Saturday, May 31, 2008

movie news - the return of the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra!

And other neat flicks!

Remake of Plan 9 !?!?!


RIP Joseph Pevney, The Tribbles Director

Happy Birthday John Bonham!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Billy Ocean performs Love Really Hurts

Probably the best Motown song - that was never on Motown...

Pure Prairie League performs Two Lane Highway

Wonderful country rock. This always reminds me of driving Highway 50 on the Western Slope in the late 70's.

America performs Sister Golden Hair

Ah, mid-70's loneliness. I always liked this tune. Soft rock gets no respect these days. I understand the reasons, and occasionally agree with them; but there's something about those late Spring sunsets that make them seem quite appropriate.

cool comparison

Happy Anniversary to A Big Hand For The Little Lady

One of my fave movies. Debuted on this date in '66. Wonderful story about a poker game in the Old West. An essential film for all True Gamesmen. Probably the only film I've ever seen that portrays us accurately...

Wilson Pickett performs Land of 1000 Dances

Amazing. Wonderful.

Michelle Shocked video for Come A Long Way

A great driving tune and my fave song by one of the most interesting and talented artists of the past twenty years. Of course, you'd never know that if you relied on corporate radio.

Black Sabbath video for Paranoid

So cool...

Three Dog Night perform Mama Told Me Not To Come

TDG never got much respect, but I always liked their rendition of Randy Newman's classic.

life in DC

steampunk USB flash drive

Alert Alfred Hitchcock!

Oriental meals always leave me feeling hungry

Paul performs Jet

Fun stuff!

monkeys' thoughts control robotic arm


RIP Alexander Courage - composer of the Star Trek theme,0,7299947.story



(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Kentucky Fried Zombie Belt Buckle

Happy Birthday Mel Blanc!

Essential, part of all Americans' DNA...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

RIP Harvey Korman

Put Korman and Tim Conway together and you'd have magic.

The Flirtations video for Nothing But A Heartache

Another fave of mine by a group who should have been much bigger. Great pseudo-HDH songwriting and production. The Flirtations were wonderful!

Canned Heat perform Going Up The Country


Sly & The Family Stone perform Hot Fun In The Summertime

My fave song by one of the best bands, ever. Essential.

Marshall Crenshaw video for Whenever You're On My Mind

Perfect song for an early Summer day. There was a time, oh so long ago, when popsters crafted songs for just such a day, and to be heard over an AM radio. Crenshaw is probably the last great genius in that endeavor.

DC Government Workers to be allowed marriage rights...


Cool cartoons.

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Animator VS Animation


(Thanks for the link, Millie!)

Happy Birthday Melissa Etheridge!

Wonderful singer.

Happy Birthday Patrick Henry!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Chuck Berry performs Reelin' & Rockin

THE King of Rock'N'Roll. Classic. Essential. Inescapable. Baseline. If you want a serious music collection, you MUST have Berry in it.

Cheap Trick performs Surrender

Power Pop Perfection....

Nico performs Heroes

Goddess of Oblivion....

Curtis Mayfield performs People Get Ready

Perhaps the most under-rated songwriter and singer of all time. The personification of American Soul. Essential.

George Harrison video for Faster

Good song, lousy video.

Star Trek Cake

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Frog Claws

I can't resist:

Alert Roy Thinnes!*

(*Give yourself 10 Pop Culture Points if you get this reference...)


I love the second sentence here: "In each case the mistake was later realised, the programme reports." Oh, REALLY?! If not, how would we have this news report???? As usual, Monty Python was well aware of this situation:

nice interview with William Shatner

Happy Slugs Return From Capistrano Day!

Happy National Hamburger Day!


Happy Birthday Joseph Guillotin!

Happy Birthday John Fogerty!

A national treasure. Essential.

Happy Birthday Gladys Knight!

One of the greats.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

pop & lock

No Hope

This pretty much says it all.

AAARRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!! Matey!



nice little bit of history on Lindbergh's quest for immortality

Id' heard some of this before, interesting stuff. As for Lindbergh being a nazi - he was. The only "debate" is in the fevered imaginations of his acolytes, and the usual array of fascist sympathizers. It's all been well documented in the past, it's simply ignored, as Americans can't believe that the hometown boy who made good was a little goose-stepper.

