Monday, February 28, 2011

RIP Suze Rotolo

A plug - for a Religious Experience on Facebook!/pages/RELIGIOUS-EXPERIENCE/165084936827?v=wall

As many of you know,  I love the salsa from the Religious Experience Salsa Company out of Grand Junction, Colorado; particularly their top of the line brand - The Wrath Of God.  If you've visited the Manor, you've undoubtedly been served this at some point or another.  At any rate, they're trying to get a bigger presence on Facebook and have called for their fans to promote this effort.  So here goes, if you're into Facebook, and into great salsa, please check 'em out.  I really like these guys.

Gasp! The Flying Spaghetti Monster has an Arch-Enemy!

Tolkien Greed - The glove is picked up

Screw Art!

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

It always costs....

Happy Birthday Zero Mostel!

RIP Frank Buckles - The Last Doughboy

Sunday, February 27, 2011

David Johansen performs Alabama Song

Fun stuff!

Carl Perkins performs Matchbox


fanvid for The Cookies performing Don't Say Nothin' Bad About My Baby

A classic.  I love this song.

Suzi Quatro performs 48 Crash

One of those Americans who had to go to Britain to become a success.  Pity, I always like Suzi.

The 7 Most Terrifying Sex Toys Ever Patented

Interesting...a school defending drug dealers

And yes, that's all we're talking about here, doping up kids to make them more compliant with authority. 

The Spooky Movie Horror Festival in DC in October

Happy Birthday Joanne Woodward!

Happy Birthday Mary Jo Pehl!

One of the mainstays of MST 3000.

Happy National Strawberry Day!


Saturday, February 26, 2011

A fire in the fireplace, a bottle of cabernet, and Well Hung Heart blaring out of the speakers

It's a calm evening at the Manor.  See ya tomorrow....

Stop Vegetable Abuse!

Great moments in PG County Justice

I'm selling my Band-Aid stock, immediately.

I love how cooking simple meals can bring together a family

The Daily Superpower

Firefly and the Forlorn Hope

Woodstock Chardonnay

I confess that chardonnay is not what I think of when contemplating that mud wallow....

An alternative to air travel hell?

I'll be curious if this catches on, and what the major airlines and Feds will do to stop it.

Happy Birthday Johnny Cash!

An American Treasure.

Happy Birthday Godfrey Cambridge!
One of my faves, criminally under-appreciated comedian and actor. 

Happy Birthday Fats Domino!

Happy Birthday Francis Marion!

(His exact birth date is in some dispute...).

Happy Open That Bottle Night!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Nice examination of Errol flynn's movie, The Big Boodle

I've always wanted to see the curiostiy and never have.

Jefferson Starship promo video for St. Charles

I just love this song, (and the Spitfire album that it appears on). 

The Ohio Players perform Love Rollercoaster

A silly early disco song that I really like.  Interesting underground promotion for this tune; sort of a variation on the old Snuff movie(s).

John Cale performs Mercenaries

Wonderful song, one of my faves by Cale.

O.M.D. performs Enola Gay

Not one of my fave groups, but I always enjoyed this tune of theirs.

REM performs Sitting Still

Always loved this song.

BRILLIANT Street Fliers

(Thanks for the link, Kristine!)

Vengeance Is Ours

A little payback for the snakeheads in the Potomac....

Isn't this from the movie, Predator?

The Iron Man

The Rotisserie Channel

I'm reasonably sure that this qualifies as a sign of The End Times.

I keep looking for Keith Richards here

The Concert For George is being steamed all day today....

Wuss America and the end of the Easy Bake Oven

I love incandescent bulbs....

Tee Hee!

More wind at the Manor (sigh....)

We are apparently scheduled this afternoon to get 60mph gusts with constants of about a third of that.  This is getting old. 

Moamar's speech via Conan O'Brian

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Yes, Minister!

One of my all-time faves.  Absolutely brilliant.  Essential for anyone who wants to know how government really runs.  Premiered on this date in 1980.

Happy Birthday to Your Show Of Shows

One of the greatest TV shows - ever.  Premiered on this date in 1950.

Happy Birthday Zeppo!

Happy Birthday Carroll Borland!

A tiny role in Mark of the Vampire that established a timeless gothic image.

Happy Birthday George Harrison!

Happy Birthday Jim Backus!

Happy National Clam Chowder Day!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Headline of the day

A little update from Clarence

World's Largest Guitar Lesson

Fun Stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Space Beer

The gods know I'm not an expert about anything regarding space travel.  But I've always wondered why artificial gravity on spacecraft wasn't made a priority (perhaps it was/is and it's not possible?).  It seems like conquering that would solve a whole lot of other problems in one blow.

Lobsters In The Potomac!

Needless to say, I'm warming butter and getting my bib on.

Nice article about the new Ronettes reissue

I just loved those gals.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Franz von Stuck!

Happy Birthday Michelle Shocked!

Happy Birthday George Thorogood!

Happy National Tortilla Chip Day!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jay & The Techniques perform Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie

A perfect synthesis of '67 bubblegum and soul. 

The Incredilbe Casuals perform Let's Go

Silly but fun.  Whatever happened to these guys?

