Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rumpole and the Sex Pistols

What a neat bit of pop history.

A new album of duets with Smokey is on the way!

Potemkin Rye Whiskey
Sacrilege!  Fortunately, I don't like/drink Rye...

Happy Birthday Lobo!

Happy Birthday Gary Lewis!

Happy Birthday Ted Cassidy!

Happy Birthday Marinus Willett!

A Patriot.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The biggest asshole in DC
It's gotta be tough.  As a young athlete, the world is your oyster - money and adulation are rolling in, etc.  But finally age and decay catch up, and you're on the outs.  The money doesn't last, and the fame plays out.  Soon, you can't even get hired to help open a used car lot.  And it went so fast!  And then some rich boy's flack comes along, tells you all the things you want to hear - you're an icon, a role model, someone who's needed; and they flash some serious money.  What do you do?  Well, you'd do anything.  Because you feel that you've got nothin', not like when you were in your twenties.  And so you memorize the talking points, and you go out and SELL.  And suddenly, you're being interviewed again, and the people who've been paid to come see you give you complements, listen to what you're saying and ask for your autograph.  Just like old times!  You really get into the sell. It last a year, maybe two; but sooner or later the plan plays out, the flack lets you go as he moves on to new lies.  In the end the shilling of offensiveness doesn't work, and you're left back where you started, but with one more affliction.  You're no longer just an ex-jock.  You're now little danny's ex-whore.  Enjoy the ride, boys....

A nice article about the big (worthless) breweries VS craft breweries
I don't know why anyone would drink that watery corporate swill.  Coors Light may be the most pathetic thing to ever be marketed as beer.  Regular Coors was already a total lightweight.  The gods only know what they found in it to be removed in order to call it "Light".

Fly Jefferson Airplane!

How to be a spy in 1918

A little bit of Britain in Germany during WWI

These are so cool!

(Thanks for the link, Margrete!)

A nice analysis and slam against Fredric Wertham - crusader against comic books

Happy Birthday to The Modern Lovers! (the album)

Released on this date in 1976 - one of my faves.

Wild Thing hits #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard starting on this date in 1966

Happy Birthday Alton Brown!

Happy Birthday Smedley Butler!

Happy International Day of Friendship!

Happy National Father-In-Law Day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Steve Van Zandt to produce a new Darlene Love album!

This sounds very cool!

Spooky Photography

Pretty neat!

Interesting article about the (supposed) return of vinyl records and the pressing plants that supply them

Building your own tank...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Patti Scialfa!

Happy Birthday Maria Ouspenskaya!

Happy Birthday William Powell!

Happy Birthday Thelma Todd!

Happy Birthday James Warren!

A corrupter of my youth....

Happy National Lasagna Day!


Monday, July 28, 2014

walmart's fake 'ice cream'

By my definition, there's no way that's ice cream, just some chemical glop.

Book Hoarder - Guilty As Charged

I would say that I do try to read every book that I've ever purchased or been given, or at least try to.  At this point, I will give a tome about 50 - 100 pages (depending on it's page count) to catch my attention.  If it hasn't done so by then, I know that it's probably best to pass it along - never throw it away.  But if it is of interest, I almost always keep it, and will often reread it, ten or fifteen years down the road.  

A new article about the moving coffins of Barbados
A great Fortean mystery, and one of the first Fortean situations that I ever discovered/read about as a young teen. 

The most nonchalant sheep of all time

Spider-Man wants his money!

I bet Satan owns an iPhone

The end of the Chesapeak Blue Crab?

If true, this would be a real ecological, culinary and cultural tragedy for the region.

Happy Birthday Phil Proctor!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

'96 Tears' is now official

My commute just got made into a movie

Agent Garbo
A nice article about probably the most successful bit of espionage double crossing in WWII.

My next calculator

A very nice article about the game of Go
I've always considered Go to be in the half dozen or so greatest and most important games ever made.  I am amazed that it didn't become more popular in this country.

Homes & Gardens magazine: The hitler issue
I've never heard of this!

