Saturday, March 31, 2012

Dick Cavett reviews two new books on Groucho

Gummy Cthulhu!


Interesting article about Bill Shatner

Lost Music For A Lost Generation
The first part of this column is the part that I'm interested in.  It's been running around in my mind, too.  One of the several changes in pop culture over the past twenty years seems to me to be the apparent impermanence of it all.  As I've pointed out to many of you in conversations, you will always be able to purchase record and CD players, (although you might have to go online to do so).  Your music collection will always be readily accessible.  But I doubt the same can be said for the electrons that are now being used to replace these formats.  I have, and still play, records that are nearly 50 years old.  Is there any software of half that age that still is useable on a modern computer/iphone?  People brag to me about having tens of thousands of songs on their little mobile device - but will you still have them in even six years time?  And anything that can destroy an LP or CD will do the same to one's computer memory.  But the opposite is not true. 
Maybe I'm wrong, but I really do see a potential shift. I really do wonder if today's ten year old will have the same types of frames of reference as I and my contemporaries do. 

(Thanks for the link and title, Erik!)

Happy Birthday to The Matrix!

Premiered on this date in 1999.  One of my faves.

Happy World Backup Day!

Happy National Clams On The Half Shell Day!


Friday, March 30, 2012

The Slow Books Movement


Live (?) V-2 Re-Discovered!

I find it incredible that this was ignored at the time. 

Happy Birthday God!

Happy Birthday Lene Lovich!

Happy Birthday Graeme Edge!

Happy Birthday John Astin!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bacon Coffin

Obviously, we have to create a cerebral palsy cocktail...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

A little somethin' for the ladies...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Patty Donahue!

Happy Birthday Eric Idle!

Happy Birthday Terence Hill!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

All the Batman window cameos


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)


(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

RIP Earl Scruggs

Pistols Firing Underwater in slo-mo

Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More info about the new Bayou documentary

(Thanks for the link, Karen!)

Fast Food Nation

Monday, March 26, 2012


Tsunami 'ghost ship'

I'd think it would be dangerous to have something like that floating wherever.  Am surprised that no one's navy or coast guard aren't using it for target practice.

Blitz Kids

Another interesting footnote to the War.

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Happy Birthday Leonard Nimoy!

Happy Birthday Strother Martin!

Happy Birthday Diana Ross!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Great article about Dark Sahdows and interview with Tim Burton

I am so looking forward to this.

Soiled Doves of New Orleans in 1912

Fascinating, in the breadth of poses and dress.  A few seem to reject the common view, and appear in what seems like full Victorian respectability, while others seem to revel in the more common perception.  It would be interesting to see similar collections is, say, ten year intervals from the earliest days of photography to the present and compare/contrast the changes in styles, as well as the poses. 

Anniversary of the Lyon Sisters Disappearance

One of the saddest mysteries in DC.  It is amazing and frightening how success

Happy Birthday John Keel!

Happy Birthday Johnny Burnette!

Happy Birthday Elton!

Happy Birthday Aretha!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A haunting in Arlington

Emails from the Dead

So much for the old Ouija Board....

Free Pizza!

New collection of Lovecraft's favorite horror stories!

Ben Franklin's expressions for drunkeness

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Tom!)

Happy Birthday Alyson Hannigan!

Happy Birthday Nick Lowe!

Happy Birthday Harry Houdini!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Batman nailed in Montgomery County!

Happy Birthday Ric Ocasek!

Happy Birthday Chaka Khan!

Happy National Chip & Dip Day!


Happy National Puppy Day!

Happy Liberty Day!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ancient earth weather

If I am reading this correctly, the climate was dominated by microbe farts.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Snow Globes - The Silent Killer!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Chico!

Happy Birthday Werner Klemperer!

Happy Birthday William Shatner!

And Happy International Talk Like William Shatner Day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jack Benny & Mel Blanc!

Two amazing talents....

Monster Bash coming to Pennsylvania in June

The mechanical horse of 1933


Happy World Poetry Day!

Happy Spring Equinox!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Married To The Sea

A huge collection of wonderful (and wicked) comics!

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Musical horses lose the battle

A fascinating little tidbit of military history!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

hitler in hollywood

Fascinating, I was not familiar with this.

Happy Birthday John de Lancie!

Happy Birthday Carl Reiner!

