Monday, March 31, 2008

nice article on The Prisoner

the latest anti-satellite weaponry

Or at least the latest way to sell the idea of the Raptor...

When Velvet Worms Attack!


The Musical


the smell of fear...

(Thanks for the link, Roger!)

Gaming Terrain

My fellow True Gamesman, Nick, sent this along to me:

Elephant Painting
I've always had a suspicion that these creatures are more "intelligent" than we give them credit for, (which is to say that we'd find we share more mental characteristics than most admit to).

(Thanks for the link, Margrete!)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Forget The Plasma Screen - This Is My Kinda TV Set!

Earth VS The Flying Saucers VS Carl Stalling

I've always loved this film, (see DC destroyed!). Wonderful special effects by the great genius, Ray Harryhausen. Stalling, of course, is also a genius, taking Raymond Scott's tunes to animation.

Happy Birthday God!

Happy Birthday John Astin!

odel B-29 and X-1 flight

This is so cool!

(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

the cutting edge of multi tasking with deck furniture

Laporta's Restaurant - the plug

I've known Ralph Laporta since he was a treacherous little high school Diplomacy player. He now helps run one of the best restaurants in NoVa. If you're near Old Town, here's the place to eat. The calimari is THE best I've ever had - it's to die for. Just don't get in a game of Diplomacy while you're there....

neat looking Fiat ad

my next birthday cake!

Happy Birthday Eric Idle!

Genius. Essential.

Friday, March 28, 2008

a new type of military armor...

The Wide World of Sports

Would You Survive A Zombie Apocalypse? Take The Quiz!
I'm only at 63%, there's no points for garroting in this damn thing!

(Thanks fof the link, Mathew!)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

For Your Home Office!


disturbing playgrounds...

The British Town Name Generator

Essential for all fans of Monty Python...

home decorating

Disney's World of Wonder!

the cutting edge of do it yourself home improvements

an interesting life and footnote to WWII

silly science,,2-13-1443_2294271,00.html
Yawn. all that has been proven here is that rats can be trained to play with things. I've no doubt that a million psych grad students can make the same claim. Rats can be trained to press levers that make lights go on and then have food automatically provided to them. That doesn't mean they understand levers, electricity, or much of anything else outside of a primitive S/R mechanism. B.F. Skinner taught two pigeons to "play" ping pong, I suppose these scientists will claim that they're smart enough to form a tournament association.

the love that dare not speak its name

new leeches for Hollywood (in case they needed more)

I love it when people come up with new ideas to relieve the wealthy of their money...

cell regeneration news

Amazing stuff!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

RIP Richard Widmark

Philosopher Action Figures!

Kids! Be the first on your block....

Happy Birthday Diana Ross!

Empress of Motown

Happy Birthday Leonard Nimoy!

The Lyon Sisters - A Sad Anniversary
Very sad, and one of the great crime mysteries of DC.

Happy Birthday Elton!

Happy Birthday Aretha - The Queen!

impressive carvings from Zombie Pumpkins!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

am very ill with the flu

There probably won't be much from me over the next day or two.

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Zoomquilt

Cool effect!

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

I Am Addicted To High Culture

My brother has been trying to get me to go see the DC Roller Girls. And I confess that I may have to. I still remember when Channel 20 started up, that roller derby was about the only thing they'd broadcast on weekend afternoons. And how can I resist women with names like Mason-Vixen, Brinka Destruction, and Demonica Lewinsky? They sound perfectly charming!

RIP Neil Aspinall

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

The Justice Department has approved a merger between Sirius Satellite Radio and rival XM Satellite Radio.

As predicted, those of you who got conned into paying for it are now locked into a government sponsored monopoly. All that remains is for them to figure out how boring they can make it before enough people drop away to cause them to lose money.

The Cartoon Ambassador
I have warned the Navy to expect a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by Gigantor. Thye have assured me that Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse are on high alert....

