Saturday, October 31, 2009

Our sneak attack on Poland


Halloween afternoon

'Tis a gloomy cloudy afternoon here at the Manor. Not quite sunny, not quite dusk; a perfect representation of the date's significance as a conduit between life and death, harvest's bounty and winter's want, light and dark.
We're ready for the trick-or-treaters, even as we begin to put away some of our decorations and bring down the fireplace tools for the coming November nights. For many, tonight's a time for parties, for begging and for fright. For others of us, it's a time for telling stories of those who have passed on, of opening up an old bottle of cabernet, and of shuffling the Tarot. Have fun tonight, folks!

my next lawn ornament...

That's SIR Dracula...

a little recognition for Karl Wagner

One of my fave authors.

the world's worst products/crafts/sale items


As we finish up the month I'll once again direct folks' attention to the short films at Gothtober. Cute stuff!

the death of chalkboards

I can't say I'll really miss the screeching noise, the dust, or staying after school to wash the damn erasers....

MST 300 JOL's

Pretty neat!

Happy Nut-Crack Night!

Happy National Magic Day!

Today's October Song

Well, we made it, a song for each day of October. We started with a cover of The Monster Mash, and we'll end with the fantastic original by the late great Bobby "Boris" Pickett - the Guy Lombardo of Halloween.

Happy Birthday Kinkster!

Happy Birthday Tom Paxton!

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

neat Haloween cakes

Haystack Art

Pretty impressive.

cat costumes for Halloween

The Cold Call Of Cthulhu


Darth Vader - Symphony Conductor

a new pumpkin record!

my recommendation for this weekend - watch Nosferatu

An absolute classic.

Wii Wee Death

Happy National Candy Corn Day!

Happy Haunted Refrigerator Night!

Today's October Song

Today, we offer a rather tepid fanvid for the legendary Roky Erickson performing I Walked With A Zombie. Knowing Roky, it's probably based on real life.

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

Anniversay of Orson Welles' broadcast of The War Of The Worlds

The greatest radio broadcast - ever.

Happy Birthday Otis Williams!

Happy Birthday Ruth Gordon!

An American Original and Treasure.

Happy Birthday Grace Slick!

Happy Frankenstein Friday!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Birthday, Internet!

a nice little article about L'Auberge

I LOVE this restaurant. It is one of my five favorite places to eat in the region, and if anyone is visiting here or is living here and hasn't been by, I can't recommend it too highly. Absolutely superb. The Christmas Goose has become a tradition for Linda and I every December. Essential.

some neat micro photographs

The Wish Tree

Never had heard of this before.

nice collection of vintage Halloween images

Steampunk carousel

a,h de gaulle, always charming

One of many historical footnotes about a man I loathe...

Beware The Bobbit Worm!

The lovely but deadly Lorena was a local gal. You could go down to Shirlington and look in the window at the manicure shop and see her working her magic on the customers fingernails. Good times...

neat steampunk light switch plates

some fun Halloween-based ads

The Classics ---In Manga Form

13 Cemetery Road...

the cutting edge of place settings

I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille...

a short article on some of Lovecraft's influence in rock music

Lovecraft audiobook download!

The Rats In The Walls...

Today's October Song

The video for the The Ramones performing Pet Sematary (sic).

Happy Birthday Ralph Bakshi!

I've always enjoyed Bakshi's animations. And Wizards is one of my all-time fave movies, flawed though it is.

Happy Birthday Bill Mauldin!

One of the greatest cartoonists, ever. Perhaps only Thomas Nast is more important. A genius and Essential.

Happy Punkie Night!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

the wearable hummingbird feeder

This is so cool! I'm a big fan of hummers, we have just a couple around here in the Summer.

(Thanks for the link, Edie!)

Tee Hee!

Our U.N. delegate is finger lickin' good!

Today's October Song

The Shaggs are legendary for their awfulness. Their song It's Halloween is no exception. (When I worked at a record store at Dupont Circle many moons ago, we'd put this on at closing to help clear the customers out of the store...).