The cutting edge of packing

Record Collectors

Fun stuff!

Strange (to some) collections

I firmly believe that almost every commodity has one or more collectors, at this point.

Cars with propellers

Some of these look so cool!

A documentary about the Seeds!

The oldest song!bmUugo

A (too) short article on lycanthropy

Do-It-Yourself WWI Fighter Plane


The solution to the 'mysterious' dolls

Yea, the initial storyline seemed a bit overly dramatic to me.

Robin Williams meets Koko

Very cute!

A haunted house in York, PA?

Sounds a little dramatic, to me.

Weirdness In A Case


The return of Evil Dead with Bruce Campbell!!!

Fun stuff!

Interesting article about the importance of the obscure battle at Bouvines
The battle led to the Magna Carta.

Happy Birthday Bugs!

Premiered in Wild Hare on this date in 1940.

Happy National Parents Day!

Happy Birthday Gary Gygax!

Happy National Scotch Day!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

MST3K Cocktails

I put this link here purely for educational purposes.  most of these concoctions sounds vomitous to me

The last European headhunters?

600 years of slang terms for sex

Happy Birthday to the Friendship Firehouse of Alexandria!

In my old stomping grounds of Old Town...

Happy National Bagelfest Day!


Happy Birthday Carl Jung!

Happy Birthday Kate Beckinsale!

Happy Birthday Mick Jagger!

Happy Birthday Darlene Love!

Happy Birthday Gracie Allen!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy National All Or Nothing Day!

Happy National Aunt & Uncle Day!

Happy National Day of the Cowboy!

Friday, July 25, 2014

It's nice to be Loved....

Interesting that a goon who is (supposedly) against reactionary authoritarians is so willing to behave like one...

Chinese Toads

Color photos from WWI

Rare - I've not seen these before at all!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A small broadcast about the nazi weather station in Canada

A tiny footnote to the War.

Some hair tips for the Ladies...

Groucho and The Exorcist

A little bit of Marxian trivia.

The Dolls...

I'm not sure that I'd use the word "creepy", yet.  But it is pretty odd...

Dylan Goes Electric!

It occurred on this date in 1965 at Newport.

Happy Birthday Walter Brennan!

Happy Birthday Henry Knox!

A great Patriot.

Happy National Culinarians Day!

Happy National Merry Go Round Day!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Headline of the day

if you're a sexist asshole and accessory to rape you're allowed to retire on full pension

I am so glad that I live in the U.S., as opposed to some third world pest hole like Montana.....

Happy Birthday to Radio Free Oz!

Premiered on this date in 1966.  A precursor to the Firesign Theatre.

Happy Birthday Summer Glau!

Happy Birthday Amelia Earhart!

Happy Birthday Lord Dunsany!

Happy Cousins Day!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A nice little article about Eddie Cochran

I remain a huge fan and am convinced that he was one of the great American rockers who would have continued successfully beyond his early years.

The Woman In Black...

Happy National Hot Dog Day!


The CUTTING Edge of Anglo-French Relations

Clearly, Thor is Cornish

I can see the made-for-TV movie, already

One small step for asshole, one giant leap for ignorance

The Afghan Curse of '39'

Ramtha has a drinking problem

Tee hee!  Superior Being, indeed.....

A nice article on tunnels from military history

Sam's Piano Is For Sale

Happy Birthday to Castle Keep!
Premiered on this date in 1969.  The weirdest war movie that I've ever viewed.

Happy Birthday Charisma Carpenter!

Happy Robert Anton Wilson Day!

Happy National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A new article on electronic voice phenomena
A fascinating subject, I am most intrigued by the final paragraph in the article, as that has been my assumption for that past 30 years, or so:  There is a real and currently unexplained phenomena going on, but it seems to be centered on the person(s) present at the recording session. Such would explain why EVP isn't more common, (there must be many thousands of hours of recordings taking place all over the world ever hour, and yet EVP remains confined to those folks specifically searching for it); and that the language spoken is always one that can be understood by the participants.  I'd also note, that over 40 years of research and recordings hasn't really advanced out understanding or communication with these supposed 'dead' folks.  Not much more is known now then in '74 when I first heard about it.

