Friday, July 22, 2011

Off on a Road Trip!

See you in ten days....

The coolest border closing ceremony - ever!

Now that's a Border Closing!  I do wonder if John Cleese can sue for copyright infringement, however.

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Orange peel flamethrower


My next keyboard

Heat Index of 121!


Something for your ebooks...

How to park a car

The Return of Ab Fab?!


Drive-By Shootings in Wuss America

And so, we have come to this, assassination by nerf....

Understatement of the Day: "I'm just going to drop in"

Happy Meals!

Slugs are cheap dates

We had a huge slug problems at our first house.  While I didn't do any comparison testing, (no way I'm wasting good beer on vermin), I did find that they were almost hypnotically drawn to the cheap swill that I put out for them - mostly Bud and PBR. 

Only 100 Days Until Halloween!

Woo Hoo!

Happy Birthday to My Aim Is True by Elvis Costello!

Released on this date in '77. One of my all-time faves. Absolutely brilliant.

Happy Birthday to The Daily Show!

Premiered on this date in 1996.

Happy birthday George Clinton!

Happy Spooner's Day!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Fungi From Yuggoth Returns To The Manor!

These aren't very good pictures, and the damn things started to die on me before I could take them. But we can all relax, the annual return of the Fungi to the Manor has occured.

fanvid for Spirit performing Dark Eyed Woman

One of those songs that reminds me of many sweltering Summer nights spent shambling about DC in the 70's. You'd brush past the hookers and strip clubs on 14th and continue North to the Iguana Club coffeehouse for some folk, then meander to Downtown to the Aeroplane or down to Foggy Bottom to Tammany Hall, (ignoring the parasitic b-girls who infested the place on weekends); and then off to Gtown and gods know what. And ALWAYS end up at Cafe de Paris for a last call, steak tartar, and onion soup at about 3AM.

fanvid for Bedemon performing Child of Darkness

DC's finest heavy doom band!

Bad Company performs Can't Get Enough

Classic 70's hard rock.

Looking Glass performs Brandy

A staple of Top 40 oldies stations. I still like it - good lyrics; and it pains me to think that it's over 39 years ago that it was a hit.

fanvid for the Everly's performing Bowling Green

By the Summer of '67 the hits were coming fewer and farther between, but I really loved this one, my fave by them.

fanvid for Chubby Checker performing The Twist

Perhaps the most famous dance record in pop culture.

Joss Whedon's Cabin In The Woods to be released!

The Onion is soooo wicked....,20953/

Technological History - The Pizza Box

Cute little article.

how gas profits are spent

Oh my gods - I like Lady Gaga!

At this point in my life, I tend to run as fast as I can away from mega-hype and faux outrageousness in pop culture. It's always a disappointment and a cover for someone with little talent for making buckets of cash. Gaga seemed right out of central casting for this type of stuff. But I saw a reference to this clip elsewhere and decided to (finally) check her out, and must way - I'm impressed.

The cutting edge of compensation

The last show of the Joy Boys

Local radio legends here in DC.

Happy Birthday Kim Fowley!

Happy Birthday Robin Williams!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Velvet Sugar

Tee hee!

ELO VS The Supremes

A new way to relieve the stupid rich from their money!

I love it!

Nice article honoring the commandos of D-Day

People pay THEM for sex?!?!?

Sheesh - fugly....

The Friendly Skys

Martha & The Vandellas perform Heatwave

An entirely appropriate song. It's boiling today at the Manor....

fanvid for Dionne performing Do You Know The Way To San Jose

It is still disconcerting to me to realize that this little gem is 43 years old. I remember my family driving through San Jose that Summer, and this song coming on the radio. Fun stuff!

The Orchids perform Girls

I believe I am the only person who remembers this fun band.

Rickie Lee Jones performs Last Chance Texaco

My fave by her, perfect for a sweltering afternoon.

Aimee Mann's video for Freeway

She's so cool...

Tracy Ullman's video for Breakaway

Fun stuff!

The first interactive tatoo?

Wuss America

Heat Index for DC at 116!


Cat Laser Bowling!

(Thanks for the link, Becky!)

Happy National Hot Dog Day!


Anniversary of the release of Do Anything You Wanna Do by Eddie & The Hot Rods

In 1977. One of my all-time fave songs.

