Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Today's Vintage Ad

Who's Kydding Whom?

Those who think Marlowe co-wrote plays with Shakespeare may Kyd themselves


Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage, Cardinal Books, 1964

It's Not that Hard

This Is The Hardest Spelling Quiz You'll Ever Take

Lying Swine?

The folks at Google said it would take "a few days" to restore the links that used to reside happily at the right of my blog.  It's been a lot more than a few days since the links disappeared.  More like a month.  Some people now suspect that Google never intended to restore the links, which seem to have been removed during some kind of "improvement" to blogger.  Some people think that some lying swine just threw out the "a few days" timeline to keep people quiet for a while in the hopes that everyone would just forget that the links had gone missing in the first place.  I know of at least one blog on which the links have reappeared.  I know of many others on which they haven't.  So I'll start gathering some links and try to get some of them back where they belong.  However, there were a lot of links, and I don't remember all of them.  You can let me know if there are any you'd especially like to see, and I'll get those on the list.  In a few days.

Kevin Curran, R. I. P.

Veteran Simpsons Writer, Producer Dies: (NEWSER) – Kevin Curran might not have been a household name, but there were few Americans he didn't get a laugh out of during a decades-long career in TV comedy writing and producing. Curran, a six-time Emmy winner who has died from complications from cancer at the age of 59, joined the producing team of The Simpsons in 2001 and wrote a dozen episodes, Deadline reports. He won three of his Emmys with The Simpsons and three with Late Night With David Letterman, where he was part of the writing team from 1985 to 1987, reports Variety. He came up with the show's first Top Ten list: "'Top Ten Words That Almost Rhyme with ‘Peas.'"  

Hat tip to Deb.

Gator Update (Squeaking Baby Edition)

VIDEO: Squeaking baby alligators released into the wild at Brazos Bend State Park 

In that case, sir, you are free to go

Man drove at 129mph in Blyth to stop McDonald's getting cold

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

PimPage: An occasional feature in which I call attention books of possible interest

Season of Ice: Richard Prosch: 9781539033424: Books -- From the 1965 east-coast blackout to depression-era Nebraska; from the trash-piled streets of Manhattan to rural-South Carolina; here are 17 stories of innocent criminals, guilty bystanders, mob hit men, dead farm girls, and small-town cops. Justice is brutal. Long dead secrets won't stay in the grave. And just about everybody has something real to fear. New tales of crime and suspense join Prosch fan favorites to keep you turning pages well past midnight.

All Things About “Althing” by Stephen P. Kelner, Jr.

All Things About “Althing” by Stephen P. Kelner, Jr. | Trace Evidence: Massachusetts-based writer Stephen P. Kelner, Jr. is a management consultant and the author of Motivate Your Writing! (UPNE). His fiction appears in the Level Best anthology Undertow, featuring stories by New England crime writers. Here he talks about the history behind his story “Death at the Althing” from the November issue.

I Miss the Old Days

Atlas Obscura: The Futuro House, in all its space age retro splendor, is like a physical manifestation of 1960s optimism. Shaped like the Hollywood idea of a flying saucer, the Futuro is a plastic, prefabricated, portable vacation home built to easily adapt to any climate or terrain, from mountain slopes to the seaside. After enjoying a heyday in the late '60s and early '70s, the remaining Futuros are now scattered across all parts of the globe, from the Australian beaches to the mountains of Russia, like secluded relics of midcentury technoutopianism.

Song of the Day

Lou Reed Ocean (HQ) - YouTube:

The 30 Weirdest Horror Movies of the 1970s

The 30 Weirdest Horror Movies of the 1970s

Today's Vintage Ad

What’s the Origin of Jack-O’-Lanterns?

What’s the Origin of Jack-O’-Lanterns?


Pel Torro (Lionel Fanthorpe), The Return, Vega Books, 1963

It's about time

Ninth century library goes digital to reach wider audience

Nico Is Getting a Biopic

Everyone Gets a Biopic — So Now Nico Is Getting a Biopic

The Trap of Solid Gold: "The Legend of Joe Lee"

The Trap of Solid Gold: "The Legend of Joe Lee"

Overlooked Movies: Who Done It?

Who Done It? is Abbott and Costello's take on the B-mystery.  My favorite part about it is the setting: a radio studio.  I like Old Time Radio, and there's a good bit of stuff here that appeals to me.  Another thing that appeals: No musical numbers.  This one's straight comedy all the way.

