Weirdness

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloweenies!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s26Lm4dk4So&feature=player_embedded


This is great!

more pumpkin art

http://www.sunjournal.com/bplus/story/924535

fine sailing....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1325198/Cruise-liner-squeezes-bridge-just-1-5-inches-spare.html

Happy Birthday Bud Spencer!

One of my fave spaghetti western actors.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0817881/

http://www.angelfire.com/ok/budspencer/

Bobby "Boris" Pickett performs The Monster Mash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76NI-iahlKg&feature=related

Truly, the National Anthem of Halloween, performed by the man who was the Guy Lombardo of this holiday.  I hope every one has a happy and interesting All Hallows'...

Happy Allantide!

http://www.cornishculture.co.uk/allan.htm

Happy National Magic Day!

http://www.helium.com/knowledge/238175-the-purpose-of-national-magic-day

Happy Birthday Tom Paxton!

http://www.tompaxton.com/

Happy Birthday Kinkster!

http://www.kinkycigars.com/kinkyfriedman_com

Happy Nutcrack Night!

http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-nut1.htm

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

New ways to relieve wealthy people of their money

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/lobster-supper-without-the-lobster-suffering-2117476.html

Clearly, whoever wrote this article has never been to the Manor for a crab feast.  It does not take "hours" to kill them.  As for lobsters moving after being boiled or cut, we get into definitions of death that I begin to find tedious when talking about bugs...

Hobbit Labor Law

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11649734
I would note the inherent racism in this, as orcs and trolls are not mentioned in the deal.  We Shall Overcome...


(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Devil's/Cabbage/Tick-Tack/Mischief/Corn/Goosy/ Trick/ Gate/ Beggars Night

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil's_Night

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mischief_night

Happy National Candy Corn Day!

Yum!

Happy Haunted Refrigerator Night!

http://blog.holidays.net/index.php/2009/10/30/october-30-today-were-celebrating-haunted-refrigerator-night-3/

Mars Attacks!

Today is the anniversary of the invsion by Mars upon Earth in 1938.  The invasion began at Grover's Mill, NJ.
Probably the most remarkable commercial radio broadcast of all time.


http://www.rense.com/general4/hg.htm

http://www.war-of-the-worlds.org/Radio/

Happy Birthday Grace Slick!

http://www.jeffersonairplane.com/grace.html

http://www.myspace.com/graceslick

Happy Birthday Ruth Gordon!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002106/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Gordon

Happy Birthday Otis Williams!

http://www.otiswilliams.net/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otis_Williams

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Miskatonic Acid Test

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0g0Zac3oEc&feature=related

The greatest movie never made.  Wanna know a secret....The World Is About To Explode....

Vincent....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASHP-vgnjAw


More brilliance...

Frankenweenie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r34yz-xC4xQ&feature=&p=7EE5C4855877B717&index=0&playnext=1

Genius.

Some Halloween yard displays

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83VJ6fzQ-1s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esCB-3wmTw8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7cjCR60ix8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkSIvirW-hc


I just love stuff like this!

Let the Muggings Begin!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/28/AR2010102806380.html?referrer=emailarticle

Yes, my alma mater, THE toughest (and best) high school in Virginia is tempting the gods with night games!  In the olden days, we'd play at neighboring George Washington High School.  Ah, the memories that brings back - Of me hiding underneath a car in the parking lot to keep from getting robbed!  The violence!  The thuggery!  Yup,  Good times....



(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Headline of the day

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3202818/Man-killed-over-sex-with-donkey.html

So many puns, so little time....

New distance record for an electric car

http://green.autoblog.com/2010/10/27/converted-audi-a2-claims-new-electric-vehicle-distance-record-3/

The Airsickness Bag Virtual Museum

http://www.airsicknessbags.com/

The Internet is a wonderful thing....

An interesting little footnote to WWII

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/offbeat/hitler-began-day-with-marmalade-14990307.html

I had no idea the British had access to someone with this type of contact/detail at the Berghof.

You really need to check campaign flyers before you start distributing them......

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11640129

Mark Twain VS Zombies

http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/article/mark-twains-haunted-house-now-with-zombies/19691470

NeverEndingWonder Halloween Marathon!

I love this station!  Just got word on this:


The NeverEndingWonder Halloween Radio Extravaganza will once again be hosting a two day live broadcast marathon on October 30 & 31! The insane Uncle Ozma will begin broadcasting live on NeverEndingWonder Halloween Radio as soon as he becomes conscious on Saturday, October 30, taking listener's requests and DEADications, until he passes out. He'll do it all again Sunday, October 31. On top of that, he'll be giving away prizes galore, to lucky listeners, in celebration of out tenth year on the air! Check out the full list of spooky Halloween prizes here:




http://www.NeverEnd ingWonder. com/halloweenpri zes2010.htm




The creepy Halloween chat room will be open, so all you crazy Halloween fanatics can chat with each other and the insane Uncle Ozma!



NeverEndingWonder Halloween Radio may not be the biggest Halloween station on the internet, but we were one of the first, and we're certainly the most creative. Nobody can match the variety of our library, which ranges from creepy classical pieces, tin pan alley and big band novelty numbers from the 30s & 40s, early spooky blues songs, the monster explosion of the 50s & 60s, classic rock & pop monster hits, as well as weird electronic music, Goth, metal, psychobilly, punkabilly and selections from horror and sci-fi films contemporary and classic, as well as brand new unreleased Halloween songs sent to us by the artists themselves! It's all mixed together in a unique listening experience with horror film sound bites, old horror film radio ads, UFO abductee witnesses and content from horror fiction and movie writers, actors, directors, special effect and makeup technicians, all recorded specially for NeverEndingWonder Halloween Radio.



Don't miss the big live broadcast marathon and chat! It's all at:



http://www.NeverEnd ingWonder. com

A reminder

As many of you know, I love collecting stories on regional folklore, hauntings, and whatnot.  And this time of year the media can usually be relied upon to provide at least one story in that vein.  If you see something online regarding the greater DC region, (including all of VA and MD, as well as Eastern WV and Southern PA), I'd appreciate you letting me know.  And if you're interested in such things, as well as the related fields of parapsychology and hermeticism, I suggest my other blog, Magick Theatre, at http://magicktheatre.blogspot.com/

The Olden Days.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QIA4Q3t67g&feature=share

Yes, primitive times.  But also times of plenty.  Once, the land was covered with 8-tracks.  Herds of them covered whole states, and when they were played, the ground thundered.  But now they're an endangered species, reduced to a few small populations in carefully controlled preserves.  But us elders of the tribe remember.....

John De Lancie reads Poe's The Raven!

http://io9.com/5675982/q-aka-john-de-lancie-reads-poes-the-raven

Happy Birthday to The Internet!

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/AheadoftheCurve/today-internets-40th-birthday/story?id=8945743

Happy Brithday Ralph Bakshi!

http://www.ralphbakshi.com/

Happy Birthday Bill Mauldin!

http://billmauldin.com/

Happy Frankenstein Friday!

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/October/frankensteinfriday.htm

Happy Punkie Night!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punkie_Night

Thursday, October 28, 2010

At last, BP does something right.....

http://io9.com/5675723/bp-oil-gusher-unleashes-cthulhu-on-south-park

Great moments in Rhode Island Medicine!

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2010/10/27/ri-hospital-fined-leaving-drill-bit-patients-skull/?test=latestnews

Remind me not to get sick there...

There's nothing like Family...

http://www.timescolonist.com/Victoria+police+break+brothers+violent+fight+over+size+steak/3735923/story.html

More neat JOL's

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/72259

listing of Halloween events around NoVa

http://www.northernvirginiamag.com/halloween-events

Seedy love....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rxxr38fLIw&hd=1


I will never hear the term "fruitarian" again without a shudder....

