Monday, June 30, 2008

Peter Gabriel performs Red Rain

Great song...

The Guess Who perform These Eyes
I've written about it before, but it bears repeating. Back in '71 I'd go cruising with my cousins in my (future) cousin-in-laws hot rod up and down the streets of Montrose, Colorado, (Thanks, Rob!). Sooner or later, we'd end up at the Tastee Freeze, and the Guess Who's Greatest Hits album was ALWAYS playing there - it must have been the only tape they had for their deck. As a consequence, those songs are all burned into my DNA.

ELO video for Don't Bring Me Down

I always like these guys. ELO = Chuck Berry on Guitar + John Lennon on Drugs

Steppenwolf perform Born To Be Wild

The song that sold a million Harley's..

Aretha performs Until You Come Back To Me
A perfect song for a slow Summer day.

The Moodies perform Tuesday Afternoon

One of my faves.

John Doe performs 4th of July

Great song at an appropriate time by one of our best songwriters.

Extra! Extra! French Army FINALLY Get A Military Victory!

tee hee!

the world's smallest park

A Rose By Any Other Name...

The Rescue...

Thanks Goodness It Spared The Crabs!

Moonlight Madness!

The Aztec Whistles Of Death!

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Happy Birthday Flo Ballard!

The lost Supreme. Very sad...

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The VW Beetle...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Stella Schindler online

My old workmate, Stella, has a wonderful new album out, called Distant Hums. You can listen to cuts at her myspace site. Very beautiful and cool music.

The Hollies perform Carousel on the Mike Douglas Show!


Lovecraft in stained glass!

Upcoming Cons

Count Gore has a great listing here.

Happy Birthday Ray Harryhausen!


Saturday, June 28, 2008

the twisting skyscraper

Your oil dollars at work...

Happy Anniversary to Where The Action Is!

I loved that show...

Happy Birthday Mel Brooks!

A fave....

Friday, June 27, 2008

The Bush Tetras perform Things That Go Boom In The Night

A true cult fave.

The Slickee Boys perfrom You Gotta Tell Me Why

DC's finest. Memories....

the intro and theme to Coronet Blue

The coolest show you've never heard of. Elements of The Prisoner and The Fugitive.

Conway Twitty performs It's Only Make Believe

Great tune. I remember loving this as a kid.

Chuck Berry performs Carol

The real King of Rock'n'Roll.

the Stones perform Street Fighting Man


Monsoon performs Ever So Lonely

Wonderful. The perfect fusion of Indian and Western pop....

The Door To Hell

There are a couple of less dramatic examples that I've heard of; and a minor one I've seen. Just North of Montrose, Colorado there was some sort of sawdust fire that I remember seeing as a kid. My memory of the cause is kind of cloudy now, (maybe one of my cousins out there can help me out), but I think there was a large dumping of sawdust from one of the local lumber mills out in the 'dobes. It filled in the numerous caves and crevices that are found there and caught fire, (it wouldn't surprise me if it was spontaneous combustion like you get in grain mills...). I think it gently burned through the compacted sawdust for several years; and I remember driving by and seeing the reddish glow at night from the ground.

Joe Cocker - captioned

Tee Hee!

the winged house

a great quote from my boy, Mencken

let this be a lesson to you, kids - stick with bourbon...

WOW! Sailing to the North Pole!

Mini-Me in the news!

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I keep thinking that we're on the verge of a much more subtle, nuanced and sophisticated defintion of intelligence and consciousness than we've had in the past.

computer face-off

what a croc...

If I had a nickel for everytime this has happened...

Happy Birthday, Dark Shadows!

Looking at it now, it was terribly cheesy and slow paced. But at the time, we'd race home from school to catch the latest bite! And there was always the beautiful Lara Parker and Kate Jackson...

Happy Birthday Captain!

For my childhood mornings, it was always Captain Kangaroo, followed by local favorite, Ranger Hal.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

just another day in DC

great moments in medical history

Chinese commerce!

tee hee!

The "Genius"

Obviously, the word "genius" has deflated singificantly since I learned it...

new book on Britain's involvement in/with Ireland during WWII

I hope it's good, I've been waiting for something like this. A very little known part of military history.

they figure out glass

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neat online magazine devoted to British horror movies

Happy Birthday Peter Lorre!

One of my faves, a true original.

Happy Ratification Day!

