Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy Birthday to Lights Out! (the TV show)

Premiered on this date in 1946.

Anniversary of the Tunguska Event

Happy Birthday Flo Ballard!

Happy Birthday NOW!

Founded on this day in 1966.

Happy National Meteor Watch Day!

Happy National Ice Cream Soda Day!


Happy National Go For A Stroll Downtown Day!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Are you a music snob?

I'm at 43...

The latest on robotics

L. Ron's great grandson talks about the scam of scientology

Some factoids about the Princess Bride

A fun movie.

Happy Birthday Oriana Fallaci!

Happy Birthday Ray Harryhausen!

Happy National Hug Holiday!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ronald Colman reads H.P. Lovecraft!!!

Fun stuff!!!

RIP Bobby Womack

(Thanks for the link, Hannah!)

Happy Birthday to Where The Action Is!

Premiered on this date in 1965.

Anniversary fo the Stonewall Riots

Happy Birthday Gilda Radner!

Happy Birthday Mel Brooks!

Today is World War I Commemoration Day

Happy Paul Bunyan Day!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Story of the day

Marshmallows are the preferred way to protect a hazmat area.

When Hunter Thompson ran for sheriff

A neat little article about a time long ago...

Anniversary for the attack of the Fruita Vampire!

It was on this date in 2010 that a woman in Fruita* Colorado was attacked by a vampire.  I always wear a turtleneck when visiting that town.

*My  Mother's hometown, as well as the home of Mike the Headless Chicken

Happy Birthday to Dark Shadows! (the tv show)

Premiered on this date in 1966.  Oh, we'd rush home from school to catch those episodes!

Happy Birthday Bob Keeshan!

Happy Birthday Helen Keller!

Happy Smokey the Bear Day!

I confess that it was kind of cool as a kid to go over to the National Zoo and see the real Smokey back in the day.  I seem to remember writing him a fan letter when I was five and receiving some sort of membership certificate in his cult.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NASA just doesn't get it

They just walked away from the coolest promotion gimmick they've had in decades.

Cthulhu Yoga

Kansas town gets tired of people pointing at it and laughing

Bastards, I can't believe it takes national shaming to make these rubes act like human beings. 

Happy Birthday Colin Wilson!

Happy Birthday Peter Lorre!

One of my faves.

Today is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Happy Forgiveness Day!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Chocolate Skulls

RIP Eli Wallach


Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Anniversary of the global telecast by The Beatles of All You Need Is Love in 1967

Happy Birthday to The Omen!

Premiered on this date in 1976.  It's all for you, Damien!

Happy Birthday Tony Bourdain!

Happy Birthday Carly Simon!

Virginia's Ratification Day of the Constitution in 1788

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Flying Citroen Cars!

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Very early Talking Heads recordings


The solar powered flying airfield

This is so cool!  A definite steam punk precursor.

Betty Boop VS Dracula!

I've not seen this little film in decades.  The Internet is an amazing thing.

Anniversary of the beginning of modern UFOlogy

Kenneth Arnold sights flying saucers on this date in 1947.

Happy Birthday Arthur Brown!

Happy Birthday Ambrose Bierce!

One of my faves.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Iron Hand

Pretty neat!  I sense a potential action/adventure movie, here.

Headline of the Day

Happy Birthday Stuart Sutcliffe!

Happy Birthday Joss Whedon!

Genius.  Essential.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Landover Racists

A nice slam on the biggest asshole in DC.

A great article about the game Diplomacy

Fun stuff!  I've always considered Diplomacy to one of the ultimate games, (along with Go, chess, poker, D&D, and Monopoly.  A wonderful experience!

The cutting edge of cross stitich

Have You Heard The Word?

A fun pseudo-Beatles recording and story.

Cool Elevator!

I see an Abbott and Costello routine, here.