That special bond between a Mother....And Farmville

http://thefatbrat.com/rantsraves/wtf-mom-kills-baby-for-interrupting-her-game-of-farmville/

Wuss America

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/10/27/Slaying-leads-to-trick-or-treating-ban/UPI-67841288193199/



Yea, sure, trick or treating was to blame....

Tommy MacPherson - a hero of WWII

http://www.wftv.com/news/25536806/detail.html

Incredible fellow, I wasn't familiar with his story.

Antique exercise equipment

http://lumq.com/07/vintage-fitness-equipment/


Very steam punkish!

Aquaflage

http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmoral/articles/20101026.aspx

Another amusing boondoggle.  It reminds me of something I always questioned.  For a couple of years I used to work over at Crystal City, (a VERY urbanized area of NoVa - nothing but large office buildings, etc.).  There were quite a few military offices in the area, and many of the soldiers there dressed in full camouflage for work.  Why?  I mean, we're talking dudes all ready to go hide in the rain forest in a neighborhood that doesn't possess a single tree!  If you really did want to hide, (and why the hell would you?), you'd be better off dressed as an office cabinet or a newspaper box.  I always felt embarrassed for these guys - they looked damn silly. 

And yet another wrinkle on the examination and definition of intelligence

http://discovermagazine.com/2009/jan/030

I've always been interested at society guages intelligence, (or what I prefer to call "Mental Abilities").  I think such analysis and definition are going to become subtler and much more sophisticated over time. 

Happy National Wild Foods Day!

Yum!

Happy Birthday Else Lanchester!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006471/

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The 5 Most Bafflingly Bad horror Movies Ever?

http://www.cracked.com/article_18776_the-5-most-baffling-horror-movies-from-around-world.html

Fun stuff!  I've not seen any of these!

Proof: I Am A Total Brainiac

http://theweek.com/article/index/208561/why-do-smart-kids-grow-up-to-be-heavier-drinkers

nice slam on the History Channel

http://madmikesamerica.com/2010/10/civil-war-troops-attacked-by-dinosaurs/

photos from DC's annual running of the drag queens...

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2010/10/27/photos-high-heel-drag-race-2010/


Pamplona's got nothin' on us....

Lovecraft inspiring the elderly....

http://www.peginc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=29543


(Thanks for the link, Bill!)

Happy Birthday Great Pumpkin!

Premiered on this date in '66.  Great show.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060550/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It's_the_Great_Pumpkin,_Charlie_Brown

Happy Birthday Lara Parker!

http://www.laraparker.com/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0662430/

Happy National Potato Day!

Yum!

Happy Birthday John Cleese!

Genius.  Essential.


http://www.thejohncleese.com/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000092/

Federalist Papers Anniversary

The first one wwas pulbished on this date in 1787.  The first great political philosophy work to come from America. 


http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers/

Happy Birthday Garry Tallent!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Tallent

Happy Birthday to You Bet Your Life! (the radio show)

Premiered on this date in 1947.  Fun stuff!

http://www.otrcat.com/you-bet-your-life-p-2014.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Bet_Your_Life

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Continuing Mystery of Rudolf Hess....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1323674/How-MI6-spy-lured-Hitlers-deputy-Rudolf-Hess-UK-imprisoned-life.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

I would completely agree with the assertion that Hess's flight is one of the greatest mysteries of the War, and the 20th century, in general.  But this article, if not the book, has several large holes in its arguments that I find disturbing.  First of all, there appear to be few if any first-hand interviews with those in the know, just their children.  And there's no mention of any type of documentary evidence.  Under such circumstances, I'm afraid we're dealing with the same type of framework as most of the "UFO's have landed" books out there on the market.  Maybe it's true - but how to check?
And several statements in the article, (and again, I assume they're based on the book) are borderline ludicrous.  Hess was never the #2 in nazi Germany.  That was Goering.  Hess was the #2 man in the party alone, and as the war picked up steam, that position became more and more obscure and tertiary to the flow of events.  In fact, one early theory about his flight was that he was motivated to take it so as to wrest back some of the spotlight from people like Goering and Himmler - being the man to solve the war, rather than leaving it to his more military-oriented competitors in the nazi hierarchy.  His capture did nothing to stop the invasion of Britain, (an astoundingly stupid assertion that makes me wonder how accurate everything else in the book could be).  The invasion had been called off by 9/40 - never to be seriously considered again.  By the time Hess parachuted into Scotland, the German war machine was just about 5 weeks away from launching Operation Barbarossa into Russia - the last thing on hitler's mind was resuming Operation Sea Lion.  To say differently is to make me really doubt the credibility of the person writing such nonsense.  If Hess's capture altered the war, it was in subtle ways which have yet to be revealed to serious historians. 
As for me, I think the whole thing reverberates in a greater mystery from the war - Churchill's (rumored) peace feelers to the Axis in the darkest days of 7/40 to 6/41.  Who knows, Rudolf might have been privy to some of these alleged communications, and gone off half-cocked on his own peace mission, (I've never read anything about Hess that didn't leave me thinking he was an idiot).  And that is why all the files have been destroyed, in an effort to maintain a "pure" picture of Churchill and Britain facing the fascists, undaunted and alone.  But that's only a theory, I suspect any possible evidence supporting it was burned decades ago by all concerned. 

Monopoly played on Wii

http://www.ea.com/games/monopoly-streets

Pumpkin Carving - Run Away! Run Away!

http://www.newsok.com/oklahoma-health-officials-say-pumpkin-carving-causes-highest-halloween-risk/article/3507977?custom_click=pod_lead_health

We are a nation of big fat wussies.....

Happy Birthday Doonesbury!

Began on this date in 1970.


http://www.doonesbury.com/

Happy Birthday Natalie Merchant!

http://www.nataliemerchant.com/

Happy National Pretzel Day!

Yum!

http://www.juliussturgis.com/

Happy National Pumpkin Day!

Yum!

Monday, October 25, 2010

RIP Alex Anderson - the artist who drew Rocky Bullwinkle

http://watching-tv.ew.com/2010/10/25/rocky-bullwinkle-alex-anderson/


(Thanks for the link, Edmund!)

Dark Shadows Bloopers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC58K6s6DQk&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QMigeQUFQ4&feature=related



Fun stuff!

Me VS Mao!

My old friend Mike is currently over in China; and he tells me that they've blocked my blogs!  At first I was just curious, even amused, at the action, but then I started thinking that probably my most appreciative (and least critical) audience would be folks that can't read or understand what I'm writing.  Now we're talkin' serious business -  I am picking up the glove!
I'm already considering various strategies to be encompassed in a 5 Year Plan.  Perhaps hiding the blog within fake sites, or moving it around to new areas of the web untouched by the Chinese firewall, (I'm thinking of calling this maneuver "The Great Scroll").  Am also considering creating many small sites with various postings, hoping to overwhelm the censors, (under my new motto "Let A Hundred Typos Bloom!"). 

Being a traditionalist, I've also attempted to launch propaganda balloons against the PRC, (containing my blog entries), but for the first time in my life, seem to lack enough hot air to succeed at something. Undeterred, I'm opening up several new fronts - am cutting waaaay back on the number of Chinese food deliveries that we send out for, have taken to wearing an old button proclaiming "Unleash Chang Kai Shek!", and turn off the TV whenever Connie Chung is on the air.  Brutal measures, I know, but war is never pretty, and is not for the weak of heart.  We'll see what happens in 5 years...


(Thanks for the news, Mike!)

