Friday, June 30, 2006

The Dead Parrot Sketch

A legend in comedy, and one of my favorite Monty Python routines. And here we have Southpark's tribute to it:

Bruce Videos Online

16,000 firecrackers lit at once!

Trail of the Screaming Forehead!

This looks great! Brought to you by the same folks that made The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra..

Alfred Hitchcock Lives!

The latest on military surveillance blimps

Happy Anniversary to the Tunguska Event!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Prohibited Prairie Penis Pump Proscribed, Punished

The Late Great Rory Gallagher Performing Bullfrog Blues


Ask A Ninja - Ninja Excuses

I love this guy...

Baby Baking

Okay, as a non-parent, I guess I have a question or two here. Presumably, dropping a kid off to daycare while one goes to work is a daily operation, or close to it. One would think it would become a simple part of one's morning routine, like eating breakfast, showering, remembering to carry your wallet/purse, etc. etc. I'd also think that there'd be some sort of general level of awareness that a parent has for a newborn, regardless of what else is going on. I've certainly witnessed that in enough folks.
So what type of fog must someone be in to just toss a baby into a car with no more thought than throwing your spare change from the McDonald's drive-in into the dash cupholder? It's interesting that apparently no one thought to check out Mom for drugs. etc. I simply don't believe this story has fully been told.

neat little article on the Gurkhas

Gifford's Is Making A Comeback!

Putin: Ultra Weird

After you watch this short video report, will some one please explain to me what the leader of Russia did - AND WHY???

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Australia is so sophisticated...

more amateur Star Trek filming...,,1807367,00.html

There'll Always Be An England...

RIP Wendell Cutting

I've just received word that Wendell passed away this morning. I wrote about "Uncle Wendell" awhile back at:

He will be missed.

"emotionally aware" computers...

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Comcast Takes A Hit!

This is great...

Hello Cthulhu!

My name is Victoria Winters...

And so began Dark Shadows, 40 years ago on this date...

Happy Birthday Captain!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Lovecraftian podcasts!

Yog Radio!!!

the cutting edge of toy missiles


For those of you outside of Byzantium, it's been raining here for about five days. And I mean serious downpour. We have flooding, sinkholes, mudslides - the whole nine yards of Biblical plagues, (I expect a rain of toads tomorrow). Be secure in the knowledge that we are preparing for the End Times. Linda and I are building a large ark. We will be taking pairs of each rock and soul recording on the earth with us to repopulate it after the waters have receded. Every day we'll toss out a recording by the Faces, the day that it doesn't come back will mean that at least one bar has reopened and it will be safe to make landfall. Good luck to the rest of you.

We Believe In Fairies!,,1803971,00.html

Robots VS Roaches,,1805332,00.html

Happy Birthday Peter Lorre!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

more notes on the Aurora aircraft (which, of course, does nto exist...),,1804926,00.html

The Cutting Edge Of British Military Discipline

Love Love Love...

On this date in 1967 the Beatles performed All You Need Is Love on the first world-wild live television broadcast. Thirty nine years ago.....

Saturday, June 24, 2006

new Lovecraftian film - Experiment 17

It can be viewed here, (you'll need QuickTime 7):

Jiffy Lube

Apparently, the only thing getting cleaned out is you...

War of the Worlds?

new (to me) pop music blog: The Oldies Connection

Happy Birthday Ambrose, You Devil, You...

Friday, June 23, 2006

Commander Rob of Star Trek!

No, it's not me....

Keith Richards In Pirates III !

The Animator

(This kinda reminds me of an old Daffy Duck/Bugs Bunny cartoon...)

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Video of Evie Sands singing Take Me For A Little While!


A little something for the ladies...

Joe Pyne on DVD!

If you're younger than 50, Pyne was the father of shock TV. Every fruitcake could get on his show - and did.

Happy Birthday Stu!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Cool! The New Carl Jung Action Figure!

(from Archie McPhee, of course!)

