dimland radio 6-4-22 show notes

A warning! There are about 30 seconds of dead air as the show returns from the second break. I overestimated the time I had and I was caught… indisposed.

I Find ASMR To Be Very Annoying

“Does this annoy you?”

A couple podcasts that I listen to have brought ASMR to my mind. The Greatest Generation, a podcast about Star Trek, has recently had its two hosts whispering and pretending to do the ASMR thing as a joke. It’s just been within the last couple of months they’ve started doing it. I don’t know why they started doing it. It isn’t funny to me, but it is annoying.

The other podcast is Science Vs, which is a science popularizing podcast. It has a recent episode dedicated to examining what science says about ASMR. I haven’t listened to it yet. I’m worried I’ll just be annoyed.

I commented on Facebook about my annoyance with the phenomenon. A hipster got on me for being behind the times. Apparently, ASMR was a thing five to ten years ago.

True, but there’s those two podcasts who also seem to be behind the times. Squaresville, Man!

Beatrice Straight: Great In That One Scene

“Do you love her?!”

While I talked about ASMR and its whispered speaking annoyingness, I thought of Beatrice Straight, an actor who received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her 5 minutes or so in Sidney Lumet’s 1976 classic Network. She played the loyal wife of a television news man (William Holden), who just told her of the affair he was having with an ambitious television executive (Faye Dunaway).

Loudly “whispering” some nonsense about dying and going into the light.

That’s some damn good acting!

Well, she came to mind when I thinking of the whole whispering element of ASMR. I remembered the same actor played one of the paranormal investigators attempting to rescue a little girl from the “other side” in the 1982 horror classic Poltergeist. In the film there is a scene in which three characters are “whispering” so as not to disturb the others who are resting. Except…

They ain’t whispering!

We Said Goodbye To Our Kitty

There she is, all excited about the box she’d just found.

We had her for about eight years. She could be a pain in the ass, she could be a great cuddle buddy. She was our cat. She was our Callie.

She was having seizures and breathing problems and it was time.

Goodbye, Kitty.

And Then Mom

My mom is 85 years old and her health has been slipping for some time now. I explain on the show how she is now on hospice care at home. She was doing OK on hospice, but next week I’ll tell you the latest.

The latest isn’t very good.

Cool Thing: Her Name Is Edna

There she is!

We didn’t wait long. We wanted a dog and we found Edna. She’s a Japanese Chin and she’s just adorable.


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Here Is The News by ELO and After The Lights Go Out by Urban Guerrillas

Second ad break bumpers: Beatle Boots by Love Tractor and Crummy Stuff by Ramones

Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle


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dimland radio 4-30-22 show notes

Bill Finger Created Batman (With A Tiny Contribution From Bob Kane)

A couple shows ago, I mentioned one of the hosts of a podcast I listen to said his Batman was Adam West. He also said how sick he was of the dark and brooding Batman characterizations. And that is his preference, but it’s my opinion that the fellow just doesn’t like Batman. Batman was created to be dark and brooding.

On this show, I talked about how Bill Finger created Batman and Gotham, the Batcave, the Batmobile, the murders of Bruce Wayne’s parents, even the Batsignal, just about everything really. Finger also improved upon the costume that Bob Kane created.

Yes, Bob Kane did design a costume and he did come up with the name Batman.

In recent years, fans of comic books have been learning of Bill Finger’s unsung genius in the creation of one of the medium’s greatest heroes. One thing Bob Kane was brilliant at was making certain he got credit for creating the Dark Knight, but his original version with the red tights and blonde hair just doesn’t quite work, does it?

Bob Kane (left) had a nugget of an idea, which Bill Finger (right) used to create Batman.

This video gives more detail on Batman’s origins.

Neal Adams 1941-2022

Neal Adams, one of comic books’ greatest artists.

