Wednesday, March 31, 2010


RIP Jaime Escalante

Germany sloshes to war!

Tee Hee! I love it!

The absolutely coolest way to cook bacon!

I'm sorry, but this just says "ME" all over it! The idea of freshly cooked bacon AND a chance of collateral damage, is just too good to be true!


Sumo Rights!

Hmmm, I guess this means I can't make fun of any sport while in Canada for fear of offending the culture from whence it originated. I'll just have to unleash all of my caber tossing humor while ensconsed here

I am buying magnets as fast as I can....

short but nice article on Virginia wines in today's Post

Britain tries to out-wuss America!

Hmmm, by age six I had a goldfish bowl - less then half the "legal" age in Britain. I guess that's when my life of crime started...

Happy National Clams On The Half Shell Day!


Happy Birthday to The Matrix!

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

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

the worst hair rinse ad - ever

I had no idea that Valyries from Hell were considered a marketing plus. I nearly ran from the room when I pulled this site up.

Sleeping it off...

robot sculptures and toys

Great Medical Inventions

Peeps Show!

Fun stuff!

Just another day around the District

Lovely. And I enjoyed the spin: "All 911 calls were handled in a timely and professional manner."
If that was so, then it's the first time in decades that they have been handled well.

commercialized crucifixion

I had no idea what exciting new career opportunities awaited me!

The Evil Minds Museum

Remind me not to be buried in South Africa

an interesting article on statistical analysis in science,_Its_Wrong

t-shirt for Trekkies,343249231?source=email&CMP=EMC_20100330_geek&utm_source=cafepress&utm_medium=email&utm_content=0&utm_campaign=20100330_geek

The Lord Moves In Mysterious Ways....

This must have been recorded on Saturday, before his day of rest. The Lord looks awful tired.

the airlines continue their reign of abduction

It's called kidnapping, and it should be a hanging offense.

Happy Birthday God!

Happy Birthday John Astin!

Happy Birthday Graeme Edge!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Fats performs I'm Walking


X performs Los Angeles

L.A.'s finest. What a wonderful band.

The Death Bear And Memories...,0,5616675.story

Fucking Hell Beer

space nazis!

This looks amusing, (if it ever actually gets made). Of course, it'll revive a whole host of nonsensical nazi conspiracy theories, etc.

Children's Books...

submerged subs with satellite communications

I suspect there's a lot more to this than crews' emails... this is probably a pretty impressive breakthrough.

a little something for the gents...

Happy Birthday Patty Donahue!

Happy Birthday Eric Idle!

Genius. Essential.

Happy birthday Terence Hill!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Joe Tex performs Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)

Another stupid but fun tune.

fanvid for The Creatures covering Wild Thing

When this single came out I thought it was one of the coolest things. It's great when someone can totally change a song when covering it. You done good, Siouxie...

KISS performs Calling Doctor Love

A guilty pleasure. Stupid but fun!

The Supremes perform Stoned Love

I've posted this before, I know. But it's one of my all-time favorite Motown songs. When Diana left, everyone now assumes the Supremes disappeared. But they kept going and released several GREAT albums with half a dozen hits, and this was my fave. With warmer weather I am always reminded of the "olden days" when I'd zoom off on late night drives - this was a great song for that.

Pat Benatar covers I Need A Lover

Fun stuff!

The McCoys perform Hang On Sloopy

I love this song, have easily heard it a thousand times and it still sounds fresh and wonderful. Garage rock at its finest.

Cub Koda performs Smokin' In The Boys Room

Besides being an excellent rock'n'roller, Coda was something of a scholar on the subject, (hidden behind a slang-laden stoner writing style). He understood.

RIP George Lane

Fascinating life.

Yesteryears' scandalous images

I am busy jamming pencils into my eyes so as to remain pure from such taint..

Forget the laser treatments, I've got a pickle!

If only Helen Keller were around!

the lay off

Pooh VS Alien

Vegetarians In The News!

Why would a veggie need a hunting knife???

Zombie Self-Help

the cutting edge of deodorant

The Manure Bubbles of Indiana

There's an annual festival to commemorate this in the near future, I'll wager...

spare the atrocity and spoil the child

Hmmm, if a child draws a picture of a gun in their notebook, they're expelled. If a teacher commits a (fake) murder, it's a class project and a learning experience. Nice logic there, chaps!

nazi soap?

I am not an expert on extermination camp atrocities, and I know the rumors have been around for decades: lampshades, book bindings, skull chalices, and yes, soap. But I tend to side with skeptics on this one. First of all, the fact that it's stamped sounds like it's regular soap to me. Secondly, neither the dealer, nor his supplier, are offering any shred of proof or evidence. Saying you found something in the camps doesn't mean much of anything, as far as I'm concerned, and we don't even have proof regarding that assertion. The stamping implies strongly to me that it's manufactured, and it makes no sense that Germans would want to use it. For over a decade the nazis had labored to make people believe that the Jews were actualy vermin, a disease on two legs. You then ask your audience to bathe in their remains?!? Nope, no way. Oh, the camp guards were full of psychopaths, and I've no doubt that my imagination can't come up with any atrocity so sick that they, as individuals or in small groups didn't try it (including soap); but I don't see any type of large-scale effort to commit these outrages. I think this is little more than a rather crooked delaer attempting to jack up the hype (and price) on what is most likely an old bar of (regular) soap.

