dimland radio 4-24-21 show notes

Adding To The Grey Hair

I have often said that I would prefer a job in which I just had to concentrate on my tasks and not worry about other people’s work. I would prefer not to be a manager. So what do I do for my main job? I’m a manager. Sigh.

It had been a busy week in which I had to work every night, which I do not like, but I was needed so…

Adding to the workload was an employee who had been off for a few days. She thought it would be helpful to leave her keys in her building, but she didn’t tell me that was her plan. When she returned, we had to get a key to her so she could access her building.

That was managed, but then later that night she told us she couldn’t find her key where she had left it…

Oh, look. More grey hair.

More On The Johnson & Johnson Pause

Rebecca Watson

I had pretty much come around to the idea that the FDA and CDC recommending that the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine distribution be paused to look into the very rare cases of blood clots was a necessary and understandable precaution. One of the Minnesota Skeptics, a pharmacist, explained it well enough for me to back off of my original thinking of it as an overreaction.

Skeptic Rebecca Watson also weighed in on the pause and she goes into more depth in explaining the prudence of the pause. Watch Rebecca’s video on the topic here.

More On Bigfoot Again

Last week I talked about the famous bigfoot film by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin. I talked about it being still the best bit of photographic evidence for the world-renown if not found cryptid. And when I say best, I mean it’s still pretty lousy. The film is inconclusive at best.

Well, an argument I discussed was that even though virtually everyone has a camera on them at all times, it is still difficult to catch those “capture the moment” incidences, because by the time you get the camera ready the moment is gone.

True enough, but I had an opportunity to capture an image of an event. I had to dig into my pocket, get my phone to the camera mode, get the camera set to landscape, and snap the pic. I was able to capture…

What? Were you expecting Bigfoot?

A Podcast Recommendation

It’s called Strange By Nature. It’s a science podcast hosted by three naturalists who each tell of some strange, sometimes frightening or disgusting, but always fascinating thing found in the natural world. I think the hosts are a great mix and the information they give is fascinating and the podcast is a lot of fun.

Check it out!

Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!

Photo credit: Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

It turns out a cop can be convicted of murder by a jury having watched video of said cop kneeling on a man’s neck for nearly nine and a half minutes. This is not the end of the fight for justice in America for people of color. It’s step. A step in the right direction toward a just and free society for all, which is still a long way away.

I breathed a sigh of relief as the three guilty verdicts were read. George Floyd is gone. He will not and should not be forgotten. There is still so much work left to be done.

#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

Oh Please!

The preview image has enough to show this is phony.

This bullshit video popped up on my Facebook. It is completely unbelievable. Only the most gullible among us could think this is not a complete setup with the people involved being actors playing the roles of a military man and his wife in a surprise reuniting.

Let’s just look at the screen capture (left). How many things are wrong about this Airman First Class? Let’s see. The facial hair is not military. His hair is way too long. The black t-shirt is not right. The boots are wrong. And the cap might also be wrong. (Thanks to my high school friend who just retired from the military and helped me with identifying the problems with the uniform.)

There are plenty of other questionable elements to this video. The wife never acknowledges there is a person standing in front of her taking video of her. Her bag is in the perfect “come steal me” position. And as she chases the thief, a chase that lasts way too long, she slows down when he does and speeds up when he speeds up.

The people who made this phony reunion video barely put any effort into their fakery for clicks and views.

Pathetic.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: iPhone 12 Ad

The iPhone 12 has a ceramic shield for its screen, which makes it resistant to breaks or cracks. Great. But the ad, called Fumble, cheats.

We witness a young woman walking and talking on her iPhone 12 when she begins to fumble with it. It had slipped from her hand and she is desperately trying to catch it before it hits the ground. She fears the screen will be damaged.

So, she fumbles with it as the phone makes its way to the ground. She can’t stop it from happening and it lands screen down. Surely, the screen is toast. She picks it up. Thanks to the ceramic screen, the phone is fine. Yay!

The thing is…

She’s walking on paving stones.

She’s walking on a sidewalk made with paving stones. Brick hard paving stones. But where does the phone land? On dirt. Soft, loosely packed dirt.

The phone lands on dirt. Interesting.

