Sunday, January 31, 2010

Iggy video for I'm Bored

Me too. See ya tomorrow...

Duane Eddy performs Rebel Rouser

King of the Twang.

Freda Payne performs Band of Gold

Singer, song, and performance: beautiful.

Paul Simon performs Cecilia

Fun song!

fanvid for Glass Prism performing The Raven

Does anyone besides me remember them? Late psychedelic garage band who did an entire concept album around Poe's works. Wonderful stuff!

an island on a lake on an island on a lake, etc. etc.

Interesting article on Soviet espionage in Japan during and prior to WWII

Happy Birthday John Lydon!

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Well, as usual, the weathermen were wrong. The prediction of one to two inches of snow has turned into the reality of at least five, and it's still coming down. Nevertheless, it's been a nice sort of Norman Rockwell painting day - with a roaring fire going as we read and/or listen to Firesign Theatre albums on the stereo, and eating some of Linda's homemade turkey soup. I, (or at least my back), am not looking forward to tomorrow's shoveling. A nice day.

I want this...

With a 50 cal machine gun...

a new Monopoly game

I'm stickin' with the old Classic...

nice interview with Joel Hodgson of MST3000

a great link header..

a new bowling museum!

I love bowling...

Quidditch League Forming?

(Thanks for the link, Doug!

How To Suck At Facebook

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Unhappy Hipsters

Tee hee!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy National Seed Swap Day!

last performance

Today is the anniversary of the Beatles rooftop performance in '69.

Happy Birthday Marty Balin!

Great singer and songwriter.

Happy Birthday Steve Marriott!

One of the great rock'n'roll screechers.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers perform Chinese Rock

NY punk at its finest.

The Stranglers perform Hanging Around

Great band. Perfect for the late 70's.

No doubt about it - in the Shetlands they really know how to party!

This reminds me of a certain Halloween party we threw many decades ago out at Bluemont, (except I think we had more fatalities....)

Revenge: Facebook Style

Be careful kids...

The 14 cent solution

Anatomy of a News Segment

Brilliant! (I think, I refuse to get my news from TV)

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Sourdough Alligator


Ghana is off my vacation list

wuss ebay

We are becoming such a gaggle of wimps...

I love the theatre....


the pet chicken

I can't get really bothered about this, given that we're probably less than a hundred years since NYC (probably) had chickens being grown in its environs. Some of you old-timers will remember that my own family had a pet chicken and a pet rooster (at seperate times). Each travelled with us cross country on our vacations, sitting calmly at my Mother's feet in the car. I've had home-gorwn eggs and been wakened by crowing from the basement.

Russia's new fighter aircraft - maybe

It's a long way from a test flight of a prototype to an active squadron...

Creigh Deeds - The Most Dangerous Game

At first I thought Deeds was offering up a chance for the rest of us to hunt infants. It didn't seem quite sporting to me, but what the hey, Bristol could use the extra protein source.
Now, this does raise a few questions, what type of caliber weapon do you arm a two year old with? And their little hands may not be so steady, better to have full automatic or a heavyduty shotgun for spread. Decisions, decisions...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday W.C. Fields!

One of my faves. Yessss....


Poe's Raven was first published on this date in 1845.

Happy Birthday to The Muppet Show!

Premiered on this date in '76.

Happy Birthday "Lighthorse" Harry Lee!

Another great patriot.

Happy Birthday Thomas Paine!

One of my fave patriots. Essential to the success of the Revolution.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

white death from above

Well, the weathermen are predicting that we may or may not get precipitation in the next 1-3 days, and that this possible precipitation may be rain, or sleet, or snow. A prediction that could pretty much be made for any date between, say 11/1 and 3/21, during any given year. Thanks guys.
I don't mind the fact that our meteorologists can't tell me whether or not I need an umbrella when I leave the house in the morning. I mind that they've spent billions of dollars on research and equipment so that they can't tell me. One might as well go out and molest wooly catepillars to determine what our forecast is going to be.
But if it does snow, we're ready here at the Manor. Well, everything but my damn back, which is still aching from the last bout of snow shovelling...

Stockton's Wing performs Walk Away

Almost unknown in the States, but big in Ireland, and should've been more popular here.

The Bus Boys perform New Shoes

I have no idea why the Bus Boys didn't become major stars. I always thought they were great.

fanvid for Aretha & Stevie singing Until You Come Back To Me

One of my faves by either performer.

