Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Crime scene photos from the 1920's to the 60's

A very creepy film noir look to some of these.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Somebody needs a hug!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Taxidermy of William Potter

Very odd, almost cute, and then veering into the disturbing...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Wedding Cakes for Nerds

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Those damn kids!

RIP Bob Hoskins

New eye witness accounts discovered about the Charge of the Light Brigade

The original Facebook

Reenacting Waterloo

The Ravens and their poetry market
Neat-o!  This is pretty cool.

Interesting article on Password protection
What comes across strongly to me would appall most folks - the whole Internet thing is a sieve - and there doesn't seem to be any real solution to it - within context.  The whole password thing is a mess, this article explains that quite plainly, and its solution strikes me as absurd. The idea that each of us become imitators of the Voynich Manuscript to protect a credit card is silly.   Call me a hopeless Luddite, but I would much prefer that most important financial transactions and records be done through a good old fashioned paper method.  It seems like every week there is some new headline screaming that a billion people have lost control of their credit cards, bank accounts, etc. etc. ad infinitum.  That never happened, couldn't happen, forty years ago.  If you want speed and (supposed) ease - just keep going the way that you are.  If you don't want to be bothered by dozens of  Rube Goldbergesque password equations, and security breaches every other day - go back to paper.  I don't see any way around it.

New technique in archaeology!

Happy Birthday Wayne Kramer!

Happy Birthday Al Lewis!

Happy National Raisin Day!


Happy International Jazz Day!

Happy Halfoween!

We're half-way to Halloween!!!

Happy Beltane/Walpurgisnacht!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Tommy James!

Happy Birthday Tammi Terrell!

Monday, April 28, 2014


(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

Apparently, this is not an article from The Onion

I, for one, am so tired of hearing about the dangers of DUI...

When it's quite clear that the real danger lies in designated driving:

(Thanks for the link, Linda!)

Happy Birthday William Moore!

A great martyr, almost forgotten now.

Happy Birthday Carolyn Jones!

Happy Birthday James Monroe!

Happy World Day for Safety and Health at Work!

Today is Workers' Memorial Day

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Cousin Mary

I just know that this is legit...   ;)

Happy Birthday Frank Belknap Long!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The death thermometer

A nice article analyzing Rube Goldberg's 'inventions'

Happy Birthday Carol Burnett!

Happy Birthday Stevie Nicks!

Happy National Pretzel Day!


Friday, April 25, 2014

No sense of style
I, for one, remember with great pleasure all of the stuffed alligator (and toad) Florida souvenirs of my youth.  It was one of my favorite parts of visiting the State.  Sigh...there's no respect for art...

Today's Star Trek Commercial

I think that someone just vetoed the sainthood thing...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Monty Python movie coming out!

Happy Birthday to The Adventures of Robin Hood!

Premiered on this date in 1938.  One of my all-time fave movies.

Happy Birthday Gina Torres!

Happy Birthday Björn Ulvaeus!

Happy Birthday Jerry Leiber!

Happy Birthday Meadowlark Lemon!

Happy Red Hat Society Day!

Happy Arbor Day!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

For my old age...

The 50th anniversary of the cubicle
Dante missed this aspect of Hell....

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

Captain Worf!!!

I would so love to see this happen.

Today's cute Star Trek commercial

The Climber

This guy is incredible.

A cute commercial for bus travel

Photo Fun from Brock Davis

Very cute!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

British Pathe Newsreels on Youtube

This is a real treasure trove for history buffs.

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Happy Birthday William Castle!

One of my faves!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The strangest meal you're going to see today

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Google's Newspaper Archive

A very cool reference tool.

The return of airships?

We'll see.  I've been hearing this refrain over and over again since high school, and we seem no closer now than we were way back then.

And more Wuss America

Make Love, Not War - The Cutting Edge

The Human Drum

If only Keith Moon and it could have gotten together...

Medical Lycanthropy

I always keep a close watch for one by monitoring the fire hydrant near my house.

Danish Bronze Age Beer on the way!

NATO and UFO's

An interesting story.

A wonderful and humorous blog about evolution

Wuss Parents

It should've been Cthulhu...


Happy Birthday Ed Walker!

A local DC radio legend.

Happy Birthday Roy Orbison!

Happy National Picnic Day!

Happy Birthday William Williams!

A Patriot.

Happy English Language Day!

Happy World Book Night!

Happy World Book & Copyright Day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Powdered alcohol

This sounds both fake and vile.  Is anyone over the age of 20 really going to waste their money on this?

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Tree Resurrection

Wuss America

I never would make it through 3rd grade at this point...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

The return of MST3000???

The re-release of the soundtrack to Porky's Revenge!
Stupid movie, great soundtrack.