My next t-shirt,114/

Actually, I think I pretty much do that now....

USDA worries about Zombie Jerky

Your tax dollars at work.  And thank the gods.  I'd hate to think anything named "zombie jerky" would contain any false or misleading advertising....

Not A Quitter

Cornish Pasties are now Official


A True Gamesman

Spy toys

Ground Zero

Iwo Jima Day is today

Happy Birthday Majel Barrett!

Happy National Chili Day!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Ronettes perform You Baby

Sigh......Ronnie.     See ya tomorrow. 

RIP Tom DeBaggio

If you're into herb gardening in the mid-Atlantic region, DeBaggio was the expert, with a near cult following.  He started working out of his home and yard in the center of Arlington, which becmae more and more crowded with each passing year, finally moving out to relative country-like room in Loudon.  He was THE expert on herbs.  To be honest, he was not Mr. Personality, although that detached demeanor lessened after he was diagnosed.  But the son is keeping the business going, and I do recommend it to any gardeners in the NoVa area. 

The Airplane performs Lather

Fun stuff!

Sopwith Camel performs Hello Hello

A nice little bit of late 60's Top 40.

Quicksilver performs Fresh Air

A Classic of 'Frisco psychedelia.

Abney Park performs Isabella

Steampunk pop!  My friend, Nick, turned me onto these guys, (thanks Nick!).  Very cool.

The Turtles - for Pepsi


Love Song For A Vampire - A Lennox and Lugosi Mix

Fun stuff!

The Flat Earth Society

Actually, this would appear to be little more than a way to make some bucks.  Which is fine.  But back 40+ years ago, there really WAS a Flat Earth Society.  They had a (cheap) little newsletter, and was run by one or two TRUE BELIEVERS.  Ah, but the old days are gone...sigh.....

Encourage Self Esteem

Sonny & Cher visit a "haunted house"

This may well be the lamest ad/documentary/whatever for a disco that was ever made. 

Krazy Kernel Killing

No respect for Royalty

BBC Radio is re-broadcasting a documentary on Groucho by his Daughter

Very cool!

Britain Sinks....

Pat The Bunny - The Makeover

Isn't this how The Matrix begins?

A lazy woman determined to effortlessly kill herself in a feckless manner to prove she's not flatulent

When Alfred Met Peeps!

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Only 250 Days Until Halloween!

Happy Birthday Edward Gorey!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Dwight Frye!

One of the great character actors, and a personal fave of mine.

Happy Birthday Sheldon Leonard!

A great character actor and producer.

Happy Birthday George Washington!

One of my faves.  A hometown boy who made good.  In my opinion, one of the four Essential men of the Revolution. 
I'll also point out that his home, Mt. Vernon, is one of my favorite historical sites, and one that I always recommend to visitors to DC.  To a careful observer, it's one of those places that can tell you a lot about the guy who built it.  It's also in one of the prettiest loacations in NoVa. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

fanvid for Carla Thomas performing B A B Y

So cool....

An online petition to save the Poe House and Museum

A (partial) Monkees reunion tour in the works

A very odd-looking Soviet plane design

It really does look like something from a sci-fi movie, doesn't it?

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

A new game - Crows

This looks pretty neat.  I love it when game designers come up with totally new ways that a game works.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Mary Chapin Carpenter!

One of my faves. DC's Finest. A Treasure.

Happy Presidents Day!'s_Birthday

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Looking Glass performs Brandy

An almost quintessential early 70's top 40 hit.  Late Spring of '72, if I remember correctly.  There's a great story in this song, one of the elements that made it a hit.  One of those tunes that sounds even better after the third bourbon.  Brandy, here's to ya!

fanvid for The Soft Boyse performing I Wanna Destroy You

Always liked this band.  Even now, they're unknown to all but the cognoscente; in the late 70's there were about five of us in the States who were aware of them.  The best of late 70's British neo-psychedelia.

McGuinn Clark & Hillman perform Don't You Write Her Off

Lousy video, nice song.

The Wind is gone...

The Manor stands triumphant.  But what a Blow....

Great moments in Annandale neighborhood associations

Happy Birthday Richard Matheson!

Happy Birthday Sidney Poitier!

Happy Hoodie Hoo Day!

Happy Birthday Joel Hodgson!

Genius.  Essential.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

5000 Volts performs I'm On Fire

An unbelievably Guilty Pleasure.  If this band were any more fey I think they'd be taking a ring to Mordor.  This never was really big in the States, but I like it, despite myself. 

Jack Scott performs The Way I Walk

So cool.....

fanvid for Pete Wingfield performing 18 With A Bullet

Wonderful song out of Stax just before they started to lose momentum.  Kinda soft for that label, almost retro-doowop, but I think it's very cool.

The Supremes perform Floy Joy

I've written before that I was a big fan of the Supremes, even after Diana left.  This is one of their early 70's hits.  A very under-rated group.

Shamrockfest 2011 in DC

I've never been.  And a lot of this sounds kinda fake to me, but some of the music groups appear to be legit.

Werid Al's video for Spy Hard

Pure Genius.

