Thursday, June 30, 2011

Oreo Cameos & Other Unusual Art

This is really amazing stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Bruce performs Born To Run

A classic...

Save the Oxford Comma!

C'mon guys, this is how I was taught to write, back in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. Telling me that grammar should be changed because of what a bunch of hack American newspaper reporters* do is like arguing that criminals should decide what the prison rules are going to be. You'll get my comma when you pull it's keyboard key from my cold dead hand....

(*Some of the drones who write and edit the Post are barely literate - quite a plug for the company that owns and touts its Kaplan scam....)

I believe we have a Darwin Award contender!

Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you The Worst Lifeguards On Earth

Apparently, tow trucks are unknown in Britain

The cutest lil' Lovecraft poster you're going to see all day!

Jellyfish VS nuclear power

I believe there's a Sci-Fi Channel movie in all of this....

Headline (and article) of the Day

Happy Birthday Flo Ballard!

Happy National Ice Cream Soda Day!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lovecraftian Terror at Alexandria's Torpedo Factory!

Fun stuff!

Bruce performs Candy's Room

I always enjoyed the urgency displayed in this song, coupled with some of my fave lyrics by Bruce.

The cutting edge of smelly robotics

I suppose we'll be designing them to smoke cigarettes and belch....

Wine Blogging

a very nice article with a focus (and listing) of Virginia wine blogs. Neat-O!

Bruce's tribute to The Big Man

Neat Street Art!

This really is cool!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Get medeival on someone today!

I love stuff like this!

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Ray Harryhausen!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sunscreen tips from The Onion,20727/

The cutting edge of hit and run

Jack Benny meets Isaac Hayes


Headline of the Day

Graham Chapman film on the way!

Proof! Cigarettes are bad for your health!

A Pi In The Sky Argument For Tau

Getting to the bottom of the crime wave

Zombies in Canada!

Jury Duty


How medicated are you?

A Polish celebration for the Winter's Solstice

This looks soooo cool! (Probably gives the fire department fits, though...)

Richard Simmons for airline safety

Never has a crash and flaming death been handled with such joy.

The last of the duckpin lanes...

Very much centered in and around Maryland, this is a dying game, I'm afraid. The last lanes in NoVa closed up a few years back. Kinda sad...

Happy Birthday to Where The Action Is!

Loved this show, used to race home from school to watch it. Premiered on this date in 1965.

Happy Birthday Mel Brooks!

Happy Birthday Gilda Radner!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Bruce performs Thundercrack

A fun little tune.

Heavy Metal - Genre Chart

MST 3000 bed headboard

Very cute!

A ncie tribute by Steve Van Zandt to The Big Man

Cyber control for your hands


Great moments in criminal manhunts

The cutting edge of rabbit food


I've got my umbrella handy

Zombies in Kentucky!

Happy Birthday Dark Shadows!

Premiered on this date in 1966.

Happy Birthday Bob Keeshan!

Neat interview with Brian Wilson

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Another reason to love Portland - The Lovecraft Bar

RIP Peter Falk,0,1210734.story

MPT has a new site devoted to Poe!

The cutting edge of Warning Labels,0

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Irony? Bad Timing? Good Timing?

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A nice little article on "Surrender Dorothy"!

One of my favorite attractions in the area.  A local legend.

(Thanks for the link, Edmund!)

Back from C'Ville

Had a wonderful time down in Charlottesville this weekend, (Thanks, Carol!). They have an awesome farmer's market, where we discovered two wonderful new food dealers - Babes In The Wood and Simply Cheddar. Also went to Crozet for the best pizza in the State, as well as exploring a nice new book store there, Over The Moon Books. Then, back to C'Ville for a stroll along the downtown mall and the usual array of used bookstores there, (Daedulus, Read It Again Sam, etc.)  Fun stuff!!!

Happy Birthday Peter Lorre!

One of my faves!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy Birthday to the Omen!

One of my faves. Premiered on this date in 1976.

Anniversary of the Beatles' broadcast of All You Need Is Love

First world-wide satellite broadcast on this date in '67.

Happy Ratification Day! (Virginia)

Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution on this date in 1788.

Happy Birthday Tony Bourdain!

Happy Birthday Carly Simon!

