Thursday, September 30, 2010

Solar Sail News

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The Marilyn Munster Mystery!

Fun stuff!

Sheb Wooley performs The Purple People Eater

Classic monster tune.

Heart performs Magic Man

Love this song.  Reminds me of the Fall of '76.

fanvid for the theme to One Step Beyond

This was a wonderful show, a big and obvious influence on Serling and the Twilight Zone.

The continuing wussification of America

Yes, we're now to run screaming from the room if it contains a fucking paper clip.  We are the biggest bunch of weenies, ever.  I've written before, that 35 years ago The Boy In The Bubble was considered a tragedy.  Now, it's an aspiration. 

The worst commercials of 2010

Headline of the day

Interesting that this mornoic asshole is considered appropriate material for the Army. Yea, I really want to see him with a fucking gun or driving a tank.  Be all that you can be!

Two Handjobs for under $5!!.html

I never wanted an iPad - until now....

This would make driving around NoVa soooo much easier!  I'm hoping for the app to include a drop-down menu for selecting ordinance.  High explosives should work most of the time, but I'd like the comfort of knowing I can also choose armor piercing or napalm as options.  See you on the Beltway!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

nice source for jackolantern patterns

The Goldilocks Planet

Interesting.  Better brush up on my Klingon....

Rainin' like a mutha here at the Manor

Blackened skies, flooding, tornado warnings, traffic gridlock.  Good morning, Thursday....

Condoms and Intercourse

I was just there a week ago!  (Didn't see any acorns, though.)

NeverEndingWonder Halloween Radio!!!!

Three different online radio stations devoted to the BEST in Halloween music.  Highly recommended.  I just love these stations, always a great mix of tunes, both obscure and classic.

Happy National Hot Mulled Cider Day!


Happy Eve Of The Black Month!

Woo Hoo!  I know of no better way to celebrate than with this cover of Monster Mash by the Bonzos.

Happy Birthday Marc Bolan!

Happy Birthday Marilyn McCoo!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Garden Gnome Threat

The cutting edge of zombie exploitation movies

You won't be leaving cookies out this Christmas....

Bill & Ted III

The Ultimate Martial Art

Let's go to the video, shall we:

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Bo Diddley performs Bo Meets The Monster

A wonderful Halloween Classic.

fanvid for Jumpin' Gene Simmons performing Haunted House

Peter Green & Santana peforming Black Magic Woman

Country Joe & The Fish peform Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine

Wonderful song about a sinister lady...

nice listing of pumpkin patches in the DC region

Living Root Bridges


Space Beer

Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D Minor on glass harmonica

Neat-o!  There's a gent in Old Town who used to perform on the glass harmonica all the time on Saturday nights, down by the Torpedo Factory (hell, this might be him for all I know).

Gothtober Is Coming!
For every day in October, this site presents a new short film with a Halloween-y theme.  Fun stuff!  check 'em out, beginning on the 1st.

Photoshop Nightmare?

I prefer to believe that they're now using dismembered models for advertising.

Peace In Our Time (???)

I frankly find this article difficult to believe.  Germany is STILL paying war reparations?!?!?  From something at least three governments back?

Listing of weird phobias

I wonder if you can have a fear of people who possess phobias?

The Pirate Insult Generator

X-Ray photos

Pretty neat.

Happy birthday to The Prisoner!

My all-time fave TV show.  Absolutely Brilliant and Essential.

Happy Birthday Jerry Lee Lewis!

Yes, he's an asshole.  But also a force of  nature.

Happy Birthday Tommy Boyce!

Happy Birthday Jasper Maskelyne, The War Magician

There have been serious doubts cast upon his claims.  It seems almost romantically fitting for a stage magician that he should be surrounded in clouds of doubt.  I'm not in a position to judge, either way, (although the very respected WWII historian Jim Dunnigan is, and credits Maskelyne's claims). The fact remains that it's a great story.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

fanvid for Donovan performing Season Of The Witch

fanvid for The Doors performing Verdilac

fanvid for Roky Erickson performing I Think Of Demons

Zappa performs Camarillo Brillo

Fun stuff!

Like Father, Like Son...

I will never wear a necktie again...


David Bowie performs stand-up comedy

He's pretty good!

(Thanks for the link, Karl!)

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

Room Service

new book on MI6

Hopefully, this will be the beginning of a variety of books and articles from a variety of points of view.


I guess I should never expect even a rudiment of intelligence or education from nazis - neo or otherwise.  But I continue to be amazed at how ignorant so many of them are about what they profess to believe in.  Forget about Judaism for a minute, the fact of the matter is that to nazism, the Slavs were viewed as little better.  The ultimate plan was for them to form a race of slaves devoted to the hardest and most dangerous labor, treated little better than cattle.  The idea that there are Poles worshipping this ideology strikes me as little more than a mental pathology.

An easy mistake to make...

After all, one often leads to the other....

I believe there's a Pink Floyd song in all of this

Full Moon Beer

Cute marketing idea. 

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

Actually, with the esception of Chic,  I'd put all of 'em in.

New Phil Ochs documentary

BBC America's October/Halloween schedule

Looks a little weak to me...

Happy Birthday Janeane Garofalo

Happy Drink Beer Day!


Happy Crack Nut Day!

An obscure holiday in Surrey that I am resurrecting. Nuts are eaten in churches to celebrate. (Woo Hoo!)

