Friday, August 31, 2012

Halloween Chainsaw Massacre

This is soooo me....

The Haunted Dibbuk Box

Fun stuff!  I love tales like this.

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday James Coburn!

Happy Birthday Glenn Tilbrook!

Happy Birthday Van Morrison!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dog Shaming

Very cute!

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

I'm updating my resume...

The return of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along!

Headline of the Day

Happy Birthday Lewis Black!

Happy Birthday Frnak Conniff!

Happy Birthday John Phillips!

Happy Birthday Joan Blondell!

Happy Birthday Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley!

Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We're #1! We're #1!

And then there were Three....

Today is the anniversary of George joining John and Paul in the Quarrymen in 1958.

Happy Birthday Elliott Gould!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

On less 'Bigfoot'

I know there have been a variety of hoaxers over the years.  I'm somewhat surprised none have ever been shot by hunters/poachers/property owners, etc.

(Thanks for the link, Ed & Dennis!)

Steampunk Empire Building Game

Normally, I'm not much into computer gaming.  But this sounds like fun!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Animal Crackers!

Premiered on this date in 1930.

Happy Birthday J.S. Le Fanu!

Happy Birthday Jack Vance!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Brain "Hacking"

Actually, it sounds like a more sophisticated version of the old fashioned lie detectors, (which serious research has shown to be almost worthless).  But I have a sneaky suspicion that someone who is prepared can fool it.  The question is whether or not you'll know when such analysis is occurring...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Putey's chasing girls
Authoritarians are so pathetic...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cookie Monster's cookie recipe

Magical Mystery Tour to be re-released!

Curiosities on Mars

The cutest little moth that you're going to see all day

Werewolf News!

Zombie-proof architecture...


The cutting edge of routers

At least Bradbury's name made it to Mars,0,2057591.story

A museum devoted to Tesla

About time...

Bonobo's enter the flint age...

I would have to agree with the question posed in the article - would this learning occur without human intervention?

Hail, and Braaains, To The Chief!

A new theory on spontaneous human combustion

The Hunger....

The Wide World of Sports!

Diet Plan

The Cold War Tunnel
An interesting footnote to the 50's.

New book on Thracian magic and folklore

Happy Birthday Shirley Manson!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

RIP Neil Armstrong

Japanese machinations in Baja!

This is fascinating stuff, if true.  I would advise caution, however.  I, for one, find it highly believable that there would have been Japanese submarines going out on reconnaissance missions all over the Pacific.  I can even see some tentative steps taken "test the waters' for certain bases, etc.  But those things are totally different form the reality of setting up a base, even a small one, and keeping it supplied ( and secret?).  Any Japanese presence in Baja I believe would have a half life of about one month after 12/7/1941.  something from there or the Galapagos would be a one shot deal, at best.  As for Germany being involved - I just don't see it.  Not at that date.  Later on, there was a rather daring plan, however, that would make a great what-if movie or novel:  The Japanese had developed a sea bomber that could be carted up and packed on the submarines.  They'd sail to somewhere off the coast of Baja, uncrate the planes, have them fly off on a one way trip to bomb the Texas oil fields, crash land in the Gulf of Mexico, where the pilots would (supposedly) be picked up by u-boats.  Understandably, the logistics were a nightmare, and the plan never came off.
For an interesting take on the whole secret Japanese base to bomb the Panama Canal idea - check out Bogart in Across The Pacific.  One of my fave movies!

(Thanks for the link, Tony!)

Star Trek soundtrack collection being released

Mix McCartney!
Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

Happy Birthday Born To Run!

Released on this date in 1975.  Part of my DNA...

Happy Birthday Monster Mash!

The National Anthem of Halloween.  First released on this date in 1962.

Happy Birthday Sean Connery!

Happy Birthday Elvis Costello!

Happy Birthday Tim Burton!

Friday, August 24, 2012

A cute little sound documentary on the Firesign Theatre

Anniversary of the Battle of Bladensburg

In my opinion, the worst defeat, and the worst fought battle, in U.S. history - ever.  You won't hear about this one in your classrooms...

Happy Birthday Niagara!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Luke Skywalker Lives!

(Thanks for the link and title, Dennis!)

Samuel Silva's Ink Drawings


(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Wuss Irish

I'm curious when the "Right To Not Be Offended" came into being?  I must have missed it.  I'd be the richest dude on the planet if I could win such lawsuits every time I got pissed off about something someone said. 