Friday, June 24, 2011

The never-ending charade of management at Arlington

I will once again point out that not a single person has been punished in any way for anything done, or not done, at the Cemetery. Must be nice to be a General or a bureaucrat.

Flat Earth - The Map

I just love stuff like this. And it should surprise no one that the current belief in a flat earth is centered in the Old Dominion.

(Thanks for the link, Doug!)

Happy Birthday Arthur Brown!

Happy Birthday Ambrose Bierce!

One of my faves.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Another stonewalling in DC

I'm curious about the headline. What response? To say that someday someone is going to investigate something? Gee, thanks! Typical DC government.

The (Very) Friendly Skys

Fascinating. I know that the airlines used to literally advertise their flight attendants as concubines, but in this day and age, it's incredible to hear it confirmed. The usual corporate spin will occur - "one bad apple", etc., but you don't get this kind of conversation going unless it's part of the culture.

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Bruce performs It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City

Fun stuff!

Lunch Under Glass

Pretty wrapping with a soft, delicious center!

(Thanks for the link and title, Phil!)

Sewing Accessories - the cutting edge

Saving The World

Well, we're still here - so clearly she succeeded!

U2 box set reissues on the way

The Onion/Pulitzer War Continues...,20859/

just another day in the District

It's no wonder they shut down Lorton Prison, not when you have the DC government to absorb that population....

Russian (Water Balloon) Roulette

Actually, this looks pretty neat to me!

True Gamesmen

Cthulhu Cufflinks!

Wine bloggers conference in C'Ville!

Happy Birthday Josh Whedon!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Stuart Sutcliffe!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Carole King memoir on the way!

I definitely want to read this.

I prefer the kazoo for all of my emergencies

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Bruce performs Racing In The Street

This is so PG County, circa '78. Another song for a hot June night....

Some fun beer commercials

(Thanks for the links, Mathew!)

Krispy Kreme - AND HEALTH?!?

I pretty much agree with everything the writer of this article says.  And I'd add a bit more - I think it's silly for K.K. to try this.  They're going to spend a small fortune retooling their shops, and I suspect the returns will be minimal.  No one who is even modestly serious about eating yogurt is going to go there.  They're striving for a market that they'll never conquer.  Better to go in the opposite direction, like Arby's did, and proudly promote yourself as this fat and cholesterol mecca, and let the quadruple bypasses fall where they may. 

Deer in Church

I'm actually surprised this doesn't happen more often.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Path

The Friendly Skys

Every day, it seems that my tolerance for driving long distances, rather than giving the airlines money, increases.


Tokyo to London in 2.5 hours?

Hmm, there seem to be a lot of "ifs" in this plan...

I've got a dime bag of 'Kentucky Blue' right here for ya....

Everything Is A Remix

Pretty neat analysis and examples (HA!  Led Zep!) 

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Hannah Hart Interview,8599,2079263,00.html

I just love her show!

A "Premake" Of The Avengers

Pretty cute. And very similar to one of my favorites by the brilliant Firesign Theater, J Men Forever.

Happy Birthday to the Bowman Body!

A legendary Virginia ghost host who started as a Summer replacement on this date in the Summer of '70, (before becoming a permanent feature on the schedule).

Happy Birthday Howard Kaylan!

Happy Birthday Bruce Campbell!

Happy Birthday Todd Rundgren!

Happy Birthday Peter Asher!

Happy National Onion Rings Day!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

the Rolling Stones - for Rice Krispies

NoVa Brewfest this weekend!

My next house

Dice Age

Fun stuff!

The cutting edge of children's books

A Gary Gygax Memorial

Airship Harmonicas


There's a movie deal in this....

Neat Cthulhu Art

Cannibal Fingers!

My new fave cooking show

Jim Henson for IBM (and the paperwork explosion)

The brilliant Raymond Scott did the soundtrack for this.

Knowing IBM and their quality control, I'd rather deal with the paperwork...

Superheroes on their day off....

This is so pathetic....

Oh joy, more crap to spy on us

Neverland - the movie

This might be interesting.

A cat gets caught trying to pass for a dog

This is VERY strange, all the way around...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Annapolis Irish Festival is coming up

I've not attended this one before.

Joy Division on steel drum!

Fun stuff!

Heavy Metal BBQ Fork

And also, the D'Artagnan model:

Disturbing wedding photos...