Your days are numbered, AstroBoy - the B-52's are on the way!

What a moron....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The 1969 Radio Shack Catalog

So cool. This'll mean nothing to those of you who are younger than the boomers, it'll even seem comical, I suppose. But I used to literally drool over these things, (the catalog from Lafayette was another one). You just had to be there.

the kiss of life

new Lovecraftian book out

Happy Kite Flying Day!

Friday, March 26, 2010

fanvid for Genya Ravan performing Back In My Arms Again

Another in a long line of rock'n'roll stalwarts that almost no one has ever heard of. Genya rocks!

The Castaways perform Liar Liar

Classic garage rock.

fanvid for Barrett Strong performing Money

Great song. The beginning of Motown...

Sylvia performs Pillow Talk


fanvid for The Guess Who performing Rain Dance

Always loved this song, even though I've no idea what it's talking about.

The Plimsouls perfrom A Million Miles Away

Great power pop.

an oldie but goody - Psycho Chicken

Joe Cocker - Translated

I hate these times

You just know what's going to happen..It'll be out till all hours of the night, constantly nagging you to borrow the car, talking back to you and full of attitude. Sigh, if only they stayed young and innocent...

RIP Johnny Maestro

I always loved The Worst That Could Happen

snow days can get costly

The cutest slug costume - with its own slug trail!

The cutting edge of The Dating Game

the zombie documentary...

Zombie PuppetShow!


The first Alice In wonderland film

Pretty neat!

When laser printers go evil

the cutting edge of antiques

THE coolest spider web

Wuss America


Proof: We're related to baboons

a list of intriguing coincidences

The car of the future?>1=22017

It looks like it should have a wind-up key in the back...

a parting gesture of affection


a collection of condom ads

The Master Thief

This reads like a movie. Incredible.

God is a repairman

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Diana Ross!

Happy Birthday Strother Martin!

Happy Birthday Leonard Nimoy!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Iron Maiden at the Olympics 2012?

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Release The Kraken

The "Ancient Way"?

Hmmm, I suspect the ancients had a lot more efficient means at hand than this one...

The Lyon Sisters - a sad anniversary

Hard to believe it's been 35 years. One of the great mysteries/tragedies in the DC area.

Happy Birthday Elton!

Happy Birthday Aretha!

Happy Birthday Johnny Burnette!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

At Last! I found a reason to get Time Magazine!

Louis Armstrong Meets Death Metal

The Bacon Demon!!!

Austin Powers 4


This looks like some sort of fashion nightmare based on an old Gerry Anderson marionation show.

The cutting edge of computer diagnostics!

the suicide forest

neat calendars

When Cthulhu belched

the cutting edge of bank heist convenience,0,7443959.story

(Thanks for the link, Rick!)


the cutting edge of contact lenses

Bwahahahaha!!!!!!!! I wish I'd thought of this....

Tactical Nuclear Penguin Beer

Like I've said in the past, lord knows I'm all for strong beers. But it get to the point where I wonder why you just don't switch over to whiskey?

the latest from TSA

a lament for the bookshelf

Nice little article.

Just another day around the District

Hmmm, 25 years old, can afford a Jag, out of control. Sniff, sniff...

the strongest bug

the cutting edge of jury trials

It's remarkable how much this description fits a typical evening at the Manor...

Happy Birthday Nick Lowe!

Happy Birthday Alyson Hannigan!

Happy Birthday Houdini!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Suicide Commandos perform Burn It Down

A great early punk band. Almost totally unknown, even at the time. They were great.

fanvid for Jay & The Techniques performing Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie

A great example of bubblegum soul.

fanvid for Pete Wingfield performing 18 With A Bullet

I've always found this song a curious mixture of styles and attitudes, but I like it.

Elvis Costello performs Watching The Detectives

The Who perform I Can See For Miles

So cool!

Happy Birthday Ric Ocasek!

The Poop Report

Um, Remind me never to fly Qantas...

Darwin Award material

The ultimate in counter surveillance

At last - someone more paranoid than me! Fortunately, my aluminum foil helmet protects me and prevents me from suffering the embarassment that these folks lived through...

seems like a waste of a guitar to me....

Happy National Chip & Dip Day!


Happy National Puppy Day!

Happy Birthday Chaka Khan!

Happy Liberty Day!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Coal Tables

Cycle helmets

Berlin performs No More Words

Fun stuff! One of the best tunes from the 80's.

The Ramones perform Sheena Is A Punk Rocker

Gabba Gabba hey!

The Pat Travers Band performs Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)

Wonderful Rock'N'Roll!

George McRae's video for Rock Me Baby

A (very) guilty pleasure from mid '74. But I just think George had a great sound.

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

Stupid but fun, from the Spring and Summer of '70. I sometimes wonder if I'm the only person who remembers this song.