South Korean SETI

Mummy Fraud!,,1802733,00.html

You just can't trust anyone these days...

new history book out on the Braddock region

I've read that it includes the story of Bunnyman....

Happy Birthday Berke Breathed!

Got to meet him once, a VERY nice guy...

My kind of magic show!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Torgo Merchandise!

The Master will be pleased..

the weather guy...

The only link you'll need...


the cutting edge of extortion

future supersonic attack drone

short article on an anti-nazi resistance group I was unaware of

There's a good book waiting to be written about these folks...

Happy Birthday Ray Davies!

Happy Birthday Nils!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

RIP "Top Of The Pops"

Very sad.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Love That Dares Not Speak Its Name...,,91059-13528611,00.html

Happy Birthday Captain Blood!!!

The uber-swashbuckling rake. I loved his movies as a kid, and still get a kick out of them now. To me, Errol IS Robin Hood. Essential.

Happy Birthday Brian!

The poster child for the term, "Troubled Genius". Pop music tends to be real easy for me. I like some tunes and artists , and I don't like some. There are songs that seem to grow in importance over the years and others that time and distance diminish. But overall, I "get" what people are trying to say and do. The SMiLE album is different. I keep listening to it and knowing that I'm missing big parts of the overall picture. I don't know if it's a matter of not being smart enough, or not clued into Wilson and Park's psyches, or lacking in some aspect of life experience; but I know I'm not getting it all, yet. A fascinating album.
As for Brian's other work, I used to think it was pretty hokey. But the older I've gotten the more I've come to love it. Oh, the first few albums are still pretty much Rah-Rah high school stuff, but over time a certain aura of wistfulness and hints of loss creep in, almost foreshadowing of Wilson's own life. "God Only Knows" is still one of the greatest love songs, ever; and the intro to California Girls is one of the best in the history of songwriting. Happy birthday, Brian.

Monday, June 19, 2006

RIP ICE Magazine...

Pisser. A great little mag, and essential to all serious pop music collectors. It is irreplaceable. I am really saddened by this. And to have my remaining subscription taken up by issues of Billboard is something bordering on insult.

Happy Birthday Alan Cranston!

The only man to be sued by Hitler and one of America's earliest opponenets of nazism.

Happy Juneteenth!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

We have bookmobiles, China has:

Star Trek in Virginia

New book on Jim Morrison in Alexasndria!

Run Reggie, Run!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Fathers Day

Not an easy day for me.
I am usually an advertiser’s worst nightmare. When I walk into a store I am almost always oblivious to the posters, videos and signs advertising whatever it is they want to sell me. And when a commercial comes on the tube, I invariably zone out. (This becomes increasingly easy as most TV ads are apparently targeted only at people a third my age and IQ). But come June, as I walk by a storefront or loaf in front of the TV, I always manage to catch the Fathers Day ads. Each one a little pinprick of remembrance, and a little reminder of loss. It gets wearying.
Some of you don’t have the best relationship with your fathers. I can only say that I sincerely hope that things improve and that a connection can be made. There are so many things working against the idea of family in these times, it seems practically subversive to promote them nowadays. About six or seven years ago I was at a doctor's office sitting in a small waiting room. The receptionist was a lady in her late 20’s and talking to someone else in the room about being a single mother. Apparently, the father of this child was not involved at all in its life. When the other person in the conversation mentioned some concern about this, the receptionist glibly replied “Oh, it’s the 90’s…”, as if it was no problem at all. I am still stunned by that statement and the cavalier attitude behind it. When did fathers become optional or easily disposed of??? I could go on, but will simply say that, to me, there is something very dark and disturbing about those words and what lies behind them. I honestly hope that that child has grown to be a good and happy person, but I can’t help but feel that it could only have been better with their Dad around too.
And so, I wish everyone a Happy Fathers Day. If you are one, I hope you can have a great day with your kids. And if yours is still around, I am so envious…

Moon Trees

And where to purchase them and other historical trees:

(This is kinda neat, actually)

When He's 64...

