Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cthulhu For President silicon wristband!

Wear it proudly!

Happy Birthday Gary Lewis!

I always liked Gary & the Playboys.

Happy Birthday Lobo!

A guilty pleasure, I always liked this guy...

Happy Birthday Ted Cassidy!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Joan Jett's video for The French Song


Sandie Shaw performs Always Something There to Remind Me

Ah, obscure memories...

Rocky Burnette video for Tired Of Toein' The Line

An unbelievably stupid video, but I always liked this song.

Road Kill

the cutting edge of computer graphics...

the living bar

This is so cool...

the high cost of biofuel...

Happy Birthday Maria Ouspenskaya!

Happy Birthday William Powell!

Wonderful actor - one of my faves.

Happy Birthday Patti Scialfa!

Monday, July 28, 2008

the most intelligent animal on the planet

the money game

the money game

"London After Midnight" Found?!?

Great news for horror buffs everywhere - if true....

Zombie Dating Service

I love it...

Sam Cooke performs Twistin' The Night Away

Another essential song by an essential artist.

Los Lobos perform How Will The Wolf Survive

Great song by one of the great American rock bands.

Phil Ochs performs Power & The Glory

Troubled genius. Essential. One of my all-time faves.

The Dells perform Oh What A Night

One of the greats, with one of the classic intros. Essential.

The Temptations perform Just My Imagination

One of the most beautiful songs ever made. Perfection. The Emperors of Soul.

45 Grave video for Partytime

Pure punk schlock horror. I always liked 'em, expecially the lead - Dinah Cancer....

Translator's video for Everywhere That I'm Not

One of the great early 80's New Wave songs. Really wonderful.

they used to just wanna sell you a bridge....

popcorn - the noisy death....

fucking morons....

news on the Prisoner remake

Well, after years of false starts and rumors, it looks like it's finally gonna happen...

Happy Birthday Phil Proctor!

Genius. One of my faves.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

George performs All Things Must Pass

A great (and profound) song from one of my fave albums. Too true... Hard to believe that it's been 37 years. Feeling old, time for another bourbon, see you tomorrow...

The B-52's video for Deadbeat Club

A beautiful song for those days when you're just lazing around with friends...

Bowie performs Changes

Ah, a perfect song for the early/mid 70's....

Curtis performs People Get Ready

The Soul of Soul.

Sly & The Family Stone perform Dance To The Music & Music Lover

Was there ever anything cooler than Sly and the Family?

David Lindley performs Mercury Blues

Great version, his first album was fantastic!

The Four Tops perform The Same Old Song

I love the Tops...

Collected Letters of Lovecraft & REH to be published!

my kind of go-cart!

Colonial Era Gravestone Art

Pretty neat!

the perfect solution to appliance failure

Summer, Bruce, and the M Street Shuffle...

It's another steamy day here in Byzantium, and one is reminded of many such days from the past. Here's Bruce and the Boys performing Jungleland from those times. Catch you beneath the Exxon sign...

Happy Birthday Bugs!

He debuted on this date in 1940 in "Wild Hare".

Saturday, July 26, 2008

the dancing street sweeper...

the cutting edge of electrocution

The Road Kill Griddle...

Hieronymous Bosch Figurines!!!

So cool!

The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention

The Camelot Project

An online Arthurian database.

an incredible story from WWII

Happy Birthday Peter Cushing!

Happy Birthday Darlene Love!

One of the great pop vocalists.

Happy Birthday Gracie Allen!


Happy Birthday Mick!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Fun For The Whole Family!!!

Renaissance Magazine (at newstands today!) has a nice lttiel article on museums devoted to torture. Here are some links for your vacation planning:

These sound okay, as far as it goes, but I was hoping for more of a "hand's on" type experience...

Cream perform White Room
There were gods in those days....

The J. Geils Band perform I'm Looking For A Love

One of the great White R&B bands...

Eric Burdon video for When I Was Young

Cool stuff!

the history of Ace of Aces

that was a fun little game...

The Imperial Storm Cleaner

cooking a hotdog

my next evil genius super lair...


the river of crystals

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the frog is safe...

My Kind Of Party!!!!

Just add Bourbon, and I'm there....

the world's smallest hula hoop

I'm waiting for the smallest limbo bar...

Elvis Augustus

new DVD of Smothers Brothers Show!

Happy birthday Lord Dunsany!

One of the great fantasy authors. Beautiful wordsmith.

