Saturday, December 31, 2005

new Cthulhu film

Cthulhu Lemon

neat article on wine research and technology

Friday, December 30, 2005

Super Cthulhu Plush!

January, 30 years ago....

30 years ago you went into Georgetown because everything in Virginia sucked and closed down by 10:00. It would be Roger and Margaret and Edmund and Beth and me as the odd spoke (of course), and some of you reading this, occasionally. Edmund could always find a parking place within two blocks of Wisconsin and M. The roads would be solid steel and yet he'd always find some abandoned space in some carefully tucked away corner towards the river. The man had The Gift.
It was cold, so damn cold, but half a dozen zombies from Pall Malls would warm you right up. We'd hurry from bar to bar, traipsing down M Street as fast as possible before the buzz wore off. Each establishment had lines of college kids and tourists waiting to get in. The bouncers gave us no hassles, and we always got immediate entrance. We were professionals and they knew it. You can get to a point in decadence and debauchery where you give off an aura of grim hedonistic determination that is not to be messed with - we glowed. You had to go to Gunchers, of course. Oh, the drinks weren't that good, but the antique arcade games were fun, and hell, traditions had to be maintained. Then there was the Crazy Horse and Winstons and Mr. Smiths (before 9 when it turned into a gay bar), and three or four more whose memories have retreated into a mist that smells of rum and bourbon. I personally avoided Clydes (too expensive and too unnecessarily pretentious), but just about everything else was fair game. There were games and they were simple, mostly involving burning napkins with cigarettes. Which reminds me - there was always smoke - pipes with good old Virginia blend tobacco, or Brazilian cigars (which we called Mississippi Gamblers), or pitch black sobrane cigarettes. It would not surprise me in the least to discover a fog still enveloping the lower end of Georgetown from our exhalations).
Timing was important, we had to end up at the Cafe de Paris by 2AM for a line of drinks from Last Call, as well as French onion soup, steak tartar, and the best french fries ever devised by man. These things are important and are missed.
The soundtrack reflected the attitude, some Bowie, some Stones, some funk/disco (Love Rollercoaster always sticks with me from that time), with New Wave and Punk just around the corner, (Patti Smith was starting a black flame with her first album that was already burning some new tunnels in my brain).
But we were still cold, and I don't think it was just the weather. The economy blew and the future was bleak. For a night we could forget our suck-ass jobs (or lack thereof) and a time period hemming us in. It wasn't really escaping - we were burrowing, (and I'm not sure I've ever stopped). But there was also a deep camaraderie, and that may be all one can really gain from any situation.
For those of you who were there - well, we made it another year we never expected to, let's keep going and see what happens. And for those of you who weren't - Happy New Year, may you never have to burrow. As for me, I'm getting another bourbon and dreaming of old friends and french fries at 3AM from Cafe de Paris (with Love Rollercoaster quietly bouncing away in my head). Peace.

Not The Nine O'Clock News on DVD!

I've only heard snippets of this show - but it was wonderful!

Frazetta Sculptures on the way!

My Easter Bonnet!

The Cthulhu Hat!!!

for serious fans of REH

Urban Legends Slide Show

This is a pretty cool compendium!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Musical Day!

December 3oth is a birthday for:

Tracy Ullman - comedic genius, wonderful singer. The spiritual heir of Carol Burnett and Leslie Gore.

Davy Jones - the Daydream Believer.

Mike Nesmith - Destroyer of the Monkees, Father of music videos.

Bo Diddley - The Originator

Patti Smith - Poetess Priestess of Rock'n'Roll. Essential.

Skeeter Davis - one of the sweetest voices I've ever heard

The Science of Missing Spoons

Office Guns

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

latest from the Air Force's Laser Lab

Monday, December 26, 2005

The Annual Colorado Fruitcake Toss

some nice footnotes on Churchill in D.C.

Pea Soup!

The Exorcist was released on this date in 1973. For those of you not around, it was an amazing phenomena. Lines to theatres stretched around the block, little Linda Blair became the flavor of the month, tales of demonic intervention were rumored to plague the production (and shamelessly recounted by media flaks), Georgetown (where it was filmed) became a tourist hotspot at night, untold numbers converted to Catholicism, and every parent of a kid with a smart mouth was dragging them off to the priests to be drowned in Holy Water. Amazing stuff!

getting old...

I Want To Hold Your Hand was released in the States on this date in 1963, 42 years ago...

Hi-Ho Steverino!!!

