Tuesday, March 31, 2009

busy times

The next three or four days are going to be very busy, both at work and at home, so blog entries are going to be few and far between until the weekend. See ya later.

Lene Lovich performs Lucky Number

An original.

World Party performs Ship Of Fools

Great song.

Big Joe Turner performs Shake Rattle & Roll

So cool...

Joanthan Richman performs Roadrunner

Bedrock. Essential.

fanvid of The Kinks performing Around The Dial

There's a report that some "rock" radio station in DC is changing formats to easy listening. My friend Peter (a fellow rock cognoscenti) and I exchanged a few emails about it and agreed that it was no loss - the station sucked, with a playlist criminally limited to about 60 songs, when 6000 should be the norm. The Kinks released this cut over a quarter of a century ago (to minimal airplay, of course) and it's even more true now. If you're reading this and you're under 30, you gotta believe me - radio used to be so Cool! Check out Little Steven's Underground Garage. That's what it used to be like. WPGC in '67, WHFS in "69, WGTB in '77 - there were gods in those days....

Brian performs California Girls

One of the best and most famous song intros in the history of humankind. Sheer nostalgia, and genius.

capitalism for our brave new world

the cutting edge of DUI,_crashes&in_article_id=603790&in_page_id=2

Americans in Paris during WWII

Another interesting little footnote to the war.

Google's Mary Popkins prank...

I'd prefer bourbon & Tab...

the cutting edge of plea bargains

Frankly, I'm amazed this didn't occur in Florida....

Happy Birthday to The Matrix!

Premiered on this date in '99. Great movie. Essential.

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Reivers perform Things Don't Change

Another repeat for me. I'm going to keep plugging these guys until th end of time. The best band you've never heard of. Genius. Essential.

The Go! Team performs Keys To The City

Another tune I've linked to in the past. Great song.

Transvision Vamp video for Baby I Don't Care

These guys should've been much bigger. Great stuff. A perfect song for that period between the third and fourth bourbons...

Klaus Nomi covers Lighting Strikes

Classic. An original. One of Linda's faves...

Brian Setzer performs The Knife Feels Like Justice

Wonderful song - and a great title.

The Everlys perform Crying In The Rain
Lousy video, great performance.

The Guess Who perform Share The Land

Classic early 70's rock.

Great Balls O'Fire over Virginia!

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

The "Elephant Angel"

Happy Birthday God!

Happy Birthday John Astin!

Happy Birthday Graeme Edge!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The 5 Stairsteps perform Ooh Child

One of the great pop soul songs. Really moving. I don't think things do get easier or brighter, but for a few moments, it allows you to hope they do. See ya tomorrow.

The Moody's perform Tuesday Afternoon

I heard this song a few hours ago during one of my rare forays into network television. It was being used in an ad for Visa credit cards. Sigh. The soundtrack of my soul is being used to shill for the Bank of America. The gods have a wicked sense of humor.

But for me, it'll always be a reminder of sitting in my friend Edmund's basement in the early and mid 70's - discussing politics and Buddhism, drinking bad scotch and smoking great pipe tobacco.

Cannibal & The Headhunters perform Land Of 1000 Dances

Fun song by one of my favorite named groups.

Jerry jeff performs Navajo Rug

I always liked this song.

fanvid of Elephant's Memory performing Mongoose

Almost nobody remembers this song. It's like it disappeared from consciousness. The group went on to back John Lennon.

Kiss performs Calling Dr. Love

Silly band, fun song.

The Tom Robinson Band performs 2-4-6-8 Motorway

Great band and song. Should've been bigger.

Nightmare Playgrounds

when whales thieve

Impressive footage.

creepy Segway

Flea Circuses!