The Old Dominion ratified the Constitution on this date in 1788.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bruce performs Thunder Road

The soundtrack of '78. Deep truths. Time for another three fingers of bourbon. See you tomorrow...

The Everly Brothers perform 4 tunes

Wonderful. All I Have To Do Is Dream and Bowling Green are two of my fave songs. Absolutely beautiful. Some nice Summer tunes.

REM perform Radio Free Europe

Jo Dee Messina video for Heads Carolina, Tails California

Great song. Great lyrics. But I'll stick to Colorado...

seaweed power


the Arctic race

This could become interesting, and dangerous...

a little bit of military history discovered

some classic horror MP3's

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of descriptions or organization here...

avoid the snoops!

As soon as my aluminum foil helmet wears out, I'm going to get one of these....

Poop Freeze!


Smokey Gets Tough!

the cutting edge of high-speed chases!



The Tricorder

our feathered friends

All You Need Is Love...

Today is the anniversary of the first global telecast of the Beatles in '67; over 30 years ago....

Anniversary of The Omen

The Omen premiered on this date in '76... It's all for you, Damien!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sniff'n The Tears video for Driver's Seat

I've always loved this song, great for a midnight drive.

The Sugarcubes perform Birthday

Great song. Quirky, but great.

The Electric Hellfire Club cover Calling Dr. Luv

Fun stuff!

The Doors perform The End

Wonderful song and imagery. The hours I've listened to this...

Suzanne Vega performs Marlene On The Wall


Liz Phair video for Extraordinary

One of the best performers/songwriters going.

buns & guns

labor issues

Happy Birthday Amborse Bierce!

One of my faves. A classic American curmudgeon.

Monday, June 23, 2008

the robot chair
This was sent to me by my friend, Mathew (Thanks!). These things creep me out. His message to me is better than anything I could think to say:
"Here, we see a design prototype for a nightmare future from some students at the Design Academy of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. It's a robot chair that follows you around a library - like a Dalek from a Doctor Who episode. These chairs will clearly be the advance guard in the robot uprising, doggedly trailing humans and encouraging them to take the weight off their feet, leading to a tendency for sloth and idleness that will leave mankind too chubby and indolent to fight off the mechanical hordes. No matter where you run, the robot chair will follow you. It will follow you to your grave. "

As a comic book-reading kid, one of my faves was Magnus, Robot Fighter. It seems quite applicable.

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Am I the only one disturbed that fascism is just a verse away when one starts singing their anthem? Can't they find something else? (Of course, Virginia is in the same poisonous situation with its own deplorable anthem, more reasons at to why I'd love NoVa to secede....).

Cellphone Cuicides!

choice cheese chants

A mother's love...

Palm Friday?

skateboard police!

Frankly, I am looking forward to the pogostick police....

Remember - The Testicle Festival is coming up!
I gotta get to this sometime...

(Thanks for the link, John!)

RIP George Carlin

Very sad.

(Thanks for the head's up on this, Missy & Linda!)

Happy Birthday Stuart Sutcliffe!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Deluxe DVD of The Great Pumpkin being released!

earliest known computer music

cakes for game geeks


I can survive 1 minute, 17 seconds in the vacuum of space!

How long can you?

Super Paper!

Happy Birthday Howard Kaylan!

The Turtles were great. I always looked forward to their appearances on shows like Where The Action Is...

Happy Birthday Peter Asher!

Great performer and producer.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

the cloak of silence

Misogyny Sells!

Britain Shrinks!

ZZ Top performs La Grange

So cool, you can almost feel the hot, lonely, expanses of Texas in their playing. This song was unbelievably popular at places like This Is It, Clancy's, and Good Guys in the summer of '74. Wicked stuff...

The Pretenders perform Middle Of The Road


Graham Parker video for Protection

One of the most pissed off and most under-rated artists going. Graham rocks!

The Supremes lipsync Stoned Love

One of my fave songs, ever. Beautiful driving tune on a Spring night - full of hope.

Sam & Dave perform Hold On, I'm Coming

Classic. Perfect Soul.

Keith Carradine performs I'm Easy (from Nashville)

Great song, reminds me of that summer of '76. An interesting time.

John Waite performs Missing You

Great song of longing and loss...

Madonna video for True Blue

Nice reinvention of the Leslie Gore sound...

