Friday, November 30, 2012

The North Korean Unicorn
I would run a tandem thought with that of the reporter's:  these guys are such bizarre fools that there's no telling where an Onion-type story is "official" or just satire.

Happy Birthday Dad

You are missed.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Happy Birthday to I Want To Hold Your Hand!

Released (In the U.K.) on this date in 1963.

Happy Birthday Rocky & Friends!

Premiered on this date in 1959.

Happy Birthday Felix Cavaliere!

Happy Birthday Stan Rogers!

Happy Birthday Peter Bergman!

Happy National Lemon Cream Pie Day!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Anniversary of the Alice's Restaurant Massacree

Occurred on this date in 1965.

Happy Birthday Jon Stewart!

Happy Birthday Berry Gordy!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tee hee!
Authoritarian pigs are always so tone deaf and stupid....

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Jimi Hendrix!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Birthday to Anarchy In The U.K.!

Released on this date in 1976.

Happy Birthday Casablanca!

My all-time fave movie.  Premiered on this date in 1942.

Happy Birthday Charles Schulz!

Happy Birthday Tina Turner!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

For serving martinis above and beyond the call of duty...

Happy Birthday Percy Sledge!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Is Cthulhu Vegetarian?

(Thanks for the link, Katie!)

The last British typewriter...,19277.html

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Still Unknown Code
An interesting little footnote to the War.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Mystery Science Theater 3000!

One of my all-time fave TV shows.  Premiered on this date in 1988.

Happy Birthday Forrest Ackerman!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shatner & Fried Turkey - the remix

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

With Software providers like this, who needs hackers..

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Boris!

Happy Birthday Harpo!

Happy Sink Day!

Happy National Leftovers Day!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Cthulhu's R'Lyeh found?

Thanksgiving with Muriel

Thanksgiving is always a day given over to gatherings, and the memories that arise therefrom.  And I am sometime amused by how we connect to one another.  My mother in law passed away about six years ago.  My wife was very close to her.  She and I always had cordial relations, but were never that close, and had next to nothing in common.  The only thing we really shared was a love for her daughter.  When we spoke it tended to be in generalities, or about other members of the family.  And we almost never were alone together.  Her daughter or others would always be about.
But for Thanksgiving, my wife would always be super busy in the kitchen, and it was my job to drive out and pick Muriel up to join us and my family for the festivities, (she did not live far from us).  And that’s the way it went for many years.  And that annual 15 minute ride was pretty much the only time we were truly alone to ourselves.  The conversations were no different.  But it became our little yearly ritual; and now that she’s gone I find myself kind of missing those few minutes, and think of Muriel. It's weird (at least to me) how these little things get lodged in one's brain.

Happy Birthday to the Phil Spector Christmas Album!

Released on this date in 1963.

Happy Birthday to The White Album!

Released on this date in 1968.

Happy Birthday Steve Van Zandt!

Happy Birthday Terry Gilliam!

Happy National Stuffing Day!


Happy National Cashew Day!


Happy National Turkey Day!


Happy Thanksgiving!

I have posted this before, and I suppose I shall continue to do so forever, out of sentimentality.  Art Buchwald was a famous humor/satire writer for the Washington Post for many decades, (and syndicated world-wide).  His humor is quite dated, now, I know.  But he was a DC fixture and character held in kind regard, (except by Nixon, who placed him on his Enemies List).  Art had gotten his start in the newspapers while in Paris, and published this missive comparing the two cultures.  And every Thanksgiving, the Post would republish it, sometimes with great fanfare.  They stopped doing so with Buchwald's death, but I've always had a soft spot for him, and have decided to continue the tradition.  He was one of my Father's favorites, and when I was in grade school, he encouraged me to read Buchwald's column as a sort of humorous gateway to learning about politics and contemporary events.  It worked. 
When I grew up and married, every Thanksgiving my folks would come over to our place for dinner, and Dad would always ask me if I'd read that day's reprint - I'd always reply in the affirmative and he'd grin, (another tiny family tradition, I supposed).  He's been gone over nine years now, but I'm a creature of habit.  So here it is.  And yes Dad, I read it.  Happy Thanksgiving, Comrades...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I continue to be a fan of Disco the Parakeet

An interesting perspective
It is interesting that the girls in question, (I simply cannot bring myself to refer to them as adults), find the sadness and solemnity at Arlington to be worthy of mockery.  I say this because I myself find very little in this life or DC to be above varieties of humor, satire, disrespect, or even insult; but Arlington remains one of the few exceptions. I've stated before that it is as close to sacred ground that I get, and the Tomb of the Unknowns is the very center of that.  And that's saying quite a lot, I assure you.  And I just find it curious that their reaction is so radically different from my own, and that they're willing to publicize it.  To them, it is apparently Disneyland.  Some folks need to understand that just because you're a tourist, not every spot you happen to visit is an amusement park. 
Of course, like all children, they are now in the process of denying it happened, or claiming it's misinterpreted, or someone like me "just doesn't understand".  Such are the ways of youth when the hand is caught in the cookie jar.  They lie.
And let it be understood that I do not attempt to deny them their gestures, or their publishing of same.  I hold freedom of speech, expression, and the press to be even more sacred than the cemetery on the hill - regardless of the content.  But neither can they deny me the same rights in showering disdain upon alleged adults promoting hurtful behavior.  They are brats.  And those who employ, befriend and associate with them need to figure that into the equation.  Are they worth it, and what does that say about you? 

