Thursday, November 30, 2006

Happy Birthday Dad

You are missed.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

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Tee hee!

Gaming News!

Just so long as they don't test for bourbon...

Electric Hellfire Club perform Incubus
Dark, disturbing. I always liked these guys.

TV Land's 100 Greatest Catchphrases

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

nice article on Germany's invasion of Norway in WWII

Lobster Electrocutor

decorated trucks

more info on the Spider Boat

new deja vu research

I constantly suffer from Vuja De - feeling that I've never been anywhere before...

possible solar cell improvements


No wonder they put him in jail...
He didn't have a leg to stand on! Would this qualify as lead foot driving?

A Christmas gift for that special someone

You too can be a Russian assassin!

article on contemporary gunships

43 years ago today...

The Beatles released I Want To Hold Your Hand (in the UK).

Happy Birthday Stan Rogers!
One of the greatest folk singers, ever.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

liquid armor for the military


Save The Animal Costumes!

(Thanks for the link, Roger!)

Lois Lane Pizza
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!

Many of you are better connected than I am at this point to contemporary music, so please correct me if I'm wrong. But it looks like we're having some sort of mini-revival of the Brill Building Sound here.

You Can Get Anything You Want...

The Alice's Restaurant Massacree took place on this date in 1965.

Happy Birthday Berry Gordy!

Monday, November 27, 2006


The Government will get my trans-fatty acids when they pry them from my cold dead arteries...
Long Live Five Guys!

My kind of keyboard...

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

I was Pitch Black before Pitch Black was Cool...

Ha! When in doubt, try again!

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

The Pretenders perform Message of Love!

All Things Must Pass...

George released his magnum opus on this date in 1970, (some references put it on 11/30), 36 years ago. Another of those albums I must have listened to several hundred times in my mis-spent youth. An elegant mix of pop and mysticism. And tomorrow will be the anniversary of his death, five years past. As usual, I feel old...

Attack of the Sprouts!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

We'll Always Have Paris...

Casablanca debuted on this date in 1942. My all-time fave movie. Immortal. Essential.

Happy Birthday Sparky!

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...

The Sex Pistols released Anarchy in the UK on this date in '76. Britain was falling apart, and it wasn't looking too hot here either. And there were the Pistols, the Ramones, Patti Smith and others. Creating a soundtrack for anger and desperation. Wow! Thirty years ago...

Free perfrom All Right Now
Classic stuff.

a dark day...

Carrie Nation was born on this date in 1846...

Friday, November 24, 2006

Zombie Descrimination!

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...

The Seeds perform Pushin' Too Hard!

the missing legs of the Wicker Man

Happy Anniversary MST 3000!

Probably my second favorite TV show. Brilliant. Essential.

Happy Birthday Forry!

A living legend in horror and sci-fi...

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Q Camp

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...).

thorw away that old Rand McNally...

neat article on stage magic and perception

Internet store for historical replicas and geegaws

Looks pretty neat.

(Thanks for the link, Tony!)

Happy Birthday Boris!

One of my faves. Imortal.

Happy Birthday Harpo!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Outside of the usual feast, there are two traditions to this holiday for me. The first goes right back to my childhood, and that's Art Buchwald's annual column. The Post has been publishing it since forever. It was one of my father's favorites and I can remember him reading it to me as a kid - he loved the "franglaise" puns. And later on, every year when we'd get together he'd always ask me if I'd caught it and I always would so I could answer in the affirmative. It probably won't strike most of you as particularly funny or that big a deal. Times change. But like any good tradition, it's a small reminder of some pleasant and important times to me. Here you go, Dad:

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.

a gift for that necrophile in your life

The Onion reveals the Spanish Threat!

Cthulhu Christmas Stocking!

I want one...

Blow & Tell

new exhibition on the Code Talkers of WWII

nice article on US countermeasures against Japanese balloons

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?

lip-reading Hitler
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 Little Steven!!!

A great performer and songwriter, and my fave DJ!

Happy Birthday Bungalow Bill!

The White Album was released on this date in 1968. I've very fond memories of sitting with my cousin Marshall in his room listening to it over and over, (along with some other great LP's like the Doors first four albums and Surrealistic Pillow). A fun and amazing record.

