Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goin' out of town this weekend

Posts will be light for the next three days. See ya on Sunday.

Patti Scialfa's video for As Long As I

A semi-retro sound, one that I like, circa '79.

fanvid for Firetown perfroming Carry The Torch

Great song, this band should've gotten more recognition.

The Supremes perform Up The Ladder To The Roof

Great pop soul.

bacon tool kit



Internet Radio News

For years now, I've believed that this is the future of radio, and pop music in general; and I remain a fan of Live365 and the whole Do-It-Yourself ethos.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

(Thanks for the link and title, Doug!)

The neolithic origins of alcohol,1518,druck-668642,00.html


(Thanks for the link, John!)

the monk's footprint

Operation Attic

A noble endeavor, but I confess to being a bit confused as to why it's not been done earlier, (and why more of these folks with diaries,letters, etc., didn't think to contact our own Holocaust Museum).

mobile phone code hacked

I never had much faith in the proclamations of privacy anyway...

There's a Blue Moon tonight!

(Yes, I know that there are at least three definition of "Blue Moon" and that some folks consider this one spurious - I don't care.)

Happy Birthday George Marshall!

Genius. Patriot. I get bored always hearing revisitonist historians and fascist romanticists talking about nazi military wunderkids. Marshall could run circles around all of 'em.

Happy Birthday Burton Cummings!

Happy Hogamany!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

little article on airships in the military

Lovecraftian Art

Great stuff! If you have even a smidgen of interest in the Cthulhu Mythos, you must go look at this site.

The Top Nine Internet Memes (according to MSNBC)

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

nice little retrospective about OMNI Magazine

The Bee Gees perform Lonely Days, Lonely Nights

Maybe my memory fails me, but I seem to place this tune around this time of year in 1970. Always liked it.

The Airplane performs Lather

Cute song.


tracking wolves with GPS

Pretty neat!

The Achiever

nice little article on the Q Ships of WWII

Birthday Palooza! Happy Birthday to:

Tracy Ullman

Davy Jones

Mike Nesmith

Bo Diddley

Skeeter Davis

Jeff Lynne

Patti Smith

An amazing date for pop music!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wargaming - The Silver Age

Ah, a little nostalgia of my nerdy youth. Simulations Publications, Inc. was the leading wargaming company going in the mid and late 70's; and this is a promotional film they made about the hobby. I knew quite a few of you reading this back then, and some of us even met through our involvement in the hobby, (We will now observe a moment of silence for the greatly missed Little Soldier Shop...).
Some of those games were quite good, I really miss a lot about those times.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

robot with a hockey mask - all he needs is a machete

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Richie Havens covers Here Comes The Sun

Wonderful. Havens is one of those few artists who can take a song and make it their own. (Aretha, Otis Redding, and Joe Cocker come to mind, too).

Jim Croce performs Lover's Cross

Always liked Croce's ballads.

Paper Airplane Competition

I've always enjoyed paoer airplanes. Whem I was about 9-10 years old, they were a minor passion. Very cool.

Sherlock Loves DC!

for the serious Star Wars fan...

Cupcake Cthulhu!


Do You Hear What I Hear?

Fun stuff!

HPL, CAS & REH Poetry to be published!

Another wonderful opportunity for fans fo the ultimate troika in Weird Tales.

Happy Birthday Marianne Faithful!

The Survivor...

Happy Birthday Ray Thomas!

Happy Birthday Mary Tyler Moore!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Jack Bauer Interrogates Santa Claus

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

the Christmas lights display

I believe this is what would result if I tried to put up lights on the Manor...

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Happy Birthday Nichelle Nichols!

A true groundbreaker. And a great actress.

Happy Birthday Alex Chilton!

Under-appreciated genius.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

James Bond drinking bourbon?!?

I prefer my Virginia Gentleman and Tab shaken, not stirred...

a little Christmas present for the ladies....

Help wipe out bad comlexions at hootenannies!

And Mr. Zimmerman will write a song to you....

an oldie but goody: the literal Total Eclipse of the Heart video


a single molecule transistor

Pretty neat!

A one stop for those who get stoned and want a cookie

Unique Eunuch Unity

a craving beyond death....

Happy Birthday Sydney Greenstreet!

What can I say, I love this guy. One of the greatest character actors - ever.

Happy Birthday Marlene!

Genius. Bewitching. It's remarkable (to me) how many bad movies she made, and yet how she shone throughout them all.

Happy Birthday Mike Pinder!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Snow is melting

Well, we've had two days of fog, mist, and rain - pretty dreary, really. But the temperatures have been above freezing, so about 4/5 of the snow is gone, leaving a rather dark swampiness behind. A good time to listen to Aqualung.

Rearranging the Village for the Idiot

Wonderful article, (and a great insert from the Onion).

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

Tee Hee! A small propaganda victory against the suits who control music

(Thanks for the link, Peter!)

I Want To Hold Your Hand anniversary

Released in the States on this date in '63.

Happy Birthday Monterey Pop!

Premiered on this date in '68. Fantastic film. My favorite one dealing with music. Absolutely and postively essential.

Happy Birthday Elisha Cook!,_Jr.

One of my fave actors. You might not recognize the name, but look at a picture and you'll recognize him instantly.

Happy Birthday Steverino!

Happy Wren Day!

Happy Boxing Day!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Birthday to The Exorcist!

Premiered on this date in '73. What an excellent day for an exorcism...

Happy Birthday Rod Serling!

Happy Birthday Shane MacGowan!

Happy Birthday Cab Calloway!

Happy Birthday Bogey!

Merry Christmas, or whatever else it is you celebrate at this time of year

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A time of feasting and want, memories and celebration, troubles and jollity

See ya tomorrow.

an interesting Santa

The Science of Santa


The return of Famous Monsters Of Filmland Magazine!


Bourbon is for the Strong!

The Bounty Hunter

Safety First!

just another day in the District

I don't believe that mayor-for-life Barry had to reimburse for the security detail guarding him during his numerous trysts, drug buys and excursions to This Is It. So it seems pretty lame to demand anything from this pretender to the throne.

The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl perform Fairytale of New York

Classic. Brilliant.

Bob Rivers et al perform I Am Santa Claus

Classic. Nice cameo by Ozzy.

Pope Homer

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

My Hometown...

Yes Virginia, These Is A Cthulhu....

Santa's trip has begun!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

fanvid for Simon & Garfunkel performing Silent Night

A classic. See ya tomorrow.