Beautiful contraptions!

my fave video fo the week

Shakin' All Over in Cantonese. Cute girl, gang fights while dancing in time. This is the way it should be.

the cutting edge of sky diving

the toy railroad


strange fruit in the old neighborhood

It's a little over 70 degrees here today at the Manor. There's a fair wind blowing and I am reminded of another one of those rites of Spring from my mis-spent childhood. Sometime around late March or early April, one of more of us kids would get a parachutist toy. I'm not sure what the name of them was, or if they even had an "official" one. It was a plastic figure of a guy in full airborne regalia, about 5" high, attached with strings to a light plastic parachute. Upon seeing it, the rest of us would immediately run out to get one or more, the neighborhood reverberating with our whining and badgering. They couldn't have cost much, because I don't remember any real arguments over obtaining one. (My mother firmly believed that anything costing more than a dollar (or 10 cents for candy) was a complete waste of money and would spoil me - probably the cause of my current profligate ways.)
The instructions were that you'd carefully wrap the parachute around the figure in some sort of weird origami configuration that my fumble fingers could never get quite right. You'd then hurl him into the air as high as you could. The parachute would unfurl and he'd glide back to the ground. That is, if you lived in Kansas. But NoVA is not Kansas, (a fact I get on my knees and thank the heavens for each day). We have trees, houses, lamp posts, telephone wires and all manner of skyward obstacles. By no later than the third throw, your brand new toy would be stuck 30-40 feet up on a tree limb, gutter, or telephone pole. By the end of an afternoon, the entire neighborhood's supply of these poor toys would be hanging about, in a grim display of the futility of trying to have fun above a height of 10'. The place probably looked monstrous to any Billie Holiday fans...
Fortunately for the sake of the view, the trees would shortly fill out, obscuring most of the victims, while heavy winds would cart away the rest, (I don't think it took too long for the string on these things to rot away from exposure to the elements).
At any rate, a quick search online only revealed a few smallish and wussified versions, (and going for $4.95 - no way my mother would spring for that type of extravagence). There's no real point to this story, it's just some old memory rattling around in my head today.
And while we're on the topic of aerial fun, does anyone remember model rockets? I think the main company was called Estes, out of a little dump of a town in Eastern Colorado called Penrose. And although I desperately wanted one, there was no way my folks were going to spring for it, and in retrospect, I must agree with them. There was just no place even remotely safe from lawsuits that you could shoot one off around where we lived. I knew one kid whose father was a teacher up at the Seminary and he did have the room in that wonderful field they own that's now partially taken up by their stadium. He'd invite me up occasionally to watch his missile launches.
There were two things about Estes rockets that were always interesting to me. The first was the safety pamphlet they'd put out warning you to NEVER EVER, NOT IN A MILLION YEARS should you even attempt to think about the possibility of making your own rocket fuel/engines, but should only buy from them. They'd put out these horrific pictures that I now suspect were simply outtakes from the photos taken after Hiroshima, with captions saying stuff like "Little Timmy thought he could make his own fuel cells in his parent's basement -AND THAT'S HOW WE LOST CEDAR RAPIDS". I also seem to remember tales of blown off hands and heads, etc. , there was a certain level of gruesomeness to the hobby literature.
Added to that was the second feature to model rocketry, which I call the Junior Mengele syndrome. Some of the models came with payload areas. There were the usual earnest sales pitches about high altitude experiments for young and growing scientific minds. But the fact of the matter is that you give something like this to a kid, and I guarantee you, the first and only thing going in that paylaod is going to be alive. Who knows how many hamsters died - shoved into a plastic chamber with little or no air, sitting on top of an explosive charge and hurtled a few hundred feet into the air at about 10g's. So much for growing minds. (This leads to the question - do Germans become rocketeers or do rocketeers become Germans*...).
At any rate, just some random thoughts on a Spring afternoon...

*Oh irony of ironies, Wernher von Braun was buried barely a mile from where I saw these model rockets being launched.

new book on U-234

One of the more interesting stories and what-if scenarios to come out of WWII.

Wuss America

The National Halloween Convention on 4/10!

I wish I could make it up there....

Happy Birthday Patty Donahue!

Happy Birthday Eric Idle!

Genius. Essential.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

cassette tape art

Pretty neat!

a nice little slam on DeGaulle and Frano-supremicists

The quote within is probably the coolest thing LBJ ever said.

a little computer OS humor...