France At War - another view
It's amusing to see the French complaining about this little sexcapade. Heaven knows how'd they react to the truth about their soldiers in the Charlemagne division of the SS, their defense of the Fuhrer's bunker, etc., . And don't get me started about Vichy...

Happy Birthday Ramsey Lewis!


Happy Birthday Dashiell Hammett!

One of my fave writers. Creator of the Thin Man, possessor of "The Black Bird"....

Happy Birthday Christopher Lee!

Another wonderful actor of our time. A treasure!

Happy Birthday Vincent Price!

One of my faves!

Monday, May 26, 2008

sometimes teachers do read your essays....

Dr. McCartney

Happy Birthday Stevie Nicks!

I always liked Nicks. The ballads are perfect for a late Winter evening of reflection and the rockers are fun for your hot August night...

Happy Birthday John Wayne!

Yes, I know he was an ass, but he fit a certain type at a certain time that I can appreciate. And he was great in The Searchers and Essential in True Grit.

Memorial Day

It sounds kind of weird, even rude, to wish someone a Happy Memorial Day. I'll simply wish you all Peace.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Petula performs Don't Sleep In The Subway

Christ, can it really be 41 years?!? I remember this coming on the radio so clearly. Perfect tune for a cheap little AM transistor. All sorts of warm memories with this as the soundtrack. And Pet, looking beautiful, as always. Great Tony Hatch pop. I need another bourbon, see you tomorrow...

Bob Seger performs Against The Wind

Ain't it the truth....

The Reivers/Zeitgeist perform Almost Home

The best band most of you've never heard of. I think you either had to be in Austin or DC to know these guys. Heaven knows Doug, Peter and I used to play their albums endlessly at the record store. The lyrics are some of the most personally touching this side of Bruce's first four albums. They never got a decent break, a real pity. Zeitgeist should have been bigger...

The Lst Doughboy

"uniqueness" between humans & other animals is disappearing

I suspect what future times will bring is a more gradual and subtle definition of various types of mental abilities and traits (what we commonly and oversimply call "intelligence"). I still believe that such things as IQ are culturally based; and would also suggest that much of what we regard as intelligence is more defined based on having an opposable thumb than anything to do with our brains. We talk about finding "intelligent" life in the universe, but I wonder if we'd recognize it if we saw it...

RIP Dick Martin
One could argue that time had passed Martin by. In a way, he and Martin had been too successful. I'd argue that Laugh-In really revolutionized TV, (and not always in ways that I feel have evolved to my tastes). It wouldn't be too hard to trace our current one second entertainment/information attention span to that show. It is an easy stroll from Laugh In's ten jokes/situations a minute to our own current torrent of imagery on tube and computer. It introduced a dozen catch phrases into the popular lexicon, about twenty talents were created or promoted through it, it may even have helped elect Nixon with his one humanizing second of "Sock it to Meee?" A pretty remarkable achievement. It seems tame now, but only because they started a ball rolling that has yet to slow down.

RIP Utah Phillips

One of my faves, and one of the last of the great old-time folkies. Very sad news.

the baseball cap that reads your mind

Happy Birthday Paul Weller!

So cool...

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Black Moses performs Shaft (from WattStax)


Suicide performs Ghost Rider
Great NYC No Wave Neo-Rockabilly! That first album of theirs was so cool.

Frijid Pink cover House Of The Rising Sun
I know, it's too obvious, too heavy by half, but I still like this version...

Poco perform Good Feelin' To Know

Classic 70's country rock, straight from the Western Slope. My fave by them. Just let me sit in a field outside of Ridgway or Telluride....

Kansas performs Carry On My Wayward Son
Was never a huge fan of Kansas, but I always liked this tune.

Suzanne Vega video for When Heroes Go Down
Great song, my fave by her.

Every Mother's Son perform Come On Down To My Boat
Good mid-sixties Top 40.

New REH Biography

great faux-Beatles psychedelia

Fun stuff!

Aurora Photo?

Pretty neat, if true....

THE Log House....