Happy Anniversary to The Bowman Body!

First appearance (as a Summer replacement) on this date in 1970.

Happy birthday Diana Rigg!

Happy Birthday John Lodge!

Happy Birthday Carlos Santana!

Happy Moon Day!

An incredible achievement.

Happy Fortune Cookie Day!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii

On the one hand, I don't believe that the State should be deciding what childrens names should be. On the other hand, if such a child should murder their parents, I think they should be let off on the grounds of self defense. Call me Solomon.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Execution over air conditioner condensation

I'm sure there are worse cases out there, but this is certainly one of the stupidest reasons I've ever heard for murdering someone.

Land Art


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Today's special at Taco Bell

The Japanese Tsunami as filmed from inside a car

UNBELIEVABLE - and very frightening. The random tossing of vehicles and heavy debris - I could feel myself getting anxious just watching it. One (dark) bit of comedy - the driver kept their windshield wipers going.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The world's most expensive croissant

We Had To Destroy The Husband To Save Him

The spirit of Westmoreland lives on!

Dogs VS Sharks

I'm Going To Be Rich!

I'm going to start selling Engagement Ring Umbrellas!

The cutting edge of concert acoustics

One Last Cheer

The Hunger...

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy National Ice Cream Day!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Phone Call of Cthulhu!

The ACLU attempts to fry some bacon

In a city full of swine, Danny has managed to put himself at the top of the wallowing pyramid.  Everyone here is hoping he'll lose the case - big time.  Most hated man in DC - and that's sayin' something.

We'll tell you we're doing better, rather than actually doing better

It is so typical of these times, this area, and bureaucracies in general. Here we have an agency that has been incompetently and courruptly run for decades, and allowed and encouraged to do so by the governments that guide and fund it. Gleefully murdering its employees as well as the general public, incapable of doing anything right. And they see the "problem"* as one of "communication"; i.e. - we need to crank up the propaganda machine to lie to people about how wonderful we are - as opposed to fixing the problems, (training bus drivers to stop running over pedestrians, don't allow unsafe trains to run, etc.. You don't spend money trying to do a better job, you spend it to TELL People that you're doing a better job. Like I said - typical.

*It's only a problem because so many people now report and know about it that it can no longer be successfully covered up.  And it's not a problem for the board members, regardless, a group of parasites long known for NEVER riding Metro. 

Happy Birthday Hunter S. Thompson!

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Dion!

Happy Birthday Martha Reeves!

Happy National Caviar Day!


Sunday, July 17, 2011

A nice little article about The Bayou rock club of Gtown

In its time, a local landmark.

(Thanks for the link, Edmund!)

Happy Birthday Vince Guaraldi!

Happy Birthday James Cagney!

Happy Wrong Way Corrigan Day!

Happy Sundae Sunday!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Some upcoming conventions of interest:

Steel City Con in Pennsylvania

HorrorFind Weekend in Pennsylvania

Eerie Horror Filmfest in Pennsylvania

Capclave in Maryland

Chiller Theatre Expo in New Jersey

KatsuCon in Maryland

Ken Kesey's Magic Trip to be released soon!

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

RIP Jerry Ragavoy

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

The Springsteen-esque reaction to Carmageddon


Island of Lost Souls coming out on DVD!

Wonderful news!

Happy Birthday D.C.!

Founded on this date in 1790. Byzantium.  Am not sure what the official celebrations will consist of, but assume a crack pipe is involved.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Parking Notes

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

The cutting edge of Smartphone apps

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

The latest on the human-powered helicopter

Very cool.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The Charlottesville Spirit Walk in October

Great moments in dog funerals

Mad Fox Brewpub celebrates first anniversary

The return of Creem Magazine!

Leaf Art

Beautiful!  Really impressive.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Roky Erickson!

Genius.  Essential.  Rock's madman.  Another fave of mine.

Happy Birthday Ian Curtis!

Genius.  Essential.  Lead singer for one of my all-time favorite bands, and one of the most important in the past thirty years.  The soundtrack for when things fall apart...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A nice article on the legendary Mel Blanc

Paul performs Junior's Farm

Great power pop.  I'm reasonably certain that this is the only Top 40 hit to chat about killing Nixon, (We all chip in for a bag of cement...). 

