Monday, October 20, 2014

Oscar De La Renta, R. I. P.

Variety: Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at 82, according to ABC News. 

He first came to fame dressing Jackie Kennedy, and went on to dress celebrities of the 1960s through the present. Among the actresses who appreciated his red carpet gowns were Cameron Diaz, Oprah Winfrey, Kristen Stewart, Penelope Cruz and Jessica Chastain.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

And once again Texas leads the way!

Losers Of Beer Pong Match Opened Fire On Fellow Texas Partygoers

Song of the Day

Sabre Dance - Aram Khachaturian - YouTube:

The Top 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime

The Top 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime  

Link via The Presurfer.

Today's Vintage Ad


First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Oklahoma man opens fire on ex-girlfriend for not leaving ‘fast enough’

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March Hastings, The Outcasts, Midwood, 1961

10 Amazing Lost Treasures No One Can Find

10 Amazing Lost Treasures No One Can Find

The 10 Greatest Comedy Villains Of The Past 20 Years

The 10 Greatest Comedy Villains Of The Past 20 Years

5 People Saved From Certain Death By Impossible Luck

5 People Saved From Certain Death By Impossible Luck 

New Poem at the Five-Two

The Five-Two: Paul Hostovsky: THE WRITING OF HARLOTS

Jack the Ripper Update

Claim that Jack the Ripper was a Polish immigrant barber is WRONG, say experts

It's Science!

Season of birth affects your mood later in life: Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I Give Up

Ebola hysteria sweeps US schools

Doc Savage: The Ice Genius -- Kenneth Robeson (Will Murray & Lester Dent)

It's only a few days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, and intrepid archaeologist Johnny Littlejohn, one of Doc Savage's merry band, is in Mongolia on a dig.  What he uncovers there is amazing enough: a man frozen in ice.  What's even more amazing is that the man is Tamerlane.  And what's even more amazing than that is that in a series of unfortunate events Tamerlane is thawed out, is alive, and is ready to conquer the world.  There are plenty of people who'd love to help him do that, too, and it will happen unless Doc Savage and his crew can stop him.

Once again, Will Murray expertly channels the style and headlong pace of Lester Dent to present another fine Doc Savage adventure.  Doc and his men are all present, as is Habeas Corpus, Monk's faithful porcine companion.  So is Cadwiller Olden, aka Monzingo Baldwin, a villain who might be familiar to longtime readers of Doc's adventures, who meets a strange fate. 

The story is high adventure in the pulp tradition.  There are mongol hordes.  Battles in the air and on the land.  Wild plane rides and narrow escapes.  Captures and more escapes.  Trains and planes crash.  Heads roll!   

The only thing missing here is some explanation of what Dent's part in the writing of the book might have been.  An outline?  A fragment?  A jotted-down idea?  Inquiring minds want to know.  But don't let that little quibble stop you from reading the book.  It's great fun all the way.

10 Legendary TV Characters We've Never Seen

10 Legendary TV Characters We've Never Seen 

Song of the Day

Ray Stevens - Turn Your Radio On (Official Video 1972) - YouTube:

So It's Come to This

Maine school board puts teacher on leave after she traveled to Dallas

Same year, same sets, different Draculas

Same year, same sets, different Draculas 

Today's Vintage Ad


6 Famous Television Gags We'll Never See Again

6 Famous Television Gags We'll Never See Again

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Vargo Statten, The New Satellite, Scion 1951

The 7 Scariest Ghost Towns in America

The 7 Scariest Ghost Towns in America

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Arrests made when pumpkin festival turns to mayhem

T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award: Naomi Hirahara

Mystery Fanfare: T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award: Naomi Hirahara

Battle of Hastings Update

Britain to hunt for King Harold’s body to test theory about his death

I Want to Believe!

UFO Enthusiast Spots 'Crocodile' On Mars

9 Reasons Fall in Houston is Awesome

9 Reasons Fall in Houston is Awesome 

Sunday Crocodilian

Sunday Crocodilian - Crocodylus mindorensis Edition

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Brooklyn Leads the Way

100-year-old Brooklyn math teacher who refuses to retire says she ‘can’t sit back and do nothing’

Ghost Wanted -- Carolyn Hart

Bailey Ruth is a vivacious red-headed ghost who serves in Heaven's Department of Good Intentions, overseen by a ghost named Wiggins, who occasionally send Bailey Ruth to Oklahoma to right wrongs.  There are strict rules for such jobs, all of which Bailey Ruth ignores at one time or another, though probably never so quickly as she does in Ghost Wanted.  

This time, there's another ghost, Lorraine Marlow, who'd chosen to remain on Earth rather than go to Heaven.  She passes her time sparking romances between library patrons by leaving them roses.  Unfortunately, someone else has started leaving roses and engaging in a bit of vandalism.  And this leads to murder.  Bailey Ruth teams up with Lorraine to help out the young woman falsely accused of the crime, while at the same time Bailey Ruth is trying to bring Lorraine and Wiggins together after the many long earthly years that have separated them.  

This is a great concoction with humor and romance as well as murder and a dangerous killer on the loose.  If you're looking for some fine seasonal entertainment with amusing ghosts rather than blood and gore, it's right here.  Check it out. 

Are Writers Born or Made?

Are Writers Born or Made? Jack Kerouac on the Crucial Difference Between Talent and Genius

Song of the Day

Paul Simon Track 1 - Mother & Child Reunion - YouTube:

Or Maybe You Did

11 Book Sequels You Probably Didn't Know Existed

Today's Vintage Ad


Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend

Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend ... and ... The Saturday Surveys (October 18th)

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Brian Shaw, Ships of Vero, Curtis Warren, 1952

Uh-Oh

Bewitched reboot in the works

The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review 

12 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

One photo might be considered slightly unsafe for work.

12 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

Bid Early and Often

Outtakes From The "Abbey Road" Album Cover Are Being Auctioned Off Next Month