8.12.2017

dimland radio 8-12-17 show notes

It Seems This Song Is Relevant Again


Our current leader with the famous face, our fifth grader in the oval office, is making with the tough talk against the world's other child leader. There is a fear of nuclear attack. Boy, we sure live in interesting times.

In 1984, XTC released the song This World Over. It's a vision of a post-nuclear apocalyptic world written by Andy Partridge, giving voice to the fears the world had about Pres. Reagan and the Soviets destroying the world. There were a lot of songs like this one in those days.
 
Looks like they're relevant again.

A Pedantic Moment: Get The Lyrics Right!

As I talked about that song by XTC, a Pedantic Moment came up. It was a minor one. Google has part of the lyrics wrong for this song. It lists "dry odd numbered limbs" as "dry off numbered limbs." That don't make no sense given what the song is about.

Yeesh! Good job, Google.

Pastor Robert Jeffress Thinks He Knows What God Wants

Of course, I don't believe in a god, but I do enjoy when certain religious types seem so certain as to what their god thinks.

Pastor Robert Jeffress, a spiritual advisor to our child President, says that God sanctions whatever actions Pres. Trump might decided to take against North Korea, including using nukes.

I may be wrong , but I think the pastor may be one of those religious extremists rooting for End Times.

I Have An Unpopular Opinion
 
It's been a thing on Facebook lately: People asking others to post an unpopular opinion in the comment thread. They ask others either agree or disagree, but do not argue.

So, I posted my unpopular opinion about OJ Simpson. As related to his parole for his conviction that landed him in prison for the last nine years, I think...

Oh, but that would be a spoiler. You'll have to listen to the show. However, you can probably guess, since the opinion is unpopular.

Children Are Our Future And How To Use A Ladder  


This young man is trying to get a rag off a pipe with a ladder. Yep. He's using a ladder. Uh huh. That's what he's doing.

Incidentally, this is an example of a very rare occasion when making video in the portrait format actually works.

My Conspiracy Theorist Friend Thinks He's Checkmated Me

Watch the following video...
 

If you are a conspiracy theorist who believes "they" are trying to control the populace of the world with some chemical put into the atmosphere at high altitudes using jet airliners creating chemtrails, you will think this video shows a CIA director admitting to just that. As my friend believes.

If you are not a conspiracy theorist and you understand what contrails are, you will hear this fellow talking about ways to slow global warming so that "the world economy additional time to transition from fossil fuels."

My friend thinks this is an admission and that "they" have been doing this for years. I think it shows that conspiracy theorists hear what they want to hear.
 
Top Three Cool Things Of The Week

Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week.

3) A Russian satellite has taken a series of pictures of the earth and a video of the images has been made from the photographs. It provides a different perspective of our home. It's way cool.

2) Youtuber Captain Disillusion has a new video out. This time he's showing how some of those amazing trick shot videos are made. Not all rely on computer trickeration, so are just take after take until the shot is made.

1) An optical illusion created by Victoria Skye is way cool. It demonstrates nicely how people just can't say, "I know what I saw."

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: 'Away' by The Feelies & 'New World Man' by Rush
Second ad break bumpers: 'New Dreams' by Naked Raygun & '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

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.

8.06.2017

dimland radio 8-5-17 show notes

A Pedantic Moment: Winking Face Emoji

On Facebook when you type a semicolon and the right half of a parenthesis - ;) - the site automatically posts a little winking face. My pedantry is that the wrong eye is winking. When typed it should be the face's right eye that winks, not the left.

Wrong eye.
Explosion At Minnehaha Academy
 
Wednesday morning there was an explosion at Minnehaha Academy, a private school in South Minneapolis, caused by a natural gas leak during some construction on the school. Two people were killed. I talked about how you just don't when your time might come and about how fast emergency vehicles are allowed to go to get to an emergency. I also talked a little bit about the Go Fund Me pages that have been posted in relation to helping out in the aftermath of this tragedy.
 
I also talked about there being a suggestion this accident might have been part of Islamic terrorism. I was asked how long it would take before someone suggested it. From what I can tell, about an hour and twenty minutes. A local psychic tweeted about her suspicions.
 
 
 
She's psychic. Can't she divine the answer?
 
There was a vigil at the school later that day at which people involved gather to give each other support. Of course there was some mention of how God would help people through this. And, of course, the atheist that I am has me wondering why God didn't help by preventing the explosion. I know, I know. Mysterious ways.
 
The news of this vigil led to...

Another Pedantic Moment
 
On the 10 o'clock news that night, a young reporter noted that the people at the vigil (held earlier that night) are taking it "one day at a time." He said that twice in the report.
 
Um. It's only been one day. There was no other way to take it at the time.