Happy Birthday Elsa Lanchester!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Whiskey - properly chilled

unusual rings

cute spiders

Steampunk Fashion


October washes away

It has been raining on and off for about the last twelve hours here at the Manor. I think we've had rain about six out of the last eight days and the gloom is as thick as the humidity.

the last German surrenders

Fascinating tidbits from WWII. This is the first account I've read of the German force in Svalbard. I'd known they had a weather station up there, but not how large the troop operating it was or what had happened to them. I would point out that about 30 years ago I nearly developed a rather satirical wargame based on the German occupation there, positing Norwegian and British commandos versus a small but elite force of nazi meteorologists, (their unit was to be named the Leibstandarten Louie Allen, named after a local and popular TV weatherman from my youth). Alas, I never got beyond the initial planning stages for developing the game.
It's also good that the author mentions the guerilla warfare that continued in the Ukraine for approximately 10 - 15 years after the war, something almost unknown in Western historical circles. I don't think that conflict has been covered at all in the West, (and perhaps not in the East, either). I think it would be interesting if some historian were to ever be allowed access to the Soviet archives, (and perhaps interviewing some of the survivors) and write a history of it.


Virginia's Finest....

Has anyone seen Eldridge Cleaver?,25197,26265381-12335,00.html

Paint VS Chemical Warfare

Is that a python in your pants?


The Prisoner released on blu-ray

Today's October Song

Well, you know I was gonna work Bruce into this set, one way or another. A Night With The Jersey Devil...

Happy Birthday Lara Parker!

The prettiest reason for watching Dark Shadows...

Happy Birthday John Cleese!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Gary Tallent!

Happy Birthday to You Bet Your Life (the radio show)

Premiered on this date in 1947. Great stuff!

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Unified Field Theory of Superman's Powers

more info on the world's coolest La-Z-Boy

nice listing of Halloween music downloads

10/30 - A Boris Karloff marathon on TCM!

the vampire slayer...,25197,26257193-26103,00.html

the tiniest model train

my next t-shirt

the cutting edge of USB devices

the equalizer t-shirt

The Adventures of Lil' Cthulhu!


Plush Zombie Attack

Plush Sushi

Today's October Song

A fanvid for British loony Screaming Lord Sutch performing Dracula's Daughter.

Happy Birthday Doonesbury!

It began as a daily strip on this date in '70.

Happy Birthday Natalie Merchant!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

the cutting edge of misidentification

cellphone symhony

Just a commercial, and it sounds fake to me, but the potential is there.

Halloween in Japan

the cutting edge of drive-by shootings

the cookbook...

a new book out on Spandau and hess

Count Gore

This is his season - that Ghost Host With The Most. Gore is showing a new movie this week - Mark of the Damned, and has a review/retrospective on Blacula! Essential!

the legend of the ultimate haunt

Today's October Song

A fanvid for Weird Al Yankovic's Nature Trail To Hell.

Half a league, half a league, half a league onward...

Today is the anniversary of the Charge of the Light Brigade, perhaps the most romanticized and well-known military blunder in Western history.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Betty Boop Meets Dracula!


The House On Haunted Hill - online

Yes, it's kinda primitive, and yes, there are holes in the plot you could drive a truck through - big deal, I love this movie! Vinny gets to act creepy and Elisha Cook gets to act scared and crazy - you can't go wrong with that.

a little bit of Dave "The Rock" Nelson on Youtube

For those of you out of the loop, Nelson is generally considered one of the worst film producers of all time - amateur or pro. His films are legend on the fringe. I don't think there's any such thing as an outtake in a Nelson movie - everything is left in. Acting, directing, dialogue, film technique - the man is unique, to say the least. Needless to say, I consider myself a serious fan.

keeping pets can get so complicated

Barnabas at the White House!