Happy Birthday Dick Dyszel - Count Gore De Vol!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bruce & Eric Burdon perform We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

I know, Eric's lost his voice.  I don't care.  This is Bedrock.

A British/Vichy Alliance?

A fascinating bit of history - if true.  But there were all sorts of plans and plots and hopes afoot, particularly between July 1940 and November 1941.  It's possible.  It's even possible that Churchill knew....

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Tough Nerds

Pete Seeger - Forever Young

Very cool...  One of my fondest memories of working at the record store was having him do an in-store, and I got to meet him and help get set up in the store, as well as get him to autograph some of his older and more obscure records, (he was impressed!).  Very nice guy, and an essential centerpiece to American culture.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Tesla Meets Lynyrd Skynyrd

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Art inspired by Weird Al Yankovic

Tee hee!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Getting a cold one

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Bill Bowman - The Bowman Body!

Happy Birthday Calrence "Frogman" Henry!

Happy Birthday Patrick McGoohan!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

My favorite radio show of all time

I just love Little Steven's Underground Garage!  The perfect mix of old, new, well-known, and obscure; all presented by a man who knows and loves pop culture.  Absolutely Essential.

Military STD posters from the World Wars

Happy Birthday Wilson Pickett!

Happy Sheelah's Day!

Happy National Oatmeal Cookie Day!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Rip Phyllis Benjamin of the International Fortean Society

Pinto Beans - the silent killer

The cutting edge of thievery

Preparing for the space jump

UFO over Virginia Beach

Happy Birthday Karl Straub!

Happy Birthday Pattie Boyd!

Happy Birthday Paul Kantner!

Happy Birthday John Sebastian!

Happy Evacuation Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 16, 2012

You couldn't pay me...

Nope, I'll try a lot of stuff.  Not that.

I thought I felt a chill...

Moving a country...

For some reason, I am reminded of Woody Allen's film, What's Up Tigerlily.  If only these guys could find the secret egg salad recipe, they'd be safe and secure.

Timothy Leary Smiles...

Behavior modification was why he got into acid in the first place...

A nice collection of tributes to Peter Bergman

Dark Shadows Trailer!

Bruce explains Rock'N'Roll and what goes into success

This is wonderful! 

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

A new Dr. Horrible from Josh Whedon!

Fun stuff!

Riding the Space Shuttle booster

Amazing film!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Jerry Jeff Walker!

Happy Birthday Leo McKern!

Happy Birthday Elliott Murphy!

Happy Birthday Nancy Wilson!

Happy Bacchanalia Festivals!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Plan 9 From Outer Space!

Premiered on this date in 1959.

Happy Birthday Forbidden Planet!

Premiered on this date in 1956.

Happy Birthday Sly Stone!

The Buzzards Return To Hinckley!

Happy Ides of March/National Brutus Day!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Force is strong in that one....

(Thanks for the link, Peter!)

Happy Birthday Michael Martin Murphey!

Happy Birthday Michael Caine!

Happy Birthday Einstein!

Happy National Potato Chip Day!


Happy Pi Day!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bravo New Jersey!

For too long have DC's arteries been clogged by the automotive equivalent of the halt and the lame.  I was just behind some clown on the third lane of the Beltway with no one in front of him, going 45mph!  Ride the fucking bus, castrato!  Actually, I believe that monetary fines are far too lenient for the detritus that gets in the way around here.  Death!  Death is the only answer...

Rita Hayworth is Stayin' Alive!

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Millie!)

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My friend Tiffany had a new website displaying and promoting her artwork, (I'm a particular fan of her paintings).  Check the site out - highly recommended!

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

Happy Birthday Uranus!

The foundation of a thousand jokes. Discovered on this date in 1781.

Happy Birthday Vanishing Point!

Premiered on this date in '71, (some references state that it was 1/15).  One of my all-time fave movies.

Happy Birthday Mike Stoller!

Monday, March 12, 2012

I like your style, Kid...

Happy Birthday James Taylor!

Happy Birthday Liza Minnelli!

Happy Birthday Agent 99!

Happy Genealogy Day!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Happy Birthday Douglas Adams!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Nina Hagen!

Happy Johnny Appleseed Day!

Happy Penny Loaf Day!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My next corkscrew

The Flyguy

Fun stuff!  Of course, this is going to set off all sorts of reports of flying humanoids, etc.  The UFO and Fortean communities are going to be deluged.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The Incredible Monster Trap

I love that kid.