A big discovery on Mars?

Obviously, the discovery of life would be the big news.  I have a sneaky suspicion that this is announcement is not going to live up to the hype that they're hinting at here...

Headline of the Day

Carson's interviews to be re-aired!

Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Frankenstein! (the movie)

Premiered on this date in 1931.

Happy Birthday Voltaire!

Happy Birthday Alferd Packer!

Happy Birthday Ingrid Pitt!

Happy Birthday Joseph Plumb Martin!

A Patriot.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A better year than most...

It is that time of year again, to go through the card list for Christmas.  It's always an interesting time.  One goes through the list, crossing out or adding names to be mailed cards.  It's the crossing out that is moving.  Sometimes it's a matter of mystery.  One hasn't received a reciprocal card (or any other communication) in 2+ years, and you just give up trying.  But you're left wondering, what happened?  Did they just get lazy, or not care, or was the absence due to something more serious, (death, debilitation)?
But then there are the others.  The friend or acquaintance has indeed passed away.  And late November is when I go through, and eliminate those names from the Christmas list.  It's silly, I know, but it's like hammering the final nail into the coffin for me.  They still have a faint physical presence until then, and then I erase it.  For most of the past 25 years it seems like I've done a lot of "hammering", at least one or two folks each year drop off.  But this one has been kind.  The eraser is unused, and I can look forward only to letters to send, and not regret those that are no longer needed.

Cthulhu Claus t-shirts!

Chinese Space Children!

Still dead...

Francisco Franco died on this date in 1975...

Happy Birthday Dick Smothers!

Happy National Absurdity Day!

Happy National Beaujolais Day!


Monday, November 19, 2012

RIP James Moseley

One of the last of the old-time UFOlogists.

Made In 48
Well Hung Heart is one of my favorite contemporary bands, and they've begun a project they call "Made In 48", where they get together with other performers and create/record a new song in 49 hours time.  Fun stuff, and highly recommended.

Happy Birthday George Rogers Clark!

A Patriot.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Happy Birthday to A Christmas Story!

Premiered on this date in 1983.

Happy Birthday Graham Parker!

Happy Birthday Imogene Coca!

Happy Occult Day!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sex In Comics!

This is a wonderful 9and hysterical) collection!!!

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

My next lawn decoration

Headline of the Day

The Oculist' Code is Cracked
A wonderful article on the cracking of an 18th century secret society's coded documents.  I love stuff like this, absolutely fascinating what computers are helping us do these days.  And an interesting glimpse at a society that I was unfamiliar with.

Happy Birthday to The Star Wars Holiday Special!

Premiered, (and only shown once), on this date in 1978.  Generally recognized as the worst TV Special of all time. A Classic!

Happy Birthday Duck Soup!

Premiered on this date in 1933.

Happy Birthday Gordon Lightfoot!

Happy Birthday Peter Cook!

Happy Homemade Bread Day!


Friday, November 16, 2012

U.S. States compared with foreign countries' economies

It is amusing to see Virginia compared to Austria.  We each have about the same number of nazis, as well....


I'm always amused when people who profess to resent anything discovered past the early iron age then get hooked into modern tech.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

A nice little interview with Al Stewart

One of my faves.

Uses for Twinkies

Yes, they're going away, (at least until someone buys the recipe/rights).  In the meantime....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Inflatable Hobbit


(Thanks for the link & title, Mathew!)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Haters Guide to Williams-Sonoma

This is a classic...

(Thanks for the link, Tom!)

Happy Birthday to The Articles of Confederation!

Happy Birthday to A Night At The Opera!

Premiered on this date in 1935.

Happy Birthday Jack Burns!

Happy Birthday Frida Lyngstad!

Happy Birthday Petula Clark!

Happy America Recycles Day!

Happy Hecate Night!

Happy Clean Your Refrigerator Day!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The cutting edge of highway signs

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Lost Skeleton News!!!

Fun stuff!  I love those films.

My body has become an art gallery!

The Ultimate TV Interview!

It's All for You, Toaster!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Ultimate James Bond Fan?

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

NSA's predictions on computing

A neat little bit of tech history .

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Star Trek Flask
Undoubtedly endorsed by Scotty....

Happy Birthday Veronica Lake!

National Guacamole Day!


Happy National Pickle Day!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tee Hee!
Ah yes, gotta double check folks, gotta double check...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Robert Louis Stevenson!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Vote as if your life depended on it - sometimes it does!
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Firefly Reunion show
I really enjoyed it, and happened to like all of the 'future' story ideas that were talked about, including the rape one, which seems to be causing some sort of hissy fit amongst at least these fans.  In my opinion, Firefly was one of the best TV shows - ever.  Definitely in my Top Five. 