(Thanks for the link, Roger!)

The Washington Post Peeps Contest

This is absolutely Essential. View every single one of 'em. Great stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Linda!)

The Cutting Edge of Blowing Out Candles...

Very cool!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew! - who is correct in his claim that this resembles a Romulan weapon...)

Happy Birthday Harry Houdini!

Happy Birthday Nick Lowe!

The Jesus of Cool!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Jason & The Scorchers perfrom Little White Lies

One of the best bands, ever. Perfect music for loving, fighting, driving, and drinking - preferably all at once.

Grand Funk Railroad perform The Locomotion

Ah, 1975. Stupid, but fun...

Jr. Walker performs What Does It Take

Classic. One of my faves. Walker brought a slightly grittier edge to Motown, especially in his earlier hits.

The Marcels perform Blue Moon

Another great doo wop tune.

Thin Lizzy performs The Boys Are Back In Town

Classic 70's style rock.

Rosanne Cash performs Seven Year Ache

Great song and performer.

Happy Liberty Day!

The name has been commandeered by all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons, but it was on this date that Patrick Henry made his famous Liberty or Death speech.

Happy Easter


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Monsoon perform Ever So Lonely

Great band and song. Should've been THE breakthrough record for Indian influenced pop music.

Melanie performs Ruby Tuesday


the Jive Five perform My True Love & What Time Is It

What Time Is It is one of my fave doo wop songs. Very cool.

The Maori in WWII

Another interesting footnote to the War.

Happy Birthday Chico!

Genius. Essential. One of my fave comedians and piano players.

Happy Birthday Bill Shatner!

One of my favorite singers. Originator and master of the spasm school of acting.

Happy Birthday Werner Klemperer!

Friday, March 21, 2008

It's Spring and warm weather is on the way....

And for a few moments things seem possible

more from the near future...

people need to get a real life...

I am loathe to add more laws to the 10 trillion we already groan under. But I believe anyone who buys, sells, or otherwise deals in any sort of online genitalia should have a great big "L" branded on their forehead. I was going to add that they should be forbidden from breeding, but clearly that'll never be a problem....

Look, I know this is truly sad and tragic and awful, but....

The Lizard King Was Here

One last "Lizard King" thing for Alexandria.
MARK OPSASNICK will discuss his book THE LIZARD KING WAS HERE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JIM MORRISON IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA; a question & answer session with Randy Maney and Bill Thomas (Morrison's GW High friends and classmates) will follow; the reception will feature live music by guitarist-vocalist Ivan Katz. Opsasnick will have copies of all seven of his books for sale at this event. Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 1pm sharp.
Perk Up Coffee House 829 S. Washington Street Alexandria, VA 703 838-2812

A great book - highly recommended for all fans of Morrison or NoVa pop history.

Oh! Sweet Mystery Of Life At Last I've Found You!

so many jokes here....,2933,339270,00.html

the blood farm...

the suicide robot,,91221-1310084,00.html

Easter Island!

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

The Onion covers the future....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy World Poetry Day!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Mae West on Mr. Ed!

I don't remember this episode. Cool!

the gravestone

The Cart Whisperer...

Very strange.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Dick Dyszel/Count Gore!

Happy Birthday Carl Reiner!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Bonzo's perform The Monster Mash

a little something for the Ladies....

4 episodes of the Addams Family TV show online!

Speed Climbing


(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Happy Birthday Patrick McGoohan!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

the robot "dog"

There's going to be a military application for this very soon....

the newest line of products from Black & Decker

A terrible and terrifying footnote to WWII and the Holocaust

I confess that this is all news to me. I was aware that there were small numbers of "favored Jews", made up of people that somehow or another had earned the affection, gratitude, or whatever of nzai bigwigs, but had no idea about this operation. There's more than one doctoral thesis waiting to be written on all of this.

RIP Arthur C. Clarke

Take a letter, Maria...

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy Birthday John Sebastian!

