Sunday, August 31, 2008

Happy Brithday Glenn Tilbrook!

Another great popster.

Happy Birthday Van Morrison!

One of the greats...

Happy Birthday James Coburn!

Wonderful actor...

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Papa John Phillips!

From Alexandria, Virginia...

Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day!

Happy Birthday Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley!

Happy Birthday Joan Blondell!

I always liked Joan...

Friday, August 29, 2008

Welcome aboard, George!

On this date in 1958, George Harrison joined the Quarrymen...

Happy Birthday Elliott Gould!

One of my fave actors.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Out of Town

Tomorrow afternoon we'll be leaving town for a couple of days. See ya Monday...

Happy Anniversary Animal Crackers!

It premiered on this date in 1930. Another Marxist Classic!

Happy Birthday Jack Vance!

Another of my favorite fantasy authors - a real treasure and a great master of the English language.

Happy Birthday J. S. LeFanu!
One of the great gothic writers.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

some days it just doesn't seem worth chewing through the straps

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

the designated driver;_ylt=Ar7cpZqPNeRJZ.Klph1EaWWs0NUE

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Yellow Submarine Sandwich

It's been quite some time since I've mentioned WFMU's blog - an amazing site that I heartily recommend for all serious pop music fans.

a touching family reunion

The Bark Mitzvah;jsessionid=9E9AA66C2C06EED4B0AF50470A1C686F?contentId=7289152&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1&sflg=1

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

very cool blog devoted to horror

Vincent Price reads The Raven


David McCallum reading The Duniwch Horror available online
I have this old Caedmon record and always enjoyed it.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Happy Anniversary, Born To Run!

What can I say...probably my all-time favorite album by my all-time favorite performer. A mini-encyclopedia of Rock'N'Roll history and East Coast iconography. It begins with a drum attack lifted right out of Carole King's "Locomotion", and ends with a wail in the night, "trying to make an honest stand". Tramps like us, babe, Tramps like us....

Happy Birthday Elvis Costello!

A fave, that first album helped get me through that year at William & Mary...

Happy Birthday Lord Dunsany!

Another genius and another Essential. One of my favorite fantasy writers, and I believe one of the best authors in the English language.

Happy Birthday Tim Burton!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Sean Connery!

I know he's a swine, but he's also one of the last of the great Action/Adventure heroes.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

a variety of strange and amusing photos

How to fire someone

super-high weirdness in North Korea?

The PC Toaster

some VERY nice chess sets

I want to get the pieces carved from wooly mammoth ivory!

Happy Birthday Niagara!

Destroy All Monsters came out of Detroit, and were one of the coolest of the early American punk bands. Classic.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

King Lear in I Am The Walrus
Fantastic stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

The Go Go's video for Our Lips Are Sealed

Fun stuff!

The Happenings perform I've Got Rhythm

I've always loved this version. Reminds me of innocent Summers....

Blondie perform Denis

Great cover.

Brocken Money

Beany & Cecil!

A nice slam against Disney, here. (I had an Official Beany's beany in my childhood, the rotor would fly off, etc. - very cool).

the snake...

I must admit, this guy was a pretty good sport....

The Miskatonic Acid Test

I believe someone has finally captured my mind on film.... This looks so cool. It reminds me of the last Dougstock! (If I could only remember the last Dougstock...).

What if H. P. Lovecraft sold candy?

This is wonderful....

new Lovecraftian film

Happy Anniversary to The Big Sleep!

It premiered on this date in '46. One of my faves!

Happy Birthday Gene Kelly!

I just think Kelly was such a talent. And Singing In The Rain is perfection. An Immortal.

(He also did a brilliant job portraying Mencken in Inherit The Wind!)

Happy Birthday Keith Moon!'s%20Pictures%20of%20Lily%20Kit.htm

Happy Birthday Oliver Perry!

Happy Birthday Mighty Max!

Happy Birthday Mark Russell!

Friday, August 22, 2008

hmmmm, it all seems so...innocent....