I don't remember this at all; weird.

new book - the women of Hammer Films


Squirrel Royalty

When you're in trouble - call Jesus

I love it when people attempt to defend incompetence and negligence

Today is the Manitou Springs Colorado Coffin Races!

Today's October Song

A classic. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross perform Halloween Spooks.

Happy Birthday Butch & Sundance!

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid premiered on this date in 1969. I've always loved this movie, (despite a lot of critics not doing so). The bicycle scene is one of the best in filmdom.

Happy Allantide!

Friday, October 23, 2009

the balloon boy Halloween costume!

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special online!

An amazingly wretched show - a classic. The important thing is that it was the last "witchy" performace of the legendary uber-witch, Margaret Hamilton.

Charge by the pound...

the Ted Williams Halloween costume...


RIP Soupy, White Fang & Black Tooth

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

the mood tail....


There's a rumor going around that "craft" slushies will be the next big thing on the bar scene around DC. Just like the old 7/11 Slurpees. I can think of nothing more putrid.
One of the most nightmarish moments of my life occurred many years ago while visiting the little mall at Union Station. They had a bar there which apparently was trying this idea out, and had a bank of those see-through plastic barrels located on the wall behind the bar, (just like 7/11 had 'em behind the cashier). As you sat at the bar, trying to down your drink, these things would be filled with psychedelic-colored pseudo-fruit concoctions, all swirling away. It was vomitous.
I remember when Slurpees first came out, and have fond memories of racing up to 7/11 to try the latest flavor, (and get the promotional button. Remember "I Have Slurped"?). But those are the memories of grade school. And I have absolutely no desire to go to a bar to relive them. This is a horrible idea.

mormon underwear has competition!

The Children Who Fought hitler

A fascinating footnote to the War.

pics from a local yard haunt


the friendly skies

the cutting edge of la-z-boy DWI's

hitler and balloon boy

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

True Gamesman

Today's October Song

Another local legend, this is doom meisters, Pentagram, performing Sign Of The Wolf.

Happy Birthday Weird Al!

Happy Birthday Ellie Greenwich!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Johnny!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Addams Family Halloween episode

a local landmark for Halloween tourists - The Exorcist Stairs

emergency zombie attack rations

X marks the spot

interesting article on the interaction of our brains with time

The notes on schizophrenia are fascinating.

Tina Strobo - Heroine

Today's October Song

Today's entry is by local legends, The Slickee Boys, performing The Brain That Refused To Die.

Happy Brithday to The Sterile Cuckoo!

Premiered on this date in 1969. Beautiful movie. Certainly the best one I've ever seen about school-days romance. Great theme song, too.

Happy Birthday Bobby Fuller!

Great talent.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Kinky is coming to the Birchmere!!!

I guess this gives a whole new meaning to "Trigger Happy"...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

The future of D&D?

Pretty neat, actually!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

music from bottles

Kinda strange....

my next USB flash drive

modular robot - with a few bugs...

Be sure to catch the last couple of seconds of the film.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Magpie Grief?

the strongest fingers in the world

I believe the average DC driver's middle finger gets more of a workout than this guy's...

more on body part replacement

pretty interesting.

a step on the way to limb regeneration

toilet art...

to look for extraterrestrials, look for extraterrestrial trash

I love the internet. It's so informative!

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

A new song to Cthulhu!

Happy Birthday Samuel Taylor Coleridge!

One of my faves...

RIP Vic Mizzy

Brilliant composer.

(Thanks for the head's up on this, Perry!)

Today's October Song

Pretty obscure in the States, this is an early New Wave horror tune by the Revillos called She's Fallen In Love With A Monster Man.

Only Ten Days Until Halloween!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

It smells like Autumn leaves outside

It's a wonderful Fall evening here at the Manor...

See ya tomorrow.

that special bond between a mother and her son

Woody Allen sells vodka

I don't remember this ad.

cats that look like hitler

The Internet is amazing....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

neat yard haunt

A new Python documentary

Nilsson & Ringo's Son Of Dracula online!