Pentangle performs The Hunting Song


RIP Zelda Rubinstein

nice article on Clark Ashton Smith

The Nautilus One-Man Band

Hunter Thompson documentary online!

a nice article on the current state of SETI-type efforts to communicate

Chat Roulette

Joe's Record Paradise Is Moving

A local monument for the musical cognoscente.

a new chapter in Stygian Darkness Across The Potomac

One of the several dozen reasons why I'll never get a tattoo

The Virtual Toilet Paper Museum

the neatest product from (with great customer reviews)

Interesting interview with a nazi hunter

The last survivor of the Great Escape

a mystery missile over Canada?

no wonder I fell listless

WMD....with cream cheese

vending machine refund

what to do if your car is speeding out of control

I have vast experience with this situation, as my car is always speeding out of control...

Serling Stamp?

Apparently, there's an effort to get Rod Serling on a postage stamp. Nice idea. I Those were cool.

And now, a little spiritual help...

Happy Birthday Sarah Mclachlan!

Happy National Kazoo Day!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The target finally dies

Franken Berry Stool

Auschwitz Rap,1518,674190,00.html

While never a fan of rap, I'd be interested in hearing this, (with translations).

Tom Robinson performs Up Against The Wall

Poor sound, great song. Robinson is another one in a long line of British performers virtually unknown and ignored in the States. Pity. His first album was one of the best of the late 70's.

Joe Cocker performs She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

It's like Star Wars - many years ago and far far away. Cocker's second album had just been released. I was in high school and it was, (I think), late Fall. I entered the classroom for my world geography class, and the teacher (a local legend named Ed Raskind) was playing it on a hi-fi he'd stolen from the audio/visual room, (it was the 60's, kids). I fell in love immediately, (with the album, NOT Ed...). I think we both agreed that Bathroom Window was the standout track amongst a host of strong contenders. He played it at least three times during that class period, (I know, I know, we should have been studying geography, but one has to prioritize). And that album is still one of my faves.

Al Green performs Let's Stay Together

So cool, so talented.

Lenny Kravitz video for Are You Gonna Go My Way

Classic song and vid.

Mae West Would Love This

Starting Off On The Wrong Foot

The Beer Run...

Holocaust Memorial Day is today

Marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on 27th January 1945.

Happy Thomas Crapper Day!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

D'OH! Wuss Australia..

Somehow, I don't consider cartoon characters real, as opposed to Australians, who apparently do...

Kermit's X-Ray

D&D and wuss America

Banning D&D. Because it "promotes gang-related activity". Quiver....roll eyes...snort...can't-hold-back-any-longer - BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GANG ACTIVITY??!!?? From Dungeons & Dragons??!!?? Well yea, if you're a god-damned fuckin' elf, then sure, I guess it does promote it. It is amusing that this little bit of real-life fantasy was decided by a bunch of dudes who wear black evening dresses to go to work in, but hey, who am I to comment as I'm obviously neck-deep in some sort of gang activity. Yea, don't tell me about the Crips and the Bloods, my college days were spent in rumbles with the Chess Club. I've lived the life, man.
It is doubly ironic that D&D was developed in Wisconsin, (Lake Geneva). Gary Gygax - Mr. Big. The Dr. Mabuse of the Underworld. Jesus H. Christ, when did this country become such pansies?!?

"When you're an Elf you're an Elf all the way; from your first +5 sword to your last dyin' day..."


uncommon bottle openers

Kitty VS Bear

deer hunting...


I can't believe how zombified that dog was and I can't believe that guy didn't ring the stupid bird's neck. I hate geese- except for dinner. Around here they're like pigeons x 10.

RenCon 2010


elastic water,news-5635.html

This sounds neat. I hope it can become a viable replacement for plastic.

Happy Birthday Babylon 5!

Fun show, premiered on this date in '94. One of the few shows (especially in sci-fi) that brings something of an understanding of politics.

Monday, January 25, 2010

nice collection of Bruce Campbell film trailers

And now, something for the little tykes...

The Turnstile...

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Nina Hagen performs White Punks On Dope (TV Glotzer)

There's only one Nina...

The Jesus & Mary Chain video for Never Understand

Brilliant sythesis of the Beach Boys and Suicide.

Garbage's video for Stupid Girl


There at the bar - Is it a drunk? Is it a pickup artist? No! It's Superman!

The Fixer-Upper

a French take on Star Wars

The Star Wars Holiday Special is still lamer, if such a thing is possible.

the cutting edge of assassination techniques

It's a new week...

(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)

Happy Birthday Blair Witch!

One of my faves. Premiered on this date in 1999.

Happy birthday M*A*S*H! ((the film))

Premiered on this date in 1970.

Happy National Irish Coffee Day!

Breakfast of champions..

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Roky Erickson performs You're Gonna Miss Me

The sound is a little murky on this, but that's the way it is with all true religious revelations.... See ya tomorrow.

fanvid for The Radiators From Outer Space performing Television Screen

I loved this band, one of the first genuine punk bands, and totally unknown in the States. I honestly believe I was their only fan in the States.

