Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy National Raisin Day!


Happy Birthday Wayne Kramer!

Happy Beltane/Walpurgisnach!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Swiss...Europe's tickbirds...

Long-time readers of this column will know of my despising the Swiss and their faux-neutrality.  Their pro-nazi sympathies and actions are well documented amongst serious historians; and their vampiric attitudes towards its victims are something that reserves them a special place in hell.  Oh, and Sweden - you're not too far behind.  Enjoy your sanctimoniousness while you can....

Happy Birthday Tommy James!

Happy Birthday Tammi Terrell!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Carolyn Jones!

Friday, April 27, 2012

The fake alien photo

Fun stuff!  This thing has been kicking around ufology for decades, it's nice to see it finally and totally explained and debunked.

Star Trek Ultima

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

The Long Goodbye

Of course, Neil Sedaka was way ahead of the curve on this:

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Frank Belknap Long!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Free Aaron Yonda from facebook silliness!

On eating out in NoVa

I'm a big fan of Cowen's reviews and articles on dining around here. 

Halloween Decorations On Sale!

Went into Old Town today, and already the little Christmas shop there is displaying and selling Halloween decorations!  That's a first.  Usually, I don't see any stock until mid to late July.  One more little bit of evidence that the Holiday is gaining in popularity, at least from a merchandising point of view.

So, Papa, How do you like the iPad?

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Happy Birthday Carol Burnett!

Happy Birthday Stevie Nicks!

Happy National Pretzel Day!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The return of Yellow Submarine!

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

Woody Guthrie box set due out this Summer!

The Warriors of Goja!

Now, That's Entertainment!

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Happy Birthday to The Adventures of Robin Hood!

One of my all-time fave movies.  Premiered on this date in 1938.

Happy Birthday Meadowlark Lemon!

Happy Birthday Jerry Leiber!

Happy Birthday Björn Ulvaeus!

Happy Red Hat Society Day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Diane Keaton - Master Shrieker


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Zeppo playing Groucho

An interesting bit of Marx Brothers trivia.

The Beatles - The Lost Concert - coming to theaters!

Very cool!

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

The war against air fresheners

I would just love to see the statistics.  Has there EVER been a single traffic incident that has been proven in a court of law to have been caused by an air freshener?  Even one?

Monday, April 23, 2012

A neat site devoted to old maps

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

RIP Chris Ethridge

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

The Lucky Cat Army

Very weird....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A Russian flash mob takes on Puttin' On The Ritz

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Gail!)

Why Bookmobiles Are Important

This is wonderful!

(Thanks for the link and title, Carol*!)

*I should point out that Carol runs the bookmobile for Charlottesville, and I can assure everyone that she is fully prepared for outbreaks of zombie apocalypse, vampire infestation, demonic possession, and the return of Cthulhu.  After all, she hangs out with me....

Happy Birthday Ed Walker!

A local and beloved radio legend,, and one of the Joy Boys.

Happy Birthday Roy Orbison!

Happy National Picnic Day!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Moving at Mach 20!,0,4564567.story

Coolest thing to happen at a baseball game

The Joel VS Mike debate within MST3000

The Doom That Came To DC

Absolutely true.  There is no longer a "good time" to drive, nor a "good route" to take.  I've been in jams everywhere and every time.  We are a complete mess...

The Super Moon is coming on May 5th!

The Great Hovercat War!

This is hysterical!

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

A wonderful posting and recording about Groucho in concert

Balloons over Ft. Ward!

Just got this notice about an event at our local Civil War park:

Civil War Balloon Corps Event at Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site
April 28, 11 3 p.m.

Did you know that the Union Army staged several military balloon ascensions in the West End of Alexandria early in the Civil War? Learn about this little known aspect of Alexandria's history and the Civil War Balloon Corps on April 28 in a living history program held at Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public. The program is weather dependent.

In 1861, a civilian Balloon Corps attached to the U.S. Army was organized to gather information on Confederate positions and movements from the sky. Although aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe was appointed Chief Aeronaut to command the Balloon Corps, one of his competitors, John La Mountain, was responsible for conducting several balloon ascensions from Alexandria beginning in October of 1861.

Fort Ward's program will feature a reenactor portraying period aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe, who will discuss the use of aerial balloons for military surveillance during the war, and the local history of La Mountain's balloon ascensions. A highlight of the program will be a 19,000 cubic foot netted gas balloon similar to those used during the Civil War. The theme of how technology of the time was used to advance military communications will also be interpreted by reenactors portraying telegraphers and members of the signal corps who will display equipment and present demonstrations. Visitors can also tour the historic Union fort, which features the fully restored Northwest bastion, visit the reconstructed and furnished Officers' Hut, and view Museum exhibits.