Anchors Away...

Teach Your Goldfish Tricks

You're never too old to fence...

the cutting edge of public service organizations

Naughty Noodles

I've got squatter's rights!

Ah, if they ony offered liquor too!

a little something for man's best friend...


Finally, a sport I can get into

the centennial bulb

Alert The Three Stooges - Pie Fight!

Most Powerful Computer...

Happy National Escargot Day!


Happy Birthday Tommy Chong!

Happy Birthday Mr. Zimmerman!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Earl Scruggs & The Byrds perform You Ain't Goin' Nowhere

It doesn't get any better than this...

The Korgis video for Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime

A song that sort of sneaks up on you. I always liked this.

Lene Lovich performs Lucky Number

Lene was neat, this should've been a hit.

The Undertones perform Teenage Kicks

I know, I've posted this at least a couple of times. But it's just so cool!

Loggins & Messina perform House At Pooh Corner

I confess to always having found this song absolutely charming. In saying this I realize that to many it'll be cloying, saccharine, and just plain awful. So be it. But occasionally one is allowed to reminisce about the simplicity of childhood and a certain amount of innocence, (before the rot sets in...), and I think Loggins captured it beautifully here.

The Crystals perform Da Doo Ron Ron


Tracy Chapman performs Fast Car


The B-52's video for Funplex

Welcome back, guys.

The Go!Team perform Keys to The City



an oldie but goody - spiders on drugs

Neat Statues!

Code Crackers Wanted

Beware of the Cornstarch Blob!!!

Gerry & The Pacemakers perform How Do You Do

mysterious forest rings....

more on auto-eroticism...'having-sex%5C'-with-1,000-cars.html

the mysterious shadow spectacle

Cute puppies!

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

John Densmore gets Jazzy

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Robot Walking!

‘Flame’ is the world's most advanced walking robotWalking robots never cease to amaze, but "Flame" from TU Delft PhD student Daan Hobbelen is what we like to call a mega breakthrough. By mimicking the way that humans actually fall forward when walking, this robot comes insanely close to the real thing. Usually, walking robots are energy-hungry propositions, but this is the first that's both efficient and stable. Inside Flame are seven motors and a balance "organ" loaded with stability algorithms. By measuring each step, the robot adjusts stance width, speed, and gait on the go. In the end, kids, we're looking at the world's most advanced and efficient walking robot. If you want to see this thing in action, click below...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Anniversary to The Thin Man!

One of my all-time fave movies. Powell & Loy are fantastic. The ultimate married couple.

Happy Birthday Douglas Fairbanks Sr.!

One of the greatest swashbucklers - ever!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Yes perform Roundabout

Another classic, inescapable in '72, (if my memory serves me correctly)...

Frankie Ford performs Sea Cruise
Perfect New Orleans blue eyed soul.

Otis performs Shake
From Monterey. One of the greatest soul singers - ever. Perfection. Essential.

The Beach Boys perform Darling

Classic pop.

The Lost Parrot

An absolutely charming little story.

neat driving!
Not as challenging as going up Route 7 when the Mosque lets out, but still pretty good!

(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Happy Birthday Arthur Conan doyle!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Artificial Intelligence on Second Life...;_ylt=AuZNHQDBRazwWwvXlyeed2as0NUE

Now if only they could get the "real" people there to exhibit intelligence and something personable that would fool the rest of us into thinking we're interacting with a human being...

interesting cloud formations just before the Chinese earthquake

the return of the Tasmanian Tiger?

Follow The Frogs!,,2-10-1462_2325584,00.html

self repairing aircraft....

Happy Birthday Ron Isley!

One of the greats. Essential.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

And I found some loose change behind my couch pillows!

Now, all is right with the universe...

Trailers From Hell

I know I've mentioned this site in the past, but it's time to do so again. Great stuff! Famous directors provide commentary to movie trailers from the past, mostly sci-fi and horror. There's some interesting analysis here, and the movies are some of my faves.

Greetings Hot Kitten!

Those Austrians sure are a suave bunch....

Happy Birthday Jane Wiedlin!

One of my faves, a VERY under-appreciated songwriter.

Blue Moon Tonight!