A Christmas song I wish I could post

15 years ago a wonderful local band named The Graverobbers was formed by my old record store pal, Karl Straub. Amongst a variety of excellent recordings, they released a cassette of Christmas music that is now so rare that I don't think even Karl has a copy, (and I don't have the capability to transfer to MP3 or whatever). But it's a fun recording, and features what I consider to be the best pop recording of Little Drummer Boy ever made. I can only hope that someday this little piece of the DC music scene will surface online.

fanvid for the Sonics performing Santa Claus

One of the greatest bands that you've probably never heard of. Legends of the Pacific Northwest. One of the toughest bands - ever. Almost single handedly invented punk rock - 12 years beforehand and with nobody noticing. Here's one of their Christmas tunes.

fanvid for Jerry & The Landslides performing Get Off Of My Roof

The Internet is amazing. Unless something has radically changed in the last few years, this is something so obscure that I was amazed to see it on Youtube. I've never seen an original copy and even boots and resissues are as rare as hen's teeth, (yes Missy, I have one). A nice Christmas take-off on the Stones.

Tip Bomb

This sounds pretty cool, I hope it spreads.

(Thanks for the link, Lauren!)

a blog devoted to DC beer


for that authoritarian pig on your Christmas list (who has everything)

fanvid for The Flirtations performing Christmas Time Is Here Again

I always thought the Flirtations were one of the best, and most overlooked, girl groups ever. This is a rather obscure Holiday song that they released (I think) as a B-side several decades ago.

For that evolutionist on your Christmas List!

Zombie Carol

"Santa needs to pay his elves."

an oldie but goody - The Museum of Hoaxes

the cutting edge of Menorahs

Tiger Woods Commemerative Plates

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

RIP James Gurley

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

Happy Festivus!

Happy Birthday to The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!

Aboslutely brilliant and essential spaghetti western. Fantastic. premiered on this date in '66. Great soundtrack too.,_the_Bad_and_the_Ugly

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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I definitely want the egg timer...

Just the cutest little anti-virus protection you can buy...

spelling bee tie breaker

Greg Lake's video for I Believe In Father Christmas

Released back in '75. Used to hear it every day then on the car radio driving home from classes. Brilliant song.

fanvid for the Waitresses performing Christmas Wrapping

Cute little video. And a great song, here's the sad story behind it:

The Coffee Break - your tax dollars at work

In DC, the EMT's would claim that the woman was drunk. In PG County they'd simply call a cop who would then shoot her.

The Entrepeneur

This is nothing. There was a family in Old Town that "took over" a city lot for many months and did the same thing.

a little Cthulhu Carol

Happy Birthday, Trinity!

A great satire on spaghetti westerns. Released in '70. I still grin everytime I watch it.

Happy Birthday to The Mummy!

Premiered on this date in '32. Wonderful film.

Monday, December 21, 2009

fanvid for Bobby "Boris" Pickett's Monster Holiday

Fun stuff!

Canned Heat meets the Chipmunks & sing Christmas songs

Only in America....

Spam VS my ego

No matter what, I get spam on my hotmail account on a regular basis. I'd say at least ten emails a day. In the "early" days, (say, 15 years ago), it would be just about evenly divided between sex - porno, or "girls want to meet you", ie., prostitutes; or a combination of pyramid schemes or come-ons like "free mortgages", etc. The general view of me was: 1) I have to pay money to get sex; and 2) I have no money for the sex, and so need to hitch a ride on one of these schemes.
Fine. Thanks a lot, guys.
And now, almost all of my daily allotment of spam is trying to get me to purchase cheap drugs - mostly viagra or antibiotics. Apparently, I am now too dysfunctional and diseased to have sex at all.
Now, making people feel inadequate from advertising is an old phenomena, (just read the lyrics to the Rolling Stones' Satisfaction from 1965). But sheesh! It's just one wave after another of insult now.

One of DC's Stranger Holiday Traditions...

Flying Spaghetti Monster Holiday Treats!

Sweden's first military victory in 200 years!

I guess (secretly) allying with the nazis in WWII didn't help...

a little something for the ladies...

the return of the monocle

the dub

I never was much for "school spirit", and time hasn't softened that*. But I gotta say - this is a very cool and charming video.

*You can always tell the T.C. Williams graduates at a spirited event - we're the ones yawning...

Happy National Hamburger Day!

Happy Birthday Vampira!

Happy Mumping Day!

Happy Birthday to The President's Analyst!

One of my fave movies. Wonderful flic!'s_Analyst

Happy Birthday Frank Zappa!

Happy Solstice!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

a little tune for the 20th..

It's been a long day, see ya tomorrow.

quote of the day

just another day in DC

The only difference between the cops and the criminals in DC is....well, actually, there is no difference...Except the cops don't get arrested when they break the law...

fanvid for Richie Furay performing Fallin' In Love

Always liked this song.

Elton performs Tiny Dancer

Great song. Happy Birthday Margrete!

fanvid for John Phillips performing Down The Beach

Genius - twisted and wrecked.

Smokey & The Miracles perform You Really Got A Hold On Me

Great song.

Bowie performs Heroes

Probably my fave song by him. Nice production by Eno.