Frankie Ford performs Sea Cruise

Classic New Orleans rock'n'roll.

Melanie performs Beautiful People

Yes, hippie naivete and optimism from my misspent youth.  Just give me a break for a minute, okay?

Michelle Shocked's video for Come A Long Way

I think 'Chelle is a treasure, and tragically ignored.  This is my fave song by her.  Cute video, too.

Drunk Monopoly - True Gamesmen

This is produced by the folks who do the series Chad Vader.

RoboVendor is now with the Nats

Wake-Up Call for the Shuttle from REM


The Creepy Robot Mouth

Learn Klingon Online!

Nice article on Don Fleming

A stalwart of the DC punk scene.  The Velvet Monkeys were great!

Back To Tubes!

A new documentary on George Harrison is on the way

Happy Birthday Woody Guthrie!

Happy National Grand Marnier Day!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

fanvid for The Washington Squares performing Can't Stop The Rain

So cool, a pity they never went anywhere.

The tragedy of government shutdown

What of the Children?!?   (Actually, I continue to be amused by the folks who define Coors as "Beer"...).  I got your Real Beer right here, Pal.

Weird Al VS The Titanic

Yes perform Roundabout

My fave song by them.

The Beatles video for Rain

It's pouring outside the Manor right now, and this seemed appropriate.

The Small Faces perform Itchycoo Park

A classic from one of the great rock'n'roll bands.

The Ultimate Arrest

T-Shirt for Teachers!

Great moments in personal and professional responsibility

In a world positively teeming with lazy incompetents, I continue to be amazed that someone can drown in a nominally 'public' pool and not be noticed FOR TWO FUCKING DAYS.  I mean, is this damn pool in Mordor?

Headline of the Day

Like Father, Like Son

Ah yes, another example of the apple not falling far from the tree.  I'll be curious if the Mayor-For-Life's immunity from any government prosecution for anything at all will extend to his charming offspring. 

Johnny Depp to play Paul Revere and Carl Kolchak!

Sounds like fun!

And yet another fake band - Candy & The Slicers with gilda Radner

And my friend Peter reminded me of the Way Outs from The Flintstones

And my friend Perry reminded me of Spinal Tap and The Rutles (How could I have forgotten!?)

Happy Birthday Patrick Stewart!

Happy Birthday Patrick Stewart!

Happy Birthday Roger McGuinn!

Happy Birthday Cheech Marin!

Happy National Beans & Franks Day!


Happy National French Fries Day!


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Soem more fake bands

(Thanks, Perry!)

the beau brummelstones from the flintstones

Next Time, We'll Be Ready

They're planning a next time!?!

(Thanks for the link and title, Nick!)

Nice little interview with the actor William Schallert

I'm sorry there wasn't any real talk of the Patty Duke Show.I bet that there are some stories there.

Hand Soap

Top 23 Fake Bands

Hmmm, I'd note that they missed the Banana Splits, as well as Lancelot Link & The Evolution Revolution.  And who can forget Forrest Tucker and the rest of F Troop performing Mr. Tambourine Man.    
And what of Star Trek's Space Hippies?  And the brilliant Dick Shaun singing Love Power in The Producers - my personal fave.  I'm sure there are many more.  (Pete?  Perry?  Anyone?  Any suggestions?)

RIP Sherwood Schwartz,0,7756481,full.story

The Wide World Of Sports!

Diner en Blanc

This is so cool!  I'd love to try this in Old Town, but am sure that the polizei would have a fit at the idea of anyone having fun.

"nothing appeared to be suspicious about the incident"...

The cutting edge of sang-froid!  Although I must admit, that I share the opinion that a dead body in a burning auto is nothing to get all worked about.  Why, around here it's such a common occurrence that we rarely need street lights in the evening anymore, thanks to the warming glow of all the burning cars with dead bodies in them, (that aren't suspicious).  Clearly, we inherited this quaint custom from those flinty New Hampshirites!  And to the Captain Dumas' power of deduction and observation - Sir, We Salute You!

Gott NOT Mit Uns...