Jimmy Ruffin performs What Become Of The Broken Hearted


a plug for Religious Experience Salsa

There are probably hundreds of salsa on the market at this point. And that's a good thing. But there's one that'll always be my favorite. I'm a sucker for neat names and marketing, as well as taste. And the Religious Experience Salsa Company won me over early on. We were out in Western Colorado on one of our many vacations there and discovered this salsa at a little grocery in Grand Junction (where it's made) about twenty years ago, and it's been our preferred brand ever since. If you've been to the Manor, than you've had this. Of the four varieties, we almost always go for the top: The Wrath of God. I love the taste, and it's probably the hottest non-habanero salsa that I know of. The Wrath rocks!
We've even visited the plant about 15 years ago, just off the Colorado River in Grand Junction. The folks there were very nice to a couple of fanatics dropping by to say hi.
Over the years, we've found it around here at specialty shops or from the several mail order places dealing with hot sauces and salsas, but I've also ordered direct and never had a problem. It is worth it. Like I said, (and you know), if you've been visiting the Manor - then you've had this excellent salsa.


This sounds so cool, if I'd been a kid there and then you know where'd I'd be!

nice behind the scenes film of Big Star

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy International Talk Like William Shatner Day!

(Thanks for the link, Phil!)

The British SS

One of the weirder and (for me) fascinating chapters of WWII is the number of foreigners fighting in various branches of the German military. And perhaps the strangest was the British SS. There are doubts that there were more than a pathetic dozen members, and it was nothing more than a low-grade propaganda tool, probably not worth the investment put into it. A strange little footnote.

nazis in West German intelligence

Of course, we employed our share, too. And it wouldn't surprise me if the British had a bunch on the payroll. What's more interesting to me is their effectiveness, and there's something of a debate regarding that. My own suspicion is that they were, on the whole, useless. Now, there were some remnants of an anti-Soviet resistance left over in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe after the war. But I believe virtually all of these could more accurately be described as nationalist-based, rather than nazi holdouts, (despite Soviet labelling efforts). As for real German nazis having special networks or expertise, I think it was a wash. What you had were men desperate to avoid the hangman's noose puffing up their worth to nations equally desperate to get a handle on the Soviets. I'd rather veiw this as one more example of how fear leads one to try out a great many things, (some of them not so smart, or even criminal, in retrospect), in order to win. There are dozens of major to middling examples throughout the Cold War.

the surrender of the U-boats

Another interesting footnote to WWII.

I can't seem to shake that cold I caught back in 1648...

the cutting edge of film audiences

I'd be curious what would happen if they were shown The Lawnmower Man...

Ducks In Space!

the cutting edge of Christmas dinners

Happy Birthday William Shatner!

Happy Birthday Werner Klemperer

Happy Birthday Chico!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Eddie Floyd performs Knock On Wood

Great singer and tune. Don't know why Eddie didn't have a bigger career.

Paul Collins and The Beat perform Rock'N'Roll Girl

I loved this band back in the late 70's. Of course they were ignored by the public...

Eric Brudon (and the New Animals) perform San Franciscan Nights

Perfect for a warm Spring evening..

The Stones perform Ruby Tuesday

Wonderful song, one of their best, (and that's saying a lot).


It's been another beautiful and unseasonably warm Spring day here at the Manor. And I've been transferring a ton of firewood from a pile in the backyard to racks near the house for drying, etc., and in preparation for next Autumn. Needless to say, every muscle in my body is now sending pain vibes to my brain. Bourbon, work your magic...

the military's new blimp

It'll be interesting to see how this affects AWACS planes...

The Last Goddess?

A nice interview with Olivia de Havilland. Just offhand, I'm not sure there's any major star left alive from pre-WWII Hollywood, is there?

Happy World Poetry Day!

Happy Spring Equinox!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Chore Wars

White Death: The Finnish Sniper

An interesting tidbit from WWII.

Happy Birthday Dick "Count Gore" Dyszel!

Happy Birthday Carl Reiner!

One of the greats.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Well, here at the Manor, we're having a near-perfect Spring day. Almost unseasonably so, I might add, (we usually don't get weather like this for another month - but I don't care, the weather gods owe us this one). Here's a few tunes for a fine day. Time for a Jameson's...

At last! An energy efficient hummer

wuss America

Burning witches - the cutting edge of museum displays

an article about the new Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton

the cutting edge of etiquette training for the young

the chili grenade

RIP Fess Parker

The Straight Dope talkes about used bookstores

A nice little article that I think sort of captures the attitude and fun of these places. Whenever we go down to C'Ville, I've just gotta poke inside one or two shops in the wonderful downtown area.

Tim Burton's Addams Family!

Happy Birthday to the Bowman Body!

Happy Birthday Patrick McGoohan!

One of my all-time fave actors/producers. Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Clarence "Frogman" Henry!

Pride of New Orleans!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

a distillery in NoVa!

Haven't been there yet, will try to check them out soon. But it looks like their specialty is rye. For gods' sake, why that? I hate rye....

When leprechauns go bad

the IQ of Minneapolis is about to plummet

preditions made in 1900 about the year 2000

Fun stuff!