Happy Birthday Steve Allen!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

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Happy Birthday Bogey!

One of my all-time faves! Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Across The Pacific, To Have & Have Not. He helped personify Cool without even knowing it.

Friday, December 23, 2005

the cutting edge of

It's A Wonderful Internet!

neat article on ways to beat biometric security

He was able to cure his patients of crabgrass...

Death By Magnetism

Sad and truly weird...

nice article on "Paul Is Dead"

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A gift for that special someone who has everything...

Lego + Star Wars


Weird USB Drives

Happy Birthday Vampira!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

uses for a guinea pig

The Hamburglar Strikes!!!

Rudolph's Revenge

fireworks and Darwin

Pimp Your Nutcracker

the cutting edge of Oedipus

nice article on pranking

Stalin and the Planet of the Apes

I suppose this is possible. There were a lot of bogus "scientific" theories going around at the time...

Lovecraft meets Peanuts


The Graduate premiered on this date in 1967...

Monday, December 19, 2005

weirdness with light

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Happy Birthday Elric! (Michael Moorcock)

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Happy Holidays

As we get closer in to the Holiday Season, Linda and I just want to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Christmas/ Hanukkah/Solstice/Kwanzaa/Midwinter/Cthulhumas/New Year/Yule/Saturnalia. Cheers!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Phil Ochs 65th Birthday Bash - Live!!!

Thursday night December 22 thru Friday morning December23Broadcast LIVE from Sixth Street Community Center WithHost Bob Fass, and many notable performers and guestsThis month marks what would have been the 65th birthdayof Phil Ochs, one of the great songsters of the 1960'santiwar movement. In the spirit of WBAI's longtradition of innovative and rabble-rousing radio, we'dlike to invite you to what is sure to be a memorablelate-night LIVE broadcast of "Radio UnNameable" hostedby the legendary Bob Fass at the Sixth Street CommunityCenter, commemorating Phil Ochs' birthday.Numerous "walk-on" musicians and surprise guests willperform Phil Ochs' songs and talk about his life. Theshow will be broadcast live over WBAI (99.5 FM) duringBob Fass's regular weekly late-night timeslot.
You can get the live stream here:

the cutting edge of anti-terrorism tactics

In a surrealistic way, this is brilliant. I plan on wrapping bacon around my head this instant!

Communicating with the Gods

The Cutting Edge of Cthulhuiana

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Rude Christmas Brews



Happy Birthday John Hammond Sr.
An ESSENTIAL linchpin in American pop culture.

Cool! The Marshmallow Blaster!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Brain Wave ID

There's something frightening in this...

Happy Birthday Spike Jones!

Musical heir to the Marx Brothers. Genius.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Rumpole DVD News!

A very cool series...

Poor RAW

I feel kinda sorry for the novelist Robert Anton Wilson, he was about thirty years ahead of his time. To anyone into Discordianism or conspiracy theory, this stuff is all old hat...


Hey Mr. Tambourine Man, Play A Song For Me...

Buffy the Theory Slayer

Death - Illegal!
(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

new Star Trek fanflic on the way with Walter Koenig!
(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

more signs of the End Times

Boutique Bowling

This is so D.C. these days. Take a good idea, (make bowling a little more upscale - some eatible food, some real beer, maybe a little cleaner surroundings), but then make it so expensive and over the top that you destroy it. I'm going bowling - not dining in Manhattan with Bobby Short. The article makes this sound so expensive and so chi-chi that I've no desire to even check it out.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Queen of the Mountain Bootleggers

She sounds charming.

Happy Birthday Karl Wagner

One of my favorite fantasy authors, gone too soon. I think his character, Kane, is one of two or three favorites in the genre.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Another Oldie - The Physics of Santa Claus

Another Oldie But Goody - The X-Mas Files...

NORAD Tracks Santa

I send this link out every year. The coolest thing that the Federal Government does.

Happy Birthday George Mason!!!

It's too bad that the university named after him so degrades his memory and what he stood for...

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Which Great Old One are You?

I got Azathoth.

someone needs an ice scraper

the cutting edge of Christmas ornaments

Santa Claus Wargaming Miniatures!

Water Skiing Santa On The Potomac

another ahhh moment...

Ahhhh, Panda pics

Cthulhu Merchandise

Your Tax Dollars At Work

You can now get pdf copies of the FBI files on their investigation of that great threat to Western Civilization, Louie Louie. Feel safer now?