Dylan's neighbors don't need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows

the cutting edge of evidence

Tramps Like Us - From Hindus We Were Born To Run

Alert Frank Herbert!

food nazis in Britain

make your own Peeps

Herbert West - Reanimator - the TV series

new Dunwich Horror film

It's amusing that Dean Stockwell is in this one too.

Friday, March 27, 2009

the code-breaker reunion

warbots from WWI & WWII

the death camp orchestra
One of those situations where I wonder if a concert is an appropriate memorial. The situation that they are recreating was the fault/creation of nazis. Are the victims being honored in such a recreation? I can see arguments both ways.

cruel snowman

H. G. Wells takes a lunch break

dogs are like humans

This explains why people always spread newspapers around when I visit...

hamburger helper

Find Gordo!

Mmmmmmm - Toilet Susage!

It's the smoke that adds flavor!

the cutting edge of DNA evidence

Actually, I think this proves that cotton swab makers are psychopathic killers...

the love that dare not speak its name

I'm just surprised this didn't occur in Florida...

Sheep Art - The Cutting Edge of Sheperding

This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Really.

the cutting edge of lobster decorating

Actually, I guess any type of lobster decorating is pretty cutting edge...

the cutting edge of knighthoods

Face it, you haven't had a REAL birthday cake until you get one that a dwarf jumps out of...

Russian chickens prepare for WAR!
Thanks god we're got Col. Sanders to protect us!

The Cthulhu Warning

Kids - don't try this at home!

the cutting edge of recycling

road work

the honest Nigerian

Ron Howard to direct Lovecraft film?

Opie meets Cthulhu - I like it!

new (to me) video of Phil Ochs performing Changes

Too bad it's only a short clip.

The Breakfast Song

Judging by the gargantuan size of these singers, I'd say they haven't quite given up on breakfast yet...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Kite Flying Day!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

cancel my appointments (and buy plenty of suntan lotion)

Russia develops a "flying saucer"?

We'll see....

data rot

A good article on an important topic. As an amateur history buff and fanatic personal archivist, I constantly worry about this. I would think that this would be a poerfect joint project for the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the National Bureau of Standards.

Happy Birthday Diana Ross!

Happy Birthday mr. Spock!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

RIP Lewis Likes, 3/21/21 - 3/20/09

The above name won't mean much to the vast majority of you. And the truth is that I only met Mr. Likes a few times over the course of my life. But he was a gentleman and one of the very last of what I consider to be old timers from the Western Slope of Colorado. He was born and raised in the little town of Fruita in that hard-scrabble dirt farm existence that so many folks there dealt with. He joined the Navy (and was manning a machine gun during the attack on Pearl Harbor). He travelled around the country after the war, but ended up back in Fruita. He was one of those guys who could tell tales of the old days, (and my family's part in them), and it was a pleasure to listen to them. My life has been full of old timers, but not so much anymore. He will be missed.

Al Green covers How Can You Mend A Broken Heart

Wonderful cover. Essential.

Julie Driscoll covers Season Of The Witch


Kenny Rogers & The First Edition perfrom Just Dropped In

Ah, how times have changed....

an early British "death ray"?

I confess to not being familiar with this gent. Anyone?

Dwarf saved by Chihuahua

It's not that great a story, but I loved typing the Title....

I admit nothing....

The ability to see through walls

Needless to say, I believe that these so-called scientists are waaay behind the tech curve here...:

Whadya Mean "On The Edge"? I crossed over years ago, Pal....

Spiderman To The Rescue!

sad anniversary for the Lyon Sisters

Happy Birthday Aretha!

Happy Birthday Elton!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Ruttles - Cheese & Onions

Tee hee! See ya tomorrow...

fanvid for Elvis performing Kentucky Rain

Great version of a great song.

Deep Purple perform Smoke On The Water

Yes kids, once dinosaurs ruled the Earth....

The Stones perform Sympathy For The Devil (from R&R Circus)

Classic. Essential. A lightning bolt into reason.

Berlin's video for No More Words

I always thought this was a cute video and a great song.

