Friday, October 31, 2014

What Google, Twitter, & Instagram Would Have Looked Like In The 80's!
Very cute!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Headline of the Day

Story of the Day


Commemorating Unknown Soldiers
A nice article.  The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington is one of the three sites on the top of my list when visitors ask what to see while touring DC.  One addendum - there is an official Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier.  It is perhaps one of the most obscure historical items in DC, not even known to many long time residents.  It's located at the cemetery of the old Presbyterian Meeting House in Old Town Alexandria.

DC is #6 for Vampires, Baltimore is #3

We've always been known for our blood suckers...

Happy Birthday Tom Paxton!

Happy Birthday Bud Spencer!

Happy Birthday to The Lincoln Highway!

Dedicated on this date in 1913.

Happy Nos Calan Gaeaf!

Happy Nutcrack Night!

Happy National Carve A Pumpkin Day!

Happy National Candy Apple Day!


Happy National Magic Day!

Happy Allantide!

Happy Halloween!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

An explanation of the Lovecratian city of R'Lyeh

A unified field theory of Cthulhu.  I like it!

Halloween Happenings in Virginia

Anniversary of the radio broadcast of The War Of The Worlds

In 1938.  Probably the most famous radio broadcast, ever.

Happy Haunted Refrigerator Night!

Happy Halloween Eve!

Devil's/Cabbage/Tick-Tack/Mischief/Corn/Goosy/ Trick/ Gate/ Beggars Night

Happy Birthday Grace Slick!

Happy Birthday Otis Williams!

Happy Birthday Ruth Gordon!

Happy Halloween Week!

Tonight is the Night of the Recent Dead.

Happy Punkie Night!

Happy National Candy Corn Day!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The First Space Walk

A very brave and resourceful man, and a great story.

Churchill's Moment of Revenge

The Butchers' Secret Language

Happy Birthday N.O.W.!

Founded on this date in 1966.

Happy Birthday Ralph Bakshi!
Wizards is one of my favorite movies.

Happy Birthday Bill Mauldin!

Genius.  Essential.  One of the greatest cartoonists of all time.

Happy Halloween Week!

Tonight is the Night of Remembrance of Forgotten Ancestors.

Happy Birthday to the Internet!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Irony and the Game of Operation

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

What If Google Was A Guy?

This is pretty neat!

The Spirit Of Halloween From Smithsonian/Folkways

A neat collection of songs, stories and poems from the archives. 

Happy Birthday Elsa Lanchester!

Happy Birthday John Laurens!

A Patriot.

Happy Halloween Week!

Tonight is The Night of Remembrance For Pets & Animals.

Happy Wild Foods Day!

Monday, October 27, 2014

LoveCraft Brewing!
Very cool!

(Thanks for the link, Art!)

Happy Birthday to The Great Pumpkin!

Premiered on this date in 1966.  A personal fave.

Happy Birthday to You Bet Your Life! (The radio show)

Premiered on this date in 1947.

Happy Birthday to The Federalist Papers!

The first one was published on this date in 1787.

Happy Birthday Garry Tallent!

Happy Birthday Lara Parker!

Happy Birthday John Cleese!

Happy National Potato Day!


Happy Halloween Week!

Tonight is the Night of The Nurterers.

Happy American Beer Day!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

A nice little article about the humble hourglass and its importance

Happy National Pretzel Day!

Happy Birthday Doonesbury!

Premiered on this date in 1970.

Happy Birthday Natalie Merchant!

Happy Halloween Week!

Tonight is the Night of The Artists.

Happy All Hallows' Read Week!

Happy National Pumpkin Day!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween & Class

RIP Jack Bruce
I am really saddened by this....

Happy National Greasy Food Day!

Pumpkin Carving

Some Oldies But Goodies.

Let the Coffin Races Begin!

I've always wanted to attend this!

Anniversary of The Charge Of The Light Brigade

Happy Halloween Week!

Tonight is the Night of Heroes & Martyrs.

Happy World Pasta Day!

Friday, October 24, 2014

The cutting edge of street busking

Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

An interesting history/article on vampire hunting in Serbia in the 18th century

The Ultimate Halloween Prop

Happy Birthday Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid!

Premiered on this date in 1969.

Happy Birthday American Pie!

Released on this date in 1971.

Happy Frankenstein Friday!

Happy Halloween Week!

Tonight is the Night of Seers.

Happy National Bologna Day!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Charles Fort's Notes To Be made Available!