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Nice article on Ray Davies and Village Green being performed

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

You axed for it

Our dishwashers will kill us


Bad Ref

There's GOLD in them thar Hills!

I'm looking on the spit dish in my dentist's office in a whole new way....

The dangers of sunbathing....

Final Exam in Medieval History


And so we enter (official) Summer.  Here's a tune from one soft infested one, performed at a concert that I attended, oh so long ago....

The Friendly Skys

Wuss Alexandria and the war against fun

It's always amusing to see the gross and primitive hypocrisy displayed by bureaucrats and city fathers. There's no mention here that for almost my entire life, Old Town was the location of the warehouses for Interarms, the largest independent war merchant in the world at that time. Two blocks' worth of explosives, guns, and other nasties, all cosily nestled amidst the colonial tinderbox of our cobblestoned streets, and with less security than you'd find at the average store of the GAP. Don't tell me about sparklers, you wussies....

Eric Meola, Born to Run, and the photo

Nice article about one of my fave album covers.

Today is Baby Boomers Recognition Day

Hmmm, just found out about this one. Sometimes I think my generation is a little too preoccupied with itself....

Weird Al takes on Lady Gaga

Brilliant, as always.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)


We will fry anything....

(Thanks for the links, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Berke Breathed!

Happy Birthday Nils Lofgren!

Happy Birthday Ray Davies!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Monopoly - The AC/DC Game

Tomorrow's Leaders

(Thanks for the link, Karl!)

Bruce performs a song that will never be performed live again

The Onion VS Pulitzer,20832/

Amish Internet

It's always amusing to see people twist and squirm about anything invented after 1840...

Not A Painting

Pretty amazing!

Bears in NoVa

I've never seen one around here, but have heard tales. We're about a block up from a creek that forms a sort of animal highway in the county, so I'm expecting that it's only a matter of time.

(Thanks for the link, Sandy!)

Happy Birthday Brian Wilson!

Genius. Essential. An American Treasure.

Happy Birthday Errol Flynn!

Happy Birthday Audie Murphy!

A Patriot and Hero.

Happy National Vanilla Milkshake Day!


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Alert Nick Charles!

Tribute to Clarence

At 6PM EST every radio station that matters will be playing Jungleland.

RIP Clarence,0,2592783.story

I was just listening to Greetings From Asbury Park last night. As many of you know, at this point the E Street Band and its music is a part of my DNA. This is not a happy day for me. There was a wonderful publicity shot taken during the Born To Run sessions that's one of my favorites, (and became the album cover). It show Bruce, guitar in hand, leaning on the Big Man. That pretty much says it all.

Happy Birthday Spanky McFarlane!

Happy Birthday Ann Wilson!

Happy Birthday Alan Cranston!

The only person to be sued by adolf hitler.

Happy Juneteenth!

Happy Fathers Day!

I will merely say that I hope each of you who has a living Father appreciates that fact and can spend some time with them, from someone who would give anything to be able to do the same.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Eat Shit - Really

Sorry, I've got just two words for ya: No and Way.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Virginia's version of the Wide World of Sports

Bruce performs Badlands

Nice song about desperation.


On the one hand, given the location, I assume the dude would have been using Coors beer to put the fire out. On the other hand, since Coors is little more than yellow colored piss water, I'd of assumed that that would have worked in putting out the flames. So this must of been someone who actually enjoys good beer! A tragedy.

Miss Duct Tape

Wonkette takes on Monty County


One of the many reasons I'm not flying this year

T.C. Williams Graduates today

My high school alma mater. Congrats, kids - this is for you:

Happy International Sushi Day!


The Hunger

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Linda Thorson!

I know she's not Emma Peel, but I always like Tara King, regardless.

Happy Birthday Paul!

What can I possibly say....

Friday, June 17, 2011

The first exploding artillery?,1518,769016,00.html#ref=nlint


(Thanks for the link, John!)

Bruce performs For You

Great version of a great song. Very '76...

Kaleidoscope Online!


Driving 85mph while drunk & having sex in the back seat is no way to go through life, son

Wuss Montgomery County

I guess the kids didn't bribe the inspector enough...

nice little article about Dore and Lovecraft

He's also one of my favorite artists.