Blue Oyster Cult perform Cities On Flame With Rock & Roll

A little classic...

the cutting edge of bad luck...

Bartender, I'll have what he's having...

the cutting edge of lonliness

I believe Bobby Vinton knew of this:

wuss DC vampire

As usual, the pups at the Post are a day late and a dollar short. There's already a very nice vampire novel that takes place in DC, written by my friend Roger. It's called "Before". I helped out with research and proof reading, (and you might just recognize a character or two in it...).

Hmmm, I believe Dulles is #2...

Explosion On The Potomac! (or not....)

Of course, if you want to see explosions by Gtown all you have to do is wait another two months until warm weather truly hits - the manholes can be expected to explode with regularity.

Happy Birthday Nick Lowe!

The Jesus of Cool!

Happy Birthday Houdini!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Monitor swearing on Twitter

We live in strange times...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy National Puppy Day!

Happy Birthday Chaka Khan!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Peter Gabriel performs Red Rain

Another great song and artist. Fragility, violence, fear, despair. See ya tomorrow....

The Stones perfom Gimme Shelter

A supernaturally great song. Beyond good & evil.

Little Richard performs Long Tall Sally

Classic. The Queen of Rock'N'Roll.

Frigid Pink perform Houe of the Rising Sun

Classic early 70's rock.

The Outsiders perform Time Won't Let Me

What a cool song. Whatever happened to those guys?

Bad Company perform Bad Company

Great band and song.

A Mighty Wind

One of my fave movies. A great dead-on satire, but quite charming too, with a love for the subject.

cool pumpkin carvings

McGuinn & The Rock Bottom Remainders perform You Ain't Goin' Nowhere

Great song - see if you can recognize all the authors backing him up...

Happy Liberty Day!

Happy Birthday Captain Kirk!

One of the great hams. Originator and master of the Spasm School of acting. A living icon. A force of nature.

Happy Birthday Werner Klemperer!

Happy Birthday Chico!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Johnny Winters covers Johnny B. Goode

Great version, one of the best.

Nico and Lou perform Femme Fatale


The Pretenders perform Middle Of The Road

Great band and song.

Joe Jackson performs Is She Really going Out With Him

Pure Winter of '79...

some stray thoughts from a nice afternoon

Well, today we finished putting away all the St. Patrick's decorations here at the Manor; moved firewood around to get it in place and seasoned for next Winter, swept out the carport and did all the things one does in late March. Spring has sprung. For all of my adult life, Autumn has been my favorite season. But in childhood it was Spring and early Summer - from about April Fools Day until the 4th of July. The deadening treadmill of school was over, or almost to be; the old neighborhood would be a parade of color from the dogwoods, azaleas and assorted tulips, daffodils and whatnot; and you could hang out late at night, playing Kleeba (a purely local game from which legends are born) and just hanging out. It meant squirt gun and water balloon fights, going to my old friend Roger's family's country shack on the Potomac, South of Quantico, (back when that really was the country); and the start of vacations - often meaning a trip to my beloved Colorado. It was beautiful long sunsets spent with family and friends, fireworks, cookouts, and going out to my dear friends the Logsdons, to pick strawberries and catch box turtles, (back when Annandale was in the country...). Ice cream cones were big, as were Wham-O toys (I loved the Water Wiggle).

I suppose Autumn is still my fave time, (there is too much Autumnal darkness and decay in the back of my mind to give up on it); but I've noticed in the past few years that Springtime is making something of a comeback for me. I want to go pick some strawberries...

just two months until the Virginia Renaissance Faire...

Neat-O Firepit!

Needless to say, I want one of these...

David Frost interviews Geraldine (Flip Wilson) Jones


(Thanks for the link, Doug!)