It is a terrible movie, but I've also always found it interesting, and there's some great music.

the cutting edge of car upholstery

some neat scarecrows

new horror magazine

Ringo, Beware!

Today's October Song

Ah, we'd race home from school to see who Barnabas would bite. This is the theme to Dark Shadows.

Happy Birthday Art Buchwald!

A Washington Institution from a time fast disappearing. He was also a ver nice man.

Happy Birthday Bela!

One of my all-time faves. Horribly under-rated and mistreated.

Happy Birthday Margaret Dumont!

The ultimate straight "man". Absolutely wonderful.

Happy Birthday Tom Petty!

Happy Birthday Carolyne Mas!

One of my fave rock'n'rollers. I just love her music.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Home Haunt News

A nice little online resource for home haunters and other Halloween enthusiasts.

The present (and future?) reality of Air Force combat

Interesting article.

Apparently, we come gift-wrapped!

let the "Good'N'Plenty" jokes begin!

the strangest Halloween costumes for babies

The chestbuster is a classic....

new sport - Darwinian mountain climbing

Since they thought more about success than their compatriot's life, I'm surprised these budding ninjas didn't just get it over with, Kung Fu his ass and eat him for sustenance.

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

NicK Lowe* and Time Passages

Linda and I went out to The Barns to see Nick Lowe last night. It was just him, solo and acoustic, and he provided a warm and enjoyable performance. He started the show out with a newer song called People Change - brilliantly picked. Sitting out in the foyer before being admitted to the show, I was people watching and remembering the last time I'd seen Nick. It was a little over 30 years ago, with the brilliant Rockpile. I gazed out at the milling concert goers last night and thought, what the hell happened, people? Almost everyone, especially Nick, was quite gray. The fewyoung people in the crowd were clearly the children of parents attending, etc. I'd say that th average age was about 58-60. I don't know whether to be amused or disturbed. At any rate, it was fun, and he did do I Knew The Bride When She Used To Rock'N'Roll, (which was our wedding song), along with other ol' faves like What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love & Understanding and Cruel To Be Kind, (it was difficult not to sing out loud and along with him on that one, it's part of my DNA at this point). My one disappointment was that he didn't perform Switch Board Susan, although to be fair, that's really meant to be played by a band, at full ear-bleeding volume, with me in the front row...

the crazy things that parents say

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)


Of course, Tom Lehrer was there first:

"This Man" viral marketing

leech evidence

Pretty neat!

an electronic hand that can "feel"


The Test Drive - "How does it handle cliffs?"

Versailles II

All I got was a green rash and a bunch of steel flatware sticking to me...

I'm getting into real estate!

Today's October Song

Today's entry is by Barnes & Barnes, (featuring famous child star Billy Mumy). Cemetery Girls is a spooky little number, featuring a few references to Billy's portrayal in a Twilight Zone episode. Wonderful stuff!

Anniversary of the War of Jenkin's Ear'_Ear

My favorite name for a war....

Happy Yorktown Surrender Day!

Happy birthday Tor Johnson!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Don't forget - Oct. 27th - the Drag Queen Races at Dupont Circle

some neat Halloween light shows

"Getting to know you; getting to know all about you..."

I Can Breathe Again!

You don't know what it's like living with a thousand pounds of peeled onions scattered throughout the house....

RIP Steve Ferguson of NRBQ

(Thanks for the notice, Missy!)

local - Halloween at Cox Farm

the dress dress code

50 Dark Movies, Hidden In A Painting

Just found this and haven't ahd time to fully look it over, but this looks kinda cute. The M&M folks have created a Boschian-like painting, (and Bosch is one of my faves) and "hidden' 50 movie titles within the symbolism.
I'm just a little amazed; I never thought I'd be mentioning M&M's and Hieronymus Bosch in the same sentence!

Today's October Song

A fanvid, not particularly appropriate to the song. The original, I believe, was composed by Burt Bacharach!

