Monday, December 31, 2007

The Fairy Door...

Kinda cute...

Ninja Chipmunk!

Happy Hogmanay!

And Happy New Year. I can only quote Lennon - let's hope it's a good one, without any fear.

Happy Birthday George C. Marshall!


Sunday, December 30, 2007

Doug Mudd's "All The Money In The World"

My old friend Doug's got a book out on the imagery in money. I recommend it to all of you interested in the study of filthy lucre! Congrats Doug!

one of the great "might-have-been" stories from WWII

I'm a little surprised this idea was allowed to die. I can see commercial/military uses for it today.

Happy Brithday Patti Smith!

Another fave. Rebel. Punk. Street Goddess. Poet of the Night.

Happy Birthday Tracey Ullman!

Unbelievably talented. And creator of perhaps my all-time fave video.

Happy Birthday Skeeter Davis!

Happy Birthday Bo Diddley!

Happy Birthday Mike Nesmith!

Happy Birthday Davy Jones!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

old monster toys!
If I remember correctly, I owned both Bog Loo and King Zor! Loo supposedly could talk. You had to crank a cheap little plastic handle on his back, (which snapped off the first time I touched it). This cranked a small record and needle gizmo inside him which had all the fidelity of an asthmatic toad. But his weaponry was pretty cool. King Zor had some sort of remote control motor mechanism where they made a virtue of necessity - the gears and motor were loud and very rusty sounding, as they ground away, reaching speeds that a limpet would scoff at. All this cacophony of cheap engineering was supposed to be his "roar". All of these were competing with Great GarLoo, one of my all-time fave toys, (which I still have today!).

a cultural history of Frankenstein

neat horror art of Aeron Alfrey

glow in the dark dice for Call of Cthulhu!

Happy Birthday Marianne Faithful!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy Birthday Alex Chilton!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Whisperer In Darkness - a new Lovecraft film!

neat quote...

That's nothin'...

Trust me; It's even more accurate when you use you enemies'....

neat little article on "micronations"

"Tax dodge" might be a more appropriate description...

Happy Birthday Marlene Dietrich!

Happy Birthday Sydney Greestreet!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Happy Wren Day!

Happy Boxing Day!

I Want To Hold Your Hand

Was released on this date in '63.

Happy Birthday Steverino!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Darlene Love sings Christmas Time For The Jews! (from SNL)


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Scared of Santa,0,7181908.ugcphotogallery


Cthulhu & FSM Tree Ornaments!

Kinda pricey....

Happy Birthday Captain Howdy!

The Exorcist premiered on this date in '73. Gtown was never quite the same again...

Happy Birthday Rod Serling!

Another fave, another Immortal, another Essential.

Happy Birthday Bogey!

One of my faves, and one of the Immortals. Essential.

Monday, December 24, 2007

a final holiday video
Here's Emerson Lake & Palmer covering an arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite originally arranged by the great B. Bumble & The Stingers. It's called Nutrocker. Enjoy. I'm off to Millie and Ross's for our annual Lasagna Feast...

Crumpet The Elf - a story

A wonderful little tale, particularly if you've ever worked retail.

(Thanks for the link, Karen!)

A Christmas Ornament Generator

Kinda cute...

The Cthulhu Song

You'll never listen to Abba quite the same way again...

Cthulhu Cookies to leave out for Santa tonight!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Star Trek Lives!!!! Of Gods & Men

Don't Forget to Track Santa's Progress...

Religious Persecution!

And I will need a horned helmet, a Viking longboat and the complete works of Wagner...


Saturday, December 22, 2007

Russia's Great Satanic Coke Controversy!

It's The Real Thing!

(Thanks for the link, Vanessa!)

Darele Love performs Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Perhaps Phil Spector's greatest work. It's a classic, going well beyond its Holiday origins. Paul Shafer earned his paycheck that night, this is a great production

RIP Bill Strauss

Been following the Capitol Steps since their very first recording. I'm not sure how well the humor would play beyond the Beltway - but for us, they're great fun. Going back over their 25 years worth of recordings can give you a pretty good feel of what's been going on in politics and the government. Their site is:

The Monkees video for Sometime In The Morning
I always liked this song and the scene they shot for it. A great King/Goffin tune.