Hmmm. Why land on dirt and not the paving stones? For the kicking up dust effect? So that the phone doesn’t bounce? Or was it to help insure the screen wouldn’t break?

I think iPhone is cheating here.

Cool Thing #1

My favorite band, The Who, have re-issued their third studio album The Who Sell Out from 1967. It is loaded with all sorts of features, bells, and whistles. This super deluxe re-issue is priced out at just about $120.00. It’s a little out of my reach.

What isn’t out of reach is the new documentary about the album which dropped on YouTube to coincide with the re-release.

The album is very cool and so is the documentary.

Cool Thing #2

NASA, with all their science, has put a helicopter on Mars! And it worked. The helicopter called Ingenuity flew!

Photo credit: NASA

This is no small feat. Ingenuity had to be designed to fly in the very thin atmosphere on out red neighbor. But apply some science and NASA was able to take flight on another world. It has been a mere 118 years since the Wright Brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk, NC!

In fact, a small piece of fabric from the Wright’s flying machine is inside Ingenuity. How cool is that?!

Cool Thing #3

My son Hayden has received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine! Take that Covid!

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

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Rescue by Echo & The Bunnymen and Eight Miles High by Husker Du

Second ad break bumpers: Anywhere’s Better Than Here by The Replacements and Let’s Go Down To The Woods by The Screaming Blue Messiahs

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 4-17-21 show notes

My Wife Is An Artist

Title: self portrait blood red

With the arrival of the Satan mask (Hail Satan!), we were blessed from down below with a good chunk of money.

My wife is an artist whose work you can see (and buy – hint hint) at Saatchi Art.

A couple months back, she was informed by the site that someone had purchased several prints each of a few of her pieces. This amounted to a nice payday. However, we hadn’t seen any money yet.

Well, shortly after the arrival of the Satan mask, Amy checked in with Saatchi to find out about her payment. Saatchi got back to her saying they would check in to it. A couple/few hours later and Amy’s PayPal pinged. And there was the money she was owed.

I credit the arrival of the Satan mask. It couldn’t be just a coincidence, could it?

Where There’s Smoke…

Juicy (or is that bloody?) burger patties from the local Mom and Pop grocery shop can give off an awful lot of smoke and, if you aren’t careful, cause a grease fire. Remember! Do not pour water on a grease fire! Put a lid on it!

Yeah. Something like that.

Such an experience with juicy (or is that bloody?) burger patties could possibly remind you of a time when your dad had to run a burning pan of grease out the back of the house, while the rest of your family ran out of the front.

And then there’s that one time you remember from your days working at Wendy’s and one of the employees attempted to set the fry station on fire. Your quick thinking saved the day!

All those memories from a juicy (or is that bloody?) burger patty.

Pausing Johnson & Johnson

Six people, all women, developed blood clots after receiving the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine. The FDA and CDC recommended pausing the rollout of that vaccine to look into those cases.

It was six out of nearly seven million doses given out. It seems like a bit of an overreaction for such a statistically small number. But I guess those American government organizations believe, despite the likelihood of increased vaccine hesitancy among the public, pausing is the best action in light of those six cases.

Another number is being passed around the internets. It’s 5,800.

That’s the number of fully vaccinated Americans who still got the Covid. 5,800 out of 77,000,000. Again it’s barely a blip. Of the 5,800, 396 needed hospitalization and 74 have died.

Look, no vaccine is 100%. They never have been. But these vaccines are safe and effective. Don’t let fear of vaccines dominate your life. Don’t live in fear. Vaccines work. Just check out the next item.

Spot On!

The drawing may be crude, but the point is perfectly made.

Bigfoot Again

The world-famous Paterson/Gimlin film.
Where the hell is her butt crack?

A friend shared another stabilized and enlarged video of the Patterson/Gimlin film from 1967. That short film clip is the best, most compelling evidence for the still not confirmed to exist North American primate. That said, this 54 year old piece of evidence is pretty lousy. And there has been nothing as interesting to come to light from all that bigfoot hunting in over five decades.

So much time, so little evidence. Still.

Admittedly, the clip is pretty cool.