James Brown performs Sex Machine

Just incredible. And what an influence, almost incalculable.

Spider's video for New Romance

Great pop song and band, almost forgotten now.

Graham Parker performs Heat Treatment

There is no justice. If there was, Graham would be a superstar. Brilliant and unbelievable talent.

The Plimsouls video for A Million Miles Away

Great power pop band.

The Monkees perform Daily Nightly

Neat pop psychedelia!

new download songs available from Nils Lofgren

astronauts get the internet!

Kind of surprising to me that it took this long.

various hometowns' claims to fame

hillbilly ninja


a new terrorist threat

It certainly terrorized me in high school...

the great leprechaun plague

I simply must spend more time studying others' economic systems...

the anti-theft sticker

Crayola's Law

The Serial Killer...

good listing of deaths from experiments

If I remember correctly, there was also a radiation experiment in the early 50's (in West Virginia?) of researchers injecting children with various radioactive substances to see what would happen. And I've always believed there were some high-altitude expertiments in the late 40's in New Mexico involving human guinea pigs, (who weren't aware of or had given their consent), thus explaining the various shenanigans around the Roswell incident. And then there's that persistent rumor of the guys chained to a fence on the outskirts of one of our atomic bomb tests in the late 40's....

hitler's chauffer

An interesting footnote to the War.

Cheddar Ad

Polish Remover

The Bee Gees perform Loenly Days

Always liked this song on a murky Winter's day...

Happy Paul Pitcher Day!

An incredibly obscure Cornish holiday that I am single-handedly reviving.

Happy Eskimo Pie Patent Day!

Happy Birthday John Belushi!

Happy Birthday Benjamin Lincoln!

An under-appreciated Patriot.

Happy Birthday Neil Diamond!

I've always liked Neil, particularly his first ten years or so. Much cooler songwriter than most folks give him credit for.

Happy Birthday Warren Zevon!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

neat steampunk zeppelin painting

More than a little Giger influence here.


nice article on dolphin intelligence

Wizards is online!

I always loved this movie.

Dirty Harry Meets Rainman

the value of good software testing...

Most of the software development I've been involved with has been quite diverse and international. One expects the office to break into a few verses of the old coke song, "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing", etc. So it's amusing to thing about these software flaws and the incompetence that they display...

for the well dressed guinea pig


the healing process

neat billboards

How to increase your vocabulary

The Combined Operations Piloting Parties of WWII

Very brave guys. The Americans had similiar teams in the Pacific Campaign, who were alos involved in underwater demolition blastings, to clear landing beaches just ahead of the main troops. One of the members was named De Earle Logsdon, a very old and dear friend of my family's.

Clark Ashton Smith in paperback

Hippocampus Press is announcing a September release of the complete poems and translations in September.

Cthulhu Ski Mask!

Firesign Theatre cuts online!

Nimoy on Vulcan

Happy National Pie Day!

Happy Birthday Leadbelly!

Genius. Essential. American Original. A Giant.

Happy Birthday Phantom Dan!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Cthulhu Bench

fake cop arrested by fake prostitute

just another day in DC

Half of Firesign Theatre Interviewed On Radio

Asking for it...

Meteorite hits Lorton!!!

Very close by! Needless to say, I've got my umbrella out.

I believe this proves that Joan of Arc was a cat....

Snow Missed Us?

Well, the sleet and snow mix some of our weathermen were predicting seems to have missed us; leaving a cold rainy drizzle. The Republic will survive. If tradition holds, we've got about another 7-8 weeks of Winter here at the Manor. I'm actually looking forward to a little gardening this year, planted patches of two different species of wolfesbane last Autumn, and I'm curious as to whether or not they'll take here. Got 'em from Alchemy Works. Would also like to put in some more ground cover and mulch. My hope is to attract more native toads, snakes and salamanders. Have spotted a few around here over the years, but not nearly enough. We'll see how it goes.

An Exorcist Remake?

The Odd Couple...

new Cthulhoid film: The Last Lovecraft

an interview with the folks who make the plush Cthulhu

She Makes My Head Spin!

Happy Birthday Linda Blair!

Happy Birthday Robert E. Howard!

One of the greats in sword & sorcery. Creator of Conan.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bear Cam

Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The Beltway is the 3rd Worst Commute

C'mon people, you just aren't trying. We can do better than that. #1! #1! #1!

two video interviews with H.R. Giger

fanvid for The Electric Hellfire Club covering Light My Fire

Cool! EHC were one of the more interesting bands from the 90's.

Lou performs Walk On The Wild Side

One of the greats. I know it was release in late '72, but I seem to remember this only starting to get airplay around this time of year in '73. Pretty neat hearing this on my little AM radio...