I figured I'd better get my thoughts on this down now, by tomorrow I'm sure the media will be making a big deal out of it. Tomorrow, Sir Paul McCartney will turn 64.
If you're not a baby boomer, this event probably won't mean a damn thing to you, and even seem downright silly. I can't blame you. But for the rest of us, a little tattered shred of our youth has slipped away. It took 39 years, but it finally happened. George was right on target - All Things Must Pass. Happy Birthday Paul.

my next t-shirt...

3rd edition of Cthulhu Live now out

Happy Bunker Hill Day!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Home DePot

The Morse Code!

I Love Glen Baxter's Comics!

The man is a genius. (Thanks for the link, Larry!)

some neat greeting cards!

(Thanks for the link, Larry!)

Happy National Morticians Day!

There's Gold In Them Thar Lawns!,0,917454.story?coll=la-home-headlines

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Gay Star Trek

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Hitler Cats

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Death By Gargoyle!

They'll turn on you...

Old Dominion Beer Fest next weekend!

Featruing a performance by Karl Straub on Friday!


The Monterey Pop Festival took place on this date in 1967. Check out the DVD's. Essential.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Tim Burton's "Vincent"

One of my faves. Brilliant.

a very cool commercial for Staples

I love it!

Potato Bazooka!

Fantastic Commercial Placement!

Top 10 Strangest Mini Devices

Lovecraftian Oval Car Decals!

Neat stuff!

more tidbits on the Aurora spyplane

It Begins...

On this date in 1956 is when Lennon first met McCartney.

Happy Birthday Ernest!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Cream perform Tales of Brave Ulysses! (Featuring God on lead guitar!)

The Gay Bomb?!?!

Attack of the Mummy!

Happy Flag Day!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

the cutting edge of German murder weapons,,30000-13527719,00.html

Interesting - a people who view Time differently from us

Happy Birthday Basil Rathbone!

Happy Birthday To The Center Square!

Monday, June 12, 2006

My Pet Zombies

Don't forget to enter The Mystery Coffin Sweepstakes!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Warm Weather Is Here!

Summer Fun Cthulhu!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Neat Game! Primordial Soup!

an amazing woman during WWII

Friday, June 09, 2006

GI Joe Meets Brandy...

some more neat videos, enjoy!

The Cyrkle playing Red Rubber Ball (I think this is a lipsync mixed with audience sounds - and that's Paul Simon playing the keyboards on the backing instrumental...)

Badfinger doing No Matter What. One of the best power pop bands - ever; and tragically under-rated and manipulated. Two versions!

Canned Heat: On The Road Again

Melanie - Ruby Tuesday

The Isley Brothers - Shout! (pt. 1)

Jackie Wilson - Higher & Higher. Mr. Excitement!

The Animals - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (it doesn't get any cooler than this...)

Gerry & The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey

The Killer - Great Balls Of Fire!

Ronettes - Be My Baby (Tough, Beautiful, Talented, Be still my beating heart!)

Slade - Get Down & Get With It (guilty pleasures....forgive me, Peter!)

T-Rex - Bang A Gong

The Tubes - White Punks On Dope ('76 was a great year, if only I could remember it...)

Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter

His Satanic majesty - Arthur Brown...

DC's Finest (and one of the greatest songwriters, ever) - Mary Chapin Carpenter - He Thinks He'll Keep Her

Stevie with Fleetwood Mac - Landslide

Blues Magoos - We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet

The Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard

Sir Paul & Wings - Jet

B-52's - Planet Claire

Cramps - Human Fly

Suicide - Ghost Rider

Talking Heads - Psycho Killer

Eddie & The Hot Rods - Do Anything You Wanna Do (this got me through '77...)

Undertones - Teenage Kicks (America will never live down the shame that this was never a hit here)

Tommy James & The Shondells - Crimson & Clover

a nice video...