Happy Birthday Joe Cocker!

One of the great vocalists of our age. A master interpreter. The son Ray Charles never had...

Happy Birthday Cher!

In spite of all the bad moves and soap opera lifestyle, I still think she's an incredible talent with an incredible biography.

Monday, May 19, 2008

crime & punishment

the super soldier...;_ylt=AtLo5YEJ7S6LUBghgBIyWtKs0NUE

The Norwegian Blue Parrot Exists!!!!! Pythonites Rejoice!

lawyerly irony...

smooth landing

my kind of poet...

Tee Hee!

Happy Birthday Pete Townshend!

Happy Birthday Joey Ramone!

One of my all-time faves. Essential. RIP, Joey...

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Virginia Renaissance Faire has started

I've not been in quite a few years, but am tempted to give 'em a try. They used to be pretty fun!

Psychotronic Films Online!
Amazing stuff! Very cool! Essential!

secret strobelight weapon of WWII

Hmmm, maybe... I have a few questions - what type of portable generator was available that could safely and effectively be mounted on tanks? How long could it power these effects? I am a little doubtful on strobe lights being immune to machine gun fire, and wonder why they and their generators would also be immune to even moderate HE artillery, (which is an indirect fire weapon)? I'm also curious as to the user's tactics. The strobe effect doesn't affect them? Why not? I know it's supposedly aimed away, but that just means you aren't getting the full blast; is that okay? And one would have to keep a remarkably straight line during an advance so as not to get into the "light zone"- how often does that happen in real life? I have a feeling there were a lot of reasons why this "war winner" wasn't actually used...

interesting little article on Britain's Gurkha warriors

Saturday, May 17, 2008

my next bumper sticker....

Pure Prairie League perform Two Lane Highway

So many memories of the Western Slope, toolin' down Highway 50....

Mike Nesmith has a sense of humor

I've always like this short.

The Troggs video for With A Girl Like You

The Troggs were so cool. One of my fave bands; and I've always loved this song.

Crispian St. Peters video for I'm The Pied Piper

Fun Brit pop in an incredibley lame, yet strange, video. Why are they just traipsing around in a circle? Couldn't they afford to hire a cameraman who could move with them? And what the hell is he doing with that damned laundry basket? At the end of the shoot it looks like he's about to reach in and pull out something. What? Candy to bribe the little urchins with? Drugs? I like to think it's a human skull, (it's the romantic in me...).

Inkubus Sukkubus video for Witches

One of my fave bands. Great sounds.

Spirit perform Dark Eyed Woman

Wonderful band. My fave song by them.

Galdys Knight & The Pips perform Midnight Train To Georgia
Great tune, (and great to make fun of - Ray Stevens did a fun satire...)

John Lee Hooker performs Boom Boom


nice article on Hammer's Horror Of Dracula

Happy Birthday Maureen O'Sullivan!'Sullivan

THE Jane... I always like O'Sullivan and consider her one of the prettiest actresses out of Hollywood.

Happy Pack Rat Day!

Guilty as charged...

Happy Birthday Trent Reznor!

Dangerous, interesting, exciting, forbidden, provoking - everything rock should be. Genius.

Happy Birthday Country Dick Montana!

One of the Immortals. Essential. A personal fave and an American original. (This happens to be the "official" theme song for my cousins and I when we have a reunion...)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Happy Armed Forces Day!

Los Lobos perform Will The Wolf Survive

Classic song. One of the best bands from the 80's. Another group who should've been bigger.

The Bus Boys perform The Boys Are Back

Another group that should have been bigger and never got anywhere. I just don't understand it. There was an incredible buzz around these guys around 79-80 and it just fizzled. Sad.

Pete Shelley's video for Homsapien

Another fun tune - perfect early 80's pop new wave.

M video for Pop Music

Fun stuff!

Billy Bragg performs Levi Stubbs' Tears

Wonderful song by one of the greats.

Diana performs Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Another classic. Memories....

Aerosmith video for Dude Looks Like A Lady

Classic 70's-style hard rock.

REH audio books online!


you'll probably only get this joke if you're over 50....


misogyny sells tires!