Martha & The Vandellas perform Nowhere To Run

Wonderful. One of the great Motown tunes. And Martha & the Vandellas were so cool. A bit more edge than the Supremes.

fanvid for Liz Phair performing Why Can't I

I love Liz, am so disappointed she never really broke through. Great writer and performer.

Dire Straits peforms Solid Rock

Fun song.

Set Phasers To Sugary Goodness

the cutting edge of card games

Lego flames

Pretty neat.

A five pound bet on WWII

Happy New England Clam Chowder Day!


Happy Birthday Alferd "Hamburger Helper" Packer!

Happy Birthday Wolfman Jack!

Happy Birthday Richie Havens!

Happy Birthday Edwin Starr!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

And now, a little something for all of you "Weak Men" out there...

Great grammar....

Carole King & James Taylor on the Today Show


Happy National Cheese Lovers Day!

Monster Toys

A great site devoted to monster-oriented toys and models. I was always a sucker for this stuff - still am. Neat-O!

Happy Birthday to Meet The Beatles!

Released on this day in '64.!

Happy Anniversary to One Step Beyond

Premiered on this date in 1959. Great show!

Happy Birthday Bones!

Happy Birthday George Burns!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

the treehouse

VERY cool!


I swear this sounds like a joke from The Onion...

the property line...

Dentistry - the Old Ways are the Best...

the cutting edge of motorcycle helmet safety

No Poe Toaster This Year!

Pity. It was a nice tradition. The position had been "handed off" a few years ago, and it was obvious that the new Toaster had a slighly more lackadaisical attitude towards the whole thing.

Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe!

Happy Birthday Dewey Bunnell!

Happy Birthday Phil Everly!

Happy Birthday Janis!

Happy National Popcorn Day!


Monday, January 18, 2010

Nils performs Moontears

DC's Finest! Love this tune.

vanvid for Parliament performing Dr. Funkenstein

Playful. Weird. Brilliant.

The Three Degrees perform When Will I See You Again

Perfect Top 40 pop/soul.

Tyrone Davis performs Turn Back The Hands Of Time

A great light soul song. Very early 70's.

Too much hot sauce?

The Five Creepiest (Unknown) Broadcasts

Interesting stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Tee hee! My name is Ozymandius...

the sonic blaster

bringing back the auroch

Neat! I'm getting in line at 5 Guys now!

Happy Birthday David Ruffin!

Great singer.

Happy Birthday Cary Grant!

Happy King Day!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bruce & Costello perform together

my fave map of China

Ah yes, the old emergency room roster...

Record Fair at the Black Cat on 2/14


Baltimore remains Poe Central

RavenCon in Richmond in April

Pittsburgh's Horror Realm Convention in September

the absolute cutting edge of Charlie Brown obsessions

Good grief!

No Willow in faux Buffy film

Good for her!

Churchill's cigar for sale

Seems a little pricey to me, and how would one authenticate such a thing?

neat bicycles

Happy Kid Inventors Day!

Spanky & Our Gang perform Sunday Will Never Be The Same

My fave song by them; one of the great pop tunes pertaining to loss. It's an appropriately sullen morn here at the Manor...

Kolchak VS Cthulhu?

Happy Birthday Ben Franklin!

Patriot. One of the Essential Men of the Revolution.

Happy Birthday Jim Carrey!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


more wuss America

cool venn diagram of the undead

Peanuts Peanuts

Very cute!


I seem to remember a Lemmon/Mathau movie calle The fortune Cookie that dealt with this about 40 years ago...

The Great Escape - NOT


Another sign of wuss America and the retreat from humanity. Of course, what this really does is allow bars to cheat customers - who is to say if that was 1.5 or only 1.4 ounces of whiskey in your mixed drink? I am also amused at the statement that customers are intrigued by these devices, as if a soda fountain technology was some sort of meta-device of wonder. Doubtless, these shallow souls stand entranced at gas stations - staring reverentially at the pumps.
I'm no longer a habitue of bars, so this really doesn't affect me, but it just seems so pathetic. I can't imagine going out with friends to ogle pumps cheating me out of my drink.

the school bus

All I can say is, thank the gods it wasn't ginseng...

a collection of essays: How is the Internet changing the way you think?

Just started dipping into this, should be pretty interesting.

Ice Ribbons


the amazing power of cans...

a new Moorcock reissue

Happy Birthday John Carpenter!

Happy National Nothing Day!

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Ramones perform Sheena Is A Punk Rocker

So cool, so unbelievably cool...

Nena's video for 99 Luftballons

Always loved this song. Pity they could never follow it up with another hit in the States.

Black Sabbath performs Paranoid

It's so easy to dismiss Ozzy and the boys now. But in their day, they were GREAT.

The Big Bopper performs Chantilly Lace

Great fun!

