Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Happy Birthday Rock'N'Roll High School!

One of my fave movies.  Premiered on this date in 1979.

Headline of the Day

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Marinus Willett!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Lobo!

Happy Colorado Day!

Happy Birthday Gary Lewis!

Happy Birthday Ted Cassidy!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Ultimate Weight Loss Program

RIP Eileen Brennan

RIP Frank Panton
Was just informed of his death.  To the vast majority of folks he is unknown, but as the article points out, he was a key member of Britain's nuclear interests, (not all of which are listed in this article), and was a close friend of my family's.  He was a quiet and kind man, with a good sense of humor, and an easy going manner.  He grew up the hard way in being an expert on bombs, disarming them during the Battle of Britain.  He never bragged about his heroism, he didn't have to.  In fact he always was reluctant to talk about it, even to a youngster with a keen interest in the War.  His family and ours grew quite close during his various postings here, and I'll always treasure those memories,  Britain has lost a Patriot and my family has lost an old Friend.

Happy Birthday Alton Brown!

Happy Birthday to The Modern Lovers!

One of the best albums of the 70's.  Released on this date in 1976.

Wild Thing!

Hit #1 on this date in 1966.  The gods smile....

Monday, July 29, 2013

When adults recreate their childhood photos
Some of these are funny, some are touching, and a few are creepy...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Patti Scialfa!

Happy Birthday William Powell!

Happy Birthday James Warren!

Happy Birthday Thelma Todd!

Happy Birthday Maria Ouspenskaya!

Happy National Lasagna Day!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

RIP to The Kid From Brooklyn
One of the early Internet sensations...

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Potato Gatling Gun!

(Thanks for the link, Bill!)

I prefer the taste of a roasted ivory billed woodpecker, myself...

The hunt for alien spacecraft

Pretty neat!

Happy Birthday Phil Proctor!

Happy Parents' Day!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Today is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

Happy Birthday Bugs Bunny!

Debuted on this date in 1940 in "Wild Hare".

Happy Birthday Gary Gygax!

Happy National Scotch Day!


Happy National Day of the Cowboy!

Friday, July 26, 2013

We're #1! (I don't care what Slate says....)
I'll go with the Allstate ranking, thank you very much.  I'd note that Slate drops us down in stature due to the lack of DWI fatalities.  There are two reasons for this.  The first is that our gridlock (#2 in the Nation), prevents anyone from getting up enough of a head of steam to kill someone.  The second reason is that, frankly, DC is a hard drinking town, and experienced in driving under such conditions.  I remember one report from about 30 years ago that stated that an extraordinary percentage of drivers on the road after 7PM around here wouldn't pass a sobriety test.  So many accidents occur when it's New Year's Eve (or 'Amateur Night', as it's called around here), high school graduation nights, and big sporting events, when the under-experienced over indulge.  But the regulars bop right along...

Wuss America

Boo hoo hoo!  So, today's kids are too busy (read:  too fucking inattentive and downright lame) to be able to go through an entire (gasp!) game of Monopoly?!?!  They just can't handle a two hour stint of doing something?  Their little brains will explode if stressed beyond the time limit of a hanna barbera cartoon?  And, of course, we dare not threaten their fragile eggshell egos by presenting something as harsh as three turns "in jail".  Mustn't agitate their sweet little gossamer nerves.  Sheesh! I mean, we're just talking god damned Monopoly here, people, not the Glass Bead Game - get a grip!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Crassness Triumphant
Sigh.  I disagree with Mr. Lincoln on a variety of important issues, and I am certainly not one to deify him, as some have done.  But I view acts like this as extremely distasteful.  The fact is that the Memorial is one of the most moving sights in DC, especially at night.  It is always in my top three places recommended for visitors to our town as 'must sees'.  People messing with it are just plain losers and bastards...

Car Pooling

(Thanks for the link and title, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Kate Beckinsale!

Happy Birthday Mick!

Happy Birthday Darlene Love!

Happy Birthday Gracie Allen!

Happy Birthday Carl Jung!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Beer Labels In Motion!

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Anniversary of Dylan going electric!

Happy Birthday Walter Brennan!

Happy Birhtday Henry Knox!

A great Patriot, and almost forgotten now...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My next flash drive...

I love Ft. Collins, Colorado, and this is one of my favorite shops there

King P.G. County! I love it!!!

(Thanks for the head's up - Missy!)

A nice interview with Frank Ferrante and his Evening With Groucho Marx

I love this guy's show.  If you are any fan of Groucho, (and you should be), you've got to go see him perform!

Happy Birthday to Radio Free Oz!

Premiered on this date in 1966.

Happy Birthday to Pleasant Dreams!

One of my fave albums.  Released on this date in 1981.

Happy Birthday Lord Dunsany!

One of the greatest fantasy authors, ever.