This'll be an excellent resource for Forteans.

Air New Zealand teaches travel safety, Hobbit-style


Headline of the Day

Swiss Cream and hitler
Long time readers will remember that I've always viewed Switzerland's proclamations of neutrality and innocence during WWII as being against the facts.  So I'm amused to see this "accident", (because no one in a company ever pays the slightest attention to marketing - oh no).  Am also curious as to why a company would want the image of cigars associated with cream?  I guess it's a fascist thing...

The Archaeology of Hollywood

From Ox Carts To Railways

Happy Birthday Weird Al!

Happy Birthday Ellie Greenwich!

Happy Birthday Johnny Carson!

Happy Birthday Thomas Pinckney!

A Patriot.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The occult influence on rock music

An interesting, if too short, article and interview.  It mentions Coven as a serious group in this area.  I'd also add Black Widow to that little list.

The End of TSOP

What a sad end to a center of American pop culture.

(Thanks for the link, Tom!)

RIP Ben Bradlee

Happy Birthday to The Sterile Cuckoo!

Premiered on this date in 1969.  One of my faves.

Happy Birthday to She Wore A Yellow Ribbon!

Premiered on this date in 1949.

Happy Birthday N.C. Wyeth!

Happy Birthday Timothy Leary!

Happy Birthday Bobby Fuller!

Today is the Beginning of the Month of Brumaire in the French Revolutionary Calendar


Happy National Nut Day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The "miss hitler" contest
I continue to be amazed at how people whom adolf would have gleefully enslaved or murdered continue to venerate him.  His plans for Russia were beyond medieval. And these people are beyond stupid...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Oysterfest is coming up in Maryland!

Happy Birthday to Trinity Is Still My Name

Premiered on this date in 1971.

Happy Birthday Manfred Mann!

Happy Birthday Samuel Taylor Coleridge!

Happy National Caramel Apple Day!


Ten Days Until Halloween!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Beauty By Lovecraft!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Nixon's The One!

Anniversary of the Saturday Night Massacre of 1973.

Happy Birthday Carolyne Mas!

One of my fave rock'n'rollers.

Happy Birthday Tom Petty!

Happy Birthday Bela Lugosi!

Happy Birthday Art Buchwald!

A Washington Institution for many years, a personal fave of mine, and a very nice man.

Happy Birthday Margaret Dumont!

Happy Free Speech Week!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bela's Lugosi's Dead - The Nine Hour Version

Happy birthday Trey Parker!

Happy Birthday Tor Johnson!

Anniversary of the War of Jenkin's Ear
Today is the anniversary of my favorite name for a war.

Happy Birthday Christian Febiger!

A Patriot.

Today is the anniversary fo the surrender at Yorktown in 1781

Happy Dorothy Parker Day!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A nice interview with Cassandra Peterson (Elvira)

Happy Birthday to The Bunnyman!

An authentic urban legend in NoVa.  First sighted on this date in 1970.

Happy Birthday Laura Nyro!

Happy Birthday Chuck Berry!
One of my faves.  The real King of Rock'N'Roll.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Hollywood Squares!

Premiered on this date in 1966.

Happy Birthday Jim Seals!

Happy Birthday Tom Poston!

Happy National Pasta Day!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

"look beautiful at your next dinner date"
I had no idea that Dachau was open for dining at this point.  Well done, Sears - always on the cutting edge of looking beautiful.

Jim Henson (and IBM) take on the "Paperwork Explosion"

I'm still waiting for the "thinking" part to come into play...

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Dictionary Day!

Fusion Energy Breakthrough?
We'll see.  I know nothing of physics or engineering.  I do know hype.  In the 1950's, we were assured by these same types of people that fusion energy was but ten years off.  In the the 1960's, they said it was twenty years off.  In the 1970's, they told us that it was now 30 years away, (do you notice a pattern, here?).  By the '80's the so-called experts FINALLY wised up, and stopped handing down predictions.  I'll believe it when one of these generators is powering my flying car....

Anniversary of Marie Antoinette's beheading in 1793

One less parasite....

Anniversary of John Brown's Raid in 1959

Happy Birthday Nico!

Happy National Liqueur Day!


Happy World Food Day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Teh Life & Death of a Pumpkin

An oldie but goody

An interesting article about the present and future of books and publishing

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

A Celtic Cross On Mars...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy National Roast Pheasant Day!