A Tulula Does The Hula by any other name....;_ylt=AiF7H22ajGc.UdHY85LOBQBvaA8F

(Thanks for the link, Roger!)

Wonderful Cthulhu Religious Tract!

Nice takeoff of Chick Publications....

just another day in PG County

Dylan Goes Electric

On this date at Newport in '65.

Happy Birthday Walter Brennan!

Wonderful character actor and one of the most recognizable and distinctive voices in showbiz.

Happy Birthday Henry Knox!

One of my fave patriots!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Great interview with Mark Opsasnick about Jim Morrison in Alexandria

The Army's New Toy...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Which Cthulhu Mythos God Are You?

I was diagnosed as a Star Vampire...

neat Halloween/pirate effect...

the cutting edge of carry-on luggage

Given the conditions of my last plane trip, I believe the dwarf had more leg room than I....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Watchout for Wachovia

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Season 2 of Night Gallery coming to DVD!

Happy Anniversary Castle Keep!

The weirdest war movie ever made. Only my friend Karen understands it....

Happy Birthday Raymond Chandler!

One of my faves!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Zombie Microbes!


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

good riddance

A pity he wasn't hanged by strangulation. I'm a traditionalist....

Jim Morrison in Fate Magazine

my next pets...

Come, my children, Come! Walkies!

Alert Queequeg!

the bottom line

the new SAS dogs of war

The Angry Mob Play Set

I love it... From Archie McPhee - of course!

I'm so happy!

Hippocampus Press has just finished up releasing their three volume set of the Complete Poetry of Clark Ashton Smith! He's one of my all-time fave authors, a correspondent and contemporary of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, and one of the great fantasists of all all time. The final two volumes just arrived this afternoon at the Manor, and I've only perused them - but they look great! This is a nice day...

We're #1! We're #1! We're #1!

I knew we'd make it someday. You've gotta have a dream...

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Only 100 Days Until Halloween!

Happy Birthday William Spooner!

Happy Birthday George Clinton!

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Ramones - I Just Wanna Have Something To Do

From that great film, Rock and Roll High School. The song, the group, and the movie are all essential.

The Beatles perform A Hard Day's Night

Genesis 6:4

The Eurythmice video for Would I Lie To You

Great song and video. Really incredible. Annie is wonderful.

CCR performs Fortunate Son

Classic. Essential.

Brian Setzer performs The Knife Feels Like Justice

One of the best song titles I know of. A great song from a great album that was virtually ignored and is now almost forgotten. Forget about the knife - there is no justice when it comes to pop culture. Every song on this album was first rate.

Joni performs Free Man In Paris

Fun song. Inescapable in early '74.

The Righteous Brothers perform You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

Perfection. One of Spector's best productions. Great sound.

The Supremes perfrom Stoned Love

One of my all-time fave Motown songs. Perfect for late night driving.

The Stylistics perform You Make Me Feel Brand New

One of the great soul vocal groups of the early 70's. Wonderful sound.

The Cars perform Just What I Needed

I still think this is the perfect soundtrack for Nosferatu....

leopard VS crocodile

the cutting edge of packing

the love that dare not speak its name

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Happy Birthday Robin Williams!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Amish Menace

I don’t know about you, but the idea of illegal Amish jam businesses has left me in a sweat-drenched panic! Who will/can stop these bewhiskered and gingham clad thugs in their hearse-like wagons of depravity?!? Nothing disgusts and infuriates me more than seeing these shifty characters hanging around school yards trying to hook kids on their addictive whoopee pies. I myself have attempted to interest the legislature in proclaiming shoo-fly pie-free zones around schoolyards and playgrounds, with a severe increase in penalties for anyone dealing in such mind-altering substances, (and remember the warnings at Woodstock – Stay Away From The Brown Sugar!). Let us pray that the quilt of justice will soon smother these thugs in its mighty embrace.

neat bookshelves

Senor Wences on Ed Sullivan!

just another day in D.C.

Little People - cute street art

Sinister Snowglobes!

Aerial Assault On Tuba Players!

all in the family...

Such charming people...

Happy Birthday John Lodge!

Happy Birthday Carlos Santana!

Happy Birthday Mrs. Peel!

Happy Moon Day!

An amazing event, if you were around - it was astounding.

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Put 'Em To Work...


Forgive me, it was just so cute. I'll now return to my usual cynical meanderings...

The Wide World Of Sports!

Drive a T-55!

