Saturday, June 30, 2012

This is seriously going to be the new "in term" around here for the next few weeks.

a 9167 interview with Basil Liddell Hart

This is a wonderful source for all students of 20th century military history.  Hart was one of the architects of tank warfare.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

How To Destroy The Internet

Ahhh yes.  I'm ready.  Now to call the U.N. and demand ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A Midwest Mystery?

The Manor VS The Derecho

We are safe here at the Manor; in fact, our immediate neighborhood appears to be something of an island of calm amidst a lot of damage.  The wind and lightning were quite fierce last night.  And I'd say that the gusts were in the 70mph range, (the highest that I've ever experienced directly).  As you can see from the fist link, we are now using the term 'derecho' to describe what occurred, (a word that I've never heard of before today). 
There are now at least four deaths attributed to the storm and over a million folks without power, and our phone system is completely screwed up, (I'd guesstimate that it's only operating at about 20% of capacity). 
At any rate, for those of you in the outlands, that's the current situation here.  The main problem is that there's a possibility of more of the same early this evening.  We'll see what happens...

Ghost Tours of Staunton, VA

Anniversary fo the Tunguska Event

Happy Birthday Flo Ballard!

Happy National Ice Cream Soda Day!


Friday, June 29, 2012

Didn't he do this in every episode of Star Trek?

Cue the Double Mint Gum theme song!
(Thanks for the link and title, Dennis!)

I prefer mine to taste bitter....

This may be my new favorite salt...

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Happy Birthday Ray Harryhausen!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sulu Rules!

This is so cool!

a little computer nostalgia

Happy Birthday to Where The Action Is!

The series premiered on this date in 1965.

Happy Birthday Gilda Radner!

Happy Birthday Mel Brooks!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A new biography on Zhukov

A great general.  I'm glad that this review highlights the amazing costs and contributions the Soviets made to the War.  Americans tend to get a VERY one-sided view of things.  I hope that the book covers well one other aspect of Zhukov's career, one that is often overlooked, even by military historians.
When asked what his most important battle or campaign might be, folks would summon up a variety of answers - the seige of Leningrad, the defense of Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk and on and on.  And they're all damned impressive and important.  But they all pale besides a little know shooting match - the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, in Mongolia in 1939.  There, the Soviets and Japanese fought a fierce campaign for what would ultimately be the control of the Northern parts of the Far East.  And Zhukov slaughtered the Japanese forces so badly that they declined to go at the Soviets any more, despite hitler's entreaties in 1941.  That fact allowed the Soviets to transfer forces from the Far East to Europe and win the early victories at Leningrad and Moscow, which in turn led to the later victories that ended the War.  It's weird and disappointing how something so important is ignored so much.  One could argue that WWII was won in an obscure (to the West) battle in the Mongolian wilderness.  A Japanese invasion of Siberia would almost certainly have turned things the other way.  Zhukov's leadership and his mens' determination and bravery stopped that possibility from occurring.
This is one of those wonderful historical instances where something that is seemingly obscure and disconnected from events becomes a linchpin in our lives.  

Happy Birthday Dark Shadows!

The series premiered on this date in 1966.

Happy Birthday Captain Kangaroo!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Two Trailers For Frankenweenie!

The original short film was great, I hope this is too.

Happy Birthday Peter Lorre!

Monday, June 25, 2012

The fight for a universal library
I've begun to despise the suits and their control of what's going to become eternal copyright.  And what's going to happen is that someone in some State beyond international law is going to be thwart it.  There will be a web site in Taiwan, or Nigeria, or some spec of an island that'll figure out a way to make bucks with this, screw all the copyright holders and make everything available online, one way or another, perhaps with some new technology or kink to the Internet that we aren't aware of yet. 

Knitters VS The Olympics
It's amusing to see a vast, corrupt, scandal-ridden, money-sucking scam like the olympics accusing someone like knitting of denigrating it.  I've got news for you, it's impossible to drag the olympics any lower than it already is...

Happy Birthday to The Omen!

Premiered on this date in 1976.

It's all for You, Damien....

Happy Birthday Tony Bourdain!

Happy Birthday Carly Simon!

Happy Anniversary to All You Need Is Love!

The world-wide broadcast took place on this date in '67.

Happy Virginia Ratification Day!

