Thursday, August 31, 2006

Dark Candles

There are some very nice scents here for Halloween and the Fall.

Addams Family show coming out on DVD!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Monty Python - Greeks VS Germans


(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Tee Hee!

Free films & documentaries in the public domain

There's some excelent stuff available here!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

The Ultimate Roleplaying Purity Test

The Ghost Car

And some commentary about it:

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday to the REAL Frankenstein - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley!

One of the greats. Essential.

Happy Birthday Joan Blondell!

Happy Toasted Marshmallow Day!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

cancel my appointments


As always, I cannot recommend too highly Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show - the best of its kind - ever. And this week's episode, (archived at the link above), is one of the greatest. It's entirely devoted to that Shakti-like thunderbolt of Rock As Religion - Louie Louie. Steve provides his usual expert description of the history and importance of the song along with several of the over 2,400 versions that have been recorded (!). Wonderful stuff.
I would also heartily recommend checking out Dave Marsh's definitive study of this Holy Grail of Garage/Frat Rock - .
I'd also recommend the Louie Louie Pages at ; and the Louie Report at And to keep up to date on all things Louie, requires subscribing to the Yahoo Group at . This would make the coolest National Anthem. Much better than that screech-fest about an obscure artillery duel in Baltimore.

the physics of Hollywood Horror

spooky science research

Monday, August 28, 2006

the toast of the art world

Here Comes The Sun...

On this date in 1958, a kid named George Harrison joined Lennon, McCartney, Best and Sutcliffe in the Quarrymen.

Happy Birthday Elliott Gould!

One of my faves, star of "Getting Straight", a film right out of my high school days...

a nice remembrance

I thought this was a very nicely written observance. It is easy for me to identify with the writer, it kinda reminds me of my own feelings and past with many of you reading this.

Pluto Politics!

I will remind all my fellow Cthulhu Cultists that Pluto was represented by Lovecraft as Yuggoth. Tell astronomers to keep their hands off our Fungi!

the Celts in China


Sunday, August 27, 2006

Happy Birthday Jack Vance!

One of the greatest Fantasy writers of all time. His Dying Earth series is brilliant and Essential. A baroque sardonic wit. A genius of words.

Happy Birthday Sheridan Le Fanu!

One of the greats of vampire authors. Father of the whole lesbian vampire genre of horror/erotica.

Is It Friday Yet?

Horror & Sci-Fi on TV

With Autumn approaching, it's time to check out all the upcoming horror and sci-fi movies on TV:

some cool new (to me) Cthulhu sites! (Essential)

Saturday, August 26, 2006

for all or your baby vampire needs

The Brick Testament

Which Dark Shadows Character Are You?

Friday, August 25, 2006

Interesting article on the Four Sisters Restaurant

If you've not been there, it's one of the best places to eat in Northern Virginia, (in my opinion). And the Eden Center is truly remarkable.

Ahhh, Cotton Monsters

the return of Townshend and Daltrey

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Tramps Like Us...

Bruce released the album Born To Run on this date 31 years ago. For its time, THE anthem of the East Coast, and the soundtrack to a lot living in those days. An almost pure American record, starting with a blistering drum rush right out of Carole King's "Locomotion" and quickly throwing in every major influence from the previous twenty years - Berry, Dylan, Bo Diddley, the Brill Building, Spector, Orbison, Stax, and a nod towards Sergio Leone.
Hopes and dreams, loss and struggle, desperation and a race into the night. A part of my DNA. Essential. Genesis 1:3.

Happy Birthday Elvis Costello!

Happy Birthday Tim Burton!