Interstate 95 is closed - DUE TO BRUSH FIRES!

I must confess that this is unprecedented.  The continuing high winds are to blame.  The areas closed are about 15 miles south of us and another 30-40 miles North.  We were just returning home and could smell smoke - wondering who'd have a grill going on such a windy day.  Apparently we were smelling the fire to our South.  Very strange. 

Happy Birthday Bowman Body!

A famous Virginia horror host whose weekly show began on this date in 1971.

Forget the Tricorder - THIS is what Scotty was taking on those Away Missions...

RIP to the National Christmas Tree on the Elipse

Darwin Award nominee

Still here

Well, the Manor was rocking away most of the night with our wind, but we still stand defiant.  The blow is to continue (with up to 60mph gusts) all through today.  There are already over a thousand power outages throughout the region.  Pepco (which theoretically supplies power to many of the folks North of the Potomac) has already started it's propaganda war of lies and claims to be "ready" for this storm, (ready to reap huge profits from non-delivery of services).  Folks in Maryland will be lucky to see the lights come back on by May Day, given the historical record. 

Happy Birthday Copernicus!

Happy Birthday Smokey!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Bobby Hart!

Anniversary of the Record Revolution

Edison patented the phonograph player on this date in 1878.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The (new) hottest chili pepper

Aunti Em! Aunti Em!

The latest reports is that the Manor can expect 60mph winds tonight.  There are already predictions of whole forests of trees being blown down and taking the power lines with them.  We'll see....

Generally, I am pretty fearless when it comes to trying out new and different foods

But I've met my match.  New Zealand, I salute you, you bat-shit crazy mothers....

Time to put Granddad in the home....

Dumb Thief VS Dumb Cops - who is going to win?

Walmart creates a new law - it's ILLEGAL to return books


Alert Dr. Evil!

Very strange gifts & crafts....

Escher's Waterfall

neat illusion!

Three films being made based on the "battle of L.A."

An interesting footnote to the War, (and also probably to the study of mass hysteria).

Remind me NEVER to go to USC for medical care

The Harbinger...

The Official Sidekick Handbook

From Too Slim, of Riders In The Sky.  One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Blotto!

Their first EP, Hello My Name Is Blotto was released on this date in 1980.  Fun stuff!

Happy Birthday Gahan Wilson!

The Master....

Happy Birthday SONiA!
One of my faves.  Baltimore's Finest.

Happy Birthday Jack Palance!

Happy Drink Wine Day!

Yum!   Of course, for some of us, this is a daily event....

Thursday, February 17, 2011

You just can't start too soon....

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

I want this so bad...

My next umbrella

Loudon Wainwright box set on the way!


The Jackson 5 perform I Want You Back

I know, it's sometimes difficult to remember a time before he became America's #1 freak.  But this little kid was incredible.  One of the last great Motown acts.

fanvid of Ananda Shankar performing Jumpin' Jack Flash

I'm trying to get the brain cells to focus, here.  If I remember correctly, he was Ravi's nephew, and went on to a pretty good career in Indian soundtracks and pop.  But this was off of his big attempt to crash the American market, (which failed miserably).  Nevertheless, I always liked his fusion of Indian and Western musical styles.

Nancy Sinatra's video for Sugar Town

I just love everything about this - the song, Nancy, that go-go outfit.  This is soooo 1966 it just hurts. 

Chubby Checker performs Limob Rock

One of the first pop 45's I ever owned.  If you went to a grade school dance in the early to mid 60's, this was a standard.

fanvid for Humble Pie performing Rolling Stone

Wonderful song.  I remember when Rockin' the Fillmore came out, and I just listened to it over and over again.  Marriott's screech was just perfect.

fanvid for Al Stewart performing Russians & Americans

Good song by one of my fave artists.

The 8-Track Museum

I was never a huge fan of 8-tracks.  I always preferred cassettes, even in the late 60's before that was popular.  But it is amusing to see any nostalgia regarding them.  And there are artists I'd always associate with 'em:  ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, etc.  and another thing - remember the trash?  You kids won't remember this, but I swear it's true. The things would break, (and they were generally used in a car), and they'd get thrown out.   EVERY single intersection in America had hundreds of yards of 8-track tape glistening away on the curbs.  Lord knows where it all went.  Probably washed down to the ocean where it's strangling dolphins in some sort of ecological imitation of the Kali cult.  We live in a strange world.

Firefly (reruns) returning to TV!

One of the best, and most abused, TV shows, ever.

Tim Burton - an animated tribute


Stink Bug Plague

I believe it.  I've already killed two this week, and we're still technically in the middle of Winter.

Potato Famine - Solved

Collaborative Music

Kind of strange...

The lifeboat at the end of the World

The "Snow Monsters" of Japan

Happy Birthday John Sullivan!

An under-appreciated Patriot.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

fanvid for Johnny Burnette performing The Train Kept A Rollin'

Fun stuff!

Klepto Kitty!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

fanvid for The Langley School Project performing I'm Into Something Good

One of the most charming albums ever made.  Youtube has the full story behind this effort out on a series of videos.  EVERY cut on this album is, at the very least, interesting; and some of them are minor classics. 

