movie. It’s a character study of a man named Arthur Fleck who is dealing with mental illness and tries to fit in with a society that doesn’t take much notice of him. When it does it is to crap on him. He is slipping deeper into his illness. Society is also breaking down, mirroring Arthur’s descent.
 
Joaquin Phoenix was the perfect choice for the role. His performance is terrific. We may have another actor receiving the Oscar for playing the Joker.

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ram‘ by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: ‘Walking And Falling‘ by Laurie Anderson &And I Moved by Pete Townshend
Second ad break bumpers: Seconds‘ by U2 & Throw Your Arms Around Me by Hunters & Collectors
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 10-12-19 show note

Pinstripe Fever. Yes, Again!


In last week’s show notes I wrote that I smelled a sweep coming. I was certain the New York Yankees would beat my Minnesota Twins in three games and they did. I explored my reasoning for believing the good guys would be once again bounced out of the post season by the Evil Empire. Both my emotional and rational reasons.

Now, I’m no expert on baseball, but I did far better predicting the results of the ALDS than the local sports talk radio guys did. All of them had the Twins winning the series. Naively optimistic fools.

With the series over and the frustration still fresh, a clever internet person created a video that really sums up the post season woes the Twins have dealt with this century at the hands of the Hated Yankees. Click here to see it.

And I blogged about it here.

Inktober, It’s Not Just About The Likes

Well, of course, it isn’t since I’m barely getting any. I think I’m producing some nice drawings for the month-long event. I’m pleased with most of them anyway. A few more likes would be nice though.

The Inktober Facebook group posted a list of 31 prompts to get internet artists something to draw each day of the month of October. I decided to stick with a horror, scary theme (mostly) for my drawings and to further narrow the scope by making each drawing be a scene from a horror (mostly) movie.

I mentioned a few of them, so I’d better post them:

Day 1: Ring
 
Day 3: Bait
 
Day 5: Build
 
Day 6: Husky
 

Day 10: Pattern

 

Not bad for fairly quick drawings done in ballpoint pen.

A Dimland Radio Pedant Moment: How Many Arms?
 
Not so much a moment of pedantry, more a spotting of a continuity error. In the 1995 movie Se7en, a bleak film about the hunting of a serial killer using the Seven Deadly Sins of The Bible to inspire the murders, I spotted an error of continuity. It was while I was working on a drawing for the Inktober prompt of Frail.

I grabbed a screen capture from the scene and I lightened it so I could see what was going on in there. That’s when I spotted he victim had a third arm. Whoops! The arm along his left side should have been covered by the shirt he was wearing (see image below). It slipped out of place and no one caught it.
 

I have watched the movie a dozen times and I hadn’t noticed it. I fixed it in my drawing. 
 
 
A Yucky Thing


Sometimes the janitor job offers up some yucky thing that need to be dealt with. I’ve cleaned poop off of carpet and off of walls, I’ve cleaned boogers off of toilet stall partitions, and just this past Friday I’ had to clean some errant-landing urine.

The men’s room had a heavy smell of urine and I discovered why. There was pee on top of the urinal and a big puddle on the floor under it. Yuck. But I did my job and cleaned it up. The smell was eliminated.

Hopefully, it was just an accident.

Cool Thing: In Research Of

A new podcast is being produced by Blake Smith of the podcast MonsterTalk and Dr. Jeb Card, an archaeologist and professor in the anthropology department of Miami University. It’s called In Research Of and it will be an episode by episode reexamination of the mysteries explored by the paranormal granddaddy show In Search Of.


I love/hate In Search of. I love it because it was done so well, I hate it because it mystery mongers rather than try to get to the actual answers to the mysteries they look into. I love it because of its host Leonard Nimoy, I hate because it set the template of the thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands (OK, I’m exaggerating) of mystery-monger TV shows that followed and still pollute the airways today.

The first episode of In Research Of has dropped and I think it’s a promising start.


Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ram‘ by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: ‘Night Time‘ by Killing Joke &Abacab by Genesis
Second ad break bumpers: Gardening By Night‘ by REM & Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 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 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.

Images used under Fair Use.