Happy Birthday Peter Frampton!

Happy Birthday Rondo Hatton!

Happy Brithday Glen Campbell!

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Why I don't have any ebooks, and why I never will

Anything or person who can destroy/take one of my books, could do the same thing to any ebook that I (supposedly) owned.  But not anyone or anything that could destroy/take an ebook could get to my  REAL books....

My next vehicle and driving lesson...

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

The World's Fastest Record - from Jack White

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Snoopy Wins!

The red Baron was shot down on this date in 1918.

Happy Birthday Iggy Pop!

Happy Patriot's Day!

Happy Dyngus Day!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Nice artilce on coincidence studies

New studies supporting the existence of precognition

UFO - or a new stealth aircrarft being tested?

Photos of extoic dancers of the 1890's

Hubba hubba!

Robert E. Howard Days is coming in June

Pulp AdventureCon in New Jersey in November

A new Cthulhu collection!

The delicious irony...

A cute Dragnet parody/mashup

Nice little article on Northeastern Breweries

Happy Birthday L'Auberge Chez Francois!

One of my fave restaurants, opened on this date in 1976.

Happy Birthday George Takei!

Beginning of month of Floreal in French revolutionary calendar

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

My Next Lair...

Happy Birthday Tim Curry!

Happy Birthday Dudley Moore!

Happy Brithday

A Patriot.

Happy National Amaretto Day!


Happy Birthday Phlorescent Leech!

Happy National Garlic Day!


Happy Record Store Day!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Remind me never to visit Peoria

The mustache fits...

The cutting edge of Tetra Min

I do believe that the Beach Boys were ahead of the curve on this new type of fish food:

The cutting edge of not going silently into the night...

I believe that this is referred to as Amateur Night

Headline of the day

The Black Ring
Interesting, if true...

A wonderful collection of WWII propaganda cartoons
A lot of these have been circulating as pirate copies for years, but it's nice to see them online now.

Prince album and reissues on the way!

Dreams In the Witch House - A Lovecraftian Rock Opera

P:reviously unreleased Jefferson Airplane recordings

Very strange...

Happy Birthday to Legend!

Premiered on this date in 1995, a very under-rated TV show.

Happy Birthday Clarence Darrow!

Happy Brithday Ebenezer Learned!

A Patriot.

Happy International Day for Monuments and Sites!

Anniversary of Paul Revere's Ride

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A great interview with Nils Lofgren

Am really looking forward to the box set.

An interesting article on the state of the beer industry in America

It's amusing to see how bland the top 10 brands and wimpy the top ten brands are.  Am proud to say that I honestly don't think I've tasted one in close to twenty years.  Stone Rules!

Happy Birthday Liz Phair!

Happy Birthday Kristine Sutherland!

Happy Birthday Senor Wences!


Happy Birthday Benjamin Tucker!

Happy Birthday Samuel Chase!

A Patriot.

Happy National Cheeseball Day!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Muppet Christ Superstar

A Jewish Arabia?

An interesting little footnote to the history of Zionism.

Britain's accents in 1:24 take!

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Am I old fashioned - or just edjumicated?
I am a bit curious about this article.  With the exception of the word 'literally', I believe that I use all of the words listed here the way that the article states that they were originally intended to be used.  Would this be a generational problem?  Because I honestly didn't get any shock value out of the explanations:  "Oh!  I've been saying it wrong all of this time!", etc. 

Happy Birthday Gerry Rafferty!

Happy Birthday Sean Maher!

Happy Birthday Dusty Springfield!

Happy Birthday Jacob Coxey!,_Sr.

Happy Birthday Charlie Chaplin!

Happy Emancipation Day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ten Reasons Why Librarians Are Awesome

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

Some old time baseball portraits - with a mysteriously suspended baseball

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Dick Cavett talks about Groucho and others

Fantastic!  Cavett at his best.

Happy Birthday to In Living Color!

Premiered on this date in 1990.

Happy Birthday Dave Edmunds!

Happy Birthday Hans Conreid!

One of my fave character actors.

Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A collection of giant statues

Fascinating pictures.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Cold War Sauron in North Dakota

Fascinating images.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Cuckoo Day!

Happy Birthday Tony Burrows!

Happy Birthday Sarah Michelle Gellar!

Happy Birthday Gerry Anderson!

Anniversary of the Pine Tree Riot of 1772

Happy John Hanson Day!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie
A wonderful saga of research into American culture.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

The cutting edge of Beatles Reunions?

Thai Psychedelia

Very cool.

Food Maps


Some fun facts about the TV series Firefly

I miss that show...

Happy Birthday Don Adams!

Happy Birthday Mighty Max!

Happy Birthday Charles Armand Tuffin!,_marquis_de_la_Rouerie

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Al Green!

