Sunday, March 31, 2013

My next desk/cabinet

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753 !)

A good review of the new album by Well Hung Heart
I think that this band is great, and getting better all of the time.

Happy Birthday to The Matrix!

Premiered on this date in 1999.

Happy World Backup Day!

Happy National Clams on the Half Shell Day!


Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Bunny - Kill! Kill!

The Early Television Museum
Fun stuff!

Preparing for the End....

I actually remember several of these pamphlets and designs from my childhood.  And....I'm certainly not an expert of radioactivity -But I'm assuming that if you're getting air from outside, you're getting that too...
I'm also amused/horrified to see that at least one of these shelters has a door that only opens outward.  What if debris from the bombing falls against it?  How does one escape entombment?

MIA Soviets in Afghanistan

I've often wondered if some of this country's MIA's in Viet Nam can be explained this way....

A new (fictional) film about the Dyatlov Pass incident

A great Fortean mystery. 

The Mystery of the Sonora Aero Club

RIP Tiffany Tavern

RIP Phil Ramone

The Mothman Festival is coming up in September!

Taking out the trash...,0,1100412.story

Good riddance...

From the top of the Great Pyramid

Nice article about Monopoly and WWII

The cutting edge of snake removal

The Post's annual Peeps Show!

Fun stuff!

RIP Paul Williams of Crawdaddy Magazine

Evidence that warmer weather is on the way for DC!

Yes, our exploding manholes are back!  I love the sounds and sensations of Spring and Summer, don't you?


(Thanks for the links, Dennis!)

Happy Tater Day!

Happy Birthday Lene Lovich!

Happy Birthday Graeme Edge!

Happy Birthday John Astin!

Happy Birthday God!

Happy Kite Flying Day!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Lovecraft gets a Crater!

I still think that Pluto should be renamed 'Yuggoth'...

The Oldest Astrologer's Board Discovered

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Patty Donahue!

Happy Birthday Terence Hill!

Happy Birthday Eric Idle!

Genius.  Essential.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Futurama!

Premiered on this date in 1999.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Animal Welfare League needs to learn about animals

The above article is not unexpected.  Coyotes are moving into NoVa, slowly but surely, and have been for several years now.  My problem is with the quote at the bottom of the article from the supposed "expert" on such matters: 
"Their environment is being taken away by people building houses, building developments."

Bullshit.  This is NOT their environment.  They are moving in - an invasive species.  There were NEVER coyotes here until quite recently.  Ever.  If you want to stop development, fine, but lying about its affect by creating imaginary victims is pretty damn lame.  No doubt English sparrows, feral cats and snakehead fish also object to new development...

Happy Birthday Spock!

Happy Birthday Strother Martin!

Happy Birthday Diana Ross!

Monday, March 25, 2013

A Lovecraftian Puppet Show

This sounds pretty cool, actually.

Anniversary of the Lyon Sisters Tragedy

One of the greatest and saddest mysteries in DC history.

Happy Birthday John Keel!

One of the greatest Fortean researchers and investigators.

Happy Birthday Johnny Burnette!

Happy Birthday Elton!

Happy Birthday Aretha!

An American Treasure.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Happy Birthday Alyson Hannigan!

Happy Birthday Wilhelm Reich!

Happy Birthday Nick Lowe!

Happy Birthday Houdini!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Headline of the Day

The Lost Subway Station...

The Ultimate Maze?

Staying Fresh!
Please note that the inventor of Pringles was buried in a Pringles can...


Tales surrounding the original Washington Monument

Haven't been up there in about 40 years, remember it being a very nice park.

The Ossuaries of Europe

Bringing back a dead species


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On the one hand, I do indeed see the advantages to this in possibly helping against hunger and nutritional problems in the world.  On the other hand, this is obviously a dude who hates food anyway. 

Anti-Zombie Perfume

Brazil has a lot of rich losers...

The Hunger...

Mosquitos From Hell
I assume that we'll be getting these in Virginia by the end of the decade....

Happy Birthday Ric Ocasek!

Happy Birthday Chaka Khan!

Happy National Chip & Dip Day!


Happy National Puppy Day!


Happy Liberty Day!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Forget Grover's Mill...

An update on our meteor - there are reports that it might have landed on the Maryland/Delaware border - just a few miles from DC.  I've alerted Professor Pierson of Princeton University, and he's on the way to investigate...

Isn't this how War of the Worlds begins?

My brother just sighted a meteor over Alexandria.  And now news reports are coming in regarding it. 
Everyone who has a head cold, start sneezing in the direction in which it lands....

There, but for the grace of God, go I...

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Some neat maps!

Check these out!

I shall live forever..

A new use for silly putty

The Last Cavalryman

Happy International Talk Like Shatner Day!

Happy Birthday Werner Klemperer!

Happy Birthday Chico!

Happy Birthday Captain Kirk!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Happy World Poetry Day!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Upcoming conference on the War of 1812 in Annapolis

New Books from Firesign Theatre!

A podcast of Lovecraft's 'At The Mountains of Madness'

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Spring Equinox!

Happy Birthday John de Lancie!

Happy Birthday Carl Reiner!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Dick Dyszel/Count Gore De Vol!

A legendary DC horror host.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

RIP Bobbie Smith,0,3891971.story

The Spinners were one of the great soul vocal groups.  Definitely in the top-most tier. 

The oldest 20-sided die...

Very cool!

Mapping Our Thoughts...


Happy Birthday Bill Bowman (Body)!

A legendary Virginia horror host.

Happy Birthday Clarence "Frogman" Henry!

Happy Birthday Patrick McGoohan!

One of my all-time faves.  Genius.  Essential.