My Powers Are Beyond Your Understanding

(Sigh), I seem to have developed at least one super power, the ability to effortlessly get a garden hose tangled and kinked into knots so horrendous that it would make a Phrygian blanch.  I've dealt with dozens of hoses over my lifetime, almost all of them "guaranteed" not to kink up on me.  And all of them do.  And when I set them down, no matter how carefully, when I pick them up again they are woven into a spaghetti-like hell. Half my time in the garden is spend untangling hoses - it never fails. I remember old posters put out by the boy scouts and sea scouts with pictures of all sorts of knots one could/should be able to make.  Ha!  I laugh at their puny efforts.  Why, I can leave a simple garden hose draped out straight, end-to-end in the evening, and by the next morning it will have twisted itself into a non-euclidean horror that would  blast Stephen Hawkings mind to bits.    I have the gift, apparently.  And now you'll excuse me, I have to go water the garden...

Brenton Wood performs Gimme A Little Sign

I absolutely adore this song, a perfect example of mid-60's pop soul.

Traffic perfomrs Dear Mr. Fantasy

Wonderful song from a wonderful band.

The Left Banke perform Desiree

Classic mid-60's baroque rock.

Happy Birthday Alexandria, Virginia!

My hometown, founded in 1752.

Happy Birthday Christine McVie!

Happy Birthday Bill Cosby!

Happy Birthday Bucky Fuller!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Neat film of 3D printing!

Very cool!

(Thanks for the link, Bill!)

RIP Rob Grill of the Grassroots

The Ultimate Urinal!

What language is Mick Jagger singing?

Holy Ultima Robin!

The Knights of BAdassdom

This sounds fun!

Translating the Chinese found in Firefly

That's a serious fan...

The Twilight Zone meets Star Wars

Fun stuff!

Belly Button Flora & Fauna

fanvid for Hugh Masekela performing Grazing In The Grass

Great tune. Another one for a hot afternoon.

Simon & Garfunkel perform The 59th Street Bridge Song

A Classic for a hot afternoon.

The Tubes perform White Punks On Dope

Fun stuff!

The Undertones perform Teenage Kicks

One of the greatest rock songs, ever.

Hey There Cthulhu!


Crossword Vengeance!

Statue's Revenge...

A nice little article on weapons technology and how it can take some time to catch on

PEPCO's Number ONE!!!!!!

And a well deserved honor, I must say. Bravo!

Dead Murderer

Does this qualify as a zombie attack?

Great moments in political stunts

Rogue Mathematician On The Lose!

I prefer the drumstick...

Germany VS Giant Spider

Here in America, we've learned to deal with this problem...

I Hate Everyone

Zen and The Art of Fascism

The Bacon Alarm Clock

Happy Birthday Creature Feature!

13 years old today - the first and best online horror host site, run by DC's own legendary Count Gore De Vol!

Happy Birthday Robert Bruce!

Happy Birthday Bonnie Pointer!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

fanvid for NRBQ performing Ridin' In My Car

The 'Q' were one of those groups that were major stars in the DC market, and not much else, due to the efforts of our premiere radio station (at the time),WHFS.  A great song, my favorite by them.  And perfect for the time it came out (1978); You're young, think you're immune and immortal and in love, a beautiful illusion.  See ya tomorrow...

The Supremes perform Stone Love

And so it's the Summer of '74 and you're buzzing down the old Braddock Road at 70mph (this is when it was a little two lane blacktop leading to nowhere); the windows are wide open, you're gunning the engine, barely making the little windey turns on that (then) country road, and the tape player is blasting this tune out.

Alice Cooper performs Be My Lover

Ah yes, cruisin' along in the blazing sun of early 70's Summers, with this tune blasting out on the tape player. Classic.

fanvid for The Cookies performing I Never Dreamed

One of the great girl groups, almost forgotten now....

Barbara Lewis performs Make Me Your Baby

A brilliant performer and writer, criminally under-appreciated, Barbara is a Treasure.

Dusty Springfield performs Brand New Me


Firesign Theatre & Nick Danger!

Genius. I love those guys...

Speed Camera Photo You're Unlikely To See Very Often

Wuss Britain

I guess my idea of lawn jarts as a contact sport would be out too...