Monday, September 27, 2010

fanvid for Elvira's Theme

Screamin' Jay Hawkins performs I Put A Spell On You

Redbone performs The Witch Queen Of New Orleans

Seatrain performs 13 Questions

Neat song about a touch with the occult.

Google's "Blacklist"

Interesting, although I don't share the writer's view that this is somehow a matter of information being "filtered or suppressed".  The fact tha you have to actually hit the Enter Key to get this deeply guarded information is no more than a sign of how lazy computer geeks have gotten, (and Google Instant isn't even that old!).  Poor baby!  It's also interesting that after accusing Google of this, the writer then says that it's a good thing they're not "evil"!
The solution, of course, is that on anything that interests you, it is important to spend some time and study it from a variety of sources and points of view.  Google is not the only search engine, and (gasp!) the Internet is not the only source of information.  Fast, ultra-convenient, but not alone.  It's not a matter of the owner's of Google being bad or not.  They undoubtedly have a point of view, (like everyone else), and it's just lazy to enslave yourself to it, (and then piss and moan about how limited your world view has suddenly gotten). 

(Thanks for the link, Elina!)

The Dust Storm

Incredible film.  You feel your gut tightening up just watching it come at the camera.

hitler paintings?

I have a sneaky feeling that hitler paintings are going to become like pieces of the true cross - you could fill a gallery with all of the so-called "Authentic" paintings out there.  Still, I've always admired those folks who come up with ideas of how to gleefully detach the wealthy from their money.

RIP Mahinder Singh Pujji

Fascinating.  Am not familiar with this particular gentleman, I was unaware of Indian pilots during the war.  I wonder if they fought as a separate unit, or integrated into the RAF.

nice attack on Lindbergh

The stuff in the article is well known, at least to anyone who has studied the history of America at that time.  I think the important thing to remember is how appealing nazism and fascism were to a whole bunch of folks, not just those in the Axis.  And while it is personally appalling/funny to see a whole generation of Germans deny the fact that they were, for the most part, enthusiastic nazis, we must rmember that that type of denial was/is prevalent in virtually all nations.  Here, it wasn't just Loathesome Lindy; Henry Ford Sr. was a virulent nazi, he and hitler were warm correspondents and there's some evidence he helped nazi spies.  The infamous radio demagogue, father coughlin, was also pro nazi.  And many Americans were more than willing to at least make a profit off of them, regardless of the consequences, just look up how IBM got started with punch cards, if you want to be appalled, (Google something like "IBM, Holocaust").  The last president's grandfather was another example.  Europe was no better, and a small but vibrant fascist "underground" has existed there up to this day, in virtually every country.  Lindy is just the tip of a very large and dark iceberg.

10,000 bottles of beer on the wall, 10,000 bottles of beer. You take one down and pass it around....

UN finds new way to waste money

Robot Hood

The cutting edge...

The rare were-guppy

Incredible new airline technology!

Amazing, now I'll actually be able to SEE the tarmac, as my flight sits idling on it for six or seven hours!  What fun!    In addition, I can see the baggage handlers rifling through my belongings for any pawnable items, while switching my suit case to the wrong flight!  Perhaps they could feed in views of the TSA thugs oggling our naked bodies through they're "security x-ray" and plotting new ways to insult and abuse us.  What a breakthrough!

our long national nightmare is over

Da Vinci's Ornithopter takes flight!

the cutest little Cthulhu pic of the day!

Happy Birthday Sam Adams

Absolutely essential to the creation and success of the Revolution.

Happy Birthday Zacherley!

Happy Birthday Thomas Nast

Probably the great political cartoonist, ever.

Happy Birthday Mr. Loaf!

Happy Birthday Randy Bachman!

Happy Ancestor Appreciation Day!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

fanvid for The Eagles perfroming Witchy Woman

more on "Worm warfare"

The target isn't exactly a big surprise.  I still wonder if the reaction will be to pull super-secret stuff offline...

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

An alien's view of our solar system (from NASA)


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Cats & Croissants

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Devil's Blackberry Day!

Another old holiday that I am single-handedly maintaining. 'Twas on this day that the Devil pricked himself on some blackberries and cursed them. In Scotland it is considered unwise and unhealthy to pick them from this date until Spring...

Happy Birthday Abbey Road!

Released on this date in '69.

Happy Birthday Bryan Ferry!

Happy Birthday Gilligan's Island!

Oh, I know, you think this is dreck. But there's some real humor AND subtlety to it, (really!). And it's incredibly influential and a part of the National DNA. Remember - NOBODY knows the words to the Star Spangled Banner, but EVERYBODY knows the words to the Gilligan's Island theme....

Saturday, September 25, 2010

fanvid for King Crimson performing 21st Century Man

A classic....

Richard Hell & The Voidoids perform Blank Generation (partial)

There's a perfect smack-head nihilism to this '77 anthem that was totally appropriate to that time. 

Patti Smith peforms Dancing Barefoot

Great song by one of my fave performers.  Patti's one of those writers whose songs can have multiple layers, both personal and universal. 

fanvid for The Damnation of Adam Blessing performing Take Me To The River

A classic example of upper midwest hard rock, circa 1970.  Almost forgotten now, Damnation was a great band. 

Fanvid for Paul roland performing Nosferatu

Fun stuff!

the promo for Wizards

Yes, yes; it's cheap, it's dated, and it's still one of my favorite films.  Avatar Lives!

A new reissue of Elric!