Aerosmith performs Back In The Saddle

So cool!

Martha & The Vandellas perform Nowhere To Hide

One of the coolest songs from Motown by one of their coolest groups.  Love it.

fanvid for The Pez Band performing Baby It's Cold Outside

A great power pop band that was totally ignored. 

The Commute From Hell - The Aftermath

As predicted, nothing is going to happen and nothing is going to change.  the fact of the matter is that the infrastructure has in no way kept pace with development in the region, and the region's development has not followed any type of plan, We have a subway system that was designed for the area as it was in 1965, and a road system that was made for 1980.  And every day, and new office building and housing development, puts those systems further in the hole.  There is only one thing that will help, and that's not going to happen - for the Federal Government to spin off it's offices to around the country (getting 'em out of here) and impose draconian zoning as to what else can be built here, and where.  Since that isn't ever going to happen, we should just get used to near-permanent gridlock around here.  And if all the terrorism "experts" ever get their wet dream of a major attack/bomb/whatever going off Downtown, you can kiss your ass goodbye.  All this blather about doing better and evacuating the city, etc. is just purest bullshit.  I can't drive down Route 1 on a good day without wishing I had a M1 Tank....

(A further irony - there's been all of this talk about the local school systems incorporating a full-year term for classes.  Probably due to a fear that kids might have fun involving bean shooters or some other WMD if they aren't monitored by government ninnies and nannies. The way our transportation "system" is now running, schools are having to shut down almost at the mere mention of a possible snow fall.  After this Winter's disaster, that will get worse, as systems are confronted by the fact that they can't get children home once the flakes have started falling.  The accumulation of make-up days for all of these snow days will probably take the whole Summer to discharge.  A defacto year-long school term.)

More German archives opening up (supposedly),1518,745640,00.html

More proof that WWII and the Cold War are chock full of gray areas, hard choices and hypocrisy...

The Crooked Road

A wonderful resource for those interested in Southwest Virginia's musical heritage.

A new book by John Landis about movie monsters

The political battle to get breweries in DC

If only they sold crack instead, there'd be no problem getting the proper political support....

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

new biography out on Forry Ackerman

The Cowsills video for Hair

Fun stuff!

IBM's toy

I continue to be nonplussed by the whole man versus machine issue here.  Throughout time, humans have been able to build specialized machines that can do specialized tasks better/faster than a human could.  I am impressed with the amount of data and algorithms that IBM has managed to cram into this device*.  But then I've been told it weighs a few tons, too.  Given enough time and money, computers can do impressive things - I'm happy with that, I just don't see it as a larger or new story.  And that gets me to my central point - the whole thing is comparing apples to oranges.  A large part of Jeopardy is hitting the buzzer first.  The machine seems to have the humans beat in this area.  BFD.  I suspect electronic signals were beating human hand coordination before most of this current crop of computer developers were born.  I'm reasonably sure that the humans could have answered the questions as accurately as the machine, (they've been quite successful in the past), but they couldn't compete against "button pushing". Sorry, but that doesn't impress me.  I just don't feel humanity is somehow lessened by being tool users - and that's all this is to me. 

*Once again, I detest the computer bewing humanized.  They give it a cute name.  Even the drone writing this article refers to the machine as "he".  Wrong.   It is nothing more than an It.  Do these people also name their toasters and vacuum cleaners?  I (barely) understand folks naming their cars/boats/aircraft.  Perhaps it's because frequently those conveyances were expensive and dear, even life sustaining, and thus worthy of a type of false affection or superstition.  (I suspect cars were named because they replaced horses, who were also named).  It's just a machine, people need to relax about that. 

The Ross Sisters

Pretty amazing.

The latest on the Iron Sky film

Monopoly For Morons

Sigh....So, apparently, there are people too fucking stupid to know how to count money, read what the rent on a property is, etc.  And so they buy a machine to tell them and take all the "work" out of it.  Because everyone knows how damned strenuous and taxing it can be to actually try to read and/or count.  Losers....

Happy Birthday Sonny Bono!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Tom Robinson Band performs Up Against The Wall

A great song from a wonderful debut album.  Totally ignored in the States, of course.  But this was one of the coolest bands, circa 78-79.

The O'Jays perform Backstabbers

Classic early 70's Soul. 

Buddy Guy, Cyndi Lauper & Mavis Staples perform Wang Dang Doodle

The Turtles perform You Baby

Always liked these guys.  Fun song.

A new album on the way by the New York Dolls!

twit mayor

It's probably Bud Lite....

Wuss France, (But then, I repeat myself...)

The lollipop menace....

Carnivorous Robots

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

more robots in combat roles and situations

They're just like us!

The Baconian cipher


Stephen King is coming to George Mason in the Fall for a book festival

Farpoint convention this weekend in Baltimore

RIP Kenneth Mars

Great comedic character actor.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Alert Sigourney Weaver!

The Best Man

Oooh!  I hope he wears his uniform!  I do love it when the Royals dress up!

The boy without a cerebellum

Fascinating situation.

Happy Birthday Harvey Korman!

Happy Birthday Matt Groening!

Genius.  Essential, (and a very nice guy).

