Tuesday, March 03, 2015

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Woman hits TGI Friday's manager with drinking glass: police  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

The Grapes of Wrath: 10 surprising facts about John Steinbeck's novel

The Grapes of Wrath: 10 surprising facts about John Steinbeck's novel 

I Want to Believe!

The Simpsons 1998 episode predicts Higgs Boson's mass 14 years before CERN

10 Exceptionally Clever Female Con Artists

10 Exceptionally Clever Female Con Artists 

Song of the Day

Linda Ronstadt ~ Poor Poor Pitiful Me - YouTube:

The secret life of a public library security guard

The secret life of a public library security guard

Today's Vintage Ad


The Grammar Pedant

 The Guardian: ‘The abuse of language causes needless anger, hurt and offence. It’s a question of good manners. Did you really just say refute?’

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Philip Jose Farmer, Riverworld and Other Stories, Panther, 1981

10 Early Scathing Reviews of Works Now Considered Masterpieces

10 Early Scathing Reviews of Works Now Considered Masterpieces

I Miss the Old Days

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour: In 1967 CBS hired the Smothers Brothers to host a variety show that would attract a young, hip audience. The show did that …but CBS didn’t like it. Here’s a look at the controversy behind The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Late Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock

Book review of Clare Clarke's Late Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock

I Want to Believe!

Daily Mail Online: Has the White City of the Monkey God been found after 500 years? Ruins could be legendary lost jungle city where lurid tales say tribe worshipped a giant simian deity and bred chimp-human children  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, R. I. P.

NYTimes.com: The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, an Episcopal priest and author who challenged racism, war and religious complacency in the 1960s and ’70s, and was one of the first prominent clergymen in America to acknowledge his homosexuality publicly, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

A Ranking of 1980s Fantasy That Would Please Crom Himself!: Long before Game of Thrones, there was a time in history when HBO stood for “Hey, Beastmaster’s on!” A time when, if you asked for a dragon, you got a puppet instead of CGI. A time when the words “fantasy hero” didn’t call to mind a pensive Viggo Mortenson or a bespectacled Daniel Radcliffe—nay, but a shirtless, bemuscled Arnold Schwarzenegger (or cheaper facsimile) dripping with oil.

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’: The Sound of Music premiered to horrific reviews in 1965. Now it’s the most beloved and popular movie musical ever. On its 50th anniversary, how did it climb that mountain?

Overlooked Movies -- White Lightning


Put this up a day early, so I thought I'd move it to today just to be consistent.

A couple of years ago I talked about Gator, a dandy B-movie from the '70s starring Burt Reynolds, who plays a character named Gator McKlusky.  Burt returned for the sequel, White Lightning, also a dandy B-movie.  

Gator's in prison at the film's opening, but ain't nobody goin' to kill his brother and get away with it.  So Gator's going to cooperate with the Feds and get the dirty bastards, including Ned Beatty as the crooked sheriff and R. G. Armstrong as Bear, his enforcer.  That's about it for the plot, but when you have Burt at his charming best and a whole bunch of really great car chases and stunts (the finale is a real treat), you don't need much more.  If you do, though, there's some romance with the alluring Jennifer Billingsley (great line in the trailer) and a great cast that includes Diane Ladd, Bo Hopkins, and John Steadman, among a lot of others.  Don't blink or you might miss the screen debut of Laura Dern.

They really knew how to do this kind of thing back in the '70s, and Reynolds was made for parts like this.  Did I mention that I miss the old days?




White Lightning

White Lightning (1973) - HQ Trailer - YouTube:

Monday, March 02, 2015

First It was the Thin Mints Melee



Police: Brother shoots sister with BB gun over shape of birthday cake

31 Fairly Obscure Literary Monsters

31 Fairly Obscure Literary Monsters  

Link via mental_floss.

It's Texas Independence Day!

Texas Independence Day in United States: Texas Independence Day celebrates the adoption of the state’s independence declaration. It is an annual legal holiday in Texas, in the United States, on March 2. March 2 also marks Texas Flag Day and Sam Houston Day, although these are special observances rather than legal holidays.

Female Writers Who Had To Hide Their Gender

Female Writers Who Had To Hide Their Gender

Song of the Day

Fats Domino - Fell In Love On Monday - YouTube:

'Sharknado 3': Update

'Sharknado 3': Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter: 'Sharknado 3' Sets President and Vice President Roles

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback - March 2nd, 1965

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback - March 2nd, 1965

Today's Vintage Ad


Under the Lights: The First Baseball Game Played at Night

Under the Lights: The First Baseball Game Played at Night

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Richard Condon, Some Angry Angel, Crest, 1961

No one could see the color blue until modern times

No one could see the color blue until modern times

New Poem at the Five-Two

The Five-Two: David S. Pointer: PASSING ON A POSSIBLE CAREER-ENHANCING INTERVIEW FAÇADE

Stephen King’s “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”

Stephen King’s “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”

Includes You Tube Video of the Song

Playback.fm | #1 Song On Your Birthday

A Is for Aardvark

Why The Aardvark May Be The Strangest Creature On Earth

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

The Tower - Kindle edition by Helen Haught Fanick. Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.: Lara Benedict, a mystery writer whose career is blossoming, finds herself in the middle of a real-life mystery when her cousin, Sam Hamilton, is accused of murder. Sam insists that Jim Scott, a local handyman, died as the result of an accidental fall, but the prosecuting attorney is moving forward with the case against Sam. Lara has returned to the village of Pine Summit in order to help figure out what actually happened to Jim Scott, and she’s disturbed to discover that her ex-fiancé, Daniel Riley, is the assistant prosecutor who’s handling the case against Sam. 

It’s been nearly a year since the handyman died—why the unexpected murder charge against her cousin now? Does it have anything to do with the fact that Sam is married to the dead man’s widow? Or are there other, more devious, circumstances involved? 

Jim Scott died when he fell from the tower at the corner of Lara’s family home. While trying to solve this mystery, Lara discovers that the tower holds an even greater secret, one that’s putting her life in danger. She’ll have to uncover the truth about both of the tower’s secrets in order to save Sam—and herself.