The cutting edge of art restoration
The new version sort of reminds me of those illustrations of the kids with the huge eyes that were a minor fad in the early 70's...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

We're #2!

May the Oolong Be With You...

Happy Birthday to The Big Sleep!

Premiered on this date in 1946.

Happy Birthday Mark Russell!

Happy Birthday Keith Moon!

Happy Birthday Gene Kelly!

Happy Birthday Oliver Perry!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Dorothy Parker!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday John Lee Hooker!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

As I reach for my walker and oxygen bottle....

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

History in 2 minutes
Interesting collection, (sort of an American-centric one).

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Happy Birthday Joe Strummer!

Happy Birthday Jackie DeShannon!

Happy Birthday Friz Freleng!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Old Ironsides Does It Again!

(Thanks for the link and title, Dennis!)

I will live forever!
In fact, I think I'll uncork a few extra years' worth right now!

Christmas Story 2?!?!?
This is sacrilege, pure and simple.  The fact that they don't dare release this dreck to real live audiences already tells you enough about it...

RIP Phyllis Diller

Happy Birthday Robert Plant!

Happy Birthday Phil Lynott!

Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft!

Happy Birthday Isaac Hayes!

Happy Birthday Ginger Baker!

Happy National Lemonade Day!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Return of NecronomiCon!!!

It's been about thirteen years since the last one.  I've never had so much fun at a Convention as I've had at this one.  It is absolutely ESSENTIAL for all Cthulhu Cultists! I just hope that they have a Sunday morning Prayer Breakfast like the one I attended many years ago - a Classic!

RIP Scott McKenzie

Tales of the Whipped Cream Lady

Fun stuff!

RIP William Windom

Behind the Scenes of Frankenstein, 1930-1939


The Legend of Black Aggie

This statue, (both the original and the knock-off) form a tidy little body of folklore in the Baltimore and Washington region. 

(Thanks for the link, Edmund!)

A great article and remembrance of Karl Wagner

One of my fave authors.

New (to me) site for Halloween art

"It was easy", he said offhandedly...

Alert Steve McQueen!

Crash Test Cows

Prepare the Microsoft jokes!

Tee Hee!

I love when this stuff happens!

Nothing To Declare...

The military's reconnaissance worm

The cutting edge of near-death experience research...

China is one step away from enjoying Mexican Wrestling...

The Martian 'Blotch'

I believe we have the beginnings of a new sci-fi movie, here...

The revenge of Sauron!

The Missing Link!

At last - the proof that I've been searching for!  Clearly, birds evolved from fish!  Forget all that feathered dinosaur crap.  I've always suspected that flying fish were a better Darwinian link. For years now, I've been flinging goldfish high up in the air, hoping that their natural instincts and abilities would manifest - but to no avail.  I now see my problem - I was using the wrong species, (clearly, carp are an evolutionary dead-end), and should have concentrated on cichlids!

Gimme That Old Time Religion!

The rejected "Strangelove" Trailer

A cute little bit of film history trivia.

Death by Imagination?

Call Girl Of Cthulhu

Happy Birthday Ginger Baker!

Happy Birthday Gene Roddenberry!

Happy National Hot & Spicy Food Day!


Happy National Potato Day!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Telluride Sunset

Just ran across this - one of my favorite places on Earth. 


(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Nice photo montage of Mike the Headless Chicken

Friday, August 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Criswell!

(There's some debate as to the proper date)

The cutting edge of the restriction of trade

I'm curious why this is the only possible scam that ebay wants to "protect" us from?

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

hitler mini-golf

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

putey is afraid of girls

I wonder if there's a single dictator, ever, who had real guts, and not an eggshell-like ego and persona more in keeping with a Victorian virgin in a penny novel.  What a king wussy.

Lesson Learned: Don't post photos of your Wang...

Air Chance

Perhaps if the passengers got out and pushed?

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Air Chance

Perhaps if the passengers got out and pushed?

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

In the Year 2525...

And I'm sure the good professor has all sorts of ideas as to what's desirable, and not...

The worst named British town
Fun stuff!  If I were a millionaire, why, I'd steal that marker!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Mae West!

An American Treasure.  Genius.  Essential.

Happy National Rum Day!


Happy Bad Poetry Day!

75 Days Until Halloween!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Nice interview with Joel hodgson of MST 3000

Five Guys - Reviewed

And the musical version:

Any reader of this blog knows that I am a fanatical Five Guys fan. 

(Thanks for the link, mathew!)

Shatner returns from the dead!,0,2032878.story

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Julia Child - Remixed

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

Bela's Death Anniversary

Bela Lugosi died on this date in 1956.