Some random memories

Ah yes, Christmas, and the other holidays surrounding the Solstice. A time to take stock, amidst the contrasting darkness and light. One is reminded of many things at this time of year, and my personal history with it has been a long a complicated one.
Shopping for and decorating the tree certainly stands out in my mind. The old Center Theater had a large parking lot in my toddler days, (now taken up by the Fairlington Medical Building). And around the 15th we’d wait for my Father to get home from work and then go up there, hoping to make out the outlines of a fine specimen under the strings of light bulbs that barely illuminated the darkened lot. With the loss of the Center, we moved down to the trees at the Beverley Hills Methodist Church. Like all things in life, there were advantages and disadvantages to this. For one thing, the trees were freshly cut, (as opposed to today – I’ve seen trees for sale that were clearly left over from the Christmas before – brown and mummified skeletons of Holiday past…); and the price was surprisingly cheap. But they didn’t set up shop until around the 19th, and the whole neighborhood knew – it practically became a cult. The trees would be delivered to the little churchyard around 5:00AM and a crowd of us, freezing our tails off, would immediately descend on the place like locusts. Unlike the old parking lot, there were virtually no lights here, and it was before dawn, so one had to judge the size and quality using bat-like instincts – and quickly – competition was fierce. All of the energy Methodists save up from not dancing is apparently channeled into Christmas tree shopping. By daybreak the place looked like some sort of arboreal battlefield, with little left but twigs and the blood of the slower shoppers who’d been trampled in the rush.
Getting the pine home, it was then up to my Father to get the lights on, using an old-fashioned string of C7 bulbs. The type that if one is out none will work - the permutations and experiments to get all the lights on might take him a whole evening. But he always had a great patience, (which I completely lack and was always envious of), and would put it all together. And once they are plugged in, those old lights heat up to a skin blistering temperature and give a suntan to anyone within two feet. By the time I was four years old, I had become experienced enough in a Pavlovian way to associate Christmas trees with second degree burns… On the other hand, that warm glow is still one of my favorite memories.
Once the proper fire hazard point had been reached, we then decorated the tree. And a few presents would get snuck under. Until I was six or seven, most of the children’s presents were kept hidden, to be delivered by Santa on the night of the 24th. I’d like to say that I got a Red Ryder BB Gun at some point, but no such luck. In fact, for once I bow to my Mother’s convictions - with my complete lack of dexterity, I most assuredly would have shot my eye out. But probably my equivalent to that prize was a monster robot-like being called Great Garloo which was my gift when I was nearly five. I still own it, though it stopped working decades ago. I played with it for hundreds of hours, perhaps a harbinger of my interest in horror and the outré. My fave toy.
I’ve received a great many wonderful gifts over the years, (quite a few from some of you reading this). And there have been many favorites amongst them. But I should also point out one other. It was given to me when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade by our neighbor, Ione. She’d been an English teacher all of her life, and she gave me a Webster’s dictionary. I used it almost certainly on a weekly, if not a daily, basis all through school and into college; only replacing it several years after getting married. And each time I used it I couldn’t help but give one split-second’s thought to her. Perhaps it’s just my inherent nerdiness, but that’s always stuck with me, and if possible, I’ve tried to replicate that with my own gift giving to young people. It often lacks the coolness quotient, I know. But so much of what passes for cool these days seems to have a half-life of about two weeks. Something of long-term usefulness has almost taken on revolutionary qualities. And that dictionary was one of my most useful possessions.
Of course, Christmas morning started around the crack of dawn. My poor parents, up half the night with dinner guests and then putting toys together at the last minute, only to be wakened an all too few hours later by anxious kids. We always had to wait before going into the room with the tree. My Father was a home movies fanatic, and he insisted on setting up his equipment ahead of time to see us approaching the tree and its promised bounty. Now we’re basically talking mid-50’s 8mm home movie stuff. Indoor lights and the small amount of mid-Winter sunlight filtering through the windows was nowhere near enough for filming. So Dad had bought indoor lighting. I am convinced it had been leftover war surplus searchlights from the London Blitz. I have never been exposed to such brightness in my life, (and I am including the Sun). It is a miracle our house’s electrical system could handle it once it got cranked up, and I’m sure the monitors down at the power plant registered all sorts of anomalies when we plugged in. I guarantee you, a lot more coal was heaped onto the fire down there once Dad got set up.
I’ve not seen those movies in several decades. But I’m sure they show my brother and I battling the heat and radiation from the lights, bathed in an unearthly bright white, with our arms futilely thrown across our eyes, (it did no good – one could see through one’s bones in that glare), feebly shuffling towards the tree. It’s a wonder I have any eyesight left after a few years of that, and I still worry about skin cancer. Any death experience will be particularly bad for me: one is constantly told “walk towards the light”, when I now have an almost instinctual fear and reaction to doing so. It’ll be interesting. The one thing I can claim is that years before there was ever a Pink Floyd or an Electric Light Orchestra, I knew what it was like to be at the center of a laser light show. ..
And although the Holiday season is often, even in my own mind, associated with childhood, I should point out that some of my most important memories are of more recent vintage. There was the evening spent at a bar in Williamsburg, just me and the bartender watching a Charlie Brown Christmas on the tube, (I’ve written about this little episode in the past). And, (back in my futile attempts at Christianity), there was attending the Midnight Services at our local church., hanging out with my friend Ken beforehand, and going to the neighborhood tree lighting ceremony at the little park known affectionately as “The Pit”.
Linda and I also have had wonderful experiences going out to cut our own tree. One year we travelled out to some tree farm at the very end of Braddock Road – back when it dwindled down to nothing more than 16 foot wide dirt track. It was snowing – somewhat uncommon for us, and we had to drag our prize back over about 120 yards of snow shrouded fields to our car. It was messy and tiring, but also a lot of fun. You remember stuff like that. One little footnote – in those days, one of the stations (C-Span?) would broadcast a dubbed version of Moscow News; (this was in the 80’s). I would watch it occasionally, and that very night they featured a little segment about American Christmas traditions, and had visited that particular tree farm the day before to shoot footage of folks hacking away at fir trees. Neat coincidence!
I’m also reminded of the many Christmas Eve’s at the record and book store. Even if you’ve never worked in retail, you can surely imagine how exhausting the Christmas season is for shop workers. By the 24th, virtually everyone is punch drunk, (or literally drunk). We’d always have a big bash in the back room of the store. Food platters would be ordered, I and others would bring in beer and treats. Mornings got down to a routine of me going to the store at the crack of dawn and picking up a hundred doughnuts and enough orange juice and champagne for several rounds of mimosas. It was a fun day. It really was. By then you didn’t have to worry about your stock – you either had it, or you didn’t - there was nothing that could be done. People shopping that late knew that they’d just have to buy whatever remained on the shelves. Dealings were very basic. Your store team was at its peak, then. By the 24th, anyone who wasn’t up for the job was winnowed out – either voluntarily or by firing. December is no time to be weak or lazy if you work in a store. So all your best people were there - exhausted, but there. You knew you could count on them. And music and book people are some of the most interesting and amusing that there are. The 24th was always fun, and life-long friendships developed from those days. My friend Missy made a film of one of those Christmas Eves, (Mondo Olsson’s), part documentary, and part satire. It’s a rare and treasured memento to me.
Nowadays, Linda and I continue to spend the holidays visiting with as many friends and family as possible, (again, many of you reading this are a nice part of that). Christmas Eves at our friends Ross and Millie’s place is particularly warm and memorable, and we look forward to that each year. It is a patch of psychic home ground to me.
But the Holidays are also a reminder of the many friends and family who are no longer around. Growing up seemed like a whirlwind of social occasions to me between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, with my family visiting, or being visited, by loads of friends and neighbors. They were great times, and despite my young age, I considered those people to be my friends as well. Almost all of them are now gone. And some of them had few family or friends left, even back then; I am one of the last to remember them. Most of these names won’t mean anything to you, but they are as much a part of my Holiday as the living, in some ways. So I end this little meander with a quiet toast to Harold & Beulah, Paul & Bonnie, Haskell & Helen, Frank & Audrey, Neal & Ione, De Earle & Christine, Lou & Gracie, Thad & Patsy, and my dear Father.
For the rest of you, thanks for reading, I hope you own memories and experiences from the Holidays will be as valuable to you as mine are to me.


Well, it seems to have stopped snowing here at the Manor. The sun is even shining here. We've been digging out off and on for the past two and a half hours, and I doubt are more than about 15% through. Unbelievable. It's difficult to tell because of the drifting that's taken place, but I think we got about 21 inches here. By DC standards, that's a lot. We'll get accumulations like this about once every 12-16 years. Am not sure as to when we'll really get dug out, my best guess would be late Tuesday morning. My back and joints aren't looking forward to this...