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Grass Roots' video for Bella Linda

Happy Valentine's...

I will never eat yogurt again

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Do Uzi instructions come in braille?

I am not fooled....

It is 67 degrees outside the Manor right now.  It is, in a word, wonderful.  The remainder of our snow is melting.  There's a gentle breeze and the sun is out.  This is not unusual for us.  It seems like nearly every Winter we will get 3-10 days of a "false Spring" like this sometime between mid January and early March.  Plants will start budding, people will  dress down, etc.  But like most lightly given promises, this almost always ends in treachery and disappointment - usually with a sucker punch of an ice storm - killing off the buds and sending us scurrying back to overcoats and mittens.  So, there's no way I'm predicting the end of the Winter doldrums, etc.  But for a little while, it's pretty damn nice outside.

Just another day in PG county....


Russian Cosmology

Walkin' the puppy

Frost Quakes!

Never heard of this before.

The story of Trader Horn

Pretty interesting.

Happy Birthday Ray Teller!

Happy Birthday Jack Benny!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Robert Shea!

Great writer.  Coauthor of the Illuminaturs Trilogy.

Happy Birthday Emperor Norton!

One of my Heroes.  The only Emperor of the United States.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Black Sabbath!

Their first, self-titled, album was released on this date in 1970.  An amazing album, one my faves.

Happy Birthday Peter Gabriel!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Monsoon's video for Ever So Lonely

Silly video, great band and song.  Brilliant combo of Western and Indian sounds.  They should've been bigger....

Van Morrison performs Days Like This

Tull performs Locomotive Breath

Not a great recording, but a great song. 

Headline of the day

Tough job....

Play-Doh Cologne

Wrong Number Texts

Fun Stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!

Bob Newhart had a great take on Abe:

Happy Birthday Dracula (the film)!

One of my faves.  Premiered on this date in 1931.

Happy Birthday Ray Manzarek!

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Rescue!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A penny saved...

Happy Birithday Bobby "Boris" Pickett!

The Guy Lombardo of Halloween.  Creator of it's official anthem.

Happy Birthday Sheryl Crow!

Happy Birthday Gene Vincent!

Happy Birthday Leslie Nielsen!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Gobbler

A wonderful site devoted to one of our (now lost) greatest motels.  All of the times I was up in Wisconsin, I regret to never having visited, or even heard of, this Shangri-la.  The commentary on the site is worth the price of admission alone!  But the Gobbler does seem to live up (or down) to it.  I was going to say that it's the Plan 9 of motels.  But that wouldn't be accurate.  Let's face it, Plan 9 was a borderline production at best.  No, this motel is more the equivalent of the Star Wars Holiday Special.  It's a classic, big budget disaster, worthy of cringing adoration!  Enjoy.

fanvid for the Dovells performing You Can't Sit Down

Classic blue eyed soul/late doo wop.

The dB's perform Neverland

Another great power pop band many of you've never heard of....

Alvin Lee and Ten Years After performing I'm Going Home (from Woodstock)

I always loved this performance. 

The Reivers perform In Your Eyes

One of the greatest and most ignored bands, ever.  It's just criminal.  Great songwriting. 

The only Jerry Lewis routine I ever liked

Never liked him, either as a performer or how he came across in interviews, but I think this is great.

A Rose By Any Other Name....

The Utlimate Cthulhu Valentine's Day Gift - The Lovecraft Corset!

Hamster-powered walker

The floppy drive organ

Tee hee!

ULTRAlight model planes

This is very cool.

Alexandria now has a real brewery!

Woo Hoo!

Actually, I think that Shenandoah should be considered first....

something more to be worried about: C-diff

Dracula's Ring

Needless to say, I'd love to get ahold of one of these.

When the Post hated the Beatles

Tee hee!  I'd argue that the Post hasn't lost it's cutting edge grasp of pop culture...

(Thanks for the link, Governor!)

Jefferson's Beer to be brewed

Just got this note in the Real Beer Newsletter (which I recommend to all imbibers):

The Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center in Monticello is teaming with a Virginia
brewery to produce Monticello Reserve Ale. Nearby Starr Hill Brewery will
brew the beer. The partners say the recipe, which will include wheat and
corn, is based on what was consumed regularly at Jefferson’s Monticello home.
Brewing beer was among the plantation’s important activities, and the beer
was one of the "table liquors" served with meals. The ale will make its
public debut at the center’s museum shop on Feb. 21.

Steam Punk Star Wars

Happy Birthday Bertholt Brecht!

Happy Birthday Jimmy Durante!

Happy Birthday Lon Chaney Jr.!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The genius of Abbott & Costello

The Susquehanna Hat Company is one of the greatest comedy sketches of all time.  I think the humor in it is very modern - dark and surreal.  And I think you'll see how it's influenced quite a few comedians of note. 

fanvid for The Wind performing Make Believe

I think that Joan Jett and I are the only two people who remember, and like, this tune.  For years before forming Dawn, Tony Orlando was kicking around the record industry trying any and every thing to become a success.  This was one such attempt amongst many.