Tuesday night on the History Channel - The Real Story of Halloween

http://www.history.com/topics/halloween

Great article on Tammi Terrell!

http://www.jazzwax.com/2010/10/tammi-terrell-the-solo-collection.html

She was so under-rated.  One of Motown's greats!


(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

A (too) short tribute to EC Comics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pJa449geVE

Anniversary of the Charge of the Light Brigade

http://www.nationalcenter.org/ChargeoftheLightBrigade.html

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The ultimate Halloween "haunt"?

http://www.citypages.com/2010-10-20/news/death-be-not-proud/


Yawn.  If I had a nickel for every time this has happened to me....

Fuck Target

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/target-mocking-homemade-costumes/

assholes....

Live Crab Vending Machine

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/10/21/live-crab-vending-ma.html

I confess that I don't really get this.  It's got to cost a lot to buy these things, due to the overhead.  And, at the risk of giving you a straight line, what the hell do you do with them once you've got your little pet?  There appears to be no way to cook them, and although I'm no expert on Chinese crabs, I'd be surprised if there's that much meat on a single one to begin with.

The Nation Of North Dumpling

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/39775733/ns/today-tech_and_science


Fun stuff!

Some people will do anything to use the HOV lanes....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101022/ap_on_re_us/us_mummified_body


This brings up an interesting point, would this count as a legitimate occupant for HOV purposes?  The law talks about numbers of people, but not their state of being.  And yes, I realize that I'm going to hell for conducting this discussion.

RIP Gifford's Ice Cream

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/23/AR2010102303999.html?sub=AR

What a mess.  Sad....

Rock'N'Roll in NoVa - a discussion and gathering

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__wQdsrRcPoU/TMNHC-QnYLI/AAAAAAAAAHE/EJ3qcjxCwfs/s1600/NoVA+R&R+Nov6.jpg


This sounds pretty cool!  Besides good ol' Giant Music, I'd add Rainbow Tree and Waxie Maxie's.  There were several rock concerts of note  at T.C. Williams, (including the Byrds).  And of course, the radio stations - PGC, WEAM, WOL, HFS, and the beloved WGTB.  Fun stuff!

Happy Birthday Butch & Sundance!

One of my fave movies, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid premiered on this date in '69.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064115/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2OdPDEG6aQ

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The war on Halloween....

http://www.wdsu.com/r/25478634/detail.html

Headline of the day

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/democraticrepublicofcongo/8078612/Aircraft-crashes-after-crocodile-on-board-escapes-and-sparks-panic.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=ukworldnews/

I believe there's a movie script in this....

Super Librarians!

http://io9.com/5671047/20-heroic-librarians-who-save-the-world

RIP Elizabeth Sturz

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/22/nyregion/22sturz.html?_r=1

An extraordinary life, (besides being married to the legendary Alan Lomax).


(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Weird Al!

http://www.weirdal.com/

Happy Birthday Ellie Greenwich!

http://www.elliegreenwich.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsJ9kIyzcAg

Happy Birthday Johnny Carson!

http://www.johnnycarson.com/

http://www.museum.tv/eotvsection.php?entrycode=carsonjohnn

Friday, October 22, 2010

Minas Tirith - in matchsticks!!!

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/844765-man-makes-lord-of-the-rings-city-model-out-of-matchsticks


Oh....My...God...


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

fanvid for the Three D's performing Graveyard Cha-Cha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUJzcZ-0XTs

fanvid for Desmond Dekker performing Dracula

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZhsqk3Uvtw

fanvid for Rosemary Clooney performing The Wobblin' Goblin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh3cF0h7KM4

fanvid for The Stranglers performing Men In Black

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4WjibPS7-M

fanvid for Sheldon Allman performing Children's Day At The Morgue

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=3141247

A classic.  Fun video, too.

Sears is getting weird.....

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/dap_10153_12605_DAP_Zombie?adCell=W2

The Life & Death Of A Pumpkin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-1aui-wluE



A classic!

a site devoted to "bum wines"

http://www.bumwine.com/

The Internet is a magical place....

this is not good....

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39793497/ns/world_news-europe

I don't know about now, but in the old days that captain would be out and sleeping on a grate by nightfall....

NoVa leads the way in Zombie Defense Classes!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/misc-events/zombie-defense,1175172.html


I'm so proud of my community...

RIP Ari Up

http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2010/10/ari-up-of-slits-passes-away-at-48.html


(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

NPR defends mohammedism

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/21/AR2010102101474.html?wpisrc=nl_cuzhead

It's "Be Kind To Nazis" time with liberals.  Unfuckingbelievable.

My kind of Education Reform!

http://www.theonion.com/articles/lovecraftian-school-board-member-wants-madness-add,2672/



(Thanks for the link, Doug!)

What's a single Ghost to do ? Why ghost Dating, of course!

http://www.ghostsingles.com/

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Bill!)

Happy Birthday to The Sterile Cuckoo!

One of my all-time fave movies.  Premiered on this date in '69.  Beautiful.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065037/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL5lb7V6PNY

Happy National Nut Day!

http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Society/2008/10/national-nut-day-22nd-october.html

Thursday, October 21, 2010

fanvid for Paul Roland performing Springheel Jack

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an-afedQUwY&p=614CF34FBF455749&playnext=1&index=13

The Stones peform Sympathy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLddJ1WceHQ&feature=related

fanvid for David Bromberg performing Demon In Disguise

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6amAt2hvpzk

fanvid for Coven performing Black Sabbath

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZlgRf4ec1c

Nice video based on the famous Danish film, Hexan.

fanvid for Inkubus Sukkubus perforimng Samhain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ-qxa6_FnU&feature=related

Grand Theft Fire Truck

http://www.wcax.com/global/story.asp?s=13356777

Cthulhu in Alexandria!

http://stygiandarknessacrossthepotomac.blogspot.com/2010/10/in-and-out-of-time.html

I love this series!

Facebook Photos...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/20/facebook-photo-memories-r_n_769435.html

Stalin was, of course, WAY ahead of these boys....

True Love always involves Cthulhu Kisses....

http://io9.com/5571040/how-cthulhu-helped-one-couple-find-love

Cthulhu Cereal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFkm_r-1Aqs

The iphone charger - from Hell....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d2tpSCVVujc#!

My next t-shirt...

http://www.topatoco.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=TO&Product_Code=ASW-WEALLDIE&Category_Code=ALLSHIRTS

Wonderful selection of Halloween themed blogs

http://www.darklinks.com/2010/10/13-more-cool-halloween-blogs.html

Happy Birthday Samuel Taylor Coleridge!

http://www.online-literature.com/coleridge/

Happy Birthday Manfred Mann!

http://www.manfredmann.co.uk/

10 Days Until Halloween!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

plug for Count Gore

http://countgore.com/gore/index.html

Yes, I've mentioned him many times before.  But at this time of year more than any other do I recommend this DC Legend, The Ghost Host With The Most.  His site is a treasure trove of both nostalgia and current happenings in the regional horror scene.  Absolutely essential.

fanvid for Big Bob Kornegay performing At The House of Frankenstien

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx2yJF2BIgs


Fun stuff!

fanvid for The Keytones performing I Was A Teenage Monster

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC14u2s63Rc

fanvid for the Hollywood Flames performing Frankenstein's Den

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f3igQve3ww

Channel Red performs Rockin' In The Graveyard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q33loPLSQyk

Zombie Walk in Silver Spring on 10/23!!!

http://www.nbcwashington.com/around-town/events/Zombie-Walk-Seeks-to-Terrify-Amuse-105360378.html



(Thanks for the link, Karen!)