Yes, thank god that worthless, clueless bimbo has Goodyear tires to prevent her from making a kamikaze attack on a guardrail or another car. And let's not get started on the challenge she faces getting to an airport with all those big words on the direction signs, etc.

the download...

rocket man!

I didn't know Meth was Kosher....

very nice article on Jewish participants in the Spanish Civil War

time travel news....

Pythons at the Chesapeake?,2933,355104,00.html?sPage=fnc/scitech/naturalscience

the ultimate eyes...;_ylt=AsXqAYdyXldb3e1GSXnHfCHtiBIF

world's smallest helicopter;_ylt=Am3pI.uQ275o2iSUiHK33Z4PLBIF

water/life on Europa?

Mango Madness!

Happy Birthday Pet Sounds!

Released on this date in '66...

very cool stop-action cartoon/graffiti

Combines a variety of artistic methods. Very cool!

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Happy Birthday Jonathan Richman!

One of my faves...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

RIP Larry Levine
(Thanks for the link, Larry!)

Casting Call of Cthulhu

super-neat contraptions

A Steam Punk dream.

50 Worst Album Covers,0,531818.photogallery

Some old, and some new...

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

Happy Birthday L. Frank Baum!

Happy Birthday Eno!

Anniversary of Let It Be (1970)

38 years ago.... I've written about this album in the past. It's gotten a lot of knocks, but I still love it. Two Of Us is one of the greatest love songs of all time, and the film of Get Back is a classic. I miss those guys.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Walker Brothers video for The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
Great song and nice pseudo Spector production.

Peggy Lee performs Fever

Classic and Classy.

neat helicopter illusion

RIP Douggie Moir

as usual, The Onion gets it right...

(Thanks for the link, Roger!)

Only #5? We've got to try harder, people!

Happy Birthday Jack Bruce!


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Little Richard performs Long Tall Sally

Classic. Essential.

Rory Gallagher performs Messin' With The Kid

Ah, such sweet memories. One of the greats. I need another bourbon....

Badfinger perform No Matter What

THE power pop anthem. Poor Badfinger, screwed over again and again. They deserved much better. A great band.

The Shangri-Las perform Give Him A Great Big Kiss

So cool, only the Ronettes were cooler. Unbelievable song. When I'm in love, you best believe I'm in love, L-U-V! This is one of those rare occasions when we get to see all 4 members, (usually one was pregnant and would be left out of film/photo shoots).

Edwin Starr performs War

Great song, virtually inescapable on the radio back in the summer of '70.

The Drifters perform Up On The Roof

Great vocals, and one of the best songs ever written, (by Carole King).

Carolyne Mas performs Bad Love

I've always loved Carolyne. Another one who should've been bigger. Perfect late 70's rock'n'roll.

The Smothers Brothers Show with Nancy Sinatra & The Beatles!

The Voice Of God Weapon
If someone else wants to beam voices into my head they're just going to have to take a number and get in line with all the rest....

the latest cyberwar strategy

new reactive material weaponry


I'd stir that damn soup for a lot less....

Darth Vader Freed!


Lovecraft's "Commonplace Book" online!

Ugly Dolls!

Very cute, they remind me of the Making Fiends cartoons.

Cool lightbulb commercial!

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Getting Straight!

One of my all-time fave films. A true period piece. Premiered on this date in '70. Pay no attention to "Remember The Titans", THIS is what T.C. Williams was like in the early 70's.

Happy Leprechaun Day!

Happy Jamestown Day!

Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder!


Monday, May 12, 2008

Chuck Berry performs Roll Over Beethoven
Bedrock. Essential.

Joan Baez performs Diamonds & Rust

My fave song by her. Beautiful.

Tommy Keene performs Compromise

DC's Finest....

Freda Payne performs Band of Gold
Last week I went out to lunch with my compatriot, Akeloe, and he had this tune on his sound system. It stuck in my mind, jsut like it did 27 years ago. What memories, and what a great song and performer.

Curtis Mayfield perform Superfly

The man who personifies Soul. Unbelievable talent. Essential.

The Marvelettes perform Mr. Postman

Classic Motown.