Happy Birthday to The Daily Show!

Premiered on this date in 1996.

Happy Birthday to My Aim Is True!

Elvis Costello's first album, and one of my faves.

Happy Birthday Vaughn Bode!

Happy Birthday George Clinton!

Happy Spooner's Day!

Happy National Rat Catchers Day!

100 Days Until Halloween!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Lost Skeleton Walks Among Us Kickstarter Campaign
A plug - I really like these guys, and love their movies.  If you're into Kickstarter-type investing, I suggest that you check this out.

The 'Lucky Villages' of Britain
No losses from either World War.

A nice article about Johnny Appleseed

Happy Birthday Garry Trudeau!

Happy Birthday Kim Fowley!

Happy Birthday Robin Williams!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Ring.....


Fun stuff!

RIP Carl Romney

Like so many others, one of the nearly-unsung people who helped this country monitor/spy on the USSR during the Cold War, and an old acquaintance of my family's.

New John Keel books are out!

Essential for any student of Fortean phenomena.

My fave fashion accessory

The cutting edge of handbags

RIP James Garner

Anniversary of the release of Do Anything You Wanna Do by Eddie & The Hot Rods in 1977

One of my all-time favorite songs.

Anniversary of the 1st appearance of Bowman Body (as a Summer replacement) in 1970

A Virginia Ghost Host of great renown.

Happy Birthday John Lodge!

Happy Birthday Diana Rigg!

Happy Birthday Carlos Santana!

Happy Birthday to Pleasant Dreams by The Ramones!

Released on this date in 1981.  One of my faves.

Happy National Fortune Cookie Day!


Happy International Chess Day!

Happy Moon Day!

That was quite a day!

Happy National Lollipop Day!


Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Happy Sundae Sunday!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Britain's Cannibal Club

Sounds like a later version of the old hellfire clubs.

Forget about bitcoins - here's the ultimate pyramid scheme

Anniversary of UFOs over the White House in 1952

Happy Birthday John Martin!

Great painter.

Beginning of month of Thermidor in French revolutionary calendar

Friday, July 18, 2014

Unlucky Sword...

The Drunkard's Coat Of Arms

An army of the dead....

How to be a 17th century Witch

When Captain America Goes Bad

The Beer Thief

Passive Aggressive Watermelon Murder

Happy Birthday Hunter Thompson!

Happy Birthday Dion DiMucci!

Happy Birthday Red Skelton!

Happy Birthday Martha Reeves!

Happy National Caviar Day!


Happy Nelson Mandela Day!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A nice slam against the scientology fruitcakes

Stewart & Colbert & Star Wars

I'm not a big fan of the series, but this is pretty cool.

Possible outcomes of human cloning

An interesting article.  I am hardly an expert on the techniques involved, etc., but I suspect that the possibility of human cloning may be more than a little ways off.  At least with some folks that I know, there is a big difference between sheep, mice, and humans.  I would also note that the article misses what I consider to be a distinct possibility for the wealthy - cloning as a way to generate organ and tissue implants for replacement in their own bodies.  A (possible) farm for immortality.  I will invite you, gentle reader, to imagine secretive "spas" in places like Switzerland and the Bahamas, where vats containing some sort of cloned beings are kept sedated on life support, and unaware, while pieces are harvested from them to augment their owners/sources. 

The Moving Dead

True Weirdness.

Great Ads & Products from the Victorian Era

A man-eating sand dune?


Ten Stupid Duels

A spiritualist psychiatrist

Interesting little footnote to paranormal research.

Welsh Castles Filmed By Drones

Really beautiful.

I don't think that this is a good idea - it'll get them thinking...

I for one, welcome the stinking paws of our future dirty ape overlords. 

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

It was inevitable

The Reply

(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)

The cutting edge of aquariums

Fascinating article on morphic resonance

RIP Johnny Winter

Happy Birthday Yellow Submarine! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1968.