Criminal Description of the Day

Ronald McDonald rejoices

Yesterday was Odd Day

Making Everything Okay

A White Rose Leaflet On Display

Forget about all the claptrap about the Prussian plots against hitler.  They were just opportunistic cowards trying to save their own skin (and estates) when things started to look like they weren't going to rule the world and murder the rest of us.    The White Rose were the real ideological heroes of Germany.  A microscopic flicker of light in the darkness. 

Sigh, the continuing hitler cult,1518,683966,00.html

As I've pointed out before, despite some empty-headed fantasizing by himmler and the crackpots that he surrounded himself with, hitler despised "Asiatics" and is on record openly mocking and insulting them. Yes, it seems like every week the History or Military Channels are busy broadcasting all sorts of nazi/Indian/Tibetan/Aryan connections. The facts are simple, and well known to scholars of the period: virtually all of these expeditions and studies were fairly small-scale philosophical wet dreams by himmler, performed under his budget (and at the expense of other more practical tasks)and not treated seriously by the rest of the party, especially hitler.  And yes, there were alliances between the Axis and various groups in the British Empire who hoped that such would lead to independence for their peoples, (the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Subhas Chandra Bose are the two leading examples).  But there alliances were quite cynical on the part of both sides.  And these folks would have been, at absolute best, puppet fronts for client states/colonies of the Axis.  Sorry, but non-Nordic/Germanics who would worship nazism are just proving how pathetically and suicidally ignorant they are.

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

The Ultimate Bookstore?


(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)


Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

Joy Riding

Ronald McDonald history

The story of Willard being the first is well known around DC.  He never made a penny off of it, and has kept the REAL first costume under lock and key from the suits at McD's.

I'm going to get a titanium nose

Neat steampunk spider necklace

A little record store humor from The Onion,309/

I miss those days....

We're Number Six!

Actually, we're Number One.  Sorry to be a snob, but none of those other burgs qualify as real cities....

Mad Fox Brewpub

Finally got around to visiting this place, had heard many nice things about it, and a bunch of friends and us went there (thanks for organizing the expedition, Karen!).  I liked it, had a strong IPA called a Molotov Hoptail.  The food was good, there's a parking garage right behind the place, and a tolerable noise level.  .  They also offer a selection of meads and pub ciders from various places that I'm not familiar with, so will be trying them out, soon. 

My Neighbor Klaatu

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Arlo Guthrie!

Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla!

Happy Teddy Bear Picnic Day!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Nice film of hang gliding over Telluride

So cool...

Australian Parliament Meets Rocky Horror & The Hokey Pokey

I'm holding out for the Lambada...

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction to be made available online!

Tubes documentary now online!

Special 30th Anniversary Call Of Cthulhu Edition!

I can feel my sanity draining away....

Happy Birthday Lee Hazlewood!

Weird genius.  A combination of country, lounge and rock.

Happy Birthday Richard Roundtree!

Happy Birthday Richard Roundtree!

Friday, July 08, 2011

the increasing cynicism and silliness of mohameddism

A nation of idiots.

Mel Brooks retrospective coming out on DVD!

Headline (and article) of the Day

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A neat blog devoted to the old Lincoln Highway

It's about to rain here at the Manor

The clouds are rolling in and there's thunder rumbling across the treetops as I'm typing this, and I'm dreaming of Colorado.  It's time for a little Johnny Rivers...

Eddie Floyd performs Knock On Wood

Another great R&B mainstay.

Desmond Dekker performs 007 (Shanty Town)

A minor classic.

Gladys Knight & The Pips perform I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Wonderful version.

If he'd just pay me what he's spending to make me stop robbing him, I'd stop robbing him.

Great sign graffiti

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Watch odler episodes of Count Gore de Vol online!

Songs of Cthulhu

Dylan's nod to The Big Man

I believe that this is how Planet of the Apes begins

(Thanks for the link, Evan!)

Neat little performance - tay9andahalf

She's pretty good, and has a bunch of other videos out. 

