Sunday, July 31, 2005

1,000,000 rounds per minute...

interesting article about modern piracy in Indonesia

article on the current state of U2 aircraft

bad writing

Saturday, July 30, 2005

The Internet Is Amazing...

One of my fave songs from a misspent youth is Downtown by Petula Clark. And one of my fave parodies is what Mad Magazine did to thelyrics. I could never remember what issues I'd seen it in, etc. and felt it was lost to me forever - it bacame a minor obsession to find it. But now, one quick Google search, and once again, the immortal lyrics to Ground Round are resurrected! Enjoy.

Ground Round (Sung to the tune Downtown by Petula Clark)

When you eat meat but hate the meat that you're eating
then you've surely got, GROUND ROUND
It's so unnerving when they're constantly serving
in an eating spot, GROUND ROUND
I may be called a chopped steak, a salisbury or beef patty
No matter what it's called it's always overcooked and fatty
What can you do?
Go up to your waiter there, and loudly pound on your table,
stand up on your chair, and shout:
GROUND ROUND, always you're serving me,
GROUND ROUND, always you're conning me,
GROUND ROUND, why must it always be,
GROUND ROUND, Ground Round, ground round...

for fans of Halloween...

The Cyber-Bug

Girls' Swim Teams & Darwinism

I've noticed a phenomena recently involving girls' swim teams, (this may have been going on for years, I rarely pay attention ot these things). Every Saturday, the roads are clogged with an array of vans and wagons driven by mothers and carrying swarms of young contenders to various swim meets. All of these vans have their windows covered in graffitti urging the Fighting Minnows to Victory, etc. I guess they use soap or some washable paint. The point is that this cuts down on the vision of the drivers by about 90%. Kids used to get arrested at Halloween for doing this kinda stuff to other people's cars. So, here's my prediction: due to their near-total blindness, these vans will be involved in many more accidents; fatalities and cripplings will accrue, etc. The result will be that far fewer girls who swim will be able to breed, thus reducing the chances for succeeding generations to be successful competitive swimmers. In a century or two, women will be reduced to little more than helpless choking and bobbing on the waves.
This gives me an idea. This windshield graffitti could be a real tool. There's no real advantage to this, currently. I mean, I have nothing against women swimming. On the other hand, there is the Key Club...

God VS Satan in Investments

Quite an interesting little article, actually.

Friday, July 29, 2005

RIP Hechts...

Actually, Hechts is a minor loss, at best. It had been owned by out of towners for many decades (the May Comapny when I worked there about 23 years ago). But we still have the Variety Store down on Fort Hunt Road!

Forget About Kaplan - Here's How to Pass That Test!

neat article on synaesthesia

It Must Be The Crest!

radio blah blah

It's pointless to make the technology better since the same three or four companies will continue to dominate and play the same narrow crap.

Happy Birthday Rumble Doll!

Happy Birthday Nick!

Powell's one of my fave actors. With the incomparable Myrna Loy, he created one of the screen's greatest couples - Nick & Nora Charles. If you ahven't already, you gotta see th Thin Man movies - Classics!

almost forgot - Happy Birthday J. S. Le Fanu!

One of the greats of gothic literature. Author of Carmilla, the story that launched a thousand vampire lesbian movies...

Thursday, July 28, 2005

MST3K: The Movie on the Sundance Channel!!!

Thursday August 4 - 3:15 pm
Friday August 5 - 5:30 am
Sunday August 7 - 3:00 pm
Monday August 8 - 1:15 am
Tuesday August 23 - 9:00 am & 6:45 pm
All times are Eastern.


alert Pete Townshend!

McCartney & Harrison - Together Again?!?

Paul's beginning to scare me...

Happy Birthday Rocky Rococo!!!

One of my faves...

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Happy Birthday, Doc...

Bugs Bunny premiered in "Wild Hare" on this date in 1940.

neat article about Romans in ancient China

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Happy Birthday to a Man of Wealth & Taste...

I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night...