Given the intelligence and education I see demonstrated in the mass media, I'm suprised they could identify the flag as being American...

new movie: The Cthulhu Key

the future

Milgram's experiment is well known, (and has been immitated a few times by researchers who were looking for some quick and easy publicity). It's always influenced my life and decisions, particularly when it comes to jobs.
I've suspected for years the inevitablility of death on TV. Whether it will be state exectutions in Arabia, or some sort of neo-gladiatorial combat in Southeast Asia, I think that sooner or later such stuff will become fare for us. Some pissant country will sign a billion dollar deal with an "entertainment" corporation to put it on. The market has (unfortunately) always been there.

RIP Alex Chilton

Very sad. Not known to the general public, Alex was a demi-god of power pop and a bright light in the rock firmament in the pre-punk 70's.

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

Happy Birthday Wilson Pickett!


Happy National Oatmeal Cookie Day!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hmmm, this was a plotline in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer...

St. Paddy's

A beautiful spring day today. This is one of my fave contemproary Irish tunes. This is dedicated to the memory and experiences of my great grandmother. This one's for you, Catherine.

Happy Birthday Pattie Boyd!

THE greatest rock'n'roll muse of all time.

Happy Birthday Paul Kantner!

One of my faves, and a nice guy.

Happy Birthday John Sebastian!

Happy Evacuation Day!

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Today, everyone is Irish...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Swiss find a new way to relieve the wealthy of their money

Regenerating human tissue?

Hire Me, Obi-Wan...

glacial life?

Pretty intriguing.

Device allows "sight" through the tongue

Amazing. It'll be interesting to see if and how soon this'll be surpassed by cameras feeding directly into the brain.

The R&R Hall of Fame Inductees

nice article on 50 years of SETI

Happy Bachanalia Festivals!

Woo hoo!

Happy Birthday Jerry Jeff Walker!

Happy Birthday Nancy Wilson!

Happy Birthday Leo McKern!

One of the coolest guys, ever.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Dave Clark Five performs Catch Us If You Can

My fave tune by the DC5. Fun stuff!

The Doors perform Break On Through

Genesis 6:4

The Dwight Twilley Band performs I'm On Fire

The beginnings of the late 70's power pop boomlet. Wonderful band.

Three Dog Night performs Mama Told Me Not To Come

Probably my favorite Randy Newman song. Always brings a smile to my face as I remember my first "adult" party back when I was in 9th grade. Fun stuff!

fanvid for the Great Society performing Somebody to Love

After that last posting, I need something to recoup my morale. In the mid 70's I was totally obsessed with the Airplane/Starship and all of the various permutations and hybrids arising from or preceeding it. This is the original version of STL from Grace's first band. One of those tunes that's best sounding after midnight on a warm Summer day with a flicker candle somewhere to the side...

Hell, I guess you can fly Jefferson Airplane...

I don't know whether to laugh or cry...

Up Your Bottom!

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

The Onion is sooo wicked....

talking headstones...

I had no idea robots had become so...useful....

Check the headline:

some civil war trivia...

Nils Lofgren just confirmed shows at the Birchmere on Sept. 3 & 4

Fun stuff!

I'm going to have to upgrade my computer security!

MST3000 Haiku!

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Happy Birthday Forbidden Planet!

Great film! Debuted on this date in 1956.

I had no idea that deforestation had become so bad

The Monkees sell Kool Aid

RIP Peter Graves

just another day around the District

the tiniest Enterprise

Happy Birthday Plan 9 From Outer Space!

Premiered on this date in 1959. The world has not been the same since....

Happy Birthday Sly Stone!

Genius. Essential.

They're Back!

Today is the date that the buzzards return to Hinckley, Ohio!

Happy Ides of March/National Brutus Day!

This is pretty much a holiday with deep connections to anyone inside the Beltway, or who plays the game of Diplomacy. Inhabiting both worlds makes it particularly delicious to me.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


elephant dung shoes

I love it when people come up with neat ideas to relieve the wealthy of their money...

Japanese war criminals' interviews to become available

Oh, there'll be the usual self-serving denials and bullshit, (I expect little else from authoritarian cultures); but I suspect/hope there may also be some insights into strategic and tactical thinking that would be of great interest to military historians. I'd also enjoy seeing more information on the factional divisions within the Japanese elite that plagued them throughout the 20th century.

Happy Birthday Michael Martin Murphey!

Love this guy.

Happy Birthday Michael Caine!


Happy Birthday Einstein!

Happy Pi Day!

Happy National Potato Chip Day!


Saturday, March 13, 2010

the return of Radio Free Oz!


Steampunks VS Leprechauns

Fun stuff!

the grandest bookstore

The 8-Track Museum...

Goat Bagpipes!

Cthulhu Dice!


Ah...Ah....AH CHOO!!!!!!

Do Not Pass Go

the strongest beer?

Actually, I think we've reached a point where we're no longer really meeting the definition of "beer". Hopped whiskey?

the bacon rocket

Le Vampire

Curious little flic.

Merry Christmas!

booze without a hangover?