Best wishes to Nick and Alexandra on their wedding!

new Cthulhu anthology

steam powered vehicles

some neat pics

How many sleaves do the undershirts have?

The Straight Dope on Santa Claus

Friday, December 21, 2007

What The Hell Is Going On In Greenland?!?!

Very very very weird...

Happy Mumping Day!

great moments in law enforcement

weird BB gun ad

Who goes shooting in a tie? And do you really want something that will label you as "The Happy Daisy Boy"??? You'd of had NO lunch money at my grade school with a name like that...

recharging spy planes

Happy National Hamburger Day!

Happy Birthday Vampira!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Have fun

Well, we're now in full Holiday Mode, however and whatever you celebrate. For me, it's always a mixed business; as I take advantage of the excuse to enjoy the company of friends and family while remembering those no longer around to do so. Such is the way of things.
As with all times, I hope you have a safe, healthy and happy Holiday Season, spent with those you are closest with. Cheers.

new Bruce Campbell movie!


Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson!

The Graduate premiered on this date in 1967. One of the greats. Plastics...

Happy Birthday Billy Bragg!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

old Soviet Christmas cards

Neat collection!

The Apple-1 System!

Interesting price. Could it be.....SATAN?!?!

for the young gay cowboy...

There'll Always Be A Scotland

(Thanks to Infidel753 for the link!)

I have found my artistic calling...

going vegetarian in California...

Why does everyone get so New Agey when they move out there?

Man, if I had a nickel for every time THIS has happened...


(Thanks for the link, Sandy!)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Gilligan's Island VS Lost In Space!


the BBC VS Shane McGowan & Kirsty MacColl!

Relax, just play it, guys...

tee hee!

I'm kinda projectin' right now myself...

Great Moments in RoVa Parenting

An Army Of One

Beware of the Death Star Galaxy!!!;_ylt=AjFdnq4myHpMQZmcpE0RLQ8PLBIF

Jackson to produce The Hobbit

(Thanks for the link, Roger!)

Welcome to the working week...

I've already gotten emails from several friends noting that posting has slowed down a bit. I got a new job two weeks ago, and so I'm reduced primarily to weekends and evenings for sharing stuff with all you good people. Will try to keep up!

30 years ago, Elvis Costello pissed off all the people I wanna piss off

(Thanks for the link & reminder, Mathew!)

RIP Joel Dorn

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Great Classical Music Album covers

some funny ones here...

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Keith Richards!

Genesis 6:4

Happy Birthday Christopher Fry!

My fave playwright. My little moniker, Mendip, comes from his play, The Lady's Not For Burning.

Happy Birthday Michael Moorcock!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Cthulhu Claus!

weirdly interesting squirrel news!

nice article on the wreaths at Arlington

The Return Of Hammer Horror Films?!?!

Rogue Elf...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

cyber chatter

I guess it's a measure of my old fartism, but I suspect that this software's success may say less about it, and more about what passes for conversation amongst people in chat rooms. Crushing banality, foundation-less bravado, and shallow come-ons are pretty easy to mimic, (and to make fun of....). I've never been to a chat room, but some of the conversations I see carried on at people's personal websites already resemble the clueless and random sputterings of some Russian geek's idea of scintillating conversation.

create your own whopper burger
Stupid, yet compelling...

Rock Band Name Generator
I got the Hip Mambo Army...

the cutting edge of the Pepsi Generation

unusual tricycles

Top Ten Astronomy Pics of 2007

Tired Tribbles Typist Tries Tinkering Tertiary Trek

Drink Up!

Today is the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Addams Family Christmas Episode!

Count Gore is webcasting the film, The Last Man On Earth!

That Ghost Host With The Most is showing the famed Vincent Price movie, (the first film adaptation of "I Am Legend"). Very cool!

Crime Scene Shopping

The New York Dolls perfrom Lookin' For A Kiss

Fantastic song and group.

The Troggs promo film for Wild Thing


Midnight Oil perform Beds Are Burning
Great 80's-style rock'n'roll.