Jesus! Make up your god damned mind!

http://www.smh.com.au/national/high-court-rules-for-sexchange-super-appeal-20101020-16trw.html

When hobbits go on strike

http://www.3news.co.nz/Both-sides-of-Hobbit-debate-hit-the-streets/tabid/418/articleID/182350/Default.aspx

King Kong - Kansas City style....

http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13355967

Sopwith Camels armed with machine guns, I tell you - that's the only way to handle this type of situation!

the cutting edge of Mexican beer ailments

http://www.aolnews.com/surge-desk/article/corona-and-lime-could-come-with-cosmetic-price-mexican-beer-dermatitis/19680178

Handbook FOR Zombies...

http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/article/new-handbook-helps-newly-undead-zombies-adjust/19678907

Batman's swimming pool

http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/article/batman-logo-spotted-in-swimming-pool/19680236

I'm reinstating my appointments

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/10/19/apocalypse-postponed/

The cutting edge of Croat tax evasion

http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/General_News/2010-10-19/14483/Baby_asked_to_prove_she_did_not_make_any_income_in_mother%27s_belly

Happy Birthday Lafitte!

My one and only dog.  Long gone, but never forgotten.

Happy Birthday Art Buchwald!

A DC Institution, a little part of my childhood and growing up.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/18/AR2007011800616.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/18/AR2007011801062.html

Happy Birthday Margaret Dumont!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0241669/

Happy Birthday Tom Petty!

http://www.tompetty.com/

Happy Birthday Bela!

http://www.lugosi.com/

Happy Birthday Carolyne Mas!

http://www.carolynemas.com/

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rip, Boy...

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_212328253.shtml

RIP Tom Bosley

http://deathbeeper.com/7509821.html

The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets' video for The Sounds of Tindalos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9c3GPEtGZg

Fun stuff by one of the leading Cthulhoid bands.

fanvid for Midnight Syndicate performing Haunted Nursery

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJRjEC_tku8

fanvid for Rob Zombie performing Halloween (She Get So Mean)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTFN8YUNGks&p=AAFBFAE8CBFB9DE0&playnext=1&index=41

fanvid for Ministry performing Everyday Is Halloween

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIMfdlVGmqM&feature=player_embedded

Stephen Lynch performs Halloween

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImnMucno1ew&feature=player_embedded#!

If I were in New York, she'd have my vote - go with Experience!

http://www.fark.com/cgi/go.pl?i=5699460&l=http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/nyregion/19debate.html%3F_r%3D2%26hp




And Ms. Davis suggested that her experience running an escort service made her the candidate best prepared to reform the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

“The key difference between the M.T.A. and my former escort agency is I operated one set of books and I offered on-time and reliable service,” Ms. Davis said to laughter and applause.

Wuss America

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11012.html

RIP General Johnson

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/10/15/1761650/beach-music-icon-general-johnson.html

a nice ad for Elvira's Movie Macabre

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqQJB8DR_Zo&feature=player_embedded

nice article on the airship America

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11547569

An interesting bit of aircraft history


(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Anniversary of the War of Jenkin's Ear

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_Jenkins'_Ear


My favorite name for a war...

Happy Birthday Tor Johnson!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0426363/

Happy Birthday Trey Parker!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005295/

Happy Yorktown Surrender Day!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Yorktown

http://www.nps.gov/york/

Monday, October 18, 2010

The R2D2 JOL

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2010/10/18/130649143/geeking-out-halloween-style-behold-the-r2-d2-pumpkin


Fun stuff!


(Thanks for the link, Tom!)

fanvid for Round Robin performing I'm The Wolfman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T2VIsz1b2w&feature=related

fanvid for Bert Convy (!!!) performing The Monsters Hop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxeK4gC-FwE

This Is Halloween from Nightmare Before Christmas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOtEdhKOMgQ

Vampire Numbers

http://ezmdd.com/vamp/vmp.htm

Cute!

Good ol' Facebook - always disappointing

http://slatest.slate.com/id/2271492/?wpisrc=newsletter

Happy Birthday Bunnyman!

NoVa ahs more than its share of legends, folklore, hauntings and creature sightings, but probably none has captured the imagination, (or had more bullshit created around it) than the legend of the Bunnyman.  He was first sighted on this date in 1970, just a couple miles down the road from the Manor.  An excellent monograph on the True story may be found here:
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/vr/bunny/bunny.htm

But the tale has grown and is more popularly known as follows:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5Bk4CXebP0


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8mcHpMbjjI&feature=related

He's still out there. And on the darkest nights, you can hear him, gnawing.....

Happy Birthday Laura Nyro!

http://www.lauranyro.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjdowef1oKE

Happy Birthday Chuck Berry!

http://www.chuckberry.com/


An American Treasure.  Genius.  Essential.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

fanvid for The Misfits performing Halloween

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5CPs7T_0FE

fanvid for Screamin' Jay Hawkins performing Little Demon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKd4EpQPRbg

Oct. 30th - the annual Coffin Races of Manitou Springs, Colorado!

http://www.manitousprings.org/pdf_events/2010CoffinRaceFlyer.pdf

I've never been able to attend this, and have wanted to since i heard about it.

RIP Solomon Burke

http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Music/10/10/obit.solomon.burke/?hpt=T2

Happy Birthday Tom Poston!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0692976/

Happy Birthday Jim Seals!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seals_and_Crofts

http://www.sealsandseals.com/

Happy Birthday to Hollywood Squares!

Premiered on this date in 1966.  A Classic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Squares

http://www.classicsquares.com/

Happy National Pasta Day!

Yum!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

RIP Barbara Billingley

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20101016/D9IT31300.html

The theme to Psycho

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-6q50aY4ZI

Jad Fair performs The Zombies of Mora-Tau, It Walks At Night, & The Invisible Ray

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5J352Qdq-E

A local legend of avante guard rock.

Zero Kama performs Night of Matter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q4JoJJCx1k
I confess to being surprise to see this ultra-obscure recording* on Youtube.  This was an occult group of Thelemite magikians who put out an album of occult ritual music - using human bones as their instruments.


*Missy, it's beyond fabulously rare....

fanvid for Spike Jones performing Clammy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN_cvMCepOM

Spike was a genius.  I've loved this song since I was a kid.

David Bowie performs Scary Monsters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_6I3o-j2-I&ob=av2n

V.A. - Do They Know It's Halloween

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgux6aGzb3k&feature=related

A nice satire on charity songs....

Miner cannibalism "joke"

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/10/15/chile-miners-speak-underground-ordeal-joke-cannibalism/

Of course, the Buoys were way ahead of the curve on this....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWcKeijGBFE

Hey, Thanks, A.L.F.! The Venison was delicious!

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/6420ap_or_molalla_deer_liberation.html


I believe we call this the Law of Unintended Consequences....  Tasty consequences....

The cutting edge of extortion

http://washougal.katu.com/content/there-just-might-be-bunch-flamingos-show-your-yard-overnight

pissing off (or is it pissing on?) nazis!

http://humanizzm.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/nazis-got-bitchslapped/

I absolutely love this from a couple of different angles.  The first of course being that anything that jerks a nazi's chain is a wonderful thing.  And secondly, that the town chose to honor the White Rose - the REAL resistance to hitler.  I, for one, am sick to death of seeing von stauffenberg and the other hypocritical cowards in the wermacht deified - they were not anti-nazi until they started to lose.  I could go on for several thousand words detailing the reality of those fools, but will simply end by saying in a conflict between them and hitler - I've got no dog in that fight.
On the other hand, the White Rose is a gentle, and all-too delicate flower amidst German society, with a bravery born not out of some fear of losing their Prussian estates to the Red Horde, but to some of the highest and noblest ideals of humankind.  Yet, they're ignored, and a bunch of murderous thugs and cutthroats trying to save their own necks get mega movies and breathless TV shows devoted to themselves.  Bravo to the town of Riese!


