Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Zero Mostel!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

An interesting cooking blog

Devoted to foods prepared during the World Wars...

Happy Birthday Mary Jo Pehl!

Happy Birthday Joanne Woodward!

Happy National Strawberry Day!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A nice article about ethics and outlook in the series, Firefly

Creature From The Black Lagoon Keychain!


Happy Birthday Godfrey Cambridge!

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Johnny Cash!

Happy Birthday Fats Domino!

Happy Birthday Francis Marion!

A Patriot.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Your own Tiger tank!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The Bayou Documentary is being broadcast

A local DC legend.  Been there many a time....

Happy Birthday Jim Backus!

Anniversary of the release of Give Ireland Back To The Irish

In 1972....

Happy Birthday to Yes, Minister!

Brilliant.  This, along with its sequel, Yes Prime Minister, is one of the best, and few, TV shows that understands and captures politics and government correctly.  Despite its British subject manner, I can assure all of you outlanders, that this is exactly how DC works...

Happy Birthday to Your Show of Shows!

Premiered on this date in 1950.  Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Carroll Borland!

She was a very minor actress.  But her vampire look has survived the ages.

Happy Birthday George!

Happy Birthday Zeppo!

Happy National Clam Chowder Day!


Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Kinkster is running for governor - again!


Happy Birthday Michelle Shocked!

Happy Birthday George Thorogood!

Happy Birthday Franz von Stuck!

One of my fave artists.

Happy National Tortilla Chip Day!


Saturday, February 23, 2013

A neat article about Babylon 5

The Times, They Are A Changin'...,31407/


This is how most monster movies start...

Neat article about ectoplasm

The Cult of the Moon Beast

Another fascinating little tale of the occult.  I will point out that something vaguely similar was hinted about during the infamous Son of Sam murders....

The Witch Men of Chile

Fascinating little bit of history.

a stupid story about the Poe Toaster

The Poe Toaster didn't exist for seven generations, merely one and a half.  The identities of both individuals were known to the curator of the Poe House, (enabling him to identify the 'real' toaster, as opposed to the many fakes who show up that evening).  The reality is a fun little story and pseudo-mystery, and has nothing to do with the MIB.  

The gentle nite light of death

Needless to say, I've got to catch up on my gardening....

A bad habit to get into...

Actually, I see potential for some sort of annual "Nun Day" at the pub.  Anyone who comes in dressed appropriately gets the first one on the house, etc. 

Prevent extinction!

If I had a child, I would name him/her Raynott Woodbead Harred Chips.

It's called "Animal Husbandry"

Trimming the herd and fleecing the flock....

Mystery Trains

I prefer them attached to sharks

The cutting edge of lottery celebrations

Darwin Award potential?

The cutting edge of paternity

Black Bunny Bounces British Burglar

A short article about the White Rose

These were the real, (and all too few) heroes in Germany during the nazi regime.  Long-time readers will remember my utter disgust at the marketing given to the hypocrites of the aristocrat/officers' conspiracy, all of whom giddily supported hitler until the Russians' advance threatened  their Prussian estates.  The White Rose were the real deal and the real opposition, pathetic though it may have been.

Strange Creature in York, PA?

Cthulhu Playing Cards!

Happy Birthday Majel Barrett!

Happy National Chili Day!

Today is Iwo Jima Day

Happy Open That Bottle Night!

Friday, February 22, 2013

If the walls could talk....

Happy Birthday Edward Gorey!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Dwight Frye!

Happy Birthday Sheldon Leonard!

Happy Birthday George Washington!

A local boy who done good.

250 Days Until Halloween!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A modern Coyote VS Roadrunner!

(Thanks for the link, Gail!)

Olde London - mapped

What a cool resource!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

DC in 1863

Very cool!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Mary Chapin Carpenter!

DC's Finest. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

LBJ Orders Pants

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Stalin's Son

An interesting, (and sad), little footnote to the War.

RIP Kevin Ayers

Alligators in Ol' Virginny!

I, for one, look forward to our reptillian overlords.

The Value of Whale Vomit
(Thanks for the link, John!)

You know, recently someone found a big wad of this stuff on the beach, and a bunch of you good people sent me the link, and I didn't publish; simply because I thought Ambergris was sort of known about by the general public.  But clearly, that doesn't seem to be the case, (I suppose it may say something about me that whale mucous is a topic not considered particularly exotic...).  So yes, by all means, scour the beaches for that lucrative lugee!