But I know my Scottish history...The Beanes Clan have arisen....

Happy Birthday Dorothy Parker!

One of my faves. An influence on my calm demeanor and charitable outlook...

Happy Birthday John Lee Hooker!

Another essential. Bedrock.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

a nice little article about Vincent Price's cookbook

I have tried to find this, but have failed in seeing any good deals on it...

The Cutting Edge of USB items....

(Thanks for the link, Linda!)

Happy Birthday Joe Strummer!

One of the Immortals. Essential.

Happy Birthday Jackie DeShannon!

One of my faves. Talented, and one of the prettiest performers I know of.

Happy Birthday Fritz Freleng!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

more German mythology on the way...

And so, once again, we are presented with that most ludicrous of myths - the "Good German". I've written about this in the past, and will only say that the way von Stauffenberg and his fellow conspirators is and have been portrayed is the biggest crock of shit, ever. The real resistance was microscopic, brave, had absolutely no chance of survival, much less success; and was more noble and idealistic than all the stupid generations of "vons" combined. And while we're at it, Tom Cruise, his massive ego, and his idiotic ideology, can kiss my ass, too.

Quark being released on DVD!

I suspect I'm one of the few people who remember this show. It wasn't great - but it was cute, and had its moments. Some of the scenes with Ficus were great.

The Scottish Games are coming

Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft!

One of the great masters of supernatural fiction and horror. Essential.

Happy Birthday Isaac Hayes - RIP

Happy Birthday Robert Plant!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

fan video for the Isley Brothers' Who's That Lady"

A wonderful song, and I first heard it on the radio about this time 35 years ago....

Gilbert O'Sullivan performs Get Down

An uber-guilty pleasure. I've always enjoyed this wicked little bit of fluff, although I firmly believe it's about beastiality....

The Beloit Mindset List

I will be typing this up with carbon paper and mailing copies out to all of you, soon. Those of you whom I don't have a mailing address for, I'll dial on the phone - if I have the Exchange Name...

where there's a will....

The New "Village"

But I like Portmeiron!

Guernica in 3D

Really amazing.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy National Potato Day!

Happy Birthday Ginger Baker!

Unbelievable drummer. One of the Immortals.

Happy Birthday Gene Roddenberry!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Lego Olympics!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Schoenberg Commercial ;)

Very cute!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

RIP Nancie Mantz

From the Electric Prunes web site:
Very Sad news. Nancie Mantz, co writer with Annette Tucker of "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night", passed away a couple of nights ago. She was a friend of the band and a very creative person. Condolences to her daughter. We will play in LA on the 10th of August and her dynamic song will have a special meaning for us that night, I am sure.

Nancie Mantz was a songwriter whose 1960s work in collaboration with Annette Tucker helped jump-start the psychedelic punk boom and, 15 years later, became one of many flash points for the paisley underground. Mantz was principally a lyricist, trained on piano, guitar, and violin but proficient on none of them. Her focus was words, and she was good enough as a song-poet to get signed to Four Star Publishers in the early '60s -- her collaborators there included the company's head, Dave Burgess, and 1960s Crickets member Glen D. Hardin, as well as a young composer with bigger aspirations named Harry Nilsson. She collaborated with Hardin and Nilsson, among others, and had some successes with Keith Colley ("Human Kindness," "Ladder of Success") and with Burgess ("He's a Big Deal"), but it was when she was teamed with Tucker that some very interesting lightning seemed to strike. Tucker had gotten a band called the Electric Prunes signed to a company owned by engineer turned producer Dave Hassinger, who had gotten them a contract with Reprise Records and now needed some songs that could be potential hits. In the interim, Tucker had presented her with the proposed title "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)," which the pair knocked off as a finished composition in less than an hour. Presented to Hassinger and the Prunes in a demo sung by Jerry Fuller, it was recorded by the Prunes in their style and hit number 11 nationally, and suddenly Tucker and Mantz were turning in seven songs (plus two more written by Tucker and Jill Jones) to Hassinger and the Prunes for their debut album. I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) was a landmark psychedelic punk album, and a unique creation from a major label, as well as the best showcase that any rock-era songwriter this side of Jimmy Webb ever had for his or her work. Among Mantz's most personal contributions to the album -- though one the band didn't fully appreciate -- was the gentle ballad "Onie," which Mantz had written for her own daughter, Tracy, but her most striking contribution may well have been the raunchy psychedelic punk showcase "Are You Lovin' Me More (But Enjoying It Less)." Some of Mantz's more conceptual songs, such as "The Toonerville Trolley," were less successful, but on the whole the album was a great creative showcase. It was also to be the last, as only three of Tucker and Mantz's songs would appear on the next Prunes album, Underground, and none of them would be recorded as well as the stuff off the first album. The Tucker/Mantz team saw subsequent success as another song, "I Ain't No Miracle Worker," was recorded by the Chocolate Watchband and also later topped the charts in Italy. Mantz continued writing songs through the end of the 1960s, and saw hits with the Newbeats and the American Breed. She gave up composing in 1970 following the murder of her mother, and in the ensuing years left the music business.

