Monday, February 27, 2017

New Poem at The Five-Two

The Five-Two: Karen Petersen: THE LAST BATTLE

Sacred Cat Rug

Sacred Cat Rug – St. Augustine, Florida: Possibly the world's oldest rug, this Egyptian relic is woven entirely from ancient cat hair and once carried a mummified human foot.

Song of the Day

GENE VINCENT The Wayward Wind - YouTube:

Forgotten Hits: February 27th

Forgotten Hits: February 27th

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10 Famous Cast Reunions That Make us Feel Old

10 Famous Cast Reunions That Make us Feel Old

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Neil Pritchie, The Savage Kick, Gold Medal, 1962

The Weird Story of “The Man They Couldn’t Hang”

The Weird Story of “The Man They Couldn’t Hang”

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The Top 10 Classic Movie Musicals

Here Are All The Winners At The 2017 Oscars

Here Are All The Winners At The 2017 Oscars

Andy Warhol's Cats: 15 Minutes of Feline Fame

Andy Warhol's Cats: 15 Minutes of Feline Fame 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

How Can Paris Let this Museum of Music Treasure Close Down?

How Can Paris Let this Museum of Music Treasure Close Down?  

Hat tip to Art Scott.

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Best Actress Oscar-Winners Since 2000, Ranked Worst to Best  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Joseph Wapner, R. I. P.

Hollywood Reporter: Joseph Wapner, the real-life retired judge who presided over the syndicated court show The People's Court for more than a decade, died Sunday. He was 97.

Neil Fingleton, R. I. P.

The Guardian: Game of Thrones star Neil Fingleton has died at the age of 36, it has been reported. Once named as Britain’s tallest man, the 7ft 7in star played Mag the Mighty in the fantasy series and also took on roles in X-Men: First Class and Jupiter Ascending.

The science of why we experience false memories

The science of why we experience false memories

Song of the Day

Dee Dee Sharp - We'll Walk Together - YouTube:

Welcome to the Messy World of Jerry's Junk

Welcome to the Messy World of Jerry's Junk: Staring out at you from behind those rusty gates; thousands of tightly packed, unwanted objects from the past sit in an eerie silence, almost as if they might just come alive as soon as you turn your back. Each and every single one has been collected by Kentucky’s King of Junk, who has made a temporary home for them in his wild and tangled fortress…

Bill Paxton, R. I. P.

Bill Paxton Dead: Actor Dies of Surgery Complications: The Texas native, who won an Emmy for his work in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys, began acting in the 1970s. His earliest acting credits include minor roles in blockbusters such as Terminator (1984) and Aliens (1986).

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Soon We'll Have No Rights Left at All

In Arlington, the chance to own a pet lion or crocodile may soon disappear 

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Roswell G. Ham, Jr., The Gifted, Avon, 1953

Not a Bad Life

This Man Has Been Living On Cruise Ships for Twenty Years: Mario Salcedo took his first cruise almost twenty years ago—and never stopped.

Razzies 2017 Winners List

Razzies 2017 Winners List

Tootsie Rolls Were WWII Energy Bars

Tootsie Rolls Were WWII Energy Bars

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nancy Willard, R. I. P.

Nancy Willard, June 26, 1936 – February 19, 2017: Nancy Willard was the author of more than 70 books, including more than 40 books for children, such as the Anatole trilogy, Firebrat (1988), East of the Sun and West of the Moon: A Play (1989), and Pish, Posh Said Hieronymus Bosch (1991), illustrated by the Dillons. She won the Newbery Award in 1982 for her book of poetry, William Blake’s Inn, illustrated by Alice & Martin Provensen. It was the first book of poetry to win the Newbery.

Off Rock -- Kieran Shea

It's the year 2278, and there's still no cure for the flu, which is just one of the many problems that plague Jimmy Vik in Off Rock. Not that he has the flu, but the guy supervising his shift does, and that means that Jimmy's former girlfriend is his supervisor when he discovers a huge hunk of gold on the asteroid where he's working as a miner. The gold isn't supposed to be there, and Jimmy is contemplating ways of getting it for himself.  And if he can, the problem becomes one of how to get it "off rock."

In a way, Off Rock is a caper novel, at least to begin with, because there's a lot of careful planning involved with moving that gold.  Unfortunately for Jimmy Vik, he has to team up with a shady character named Jock, who's not only treacherous but marked for death by a shady organization that's sent a beautiful assassin to the asteroid to kill him.  And then things get complicated.

One of the things I enjoyed about Off Rock, besides the story, was the very real world that Shea creates.  It's a scruffy, lived-in world, and it's very well done.  The book zips right along, the plotting is clever, there's humor, and Shea has a great time telling the tale.  Check it out.

Rusty Puppy -- Joe R. Lansdale

Hap and Leonard are back in another East Texas crime novel in which Joe Lansdale blends humor and grim events as skilfully as ever.  Hap and Leonard seem to attract trouble, and this time when they're hired to look into the death of the son of the woman to lives across the street from the detective agency where they work, things take a real turn for the dark and dangerous side.  They also spend a heck of a lot more money working on the case than they get paid.

The woman suspects that the police might be involved in her son's killing, and Hap and Leonard discover themselves involved with what might be the most corrupt police department in all of East Texas.  One of the members of the department is an old enemy of Leonard's, which leads to even more trouble.  

As usual, it's the characters and the dialogue that make a Lansdale novel special, and this one introduces Reba, a young girl whom Leonard describes as a 400-year-old vampire.  I suspect she's going to be back in a future book or two.  There are a couple of big martial arts battles, and plenty of sex and cussin'.  I suspect that everyone who reads this blog is already familiar with Lansdale's work, but if you're not, it's time to find out what you're missing.  Highly recommended.

11 Hulking Facts About Green Giant

11 Hulking Facts About Green Giant

Song of the Day

The Drifters - Saturday Night At The Movies - YouTube:

7 Myths About Vikings, Debunked

7 Myths About Vikings, Debunked

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Our Evolving Language

Oxford announces dictionary additions

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John Jennings, River to the West, Perma Books, 1952

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Oscars 2017: Here are 10 great movies that were ignored by the Academy Awards

Chelsea Clinton: By the Book

Chelsea Clinton: By the Book

The Barry Awards Nominees

The Rap Sheet: Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine has announced its contenders for the 2017 Barry Awards in four categories.

Forgotten Hits: February 25th

Forgotten Hits: February 25th

To sit, or not to sit? THAT is the question.

To sit, or not to sit? THAT is the question.