Weirdness

Monday, August 31, 2015

My next wristwatch

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/imnl/?cpg=fb

Neat-O!

A nice article about the so-called "Hotline"

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-never-was-such-a-thing-as-a-red-phone-in-the-white-house-1129598/?no-ist


One of the last statements in the article implies that the earlier system was infrequently tested, but I don't believe that to be the case.  I seem to remember a similar article written many years ago, and the system was constantly being checked.  What's interesting about that was that each side would send notes, quotations and passages, where either the origins or the words were obscure, to keep each set of translators on their toes.

RIP Wes Craven

http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/477271-horror-master-wes-craven-dead-at-76


Happy Birthday Glenn Tilbrook!


http://www.glenntilbrook.com/



Happy Birthday Van Morrison!


http://duets.vanmorrison.com/


Happy Birthday James Coburn!


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



Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Matrix - Symbolism & Conspiracy Theory


http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/08/29/esoteric-symbolism-and-hidden-meaning-uncovered-in-the-matrix-film/


Fun stuff!  (But probably overly serious...)

RIP Oliver Sacks

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/30/436013382/oliver-sacks-renowned-neurologist-and-author-dies-at-82?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20150830&utm_campaign=dailydigest&utm_term=nprnews




Space elevator on the way?

http://thothx.com/news-2/


(Thanks for the link, Sean!)

Happy Birthday Frank Conniff!


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Conniff



Happy Birthday John Phillips!


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Phillips_(musician)




Happy Birthday Lewis Black!


https://lewisblack.com/


Happy Birthday Molly Ivins!


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


Happy Birthday Joan Blondell!


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


Happy Birthday Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Shelley


Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day!

Yum!

Today is the International Day of the Victims of Forced Disappearances

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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cast A Deadly Spell is online!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhKio_WCDWI


This has always been a difficult or expensive film to see/own.  It's an interesting take on the Cthulhu Mythos, combined with a Raymond Chandleresque vibe, and several in-jokes.


Happy Sturgeon Moon!


http://earthsky.org/tonight/super-sturgeon-moon-lights-up-night-of-august-29-30

Wuss America


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/yellowstone-national-park-train-bears_55df2bdae4b0e7117ba902b8?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000022


NecronomiCon & the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/croissants-with-cthulhu

Happy Birthday Elliott Gould!


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


Happy Birthday Charles Gray!


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


Happy Birthday John Locke!


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


Happy International Bat Night!


http://www.national-awareness-days.com/international-bat-night.html



Friday, August 28, 2015

My next lamp

http://abductionlamp.com/


A nice little article about the Flying Spaghetti Monster


http://strangesounds.org/2014/04/new-weird-religion-the-church-of-the-flying-spaghetti-monster-officially-recognised-in-poland.html


An article about the Enchanted Forest theme park

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-marylands-enchanted-forest-had-its-own-storybook-ending-1-180956318/?utm_source=facebook.com&no-ist


I only went there once, I think it was in 1964, and only remember snippets of it.  But it was a big deal around the Baltimore area, as I recall.

Happy Birthday Song of the Thin Man!

Premiered on this date in 1947.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039853/


Happy Birthday Animal Crackers!

Premiered on this date in 1930.

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


Happy Birthday Jack Vance!


http://www.jackvance.com/

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday John Stark!


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

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Nancy Kulp!


http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0474685/


Happy Birthday J.S. Le Fanu!


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheridan_Le_Fanu


Happy Birthday C. Wright Mills!


http://www.cwrightmills.org/


Happy Birthday J. August Richards!


http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0724124/


Anniversary fo the March On Washington in 1963


http://ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=96



One of the greatest political events in American history, and perhaps the greatest American speech of the 20th Century.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Punkin Chunkin is coming up!

https://www.punkinchunkin.com/



Happy Harvest Moon!


http://earthsky.org/?p=2467


Happy Birthday Martha Raye!


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


Happy Birthday Joseph Reed!


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Reed_(politician)

A Patriot.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

a nice article on bourbons not made in Kentucky

http://www.eater.com/drinks/2015/8/25/9205881/18-great-bottles-of-bourbon-made-outside-kentucky


Including my fave, Bowman Brothers.

We're #1! We're #1! We're #1!

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/DC-Drivers-Spend-the-Most-Time-in-the-Car-Study-322923281.html?_osource=Newltr_Station_Hdlines_DC



Happy Birthday Shirley Manson!


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Manson


Happy National Dog Day!


http://www.nationaldogday.com/


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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_the_Rights_of_Man_and_of_the_Citizen

In 1789.

Happy Women's Equality Day!


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Equality_Day



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New box set issue of Velvet Underground's Loaded album!

http://theseconddisc.com/2015/08/25/the-velvet-underground-gets-re-loaded-for-6-disc-deluxe-box-set/



The color of my next suit

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/blackest-is-the-new-black-scientists-have-developed-a-material-so-dark-that-you-cant-see-it-9602504.html


Van Morrison reissue news!

http://theseconddisc.com/2015/08/25/breaking-van-morrison-goes-to-legacy-recordings-deluxe-editions-and-digital-releases-planned/


Happy Birthday Tim Burton!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000318/


Happy Birthday Born to Run!

Released on this date, 40 years ago.  My favorite album.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Born_to_Run


Happy Birthday Monster Mash!

Released on this date in 1962.  The National Anthem of Halloween.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNuVifA7DSU


Happy Birthday Elvis Costello!


http://www.elviscostello.com/


Happy Birthday Sean Connery!

http://www.seanconnery.com/

Happy National Banana Split Day!

Yum!