Happy Birthday Terry Gilliam!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Dave Edmunds performs I Hear You Knockin'

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.

Jackie Wilson performing Baby Workout

Mr. Excitement!

Call me a traditionalist,

But nothing says Christmas like Twisted Sister...

Brokeback of the Dead

So wrong...

Strange Stream

O Come All Ye Faithful

the face of Jack The Ripper?

the cutting edge of putt-putt golf

Mind/Machine Meld is on the way
The military applications will be endless...

Monday, November 20, 2006

the non-pc burger joint

I suspect this is going to be a winning marketing campaign. Of course, I heartily (pun intended), recommend Northern Virginia's own 5 Guys!

We Five perform You Were On My Mind
Very nice mid-sixties folk rock.

Second Hand Songs
A database devoted to cover songs. It's not 100%, but it's pretty cool.

(Thanks for the link, Susan!)

En Garde!

Happy Birthday Dick Smothers!
Brilliant! He and brother Tommy's TV show was one of my faves.

Happy Absurdity Day!

Still Dead...

Franco passed away on this date in 1975...

Sunday, November 19, 2006

dice stacking
Cool! I'm trying to figure out if this could help me when playing RISK...

(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)

Tee Hee!

WWII files being released

new book out on the Spitfire,,1950458,00.html

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Fortean TV (mostly cryptozoological stuff)

Happy Birthday Graham Parker!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Grave Rage


An interesting review (with sound samples) of an intriguing artist and album

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...).

Extreme Blending

Some cute stuff here - and very smart marketing! I'm pretty impressed with their blender!

levitating islands...


Jack Alix died yesterday. He was a major fixture on Top 40 radio here when I was growing up. There's a nice tribute and some great info on him here:

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Asteroid Nudging...,,1950258,00.html

latest Israeli military research (supposedly)

the next step in robots

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.

A Most Sinister Fuel Source...

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...

Happy Birthday Peter Cook!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

weird little footnote on Hitler and Iceland

Deerly Beloved...

Virginia - the North/South Divide
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...

Capitol of Punk Tour

Cute idea...

the latest quantum weirdness...

"Green" Weaponry
There's something very strange about this...

Martian Mirrors

Fascinating idea.

neat little article on Damascus Steel

Very cool, I was under the apparently mistaken impression that there were no good exisiting examples of that steel.

Before The Music Dies
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

Happy Birthday Petula Clark!

Another fave. Probably the first female vocalist I ever really got into. I had a crush on her in grade school, and probably always will. See ya Downtown, Pet...

neat card trick

some neat jack-o-lanterns

Equal Opportunity Horror

Chef Jacques on the History Channel next month

Just received word that Jacques will be hosting a show called "A Bite Of History" on the History Channel, Saturday, 12/16. This is the chef from L'Auberge Chez Francois, for all of you locals. One of our favorite restaurants. Fantastic food and service. And next month is the time to go - Christmas goose...

"Terminator Tongues" for the Air Force

Tesla Avenged!

Sooner or later, I suspect Tesla will be viewed as one of the Greats of Science.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Shop Early!

Only 350 days until Halloween!

The Supremes perform Stop! In The Name Of Love
Classic Motown...

American trailer parks will never accept Euros as payment

Monday, November 13, 2006

Sebastian & the Spoonful perform Do You Believe In Magic

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...

Callgirls of Cthulhu...

They're Just Like Us!

wrapping paper for that special someone...

interesting article on Jewish resistance to anzis in WWII Belarus

E. A. Poe Birthday Party Event

new Mythos collection

The Resurrection of Kirk?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

All you single Cthulhu Dudes!

Have I got a girl for you!


a little something lost

Yesterday was just about as perfect a Fall day as one could ask for, (today we're back to a rainy dreary climate). I was out in the yard raking up leaves and looked around the neighborhood. Times have changed. Burning leaves is now forbidden in the region, (and with good reason, given the current crop of ignoramuses we've got); but am I the only one who misses the delightful smell of burning leaves? And now the garbage companies insist they be bagged up - no piles. I don't know how long it's been since I've seen kids jumping and playing in a leaf pile. Decades, probably. And I'd bet 2/3 of the houses in our area hire lawn services to take care of them - no kids making pocket money from the neighbors by raking, (I guess it would interfere with their video games). Another little ritual of life has become industrialized. Pity.

some interesting veterans' stories from WWII

Giant Snails!
Isn't this how most Roger Corman movies start?