Happy Birthday Carl Jung!!!

neat sounds from Saturn!

Monday, July 25, 2005

nice index to Crypt of Cthulhu zine


a very disturbing little cartoon...

It's The End!

A site devoted to all the end of the world scenarios. Collect 'em all!

nice article on pro mini golf

Look Out, Mr Hanky...

'Cause Mr. Floatie's in town!

Lava Surfing!

A Revolting Change!

Dylan went electric on this date in 1965 at Newport...

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Beatles' Philosophy...

Cthulhu Backpack!

Ancient Egyptian Plush Dolls!

a fair price

Alien Rock'n'Roll

neat site devoted to Halloween decorating props

Saturday, July 23, 2005

White Zombie!

Everyone's favorite Ghost Host, Count Gore, is netcasting Bela Lugosi's White Zombie this week. Cool Stuff!

New Monty Python on the way!!!

From the Cutl TV Yahoo group:

The Monty Python team is compiling a new six-part series of old clips and new material.Each of the five remaining members of the madcap troupe will write and present their own special episode.John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones will collaborate on a sixth episode to honour the late Graham Chapman."They have all chosen their favourite bits from old Python films and the television series and linked them together in their own crazy way," a spokesman said.The episodes are being filmed at various locations. Palin chose to do his at Teddington Lock in London while Idle's was shot at the Hollywood Bowl in California.Monty Python's Personal Best will be screened on PBS in the US next year. A deal has not yet been made for broadcast in the UK or Australia.American audiences first discovered Monty Python after PBS obtained the rights to the sketch series Monty Python's Flying Circus from the BBC in the 1970s and its popularity shows no signs of waning.Spamalot, Eric Idle's Broadway musical based on 1975 hit Monty Python and the Holy Grail, has wowed critics and swept the board at awards ceremonies, picking up three Tonys last month, including best musical.

Happy Birthday Raymond Chandler!

Along with Hammet, he created the modern American detective and tough guy, and was a serious influence on ALL American pop culture. A very cool dude!

"I'm an occational drinker, the kind of guy who goes out for a beer and wakes up in Singapore with a full beard." --"The King in Yellow"

Friday, July 22, 2005

Kung Fu Jesus!

the cutting edge of labor-management negotiations

LOTR prank


my next car accessory


anyone seen Richard Gere?,0,1956373,print.story?coll=sns-ap-nationworld-headlines

Thursday, July 21, 2005

a very strange little art site

pics of Bela Lugosi in a passion play!

a great resource on American rhetoric

Very cool...

Fake Rock Bands - The Guide

Darth gets in touch with his inner child. Posted by Picasa

The Visible Barbie Project

The Death Star Sub Woofer

a nice remembrance of Doohan
Much nicer than the smarmy one the Post did...

Blogs In Space!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Happy Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Gorsky!!!!

It really was amazing, wasn't it? I remember sitting in my Uncle Harry's living room watching the TV, not knowing if we'd be successful or not. I think Cronkite nearly fainted. An incredible adventure, (I wish we'd do more up there). As Tim Leary once said about space travel - we need to go cruisin'!

9,000 year old Egyptian Beer resurrected!

The cutting edge of the Pause That Refreshes!

The Tornado Tank

Happy Birthday Mrs. Peel

One To Beam Up...

RIP, Scotty.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The Drive-In

Pirate Cthulhu! Arrrr, Matey!

Davey Jones, indeed....

Monday, July 18, 2005

Happy Birthday Hunter, RIP

Actually, I take it back, I can't imagine that guy enjoying Peace. Hope his ride is one big hellacious experience.

Military book reprints

Scholar's Bookshelf is an online retailer of military books (whom I've been dealing with successfully for a year or two). They're starting to issue their own line of oop books. The first deal with period around the American Revolution. An excellent resource.

Born To Run - 30th Anniversary

Rumors are that CBS is planning a multi-disc set to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of my all time fave albums. It's to include a DVD of performances from that era too. I am in a state of mega-Shakti.