(Thanks for the article, Perry!)

Happy Birthday Jerome King Criswell!

One of my favorite fruitcakes/frauds.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

"Poe" reads The Raven....

Pretty neat!

Happy Birthday Mae West!

Often imitated, never equalled. She is an American Original. Genius. Essential.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Big Star performs In The Street

Fun stuff!

Rod & The Faces perform Maggie May

It was about this time of year, (in '71), that the radio started to play cuts from Every Picture Tells A Story. One of the greates pop albums of all time, (If you disagree with me, I urge you to seek out the Wizard of Oz, as you are in need of a heart, a brain, and courage. And go back to Kansas...). Thirty seven years ago. Amazing.

Mary Chapin Carpenter's video for This Shirt

DC's Finest. A gifted songwriter and Treasure. A beautiful song about an interesting subject. Some of us are deeply attached to material objects and the memories that they trigger. I can certainly understand those who think it's a silly concept; nevertheless, the feelings are significant for many of us. I've surrounded myself with such things; indeed, the Manor is full of them, practically haunted by them. They are familiar, the known, the trusted, and the symbols of people, times and places that, combined, pretty much make up me. I'm sure that sounds strange, even pathetic, to many folks - who seem to forget the past almost as soon as it's created, much less keep reminders of it. So be it...

Jr. Walker performs What Does It Take To Win Your Love
Beautiful song, always reminds me of calm Summer days canoeing out of Fletcher's Boat House.

Bruce Cockburn performs Lovers In A Dangerous Time

I always loved this tune.

web security that helps digitize books

This just seems so neat!

Florida's Criminal Mastermind

Save Quasimodo!

Guns Drawn, Police Arrest Nilla Wafers
I don't blame 'em - you never want to turn your back on a Nilla.....

the secret ingredient

At Last - Some Olympics Games That I'd Enjoy Watching

the cutting edge of acupuncture,CST-FTR-portland0813new.article

The Dairy Queen Sign

my fave warning sign

the worst smoke alarm...

The Evil of Portishead

Clearly, I've found the location for my new secret lair.

Only 75 Days Until Halloween...

the cutting edge of chicken cooking accessories

headstone art and memorials

nice Rat Fink images

I always loved Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's illustrations. A major influence on a warped childhood....

Steampunk Fashion links

the world's most expensive car

how the other half live: the rooftops of NYC

Sir Penguin


Twinkle & The Who on Shindig

The Return of the Cliffhanger!

I'm a sucker for this stuff!

Bela Lugosi's Dead - on this date in 1956

It Begins....

On this date in '74, the Ramones debuted at CBGB's. Perfection.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Jimmy Webb!

One of the great American pop songwriters.

Happy Anniversary Woodstock!

