Saturday, February 28, 2009

a cool laxative ad

apparently there is LSD in the chocolate...

KRLA Beat issues online

Great L.A. pop zine from the 60's.

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

"9" - a new film from Tim Burton

A Lovecraftian Public Service Announcement


Hacker Contest for DOD

Hunter Thompson & Conan O'Brien

The Military's Cyber-Range

Happy Birthday Zero Mostel!

One of the greats. A force of nature.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Wuss America

Captain Obvious

mass produced solar cells

This could be big...

And Alert Grace Slick, Again!

The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name...


The Mermaid...

a kronor saved is a kronor earned....

The Monty Python Gene

Marking Territory - the Algerian Method....

new disease for losers....

I can't remember where I left my car...

the coolest fish - EVER!

I've never been tempted to own a saltwater aquarium - until now.

Darwin Award Nominee...

the wallflower...


And, for an opposing viewpoint:

(I will point out that this film features one of the first screen appearances of Clint Eastwood...)

Philately is the most dangerous hobby known to man...

Alert Grace Slick!

Create your own Debut Album Cover!


- Go to "wikipedia." Hit "random... Read More... Read More" or click

The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band. (alternatively, if the first article you hit is short, hit Random Article two more times.)

2 - Go to "Random quotations"or click

The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on "explore the last seven days" or click

Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.

(Thanks for game, Missy!)

I am unaffected...

I keep my entire TV entertainment center, all my electronic appliances, and myself, in lead boxes at all times.

I've met people like this - except they have children...

Happy Pully Lug Day!

Virtually forgotten now, it used to be a day in which you could pull someone's ears with impunity, (supposedly). Mostly celebrated in Cumberland and Westmoreland areas of England on the first Friday following Ash Wednesday. I am single-handedly reviving the holiday.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lovecraft's Mountains Of Madness have been discovered!

Beware of the Shoggoths!

Superman #1 for sale...

THE Ultimate, Hands-Down-Awesome Best Alarm Clock Of All Time

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Happy Birthday to The Man In Black!

An American treasure. Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Godfrey Cambridge!

One of my faves. I'm convinced that racism kept him from becoming one of the great actors of our times. He was a genius at light comedy as well as drama.

Happy Birthday Fats!

One of the Immortals. Essential.

Happy Birthday Francis Marion!


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

new Beatles outtake discovered
Now, if I could only find a copy to listen to...

(Thanks for the heads up on this, Pete!)

Ozzy's Chuck Taylors...,24307/

My fave brand of shoe, (although I prefer the low-top).

Happy Anniversary to Yes Minister!

One of my favorite TV shows. Premiered on this date in 1980. although very British, this would fit perfectly well into DC; I'm surprised and disappointed that it isn't shown more around here. wonderful governmental and political humor.

Happy Anniversary to Your Show Of Shows!

Premiered on this date in 1950. One of the greatest TV shows - ever. And one of the centerpieces of American comedy.

Happy Birthday Zeppo!

Happy Birthday George Harrison!

Happy Birthday Jim Backus!

Great character actor and raconteur.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Van Morrison performs Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

Beautiful, just beautiful. See ya tomorrow...

The Bangles' video for Hazy Shade of Winter

As predicted, Winter weather has returned to beseige the Manor. It's as cold as a mutha out there, and the wind is howling, mocking last week's hopes for an early Spring. It is a dead time here, one sits and waits...

Remember, Kids - Don't Drink & Dress!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

more evidence that we are living in Cthulhu's End Times....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

in the eye of a needle

Amazing stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Happy Birthday Michelle Shocked!

Happy Birthday George Thorogood!

Happy National Tortilla Chip Day!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Boomtown Rats' video for I Don't Like Mondays

Tell me about it...

A Mighty Wind

Everyone has a fave film from this ensemble - but for me this is their best. Brilliant satire, but not mean. A dead-on takeoff on all those PBS specials. Brilliant.

Kim Carnes video for Bette Davis Eyes

Fun Jackie DeShannon song. And of course, there's the take off by Bruce Baum:

(Missy, the single is unbelievably rare....)

Moon Martin & The Ravens perform Bad Case of Loving You

Fun song. I saw this tour, Moon's a good performer.

Bacon Wallet

The Last Ace...

Very nice article in general on modern air combat as well as the debate on upgrading the Air Force's arsenal.

