Monday, August 31, 2015

My next wristwatch


A nice article about the so-called "Hotline"

One of the last statements in the article implies that the earlier system was infrequently tested, but I don't believe that to be the case.  I seem to remember a similar article written many years ago, and the system was constantly being checked.  What's interesting about that was that each side would send notes, quotations and passages, where either the origins or the words were obscure, to keep each set of translators on their toes.

RIP Wes Craven

Happy Birthday Glenn Tilbrook!

Happy Birthday Van Morrison!

Happy Birthday James Coburn!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Matrix - Symbolism & Conspiracy Theory

Fun stuff!  (But probably overly serious...)

RIP Oliver Sacks

Space elevator on the way?

(Thanks for the link, Sean!)

Happy Birthday Frank Conniff!

Happy Birthday John Phillips!

Happy Birthday Lewis Black!

Happy Birthday Molly Ivins!

Happy Birthday Joan Blondell!

Happy Birthday Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley!

Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day!


Today is the International Day of the Victims of Forced Disappearances

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cast A Deadly Spell is online!

This has always been a difficult or expensive film to see/own.  It's an interesting take on the Cthulhu Mythos, combined with a Raymond Chandleresque vibe, and several in-jokes.

Happy Sturgeon Moon!

Wuss America

NecronomiCon & the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast

Happy Birthday Elliott Gould!

Happy Birthday Charles Gray!

Happy Birthday John Locke!

Happy International Bat Night!

Friday, August 28, 2015

My next lamp

A nice little article about the Flying Spaghetti Monster

An article about the Enchanted Forest theme park

I only went there once, I think it was in 1964, and only remember snippets of it.  But it was a big deal around the Baltimore area, as I recall.

Happy Birthday Song of the Thin Man!

Premiered on this date in 1947.

Happy Birthday Animal Crackers!

Premiered on this date in 1930.

Happy Birthday Jack Vance!

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday John Stark!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Nancy Kulp!

Happy Birthday J.S. Le Fanu!

Happy Birthday C. Wright Mills!

Happy Birthday J. August Richards!

Anniversary fo the March On Washington in 1963

One of the greatest political events in American history, and perhaps the greatest American speech of the 20th Century.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Punkin Chunkin is coming up!

Happy Harvest Moon!

Happy Birthday Martha Raye!

Happy Birthday Joseph Reed!

A Patriot.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

a nice article on bourbons not made in Kentucky

Including my fave, Bowman Brothers.

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

Happy Birthday Shirley Manson!

Happy National Dog Day!

Anniversary of the "Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen" by the French National Assembly

In 1789.

Happy Women's Equality Day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New box set issue of Velvet Underground's Loaded album!

The color of my next suit

Van Morrison reissue news!

Happy Birthday Tim Burton!

Happy Birthday Born to Run!

Released on this date, 40 years ago.  My favorite album.

Happy Birthday Monster Mash!

Released on this date in 1962.  The National Anthem of Halloween.

Happy Birthday Elvis Costello!

Happy Birthday Sean Connery!

Happy National Banana Split Day!


Monday, August 24, 2015

A collection of Exorcist prank and satire videos

I still think that the dust devil is the best.

Anniversary of the Battle of Bladensburg

In my opinion, the worst battle ever fought by the American military.  Of course, it was to defend DC.  

Happy Birthday Niagara!

Happy Birthday Howard Zinn!

Happy Birthday Jennifer Lien!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A new Blackadder Series?!?

Anniversary of the Mineral Quake of 2011

Happy Birthday to The Big Sleep!

Premiered on this date in 1946

Happy Birthday Mark Russell!

Happy Birthday Keith Moon!

Happy Birthday Gene Kelly!

Happy Birthday Oliver Perry!

Happy Birthday Jonathan Wainwright!

Happy Birthday Malvina Reynolds!

Today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Crabs On Mars!

The Chesapeake Bay may have some competition.  I am hungry just thinking about it!

Interesting article about geopathic stress

I've always had a sneaky suspicion about earth forces/vibrations having various effects, including psychological.  I even read an article a few decades back showing some intriguing connections between ley lines and spontaneous human combustion!

The cloaked raw meat spewing harbinger of doom!

I believe I smell a hoax....

Darlene Love Is Back!

So cool...

The Seventh Chef!

Fun stuff!  For any fan of the Muppets or the Seventh Seal.

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

RIP Melody Patterson

Another of my childhood crushes...

Happy Birthday John Lee Hooker!

Happy Birthday Dorothy Parker!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Red Rover!

Any fan of The Prisoner TV series will appreciate this story.

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

Lovecraft Alphabet!

Fun Stuff!

(Thanks for the link,Dennis!)

An interesting article about the decline of Parapsychology

Happy Birthday Joe Strummer!

Happy Birthday Jackie DeShannon!

Happy Birthday Friz Freleng!

Happy Poets Day!

Happy Senior Citizens Day!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Last Tag!

Laurel & Hardy take on AC/DC!