Speaking of great comic book creators, one of the best artists just died a few days ago. He was Neal Adams. Adams was one of the giants in comic book art. His work for DC, on Green Lantern and Batman, is legendary. He, along with writer Denny O’Neil revitalized Batman. They moved him away from tamed down (because of the US Government’s crack down on comics turning kids into criminals) and the campy stories (due to the influence of TV’s Batman series with Adam West), and brought the character back to what his creators (Bill Finger and Bob Kane, but really Bill Finger) had initially intended. Dark and brooding!

That’s some damn good art!

I talked about how great an illustrator Adams was, but he wasn’t quite as good at science. He believe pretty much all science was wrong and that some crank whose book he read knew better than all the scientists.

“This whole gravity thing is nuts! The earth is expanding!” Not an exact quote, but he believed the earth expanding was why there was gravity. Nutty.

Oscar’s Best Moment

Yes, I know it’s even less timely than it was last week to talk about the Oscars, but it’s my show and wanted to give some love to Lady Gaga’s awesomeness and class when presenting the Best Movie award with legend Liza Minnelli. Minnelli was not in the best health and she was showing her age, but Gaga just said, “I got you.”

And she did.

I, and many others, found the moment touching and endearing. Lady Gaga is a class act.

However, a friend of Liza’s, singer Michael Feinstein, claimed that the legendary actor/singer’s appearance on the Oscar’s was sabotaged. According to Feinstein, the producers forced Liza to appear in the wheelchair, when she requested a director’s chair, and that got her flustered. He claimed The Slap shook up the producers so they insisted she use the wheelchair.

Hmm. I don’t know. I’m skeptical.

Cool Thing: That Kid Looks Familiar

That sideways glance and smirk is unmistakable!

Recently, the Minneapolis Teacher’s Union went on strike. In their coverage of the strike, local CBS affiliate WCCO went back into their vast film and video archives to find footage of their coverage of a Minneapolis teachers’ strike in 1970. In their search, they stumbled upon an 11 year student giving his thoughts on the strike. He sure looked familiar.

WCCO did some digging and confirmed that young fellow was Minnesota’s own – Prince. Yes, that Prince.

Very cool!

(So cool, in fact, I put my pedantry aside and refrained from pointing out the anchor got the phrase wrong. He said the footage was discovered “on accident”. Sigh. The phrase is by accident, not on accident. It’s by accident when unintended or unexpected. It’s on purpose when it is intentional.)


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: The One Thing by INXS and Rock ‘N’ Roll Is King by ELO

Second ad break bumpers: Seen & Not Seen by The Talking Heads and Tom Sawyer by Rush

Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle


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dimland radio 4-23-22 show notes

So, How Was That First Week On Your Own?

“I’m fine. Why do you ask?”

Oh, boy, such a week!

After a mere week f a crash course to get me up to speed, – HA! – I was left to get on on my own.

Those first three days were just a bit on the overwhelming side. (Just A LOT a bit, actually.) So many jobs were already making their way through the pipe and I just had to dig in and get them done. Most of the jobs I was familiar with, but there were some I hadn’t even seen.

I was exactly all on my own. The office manager, who with be off for six weeks (five now!), was able to help me through texting. We even talked once on the phone. That was tremendously helpful. And one of the bosses did come in almost each day for a few hours to help keep me from getting too behind.

Things did begin to settle down on Friday. I had a little more time and quiet to concentrate on getting jobs done.

I’m hoping this next week will settle down a bit.

A Big Decision

“Hey, can I count you guys’s steps in my total?”

I had been obsessing on getting 10,000 steps a day, since I found out there was a step-counting app on my phone. I had been getting those 10,000 every day for the last year and a half. It could occasionally interfere with getting other things done.

I had doubts that 10,000 steps was some kind of set standard, but the app had a hold on me. “I must get 10,000! I gotta walk! STAT!”

Well, 10,000 steps isn’t a magical number and medical science has looked into it. More walking in your daily exercise can be a good thing, but don’t obsess with getting 10,000.

Learning what the science says about it, I decided to lower the daily goal by half. I do 5,000 a day now and that should be fine.

A Dimland Radio ARGH!

Gah!

I don’t like those celebrity judged talent shows that have long taken over network television. In fact, I HATE them!