Happy Birthday to The Graduate!

Premiered on this date in '67. Amazing movie.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Bible...For Zombies

4 year old drunk cross-dressing burglar

Pretty full life for a four year old....

Santa - Elf Slayer

Damn! The weathermen were right!

As I'm typing this, there is approximately one foot of snow surrounding the Manor, with more pouring down furiously on us. I'd guesstimate visibility right now at no more than 125-150'. Some estimates are that we'll get up to another foot before this is supposed to stop, (sometime Sunday morning). As it stands, I'd say this is the most snow we've had in over 15 years, and may end up being like one or two real heavy suckers I remember from '65 or '66. It really is impressive. Just about everything outside of some fanatical retail outlets have shut down, and I suspect it won't be till Wednesday at the earliest that we'll be substantially dug out. We'll see. I guess this means a white Christmas.

Mobius Bagel

Gimme That Old Time Religion!

(Thanks to Infidel753 for the link!)

anniversary of the T-34

a truckload

Big Brother Birdhouse

Squeeze Bacon

Cannibal Curry Bath

Plan B?

Now more than ever

Tee Hee! So that's how you get one.

I need a haircut...

The Decline of Christmas Cards

Probably true. Another aspect of childhood going the way of the dinosaur. I'm not saying it's good or bad, just different, (with a new set of advantages and drawbacks). When growing up, Christmas cards were often the only significant contact my family had with friends or relatives who lived far away, (unless they visited us, or we travelled out there way for a vacation). Phone calls were expensive, (and my folks tended to be somewhat shy when it came to them, anyway). And there is something touching and personal about the care taken with cards, particularly in the past. Long, hand-written notes, sometimes pages long, accompanied them, (I don't believe I ever saw the modern printed/xeroxed newsletter until the mid or late 70's), catching you up with people's lives. Facebook has its advantages - but it can't touch that, in significance or charm.
It should also be pointed out that Christmas cards tended to also be a sort of tally of loss. Sometimes you might get a reply to your card from a friend or relative of the recipient announcing that the person had died. Other times, you'd simply not hear anything; and after a couple years of sending your own cards out you'd realize the silence wasn't temporary. It seems like every year I go through my list, and am forced to cross one or more names off.
At any rate, like I said, the decline of cards is a change, one that will probably accelerate as the Internet attracts more and more folks, (and as those who don't use it pass away).

Sir Jean Luc

Happy Birthday Phil Ochs!

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Holiday Classic

Yes Virginia, There Is A Cthulhu...

a Christmas gift for the man who DOESN'T want everything...

Happy Birthday, Mr. Grinch!

Premiered on this date in '66. Absolutely and positively essential. An Harmonic Convergence of American pop culture, with Boris Karloff, Dr. Seuss, Chuck Jones, June Foray, and Thurl Ravenscroft. I watch it every year, (while playing zoo-zither-carzay...)!_(TV_special)

Happy Birthday Christopher Fry!

One of my fave l. Author of The Lady's Not For Burning, (which features a character I've always strongly identified with, named Thomas Mendip....)

Happy Birthday Keith Richards!

I suppose I should write something here, but ahve no idea where to begin. So I won't.

Happy Birthday Michael Moorcock!

wonderful author of science fiction, fantasy, and sword & sorcery.

Happy Birthday to "For A Few Dollars More"!

One of my all-time fave films. I love everything about this movie, it's just so cool, and Lee Van Cleef is fantastic.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Animator VS Animation

(Thanks for the link, Gail!)

They are predicting snow for Saturday here at the Manor

Our incompetent and wildly over-paid and staffed weathermen have just announced a "Winter Storm Watch". As I've stated in the past, these clowns' prophetic abilities rank somewhere between phrenology and fortune cookie messages, but anything is possible. And if even one flake falls within ten miles of the Capitol, we can expect tie-ups and traffic jams that will last for weeks, with the usual fallout of food riots, etc. The fact that this is also the last weekend before Christmas means that all of the social recalcitrants and slugs will be crawling forth from wherever they've hidden for the past year. They won't know where they're going, are obnoxious about it, and can't drive worth a shit, making for some sort of slo-mo Mad Max scene. Add snow to the mix and we are talking along the lines of The End Times.
As always, we a prepared here. Holiday shopping was completed many weeks ago, stores have been laid in, and a nice bottle of chardonnay is chilling as I type. We're ready, and the Manor will stand as a citadel of civilization against the cannibal holocaust which is about to begin.

The '66 CBS Christmas Message

A minor legend in American pop history.

Great Moments In (Onion) Science!

The New York Dolls perform Looking For A Kiss

So cool.

The Cyrkle performing Red Rubber Ball

Great song. This is either a lip-syinc or is performed over the original instrumental. If I remember correctly, that was Paul Simon playing the calliope (and who also wrote the song).

fanvid for (How 'Bout A Little Hand For) The Boys In The Band

I believe there are about five people on earth who remember this tune.

John Hartford performs Gentle On My Mind

Always loved this song, and Hartford. Does anyone besides me remember an obscure little music show he hosted in the Summer of '70? It was called "Something Else", and I remember it showing a few pretty neat acts.

Rod & Ron video for This Old Heart Of Mine

one of my fave mucis videos. Absoltuely perfect. Rod's made musical mistakes, but this ain't one of 'em. And having the original singer, the great Ron Isley, on here shows that Rod knows where he comes from and he's a class act.
(Oh, and Michael Bolotin - Fuck You.)

fanvid for Karla Bonoff performing Someone To Lay Down Beside Me

I confess that I've lost track of Karla. One of the hottest songwriters of the mid to late 70's. Really good.

The Cocktail Slippers' video for St. Valentine's Day Massacre

One of the best sounds going today. Produced by my boy, Little Steven.

for you Facebook users - some stuff on the new privacy settings

modern Nazca....

and yet another story on hitler's remains

At this point, I think the only thing that can be said is that the KGB have once again demonstrated what happens when you let a huge authoritarian agency live on for decades - incompetence and lies - no one knows what happend to the body, it's just one tale after another. Each one contradicting the one that came before.

ancient now-underwater city discovered?

We'll see. I would have appreciated a more detailed photograph than the one presented.

Happy Birthday Eddie Kendricks!

THE tenor of Soul. Absolutely essential.

Happy Birthday Paul Rodgers!

Great Rocker.

Happy Birthday to The Simpsons!

Premiered on this date in '89. Brilliant. Essential.

Happy birthday to Night of the Demon!

Great flic. One of my faveorite horror movies. Premiered on this date in 1957. Essential.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

fanvid for a Cthulhu Carol!