Happy Birthday Friedrich Nietzsche!

(Un)Happy National Grouch Day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Neat Bookstores!

We're #1! We're #1!

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special
This was a horrible little show from the late 70's.  The reason that I'm posting it is that it was the last performance of Margaret Hamilton as a witch.

Happy Birthday Justin Hayward!

Happy World Egg Day!


Monday, October 13, 2014

The spookiest one minute film that you're going to see today

Cthulhu Joins Amway

The Horror!!!

Captain Worf News

Actually, if handled well, I'd love to see this as a series.

Night of the Sea Monkey

Why wasn't I told?

A nice article about visiting the Manassas Battlefield Park

The ultimate Halloween party?

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

The Mouth Blog Serenade

Happy Birthday Lenny Bruce!

Happy Birthday John Ford Coley!

Happy Birthday Paul Simon!

Happy National Chess Day!

Happy Birthday Joseph Graham!

A Patriot.

Happy Indigenous People's Day!

Happy Columbus Day!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

We're gonna need a bigger tin of Old Bay...

The Physicist who doesn't exist

The fist Velvet Underground recording - Discovered!?

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Love Happy!

Premiered on this date in 1949.

Happy Birthday Aleister Crowley!

Happy Birthday Sam Moore!

Happy Birthday Melvin Franklin!

Happy Farmers Day!

Happy Freerhought Day!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Muppets on Dick Cavett!

Headline and Story of the Day

A modern Viking burial at sea

Britain's Dullest Men

Drilling out demons

Charming people...

The last nazi at war?

I'm not sure how much of this I believe.  Like the author of the article, I question how heavily he was provisioned, and how he managed thereafter.

The White Lily

A female Jewish/Russian ace of WWII.

Lovecraft Book Purse

Pretty neat!

Happy Birthday to Saturday Night Live!

Premiered on this date in 1975.

Happy Birthday to To Have And Have Not!

Premiered on this date in 1944.

Happy Birthday Mike Nelson!

Happy Birthday Eleanor Roosevelt!

Only 20 Days Until Halloween!

Happy National Coming Out Day!

Happy Natl Sausage Pizza Day!


Happy It's My Party Day!

Happy General Pulaski Memorial Day!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Help Fight Cancer!

Unless it's unprofitable to do so....

The Beatles Never Existed! Proof!

I wonder which of the Pauls was the one who died? 

(Thanks for the link, Kevin!)

Headline of the Day

Happy Birthday Diamond Dave!

Happy Birthday Kirsty MacColl!

Happy Birthday Ed Wood!

Happy Birthday Gerrard Winstanley!

Happy World Egg Day!


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Another DC murder mystery about to be solved?

Stone Brewery to open in Richmond

Sigh.  On the one hand, I suppose that this will make it somewhat easier to get their more limited edition beers here.On the other hand, it's a pain in the ass to drive there from NoVa, and frankly, I've always considered the town to be a dump.

The Paper Airplane Gun!

This is so cool!!!

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

New Velevet Underground box set in November!

For Halloween in the DC region....

A collection of ghost tours and Halloween attractions.

Remember Kids, Obesity Is Dangerous

Happy Birthday Jackson Browne!

Happy Birthday John Entwistle!

Happy National Submarine-Hoagie-Hero-Grinder Day!


Happy Leif Erikson Day!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

India and hitler
I know that himmler, amongst many other half baked crackpot theories, was constantly trying to piece together some sort of Aryan/German/Indian cosmology.  But he was viewed as a joke by most nazis not in his direct employ.  I'd be curious what these ignoramuses in India would think were they to read about hitler's attitudes towards their people - whom he regarded as worthless detritus.

An ultra-realistic CGI face

They're just getting better and better at this. 

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

My Precious....

A bit about living in NoVa

I'd agree with about 2/3 of these points. 

Now we know why Rudolph's nose glows

An unusual object on Mars?

There'll be a Blood Moon in a few hours

Happy Birthday "Imagine"!

Released on this date in 1971.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

"Life After Death" research

I am rather neutral on this topic, at this point.  My one great difficulty is with how 'death' is defined.  It seems to be somewhat inaccurate the way many medical staff use it in these instances.  For me, the definition is that once you're dead - you don't come back.  If you do come back - you weren't really dead*.  If one goes by that definition, then I'm not sure that we can rule out a variety of mental phenomena for these testimonies. 