Happy World Poetry Day!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Now you can see pink elephants too!

robot fish to fight pollution


the cutting edge of job fairs

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

the cutting edge of dog walking muggings

Police: Naked teen with dog assaults Mich. woman
The Associated Press
HART TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Police say a naked 14-year-old boy taking a walk with a large white poodle has assaulted a woman in Michigan.
Sheriff's Lt. Craig Mast says the boy walked away from a behavioral treatment facility Monday. He was strolling unclothed in Hart Township with the dog when he encountered a 53-year-old woman in her yard.
Mast says, "The young naked man approached her with this poodle, and she immediately realized something peculiar."
They spoke briefly. When the woman took out a cell phone to call for help, the boy pushed her and fled with the phone, which he later broke in half.
Deputies found the boy. He's charged in juvenile court with strong-arm robbery and assault.

(Thanks for the article, Pete!)

rare Phil Ochs video of I Ain't Marching Anymore


Wine Festival in Reston!

(Thanks for the link, Sandy!)

Happy Birthday Dick Dyszel/Count Gore!

That Ghost Host with the Most! Creature Feature and Count Gore are DC legends. And I can't recommend his website too much. It's essential.

Happy Birthday Carl Reiner!

I veiw Alan Brady (as well as Fearless Leader from the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show) as a management role model. I've found that many problems can be solved by telling an underling to "Shut up, Mel". I should also point out that he appeared in a wonderful little Lovecraftian comedy bit in Rod Serling's Night Gallery series, called Professor Peabody's Last Lecture.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Monsoon performs Ever So Lonely
Great band and song. Should've been bigger...

Eric Burdon & War perform Spill The Wine

So cool...

WWII photos online

Bruce playing at Pete Seeger's 90th birthday bash

Big Al In Australia...

Brain Software

I believe I'm using Windows 3.1

don't get toad while driving...

I believe the Beatles dealt with this situation earlier:

Breakthrough In Cancer Research?

more electric car news

a nice show...

Well, thanks to Linda's prodding, I finally did something I've been meaning to do for about 15+ years now - go to a concert by that favored daughter of Pikesville, Sonia and Disappear Fear. They were playing at the Barns and it was a great show. I fell in love with their sound and her songwriting early on when I heard a sad little ballad called Box of Tissues and have followed along ever since. The crowd was kind of small, (probably only 50% capacity), but wildly enthusiastic. At any rate, I highly recommend seeing them. There's something about Sonia's slightly raspy voice that I really am entranced by. And although I don't find every song to be a perfect gem, I still consider her one of the best songwriters going, both for her ballads as well as her rockers. I will admit that it is one of the many small ironies in my life that Sonia and her music tend to wear their hearts and optimism on their sleeves, at times quite strongly - not quite my usual style. But Sonia can carry it.

Happy Birthday Patrick McGoohan!

What can I say. One of my faves actors, creator and star of my all-time fave TV series, The Prisoner. Also the star of Secret Agent and Dr. Syn, the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. A giant. Essential.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Britiain's "Secret Army"

A nice tidbit from WWII.


I'm An Addict...

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Attack The Web!

This is so cool - go the site: Fill in the web page you want to visit and what weapon/method you want to use to destroy it. Neat-O!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Whoopie Pie Nation!

If you're ever in Pennsylvania Dutch Country in the Autumn, you've got to try the pumpkin whoopie pies. They're to die for...

(Thanks for the link, Karen!)

Whiskey Keeps You Warm!

(Thanks for the link, Doug!)

Happy Birthday Wilson Pickett!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

just another day around the District...

(Thanks for the link, Linda!)

Happy Birthday Pattie Boyd!

THE Rock'N'Roll Muse...

Happy Birthday Paul Kantner!

Another of my faves. I know that he's always been considered sort of the weak musical link in the Jefferson Airplane, (compared to Marty and Grace); but I've always loved his songs. He helped move sci-fi away from its fascist roots...

Happy Birthday John Sebastian!

One of my faves. A great musician and songwriter - one of the few who can still invoke the innocence of childhood. The only guy who could make the autoharp look cool. Essential.

Happy Evacuation Day!

Another somewhat obscure holiday that I'm single-handedly reviving.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 16, 2009

troubled teens

the rescue

The Last Eunuch

Actually, anyone attempting to travel up Route 236 during Rush hour will find an abundance of eunuchs behind the wheel...

Allergies defeated?