Happy Birthday Marty Feldman!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

A nice article about the Monkees and the R&R Hall of Fame

I rather like this article, because it does touch on some good points within pop culture.  With the exception of a couple of Nesmith cuts, none of the songs on the first two albums were written by them.  Is that important for legitimacy?  If so, my next question is how legitimate does that make Elvis?  And does not playing your own instruments disqualify a group from the HofF?  If so, please explain the Beach Boys to me, (or most Soul groups).  It all comes down to the definition of a curious term; "legitimacy" - and I'm not sure I'm smart/arrogant enough to really tackle that.  One could argue that the Monkees were put together by businessmen.  Fair enough.  So were Peter, Paul & Mary, as well as the Sex Pistols, (and probably more than a couple of 'super groups').  Does that mean you're beneath contempt?  I think the issues get murkier the more you look.  I wouldn't want to be an absolutist like some of the rock critic snobs out there.

just another day in the District

I used to argue for voting rights for the District.  Now I argue for martial law....

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers perform Why Do Fools Fall In Love

I love this song.

The Jimmy Castor Bunch performs Troglodite


Bobby Fischer - "genius" and asshole

This sounds like a pretty interesting book, although I suspect that from my point of view, the review of it here is enough for me.  Full disclosure:  despite being a fanatical and life-long gamer, my expertise has been in wargaming, miniatures and role playing games.  I am a terrible chess player - perhaps the worst of all time.  I doubt I've ever won any of the several dozen games that I played in my youth, (I don't think I've touched a board in thirty years).  So it may sound a little churlish of me when I say that I'm not quite impressed with it.  Is someone a "genius" if they're very good, even perfect at it?  A game?  You're comparing a game to Newton and his physics?  I'm not even convinced it's the ultimate game.  My own votes would go to the Oriental game of Go, or perhaps five card draw poker, (and maybe my beloved Diplomacy).  I mean, each have their advantages and disadvantages.  But frankly, I'd argue that Go is much more sophisticated and subtle, and Diplomacy has the added advantage of being immune to wins by number crunching computers as occurs in Chess, (I don't negotiate with glorified toasters - I crush them....). 
And as someone who has been around the nerdish worlds of wargaming, rpg's, sci-fi, fantasy, cult TV, etc.  I have to ask about the possibility of turning around the psycho-analysis of "chess genius is mad because he's a chess genius" to one of "insane geek is chess genius because that's all that's left for him to do."  I mean, seriously, hang around a wargame shop or a sci-fi convention long enough, and you're going to run into a lot of mini-Bobby Fischers.  I guarantee it.  And some are just as big an asshole as he was.  (Look at the character of 'comic Book Guy' on the Simpsons....)  They gravitate to hobbies like that by pure magnetism.  Many of them become quite knowledgeable, even expert, in the hobby, or some obscure aspect of it.  Generally because that's all they have - it's not like they're going out on dates, having fine careers, or learning about personal hygiene...  And one out of a million becomes so focused, that they become the uber-nerd, (still no contact with soap and a bathwater, however).  It's just the odds playing out.  And I guess I just don't see anything particularly unusual with that.  Especially if you have at least a small crowd of fellow nerds encouraging and enabling that behavior and expertise. 
Again, I love games, the design and play of them is something very enjoyable to me, and the camaraderie with my fellow gamers is something I cherish.  But genius?  I'd much rather equate that with something in the world.  Show me the person(s) who cures a disease or  develops a new engineering principle, or figures some way to drive through Tyson's Corner at Rush Hour in less than 90 minutes - now that's a mental activity in the REAL world - dealing with all the challenges (without a rule book) that can fly in unexpectedly.  To me, THAT'S genius.

Add the spark of romance to your marriage!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Rock Around The Clock at #1!

On this date in 1955.

Wuss America

Obviously the yelps of economic hardship and bankruptcy emanating from Michigan are nothing more than crocodile tears, given that they have time, and bureaucrats, to super-define exactly what constitutes a "suitable" plant and protect us from the dread basil menace.  It's amusing to see the drones of city government outlawing vegetables.  Careful boys - you're closer than you think....

The cutting edge of worm gathering

Good News - Germans still can't win in WWII

Southside & Litte Steven - Together!


A birthday cake for a little girl who loves Star Wars

The Contours perform Do You Love Me (Not That I Can Dance)

Cute soul song!

Rare Firesign Theatre Radio & TV Ads Online!

Happy Birthday to Good Eats!

Premiered on this date in 1999. My fave cooking show.

Happy Birthday Ringo!

Happy National Strawberry Sundae Day!


Happy National Strawberry Sundae Day!