Dylan Gaslight Tapes to be released!,11711,1517048,00.html



Plan 9 is available for free download!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

the dumbest dog

machine gun VS sword

Actually, the sword did pretty good!

new book: Lovecraft In Popular Cutlure

(I'd of rather have it entitled In UNPOPULAR Culture...

new CAS collection soon available

Friday, July 15, 2005

Happy Birthday Ian Curtis, RIP...

Joy Division is one of my faves. And one of the most darkly interesting bands, ever.

REH film news!

Bran Mak Morn - Official Movie Press Release from Universal Pictures!Universal City, CA – July 14 , 2005 – Working Title Films has teamed with Film 44 for the feature film adaptation of Bran Mak Morn; Peter Berg will direct the film from a screenplay adaptation by John Romano. Universal Pictures, where both production entities are housed, will distribute the film. Working Title optioned the rights to the early twentieth century classic fantasy adventure tales Bran Mak Morn by Robert E. Howard from Wandering Star Pictures. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan of Working Title Films will produce the film along with Wandering Star’s Paul Berrow, and John Cameron of Film 44. Sarah Aubrey of Film 44 will serve as an executive producer for the project. Bran Mak Morn fuses history with epic fantasy in the story of a mythical King of Ancient Britain, who forges an unholy alliance with the supernatural forces of his homeland to confront the mighty onslaught of the Roman Empire. “Bran Mak Morn is one of our most exciting and ambitious projects to date,” said Fellner. “Robert E. Howard’s writing brilliantly combines epic fantasy with heroic historical drama and we are delighted to partner with John Romano and the highly talented teams at Wandering Star and Film 44 to bring his stories to life.”Added Berg, “I look forward to working with Eric and Tim, producers whose successful track record speaks for itself. It is thrilling to be able to name Bran Mak Morn as one of Film 44’s first projects since joining the Universal family. Personally, I am excited as a filmmaker to bring to life this classic tale by Howard.”In regards to the project, Universal Picture’s President of Production Donna Langley noted, “It is always great news when an adaptation such as this can be undertaken. And it is even better news when those steering this film are production entities that we call part of the Universal Family” Eric, Tim, Pete, John and Sarah, along with their teams are sure to bring the magic and fantasy of Robert E. Howard’s words to life in spectacular fashion.”Universal’s Senior Vice President of Production, Dylan Clark will oversee the project for the studio. Chris Clark, senior vice president of development at Working Title, will oversee for the banner, with Cameron and Aubrey overseeing for Film 44. Berg’s longtime associate Maria Williams will also work with the Film 44 team on the project.”Working Title is currently preparing to release Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley, Dame Judi Dench, Donald Sutherland, and Brenda Blethyn on September 23, 2005 for Focus Features. They are in post production on Nanny McPhee, starring Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Angela Lansbury for Universal Pictures. Other projects include Hot Stuff, currently in preproduction, starring Tim Robbins and Derek Luke for director Phillip Noyce.Film 44, the newly formed production entity of Peter Berg, John Cameron and Sarah Aubrey, is currently in development on Kingdom with producer Michael Mann, which Berg will also direct. Berg recently directed Universal’s Friday Night Lights, which Cameron and Aubrey produced. Other directorial credits include The Rundown and Very Bad Things. Berg’s agency representative is Endeavor and his lawyer is Barry Hirsch.Wandering Star currently has three Robert E. Howard related feature projects in development, Solomon Kane in co-production with Davis Film Paris, Kull and Bran Mak Morn. Wandering Star is also producing the Modesty Blaise franchise with Miramax Films.

Baby Name Hell

a Javelin missle takes out a T-72 tank (target practice)

I want several of these for my evening commute.

Download the Internet!

Isn't this how Lovecraft's "At The Mountains of Madness" began?

new online Cthulhu Mythos store

Get emails from the Marquis de Sade!

The Internet is amazing...

a nice story on the economics of Chesapeake crabs

Woo Hoo! Faster Beer!,,SB112130747570985459-a6aQ_cM7U3ysPBEVAdU5mR7YbX8_20050813,00.html?mod=blogs

Virginia Scottish Games coming up

See brawny men wear skirts and throw huge things!