Tower Records, RIP

Interesting, I kept my experiences at Tower to a minimum because I thought the selection was mediocre and the staff were often unhelpful to the point of rudeness. They always seemed much more interested in the latest psychedelic hair coloring than actually helping customers. What I found, was that the volume was taken up with absurd numbers of duplicates of the same titles. I could be wrong, (and I am only talking about Rock music, not the other genres), I only went to Foggy Bottom and Tysons about three times, Fair Lakes twice and Duke Street maybe half a dozen times over the course of 15 years. But I was never impressed. Joe's Record Paradise always struck me as superior, (although too far away for me to get to with any regularity):

Wilson Bridge, RIP

For those of you who are out of towners, next Monday at 11:59PM will be a very special time here in DC. They're going to demolish the Wilson Bridge, one of the most wretched, cursed, and unholy obstacles to traffic in the entire region. Virtually every native can relate personal horror stories of getting cught on it, or just being stuck in traffic jams somewhere else due to it, (I was once in a gridlock situation on King Street just East of TC Williams due to an accident that had occured at the Maryland end of the bridge). When that stupid "suicide" jumper tied things up, I was caught in a backup on Van Dorn Street outside of Landmark, (I can't believe the cops didn't blow that loser off the guard rails 2 minutes into the drama - what a mess).
Of course, one of the main problems with the bridge is that it's a drawbridge. And of course, it's going to be replaced by another one, because drawbridges are the last thing you want on one of the major travel arteries in the Western Hemsiphere. So our problems aren't really over, they've just become hideously more expensive and shiny, (like most things around here). But at least for one glorious moment, the old bridge, (named after my least favorite president) will come tumbling down. Bye bye Willie, see you in Hell...

The big decision - Mom or jail?

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Osama Captured In Ocean City!!!

Beware of his Blender Of Mass Destruction!

3-D TV!,71627-0.html?tw=wn_index_14

a nice article on Mark Opsasnick's documenting of local history

Opsasnick's research into local legend is itself legendary. His research (really an expose) of the Exorcist scam is some of the best reporting I've ever encountered. He's a real treasure, and so is his book on Morrison.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


So, I had to go in for some special tests today about one of my eyes. Fortunately, everything ended up being all right. The test technician was a very nice guy. He was a couple years older than me and briefly went over my medical file. There were brief descriptions of what ailments I had, he looked at me and just said, “It gets worse”. I actually appreciate brutal honesty like that. His observation was no surprise to me, it’s just interesting that someone would be so frank, (perhaps it was our closeness in age). I confess I was expecting bad news from the eye tests; that seems to be my stock in trade these days. You see, today is the third anniversary of the death of my father, and I don’t think I’ll ever really get over that, nor expect anything good from this day. And each year seems to gently add to the tally of loss, hassles and complaints, (fear not, I’m not going to bore you by detailing them here).
I came home from the tests to read a neat email from my friend Rick that included the Beloit College Mindset List, which details what today’s college freshmen have grown up with, or not - One more example of the effects of the passage of time. And then sat down to watch the latest mailing from Netflix – a six year old concert by the venerable Moody Blues – another look backwards and reminder of age - and ages gone by.
And so tonight I’m left wondering how one ages. Or, to be more precise, how one should handle it, with what amount of grace, courage, fear, acceptance, denial, energy, and style? Realizing that I lacked most of these qualities in youth, it may be a moot question. And as I ask it, I’m not sure anyone can give me a definitive answer, or at least one I’d totally trust. Like most things, I suspect that “muddling through” will have to suffice. But there is a march of inevitability to this whole process that I really don’t like. Each new year has its own uncomfortable rhythm, as I acquire some new pain or lose some acquaintance or loved one. There is nothing unusual or unnatural about this, but I’ve never been one to accept the status quo lightly.
There’s a wonderful little fantasy story by Lord Dunsany, about an army that seeks to make war against time and the resulting loss. It’s called “In The Land Of Time”*, and sometimes I feel like I’m marching with those armies. It’s not much fun.

*An e-text may be found here:

an interesting headline from Reason Magazine on NASA's new space vehicle

The Beloit College Mindset List

Every year, this list comes out. And every year, I feel more and more detached from what passes for reality.

(Thanks for the link, Rick!)

America's Drunkest Cities (according to Forbes)

I tend to doubt their methodology and criteria. (If I go to Forbes for drinking info does that mean I should go to Beer Magazine for investment advice?)

(Thanks for the link, Susan!)

Haunted Portraits!

