9.03.2017

dimland radio 9-2-17 show notes

Welcome To High School And Welcome To The Curb

I still feel so stupid. More on that in a moment.
Thursday night was a welcome freshmen and parents to their new school. My son Hayden starts high school on Tuesday. My wife and I are a little nervous about it, but I'm sure he'll do his best. I didn't talk much about the presentation to the parents (the kids were sent off to some other part of the school).
I did note an odd perceptual thing, at least on my part, when looking at people standing at the front of an auditorium. It might just be me, but those people tend to look taller than they are. Is it just me?
It was what happened after the event at the school that made the night a royal pain in the ass and made me feel so stupid. On the way home I took a slight detour to show Amy and Hayden something. It was pretty much on the way, so I figured why not.
Getting back to our route home, my attention was not as sharp as it should have been. I was concentrating on the oncoming traffic during a turn onto the on ramp for the Interstate. I didn't notice I had cut the corner just a bit too sharp.

WHAM!

I hit the curb dead on with the front driver's side tire. The tire blew out.

So, god damn stupid.

Guest Appearances Of Other Podcasts

A couple weeks or so back, I participated in a group discussion of filmmaker George Romero. The discussion was on The Assault Of The Two-Headed Space Mules podcast, hosted by my friend Douglas Arthur. He had enough material to split it into two parts. Please check them out.

The other podcast was more recent. It's called A Topic A Month and is hosted by Adin Briggs who resides in Duluth, MN. Or as Minnesotans call it: Dah-loot. Adin had me on for about an hour to discuss conspiracy theories from a skeptical angle. Please check it out.

Yes, You Have The Right, But There May be Consequences

Tuesday morning the local free weekly newpaper, Cities Pages, broke a story about the owner of a bar in Minneapolis' North Loop section having donated $500 to the 2016 Senatorial campaign of David Duke. Yes, that David Duke.

That news has had a ripple effect. Part of which is the MN Skeptics group will be taking our business elsewhere for our monthly meet-ups. For the past six to seven years the MN Skeptics have headed to Club Jager, after having dinner at Be'Wiched, a way cool deli that has been very good to us. None of the members of MN Skeptics wishes to remain patrons of Club Jager.

We feel badly for the employees of the bar. We never got any hint of the apparent attitude of the owner from any of the staff. Most of them were very cool. (There is a blog from almost ten years ago telling stories of some racial and anti-Semitic troubles by patrons with the bar seeming to look the other way.) But we needn't have worry. By the closing time Thursday night, the entire staff had quit.

The owner remarked that he was exercising his right to donate money to whomever he wished. True. He can do that. The $500 just cost him a whole lot more, because his staff and patrons are exercising their rights.


Pedantic Moment: To Serve Man

I blogged about this at Warehouse Find, the official blog of Nostalgia Zone. It occurred to me earlier in the week that an episode of the classic television sci-fi series The Twilight Zone offers a couple pretty worthy Pedantic Moments.

Read here to get those moments.

Top Three Cool Things Of The Week


Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week.

3) Victims of the "satanic panic" of the 1990s, Dan and Fran Keller served 21 years in prison for satanic ritual abuse of children in their day care. They were innocent. They have been released and received $3.4 million.

2) I found an excellent source online for identifying fake news on the internets.

1) MN Skeptics taking their business elsewhere and the staff of Club Jager deciding their principles were more valuable than their jobs.

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: 'Tabazan' by Killing Joke & 'Homebreakers' by The Style Council
Second ad break bumpers: 'Entre Nous' by Rush & 'Respectable Street' 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

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.

8.27.2017

dimland radio 8-26-17 show notes

Solar Eclipse Talk And Mr. Pessimism: The Aftermath

This whole show was pretty much dedicated to the solar eclipse of last Monday. You may have heard of it.
 
Last week's show was loaded with my pessimism of seeing any of the eclipse, let alone the peak of 85%, which is what was expected in the Twin Cities. For the week leading up to the event, the weather outlook was consistently cloudy. I was certain I wouldn't see a thing. 

Monday came and I did get to see the moon cover about 75 - 80% 0f the sun before the clouds rolled in. It wasn't every bit of the event that we could have gotten, but it was better than nothing.

Some Friends And The Path Of Totality

I have a few friends who made the trek to the Path of Totality in order to observe a total solar eclipse. None of that 85% crap! They went for 100%.
 
I asked them to tell me of their experiences. Did the clouds stay away? How was the trip there? The trip home? And what were their over all impressions?
 
I got good responses from them. Especially from Maddy, the host of A Minnesota Trans-Atheist Podcast. Her story was so good I read the whole thing on the show. If I had summarized as I did the others it just wouldn't have done her story justice.
 
Now we can look forward to 2024.

Eclipse Science Isn't Doubted


I mentioned this last week, but I thought I'd read what someone else wrote (see above) on the fact that no one seemed to doubt that the eclipse would happen just as scientists had predicted. Whoever wrote it said it so much better than I did. 10 points to that person.

What Should Have Been The Official Song Of The Eclipse
 
Bonnie Tyler dragged that awful song Total Eclipse Of The Heart out for her performance on an eclipse cruise to sing during the event, reminding everyone what a lousy piece shit it is. (OK, you might like it. I loathe it and just about anything else written by Jim Steinman. Art is subjective. We'll just have to agree to disagree.)
 