Possible, but I doubt it. Would need more information, like if this was a large enough sample in a double-blind test,(which I somehow doubt). And a lot is already known about hangovers, the result of dehydration and (sometimes) "impurities" in the drink, etc. The article also seems to play a little fast and loose with the definitions (or lack thereof) for drunk, sober, hung over, etc. Frankly, this sounds more like a marketing campaign to me.
Of course, the easy method is to figure out your limit, (that's what high school is for....) and then respect it.

the cutting edge of Eucharist liquids

James Brown's body missing?!?

Steve Miller?

I think his real name is Maurice...

My own railcar! Look out James West!

Litter Free!

An effort to colonize the sea?

nice article on the Scottish Blitz of WWII

the final battle of the Graf Spee

Sounds like the German government is full of shit on this one. I would think that the rules of salvaging wrecks allow for this. And the current German government isn't even the one who built the ship, (although a few of us think it still is....). Are the Germans going to also claim the rail lines they built in the Soviet Union, the forts they built in France, the (not-so) secret submarine pens in Spain and airfields in Tunisia? And why stop there? The kaiser's regime left crap all over in their colonies in the Pacific and Africa. Sorry boys, it's fair game.

Happy Genealogy Day!

When Album Covers Attack!

Pretty cute!

(Thanks for the link, Jeff!)

And a thousand puns were launched

Uranus was discovered on this date in 1781 by William Herschel.

Happy Birthday Vanishing Point!

Happy Birthday Mike Stoller!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Wine Limbo

Neat article for those of who love wine, but can't affort the higher end product.

the plot to bomb Mussolini

Another little footnote to WWII.

going off half-cocked

Happy Birthday Agent 99!

Happy Birthday Liza Minnelli!

I know, she's become something of a joke nowadays. But I've always like her, both as a singer as an actress.

Happy Birthday James Taylor!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Department of Education makes a purchase

I think these are going to my old high school....

fanvid for Ferron performing Misty Mountain

Always liked her and felt she should've been marketed to a wider audience.

fanvid for the Left Banke perfroming Pretty Ballerina

Interesting band with a great sound - "Baroque Rock". Their three best/most famous songs were all written in the same evening.

fanvid for the Cookies performing Don't Say Nothing Bad About My Baby


Thin Lizzy performs Whiskey In The Jar

A minor classic from the mid 70's.

Blondie performs 11:59

Always loved this song, probably my fave by Debbie and the boys.

neat retro sci-fi t-shirts

my new favorite bumper sticker, seen on a car in Annandale:

Welcome To Northern Virginia

a nice review of Ray Davies at the Birchmere

Happy Penny Loaf Day!

Another obscure holiday that I am single-handedly resurrecting.

Happy Johnny Appleseed Day!

Happy Birthday Nina Hagen!

Happy Birthday Douglas Adams!

Genius. Essential.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Homer Simpson in Britain

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

trailer for The Runaways film

A very cool band...

fanvid for Parliament performing Wizard of Finance

My fave song by them, almost forgotten now.

los Bravos perform Black Is Black

Fun stuff!

Laurie Anderson's video for O Superman

An acquired taste, I suppose. But I always enjoyed this. Back when it came out we'd play this all the time on Friday nights at the record store and get interesting reactions from the customers.

The Sugarcubes perform Birthday


Shane & Sinead performing Haunted

One of the greatest love songs ever written. Which probably says more about me than the song. One of those songs you either get, or you don't. (sort of like Shane...)

Lost Boy


Tee Hee!

a plug for Shiney's - Join The Cult!