There’s another video on YouTube in which bigfooter M.K. Davis, who seems to spend much of his time examining the Patterson/Gimlin film, thinks he has found that bigfoot is carrying something in her left hand. I think what M.K. has discovered is the palm of her left hand.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: American Hot Wax

It’s available on YouTube. It’s the 1978 film American Hot Wax and it’s ok.

It’s the story of Alan Freed, an American radio DJ from the 1950s, who was a pioneering record spinner in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, a term he is said to have coined.

The movie certainly has a passion for early rock ‘n’ roll, but it really doesn’t tell much of a story. Its first third gets so jumbled and cacophonous with overlapping dialogue it does get difficult to watch. And there isn’t much in the way of character development, except for Laraine Newman’s character, based on Carole King, who does get a little deeper treatment. The movie feels more like a series of vignettes that are loosely connected and leading up to the big concert climax. The concert features the real Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, which is a treat.

The music is the best part of the film for sure. The opening scene is very good. It’s quiet as we watch Alan Freed head to the studio. He sits at his consul, turns on his mic, and says, “This is Alan Freed. And this is rock ‘n’ roll!” And he spins Little Richard’s Tutti Frutti. Pretty good.

There’s a stack of forbidden records under that note.

The Pedantic Moment?

It is that first scene when Freed walks into his studio, there on the consul is a stack of records. On that stack is a note stating, “WROL don’t play list.” Well, the defiant DJ sets the note aside and takes that first record off the stack and plays it. It’s Tutti Frutti and the station manger bursts in yelling at Freed for playing a song from the don’t play list.

Can you guess how this pedant reacted to the scene?

There’s a simple way to keep DJs from playing records you don’t want them to play.

Don’t have the records you don’t want the DJs to play in the studio!

Cool Thing

Yeesh! I’m showing off a lot of skin there. I’m practically naked!

I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine!

At the time of recording, which was about six hours after I got the shot, my only symptom was a little soreness at the spot of the shot. However, ten hours after the shot, I woke up feeling like I was getting the flu. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great either. A couple Tylenol and another few hours of sleep and I was fine.

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

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: That’s Really Super, Supergirl by XTC and Highwayman by The Highwaymen

Second ad break bumpers: Erica’s Word by Game Theory and Your Phone’s Off The Hook, But You’re Not by X

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 4-10-21 show notes

The Fault, Dear Listener, Is Not In Our Server…

At first, several weeks ago, the server was at fault, but the subsequent weeks in which the new Dimland Radio shows wouldn’t play…. was my fault.

Whoopsie.

I feel shame.

A Dimland Radio ARGH! Revisited

A while back, I forget when, I ARGHed about the common misspelling of the word whoa. That’s whoa as in “slow the horse” or “that’s awesome”. Lately, I’ve been seeing it spelled W-O-A-H. Which is wrong! And it seems from my limited observance to be a misspelling that afflicts younger people (under 35).

The first word on the page. Sigh.

I had talked about the misspelling in an issue of Marvel Comics’ Daredevil #296. It really bothered me, because I had learned how to spell “whoa” from comic books. And there it was “woah”.

I took a second look through that comic and I found that on the previous page the word whoa was spelled correctly!

Hey! That’s correct!

This means that the misspelling might just be a simple typo. Well, that’s how I choose to look at it. Ahhh. It’s just a typo. That’s better.

And just when I finished breathing that sigh of relief, I saw that Universal Parks & Resorts have launched a new ad campaign. And just take a look at that logo…

I just can’t win this battle.

ARRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!

It’s a losing battle, I know. But that is not how whoa is spelled.

It will be an accepted alternate spelling soon, if it isn’t already. It will be enshrined in Merriam-Webster and Oxford before long. That’s how language chances, I guess. I still don’t like it.

I’m not the only one who has noticed this problem.

Slur And Insult

This cartoon explains the difference between a profanity and a slur. I understand what the message the strip is trying to get across, but isn’t a slur the same as an insult?

Are asshole, shithead, fuckface, dipshit, etc. not slurs?

Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com define slur, as a noun, to mean basically the same as insult. They don’t mention the definition that is given in the cartoon.

However, the Urban Dictionary does define slur as an insult aimed at someone based on their race, gender, sexual preference, etc.

In time, I’m sure those other dictionaries will expand the meaning of slur to match current usage.