RIP Wild Man Fischer

Sigh, just another day around the District

This is still an ongoing story, hopefully it will not wind up as serious as it was initially feared to be. The traffic around NoVa is hopelessly snarled right now, besides this incident, there were at least three other major traffic incidents around. I actually had to head over to an area about 2 miles from the Pentagon this morning. But between luck, a lifetime knowledge of the roads and having grown up watching Vanishing Point, I was able to make it there and back with little problems.  As for the millions stuck in traffic, still, it's gonna be a problem.  Their bleached bones will be lining the roads for years to come. 

Letters of Note

A fascinating collection of letters, memos, and notes written by the famous and the obscure. Really quite a treasure trove.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Bunker Hill Day is today

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A new film on Mosby's operations in NoVa during the Civil War

Another reason to hate google

Just another day in DC

Dear Photograph - a neat little photo blog

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Another example of how complicated the politics of WWII could get

I would point out that much of this encouragement of Russian collaboration was done either tactically, (ordered by generals in their particular sector), or somewhat clandestinely from hitler, (himmler was always playing around with ideas of an "international crusade against bolshevism", etc. At the same time, he was laying out the plans for the enslavement of many of the very people he expected to join the crusade - consistency and logic were not virtues in the third reich). Adolf was quite unflinching in his disregard for non-Aryans and is on record mocking some of his henchmen's flights of fancy with other ethnic groups. I also suspect that much (though not all) of the collaboration talked about in this article featured peoples who were actually minorities within the Soviet empire, rather than "pure" Russians, and a lot more was that mix of fear and opportunism that anyone wishing to survive in such a mess is tempted with. Like I said, it gets complicated.

Happy Birthday to the Monterey Pop Festival!

Occurred on this date in 1967. The one music festival I wish I had been able to attend. Woodstock gets all the attention, (and it is an important event in pop music history), but I think Monterey just shines.

Happy Birthday Stan Laurel!

Genius. Essential.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

fanvid for Bruce performing The Heist/Meeting Across The River

Recovery from blindness!


Just one more reason to love Scotch!

Market Share


the oldest lightbulb

Pretty neat!


The cutting edge of drunken joy rides

more mental abilities exhibited by crows and parrots

Whole Foods Parking Lot - The Rap Song

Ah yes, the Mean Aisles..... The only rap song too feature quinoa and humboldt fog cheese!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Anniversary of the start of the Pig War of 1859

One of my fave wars...

Happy Birthday Black Adder!

Premiered on this date in 1983. Brilliant!

Happy Birthday to The Legend of Hell House!

One of my fave horror movies. Premiered on this date in 1973.

Happy Birthday Jim Varney!

Happy Birthday Harry Nilsson!

McCartney & Lennon Anniversary

John and Paul first met on this date in 1956.

Anniversary of the founding of Arlington National Cemetary

In 1864...

Happy National Lobster Day!


Happy Magna Carta Day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Great set of WWII bomber pics from Life magazine

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Hypocrisy, Thy Name is School Administrator

This reminds me of the time that the superintendent of Alexandria's school's got a DWI and got to keep her job (and I believe, a raise) and to continue telling kids "just say no". Cheers!

The cutting edge of theft

Yoga VS Drinking

fanvid for Bruce performing E Street Shuffle

Fun stuff!

Monopoly In The Park

The Steampunk Home - a resource blog

And Kraken decorating for it:

(Thanks for the links, Nick!)

B-17 Crash!

Wow! Lucky passengers....

Happy Birthday Junior Walker!

Happy Flag Day!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Japanese Manhole Covers

This is actually pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Casting Call Of Cthulhu

Fun stuff!

RIP Carl Gardner of the Coasters

An update on the King of the World

Bruce performs Growin' Up

One of my faves.

Mathematics and the discovery of Yog Sothoth!!!

Ia! Ia!

The Archer

I do congratulate this man, and it's certainly a remarkable achievement. But I'd be curious if the Olympics might not have rules that would prevent him from competing. As the article mentions, there are possible advantages in the use of legs for archery, (I seem to remember tales of Armenian archers using giant "leg bows" to battle Alexander the Great's troops during his invasion - and pretty much beating him*).

*My memory may be faulty on this, it's been a long time since I read up on Big Al's campaigns.

Clarence Clemons in trouble?

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Basil Rathbone!