Fort Ward is the best preserved fortification in the Defenses of Washington, an extensive system of forts built to protect the Union capital during the Civil War. The Museum offers changing exhibits, tours, lectures, and interpretive programs throughout the year. Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site is located at 4301 West Braddock Road.

For more information visit www.fortward. org, or call 703.746.4848.

My Way

Happy Birthday Glen Campbell!

Happy Birthday Peter Frampton!

Happy Birthday Rondo Hatton!

Happy Earth Day!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Depp talks about Frid

Wizards is online!

I know, it has its drawbacks, particularly by modern, high-financed efforts today.  But it remains one of my all-time fave movies.

Happy Record Store Day!

I really miss those days...

Snoopy Wins!

The red Baron was shot down on this date in 1918.

Happy Birthday Iggy Pop!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy Birthday L'Auberge Chez Francois!

One of the greatest restaurants I've ever been to.  Opened on this date in 1976.

Happy Birthday George Takei!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Goat Man

P.G. county's contribution to our local folklore.

Record Store Day events around DC

Very cool!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

My Drunk Kitchen takes on Tacos

I love this 'show'.

Slow Motion Stupidity

This is pretty cool, actually.

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

RIP Levon Helm


Headline of the day

Swan Song

The much anticipated Mars/Earth War Begins!

H.G. Well was wrong - apparently, we started it.

Video documentary on the Wytheville UFO sightings

A wonderful article about Bruce and the aging of us all

I confess that I'm not going to see the current tour, these things are expensive, and the while this guy is bragging about seeing Bruce in the 90's, my frame of reference is the shows from 10-15 years earlier.  Oh, I'm sure that the current performance is as excellent as described, but it won't be the same for me.  And, as I've mentioned before, there's something bittersweet, (and maybe leaning towards the depressing) about rock shows for those of us well past our prime.  To their credit, there are artists who explore that and deal with it in their songs.  I'm glad to see Springsteen at the top of that list, one could add Nick Lowe and Roger McGuinn to it, (I'd also point out that one of the first rockers to recognize and seriously care about if one can age gracefully in rock'n'roll was the now-ignored Bob Seger).

RIP Jonathan Frid

Happy Birthday Mark Volman!

Happy Birthday Tim Curry!

Happy Birthday Dudley Moore!

Happy National Ameratto Day!


Happy Patriots' Day!

I know the date is moved around a lot - but today is the REAL day to celebrate.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Last Dambuster...

The Garage Pilot


(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

RIP Dick Clark

The ant hil - exposed


(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Anniversary of Paul Rever's Ride

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Liz Phair!

Happy Birthday Senor Wences!

Happy National Cheeseball Day!


Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Gerry Rafferty!

Happy Birthday Dusty Springfield!

Happy Birthday Charlie Chaplin!

Happy Emacipation Day!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Happy Birthday In Living Color!

Premiered on this date in 1990.

Happy Birthday Hans Conried!

Happy Birthday Dave Edmunds!

Happy Birthday Da Vinci!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Edgar Allan Potato Head!

Montpelier Wine Festival coming in May

Bug memorials

I despair...

I couldn't agree more with the title of this person's posting.  These imbeciles are fucking pathetic....

Cask Ale Festival in Richmond next week!

News on Josh Whedon's Dr. Horrible sequel

A challenge to traditional scientific journals

The ultimate Star Wars toy

I gotta say, this is impressive!

20 "Brand New" Spitfires!

The Soviet Hobbit

Happy Birthday Tony Burrows!

Happy Birthday Sarah Michelle Gellar!

Happy Birthday Gerry Anderson!

Happy John Hanson Day!

Happy Cuckoo Day!

Actually celebrated on a variety of dates around this time of month in Britain.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The last of Doolittle's Raiders

The Cutting Edge of Target Practice

Now I'm really curious as to what happened to that pilot.

Lavatory Self Portraits In The Flemish Style

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Push To Add Drama

Neat!  But this is sort of an everyday occurrence in the Shaw neighborhood...

Keith Moon Lives! (At least for some...)

Quantum Link Established!

Pretty neat.

A novel way to write

This is actually kind of a cool ending to a rather sad/unusual situation.


I always love it when someone comes up with an idea to relieve stupid rich people of their money in perfectly legal ways.  

Happy Birthday Harold Stassen!

Happy Birthday Don Adams!

Happy Birthday Mighty Max!

Happy Birthday Al Green!

Only 200 Days Until Halloween!