Chad Vader meets George Lucas!


We just got back from an overnight trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for out annual little Fall shopping spree.  The farmers' markets were awesome!  Also got to a few nice craft shops around the town of good ol' Intercourse,  The area seems to be getting built up more and more, I really wonder how long the Amish will be able to hang on, given the development and high prices for property, etc.

Happy Birthday Rocky Horror!

Premiered on this date in '75. It's Astounding....

Happy National One Hit Wonder Day!

Friday, September 24, 2010

A new Kinks Tribute Album is on the way

Hey Jude!

Hit #1 on this date in 1968.

Happy Birthday Gerry Marsden!

Happy Birthday Jim Henson!

Genius. Essential.

Happy; National' Punctuation/ Day:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The B-52's video for The Deadbeat Club
Wonderful song, probably my fave by them.  It came out much later, but this would've been a perfect soundtrack during the late 70's recession, (as opposed to the early 70's recession, the mid 70's recession, the early 80's recession, the late 80's recession, the early 90's recession, the 2000 recession, and the current one.....). 

The Reivers' video for In Your Eyes

One of the greatest bands you've never heard of.  I can't say enough good things about this group.  Brilliant.

fanvid for The Beatles performing And Your Bird Can Sing

It's rarely in anyone's list, but this is one of my fave songs by the Fabs. 

The James Gang performs Walk Away

Fun stuff!

Bad Company performs Bad Company


38 Special performs Hold On Loosely

Love this tune...

Alien Cakes

These are sooo cool!  There's real artistry and hard work in these things, regardless of the subject matter.

Neat listing of Jack-O-Lantern sites

Halloween at Sleepy Hollow

The Ultimate Computer Attack?

Fascinating!  Although this program is apparently used as sabotage, rather than spying, it brings up something I've been thinking about lately.  We might devolve when it comes to important information and/or functionality.  That the most important functions and secrets of a government, company or individual NOT be kept on or operated by/through a computer.  I wonder if it will come to that, or already has.  I keep seeing stories about DOD worrying about cyber-security, etc.  That's a problem that didn't exist 40 years ago.  In the Olden Days,  someone would have to somehow gain access to locked and guarded buildings, break into locked offices and then crack safes to get at the most sensitive information.  Now, you need some pimply faced teenager with a bad case of asperger's syndrome to do the same.  If I had some bit of super-secret information like the chemical formulae for some sort of metal used in missile technology, or the real name of a spy in the Chinese politburoro, I'd make sure that that document had ONLY been prepared on an old manual typewriter and then locked away in a safe at CIA HQ, (or wherever).  Only a high-placed traitor could then get at it.  Period.  All the hacking in the world would have no effect.  To continue on this little whimsy, a factory of 1970 also couldn't be taken out.  All the hacking in the world would be so much spitting into the wind to a GM plant in 1968. 

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Happy Birthday John Lomax!

The Ig Nobel Awards



Tee Hee!


The last reunions of WWII

What's been gratifying is that over the last few years, some real efforts have been made to get oral (or written) histories from many of these people about their experiences. Some of the military history magazines devote a part of each issue to these personal stories and add to our understanding of those times and their experiences in them.

Google loses a city

There's a great film idea in this story...

The Star Trek Pizza Cutter

Live Long, and Hold the Anchovies...

Happy Birthday Bruce!!!

Happy Birthday Ray Charles!

Genius. Absolutely Essential. An American Treasure.

Happy Birthday Santo!

Happy Birthday Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid!

Great movie. Premiered on this date in 1969.

Happy Harvest Moon Day!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Elliott Murphy performs Diamonds By The Yard

Great singer songwriter. Another one who is virtually unknown.

George performing What Is Life

I have very fond memories of seeing this performed during the '73 tour, twas the high point of the show at the old Cap Centre.

fanvid for Elephant's Memory performing Mongoose

The number of people remembering this song you can count on one hand.

Grand Funk performs I'm Your Captain

Ah, such a cool song. So early 70's....

Eddie Floyd pefroms Knock On Wood

Classic R&B.

Jeff Beck performs Drown In My Own Tears

One of the greats.

fanvid for The Soft Boys performing I Wanna Destroy You

Great song by Robyn and the Boys, almost totally ignored by the public, of course...

Headline of the day


European map of stereotypes

Look for The Union Label

The cutting edge of beating batter....

Monkee Business performs Daydream Believer

My friend Brian is in this band. A great rendition of my favorite Monkees tune.

The Beer Chart

Fun stuff! Try 'em all!

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

a fascinating character from WWII

Just found out about this guy - amazing!

Two sailors connecting across a war and many decades

Interesting little story.

Terry Pratchett's meteorite sword


The cutting edge of one-stop shopping

Works for me.

Britain collapses

A "lifeform" on Twitter

I am not a cupcake - I am a human being!

Complex, yes - but who eats whom?

Bud is finally priced correctly

pissy little near-beer...

Elvira Movie Macabre broadcasting this weekend!

Happy Birthday Joan Jett!

One of the great rock'n'rollers.

Happy Birthday to The Music Scene!

A great music show, now almost forgotten. Premiered on this date in '69.

Happy Birthday John Houseman!

Happy National Ice Cream Cone Day!


Happy Equinox!