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Dragon Skin - the next body armor?

new way to board a moving train

I'm extremely disappointed with this method. Mine is much more interesting and entertaining. The train simply roars past the station with all the doors open, and simple Darwinism determines who gets on, and who doesn't....

The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh on November 11th!!!
If you're of a certain age, THIS was one of the coolest movies/series, ever. I've been waiting decades for this to be available. Neat stuff!


Man Charged in Silicone 'Pumping Party' Sting Associated Press, June 19, 2008MIAMI --
A Miami-Dade County man has been charged with practicing medicine illegally at parties where women take shots of silicone to maketheir butts bigger.The Florida Department of Health announced the arrest Thursday ofAnthony Donnell Solomon for the unlicensed practice of a health careprofession. Investigators said they learned Solomon was providing cosmetic procedures for women at so-called "pumping parties" in May.Authorities set up a fake party at a hotel and arranged for Solomon to attend. Investigators said he was arrested after he agreed to inject an undercover detective. It was not clear if he had an attorney.The state said Solomon has never been licensed by the Florida Departmentof Health, which has warned that silicone injections can be harmful and potentially cause serious infections.

Happy Birthday Ray Davies!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Nils Lofgren!

The hometown boy who did made good...

Happy Birthday Berke Breathed!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Scam Baiters...


3-D TV

Yawn, I'm unimpressed.... Channel 20 was broadcasting in 3-D decades ago. I still have the glasses they provided. I watched The Creature From The Black Lagoon in 3-D on my wedding night, (just call me a sentimental old fool....)

When Tumble Dryers Attack!

Trailer for the new Mummy movie!

Happy Birthday Brian!

What can you say, but another individual who needs no introduction. Is the intro to California Girls the most famous, and best, of all time? And is there any prettier love song than God Only Knows? Essential.

Happy Birthday Errol Flynn!

THE swashbuckler!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

RIP Shalom Stefan Grayek

The Enema Monument

(Thanks for the link, Peter!)

Happy Birthday Spanky McFarlane!

Wonderful voice. I loved Spanky & Our Gang, and own everything they ever recorded.

Happy Juneteenth!

Happy Birthday Alan Cranston!

The only man Hitler ever sued!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Remember kids - don't drink and steamroll

Amazing (if true) new fuel cell

Happy Birthday Linda Thorson!

Happy Birthday Sir Paul!

I heard about some awards show recently, where Ellen DeGeneres was to introduce Paul. She got up in front of the microphone, and simply said "And now, a man who needs no introduction...", and then walked off! Brilliant - and true. I'm sure it seems silly to most outside of my generation the importance, and indeed the reverence, that the Beatles are still held in. It is a complicated explanation dealing with such factors as lost youth and innocence, as well as rebellion and exploration. In the end, it just comes down to a simple point: you had to be there.... As for his later work, I know, it's inconsistent. But Paul has always been in there pitching. I think the failures have been sincere ones - an artist experimenting, not always successfully; but never a cynical attempt to cash in, (Maccaw hardly needs cash...). And as I get older, I also see new things and gain new appreciation for things I was once pretty disdainful of. Once in awhile, at the end of a hot summer day, coming home from work, I can enjoy a silly love song...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

new Facebook group dedicated to Karl Wagner

One of my all-time fave writers. Master of horror and sword & sorcery.

Watson! The game's a foot!;_ylt=AkxMd_zpmzAxQCZCIxmup3RvaA8F

This is the strangest damn thing I've been hearing about for the past few weeks. Why ONLY feet? And I love the quote: "there's no evidence the feet were severed or removed from the victims' legs by force." else does one remove a foot??? Did it rot off? I need some help here, I'm not some sort of forensic guru; but if a body is falling apart enough for a foot to become disengaged from it, isn't the foot itself so far gone that it's falling apart too, and unlikely to make it to shore before being torn apart by fish, bacteria, the current, etc.? If we're talking a foot in good condition, then how could it NOT be torn from a body with great force? I clearly need expert opinion on this, probably from a ghoul. I only know one, but he owes me a favor...

NoVa Brewfest coming up!

Happy Bunker Hill Day!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Have You Seen Me?

I'm preparing the milk carton announcements now...

We had to destroy the village to save it....

the perfect TV audience

Sing Free Bird!

Happy Birthday Stan Laurel!

a die for The True Gamesman

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Happy Anniversary to the Monterey Pop Festival!

Wish I'd been there, wonderful collection of artists, maybe the best ever.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

more Cthulhoid jewelry!