Happy Birthday Huntz Hall!

I was always liked the East Side Kids...

Happy VJ Day!

A great day.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tee Hee!

Winnie The Pooh - Thug

Happy Birthday Gary Larson!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Liberty Tree Day!
An almost forgotten date in American history...

Happy National Navajo Code Talkers Day!

Amazing fellows. Heroes.

Happy Birthday David Crosby!

A survivor.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Borg Bugs

death by boule...

That's nothing. You've not experienced danger and terror until you've played "Extreme Lawn Darts" here at the Manor....

Killer Fish

I am NEVER EVER going to take a piss within 1000 miles of the Amazon.

the love that dare not speak its name....



Mars Attacks!

My cousin Lee had just informed me that on August 27th, the planet Mars will approach to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth - the closest in centuries. Lee, poor innocent that he is, was enthusiastic about this event, but I know better....
According to that imminent authority, H. G. Wells, this is exactly the moment that those dastardly Martians will choose to attack, unleashing their mighty armada of death upon the Earth. But those of us "in the know" are ready for them. I have a whole room of aluminum foil caps, and enough guns, bourbon, and ammunition to make the bombing of Dresden look like a marshmallow roast. I am leaving immediately for Grover's Mill, NJ. and, as a secret weapon, am travelling all the way with my feet immersed in ice water, with the car air conditioning set to full blast. I will personally infect every one of those bastards with a cold virus, if it's the last thing I do. This time, we're ready....

For more of the true story, I refer you here. You have been warned.

((Actually this may be false: What the hell, I've always wanted to see Grover's Mill, and you can't be too careful about these martian invasion things....))

(and a big thanks to Lee for alerting me to our impending doom!)

Happy Birthday South Park!

First broadcast on this date in '97. Filthy, obscene, blasphemous, insulting, gross, and absolutely Essential.

Happy Birthday Hitch!

THE Master of Suspense.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Jefferson Airplane performs Today (from Monterey Pop)

One of the prettiest love songs. Enough nostalgia. See ya tomorrow.

George performs What Is Life

The mind falters, but I believe it was around November of '74 that future-brother-in-law Rick and I went to see Harrison at the old Cap Center. The show was a mixed bag, and Billy Preston helped carry it for the first hour or two. But, finally, George hit his stride with a ten minute version of this song, and it is one of my fondest concert memories.

Petula performs Don't Sleep In the Subway

Another wonderful memory flogger. I'll always have a crush on Pet.

Tommy James performs Crystal Blue Persuasion

It was the Summer of '69, and my family was vacationing at my Uncle Harry's place. Eddie bought this album and played it at least once each day throughout that season, and now I associate it forever with that place and those times. It is pretty weird and ironic to associate the late 60's with a time of innocence. So be it.

Michael Martin Murphey performs Wildfire

I know, I know, it's contrived. I still love this song.

The O'Jays perform Love Train

I always liked this tune.

The Greatest Band You've Never Heard Of

I've written about 'em before. The Reivers were one of those bands that I honestly think only record store employees knew about - and we loved them. Several of us old timers have been hearing rumblings lately; there have one or two reunion dates announced. I think we may be seeing a ressurection at hand. Essential. I can't tell you how great these guys. The closest I can come is to say that, at their best, I consider them almost as good as Bruce. Yes, that they're important.

Heart performs Crazy On You
A great, great song. It's easy to forget that Heart were very cool back then in the Fall of '76.

Welcome to Weirdsville Radio Returns!!!

The ultimate in Halloween-oriented radio returns! Great stuff! Brilliant! Essential!

The "Porn Inspector"

This sounds like a skit from "In Living Color". By the way, did I mention that I was a Bourbon Inspector?


Oh! The Humanity!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Mark Knopler!

One of the greats.

Happy Anniversary to The Wizard of Oz!

Premiered on this date in '39. Pretty incredible film and performance.