Simon & Garfunkel perform Mrs Robinson

Another essential.

The Ramones - Do You Wanna Dance

Taken from Rock'N'Roll High School, one of my all-time fave movies. Someday someone needs to do a serious analysis of it, it's much more than you think it is. I may have to do this...

Tom Waits performs Christmas Card From A Hooker in Minneapolis

(and a little bit of Silent Night)


Dave Edmunds performs Run Rudolph Run

Great cover of a great Chuck Berry tune.

The original Phantom of the Opera film online!

Essential. One of the great horror movies.

the mimic octopus

Just heard about this little beastie - very cool!

Wuss Nation

Weenies. At my middle school, (Minnie Howard), switchblades were the eating utensil of choice...

The Nine Most Unnecessary Greatest Hits Albums

weird ad - Aetna helps goat giving cripples

Daddy! Daddy! I want a goat doll for Christmas!

The X-mas Files

Another Classic.

Yes Virginia, There Is A Cthulhu!

A Classic...

Happy Birthday John Hammond Sr.!

Happy Birthday Alan Freed!

Happy Bill of Rights Day!

A forgotten and ignored document; unfortunately no longer adhered to.

Friday, December 14, 2007

another WWII footnote - the German attack on Florida!

Argentine pilots in the RAF - another interesting footnote to WWII

Happy Birthday Spike Jones!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

a new (to me) source for horror books & products

just what we need - new ways to irritate us with ads...

Happy Birthday Dick Van Dyke!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

growing organs - using an HP Printer! Amazing!

(Thanks for the link, Marcy!)

What will life with computers be like in 1999?

Not bad! (But I'm still waiting for my personal jet-pack...).

the sniper crowbar...

I know it's stupid, but I want one anyway...

the time travel device ;)

Space Shuttle Attacked By Giant Spider!!!
Alert Clint Eastwood!!!*

*If you get that joke, consider yourself a Master of Pop Culture Trivia!

how the world works now, apparently

I'd rather get shot in the face than look bad on YouTube....

Milk from

Read the customer reviews - priceless!

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Happy Birthday Karl Wagner!

One of my fave Sword & Sorcery authors.

Happy Birthday Dionne Warwick!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

hmmm, the use of demonic pederasty in marketing

Happy Birthday George Mason!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Santa Claus Conquers The Martians is online!

Starring a vey young Pia Zadora. Rejoice!

there's a Monty Python skit in this....

This, is a double parked Parrot!

And good for Ramadan too!

Happy Birthday Emily Dickinson!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Transvision Vamp video for Baby I Don't Care

Great band with a great sound. Experts at trawling through rock sediment for bits and pieces* to recombine into new songs. Ignored by the public and media, of course.

*So many influences just in this one song - the Troggs, the Ronnettes, the Go Gos, maybe a touch of Genya Ravan, a little Kinks.

fan video for the Sandpipers song Come Saturday Morning
Beautiful soft pop. This was the theme to the movie The Sterile Cuckoo, probably the best film ever about college romance, (at least if one is a Baby Boomer). The song was perfect for the theme, and the movie was perfect for its time, (and for once, better than the book). I believe Liza Minnelli once said she was proudest of her performance in it, and she is quite correct - once again, the performance is perfect - the innocence, the bravado, the awkwardness and the sheer goofiness of being young were captured wonderfully by her. The whole project is very touching, and is of course, out of print. The market is controlled by soul-less drones.

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition perform Ruby
Fine example of early country rock. Interesting how nearly 40 years later it's still timely...

Ian Anderson (of Tull) performs A Christmas Song

Another essential classic for the Holidays. Heh Santa, pass us that bottle...

fan video for A Punk Rock Christmas

A great and fun hiliday song. Forget all the bullshit from wankers on the web claiming this is the Sex Pistols. Not even close. The Ravers were just a one-off studio band put together by the guys who started Rhino Records. it was originally released on a Christmas Tree-shaped vinyl EP that's now fabulously rare, (Yes Missy, I own it...).

Bruce performs Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Classic. Essential.

The Ramones video for Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)

Classic stuff from one of my fave bands!

a fan's video for the Waitresses' Christmas Wrapping
There appear to be no films of the band actually performing this, one of the best rock/pop holiday songs. Nevertheless, this one kinda grows on you.