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The Great Escape - Parts I & II

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the links and title, Mathew!)

An oldie but goody: Silent Star Wars

The best (free) publicity for heavy metal - Ever

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Britain's Oldest Jet

Pretty neat! Someone will have to clue in the "experts" at the History and Military Channels that not only nazis were capable of that technology.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The cutting edge of product placement - in Hell

This just gets sillier and sillier....

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

Alexandria Civil War History - with Peeps

fanvid for Donna Summer performing I Feel Love

Has that ultra cold Giorgio Moroder production to it. I think it works well in small doses, but could never get used to the heavy airplay that it got back in '77.

fanvid for the Soul Survivors performing Expressway To Your Heart

A wonderful blue-eyed version of Philly Soul.

Modern Urban Archaeology in London

Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Anniversary fo the release of the B-52's!

On this date in 1979. Great album.

Happy Birthday, Jefferson Airplane!

Formed on this date in 1965. I love this band.

Happy Birthday to A Hard Day's Night!

One of my all-time fave movies. Premiered on this date in London in '64. Brilliant. Essential.

Happy Birthday Pat Paulsen!

Happy Birthday Jennifer Saunders!

Absolutely Essential, Sweety Darling!

Happy Birthday Bill Haley!

Happy Birthday John Paul Jones!

Another great Patriot. Spiritual "Father" of the United States Navy. A commander who sought out victory. "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast for I intend to go in harm's way."
And I wish I had that kind of guts...

Happy Birthday Joshua Barney!

A great Patriot, almost forgotten now....

Happy Birthday Daniel Morgan!

A Patriot - and one of our Best. Probably the finest American tactical commanders of the Revolution - maybe of all time. Totally defeated that worthless bastard Tarleton and showed him up for the total coward that he was. One of my all-time fave American Heroes.

Happy National Fried Chicken Day!


Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Denver is VERY medical....

The Last Ghost Car....


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Good News - We're Real!

Damn! there goes my excuse about not dieting....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)


And so, with the passing of the 4th, we enter into what I would describe as the middle of Summer. It's a sauna out around the Manor today, with clouds of gnats and bugs whose attacks I would describe as moving up to the category of Rape. And, as usual, I am reminded of tunes from Summers past. Enjoy!

The First Class - Beach Baby. A guilty pleasure. Most people I know can't stand this thing, but I love it. From the confusing, sweaty, and dangerous Summer of '74.

War - Summer. Probably my fave song by a great and innovative band. I think it captures a hot lazy afternoon perfectly. If I remember correctly this was a hit in '76.

Marvin Gaye - Too Busy Thinking 'Bout My Baby. From the late Spring and early Summer of '69. My fave song by Marvin. The soundtrack for when things are going right.

The Lovin' Spoonful - Summer In The City. From '66. More than once this tune has rattled around in my head while shuffling through DC in the heat.

Starbuck - Moonlight Feels Right. From emotional, confusing and perplexing Summer of 1976. So accurate that it's scary. (This one's for you, Edmund!)

Vanity Fair - Hitchin' A Ride. From 1970. Always liked this song, although I never hitched a ride.

nazi sea monkeys

As the article points out, this is actually pretty old news. But I think it's a nice reminder of how twisted some folks get. Jewish nazis - sheesh! Herr braunhut lived in NoVa, (and frequented one of my fave restaurants). I always enjoyed the kitsch value of sea monkeys, even now - but can't stand the idea of paying money to this clown, or his estate.

Ellen tries out the Hawaii Chair!


(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

God is still on the Union's side...

Teachers' Trophy Tintinnabulation Terrorizes Tots!

I always cry at weddings - now I have a reason to

Congratulations jennifer hughes and montgomery county!

Well done, jenny - way to earn a paycheck! The drones of our Nation salute you!

Happy Birthday to Earth VS The Flying Saucers!

Premiered on this date, (I think - information is pretty limited on this one).  One of the best of the "drive-in sci-fi" movies. 

Happy Birthday Bill Watterson!

Creator of Calvin & Hobbes.  Genius.

Monday, July 04, 2011


Just heard the first fireworks of the night going off...

fanvid for X performing 4th of July

One of my fave songs by one of the great American rock'n'roll bands. 