About ten years ago I was working at a job with several Pakistani gents. They knew of my interest in and love of food, and my desire to try anything – particularly if it was an authentic representation of a particular culture. And so they introduced me to Shiney’s. I was, and I remain, enthralled. In fact, many of us at the site would go there regularly for lunch and even occasionally after work. It practically became a cult amongst us!
Now, DC is truly lucky, food-wise. If you like to eat well, you’ve come to the right place. We have some great restaurants and literally dozens of cultures and styles are well represented here. But I think Shiney’s may be my favorite. For me and Linda, it’s a combination of both comfort food and great cooking. I’d guess we average a purchase from there at least twice a month or more, and that’s been going on for ten years now.
I’ve been told that it started as a bakery of sweets and pastries for sale to the many south Asian restaurants in the region, and then slowly but surely expanded into including a small (but delicious) buffet and a regular menu for service there or for takeout. One may do either one and get a great meal. I won’t say I’ve tried the entire menu, (despite my many dozens of visits). They have some dishes that I am so addicted to, and I simply can’t resist ordering them, rather than experimenting further. It’s a fault of mine, but a tasty one. There are several selections that I heartily recommend – the first is the Samosa Platter. This was my first introduction to Shiney’s, and I think it is a good one. It consists of a pastry shell (kind of like the Mexican sopapilla), filled with bits of potato and perhaps a few other small vegetables, placed in a dish with a mix of sweet and yogurt sauces. It goes for around $5 and may well be the single best food bargain in the DC area. VERY filling, and VERY tasty. Just one of these is almost an entire day’s food intake for me. Wonderful!
For entrees, I’ve got to go with the lamb, the goat, or the chapli kabob (a spiced beef that is wonderful). The chicken is excellent too, in fact my personal favorite order is the “Shiney’s Special”, consisting of lamb and chicken with sides of rice and chickpeas. And that brings me to what I think is the real secret to Shiney’s success – the sides are to die for! The chickpeas are the absolute best I have ever tasted – anywhere. And on Wednesdays they serve a spinach dish which is also the best way I’ve ever had that food served to me. Their bread – naan – is also my favorite. Now, there are a lot of different styles in South Asian breads, but Shiney’s naan, with its serviceable texture (one uses it to eat with) and a flavor that’s just right, (not overwhelming, but just strong enough to match the rest of the meal), is just perfect. There’s also wonderful pakora, (fried veggies) and hot peppers and spiced rice and I could go on and on. You’ve just got to go there and try it; I can’t recommend this place too highly.
Now there are two things to keep in mind. The first is that Shiney’s is a little tricky to find, if you’re not familiar with central Annandale. It’s not right on route 236, like so many of the local businesses. The website provides good directions, (for you Old Timers- it’s right where the last incarnation of the Annandale Penguin Feather record store was back in ’79). The second thing is that it isn’t fancy, and it isn’t large. Don’t worry – Come in! And for those of us not totally familiar with South Asian cooking, some of the items listed on the sign* will be unfamiliar. Just ask, the folks there will happy to talk you through your order. Don’t be intimidated, it’s fun, and you’re about to have a great meal. I really love this place.

*There is no physical paper menu at Shiney’s. One goes up to the counter and orders based on the large sign situated behind there with all the dishes and prices listed. Your food will be brought to you when it’s ready.

green racecars?

sounds a little contradictory...

Joan Jett interviewed by Leno

The Ghost Army of WWII

RIP Andree Peel

Remarkable heroine.

the highway warning

Happy Birthday Buffy the Vampire Slayer! (the TV show)

Premiered on this date in 1997. Great series.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

my next car accessory

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

fanvid for Fancy performing Wild Thing

A guilty pleasure from the Mateus-soaked Summer of '74...

Dionne Warwick performs Do You Know The Way To San Jose

A little faster version than I prefer, but still a great song.

AC/DC performs Highway To Hell

Great rock'n'roll!

The Spinners perform They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)

One of the last great soul vocal groups. Beautiful sound and song.

Pulsallama video for The Devil Lives In My Husband's Body

A wickedly weird little tune from the early 80's. Used to play this at Halloween all of the time.

137 years of Popular Science magazine online!


the friendly skies

I'm not sure it's possible to write anything nice about the airlines or flying in general at this point. I'm not at the point of dreading flying, but I'm getting close. We only fly about once or twice a year, and yet over the past ten years or so have experienced the mechanical breakdowns, the nazi thugs of TSA, lost luggage, incomprehensible delays, waiting in eternal lines, and more than our share of clueless and rude staff. Certainly anything within 500 miles of me is to be driven to - no planes, no question.


We've had some very nice days here at the Manor, with temperatures in the 60's. The crocuses are blooming and any snow not in the shade is completely gone, (unfortunately, that still leaves our front yard with about 3"!). I don't want to get too cocky here, but I think we beat Winter....

The Ultimate Expression of Japanese Culture - Godzilla Haiku!

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

How convenient! Venison home delivery!

The Blood Falls Of Antarctica

Homing Goldfish?

the cutting edge of caulking;cbsnewsLeadStoriesPrimary

The price of souls may be going down

Women horse-breakers for the nazis

Another little footnote to WWII. We had Rosie the Riveter, they had Hilda the Horse-breaker.

Monty's Double

A neat little tidbit from WWII.

Happy National Crab Meat Day!


Happy Birthday Mark Lindsay!

Happy Birthday John Cale!

Happy Panic Day!

Monday, March 08, 2010

The Capitol Steps explain current economics

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Tee Hee!

Steampunk wheelchair


Venus flytrap VS frog

Jay & The Americans perform Come A Little Bit Closer

Classic 60's Italian American band, and a fun song, to boot.

Lone Justice video for Sweet Sweet Baby

Another band that should've been bigger. If I remember correctly, this song was produced by Little Stephen. Fun stuff!

The Jesus & Mary Chain (with Hope Sandoval) perform Sometimes Always

Wonderful. One of my faves.

Luka Bloom performs Gone To Pablo

Poor recording of a beautiful song.

The Cthulhu Water Bottle!

Somehow, everything just tastes better in it!

Happy Birthday Alan Hale Jr.!

Sunday, March 07, 2010

fanvid for the Damnation of Adam blessing performing Back To The River

A perfect example of early 70's midwest hard rock. I thought these guys were so good, and they're totally forgotten now. (Does anyone remember them besides me?)

Aretha performs Rock Steady


Buddy Holly performs Peggy Sue

So cool...

Lennon performs Instant Karma

Love this song.

Stockton's Wing performs Beautiful Affair

Always like these guys. Virtually unknown in the States.