Fletcher's Boathouse has a website!

I still remember with great fondness a Saturday in late Spring of 1970 when Mr. Basom took the church youth group here to canoe and have a picnic. It poured the whole day - and we had a blast! All that summer, Edmund, Millie, Ed and I would go there in the afternoon to paddle around a little while. Swain's lock is a better place to hang out, but Fletcher's was much closer. It was still a very cool place to go. I bet I've not been there in, easily, 25 years. Gotyta remedy that.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

New Album by the Kinkster!!!

Happy Bastille Day!

Celebrate, (but don't lose your head!)!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

I'm always losing stuff in the couch - coins, keys, etc.

an affordable grill

Why light sabres are not for sale

Rhapsody/All Your Base Belong To Us

Uber Geekdom.

For D&D Fans Only

This is a cute list of worthless, satirical, punny, magic spells. It'll be meaningless to you unless you're a real fan. But if you are, I think it's pretty funny.

the littlest criminal...

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

the lamest "miracle" yet...

Miskatonic University Dice Bags!

Alert Charlton Heston!,10117,15891104-13762,00.html

the billion dollar frog,10117,15896240-13762,00.html

Colorful little fella.

Monday, July 11, 2005

I bet you 3:1 They're Wrong...

Death, Charlie the Tuna, & Irony

more amazing sand castles

the hamburger trick

The Old Crypt Keeper Lives!

Just got notification from Warner Brothers that they're releasing a DVD of the entire first season of Tales From The Crypt!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Fun optical illusions site

(Thanks for the link, Larry!)

Happy Birthday Arlo!

Happy Birthday Tesla!

Saturday, July 09, 2005

MST3000 DVD's!

Here's a guy selling homemade DVD's of old episodes of MST3000. Very cool.

Rupert Holmes box set!

Normally, I wouldn't care. The Pina Colada Song is one of the drippiest things out there. But this includes two faves: his take on Jennifer Tompkins (a depressing lament of a poor white trash girl that only Eddie and I remember being played on the radio) AND Timothy (the first Top 40 song devoted to cannibalism). Pity that they're only available this way.

Happy Birthday to a Bad Mutha...

Richard Roundtree!

50 Years is a lot of rockin' around the clock

Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock" was released 50 years ago today!

Paradox Magazine

Just discovered this - it's devoted to historical & speculative fiction.

for serious fans of the Pulps

Hundreds of reprints from the golden era of the pulps.

Friday, July 08, 2005

interesting furniture

can you crush an egg, longways, between your hands?

neat coin trick!

Hmmm, so much for cotton candy and a pony ride... Posted by Picasa

Could It Be....Satan?!?!

write yourself an email for the future

This could be the start of some very interesting experiments.

The ultimate in bookbinding,6109,1522698,00.html

Sad Soul News

We lost two great soul singers this week, Luther Vandross (who got a lot of press), and Renaldo Benson (of the Four Tops), who also wrote What's Going On? for Marvin Gaye.

Star Trek Lives!

I just discovered this site, and haven't checked it out fully; but it looks like another dedicated group of amateurs with a DIY Star Trek series. I love DIY efforts!

neat article about the new photo pill

More amazing medical stuff!


Thursday, July 07, 2005

hmmm, scientifically valuable, AND TASTY!

I am amused that the French, upon discovering a whole new genus, decide the first thing to do is to see how well it goes with butter.

the cutting edge of marriage proposals

time to take up a new hobby!

nice article about the disadvantages of outsourcing

Happy Birthday Ringo, and Goodnight Vienna!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Godzilla Plush!

Star Wars in Engrish!

Kid Karate Kranial Katastrophe!

Get A Life!

the tree

Motel Signs

The Internet is amazing...

The 70's

(some of this is obviously from the 60's...)

the treehouse

Don't swing on your chair

Dr. Tom Cruise

Tee hee!

the painful game

an amusing "magic" show

The Misfortune Cookie

I loved this!