Signs from the future

Photos of WWI Air Warfare

Ghost hunting has been going downhill for quite awhile....and now it has hit rock bottom

I used to do a bit of ghost hunting in my younger years.  Unlike what the fakers on TV make it out to be, it's quite sedate - sitting quietly, waiting to witness and capture on film/tape anything that might occur.  One tried to conduct as much background research as possible ahead of time,etc.  It was a 'quiet' hobby. 
I've watched about three minutes of the so-called ghost hunting shows on television, (before turning them off in disgust); and they seem to consist of a bunch of supposedly burly he-men and "professionals" squealing like little girls every time a floorboard squeaked.  Rubbish.

The Shortcut

Traffic has gotten so bad in DC that folks are getting quite artistic in finding ways to cut their travel time.

Anniversary fo the first appearance of the Bowman Body!

On this date, the Bowman Body appeared on TV for the first time as Summer replacement in 1970.

Happy Birthday Bruce Campbell!

Happy Birthday Peter Asher!

Happy Birthday Howrd Kaylan!

Happy Birthday Todd Rundgren!

Happy National Onion Rings Day!


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Jello biafra meets the Unarius cult


A nice (too short) article on book binders and their craft

Some new clues and information about Jamestown

A ncie article about the mystic and explorer Alexandra David-Neel

References to Death

I'm glad that the article references Monty Python.

A new collection of Cthulhu stories!

A good article about the Dave Clark 5

Dave certainly comes across as a dick, here.  I remember at the record store that we found it curious how none of the band's material was available - the only folks from the British Invasion in that situation. 

Chaney Goodman & Schwerner martyred on this day in 1964,%20Goodman%20%26%20Schwerner.htm

One of my earliest memories of the American South...

Happy Birthday Ray Davies!

Happy Birthday Nils Lofgren!

Happy Baby Boomers Recognition Day!

Because we don't celebrate ourselves enough....   ;)

Happy World Humanist Day!

Happy Summer Solstice!

Friday, June 20, 2014


Dorothy was quite wrong, stay in Oz. 

Happy National Vanilla Milkshake Day!

The Tomb Sentinel's Final Walk

As I've written in the past, Arlington and the Tomb of the Unknowns is one of the most moving sites in the DC area.  I always recommend it to visitors as past of my top 3 places to visit. 

Colonial Era Drinks

A nice article.

Anniversary of the Born To Run photo shoot in 1975 by Eric Meola

Happy Birthday Patricia Quinn!

Happy Birthday Errol Flynn!

Happy Birthday Brian Wilson!

Happy Birthday William Richardson Davie!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Audie Murphy!

Anniversary of the Norfolk Rising

Happy American Eagle Day!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A nazi weather station in Canada
Interesting, I'd never heard of this before.  There were manned stations in Greenland...

RIP Gerry Goffin

Great moment in scientific exploration

Tim Burton's Hansel & Gretel is online!

Happy National Dump The Pump Day!

Happy Birthday Ann Wilson!

Happy Birthday Spanky McFarlane!

Happy Birthday Alan Cranston!

The only American to be sued by hitler.

Beginning of month of Messidor in French revolutionary calendar

Happy Juneteenth!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Very British Signs

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Why WWI Happened

It's a pretty good article, although I'd argue that it's from an English point of view. 

The Elixir of Long Life

I'll have a double, bartender...

The Lost Skeleton Walks Among Us

I am a huge fan of Larry Blamire and his films.  I'm already invested through Kickstarter in this release.  I hope that you'll consider doing so as well. 

The return of the Plantagenets!


I think that I might have posted this a year back, but I still find it fascinating; and ultimately quite depressing.  What a sorry existence.

A ncie article about the dolmens found in the Caucasus

Danny Elfman to perform Tim Burton's film songs (in L.A.....)

I'd love to see this.

Modern Medicine

The Dress Code

Headline and Story of the Day

Happy Birthday Linda Thorson!

Happy Birthday Paul!

Happy International Sushi Day!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Weird Al Lives!

Top Bourbon Bars

Clearly, I've got some traveling to do...

A Date With The Family - And MST 3000

This is one of my fave shorts my second favorite TV show of all time.  Fun stuff!

