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The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month: Armistice Day aka Veterans’ Day

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary

Have you ever had the patience, alas
to count to 101,079?
Or to walk the salt-resistant grass
and touch the headstones in each long line?

To think of each warrior buried there
knowing their lives have been split in two
half for their carefree heroic youth
and half for the freedom of me and you?

If so, you couldn’t have stemmed the flood
of tears that surely blurred your eyes
as the spirit dips His brush in blood
to paint Old Glory in the skies
R. T. Sedgwick

[Image of Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetary and poem found here.]

Saturday Matinee – Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve & Halloween: Bobby Pickett, Ted Cassidy & Tom Waits

Saturday, 31 October 2015

The history of Samhain (aka All Hallow’s Eve, aka Halloween) is interesting, and despite what some claim (that it’s “The Devil’s Holiday”) it’s actually the opposite. Check this out.

But that’s not what we’re here for, and we’re not here to post Bobby Pickett‘s “Monster Mash” either even though Leon Russell played on that recording according to Wiki.

Nice try, Bobby, but that sucked donkeys. Ted Cassidy did it right.

So how do we wrap up this Halloween vid post? How ’bout some Tom Waits?

Yeah, when the kids were tads, we’d do up the front stoop right, with spiderwebs, pumpkins that made little kids cry and dogs bark, and blast Tom Waits and Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum cassettes on a boom box that could be heard for blocks. Fun times.

Have a safe Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, and Halloween, folks. Be back tomorrow for El Día de los Muertes.


The Democrat Presidential Debate October 2015

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Mad Hatter at teaparty

Looks like it’s gonna be Hillary, Bre’r Bernie, Curly Joe and four or five other people who haven’t shown up yet.

And Friday The 13th comes on a Tuesday this month.

[Update: There were some subtle funnies in that snoozefest.]

This Is The Too Hot to Post Post

Sunday, 11 October 2015

90+ degrees in the shade today, and I was too distracted to put together something semi-original, so here’s this. Lo siento mis amigos.

Delores Del Rio

The Latintones.  Grupera mex-chicano de los 60’s 70’s de Tejas starts it off, and the rest of the collection is pretty cool as well.

Emilio Arechaederra 1936-2015

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Emilio Arechaederra Sr. charcoal

Emilio was born in Havana, Cuba. After the Cuban Revolution, Emilio fled to Spain and arrived in the U.S. in 1960. He succumbed to cancer this past week.

R.I.P. Emilio. You were one of the nicest guys I ever met.

Bicycles, Cars, Dogs & White People Not Allowed

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

No White People Withers

Photo by Ernest Withers, Overpark Zoo, Memphis, Tennessee, 1950’s.

I don’t recall having seen that particular image, but once I tracked down the source, it blew me away. Withers was not only a prolific photographer of the 50’s and 60’s, he captured some of the most iconic images of of his time. Check it out.

[Cropped image received via email, original posted above.
Hat tip AlanU.]

Do Women & Children Keep Borrowing Your Pen Knife? Here’s A Solution.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Planetary Pencil Pointer 1

Planetary Pencil Pointer 2

With a cast iron frame designed to be screwed down to the desktop, this machine eliminated the need for whittling and sanding pencils, and saved businesses countless hours in lost productivity.

It’s called a “Planetary Pencil Sharpener” because it relies on planetary gears revolving around a sun gear, and all are held in place with a ring gear.

Spirograph worked on the same basic principal, but it sure as hell couldn’t sharpen a pencil.

[Top image found here, via here. Bottom image from here.]

Two-Faced Four-Eyed Hot Links

Saturday, 3 October 2015

NOT Photoshop
Bear. Stop it. Stop it, Bear. Why are you breaking my kayak? Bear doesn’t speak English. Someone needs to add an instrumental background soundtrack with a heavy walking bass line to this.

This is so wrong. Chuck Berry sings Death Metal.

Regis Philbin and Cathy Lee interview The Ramones [1988].

The Failure Players.

Charles Schulz disliked the name “Peanuts”.

Interesting graph.

Nice catch… using Barbie Gear.

Top image is not a photoshop. Check it out here [via].

Saturday Matinee – The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic & Blind Faith

Saturday, 19 September 2015

In 1965, The Spencer Davis Group rocked.

In 1967, Traffic rocked.

In 1969, Blind Faith rocked.

30 or so years later, and Steve Winwood still rocks.

Have a great weekend, folks. Be back here tomorrow, Winwood or not.


“Ya, Boss, we take care of it. You watch.”

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Neanderthal Recreation

He never spoke those words.
No one alive knows his name.
Everyone who ever met him in person is dead.

[Image and story found here, via here.]


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