Happy Birthday Paul Lynde!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

fanvid for Bruce performing Incident on 57th Street

One of those tunes that probably doesn't work in a big concert setting, or even on an AM radio while driving down the road. This is made for a small smoke-filled club, or sitting alone on a hot Summer evening watching the thunder clouds roll in. It's another in a long line of Springsteen songs that I think captures the whole urban East Coast vibe of the 70's.

An interview with the playwright of a new work based on Bela Lugosi


The pigs of Falls Church & the Stench of Gtown

A nice article on two bits of local DC 'color'...

(Thanks for the link, Edmund!)

Happy Birthday Reg Presley!

Happy World Wide Knit In Public Day!

Happy Loving Day!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

fanvid for Bruce perforing Lost In The Flood

fanvid for Burt Ward performing Orange Colored Sky

Holy out of tune mess, Batman! I honestly don't remember this. Apparently, it was recorded with Frank Zappa & The Mothers.

A site devoted to Little Tavern

An unbelievable amount of info on this site to one of the earlier hamburger franchises, and a local (DC) Legend.

Datamancer - Steampunk PC's

Beautiful!!! Needless to say, this is the guy I want designing my next PC.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Joseph Warren!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday to True Grit!

Premiered on this date in '69. Filmed in the most beautiful spot on earth that I know of, the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado.

Happy Birthday to A Day At The Races!

Premiered on this date in 1937.

Happy Birthday Donnie van Zandt!

Happy Birthday Frank Beard!

Happy Birthday Gene Wilder!

Happy National Corn On The Cob Day!


Friday, June 10, 2011

A new twist on wind power


Bruce performs Spirit In The Night

So cool. One of my faves. This is so perfect for those days, so long ago. Even into the late 70's, Bruce would still jump into the audience to sing this, (and I don't mean the first row or two, I've seen him go into the wings at the old Cap Center). The trust between performer and fans was that good, and that intimate.

A B&B devoted to Dark Shadows

Best Buy owns "Geek"?!?

The usual BS from the suits. The term "geek" goes back many decades before the whole computer craze. It was a carny term for an act in the sideshow who would do things like bite the heads off of live chickens, etc. I guess BB will try to sue the remaining freak shows....

Saving the Human Soul: The Patent

The cutting edge of drug abuse

Just how much more sedate does a slime mold have to get?

The cutting edge of the lack of government preparedness

death by totem pole

'Armed' Robbery

Under Age Werewolf

I hope his "special needs" were met by the police, and he was provided with a jail cell with a fire hydrant.

Wuss America's war against cicada ice cream

It's just protein, guys - relax.  (And Yes, I'd certainly give it a try if offered some.  I've eaten bugs in the past, and some have been pretty good!)

Finally! A dictionary for Cuneiform

Actually, I think this is pretty neat, but then I enjoy history...

The Napoleon's of America

A neat little tidbit of history.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

And a little something for the Ladies....

she loves cats....

Happy to Tales From The Crypt! (the TV show)

Premiered on this date in 1989.  Fun stuff!

Happy National Herb & Spice Day!


Happy National Ice Tea Day!


Thursday, June 09, 2011

Transcripts of Hannah Reitsch's interrogation available online

A fascinating bit of history about the last days in the fuhrer's bunker.  Hannah was an excellent pilot, absolutely fearless, and a fanatical and unrepentant nazi, (despite her bleatings in this document).  I always regretted that we didn't string her up....

fanvid for an early recording of Bruce performing Does This Bus Stop On 82nd Street

Fun stuff!

The Call of Cthulhu (film) is online!

Yes, it's silent, just like films in the 20's would have been, (and just like many of the great flicks of all time are).  I love this movie, and the folks that make it, (The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society).  Absolutely essential viewing for any of my fellow Cultists out there!

Bureaucracy & The National Security State

It's nice to see that the junior spy codebook from fucking 1809 is now declassified.  I look forward to someday, no doubt in my dotage, being able to read about Andrew Jackson's Double-Secret plans for defending New Orleans from the British...  Sheesh!

The Smurf Threat,1518,767372,00.html#ref=nlint

I confess to being totally ignorant about the whole Smurf thing, but this sounds fun.

(Thanks for the link, John!)

The cutting edge of wardrobe acessorizing

Photo of the Day

Tee hee!

11 Overused Phrases

But what if I AM camping, and AM very unhappy?