Anniversary of the Port Huron Statment

Reopening the Million Dollar Highway
This is a road that I am very familiar with, and have traveled all or portions of many times.  The San Juans are the prettiest place that I've ever been.  And the Million Dollar Highway winds right through it.

A nice article on Virginia breweries

I'm still lobbying to get Stone  to put their east coast brewery here.

Happy Watergate Day!

Happy Bunker Hill Day!

Happy National Eat Your Vegetables Day!


Monday, June 16, 2014

A nice article on Ouija Boards and ideomotor activity

My wristwatch is running fast

An interesting article about Western European Executioners

Never have there been so many men willing to publicly proclaim that they're worried about thier penis size

Pickled Eggs - The Silent Killer

Some very stong "beers"

Some of these may be good, but I begin to wonder if they really fit the definition of "beer" and not liqueur.  Or perhaps we need a new designation. 

Happy Birthday to "Them!"

Premiered on this date in 1954.  One of my favorite monster movies.

Happy Birthday to the Monterey Pop Festival!

Happy Birthday Stan Laurel!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A nice interview with Chrissie Hynde

RIP Jimmy Scott

RIP Casey Kasem

Spiritual & Devout

Happy Birthday Black Adder!

Premiered on this date in 1983.

Happy Birthday to The Legend of Hell House!

Premiered on this date in 1973.  Great horror movie.

Happy Birthday Jim Varney!

Happy Birthday Harry Nilsson!

On this date in 1956, McCartney & Lennon meet for first time

Happy National Lobster Day!


Anniversary for the Pig War of 1859

Anniversary of Washington being assigned as head of Continental Army by 2nd Continental congress 1775

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Happy Birthday to Arlington Cemetery
One of the three 'essential' places I always tell visitors to DC that they should see/experience.

Happy Magna Carter Day!

Happy Father's Day

I've heard personal conversations and read articles over the years that have viewed Fathers as an unneeded appendage. Fine, whatever.   I can only say that I miss mine terribly and know that my own life would have been much much worse without him having been a central part of it.  If yours is still around, or if you are one, I hope that your relationship is as positive as the one that I had. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

H.P. Lovecraft is exposed to the Wu Tang Clan

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

Happy Birthday Junior Walker!

Happy Birthday Robert La Follette Sr. !

Happy World Wide Knit In Public Day!

Happy Pop Goes The Weasel Day!

Happy National Strawberry Shortcake Day!


Happy National Bourbon Day!


Happy Flag Day!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Diner Hunter

An incredible blog devoted to DC region eateries like Little Tavern.

A ncie article about the fake Elvis - Orion
I remember us carrying these albums in the record store back in those days.

Tom Driberg - Crowley's (supposed) Successor

What an interesting life - and I've never heard of him before.

Happy Birthday Wolfe Tone!

Happy Birthday Paul Lynde!

Happy Birthday Basil Rathbone!

Happy Feast of Epona/Rhiannon!

Happy Sewing Machine Day!

Happy National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day!

I believe that I am a charter member of this group.

Happy National Weed Your Garden Day!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Punk Rock Movie is now online!


Dr. Strangelove is 50 years old...

17 Bookstores That Will Change Your Life

I very much regret to say that I've only been to one of these....

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Miscalculations in SciFi calendars

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Knitting - 70's Style!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

That which does not kill us, makes us stronger

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Today is the anniversary fo the Virginia Declaration of Rights in 1776

Happy Jerky Day!


Happy National Red Rose Day!

Happy Loving Day!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A nice message against danny and his deadskins
As I've said before, in a town full of assholes, he's the biggest one.

Missed call

Clearly, I'm going to need a bigger flyswatter

Great moments in aircraft recognition

Of course, Sir Paul was way ahead of the curve on this one.

Cool as a cucumber

RIP L. B. Taylor, Jr.