The Hitler Stamp

That's a neat little footnote to the war. Very odd.

fantastic sand sculpting

Watch It Shred

I don't really know why, but I find this sooo neat!

If you can see images of Jesus on a wall, or a tree, or a tortilla,

Then I can see Cthulhu in a crepe

Happy Birthday Harry Nilsson!

Poor Harry, troubled genius...

Welcome to my house....

Today is the anniversary of the premiere of one of my fave horror movies - The Legend of Hell House (1973). Very cool...

Happy Birthday Black Adder!

Great show!

it begins...

Lennon & McCartney first met on this date in 1956....

Happy Birthday Jim Varney!

I always liked Ernest....

Happy Magna Carta Day!

Happy Fathers Day!

I've written before that I know that family relations and politics are always tricky. For those of you who are fathers, I hope you have a fun day with your family. For those of you whose fathers are still around, I am supremely envious.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

cute commercial

here's a weird little film

I'd never heard about this until today. Sounds like one of thsoe things we'll have to wait until a bunch of people die in order to view it.

new REH collection!

Cthulhu Fashions For The Baby!

Cthulhu Jewelry!

Happy Birthday Jr. Walker!

One of the greatest, and one of my faves. Although he was on Motown, he could play a gritty soul as cool as anything on Stax or Atlantic. And his later "mellow" hits are pure beauty.

Happy Flag Day!

Friday, June 13, 2008

an honest pint...

life in DC...

the return of zeppelins

Oh, the humanity!

the new version of D&D gets a good review
That's nice, I'll stick with mine...

Condiment Violence!

for the golfer in your life...

the thong bandits


The Gnome Bandit

the bionic hand

The "Water Pourer"

Some of you reading this must be awful thirsty...

Lennon's guarded glasses

unsafe sex?

paper airplane dunk...


What's next, Robot Monster? The Creeping Terror? They Saved Hitler's Brain? First Plan 9, and now this! If you've no idea what I'm talking about, consider yourself culturally deprived, (as opposed to those of us who are culturally depraved), and google on "Manos - The Hands Of Fate" - one of the most intriguingly bad movies ever made, featuring Torgo, the Igor-like minion who some of us are absolutely obsessed by.

you used to get a tiger in your tank...

now it's a parrot in your engine:

Poopie Face for Dollars

I love it when someone comes up with a ridiculous new way to relieve the stupid rich of their money.

new uses for confessional boxes

Happy Birthday Paul Lynde!

The Center Square...

Happy Birthday Basil Rathbone!

One of my faves!

Happy Friday the 13th!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

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what is the definition of "dead"?

New England's Dark Day explained

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Magic Missile in a LARP

What a ween.....

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Happy Anniversary to the Marx Brothers' A Day At The Races!

Premiered on this date in 1937. Essential.

Happy Anniversary, True Grit!

Premiered on this date in 1969. One of my fave Westerns. Filmed in and around Ridgway Colorado and the beautiful San Juan Mountains. One of John Wayne's best roles; the kind an actor needs a lifetime perfecting a given image to portray well.

Blow...The Candles...Out!

Happy Birthday Gene Wilder!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

giant earthworms!


some creepy little stories

evolution demonstrated in the lab!


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

the solar car...

Voodoo Wasps & Zombie Caterpillars!

Fascinating stuff!

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Happy Anniversary to Tales From The Crypt (the TV show...)

Premiered on this date in '89...

Happy National Yo-Yo Day!

Monday, June 09, 2008

A bad day in Byzantium...

It's hotter than a whore on nickle night here - at least 98 degrees. In addition, I had to drive into Old Town this afternoon by means of Braddock Road. And the radio, for once, was playing great tunes, but here I am, shuffling along at 15mph with uncoordinated traffic lights and stuck behind drivers who knew Moses personally and whose licenses are personally signed by King Nebukenezer and then Radar Love comes on the radio, and it's all I can do to hit second gear behind these sclerotic geezers and then I get home to discover (horrors!) that we're nearly out of Virginia Gentleman. Well, there's only so much a man can take...
At any rate here are some tunes for a stinker of a day in NoVa...

marketing for the cad...

the cutting edge of designated drivers

burning weirdness...

e.coli, burnt pancakes and living computers...

Alert Douglas Adams!*

*Award yourself 3 pop culture points if you get this reference...


the cutting edge of Freudian iconography....

cancel my appointments...

nice spoof of Google news

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Happy Birthday Jackie Wilson!