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The British Ears of pre-WWII,1518,765771,00.html

A fascinating footnote to the War, (or at least the preparations for it).

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)


Springsteen was signed to Columbia Records on this date in 1972.

Happy Birthday Johnny Depp!

Happy Birthday Lin Carter!

I never thought much of him as an author, but as an editor, promoter and archivist of fantasy and sword & sorcery literature, he is without peer.

Happy Birthday Jackie Wilson!

Mr. Excitement! One of the Greats.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

fanvid for The Urban Verbs performing Subway

One of the best bands to come out of DC. I loved these guys back in their heyday in the late 70's and early 80's.

Carole King (and Slash) perform The Locomotion

Fun stuff!

Weiner inspires Today's Youth!

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

The Guess Who performs These Eyes

Marvin Gaye performs What's Going On & What's Happening Brother

A nice article on L'Auberge Chez Grancois

One of my all-time fave restaurants!

(Thanks for the link, Linda!)

Happy Birthday Nancy Sinatra!

Happy Birthday Keenen Ivory Wayans!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

John Hartford & Glen Campbell perform Gentle On My Mind

Another great song that suffered from over-exposure at the time. Reminds me of Summer nights in the late 60's. And that means it's time for another bourbon. See ya tomorrow.

The Troggs video for Love Is All Around

I still think this is one of the prettiest songs, ever; made more ironic by the fact that it's from the Troggs.

Joni performs Help Me

I know it got too much airplay back in its day, but it's still a beautiful song.

fanvid for Shane MacGowan covering Cracklin' Rosie

Neil Diamond wrote this tune decades ago, and his version is quite good. But Shane is the perfect mouthpiece for it. The national anthem of winos.

The Turtles perform She'd Rather Be With Me

Funny thing; I still remember going into the record store about 44 years ago (to the day) and buying this 45.

Lulu covers Shout!


fanvid for The Hangmen performing What A Girl Can't Do

DC Legends...

The Telluride Ballon Festival

A nice little video, but doesn't really capture the beauty of the place very well. 

An interesting interview iwth Berry Gordy about Marvin Gaye

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Not A Quitter,0,7042546.story

Happy Birthday to El Dorado!

One of my favorite Westerns. Premiered on this date in 1966.

Happy Birthday Tom Jones!

Happy Birthday Prince!

Happy Birthday Nikki Giovanni!

One of my fave poets.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Anti-zomibe prejudice and a nation of whiny-assed snowflakes,0,4825301.story

Yes, I'm certainly glad that we have tax-funded police, ready and able to deal with the bikini zombie threat. Thank you citizen, for calling that complaint in.

The playground

Bambi's Revenge

Uh, has anyone thought of just eating the deer? I mean, here we have meat on the hoof, just walking up to you. I know some of you reading this are good hunters. And Linda's got a recipe for venison that's outstanding...

RIP Martin Rushent

Man, this has not been a good day for pop music. That's four deaths, today.

RIP Kevin Kavanaugh

One of the original Asbury Jukes.

The Doors perform Five To One

Great song, from the mean streets of Alexandria..... ;)

Billy Price performs El Dorado Cafe

One of the great blue-eyed soul singers, sadly under-appreciated.  Puts on a great show.

Bruce performs Thunder Road

Sigh...The soundtrack to a misspent youth...

The Spinners perform I'll Be Around

My fave song by one of the great soul vocal groups. 

osama - porn icon

Send an email to the Future...

Air mail

Teen gangs are a problem for all....

Wuss camping

Happy Birthday to Pigpen & Rubber Duck!

The events portrayed on the song Convoy took place on this date.... The song that sold a million CB radios.

Happy Birthday Damien Thorne!

According to the Omen, lil' Damien was born on this date...

Rock Around The Clock at #1!

On this date in 1955.

Happy Birthday Gary U.S. Bonds!

Happy Birthday Levi Stubbs!

Happy Birthday Nathan Hale!

The Anniversary of D-Day

An extraordinary battle and event.

RIP Frankie Toler

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

RIP Andrew Gold

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

Sunday, June 05, 2011

I Will Live Forever....

The cutting edge of sending your son to school...

Happy Birthday Jim Varney!

Happy Dead Duck Day!

Happy Festival of Popular Illusions Day!

Saturday, June 04, 2011

The future....

How pathetic...

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Gordon Waller!