Bud and Lou are hapless soda jerks who want to be radio writers.  When a man is killed on the air, they become hapless investigators in an attempt to solve the crime and get jobs as writers.  The cops are not amused.

Lots of burlesque routines are used, and the guys are right on the timing, as ever.  There's a joking bit where they tune in a radio and hear "Who's on First," and they don't like it.  Considering that it's a lot better than the "Watts and Volts" routine from earlier in the movie, that's hard to believe.  If you like pratfalls and slapstick, the movie's full of those, just one thing after another.  Fans of Bud and Lou will be happy.  If you're not a fan, though, you won't be happy.

Great cast in this one, including William Gargan, William Bendix, and Mary Wickes.  Some nicely effective B&W photography, too.  Not the best of the Abbott and Costello movies, but it's right up there.

Who Done It?

Abbott & Costello 'Who Done It' Trailer (11/06/1942) - YouTube:

Monday, October 24, 2016

In that case, sir, you are free to go

Florida police arrest man stealing goods to sell to bail out wife

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee. . . .

Man, 22, Denied Taco Bell Batters His Mother: Police: Victim was hit over the head with a hockey stick

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Hipster snake sports mustache and sunglasses   

I saw Hipster Snake open for Phish.

Sheri S. Tepper, R. I. P.

Locus Online News: Author Sheri S. Tepper, 87, died October 22, 2016. Tepper was a prolific author of SF, best known for her feminist and ecological themes, with major titles including The Gate to Women’s Country (1988) and Grass (1989).

Pete Burns, R. I. P.

'Dead or Alive' singer Pete Burns, proto-Goth icon of the '80s, dies: Pete Burns, the vivacious and androgynous frontman for British pop and New Wave band Dead or Alive, died Sunday from cardiac arrest, his management confirmed Monday. He was 57. Dead or Alive's biggest hit was also its first -- "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" -- which charted around the world and peaked at No. 11 in the U.S. in 1985. The band, known as much for its proto-Goth style as its music, had a handful of lesser hits including "Brand New Lover" and "Something in My House."

Jack Chick, R. I. P.

RIP Jack Chick, father of the Satanic Panic   

Hat tip to Deb.

Early Voting

Early voting opened in Texas today, so I voted.  I can now sit back, relax, and see how things turn out.  The line inside the building (the local branch library) was as long as the line outside.  I was told that the poll workers were shorthanded, not a good thing for opening day.  But I was patient.  My civic duty is done for the day.

The Best Small Cities in the U.S

The Best Small Cities in the U.S.

Song of the Day

Bobby Vee - Rubber Ball (HQ) - YouTube:

Bobby Vee, R. I. P.

Pop music icon Bobby Vee dead at 73: Pop music legend Bobby Vee — an icon for music fans around the world, and a champion for charitable causes around Central Minnesota — died early Monday morning of complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 73.  

Hat tip to Steve Stilwell.

The Best Big Cities in the U.S.

The Best Big Cities in the U.S. 

Today's Vintage Ad

The Lesbian Vampire Story That Came Before Dracula

The Lesbian Vampire Story That Came Before Dracula 


Dwight Bennett, Cherokee Outlet, Lancer, 1961

Maybe You Have Some Spare Change to Spend

Shop Pulp Magazines Collections: Art & Collectibles | AbeBooks: John McCormick

I Miss the Old Days

22 of the Most Hideous Jumpers on British TV in the 80s  

Link via boingboing.

Next -- the Earl of Oxford?

It's Official: Marlowe Listed as Shakespeare's Co-Author: (NEWSER) – "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers," wrote William Shakespeare in Henry VI, Part II—or was it Christopher Marlowe? After more than 400 years, Marlowe has been given joint credit for all three of the Henry VI plays long thought to have been the work of Shakespeare alone, the Telegraph reports. Marlowe gets the credit in the upcoming New Oxford Shakespeare collection of Shakespeare's works. For the first new edition of the collection in 30 years, an international team of scholars worked to identify co-authors of Shakespeare works. The collection also includes works that Shakespeare has been declared the co-author of for the first time, like Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy.  

Hat tip to Deb.

Tom Hayden, R. I. P.

The New York Times: Tom Hayden, who burst out of the 1960s counterculture as a radical leader of America’s civil rights and antiwar movements, but rocked the boat more gently later in life with a progressive political agenda as an author and California state legislator, died on Sunday. He was 76. 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.


Somehow I missed this earlier:  Bruce Willis Is Remaking Death Wish, Here's What We Know