Alexandra Holzer writes about her father, Hans - famous supernatural investigator

My hometown

Talk about shooting fish in a barrel.  Accusing a DC politician of corruption is like accusing the sun of rising in the East.

A nice interview with Matt Groening

Coming soon - The Complete Dark Shadows on DVD

Shamrock Fest is coming!

New military research into the "sixth sense"

Johnny Depp as Tonto!?

Happy Birthday Buffy The Vampire Slayer!

Premiered on this date in 1997.

Friday, March 09, 2012

RIP Jimmy Ellis,0,6923846.story

RIP Peter Bergman of Firesign Theatre

I am totally bummed out.  Really.

Parapalooza in Gettysburg this month

A little pre-St Paddy's fun

(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)

The return of the codpiece

(Thanks for the link and title, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday John Cale!

Happy Birthday Mark Lindsay!

Happy Panic Day!

Happy National Crab Meat Day!


Thursday, March 08, 2012

Carole King demos to be released

Very cool...

My next t-shirt

Kids really need to stay away from cocaine...

The Virginia Renaissance Faire is in two month!

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A nice article about jerusalem Syndrome

Happy Birthday Alan Hale, Jr.!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Oh, what a tangled web...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday King Kong!

Premiered on this date in 1933.

Happy Birthday Willard Scott!

A local DC legend.

Happy Birthday Peter Wolf!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Happy Birthday Mary Wilson!

Happy Birthday Lou Costello!

Monday, March 05, 2012

WWII Miniatures


As I slowly turn to compost....

Ah yes, back in the olden days we banged the rocks together and listened to records as we ate brontosaurus meat, etc.  I will now use my walker to hobble back to my oxygen tank and complain about the god damned kids playing on my lawn...

(Thanks for the link, (I think...), Cristy!)

The return of the Howard Theatre!

Excellent!  This is the very heart and soul of DC, and an historical/cultural monument.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday to The Creature From The Black Lagoon!

Premiered on this date in 1954.

Happy Birthday Howard Pyle!

One of the great illustrators.

Happy National Absinthe Day!


Happy St. Piran's Day!

National Day for the Cornish.

Anniversary of the Boston Massacre (Crispus Attucks Day)

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Ra! Ra! Ra!

UFO's over Forest Glen Maryland last night!

Happy Frozen Dead Guy Days!

The Maze...

My next gaming accessories

Happy Birthday Nosferatu!

One of my fave films.  Premiered on this date in 1922.

Happy Birthday Ed "Big Daddy" Roth!

Happy Birthday Kazimierz Pulaski!

Happy National Game Masters Day!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

My next t-shirt

Hooray For Captain Spaulding!

Just got back from this performance and had a wonderful time.  Highly recommended for any fans of Groucho.  Ferrante is dead-on in his accuracy.

The good ol' days...

The smart money is starting to line up on a U.S./Israeli strike against Iran sometime between June and October, with September looking particularly promising.  Of course, leaks like this are also used as ploys in negotiations, so who knows.  But if it does take place. it'll almost undoubtedly lead to an oil crisis.  For you younger folks, here's some pics from the last one...

(Thanks to Missy, for turning me on to this site!)

The Wicker Muppet

My next book stand

The latest on Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

Dr. Seuss Taxidermy

Rube Goldberg helps out on a date

Fun stuff!

New collections by Karl Wagner on the way!

One of my favorite authors.  Highly recommended!

New edition of the Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia

Alert Claude Rains!

Kung Fu Bear

The official musical instrument of Wisconsin?

Wuss Canada

The return of the "tree lobster"

Neat little tale of conservation.

Poe as an action hero?

Happy Birthday James Doohan!

Happy Birthday Jean Harlow!

Happy National Mulled Wine Day!


Friday, March 02, 2012

Nuke it!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Frankenweenie Trailer!

The original was wonderful, and I'm looking forward to this!


Happy Birthday Rory Gallagher!

Happy Birthday Lou Reed!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Genius.  Essential.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

The ultimate Goth accessory

The return of o Springheel Jack

An old favorite of Fortean phenomena

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Fun stuff!

The latest on the Navy's railgun

Amazing technology.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday David Niven!

Happy Birthday Roger Daltrey!

Happy Birthday Bill Gaines!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy St. David's Day!

Happy Whuppity Scoorie Day!

Happy National Peanut Butter Lovers Day!