This is soooo cool!

Spike Jones recordings available online!

Friday, July 18, 2008

two offenses - DWI & a poor brand of beer...

nice article on The Mothman's Photographer

the rising cost of gas....

Resurrect Doggerland!

Naked Climbing

I suspect naked falling will be the inevitable result...

more info on the new MST3000 DVD

Happy National Caviar Day!


Happy Birthday Hunter Thompson!

One of my fave writers. I have said so before and will do so again - Fear & Loathing On The Campaign Trail 1972 is one of the best books on American politics ever written, (and I've read hundreds of 'em). I rank him ahead of de Toqueville.

Happy Birthday Dion!

King of East Coast Italian Rock.

Happy Birthday Martha Reeves!

Martha & The Vandellas were classic Motown. They rocked! Nowhere To Run has such a wonderful juxtaposition of cool threat and dance music.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Infra Red VS Dementia!?!

"We Had To Destroy The Garden To Save It..."

more on chess boxing

neat site devoted to the study of the dreadnaught era

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

a nice listing of songs about roads

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Wrong Way Corrigan Day!

Happy Birthday Jimmy Cagney!

One of my faves! Always known as a tough guy, wanted to be known as a dancer. But look at him in his next-to-last film, One Two Three - the man was a master comedic actor.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Happy Birthday D.C.!

Founded on this date in 1790.,_D.C.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Cthulhoid Building

flip a coin...

some weird clip art and jpeg's

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

the cutting edge of global warming...

I didn't think you could do this...

August & Helium

A wonderfully strange little cartoon/comic. Sort of a Hoops & YoYo for the ennui-ridden. I love it!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

My knid of graffiti!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)


(Thanks for the story, Marty!)

Happy Birthday Ian Curtis!

Another deeply troubled genius. One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Roky Erickson!

Insane. Troubled. Genius. Essential.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Stealth Bomber almost enters the 21st century

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Cutting Edge of Urban Anti-Governemnt Camouflage

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

Want Ads

The Protest

I'm certainly glad that the Chilean Police sent an armored truck to arrest her. After all, she could have been carrying a concealed weapon....

Beware of Your Fridge...

The "Baby Boom" Galaxy

I think that at 4,000 births a year, we have to start talking about a cosmic condom here...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Duane Eddy performs the theme from Peter Gunn


Loudon Wainwright III performs Dead Skunk

I've read that Wainwright hates this song. A pity, I think it's quite cute!

The Fuzztones cover Strychnine

Great band and song. The Fuzztones evolved out of one on my fave early punk bands - Tina Peel. I always regret never having seen them perform live.

Electric Light Orchestra perform Nightrider

Great song to drive to.

I want this...

a collection of wonderful Russian advertising posters

From the bizarre to the beautiful. Really amazing stuff!

Have It Your Way!

Cthulhu marketing?

the cutting edge of microwave features

Happy Birthday Roger McGuinn!

So cool....

Happy Birthday Cheech!

Happy Birthday Patrick Stewart!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Temps perform Ball Of Confusion

The Emperors of Soul...

The Rutles video for Piggy In The Middle

Tee hee! Brilliant.

Bruce & The E Streeters perform Spirit In The Night

Soundtrack of the early/mid 70's. This is soooo accurate. Essential.

Deep Purple perform Smoke On The Water

I know, I know: "Once, dinosaurs ruled the earth..." But I still love this song.

The Monkees perform Daily Nightly

One of my fave Monkees tunes. If I remember correctly, they owned the second or third Moog ever available, and used it in this song.

marvin Gaye performs What's Going On

One of the greatest songs to come from Marvin, and Motown.

Brook Benton performs Rainy Night In Georgia

One of the greatest voices in R&B. I think Benton was ill-served by his producers and record label. A lot of his material wasn't up to his talent. This is an exception.

Costello, Lowe, Difford & Tillbrook perform Pretty Flamingo

Wonderful song, perfect lineup.

The Pogues perform Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

Fun stuff!

the running of the roller gals

Tanks Crushing Cars!

I'd pay extra if they allowed me to pick who was in the cars...

some strange usb thingies...

the fireworks stand

the pirate encyclopedia


the cutting edge of disc design

redneck bbq art...

the wide world of sports

the skateboard's revenge

True Gamesman

the cutting edge of robbery weapons

I've always preferred a melon baller for my stick-ups.

The King In Yellow audiobook!

Great book, very influential on Lovecraft.