Monday, August 11, 2008

grim reaper comes for the trim reaper

flexible electronics

This could be pretty neat.

the latest on invisibility

Sunday, August 10, 2008

RIP Isaac Hayes

some songs for August

Well, it's been a weird week, filled with great joy and great sadness. We really need to settle back a little and chill. Here are some tunes for a hot August night....

gothic computer

so cool....

I love trailering!

Some of my fondest memories from childhood are the fun my family and I had travelling across the country in a travel trailer. This video brought back some of those memories.

neat marketing vehicles


the ultimate in work stations

A few of these look like they're right out of a dentist's office...

Rube Goldberg Lives!

I just love this kind of stuff! Brilliant!

Happy Anniversary to Horsefeathers!

One of my faves. Premiered on this date in 1932. Remember, the password is ALWAYS "Swordfish"...

Happy Birthday Bobby Hatfield!


Happy Birthday Ian Anderson!

Happy Birthday Ronnie Spector!


Happy Puck's Fair!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Happy Birthday David Steinberg!

One of my faves.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Police! FREEZE! Drop The Cheescake Box!

(Thanks for the link, Peter!)

Bill Gates can go fuck himself

It is amusing that a man who can make a difference here, HELL, THE Man, is reduced to whining about what so many of us go through constantly - the unfathomable and wretched state of software directions, intuitiveness, and ease of use. For those of you over 45 - remember when computers were going to SAVE time? It is incredible to me, both at home and in my job how god damned obfuscated so much of this shit is. Yes, it does amazing things, but do so in such a confusing and convoluted manner that I am shocked at how much success I do have with computers. Right now, I am battling both Windows and AVG's stupid "Security" package. I think the main security consists of it so overloading my system that I can barely get to the Internet, much less get a virus from it. I doubt most hackers would have the patience to try and send something to me, Continental Drift looks like Le Mans compared to my connection speed. Right now, I am typing out information about twice as fast as it takes for a similar amount to download and make it past the Maginot Line of this alleged firewall. Meanwhile, Windows has lost/destroyed a dll file that is soooo obscure that I can find no listing of it on Google. My whole computer wheezes away as if it were in some sort of asthmatic hell. Every time I boot up, I receive one of these unbelievably terrifying, yet worthless, messages that the system has determined that an "unknown" system is starting up - do I want to allow it. It doesn't tell me what it is, doesn't even give me the file name. I just have to guess, without a shred of information provided, as to whether or not I am about to unleash the seven hells of cyber-fuckery upon my system, or just allow Microsoft Office* to start up. (*Yes, the krauts at AVG appear to treat things like Microsoft Word as some sort of dread plague, and I always receive the most dire warnings when it kicks in, asking me to manually "allow" such an obviously safe program to run. This system is for the uber-paranoid. It's afraid of everything. I may have actually found a bunch of Germans who would surrender to the French - they are that wimpy. And, like the above article - their directions are worthless.
And so we come back to Bill Gates, dealing with incompetent minions who make more in one year than I'll see in twenty, and all he does is send 'em some pissy little email. Blow me. The solution is to fire the asshole who completely messed up the job, (and no god damned golden parachute - not one penny. Let his coworkers see him miss a few mortgage payments - they'll get the idea), tell his replacement why he was canned, and that the same will happen to them if things don't change immediately. The problem with the computer industry is there are so many people in it who aren't any good at what they do. Just because one is brilliant at writing code doesn't mean you're good at managing others, or designing usability, or have good table manners, etc. (There are a few of you reading this who are good in more ways than one - and I've told you so, but you appear to be exceptions). It's an immature industry, and consumers have let it get away with murder, and so, apparently, has Bill Gates.

heaven VS hell...

news on hydrogen fuel...

the cutting edge of children's car seats

Happy Birthday Dustin Hoffman!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

RIP Erik Darling

the Complete Works of Lovecraft Online!

interesting article on the children of nazis converting to Judaism

Paul Lynde's Halloween special on YouTube!

