Weirdness

Monday, September 01, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm


Sunday, August 31, 2014

The coolest little music maker that you're going to see today

http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=12485&promo=HolidayPreview2014


Happy Birthday James Coburn!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000336/


Happy Birthday Glenn Tilbrook!

http://www.glenntilbrook.com/


Happy Birthday Van Morrison!

http://www.vanmorrison.com/index.html


Saturday, August 30, 2014

ONLY NUMBER 3 ?!?!?

http://redbricktown.com/2014/08/30/report-washington-d-c-drivers-longer-worst-usa/

http://www.allstate.com/resources/Allstate/attachments/tools-and-resources/ABD-Report-2014.pdf


C'mon, DC - where's the Pride?!?  Of course, I question the survey results.  For one thing, they cleave the suburbs from the city, (Beloved Alexandria is listed as #8).  It's like a physician giving you a clean bill of health while ignoring that grapefruit-sized tumor on your neck, ("Oh, that's a different place.").  And for another thing, clearly these Allstate clowns have never been to Baileys Crossroads or Seven Corners at rush hour.  Just that two mile stretch alone would put our Fair City in the Number One slot, no question.  Throw in Pennsylvania Avenue during tourist season, or Shirlington at dinner time, and we're talking a Hieronymous Bosch nightmare. And what about Nutley Street and 66?  Why, the traffic reporters don't even bother  to mention the length of delay anymore, merely that day's body count.  The whispered mention of these locations has been enough to put insurance claims adjusters into catatonic shock.   Pfft!  Number 3, indeed....

A site devoted to the disappearance of Ambrose Bierce

http://donswaim.com/bierce-disappearance.html

And if you don't know about Ambrose, do yourself a favor and check him out http://www.ambrosebierce.org/works.html.

His Devil's Dictionary is an essential part of  my life...



Happy Birthday Frank Conniff!

http://frankconniff.com/
http://mst3k.wikia.com/wiki/Frank_Conniff


Happy Birthday John Phillips!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Phillips_%28musician%29


Happy Birthday Lewis Black!

http://lewisblack.com/


Happy Birthday Molly Ivins!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molly_Ivins


Happy Birthday Joan Blondell!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000951/

One of my faves.


Happy Birthday Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley!

http://www.biography.com/people/mary-shelley-9481497


Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day!

Yum!

Today is the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

http://www.un.org/en/events/disappearancesday/

Happy International Bacon Day!

Yum!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Ultime Chuck Berry CD Collection!

Incredible!

http://www.bear-family.com/en/by-brand-manufacturer/berry-chuck/rock-and-roll-music-any-old-way-you-choose-it-the-complete-studio-recordings-plus-16-cd-2-books.html?force_sid=80959cf22d34ab34724985041fa7b3d3


(Thanks for the link, Art!)

The (possible) return of Ballantine's IPA

http://gizmodo.com/how-pabst-brought-a-136-year-old-beer-back-from-the-dea-1628690352

it seems to me that there are far too many if's and but's this to call it a resurrection of the original beer.  In one way, that's unfortunate, but it might still be quite good, and I plan on trying it.


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)


The mystery of Death Valley's moving stones - solved

http://time.com/3210582/sailing-stones-death-valley-solved/


Amazon's Customer Service

http://laughingsquid.com/customer-has-a-hilarious-norse-mythology-themed-chat-with-an-amazon-customer-service-person/
Neat-O!


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!

The first two albums by David Sancious are being reissued!

http://theseconddisc.com/2014/08/29/greetings-from-asbury-park-n-j-esoteric-reissues-david-sancious-first-two-albums/


(Thanks for the link, Art!)

Anniversary of George joing the Quarrymen in 1958

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-quarrymen-mn0000491441/biography


Happy Birthday Charles Gray!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0336509/

A great character actor.

Happy Birthday Elliott Gould!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001285/

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday John Locke!

http://www.iep.utm.edu/locke/


Thursday, August 28, 2014

A new Doors film...

http://www.eagle-rock.com/product/feast-of-friends-2/#.U_-Yn2MXMSP


Eating Holy Clay

http://hauntedohiobooks.com/news/eating-holy-clay/

Very strange....

Mrs. Wakeman VS The Antichrist

http://www.strangehistory.net/2014/08/28/review-mrs-wakeman-vs-antichrist/
A nice review of what sounds like a fascinating book!

Happy Birthday Animal Crackers!

Premiered on this date in 1930.  Great movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020640/


Happy Birthday Jack Vance!

One of my favorite fantasy authors.

http://www.jackvance.com/


Happy Birthday C. Wright Mills!

http://www.faculty.rsu.edu/users/f/felwell/www/Theorists/Mills/


Happy Birthday J.S. Le Fanu!

http://www.online-literature.com/lefanu/


Happy Birthday John Stark!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stark

A Patriot.

Anniversary of the 1963 March On Washington

http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_march_on_washington_for_jobs_and_freedom/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs


One of the most important American political events - ever.  Perhaps the greatest speech ever delivered on American soil.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

And yet another theory on Egyptian pyramid construction

http://io9.com/physicists-have-a-simple-answer-for-how-egyptians-built-1627604283


Ramones film in the works!

http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/a_martin_scorsese_film_about_the_ramones_is_in_the_works


Happy Birthday Martha Raye!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0713106/


Happy Birthday Joseph Reed!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Reed_%28politician%29

A Patriot.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Hometown

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/aug/26/northern-virginia-motorway-line-stripes-video
The official explanation is interesting, and because it's official, almost certainly a lie.  For those of you not familiar with NoVa, Interstate 66 may well be the worst road of all, when it comes to accidents, delays, gridlock and inconvenience.  It may also remain the most expensive piece of the Interstate system, due to the many lawsuits attempting to thwart it as it carved its way through the already developed suburbs.  It remains one of the world's great parking lots, every rush hour.

Nice article on the secret writings of Isaac Newton

http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/science-and-technology/the-secret-writings-of-isaac-newton


Dylan's Basement Tapes are finally being released

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bob-dylan-complete-basement-tapes-bootlegs-released-november-20140826?utm_source=regular&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&email=mendip@gmail.com


It's tough to be a Soviet monument

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/08/22/russia-to-bulgarians-please-stop-painting-over-soviet-era-monuments-to-look-like-ronald-mcdonald-and-superman/


Ghost Tape Number 10

http://militaryhistorynow.com/2013/10/30/trick-or-treat-the-strange-tale-of-ghost-tape-no-10/
I'm familiar with this story of psyops from the Vietnam War, but the link to Youtube to actually hear the tape is new to me.  Pretty interesting footnote to the War.

Anniversary of "Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen" by the French National Assembly, 1789

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/rightsof.asp

Fawlty Towers In Lego

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_fawlty_towers_hotel_meticulously_recreated_in_lego

At last! Something appropriate for singing 99 Bottle Of Beer!

http://gizmodo.com/good-god-someones-selling-a-99-pack-of-beers-1626890533

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Beloit Mindset List for this year

http://www.wtop.com/1373/3688464/College-freshmen-dont-remember

Happy Birthday Shirley Manson!

http://www.biography.com/people/shirley-manson-21084967


Happy Women's Equality Day!

www.nwhp.org/resourcecenter/equalityday.php