Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Just so long as they don't test for bourbon...
Dark, disturbing. I always liked these guys.
If I may be so bold to add a few:
"Make It So" - Captain Picard from Star Trek
"He's Dead, Jim" - Dr. McCoy from Star Trek
"Sock It To Me" - Judy Carnes (and others) from Laugh In
"Say the Secret Word (Woid) and Win $100" - Groucho
"You bet your sweet bippy" - Laugh In
"We'll be right back" - Johnny Carson (everyone was hoping this would be on his tombstone)
"Look that up in your Funk & Wagnalls" - Laugh In
"HiYo!!!" - Ed McMahon on the Tonight Show
"Nanoo Nanoo" - Mork & Mindy
"Shazbot!" - Mork & Mindy
"And Now For Something Completely Different" - Monty Python
"It's..." - Monty Python
"Well, I wasn't expecting the Spanish Inquisition!" - Monty Python
"I am not a Number! I Am A Free Man!" - The Prisoner
"Mrs. Peel, We're needed..." - The Avengers
"We've got Movie Sign!" - MST 3000
"Mah fellow Amerikuns" - Lyndon Johnson
I constantly suffer from Vuja De - feeling that I've never been anywhere before...
He didn't have a leg to stand on! Would this qualify as lead foot driving?
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I guess this brings up the question of whether or not there are other comic book steets: Braniac Avenue, Jimmy Olsson Mews, or the Great Perry White Way.
Alert King & Goffin!
Monday, November 27, 2006
My kind of keyboard...
(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)
Saturday, November 25, 2006
An amazing legacy. I used to be a fanatic on Peanuts when I was a kid - buying up the books, watching the TV specials, and of course reading each day's installment. I think each of us can identify with the challenges posed by the kite eating tree, Lucy's place kicking mendacity and of course, the eternal struggle against the Red Baron.
a love song...
Friday, November 24, 2006
Prejudice is never pretty. And I plan to work tirelessly for Zombie Liberation and putting an end to their persecution. I Have A Dream!
(I was unaware of how technologically backward Minneapolis apparently is. Being in possession of "wires" is considered a weapon of mass destruction?!? Down here we are awash in palm pilots, Blackberries, cellular phones, walkmen, ipods, laptops, and other geegaws. Half the people at Tysons Corner look like they're well on their way to becoming Borg, they have so much electronica on them. And yet in Minnesota some guy can apparently get arrested for having an antenna on his transistor radio. Sheesh! Think of the shock when 8-Track tapes finally get discoverd up there!) I'm reminded of advice from the Hitch Hikers Guide - Remember guys, the secret is to keep banging those rocks together...
Probably my second favorite TV show. Brilliant. Essential.
A living legend in horror and sci-fi...
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Interesting little article on a WWII era experiment in what I guess would be called permissive child rearing. Curious that the British seemed to veer from this to the other exteme of the old Dickensonian boarding school (rum, sodomy and the lash...).
Looks pretty neat.
(Thanks for the link, Tony!)
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
The second ritual is that every year, Linda will be in the kitchen busily cooking up a storm, and I'll play Alice's Restaurant on the stereo. I mentioned seeing Arlo just a couple of weeks ago and finally seeing this performed live. A very cool experience. Enjoy, and I hope you all have a happy and safe day with friends, family, and good memories.
My one problem is that the interviewee mentions using jets against the balloons. There were so few and so late that I doubt that. Can anyone confirm this?
I think I'd find this pretty interesting. I still recommend reading The Pyshcopathic God by Robert Waite for additional insights into him.
Happy Birthday Bungalow Bill!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
A great cover of the Smiley Lewis tune, (it was a minor hit for Edmunds in the Spring of '70 when he led a neat little band called Love Sculpture). The first time I got to see him was at a Blondie concert at Merriweather Post Pavillion. Unfortunately, their wretched hit, "Heart of Glass" had just broken through and the crowd was full of cultural philistines who only knew that one song, rather than the first two (great) albums. Rockpile had been added on to the show, unannounced, at the last moment. I was in heaven! Edmunds. Nick Lowe and Billy Bemner right there!!! The rest of the suburban Maryland crowd stood there listlessly like deer caught in the headlights, just waiting for their 3 minute top-40 disco, and totally ignored what was probably one of the top five rock bands going at that time. Pathetic wankers.
The military applications will be endless...
Monday, November 20, 2006
Very nice mid-sixties folk rock.
A database devoted to cover songs. It's not 100%, but it's pretty cool.
(Thanks for the link, Susan!)
Brilliant! He and brother Tommy's TV show was one of my faves.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Cool! I'm trying to figure out if this could help me when playing RISK...
(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Okay, any of you music fanatics, (and I know you're out there), ever heard of her? Can you add anything to this? It's pretty interesting stuff, (anyone who uses "gibbering" in a lyric has my attention...).
Some cute stuff here - and very smart marketing! I'm pretty impressed with their blender!
RIP, JA The DJ
Like "Intelligence", I think we're going to have to really closely re-examine exactly what we mean by "Consciousness" - or if they can accurately defined at all. While both words will go on forever in popular conversation, I wonder if the same will be true for the scientific community.