The Unholy Art of Jesse Peper

Disturbingly neat!

400 HP and 110 MPG?


Count Gore 10th Anniversary Special!

soccer silliness

Happy Birthday Bill Cosby!

Happy Birthday Bucky Fuller!

Friday, July 11, 2008

school's dress code upheld

Oh No! Santas At War!

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Places That Are Gone

A nice little series on DC's past music scene.

The Heroic Age - A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe

great site devoted to Karl Wagner

One of my fave authors.

The Kinkster at the Birchmere on 8/28!

(Thanks for the info, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Bonnie Pointer!

Happy Birthday Robert Bruce!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

my new fave Pez dispenser!

Happy Birthday Arlo!

Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla!

Pure genius..

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Dracula's been naughty...

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I love humanity. They feed my ego constantly....

Happy Birthday Richard Roundtree!

He's a Bad Mutha....

Happy Birthday Lee Hazelwood!

One of the greats. An American original.

Rock Around The Clock Hits #1!

On this date in 1955. Cool!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Cthulhu VS Rubik's Cube...

My New Favorite Sport - Win Your Wife's Weight In Beer!,1518,563874,00.html

(Thanks for the link, John!)

an excellent article on Ringo in Nashville

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

Happy Birthday Marty Feldman!

Wonderful comedian!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Cool - But I Want A Laser On Mine....

the cutest little letter opener....

Oui! Oui!

I knew it! Beer solves all problems!,0,3395128.story

Nick Lowe was right!!!;_ylt=Aj1Va58u43xilOsx8EzNy_QDW7oF

And for those who don't get the connection:

Washington's boyhood home discovered

I need to get down there someday, I'm embarrassed to say that I've never been there.

The Aeronaut

artificial DNA


The First Computer

Neat stuff!

Happy Birthday Ringo!

Happy National Strawberry Sundae Day!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Lost Scenes From Metropolis Found!,,2289177,00.html

This'll be neat!

Count Gore 10th Anniversary!

That Ghost Host With The Most celebrates ten years online this coming Friday!

computer woes & other little tidbits

I'm having some problems with my old computer not being able to handle the new anti-virus software that I've been trying to install on it. So please don't be surprised if there's a lack of posts this week. We'll see how it goes...
Had a wonderful weekend. Our friend Carol came up to visit and we just hung out the last two days. She introduced us to the series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and it looked amusing enough that we'll probably try to view the rest of the series on DVD. We also finally got to check out one of the cooler new shops in Alexandria - Cheesetique. I highly recommend it! Pretty pricey - but a wonderful collection of cheeses from all over the world. A hedonist's dream. It really was fun, although this old Monty Python routine kept running through my head as we shopped....
As for the rest of the weekend, we listened to the collected works of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. Over all, a fun time!

Happy Birthday Jennifer Sauders, Sweety Darling!

Another comedic genius.

Happy Birthday Pat Paulsen!

Great comedian. I don't know if his humor would pass muster these days. But if you were around in the late 60's, Pat was very funny, indeed.

Happy Anniversary to A Hard Day's Night!

Premiered on this date in '64. Another fave of mine. Richard Lester is a genius. And this movie is soooo cool!'s_Night_(film)

Happy Birthday Jefferson Airplane!

One of my all-time fave bands. Formed on this date in '65.

Happy Birthday Daniel Morgan!

Great military leader. There is some question as to exactly when he was born. He died on July 6th, and at least some sources claim he was also born on that date. Decisive victor over that murderous fop, Tarleton...

Happy Birthday John Paul Jones!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

just another day in DC

Cthulhu Blushes

I hope they weren't under-aged octopi....

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Happy Brithday to Earth VS The Flying Saucers!

Am not sure on the exact date, but it premiered in July of 1956. A great sci-fi epic, with wonderful special effects by the great Ray Harryhausen. The attack on DC is fantastic!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Los Shakers available online!

Minor legends amongst garage band aficionados...

Divorce Cakes

the cutting edge of organ donation

Polish Sausage - The Silent Killer

Important Advice For All You Parents Out There

the album cover...

True Love

more brilliance from The Onion

the cutting edge of gasoline bargains...

A tacky person would mention something about pumping Ethyl. Fortunately, I am above such vulgarities...

Awwww - Crochet Ctulhu!

Happy Independence Day!!!

Happy Birthday Rube Goldberg!