Three Dog Night performs Mama Told Me Not To Come

My fave Randy Newman tune. Always remidns me of the first "adult" party I attended, sometime back in high school. The memory is very funny to me.

the cutting edge of billboard hacking

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

this is damned strange

You're cruel, but we'll keep you on?!?!

painful flower

Paradise Springs Winery opens in Fairfax County

Had to be about the last patch of agricultural space around here...Will be checking it out soon.

Wuss America

Rejoice! Your kids are safe from overdosing on ginseng....

'Frisco in Jell-O


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)


Happy Birthday Chuck Berry!

One of the Immortals.

Happy Birthday Vanishing Point!

Great film. The movie that taught me how to drive.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A DC Discography

Just found this - a wonderful resource for independent rock made in the DC area in the last 30+ years.

Tina Peel perform Blow Me (A Kiss) and Penis Between Us

A great early garage/punk band out of Pennsylvania that hung around DC quite a bit in '77. Later evolved into the Fuzztones. Fun stuff!

Eddie & The Hot Rods cover Get Out Of Denver

I loved the Rods. Totally ignored in the States, of course. A great band.

The Pointer Sisters perform Slow Hand

Great song and vocals.

roberta Flack performs First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face)

Beautiful. DC's finest.

DARPA researches hibernation

The cutting edge of, well, I don't know what the hell it's the cutting edge of...

Internet Bridge Troll


airport security

I know this couldn't have been taken at Dulles, as the TSA thugs there are much too busy being assholes to have time for silly games.

the cutting edge of banking

the awesome power of BACON

a strange little burglary

I just know there's a pun in this somewhere, but for the life of me I don't know what it is.

Toasted Jesus

I'm working on the Last Supper in bagel form...

some nice appreciations of Clark Ashton Smith

Very nice article on the lack of privacy on Facebook, (or pretty much anyplace else)

I think the real point is that to achieve a level of privacy that you had, say, pre-Internet, then you have to stay off of the Internet. The control of technology and the focus of it is based on various elites gaining information from and/or power over the users. My personal policy has always been to put no more on Facebook, or anyplace else, than I am willing to see and to defend if it were put up on a huge billboard on Route 1.
Financial concerns are also important. But the fact of the matter is that even this data was widely available, even before the Internet. The number of people who (potentially) can get access to a check you wrote or a credit card slip at a box store is truly huge. You're only hope under such circumstances is to avoid those conveniences and return to cash and/or postal money orders.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The littlest Keith Moon..

That kid is soooo cute! Fantastic!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

This year's date for the annual Mike The Headless Chicken Festival is May 14th & 15th

The website has yet to be updated...

nice article on Tesla's image being shined up

RIP Teddy Pendergrass

The Human Tower

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Anniversary of the death of Glenn Brenner in 1992

A local TV legend, sorely missed. Difficult to describe how well he connected with so many of us.

Happy Mallard Day!

On this date, All Souls College in Oxford celebrates the discovery of a large mallard found in a drain while digging the foundations of the college in 1437.

Happy Cakes & Ale Day!

Happy Ratification Day!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Judy Collins performs Send In The Clowns

Beautiful. Remember seeing her perform this at Merriweather Post one hot August night - must have been '77. Just laying back looking up at the stars and letting the music envelope me...

fanvid for Cactus performing Feel So Good

Classic early 70's hard rock.

Joe Jackson performs Is She Really Going Out With Him

Great, great song.

a little something for the ladies...

I love the statement, "The only improvement made in douche bags in twenty years." Come to D.C. my dear, our douche bags are in a constant state of evolution....

beautiful iron work

GaryCon in March

For old-school D&D fans.

The Jack Benny/Casablanca controversy rages on!

(Thanks for the link, Phil!)

Happy Birthday Klarkash-Ton!

One of my favorite fantasy authors. Absolutely brilliant.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

more Cthulhu crochet

new book by Patti Smith

The Airplane performs Today (at Monterey)

Pretty poorly filmed. But one of my all-time fave love songs.

fanvid for Elephant's Memory perfroming Mongoose

Weird, but I really like this tune, another one that almost no one remembers from back in '70. E.M. went on to backup Lennon.

fanvid for The Winstons performing Color Him Father

Great light R&B, almost forgotten now.

Inkubus Sukkubus performs Heart of Lilith

Not the best recording. Great band and song.

Chrissie performs Back On The Chain Gang

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

New Mary Chapin Carpenter album on the way

the caveman diet

Yes, I certainly want to emulate a lifestyle that gave one an average life expectancy of about 28 years. Have fun kids, don't forget to put me in the will!

Water Wars - an interesting new book

the cutting edge of hood ornaments

I had to keep checking this story to make sure it hadn't occured in Florida...

seems like a fair trade - Bravo!