I am very late in finding out about his death and posting it here.  I was afraid something was wrong, as it's been some time since I've seen anything new by him in print.  Taylor was a master of Virginia folklore and ghost stories.  A serious researcher, archivist and writer about those tales. The hobby of ghost hunting as become a blooming hobby in this country, and where once there was a few general books covering the whole U.S., there are now hundreds focusing on individual states and cities.  But Taylor was in the forefront, and the most prolific.  I don't think any other state's ghosts and legends have been covered nearly as well as his two dozen tomes on the Old Dominion.  I consider myself a serious student of this stuff, and he's done an invaluable service to future cataloguers and researchers. He'll be sorely missed.

The cutting edge of cheese commercials

(Thanks for the link, Margrete!)

Happy Birthday True Grit!

Premiered on this date in 1969.

Happy Birthday to A Day At The Races!

Premiered on this date in 1937.

Happy Birthday Gene Wilder!

Happy Birthday Frank Beard!

Happy Birthday Donnie Van Zandt!

Happy Birthday Marie Laveau!

Happy Birthday Joseph Warren!

A Patriot.

Happy International Yarn Bombing Day!

Happy National Corn On The Cob Day!


Happy National Hug Day!

Actually, there are several dates claiming this distinction.  Who cares?  Hug, anyway.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

An interesting article dealing with attacks and defense of the game of Chess

I tend to love games, have owned hundreds over my lifetime, and played thousands of rounds. In all but a few games, (Diplomacy, Hearts, D&D, and Conflict), I'd rate myself as 'average' in ability.   But I consider myself the world's worst chess player, and confess to finding it dull, (I will leave it to others to determine if those two factors are related).   My gut feeling is that the ultimate game would apply to either Go or D&D - and they've avoided the stigma of being extolled and promoted primarily by nut cases and authoritarian regimes. 

When Fonts Rant
Fun stuff!!!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

We were mentioning Dragons...

The cutting edge of FOI requests

I've no doubt that if I were to request this information in certain counties in Southern Virginia, the government expenditure for exorcisms would be a real part of the budget.  As for dragon defense, that's more of a Maryland thing:

The call-in
Actually, this was nor uncommon when and where I went to high school.  It generally occurred on a Friday afternoon, usually in the Spring (nice weather).  The figuring was that once a bomb threat was made, it would take 90-120 minutes to clear the school and check it out before allowing folks back in.  If timed correctly, the call would lead to the early dismissal of classes - by the time the usual safety features could be finished, we'd be past our dismissal time, there was no point in holding us there.  Result - an early beginning to the weekend. 

Godzilla Attack!
If only...such an attack would certainly help the DC area's gridlock...

The wealthy can bury their problems

I believe I've seen this in an old sitcom

The Emergency

Gee, I guess we lost...

A nice little article about Poe's grave

Happy Birthdaty to Tales From The Crypt! (the tv show)

Premiered on this date in 1989.

Happy Birthday Howlin' Wolf!

Happy national Herb & Spice Day!

Happy National Ice Tea Day!


Today is the Anniversary of the Liberty Affair

Another small step towards the American Revolution.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Love is just too heavy...

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

RIP Rik Mayall

Anniversary of Bruce signing to Columbia Records!

In 1972.

Happy Birthday Johnny Depp!

Happy Birthday Lin Carter!

Happy Birthday Jackie Wilson!

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Conan's Dagger - Found!

(Thanks for the link and title, Nick!)

A Kinks Reunion?

(Thanks for the link, Peter!)


Release Party for the Legend of the Bunnyman CD is coming up!

Anniversary of the attack on the USS Liberty

Happy Birthday Nancy Sinatra!

Happy Birthday Keenan Ivory Wayans!

Happy World Oceans Day!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Happy Birthday El Dorado! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1967.

Happy Birthday Tom Jones!

Happy Birthday Prince!

Happy Birthday Nikki Giovanni!

One of my fave poets.

Friday, June 06, 2014

The dog of war

An interesting footnote to the War.