The latter-era Beach Boys perform California Dreamin' with cameos by Roger McGuinn on guitar, the late great John Phillips as a priest, and - maybe - Michelle Phillips, (Peter, Perry, - any guesses on that ID?).

the physiology of cartoon characters

Assault With A Dead Weapon

This sounds like a Monty Python sketch: He's not dead, he's just pining for the fjords!

Happy Birthday Jackie Wilson!

a nice anniversary

On this date in 1972, John Hammond signed Bruce Springsteen to CBS Records.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

a challenge to music distributors (maybe...)

the demon fish of Georgia!

Happy Birthday Nancy Sinatra!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Mp3 of Lene Lovitch singing I Think We're Alone Now in Japanese

nice little article on Hollywood Stars during WWII

Lee Hazelwood sings Leather & Lace!

neat article on an ancient Greek astronomical computer

neat site devoted to spices

This looks particularly valuable to those trying out new cuisines with unfamiliar ingredients.

Science Experiments

It must be Scientific - they're wearing lab coats!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

RIP Billy Preston

Very sad...

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

Viking Party!

10-4 Pig-Pen....

The events in the song "Convoy" took place on this day...

Happy Birthday Nathan Hale!

Happy Birthday Levi Stubbs!!!

One of the great voices of Soul.

Happy Birthday Gary U. S. Bonds!!!

Happy Birthday Damian!

We're Gonna Rock!

Rock Around The Clock hit #1 on this date in 1955!

Today Is The Anniversary Of D-Day

An unbelievable event. In my opinion, one of the most harrowing endeavors for civilization.

Monday, June 05, 2006

The Vortex Death Trap!,10117,19340338-29277,00.html

Aliens Have Landed?

I beleive this is how "The Blob" started...

Interesting article on human enhancement

A Hell of a Party!

Prince Philip is a Cannibal God!

No wonder he's so disappointed in Charles, he's just Prince of the leek eating Welsh!

neat article on the state of anti-matter spaceship research

Barry Manilow VS Hot Rod Thugs!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Inflatable USB Storage...

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Happy Birthday 'Slip'!

Happy Birthday Curtis Mayfield!

An unbelievable and underrated talent.

RIP Billy Joe MacAllister

Today we celebrate one of the great mysteries in pop culture. It was on June 3rd that the events described in "Ode To Billy Joe" took place...

Friday, June 02, 2006

The Necronomicon for the Younger Set! (It's so cute!)

George Codrea, RIP

Mr. Codrea was one of my favorite high school teachers. I had him for both government and economics classes. He was smart, mature, sharp and enthusiastic. He did not treat us like children. I liked him a lot. It wasn't the usual namby-pamby rote learning. We were allowed to think and to discuss.
He only casually mentioned his military service. I was unaware of just how colorful it had been. Now I wish I'd heard more from him. What an extraordinary time! (I can add two footnotes: He once was assigned to the detail guarding the presidential yacht. He talked about Truman staying up late at night with his cronies out there playing poker. The second is that somehow a discussion of dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima had come up in class. One student was arguing his disagreement with the decision, and Mr Codrea quietly said that he'd been assigned to the assault company of the assault regiment of the assault division scheduled for the invasion of the home islands of Japan. It was a virtual death sentence, one only avoided by the surrender of the emperor and his fellow criminals. Remarkable.)
As I'd said, I'd really enjoyed his classes, and a couple days after graduation I went up to the school to drop by and let him know that and thank him. We had a very nice chat. I'm so glad that I did that (and have done so with other favored teachers and profs) - it was the last time I ever saw him. A very nice guy and an excellent teacher.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

the drug commercial

neat automatic pistol

Kirk VS Picard!

I Looking For Frog

(keep clicking on the pictures)

The Toys sing A Lover's Concerto!

Video of the Impressions singing It's All Right!

It was 39 years ago today...

That Sgt. Pepper was released...