Happy Birthday Bunnyman!

A local legend, his first appearance was on this date in 1970, just down the road from the Manor, in fact. There's been an unbelievable amount of bullshit written or spoken about him since then. The real story may be found here:

That isn't to say that one can't have fun with the idea:

Happy Birthday Laura Nyro!

Happy Birthday Chuck Berry!

A Giant.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

RIP Flo Bretholz

An old acquaintance of Linda's and mine. A lovely Lady who shall be greatly missed by family and friends.

Today's October Song

If it's Halloween, you've just gotta play Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London.

Happy Birthday Hollywood Squares!

A remarkably entertaining game show. Premiered on this date in 1966.

Happy Birthday Jim Seals!

Happy Birthday Tom Poston!

Great comedian.

Friday, October 16, 2009

nice article on early attempts at calculators and computers

Going Green!

General Zod - Kitchen Designer


Get A Life!

Klingon Rap Music...

Firesign Theatre - a review of their latest shows and a Nick Danger performance!

Classic. Brilliant.

the cutting edge of adoption pricing

Portable Black Hole
Of course, the Beatles were way ahead on this phenomena:

The Holy Spirit

Martian Communication Solution

Pretty neat.

unbelievable video speeds and detail


and the inevitable Balloon Boy humor...

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Pickle Light

Camera Van

Awwww, My First Fail

balloon boy,0,6905331.story

Stunt, or stupidity? Regardless, the Fifth Dimension faced this same situation so many years earlier:

Kitten Mittens!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Today's October Song

Another great song about the writer's contact with an occultist. This is Country Joe and the Fish meeting Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine.

Happy Dictionary Day!

Happy Birthday Nico!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

You have the right to remain silent

This story is just so weird all the way around. First of all, what the hell is that illustration of a hand gesture with the article? Why is it there? And did the writer of the article really mean to say that the victim "beat Lecuyer off" ? And the story itself - grunting noises, the note that was both threatening and apologetci, the fact that the victim didn't call the police immediately, etc.

The Miskatonic Acid Test

Ah yes, reminds me of my school days...

I've always wanted to see this film. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it's ever getting released.

The cutting edge of business names

Happy National Grouch Day!

Halloween Haters

I suspect this is little more than a media-created . Regardless, they're wimps....

Today's October Song

Heart preforms Magic Man. Ah, this was quite popular right around this time of month in '75.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

RIP Captain Lou

A legend....

Vintage Halloween Displays

I love this stuff...

Tee hee!

Excited By The Savings!

Thumper - NO!

rumble strip power


Well, so much for "cloud computing"

Geeky Jack-o-lantern designs

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

The Museum of Everything

This sounds so COOL! I wonder if I'm in it?

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

and more wuss America

Facebook idiot

patriotic squirrels

Wuss America

Mussolini - British Agent?!?

Fascinating, (if true...).

the revolt of the universe?

the cutting edge of snuggling

new medical procedure - the spider pill

Interesting. The possibilities for mischeif and evil also seem present...

Today's October Song

Redbone performs Witch Queen of New Orleans.

Happy Birthday Justin Hayward!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wedding Cake - Alien Style


(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Ten Creepy Ads

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

a memorial essay to Karl Wagner

One of my fave authors.

The Kenova Pumpkin House


report from the HPL Film Festival

The Boris Karloff Blogathon

Swiss neutrality

It's amusing to see a country that was an ACTIVE, if secret, ally of nazi Germany (despite the cover-up) is now afraid of dealing with the U.S. as if we're going to somehow soil a soul already so blackened...

Witches! Hubba hubba!

a unique story of the OSS during WWII - Jews returning to nazi Germany to spy

An aspect of the war I'm totally unfamiliar with, (outside of the "Final Redoubt" stuff). This sounds fascinating.

just another day in the District
Yes, DC government in action, again! Of course, I wouldn't expect pimps to know anything about putting out fires.

my fave archaeologist

a little fun with Bach for Halloween

Today's October Song

Santana performs Black Magic Woman..