Another fave.

Happy Birthday Paul Kantner!

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Pattie Boyd!

Rock's Muse...

Happy Evacuation Day!

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

nazi dolphins!

Because The Night
You take two names, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith, and you put 'em together to write a song, and that's as close to religion as I get. Here's a nice clip from a performance by Bruce of Because the Night, (with a neat guitar solo by DC's own Nils Lofgren).

Bruce performs the Detroit Medley

Kermit the Frog lobbies Congress

The Year 2000 - when I got my degree in Martian

(By the way, this looks like a VERY poorly designed motor home - all windows and no storage space. I hope they like the clothes they're wearing, it's the only set they'be got...)

a footnote to WWII is found

Happy Birthday Leo McKern!

How cool can you be? Appearing as #2 in a record breaking three episodes of my fave TV show, The Prisoner; the star "villain" in the Beatles film, HELP; numerous films and TV shows, (including The Omen!); and Rumpole of the Bailey. Brilliant career!

Happy Bacchanalia Festivals!

I'm there!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

All This & World War II

I confess to having missed this weird little movie, although I remember seeing this trailer for it, (I think it was at the old Dupont Circle Theater), and the soundtrack got some airplay, particularly Elton.

The Temptations perform Just My Imagination

Vince Taylor performs Too Much

Great, insane, and now almost forgotten...

Blotto's video for I Wanna Be A Lifeguard

A fun group and song.

You'll get my eggs when you pry them from my cold dead hand...


I've never had a problem finding my beer. If I ever do - please kill me.

The Eastern Haunters Convention is coming soon!
Neat stuff!

Buzzards Return to Hinkley Ohio!

Happy Anniversary Plan 9 From Outer Space!

Premiered on this date in '58. One of my faves. Essential. One of the most entertaining movies of all time. If you don't agree, well, it's because of your Stupid Minds! Stupid! Stupid!

Happy Birthday Sly Stone!

Troubled genius. Essential.

Happy Ides of March/Brutus Day!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Bruce performs Growin' Up
Soundtrack for a slice of a generation...

Ron Isley & Rod Stewart video for This Old Heart

One of my all-time fave videos. Pure '66 vibe. Sexy & cool.

Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra perform Jackson

Classic & fun.

Soulful Strut by Young Holt Unlimited
I know predictions can be dangerous, but I think Spring has started here. It was a beautiful afternoon, plants are budding, and I've got fresh stores of Tab and Virginia Gentleman. There is calm. It reminds me of happy times, and so does Soulful Strut. Enjoy.

Bambi's Revenge!

THE Sewing Machine Ad


Winnie The Pooh Lives!

more from the Lennon & McCartney TV special

Justifiable Homicide,2933,337568,00.html

Happy Natinal Potato Chip Day!

Happy Birthday Michael Caine!

Really, a great great actor. So many cool films...

Happy Birthday Michael Martin Murphey!

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Whopper

new Lovecraftian films!

Kowalski Lives!

One of my all-time fave movies, Vanishing Point, premiered on this date in '71. I loved it when I first saw it, and age and understanding have increased that affection. And the chase sequences!My father taught me how to drive, Kowalski taught me how to DRIVE. I put the lessons learned to work every evening commute....

And a thousand jokes are launched....

The planet Uranus was discoverd by William Herschel on this date in 1781...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Pickle Sickle

(Thanks for the link, Karen!)

At last, somebody who understands me....


Fascinating. And like most technology, full of mischief potential...

Happy Birthday James Taylor!

Happy Birthday Agent 99!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Free Mary Ann!
If only Mr Howell were around to bail her out...

(Thanks for the link, Doug!)

Count Gore is showing White Zombie this week on his webcast!

Fun movie, and a great ghost host!

my new fave video production company!

Wonderfully awful!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Happy Penny Loaf Day!!openframeset&frame=Right&Src=/edible.nsf/pages/pennyloafday!opendocument

Happy Johnny Appleseed Day!