Rocket launching cycle

Techno Jeep

Pretty neat, guys!

How do you say "Spoiled Brat"?

I'd be curious about the amount myself - just how much film, books, music, pornography, software, and games can you download on a stupid little phone - and wouldn't it be cheaper just to buy all thar crap off the shelf?

The Return Of Hammer Films?

Anasazi Santa....

the cutting edge of Christmas wrapping

Come to Thailand and enjoy the bagpipes and Scotch!

Wow! I guess Scotland will have to set up child-molesting brothels and sex slavery to compete!

A new home for the Cold War Museum

Tiger Hunting!

You just knew it wouldn't take long for something like this to be created.

(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

John Cale performs Mercenaries

My fave song by him. Wonderful. Accurate...

video for Thin Lizzy performing Whiskey In The Jar

A minor classic of mid 70's rock.

Steel Pulse performs Ku Klux Klan

Probably my fave reggae band. Wonderful sound.

The Ventures perform Pipeline at the Birchmere

So cool...

The Star Wars Holiday Show!

I remember watching this during its one and only airing, (I am a big Jefferson Airplane/Starship fan). Perhaps the lamest TV Special - EVER. People connected with it refuse to talk about it. I'm told some will even try to lie about having never been involved. It's only available as a semi-rare bootleg. Lucas refuses to be embarrassed by any more public showings. A Classic!

Happy Birthday Young Frankenstein!

Premiered on this date in '74. Brilliant.

The Beatles - As Seen A Thousand Years From Now

Morgan Freeman Chain Of Command

And Wuss America...

I've said it before and will do so again, I never would have made it out of grade school if I'd gone nowadays...

The Princess & The Pea Alarm Clock

Wuss Britain

The Millenium Falcon Bed

The Titanic Ice Tray

Rudolph - NO!


some factual basis for jackalopes?

It's been many years since I've visited there, but Wyoming and South Dakota used to have stuffed versions of these things for sale everywhere

the cutting edge of penal imagery in marketing


Another sport corrupted by drugs...

Oh Lord, when will the romilar scourge be eliminated from our lives?!?

'Tis the Season...

I'd love to hear more about this little tragedy. Exactly what were the dimensions of an argument about taking lights down in mid-January? Was the wife a fanatatic procrastinator? the type who leave their wreaths up until they've become dried brown cinders, only to be finally blow away into dust in July? (We had two neighbors at our old house's neighborhood who did this.) Are the jack-o-lanterns left out until they rot? (We have at least one person on our current street who practices this rather festive version of composting).

Stayin' Alive...

The Nobel Peace Prize Debate Gets Interesting...

Cthulhu & Mrs Claus!

Happy Birthday Dave Clark!

Fun band and sound. I consider Catch Us If You Can to be one of the foundations of power pop.

Happy Birthday John Hammond, Sr.!

A Genius in recognizing others' genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Alan Freed!

Happy Bill of Rights Day!

Happy Birthday to One Two Three!

One of my fave movies. Premiered on this date in 1961. An hysterical satire of Cold War politics. Cagney was billiant.,_Two,_Three

Monday, December 14, 2009

fanvid for Neil Diamond covering the Chanukah Song

Stupid, but I really enjoy this song. Sandler's various version are great.

a chain reaction of generosity

I'm getting old, this sounds pretty neat!

The cutting edge of wine nameing

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Liza and Eric Burdon & The Animals in a Christmas special!?!

I don't remember this at all....

Zombie Christmas Carols

The Simpsons - the Estonian Version...

Absolutely brilliant!

Unintended consequences....,0,3727265.story

Using demonic possession to promote children's toys

I like it!

Exam Answers

The Rein Father...


Champagne is good for you (as i always suspected...)

I will be opening a Veuve Clicquot clinic soon to minister to the sick.

The music collector's lament

All true...

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Patty Duke!

A hot dog makes her lose control!

Happy Birthday Morey Amsterdam!

An essential member of the Dick Van Dyke Show.

Happy Birthday Spike Jones!

Genius. Essential.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

the advent calendar...

alien civilizations and the billion year technology gap

An okay article, but I'm unimpressed by the need to quote an astro-physicist on our chances of surivival through the 21st century. Even if I might agree with him - who the hell is he? And how does his work give him any more "quotability" on this than anyone else? In fact, his particular concentration would argue to me that he has no idea what he's talking about. I'd be more interested in some of the more sophisiticated studies coming from sociology.

And the Thunderbirds Chistmas Special

Shouldn't this be titled "Thunderbirds Are Ho Ho Ho"?

Nothing says Christmas like Astroboy!

The Investment Meeting

Given this, clearly I'm ready for a life in high finance!

colleges try to compare themselves to Hogwarts!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So much for "higher" education! I can see it now: "We're just like Star Fleet Academy! Well, except we aren't..." Or "Become a Jedi Master at Yale!".
Well boys, I've got dibs on "Miskatonic University"! Go Pods!

Santa's little helper

What's amusing about this is the uber-nanny interviewed worrying about people who "can't control how many of those 0.5% beers people consume,". Well, yes, I suppose there are folks out there whose stomachs can take in the 3-4 CASES of beer one would need to get tipsy (and the need to consume it quickly enough to allow the buildup of alcohol - say, in 2 hours). I expect Canada to be putting warning labels on their brews warning Jabba The Hutt of the potential danger... Please don't tell the poor nanny about my boys at Stone Brewery, and their fab Double Bastard Ale; the shock'd kill him...

12 neat staircases

Obviously, I want the one that's built into/from bookshelves.

An immortal creature?

I've had the misfortune of dealing with several people who seemed to revert to immaturity once they got older...

Found Magazine

Actually, kinda interesting...

Happy Birthday Dick Van Dyke!

Star of what I consider to be the best sitcom ever made.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Moody Blues' video for Nights In White Satin

I've always loved the Moody's, and this song in particular. Perfect for a gloomy Winter's evening, a brain full of memories, and bourbon...

Sheila Chandra performs Ever So Lonely


Warren Zevon perfroms Poor, Poor Pitiful Me & Cadillac Ranch

A weird, wonderful and under-appreciated American original and genius.

B. Bumble & The Stingers - Nut Rocker

My poor Mother, always trying to give me a little culture; always failing. About a thousand years ago, there was a special performance of the Nutcracker Suite at DAR Constitution Hall - specially made for children, and MC'd by Captain Kangaroo (!). I must have been around 2nd grade. I'm sure it was wonderful. But it just washed over me without effect. On the other hand, I LOVE Nut Rocker! This is the original, but ELP also did a fab version.
Thanks Mum, you tried....

A Google Map Of Lovecraftian Places,-155.566406&spn=101.35716,186.152344&z=3

Sketchy Santas

This guy is ready to join DC's Metro...