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

My Hometown

Metro has managed to make me afraid to use it.  The administrators' action seem more akin to plotting murder than running a transportation system.  The idea that the plan for a fire in a tunnel is to assure that any smoke is directed towards and kept within the trains in that tunnel is pure evil.

Anniversary fo the crushing of the Prague Spring

Happy Birthday James Marsters!

Happy Birthday Isaac Hayes!

Happy Birthday Phil Lynott!

Happy Birthday Robert Plant!

Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft!

Happy Lemonade Day!


Happy National Radio Day!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Getting A Puppy The Hard Way

Very cute.

A nice article on the return of the Bowman Body

Dorothy Parker's Ashes

Fascinating story.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

My favorite TV commercial of the day

(Thanks for the link, Margrete!)

RIP Yvonne Craig

Happy Birthday Jonathan Frakes!

Happy Birthday Ginger Baker!

Happy Birthday Gene Roddenberry!

Happy World Humanitarian Day!

Happy Hot & Spicy Food Day!

Happy National Potato Day!


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Beast of Barcroft is going to be an ebook!

I remember this incident quite well.  I actually went driving around that patch of Arlington looking for the beastie at that time.  When it was determined to be a civet, that just made it that much more of a mystery, as far as I was concerned - How did such a thing end up in South Arlington?

Ben Franklin's synonyms for being drunk

The man was a master...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Boneyards of WWII

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Beginning of the month of Fructidor in French revolutionary calendar

Happy Birthday Meriwether Lewis!

Happy Birthday Jerome King Criswell!

Happy Bad Poetry Day!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Who was that guy in all of the rock videos?

I confess that I've been curious about this dude, as well.  It's still strange that he should feature in so many of them.

Lost & Found Pets

Only 75 Days Until Halloween!

Happy Birthday Mae West!

Happy National Rum Day!


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Flying Spaghetti Monster Sighting!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

'Real' Vampires

I'm sorry, there's a high giggle factor here...

RIP Julian Bond

Anniversary of the death of Bela Lugosi

Anniversary of the first Ramones performance at CBGB's!

Happy Birthday Glenn Strange!

Happy Birthday Hal Foster!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Backyard Pub


A nice article on Halloween collecting

If I had (much) more money, this would probably be a passion of mine....

Anniversary of the Beatles at Shea Stadium!

Happy Birthday Jimmy Webb!

Today is International Homeless Animals Day

Happy Birthday Huntz Hall!

Happy Birthday Rose Marie!

Happy National Lemon Meringue Pie Day!


Happy Birthday Woodstock!

Happy VJ Day!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Happy Birthday Who's Next!

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Rocky Horror Picture Show! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1975.

Happy Birthday Gary Larson!

Happy Birthday David Crosby!

Happy Birthday Dash Crofts!

Happy National Navajo Code Talkers Day!

Happy Liberty Tree Day!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

ExoPlanet Travel Posters

A sense of humor from NASA...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

More robot fun!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The chemical agents used in WWI


Great Moments In Robotics

I love the caption they've given this film!

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)


(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Marx Brothers festival on TCM channel tomorrow!

Hidden treasure within Henry the Elephant

A DC fixture.

(Thanks for the link, Edmund!)

The Witch Trial of Maryland

Mussolini's Brain In DC!

What a strange little bit of local lore.

One Crowdfund To Rule Them All

Eagle VS Drone

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday South Park!

Premiered on this date in 1997.

Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock!

Happy National Filet Mignon Day!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Some new info on the "Lost Colony"

Happy birthday to The Wizard of Oz! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1939.

Happy Birthday Mark Knopfler!

Happy Vinyl Record Day!

Happy International Youth Day!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The cutting edge of Amazon reviews - Jesus & the Crown of Thorns

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

a new album from Kinky Friedman!

Columbia House is gone

It's the end of an era.  Once, there must have been about 4-5 of these outfits, advertising similar deals.

The mini segway

Cute! Sort of sidewalk surfing for us older folks...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Solid Gold!

Premiered on this date in 1980.

Monday, August 10, 2015

I guess that burning them is out of style
I just can't keep up with modern theology...

Happy Birthday Exile/Sunderland Experiment!

Premiered on this date in 2013.

Happy Birthday Horse Feathers!

Premiered on this date in 1932.

Happy Birthday Ray Palmer!

Happy Birthday Ian Anderson!

Happy Birthday Bobby Hatfield!

Happy Birthday Ronnie Spector!

Happy National Banana Split Day!


Happy Birthday to The Smithsonian!

Happy Puck Fair Day!

Teaching a cat to hunt...

This is pretty neat, actually!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)


Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!

More computer problems

Have had all sorts of computer problems lately.  Hopefully this thing is fixed now....

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Anniversary of the Little Shop!

On this date in 1978, Dennis Largess purchase the Little Soldier Shop and moved it to Alexandria, VA, leading to a renaissance of wargaming in the region.

Happy Birthday Jerry Garcia!

Happy National Mead Day!


Happy National Mustard Day!


Happy Colorado Day!

Happy Lughnasadh!