(Thanks to Infidel753 for the link!)

Happy Birthday Nico!

http://smironne.free.fr/NICO/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjjDmX9Tkss

Happy National Liqueur Day!

Yum!

Happy Dictionary Day!

http://my-ecoach.com/online/webresourcelist.php?rlid=9204

http://www.noahwebsterhouse.org/

Friday, October 15, 2010

A wonderful archive of Firesign Theatre material and info

http://archive.chromiumswitch.org/archive.html

My next suitcase...

http://inventorspot.com/articles/coffin_carrier_makes_you_too_ghoul_school

A nice interview with Dionne Warwick

http://www.jazzwax.com/2010/10/interview-dionne-warwick.html


(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Oh Yea? Fuck You!

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=596&sid=2080357

Clearly, the people who supposedly conducted this survey enjoyed another of this region's cultural points, (crack), before writing up their results. 

fanvid for Luciefer's Friend performing Prince Of Darkness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irjJtH4bMXc

A minor classic of occult rock...

Laibach covers Sympathy For The Devil

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uqP3Uuq_4E

Pleasant Dreams....

Concrete Blonde's video for Bloodletting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOn1037ZLwA&feature=related

fanvid for The Sonics performing The Witch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMtk5Lor_0E

One of the coolest bands, ever. 

fanvid for Jimmy Cross performing I Want My Baby Back

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0x8S1U7O3w

A classic.  Perhaps the first pop song devoted to necrophilia....

Alice Cooper performs Cold Ethyl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUFO_04J1r4&p=45F82856967E2430&playnext=1&index=55

NoVa burglaries

For those of you out in the hinterland, we've been suffering a bit of a crime spree here.  Over 100 burglaries in the last few weeks have been blamed on the same perpetrator.  Pretty impressive.  What's even more interesting is that no one has seen "him", and "he" has left virtually no clues.  I use the quotation marks because whoever is doing this is obviously an expert at not being noticed or appearing suspicious.  A middle aged white woman in a fancy jogging outfit would fit such a niche in most of the up-scale neighborhoods where the burglaries have been committed, (they almost never take anything but cash, one wouldn't need a satchel, or even a vehicle, to carry the haul).  My second guess would be someone with a Cox or Verizon truck.  The damn things are everywhere, hooking up or repairing cable lines; and the disguise comes equipped with a full tool belt and ladders - perfect for entering homes.  I'd be interested if either company has sold off or is missing any vehicles lately....
At any rate, we'll see what happens. 

Happy National Grouch Day!

Grrrr.....

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Grover sells Old Spice!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB4P_VMNGYQ&feature=player_embedded



(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Ran-Dells perform Martian Hop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veSLdNos7q8

Lucan Wolf performs Vampire Dreams

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cv51BrLSPA

Ozzy performs Mr. Crowley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSnj8X1zAZI

Dusty performs Spooky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fola80rQop4

fanvid for The Five Blobs performing The Blob

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1G8hI7aSSc

Bacharach & David's finest!

fanvid for Gene Moss performing Drac The Knife

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axWgowaixS4

Silly - but I always smile when I hear this tune.

fanvid for The Mummy by Bubi & Bob

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-ak9P8E9z4

Another bizarre one from the dim past....

fanvid for The Keytones performing I Was A Teenage Monster

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E70rpOPNdN0

A weird little tune...

New breweries coming to DC!

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/39906/inside-dcs-first-new-breweries-in-decades


Woo Hoo!

the most expensive home?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/8063385/Indias-richest-man-Mukesh-Ambani-moves-into-630m-home.html


I'm hardly an expert on architecture, and am not much on skyscrapers in general.  But that is one fugly monstrosity. 

I'm shocked! SHOCKED!

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=2078574


To label as "news" that there is heavy drinking going on at U MD is like saying that the Sun rising in the East should be headline worthy.  My god, where have these people been?!?   The riots and bacchanals going on in College Park have been the stuff of legend for well over 30 years, now. 

That special bond between a grandparent and grandchild

http://www.thelocal.se/29610/20101014/

Zombie walk for charity...

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/outrage-over-charity-zombie-walk-3836286

a computer wins at Japanese chess

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2010/10/computer-makes-the-winning-mov.html

A reminder - don't forget to check out the short films on Gothtober

http://www.gothtober.com/

Fun stuff!

Brutal robots

http://www.news.com.au/technology/punchy-robot-tests-isaac-asimovs-first-law-on-six-men-in-a-russian-laboratory/story-e6frfro0-1225938470445

I believe this is how the Matrix started....

The bear that fought the nazis

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8061743/Polish-bear-that-fought-Nazis-to-be-commemorated.html

The Alexandria Film Festival

http://www.wrsol.com/usatravelguide/2010/10/alexandriafilmfestival2010/

a little bit of Dark Shadows news

http://www.hollywood.com/news/Johnny_Depp_Creeps_Into_Dark_Shadows/7336473

Happy Birthday Justin Hayward!

One of my faves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO9Qx7Kp_I8

http://www.justinhayward.com/

http://www.moodyblues.co.uk/index_main.html

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The fountain pen ban

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/To-boost-grades-school-bans-nib-pens/articleshow/6739403.cms

My only reaction to this is probably one shared by you:  My gods!  Someone is STILL using fountain pens!  I honestly don't think I've seen one in use in close to 45 years, and have only used one a very little bit when I was in grade school, to write personal letters. I am amazed that YOUNG people in Britain are being taken to task now for them. 

The usual bullshit from the RIAA

http://www.cracked.com/funny-4003-the-pirate-bay/?wa_user1=1&wa_user2=topic&wa_user3=topic&wa_user4=topics

I remember these clowns braying about the billions they were losing twenty five years ago.  Every time some kid got a cassette deck, the RIAA would be there with astronomical claims about how much cocaine money they were missing out on.  Poor babies....

It's officially Halloween time now - the wolfsbane is blooming at the Manor....


fanvid for Zacherle performing Dinner With Drac

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34hJZHcqNZM&p=0C6088345D995A3A&playnext=1&index=7

Another classic Halloween tune.

fanvid for The Duponts performing Screamin' Ball (At Dracula Hall)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHAETU6Cvu8

Love this!

fanvid for The Chotalls perform Queen of Halloween

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhOihi4aW3g&feature=related

fanvid for The Newports performing I'm In The Ground For Good

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omCy0JkaUz4

Classic...

Cream performs Strange Brew

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hftgytmgQgE

Siouxie & The Banshees perform Halloween

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRZ2l9941CM

Oingo Boingo performs Dead Man's Party

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnjDuqOYPlw

My next doll....

http://www.philosophersguild.com/index.lasso?page_mode=Product_Detail&item=0290

The ultimate Radio Flyer Wagon...

http://gawker.com/5661720/the-fastest-radio-flyer-wagon-youll-probably-ever-see

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Space Balloon

http://www.brooklynspaceprogram.org/BSP/Space_Balloon.html

A wonderful experiment!  Very cool!



(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Diagnosis

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1320080/Cancer-man-told-6-months-live-sells-doctors-admit-We-mistake.html

I can hardly wait to see the "Wanted" Posters

http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/article/thieves-in-chicken-and-gorilla-suits-steal-long-island-teens-bike/19670563

Pet Sematary???

http://detnews.com/article/20101012/METRO/10120422

Brrrr.....

http://slatest.slate.com/id/2270868/?wpisrc=newsletter

Happy Birthday John Ford Coley!

http://www.johnfordcoley.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QxXuOr-o6I

I know that he's considered something of a lightweight, but I always liked him and England Dan...

