11.12.2017

dimland radio 11-11-17 show notes

I Was Wrong About Something

During my talk about the World Series last week I made a couple mistakes. Hard to believe, I know.

I was wrong about how home field advantage is determined in the World Series. I was correct last year, but Major League Baseball changed to the team with the best regular season record gets it. It is no longer determined by the winner of the All-Star Game.
 
And I was wrong about which team won the 2017 All-Star Game. 

I Now Know People Who Actually Eat Bone Marrow

The Minnesota Skeptics' monthly meet-up was just held. It was its usual good time. However, some of the devoured one of the most unappetizing appetizer I've ever seen. Bone marrow. I'd heard that there are people who eat it. Now I know a few personally.

I'm not one of them.

Pedantic Moment: The Back Of A Cylinder

A young MN Skeptic mentioned some writing on the back of an over-sized can of water. I remarked on the interesting idea of there being a back of a cylinder.

Yes, I know what he meant.

He's Bad Enough, You Don't Have To Lie About Him

So those still pictures of Pres. Trump feeding koi in Japan? You know, the ones that are making Trump out to be an idiot, because he dumped "too much" at once? Well, guess what the video shows...

Click here.

The UK Has A Problem With Big Cats Roaming The Countryside

The problem is they don't have any big cats roaming the countryside, but they have plenty of people who think they've seen and photographed pumas/cougars/mountain lions/panthers in the British wild. A woman believes she's photographed a puma eating a domestic cat in her neighbor's back garden. It looks more like a tabby cat eating a grey bird.
 
In this segment, I go on a rant about people letting their cats roam outside. It's a familiar rant to regular listeners, but I did add a new reason for my dislike of my neighbors letting their cats out.

Top Three Cool Things Of The Week

Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week.

3) Admittedly, I was a bit coy on this one. There may be something pretty cool happening in a few months for Dimland Radio. I didn't want to give details. I'll do that when the something is a certainty.

2) This past Thursday was the second Thursday of the month, so that means I attended the MN Skeptics Meet-Up. Always a real cool time.

1) My wife, son, and I saw Penn & Teller perform this past week and we got autographs and pictures. It was a great show.
 
 
Movie Recommendation: Downfall (2004)
 
 
Not a feel-good movie experience in anyway, Downfall is a fascinating telling of the last days of the Third Reich. Bruno Ganz gives a brilliant performance of the crumbling dictator as he faces (and doesn't face) the defeat of his empire. Much of the story is based of the information given by Traudl Junge, who was Hitler's secretary in those last days.
 
The film was criticized for making Hitler seem to human, but he was human. I think showing him as such takes away the mythic aspect of der fuhrer who came very close to realizing his ambition to rule the world.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Vanishing Girl' by The Dukes of Stratosphear & 'Only In America' by Naked Raygun
Second ad break bumpers: 'Lonely Is (As Lonely Does)' by The dB's & 'Voices Carry' by Til Tuesday
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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11.05.2017

dimland radio 11-4-17 show notes

World Series Recap

For those of you who don't like sports, I start the show with sports. I couldn't help but talk about this year's Fall Classic. It was pretty damn entertaining. 

She Knew The Jerk
 
While talking about the Series, I mentioned the jerk who grabbed a home run ball out of the hand of the woman who caught it and threw it back on the field. It is a tradition to throw the opposing team's home run ball back and not keep it. The tradition started in Chicago with the Cubs fans. But the tradition is also to let the person catching the ball make the decision to throw it back.

Well, that fellow didn't let her make the decision. Neither Joe Buck nor John Smoltz mentioned the break with tradition, but people on social media noticed it and took to commenting on what a jerk he was. I made a similar comment about the fellow on Facebook. 

It turns out the jerk was the brother of the woman's husband. 

Pedantic Moment: Why Would You Take The Blue Pill 

Another internet meme surfaced asking which option you would choose, see above.

Interesting choices, but why would anyone take the blue pill? You want to lose 20% of your brainpower?