When Zombies Protest

The Scream - explained

the marshmallow roast...

The Japanese rip off Monty Python

New films based on the old ED Comic books?

Happy Birthday John Hancock!

Happy Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day!

Monday, January 11, 2010

EMO Vampire Song

Brilliant. I hate what's become of horror. Mormon vampires....sheesh....

newly discoverd etchings by William Blake


Beer Battleship!

Stupid, but tempting...

nice collection of photos of Bela

A Fine Line...

I am, officially, not a douchebag

I know how much this will disappoint some of you...

Remember kids - drink in moderation, OR ELSE

My one-stop store

My ideal would be a book and music store with free and abundant parking, wine bar, chiropractor, bourbon boutique, psychotronic film theatre and Pakistani eatery. With the exception of the bone cruncher, I've come close to this, I call it The Manor....

The Horribly Slow Murderer With The Extremely Inefficient Weapon

Classic! Wonderful! A new level in Horror!

jumping jellyfish!

the turkey testicle festival

The Gilligan's Island Threat

just another day in DC...

a quick journey through the known Universe


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

growing up german in Japan in WWII

An interesting little historical tidbit. I'd be curious on how the missionaries' relationship with the government was handled. Christianity, even a perverted strain, would have been a direct challenge to the foundations of the Japanese government with whom the nazis were allied.

Not the nose! The neck, you idiot, THE NECK!

Apparently, we must now beware of the dreaded drunk mucus vampires of Russia...

Snow bales in the UK

Pretty neat!

Sigh...the future....

Given the number of social losers, nerds, Aspergers, and just plain unbearable people in the software biz, I expect they'll be devoting most of the industry's energies to "perfecting' this contraption. I predict fembots will be a top priority. They and their critics will be talking past each other, as the things someone like me would object to or find most uncomfortable and/or silly will be those qualities which the computer dudes most need and want from the device. We will divide into two groups, those who desire human contact, and those incapable of handling it. We're right on the edge of a social shift.

Happy Birthday Big Man!

Happy Birthday Alexander Hamilton!

One of my fave patriots.

Happy Birthday to The Night Stalker!

One of my fave horror movies. Premiered on this date in '72. It was one of those made-for-TV things, with no real expectations beforehand. And everybody was talking about it the next day.

Happy Burning The Clavie Day!

Happy Plough Monday!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

fanvid for The Lords of the New Church performing Like A Virgin

Good ol' Stiv Bators. Always loved this version. Charming.

Jane Wiedlin video for Rush Hour

I just love everything Wiedlin does. A great American popster.

The Silhouettes perform Get A Job

Wonderful. Classic R&B/Doo Wop.

The Knack perform I Want Ya

The whole counter-reaction to the over-ormotion of My Sharona was unfortunate. The Knack were a very good power pop band, and that fact got lost in all the hoopla.

Dog Judo


RIP Art Clokey

Two Hearts Are Better Than One

Happy Birthday Rod Stewart!

Happy Birthday Jim Croce!

Happy Peculiar People Day!

Happy Birthday Ethan Allen!

Happy Birthday Pat Benatar!

Happy Birthday Metropolis!

Premiered on this date in 1927. Great movie.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Poe Birthday Bash coming up!

Stygian Darkness Across The Potomac! Supernatural horror in DC - Why didn't I think of this! Whoa, I did, (with my friend Roger):

the Civil War will never end....

had lunch at Dogfish

Tried their Fort Ale for the first time. Wow.....

Irma Thomas performs Time Is On My Side

Lousy recording - great singer.

Green On Red perform Two Lovers/ Change

Long live the Paisley Underground!

Ray Charles performs What'd I Say

Brilliant, as always.

Steely Dan perform Reelin' In The Years

I've read that Fagen can't stand this song. Too bad, as I think it's one of their best and I find new ways to apreciate it with each passing year.

Robots VS cellphone contract

I'm reminded of one of my favorite lines from The President's Analyst: "Even Bedouins hate the phone company."

Siberian Bridge Crossing

I'm impressed.

growing a chair

the dating game...

Kung Fu movie script generator

Pretty neat!

The Past Future!

Great pics!

How big is the Internet?

my vacation list

the deadliest place on earth?

interesting article on the Ukrainian resistance in WWII

One of the things I find more fascinating about WWII was how complicated it was. Let's face it, the nazis and Japanese were villains right out of central casting. But there were also many shades of gray when it came to the political situation, particularly when dealing with the empires of Russia, Britain and France. The old adage that the enemy of my enemy is my friend made for a real mosaic of real and/or facile alliances and cooperation.

the asshole

Jack Benny in Casablanca?!?!?!