*I am already reciting Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch in my head as I type this

Fun Street Art
And on the darker side:

(Thanks for the links, Mathew!)

The cutting edge of teaching English to the Japanese

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Joe Hill!

Happy Birthday John Mellencamp!

Anniversary fo the Batle of King's Mountain

One of the battles that helped win the Revolution.

Happy Birthday Caesar Rodney!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Abraham Woodhull!

A Patriot.

Monday, October 06, 2014

The Great Martian War 1913-1917

Why wasn't I told?!?  This looks amazing.  Is anyone familiar with it, and is it commercially available?

RIP Geoffrey Holder


Happy Mad Hatter Day!

Happy National Noodle Day!


Happy Ivy Day!

Happy World Habitat Day!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

DC mapped as Middle Earth

There are orcs everywhere....

Japan spends millions on yet more lies about hiro and the War

Gee, imagine that, the Japanese ruling class claim that hirohito was a nice guy.  What a big fucking surprise. There is a debate going on amongst military history buffs as to whether or not it was the atom bomb, or the Soviet declaration of war that caused the Japanese to surrender.  I happen to believe it was both*; but my argument for the atomic bomb factoring in isn't based on the usual assumptions as to its destructive power in a general way.  Rather, I believe that it finally convinced ol' hiro that HE wouldn't survive.  For the last year or two, a huge underground bunker had been built (with the usual use of slave labor) to keep his nibs happy and fat against traditional air attack, (there is very little about this place written up in Western histories of the War, a serious lapse).  When the reports came in about the first two blasts, and the poisonous radiation, and the shock wave and oxygen deprivation, etc. etc., our boy shit his pants realizing that, for the first time, there was a very real chance that he'd have to suffer the same fate he'd condemned all too many others to.  The bunker probably wouldn't be adequate.  And he caved, right quick.
 I have no interest in getting the English language release of this "official" history.  I have enough toilet paper already, thank you.

*I believe it was the Soviet's and their successful invasion of Manchuria that let most of the civilian government and ruling class to conclude that they had no chance or choice.  But not hiro.  

Kirk and Spock - shilling for Volkwagen

Firesign Theater takes on the Mounties

RIP Paul Revere, (of the Raiders)

Anniversary fo the release of "Love Me Do" in 1962

The Beatles' first record.

Happy birthday Monty Python's Flying Circus!

Premiered on this date in 1969.  Essential.

Happy Birthday to You Bet Your Life! (the TV show)

Premiered on this date in 1950.

Hapy World Teachers' Day!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The cutting edge of bombing Viet Nam

The Vatican Vesus the Pirate "Fire Fart"

Evidence that stone tool use evolved independently

This really doesn't surprise me.

I met a girl who sang the Blues....

Anniversary of the death of Janis Joplin in 1970.

Happy Birthday Susan Sarandon!

Happy Birthday Buster Keaton!

Happy Birthday Isaac Asimov!

Anniversary fo the launch of Sputnik in 1957!

Happy National Taco Day!


Friday, October 03, 2014

The Hack-O-Lantern

Cute, but I think that you'd have to improve on the breadth and depth of functionality.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Call Girl Of Cthulhu!

The retrn of Bilbical wines?


(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Lennon's Broadway Flop

I don't remember this one at all, probably for good reason.

Nice article about Pumpkin Beer

Southern Tier's Pumking Ale is my fave.

Happy Birthday to The Maltese Falcon!

Premiered on this date in 1941.

Happy Birthday Mythbusters!

Premiered on this date in 2003.

Happy Birthday Captain Kangaroo!

Premiered on this date in 1955.

Happy Birthday (Charles B. Middleton!

Ming the Merciless!

Happy birthday Gore Vidal!

Happy Birthday Lindsey Buckingham!

Happy Birthday Eddie Cochran!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

My next t-shirt

Happy Birthday Peanuts!

Premiered on this date in 1950.

Happy Birthday to The Twilight Zone!

Premiered on this date in 1959.  Great show.

Happy Birthday Groucho!

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

Happy Birthday Bud Abbott!

Happy Birthday Nat Turner!

Happy National Fired Scallops Day!


And you thought your job was shitty...

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Happy Birthday to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson!

Premiered on this date in 1962.

Happy International Day of Older Person!

Happy Birthday John Muhlenberg!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Dave Arneson!

Happy Birthday James Lawrence!

A Patriot.

Happy Homemade Cookies Day!


Only 30 Days Until Halloween!