It hit 60 degrees here at the Manor this afternoon. Nice....

Happy Frozen Dead Guy Days!

(Almost forgot!) We got to visit Nederland a couple years ago, (not during the festival, I'm afraid). Cute town!

The D&D Room

Fun stuff!

Mapping the American burger wars

Five Guys rules!

The cherry blossoms are on the way

They are pretty, although it's been decades since I've been down to see them in bloom.

ads against binge drinking don't work

I always felt that a brobdingnagian hangover was a pretty good threat against binge drinking. If that doesn't work, I doubt much else will. Cheers!

headline of the day

Nacho Lip Balm

From Archie McPhee - of course!

weird on so many different levels...

And wuss Britain struggles to maintain the lead over wuss America

super duper wuss America

I have a hand sign for the school administrators....

Zombies board game!

the return of the lawn flamingo!

I am always reminded of Madison when I hear about flamingos:

Easter Bunnies Will Steal Your Soul

the cutting edge of car payments

We live in cruel times, folks....

New Frazetta books/illustrations on the way!

Happy Birthday Willard Scott!

A local legend, and a genuinely nice guy. One of the Joy Boys.

Happy Birthday King Kong! (the original)

Premiered on this date in 1933. One of my faves - great film.

Happy Birthday Peter Wolf!

Great R&B singer.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

review of the "new" Hendrix album

NoVa is wealthy

London for spies

the future

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

new book - Cthulhu's Reign,,9780756406165,00.html

Ia! Ia!

new remake of Clash of the Titans

Might be fun.

Happy Birthday Mary Wilson!

Beauty and Brains. It is difficult to realize that the Supremes broke up FORTY years ago. Incredible.

Happy Birthday Lou Costello!

I loved Abbott and Costello.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Black 47's video for Funky Ceili

St Patrick's Day is coming up. For you old timers, you know what that means - the Manor is decorated in green, the Starry Plough (both versions) are flying on our poles, Jameson's is flowing, and I'm listening to Black 47, the Wolfe Tones, the Pogues and the Men of No Property. Slainte!

fanvid of the Chairmen of the Board performing Give Me Just A Little More Time

Great soul song. When H-D-H left Motown around '70, they decided to build their own empire and the Chairmen were at the cutting edge of that. The lead singer, General Johnson, is now one of the gods of Beach Music in the Carolinas and at UVa.

Paul Roland performs Alice's House

One of my fave performs and songwriters. Victorian gothic meets Syd Barrett. Absolutely brilliant, (and a very nice guy). With all the hoopla over Tim Burton's new movie, this tune seemed appropriate.

Simple Minds performs Don't You (Forget About Me)

Great early 80's new wave. Really great.

Brule's video for Vision Quest

Really like Brule, an interesting combination of rock, new age and Amerindian music. First heard one of his albums being played as background music at a large crafts/souvenir shop* in Cortez, Colorado. I was entranced and asked the clerk what was playing and then asked to purchase a copy. They didn't have any in stock, so I offered 'em a few bucks for the play copy and walked out with it.

*It sued to be that shopping in the four Corners region could be sharply divided into mass-based tourist/souvenir stores full of crap, with much of the "Indian" items having been manufactured in the Phillipines, etc., and authentic trading posts, (sometimes quite rustic) where serious collectors and fans could go. But over the past twenty years there's been a real, (and probably unfortunate) blending of the two styles. Even the gaudiest tourist traps now sell at least some nice and authentic local, etc. While many of the legitimate galleries and posts can be expected to have added junk to their wares.

Happy National Absinthe Day!


"fish rights"

The Swiss certainly have a lot of time and money on their hands.

Goth Penguin

Happy Birthday to the Creature From The Black Lagoon!

Premiered on this date in 1954. Great monster movie!

Happy Birthday Penn Jillette!

Today is Crispus Attucks Day (a/k/s Boston Massacre Day)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Last fire of the season...

As I type this, we're sitting in front of our fireplace, looking at the last fire of the season. It's getting too warm for any more, and even if there's a sudden relapse to Winter weather, (which is always a possibility in March), we've no dry wood left to use. It's been a heavy-use year - I think we burned up just a few logs shy of one and a half cords - a personal record. It's a matter of mixed feelings - we love the fires, almost fanatically so, but we are REALLY looking forward to Spring at this point. It's time to move on, I just hope that the weather gods feel the same way. See ya tommorrow.

Heavy Metal Parking Lot is available online!

A legendary movie. Filmed at DC's own Capitol Center.

Barbie - Exposed

"Ride" the Trans-Siberia Railroad

neat looking magnetic rings

A return to Iwo Jima

That must be a really weird feeling to go back there. Terrible battle.

Alert The Ents!

I believe this is a hanging offense in Wisconsin...

a new noiseless electric rifle

Happy GM's Day!


Guess which member of this family will die first

A priceless photo!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Nosferatu!

One of my all-time fave movies. Premiered on this date in 1922

Happy Birthday Ed "Big Daddy" Roth!

An American original. I swear this guy's had an influence on my life.