An awful show, but also weirdly interesting the way it's thrown together. And, most importantly, it features the great Margaret Hamilton's last performance as a witch! That alone makes it memorable.

life on Mars?

a new type of synesthesia discovered

Britain From Above


(Thanks to Infidel753 for the link!)

Happy Birthday Nathaniel Greene!

Hero. Patriot.

Happy Birthday Mata Hari!

Spy? Victim? Still a mystery....

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Robot VS. Puppy!

The Restaurant Error

An achiever

our grip on reality...

A sad update

I just wanted to let folks know that my mother-in-law, Muriel, passed away yesterday morning. To make a long story short, Linda went over to the apartment and discovered her. There were no signs of discomfort at all. One moment she was quietly reading a book, and the next one she was gone. She'll be interred up at Arlington with her husband. It is sadly ironic that her grand daughter had just arrived here to visit with he for the first time in six years, and she passes away a couple of hours before that reunion would take place.
Linda is holding up well, but she loved her mother dearly and looked after her. There will be many changes and reminders of loss in the weeks and months ahead. Sometimes, growing older seems to be little more than tallying up those losses.

Happy National Mustard Day!

The date for this keeps moving around, but I believe this is the "official" date. I also highly recommend the mustard museum - neat stuff!

Happy Birhtday Neil Armstrong!

Happy Anniversary American Bandstand!

Today is the national premiere of the show. Essential chronicle of American pop culture.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Happy Anniverdary Rock'N'Roll High School!

One of my fave movies. Great soundtrack and some wonderful scenes.

Sunday, August 03, 2008


Just wanted to let folks know that Linda's niece, Katy, will be visiting us for a few days. We'll be taking her around sightseeing here in Byzantium, so I probably won't be posting too much over the next week...

The Music of Erich Zann

A very neat little stop motion film on the Lovecraft tale.

some neat necklaces & cigarette/business card holders

Happy National Watermelon Day!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons perform Let's Hang On

Classic. Probably my favorite song by the Seasons.

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers perform Chinese Rock

Wonderful tune.

The Sisters of Mercy perform Gimme Shelter

Love this song, and I was always liked their cover of it.

some fun Cthulhu kitsch

latest news on military body armor

the laser harp

Spider VS Snake

the sling shot

the pause that refreshes

The Chair

The Tunnel Borer

Pretty neat!

Ninja Convention

product failure

Hire A Zombie

neat yard haunt

nice site ofr Halloween art & info

new Elric reissue!

Wine Terrorism!

You'll get my chardonnay when you pry it from my cold dead hand...

Happy Birthday Mojo Nixon!

An American Classic. Essential.

Happy Birthday Myrna Loy!

One of my faves - sharp, beautiful, and always charming. A legend. With William Powell, she displayed the ultimate married couple.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Fossett's Vanishing Act?

the most expensive pair of jeans

very interesting parasitic vine....;_ylt=AuhONRnKRLb10exFLg.awJUPLBIF

life inside salt crystals;_ylt=AhWpONAIl1iIp_e4DIv7F3UDW7oF

Pretty interesting...

Happy First Harvest/Lammas!

Ah yes, the wheel turns.... Oh, there's plenty of hot and humid weather left, and the plant life around here is just reaching its full bloom, (the butterfly bushes here at the Manor are more like trees - more fit for Mothra than the usual swallowtails and monarchs...); but the sun is setting earlier. And I once again have to use the car's headlamps for my early morning commute in to work. August has always struck me as an awkward month. The bloom is off Summer, the newness and excitement of it all has dissipated, and if you're a kid, you can start to feel the cold claws of school starting to reach out for you. It is a time of partings and endings too. But the farmer's markets around here are bursting with fresh produce (excellent corn and baby eggplant this year!), I'm starting to get Halloween catalogs in the mail, and in another 6 weeks it should be almost tolerable outside again. It's still a new month - let's see what happens...

Happy Birthday Jerry Garcia!

Happy Colorado Day!

I wish I could be there right now...