Happy Birthday Richard Matheson!

Happy Birthday Sydney Poitier!

Happy Birthday Joel Hodgson!

Happy Hoodie-Hoo Day!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cancel my appointments

Happy Birthday to the Phonograph!

Edison is awarded his patent for it on this date in 1878.  A device that has dominated my life...

Happy Birthday to the Bowman Body show!

Premiered on this date in 1971.  A legendary Virginia horror host.

Happy Birthday Bobby Hart!

Happy Birthday Smokey Robinson!

Happy Birthday Copernicus!

Monday, February 18, 2013

The cutest little frog that you're going to see today

It's a good thing that Maker's Mark are distillers, and not vintners..

It would be difficult to stomp on grapes, given that you've shot yourself in the foot....

Of course, my boys at A. Smith Bowman remain a bulwark against barbarianism....

Norway is one exciting country!

Be still my Heart!

A little Cthulhu humor for the children...

Happy National Tickbird Day! ;)

Happy Birthday SONiA!

One of my faves, and Baltimore's Finest.

Happy Birthday Jack Palance!

Happy Birthday Gahan Wilson!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Drink Wine Day!

Happy Presidents' Day!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

RIP Tandyn Almer

RIP Tony Sheridan

Just got the word... (Thanks, Perry!)

Tolkien the wargamer, (and reenactor?)


(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday John Sullivan!

A Patriot.

Saturday, February 16, 2013


The taste sensation that's sweeping a naton!

Zombie Felted Soap

19 Reasons to visit the Bar

Keep mum, she's not dumb!

I'm a total sucker for propaganda posters .

RIP Shadow Morton

Neat little article on the "occult war" going on inside WWII

Fun stuff!

The Slender Man...

A sinister bit of modern folklore

Headline of the day

I too welcome our alien overlords


He saved the fish & chips...

The Pot & The Kettle...

Religious dispute

New Cthulhu Collecton on the way!

Congrats to Lititz, Pennsylvania!

American's coolest small town!,14/#candidate-detail12246

 Yes, I know it's just a little popularity contest.  Nevertheless, I'm impressed by the choice.  Lititz is definitely my favorite town in Pennsylvania, have visited there dozens of times and always find it charming.  Highly recommended!

In terms of Colorado, I confess to being a little surprised to see Glenwood Springs at the top of the heap.  It's okay, but I never found it particularly charming, (and their geography forces the road system to be a bit of a hassle).  I'd suggest Durango, Ft. Collins, Montrose, Dolores, Lake City, Telluride, or Ridgway

Happy Birthday Sonny Bono!

Happy Birthday Jerry Moore!

A local Horror Host.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Harvey Korman!

Happy Birthday Matt Groening!

Genius.  Essential.  And a very nice guy.

Happy Pully Lug Day!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Official candy heart rejects
Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Ray Teller!

Happy Brithday Robert Shea!

Happy Birthday Jack Benny!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Emperor Norton!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A very nice analysis/attack on the current state of radio
I couldn't agree more.  And I was a radio fanatic.  Now, I'd rather kiss the backside of a barbary ape than listen to the corporate swill and endless commercials.  I love the whole idea of radio, and hate the idea of paying for something that was once free, but I am forced to, in order to hear the magic that once was and can be again - Little Steven's Underground Garage, and it's full-time Sirius channel . It represents everything that I love about rock'n'roll and radio. 

Happy Birthday to Black Sabbath! (the album)

One of my faves.  Released on this date in 1970.

Happy Birthday Peter Gabriel!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

RIP Rick Huxley

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

And the rot sets in...

My second favorite distillery sells out.  Curious, isn't it, how they've successfully used a recipe for decades, (with great success), and suddenly change it - claiming that it makes no difference at all.  And all coinciding with the greed element of cutting your ingredients with water to increase supply.   I wonder what would have been the response, say, five or ten years ago, if I'd told them that their recipe wasn't all that important, and that they needed to water it down. 

Achtung! Cthulhu
A (possible) new role playing game.  Sounds pretty neat!

The shoddy and dishonest attack on comics - exposed
I'm not a huge fan of comics, (outside of the old Warren and EC horror titles), but I always knew  that Wertham and his fellow moral scolds were crackpots.  It's nice to see them exposed and humiliated.

A day in the life of a distiller (at Bowman's!)
My fave bourbon...

Happy Birthday Dracula! (the movie)

Premiered on this date in 1931.