This sounds pretty cool! I myself have been undergoing a rigorous regimen of taking ever-increasing amounts of cabernet, just in case I have an allergy to it someday....

the cutting edge of fried chicken cultdom...

My Kind of Dining Experience...

Happy Bacchanalia!!!

The Festivals traditionally started on this date.

Happy Birthday Jerry Jeff Walker!

American Original & Treasure.

Happy Birthday Leo McKern!

Great actor, and one of the most connected to modern times: Rumpole, The Prisoner, Help, The Omen, The Mouse That Roared, and many more films and series.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Happy Buzzard Day, Hinckley, Ohio!

Happy Anniversary to Forbidden Planet!

Premiered on this date in 1956.

Happy Brutus Day!

A D.C. Favorite!

Happy Anniversary to Plan 9 From Outer Space!

The One. The Only. Premiered on this date in 1959. Essential.

Happy Birthday Sly Stone!

Genius. Essential.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Aretha performs Until You Come Back To Me

Lousy sound - it doesn't matter. A great Stevie Wonder- penned song. Great memories from '71. In 1776 America determined that it want' going to be ruled by any more Queens - until Aretha came along...

Badfinger perform No Matter What

Power Pop Perfection.

fan video of Lothar & The Hand People performing Machines

One of my fave songs from late '68 and early '69. You had to be there...

The Psychedelic Furs perform Pretty In Pink

Wonderful song and band. The Furs should have been much bigger than they were. Those first two albums were awesome. A perfect example of a group that only record store clerks knew about. Really great stuff.

5000 Volts perform I'm On Fire

Another (over the top) guilty pleasure. A disco-fied rip-off of Los Bravos' Black Is Black, (but I like it anyway...).

Vanity Fair performs Hitchin' A Ride
Horrible suits, great song. A hit from '70. There was something about travelling back then in the early 70's, as if Kerouac had finally sunk in. I wanted nothing more than a car and enough gas to get keep going. In some ways, I guess I still do.

The McCoys perform Hang On Sloopy

so cool....

George McCrae performs Rock You Baby

A guilty pleasure. It was early Summer of '74 and the nights were hotter than a pistol. When not hanging out at the disgusting clubs on 14th Street, we'd be at around Foggy Bottom drinking whiskey at Tammany Hall and shooing away barflys....

The Spinners perform Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

One of the great vocal groups. Really amazing.

When True Gamesmen Die

Virginia & Maryland & Porn - Oh My!

the dating scene

pics of a sand storm

Texass in the news

Thanks god! I can finally get rid of those old golf balls and chess pieces!

"Suicide Food" blog

I am immortal...

the cutting edge of all-you-can-eat

the warning sign...

Test That Software!

VERY secret...

peg legged elephant

the flying car to Timbuktu

Happy National Potato Chip Day!

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Birthday Michael Martin Murphey!

I always liked this guy.

Happy Birthday Michael Caine!

Great actor.

Happy Birthday Eisntein!

Friday, March 13, 2009

new type of battery


a little bit on Friday the 13th...

Let the puns begin!

Everyone's favorite planet, Uranus, was discoverd on this date in 1781 by William Herschel.

Happy Anniversary to Vanishing Point!

One of my all-time fave movies. Debuted on this date in 1971. The movie that taught me how to drive...

Kowalsi Lives!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

the cutting edge of bill collection

Happy Birthday James Taylor!

Happy Birthday Liza Minelli!

Before, behind, and in spite of the soap opera life, lies an amazing talent. Her performance in the Sterile Cuckoo is perfection.

Happy Birthday Agent 99!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Kilts In Space!

Love Reigns In The Earliest Computer Program




Fun From Japan!

I think that that alarm clock is the coolest I've ever seen...

(Thanks for the links, Mathew!)

Happy Penny Loaf Day!

Another almost-forgotten holiday that I am single-handedly resurrecting.

Happy JohnnAppleseed Day!

Happy Birthday Douglas Adams!

Genius. Essential.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!! Selling piss to capons....