Happy Cousins Day!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Van-imated Gogh!

Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

When computers were big and beautiful

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

RIP Faye Hunter

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

Happy Birthday Castle Keep!

In my opinion, the weirdest war movie ever made.  Premiered on this date in 1969.

Happy Robert Anton Wilson Day!

Happy Birthday Raymond Chandler!

Happy National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!


Monday, July 22, 2013

Happy Birthday to The Daily Show!

Premiered on this date in 1996.

Happy Birthday to My Aim Is True!

One of my fave albums, released on this date in 1977.

Happy Birthday Vaughn Bode!

Happy Birthday George Clinton!

Happy Spooner's Day!

Only 100 Days Until Halloween!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Another story on the infamous Black Eyed Children...

Happy Birthday Kim Fowley!

Happy Birthday Robin Williams!

Happy Birthday Garry Trudeau!

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Happy Sundae Sunday!


Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Harmonic convergence of pop culture!

Kirk, Spock & Klink on the Man From UNCLE!!!



Godzilla news

I am a traditionalist, and believe that Godzilla should always be played by a guy in a rubber suit....

Happy Birthday to "Do Anything You Wanna Do!"

One of my all-time fave songs.  Released on this date in 1977.  A part of my DNA.

Happy Birthday Bowman Body!

A beloved local ghost host.  Premiered on this date in 1970.

Happy Birthday Diana Rigg!

Happy Birthday John Lodge!

Happy Birthday Santana!

Happy Moon Day!

Incredible feat...

Happy International Chess Day!

Happy National Fortune Cookie Day!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Adopt A Highway!

Oh, this is going to end well....
Some poor guy who is hang gliding or crop dusting is about to get murdered....

Let me look at your palm...

I see that you are stupid, and have too much free time and money...

Headline of the Day

Prehistoric "Movies"

OMG! OMG! OMG!,0,5915936.story


Cello Video Game

(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)

The Anniversary of UFO's Over The White House in 1952,_D.C._UFO_incident

Happy Birthday John Martin!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Release The Kraken!

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

I hope it was declawed...

(Thanks for the title and link, Mike!)

Don't Accept Rides From Strange Men Day

Happy Birthday Hunter Thompson!

Happy Birthday Red Skelton!

Happy Birthday Dion DiMucci!

Happy Birthday Martha Reeves!

Happy Mandela Day!

Happy National Caviar Day!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Happy Birthday Vince Guaraldi!

Happy Birthday James Cagney!

Happy Wrong Way Corrigan Day!

Happy National Hotdog Day!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Happy Birthday D.C.!

Founded on this date in 1790.

Monday, July 15, 2013

The cost of eternal youth...

I'm going with the rubber lips, myself...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Ian Curtis!

Happy Birthday Roky Erickson!

Happy Birthday Linda Ronstadt!

Happy National Gummi Worm Day!


Sunday, July 14, 2013

A neat jack o lantern archway!

Happy Birthday Woody Guthrie!

Happy National Grand Marnier Day!


Happy Bastille Day!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Frankenstein Rabbit!

Vampire Graves Discovered


A nice interview with Southside Johnny

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Cheech Marin!

Happy Birthday Patrick Stewart!

Happy Birthday Roger McGuinn!

Happy Birthday John Dee!

Happy National Beans & Franks Day!


Happy National French Fries Day!


Friday, July 12, 2013

I am so happy that I worked in a record store for so many years.  It's a swiftly dying experience.  This little film will clue you into what I'm talking about. We were cool....

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Arkham Horror Game at the Library


The fans of the Sub Pop record label, and their stories

A neat little article concentrating on how music touches and influences us.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Jack O Lantern Fun!

RIP Chuck Foley

The inventor of the game, Twister...

Happy Birthday Christine McVie!

Happy Birthday Bill Cosby!

Happy Birthday Bucky Fuller!

Happy Birthday Alexandria!

My hometown.  Founded on this date in 1752.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Nerf Guns VS Zombies!

Dyson has competition

Edjumication at Hempstead!

(Thanks for the link, Larry!)

The latest on the Blue Crab

A staple and a delicacy in the DC region...

RIP Toshi Seeger

(Thanks for the link, Susan!)

Happy Birthday to Count Gore De Vol's Creature Feature! (The Internet version)

Premiered on this date in 1998.

Happy Birthday Robert the Bruce!

Happy Birthday Bonnie Pointer!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A nice site devoted to The Prisoner

My fave TV show...

A new film about Jim Morrison's Youth (Maybe...)

How to lose a girlfriend

Beware of Cats!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Sacre Bleu!

Happy Birthday Arlo!

Happy Birthday Nicola Tesla!

Happy Teddy Bear Picnic Day!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Steampunk Jack-O-Lanterns

Rock Around The Clock Hits #1!