Ah, my favorite season of the year! It's already cooled down considerably from the blazing days we had here in August. Am not sure how much in the way of Fall colors we'll get this year. It was awful dry towards the end of Summer, and the few leaves already falling are, for the most part, just a dry brown. We'll see.
It's also the time of year when the media can be counted on to publish at least one or two stories about local legends, ghost hunting, parapsychology and the occult. I love reading and collecting such information, particularly if it pertains to this region, (DC, VA, MD, WV, DE and Southern PA). If you come across anything, dear reader, I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know. And if you're interested in the same, I'd direct you to my other blog, Magick Theatre, where I deal in such topics.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

a documentary about Joy Division is now online!

nice article on the Bride Of Frankenstein

All channels open, Uhura?

The tree on FaceBook

Korean Horror - Chawz

We're gonna need a bigger grill.....

The return of Ian as Gandalf

What would Ringworld look like?

nice article on a showing of the newly restored Metropolis

I really want to get a copy of this.

Joy Division Divorce Attorneys

Polymer Porn

Hubba Hubba!

just another purchase at wal mart...

A triple decker record

The Bit-52's


Linda is throwing away all of my Tab....

the foam home

Phil Ochs performs There But For Fortune and The War Is Over

One of my faves. (This link takes a long time to download...)

Yes, Virginia...

The most famous letter to the editor, ever. Published on this date in 1897.

Of course, there is a competitor....

Happy Devil's Nutting Day!

Another obscure holiday that I am ressurecting...

Only 40 Days Until Halloween!

Happy Birthday Bill Murray!

Happy Birthday Chuck Jones!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday H.G. Wells!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Alien Sex Fiend performs I Walk the Line

Don't we all. See you tomorrow....

The Brighter Side of Darkness performs Love Jones

Kinda silly, but I've always liked this tune. Very much a product of early 70's soul.

The Dells perform Oh, What A Night

Great, great song and group.

J.J. Cale performs After Midnight

Fun stuff!

The Undisputed Truth perform Smiling Faces

Great song, silly wigs.

Dophins play with bubble rings


(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

The Archives of DC Punk Rock

Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Baltimore Beer Week is coming!

Chew On This...

Alert the Enterprise! Send it to the Neutral Zone!

The Pumpkin Canoe!


Winners fo the Great American Beer Festival

The cutting edge of ninja attacks

The Lawrence Welk school of attack....

The Tornado Song

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Jay Ward!

An American Original. Genius.

Happy Birthday Firefly!

One of my fave TV shows. Great stuff! Premiered on this date in 2002.

Happy Birthday Carolyne Mas!

One of my all-time fave rockers.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Fields Of The Nephilim's video for Psychonaut

Pleasant Dreams....

Blondie performs Pet Cemetery

Guerrilla Marching Band

Fun stuff!

Final exams can be brutal

The Homer Simpson Gene

Actually, this is pretty fascinating stuff...

An ant death spiral

They're just like us!

Smoke On The Water - East Asian Style...

I love it!

(Thanks for the link, Doug!)

Count Gore is now i-compatible!

As we enter Fall and the Halloween season, you can now enjoy that Ghost Host With The Most on your iphone, ipad, etc. Go Gore!!!


Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!!!

Happy Birthday to Jonathan Richman's "Roadrunner"

Jonathan Richman released his masterpiece on this date in '75. A perfect song to listen to while tearing down the road at midnight....

Happy Birthday Bill Medley!

One of the great voices in pop.

Happy Birthday Cass Elliot!

Favorite daughter of Crestwood Drive, Alexandria.

Happy Birthday Brook Benton!

Happy Birthday Brian Epstein!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

news on the search for earth-like planets

One bad apple

Again and again, I am reminded of back in the late 1980's and into the '90's of all of the oh-so-hipper than thou tech gurus braying on about how above us oldsters they were and how we didn't understand the "new" economics and how the old thinking was dead, etc. etc. ad infinitum. And every news story nowadays just displays 'em acting the same way old brick and mortar business moguls did decades ago....

Google Instant meets Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire"


Meet Eater - Help A Plant

I wonder if there's some "Little Shop Of Horrors" plotline that could run with this...


Happy Birthday P.F. Sloan!

Happy Birthday Eddie "Rocheseter" Anderson!


Happy Brithday June Foray!

One of the great voices in animation.

Happy Birthday to The Haunting!

Premiered on this date in '63. Great horror movie.

Happy National Cheeseburger Day!


Happy Brithday Alien Nation

The premise sounds corny, but I always loved this show. Premiered on this date in '89.

Happy Birthday WKRP!

Premiered on this date in '78. Based on a wonderful free-form radio format that was already dead by the airing time....

Happy national Play-Doh Day!

Friday, September 17, 2010


Around here, Interpol is known as a rather expensive joke, (except during and after WWII, when it supported the nazis....)

The Cutting Edge of Self Defense

Minnesota police are the biggest wuss/bullies

First they arrest you for dressing up like a zombie, and now this. Sheesh!
I guess it beats working....

Polish Porky Pummels Pentagon

The Marriage Proposal

Awww, pretty cute!

The Return of Ugly Stickers!

These were very big amongst grade school kids around '65. I think I owned most of 'em...

Tank Driving!

Fun stuff! (I wonder how much extra I'd have to slip 'em to uncork the cannon...)

Kids shouldn't interfere with Daddy's work

Get A Life? Trekkie cremation urns...

Pillow Tie

Crows' tool use

I'm always fascinated by studies like this.

A Man With Balls - And The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name...

a great collection of gargoyle pictures

Love these!