The worst among them is The Masked Singer. The show on which each celebrity judged attempts to be more shocked than any of the other celebs and the audience.

And that’s just from what I’ve seen in commercials.

I had a few complaints involving a notorious anti-vaxxer, Penn & Teller, and The Who.

Cool Thing: Sina and Keith Moon

Sina and Keith Moon

Keith Moon was undoubtedly the greatest – Keith Moon-type (his joke) – in rock’n’roll. Nobody can drum like him.

Nobody? Hmmmm….

Baseball Is Back!

My listener ought to know how much I love baseball, the greatest games ever created! (Ok, Trivial Pursuit or Sorry or cribbage might be in the running.) And after a little delay, due to the owners locking the players out of the game in order to get concessions from the players’ union, the 2022 season is under way!

There have been a few changes to the game since last season. Some technological changes, some rules changes, most notable was the change that brought the designated hitter to the National League.

I’m not sure bringing the DH to the NL is a great idea, but it’s certainly better than…

Another Dimland Radio ARGH!

I don’t want to see these two numb-nuts almost as much as I don’t want to watch Michael Zimmelman’s root canal.

It’s bad enough to listen to a game, especially on the radio, and have the people calling the game talk about everything, but the game. ESPN has come up with something even more intrusive….

The KayRod Cast.

That’s Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez talking baseball while watching the Sunday night game. And the audience gets to watch them watching the game.

Oh, more distractions. Thanks.

“Do people really want to watch something like this?!” I was incredulous! I was livid! Phone calls need to be made! Facebook posts need to be posted! Complaints complained!

Then I realized a remedy was only a station change away.


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: This Charming Man by The Smiths and This Wheel’s On Fire by Siouxsie & The Banshees

Second ad break bumpers: This Is The Day by The The and This World Over by XTC

Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle


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

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dimland radio 4-16-22 show notes

Tales From The Janitor’s Closet And We Got The COVID

Amy’s test is on the left, mine is on the right. When you see a line at both C and T, that’s a positive COVID test.

That picture tells part of the story. A long story that took up the first two segments of the show. It was a complex tale of how I was down to my last two weeks as the office manager for a maintenance company, loaded up with all kinds of work to help transition me out of the job, and getting sick.

At first I thought it was a cold. A test taken early on seemed to confirm that it wasn’t COVID, but more than one person on the Facebook warned me of false negative results when testing early on during an illness. I kept that information in mind, so I made sure to wear a mask and keep my distance (as best I could) when around other people.

Then my wife got sick on the Saturday at the end of my second to last week at the old job. She did not improve over the weekend. In fact, she seemed to get worse. She didn’t work Monday. She stayed home and took the COVID test.

She tested positive. And later that day, so did I.

Teeee-rif!

And I still had a week to go. It was not easy…

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: A Text Layout Whoopsie

In a suite I clean, I noticed something a little off about their newly installed signage inside the big room of their front offices. They had the name of their company mounted to the wall. It was professionally done. The letters were all level and perfectly spaced, but…

That S is upside down.

Whoopsie!

The Slap

There is no justification for this.

Not doing a show for two weeks made talking about “The Slap” difficult to feel relevant. And, really, I can’t other much different from what has already been said. Also, I can’t do better than basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar, so read his take on it.

What I did focus on was part of the reaction to that infamous slap. A couple people chose to attempt to emasculate Will Smith by essentially accusing his slapping of Chris Rock as hitting like a girl. As though hitting like a girl is somehow inferior to hitting like a man. And note I said girl and man, not woman and man or girl and boy, because that’s part of the hold over of the sexist thinking that permeated the old days (and still does today, if we’re honest).

But, part of that old school, sexist attitude could have been why Smith chose to slap instead of punch. I can’t know what was in the latest recipient of the Best Actor award’s mind. His slap might have been meant to emasculate Rock or maybe it was meant to treat him as a child. Or, maybe, Smith didn’t want to hurt Rock too badly, so he slapped instead of punched.

I dunno.