Happy Birthday Ray Manzarek!

Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Monday, February 11, 2013

My Kind Of Field Guide!

Zombie Outbreak In Montana!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Poe's Cask of Amontillado Wine Tasting!

There's A Cure!!!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Sheryl Crow!

Happy Birthday Leslie Nielsen!

Happy Birthday Gene Vincent!

Happy Birthday Bobby "Boris" Pickett!

One of my faves.  Creator of the National Anthem for Halloween!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

RIP Paul Tanner

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

Happy Birthday Jimmy Durante!

Happy Birthday Lon Chaney, Jr.!

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Smart Phone Medicine

Pretty incredible!

(Thanks for the link, Tony!)

Fun Snowmen

Anniversary of the Beatles appearing on Ed Sullivan


I am one of the few people willing to admit that I missed that performance.  I was busy watching Disney's film - The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh , featuring my boy Patrick McGoohan.  

Happy Birthday Wizards!

One of my all-time fave films.  Love this.

Happy Birthday Frank Frazetta!

My favorite illustrator.  Genius.  The master of Sword & Sorcery pictures.

Happy Birthday Barbara Lewis!

One of my fave singers.  Absolutely beautiful voice.  

Happy Birthday Carole King!

Genius.  Essential.  An American Treasure.

Happy National Bagel & Lox Day!


Friday, February 08, 2013

A nice listing of famous last words

Happy Birthday England Dan Seals!

Happy Birthday Jules Verne!

Thursday, February 07, 2013

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

Headline of the Day

Fred Astaire dancing while dressed as Alfred E. Neuman

We live in a great country.

Bio-pic coming on Bowie and Iggy!

(Thanks for the link, Peter!)

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I love the card catalog!

(Thanks for the link, Jeff!)

A documentary about MAD magazine!

Oldies Television


(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

The Asteroid Impact Calculator
The ultimate weather report...

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

Happy Birthday Patrick MacNee!

Happy Birthday Adam Weishaupt!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Monty Python's Final Crusade...

RIP John Walker

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

RIP Reg Presley

Happy Birthday to the Urban Verbs!

Their self titled debut album was released on this date in 1980.  Great band and album.

Happy Birthday to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour!

Premiered on this date in 1967.

Happy Birthday H.R. Giger!

Happy Birthday Otis Williams, Jr.!

Happy Birthday John Carradine!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Happy Birthday Alice Cooper!

Happy National Homemade Soup Day!


Happy Birthday Tadeusz Kosciuszko!

A Patriot.

Happy National Stuffed Mushrooms Day!


Sunday, February 03, 2013

A little math humor...

iranian monkey business

What a surprise...

Guide to airline fees

Just discovered this.  Looks pretty handy for those of you who travel a bit.

PG County doing what it does best - ripping people off

I don't care what anyone says, I don't care what anyone does, I don't care how many billion dollar complexes and shopping centers and "harbors" are built.  The place will always be a corrupt dump.

The Ultimate Star Wars Collection

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Bye bye Miss American Pie...

Happy Birthday Creature Feature!

First broadcast on this date in 1973, starring Count Gore De Vol.  One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Charles Roberts

The Father of modern wargaming....

Happy Birthday Melanie Safka!

Happy Birthday Norman Rockwell!

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Ab Fab coming to film!

Firefly Returns?
Long time readers will note that I'm a huge fan of this show, and consider its cancellation to be one of the great sins of modern TV.  But the followup film killed off two of the main characters, and I feel that it would be a struggle to recapture the magic of the original lineup...

One small step for a porn star...

The Tamam Shud Mystery


Another report on the black eyed children phenomena

A batplane from Area 51?

Dung Beetle Navigation

A fun and interesting article.  I love the statement, "live in a rough-and-tumble world where competition for excrement is fierce".  Clearly, they are natives of DC....

The Emergency

You've got to have friends
Just one more example where I think definitions of intelligence and personality are going to have to become more nuanced and detailed.

Happy Birthday Wilbur Whately!

Born on this date in 1913 in Dunwich, MA, (according to his biographer, H.P. Lovecraft...)

Happy Birthday Graham Nash!

Happy Birthday Tom Smothers!

Happy Birthday Talleyrand!

The patron saint of Diplomacy players.

Puppy Bowl Tomorrow!

I'm a total sucker for this thing.

Happy Groundhog Day!

Friday, February 01, 2013

Happy Imbolc!