Scottish capitalism lives! Taking whatever trailings of muddy water are left over after fermentation and distilling, bottle 'em, and sell the crap to rich arabs. Gentlemen, I salute you!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Chuck Berry performs Roll Over Beethoven

Bedrock. Essential.

Abba performs Waterloo

A guilty pleasure....

musical performances by the Tiger Lillies based on the works of Lovecraft

Sort of modern alternative cabaret. Very strange....

Hamster Power!

new home for the Washington Psychotronic Film Society

just another day in DC...

unlisted number...

American business and the nazis

All of this is well known to any serious student, but this article is a nice synopsis. (Actually, old man Ford was quite a nazi, we'll never know his total involvement in German espionage and influence in America in the 30's and 40's)

new Cthulhu statuettes!

Happy Birthday Mark Lindsay!

Happy Birthday John Cale!

Happy Panic Day!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

if maps could fight...

Black Mountain

My friend Tom just introduced me to this groups music. His description of them seems quite accurate - a cross between the Jefferson Airplane and Black Sabbath. Very cool...

Happy Birthday Skipper!

Saturday, March 07, 2009


It's about 70 degrees here at the Manor. Linda is out cleaning up the garden while I try to hide from anything hinting at useful labor. Crocuses are blooming, birds are chirping, and for a brief moment all seems right with the world.

near article on an Elizabethan era cannon

just another day in DC....

paraplegic hockey fight

Life now immitates South Park...

the cutting edge of kitty carriers....

Camouflage Works!

Louisiana is #1!

If only the District were a state...

Seaviews out of beer cans

The Obsession

A Tribute to Forrest Ackerman


New Necronomicon Folklore

Happy Frozen Dead Guy Days!

Nederland is a cute little town that we got to finally visit a couple of years ago.

Happy Birthday King Kong!

Premiered on this date in 1933.

Happy Birthday Willard Scott!

Hometown boy and local legend.

Happy Birthday Peter Wolf!

Friday, March 06, 2009

neat Hungarian poster ads


nanotube radio!

couch potato avoids mashing

Great moments in West Virginia political culture

The Dalek Menace


parrot helps man regain speech

But he has an insatiable desire for crackers...

Happy Birthday Mary Wilson!

Happy Birthday Lou Costello!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

the "neutral" Swiss

Switzerland was always a slavish, if secret, ally of nazi Germany, (just like fellow "neutrals" Spain and Sweden), make no mistake about it. It's rather absurd to think it took over 60 years to "pardon" the only Swiss with guts, and that they need "rehabilitation". Fucking nazis....

nazi sneakers - a little footnote to WWII


Yes if you use two hands you'll gain more accuracy. Duh. BFD. And if you stand closer you'll gain more pins. And if you use a bigger ball. And if, like duck pins, you allow three balls; or throw two balls at once. Just bowl the way it was intended, stupid cheaters....

Get A Life!

I can hardly wait for Klingon Musk! Perhaps Horta Bath Salts. "Warty, yes - but I like it too!"

great moments in science

Youtube Mixing

Pretty clever - very neat.

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

Hmmm, is this proof of the Innsmouth Look?

(Thanks for the link, Infidel 753!)

Crispus Attucks/Boston Massacre Day

Happy Birthday to The Creature From The Black Lagoon!

Premiered on this date in 1954. Fun movie.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Happy Birthday Kazimierz Pulaski!


Happy Birthday Ed "Big Daddy" Roth!

A major influence on my twisted childhood. Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Nosferatu!

One of y faves. Great movie. Premiered on this date in 1922.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Dining Out In The World

A fun little quiz.

(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)

the Billy Joel history lesson

A fun little amateur video.

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

Happy Birthday Jean Harlow!
One of my faves. A tragic figure.