Cheap Trick perform Tonight It's You

Very cool power pop!

dare you face the horror of....POULTRYGEIST?!?!?

we may never see the 1,000,000 rounds per minute gun...

Monty Python Uncovers French Invasion Plans!

I got a bulk order discount!

dolphin interest in a toy

Curious and interesting behavior.

Tom Cruises nazi flick on hold

Good. I've written before on my low opinion of the so-called German "resistance" and the idea of them being romanticized by a bunch of Hollywood pretty boys is quite putrid.

Now, death can be a draining experience...;_ylt=AuSXM0cJsHYVLAt.0iaqnucPLBIF

NASA's Slumber Party


play a computer game, cure a disease

the cutting edge of rectal thermometers

Happy Birthday Steve Winwood!

One of the greats.

Happy Birthday Geroge Carlin!

Happy Limerick Day!

Happy Birthday Burt Bacharach!

Essential. One of the greats.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Unbelievably Ultra-Cool Mythos Statues & Artifacts

I want all of it...

a bad night in DC

I don't know how much it's rained in the past few days here; three, maybe four inches. And we've got another two or three coming in as I type this. The grounds around the Manor are a total swamp, with rivulets running between large standing puddles. There was one tiny breach by Poseidon into our basement two days ago, but we managed to beat that attack away. The air outside, even under cover, is like a cool steam. It is an unpleasant night, and a time for bad things.

nice article on steampunk

The Muppets meet the Blair Witch Project

Spy Music

Neat site devoted to secret agent soundtracks.

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth & Rat Finks Live!

Unbelievably cool.

Swiss map of U.S.

the idiot test

I got 17 correct. Number six is a fair shot, I suppose, if you're one of those people who considers sports important. I haven't a clue about sports, (although I'm not sure why I'm considered an idiot for not paying attention to it). Number 14 I take issue with, there's no description of the dog's direction, nor that it's running in a straight line. In fact, in all but a tree farm it'd be impossible for anyone to run in a straight line for any length without knocking into a tree. Bogus question. Number 20 is just plain wrong. "President" is a title, the name of the office holder changes with each new person assuming the office. (And Harry Truman was the office holder in 1950).
A few good questions, but it needs some work.

a strange little tidbit from WWII - the nazi air marker hoax

I'd never heard of this before. Amusing.

The Cthulhu Roaster

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Birthday Eric Burdon!

Another of my faves. Essential. So cool...

Happy Birthday Phil Silvers!

One of my faves.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

nice article on Max Schreck - Nosferatu

Nina Hagen performs TV Glotzer

The Pride of East Germany covers White Punks On Dope!

The Sister of Mercy video for Temple Of Love
A little dance music for the End.

The Honey Cone perform One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
Another in a long line of groups who should've been much bigger. Great vocals and a bunch of tunes written by Holland Dozier and Holland, I'll never understand...

? & The Mysterians perform 96 Tears

My friend Kevin and I were talking about this song last night, and I can't quite get it out of my head. Neat tune. This was a performance on Where The Action Is - remember rushing home from school to catch it? With a great theme song by Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon!

Stones video for Undercover of the Night

Always thought this was a wonderful tune and video. Nice juxtaposition of politics and pop, violence and coddled saftey; Keith is great as a fascist thug!

Orpheus perform Can't Find The Time

Great soft rock, with that Boston sound...

Aretha on What's My Line!

Cows In The News!

Happy Birthday to the Muppets!

article on next generation bullets and explosives

nice little article on U-234 and its uranium haul

neat little footnote about Churchill and his bodyguard

new REH book - The Horror Stories!

Fantasy fans need to check this out. Howard wasn't just about Conan. He was a great and fun storyteller in a variety of genres.

Happy Birthday Donovan!

Happy Birthday Bono!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Life In DC
Not a single aspect of the government of the District works or is without rampant corruption. But play a little ping pong and the mighty machinery suddely springs into tiger-like action. This guy's mistake was in not selling crack or running a major scam in the Tax Office - now, that's okay!

Tuba Player VS Kid


horrific Virginia kidnapping tale ends happily

Green Porno with Isabella Rossellini!

Very cool! Rossellini demonstrates how a variety of bugs have sex in a series of short films.