Anniversary of the Battle of Midway

One of the greatest naval battles, ever; and a one of the turning points in WWII.

Happy National Cognac Day!


150 Days Till Halloween!

Friday, June 03, 2011


RIP James Arness

Foreclosure On Snakes

I know a little bit about snakes. What the hell are these things eating to support that type of population? I'd be as or more worried about the type of bug infestation necessary to feed 'em.

The cutting edge of police search methods

Tee Hee! Two Points For the British!

Don't poo-poo this idea

Cute idea, but I'd note some of the objections and questions in the Comments section of this article.

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Happy Birthday Josephine Baker

The Reenactor....

Pretty cute!

(Thanks for the link, Bill!)

Ode To Billy Joe

The events in the song took place on this date. Southern Gothic at its finest.

Happy Birthday Leo Gorcey!

Happy Birthday Ian Hunter!

Happy Birthday Suzi Quatro!

Happy Birthday Curtis Mayfield!

Genius. Essential. The Soul of Soul.

Happy Jack Jouett Day!

Happy National Cheese Day!


Happy National Egg Day!


Thursday, June 02, 2011

Eric Burdon & War perform Spill The Wine

And it was about this time of year in '70 when this was released. Burdon was battling a bad smack addiction, but managed to hold it together enough to combine with one of the most interesting fusion bands of that time to make a great song. Musically, there's so much going on here, that I hear new things each time I give it a listen. Beautiful. This so reminds me of the sweltering heat of that Summer...

fanivd for Jay & The Techniques performing Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie

Perfect pop soul from one of the first two-tone groups.

fanvid for Janis & Big Brother performing Combination of the Two

Loved her, especially when performing with B.B.

BTO performs Takin' Care Of Business

Inescapable about this time of year in '74. Stupid but fun as hell.

The cutting edge of big game hunting

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! What a bunch of rubes!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Ultimate Alarm Clock

Discovery of the "Devil Worm"

The cramps perform Garbage Man

So damned cool...

Field Trip!

I've actually enver been to one, but I have to imagine that Hooters is pretty tame compared to what a grade schooler is exposed to on TV, film, computer games, etc.

(Thanks for the link, Linda!)

RIP Shenandoah Brewing

A shame. Linda and I spend many an evening there brewing away about ten years ago.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Headline (and Mom) of the Day

A blog devoted to Lovecraftian illustration

Repair Manual for your Tiger Tank

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Martha Washington!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

A Sequel to Manos!

The Nietzsche Family Circus

Petula Clark performs Downtown

One of my all-time fave songs. I'll always have a crush on Pet.

fanvid for J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers performing Last Kiss

Great tune. Probably THE classic rock'n'roll death song.

Tavares performs It Only Takes A Minute

Classic 70's Top 40 Soul.

Patti Smith performs Redondo Beach

One of my fave artists.

The cutting edge of North Korean Smuggling Operations

Nice interview with Exene Cervenka

The Wide World Of Sports

I wonder if we'll see the winner on a box of Wheaties?

Neat photos of the stinging caterpillar

A World Map via Facebook

Ice Cream War!

Escargot Emergency Entails Excessive Expense!

Happy Birthday to Universal Pictures!

Started on this date in 1912. Home of the Monsters.

A nice collection of photos from Memorial Day

Vintage Virginia Wine Festival coming up

I wish them well, but I have two problems with our local wine festivals. The first may be unavoidable - they are too popular. Twenty five years ago, the festivals were very modest affairs, even intimate. One could wander casually around and actually chat with the wine makers about the details of their offerings. The last couple of times I went, (at least ten years ago), the crowds were so thick that you had to practically elbow your way into a booth to get a taste of vino, with no opportunity to really hear about it.
The second difficulty is that they hold these things in the Summer. It's just too damn hot. You're out traipsing away in a beaten down field in a hundred degree weather, with humidity to match - the sun just baking you. That's no way to calmly examine wine. And it's impossible to enjoy a cab, I don't care how good it is. I wish these things were held in mid to late October.

Christ, What An Asshole

Too true!

(Thanks for the link, Bill!)

Happy Birthday Sgt. Pepper!

Happy Birthday Le Petomane!

Welcome To Hell

June is National Accordion Awareness Month

June is National Fireworks Safety Month

Yeah, RIGHT!