Watch Out! He's Got A Chilli In His Hand!

future films from Parker & Stone
I just hope they're better than Cannibal: The Musical. That one was boring...

for all you military history buffs:

I just got this announcement in a newsgroup I subscribe to:

The Tenth National War of 1812 Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, 7 October 2006, at the Star Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore, MD. The cost is $37.50 (USD), checks payable to the War of 1812 Consortium, and mailed c/o Charles Ives, 802 Kingston Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212. Registration deadline is 2 October.The program includes presentations on:
The Impressment of American Sailors – John P. Deeben
British Occupation of Maine – George F. Young, Ph.D.
US Marines at the Battle of Saint Leonards Creek, Maryland – Colin E. Murphy
The Rise of an Eagle: The War of 1812 Career of Brigadier General Winfield Scott – Christopher George
Jeffersonian Gunboats – John Barnard
War of 1812 Heritage of New Orleans in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina – William C. Cook and Jason Weise
Panel Discussion on the War of 1812 Bicentennial
More information is available by contacting:
The War of 1812 Symposiumc/o Star Spangled Banner Flag House
844 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-837-1793; FAX 410-837-1812

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Happy Birthday Mark Russell!

Happy Birthday Gene Kelly!

Brilliant dancer, great actor, Irish patriot.

Interrogators break silence

An interesting footnote to WWII.

Traffic Cone Preservation Society

I love the page on the evolution of the traffic cone.

(Thanks for the link, Rick!)

Happy Birthday Doroty Parker!

Monday, August 21, 2006


There's an old Smothers Brothers comedy routine about this...

Wow! The Seegers at the Folklife Center!

Friday, March 16, 2007
SEEGER FAMILY TRIBUTE with Pete, Mike, and Peggy Seeger
The Library of Congress pays tribute to several generations of the Seeger family, renowned for its great achievements in American music. The Library’s Music Division and American Folklife Center are the repositories of multiple collections: those of composer-musicologist Charles; his wife Ruth Crawford, a pathbreaking modernist composer; their children Mike and Peggy; and Charles’s son, Mike’s and Peggy’s half-brother, Pete, who is arguably America’s favorite folksinger.
In addition to the concert, there will be film screenings and a symposium including ethnomusicologist Anthony Seeger, grandson of Charles. For updated information, log into Co-presented with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

(Thanks for the info, Erik!)

DC Haunters Site!


Happy Birthday Jackie DeShannon!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Lovin Spoonful - You Didn't Have To Be So Nice

Another fine example of mid sixties summer innocence. I feel very old right now...

How Do You Kill A Ninja?

new book devoted to Cthulhu tunes!

Happy Birthday Black Moses!

I know he's a religious nutcase, but I still love his music!

Happy Birthday Eich Pi El!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

The Association perform Windy!
One of my faves. Perfect mid-60's innocence, (not a very good video, though...)

now you can light your cigarettes just like Conan!
I'm sure the big guy was a fan of Camel unfiltered...

The WWII Anthrax Experiment

I remember reading about this as a kid. Frightening stuff!

Hoppy attempts to wrest the Parasite Crown from Yoko!

Dolphins and the definition of intelligence

This article brings up something that's been a pet peeve of mine for some time - the definition of intelligence. My own view is that it's the use of a variety of mental abilities and powers for survival. This can include things like deduction, memory, learning speed and ability, etc. And for decades, efforts have been made to quantify intelligence with the brain, whether it's by size, body ratio or convolutions. Convolutions seems to be the best bet, but that leaves us with dolphins as "smart" as us, (which most folks disagree with). But I think how we attempt to measure IQ is really too limited and species-oriented. If you look over our criteria and expectation, it's always based on ourselves, our inability to survive in most of the world's environments without tools and specifically, our opposable thumb. I suspect that dolphins, in their own way, are just as "intelligent" as we are, but it is based on their own circumstances - not ours. Since they have no opposable thumb, it seems likely that their methods of communication and memorization might be amazingly complex, (ESP anyone?), and perhaps too advanced for us to discern. Their psychology would be radically different from ours, due to their environment and thus their approach to and even their definition of "problems" could be vastly different, (hence their "disorganization" as opposed to rats and goldfish.
If you ever look over the criteria for intelligence and the various tests for it, imagine the results if you didn't have an opposable thumb...
People wonder if there's intelligent life in the universe, I wonder if we'd recognize it if we found it.

