Friday, May 31, 2013

Just Add Monsters
A neat way to enhance ordinary paintings!

(Thanks for the link & title, Mathew!)

Fantasy Animal Sculptures
Pretty amazing, a few of these verge on steam punk.

(Thanks for the link, Margrete!)

Happy Birthday to A Big Hand For The Little Lady!

Premiered on this date in 1966. One of my faves, and the only movie that I've ever seen that portrays what it's like to be a True Gamesman.

Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood!

Happy Birthday John Bonham!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cicada Cam!
Yes, they're supposedly think & heavy around DC, although I have yet to hear or see one.

Grains of Sand

Beautiful, when magnified.

(Thanks for the link, Margrete!)

RIP Jack Vance
One of the greatest fantasy authors of all time.  A genius.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday to the film, Copacabana!

Premiered on this date in 1947.

Happy Birthday Mel Blanc!

Genius.  Essential.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Melissa Etheridge!

Happy Birthday Patrick Henry!

Spring in Colorado!

Friends and long time readers will note my love for Colorado, having spent many Summers out there in my youth, due to my Mother growing up there and still having a wonderful group of cousins who still live throughout the state.  So, this visit involved a lot of catching up and socializing with them, but also some sightseeing and renewing the acquaintance of little towns from my youth.  Many of them now include shops promoting local artists and craftsmen, making it all the more interesting. 
My wife and I landed in Denver and immediately drove over to the Western Slope to attend something I've longed to see since its inception, the Mike The Headless Chicken Festival, in my Mother's old hometown of Fruita.  It's small, but fun, (I need to contact the organizers with some ideas, this can be a much bigger event with a few more ideas and activities).  Areas and towns visited included:
Grand Junction
Grand Mesa    (Beautiful - and some of the smaller roads were still snowed in)

Lake City (had snow flurries here, in late May!)
Ft. Collins
Estes Park
Palisade (the center of the Colorado wine industry)

Hedonistic highlights included pizza at the famous Hot Tomato in Fruita.  Lunch at the legendary True Grit Cafe in Ridgway.  Bourbon tasting from the Strothman Distillery in Grand Junction, (Yum!).  Mead from the Meadery of the RockiesZack's Barbecue in Hotchkiss; and beer at Coopersmiths in Ft. Collins.

My only problem with visiting Colorado is leaving.  It has always been a second home to me.  Thanks for a wonderful time, Cousins!

RIP Clarence Burke Jr.,0,7388361.story
I loved their sound...

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Electric Newspaper

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy National Hamburger Day!

Today is Memorial Day

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Frozen Movies

An interesting site devoted to displaying moments from cinema.  Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A great article on LA's Paisley underground

(Thanks for the link, Peter!)



     Am back from a vacation out in Colorado.  Had a wonderful time visiting with my cousins
and seeing the sights.  I hope to post a little more details on it later on, but am exhausted and
also experiencing some computer problems, so it may be a few days before this blog is up and running

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Happy Armed Services Day!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Cocktail Chart of Film & Literature


The DC Zombie Crawl on May 25th!

A 70 year old treasure trove in Paris

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Metronome Synchronization

This is a pretty neat little effect, actually.

(Thanks for the link, Rick!)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Not much being posted

Dear Readers, Am going to be very busy for the next two weeks, so postings will be much lighter than normal.  But we should be back up and running by Memorial Day.  See you then!

Happy Birthday George Carlin!

Happy Birthday Burt Bacharach!

Happy Birthday Steve Winwood!

Happy Birthday Avalon Hill!

The first wargame company.  Founded on this date in 1954.

Happy Limerick Day!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The potato cannon

John 9:25

The Ace of Swords

A fascinating article/interview with a master sword collector.

A ncie artilce/explanation of why oldies are sometimes re-recorded
The re-recordings NEVER are better, in my opinion. 

One of the most unusual and beautiful performances I've ever seen!
This is incredible.  Really.  A new (to me) art form. 

The German 'Wolf Children'

A very sad footnote to the War....

Book Tattoos

Some of these are pretty cute!

Witches and Brambles - a brief article

The mystery of the Van Meter Monster
Offhand, there seem to be elements of Moth Man and the Jersey Devil in this little tale.

A nice collection of ghost photos

Lennon's Car

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

DARPA, the CIA, and Acoustic Kitty

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The English Civil War - On Your Smartphone

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday to Bride of the Monster!

One of the worst movies ever made.  Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Eric Burdon!

One of my all-time faves.

Happy Birthday Salvador Dali!

Happy Birthday Phil Silvers!

Friday, May 10, 2013

The cutting edge of mascots

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Donovan!