One of the greats. Mr. Excitement!

Happy Birthday Lin Carter!

A hack writer, but THE best editor and promoter of modern Fantasy literature, ever. An entire generation of fans of the genre owe Lin a great debt for helping keep alive and increasing the presence of Lord Dunsany, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Jack Vance, Michael Moorcock, Robert E. Howard and dozens more.


Springsteen was signed to Columbia Records on this date in '72...

Sunday, June 08, 2008

The History Channel's Haunted History of Halloween online!

RIP Charlie The Tuna

Dunwich Horror radio drama on CD!

gift for the insane cultist who has everything

I want one of these puppies...

The Horror Mall

Neat stuff for sale!

Nazgul VS Labradoodle

Happy Birthday Nancy Sinatra!

Wonderful singer, great Lee hazelwood production and tunes.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Psychedelic Furs video for Pretty In Pink

Silly video, GREAT song...

Poco performs A Good Feeling To Know

My fave song by them. Another tune that reminds me of my beloved Western Slope.

Reba performs I'd Rather Ride Around With You

Fun song.

The Lovin' Spoonful perform Summer In The City

Summer has hit DC, and this seems a perfect soundtrack for today...

asteroid defense!

sheep desecrators

when spell checking goes wrong...

What a cheap-ass publisher....

the slime that kills....

newly revamped MST3000 website

Robert E. Howard Days

some upcoming movies of interest...

Hellboy II - The Golden Army

Journey To The Center Of The Earth

X-Files 2 - I Want To Believe

The Mummy - Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

little article about Antwerp in WWII

I would point out that as impressive as it was, the V-2 was not without substantial downsides. While terrifying and deadly, it was notoriously inaccurate. What the article doesn't point out is that the reason that London and Antwerp were targeted was because they were two of the few places big enough to guarantee some sort of hit! The monetary costs were staggering too. Perhaps newer and more accurate information has come to light in the past twenty years, but a while back I saw comparisons that showed the average monetary amount of damage from a V-2 was slightly LESS than the cost of the rocket to the Germans! It could still have tremendous psychological value, (they were starting to talk about evacuating London, a real blow to British pride and governmental effectiveness), but when one starts talking about throwing money at each other in late '44 and early '45, America alone trumps Germany by a factor of, oh, let's say 25-1.

The Blitz Continues

A dear old friend of my family's was a British bomb disposal expert during the war. Unbelievably calm gentleman. Hell, I guess you'd have to be.

Happy Anniversay El Dorado!

One of my fave Westerns. (And my fave poem by Poe!)

Happy Birthday Prince!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Abandoned & Little Known Airfields

Listed by state, an amazing resource for local history buffs.

Squirrel Taxidermy Art!

I have fond memories of all the tacky souvenir shops in Florida selling similiar stuff, but featuring baby alligators.

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Stella Schindler's new CD!

Wonderful voice and material. Stella and I used to work together at the record store, and had a lot of fun discussing religion and music. There are nice snippets at CDBaby for you to listen to, please check it out. Buy hundreds!

Happy Anniversary Pigpen & Rubberduck!

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

Happy Birthday Levi Stubbs!

What a great name! And one of the shing lights in the Motown Universe. Wonderful singer. Essential.

Happy Birthday Nathan Hale!

American Hero.

Happy Birthday Gary "U.S." Bonds!

One of my faves!

Happy Birthday Damien Thorne! It's All for You!!!

According to the Omen movies, lil' Damien was born on this date... ;)

Rock Around The Clock Hits #1 !

On this date in 1955, and pop culture changed forever....

D-Day Anniversary

Another extraordinary event in Human history, and another magnificent victory for the Allies in WWII.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

fan video for Reunion's Life is A Rock

Another guilty pleasure. With god as my witness, someday I'm going to learn to sing this damn thing!

Eric Burdon & War perform Spill The Wine

Ah yes, hot sultry summer of '70. Vacationing in Madison, haunting its wonderful bookstores and head shops. Back to DC, going into Gtown with Edmund and Millie to canoe at Fletcher's boathouse and then stop off in town to pick up the latest issue of the Quicksilver Times. Going out for records on Friday night at Giant Music. With this tune and the Temp's Ball of Confusion playing constantly on the radio.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts cover Real Wild Child

Soooo coooool.....