Happy Birthday Vince Guaraldi!

Happy Birthday Janes Cagney!

One of my faves.

Happy Wrong Way Corrigan Day!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We've Got Beer!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

We had to destroy the village to save it....

TSA In The News!

Neat.  An employee of the Federal Government doesn't know where that's located. 

Cookie Monster Miracle!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Hunting vampires in Sweden

Happy Birthday D.C.!

Founded on this date in 1790.

Happy National Hot Dog Day!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My next keyboard

This is a wonderful idea!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

I'd like this in a three piece suit, please.

The Poltergeist

The Cure

Headline of the Day

A new play/performance art piece about Poe

This sounds pretty neat.

Happy Birthday Ian Curtis!

Happy Birthday Roky Erickson!

Happy Birthday Linda Ronstadt!

Happy National Gummi Worm Day!


Monday, July 14, 2014

The Ultimate Dead Parrot

Wuss America
I never would have made it past 5th grade in our wussified country.  And apparently, neither would my parents....


Fun stuff!

Happy Birthday Woody!

Genius.  Essential.  An American Treasure.

Happy National Grand Marnier Day!


Happy Bastille Day!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The cutting edge of imperialism

My next chandelier

My next letter opener

(Thanks for the link, Joe!)

Happy Birthday Cheech Marin!

Happy Birthday Patrick Stewart!

Happy Birthday Roger McGuinn!

Happy Birthday John Dee!

Happy National French Fries Day!


Happy National Beans & Franks Day!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Prehistoric 'monster' in Africa?

Tee Hee!

New glasses for your beer

Newly released material from the Bluebells!

They were a great pop band.

RIP Tommy Ramone

Very sad...

Happy Birthday Christine McVie!

Happy Birthday Bill Cosby!

Happy Birthday Bucky Fuller!

Happy Birthday, Alexandria, VA!

Founded on this date in 1752.  My Hometown.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Eat More Hasenpfeffer!

The Thunderbird Photo

A nice recounting of this Fortean mystery/legend.

The cutest little telling of the American Revolution that you're going to see today

A little something for the Ladies...

A nice little article about hardtack
I finally purchased ant tried some hardtack last year.  Have always wanted to see what it was like.  My experience was that it looked like a giant saltine cracker, and tasted like that, too - but without any salt.  With about four times the thickness - and VERY dense.  It wasn't something I feel the need to eat again, but was not as awful as some descriptions that I've read.  I found that soaking it in a bowl of chili for a minute or so worked pretty well. 

The Rude Names Map!
Fun stuff!  I need to plan a road trip!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Let a hundred Pinocchio jokes bloom!

The Worst Muse

Fun stuff!

Happy Birthday to Creature Feture! (The Internet show)

Premiered on this date in 1998.  One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Bonnie Pointer!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A documentary about F.W. Murnau and Nosferatu

The Poacher...

A new D&D starter set is on the market
Sounds nice, I just hope that it gets young people into role playing, and that that gets them into game design, research and literature.

A nice article on the history of zombies

Anniversary of the attack on the Rainbow Warrior
A cynical person might argue that this was France's only military 'victory' in the 20th century.  A cruel one might note that the murderers surrendered...

Anniversary of the Scopes Monkey Trial

Happy Birthday Ron Glass!

Happy Birthday Arlo!

Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla!

Happy Teddy Bear Picnic Day!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014


I don't give one...

Not quite Pooh with a honey jar

Lovecraftian films online!

Some of these are pretty good.  Horror Hotel is a particular favorite of mine.

Anniversary of Rock Around The Clock hitting #1 on the charts in 1955!

Happy Birthday Richard Roundtree!

Happy Birthday Lee Hazelwood!

One of the most unique American songwriters. 

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

"The Lost Skeleton Walks Among Us" Kickstarter Campaign Continues
I'm a big fan of these movies.  Brilliant satire. 

danny just lost a sock puppet

The Dead Skins....

Anniversary of the release of Radio Free Europe by REM in 1981!