The longest hearse procession

Happy Birthday Elvira!

Happy Birthday Fee Waybill!

Happy Coronation Day - Norton I!

Today, Emperor Norton self-coronated himself. Long live the Emperor!

Happy Birthday Baron von Steuben!

A patriot. One of my faves.

Happy Constitution Day!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Mighty Wind Is Blowing

My all-time favorite mockumentary. Perfect.

fanvid for Donovan performing Wear Your Love Like Heaven

Ah, British flower power. My fave song by Mr. Leitch.

The Sisters Of Mercy video for Temple Of Love

Great mid-period goth.

fanvid for Chubby Checker performing The Twist

I know, Chubby was a somewhat limited vocalist with pretty limited material; but this is still a classic.

Ann Peebles performs I'm Going To Tear Your Playhouse Down

Poor sound, but a wonderful singer. A minor soul classic.

fanvid for Todd Rundgren peforming We Gotta Get You A Woman

One of my fave by Todd. Great sound and lyrics. Love the end....

The Best Record Stores in the U.S.


(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

A great movie idea

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

I remember a little bit about this story when it occured. What strikes me now, given the detail here, is how suspicious, sinister and sketchy everyone and everything in it is. I mean, what a great cast and mystery plot! This was custom made for the likes of Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and Rondo Hatton!


Amazing photos of atomic blasts

Trekkies VS Zombies!!!

This has just GOT to be made into a movie! No question.

Quantum Chess

I will live forever

Happy Anniversary to Talking Heads '77

Released, (when else) on this date in '77. Great album.

Happy Birthday to the Bob Newhart Show!

One of the last great sitcoms, in my opinion. Premiered on this date in '72.

Happy Birthday to A Fistful Of Dollars!

one of my fave Westerns. Premiered on this date in 1964.

Happy National Guacamole Day!


Happy Birthday to UFO

One of my fave TV shows. Fun stuff! Premiered on this date in 1970.

Happy Birthday to The Outer Limits!

Premiered on this date in 1963. Great show.

Happy Birthday Laruen Bacall!

One of my faves.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Beatles perform Nowhere Man

At times, I think Don McLean put it best:
"A long long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile"....

But decades have passed, and now the smile is wistful, rather than knowing. See ya tomorrow....

Cthulhu - for Old Spice

I love it!!!!

Cherry Garcia just lost out as the most hip ice cream

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Headline of the day


Fascinating. You can murder someone, and the punishment is to do what I do for pleasure, (and at about half the number of books). Sheesh! Suddenly my lifestyle has become an object of criminal punishment!

"As a result of being found guilty of burglary, the court now pronounces sentence: You will be forced to watch old movies every night while sipping chardonnay."

"The court hereby finds you guilty of rape and will sentence you to one weekend of shopping in the used book and record stores of Charlottesville - and may god have mercy on your soul...."

New Math


Briefing book on Operation SeaLion

A fascinating footnote to the War. And one of the great what-if scenarios.

the cutting edge of Good Humor banditry

Just what we need....

More dickheads....

Superman Saves The Day!

It is an absolutely beautiful Fall day here at the Manor...


Happy Birthday Green Acres!

Premiered on this date in 1965. One of the most surreal shows ever on American TV.

Happy Birthday Fay Wray!

Happy Birthday John Reynolds - TORGO!

Happy Felt Hat Day!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fanvid for The Velvet Underground performing Heroin

One of my fave songs. Pure East Coast decadence and ennui; and one of the most influential tunes in rock. Great loss amidst gain.
See ya tomorrow...

The Brothers Johnson perform Strawberry Letter 23

A classic of soft funk from the mid 70's.

Brownsville Station performs Smokin' In The Boy's Room

Dumb but fun. Cub Koda was the leader of the Station, and an authentic scholar on rock'n'roll.

AC/DC's video for Highway To Hell

So cool. Probably my fave song by the boys.

Bette Midler performs In These Shoes

Kirsty MacColl wrote it, but I think it was absolutely made for Bette.

Billy Bragg performs Levi Stubb's Tears

Wonderful tune by a great artist.

A holiday I missed posting about....

Animal Lover

Electronic Skin


Wuss America, Chapter 178

I would have been permanently expelled by third grade. I do not believe there is a single aspect of my life between the ages of 4 and 17 that is now tolerated, lawful, ignored, unsupervised, unregulated, or allowed.

Dog Poo Street Lamp

The cutting edge of legal channels...

Rare Beatles photos!

Very cool!

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

W.C Fields Has Escaped!

I assume he'll attack children and dogs...

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Skin Privilege

The METRO Song!

Too true. And the people who block the escalator should be immediately shot...

I prefer my Jesus with a little cream cheese

Alert Frodo!

It's A Small World, After All....

My next internal decorating project...

Happy Birthday Fred "Sonic" Smith!

Happy Birthday Clayton Moore!

THE Lone Ranger.

Happy Pig's Face Day!

Happy Birthday Walter Koenig!

Happy Eat A Hoagie Day!


Happy Holy Nut Day!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Zombie Yoga

Jack Scott performs The Way I Walk

Classic. American Bedrock.

5000 Volts performs I'm On Fire

An unbelievably guilty pleasure from the Fall of '75. A shameless rip-off of Los Bravos' Black Is Black....

fanvid for Ray Manzarek performing Solar Boat

I know, you've never heard of this song, and when you hear it you probably won't think much of it. But I always thought it was cool. A nice blend of alcoholic debauchery and esoteric mysticism that permeated the mid 70's. Well okay, maybe just for me...