The Kinks perform Father Christmas


Soviet snow mobiles

Pretty neat photos and drawings. There's some nice wargaming miniatures potential here.

Christmas Light Display Finder

Allows one to locate the most/best decorated houses in or near your zip code.

my annual plug for NORAD's Santa Tracker
Very cool. If I were four years old, I'd be addicted to this site.

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

I've written about this show in the past, and won't repeat myself again, (if you wish, the entry may be found on 12/5/2005 of Weirdness). Today is the anniversary of its first broadcast. To me, one of the most interesting of all the Christmas shows/movies/specials. And probably the best overall soundtrack for a TV show - ever.

Happy Birthday Margaret Hamilton!

One of the best character actresses, ever. And THE Witch, archetype.

Happy Birthday Michael Dorn!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Monopoly and WWII

Pretty interesting.

Please raise all your right hands and swear to tell the truth...

kitty in a bowl...

The perfect gift of bureaucrats!


Lennon was assassinated on this date...

Happy Birthday Flip Wilson!

Happy Birthday Jim Morrison!

Happy Birthday Sinead O'Connor!

Friday, December 07, 2007

tigers and pigs...'t

violin playing robot

Maybe this is as neat as it sounds. But mechanical instrument players of great sophistication, (at least to me), were around in the Victorian era. Is this truly different/better?


interesting footnote to WWII - Axis diplomats in the U.S.

Happy Birthday Vlad "The Impaler" Tepesch!
"Mr. Excitement!"

Happy Birthday Eli Wallach!

Remember Pearl Harbor!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Smells Like Teen Orchestra

Pretty neat!

And also from a Ukelele Orchestra!

(Thanks for the links, Mathew!)


I'm a slave to fashion...

Cthulhu in the fridge...

our salvation lies in kangaroo farts

As I always suspected...

Happy Birthday David Ossman!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Hello Kitty Assault Rifle

Tracey Ullman video for They Don't Know

I've posted this before. But it's one of my fave videos and songs. Tracey covering a Kirsty MacColl tune that is right out of the Lesley Gore canon. It doesn't get better than that.

Fleetwood Mac perform Rhiannon

Once again - I know this got way to much airplay in the 70's. But forget that for a moment. It's really a great song, matching emotion with element and season.

Jethro Tull performs Aqualung
I tend to associate Tull with dark weather, and it's been snowing all day here at the Manor, and the temperature is dropping with nightfall - a bad night for an old man wandering lonely...

Tom Jones performs It's Not Unusual

I know, I know, at this point this tune has an enormous Austin Powers-type campy appeal. But I've always liked it. And, like the Austin Powers movies themselves, there's an almost sweet innocence now about the whole "Swingin' Sixties" vibe...

Greg Lake video for I Believe In Father Christmas
A nice, dark, take on the Holiday...

Buddy Holly performs Peggy Sue

Fantastic. Essential.

Bad Company perform Silver Blue & Gold and Run With The Pack

Nice mid 70's rock'n'roll.

a very very cool painting technique

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

Happy Repeal Day!

Happy Birthday Little Richard!

Happy Birthday Alvy "Hank Kimball" Moore!


Happy Ninja Day!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Tina Peel perform Blow Me (A Kiss) & Penis Between Us

I always loved this band and regret never having seen them perform, though they were regulars in the very early days of the DC punk scene. They later evolved into the Fuzztones, who've put out a bunch of neat psycho-garage-horror albums over the years.

The B-52's video for Deadbeat Club

Great band, great sound, great song. Would have been perfect in the Spring of '74...

Duane Eddy performs the theme from Peter Gunn

So cool...

Dylan performs Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues

Muddy sound mix; GREAT song. Wonderful.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers perform Rock'N'Roll Christmas

I've always like Thorogood, particularly his early days on the Rounder label. This is a cute little tune he put out for the holidays many years ago. And John Lee Hooker playing Santa Claus in the video makes it that much neater.

Archie McPhee's Christmas gifts for the carnivore!


this is rich!