Every swimming pool should have one

The Guillotine Model

Tradition VS the 21st Century

Shelter from the end of the world
One of my earliest childhood memories was of our family driving by a place that sold prefab shelters - basically large metal containers for burying in your backyard. By the way, does anyone note the fatal flaw in the pictures presented in this article?  Four or five of them feature the shelter doors, and they open outward, instead of inward.  The one thing about bombs is that they create a lot of ruins.  Heavy debris falling on top of a horizontal door, or immediately in front of a vertical one, would probably entomb the inhabitants.  Perhaps they'd survive the blast, but eventually die of dehydration.  I assure you that all of my secret lairs have the doors mounted correctly.

Anew theory about The Sphinx

The concealed weapon

Rock Around The Clock!

It hit #1 on this date in 1955, and Rock'N'Roll has dominated ever since.


The events in the song take place on this date.  10-4,  Rubber Duck...

Happy Birthday Damien Thorne!

According to The Omen, he was born on this date.

Happy Birthday John Trumbull!

Happy Birthday Gary "U.S." Bonds!

Happy Birthday Levi Stubbs!

Happy National Yo-Yo Day!

Happy Birthday Nathan Hale!

Happy National Doughnut Day!


Happy National Drive-In Movie Day!

Today is the Anniversary for D-Day
I still consider this one of history's greatest battles, and certainly one of the most important ones on the European Western Front. 

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The Mothership Lands

Happy Birthdya James Connolly!

Anniversary of the Solemn League & Covenant document of 1774

One of the stepping stones towards the Revolution.

Happy World Environment Day!

Happy Dead Duck Day!

Happy National Gingerbread Day!


Happy Festival of Popular Delusions Day!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Koreans of D-Day
Finally!  I've heard rumors about these guys for years, but never read anything that sounded particularly authoritative.  A fascinating little footnote to the War. 

RIP Chester Nez

The last of the original Navajo Code Talkers.

JFK and Seven Days In May

An interesting story about a great film.  I still regard it as one of the best 'inside the beltway' movies.

Hot Crescent!
(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

I believe that the book of Mathew, 12:37 covers this pretty well....

(Thanks for the link, Cristy!)

Anniversary of the end of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989

Anniversary of the Battle of Midway
The battle that determined that Japan would not win WWII.

Happy Birthday Gordon Waller!

Happy Birthday John Eager Howard!

A Patriot.

Happy National Cognac Day!


150 Days Until Halloween!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

We've got to encourage artistic creativity in our young...

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

For fans of The Prisoner

This is a very cute satire of the opening sequence. 

The salt mines of Australia


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Star Trek - Stabilized
Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Beeville - A well named town

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The fight against wine fraud

An interesting little article.

The Bunnyman Musical is coming out on CD!

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

The end of college radio


A little something for the Ladies...

The Slender Man Cult?

What's hideously interesting about this is, (if the explanation is true), the so-called Slender Man is almost certainly an artificially created urban myth of recent vintage.  It's not even a particularly sophisticated or old belief or scam.

Phil Ochs (very rare) first album is now on Youtube

As a collector, I wish this would get reissued on CD.

Today is the day the events in the Ode to Billy Joe took place

Happy Birthday Leo Gorcey!

Happy Birthday Ian Hunter!

Happy Birthday Josephine Baker!

Happy Birthday Suzi Quatro!

Happy Birthday Curtis Mayfield!

Happy Jack Jouette Day!

Happy National Egg Day!


Happy National Cheese Day!


Monday, June 02, 2014

Ed Wood: The Musical

Happy Birthday to Universal Studios!
On this day in 1912, Carl Laemmle merges his movie studio, the Independent Motion Picture Company (IMP), with several others, creating Hollywood's first major studio, Universal - Home of the Monsters.

Happy Birthday Jewel Staite!

Happy Birthday Morena Baccarin!

Happy Birthday Martha Washington!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Happy National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month!


It was 45 years ago today, that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play...

Happy Birthday Le Petomane!

Happy Gobal Day of Parents!

June is National Fireworks Safety Month

Happy National Accordian Awareness Month!

Oh, I'm aware...