I just know that Chuck Heston is going to burst in yelling "Biofuel is PEOPLE!!!!!"
The guy who fills your tank is gonna have the "Innsmouth Look", etc...
Thursday, November 16, 2006
The article is a little too breezy for my taste, (as most things in the Post are). Nevertheless, it gives a real taste of the state's social/political realities for those of you who don't live here. As for me, I shall continue to hug the Beltway...
There's something very strange about this...
Very cool, I was under the apparently mistaken impression that there were no good exisiting examples of that steel.
A film about the increasing corporate control of pop music, (and the ways around that). This looks really interesting.
(Thanks for the link, Erik!)
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Chef Jacques on the History Channel next month
Sooner or later, I suspect Tesla will be viewed as one of the Greats of Science.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
An early video, probably recorded on some local TV show up in New York. An amazing band doing their best song. There was always a soft innocense to the Lovin Spoonful and their tunes,(despite their name); most bands could never have pulled it off without the odor of cynicism and contrivance. But John , Zally and the boys really could. I still smile when I hear Magic on the radio. Lost childhood...
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Have I got a girl for you!
a little something lost
some interesting veterans' stories from WWII
Isn't this how most Roger Corman movies start?
Saturday, November 11, 2006
(Thanks for the link, Phil!)
There's some incredible stuff here.
Government support of illiteracy...
I wish this happened to some kids in my neighborhood...
One of the msot under-rated performers in America. A power pop genius.
Friday, November 10, 2006
(Thanks for the link, Infidel 753)
And incidently, I highly recommend folks checking out his blog at: http://www.infidel753.blogspot.com/ for a solid individualist commentary on contempoary social and political issues, culture and other neat stuff.
*And for those of you into stupidity, gore and mayhem, (and I know I am):
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Get A Life!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Linda and I just got back from seeing Arlo Guthrie at the Birchmere, (Thanks for the tickets, Pete!!!). It was a fun show. He performed with his son, daughter and her husband. We got to hear Motor-cycle and City of New Orleans as well as many other tunes by Arlo, the daughter and Woody; but there were two real highlights for me. The first was hearing Woody's son and grandchildren sing This Land Is Your Land. I got goosebumps during that.
The second was that he performed Alice's Restaurant in its entirety! If you're not a baby boomer, that probably doesn't mean a whole lot to you. And I'm not sure I can really explain it. All I can say is that Linda and I can now lay claim to having sung along with Arlo on the chorus - and that's very cool indeed.
This was also our first time at the new Birchmere. I like it, much nicer than the first two versions. We both remembered the building from having worked there when it was Berkey Photos, (a thuggish and suspicious company if there ever was one....). A very cool evening - thanks again, Pete!
Fantastic! One of my faves - a personal theme song in grade school, probably because I could identify with the line "Odds are he won't live to see tomorrow...".
What "game" makes you take off your shirt?
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Actually, this would make a pretty good ad for Frito-Lay!
Very weird and very interesting.
The creator of Quartermass...
*Whoops! I meant Bundeswehr; old habits die hard ;)
Monday, November 06, 2006
This is the premiere herb grower in the DC region. He almost has a cult following amongst the herbalist community here.
(a lipsync, but still cool. And where's John's fur hat?!?)
Sunday, November 05, 2006
It's interesting that the article misses the fact that Uncle Walt was pro-nazi until it became inconvenient....
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Only here do we have megalomaniac fathers compensating for their small sex organs by setting up football leagues JUST so their brat can be a "sports star". I'm not sure adjectives exist that can do this family justice. How pathetic.
The Return of Elric!
Del Rey Books has announced that they have acquired the rights to publish Michael Moorcock's original Elric novels plus stories, essays, a comic book script, and other material featuring Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone. The works will be released in matching trade paperback omnibus editions, illustrated throughout by well-known fantasy artists. Included are the following titles: ELRIC OF MELNIBONE, STORMBRINGER, THE FORTRESS OF THE PEARL, THE SAILOR ON THE SEAS OF FATE, THE WEIRD OF THE WHITE WOLF, THE VANISHING TOWER, THE REVENGE OF THE ROSE, and THE BANE OF THE BLACK SWORD. The books will be published in the order in which they were written, rather than in the chronological order in which they have appeared since the 1970s. Moorcock will be writing new introductions for each volume.Michael Moorcock states on his website that the collections will contain new material, much of which has either not been collected in the Elric books before or hasn't been collected at all, including scripts of graphic novel versions and so on. There will be one volume every three months in much the same style as Del Rey's Robert E. Howard volumes, with new specially commissioned illustrations as well as 'archive' pictorial material. Trade paperback format.The first volume, THE STEALER OF SOULS, will be illustrated throughout and with cover artwork by award-winning artist John Picacio. Five additional omnibus volumes will follow.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Marc Fischer is a local reporter of some note. And although I think he's wildly naive and optimistic about corporate control of the media, I also suspect this'll be a pretty good history of it.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
This was a minor hit in November of '78 and it's reminded of me of this month ever since.