Of course, you needn't encourage Metro riders to commit suicide, by riding on the system they've declared a certain joy for Russian roulette....

Happy Birthday to The Wolf Man!

Premiered on this date in 1941. A classic!

Happy Birthday Edward G. Robinson!

Another fave. Great actor.

Happy Birthday Robin Tyner!

Another great voice and performer. Lead singer for the legendary MC5. Essential.

Happy Birthday Dionne Warwick!

One of the greatest voices from the 60's. The perfect conduit for Bacharach and David. Essential.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bust Bust

fanvid for Paul Roland performing Nosferatu

A really great talent, (and very nice gent). I love his songs, and believe I may well be his only American fan, (sigh). Pity, because his work is a wonderful combination of Syd Barrett, Al Stewart, and Robyn Hitchcock.

Arthur Conley performs Sweet Soul Music

Protege to Otis Redding. I don't know why Arthur didn't get big. I thought he was pretty damn good.

Joe Jackson performs Is She Really Going Out With Him

Great song. Perfect for the Winter of '79.

Tyler Cowen's Food Guide, 2010

This is my favorite food critic in the DC region and i consider this list essential.

Steampunk Radio

Pretty neat!

Old School

I love it! I could see me doing this...

I think the Oriental Trading company is about to raise their prices

What a loser....

I believe that there's a Cheech & Chong routine in here somewhere...

If only I'd had this when we had those awful neighbors

That would have taught the little bastards about trampling our plants...

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Space Beer?

Seems a little forced to me. I do think it'd be interesting to attempt to brew beer in space, however. What effect, if any, does it have on fermentation, etc.?

The Spider Pool

Interesting little story about urban archaeology.

the lonliness of Jedi.....

We need some sort of a war between all of the superfandoms. The jedis would be out there with their silly little plastic light sabres, the trekkies could throw tribbles, the vampire groupies could have those water-blasters filled with clamato; and the Harry Potter fans could do whatever it is young imaginary wizards do when a fight breaks out -probably pee in their pants...

Attempted theft of Frazetta's

How sad, and stupid. I hope that idiot didn't damage any of the illustrations.

(Thanks for the link, Phil!).

Happy Birthday to V For Vendetta!

Great movie. Premiered on this date in 2005.

Happy Birthday George Mason!

One of my faves...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

NoVa has "best" high school in the nation...

Well, maybe. I'm kinda cynical about stuff like this. I would like to point out that this great scholarship does NOT extend to geography. The school is not located in Alexandria, but Fairfax County, (only the mailing address is listed as Alexandria due to an anomaly that goes back to the Civil War - so I guess we're talking a failure in history, too....).

Elton performs Saturday Night's Alright For Fightin'

Classic. Reminds me of '73-74 going with my future brother-in-law, Rick, to a greasy pinball joint down on Route 1 called Electric Circus. What a cesspool.

fanvid for Bobby Goldsboro performing Look Around You (It's Christmas Time)

I suspect most people reading this won't remember Bobby. He was sort of a proto-John Denver in the mid 60's to early 70's, with the whole light pop/vaguely country feel. I know, I know, that alone is enought to condemn him to the outer rings of hell for most hipsters. But hear me out. Yes, some of his stuff was pretty schlocky. But I think this, and some of his other hits, were pretty cool and well written. He was years ahead of the whole singer/songriter vibe that dominated radio by '73-74. And this little Christmas lament echoes themes of darkness and want later explored by folks like Tull and Greg Lake.
Okay, I still hear you snickering, but it's true. The guy is better and more legitimate than you think.

Devo performs Mongoloid

Wonderful band and sound. Those first couple of records* were like a lightning bolt on the scene.

*Most folks were introduced to them thorugh their first album on Warner's, but they had put out a single on the ultra-cool Bomp label before then that is known but to a few, (Missy, it's fabulously rare....).

Cub Koda and Brownsville Station perform Smokin' In The Boy's Room

Stupid but fun. Cub was an authority on rock'n'roll and was a great writer and critic of it.

fanvid of Crazy Elephant performing Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'

A guilty pleasure. One of the last and greatest K&K bubblegum tunes.
(My friend, Peter, is gagging right about now...).

Lenon performs Instant Karma

Love this song.

Peeps Mania In Maryland!

Wreaths Across America on 12/12

I've posted about these guys before. Normally, stuff like this is of little interest to me, but I do find something deeply moving about the sight at Arlington. Pretty impressive.

The Killer Tomato Threat!

The Norwegian Spiral

Pretty impressive!

China becomes a true consumer society

Happy Birthday CBGB's!

Opened on this date in 1973.

Happy Birthday Emily Dickinson!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The "Bacon Explosion"

I can actually feel my veins clogging whiel reading this.

The Fred Sanford Defense Against Crime


My true love gave to me...

The Rail Zeppelin

Neat-O! I can just imagine that open propeller coming into a crowded Union Station...

The Teaberry Shuffle Off This Mortal Coil

an unknown human sensory sytem is discovered




(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

The TV special premiered on this date in '65. Beloved doesn't begin to cover it. I've written about it in the past and won't bore you with more here.

Happy Birthday Margaret Hamilton!

Wonderful actress. THE ur-witch.

Happy Birthday Michael Dorn!

Happy Birthday Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.!,_Jr.

Wonderful swashbuckler!

Happy Birthday Joan Armatrading!

Great singer songwriter.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Cthulhu Claus!

Letterman interviews Huntz Hall


Zappa interviewed by David Brenner

The end of aging in 2029?

I will refer interested readers to my old penpal, Infidel753, for a variety of postings and links to this and related subjects. I most certainly agree that significant and radical life extension is an inevitable goal and probable outcome of medical and biological research. I remain somewhat cautious about it, however, feeling that like most developments, it will bring both advantages and disadvantages. I also suspect, that not as many people will opt for it as might be imagined. We'll see....

a nice article and examples of Nick Lowe's production abilities

Jagger recites Shelley to eulogize Brian

An interesting little tidbit of pop history. I didn't know this film existed.

I had no idea about that Merit Badge

the cutting edge of postiive reinforcement

the cutting edge of marital bliss

old boardgames for sale

I've not dealt with this guy before, but THIS....LOOKS....SO.....COOL!!!!!!!

I refuse to play Risk without wooden pieces...

let the puns begin....

new sword & sorcery collection on the way

Tesla Coil Christmas Light Show

Super-Cool! Be sure to check out the film segments in the second link.


Lennon was assasinated on this date in '80.

Happy Birthday to the Lizard King!

A local boy who made good.

Happy Birthday to The Ice Man!

Happy Birthday Sinead O'Connor!

Happy Birthday Flip Wilson!