Dark Shadows Festival!

The Denver Gorilla Run

Happy Potato Day!

Happy Birthday Gene Roddenberry

Friday, August 18, 2006

neat Labelle Video

Patti and the girls singing Lady Marmalade, scrambled memories of stumbling around Georgetown late at night....

good site devoted to Robert Gordon

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

a nice halloween catalog

the cutting edge of Disco!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

cool 13 year old guitarist

Robot Bastard

A very cool little sci-fi video.

The Great White Hunter

This has got t be the lamest guy in America. Sheesh! Next, he'll be going fishing, as he tosses grenades into aquariums.

the biggest hole in the world

Happy Birthday Criswell!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

CD Zapping!

Check out the additional links - there are some cool photos here!

I think Kinky is going to win!

And I couldn't be happier. He's on the ballot, at least a minimal amount of campaign money is flowing in, and he's getting great press. Governor Kinkster!

Weird Cosmology Theories>>

75 Days Till Halloween...

And here's some banners to keep track.

Happy Birthday Mae West!

Underappreciated actress, singer, comedienne, and screenwriter. Breaker of barriers, grandmother of the sexual revolution, pop icon. Essential.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Price Reading Poe!!!

A site that has an mp3 of Vincent Price reading The Pit And The Pendulum!

there are a lot of lonely perverts out there...

A rose by any other name...

Gabba Gabba Hey!
The Ramones concert debut was on this date in 1974 at CBGB's.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Get A Life!!!

Earthlings - a film devoted to a convention of people who study and speak Klingon...

Happy Anniversary Woodstock!

37 years ago...

Happy VJ Day!!!

Happy Birthday Huntz Hall!

Happy Birthday Jimmy Webb!

A great songwriter. He even had a hit about a baking experiment gone horribly wrong (MacArthur Park).

Monday, August 14, 2006

mmm mmm!

A little dab will do ya...

neat site devoted to unusual wine names and labels

Happy Birthday Gary Larson!

Happy Liberty Tree Day!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

a nice site devoted to cult movie queens

Happy birthday Alfred Hitchcock!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Tommy Chong Horror Movie...

Friday, August 11, 2006

RIP Mike Douglas

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

Douglas was the squarest man on TV in the 60's and 70's, yet managed to befriend an amazing number of rock'n'roll artists. He was probably second only to Ed Sullivan in the number of pop music people he had on his show, and they genuinely seemed to get along, (the aloof and mercurial Sly Stone honestly seemed to have a good time with Mike, as did Lennon and his tick bird).

Reminder - The Maryland Renfest is coming!

Star Trek Inspirational Posters!

(Thanks for the link, Linda!)

Weird Wind Powered Devices

There's a spookiness factor to some of these things...

It's got a good beat and you can dance to it

It's Not Unusual (to worship Tom Jones)

Neat! Street vibrations as a power source,71460-0.html?tw=wn_technology_1

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Finally! The Official Bela Lugosi site is Open!

New Movie - Tales Of The Rat Fink!!!!

Fantastic! And long overdue - a movie about one of my faves - the legendary Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. One of the coolest illustrators and warpers of young minds, ever. My hero. Essential.

I wish I could go - LouieFest!

1000+ guitars playing Louie Louie!!!!

this is how most horror movies begin...

The Hanged Munchkin Myth

Halloween Decorations!!!

One of my fave sites for home shopping!

neat movie with Lovecraftian undertones

I jsut caught John Carpenter's film, In The Mouth Of Madness. Although it's not strictly a Cthulhuoid tale, it'll be appreciated by any fans of the tentacled one. Very cool with a few scary moments!

Happy Birthday Ian Anderson!

Happy Birthday Ronnie!

What happens when you pop a water balloon

Neat images.

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Cthulhoid Influence In Ohio

more NASA incompetence - they've lost the Moon walk film

Happy Birthday David Steinberg!!!

One of my fave comedians. The guy who got the Smothers Brothers Show cancelled. Brilliant!

