Saturday, April 25, 2015

Vintage Torch Songs

Vintage Torch Songs: Today marks the birthday of the “Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. Famous for her silky voice and successful jazz standards, Fitzgerald knew how to bring tears to audiences’ eyes with her achingly beautiful renditions of popular torch songs. In honor of the Queen of Jazz, we’ve rounded up other weep-worthy, sentimental ballads from the 1920s that sing of lost love and other romantic dilemmas we can all relate to.

Stan Burns: R.I.P.

Mystery Fanfare: Stan Burns: R.I.P.

This is sad news, though we knew it was coming.  Stan was a friend of mine for many years through our association in DAPA-Em, the amateur press association for fans of crime and mystery fiction.  I was also lucky enough to meet him in person at a couple of Bouchercons and to correspond with him a bit through the years.  R.I.P., Stan.

8 Underground Rivers

8 Underground Rivers   

Link via The Presurfer.

Song of the Day

Johnny Cash - See Ruby Fall - YouTube:

9 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

9 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

Today's Vintage Ad


The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review 

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Joseph Chadwick, A Town to Tame, Gold Medal, 1966

The 10 Most Heroic Dogs in Houston

The 10 Most Heroic Dogs in Houston 

Hint: Not the U.S.

Which is the world's happiest country? 

I Want to Believe!

NASA May Have Accidentally Created a Warp Field

Not Me

What Killed the Neanderthals? 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Richard Corliss, R. I. P.

Variety: Richard Corliss, for 35 years the witty, incisive and compassionate voice on film and culture at Time magazine, died Thursday after a stroke, the magazine announced Friday.

And His Hair Was Perfect

Man wearing wolf mask robs Spring Valley hair salon  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

The Roots of Arbor Day

The Roots of Arbor Day

Elvis Presley, the Voracious Reader

Elvis Presley, the Voracious Reader 

Song of the Day

You Can Have Her - YouTube:

Video: Oldest Footage of London Ever

Video: Oldest Footage of London Ever - Fascinating Video 

Today's Vintage Ad


O Canada

Mirror Online: Eight-year-old Sarah Auger from Quebec, Canada, has been told she is no longer allowed to read books on her daily 20-minute bus ride to and from school.

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Robert Guttwillig, After Long Silence, Popular Library, 1959

In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming

Human ancestors had tentacles

I Miss the Old Days

I saw one of these a few times in Austin in the '60s, and once I even saw it in Town Lake.  I don't know if LBJ was the driver, however.

The '60s at 50: 1965: LBJ's Amphicar

Or Maybe You Did

Top 10 Sequels You Didn't Know Existed

The Curse on Shakespeare's Grave

The Curse on Shakespeare's Grave

FFB: The Heirs of Anthony Boucher -- Marvin Lachman

This post originally appeared on September 6, 2005.  This is a book that shouldn't be forgotten.

Marv Lachman has written a book about mystery fandom that I predict will be on a lot of awards lists next year. In this anecdotal illustrated history, he gives capsule summaries of every Bouchercon (including attendance figures), discusses every mystery fanzine ever published, looks at mystery fandom from its beginnings to the present, and even talks a bit about fannish scholarship and the future of fandom. 

For me, reading The Heirs of Anthony Boucher was almost as good as reliving many of the best moments of the last thirty years. When Judy was reading the book last night, she said, "This is like old home week." I think that nails it for those of us who have been fans for many of the years covered in the book. 

But The Heirs of Anthony Boucher is certainly more than that. It's an invaluable documentation of the history (so far) of fandom, and it's something that everyone who cares about mysteries, mystery writing, and mystery fandom should own and read. I suggest that you order a copy now. You won't regret it.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Things Are Different There

Strippers liven up funerals with erotic dancing in China  

Hat tip to Art Scott.
Possibly NSFW photos.

Robots Just Wanna Have Fun

Robot with $100 bitcoin buys drugs, gets arrested: This is the curious story of how a robot armed with a weekly budget of $100 in bitcoin managed to buy Ecstasy, a Hungarian passport and a baseball cap with a built-in camera—before getting arrested.  

Hat tip to Tom Neary.

They Want to Believe!

Vilonia to Host 2015 AR Bigfoot Conference  

Hat tip to John Duke.

Brooklyn Leads the Way

Brooklyn Author Recreates Borges’ Library of Babel as Infinite Website

How To Become a Better Reader in 10 Steps

How To Become a Better Reader in 10 Steps

Wally Lester, R. I. P.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Wally Lester, an original member of one of Pittsburgh's most successful and popular groups, The Skyliners, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at age 73 in Southport, N.C.

Song of the Day

The Skyliners - Since I Don't Have You - YouTube:

50 Movie Robots Ranked From Good To Evil

50 Movie Robots Ranked From Good To Evil

Today's Vintage Ad


First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Couple stabbed with sword at Connecticut hookah lounge 

The Man Who Doubled as a Mobster and a Florist

The Man Who Doubled as a Mobster and a Florist

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Charles Goodman, Hell's Brigade, Magnum, 1966

Something for the Oenophiles

What does 170-year-old champagne taste like? 

A happy trail for sexy Dale

Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine: Number 1725: A happy trail for sexy Dale

102-Year-Old Woman Watches Footage of Herself Dancing For the First Time

102-Year-Old Woman Watches Footage of Herself Dancing For the First Time

Vintage Treasures: Razored Saddles, edited by Joe R. Lansdale

Vintage Treasures: Razored Saddles, edited by Joe R. Lansdale

A Guide to Ringo Starr's Solo Career in 20 Songs

Meet the Beatle: A Guide to Ringo Starr's Solo Career in 20 Songs