Vampire dating service

You know, it really takes away from the "ancient immortal cultured soul" bit when these cretins can't even spell. You'd think in 500 years of existence that they might have discovered a dictionary..

EagleMan Insurance

The Purse vs Homeland Security

LEGO computers

a cute little cartoon/game

Fly Jefferson Airplane, Get you there on time...

Paul & Marty got together on this date in '65 to form the band...

Do you have Prince Albert in the sack?

Actually, the best part about this article is the photo of Big Al. Look at all the medals!!! For what??? What desperate battle did this valiant lad demonstrate courage in? Let's see, I think that big one on the left was for a winning bet at baccarat against the King of Kuwait in 1997, and I believe that one on the right is for successfully driving his own Mercedes down the hill to the maids' dormitory that weekend the chaffeur called in sick. The others, I'm not sure of, not being a brother in warriorhood and all that...

Alert Quasimodo!,3604,1520668,00.html

fascinating article about new gene therapy technique,1286,68019,00.html?tw=wn_story_mailer

We grow 'em tough in Virginia! (thanks for the link, Pete!)

I know some of you reading this are from rural areas of the country, and that many more of you are hunters. But I gotta tell you, if you want REAL challenge, I mean honest to goodness BIG game hunting, you gotta come to Arlington and try for some venison. Here on the cold, hard streets of the city, we don't raise no namby pamby Bambis! Here, a young buck grows up quick and tough, or not at all. Crime, street herds, drugs - they're all here, leading to a life of cheap thrills and violence. The survivors are street smart and savage. Normal bullets won't stop 'em, and around these parts, "road kill" refers to the dudes who were driving the cars, not the animal that they hit...
So forget about your wimpy lion safari, your tiger hunt, and your grizzly tracking. If you're a real sportsman - come to deepest, darkest Clarendon; and know fear...

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Google Earth

Military Tech - The Pain Ray

New sport - Yak Skiing

RIP Christopher Fry

I am totally bummed. My favorite playwright. Author of "The Lady's Not For Burning"; creator of the character Thomas Mendip, (the name may sound familiar...). The world isn't quite as interesting to me today.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy Birthday Rube Goldberg!!!

Another fave!

Happy Independence Day!

We head into town tonight to see the fireworks. One of my fave holidays!

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Rider On The Storm

Jim Morrison died on this date in 1971 - thirty four years ago! I still remember driving aroudn Montrose, Colorado with my cousin Marshall. We were going past the Star Drive-In when the DJ came on the radio and announced it, then played Riders On The Storm. Another twist in a very interesting summer.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Happy Birthday Hemann Hesse!

Wolf of the Steppes, Master of the Glass Bead Game, Maitre d' at the Magick Theatre...

A Date That Will Live In Infamy...

Plan 9 From outer Space debuted on this date in 1959...

Happy Birthday Professor!

butt ugly

the world's ugliest dog Posted by Picasa

Ahhhh, The Miskatonic University Graduate Cthulhu Plush!

a nice roundup of book reviews about Springsteen

Friday, July 01, 2005

Local Jazz News/Reviews by Erik!

I ahd the pleasure of working with Erik Quick for many years down at Olssons. He's now writing articles for! Erik was always the guy we'd go to at the store for any and all jazz questions (he was also one of our classical music gurus). Check his writings out, I can think of no better person to introduce someone to the local scene...

50 Worst Haircuts

For All Connoisseurs of Fantsay and Sword & Sorcery Art

Amazing collection of Giger, Frazetta, Dore and much more! Get to this site before the copyright lawyers shut it down!

nice review of the Twilight Zone DVD's

big boys theme park

This strikes me as a very cool idea...

the trailer for King Kong is out

for all your hi-tech weaponry & mad scientist equipment needs

125 Scientific Quesstions

Science Magazine is celebrating its 125th anniversary by exploring what it feels to be the top 125 questions facing science today.