Wednesday, December 31, 2014

State Mottos

RIP Edward Hermann

Well, that's it. No more docudramas on FDR...

Happy Birthday George C. Marshall!
An under-rated genius and Patriot.  Essential to America's success in the 20th Century.

Happy Birthday Burton Cummings!

Happy Birthday Edward Hand!

A Patriot.

Happy Make Up Your Mind Day!

Happy National Champagne Day!


Happy Hogmanay!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The World's Most Beautiful Libraries

After I get fabulously wealthy, I'm going to have a room just like the Mazarine Library, except I'll take out a few tables and chairs, add a huge stone fireplace, a stereo system perfectly attuned to the room, and a bar with a wine cellar that would make you weep in envy.  You'll need a crowbar to get me out of it.

A nice article attacking the current fad within office fascism

I hate these little tricks of authoritarianism.  Like most things supposedly thought up by today's tech toddlers, this one precedes them.  Check out around 3:10 in the film trailer for The Trial.

Not so merry Christmases

The Witch Pits of Cornwall

Historical Anniversaries coming up in 2015

Happy Birthday Eliza Dushku!

Happy Birthday Jeff Lynne!

Happy Birthday Patti Smith!

Happy Birthday Tracey Ullman!

Happy Birthday Skeeter Davis!

Happy Birthday Mike Nesmith!

Happy Birthday Davy Jones!

Happy Birthday John Otto!

Happy Birthday Bo Diddley!

Happy National Bacon Day!


Monday, December 29, 2014

Musicians we lost this year...

Interesting that Rolling Stone couldn't find a photo of Paul Revere...

Great headlines For Our Troubled Times

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Ray Thomas!

Happy Birthday Barbara Steele!

Happy Birthday Mary Tyler Moore!

Happy Birthday Marianne Faithfull!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Chef

Who Was That Masked Man?

The Proof Is In The Name

Interesting advice on cellphone batteries

Happy Birthday Alex Chilton!

Happy Birthday Nichelle Nichols!

Happy Birthday Return Jonathan Meigs!

A Patriot.,_Sr.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Mike Pinder!

Happy Birthday Sydney Greenstreet!

Happy Birthday Marlene Dietrich!

One of my faves.

Happy National Fruitcake Day!

I've always believed that Fruitcake suffers a bad rap from Americans; mostly because so much of that which is produced is the usual factory crap.  When done well, (homemade), it's wonderful!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Computer Game of the Year?
(Thanks for the link, Mike!

Happy Birthday to I Want To Hold Your Hand!

Released in the States on this date in 1963.  And the world changed....

Happy Birthday to Monterey Pop! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1968.  One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Thomas Nelson, Jr.!,_Jr.

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Elisha Cook, Jr.!

One of the greatest character actors of all time.

Happy Birthday Steve Allen!

Happy National Candy Cane Day!


Happy Thank You Note Day!

Happy Wren Day!

Happy Boxing Day!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

An X-Files Christmas

'Tis the Season

Children's Letters to Satan

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)

Happy Birthday to The Exorcist!

Premiered on this date in 1973.

Happy Birthday to After The Thin Man!

Premiered on this date in 1936.

Happy Birthday Shane MacGowan!

Happy Birthday Rod Serling!

Happy Birthday Cab Calloway!

Happy Birthday Bogey!

Happy National Pumpkin Pie Day!


Merry Christmas!

Let's hope it's a good one...

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Christmas Collector

A nice article/analysis of The Maltese Falcon

The Old West Gunfight - With Narration

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Happy Birthday Fritz Leiber!

Happy National Eggnog Day!


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

just a few hours to go before NORAD starts tracking....

The scientology Christmas catalog!
I love it when someone finds ways to get money out of rich stupid people. 

Zombie Nativity!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

The Water Skiing Santa is in Old Town tomorrow

Bad Elf On The Shelf

Anniversary of the publishing of Thomas Paine's "The Crisis" in 1776

Happy Birthday to The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly!

Premiered on this date in 1966.

Happy Festivus!

Happy Tom Bawcock's Eve!

Happy HumanLight Day!

Happy Roots Day!

Monday, December 22, 2014

RIP Joe Cocker

I am seriously saddened by this.  Cocker was one of my faves. 


It's interesting how dangerous they kept this.  The blunting on the lances was minimal, and no face protection!  Even at these speeds, I can see one of the poles striking an opponent's chest plate, and swiftly sliding upward under the chin or into the face- snapping the neck or entering the skull.  Well done, Lads!

Happy Birthday to They Call Me Trinity!

Premiered on this date in 1970.  Fun film!

Happy Birthday to The Mummy! (the original film)

Premiered on this date in 1932.

Happy Birthday James Burke!
One of my heroes.  I always say that there's no way that television comes close to books in conveying knowledge.  Burke is the exception.  His series are pure genius and essential viewing to anyone with an interest in their society.

