Sunday, December 04, 2016

Travis Holley, R. I. P.

Houston Chronicle: Travis Holley achieved a certain measure of fame for teaching his younger brother to play the guitar. That brother, who became known as Buddy Holly, went on to be an early Rock n' Roll legend before dying in a plane crash in 1959.

‘Jane Eyre’ manuscript published for the first time

‘Jane Eyre’ manuscript published for the first time

Song of the Day

Speak to the Sky - Rick Springfield - YouTube:

Resurrecting America's Great Old Diners, By Moving Them Across State Lines

Resurrecting America's Great Old Diners, By Moving Them Across State Lines

Today's Vintage Ad


First It Was the Thin Mints Melee. . . .

. . . and now it's the strip club fight!  

Hat tip to Steve Stilwell.

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Art Car Museum – Houston, Texas: Some people wash and wax their cars, making sure that the finish is exactly as clean and shiny as the day they bought the car. The art car movement goes in entirely the other direction.

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David Dodge, Shear the Black Sheep, Popular Library, 1949

Bicycle Heaven

Bicycle Heaven – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  With 3,000 bikes on display, the world's largest bicycle museum includes some famous rarities.

Striking Portraits of Lonely Cars in 1970s New York

Atlas Obscura: This photograph is just one of many Clay shot between 1974 and 1976. In those years he documented parked cars, in Manhattan and Hoboken, in streets devoid of people and always at night. The title of each image includes the names of the cars, which are themselves evocative: Chevrolet Bel Air, Plymouth Duster, Gran Torino Sport.

A mysterious 14-year cycle has been controlling our words for centuries

A mysterious 14-year cycle has been controlling our words for centuries 

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Alice Drummond, R. I. P.

Deadline: Alice Drummond, a prolific character actress nominated for a Best Featured Actress Tony in 1970 and known for appearances in films like Awakenings, Synecdoche, New York, and Ghostbusters among many others died on November 30 from complications following a fall in her home. She was 88. The news was confirmed by Drummond’s friend, June Gable, to The New York Times.

The Secrets Of Medieval Castles

The Secrets Of Medieval Castles

Song of the Day

Old Rivers - Walter Brennan - YouTube:

11 Twisted Facts About ‘The Far Side’

11 Twisted Facts About ‘The Far Side’

Today's Vintage AD


Top 10 Mystifying Mountains

Top 10 Mystifying Mountains

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Matthew Andrews, Let's Make Love, Bantam, 1960

The Toymaker Who (Actually) Saved Christmas

A.C. Gilbert, the Toymaker Who (Actually) Saved Christmas

The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review

Steampunk 101

Anno Dracula by Kim NewmanSteampunk 101: From Sci-Fi Sub-genre to Cultural Phenomenon: The creation of the ‘steampunk’ term is usually attributed to the science fiction author K.W. Jeter, who used it in a letter to Locus Magazine. He was trying to find a way to describe Victorian fantasy novels like those written by himself (Morlock Night and Infernal Devices), Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates) and James Blaylock (Homunculus).

I Found a Penny in the Walmart Parking Lot Last Week

Found: A Bloody Stone Axe From 250,000 Years Ago