I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Happy Birthday Southside!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Police Chase Donut Truck...
Sometimes the jokes just come too easily...

Nellie McKay performs Zombie

Fun stuff!

The Peoria Plague

This is interesting. Apparently, back in '72 an Illinois radio station did their own version of a War of the Worlds-type broadcast. This one involved a plague of zombies. Pretty neat!

cool looking record player!

Happy Birthday Ozzy!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

it's the holiday season...

Fairytale of New York.

One of the saddest, truest and greatest songs for Christmas time. It sounds better with whiskey. Made all the more poignant by our loss of Kirsty. Here's to ya, Lass!

Elvis Costello video for Pump It Up

Brilliant. Essential.

fan video for Reunion's Life Is A Rock

Another guilty pleasure. I love this song! Ever since it was released back in '74, it's been my fervid and secret desire to be able to sing this tune - without success. This guy comes damn close - more power to him!

The Bush Tetras perform Cowboys In Africa
One of those bands you probably had to work in a record store to be aware of; but for about two months back in '81 it looked like they'd be the Next Big Thing.

5000 Volts performs I'm On Fire
A true guilty pleasure. Some mid 70's Euro-disco band takes Los Bravos' song, Black Is Black, adds new lyrics, speeds it up, and turns it into a minor hit. But I like it anyway...

This Lizzy perform The Boys Are Back In Town

A fun song. The Irish response to Bruce.

The Grass Roots perform Let's Live For Today
Beautiful example of mid-sixties Top 40. Sounds great on an AM radio.

The Guess Who perform No Time

I've written before about summers in Colorado listening to the Guess Who. Very warm memories...

John Hartford & Glen Campbell sing Gentle On My Mind

Great, great song. Hartford wrote it and Campbell make it his personal theme song.

Psychedelic Furs video for Love My Way

Very cool group, one of the best from the early 80's.

Sonny & Cher perform I Got You Babe
I always liked this tune. My only regret about this video is that it doesn't feature Sonny's yak fur coat!

a fan's video for Dolly Parton's Here You Come Again

A great pop country song from a sad point in my life. Virtually inescapable on AM radio in late '77. It's a pity that Dolly and the media focused on her breasts/hair/etc., she's a very good songwriter.

James Taylor performs Fire & Rain
Great song. Very interesting, probably the best song I know of on suicide. Many years ago in my record store days, I worked with a young lady who then went off to college. She was very discouraged and saddened by the experience, and we corresponded regarding that and I tried to tell her things would get better. It did no good. One Saturday morning I was home listening to the radio - it started playing this song and at that very moment I got a call from one of the assistant managers - she was dead. Official details were understandably vague, but I was able to piece together that she'd died of what was almost certainly an intentional overdose from a prescription. Very sad, and I am always reminded of her and the potential lost when I hear this tune.

Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Pony perform Different Drum

Nice country rock song, written by Mike Nesmith, (of the Monkees).

an interesting WWII footnote - Britain's royal nazis...

stuffed toys...
There are some nice knitting projects here!

The Tesla Christmas Tree

Pretty neat!

new film: Lovecraft's Pillow

the best Virginia license plate...

Happy Birthday Jonathan Frid!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Cthulhu Carols!

As many of you know, I am a HUGE fan of Cthulhu Carols. I have many fond memories of us sitting in the back room at the record store, belting these favorites out on Christmas Eve. Most were created by the good folks at the HP Lovecraft Historical Society, who've now released two CD's of their classics. Here's a neat little fan video of one: . 'Tis the season!

neat Smothers Borthers episdoe online

With the Committee, the Doors and George Carlin!

neat quote...

hi-tech clothing

for those of you into weird and rock Christmas music

The Last of the Trunk - the final publishings of REH

there may be help for me; and for me too!

The Geese Police!

I don't know why we're supposed to protect these things. Around here they're like rats with feathers...

Mural Mosaics

Individual paintings are used to create a mural. Very neat!

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

Teen Galaxies...

They have no respect for the older galaxies, their rooms are a mess, and they constantly want to borrow the car.

DC area Welsh Society & festival

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

Happy Birthday Woody Allen!

Happy Birthday John Densmore!