Happy Forefathers Day!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dr. Evil VS North Korea

Arlington in December

I've just returned from the  cemetery, and the view there is both moving and impressive.  Every grave has a wreath displayed on it. 

Happy Birthday to The President's Analyst!

One of my favorite movies.  Premiered on this date in 1967.

Happy Birthday Vampira!

Happy Birthday Frank Zappa!

Happy Mumping Day!

Happy National Kiwi Fruit Day!


Happy National Hamburger Day!


Today is the Beginning of month of Nivose in French revolutionary calendar

Happy Midwinter's Day!

Happy Winter Solstice!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Count Gore DeVol is webcasting Santa Claus Conquers The Martians this week!

DC's Ghost Host With The Most!

The Beatles Fan Club Christmas Recordings

Nice article on Japanese 'secret' weapons of WWII

I'd add two footnotes to this.  The first is the rumor that the Japanese were toying with the idea of manned fu-go balloons. And that experiments with captured ones might explain the infamous Roswell flying saucer crash of 1947.
The second is that Unit 731, besides being some of the biggest bastards in a world crammed full of them, may also have been incompetent and completely worthless for their so-called expertise in the Cold War.  Word on the street is that their research and documentation hardly reached the junior high school level for accuracy, experiment protocols, isolating variables, etc. And that American scientists following up on it found it worthless.   If true, and I suspect it is, it would make their escape from the gallows all the more deplorable. 

RIP Mandy Rice-Davies

Happy Birthday to The Graduate!

Premiered on this date in 1967.

Happy Birthday Billy Bragg!

Happy Games Day!

Happy National Fried Shrimp Day!


Happy International Human Solidarity Day!

Friday, December 19, 2014

A TV Christmas message from long ago

Simple and Classic.  The media sure has changed.....

How NORAD got into the Santa Tracking business

A charming story....

(Thanks for the link, Mark!)

Happy Birthday Phil Ochs!

One of my all-time faves.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Believe Mug

Tee Hee!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Cthulhu Wreath

Happy Birthday to For A Few Dollars More!

Premiered on thisd ate in 1965.

Happy Birthday to How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

Premiered on this date in 1966

Happy Birthday Christopher Fry!

The author of my favorite play, The Lady's Not For Burning, featuring a character named Thomas Mendip....

Happy Birthday Keith Richards!

Happy Birthday Michael Moorcock!

Happy National Roast Suckling Pig Day!

Happy Chewidden!

Happy National Bake Cookies Day!


Happy Picrous Day!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A nice article about the people and procedures of burial at Arlington

Happy Birthday to The Simpsons!

Premiered on this date in 1989.

Happy Birthday to Night of the Demon!

Premiered on this date in 1957.  Great horror film.

Happy Birthday Paul Rodgers!

Happy Birthday Eddie Kendricks!

Happy Wright Brothers Day!

Happy National Maple Syrup Day!


Happy Saturnalia!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mutant Menorahs!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Anniversary fo the start of the Battle of the Bulge

It was 70 years ago today that the whole thing started.  You can look up the details online easily enough.  I've always considered myself a rather serious student of WWII, and find this to be its most interesting battle, because of the units involved and the tactics used. 
I also view it as the argument against the constant drone of military historians' discussion of the U.S. Army at that time not being particularly good, and certainly not up to German or British standards.  I won't bore you with the details, Gentle Reader, but this battle proves the critics wrong, with the heroism, ingenuity, speed and fighting abilities of the Americans put to a severe test, and coming out on top in almost every tactical and grand tactical way and in almost all occasions.  These guys weren't second to anybody.

Tee Hee!

Happy Birthday Billy Gibbons!

Happy Birthday Benny Andersson!

Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party in 1773.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wreaths Across America at Arlington

It really is impressive and moving.

Pre Velvet Underground Nico recording!


Clearly, we're talking Oscars, here....

NORAD's Santa Tracker is online and gearing up...

Leadbelly Box Set On The Way!

Happy Birthday Young Frankenstein!

Another big favorite of mine.  Premiered on this date in 1974.

Happy Birthday to One, Two, Three!

One of my favorite movies.  Premiered on this date in 1961.

Happy Birthday Alan Freed!

Happy Birthday Dave Clark!

Happy Birthday Tim Conway!

Happy Birthday John Hammond Sr.

Happy Birthday Samuel Blatchley Webb!

A Patriot.

Happy Bill of Rights Day!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A mystery in the Baltic

I am curious as to what the hell this is.

My next shirt...

Happy Birthday to I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!

One of my faves.  Premiered on this date in 1988.

Happy Birthday Morey Amsterdam!

Happy Birthday Patty Duke!

Happy Birthday Spike Jones!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Halcyon Days!

Today is Worldwide Candle Lighting Day

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Orgasmatron is now opeational...