Happy Birthday Neil Young!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Interesting article on Animal Consciousness

MAD TV takes on The Wizard Of Oz

Great stuff...

(Thanks for the link, Phil!)

VERY Cool Party Mixes For Download

There's some incredible stuff here.

The collapse of Western Civilization

Government support of illiteracy...

the perils of trick or treating!

I wish this happened to some kids in my neighborhood...

Happy Birthday Ennio Morricone!

Genius. Essential. My fave soundtrack creator. The Composer With No Name...

Happy Birthday Marshall Crenshaw!
One of the msot under-rated performers in America. A power pop genius.

Happy Birthday Jonathan Winters!

One of my faves...

Happy Veteran's/Armistice/Remembrance Day!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Guy Fawkes Revenge! *
(Thanks for the link, Infidel 753)

And incidently, I highly recommend folks checking out his blog at: 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):

RIP Jack Palance

the cutting edge of tax collecting

pictures of the new mystery boat!

Happy Birthday Claude Rains!

Marevlous actor. An essential performer in Casablanca.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

interesting article about Hitler's library

new site devoted to Northern Ireland in WWII

2007 World Fantasy Convention is in Saratoga Springs, NY

Turn Me On, Dead Man

Paul McCartney died on this date in 1966.

Get A Life!

In the future, (2346), today will be the anniversary of the Khitomer Massacre in which Worf becomes an orphan...

Happy Birthday Hedy Lamarr!

One of the most beautiful women to ever grace the screen. And a Patriot.

Happy Chaos Never Dies Day!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Arlo In Concert!

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!

Johnny Rivers Sings Secret Agent Man!

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...".

Radar Weirdness

the game

What "game" makes you take off your shirt?

Happy Birthday Bram Stoker!

A Stranger in a Strange Land...

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Tee Hee!

Actually, this would make a pretty good ad for Frito-Lay!

Mystery Boat
Very weird and very interesting.

RIP Nigel Kneale,,1936877,00.html
The creator of Quartermass...

the cutting edge of Wermacht* Recruitment
*Whoops! I meant Bundeswehr; old habits die hard ;)

the "silent" plane

Monday, November 06, 2006

It's My Life was released on this date in '65

One of my all-time faves. The Animals were one of the coolest bands, ever. I honestly believe I played this record every day for about a year. Part of my DNA. Essential.

DeBaggio's reopens on 11/18

This is the premiere herb grower in the DC region. He almost has a cult following amongst the herbalist community here.

Vote Early, Vote Often, Vote Kinky!

Why the Hell Not?

The Mamas & Papas sing California Dreaming (on Hollywood Palace)
(a lipsync, but still cool. And where's John's fur hat?!?)

the cutting edge of washing machines

the latest from Gnome Liberation

grow your own Goth Garden!


Happy Birthday Dr. Smith!

Happy Saide Hawkins Day!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

neat little site devoted to unusual wine labels

Disney during WWII

It's interesting that the article misses the fact that Uncle Walt was pro-nazi until it became inconvenient....

the missing ME 109

Support Group...

Awls Well That Ends Well

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Scut Farkus Lives!

For those of you into the TV movie, A Christmas Story, there's now a museum devoted to it in the original house.

This is SOOOOO DC....

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.

Pulp Adventure Con coming up in NJ

The Return of Elric!

From the Coming Attractions website:

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.

For REH Fans - New issue of The Cimmerian

the Air Force enters CyberSpace!

Go Ask Alice...

"Through The Looking Glass" was first published on this date in 1871, (I think). Grace Slick hasn't been the same since...

Happy Birthday Will Rogers!

Happy Waiting For The Barbarians Day!

Friday, November 03, 2006

a very cool yard haunt in Hollin Hall

Thursday, November 02, 2006

interesting article on crow intelligence

new book coming out on radio

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

Shit! This Looks Fucking Great!

The Pumpkin Computer

Justin Hayward sings Forever Autumn
This was a minor hit in November of '78 and it's reminded of me of this month ever since.

When the Pumpkin Fairy Visits!