Thursday, July 20, 2017

Top 10 Origins Of Popular Desserts

Top 10 Origins Of Popular Desserts

Song of the Day

(7) Paul Simon - Loves Me Like A Rock - YouTube:

70 People Were Harmed In The Making Of This Film

70 People Were Harmed In The Making Of This Film 

Today's Vintage Ad


Hunka, Hunka Burnin' Iron

Hunka, Hunka Burnin' Iron: Elvis Presley’s firearms set world records.

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E. C. Tubb, City of No Return, Scion Books, 1954

The Debuts and Early Performances of 20 Future Stars

The Debuts and Early Performances of 20 Future Stars: The most famous show business performers in history are no different than the unknowns, the obscures and the lesser knowns. Every performer has one thing in common- they all made their debut somewhere or other, whether auspicious or less so. Like they say, everyone has to start some place. Let's take a look at the show biz debuts and earliest performances of twenty stars.

I Miss the Old Days

45 Glamorous Snapshots Capture Women in Swimsuits at Beaches during the 1950s

"They say there's always magic in the air . . ."

Machete-Swinging MTA Worker Arrested After Brawling With Man Holding Trash Can on Broadway

 Annoying auto-start video.

Red West, R. I. P.

Red West, Elvis Presley's friend and film and TV actor, dies: MEMPHIS — Red West, the longtime and sometimes critical confidante and bodyguard of Elvis Presley who became a successful film and television actor after the singer's death, died Tuesday night after suffering an aortic aneurysm at Baptist Hospital. He was 81.  

Annoying auto-start video.

I Found a Penny in the Walmart Parking Lot Last Week

Tomb of King Tutankhamun’s wife’s likely discovered, archaeologists say

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

American Guano: Never Put It Down

American Guano: Never Put It Down: The reason that the United States has control of so many random islands has much to do with an odd law passed just a few years before the Civil War.

Song of the Day

(7) Neil Young - Old Man - YouTube:

I Miss the Old Days

1960s Interior Decor: The Decade of Psychedelia Gave Rise to Inventive and Bold Interior Design

Today's Vintage Ad


England's Massive Chalk Horse Has Survived 3,000 Years

Against All Odds, England's Massive Chalk Horse Has Survived 3,000 Years 

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Norman Bligh, The Conquest of Margie, Cameo Books, 1951

I Didn't Remember This

Her Other Forte: Comedian Phyllis Diller Was Also a Concert Pianist 

I Found a Penny in the Walmart Parking Lot Last Week

8 New Ancient Ships Found at the 'Shipwreck Capital of the World' 

FFB on Wednesday -- Jack of Eagles -- James Blish

Jack of Eagles is an origin story about a man named Danny Caiden, who has great psi powers and is learning to harness them.  Psi powers were a very big thing in the '50s SF digests that I read, especially Astounding, I believe.  It's a short book, but it's also a kitchen-sink book, with just about everything you could ask for in the way of psi powers being tossed in: Rhine cards, the Fortean Society, fortune telling, a romance, gypsies, travel into possible futures, lots of action, pseudo-scientific and mathematical explanations for psi powers, predicting the future, and probably a few other things I've forgotten. 

The action comes from the shady Brotherhood that wants to use Caiden to change the future so that they can be in control of the world.  Several of the Brotherhood also have strong psi powers, so the battles are tough ones.  The members of the Brotherhood have only one psi power each, though, and Caiden has them all.

The book is short and fast, and it was well-reviewed when it appeared.  It's dated  now, but if you're in the right frame of mind, it can be fun.  And did I mention that it was short?  Always a virtue in my mind.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Paging Sheriff Rhodes

Man shoots mammoth 820 pound wild hog in his front yard

'District 9' director uses YouTube to distribute his Steam-funded sci-fi series

'District 9' director uses YouTube to distribute his Steam-funded sci-fi series

Song of the Day

(1) You're So Fine-The Falcons-original song-1959 - YouTube:

10 Writing Rules You Can (and Should) Break

10 Writing Rules You Can (and Should) Break

Today's Vintage Ad


I Miss the Old Days

39 Awful Photos of '80s Hairstyles You Will Definitely Not Want to Try Even Once

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Seth Bailey, The Hand in the Cobbler's Safe, Bart House, 1944

On Marvel's First Female Superhero Written By A Woman

On Marvel's First Female Superhero Written By A Woman

When 1980s Satanic Panic Targeted Procter & Gamble

When 1980s Satanic Panic Targeted Procter & Gamble: The company spent decades battling false claims that it was in league with the Devil.

Overlooked Movies: Range Beyond the Blue

For some reason TCM showed a bunch of Eddie Dean westerns the other night, and Range Beyond the Blue was among them. Eddie and his trusty comic sidekick, Soapy (Roscoe Ates) happen upon a stage holdup and prevent the outlaws from taking the gold shipment. They accompany the stage into town and learn from the lovely young owner of the line, Margie Rodgers (Helen Mowery), that every time she has a gold shipment, the stage is robbed. Her uncle says that proves there’s inside info being given out and offers to buy the line (you’ll need only one guess as to who the villain is).

The town's sheriff is wounded and can’t perform his duties, so Eddie suggests that Soapy be made acting sheriff. Everyone thinks that’s a fine idea for some reason. Eddie goes undercover and finds out who the villain is, and the villain kills him. But don’t worry. Eddie’s only faking it, and it all works out in the end, where it’s revealed that Eddie and Soapy are actually federal marshals. If you’re wondering about the title, at the very end Eddie is asked if he’ll ever settle down, and he says, not until I reach the place in this song, whereupon he breaks into “Range Beyond the Blue.”  Pretty sneaky, huh?

No trailer for this one, I'm sorry to say.