If you know me then you know that this is my all-time favotire film. I gave up counting how many times I'd watched it at 125, and that was about twenty years ago. So I'm embarassed to say that I was completely unaware of this little tidbit. Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the heads-up on this, Phil!)

Happy Birthday Angel Eyes!

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Little Buddy!

Happy Birthday Joan Baez!

Happy Birthday David Johansen!

Happy Birthday Jimmy Page!

Friday, January 08, 2010

If I remember correctly, her name was Abby Normal...

I believe I have a future in theatre set design

Remember kids - don't drink and blow

Pi in the sky...


It is always hazardous to comment on serious scholarship as it's presented in the popular press, (I've learned time and again how such reportage twists and perverts the actual subject matter). But if this article is true, it sounds like a near-worthless waste of time to me. The idea that all conflicts follow some sort of universal time/violence line is prepsoterous. The conclusion that a couple of guys with guns on each side is the same as a couple million guys with guns on each side is preposterous. And their claims of predictabily have so many caveats and disclaimers that it sounds like an amateur playing at being a military intelligence officer. They admit it provicdes no help to tactical thinking, and if your ead it carefully it doesn't sound like it's even competitive with a good intelligence and reconaissance effort. If you believe that the battle of Verdun was run the same way as the Tupamaro campaign in Montevideo which was the same as the Battle of Tora Bora which was the same as the Destruction of Army Group Center, then you are welcome to your graphs and charts. I remain unimpressed.

neat interview with Firesign Theatre

Happy Birthday David Bowie!

Happy Birthday Robby Krieger!

Happy Birthday Graham Chapman!

Happy Birthday Elvis!

Happy Birthday Little Anthony!

Great singer.

Thursday, January 07, 2010


Get a life!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Tom Petty's video for Mary Jane's Last Dance

You're a sick puppy, Tom, but we love ya...

Wicked Wilson Pickett performs Land Of 1,000 Dances


Flock of Seagulls video for Wishing

Horrible video, great song.

The Bangles video for Hazy Shade of Winter

Tis another chilly night at the Manor....

nice article on the local (DC) beer scene

an obvious old-time fan reviews the new Star Trek movie

A paratrooper avenges his cousin's death

Fascinating, and hopefully satisfying for the family.

NSFW Star Trek Costumes

Christopher Lee sings Charlemagne

I'm beginning my new diet immediately

Cross Dressing

John Carter of Mars coming to film

Hobbit film news

just another day in DC...

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Alert Fred Garvin!

Happy Distaff Day!

Happy Birthday Charles Addams!

Brilliant. Essential.

Happy Birthday to The Avengers!

Premiered (in the UK) on this date in 1961. One of my all-time fave TV shows. Absolutely brilliant!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

John Waite video for Missing You

It's another frigid and windy night at the Manor. The Holiday lights here and around the neighborhood are down, and we've got at least ten more weeks of another bleak Winter stomping around like some twerp on white crosses. So this song seems pretty dead-on. Sigh. See ya tomorrow.

today's Metro atrocity

Manager-for-life Catoe must be sorely disappointed that he can't add a few more notches to his tally of death and destruction.

Van Morrison performs Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)

One of my fave Morrison songs.

Little Steven & Friends video for Sun City

Great tune and video.

Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge perform Worst That Could Happen

Yes, it's schmaltzy, but I've always loved this song. Was a hit back in the Spring of '69, and the last gasp for doo wop.

The Crystals perform Da Doo Ron Ron

Great song and performance.

The Apology

Cool commercial - horrible pissy beer....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

RenCon 2010

Takin' out the trash

I'm overjoyed to report that James Von Brunn finally did something wonderful - he died.

Wuss America

A great link header

A Stephen King/John Mellencamp Musical?

the race to create an artificial brain

We'll see....

just another day for DC's finest....

Happy Birthday Sherlock Holmes!

Happy Birthday Rowan Atkinson!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Gustav Dore!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Syd Barrett!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

baby products for little Damien...

The All-IKEA Meal

Pretty neat acrobatics

the bureaucrat...

Date Wars


looking for clues...

I never knew Antwerp could be so mercantile

neat metal art work

The choice: Orc or wife

a new slant on foster care

On the one hand, quite touching. On the other, it's a pity that these are the choices for those guys.

Benny Hill Police Chase

Looks like the Springfield Mixing Bowl around 4:00PM...

Star Trek Eggo's!

'Cause nothing says New Worlds like a waffle!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Cowbell Girl

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

that special love between a mother and her son

Wuss America, and why I'd never live in Ohio

Hell, that'd just get me through April...

Good to the last drop

Okay! My kind of disaster!

Hello Kidney

the cutting edge of flight delays

Darwin Award Nominee

The Christmas Hostess with the Mostest

I had no idea that Big Brothers taught such interesting skills

new Fritz Leiber collection on the way!