It's Not True: The People Only Use 10% Of Their Brains Myth

That blue pill option may have derived from the myth that people only use 10% of their brain power. Well, it's not true. We use our entire brain. 
 
Grief Vampires

I learned about Teresa St. Frances recently. She qualifies as what skeptics refer to as a grief vampire. I believe her to be sincere in her belief in her claimed abilities of being a psychic medium and animal communicator. She believes she can talk to the dead. And she offers her services to surviving loved ones of teens who have committed suicide.

That's infuriating to this skeptic.

You can look at her site, but I won't link to it. Just Google her name.

I will link to Steve Novella's piece on grief vampires. 

Top Three Cool Things Of The Week

Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week.


2) Halloween! Although this year we didn't have as many trick or treaters come to the house. 56 in all. Last year we had 99.

1) The World Series, of course.

Movie Recommendation: Deadline USA (1952)

 
It's been way too long since I've made a recommendation. Sorry about that.

I just watched this one a few nights ago. It's a newspaper movie starring Humphrey Bogart as a serious newsman running a paper that might be sold to a competitor and shut down. Bogart's character is determined to take down a notorious mobster who seemed untouchable.

Gritty and entertaining with Bogart being Bogart.
Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Rapture' by Blondie & 'You'll Have To Go Sideways' by The Soft Boys
Second ad break bumpers: 'I Want The One I Can't Have' by The Smiths & 'No More Lonely Nights' by Paul McCartney
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.

10.29.2017

dimland radio 10-28-17 show notes

It Looks Like I'm Not The Only One

You may recall in early September I told the story of my blowing out a tire by hitting a curb while attempting to get on the freeway. Well, someone else just did the same thing the other night! 

I'm not the only one. 

Never Tell Someone About Your Dream!
 
Unless you make it quick. I had an unusual one the other morning that I hope is amusing enough to break rule one of the Dimland Radio Rules On Telling People About Your Dreams. What is rule number one?

Rule Number One is DON'T!


But I talked about the dream anyway. 

A Dimland Radio ARGH! 

When leaving a message on voice mail in which you give your phone number, do me a favor and say the number twice!

Pedantic Moment: Gary Larson Doesn't Know How Doors Work

A sharp-eyed fan of The Far Side comic strip, the greatest comic strip ever, brought this to the attention of The Far Side Fan Group on Facebook. Francisco Melara spotted something wrong with the door in the classic "Midvale School for the Gifted" strip. The smart kid in the comic doesn't know how to open the door. He's obviously doing the opposite of what the door is instructing him to do, but the pneumatic closer is on the wrong side of the door!

Good eye, Francisco! 10 points!

Norman Doors

The Far Side goof prompted a FB person to share a video telling us about Norman Doors. Norman Doors are named for Don Norman, a really smart guy who got tired of poorly designs things which we use every day. Things like doors.

Check out this video to learn more. 

A Scary Story About A Woman With Huuuuuuuuuge Booooobs 

Like a car accident you can't help but look at, I recently encountered a woman whose breasts were quite large. I did my best not to stare, but I was then accused of staring, not at the woman with the you know, nope. No, I was accused of staring at a 4 year-old child.

I wasn't. Not at the child and not at the woman with the...things. 

This Was Very Disturbing

A news item was shared on the Facebook that was terrible. A 54 year old man in Turkey took his life publicly on Facebook Live. He ignored the pleas of family and friends.

Why did he kill himself and why so publicly? He was distraught that his daughter got engaged without his permission. At least, he didn't kill her or anyone else, but that daughter has to live with this now.

As disturbing as this story is, what I found more upsetting was the person, a woman, who shared the story on Facebook was blaming the daughter!

What?! 

Top Three Cool Things Of The Week

Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week.

3) The World Series is once again being played!

2) The Hated Yankees ain't in it!

1) Game Two of the 2017 World Series was awesome!

Movie Recommendation: None

I ran out of time, so you are on your own this week.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'In The Flat Field' by Bauhaus & 'Strange' by REM
Second ad break bumpers: 'This Wheel's On Fire' by Souixsie & The Banshees & 'O, Superman' by Laurie Anderson
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.