"Do Your Own Research"
 
The above image is being shared on social media was created by Stop The World The Teabaggers Want Off. That is a bullshit site that generates fake quotes by conservatives. I said as much when a Facebook friend shared the image. I also stated the Melania Trump speaks five languages, so she's not exactly stupid.
 
That language comment was disputed with evidence, while I provided two sources. The person disputing me did not provide sources. They eventually resulted to ad hominem.
 
Oh, well.
 
Dimland Radio Science Hero: John Oliver
 
John Oliver has been declared a Dimland Radio Science Hero once before. He and Senator McCaskill were named Heroes for their exposure of Dr Oz's peddling of snake oil.
 
John Oliver, on his HBO program Last Week Tonight, has also exposed the bullshit of the media's false equivalency on climate change, the bullshit of the anti-vax movement, and the batshit, crazy, bullshit of conspiracy theorist king Alex Jones.
 
For all of that, I once again declared John Oliver a Dimland Radio Science Hero.

Top Three Cool Things Of The Week

Here are the Top Three Cool Things from this week.
 
3) I got a pair of eclipse glasses to observe the celestial event later this month. I joked a bit about how to tell your glasses are safe, but here is a better way to do that. I looked at the sun and it was way cool!
 
2) It's Not True: This video, although very cool, does not show lightning making water explode. It's part of a mining operation clearing a channel and the lightning seen in the video is a wired charge setting off the explosion.
 
1) My son turned 14 years old this past week. Happy Birthday, Hayden! Astrologers, put your charts away!

Movie Recommendation: N

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: 'Epic' by Faith No More & 'Refugee' by U2
Second ad break bumpers: 'Certain Things Are Likely' by KTP & 'Here Is The News' by ELO
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.

7.30.2017

dimland radio 7-29-17 show notes

Another Perspective On Justine Damond's  Death

I discussed a blog post that pointed out that media coverage of Justine Damond seems to be different than the coverage of other victims of police violence, such as Philando Castile. Specifically, in Castille's case the news media wasted little time exposing his police record and that of his girlfriend. This has not been the case with Damond. The media hasn't felt compelled to show her and her fiance's warts.

The blogger makes a very good point. As does the writer of this piece.

Here's a very good collection of the details that were available as of July 23. And there has been some news about the patrol car having been claimed to have been slapped by a woman prior to Damond being shot. I haven't seen any news about whether or not the car is pressing charges.

A Different Take On 'Institutionalized'
 
California hardcore punk legends Suicidal Tendencies and their classic teen angst song Institutionalized came to mind earlier this week. I watched the video (see this week's bumper below) and read the lyrics and I noticed my attitude toward the song had changed since I first heard it in the mid-80s. Just a little.

Some Talk About Senator John McCain
 
Senator John McCain has brain cancer. He also gave an impassioned speech to his fellow members of the Senate to get back to public debate and compromise. He voted the send the Republican's idea of a healthcare bill on for debate. He voted no, along with two other Republican senators, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, on the "skinny" bill to repeal Obamacare.

Busy bit of time for the longtime public servant.

There were a few people who pointed out the Sen. McCain is benefiting from taxpayer funded healthcare, while he seems determined to take it away from millions of Americans. Well, Obamacare is still in affection and partly because Sen. McCain voted against repealing it. He might do so in the future, but we'll see.

And, of course, the internet being the internet, there were a few people hoping he would being dying soon and in pain due to that cancer. How compassionate.
 

Full Moon Review
 
I briefly went over my reaction to the Keith Moon biography detailing the craziness of the maniac drummer of The Who. I found it difficult to read due to the multiple authors' inability to use the proper verb tense. I also found it tedious and, in the end pathetic and sad.

You can read my full review here.

It's Not True: John McCain Was Pardoned By Nixon
 
With Sen. McCain being in the news, a meme has been floating around claiming he would have been court-martialed for treason had he not been pardoned by Pres. Nixon. It's not true.

Top Three Cool Things Of The Week

Here are the Top Three Cool Things that I spotted this week.
 
3) Recently, I begged for more Facebook likes for Dimland Radio. It went from 173 to 181. I looked at how the numbers break down by country. Number one was the US, no surprise there. Number two, at 22 likes, was... You'll have to listen. ;)
 
2) A couple friends and I sat on on the internets earlier this week. We joined Douglas Arthur in recording an episode of his podcast Assault of the Two-Headed Space Mules. We talked about filmmaker George Romero, who died just recently. The show isn't up yet. I will let you know when it is. Douglas says it might be a two-parter.
 
1) A friend gave me The Who Tommy Live on VHS. (Yes, I have a player.) I gave the concert from their 1989 a little review. For the must part , it's an excellent concert. Thanks, Craig! You can watch the Tommy portion of the video here.

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: 'Headmaster Ritual' by The Smiths & 'Institutionalized' by Suicidal Tendencies
Second ad break bumpers: 'Tom Sawyer' by Rush & 'Lie Detector' 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

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.