(Thanks for the article, Chris!)

Happy National Chili Day!

Today Is Iwo Jima Day

Happy Birthday Majel Barrett!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


RavenCon 2009 (in Richmond)

Only 250 Days Until Halloween!

Happy Birthday Edward Gorey!

Essential. Genius.

Happy Birthday Dwight Frye!

One of the greats. THE mad assistant.

Happy Birthday George Washington!

A hometown boy who did good. One of the Essential Men of the Revolution.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

more on the coming robot revolt

I am already preparing for the coming apocalypse and the imposition of a Matrix-like future. Whenever I see red-colored pills, I gobble them right down, (I am getting so bored with One-A-Days...). Soon, I'm going to have Linda start shooting at me so I can practice my amazing bullet dodging ability. I am also collecting up old copies of Magnus, Robot Fighter to help prepare, (although I refuse to wear a micro-mini...).

pretty neat flying skills


I've mentioned it before, but you have no idea how many crazy, weird, disturbing, vile, surreal, violent, twisted and downright batshit crazy things occur in Florida every week. I could keep Weirdness up at a reasonable pace just listing them and nothing else. I assure you that I cull through various search services and news outlets, and only publish the tip of the iceberg - there's much more. I think I'm going to try and draw back from even that for awhile. I'm just tired of reading about the god-damned state and the apparently limitless supply of (often dangerous) freaks that live there. It's like Hieronymous Bosch, with sand.

a master of disguise

new (to me) site for horror & sci-fi news

nice article on plush Cthulhus

the cutting edge of DNA...

Happy Birthday Mary Chapin Carpenter!

D.C.'s finest. One of my faves. A great songwriter.

Friday, February 20, 2009

RIP Joseph Brocard

Hero. Patriot.

The Last Reunion...

Iwo was one of those hellish battles in a war that was full of them...

hamster power!

This sort of begs the question of how "mobile" a phone is if you need 1,000 hamsters to power it....

24 is the Charm...

the cutting edge of contests

the snake...

This is one of those things that's been popping up for centuries - is such a creature possible? If so, what a mother....

the beginning of technologically-based mind reading


A.P.B. for Mr. Drivers License!

I understand that the Gardai's 10 Most Wanted include Ms. Social Security and that infamous rogue : Library Card.

As I Always Suspected....

Go Girl!

Cat Scan

Restriction of Trade

The Lego Pharoah

The Wedgie Of Justice

The Champion

Miss Bombshell,1518,608703,00.html#ref=nlint

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Happy Birthday, Sir!

Great actor.

Happy Hoodie Hoo Day!

Happy Birthday Joel Hodgson!

One of the creators and forces behind MST 3000. Genius. Essential.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

RIP Charles Avery

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

Happy Birthday Smokey Robinson!

Wonderful voice. Essential.

Happy Birthday Copernicus!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Happy Tick Bird Day!

Happy Birthday Gahan Wilson!

Essential. Genius. I love this guy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Batman Returns


love thang....

Wurtzite Boron Nitrides Are A Girl's Best Friend

Monday, February 16, 2009

What if I have bad memories of taking pills?

medical cotton candy...

The Mystery Of Marriage

I'm taking notes...

the guinea pig and the fascist pigs

cancel my appointments

stiff stiffs

the cutting edge of cheese

the 911 call (it's in Florida - of course!)

wuss Virginia

baconize your web experience!

the "shadow biosphere"

I Win!

great moments in British crime


space collision

a building block to an artificial brain?

Thank goodness!

I am always packing heat when I enter a church....

robot wars?

the tank theft...

nice article on te Dresden bombing,1518,607524,00.html

neutral Sweden

And yet another wrinkle in Sweden's (in)famous "neutrality". It's particularly charming that the article forgets to mention the supply of Swedish "volunteers" to Germany's military....
I am still trying to find any mention of the Swedish navy battling Soviet submarines in the Baltic Sea. The possibility exists (quite strongly, in my opinion).

the Star Trek corset...

I suppose we could have a steampunk Trek....

Sunday drivers...

As it stands, I find this story to be beyond belief. Something happened, and it's not being reported.

Happy Birthday Sonny Bono!

Happy Presidents Day!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

RIP Estelle Bennett of the Ronettes

One of the great girl groups.