Happy Birthday Lenny Bruce!

Happy Birthday John Ford Coley!

A guilty pleasure, but I've always liked this guy.

Happy Birthday Paul Simon!

Happy Herb Day!

Monday, October 12, 2009

a little classic Halloween fun - Richard Pryor, Exorcist

Absolutely Classic.

Um, I guess I can go for that 3 year renewal to TV Guide now...

Pumpkin Shortage!

film of Bruce performing Wrecking Ball

Cool! Some nice comments about the concert at Giant's Stadium too.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

the paint fight

Marge Simpson - Playboy Bunny

I only read it for the cartoons....

Have It Their Way!

This reminds me of the much-missed La Casita, in old Arlington, (a/k/a Speedy Gonzales's). Probably the best Mexican food I've even had in this region, it was a real dive. You'd want to go in a group, the larger the better. We only spoke English, the Korean waitress only spoke her native tongue, and the cooks only spoke Spanish. The result is that after all the inaccurate translations, there was a better than even chance you wouldn't get exactly what you ordered. We'd compensate by a bunch of us going in and ordering a wide variety - and then trade amongst ourselves whatever we got, usually ending up with what we'd actually ordered.

Graham's Number

This sounds like the start of a possible gag in the Hitchhikers Guide....

the Mall....

neat-looking clocks

the cutting edge of home-made products

very pretty smoke effects

The Gömböc

Strange little exercise in mathematics

interesting little article about NASA's "lost" female astronauts

the Silver Swan automaton

Pretty neat!

Richard Feynman uses chess to explain the exploration of physics

Fun stuff!

Urban Piano


steampunk computer mouse

I want this....

Britain's Atomic Chicken Mines

Northern Virginia Brewfest is coming up

Peter Bergman (of Firesign Theatre) has his own Youtube channel

an oldie but goody - some Halloween-type pranks

headlines in Australia

Today's October Song

Both the Addams Family show and its theme song are classics.

Happy Birthday Melvin Franklin!

Happy Birthday Sam Moore!

Happy Columbus Day!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Trafalgar Union Jack for sale

Interesting. I'm a little surprised that something couldn't/wasn't worked out with the Imperial War Museum to own this.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

my watch must be broken...

Linda and I are driving home last night and pass a house on our street which already has Christmas lights up and turned on.

Today's October Song

Zacherley performs Dinner With Drac, a classic horror host and song.

Happy Pulaski Memorial Day!

A great patriot, now almost forgotten.

Happy Birthday Mike Nelson!

Host of MST 3000. Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday to To Have And Have Not!

Premiered on this date in 1944. Great movie - one of my faves, containing one of the best film scenes - ever. Taught me how to whistle...

Happy Anniversary to Saturday Night Live!

Premiered on this date in 1975.

20 Days Until Halloween!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Free Mojo!!!!!

Virtually everything that Mojo Nixon has releases is now apparently available for free download through Amazon. Amazing.

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

the cutting edge of Mary Tyler Moore fandom

high-speed film of bullet impacts

The Cutting Edge of Christian Cookie Cutters

The Honeymoon

Count Gore DeVol's Night of the Living Dead tribute!

The movie:


Fun stuff!

Her Majesty's Royal Navy

Rum, sodomy, the lash - and Queen....

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Today's October Song

A fun little fanvid to a rather obscure fave of mine, Graveyard Rock by "T arantula Ghoul & The Gravediggers"

Happy Birthday Ed Wood!

The Master...,_Jr.

Absolutely, totally, deliriously Essential.

Happy Birthday Kirsty MacColl!

Great talent.

Happy Birthday Diamond Dave!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Wuss America

I'll be curious how the brave government of this little backwater reacts if they see some kid out in costume knocking on doors for candy - wrestle them to the ground, taser them if they resist, prison sentences? What a bunch of losers. Wouldn't of lasted ten minutes in the old days in my neighborhood....

