Thursday, July 30, 2015

Buddy Emmons, R. I. P.

Rolling Stone: Musician Buddy Emmons, widely regarded as the world's foremost steel guitarist, hailed for his unique playing style and innovations with regard to tuning, has died at age 78.

Charles Dickens, a.k.a. “The Unparalleled Necromancer”

Charles Dickens, a.k.a. “The Unparalleled Necromancer” 

Jailbait jamboree

Jailbait jamboree: Creepy countdown of the top ten ‘inappropriate’ songs that were somehow hits   

Link via Neatorama.

Song of the Day

CHRIS KENNER - ''I LIKE IT LIKE THAT'' (1961) - YouTube:

I Hunt Serial Killers: 6 Facts You Thought Movies Made Up

I Hunt Serial Killers: 6 Facts You Thought Movies Made Up

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I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The Best Song Ever By 203 Famous Rock Bands

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John Fante, Ask the Dust, Bantam, 1954

13 Stunningly Sexist Ads from the '50s

Purple Clover: 13 STUNNINGLY SEXIST ADS FROM THE FIFTIES  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

11 Mischievous Facts About Bugs Bunny

11 Mischievous Facts About Bugs Bunny

I'm All a-Tingle with Anticipation

Syfy achieves its highest self, orders show about blood-drinking cars 

Jamestown Update

A Skeleton, a Catholic Relic, and a Mystery About American Origins

Uh-Oh

Nosferatu Remake in the Works

A Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway)

Kevin's Corner: Review: "Between the Living and the Dead: A Dan Rhodes Mystery" by Bill Crider

Forgotten Music: The British Are Coming: Early Bands of the British Invasion

The British Are Coming: Early Bands of the British Invasion

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Uh-Oh

Mental Floss: According to Deadline, “disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia and unravel a conspiracy that stretches far beyond anything they have ever imagined—all while trying not to kill each other in the process.”

From Sarah Weinman

Copies of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 1950s are shipping this week (in advance of the September 1 publication date) and in tandem is the launch of the 2-volume set's companion website! Here is what you'll find there:
Going in order of the books' original publication date the appreciations include: Sara Paretsky on Laura; Charles Finch on The Horizontal Man; Megan Abbott on In A Lonely Place; Lisa Scottoline on The Blank Wall; Lisa Unger on Mischief; Karin Slaughter on The Blunderer; Laura Lippman on Beast in View; and Duane Swierczynski on Fool's Gold

Roger Corman on Feminism, Poe, and the State of Independent Filmmaking

Flavorwire Interview: Legendary Filmmaker and “King of the B’s” Roger Corman on Feminism, Poe, and the State of Independent Filmmaking

Soon We Old Guys Will Have No Rights Left at All

Naked Connecticut Man, 81, Arrested For Illegally Communing With Nature 

When to Give Up on a Story

True Detective to Henry James: When to Give Up on a Story 

Let Joy Be Unconfined

‘Lavalantula’ Sequel Greenlighted By Syfy

“A Long Time Ago in an Emirate Far, Far Away . . .” (by Josh Pachter)

“A Long Time Ago in an Emirate Far, Far Away . . .” (by Josh Pachter) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN  The author of more than four dozen published short stories and numerous translations, Josh Pachter has long been a valued contributor to EQMM. His stories typically have interesting settings, a result of his wide-ranging travels. In this post, he talks about the genesis of a series of stories he wrote for EQMM and AHMM several decades ago, featuring Mahboob Chaudri, a policeman in Bahrain. In addition to providing a look at how a fine series took shape, Josh’s post provides a fascinating glimpse of a country little known to many in the U.S. This month a collection of the Chaudri stories was released by Wildside in a print edition entitled The Tree of Life and as an e-book entitled The Mahboob Chaudri Mystery Megapack. Both editions are available from Amazon and from the publisher’s Web site.—Janet Hutchings

Song of the Day

Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group Freight Train CHIC 1008 - YouTube:

Weird Library Facts From History

Weird Library Facts From History

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The Enduring Charm of Advertising Characters

Mr. Clean and Tony the Tiger: The Enduring Charm of Advertising Characters   

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C. S. Forester, Captain Horatio Hornblower, Bantam, 1951

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The 56 Greatest Musical Moments in Guitar History 

Link via the Presurfer.