The Shirelles perform Will You Love Me Tomorrow

One of the great girl groups singing one of Carole King's greatest songs. They had a great sound.   (Why does the band seem to be trying to hurry this song along - was the show that short of time?)

fanvid for Bruce performing The Ties That Bind

Great show from one of his best concerts, ever.

Frankie Ford performs Sea Cruise
Classic New Orleans rock'n'roll.

Badfinger performs No Matter What

Power pop Bedrock.

A new biography of Bogey

Nice article.  One of my all-time fave actors.

Today's Metro atrocity

Don't you just hate cranky old men?

Death chamber "too dim and cramped"

I know that I always prefer my death chambers light and airy, not too formal, with graceful and clean lines that merge functionality and beauty.  Architecture Digest, call me.

Where's my umbrella?

Robot baby

As I've said before, stuff like this leaves me cold.  I don't want a machine that talks to me, makes "eye" contact, etc.  The idea that I should treat a machine as anything more than a machine is repulsive to me.  I have plenty of human friends, thank you, and am in no need of buying fake ones.


Too many puns are running around in my head....

Playmobil Joy Division!

Funs stuff.  Pity it couldn't capture unique Ian's leg and foot movements.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Gnome Flashmob!!!!

So cute!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

cookbook of the future?

Flesh Texting

I'm sure there are going to be folks going wild over this, but it just strikes me as silly.  I love the Internet but reject the whole crackberry concept of needing to ALWAYS be connected and incapable of ignoring emails, (over real life and human contact), etc.  But my favorite part of the little video presentation in this article takes place about 1:20 in when some guy lights a bunch of candles in a fully-lit room to sit down to eat (alone).  Oh, it looks like there are two place settings, but no one is there.  And his phone says dinner is two hours away.  Why is he lighting those damn candles so far ahead of time?  Does he think he's going to use them to grill the steaks?  And why so many - with the electric lights on?  Who does he think he is, Arthur Brown?

The Viper - defanged

how pathetic...

The Journal of Universal Rejection


The female "computers" of WWII

Neat!  I'd never heard of them before now.  Another fascinating footnote to the War.

19th century beer to be analyzed

I'd be surprised that sea water hadn't ruined whatever yeast evidence one needs to succeed with this.

dissatisfield customer

Poor baby.

headline of the day


nice little article on LOVEcraft

Anniversary of the Beatles first appearing on Ed Sullivan

Happy Birthday Barbara Lewis!

One of the most underappreciated singers going.  Absolutely beautiful voice and songwriting.

Happy Birthday Wizards!

One of my fave movies.  Premiered on this date in 1977,

Happy Birthday Frank Frazetta!

THE illustrator of sword & sorcery.

Happy Birthday Carole King!

One of my all-time faves.  Absolute genius.  Essential.

Happy National Bagles & Lox Day!


Tuesday, February 08, 2011

BaltiCon in May

RavenCon coming to Richmond in April

Unpublished Dashiell Hammett works discovered and to be published!

This is wonderful news!!!

(Thanks for the link, Peter!)

Capclave 2011

The annual convention put on by the Washington Science Fiction Association.

The Primitives perform Crash

Another band I loved who never went anywhere.  Should've been bigger.

Joan Armatrading performs Willow

Beautiful.  Classic.

Duane Eddy and Art Of Noise perform the theme from Peter Gunn

So damned cool....

Linda Ronstadt performs How Do I Make You

Always enjoyed this song.  Recorded during Linda's last serious attempt to keep relevant in rock'n'roll.

The Hollies perform Long Dark Road and Carrie Anne

My two fave songs by them, (even if it is after the Nash era)

Forget all this Avatar 3-D nonsense

THIS is Neat-O!

Interest - ing

The cutting edge of campaign promises

China's Ghost Cities

We're either talking very proactive planning, or a massive real estate bubble in the making.  Of course, it could simply be that, given China's attitude towards product safety, that no one wants to live or work in buildings probably made from asbestos, mercury, strychnine, lead and cholera cells.  I feel like I need a tetanus shot just looking at a kung fu movie these days.

50mph winds predicted for DC today

This'll be interesting.  If you're powered by Pepco, you might as well cut out the middle man and start shutting off your power now....


worthless whining over Pepco

Nothing will change.  Nothing ever changes.  In the Winter the lights go out.  In the Summer the manhole covers explode. 

just another day in PG county....

And now, a toy for the little ones....

Hanging Tents

There's no way I could do that...

Heck, just make it part of the ride....

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday England Dan Seals!

I know, very soft.  But I still like those guys.  Reminds me of those (few) calm Summer days in the mid to late 70's.

Happy Birthday Jules Verne!

Monday, February 07, 2011

A collection of articles on Blacks under the nazis

I've always been curious about this chapter in history.  I know that  goebbles kept a bunch around to use in his films.  It must have been a harrowing life.

Move over Lindbergh, another pioneer of flight has died

At least this one wasn't a nazi....

The Big One That Got Away

Sort of like The Most Dangerous Game, isn't it? 

Cracking the lottery

This is pretty interesting, particularly the lotteries that don't care...

Great moments in Malawi government

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

Expldoing manholes

Sorry, but this is very old news in DC.  Except it happens in the Summer.  And none of the authorities know how it occurs.  And they don't do anything about it. 