Computerized Chess Cheating

Kirk Roasted

On Sunday, 8/20, at 10PM, Comedy Central will be hosting a Roast of Bill Shatner.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

When catepillars take over....


Mad Ludwig & His Flying Car! (He wasn't so mad...),,1838177,00.html

Seeing Eye Shoes


controversy over the remake of The Wicker Man

Bartender, I'll have a double...

the ultimate police chase

A VERY Cool Library Tool

Worldcat allows you to plug in a book title, author's name, etc., and will then show you which libraries possess it and how close each is to your location, (you provide a Zip Code). Neat stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Susan!)

some nice Horror movie t-shirts for sale

Happy Birthday Dustin Hoffman!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Halloween is getting closer...

Here are some nice Pumpkin carving sites:

Happy Birthday Mata Hari!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Angry Young Men...

I remember first catching the Urban Verbs on a date to the Cellar Door back in January of '79. I didn't know anything about them except that the girl I was with liked 'em and thought I'd enjoy them too. I was blown away. They were a near-perfect encapsulation of DC then - smart, desperate, with equal measures of fear and bravado. I saw them a couple more times in the following year or two and each time was great. But that first contact was pure magic. Outside of the District they were ignored, (and are now nearly forgotten). Most say it was because of them being associated with and an imitation of Talking Heads. Perhaps. But I think it was because their type of arty angst ridden rock simply wasn't very popular and couldn't be identified with by folks too far away from the Beltway and the then urban underground culture of dissipated, un or under employed students, punks, and young office workers. Like I said, it was all bravado and fear. Interesting times, and a nice soundtrack provided by the Verbs...

Hardboiled Cthulhu!

Count Gore!

With the passing of Lamma/First harvest, we now enter the times of looming shadows. As always, I encourage everyone to check out that Ghost Host With The Most, my boy Count Gore DeVol. He's got a new feature called New Blood where he'll be focusing on up and coming film directors and this week is a short called "They're Made Out Of Meat". It, and eveything else on Gore's site is VERY cool! Essential.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers - For Real!

Ultra Weird...

a tribute to Invasion of the Bodysnatchers

new plush horrors!

Blue Velvet Cthulhu!!!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

The New Gods

It was on this date that John Lennon declared the Beatles bigger than Jesus. I can only say that I've never been threatened by a Beatles fan...

Happy National Mustard Day!

Friday, August 04, 2006

neat toys!

Cool New Halloween Prop!

Check out the video for Spitting Debby!

another day with the DC government

RPG Motivational Posters

Excellent! (Thanks for the link, Nick!)

I believe this is how most horror movies start...

Thursday, August 03, 2006

nice little article on SETI

neat film on liquid body armor

the cutting edge of bowling

Happy National Watermelon Day!

the latest idea for a Doomsday Vault

nice article on geothermal energy

new computer interface with just one's fingers

It just needs Old Bay Seasoning and we'd be set!

Fascinating new techniques allow access to lost writings of Archimedes

The Life & Death Of A Pumpkin

Pretty neat!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Five Guys

I've probably posted this before, but what the hell. Still the BEST hamburgers in Northern Virginia.

The Cutting Edge of Extra Credit

Spanish Spies in Virginia!

Be Vigilant!

The Cutting Edge of Doctoring (he said off-handedly...)

The charges will be dropped because the prosecution doesn't have a leg to stand on! Thank you, thank you. I gotta a million of 'em, folks! I play here each Saturday between gigs in the Catskills. Anyone here from Cleveland tonight?.....

Beer From Greenland's Ice Cap!

a guy writes about his own murder

Happy Birthday Mojo Nixon!

One of the great wildmen of rock'n'roll. An obscene, motor mouthed, out of control, force of nature. And one of my faves.

Happy Birthday Myrna Loy!

Nora Charles. One of my favorite actresses. With William Powell in the Thin Man series, represeneted the quintessential married couple. Articulate, smart, beautiful, stylish, I could could go on and on...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Bat Out Of Hell III !!!

The Return of Mr. Loaf!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Colorado Day!