I guess language does change and evolve over time, doesn’t it? And I can accept that.

But I will never accept woah! Never!

(By the way, WordPress’s spellcheck does not flag “woah” as being wrong. Sigh.)

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Made Up Words

In risk of causing a kind of mental whiplash in light of my previous topics on the show, I gave a lesson in pedantry by explaining how to respond when someone accuses you of using a made up word.

Listen with caution.

It’s Not True: Paul Is Dead

As conspiracy theories go this one is pretty mild and I’m not sure many people really ever believed it.

It goes like this:

Paul did have a moped accident in 1965, which chipped a tooth and left a scarred lip.

Paul McCartney was killed in a car accident in November, 1966 and was then replaced by the Beatles with a look-alike, sound-alike, sing-alike, musician-alike, songwrite-alike to fool the public and keep the money rolling in, all while dropping clues of his death. Sounds plausible.

This conspiracy theory is a good example of how people can look so intently at everything, having their hypothesis in mind (in this case, Paul being dead), looking for confirmation of their claim. They look so closely, they are able to make any oddity or anomaly fit. Paul’s holding that cigarette in his right hand! He’s left-handed! Paul’s the only Beatles facing away from the camera in that picture! John said the walrus was Paul! And he said he buried Paul! (In the song Strawberry Fields Forever, I mistakenly said it was in I Am The Walrus.)

There’s a whole slew of clues that Paul died in 1966. But they really don’t add up to being true.

Paul’s not dead.

Cool Things!

Sir Paul hoofin’ it with the gals.

And speaking of Paul McCartney, I thought I would talk about two songs from his 2007 album Memory Almost Full. Both songs are very catchy. The first is Ever Present Past, which I just recently stumbled upon. It has a good video in which Paul does some dancin’. There is also an interesting making of video about the making of the video for the song.

“G-G-G-G-Ghost?!”

The other song is Dance Tonight. I had been familiar with that song for a while and listened to it quite often last year. The video features Mackenzie Crook as the delivery man and Natalie Portman as a sort of ghost. It’s a fun video and a great song.

Every House Should Have One

I teased on Facebook that I had sent away for a cool thing. People were excited to learn what it was. It better not have disappointed.

After all, every house should have a Satan!

Hail Satan!

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

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Lyin’ Ass Bitch by Fishbone and A Pagan Place by The Waterboys

Second ad break bumpers: North Country Girl by Pete Townshend and Down In The Seine by The Style Council

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 4-3-21 show notes

Tales From The Janitor’s Closet

I have worked for the same janitorial company for more than 30 years and for the last 13 years or so I have been their office manager. On the rare occasion when we get a new customer, my boss likes to have me go to the building with him to meet the customer and become familiar with the site. After all, once he’s signed the customer up he’s done and I become the face of the company.

“Shake my hand, share my germs.”

We just signed up a new customer and this past Monday I met the boss at our new customer’s facility. Of the group, I was the only one wearing a mask.

“What is wrong with you people?! How long do we have to be in a pandemic before you start taking it seriously?! People are still getting Covid and still dying from it! My brother-in-law had a bad enough case he was in the hospital! (He’s out now and recovering at home, thank you very much.) I’m looking around at your employees and I’m only seeing two wearing masks! And what’s with shaking hands?! Are you trying to get everyone sick?!”

That was what I said inside my head as I acted pleasantly professional and shook their hands. I kept a bit of a distance and kept my mask on. I sanitized my hands once we left. I sanitized them twice.

I Got To Torture…Er…Test My Son

My wife Amy and I have a 17 year old son named Hayden. This is his senior year and he has spent most of it in his room. A few weeks ago, he came to us to tell us he and a group of friends were going to do a Spring Break thing. He demanded we agree to it.

“Relax! This won’t hurt me a bit!”

We agreed. They weren’t going to Cancun or Daytona. Their plan was to head way up north in Minnesota to hang out at one of those Airbnb houses. And they are up there now.

Oh, boy! Amy and I are quite nervous about this, but he has been cooped up and is a pretty responsible kid, so we are muddling through. This is the first time he has spent more than a night or two away from us.

The group he’s with seem pretty responsible, too. One of them insisted they all get tested for Covid a few days before getting together. Hayden tells us everyone tested negative.