Happy Birthday to The Ramones!

Today is the anniversary of their first concert at CBGB's in 1974.

Happy Birthday Glenn Strange!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

True Love Will Find A Way...,29117/

I love The Onion...

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Prog Spring
Interesting article about early 70's Prog Rock.

Anniversary fo the Beatles playing Shea Stadium in 1965

Happy Birthday Huntz Hall!

Happy Birthday Jimmy Webb!

Happy National Lemon Meringue Pie Day!


Happy Birthday Woodstock!

Happy VJ Day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I believe that Japan is about to re-experience Mothra

Barry White remians the Master...

Hypersonic flight news
I'm not holding my breath about the hype of commercial travel, here.  What I'd rather see is the possibility of super-fast underground trains connecting our major cities. 

Happy Birthday Rocky Horror!

Premiered on this date in 1975.

Happy Birthday Dash Crofts!

Happy Birthday David Crosby!

Happy Birthday Gary Larson!

Happy National Navajo Code Talkers Day!

Happy Liberty Tree Day!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Wuss Virginia and the war on pumpkin carving
I will remind you that we pronounce Fauquier as "Fuck You" around here.

Misogyny in Gaming

I find this article fascinating, and disturbing in equal measures.  Now, I know next to nothing about computer gaming.  For the most part, it leaves me cold, and doesn't satisfy what I look for within the hobby (camaraderie, a social excuse, etc.).  But pre-electron gaming I'm something of an expert on.  40+ years ago, it was all wargames - board and miniatures.  And I honestly don't think there was a single woman seriously into the hobby, (with one exception which I'll get to in a moment).  Oh, if there was a big game meet, they'd publish a photo featuring some young lady staring blankly at the table, but it was just some one's girlfriend whom he'd forced to hang out with the rest of us that day.  As someone who really likes the ladies, I found this disturbing, but what are you gonna do?  In 1969, Wanting to talk about the D-Day invasion or the battle of Borodino was purely for guys, as far as I've ever been able to determine.  (I've no idea, now).  But I never got the impression that I was alone in wishing women were into the hobby.  And, having attended dozens of gaming get-togethers, Cons, and events in those days, I don't think I ever heard a misogynist statement regarding the possibility (I suppose jerks were out there, but it would more of been along the line of a panting loser accosting any woman who showed up).  If someone brought their girlfriend to an old gaming event, the odds are that one or more geeks would try to flirt with her, sometimes tactlessly, but hardly in a derogatory manner.
The one exception to this state of affairs was the game of Diplomacy.  At least in the by-mail games, I'd guess that maybe 1-2% of the participants were women; we actually had a couple here in NoVa in the mid-70's that were pretty darn good.  And again, I never witnessed, nor heard from them, about the noxious behavior described above. 
In 1974, D&D was released, and within two or three years, I'd guess that perhaps a tenth of the players, nationally, were women.  This made it a virtual harem, by wargaming standards.  And once again, I didn't witness anything like what is described in the above article.  Quite the opposite. Women were welcomed in all of the games that I played in.   One of the original Gamemasters in the DC area declared to me that he always tried to get at least two women in every game that he was running - first.  After that was accomplished, getting fellows to play was damn easy.
So, what this whole little history comes around to is that I am interested in the ignorance and hatefulness that the computer/electronic evolution has led to.  In the 'olden days', I think gamers would have been thrilled for the hobby to expand beyond our narrow little mono-sexual geekdom.  Now, the opposite appears to be the case.  There's a doctoral dissertation in there, somewhere.  Glad I don't hang out with computer gamers....

See your State the way others do!

Happy Birthday South Park!

Premiered on this date in 1997.

Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock!

Happy National Filet Mignon Day!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

The return of the dinosaurs???

Why do I think that this is all hype for something to sucker in Arab billionaires....

An interesting contest...

For me, a perfect example of technology.   Valuable, productive, important, inevitable, and also with immense potential for abuse.  We'll see what happens...

Fascists are afraid of teddy bears
Exhibit one for my total disdain for tinpot dictators.  Wussies, one and all.  If Lukashenko had gone to my grade school, he'd never have had any lunch money by 10AM...

The sandal threat to Australia

I noticed the statement, "It was crazy – more than 4500 thongs and I don’t think we found any matching pairs,"
Clearly, this implies that a whole bunch of one-legged people are to blame...