Happy Birthday Paul Simon!

http://www.paulsimon.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46bkXgxb66E

Happy Birthday Lenny Bruce!

http://www.lennybruceofficial.com/

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Darlene Love album

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/rock-and-rolls-darlene-love-releases-live-concert-album-104799189.html

I'm gonna get this.  Darlene is Essential.

fanvid for Johnny Thunder performing Horror Show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e4mQ7mwzR8


Great song!

Cliff Richards performs Devil Woman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yosCYE4vwlY

video for The Dead Elvi performing The Creature Stole My Sufboard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2wkTKvYrWQ

fanvid for Soupy Sales performing My Baby's Got A Crush On Frankenstein

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcFpxZiSCVc

The B-52's perform The Devil's In My Car

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpYRnVcNPto

The island of the dolls...

http://weburbanist.com/2010/10/06/mexicos-creepiest-tourist-destination-island-of-the-dolls/

Had never heard of this place.  Super creepy....

On the way to a synthetic mouse

http://io9.com/5661168/the-first-step-toward-building-a-mouse-from-synthetic-dna

Fascinating.

Sloths!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/111-adorable-baby-sloths


Very cute...

Immortality....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1319562/McDonalds-Happy-Meal-bought-months-ago-shows-sign-mould.html

Cripes, what the hell is in those things?

Unicorn Sighting!

http://smr.newswire.ca/en/ontario-science-centre/rumoured-unicorn-sighting-reported-in-don-valley


Oh, and I have a bridge to sell you...

Happy Birthday Melvin Franklin!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melvin_Franklin
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melvin-Franklin/104072112963541


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta5jjR4LoMs

Happy Birthday Sam Moore!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_David_Moore
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_juH0AHvwk

Happy Birthday to Love Happy!

The Marx's  last major film.   Premiered on this date in 1949.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041604/

Happy Old Farmers Day!

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/October/oldfarmersday.htm

Monday, October 11, 2010

fanvid for Butch Patrick performing What Ever Happened To Eddie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXGMWQPYTJw


A very obscure single...

Inkubus Sukkubus performs Witches

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2D6C2IC1U0

Fun stuff!

Michael Jackson's video for Thriller

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA&feature=PlayList&p=831AE24793D7482E&index=0&playnext=1

Jack-o was a sickie, but this is a great video. 

Only 20 Days Until Halloween!

Happy World Egg Day!

Yum!

Happy National Sausage Pizza Day!

Yum!

Happy Birthday Mike Nelson!

http://www.michaeljnelson.com/home/

http://www.rifftrax.com/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0625621/


Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday to Saturday Night Live!

One of the greatest (maybe THE greatest?) comedy variety shows of all time.  premiered on this date in '75. 

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/

http://www.hulu.com/saturday-night-live

http://snl.jt.org/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072562/

Happy Birthday to To Have And Have Not!

One of my fave movies.  Absolutely wonderful!  Premiered on this date in 1944.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037382/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Have_and_Have_Not_(film)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gFpoXYAm0o&feature=related

Happy Pulaski Memorial Day!

A Great Patriot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casimir_Pulaski

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Pulaski_Memorial_Day

Happy Columbus Day!

http://columbus-day.z12.net/2010.php

Sunday, October 10, 2010

School Daze

http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=13294058

Zombie Fashion Show

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/10/09/1376268/zombie-fashion-hits-ferndale-library.html

Wuss America

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/pillow-33711-husband-wife.html


Whining babies...

Headline of the day

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/09/AR2010100903787.html?hpid=sec-metro

Damn! I have to get a new appointment book....

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/News-end-of-the-world-calendar-may-be-off-100710.aspx?xmlmenuid=51

The Baby Cage...

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/10/old-weird-tech-baby-cage-edition/63819/

Interesting article on Finland's Jewish soldiers of WWII

http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/un-finnish-business-1.317886

A fascinating footnote to the War, and a good example of how even the most basic geopolitical conflicts can be full on nuance and contradictions.

The Slickee Boys perform The Brain That Refused To Die

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkyLmnFdLmo

DC's Finest.  I love this song.

fanvid for Destroy All Monsters pperforming Meet The Creeper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FPCHgsvBkw

The Cramps perform Human Fly & I Was A Teenage Werewolf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB7YhbM4K80


So cool....

The Tubes perform Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01wcSv7w66Q

History becomes Silent

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100929/ap_en_ot/us_endangered_digital_recordings

I think this is a huge problem, both from the point of view of pop culture, as well as historical events/speeches/film in general.  The amount of recorded music and film not in print and available is staggering.  We are losing access to our cultural roots. 



(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Diamond Dave!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsC7oEjCHAM

http://www.rotharmy.com/forums/forum.php

I love this guy. 

Happy Birthday Kirsty MacColl!

http://www.kirstymaccoll.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fwtFSEovro


Wonderful singer and writer.

Happy Birthday Ed Wood!

http://www.edwood.org/

http://mailer.fsu.edu/~lflynn/edwood.html

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Penis Flytrap performs Cemetery Girl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4osVsay3_U&p=6E4A0FD1436C4011&playnext=1&index=36

The Fuzztones performs The Witch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NAK8h-A9_4

fanvid for the Chotalls performing The Queen Of Halloween

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhOihi4aW3g

fanvid for Bobby "Boris" Pickett performing Blood Bank Blues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSmq7IgRUfM

fanvid for Pentagram performing Living In A Ram's Head

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqHrW0d4XKw

Local DC faves...

Black Sabbath performs Black Sabbath

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BkhtJM8CqE


A Classic.

Cthulhu Fezzes!

http://www.fez-o-rama.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=10_100

I'm just a slave to fashion!

Chef Cthulhu!

http://cthulhuchick.com/awesome-pics-of-chefthulhu-in-action/

An exerpt from "The Promise - The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVv5EvyN-eM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Fun stuff!  And what a great album.



(Thanks for the link, Karen!)

Happy Birthday John Entwistle!

http://www.johnentwistle.com/

Happy Birthday Jackson Browne!

http://www.jacksonbrowne.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtuvXrTz8DY

Happy Birthday John!

http://www.johnlennon.com/

http://www.john-lennon.com/index_john_lennon.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lennon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e7AQQTONvg&feature=related

Happy Leif Erikson Day!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leif_Erikson_Day

Friday, October 08, 2010

fanvid for Sonic Youth performing Halloween

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpH-LVah8Sk

fanvid for the Jefferson Airplane performing Have You Seen The Saucers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUJx77Srfgk

Alice Cooper's video for He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u7H6Rk_59M

Alice Cooper's video for He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u7H6Rk_59M

fanvid for Bing Crosby performing The Headless Horseman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81nbpODEVY8

Fun stuff!

True Royalty

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20019032-504083.html

Of course, the lovely Julie Brown was ahead of the curve on this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nonVj7odbmU



(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Unhackable?

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/07/2286502/new-un-hackable-system-c2-will.html

I'll give it a month....

nice article on haunted house operators

http://www.aolnews.com/article/behind-the-screams-the-weird-world-of-haunted-house-operators/19657747

I'm brushing on my Klingon...

http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/article/ufo-believers-around-the-galaxy-celebrate-interplanetary-confederation/19651102


Ruth Norman was a trip!

The Lancashire U-Boat

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/07/search-lancashire-u-boat-commander

frictionless superfluid created

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20827813.300-first-frictionless-superfluid-created.html

It's too bad that the Three Stooges didn't live to use this...

edumicashun...