Beach Boys video for Wouldn't It Be Nice


REM perform Cuyahoga
Murky sound, but a brilliant beautiful song...

Vicki Sue Robinson performs Turn The Beat Around

A guilty pleasure (blush), I've always loved this song.

Happy Festival of Popular Delusions!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

I'm waiting for the rain of toads...

Moses would be proud. Just to update folks, NoVa seems to be getting rocked by a variety of storms. We had a horrendous squall hit our neighborhood, at least one 150lb tree limb is now sitting in our backyard. There are conflicting reports that a tornado touched down in Annandale, and another in Falls Church; and there are hail stones supposedly as big as baseballs (!) in Fredericksburg. But as of now, we and the Manor are safe, sound, and unrepentent...

neat book cases

Olympic Accupuncture!

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Run Away!

Only 150 Days Until Halloween!

Happy Birthday Gordon Waller!

Great performer. Great memories...

Anniversary of the Battle of Midway

An amazing and important battle in a war that was full of them. One of the greatest American victories - ever. And a turning point in the war in the Pacific. Japan lost the war in June of '42. After that, nothing was going to save them. The first sea battle between fleets of ships that never saw each other.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

nice article on optical illusions

the future...

(Thanks for the link, Roger!)

Sci-Fi TV, Films and Serilas Online!

Babylon 5! Flash Gordon! This is soooo cool!

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

short history of AM radio in DC

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

cool interactive photo of Paris
One could tell a story with this type of a process. Some sort of Where's Waldo/Rear Window/Clue type thing. There's potential here, particularly for young people.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Death & Pringles...


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Tallahatchie Rendezvous...

Today is the day that events in the Ode To Billie Joe took place... Great song and a great mystery...

Happy Birthday Leo Gorcey!

Happy Birthday Curtis Mayfield!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Suzi Quatro!

Suzi is cool....

Happy Jack Jouett Day!

Monday, June 02, 2008

RIP Bo Diddley

One of the Greats...

(Thanks for the head's up on him, Peter!)


Last year News of the Weird reported on an organic art project, "Victimless Leather," in which artists Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr attempted to grow embryonic stem cells of a species onto an artificial platform, in this case creating leather from mouse cells without the need to kill cows. However, in the latest demonstration of the project, at New York City's Museum of Modern Art this spring, the exhibit apparently grew so rapidly that it overwhelmed the space available, and curator Paola Antonelli said she was forced to kill the organism. She told the Art Newspaper that it was a difficult decision. "I've always been pro-choice, and all of a sudden I'm here not sleeping at night about killing a coat." [The Art Newspaper, 5-1-08]

In the old days I was told to worry about the unborn, now it's the unworn...

(Thanks for the story, Roger!)

Neil Young's "green" Lincoln Continental

great medical mysteries of our time....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Muddling Along...

What do you do for a wedding anniversary where one of the partners is dead? You really can't ignore it. And "celebration" doesn't make it at all. It would have been my folks' 62nd tomorrow. I'll take my Mother to dinner, and it'll be sad and strange and full of awkward silences, and next year will be the same and so on until the inevitable passing of one of us. Life is often a matter of failures and losses. Some of them one never gets past, and my Father's death is the one for me. I find that growing older becomes largely a matter of tallying up those losses, whether it is loved ones, favored places, opportunities or health. So be it. See ya tomorrow...

George Thorogood video for I Drink Alone

More fun stuff!

Herb Alpert lip synch's This Guy's In Love With You

Another great Bacharach tune.

Lulu performs To Sir With Love

Great song, (and film).

The Small Faces perform Itchycoo Park

Fun stuff by a great band!

Happy Birthday Le Petomane!

His legacy continues, just listen to AM talk-show radio....

a fish sticker for Trekkies!


Cthulhu Does DC!

Che Cthulhu - Revolutionary!

I gotta get one of these....

The Werewolf of Washington!

My fave ghost host, Count Gore, is showing The Werewolf Of Washington this week on his webcast. It was a rather poor attempt at making a horror movie satire about the whole Watergate-era government. But one always feels drawn to films about their hometown. As always, I highly recommend Count Gore and his site for news and reviews in the horror field.

June is Fireworks Safety Awarness Month!

Yea, right....

June is National Accordion Awareness Month!

I always remember that Gary Larson cartoon - "Welcome to Hell. Here's your accordion..."

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