(Thanks for the link, Karen!)

Thursday, May 08, 2008

We're #6!

update on the remake of The Creature From The Black Lagoon

Tee Hee!

Nature's Disappearing Rabbit Trick

Mr. Baconhead!

The Goosinator!

My kind of arcade game! Yum!

the cutting edge of beer fandom

But why does it have to be watery old PBR? Sheesh!

Great Moments In Headlines!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The British nanny State VS Pirates!

The Lego Tower

fungi VS uranium

the bong from hell

Cool & Addictive Site!

My friend Nick just sent this link to me, (Thanks Nick!). I'll let him explain it: "Take the most heavily trafficked photo site on the web. Hook it up to Google Earth. Watch the photographs that people all over the world are uploading with a rotating globe to show where they are uploading from. And the best part -- it's ephemeral. I'd never find those pictures again, don't know the context. It's a lot like Found magazine."

Striped Icebergs!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Anniversary fo the death of Mordecai Anielewicz & Ending of the Warsaw Uprising

Extraordinary Hero.

Happy VE Day!

Happy Birthday Bob Clampett!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Ricky Nelson!

Happy Furry Day!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

historical tidbits on the famous Soviet Reichstag photo

Are There Snow Cops Too?

new electronic instrument!

things to do after you die

mathematical art

Vegetable Spam

I can see the future already. Farmer Jones' Inbox will be full of emails with offers such as "Grow A Bigger Cucumber That She'll Love!" or an offer from a former agriculture minister of Nigeria to deposit their seed bank with him for only a small contribution on the farmer's part; or "Underage Bean Sprouts Want To Meet You!".

the artificial mouth

the cutting edge of murder weapons

Zappa Busted In Baltimore?

(Thanks for the tip, Pete!)

Happy Birthday Gabby Hayes - Emperor of Sidekicks!

Happy Birthday Darren McGavin - The Night Stalker!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Neat Stuff!
All the junk your Mom wouldn't let you buy from the backs of comic books.

cuddly killers....

the cutting edge of HIGH finance...


Boomerang In Zero Gravity

To The Moon, Alice!

these mixed marriages never work...

I am soooooo glad I don't live down there.

Burn the witch! Burn the witch! Can you imagine how much power you could accrue in florida from a card trick? It's right out of the Harvard Lampoon: "I AM A MIGHTY WIZARD! HERE, PICK A CARD, ANY CARD!"
Imagine what they think about matches - "Ooooh! Magic Sticks bring forth the Fire God!"
Jesus Fucking Christ!

(Thanks for the link, Bill!)

just another day in DC

Your tax dollars at work!

Cthulhu Awakens In My Backyard!

I'm told that there was an earthquake in Annandale, making it about 1 1/2 miles from the Manor. I thought it was the new German 77's*.....

(*Give yourself 100 Film Culture bonus points if you get this little reference - Missy, I'm counting on you!)

I Can't Get No.....Satisfaction!

Keith Richards created this amazing guitar rift on this date in '65. Part of my DNA. I don't know how many times I've listened to High Tides & Green Grass, but I'm sure it's in the low four figures. In the old neighborhood, we'd all sit in Edmund's room listening to his record player spin this and the Animals' Greatest Hits LP's over and over.

Happy Birthday Orson Welles!

Genius. Essential. Creator of the one of the greatest films (Citizen Kane) and THE greatest radio show (War of the Worlds) of all time.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Used Rainbows

Chunky Monkey

Tee Hee!

Happy Birthday Bob Seger!

One of my faves.

Happy National Hoagie Day!


Happy Birthday Michael Palin!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

neat treehouse!

Happy Birthday Dick Dale - King of the Surf Guitar!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

the military's search for Iron Man

Wall of Voo Doo video for Mexican Radio

Fun stuff!

Lone Justice video for Ways To Be Wicked
Great song and band. Should've been huge.

The Jesus & Mary Chain perform Just Like Honey

Wonderful. Brian Wilson meets the Velvet Underground. Perfect.

Roy Buchanan performs The Messiah Will Come Again

Brilliant. The pride of PG County!