I talked about what should have been the song of this celestial event. It's by the avant garde artist Klaus Nomi. It's called Total Eclipse.
 
It should have been (and in my mind was) the song for the eclipse for two reasons. One, it actually uses the line "total eclipse of the sun," not the heart. And, two, it's a much, much, MUCH better song.
 
 

Pedantic Moment (And Trump Apologetics): He Didn't Stare At The Sun

Don't let the headline mislead you. I'm not a Trump apologist. I want accuracy in reporting. Sure, it made for funny memes, but still photos of the Fifth-Grader in office are of him glancing up at the sun. He didn't stare. People are so determined to find any little thing to get on him. He does and says plenty of dumb and dangerous stuff as it is, you don't have to mislead the public by lying about him staring at the sun.
 
A glance is not staring.
 
Pause a glance and it looks like a stare.


I glanced at it, too. Unprotected. Glanced! I'm sure many, many other people did the same. But, no, Pres. Trump stared at it. Watch the video of him staring at the sun. It's right at the beginning, but careful. If you blink you'll miss him staring.
 

I was unfriended by someone on Facebook who accused me of being a Trump apologist and he said he didn't tolerate assholes. Really? He seems to tolerate himself.
 
Dimland Radio ARGH!
 
We watched Kong: Skull Island this past week. We noticed that Brie Larson's character was a photojournalist who didn't believe in taking photographs. I swear she never took a single picture of Kong.
 
Take a picture!
 
Top Three Cool Things Of The Week

Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week.

3) My friends' stories of their Path of Totality experiences.

2) Being able to share my eclipse glasses with my boss, my wife, my son, my neighbor, her daughter, my dad, and his neighbor.

1) And the fact I got to see as much as I did. Maybe as much as 80%. I'll take it.

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: 'Escape From The Planet Earth' by The Alleycats & 'All That Jazz' by Echo & The Bunnymen
Second ad break bumpers: 'Skin Deep' by The Stranglers & 'Traveling Man' by The Woodentops
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.

8.20.2017

dimland radio 08-19-17 show notes

Solar Eclipse Talk And Mr. Pessimism

A solar eclipse will be making its way across the United States. Here in the Twin Cities we won't be getting the see the total eclipse. We're too far north, but we should be able to see more than 80% of the sun covered by the moon. We should, but...

It's looking like it's going to be raining up here on Monday. Just great.

That led to me talking about the pessimistic way of viewing things. You're prepared to be disappointed, so when things turn out better than you thought, well, that's even more better.
 
I also talked about future eclipses.

Statues, Racists, And Our Child President

Last weekend wasn't one of America's better moments. And it certainly wasn't anywhere near a better moment for Pres. Trump. He did condemn the violence that led to a white supremacist carrying out the terrorist act of driving he car into the gathered anti-racist protesters, killing Heather Heyer. But, then he went on to say, "on many sides."

What? I tell you. I just don't have the words to express how frustrating and infuriating this guy gets. There seems to be no end to his non-presidential behavior. This guy is supposed to be our leader.

I also talked about the removal of Confederate war heroes being the reason the racists gathered to protest. There are those crying about the erasing of history. I don't see it that way. It's more a correcting of history. Put the statues in museums.

More Statue Talk

The western New York town of Celoron's claim to is that TV legend Lucille Ball grew up there. The city officials decided to commission a statue made to honor their hometown gal done good. What they received did not resemble Lucy at all. The townspeople took to calling it "scary Lucy."
 
I defended the original artist a little. That's because it seems clear to me that sculpting famous people in which their likenesses are captured is not where his talent lies. His online portfolio does not include any examples of his capturing likenesses. I wondered how he was picked and didn't he show someone the sculpture before setting it in bronze.
 
Another artist as commissioned and she delivered a lovely sculpture of Lucille Ball.

Pedantic Moment: Won't Get Fooled Again
 
On a recent episode of Penn's Sunday School, host Penn Jillette began reciting the lyrics of The Who's great anthem song Won't Get Fooled Again.
 
He got a few lyrics wrong. As it turns out, so did I.

You May Not Be As Smart As The Internet Quiz Says You Are

I did an experiment on a clickbait site (women.com) after I guessed on two of the multiple choice answers and got 100% as a result. It seemed pretty lucky and someone else on FB questioned how it was some many people did so well.
 
My experiment was to take the test several times, each time purposefully answering an increasing number of the questions incorrectly. Answering six questions incorrectly still gave me 100% results. In a 15 question test, six wrong answers is not 100%. Neither is getting one wrong
 
I recommend not trusting any internet quiz that doesn't show you the correct answers. Women.com doesn't show the answers.
 
Top Three Cool Things Of The Week

Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week.

3) Tina Fey's reaction to the shameful events in Virginia and her advice for handling such rallies in the future.

2) Seth Meyers' reaction the Pres. Trump's inability to handle the shameful events in Virginia.

1) The people of Virginia's reaction to the shameful events in Virginia.

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: 'Above It Now' by Figures & 'Love Song' by The Cure
Second ad break bumpers: 'Terror Couple Kill Colonel' by Bauhaus & 'Lay All Your Love On Me' by ABBA
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.