Happy Birthday Douglas Adams!,_the_Universe,_and_Everything

Monday, March 10, 2008

Holy Toast Can Be Yours!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

a WWII tidbit about the Aga Khan

charming little wretch...

Kinky's Castle For Sale!

Healing Waters...

I love how they mention finding six pharmaceuticals in DC water. Hell, you can get a contact high from looking at the Potomac....

Sunday, March 09, 2008

It begins....

Winter seems to be ending around here, it's one week before St. Paddy's Day, the Jameson's is open, and I'm listening to my fave rebel music. All is as it should be.

Undoubtedly the biggest registry in the history of the planet
I didn't know they made a Server with that much memory capacity....

& Teller

A neat little mini-movie featuring the stage magician, Teller, versus a zombie invasion.

herb garden of the damned...

Happy Birthday John Cale!

Happy Panic Day!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

seawater on fire

Nothing News!

a clip from Jack Benny's show

(with Nancy Kulp)

Wuss America

I honestly don't think I could have even made it to third grade under the current dystopia.

Great Trivia

The difference between Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies. All courtesy of the highly recommended Straight Dope!

Happy Birthday Skipper!

Friday, March 07, 2008

tee hee!

neat sculptures!

a plethora of Necronomicons....

Alert Queequeg!


A guy comes up with the most expensive and flamboyant way ever to off himself. And taxpayers are supposed to foot the bill. Amazing. And what bogus arguments! Comparing a guaranteed one-way flight to mars with a mountain climbing expedition. How many mountaineers PLAN on dying up there?!? How many go up with only half the pitons, oxygen, etc. needed? And saying immigrants were like suicides is so fucking bizarre that whoever came up with it I definitely want on that rocket of doom. And cost savings! Hell, I can save more costs for the taxpayer - just duct tape Mclane to the tip of some Atlas rocket and send it smashing into the damned planet! Think of how much money will be saved in not having to worry about ANY food or oxygen for him! Better yet, just tell Mac that we're sending him on the biggest ego-tripping boondoggle of all time and then, when he's asleep, contentedly dreaming of eternal bad-ass celebrity-hood, off him with a $10 garrote. He dies happy, if a little mistaken. And we save a trillion dollars! Win-Win!

The Condiment Packet Gallery

Strangely Impressive!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Frozen Dead Guy Days Begins!

We finally got out to visit Nederland last year, (but not for the festival). Neat little town!

Happy Birthday Willard Scott!

A local legend...

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The Takeoff

Great commentary by the Australians. You wonder if this Russain plane is ever going to actually take off...

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Death Star Canteen

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Lou Costello!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

All We Are Is Wind In The Dust...

Mike Wallace interviews Rod Serling!


Eggs In Peril!

neat buildings

the cutting edge of courtroom evidence

a bicycle built for hoo....

insert Polish joke here....

straddling the fence....

a Russian spy during WWII

Another interesting footnote to the War.

the cutting edge of sick leave

the cutting edge of blood sausage

The Kremlin Mice Conspiracy....

The Return of Magnus, Robot Fighter!


I believe this is how most Japanese horror movies begin...

Crispus Attucks/Boston Massacre Day

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Liam Clancy performs Mary Ellen Carter
Written by the late great Stan Rogers - one of the greatest folk songs, ever. National Anthem of Lost Causes... There are songs that have saved lives, I have no doubt this is one of 'em.

Dexy's Midnight Runners perform Come On Eileen

I know it's pretty hokey, but I'm a sucker for the whole depression-era Irish street urchin look, (call me a traditionalist...). Great song, captures all the hopes and desperations of young love.

The Seeds perform Pushin' Too Hard

Inept lipsynch, but still cool....