One thing I do know is that use of violence can only be justified if it’s used to defend yourself or someone who is defenseless against violence.

That made me think of something…

Remember when that Nazi got sucker-punched shortly after Fearless Loser was elected President? I remember people at the time attempting to justify punching Nazis, because… well… they’re Nazis.

There is no justification for this either.

I disagreed. I understood the Schadenfreude to be enjoyed from seeing a Nazi punched, but that’s still no justification. Neither is attempting to prevent the Nazi from doing something they might do. (As I recall, when I talked about this on the show at the time, I asked if those people who were pro-preemptively punching Nazis, were also for the invasion of Iraq in the aftermath of 9/11. Part of the justification for the invasion was fear of what Iraq might do.)

After Chris Rock was slapped, there were plenty of people who shared the same attitude toward justified use of violence as I stated above. To those people, I have a question to ask…

What if Chris Rock was a Nazi?


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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: The Mercy Beat by The The and The Killing Jar by Siouxsie & The Banshees

Second ad break bumpers: The Hand That Rocks The Cradle by The Smiths and The Quiet One by The Who

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 3-26-22 show notes

Beware The Ides Of The Week

Can Wednesday be considered the ides of the week? We’re supposed to beware the Ides of March, right? The middle of month is a big deal, at least in March, why not the middle of week?

Case in point, the past two Wednesdays.

Two weeks ago, on Wednesday, the Kia Soul went and got itself a flat tire. The car didn’t come with a spare, but it did have a kit (see the pictures above). I put the kit to use and got some air in there. It held air long enough for me to get to the tire store and get it repaired. For free!

Last week, on Wednesday, the Kia Soul went and got itself needing new brakes. Well, that is something that takes some time to happen, but it became clear the time had come…

And Another Thing About The Towering Inferno

What more could I have to say about 1974’s hit disaster movie about a skyscraper catching fire on the very night of its big dedication ceremony?

“Hey, Architect, where do you think you’re goin’ after this?”
“I dunno. Prison?”

So, as not to spoil the show, I’ll just say that I touch on women’s lib and the depiction of women in film, especially back in those days. I also talked about how the fire happened and I speculated on the consequences.

Oh! And there was the fact that the Architect (Paul Newman) and the Fiance (Fay Dunaway) had sex in the bedroom that is attached to his office in the tower. His secretary was sitting outside his office, while the two of them were going to the bone zone. And the secretary knew full well what was going on in there.

Ew!

“Ok, Pam, we’re all done in here. You can send my calls through now.”

Ghost Adventures Is A Great Gig

Think about it. All you gotta do is go to a creepy place with a creepy story, film in night vision while wandering around in the dark, add some creepy narration with some creepy music and you got yourself a ghost hunting show. Now, add to that a willingness to make shit up, such as being thrown by a black mass, off camera, of course, and you got yourself a hit show.

“What was that? Did you hear that?”
“Yeah, it was the sound of my bank account getting bigger.”

Gullible viewers eat that shit up. Especially when they already believe ghosts exist.

Spoiler: They don’t!

Well, at least there isn’t any good evidence to support the existence of such things.

That doesn’t stop Zak Bagans and his gang from stumbling in the dark through investigating “haunted” places and producing episodes of Ghost Adventures. 14 years with 21 seasons (how does that work?) and more than 250 shows and still they are no closer to proving ghosts exist than when they started. No real results, just a bunch of anomalies and a whole lot of “what was that’s” and they still rake in the money.

What a great gig.

I give a sure fire way viewers can tell these ghost hunting shows never find an actual ghost. Here’s a hint:

IF THEY HAD DISCOVERED AN ACTUAL GHOST, IT WOULD BE ON THE NEWS!


Mask up! GET VACCINATED! GET BOOSTED! And if you have been vaccinated, THANK YOU!


Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus

First ad break bumpers: Chance by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and Back On The Chain Gang by Pretenders

Second ad break bumpers: Head Over Heels by The Go-Go’s and America Is Waiting by Brian Eno & David Byrne

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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