Inredibly influential cartoonist. Genius.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

The Museum of Unworkable Devices

Cool Halloween Costume

Fantastic Early "Horror Music" Video!

RIP to the Lizard King

Jim Morrison died on this date in '71. I can still remember exactly where I was when it was announced on the radio, (riding in a car with my cousin Marshall past the Star Drive-In, in Montrose, Colorado). The DJ announced it solemnly, and then played this tune:

The Dog Days Begin....

For me, and many others, they really begin on July 5th. I would be far from the first person to point out that there's something vaguely depressing about Summer after Independence Day. I think it goes back to childhood - a slow and hot glide towards September and the controls of school, with shortening days and the dulling of all the freshness and anticipation that was wrapped up in May and June. But the farmer's markets now get interesting. I'm looking forward to serious gorging on watermelon and silver queen corn.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

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The Naked Cowboy VS The M&M

RIP Madame Marie

I'll always regret never having my palm read by the good Madame.

Happy Birthday Shaft!

Premiered on this date in '71. So Cool! One of the best soundtracks - ever!

Happy Birthday Plan 9 From Outer Space!

Premiered on this date (I think) in 1959. A masterpiece. One of my faves. Essential.

Happy Birthday Paul Williams (of the Temptations)!

Happy Birthday Professor Roy Bittan!

One of the greats. Urban piano....

Happy Birthday Herman Hesse!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Cramps perform Human Fly

Pure Rock'N'Roll. The Cramps Rule!

Bobby Bloom promo video for Montego Bay

I always liked this song...

Buddy Holly performs Peggy Sue

One of the Immortals.

Ernest Tubb performs Thanks A Lot

Great song! A classic.

Frampton performs Baby I Love Your Way

Let's face it, '76 was a weird summer for myself and for quite a few of you reading this. Romances started and ended, marriages collapsed, jobs were scarce, the economy was going to hell, there were seemingly endless rivers of cheap wine, and a forced march of parties, concerts, and general debauchery. With a little distance, I'd now say it was clearly a "between-time", with the hippies/60's vibe gliding down and the East Coast punks gathering strength for their onslaught against the foundations of heaven and earth, (or at least the radio dial). It was a micro-display of Dickens' wonderful intro about the Best & Worst of Times. Well, we made it through, (although only the gods know how, it's a wonder there's one good liver or brain cell between all of us...), with a few deep scars - some physical and some psychic. We'll never see those times again, comrades - you have to be young to create that much drama, and you might have to be young to survive it. There were a lot of good tunes, (and a lot of poor ones), but there's no denying Frampton dominated all. And this is my fave by him.

the drive-thru beer purchase
The woman is obviously unhinged - no one would go to that amount of trouble for Bud...

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

The World's Newest Metropolis

Sigh, the times were that it used to be you had to be big to be called urban. Apparently, not any more. Can someone please tell me when Sioux Falls became a CITY?!? I'm sorry, but I'm a bit of a snob here - I don't even consider Richmond a city. The whole Sioux Falls "metropolitan" area only makes it slightly more populous than Arlington, (while Arlington is about a quarter the physical size). We're only talking about 215,000 people spread across the plains here, people. Of course it's safe driving there - because there's no one on the god damned roads! Why, there's more traffic in some driveways in Parkington than there is in all of South Dakota combined! And how can you possible compare some rural outback with LA, DC, Chicago or New York? Why, here in NoVa, we've imported a million people from virtually every culture and country on earth - each bringing the worst of their native driving habits with them - all combining to form a "Perfect Storm" alternating between total gridlock and a director's cut of Mad Max. And you dare to lump us in with some old trading post left over from Dancing With Wolves?!?! Of course it's safer driving there. It's also cleaner, less crime-ridden, quieter, friendlier, and slower moving. - that's because IT'S NOT A CITY. It's a fucking grain silo. Allstate might as well be polling the Gobi Desert for their comparisons.
Of course, the good news is that DC was the worst (REAL) city for accidents . WE'RE #1!!!!!

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#1 On Earth's Hit Parade!

signs, signs, everywhere there's signs...;_ylt=Ao2UtHON28GoZG5QCYOcrXPtiBIF

Remake of The Prisoner?

I'll believe it when I see it. This is about the sixth time in twenty years that I've heard about a remake.

The Douchiest Phone Message Of All Time

Happy Birthday Fred Schneider!

Fun stuff!

Happy Birthday Debbie Harry!

Happy Build A Scarecrow Day!