I think Flip is slowly but surely being forgotten, which is a shame. He was a very funny and influential comedian, and one of the great breakers of the color barrier on TV.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Frosty The Snow Manilow

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

fanvid for George performing Hari's On Tour live at the Cap Center

Cool. I was at this show. This song opened George's performance.

the bionic hand

Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

fanvid of Irma Thomas performing Time Is On My Side

Classic. Bedrock.

Horslips performs Man Who Built America

Yet another forlorn attempt by Ireland to break out of its pop ghetto in the 70's. Horslips was a great band - should've broken through, but they didn't, (neither did Rory Gallagher or Thin Lizzy). Sad, their first two albums really were quite good.

fanvid for the Fatal Microbes performing Violence Grows

Amazing that this out in Youtube. An ultra-obscure band, virtually unknown in the States. I'd be surprised if more than a handful of copies made it out of the UK*. If I remember correctly, the lead singer was a 12 year old punk, making it all the more sinister.

*Missy - this is ultra double-secret fabulously rare.

The Korgis video for Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime

A moody little song from a moody little time.

Dire Straits performs Sultans of Swing

Yes, there's more than a little Richard Thompson in Knopfler's soul, but I still have always like his songs.

Neat Shredder!

(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Roller blading? Street Sledding?

Fun video!

(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Chirstmas Goose at L'Auberge!

We went out for our annual feast at one of our all-time fave restaurants - L'Auberge Chez Francois. Now the Holiday Season has really begun for us. A wonderful evening. If you're in NoVa, I can't recommend these folks too highly. We've been there dozens of times over the past 15 years or so, and always have had a wonderful meal and service.

Happy Birthday Vlad the Impaler - Mr. Excitement!

Happy Birthday Tom Waits!

An American Original. I remember hearing this tune on my old AM car radio driving across Ohio at about 4AM one morning in '77. Perfect.

Happy Birthday Harry Chapin!

Wonderful songwriter and a great humanitarian.

Happy Birthday Eli Wallach!

Great Actor.

Happy Birthday Allan Calhamer!

Developer of one of the best games of all time, (and a personal fave of mine): Diplomacy.

Pearl Harbor Day

One of those terrible events which I believe should never be foregotten, and that every effort be made to learn from.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Trying to vanish in a hi-tech environment

Interesting experiment, but not really off the grid at all, when you come down to it. Several decades ago, there was a rather low-level and lose collection of hippies and survivalists trying to do the same thing. My memory fades, but I believe this mini-movement (I'd hardly call it organized, and even my description seems too formal), was called something like Vonu, (that's probably wrong...). It was sort of a Ted Kaczynski-sytle thing. I got the impression of a few hermits living in shacks and old trailers in the backways of America's deep woods and deserts, trading info on how to avoid paying taxes, etc or leaving any paper trail to be followed or found. As I remember it, the few bits of articles they were producing sort of declined to nothing, implying some gave up and/or totally succeeded.

The Evil Santa Generator

interesting Christmas ads from the past

Drugs In Space

the total jerk - and wuss America

I have no idea why this is considered a school matter and somehow or another to be handled by government employees - it is not. I'm sure it'll be handled privately, and well....

Dickens, in the original Klingon

I beleive this should be titled A Khristmas Karol...

Forget about banning video games, movies, TV shows and comic books!

When will we rid the world of that scourge of Youth - the dime novel!!!

(Just more proof that assholes are assholes, regardless of whatever media is current).

the red light camera mystery apparently continues

I seem to remember a MythBusters episode attempting to disprove the various rumors about this. I think it's just been re-opened, although I suspect that this is just one more in a long line of cases of contractors promising perfection in software and equipment that is flawed and prone to glitches.

Safe Sex Santa

Eat sugar and Watusi!!!!

You'd probably have to be over 50 to understand that header...

a '66 anti-smoking ad drawn by Frazetta!

Chirstmas Gift Idea - Count Gore Glow-In-The-Dark T-Shirts!

I'm a total sucker for stuff like this. Neat-o!

a rare Daivd Ossman/George Tirebiter clip

For fans of the great Firesign Theatre.

Happy Birthday David Ossman!

Genius. Essential.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

the joy ride...

I don't think I believe this...

Nice day...

We finished with our Holiday decorating. All the gifts are wrapped and the cards sent out; there's a nice blaze going in the fireplace, there's a bareable snowfall covering the yard, and I've got the Phil Spector Christmas album playing on the stereo. I hope the rest of you are enjoying as nice a scene.

the cutting edge of global warming,1518,665182,00.html

a mystery UAV in Afghanistan


I guess my new diet plan isn't going to work...

The God That Failed

revenge of the Christmas trees!

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The Return of the Sorcerer by Clark Ashton Smith

A wonderful collection by one of my all-time favorite authors. Highly recommended!

the taliban workout video

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Repeal Day!

Happy Ninja Day!

Happy Birthday Little Richard!

The one and only. An American original. Absolutely essential.

Happy Birthday Alvy Moore!

I always loved his hankd Kimball character.

Friday, December 04, 2009

sweet mother of god, they're predicting snow tomorrow morning...

Fortunately, our weathermen have an accuracy rate which ranks somewhere between appalling and worthless. But if it does snow, even a single flake, then we are doomed. I've written about this several times before - DC is the biggest wussy when it comes to snow. We collapse. But I don't care, the Manor is loaded with firewood, tortilla chips, Religious Experience Salsa, Tab, and Virginia Gentleman. We're ready for the Apocalypse...

WWI - almost paid for...

Bug Fights!

For those of us who long for the days of to-th-death gladiatorial combat...

I'm hoping to find a flea circus dude who can make little chariots with spiked wheels. Bug Hur!

The IBM cat brain hoax

Not a surprise, my own dealings with IBM left me with the impression that they're nothing more than a pack of liars...

Happy Birthday Karl Wagner!

A great writer of horror and sword & sorcery literature. Almost forgotten and under-appreciated. One of my faves. A genius.

The best of Cartman singing

I believe the Eiffel Tower is actually in Des Moines...


the cutting edge of terminal nerd-dom

What if it really was Santa?

Who better?

Britain's Worst Christmas Tree

I believe there's a Charlie Brown story in all of this...

the tiniest snowman

Happy Birthday Southside!

One of my faves.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

This Year's Bad Sex Literary Award!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The Brothers Johnson perform Strawberry Letter #23

Nice song. If I remember correctly, (and I may not), this was a hit around this time of year in 1975 - 34 years ago! Incredible....

The Sisters of Mercy perform Vision Thing

Always liked this band.

Quicksilver performs Fresh Air

Wonderful example of the San Francisco Sound.

the art of James Corbett - made from car parts

Pretty neat!

military wing suits?