Happy Birthday Scotty!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Young Holt Unltd with Soulful Strut - a fan video

You'd be sitting there in home room at TC, waiting for classes to begin, or be disrupted; listening to the student radio station over the loudspeakers. And then the morning's announcements would always take place, preceded by this song. One always ignored the announcements - no one gave a rat's ass about the pep rally or the Key Club car wash, but the song stuck with you. Very cool.
The old school is gone, knocked down to make way for supposedly bigger and better things. (It is amusing that at the time of its demolition, the work crews were suddenly removed for several weeks due to hazmat concerns. Me and ten thousand other kids go there for years and it's okay, but a couple dozen illegals and hardhats are asked to go in and it's "Whoa! Bring out the Andromeda Strain Suits!". Life was always cheap at TC...
At any rate, although I can't lay any personal claim to coolness in high school, collectively, we were THE coolest. And Soulful Strut was as good and expressive a theme song expressing that as you could ask for.

The Buckinghams perform Susan

I think the Buckinghams are an under-rated band. Should've been bigger...

The Toys perform A Lover's Concerto

I always loved this tune. Great girl group sound.

Funkadelic performs I Got A Thing

Near-sensory overload. So many different sounds and images mixing in sometimes brash and sometimes subtle ways.

great moments in scientific research

bullet proof gel

The Take Off...

Passive Aggressive Notes...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

MY Kind Of School Board Meeting!!!

If only...

Zombie Drive-In!

the jet kayak

Sounds like a Darwin Award nominee to me...

a very clean cocktail

Happy Birthday Rory Gallagher!

Happy Birthday Lou Reed!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

The Supremes perform Someday We'll Be Together

Bittersweet song. The snow has started here. See ya tomorrow...

OWWWW! The Coolest Bird - EVER!

a new Firesign Wiki!

The Calm Before The Storm...

It's been a very nice weekend here at the Manor. Both today and yesterday we've maintained a roaring fire* in the fireplace and sat in front of it reading, catching up with paperwork, etc. As predicted, the mild weather that we've experienced off and on for the past couple of weeks was just a cruel ruse by the gods and is supposed to end as our weathermen breathlessly predict a snowstorm that will blot out all life on earth. It is to hit tonight - we'll see. As you probably know, I hold our so-called meteorologists just above that of the diviners who read the entrails of goats, and somewhat lower than a good tarot card reader.
But if it snows, we are ready and well stocked, with enough food, whiskey, books and films to keep us well occupied until the Spring thaw.
Speaking of warm climates, I've a favor to ask folks. There's a job opening for caretakers of a tropical island that my friends Nick and Alexandra are applying for. Apparently, one must compete for what is described as the best job on earth, through a video contest. Their entry is found here: . I'd encourage you to go out, view the video and rate/vote for it. It'll be a wonderful opportunity for them, and it will build up huge Karmic points for you, dear reader, (Which you desperately need -Remember, I know most of you and what you're guilty of...). I am hoping that they win and invite me there, where I can finally answer that age-old question of whether or not one can really install laser beams on sharks and rule the world.

*For those of you who've never been to the Manor in Winter, our fires are Legend. You know that point in a blast furnace where the orange, black and white blend into a hellish inferno? Well, that's just a starting point for me. My fires heat up the whole home - next door. You can forge mithril in my fires. US Steel would kill to get their furnaces as hot as I do. The mere mention of my name can cause members of the Krupp family to lapse into nervous hysteria. Lucifer, (a frequent guest...), sweats at my house. You can get a full body tan just walking by - on the street. One doesn't feed the fire in the traditional manner, you just can't get close enough to place anything inside the fireplace. You have to stand back 20 feet and try to toss logs into it. Accuracy is unimportant however, as anything getting within ten feet instantly combusts due to the intense heat.
The last fire usually occurs in mid March, and by early July the brickwork has cooled enough to allow cleaning. It's always fun to field questions from the chimney sweeps regarding the liquid pool of goo that used to be the grate and the flue...

Chuck Berry on The Tonight Show

Plushie Overlord

I believe many 1950's monster movies start this way...

Zombie Bowling!


Halloween - A Nigerian View


Happy Birthday Roger Daltrey!

Happy Birthday David Niven!

One of the greats...

Happy Birthday Bill Gaines!

Essential. Genius.

Anniversary of The Haunting

One of my fave horror movies. It premiered this month in 1963, (the exact date is a little difficult to discern).

Happy St. David's Day!