The Old Dominion ratified the U.S. Constitution on this date in 1788.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Starry Wisdom Library
This looks very cool for all of us Cthulhoids....

Cthulhu Tiki Mugs!



Story of the Day

I'm re-setting my cuckoo clock

Be careful whom you prank....

Everyone is going vegetarian these days

Happy Birthday, Flying Saucers!

On this date in 1947, Kenneth Arnold sighted flying saucers, and launched the modern revival of UFO's.

Happy Birthday Ambrose Bierce!

Happy Birthday Arthur Brown!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

16 Spirfires - Still flying!!!
This is sooo neat!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The return of the Kentucky golbins?

This is an old standard in Fortean literature, and my guess is that this is a wonderful little hoax. 

Perhaps they were after his Lucky Charms?

The strategy behind the Nigerian scam

Happy Birthday Stuart Sutcliffe!

Happy Birthday Joss Whedon!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Clifton Wine Festival tomorrow!

One Library, saved!


(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

The Gettysburg Electric Map Endangered

I, for one, find this predictable and disgusting.  The electric map was a part of my childhood visits to Gettysburg, and in my last excursion there in  2003 I still found it informative about a fairly complex topic.  It gives one a good view of the geography that so influenced events then and there.  Save the whiz-bang effects for Hollywood, this was good history.  (As an aside, it's interesting to me that someone administering a site devoted to Blue VS Gray over Black & White issues is claiming to be color blind....)

(Thanks for the link, Rick!)

Happy Birthday Bruce Campbell!

Happy Anniversary to the Bowman Body

The Bowman Body (a local Horror host) first appeared on TV on this date in 1970.

Happy Birthday Todd Rundgren!

Happy Birthday Peter Asher!

Happy National Onion Rings Day!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Wafle Shop...

This has been a minor landmark in Alexandria since, well, since forever.

Hapy Birthday Berke Breathed!

Happy Brithday Ray Davies!

Happy Birthday Nils Lofgren!

Happy Baby Boomers Recognition Day!

Because we aren't self-congratulatory enough....

Happy Summer Solstice!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WWII art online

This'll be interesting for any military history buffs to wade through.

The last of the reunions for the 5th
Of course, there is nothing unusual about this.  We grow older, and sooner or later, we die.  I post this article not because it's unusual, but because it's quite expected.  And I tend to shy away from the "Greatest Generation" moniker.  Who knows?  Each year has had its own challenges and been met by at least some people, even at the cost of their lives.  It's a game I want to steer clear of. 
But, I will say that for me, they are the folks I most look to, (that and the generation involved in the Revolution).  I consider myself both lucky and privileged to have grown up, listening to the stories of my parents, and their friends and relations.  In some ways, the keystones of their lives are a part of my own, now.  Equal to the events in my own time, they influence my views and my reactions.  Almost all of those folks are gone now. I miss those guys, and appreciate the sacrifices they made, and what I've learned from them.

The latest on the Air Force's orbital vehicle
Fascinating stuff!  The fact that it can't be located is amazing.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Brian Wilson!


Today is the anniversary of the photo shoot for Born To Run, by Eric Meola.  And one of the best album covers of all time.

Happy Birthday Errol Flynn!

One of my all-time faves.  THE Robin Hood!

Happy Birthday Audie Murphy!

Happy National Vanilla Milkshake Day!


I'll always remember...I was around 7 years old and I got the mumps.  Actually, it was worse, I got it twice, sort of.  Half the side of my face got infected, and when it started to clear up, then the other side came down with it.  My typical luck.  But one good thing happened.  The doctor told my mother to get a blender and make me milkshakes - about the only thing I could 'eat'.  She did so, and it made a bad situation a whole lot better...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

RIP Victor Spinnetti

(Thanks for the news about this, Perry!)

Zombie Name Generator

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The Zen Of Slinky

(Thanks for the link & title, Mathew!)

The Pizza/Food circulatory system

But why are they ordering such shitty pizza?

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

June Foray gets her Emmy
A wonderful posting about a legend.  I love Mark Evanier's blog about his life and show biz, and this is one of his best postings.

Happy Birthday Spanky McFarlane!

Happy Birthday Ann Wilson!

Happy Birthday Alan Cranston!

The only person to be sued by hitler.