RIP Gary Gygax;_ylt=AmqxlngV0W0PU2lX__2OIA1vzwcF
Wow, very mixed emotions about this. There's no doubt in my mind that Gygax was THE guy to get fantasy gaming in general, and role playing in particular, out there to a mass audience. And to me, he was always a nice guy. In the early days of the hobby, you could write Gary with a rules question and get a personal reply. I also talked briefly with him at two early GenCon's, he was very polite. But one can't ignore a certain amount of ego, hubris and greed also. Gary left a lot of angry people in his wake, as he made increasingly egomaniacal claims. He WAS the main guy in early fantasy role playing, but he wasn't the ONLY one, and ignoring or blacklisting people like Dave Arneson and making grandiose claims that one could only play D&D with HIS rules and HIS miniatures and HIS scenarios just got silly. And while he took the idea of fantasy role playing to a level where it was commercial and wildly successful, he wasn't the first to explore it as a gaming idea, (I was around in those days too, and a little known campaign called Midgard has never gotten its proper place in gaming history, plus there were other scattered and amateurish attempts being made, including one by yours truly). But Gary was the one to get it together enough to start a whole new hobby and subculture, and my hat's off to him. I still love D&D, and while enjoying the many satires of it and the nerdiness around it, still feel it's one of the greatly misunderstood games of our time. At its best, it's like living literature, with players and gamemaster forming an author/character combination that can become quite interesting and downright artistic*. Gygax was aware of that, especially at the beginning before the money got big. He got it right and he got it out to the public. And for that I thank him.

*Someday remind me to write some more on gaming, I think it's a lot more interesting than it's given credit for.

Happy Birthday Nosferatu!

One of my fave movies. Premiered on this date in 1922. Masterpiece!

Happy Birthday ed "Big Daddy" Roth!


Happy Birthday Kazimierz Pulaski!


Monday, March 03, 2008

Happy Birthday Jean Harlow!

So cool. You always hear Harlow described as the first blond bombshell, a sex goddess, etc. But she was a very versatile actress - brassy, seductive, funny, caring, smart and vulnerable. Her scenes with Clark Gable are always a joy to watch.

Happy Birthday James Doohan!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Only two more weeks until St. Patrick's Day!

Happy Birthday King Kong!

The movie premiered on this date in '33. Great film, one of my faves.

Happy Birthday Rory Gallagher!

One of the greatest rockers, ever. I'll always regret not seeing him in concert.

Happy Birthday Lou Reed!

Another genius, another essential.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Genius. Essential.

King Biscuir Flower Hour available online!

And the first show features Bruce!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

the nanny state
I hate the nanny state, I hate the Virginia legislature and its stupid sex fantasies*, and I hate the whole ABC boondoggle. One big taxpayer sucking make-work project for busy-bodies, parasites, and imbeciles.


Jonathan Richman performs Roadrunner

Another Essential. One of the greatest driving songs ever written. Helped get me through the late 70's...

Danny & The Juniors perform At The Hop

Classic. Essential..

The Animals perform We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
One of my fave groups and songs. Part of my DNA...

Frigid Pink perform House of the Rising Sun

Ow! So cool....

Joan Armatrading performs Show Some Emotion

Another in a long line of under-appreciated artists. Great song.

The Sex Pistols perform God Save The Queen

Fun stuff!

Ray Charles perform Georgia On My Mind


Grateful Dead perform U.S. Blues

Probably my fave song by the Dead, (that or St. Stephen).

Pure Prairie League perform Amie

Always liked this tune...

Help Save The Tree Octopus!

An Oldie But Goody....

Killer Broccoli!


my next purchase...

Can scientists dance?

The Halyard Airlift - interesting footnote to WWII

The Warning

If I had a nickel for every time this has happened...

Low lead premium always does that...

Robert E. Howard Days coming in June

Happy Birthday Bill Gaines!

Freedom martyr, genius, patron saint to geeks and miscreants.

Happy Birthday David Niven!

Happy Birthday Roger Daltrey!

Happy St. David's Day!'s_Day