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

Happy Birthday Harvey Korman!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Norton I, Emperor of the United States, Protector of Mexico!

A hero of mine. There's some debate as to his actual birth date, which somehow seems appropriate.

Happy Birthday Jack Benny!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Outta here

We're out of town for a couple days. See you Sunday.

Jefferson Starship promo for St. Charles

I always thought this was a beautiful love song. Great lyrics - There was China in her eyes...

Spitfire was a great album. Very much Summer of '76...

The New Radicals perform You Get What You Give

Fun song.

Wreckless Eric performs The Whole Wide World

Great song. Poor Eric, he never made it here...

Mazzy Star video for Fade Into You

What a beautiful song and sound. This band should have been much more popular. Essential.

Cheap Trick perform Surrender
Wonderful power pop.

The Duel...


(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Black Sabbath released!

On this date in 1970. Wonderful and ground breaking album.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Anniversary to Dracula!

Premiered on this date in 1931. One of my all-time fave films.

Happy Birthday Ray Manzarek!

Great musician and producer. When is someone goign to get around to releasing Nite City on CD???

Happy Birthday Abe!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The new soft drink on the market!

Somehow I don't think Coke is quaking in their boots....

I'm going to hate it when the ice gods return...

It's currently 71 degrees here at the Manor. A false Spring. The plants will start to bud and then we'll get hit by some Polar Death Storm that destroys all in its path....

The Klingon Book Of Mormon

I certainly look forward to seeing pairs of scrotum heads bicycling around my neighborhood attempting to proselytize.

disco inferno...

Notice the name of the bands playing that evening....

Synesthesia - a genetic link


I believe there's a horror movie somewhere in all of this

Psychopaths on the loose

Some of the best actors I've ever seen were several of the shoplifters I'd helped catch over the years in retail. Absolutely Oscar-winning performances. If I hadn't seen them steal the stuff I never would have suspected 'em.

Zorro Attacks!

Florida...It's always Florida.....

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Happy Birthday Sheryl Crow!

Wonderful singer and songwriter.

Happy Birthday Gene Vincent!

Happy Birthday Bobby "Boris" Pickett!

The Guy Lombardo of Halloween!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Seekers perform I'll Never Find Another You

One of the great sentimental love songs of all time.

The Mindbenders perform Groovy Kind Of Love

I've always thought this was a great love song.

Neil Diamond performs Cracklin' Rosie

The Nathional Anthem of winos. Wonderful tune.

B-52's perform The Deadbeat Club

Great song. I'm a charter member....

Bowie performs Changes

A great song. Reminds me of this time of year, back in '75.

Dexys Mignight Runners perform Come On Eileen

One of the greatest songs out of the 80's. And totally out of left field - an English band effecting some sort of ersatz Irish depression street band. But it works. Neat stuff!

Kirsty MacColl performs In these Shoes?

Tres cool!

Cthulhu Crafts!

the coolest cars - ever!

These are so cool. I want them. All of them.... I want to go down Braddock Road, (past Ox Road) at about 100mph, with twin streams of fire blackening the tarmac out the back of my car. I want the front grill to be cluttered with the wrecks of all the wankers who wouldn't get out of my way. Careening madly and with no thought to life or death. I want a huge skull on the hood that belches fire and has twin red laser beams shooting out of its eyes, permanently blinding anyone who tries to look at me. And I want to pass a speed trap, and the officers just sit their debating who has the guts to stop me, and deciding that none of them do. In other words - I want it to be like it was in '74....

(thanks for the link, Rob!)

Happy Birthday Bertholt Brecht!

Happy Birthday Jimmy Durante!

Happy Birthday Lon Chaney Jr.!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Petula Clark performs Downtown

A wonderful Tony Hatch tune. And I'll always have a crush on Pet. I might as well point out that MAD magazine had a devastating parody entitled Ground Round that I also loved:

When you eat meat but hate the meat that you're eating then you've surely got,
It's so unnerving when they're constantly serving in an eating spot,
It may be called a chopped steak, a salisbury or beef patty
No matter what it's called it's always overcooked and fatty
What can you do?
Go up to your waiter there, and loudly pound on your table,stand up on your chair, and shout:
GROUND ROUND, always you're serving me,
GROUND ROUND, always you're conning me,
GROUND ROUND, why must it always be,
GROUND ROUND, Ground Round, ground round...