A great fantasy author.

reading of The Hobbit online

Estonian Economic Forecasting in the news!

Beats what we've got...

I believe this is how most Zombie movies begin...

the driving class

I believe Bob Newhart was ahead of the curve on this

True Love's-birthday-message-in-manure_5415058

the brewing schedule for Dogfish in 2010


Get A Life!

the cutting edge of purchases!


(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Stella Schindler show

Stella's an old friend...

Friday, January 8
Velvet Lounge
915 U St NW WDC
$10, 18+, doors at 9pm

Erik Deutsch (pianist for Norah Jones, Charlie Hunter, Ellery Eskelin and Trevor Dunn!)
Stella Schindler (one of DC's finest singer-songwriters)

Erik Deutsch

Erik Deutsch, born in Washington D..C., is as busy as anyone in the music business. Currently a resident of Brooklyn, NY, the pianist has recently worked with Norah Jones, Trevor Dunn, and Ellery Eskelin (to name a few). He just wrapped up three years in the Charlie Hunter Trio (recording Mistico and Baboon Strength), and is currently splitting time with Kristina Train and Erin McKeown in support of their new albums. Erik has recently completed work on a new album: Hush Money. Released on November 10, the music reflects a unique balance between the chamber-esque cinematic composition of Deutsch’s previous record, Fingerprint, with the rhythm and blues aesthetic of Charlie Hunter. Throw in a heavy dose of Erik’s extensive arsenal of analog synthesizers and Hush Money is surely the most wide-ranging recording of his career. “Erik Deutsch, a pianist with a taste for tuneful provocation, is an especially valuable resource as a solo commentator and accompanist…” – NY Times Recent


Charlie Hunter Trio: Baboon Strength (2008 Spire Artists)
Erik Deutsch: Fingerprint (2007 Sterling Circle Records)
Erin McKeown: Lafayette (2007 Signature Sounds)
Ron Miles: Stone/Blossom (2006 Sterling Circle Records)

Stella Schindler

"With an emotive delivery that at various points brings to mind Marianne Faithfull and Iris Dement under the spell of eerie gothic gloom, Stella Schindler makes a striking impression on Distant Hum. Her seductive style has a hazy feel that’s elusive yet inviting. She effectively integrates various strands of quiet despair, resulting in an album deliriously imbued with imagery and allusion.

The set begins provocatively with the dirge-like ballad “Ancient Trail” and maintains its sensual sway. However, Schindler hits her stride with “Get Along Joseph,” an upbeat shuffle that suggests vintage Dylan helmed by Gram and Emmylou." (Lee Zimmerman, Performing Songwriter Magazine)


Saturday, January 9
Velvet Lounge
915 U St NW WDC
$8, 18+, doors at 9pm

(Thanks for the announcement, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Stephen Decatur!

Happy Birthday Robert Duvall!

Great, great actor.


Bruce released Greetings From Asbury park, N.J. on this date in '73. One of my all-time fave albums.,_N.J.

Happy Twelfth Night!

Monday, January 04, 2010

Firesign Theatre - Sperm Bank Holdup

an oldie but goody - Hardware Wars


The Clash perform Train In Vain

For a too brief moment it did look like the Clash would be the only band that mattered.

Steppenwolf performs Sookie Sookie

Cream performs White Room

So cool...

Lennon performs Come Together

the littlest headbanger

Complaint Choirs

more investigations on "the man who wasn't there"

turning brain waves into speech


interesting article on dolphin intelligence

There's A Fungus Among Us!

the bones of Santa Claus...

a new mag devoted to Virginia wines


the ad

1803 -- A widow wrote this epitaph in a
Vermont cemetery:

Sacred to the memory of
my husband John Barnes
who died January 3, 1803
His comely young widow, aged 23, has
many qualifications of a good wife, &
yearns to be comforted.

Happy Handsel Day!

Happy Birthday Michael Stipe!

Brilliant. Essential.

Happy Trivia Day!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

O Holy Crap


(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)

bones from wood


Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Back from Charlottesville

Had a wonderful weekend hanging out with our friend Carol and visiting some of the local book stores, (and hitting my fave pizzaria - Crozet Pizza!).

Happy Birthday Stephen Stills!

Happy Birthday Sergio Leone!

Genius. Essential.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Only 300 Days Until Halloween!

Happy Birthday El Kabong!

Debuted on Quickdraw McGraw on this date in 1960.

Happy Birthday Christine Lavin!

One of my fave folkies. Absolutely charming.

Happy Science Fiction Day!

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy Birthday Country Joe!

Happy Birthday Paul Revere!

Happy Birthday Betsy Ross!

Happy Feast of Fools & Asses Day!

Happy First-Footing Day!

Happy First Footing!

Happy New Year!