A-Ha's video for Take On Me

Very cute video and a great pop song, (and a nice nod to the film Altered States...). This is one of those films that is perfect early 80's MTV.

Meat Loves To Dance

Cute - and delicious!

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Roadside Haiku

Sort of a variation/extension of the old Burma Shave signs...

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

ncie article on the neo-folkies of the late 80's and early 90's

I'd also mention the Washington Squares and the fact that Michelle Shocked is wonderful!

Scrambled Eggs

"Yesterday" was released on this date in '65.

Happy Birthday to The Muppet Show!

Premiered on this date in 1976. Wonderful.

Happy Birthday Grace Of My Heart!

One of my fave movies. Premiered on this date in 1996.

Happy National Peanut Day!


Sunday, September 12, 2010

A new site devoted to Harpo! (By his son)

Can a hurricane be hump-backed?

(I hope they pronounce it Eye-Gore...)

How many shuttlecock jokes can you come up with?

the sappy hobbies of brutal leaders

I might add that Disney reciprocated hitler's affection...

Sauerkraut - WMD

more fascism from obi

Interesting how the budget allows for this nonsense. I'd love to see the DOD's accounting sheets with itemized expesnses for coverups, stonewalling, and book burning. Change! Yes We Can!


Kenneth Wofford

and Allen Dale June

the cutting edge of armed robbery

Robots that are programmed to deceive...

Needless to say, I'm taking my red pill now...

a neat collection of globes

nice collection of WWII propaganda posters

Army rations - a comparison

Well, the French get their venison pate. But the Americans are the only ones to include toilet paper...

My next secret lair

All it needs are sharks with lasers....

interesting article and videos about Sleep

Great moments in plumbing

World's biggest Naan bread

Yum! I love naan...

1942's radio of the future

Tesla Guitar


Happy Grandparents Day!

Happy Birthday to The Monkees!

Their show premiered on this date in '66. Fun stuff!

Happy Birthday Gerry Beckley!

Happy Birthday H.L. Mencken!

Deeply flawed, but still one of my favorite writers

Happy Defenders' Day!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fuji Minx's video for The Music Made Me Do It

Another repeat, but I love this video, (and another thanks to my old penpal, Infidel753 for cluing me in to this wonderful performer!)

The Go! Team performs Keys To The City

I know I've posted this before, but it's a great song....

999 performs Homicide

A great combination of 2nd generation punk and power pop. Danceable nihilism...

Big Star performs September Gurls

Another power pop god, (Alex Chilton). You can't have September without the Gurls....

Tommy Keene performs Places That Are Gone

A power pop god and DC legend, (I remember seeing him in the great late and lamented band, The Razz...). Great song.

The Bee Gees perform How Can You Mend A Broken Heart

If memory serves me correctly, I am reminded of late August of '71. Oh, and a broken heart...

Bad company performing Good Lovin' Gone Bad

Classic mid-70's hard rock.

Rare Fritz Leiber works to be published!

new biography of Lovecraft

I think that it's fair to say that this will be the definitive biography for at least a generation.

toilet paper roll art

Pretty neat!

The Snakebot

Absolutely amazing. And a perfect start to a horror movie....

Black Velvet Cthulhu/Necronomicon

Klingon Opera

a new movie out about Nilsson!

About time!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Back from the Battlefield

Linda and I spend a day down around Yorktown. I'd wanted to go to the battlefield, a place I'd not visited in well over 40 years. It was a picture-perfect day to do so, I'm happy to say. We were nearly alone the entire time, too. I think my favorite part was walking around the field where the surrender ceremony took place. I've read about the event a dozen times or more, and it excited the inner history-geek in me to be trodding the same ground as Washington, Lafayette and Hamilton did on what was one of the most important days in the history of this country.
The town of Yorktown, (which I'd not been in since '75), was also nice - nicer than I remember it. It's a beautifully quaint village of both newer and older buildings. A nice place to spend an afternoon strolling, which is what we did. and this morning, before heading back home, we stopped in at the Pottery Factory, because I believe there's a law stating that anyone visiting the Williamsburg area is required to shop there.
We avoided Williamsburg proper this time, didn't want to spend too much time, (or cash), and I find the crowds pretty tedious.
It was a good trip.

Patriot Day....

A very sad and angering anniversary...

Only 50 Days Until Halloween!

this boy...

Ringo replaced Pete Best on this date in 1962.

Happy Brithday Herbert Lom!

One of the great character actors. Absolutely brilliant and essential in the Pink panther series. Genius.

Happy birthday to The Carol Burnett Show!

Premiered on this date in 1967. Perhaps the best comedy/variety show, ever.

Happy Birthday Danger Man!

One of my fave TV shows, starring Patrick McGoohan. Brilliant! (You'd probably remember it by it's American name, "Secret Agent". The Johnny Rivers song was my personal theme song in grade school, because "odds are you won't live to see tomorrow..."

Friday, September 10, 2010

Happy Anniversary Mike the Headless Chicken!

It was on this date that Mike was beheaded, beginning a stellar career and becoming Fruita Colorado's leading citizen.

Happy Birthday Raymond Scott!

An American treasure. Absolute Genius. Essential.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Tractor Beam Invented!

I'm holding out for photon torpedoes!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The The performs Uncertain Smile

Beautiful song.