Eddie cochran performs C'mon Everybody

I love this guy. One of the best - ever.

Little Eva performs The Locomotion

Great song. It pays to be Carol King's babysitter. Bruce copied the drum intro to this song for the beginning to Born To Run.

10,000 Maniacs perform These Are The Days


The Monks perform The Monk Chant

So weird. The Monks are one of those legends in garage band Valhalla. American servicemen in Germany form a beat band that shows what happened when American frat rockers met the British Invasion.

Graham Parker & The Smithereens perform Behind The Wall Of Sleep


Moby Dick VS Das Boot

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

insert French jokes here...

Ackerman collection for sale

Sad, this stuff belongs in a museum.

True Gamesmen
Whenever I hear "Checkmate" - that's when I reach for the sword...

A Lovecraftian Library List

Very nice!

Happy Birthday Carol King!

Another essential. Another genius. An American treasure.

Happy Birthday Barbara Lewis!

One of my faves, VERY unappreciated. One of the greats.

It Begins...

The Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan on this date in '64.

Happy Birthday to Wizards

It's probably no accident that Ralph Bakshi decided to premier his masterpiece on Frazetta's birthday (in '77) There are many flaws with this film, mostly caused by a low budget - but I love it.

Happy Birthday Frank Frazetta!

Probably my favorite illustrator. Certainly the best in the fantasy and sword & sorcery field.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

The LOLCat Bible...

Tee hee!

a nice day...

It's in the upper 60's right now here at the Manor. It's been a fun weekend. Good driving weather, (if not for those damned speed traps on 95, I'd of been able to easily hit 90mph on the way back from Richmond yesterday).
Oh, they'll be a sucker punch later on. It seems like nearly every year sometime between mid January and early March we'll get a few seductive Spring-like days, lulling us and the budding plants into a false sense of security, only to have a terrific ice storm attack us shortly thereafter. But, like most things in life, we can at least enjoy the pleasantness while knowing that it's only temporary.
I'm in a Bruce frame of mind today. Here's a couple appropriate tunes from him. If you can't identify with them from various times of your life, I pity you.

Happy Birthday Jules Verne!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Museum Replicas - get in touch with your inner Viking

A fave of mine...

The Poe Museum

it's something I've been meaning to do for years - finally went down to the Poe Museum in Richmond. It was cool, I'm glad I went. Of course, there's only so much that such a place can offer - some photos, some early editions, a few persoanl items and furniture; but it was fun, nonetheless. I'd recommend it.
First time I've really been in Richmond in about 25+ years. The part I saw was still dirty, run-down, and ugly. That place never changes...

Friday, February 06, 2009

Diamond Dave Screechs For You!

Just click on a phrase...

(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

does this collar make me look fat?

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

RIP Dewey Martin

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

The Hulu Ad

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Patrick Macnee!

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

Genius. Essential.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

neat octopi photos

Florida, again....

RIP Lux Interior

One of the great - a legend.

(Thanks for the link, Peter!)

strange little tales

Happy Birthday Matt Groening!

One of my faves. Genius. Essential. Creator of both The Simpsons and Life In Hell. And a nice guy, too.

Happy Birthday H. R. Giger!

Master of Darkness....

Happy Birthday John Carradine!

Happy Anniversary t The Smother Brothers Comedy Hour!

Great show. Premiered on this date in 1967.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

fanvid for the Pousette Dart Band playing Amnesia

Another great song for late at night. Believe me, I'm sick but not insane. See you tomorrow....

A Four Seasons medley

Great pop!

Nick Lowe and Rockpile perform Cruel to Be Kind

A great song, one of the best. But I'm listing it a little early, it sounds best around midnight and after a few more bottles. Rockpile was one of the best all-around rock bands, ever. And Nick, well, his nickname was the Jesus of Cool...

Plastic Bertrand performs Ca Plane Pour Moi

A silly little song, but I've always enjoyed it. It just sticks in your brain. Now it's in yours....