Happy Juneteenth!

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name
(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Howard Kaylan!

Happy Birthday Linda Thorson!

Happy Birthday Paul!;jsessionid=F2F0E0F66056F279FC15E896022FED27.lr1PR

Happy International Sushi Day!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

RIP Rock bottom Remainders

Groucho on Fathers Day

Steampunk R2 D2!

Funs tuff!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Father's Day!

Now, a rather melancholy day for me.  If your Father is still around, I hope you have a good relationship with him.  And if so, I hope you let him know that.  I'd give anything to be able to tell my Dad how important he was/is to me....

Happy Bunker Hill Day!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Monetery Pop!

Took place on this date in 1967.

Happy Birthday Stan Laurel!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Happy Birthday to The Legend of Hell House!

One of the great occult horror movies.  Premiered on this date in 1973.

Happy Birthday Black Adder!

Premiered on this date in 1983.

Anniversary fo the Pig War

In 1859, one of my fave wars...

Anniversary of Lennon & McCartney

On this date in 1956, Paul and John met.

Happy Birthday Jim Varney!

Happy Birthday Harry Nillsson!

Anniversay of Washington's command

On this date in 1775, the Second Continental Congress assigned George Washington command of the Continental Army.

Anniversary of the founding of Arlington National Cemetery

In 1864.

Happy Magna Carta Day!

Happy National Lobster Day!


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Rock Star Yearbook

I gotta get this!!!

Clearly, Ed Wood came from Pakistan...

Secret Sauce

I cannot comment, having never been to either establishment.  I can only say that the best pizza that I know of in Virginia is Crozet Pizza, where I'll be eating lunch this weekend!!!

Cupcake Tank at the Pentagon

A nice little article about Ghana & West Africa in WWII

The Bloop - and Cthulhu...

Why there's no mystery at all folks, I know exactly what it was...

Ia!  Ia!   Cthulhu Fhtagn!!!

Happy Birthday Junior Walker!

Happy Flag Day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Laser Guided Bullets
Fascinating!  But I wonder whether or not it's practical or economical for anything other than political assassinations and the like.  At this point we seem to be talking about small missiles.  I also wonder if such technology, attached to flying drones, will add a further dimension to traditional sniping. 

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Happy Birthday Paul Lynde!

Happy Birthday Basil Rathbone!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Return of Chad Vader!!!

The World's Smallest Car Chase

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Reg Presley!

Happy Loving Day!

Monday, June 11, 2012

You Are Not Special...


(Thanks for the link, Linda!)

RIP Frnak Cady

Happy Birthday to True Grit!

Premiered on this date in 1969.

Happy Birthday to A Day At The Races!

Premiered on this date in 1937.

Happy Birthday Joseph Warren!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Frank Beard!

Happy Birthday Gene Wilder!

Happy Birthday Marie Laveau!

(some put her birthday in September)

Happy Birthday Donnie Van Zant!

Happy Nationla Yarn Bombing Day!

Happy National Corn On The Cob Day!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Zombies and Cloud 9

Of course, the Temps were way ahead of the curve on this:

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

My next t-shirt

Proto-Steampunk from Japan

I've got to find a translation of this - sounds fascinating!

RIP Herb Reed of the Platters

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

Premiered on this date in 1989.

Happy National Herb & Spice Day!

Happy National Ice Tea Day!


Saturday, June 09, 2012

The next scam....
It's interesting how little talk there is about the need or the science, and a whole lot of blather about how entertaining it will be.  Sounds like the world's most expensive way to commit suicide...

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Neat little article about Jerusalem Syndrome

I've always found this topic interesting.  Unlike the article, though, I wonder if there might be something to the physical location causing this syndrome in a small group of people.  A sort of earth energies/feng shui effect that is unknown to us, to date, but that might effect the brain chemistry of certain individuals.  Or, on the other hand, we might just be getting a whole glut of messiah's, and we just keep 'treating' them until they renounce their nature......   ;)

Interview with Nick Redfern on his latest Fortean book

The Baltic Mystery Object

The Cleaning Fairy

It's no longer raining cats & dogs

Happy World Wide Knit In Public Day!

My next t-shirt...

Anniversary of the Signing

John Hammond Sr. singed Bruce to Columbia Records on this date in 1972.