Their first single.

Happy Birthday Marty Feldman!

Happy Birthday Eugene Pallette!

Anniversary of Kett's Rebellion

Happy Heritage Day!

Monday, July 07, 2014

The Ultimate Souvenir from the film, Manos, The Hands Of Fate!

Happy Birthday to Good Eats!

Premiered on this date in 1999.

Happy Birthday Ringo!

Happy National Strawberry Sundae Day!


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Zombies in Virginia

Historicon is coming up in Fredericksburg

Anniversary of the release of the B-52's first album in 1979!

Happy Birthday to The Jefferson Airplane!

Formed on this date in 1965.

Happy Birthday to A Hard Day's Night!

One of my faves.  Premiered on this date in 1964.

Happy National Fried Chicken Day!


Happy Birthday Pat Paulsen!

Happy Birthday Jennifer Saunders!

Happy Birthday Bill Haley!

Happy Birthday John Paul Jones!

A great Patriot.

Happy Birthday Joshua Barney!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Daniel Morgan!
A great Patriot.

Anniversary of the Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking Up Arms
An important precursor to the Declaration of Independence.

Happy Make A Scarecrow Day!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

The Maryland Renfest is coming up next month!

My Hometown

Happy Birthday to Earth VS. The Flying Saucers!
Am not sure of the exact date, but it premiered around this time of year in 1956.

Happy Birthday Bill Watterson!

Happy International Day of Cooperatives!

Friday, July 04, 2014

A real Black Adder in WWI?!?!
I keep checking to see if this is an April Fool's joke or something...  I simply don't believe in this amount of coincidence.

The study of human sacrifice

The old ways are the best....

Spooky Places
A nice little roundup.

The stories behind Weird Al's songs

Fun stuff!

Happy National Caesar Salad Day!


Happy Indivisible Day!

Happy Birthday Rube Goldberg!

Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The cutest little car wreck that you'll see today

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Rock'N'Roll as a Plague
A pretty neat little promotion!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Alert Linda Blair!

Lou Gehrig's Speech - 5 Years Later

A very moving tribute; and a call to arms against a devastating disease.

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Film from a dead soldier of WWII
Fascinating that it held up so well.  Some of the pictures are quite moving.

The cutting edge of laundering

(Thanks for the link, Edmund!)

The mystery of Jim Sullivan's disappearance

Interesting story.  I confess that I've not heard of this guy before.

The best ice cream shops in Virginia

Puzzling Tombstones...

Anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison in 1971

Happy Eat Your Beans Day!


Happy Dog Days!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Mushy Crabs from the Chesapeake

Sigh, that's all we need.  It seems like there's nothing but bad news about the harvest of our specialty food.

A nice article about Baltimore's painted screens
On the few times we visited when I was a kid, I remember seeing loads of these.

The mystery of the Beatles 'Train Song'...

Kansas is anti-Imperial stormtrooper!

Once again, a minority is targeted...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Dice Shaming

For all RPG fans - this is wondeful!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

The Vampire Squirrel

Solar-powered donkeys...

The cutting edge of ponds

Happy Birthday Airplane! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1980.

Brilliant.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Shaft! (the film)

Premierd on this date in 1971.

Happy Birthday to Plan 9 From Outer Space!

Premiered on this date in 1959.  A Masterpiece.

Happy Birthday Stephen Stucker!

Happy Birthday Roy Bittan!

Happy Birthday Paul Williams!

Happy Birthday Hermann Hesse!

Happy National Literacy Day!
Appropriately enough, this Day is almost totally ignored and forgotten, now.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Soviet 'Concept Vehicles'

Some of these are pretty cool!

Kansass shocked to discover that some people aren't afraid of books!
You'll note the final sentence in this article - where books are still considered to reduce property values in the state. 

Bigfoot sighting in Virginia
Hmmm, maybe...  I'd note the total lack of location details in the story.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Isaac Sears!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Dan Aykroyd!

Happy Birthday Fred Schneider!

Happy Birthday Debbie Harry!

Happy National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day!