On this date in 1955.

Happy BirthdayRichard Roundtree!

Happy Birthday Lee Hazlewood!

Monday, July 08, 2013

American Wineries
A very neat chart and article showing how the wine industry has grown in this country.  And while the Old Dominion is not in the major leagues, it's nice to see the growth, success and sophistication that's taken place here.  But I confess to a rather selfish longing for the early days of our wine industry, in the 80's.  You could go to any winery and talk to the owner/manager in great detail about what they were producing.  Barboursville Vineyards earn a major mention in this article, as they should - they were my favorite in those early years, (along with Linden).  The first time we visited Barboursville, there was no tasting room, or even employees devoted to that task.  The wife of the manager invited us into their little office, had us sit down opposite her at her desk, pushed aside some papers, grabbed a couple of glasses from the back room, and poured us some samples on her desk, while I set up a barrage of questions on barrel comparisons, etc.  What a wonderful morning!  At Linden, the owners, (Jim and Judy Law) got to recognizing us, we visited there so often, and we'd get samples of experiments and upcoming bottlings, (Jim even joked with me about my incessant questions on French VS American oak barrels at one point).  Those were the days.  Both operations are very successful now, and I'm happy for them.  But now you deal with at least a small crowd of people at a crowded wine bar, manned by folks who were hired for that purpose, etc.  It's fine, and a natural result of success.  But those early days were magical and personal. 

Happy Birthday Marty Feldman!

Happy Birthday Eugene Pallette!
A great character actor.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Headline of the Day

Happy Heritage Day!

Why couldn't it be Bourbon?

Happy Birthday Good Eats!

Premiered on this date in 1999.

Happy Birthday Ringo!

Happy National Strawberry Sundae Day!


Happy Build A Scarecrow Day!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Life in DC...

Received a notification from our newspaper delivery person that if we were missing our morning paper, it was due to foxes stealing it.  Apparently, this is not a joke.  Presumably, they are using the paper to line their burrow.  If it's for other reasons, they've made a serious misjudgement - it's the Post that they're stealing - at least go for the NYT...

A plug for Frank Ferrante and Mark Evanier
I consider Mark's blog essential for all fans of American pop culture.  His experience and expertise extends to comics, television and film, (and more...).  And his accolades for Ferrante's show about Groucho got me to go see him when he appeared in the DC area last year.  At the risk of using an old cliche - Ferrante IS Groucho.  As a near-fanatical Marxist, I cannot recommend his show too much.  It is essential. And so is News From Me

A nice interview with Jeff Lynne of ELO



The Coloring Book...

New (to me) shop dealing with goth/occult oriented clothing

My next keyboard...

The anniversary of the Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking Up Arms

A precursor to the Declaration of Independence.

Happy Birthday Joshua Barney!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday to The B-52's (album)

Released on this date in 1979.

Happy Birthday to A Hard Day's Night!

Premiered on this date in 1964.

Happy Birthday Jeffesron Airplane!

Formed on this date in 1965.

Happy Birthday Bill Haley!

Happy Birthday Jennifer Saunders!

Happy Birthday Pat Paulsen!

Happy Birthday John Paul Jones!
Another great Patriot.

Happy Birthday Daniel Morgan!

One of the greatest Patriots, and almost forgotten, now.

Happy National Fried Chicken Day!


Friday, July 05, 2013


The ultimate bottle garden

The cicada salt shaker of death!

Happy Birthday to Earth VS The Flying Saucers!

Premiered in July of 1956.  A great sci-fi film!

Happy Birthday Bill Watterson!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Mouse VS Fool

An article on the ghost tours of Gettysburg

The North Carolina Vampire Beast

Bookworms Rule!

(Thanks for the link, Tom!)

Tee Hee!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The most famous walkway in the world

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

Happy Birthday Rube Goldberg!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Independence Day!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Hammer Horror on the way!!!

This'll be cool!

The rock star warrior

Fascinating story and transformation.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Curtis Mayfield!

Anniversary fo the death of Jim Morrison

The beginning of the Dog Days

Happy Eat Beans Day!


Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The weight of e-texts
This reminds me of the Victorian era experiments to weigh the soul.

(Thanks for the link, Bill!)

An offhand reunion

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Shaft!

Premiered on this date in 1971.

Happy Birthday Airplane! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1980.  One of my all-time faves.  Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Plan 9 From Outer Space!

Premiered on this date in 1959.  Genius. 

Happy Birthday Hermann Hesse!

Happy Birthdday Paul Williams!

Happy Birthday Professor Roy Bittan!

Happy National Literacy Day!

Monday, July 01, 2013

Stone & Dogfish are on Top!

No surprise that my two faves lead the list...

Happy Birthday Fred Schneider!

Happy Birthday Debbie Harry!

Happy Birthday Dan Aykroyd!