The People's Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame

Pretty neat.

(Thanks for the link, Jeff!)

The Jeep

Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Happy Birthday to Imagine!

Released on this date in 1971. One of my fave albums.

Happy Birthday George of the Jungle!

Premiered on this date in 1967. From the great Jay Ward.

Happy Birthday to the Amazing Jonathan!

Happy Teddy Bear Day!

Happy Birthday Doug Ingle!

Happy Birthday Otis Redding!

One of my all-time faves. An American Treasure. Absolutely Essential.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

God performs Badge

Fun stuff!

Cat Stevens performs Where Do The Children Play

Before he became an insufferable hypocritical asshole, Cat was a great artist.

Pet Clark performs I Know A Place

Classic swinging' Britain soundtrack.

Brenton Woods performs Gimme A Little Sign

A perfect example of non-Motown Soul in the mid sixties. I love this song.

Bruce performs Racing In The Street

It was when this song came out. The racing scene was going hot and heavy in PG county. One would go to some little shopping center parking lot, (for the life of me I can't remember the name or location). There'd be hundreds of people hanging out, drinking, smoking, etc. They'd pour out of "old" PG - places like Indian Head and Accokeek and the wooded swamps between, (now all transofrmed into suburban sprawl, I'm sure). . And around 1AM the bets would be made and the hardier souls would go off to 295. They'd block off the highway (!) and drag. I never travelled down to those events - that's not me, and it ain't worth getting arrested for, in my opinion. But I always remember those times when I hear this tune, and I think it nicely captures the quiet desperation of that scene and the people in it.

Rod the Mod performs Maggie May

It was just about 39 years to the day when I first heard this song, (and bought the album Every Picture Tells A Story from the old Giant Music out on Columbia Pike). A wonderful story rendered into song. That was such an interesting time for me.

Simon & Garfunkel perform Homeward Bound

Beautiful song.

Turner Classic Movie's October/Halloween schedule

Pretty neat! There are some classics in here.

The origins of the Halloween Tree

a great scarecrow

Star Trek - the sordid background stories....

Frank Zappa tells you to floss

Paul Bunyan - slasher....

Tom Carvel & his TV commercials - an analysis

I certainly remember these. The same damn cake molds would be used over and over again for different events and holidays...

Poe's dorm room at UVa still preserved

Creepy virtual "speed bumps"


(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Bookshelf Porn

I'm totally into this...

Toys With Problems

For some reason I'm reminded of the Island of Misfit Toys from the old Rudolph Christmas special.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

An article exploring the "blitz" during WWII

There's probably a paper or book somewhere or another detailing the class divisions and consciousness brought on by the bombing - I bet such a study would be quite interesting, especially going into the 1945 elections in Britain.

Zombies 101 at Baltimore U.

Donut escalator

A good article about The Clash

Nice to see the first album reissued, too.

W.M.D. - I want this.....

I am on the verge of becoming my own Superpower. Armed, and extremely well supplied with ammunition. With additions every day....

Diaspora is coming....

I believe we're less than two weeks away from the launch. I'll be curious if this turns out to be the solution to Facebook's greed and nonsense.

Happy Birthday Star Trek!

Premiered on this date in '66.

Happy Birthday Peter Sellars!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Sid Caesar!

Genius. Essential.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Happy Birthday John Polidori!

One of the great gothic writers, introducer of the vampire to English literature and pop culture.

Happy Birthday Ronnie Gilbert!

Happy Birthday Buddy Holly!

Happy Birthday Chrissie Hynde!

Happy National Acorn Squash Day!


Monday, September 06, 2010

Cheap Trick performs Tonight It's You

A very under-rated power pop song by a criminally under-rated band. The type of tune that allows you to face the night at 85+mph. If only the rest of the world would get out of the way....
See ya tomorrow....

Judy Craig & The Chiffons perform Sweet Talking Guy

A gentle reminder of more innocent times. I love this song.

Lee Michaels performs Do You Know What I Mean

Yet another lost and forgotten hit from the early 70's.



(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

James Brown performs Night Train

Incredible. There were Giants in those days....

fanvid for The Tokens performing She Lets Her Hair Down

Typical Tokens - very pretty song. And almost forgotten, now...

The coolest Back-To-School commercial - EVER

Sanide Shaw performs Always Something There To Remind Me

Pretty much ignored and forgotten in the States. I always thought she had an interesting look and sound.

fanvid for Killer Pussy performing Teenage Enema Nurses In Bondage

Their big hit!

Dylan performs Lay Lady Lay

I've always loved this song.

Historical goof in the Oval Office

No problem. If I may coin a phrase: "To err is human; To forgive is divine." You can quote me on that...

Wuss America, Chapter 106

Bionic Hand


Tee hee!

ANOTHER foot found in the Pacific Northwest!

The oldest beer....

Paul's still dead....

RIP Mike Edwards

What a way to go....

Happy Birthday Paul Roland!

Virtually unknown in the States, he is one of my faves.

Happy Birthday to The Phantom of the Opera!

Premiered on this date in 1925. one of the great horror movies.

Happy Birthday Max Schreck!

Happy Birthday Lafayette!

A Patriot.

Happy Labor Day!