Bruce performs 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

A beautiful tune for the day, this one always reminds me of Danny Federici and his accordion.

My Drunk Kitchen for the 4th of July!

Love this little show.

Faux History & Importance

Yawn. Sorry, but all this points out is how ephemeral corporate advertising events are. And that's all this really is, (and, as usual, backed up with government money). There are many examples, (the obscene advertising orgy over the refurbished Statue of Liberty a few decades back is an obvious one). The "scrolls" were thrown out forty years ago, as soon as they'd lost their marketing appeal, along with old feel-good knick-knacks and gimcrack from a thousand other campaigns: Happy Meals trinkets, Esso tiger tails, etc. (I suppose people can console themselves - their signatures were buried - but in landfill.)

Signers of the Declaration of Independence beign recognized and honored

Nice article on the current state of anti-ageing research

The last draftee

Canned wine from Colorado


Happy Birthday Rube Goldberg!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Independence Day!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Lost film from VJ DAy in Hawaii

Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Pumpkin Car!

Needless to say, I want one of these.

Cute jack-o-lanterns for sale

fanivd for Bruce performing Zero & Blind Terry

I guess it's been commercially released now, but for decades it was known only by old bootlegs. A great mini-epic with wonderful imagery and symbolism. At least for some of us, we've all been Zero at times,hikin'the streets of the sky....

Anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison in 1971

Happy Eat Beans Day!

Happy Build A Scarecrow Day!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Shenandoah Brewing Saved?

I hope so, and I hope the new owner still allows folks to brew their own. Linda and I spend many an evening 10+ years ago out there brewing and bottling away!

Kirk meets the other Captains

This sounds so silly I've just got to see it!

Beware of Kiwis bearing shot glasses!

Y'know, I'll try just about anything - twice. Fried beetles, meal worms, mountain oysters, sheep AND beef brains, steak tartar, eel, frogs, 100 year old eggs, etc.; and am still on the lookout to try more, if I can find them prepared well (chitlins, blowfish, geoduck, Philippine balut,). But I think I've met my match, here...

(Thanks for the link and title, Dennis!)

Virginia stops Mikatonic Institute For Advanced Cthulhu Studies

Humph!  I believe this qualifies as religious persecution! 

July 4th - When we celebrate something involving freedom from someone else

I despair.

For all of you Dr. Who fans...

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Bruce performs Rosalita

Classic. A great representation of the joy and freedom in Rock'N'Roll.

The gift for that UFO fanatic in your life

Firesign Theatre News!

Happy Birthday to the Airplane!

Premiered on this date in 1980.  Brilliant.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Shaft!

Premiered on this date in '71.  Great flic!

Happy Birthday to Plan 9 From Outer Space!

One of my faves.  Premiered on this date in 1959.

Happy Birthday Professor Roy Bittan!

Happy Birthday Hermann Hesse!

Happy Birthday Paul Williams of the Temptations!

Friday, July 01, 2011

The dangers of eating bacon...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

July is Dungeon Master Appreciation Month!

My fave D&D Holiday!

Bruce performs Darkness On The Edge Of Town

This was an amazing show...

Chesapeake Crabs Doing Okay

A fine old regional tradition.

The Scottish Wedding

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Best Horror Stories of Karl Wagner being published!

Another of my fave authors. I'll definitely be picking these up. (His story, "Sticks", is a masterwork and I suspect was a partial inspiration for The Blair Witch Project).

New and reissued Cthulhu stuff on the way!

Chinese photo techniques are as good as their health and safety standards

They might as well be taping crayon drawings on their refrigerators...

Whopper Bars

Ultimately, I couldn't care less what a bunch of lousy corporate stalls that I never visit choose to sell.  But I can only imagine beer turning these already sketchy places into tough dives.  Remember when they were focused on kids?  (As bad as that might have been).  Now it's going to be winos, out of control frat boys, and last-ditch alchies.

The FBI releases its files on hitler

I'm sure this would be interesting to go through, particularly the Argentine tales.

The cutting edge of rape explanations: "I thought she was dead."

Meat farming ants?

Balloon Bender T-Rex

Actually, this is pretty cool!

Mad Max Lives!

Happy Birthday Dan Aykroyd!

Happy Birthday Fred Schneider!

Happy Birthday Debbie Harry!