The Gashlycrumb Tinies are available as Mugs!

Woo Hoo!

Nice synopsis on the rumors of a Madagascan man-eating tree

This is one of those wonderful tales that's been floating around Fortean studies for many decades.

Neat article speculating where Chess originated

A wonderful little heist!

I think that there's a movie idea in this...

Harvest Time!

Happy Birthday Neil Young!

Happy Birthday Booker T. Jones!

Happy Birthday Margaret Corbin (Molly Pitcher)!

A Patriot.

Happy National Beaujolais Day!


Happy National Pizza With Everything Day!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Another heroic tale from WWI

A great story.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Marshall Crenshaw!

Happy Birthday Jonathan Winters!

Happy National Sundae Day!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Laporta's Restaurant!

One of the finest restaurants in the DC region, and center of any serious wargamers' reunions.  Opened on this date 26 years ago.

What's In Your Wallet?

The cutting edge of pillow talk...

Headline of the day...

Wait! Wait! I take it back!!!

Happy Birthday Lord Sutch!

Happy Birthday Ennio Morricone!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday George Fenneman!

The ultimate straight man.

Happy Birthday Carl Stalling!

Happy Birthday Claude Rains!

Friday, November 09, 2012

D&D is a lot older than we thought....

(Thanks for the link, Tom!)

Too Many Potions

A wonderful little D&D parody.  Highly recommended!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Happy Birthday Robert Owen!

Anniversary of the death of Paul McCartney in 1966

(Future) Anniversary of the Khitomer Massacre

In the year 2346,  The Khitomer Massacre will occur — the Romulans
slaughter over 4,000 Klingons on an agricultural colony; Worf &
Kahlest are the only two survivors.....

Happy Birthday Hedy Lamarr!

One of my faves.  Brilliant, talented, a Patriot, and one of the most beautiful women of all time.

Happy Chaos Never Dies Day!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

A nice article about Garry Tallent

Happy Birthday Rickie Lee Jones!

Happy Birthday Bram Stoker!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Neil Armstrong honors Scotty and wants to join Star Fleet

Very touching, actually.

Happy Birthday Joni Mitchell!

Happy Birthday Johnny Rivers!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

How To Become A Hobo
It is amusing that the people most in need of this probably don't know how to use or have access to the Internet....

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday to "It's My Life"

Released on this date in 1965.  My favorite song by the Animals, and one I consider to be one of the greatest songs ever written.

Happy Birthday Trace Breaulieu!

Happy Birthday Jonathan Harris!

Happy National Nachos Day!


Monday, November 05, 2012

The Big Read Program


The Exorcist - With Puppets

Happy Birthday Manos!

Premiered on this date in 1966.

Happy Birthday John Glover!

A great Patriot.  Almost forgotten.

Happy Birthday Art Garfunkel!

Happy Birthday Peter Noone!

Happy Devil's Stone Day!

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Sunday, November 04, 2012

Victoria's Secret Helps the NY National Guard

Cute little story.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The new Shatner iphone app...

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Chris Difford!

Happy Birthday Will Rogers!

Alice Goes Through The Looking Glass

On this date in 1871...

Happy Waiting For The Barbarians Day!

I think that they're here...

Saturday, November 03, 2012

A worthy cause

So many were affected by Hurricane Sandy, and all are deserving of support, I'm sure.  But Patrica's an old friend.  If you have some spare cash, this is a worthy place for it to go.

Anniversary of the Kingsmen's release of Louie Louie

Released on this date in 1963.  Absolutely deliriously Essential.  If you don't love this song, I just have one question for you:  When did you join al-qaeda?

Nick & Nora return in novellas

Pigeon Code - Found!

New book: Amazing Weapons That Never Were
Fun stuff!  I bet this is chock-full of ideas for steam punks and wargamers.

RIP George Smith - Navajo Code Talker

Anniversary of the Days Of Wine & Roses by The Dream Syndicate

A great record, released on this date in 1982.

Happy Birthday Kevin Murphy!

Happy Birthday Lulu!

Happy Book Lovers Day!

Friday, November 02, 2012

Happy Naational Deviled Eggs Day!


Thursday, November 01, 2012

The Pepco Diet Plan
Hysterical.  And true. 

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

A nice Halloween...

The weather was mild (finally!), and we had about 50-55 trick or treaters, the vast majority of which were under 10 years old, and only one didn't wear a costume.  I'm impressed by the numbers because our neighborhood is not a "target rich environment" for them. The houses are spaced reasonably far apart, (a lot of walking between treats), and easily 30-40% of the neighbors don't participate, (no decorations, all the lights are turned off, etc.). 

Happy Birthday Jim Steinman!

Happy Birthday Dan Peek!

Happy National Deep Fried Clams Day!