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/education/100610-teacher-writes-note-on-special-needs-student%C2%BFs-arm


(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Imagine

Was released on this date in 1971....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okd3hLlvvLw

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Killer Catepillars!

http://www.livescience.com/animals/050721_caterpillar.html


Obviously, there's a Mothra influence going on here...



(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Headline of the day

http://swns.com/pea-shooting-champion-threatened-with-fine-over-phallic-garden-hedge-071037.html

tee Hee!

http://www.theonion.com/articles/historians-admit-to-inventing-ancient-greeks,18209/

As I've always suspected....

Rockapella peforms Zombie Jamboree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nI2bVtQ6Kk

fanvid for Loudon Wainwright III performing Vampire Blues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDIIFhSp1mU

Great artist and song.

fanvid for Lambert Hendricks & Ross performing Halloween Spooks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1SbP6paXZg&feature=related

Warren Zevon peforms Werewolves of London

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZa3EYWCY3w


Classic.

nice article on the upcoming Spooky Movie Festival

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/article.asp?article=344870&paper=88&cat=104

Will libraries survive? Tidewater Virginia's Reply

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Virginia, has produced a
hilarious pair of videos, inspired by the 1978 disco hit "I Will
Survive", rewritten to refer to the current financial crisis affecting
public libraries:


Libraries will survive (long version, 10:54; musical finale starts at 6:00)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AhSxoVmZQs



Libraries will survive (short version, 4:44; musical finale only)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8QjjKrEK7Y

(Thanks for the links, Carol!)

heavy reading

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/06/3031388.htm

The Elixir of Life discovered?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11482764

Clearly, these amateurs have never had a good cabernet...

Happy Birthday John Mellencamp!

http://www.mellencamp.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF0gsbQKhD8&feature=channel

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Tull performs Witches Promise

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyO7IJivgHY

Bruce performs A Night With The Jersey Devil

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6leNRGhOqA

Love this!

fanivd for the theme to Halloween (the movie)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvVH5evrrUY

This is so cool...

Alice Cooper performs Feed My Frankenstein

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvVH5evrrUY

Fun stuff!

fanivd for Hugh Cornwell performing Nosferatu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3fkljM1vx4

Hugh was the original lead singer for The Stranglers.

Black Widow performs Come to The Sabbat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEmALYV72sc

One of the great occult rock bands of the 70's, totally unknown in the States, of course.

The end of NoVA

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=30&sid=2071633
This monstrosity was built where it was for one reason - corruption.  Someone, somewhere, got a huge bribe.  To make a long story short, there was not the slightest consideration given, then or now, as to how people are actually going to get to it, and where they will park.  The area is already the site of massive congestion, this will make it impenetrable.  And it will affect an area at least 1 1/2 miles around, maybe more.  When this worthless boondoggle finally yawns open, we will finally see the DC area beat out L.A. for worse traffic in the nation - and not by a small margin.  The closest thing they'll have is the La brea tar pits - which we will soon resemble...

New medal for the 442nd

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-veterans-medal-20101006,0,7017069.story

I've always been in awe of those guys.

Steampunk computer on the way?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/05/analytical_engine_build_call/

Neat-O!

fashion critic

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20101005/NEWS03/101005060/1001/NEWS

The Foam Printer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN-mfQsno2g

Pretty neat.

The Great Pumpkin

http://www.wusa9.com/rss/local_article.aspx?storyid=114333

RIP Grandpa Hogette

http://www.wusa9.com/video/default.aspx#/WUSA%2DNews/Original+Redskins+Hogette+Buried+At+Arlington/46371336001/45927990001/626296174001
A local character and legend.

Happy Mad Hatter Day!

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ari/madHatter.html

Happy National Noodle Day!

Yum!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Witchcraft in Wargaming

http://www.warlordgames.co.uk/?p=8142

Fun article!


(Thanks for the link, Paul!)

Hunter's Cover Letter

http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/hunter_s._thompsons_master_class_on_writing/

Wonderful!

Censors VS Monty Python

http://www.blameitonthevoices.com/2010/10/monty-python-and-holy-censorship.html

The human mattress domino world record

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/842851-human-mattress-domino-world-record-comes-tumbling-down

Chad Vader talks about Star Wars in 3-D

http://apps.facebook.com/blamesocietyfilms/?em=1&v=EAvKpvG8Zqo

Surrealist Steampunk

http://io9.com/5647882/when-steampunk-meets-surrealism/gallery/

Alexander The Great Lives!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100930121000.htm


(Give yourself 3 points if you get the reference here...)

Clown's In Office

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/05/3029633.htm

Works for me...

Burn, Baby, Burn

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/local/Firefighters-watch-as-home-burns-to-the-ground-104052668.html

Actually, this is quite historical.  If one wanders around Old Town Alexandria, one will see (faux) antique metal fire plaques placed prominently on the fronts of many homes.  They are replicas of the emblems that the earliest fire companies placed on homes who'd paid their fees to the insurance-run companies to protect them from fires.  No payment = no emblem = no fire company help. 

Renewable Energy

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/oct/05/human-waste-turned-renewable-gas

Actually, despite the 500 puns running around in my head right now, this sounds like a really great idea with a lot of potential...

fanvid for 45 Grave performing Party Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A8N08mdU9Y&feature=related

Music for the end of mankind.

Blue Oyster Cult performs Don't Fear The Reaper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdXfkkyI1nQ

Great song.  National anthem of suicides...

fanvid for the Classics IV performing Spooky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHshmDAc4lk

Julie Driscoll & Trinity perform Season of the Witch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpizS9h-1Xk

Perfect for this time of year.  I love this version.

The Addams Family Theme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVDJvrBFDDc

Fun stuff!  Absolutely Classic!

fanvid for Screaming Lord Sutch performing She's Fallen In Love With A Monster Man

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE28fKgGNO8

Love Me Do!

This first Beatles record was released on this date back in '62...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xuMwfUqJJM

Happy Birthday Monty Python's Flying Circus!

One of my all-time faves.  Brilliant and Essential.  Premiered on this date in 1969.

http://pythonline.com/

http://www.intriguing.com/mp/

Happy Birthday to You Bet Your Life (the TV show)

Premiered on this date in 1950. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Bet_Your_Life

Monday, October 04, 2010

nice interview with Nils Lofgren

http://www.goldminemag.com/features/nils-lofgren-in-spotlight-with-solo-gigs-dvd

fanvid for Weird Al Yankovic performing Nature Trip To Hell (In 3-D)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWME4d1BRCk&feature=related

The Haunted Organ from The Ghost & Mr. Chicken

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz_crHdfggY


If i remember correctly, this was composed by the amazing Vic Mizzy, and is remarkably good.

The theme from Tales From The Crypt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tSTgUSU8hg

The Munsters Theme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUftpgCf8yE&feature=related

fanvid for Dave Edmunds performing The Creature From The Black Lagoon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_4iZIguRBs

Ray Parker Jr.'s video for Ghostbusters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4uxIo4t7xM

fanvid for Will Smith performing Nightmare On My Street

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-56CNh5S7GU&feature=related

Neat vending machines

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-35991769

I would add one more that I saw up in Burlington, Vermont at the Magic Hat Beer that my friend Chris had taken us to.  It was an old cigarette vending machine that now sold poems.  They were written on small sheets of paper that were then wrapped around wooden blocks the size of cigarette packs, (which was what the machine was designed to accommodate).  Pretty neat!

The trapped child

http://www.wlfi.com/dpps/news/strange/boy-rescued-from-toy-vending-machine-ob10-jgr_3602454

It seems to me, that the proper way to remove him was obvious - use the claw....