Monday, March 18, 2013

A nice interview with Stevie Nicks

Happy Birthday Wicked Wilson Pickett!

Happy Oatmeal Cookie Day!


Happy Sheelah's Day!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Real-Life Picasso Women
Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Johnson tapes

Absolutely fascinating history from 1968.

Hugh Janus!
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Pattie Boyd!

THE rock'n'roll muse....

Happy Birthday Karl Straub!

A local DC songwriter and performer; and old comrade in arms at the record store.  I consider Karl to be one of the best songwriters going.   Really. 

Happy Birthday Paul Kantner!

Happy Birthday John Sebastian!

One of my all-time faves.

Happy Evacuation Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain plays the theme to The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

(Thanks for the link, Bill!)

Happy Birthday Jerry Jeff Walker!

Happy Birthday Elliott Murphy!

Happy Birthday Leo McKern!

Happy Birthday Nancy Wilson!

Happy Bacchanalia!

Friday, March 15, 2013

A nice article about Duane Allman

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Plan 9 From Outer Space!

Premiered on this date in 1959.  Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Forbidden Planet!

Premiered on this date in 1956.

The Buzzards Return To Hinckley!

Happy Birthday Sly Stone!

Happy Ides of March/Brutus Day!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Epic Rap Battle: Edison VS Tesla

I'm going with Tesla, every time...

(Thanks for the link, Bill!)

Happy Birthday Einstein!

Happy Birthday Michael Caine!

Happy Birthday Michael Martin Murphey!

Happy Pi Day!

Happy National Potato Chip Day!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My next t-shirt

Cask of Amontillado Wine Tasting this Saturday!

RIP Pete Banks

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

Happy Birthday Lee Hays!

And a thousand puns were born...

Uranus was formally discovered on this date in 1781 by William Herschel.

Happy Birthday Vanishing Point!

One of my fave movies.  Premiered on this date in 1971*.

*Some sources say that it was 1/15.

Happy Birthday Mike Stoller!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Saving "You Bet Your Life"

A nice story from Groucho's grandson.  Thanks goodness the film was saved...

Toy Robot Band

Cute stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday James Taylor!

Happy Birthday 99!

Happy Birthday Liza!

Happy Genealogy Day!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Beer Cart Fridays

Fun stuff!  Back in the record store days, a few of us would end Friday's shift by walking up to a local deli/gourmet shop and bringing back a round of new beers to try out.  Any new brand's bottle/can would be placed on a ledge that ran around the walls of the stock room.  There were hundreds there within a few months...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Nina Hagen!

Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!

Happy Penny Loaf Day!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

New Star Trek trailer
At least one scene looks like a rip off from the Star Wars attack on the Death Star....

Happy Birthday Buffy The Vampire Slayer!

Premiered on this date in 1997.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

I shall live forever

I thought that only dancing was done to cheek to cheek...

Suddenly, I'm delighted by the fact that I never learned to ride a bicycle.


Vampires VS Penguins

This is actually pretty creepy.

The cutting edge of holiness

A battleship in Union Square

A little footnote to WWI

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

A Beat Club appearance by the MC5

Wonderful!  There were Gods in those Days...

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

Happy Birthday John Cale!

Happy Birthday Mark Lindsay!

Happy Panic Day!

Happy National Crab Meat Day!


Friday, March 08, 2013

Happy Birthday Skipper!

Frozen Dead Guy Days are beginning!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Happy World Book Day!

Happy Birthday King Kong!

Premiered on this date in 1933.

Happy Birthday Willard Scott!

A local legend and all around nice guy.

Happy Birthday Peter Wolf!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Harmonic Convergence

RIP Alvin Lee

RIP Allan Calhamer - the designer of the game Diplomacy

I'm actually bummed by this.  Besides designing one of my fave, (and one of the best), games of all time, for many years he published a wonderful little newsletter with all sorts of scholarly and fun tidbits.  

A nice posting by Eric Idle on meeting John Cleese

The last Meteor jet

A little bit of WWII and aeronautic history..

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Send & Receive Enigma Messages!

Fun stuff!

Happy Birthday Mary Wilson!

Happy Birthday Lou Costello!

Happy Birthday Kazimierz Pulaski!

A patriot!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Pictures of Matchstick Men

Disturbingly interesting....

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

Duke Ellington on What's My Line

Neat-O Blindfolds!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Some wonderful old-timey ads

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Shouldn't this be more than a single day?

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday to The Creature From The Black Lagoon!

Premiered on this date in 1954.

Happy Birthday Howard Pyle!

Happy Birthday Penn Gillette!

Happy National Absinthe Day!


Happy St. Piran's Day!

Today is Crispus Attucks Day

Also known as Boston Massacre Day.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Edgar Oliver

An American original.  Southern Gothic meets Edward Gorey meets Charles Addams meets Greenwich Bohemia. 

Happy Game Masters Day!

Happy Birthday Nosferatu! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1922.

Happy Birthday Ed "Bid Daddy" Roth!


Happy Birthday Glen Baxter!

Genius.  Essential.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Happy Birthday Jimmy Doohan!

Happy Birthday Jean Harlow!

Happy National Mulled Wine Day!


Saturday, March 02, 2013

Happy Birthday Douglas Adams!

Genius.  Essential.

Toilet Tycoon

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Rory Gallagher!

Happy Birthday Lou Reed!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday Willis O'Brien!

An animated map of the Royal Navy in WWI

Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Friday, March 01, 2013

Happy Birthday David Niven!

Happy Birthday Roger Daltrey!

Happy Birthday Bill Gaines!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Whuppity Scoorie Day!

Happy National Peanut butter Lovers Day!


Happy St. David's Day!