Now, it's officially Halloween Season!

Capistrano has its Swallows, Hinckley Ohio has its buzzards, but the Manor has its Wolfesbane - and every October it blooms, right on schedule.

Time Warp record bid

Healine of the Day

Star Trek meets Monty Python

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Leif Erikson Day!

RIP Generous George's

An Alexandria Institution. George used to come into the record store every once in awhile. Nice guy, great pizza, am sorry to see the place go.

the latest casualty of WWII

Today's October Song

This entry is Will Smith's video for Nightmare On My Street.

Happy Birthday John!

Happy Birthday Jackson Browne!

Happy Birthday to The Ox!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

The Talking Piano


Dud Milk Dud

A funeral for Poe in Baltimore

Lovecraft's The Whisperer In Darkness to be filmed!

cyborg beetles!

Cthulhu Ski Mask!

The Life & Death Of A Pumpkin - A Classic

Today's October Song

A fanvid for Whodini's Haunted House of Rock.

Imagine was released on this date in 1971

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

the future: unmanned military ships/boats

the cutting edge of ballast

Can You Face The Horror of the Invasion of the Space Cheese?!?

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

a nice day

It's very blustery outside this afternoon, but the sun is shining, the leaves are starting to change color, Born to Run was just played on the radio, and the wolfesbane is about to bloom here at the Manor. A nice day.

plasma rockets to mars?

(Thanks for the link, Phil!)

The Great Pumpkin

Brain-Computer Interface news

Fascinating stuff.

circular rainbow

pretty neat

nice article on Old Bay being 70 years old

A regional essential. Absolutely wonderful on everything.

dummy paratrooper for sale

An interesting footnote to WWII. If I remember correctly, these dummies are portrayed in the famous movie about D-Day, The Longest Day.

Today's October Song

Jacko was one sick puppy, but this is a great video. Who'd of thunk that the second* most famous dance sequence in history would involve zombies?

*Gene Kelly's Singing In The Rain will always be #1...

Happy Birthday John Mellencamp!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

new memorial to Allied secret agents

Well overdue.

Today's October Song

No video here, just the great Bo Diddley song, Bo Meets The Monster. Classic.

Happy Mad Hatter Day!

Happy Ivy Day!

Monday, October 05, 2009

the Gandhi Pen...

I believe Weird Al was way ahead of the curve on this:

a blog just for parodies of American Gothic

The Internet is a wonderful thing.

I believe we have a Darwin Award Nominee

Probably the most dramatic way to check if a gun is loaded.

Today's October Song

Hey, we're talkin' horror - you gotta include Alice Cooper. This is his video for Feed My Frankenstein.

Anniversary of Love Me Do

The first single by the Beatles, (on their own). Released on this date (in Britain) in 1962.

Happy Birthday Monty Python!

Premiered (in Britain) on this date in '69 - forty years ago!!!! One of my faves. Geniuses, one and all, and absolutely Essential.

Happy Anniversary to You Bet Your Life!

The TV version of You Bet Your Life premiered on this date in 1950. Fun stuff!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

the Google request...

Seven Secrets

What's most interesting about this list is how uninteresting the secrets really are. Drying out brine shrimp eggs is natural - hell, I've done it myself! Col. Sanders himself attacked the buyers of his chicken recipe, claiming they'd reduced the "secret" herbs and spices to little more than salt - that's the real secret to the current recipe. Playing a shell game with Cromwell's head is something only the inbreds in royalty would worry about. Coke is successful due to marketing and corporate muscling, not taste, (Tab, on the other hand, when mixed with copious quantities of bourbon, is pure Soma). I couldn't give a rat's ass about mud, the real secret is that others are willing to pay money for it, (why can't I ever come up with this stuff - "Oh, but it's QUALITY Shit, Madame, you wouldn't want to buy any other brand...".

understand what you're wearing....

a few unusual scarecrows

Play Ball!

the cellphone...