Killer Wave

Good grief!  Talk about bad luck!

New film - Army of Frankenstein

This could be pretty good.  My only concern is that this, like Iron Sky, will bring forth a whole new batch of books and History Channel programs arguing that it's based on "true" facts and that hitler was but moments away from its completion, etc. etc. ad nauseum.

Butter Kills

Whever I'm troubled, I listen to this....

Truly inspiring words of wisdom.

The Mamas & the Papas perform Monday Monday

Seemed appropriate.  Beautiful song.

Wuss America - Chapter 219

The dark origins of 5 classic boardgames

Iran now scared shitless of hamburgers and french fries

I can see it now - Ronald McDonald - The Great Satan.

The Muppets Computer

The last American Vet from WWI

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Bowling bitching

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a new bowling ball to replace my old one, (to make a long story short - I need a lighter ball).  The shop was very nice and I'm happy with the new ball, etc.  But I was hoping to find a simple BLACK ball - just like my old one (which in turn was one of my Father's old bowling balls).  No psychedelic swirlies, no star bursts, no advertisements for the company - no nothin' - just black.  And they're not made.  I begged the clerk to show me something that didn't look like it came out of a gumball machine.  But that's all there is.  I got a swirly blue thing - as conservative as I could find.  It's okay.  But I feel like I'm back in fifth grade.  I half expect 'em to put gutter guards in on the lanes so that I won't gutter it and end up crying.

Sigh, more wussiness....

A "neutral" Swiss in the SS

Ah yes, the oh-so-moral and peaceful Swiss...  I wasn't familiar with this particular rodent, but long-time readers of this column will know of my opinions regarding the "Three S's" in WWII (Spain, Sweden and Switzerland).  They were all gleefully pro-nazi and helped that war effort in numerous and important ways.  We'll never know the full history, but a detailed study of what is out there is already damning enough.  Reidweg is the pinnacle of a very large historical iceberg. 

RIP Tuviah Friedman

RIP Gary Moore

Exam Answers

Happy Birthday Patrick MacNee!

Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

demonstration of the McGurk Effect and TMS

I love explorations in neurology, wish I knew more about it.

(Thanks for the links, Mike!)

A new movie is being shown by Count Gore!

Featuring a villain played by Warner Oland (Charlie Chan) named boris Karlov!

Fat Les and Vindaloo

Am not a fan of British "football", but this is a fun little video.

(Thanks for the link, Tom!)

Old Postcards Are Fun When Aliens Invade Them

This is so cool!  Some of these are marvelous!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Saturday, February 05, 2011

RIP James Graham

Scotland Yard was Linda's and my favorite place to dine at when we were dating.  It was a wonderful little nook, (long gone, now), with great food and a fun drink list.  I proposed to Linda there... 

(Thanks for the link, Edmund!)

A little something for the Ladies....

Fake Winstons

I believe the proper headline should read:  Never have so few benefited so much from so little....

Alert Chicken Little!

The Water-Powered Jet Pack

Pretty neat - but I want a laser on mine....

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday to the Urban Verbs LP!

Released on this date in 1980.  Wonderful album by one of DC's finest bands, ever.

Happy Birthday H.R. Giger!

Happy Birthday to the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour!

Premiered on this date in 1967.  Wonderful show.

Happy Birthday John Carradine!

Happy Birthday James Otis, Jr.!

An almost forgotten Patriot.

Friday, February 04, 2011

The Soft Boys perform I Wanna Destroy You

Not the best recording, but a great song by a great band.

Curtis Mayfield performs Gypsy Woman

The Soul of Soul. 

fanvid for The Beatles performing Rocky Raccoon

Very cute!

Shatner returns to the recording studio

the latest Facebook scandal

The ultimate igloo - with a fireplace

Uh, I'm still not sure how that works...

Don't Ask, Please Tell

The first story in this collection....


The headline of the day

What a charming woman, just the type you'd want for your grandmother.  Baking cookies, planning your rape....

Poe House may be closing up soon.

I just got word that the city of Baltimore has pretty much cut the funding for this and that it may well be forced to close by 6/2012.  Sad news.

A nice little article on Douglas Adams and 42

I might argue there's a similiar, and older, "cult" around the number 23, of which I am a proud member.

No - Robot

An interesting title choice by the BBC.  I don't mind machines, myself, and see their increasing sophistication as inevitable.  But I hate humanizing them.  I hate any device that talks at me* or that has been provided with human-like features, etc. 

*And no, I don't count radios and stereos in that description.  They are simply devices for conveying human-based noises.  They aren't designed to try and lull me into thinking that I'm dealing with a thinking, communicating mechanism.

some nice takes on DC's #1 asshole

Washington elected President on this date in 1789


Happy Birthday Alice Cooper!

Happy Birthday Tadeusz Kosciuszko!

A great Patriot.

Happy National Stuffed Mushrooms Day!


Thursday, February 03, 2011

The pilot for The Hollywood Squares

Boris Karloff narrates a "horror picture" about Today's Teens!
Sort of a tepid mini-Mondo flick...
As long as they don't have pea shooters or nerf guns, I think we're safe...