Happy Birthday Kazimierz Pulaski!

A great Patriot.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

the cringeathon

unusual aquariums

Google Earth's photos of "The Boneyard"

The Rubinoos perform Rock & Roll Is Dead

One of the greatest power pop bands that you've never heard of. They should've been big...

Cyndi Lauper covers Money Changes Everything

Great version of a great song, (originally done by the Brains who are unfortunately totally forgotten now).

fanvid for King Floyd performing Groove Me

Another great example of early 70's soul.

fanvid for Billy Paul performing Me & Mrs Jones

Almost inescapable on the radio in '70. Great tune.

Talking Heads perform Life During Wartime

Great song.

Simon & Garfunkel perform The Sounds Of Silence

I know, you've probably heard it too much, but I still think this is a beautiful song.

Murder Baby!

He's so cute! (not safe for lunchtime...)

I now pronouce you Husband & Wife...You may now murder the mistress

There's going to be a problem with Easter this year...

Challenges to garden gnomes

Air Traffic control is (apparently) child's play

I'm reminded of a scene in (I think) Airplane II where some kid walking by takes over an ATC screen and plays with it like it was a video game, (with predictable results).

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Tim Burton takes on Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

How Star Trek should have ended?

the process for getting eagle feathers

the cutting edge of breast augmentation

breathable chocolate

government certified hackers

Why do I sense some sort of Kirk/Kobayashi Maru situation coming up, where somebody hacks into the hacking test to pass it.

Kinky Lost

zombified by bureaucracy

the cutting edge of the fox in the henhouse

Hella Big

Happy National Mulled Wine Day!


Happy Birthday Jean Harlow!

One of my faves. I fear she's in the process of being forgotten now, which is a great pity. Jean was one for the ages.

Happy Birthday Scotty!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

the commercial ofr Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Jack Benny's radio program online

Neat book titles!

van Gogh cake

the gummi bear chandelier

Yellowstone news from The Onion

THE Cutting Edge, I'm just not sure of what

Well, we;ve been to a lot of places on this little blog, both high and low, outre and pedestrian. And maybe it's just me, but this is one of the great "What The Fuck" things I've come across. I mean, really....

Super Bacteria

This is frightening.

Keith Moon is reborn!

Darwin Award nominee

Horning in on death

a little something for the Ladies...

Happy Birthday Lou Reed!

Trying to think up something new to say about Lou Reed is pretty much not possible. Perhaps - Most influential rock'n'roll artist of the past 40 years?

Happy Birthday Rory Gallagher!

One of my faves. Should've been bigger. I love this guy.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

An American Original. Genius. Essential.

Monday, March 01, 2010

What if Forrest Gump was a horror movie?

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Clash perform Spanish Bombs

Great song, maybe my fave by Strummer.

fanvid for The Checkmates performing Black Pearl

Great song, and I believe this was Spector's last non-Beatles hit. Beautiful.

Tom Jones performs It's Not Unusual

Well, it's the antional day of Wales,and Tom's as appropriate as anyone. I always amuse myself by finding this song oddly nostalgic and even innocent, in an Austin Powers sort of way.

Booker T & The MG's perform Time Is Tight

My fave song by Booker. It was always fun to drive the GW Parkway late at night with this playing on my little Sony tape machine.

The Peppermint Rainbow performs Will You Be Staying After Sunday

Yes, the clothing is vomitous. And yes, even back then they were accused of being rip offs of Spanky & Our Gang. But I've always loved this song, regardless. And they were sort of Baltimore's answer to DC's John Phillips. This is one of those groups/songs almost forgotten now. If you mention it to a boomer, the odds are you'll just get a shrug; but play it for them and it'll be "Oh yea, I remember this!"

the return of armeored trains

I guess somewhere in hell, trotsky is smiling. Actually, I always wanted one of these on Metro...

Hipster Puppies


Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter is due out tomorrow

Happy Whuppity Scoorie Day!

Bigger than Jesus anniversary (1966)

Lennon's brilliant publicity strategy, causing millions of people who'd never listen to or buy a Beatles record to go out and purchase mass quantities, just so they could burn them, thus removing them from the competing secondary market as well. If I ever release anything, (book, recording, comic strip, laundry tag), be aware that I will immediately claim to be bigger AND better than Jesus, God, Buddah, and anyone else you can think of; and will encourage each and every one of you to go out and demonstrate your outrage and righteousness by purchasing up whatever it is I'm selling, and burning it. And doing so repeatedly, at least until I can afford that ski chalet in Telluride...

bookshelf wall paper

I love look - but want it for real.

I didn't expect this.

I Love The Onion

a nice collection of Firesign Theatre fanvids

Happy Birthday Roger Daltrey!

One of the great rock performers and vocalists.

Happy Birthday David Niven!

One of my faves..

Happy Birthday Bill Gaines!

A veritable god of pop culture. Publisher and editor of EC Comics AND Mad magazine. Genius. Essential.

Happy National Peanut Butter Lovers Day!

Yum! I believe Annette is the patron saint of this holiday.

Happy St. David's Day!

Patron saint of the Welsh.'s_Day