Healthcare-themed restaurants

Tres weird...

Russians in the comics

hairy situation

the strange ad

Men hanging around in their underwear in what appears to be some sort of subterranean grotto looking at a rather unusual, (and impractical) aquarium. What the hell is going on?

Harvest Moon is today!

Today's October Song

Black Widow never got much notice in the States. But they were a pretty good occult-oriented band contemporary with Black Sabbath when they were starting up, although Widow had a more prog-rock sound. This is them performing a witchcraft tune called Come To The Sabbath.

Janis died on this date in 1970

Happy National Taco Day!

Happy Birthday Sputnik!

Launched on this date in 1957.

Happy Birthday Buster Keaton!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

interesting article on the video aspects of new weapon systems

Austira protects wildlife - or nazi treasure?

There are so many rumors about that damned lake that I suspect it'll be impossible to keep treasure hunters away, and I suspect Austria's government will be one of them...

The Battle of Britian - on land!

An interesting footnote to WWII.

RIP Marek Edelman

I always am in awe of those people. Unbelievable courage.

Interview with the Darkest Of The Hillside Thickets

Cthulhu rock'n'roll.

Happy Birthday Charles Middleton - Ming The Merciless

Great character actor - and what a character! Some day I want to write one of those self-help books for managers and businessmen entitled "Management Secrets of Ming The Merciless". We're talking #1 on the NYT bestsellers list, people.

Happy Birthday Eddie Cochran!

One of my faves. Vastly under-rated.

Happy Birthday Lindsey Buckingham!

Happy Anniversary, Captain!

Captain Kangaroo premiered on this date in 1955.

Happy Birthday to The Dick Van Dyke Show!

Great, great show. Perhaps the greatest sitcom of all, certainly it's my favorite. Premiered on this date in '61.

Happy Birthday to The Maltese Falcon!
Premiered on this date in 1941. One of my all-time fave movies. Absolutely Essential.

Today's October Song

A wonderful video of Black Sabbath performing their anthem. Great tune.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Twilight Zone episodes online!

new MST 3000 DVD release!

Alert Alfred Hitchcock!


Make your Oktoberfest extra special!

Yule Deer

2009 Ig Nobel Awards announced

The University of Florida is ready for Zombie Invasion!

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Today's October Song

Here we have Frank Zappa detailing his experiences with an occultist in Camarillo Brillo.

Happy Birthday Groucho!

Probably my favorite comedian. An American Treasure. Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Budd Abbott!

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Charlie Brown!

Peanuts premiered on this date in 1950.

Happy Birthday to The Twilight Zone!

Great show, one of the best, ever. PREMIERED 50 YEARS AGO TODAY!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Gothtober Started!

interesting article on military's use of cellphones in combat

breakthrough in cybernetics

I don't know if this'll work...

For every day in October I'll try to find and post a song dealing with Halloween, horror, the occult, and all that fun stuff. I'm not sure there's enough out there to support this effort, but we'll see. Our first entry is the legendary Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band performing the equally legendary Monster Mash. Enjoy.

Picture Is Unrelated

A fun little compilation/blog of all those weird little photos out there.

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

just another day around the District

Happy Birthday, American Pie!

Released in October of '71, the exact date seems to be unknown. Great song. I understand every reference but one - the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost - any ideas, folks? By catching a train for the Coast, it implies they're going to California, (at least I've never heard of the East Coast described merely by the one word, "Coast", so am assuming we're talking L.A.). The elegant reply would be for Woody, Arlo and Pete Seeger. McLean was something of a disciple have visited L.A., (I believe Woody lived there in the 30's), but it just doesn't seem to fit a lyric whose placement in the song would imply 69-71, (Woody being long dead by then).

Happy Anniversary to Johnny Carson's Tonight Show!

Premiered on this date in 1962. An American Institution.

Only 30 Days Until Halloween!

Happy Birthday Dave Arneson

True Gamesman.

Happy Birthday James Lawrence!

A Patriot.