For us oldtimers....

Trek Porn!5750370/make-it-so-sexy-exclusive-first-look-at-the-new-star-trek-the-next-generation-porn-movie

Fairy Tale Police


a nice take on Dan Snyder

The "Lee Highway" and the White House!5746413/the-american-autobahn-of-1925-wouldve-run-next-door-to-the-white-house

It's amusing to see how undeveloped DC was then for folks to even think of putting a six lane highway through the very center of it with little concern, (I am curious how a six lane highway is to handle Washinton Circle, regardless).  What I begin to suspect is that this is one of those instances where someone who hadn't the foggiest idea of what they were talking about, just started drawing lines on a map.

Stopping Yoko!!5746261/time-traveling-beatles-flick-hopes-to-stop-the-wrath-of-yoko

One Gurkha VS 40 Bandits - Guess who wins?
This is so cool!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Wuss America - Chapter 829

My comments regarding pea shooters and school administrators stands.

a blog devoted to Bela Lugosi's non-Hollywood career

A fascinating effort of fandom.

Firefox has encountered a problem with Windows.... ;)

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A Comedic Harmonic Convergence!

Somewhere, Abbott and Costello are smiling....

Damnit Jim, I'm A Doctor, Not A French Fry!

Bake long, and Prosper....

A Top 40 Song in 8 Hours

Pretty amusing.  It would have been interesting to see how various artists did it, using this video process and then compare.  Lennon/McCartney, King/Goffin, John/Taupin, Rundgren, Leiber/Stoller, Newman, Nilsson, Dylan, Springsteen, etc. 

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Anniversary of the Day The Music Died

Happy Birthday Norman Rockwell!

Happy Birthday Melanie Safka!

Happy Birthday Creature Feature!

One of my fave shows - Count Gore De Vol's Creature Feature premiered on this date in 1973 in DC, (and showed The House of Frankenstein).  The Count now has an ongoing, (and the first of its kind) weekly web show of horror movies, reviews, interviews and other pertinent info that I highly recommend and view as Essential to anyone in the DC region interested in horror, fantasy and/or science fiction.  Gore Rules!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Stevie performs Fingertips

Great performer and song, mediocre backing band.

fanvid for Steely Dan performing Here At The Western World


The Sisters Of Mercy's video for Dominion

Fun stuff!

Bozo Nation

As much as I am a fan of the Tree Ocotopus, I realize how wasteful any attention to it can be, particularly when we need to exert our utmost efforts to study and protect the jackalope!

The Gambling Drug?

I'll bet you 2:1 this isn't true....

Wuss America confronts THE THREAT

     Show me the worst, most spoiled, most thin-skinned, and biggest baby-assed little hitler - and I'll show you a school administrator.  I have said before and will say again that under today's "boy-in-the-bubble" climate, I never would have made it in school past third grade.  Hell, we had gravel fights in third grade during recess, (I was 7 - half the age of this dreaded ninja of Spotsylvania).  And we're not talking millimeter-sized "pellets*", either.
     And have you noticed how both the Spotsylvania Commissariate as well as the pups at the Post go through hoops to avoid an accurate naming of this veritablele Scythe Of Doom that the kid was using?  Well, I'm not - it's a homemade pea shooter.  Nothing more.  A toy right out of "Our Gang", and a staple of 1930's slapstick.  BFD.  Thanks, Spotsylvania.  Thanks for saving us all from an episode with Spanky and Buckwheat.  I feel so much safer than I did a few minutes ago.
     I will point out the real purpose of all of this - look how many otherwise worthless bureaucrats are kept employed dealing with this whole brouhaha.  I bet hundreds of man hours were wasted in this investigation, (it reminds me of Arlo's description of the police efforts in the Alice's Restaurant Massacree).  And now, the kid is to go through a YEAR LONG "Diversionary Program".  How many social worker's hours does it take to teach a kid not to show a pea shooter anywhere within sight of a bed-wetting school bureaucrat?  I bet half of Spotsylvania's government budget is now tied up dealing with the "Pea Shooter Threat".  Beats workin'...
     In closing, I will direct your attention to a scene from Horse Feathers, one of my all-time favorite movies.  Never before did I realize how dreadfully dangerous it was.  You'll find the part about 4:30 into this film clip to be the most interesting.  But I warn you, for those of you with weak stomachs, or weak heads, (which is to say, a Spotsylvania school parasite, er, bureaucrat) - BEWARE1  BEWARE!!!!!!

*Pellets my ass. What a fucking joke.  Those WMD are nothing more than grains.  But then I suppose these scaredy-cat eunuchs are always trying to brag about size.....

Happy Birthday Wilbur Whateley!

According to H.P. Lovecraft, (who should know), he was born on this date in 1913.  And another Birthday Wish to his twin brother....

Happy Birthday Charles de Talleyrand!

Patron Saint of Diplomacy players.

Happy Birthday Tom Smothers!

Happy Birthday Graham Nash!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The UK/Britain/England Explained

I knew this, but it's a wonderful little tool for those who don't.

Cool Caddy!