Friday, December 09, 2005

neat interview about the Marx Brothers

Find Local Christmas Light Displays



How fucking stupid can you get? Listen people, we have just got to educate our psychotics to a higher degree than we have been. Sheesh!

Forget about the Ides of March...

Worry about the Ideas of April...

True Gamesmen?

I keep reading about this phenomena, and I keep thinking two things:
1. This is the god-damndest thing. People paying other people to play for them! What wankers!
2. I wish I'd thought of this first...

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Today marks the 40th anniversary of that classic program. I'll just direct you to what I wrote last year:

Happy Birthday Worf!

Happy Birthday My Pretty!

Everyone's fave witch, Margaret Hamilton!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

audio version of The Call Of Cthulhu!

nazi computer worm

rat brains to fly aircraft

I don't see why not, they already run our airlines...

I'll Take Door #1...

Happy Birthday to Mr. Mojo Risin'!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Elvira on DVD!

a wine tour with Al Stewart!

One of my fave singer/songwriters. This would be so cool!

Happy Birthday to Vlad the Impaler

The historical Dracula. Mr. Excitement!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Paul Revere & The Raiders singing Just Like Me on film

Curtis Mayfield singing "I'm Your Pusherman" on Soul Train!

Santa! Noooo!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

the terminal wussiness of D.C.

As I type this, all of our local weathermen are breathlessly announcing the likelihood of snowfall sometime in the next 6+ hours. As is usual with these worthless clowns, estimates as to when and how much are all over the place, with an overall emphasis on the dramatic. Even so, the most wild-eyed amongst them predict no more than 6" starting any minute now (it's almost 1:00). Of course, all of this blather is just so much background noise to me. We may get a blizzard, we may not get anything at all. But whatever we get, it will only match our weathermen's reports through random chance. Those boys, with all their radars and their satellite photos and "accu-weather" drivel are as incapable of predicting ten hours ahead of time as I am.
Nevertheless, in true D.C. fashion, the damage has been done. My commute in was quite a bit longer than usual. Folks were moving at least 10-15mph slower than normal - EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE MERELY PREDICTIONS OF SNOW AND NO ACTUAL PRECIPITATION. As I type this, reports are flooding in of many school districts letting out early this afternoon and cancelling all after-school and evening classes/activities! And this without a single flake falling! I am dreading the ride home - one more needless Boschian nightmare. People are just panicking IN ANTICIPATION of panicking! Sort of a pre-cognitive panic. By now our grocery stores are as naked as a Playboy centerfold. Stripped of every real and perceived need. It'll take days before one once again may purchase milk or bread. And forget about toilet paper - those Sears catalogs will come in handy. I hate this. We've become such a quivering mass of wimps around here. Growing up, we NEVER missed school unless there was snow of Himalayan proportions. Winter weather reports consisted of two classifications - Okey-Dokey, and White Death. Now, we grind to a halt with no more cause than some pretty-boy on TV doing the hi-tech equivalent of reading the entrails of a goat. Pathetic.

Good Golly! It's Little Richard's Birthday!

The Queen of Rock'n'Roll!

Happy Birthday Alvy Moore!

Over the years, I've puzzled many of you by declaring "Green Acres" to be one of the best-ever TV shows. Well, go back and watch a few episodes. You'll witness a very modern, surrealistic take on life. And Alvy Moore's character of the irritatingly self-correcting Hank Kimball was a huge part of that. Well, maybe not a HUGE part...

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Happy Birthday Southside!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Peace Negotiations Between Heaven & Hell!

It's in the Weekly World News - it MUST be True!

reading is fundamental

scarey ice cream

having a bad day

how the world looks through Smirnoff...

Dolls for a kid

If they're Damien...

directions for some cool paper airplanes

Christmas Wishes

For the kids' Christmas stockings...

Don't forget the Anubis, God of the Dead, plush toy!

Happy Birthday Ozzy!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Important Thanksgiving Warning

Happy Birthday Barnabas!!!

a/k/a Jopnathan Frid. Dark Shadows was an amazing phenomena, if you were a kid. Barnabas may not ahve been the first romantic vampire, but he put the concept on the front burner, and vampires would never be treated quite the same again...


Thursday, December 01, 2005

video of the Main Ingredient on Soul Train!

Singing Everybody Plays The Fool.

Excellent resource for pop & rock Christmas tunes

There's some great information here. It's not complete, however...(it just isn't the holiday season without "Christmas With Godzilla"!).

new Doors live album to be issued!