Winston The C is at #4 with a Bullet!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11465245

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/09/29/gambian_president_claims_admiralship_in_nebraska_navy

I remember many years ago when someone took the time out to analyze a photo of the medal encrusted vest of another dictator, the cannibalistic Idi "Hamburger Helper" Amin.  Some of the medals were determined just to be made up entirely, but one was for the Mercedes Benz owner's club!  We may now add the Nebraska Navy* to the list of tinpot dictators' many aspirations.  To quote Bugs - "What a maroon!"



*This reminds me of a little irony of WWII. During that time, the nazi ally (and land-locked country) Hungary was ruled by Admiral Horthy.  Of course, he'd gained his rank years earlier while serving in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, (which DID have a seacoast and navy...).  But it does look a little odd when studying things in the 1940's.

New book out by Trace Beaulieu (of MST3000)

http://tracebeaulieu.com/sillyrhymes/

Reprint on the way for The Art of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos

http://thegaminggang.com/2010/10/the-art-of-h-p-lovecraft%E2%80%99s-cthulhu-mythos-to-return-to-shelves/

Happy Birthday Sputnik!

Launched on this date in 1957.


http://history.nasa.gov/sputnik/

Happy Birthday Buster Keaton!

http://www.busterkeaton.com/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000036/

Happy National Taco Day!

Yum!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

fanvid for Tarantula Ghoul performing Graveyard Rock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wj_lxFAVhM


Love this tune, and it's a fun video, too.

Steve Wynn performs Halloween

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o051jgHssHw

fanvid for Whodini performing Haunted House Of Rock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRkdOTEIuMs

Roky Erickson performs I Walked With A Zombie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL4N2JDqt0I

Knowing Roky, he probably did....

Alice Cooper performs Sick Things

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fxy9-Em2z68

"Your child is flunking out of 3rd grade - it's Michelob Time!"

http://consumerist.com/2010/10/school-sells-ad-space-on-letters-sent-home-to-parents.html

Designer Universe?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/7972538/Are-we-living-in-a-designer-universe.html

A ncie article about Sing Out! Magazine

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/index.ssf?/base/news-1/128607878552260.xml&coll=3

The Iron Man Costume

http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2010-05/you-built-what-real-iron-man

Impressive!


(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Boulder's Naked Pumpkin Run - "We're Ready", say the cops

http://www.coloradodaily.com/ci_16231119?source%253Dmost_viewed.20F88DA3D7D369F5BB70F372987EAE1F.html#axzz11IUFOqUF

Cops are so amusing.  I'm not sure the proper response to being asked about a naked man wearing a pumpkin is to say "I'm Ready..."  It's also amusing to see how crime-free Boulder obviously is, that this nefarious activity is being treated so gravely.  Glad to hear it, boys - keep a sharp eye for jay walkers!

Happy Intergeneration Day!

http://www.intergenerationday.org/

Happy Birthday to Charles "Ming The Merciless" Middleton!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0585481/

I've always wanted to write a management self-help book entitled something like Business Secrets of Ming the Merciless...

Happy Birthday to The Maltese Falcon!

Premiered on this date in 1941.  One of my all-time fave movies.  Absolutely Essential!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033870/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maltese_Falcon_(1941_film)

Happy Birthday Eddie Cochran!

One of my all-time faves.  Genius.  Essential.

http://www.eddiecochran.info/

http://www.eddie-cochran.info/

http://www.eddiecochran.net/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeWC59FJqGc

Happy Birthday to Mythbusters!

Debuted on this date in 2003.  One of the few TV shows I now watch.  Fun stuff!

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/mythbusters/

Happy Birthday to The Dick Van Dyke Show!

My fave sitcom.  Perhaps the best one, ever.  Debuted on this date in 1961.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054533/

http://www.dickvandykeshow.com/

Happy Birthday to Captain Kangaroo!

Premiered on this date in 1955.

http://www.tvparty.com/lostterrytoons.html

Happy Birthday to Lindsey Buckingham!

http://www.lindseybuckingham.com/

Saturday, October 02, 2010

fanvid for The Phantom performing Tales From A Wizard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDDK4UyUL-M


There's a whole backstory to this.  The guy was a Jim Morrison soundalike who put out a mysterious album with no information on who he was, etc., hoping to cash in on the whole "Jim isn't really dead" fad of the mid 70's.  It's actually a reasonably good album.

fanvid for Barnes & Barnes performing Cemetery Girls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNUOXSShYjU

The X Files Theme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDZBgHBHQT8

The Outer Limits Intro/Theme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CtjhWhw2I8

Happy Birthday Groucho!

Probably my all-time fave comedian.  An American Treasure.  Absolutely brilliant and Essential.

http://www.groucho-marx.com/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000050/

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/groucho_marx.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT8dMU5vyTE

Happy Birthday Budd Abbott!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0007941/

http://www.abbottandcostello.net/

Great straight man. 

Happy Birthday to The Twilight Zone!

Premiered on this date in '59.  One of my faves!  Brilliant!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052520/

http://www.twilightzone.org/

Happy Birthday Peanuts!

Debuted on this date in 1950.

http://peanuts.com/

http://www.comicartville.com/peanutscomics.htm

Friday, October 01, 2010

The theme to the Night Gallery

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9pToHSFdwk

fanvid for Gene Moss performing I Want To Bite Your Hand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI12RaOUlVk

I love this!

Elvira's Theme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGUbIyv8GWg

Blue Oyster Cult performs Godzilla

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiHRm2DioMA

The Twilight Zone theme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVSRm80WzZk

The Monster List of Halloween Projects

http://halloweenmonsterlist.info/


Impressive!

What If....

http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/what_if_the_beatles_had_never_discovered_drugs_or_broken_up/


Cruel, cruel....

Alice Cooper performs Black Ju-Ju

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/842382-clown-running-for-brazilian-parliament-hampered-by-literacy-test

Great song and performance.

The Political Clown

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/842382-clown-running-for-brazilian-parliament-hampered-by-literacy-test


Ah, so many potential jokes in all of this....

The Brickskeller is for sale!

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2010/10/01/dave-and-diane-alexander-in-negotiations-to-sell-the-brickskeller/


An almost legendary DC landmark....

Inter-species dolphin communication

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9045000/9045389.stm

Fascinating!

The Ig Nobel Awards

http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/article/bat-fellatio-whale-snot-research-honored-at-ig-nobel-awards/19656307

Space Hotel?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11440701

sounds doubtful to me....

the cutting edge of wine theft

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11442633

Good grief!  I gotta admit, I'm impressed!

Batmobiles for sale

http://uk.cars.yahoo.com/29092010/36/buy-batmobile-pound-100-000-0.html

The state of comic books and their stores (at least in Maryland)

http://www.gazette.net/stories/10012010/businew173949_32544.php


(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Richard Belzer performs The Vampire Song

http://blastr.com/2010/09/richard-belzer-cashes-in.php

Fun stuff!

Very nice listing of Halloween oriented blogs

http://www.darklinks.com/2010/09/13-haunting-halloween-blogs.html

Happy Birthday to American Pie!

I know it was released in Ocotber of '71, but don't have an exact date, so this'll have to do.  One of my fave songs, a mini-history of McLean's love affair with rock'n'roll.  Wonderful tune, one of my faves. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Pie_(song)

http://user.pa.net/~ejjeff/pie.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr-BYVeCv6U&feature=related

30 Days Until Halloween!

Happy Birthday to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson!

Premiered on this date in 1962.

http://www.johnnycarson.com/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055708/

Happy National Homemade Cookies Day!

Yum!

Happy Birthday Dave Arneson!

Co-creator of D&D.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Arneson

Happy Birthday James Lawrence!

http://08016.com/lawrence.html

An almost-forgotten hero of the War of 1812.