Satire is dead, society keeps passing it by....

solar Power In A Spray Can?

A nice article about A Charlie Brown Christmas

Overdoing Christmas Decorations

What's Good For The Goose....

Happy Birthday to Patti Smith's album, Horse!

One of my faves.  Released on this date in 1975.

Happy Birthday Dick Van Dyke!

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Son of Dracula film article and link to online viewing
It was an awful movie, the writer here is too kind.  But a great soundtrack and interesting cast of characters.

Paul Revere/Sam Adams time capsule found?!?
I hope this isn't some stupid overblown hoax...

The cutting edge of Christmas sweaters!

An exhibit at the Folger on Renaissance era codes and cyphers!


A nice interview with Darlene Love

A fun horror model!/Universal-Horror-mount/p/19858563

Ten Classic German Expressionist Films Online!
I've seen about half of these, and they are wonderful!

A Little Somethin' For The Ladies...

Happy Birthday to The Wolf Man! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1941.

Happy Birthday Karl Wagner!
One of my faves.  A great writer of horror and sword & sorcery stories.

Happy Birthday Robin Tyner!

Happy Birthday Dionne Warwick!

Happy Birthday Edward G. Robinson!

Happy Birthday John Jay!

A Patriot.

Happy Lost & Found Day!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Birthday to The Capitol Steps!

Started up on this date in 1981 - DC's premier inside-the-beltway comedy act.

How to make a Submarine Sandwich

Very cute!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday V For Vendetta!

Premiered on this date in 2005.

Happy Birthday George Mason!

Happy Birhtday Isaac Shelby!

A Patriot.

Happy International Mountain Day!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Early Lou Reed recordings online!

The 2014 Haters Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birhtday CBGB's!

Opened on this date in 1973.

Happy Birthday Emily Dickenson!

Happy National Lager Day!

Happy Human Rights Day!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Ah yes, the old "Fish Batter" Defense....

(Thanks for the link, Katie!)

Happy Birthday to A Charlie Brown Christmas!

Happy Birthday Neil Innes!

Happy Birthday Michael Dorn!

Happy Birthday Douglas Fairbanks Jr!

Happy Birthday Joan Armatrading!

Happy Birthday Margaret Hamilton!

Happy International Anti-Corruption Day!

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Deadskins

It couldn't happen to a more deserving owner....

The War On Christmas - Possible Scenarios

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Happy Birthday Sinead O'Connor!

Happy Birthday Jim Morrison!

Happy Birthday Flip Wilson!

Happy Birthday Jerry Butler!

Happy Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day!

Happy National Brownie Day!


Sunday, December 07, 2014

The 'return' of Silent Movies

A wonderful article, and one which I agree with totally.  Some of these films are Classics and I've watched them a dozen or more times.

Happy Birthday Rudolph!

Happy Birthday Allan B. Calhamer!

Happy Birthday Harry Chapin!

Happy birthday Tom Waits!

Happy Birthday Eli Wallach!

Happy Birthday Vlad Tepes!

Mr. Excitement!

Happy National Letter Writing Day!

Today Is Pearl Harbor Day

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The biggest stone block

I remember attending a lecture about the 'original' Baalbek stone, at a Fortean convention about 30 years ago.  It's neat to find that it's got a bigger brother.  And interesting that no one today really has a clue how one would move such a thing at the time of its carving.

Nothing says "Christmas" like Godzilla!
Of course, the music group called The Towels were way ahead of the curve on this:

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday David Ossman!

Happy Miners Day!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Robert Johnson recorded at the wrong speed?!?

NORAD gears up to track Santa

I've always thought that this was pretty neat.  But I wish that they'd upgrade the graphics.

Happy Birthday Amy Acker!

Happy Birthday Alvy Moore!

Happy Birthday Little Richard!

Happy Ninja Day!

Happy Repeal Day!

Happy World Soil Day!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Anniversary of Washington's farewell to his officers

Happy Birthday Southside Johnny!

Happy National Cookie Day!


Happy Dice Day!

Happy World Wildlife Conservation Day!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

RIP Ian McLagan

A Heroine Gets Recognition

Happy National Roof Over Your Head Day!

Happy Birthday Ozzy!

Happy Make A Gift Day!

Happy National Apple Pie Day!


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

RIP Bobby Keys

Nice little article about the use of armored trains during the world wars

Happy Birthday Jonathan Frid!

Today is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Happy Giving Tuesday!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Because nothing says Sauerkraut like Aleister guess?

Lovecraft Honey Ale (coming soon)

A man eating dune!?!

Cthulhu Family Decals!

A site devoted to coincidence and synchronicity

Anniversary of Rosa Parks Sitting Down!

Happy Birthday John Densmore!

Happy Birthday Woody Allen!

Happy National Pie Day!


Happy Eat A Red Apple Day!