A very bad vintage...
As usual, I am against any restrictions against free expression, regardless of now noxious it may be to me.  But I do question the wisdom/politics of a store carrying such swill.  Is the neo-nazi wine market all that important?

Nice article on the Maryland Goatman legend

The cutting edge of peeping toms...

Cthulhu Purse!

Happy Birthday to The Wizard of Oz! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1939.

Happy Birthday Makr Knopfler!

Happy Birthday Dan Curtis!

Happy Vinyl Record Day!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The cutting edge of legal defense against corruption charges

Wuss America and the government's war against Lemonade

Proof that we evolved from bears

3D printing a house?


(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

A plug for Frank Ferrante as Groucho

I agree with everything that Mark says here, (and heartily endorse his blog - it's great for all sorts of news and insights on entertainment and politics).  Ferrante is brilliant.  We saw him in March and had a blast.  If you are even a modest fan of Groucho and his brothers, you should go see him.  If you're not a fan, never mind, there's no need, because you're obviously dead.

Screw those wimps at the Olympics...

Now, That's Entertainment!!!

Happy Birthday Solid Gold!

Premiered on this date in 1980.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Wishbook Web

Happy Birthday to the Smithsonian!

Happy Birthday Horse Feathers!

Premiered on this date in 1932.

Happy Birthday Ian Anderson!

Happy Birthday Bobby Hatfield!

Happy Birthday Ronnie Spector!

Happy Puck Fair Day!

Happy National Banana Split Day!


Thursday, August 09, 2012

Love, and the spaceship house

A cure little story.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

A Song For Our Troubled Times

(Thanks for the link, Tom!)

Happy Birthday David Steinberg!

Happy Book Lovers Day!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Cute stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Audrey - Yes, it made me smile...  :)

Phone Home!
Some amazing phone booths, here.

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday to The Edge!

Happy Birthday Dustin Hoffman!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

The death of Bluey
(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Happy Birthday Mata Hari!

Happy Birthday BJ Thomas!

Happy Birthday Nathanael Greene!

Monday, August 06, 2012

A list of free Lovecratian movies!

Very cool!

The 10 Commandments of Ghost Hunting
A nice list, but I would have added more detail to #1.  Research into any paranormal or folkloric event is so important, and so passed over in the many TV shows that talk about it.  And we're not just talking ghost stories, here, but researching land records, local history and learning a little bit about anyone currently witnessing events.  Sorry, but good ghost hunting isn't like what I've seen on TV, which seems to be a bunch of supposed adults screaming like little girls whenever anything makes a noise in the dark.  It's careful and grungy research and investigation, and sitting around for hours at a time with damn little going on.

Happy Colorado Day!

Happy Birthday Charles Fort!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Three weeks until the Maryland RenFest!

Stay healthy - get bitten by a vampire!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday American Bandstand!

(This date is for the premier of the show nationally).

Happy Birthday Neil Armstrong!

Happy National Oyster Day!


Saturday, August 04, 2012

Stripping a Medium

A nice little article on the searching of Mediums before a seance.  A neat footnote to psychic history.

Nice color photo collection of the RAF during WWII

Happy Birthday Rock'N'Roll High School!

Premiered on this date in 1979.  One of my all-time fave movies.

Happy Mead Day!


Happy Birthday Louis Armstrong!

Happy National Mustard Day!


Happy International IPA Day!


Friday, August 03, 2012

RIP John Keegan

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Paratrooper Day in Russia

I'm sure that I'm wrong, but I can't think of a single significant drop/battle/victory by Russian paratroops, offhand.  Exactly, what are they celebrating?

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Very nice interview with Mary Chapin Carpenter

Nice little article on the neighborhood bookstore

The creepiest lil' ice cream commercial that you'll see today

Why is DC melting?

Happy National Watermelon Day!


Thursday, August 02, 2012

Bruce - The Economist

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

The Book Maze

I want my house to be like this...

The Starry Wisdom Library

This will be essential to all Cthulhu Cultists....


Abbie Normal...

New book on Enohcian Magick
This sounds quite interesting, at least to me...

What if airships fought the Japanese in WWII?
This sounds so cool!!!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Mojo Nixon!

Happy Birthday Myrna Loy!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Printed Gun


(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

RIP Gore Vidal,0,3728239.story

Happy Birthday to The Little Soldier Shop!

My friend Dennis bought the shop on this date in 1978, moved it to Virginia from Maryland, and ushered in an era of wargaming that reverberates in the hobby to this day.

Happy Birthday Jerry Garcia!

Happy Lughnasadh!