And the testing was the fun part!

For me, I mean. I got to ram that swab up his nose to get some ick on it to be tested. I hadn’t anticipated that I would be doing the procedure. I also hadn’t anticipated how much fun it would be. Hee! Hee! Hee!

I’M SCHEDULED!!

On last week’s show I lamented about my envy of my wife and a friend who had both gotten scheduled to receive the Covid vaccine while I hadn’t. All this past week I checked and checked and checked my email looking for my invite from my insurance company.

Nothing. Day after day. Nothing.

My Facebook was filling up with people getting their appointment or their first dose or their second! Me? Nothing.

Then came late Friday afternoon. My invite was in the email! I called my wife to let her know and to have her on the phone in case I needed assistance in filling out the online form.

I answered the questions and clicked the buttons and there it was – the page with the next available date (April 16) and a list of times to choose from. I clicked my choice and this came up…

Of course!

“Gah! Of course! This is what happens to me!”

Amy told me to calm down and try again.

A second attempt and success!

And I just noticed that the page does indicate I will be getting the Pfizer vaccine.

Woo hoo!

When you get your chance to, get vaccinated!

My New Watch, You Should SEE My New Watch

Back in February, I talked about how one of my favorite things given to me by my brother-in-law (a Swiss Army Design wristwatch by Wenger) had stopped running. I had dropped it on the floor and some debris inside the watch got stuck in the gears. A watch repair person was able to get it running again, but to fix it properly would cost more than the watch was worth.

I decided to get a new watch. It’s a Timex and it has the day of the week and date display. I don’t recall ever having a watch with both and I couldn’t figure out how to set the date. There was no manual included, so I went to the YouTube. I found a video, but I think the YouTuber didn’t know what he was doing.

So, I called the clock/watch store that helped me find a repair place for that other watch. They talked me right through it over the phone. Easy as cake. That YouTuber didn’t know what he was doing. He did stumble on turning the date, but it appears he didn’t realize what he had done.

As I attempted to figure out how to set it all up, I noticed a feature I didn’t know the watch had: The face lights up!

Forget that other watch! I have a new favorite!

Dave Letterman Does Impressions And Sparky Anderson Praises 1987 Minnesota Twins

Dave doing Sparky.

With the pandemic starting its second year of existence, my impatience in getting a vaccination appointment, my anxiety about Hayden doing a Spring Break, missing my friends, and probably several other problems I was feeling awfully down this past week. Going back to my high school years, I would sometimes get in a funk that might last a few days. It’s hard to explain, but I’m certain it isn’t uncommon for most people to get in the occasional funk.

I turned to my old pal Dave Letterman. On the YouTube there are several clips of Dave’s Late Night show. Lots of Viewer Mail segments (here’s the very first one) and there’s even a superclip of Dave doing impressions. Dave is not known for doing impressions, but maybe he should be.

Sparky doing Sparky.

The clips helped lighten my mood.

Especially the video that showed Dave doing impressions of Sparky Anderson, the legendary manager of baseball’s Cincinnati Reds (1970-1978) and Detroit Tigers (1979-1995). Dave’s impressions of Sparky were done in 1987, which is a magical year for Minnesota Twins fans.

It was the year the Twins beat the powerhouse Tigers in the ALCS and then beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The Twins were the underdogs in both series, so the victories (both the first in franchise history, well as the Twins, the franchise did win a World Series in 1924 when they were the Washington Senators) were especially sweet.

And Sparky’s praise of the Twins, their manager Tom Kelly, and the Minnesota fans was a very cool thing!

Baseball Is Back

Sure, the Twins blew a three run lead in the bottom of the ninth and lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in extra innings on Opening Day. And big-time Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson, who came to the team last year with a four year $92 million contract, who only managed to play 28 games in last year’s 60 game pandemic-shortened season due to injuries, managed to injure himself running out a double in the first inning, has returned to the injured list.

But, baseball is back!

Ahhhhhh!

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

Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: All Gone Away by The Style Council and She’s Calling You by Bad Brains

Second ad break bumpers: Telephone Operator by Pete Shelley and Empty Glass by Pete Townshend

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 3-27-21 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

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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