Happy Friday the 13th!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Tiny Tim!

I feel the strangest urge...

To take a  femur bone and beat the shit out of something while listening to Strauss...

The Ultimate Game with the Ultimate Players

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

A wonderful interview with Mike McCartney

This is great, for anyone into the history of Mersey Beat.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Rock Around The Clock!

Bill Haley & His Comets recorded it on this date in 1954.

Happy Birthday John Kay!

Happy National Licorice Day!


Happy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A blog devoted to military humor and satire

Some cute stuff, here!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Richard Berry!

And Happy Louie Louie Day!!!

Happy 8-Track Tape Day!

Happy Alferd Packer Day!

Happy National Cheese Fondue Day!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Power (and the Joy) of Music

You'll pardon me, but a piece of sand got caught in my eye...

(Thanks for the link and title, Missy!)

Remote Heating - An advance for computer proccessors?

Interesting.  I also see potential in the practical jokes department:  forget the old hand buzzer - give me a nanotube glove!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The German Easter Bunny doesn't hide eggs......

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Anniversary of the break-up of the Beatles

In 1970.  Thanks a lot, Yoko...

Happy National Siblings Day!

Monday, April 09, 2012

"Who Will Be Eaten First?" - an oldie but goody of Cthulhiana

Eric Burdon was the Egg Man!

Happy Birthday Carl Perkins!

Happy Birthday Tom Lehrer!

Happy Birthday Avery Schreiber!

Happy Dyngus Day!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

National Haunters Convention coming to Philly in May!

The Starship Enterprise that was almost built...

More info on the new Dark Shadows

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Texts From A Dog

I thought this was great!

(Thanks for the link, Liza!)

Yellow Submarine on DVD!!!

The return of Eerie comics!

There's no details yet, but Dark Horse is announcing the return of the old Warren Publications horror comic, Eerie, for this coming July.  They've already got Creepy coming out, (although not nearly as often as I'd like to see).

Happy Birthday Ravi Shankar!

Happy National Tater Day!

Happy Birthday Janis Ian!

Friday, April 06, 2012

Rock & Paper - Still Okay

Airborne wind turbines

Pretty cool - and they can double as defense against luftwaffe attacks!

Tube Travel!


In DC, this wouldn't be questioned....


Bacon Coffin


Lego Crab

Happy Easter - Bill & Ted Style!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Phil Austin!

Happy Birthday John Waterhouse!

Happy National Tartan Day!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Tee Hee!

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

First Contact

On this date, in 2063, Earth experiences First Contact with Vulcan.

Happy Birthday Nigel Hawthorne!

Happy Birthday Agnetha Falstog!

Happy Birthday Roger Corman!

Happy Birthday Robert Bloch!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Coyotes In Arlington!

Never thought I'd be able to say that!

(Thanks for the link, Karen!)

Shtogun Rainbow

Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Muddy Waters!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

A gift for that special Trekkie in your life

Beatles II?

The Cyber Threat

Interesting article, but the solution is obvious.  For your biggest secrets, and your most secure communications, sacrifice speed and ease of access for near-total security:  don't use computers connected to the outside world.  Go back to paperwork, couriers, etc.  I mean, this worked up to about 30 years ago.  I'm not saying put everything out of reach of technology - just the stuff that you're really worried about.  I don't care how many tech geeks China has.  They can't come over here, break into a gated-guarded-locked-building, break into a locked and alarmed office, break into a safe, and get the secrets therein.  That's what they had to do 30+ years ago, and they virtually never succeeded without help from one of the guards.  Get off the Net, and you leave the geeks far behind...

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Subliminal Messages In Rock - The REAL Story!


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Rumpole!

Premiered on this date in 1978.  Brilliant TV series.

Happy Birthday Washington Irving!

Monday, April 02, 2012

Church converted into bookstore!


Happy Birthday Leon Russell!

Happy Birthday Marvin Gaye!

Sunday, April 01, 2012


George Takei just announced there's going to be a new Star Trek film, and he'll be starring as the Captain of the Excelsior, (which is also the name of the film).

For The Star Wars Fans...

The "Dudley Dorito" UFO

Hmmm.  Interesting film, but has anyone explored the idea that it's a kite, or a hang glider (as some of the commenters suggest)?

The cutest little hippo you're going to see today

Happy Birthday Pirate Radio!

One of my fave movies.  Premiered on this date in 2009.

Happy Birthday Ronnie Lane!

Happy Birthday Lon Chaney, Sr.!

Happy National Sourdough Bread Day!


Happy St. Stupid's Day!

Happy April Fool's Day!