I know that, technically speaking, Fall doesn't officially begin until the Equinox. But let's face it, this is the last day of Summer. Already, many of my younger friends are back in school. Only the most dire of calendar fanatics and holdouts will argue that we can lump the next two weeks into the same Season as June or July. No. It's over.
I suppose it is to the credit of behavioral conditioning that even now, decades out of school, I still get a twinge of dread on this day. The last day of (relative) freedom. In past posts I've mentioned Sly & The Family Stone. I feel their that their hit, Hot Fun In The Summertime is my all-time fave song for the end of Summer. I've listened to it every time since it's release in 1969. Forty one years, a depressing enough footnote, I suppose, for a depressing enough day.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

A Firefly fan video

"Real Life" is becomming more and more like The Onion

The Winning Story


(Thanks for the link and title, Mike!)

Unlock the Secrets of the Universe!

An essential tool for all grade school students.

Happy Birthday Al Stewart!

One of my all-time faves. Each song a small treasure of mood, poetry and historical symbolism.

Happy Birthday Bob Newhart!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday to Second Hand Lions!

Wonderful movie. Absolutely charming. Premiered on this date in 2003.

Happy National Cheese Pizza Day!


Saturday, September 04, 2010

Tee Hee!

fake rubbish for real rubbish

The Nigerian Scam claims another victim

The Monopoly Game

The article uses a few of them, but there must be about two dozen puns revolving around this story...

The Man Who Wasn't There...

Tom Crusie to promote a (much better) cult!

Ia! Ia! Cthulhu!

The Matchstick Fleet


(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Friday, September 03, 2010

The Bonzo's perform Death Cab For Cutie

A classic performance from Magical Mystery Tour. Fun stuff!

fanvid for the Psychedelic Furs performing India

I love this song and band. Wonderful sound.

Tin Tin's video for Toast & Marmalade

Ah, late Summer of '71. Beautiful...

WE'RE #1! WE'RE #1!

Ha! Take that, L.A.! IN YO FACE!

The coolest nerf gun

Lone Justice's video for Sweet Sweet Baby

This group was so good. And almost totally ignored....

The Horror Scholarship

for serious fans of Joy Division

D&D with Pornstars

There's something kinda charming about this...

Neil Young - the Korean version

Hunter Thompson interviews Keith Richards

I believe you can get a contact high just listening to this....

Tiny Tim new wave video from '89?!?

Rare recording of Elvis getting down'n'dirty

Iceland - Land of the Giants

Fun stuff!

Douglas Adams' "Dirk Gently" coming to TV!

Brothel for sale on Ebay

I've gotta upgrade my paypal....

Oh, The Humanity!


We're gonna need a bigger boat....

Rube Goldberg Camp

I love it! Wish I'd of had something like this then. Hell, I wish I had something like this now!

Churchill's letters...

I actually believe that there's something to this story. However, I don't believe the reason is that Winston is praising fascism, (a lot of people did), but because the letters contained offers for a truce/armistice after the disaster of the Summer of 1940. Letters that would influence history's view of Churchill as an indefatigable foe to the Axis. There's a lot of good second hand information about this. But we'll probably never get good first hand documentation that would prove such.

Ancient Chinese Secret, Huh?

Fraud. Imagine that. Who'd of thunk it....

The future?

It's just too easy to make fun of these guys. I find this depressing and pathetic...

Papa Was A Rolling Stone....

The events in the song took place on this date...

Anniversary of the Treaty of Paris

Signed on this date in 1783. The 4th of July may be when we declared Independence. But this is when it became "official". I always thought that this should've been a national holiday too...

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Bruce performs Candy's Room


Frijid Pink covers House of the Rising Sun

Fun stuff! This is soooo 1970!

Smith covers Baby It's You

Beautiful. If I remember correctly, this song was released right around this time of year in '69.

Joy Division performs She's Lost Control

One of my faves.

Nine Inch Nails video for The Perfect Drug

So cool....

Randy & The Rainbows perform Denise


An excellent video book review

Very cute!

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

Detroit is one Tough Town!

Reminds me of the time an acquaintance of mine got arrested while trying to steal the cherry top off of an Alexandria police car. Yup, Good Times....

interesting article on the survivability of books

Trapped Miner Is Now REALLY Trapped...

THE Ultimate River Race!

Yoga For Dogs...

I'm holding out for T'ai Chi....


Darwin Award nominee


Darwin's "Secret Garden"

Interesting little tale of ecological experimentation.

Irish Traffic Light

Tee hee!

(Thanks for the link, Tom!)

Happy National Beheading Day!

Happy (Official) VJ Day!

Today is the day that Japan formally signed the Surrender.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

World party performs Ship Of Fools

"You gonna pay tomorrow" - tell me about it....
See ya then....

fanvid for harry Nilsson performing Jump Into The Fire

Wonderful song about the slide into madness.

The Iron Butterfly perform In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

One of the coolest (and longest) songs in pop history. Absolutely and postively essential to any serious rock record collection. Can only be properly appreicated in a darkened room with black lights, flicker candles, a lava lamp, and a thick haze....

The Ohio Players perform Love Rollercoaster

Stupid but fun. Reminds me of tossing back zombies at Winston's on M Street back in '75.

fanvid for Patti Scialfa performing Rumble Doll

Very pretty song.

Them performs Gloria

Van was so cool!

The Happenings perform See You In September

Seemed appropriate...

Deep-Fried Beer

I can't quite decide if this is the worst idea ever, or the best...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)


Oh, Sweet irony Paul Ceglia, you are my Hero!

Wisconsin Lebensraum

Ah, but are these their last territorial claims?