Athletico Spizz performs Where's Captain Kirk?

A fun little tune from the early 80's. Now forgotten...

Little Anthony & The Imperials perform Goin' Out Of My Head

Fantastic. A very under-rated group, vocalist, and song. Beautiful.

Suzi Quatro performs Can The Can
Fun quasi-glam rock from a misspent youth...

The Kinks perform Waterloo Sunset

One of the prettiest songs, ever.

Tom Robinson performs 2-4-6-8 Motorway
One of the great driving songs, and one of the best to come out of that all too brief late pub rock/early punk period in Britian in 76-77. A classic.

Mojo Nixon video for Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two Headed Love Child

Mojo, always classy....

The Ramones video for We Want The Airwaves

So cool...

The Iron Hand of Gotz von Berlichingen

last death of the Civil War

late Spring...
As most of you know, Autumn is my favorite time of year. But that period between May Day and the 4th of July would be my second most favored season. I suspect it's partly a childhood thing - the anticipation of getting out of school and looking forward to Summer vacation. Traveling with my family to Wisconsin, Colorado, California and elsewhere; hanging outside with friends and/or cousins early in the evening with that beautiful June sun creating long lazy shadows, fireworks, playing Kleeba* in the old neighborhood, seeing rock concerts from the lawn at Merriweather, barhopping in Old Town or Gtown, drive in movies at the Star in Montrose, canoeing on the C&O, catching frogs and sailing wooden boats in the irrigation ditch at my Uncle Harry's, picnics at Log Hill, strawberry picking at the Logsdons' home, collecting box turtles, dirt clod battles at Monticello Park - the longer I type, the more things I think of.
I still remember with crystal clarity the last day of school in '65. We only had to go in half a day, and I remember making the short walk home alone, relieved to be away from school for what seemed at that time like an eternity. It was an absolutely beautiful mid-June morning, with a warm sun but a nice little breeze and an uncustomary low humidity. My Father had the day off and was waiting for me to join him to go down to the local tennis courts to watch him play. We were already getting ready to take a trip to Colorado, (which was absolutely wonderful too). It was just a perfect day.
I also remember high school graduation - hotter than hell, but low-key. I think I just spent the evening at home listening to Steely Dan's Reelin' In The Years and looking forward to my first trip to Europe and wondering how the hell college was going to be. Well, college is long gone, and now I really am reelin' in those years. But there's supposed to be some nice weather today and I hope you too can enjoy some nice long and lazy times.

*Kleeba was a great neighborhood game that you've never heard of. It was a combination of tag, hide & seek, and dodge ball, (and played only at night). I still think it's the coolest kids game I've ever played.

newest hands-off cellphone

Otis Redding & Eric Burdon on Ready Steady Go!


Happy Birthday Frankie Valli!

Happy Anniversary to The Cocoanuts!

The film that introduced the world to the Marx Brothers!

Happy Birthday James Brown!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Voo Doo Babies!


Jack Benny with Peter Lorre!

Great stuff!

Great Moments In Australian Politics,21598,23615760-2761,00.html

laser weapons...

the latest on military scramjets

The World's Worst Comic Book Collection

Nihilist Mints!

the lamest driver on earth

If I had a dog this pathetic I'd shoot it.

Finally, something to get me interested in golfing!

Darth Vader Still Evil!

new film on Joy Division!

Happy Birthday Lesley Gore!

Happy Ducking Day!

In Dartmoor, the 2nd of May was known as 'ducking day' and this was when in early times the village gossip or scold was taken to the pond and given a seat on the ducking stood. Latterly the children of the village or town extended the 'duckings' to anybody that got within range of whatever they were carrying water in.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Robot Re-Assembles Itself!

This is one of the most amazing and creepy things I've ever seen.

the threat

Lesbian Wars!

Zombie Attack!

Michael Moorcock Honored
One of my faves.

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

super-cool new TV

I knew there was a reason, (outside of cheapness) why I wasn't rushing out to buy a new TV...

Happy May Day!

Happy Birthday Judy Collins!

Beautiful voice. Sitting out on the lawn at Merriweather Post, summer of '77, looking up at the stars while she performed this. Nice memories...