Happy Birthday Bono!

Happy National Shrimp Day!


Thursday, May 09, 2013

The last great nazi air raid?
This is an interesting story.  I am unconvinced that a rather junior German officer had communication access to the RAF, or much of anyone else in the British military to leak the plan to in such detail.  I'd also be highly doubtful on the mission's success if it had gone off.  By January 1945, Allied air control over Britain was a pretty solid success (which is why the Germans needed V weapons...).  I'd be curious how many heavily laden bombers would have been able to make it to the target zone and then be able to accurately drop their load.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Nice article on the end of the Game Store...

The Little Soldier Shop mentioned in the article was my hangout, and a legend in the DC gaming scene.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Breathing Without Air
A fascinating breakthrough!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Dave Prater!

Happy Birthday to The Muppets!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

What car would Spock drive?

This is a very cute commercial - for all Trekkies!

(Thanks for the link and title, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Ricky Nelson!

Happy Birthday Bob Clampett!

Happy Birthday Robert Johnson!

Happy Furry Day!

A sad anniversary
Today marks the anniversary of the death of Mordecai Anielewicz  and the end of the Warsaw ghetto uprising of 1943.  "Courage" doesn't even begin to describe him and his fellow fighters.

Happy VE Day!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

RIP Ray Harryhausen

Happy Birthday Gabby Hayes!

The ultimate Western sidekick.

Happy Birthday Darren McGavin!

Happy National Roast Leg Of Lamb Day!


Monday, May 06, 2013


Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Doug!)

Anniversary for (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

On this date in 1965, Keith Richards created the classic guitar riff that would become "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." He played it for Mick Jagger in a hotel room in Clearwater, Florida.

Happy Birthday Sigmund Freud!

Happy Birthday Orson Welles!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Nothing new about Firefly
All that this little interview demonstrates is stuff that I already know - that suits always hated Firefly, they don't know it, they don't understand it, and they never will - even from a business point of view.  If the show ever gets revived, it will be over the dead bodies of clowns like this, an event I'd pay money to see.  I wouldn't expect a lowest-common-denominator company like Netflix to do so, anyway.  Way too mainstream, too boring, too flaccid.  If there's a Firefly relaunch it'll come out of someplace else - someplace totally unexpected.  And it'll be a complete surprise to the suits when it succeeds, (and they'll then busy themselves with shoddy imitations and shoddier excuses for how they missed it).  And nobody will remember the names of capons like this dude. 

The best obituary that you'll read today

The Return of Karl Wagner's Kane!

I love these sword & sorcery epics!

Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast

I've attended one of these about 15 years back, in Salem, and it was hysterical.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The Ultimate GAO Investigation,0

This is soooo like DC....

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Norman Geddes - Game Maker Extraordinaire!
Fascinating little story; I'd of loved to have seen that wargame.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Michael Palin!

Happy Birthday Bob Seger!

Happy National Hoagie Day!


Happy National Oyster Day!


Saturday, May 04, 2013

My aluminum foil hat is cheaper...
I would note that, "Drone owners will be asked to record the sound of their drones to be included in the database" in order for the device to work.  Yea, they're really going to undercut their sales by allowing this guy free access to the data needed to counter them...

Russia takes on Sweden
An interesting and strange little satire from putey...

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday to The Mummy! (the 1999 version)
Love this movie!  Fun stuff!

Happy Birthday Dick Dale!

Happy Herb Day!

Happy National Home Brew Day!


Friday, May 03, 2013

Get A Life!

Happy Birthday to The Cocoanuts!

The Marx Brothers first film.  Premiered on this date in 1929.

Happy Birthday to The Black Cat!

Premiered on this date in 1934.  Great horror movie.

Happy Paranormal Day!

Happy Birthday Machiavelli!

Happy Birthday James Brown!

Happy Birthday Frankie Valli!

Happy Birthday Pete Seeger!

Happy Nettle Day!

An obscure holiday that I'm ressurecting...

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Tank Limo!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Goths at Disneyland


Happy Birthday to Miracle On 34th Street!

Premiered on this date, (for some weird reason), in 1947.  My fave Holiday movie.

Happy Birthday Link Wray!

Happy Birthday Lesley Gore!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The Markets of Britain

This is wonderful!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Halfoween!

Happy Anniversary to Thomas Morton & Merrymount

An astounding little bit of colonial and neo-pagan history.

Happy Zombie Awareness Month!

Happy Birthday Judy Collins!

Happy Birthday Louis Nye!

Happy Calan Mai!

Happy May Day!

Happy Birthday to The Illuminati!