Happy Birthday Harold Stassen!

Only 200 Days Until Halloween!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A nice article about the induction of the E Street Band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Anniversary of the recording of Rock Around The Clock in 1954!

Happy Birthday Tiny Tim!

Happy Birthday Nicholas Brendon!

Happy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!


Anniversary of the Halifax Resolves of 1776

A precursor to the Declaration of Independence.

Happy National Licorice Day!


Happy International Day of Human Space Flight!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Album covers - The Reverse Side...

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Beer from Marky Ramone!

We're going to need more cocktail sauce....

How to Carouse during the Regency

Sounds like college to me...

A new map for the States?
Of course, I love the idea of the state of NoVa, (I'd call in Potomac, myself).  I'd also suggest making the Western Slope of Colorado separate from the East. 

The ultimate spoon

Happy Birthday Richard Berry! And Happy Louie Louie Day!

Happy Birthday Alferd Packer!

Mr. Hamburger Helper!

Happy 8 Track Tape Day!

Happy National Cheese Fondue Day!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

The last of the Navajo Code Talkers


Anniversary of the breakup of the Beatles

On this date in 1970...

Happy Birthday Bobby Smith!

A great soul singer.

Happy Birthday Alfred Kubin!

Happy National Siblings Day!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Album Art as Street Views

This is pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

I, for one, Welcome our new alien baboon overlords

Napoleon's secret supporters

Pretty neat!

Beethoven of 167 theremins!

This is something you won't see/hear every day...

Weapons of the Polish Underground

An interesting footnote to the War.  I seem to remember reading that there was much more of this improvisational stuff going on - including gas masks. 

Happy Birthday Carl Perkins!

Happy Birthday Paul Robeson!

Happy Birthday Avery Schreiber!

Happy Birthday Tom Lehrer!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Vaccinations - the Onion explains the Pros and Cons,35731/

Apparently, Kate Mulgrew will say anything for money...

Happy Birthday Emma Caulfield!

Monday, April 07, 2014

A nice article on the history and status of 'space guns'

Pretty interesting how the technology has evolved, as have the reasons.

(Thanks for the link, John!)

A Dave Clark 5 TV special is coming up!

Happy National Beer Day!

(Thanks for the notice on this, Edmund!)

RIP Mickey Rooney

Happy Birthday Janis Ian!

Happy Birthday Ravi Shankar!

Happy World Health Day!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Vader The Pooh

A possible promo for the new Godzilla movie?

And a lifetime in therapy!

Happy Birthday Phil Austin!

Happy Birthday John Waterhouse!

One of my fave illustrators/painters.

Happy Tartan Day!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Club MST3000!!!

You can watch many dozens of episodes online for free, here!

Ten cutting edge technologies that are (maybe) on the way

Plague Shawls

Shaving in WWI

A footnote to life (such as it was) in the trenches.

Egyptians in Australia?

Maps of Hell
More than a few folks have told me that I'm going to need these....

Before there were bitcoins....

Monkey Suicide

Article about the FBI and ESP

Happy Birthday Robert Bloch!

Happy First Contact Day!

In 2063...

Happy Birthday Agnetha Fältskog!

Happy Birthday Nigel Hawthorne!

Happy Birthday Roger Corman!

Happy Tomb Sweeping Day!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Great Reviews of a Worthless Product

Tinkerbell Lives!

Happy Birthday Robert Downey, Jr.!

Happy Birthday Muddy Waters!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Happy Birhtday Rumpole!

Premierd on this date (in Britain) in 1978.

Happy Birthday Tony Benn!

Happy Birthday Washington Irving!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Boogeyman of Baltimore

A nice bit of regional folklore.

A Gypsy "Kingdom" in Scotland?

A fun little bit of history.

Illustrations of 19th century London
Pretty neat.

The ultimate fruitcake

We're rollin' in it

All of those fat government contracts, you know...

Two Sentence Horror Stories

Pretty neat!

DARPA and the "Transhuman Soldier'

The Vampire Candidate!

Happy Birthday Leon Russell!

Happy Birthday Marvin Gaye!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Mad Jack

An interesting hero of WWII.

Different styles to declaring war in WWII
A very interesting article and comparison.

Modern Mammoths

It was a long time ago that I seem to remember there being one or two reports or diaries by the very earliest European explorers into the American interior citing something that sounded like a mammoth or mastodon that they'd encountered.

Great moments in education and interplanetary understanding

Happy Birthday Pirate Radio! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 2009.

Happy Birthday Ronnie Lane!

Happy Birthday Lon Chaney, Sr.!

Happy National Sourdough Bread Day!


Happy St. Stupid's Day!

Happy April Fool's Day!