Happy Birthday Johnny Depp!

Happy Birthday Lin Carter!

Happy Birthday Jackie Wilson!

Friday, June 08, 2012

HonFest in Baltimore!!!


A neat article on the "others" and The Tonight Show.

A wonderful story about Bradbury & Mr. Electro

An app for Arlington

We'll see.  The oversight at Arlington was even more corrupt and primitive than the article states.  And the idea that no one can be prosecuted for the criminality and incompetence that flourished there for decades is the usual bullshit from a class of people I consider no more than professional liars.  I know too many people buried there....

The Sommelier

Amateur....Everyone knows that a good Bordeaux would cover all bets here...

Dancing With Comets

Pretty neat idea.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Keenen Ivory Wayans!

Happy Birthday Nancy Sinatra!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

RIP Bob Welch

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

Camille & Kennerly & the electric harp

Fun stuff, and a nice sound.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Tim Burton's Cake

So cool....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Iraqi Freedom Train Set
Ha!  I guess someone needs to tell these guys that this sort of thing went out with Trotsky....

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Happy Birthday El Dorado!

One of my fave westerns.

Happy Birthday Tom Jones!

Happy Birthday Prince!

Happy Birthday Nikki Giovanni!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Nice article on WWII in Alaska

Collecting sand for D-Day

I suppose to the uninitiated, this sounds kind of silly, but it's incredibly important work, and done under unbelievably dangerous circumstances.  A dear friend of my family's was involved in similar operations in the Pacific theater, and talked of being able to see the glow from the cigarettes of the Japanese sentries on the beach....

How the Mighty have fallen - pics of abandoned Soviet tanks


(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

The cutest little piglet video you're going to see all day

(Thanks for the link, Kristine!)

Extreme Parallel Parking!

I need this Georgetown....

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

RIP Ray Bradbury,0,3627188.story

Always wear lead around a Japanese wife...
(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Rock Around The Clock!

Rock Around The Clock hit #1 on this date in 1955.

Happy Birthday Nathan Hale!


The events in the song supposedly take place on this date....

Happy Birthday Damien Thorne!

According to The Omen, Damien was born on this date...

Happy Birthday Levi Stubbs!

Happy Birthday Gary "U.S." Bonds!

Happy National Yo-Yo Day!

Anniversary of D-Day

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Woody At 100 coming out!

Absolutely, deliriously, ESSENTIAL.  Jeff is an old acquittance of mine from my record store days, and I can't think of anyone better to manage such a project.  This is so cool!

Buffy Lives!!!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)


(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Dead Duck Day!

Happy Festival of Popular Delusions Day!

Assigned to this date, as it was the day before D-Day, when the delusion of nazism was struck a fatal blow.  Delusions are all around us, and today some of us mock them....

Monday, June 04, 2012

The Beatles meet Monty Python's Silly Walks

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

Hula Queen

An amazing performance.

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Gordon Waller

Anniversary fo the Battle of Midway

THE turning point in the Pacific Theater.  An amazing battle and American victory.

Happy National Cognac Day!


Only 150 Days Until Halloween!!!

Sunday, June 03, 2012

UnDeath and Taxes...

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

The Lands That Time Forgot...

A Thunderbird in York, PA?

RIP Richard Dawson

It was a matter of Honor
I've always loved the romance and drama of dueling!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Ode To Billy Joe

The events in that song took place on this date.

Happy Birthday Ian Hunter!

Happy Birthday Suzi Quatro!

Happy Birthday Leo Gorcey!

Happy Birthday Josephine Baker!

Happy Birthday Curtis Mayfield!

Happy National Cheese Day!


Happy National Egg Day!


Happy Jack Jouett Day!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

My next lair...

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The Hobbit is coming!!!

Happy Birthday Universal Studios!

Formed on this date in 1913.  The home of classic monster movies!

Happy Birthday Alessandro di Cagliostro!

Happy Birthday Martha Washington!

Friday, June 01, 2012

I'm renewing my car insurance

UFO's over Delaware

Disco the Parakeet!

Happy Birthday Sgt. Pepper!

Released on this date in 1967.

Happy Birthday Le Petomaine!

June is National Fireworks Safety Month


June is National Accordian Awareness Month

Oh, I'm sure that we're all aware of them....