The Temps perform Ball of Confusion
A fun song about dangerous times. Reminds me so much of those days at TC. High school was always fun and challenging - if you had to go to the men's room, you'd crack the door open, and toss you wallet in first. All the resident thugs would immediately jump on it and start fighting over its contents, and maybe, MAYBE, that'd give you enough time to do your business and get out. "D" hall in the basement was the students' smoking area, and a free-fire zone. Casualties were immediately lost under a thick blanket of smoke and ash, never to be found. No adult ever ventured down that hall - ever. Skin color was paramount and depending on the time and the place, meant the difference between life and death. It was a school of immense contrast - geniuses and scholars, bed-wetters and psychopaths, shambling mutants and dopers, boppers, jocks, hippies, earth freaks, felons, revolutionairies, whores, junkies, gamblers, soldiers, cretins, jesus freaks, occultists, mystics, musicians, poets, painters, arsonists, demonologists, and white-bread republicans. And every hope, dream, scam and tragedy going on full-bore. We were the only school in Virginia whose student paper had a regular obituary column. And this song was a very neat part of it all. With my fave lyrics of all time: "Oh, great GoogaMooga, can't you hear me talkin' to ya". Yea, ball of confusion....

The Buoys perform Timothy

The first and probably only top 40 hit devoted to cannibalism, (no, they didn't eat a mule....)

Ian Hunter (and the enchanting Ellen Foley) perform We Gotta Get Out Of Here

Fun song from two old pros.

I was born in the dead of Winter, at night, in a cave, during an eclipse...

forget the police - Alert Captain Kirk!

Is that a pigeon in your pocket, or are you happy to see me?

Chinese batteries in the news!

Happy Birthday Alice Cooper!

Happy Birthday Tadeusz Kosciuszko!


Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Are We Not Men?

the latest silliness from Japan...

anti-Star Trek prejudice!

robocop - first generation

the cutting edge of gold mining

immortal jellyfish?

cloning brings back from extinction (almost...)

an oldie but goody - the digital clock

(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

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

My old friends Frank and Nancy are right in the middle of it all down there. Good luck, folks!

(Thanks for the link, Linda!)

Creat your own Star Trek adventure story!

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

anniversary of the day the music died....

Happy Birthday Melanie!

I've always hated her biggest hit, Brand New Key, but ahve loved everything else she's done. Beautiful People and Lay Down were the anthems of what the mass media dubbed Flower Power. It was much cooler than that, never let a suit define your life for you....

Happy Birthday Norman Rockwell!

I always enjoyed his illustrations. We visited the museum two years ago and enjoyed it very much.

Monday, February 02, 2009

The Raspberries perform Go All The Way

Top rank power pop.

Happy Birthday Talleyrand!

Patron saint of Diplomacy players...

Happy Birthday Wilbur Whately!

According to H. P. Lovecraft, Wilbur was born on this date in 1915 in Dunwich, MA.

Happy Biirthday Tom Smothers!

Happy Birthday Graham Nash!

One of my faves

Happy Groundhog Day!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Devo perform Mongoloid

Fun stuff!

Nico performs Femme Fatale

I can't believe the audience is yammering through this performance. Sometimes there's a perfect match between an artist and the material - even if it's an accident or the result of a cynical maneuver.

The Bus Boys perform The Boys Are Back In Town

I've never understood why these guys weren't bigger.

fanvid for Bullet's White Lies Blue Lies

Another great power pop tune. Remember running up to Giant Music to buy this 45...

Cheap Trick's video for Tonight It's You

I've always thought this was an extraordinarily under-rated power pop anthem.

Liz Phair video for Extraordinary


THE Coolest Corkscrew Of All Time!

I want one of these so bad, that it hurts....

The Bonzo's Online!

Great stuff!

tragedy in Utah

the cutting edge of extra credit

the wussiest robber

On Holiday,27574,24979945-29277,00.html

mom of the year

There's something about Florida... I don't know if it's the sulphurous water, the sand grinding into your brain, or the total lack of any topography; but I could fill Weirdness with nothing but weird, perverse, pathetic, tragic, stupid, and viscious crime stories out of that state. Really, there are sites out there where you can just wade through the muck.

4 hours in 2 minutes of nine months...


I, for one, will miss blue crabs and bowling alleys. Some day I've gotta write about bowling. There are a lot of good memories associated with that.

Spoiling The Ladies....

the weirdest doll....

Free Hug

the best gift...

the ultimate in ebay sales

I sure hope I win the auction....

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Happy National Freedom Day!

Happy Birthday Clark Gable!

One of the Immortals...

Happy Birthday Terry Jones!

Happy Birthday Bill Mumy!

Happy Birthday Don Everly!