Another look into the future. At the very least, I can see commando units wanting and using these. I also suspect that the Air Force would love to get something like this for their elite unit(s) and grab some of the glamor away from the SEALS and Green Berets...

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One of my all-time fave writers.

the evolution of 100 years of cinematic special effects in 5 minutes

Very cool! I only regret that they left out effects from the original (silent) Thief Of Baghdad.

the horror of the Moscow subway

I believe our METRO is about 2 years away from this stage...

Wikipedia - the hardback copy

the ripsaw tank

Predictions about military systems are always a craps shoot, but I think we're looking at the future, here.

Voynich decoded?

Very cool, if accurate. One of the great puzzles from history.

Royal Society releases treasure trove of historical papers


neat article on Tesla coil hobbyists,0,3913995.story

Nano-art and the remarkable artist behind it

(Thanks for the link, Karen!)

The underground bowling alley


I believe this is how most horror movies begin

Now, the child will start having conversations with beings in the TV set...

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50 years of the top Christmas toys

Hmm, I'm not sure I believe this. At the very least, I'd like to see some actual sales figures and whther we're talking simply money made, or units sold, (there was a big price difference between a computer and a troll, for instance). I'm a little surprised that the mid-60's don't feature any spy stuff. James Bond and the Man From Uncle were pretty popular, as I recall. And showing D&D in 1974 is pure rubbish. It was nearly impossible to find copies then outside of a few hobby shops in the midwest. I owned the first and ONLY copy in the DC region in that year. Virtually all copies purchased had to be mail ordered from Gary Gygax himself, (operating out of his house), the print runs were small, etc. No way this was a big seller until the marketing to younger children* began and larger print runs with professional distribution took place, (which was around 78-79). Just this example alone tends to make me doubt the rest of the list. But, it's still an interesting little memory flogger.

*When D&D was first produced, it was marketed solely to wargamers. For the first two or three years, the vast majority of players, both locally and nationwide, were young adults in their 20's. It wasn't until later that teens and pre-teens dominated the market.

just so wrong - wife beating as an advertising technique

I'm not sure that slugging your wife until she picks up the right Scotch for you is really the best way to market spirits. Especially since it implies that hubby is already so far into his bender that he can't do it himself. From now on, when I think of Johnny Walker Red & Black I'll assume it's referring to the bruises on this woman's face.

Happy Birthday Ozzy!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

the cutting edge of bug zappers...

The Beach Boys cover California Dreaming

I know I've posted this before, but it's a perfect day for it - a cold drizzle has been going all day here at the Manor. I also think this is a cool video - probably the last musical thing John Phillips was involved in before he died. And of course, anything with Roger McGuinn is worth two extra points. One question - who is the girl? I'm guessing Chynna Phillips. Any ideas?

fanvid for Smokey & The Miracles performing Tears Of A Clown

I love this song. Perfect Motown.

fanvid for Jo Jo Gunne performing Run Run Run

Great song, perfect example of early 70's American rock.

Flash'N'The Pan's video for Down Among The Dead Men

Sometimes I think I'm the only one who remembers this band, and their only fan. This incredibly lame video won't remedy that situation, I'm afraid. But I still think they had some nice songs.

Bette performs Friends

Great pop/cabaret, (and no, I'm not coming out of the closet...).

NORAD tracks Santa

My annual plug for this site. I just think it's a cute idea. My only (small) complaint is that the graphics and some of the sections seem kinda rinky-dink, but maybe that's just me. I still think it's a cool thing.

Hubble Advent Calendar

Pretty neat!

the cutting edge of firefighter dating in Montgomery county

The Leningrad Cowboys

Just heard about these boys, they look mildly amusing, but am not sure how far that can carry 'em - there are several albums out.

The myth of the killer video game

Nice article. It'd be interesting to see what a professional folklorist would make of this information, (they may already have done so - I haven't done any checking), as this sounds like standard urban legend-type stuff.

amazing starling photos


the cutting edge of pensions

Happy Birthday Jonathan Frid!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

How to solve a printer problem

I believe this is my usual procedure, as well.

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

You're Guilty, Hon!

This would never happen in DC. Oh, not the part about thievery; hell that happens on an hourly basis. I mean the trial and conviction. To be the Mayor of DC is to be on Olympus, and immune to any earthly concerns. Marion Barry is practically a Being Of Light, beyond our understanding and control. And Fenty isn't far behind...

Zombies! board game

fanvid for Joy Division performing Love Will Tear Us Apart

One of my faves. Geniuses. Essential. Music for the Collapse.

Dusty performs I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

Achingly beautiful.

Traffic performs Mr. Fantasy

So cool.

The Stranglers' video for Walk On By

Another band and cover that I love. The Stranglers never got much respect, either from the punks or the mainstream, which is too bad, they were a fine band.

Tal Bachman video for She's So High

Always liked this song.

Matchgame '75

For those of you too young to know/remember. This started out as a typical game show, but rapidly evolved into a sort of vaguely stoned/drunken half hour of sloppy entertainment. Mildly amusing. You had to be there...

People, we have just got to educate our criminals better

A funeral home is not a bank...

the cutting edge of Google search results

the cutting edge of grotesque red-headed baby bigfoot toys

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

The Matrix - in Legos

Pretty cute!

the watermelon demon

a new book on the Kempeitai

A very neglected part of WWII brought to light.

Outlawing Death

Trapping rainbows for optical computing


more Karloff readings for download

The Muppets perform Bohemian Rhapsody

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

I have seen the Future of R&B - and it's from the Past

This may be old news, but I just discovered a singer named Raphael Saadiq while channel surfing and catching a show in which he was featured, (I think it was something called Artist's Den). Incredible show - the man is a walking encyclopedia of Soul from around 1964 - 1975. He comes across with a heavy glasses David Ruffin look and some moves that are a combination between Sam Cooke and the Temps, (and can sound like them too). If I were to pick his major influence, I'd say Marvin Gaye dominates. But in the half hour I viewed, it was like a class in American R&B - this guy has absorbed everything. I heard it all - Eddie Kendricks, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, the Brothers Johnson, the O'Jays, the Stylistics, the Staples, Stevie Wonder - just in 30 minutes, and I know he's probably offering tidbits from more obscure artists that I never caught up with. Linda thought I was crazy - I just kept laughing at each song, racking up all of the influences in my brain. The guy is incredible, his band is tight, and the backup singers are fantastic. Highly recommended!

neat library idea

name that flag

I confess that I'm ignorant about all but the top 30-40 flags.

The Scottish Walk is this weekend

Yes, it really is a tradition around here.

Happy Birthday Woody Allen!

One of those people I'm conflicted on, I enjoy his earlier work more than the later cerebral stuff; and his personal life strikes me as a real mess.

Happy Birthday John Densmore!