The Biggest, Most Insane List Of Fair Foods You'll Ever Read

The Biggest, Most Insane List Of Fair Foods You'll Ever Read

I Miss the Old Days

Retrospace: The Vintage Home #19: Better Homes and Gardens (1972)

The 10 Companies with the Worst Customer Service

Customer Service Hall of Shame 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This Is Great. Just Great.

Key & Peele - TeachingCenter - YouTube:

Peg Lynch, R. I. P.

The New York Times: Ms. Lynch, who wrote nearly 11,000 scripts for radio and television without the benefit of a writer’s room committee (or even a co-writer), was a pioneering woman in broadcast entertainment. As a creator of original characters and a performer of her own written work — every bit of it live! — she might be said to have created the mold that decades later produced the likes of Tina Fey and Amy Schumer.

Or Maybe You Do

15 Things You Might Not Know About Yellowstone National Park 

I Found a Penny Last Week

Florida man discovers $1 million shipwrecked treasure  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Where Is The Outrage?

The Story Behind The Newly Discovered Dr. Seuss Book

Song of the Day

The Coasters - That Is Rock & Roll - YouTube:

The five key traits common in serial killers

Criminologists reveal the five key traits common in serial killers

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The Nakedness Didn't Bother Them

Naked, banjo-playing Washington man taken into custody after two-hour standoff with police

19 Unmissable Second-Hand Bookshops For Every British Bookworm

19 Unmissable Second-Hand Bookshops For Every British Bookworm

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C. S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet, Avon, 1949

I For One Welcome Our New Scaly Reptilian Overlords

Video: Alligator with Ninja Skills Deftly Climbs Fence

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Past time?
Every Major League Baseball Stadium, Ranked

Bugs Bunny: Ten Great Episodes

Bugs Bunny: Ten Great Episodes 

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Man, 25, stabbed twice over seat on Bronx subway  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Overlooked Movies: The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

A classic reprint from 12-06-2004. 

Last night there were several original movies on TV. HBO had the classy and well-reviewed Peter Sellers biopic. The Hallmark Channel had a comforting middlebrow fantasy called The Five People You Meet in Heaven with Jon Voigt. And TNT had the cheesy Da Vinci Code/Raiders of the Lost Ark rip-off, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear. Anyone who knows me will know immediately that I went for the cheesey rip-off. 

And I even watched all of it, though I was thinking all the time, "This is what we've come to. Starting with National Treasure, and now this, every movie made for the next ten years will be the same." And I was also thinking, "What a piece of crap." 

But, as I said, I watched it. 

There's no need to summarize the plot, since it makes very little (if any) sense. I kept watching mainly, I think, in hopes to see the rest of Kelly Hu's Serpent Brotherhood tattoo. (Ms. Hu, by the way, was seriously under-used in the movie. She was great in her few scenes.) 

There's no need to comment on the special effects. I've already said, "cheesey." That about covers it. If you could, for even a second or two, have believed that the stars (Noah Wyle and Sonya Walger, who has the best line in the movie) were walking over an actual bridge anywhere near an actual waterfall in one of the big scenes, you might have bought into the movie. But you couldn't believe it. Not even for a second or two. 

There was one point, however, at which I was willing to suspend my disbelief. Almost. The big martial-arts scene at the movie's climax features some of the lamest fighting I've seen since Diana Rigg turned in her leather suit. But even at that, to see Bob Newhart as a martial artist was worth sitting through the other two hours of the movie. Almost. 

Actually, if you can overlook the ridiculous plot and the cheesey effects, the cast is pretty good. Wyle is appealing as a geeky librarian, and Walger is aces as his hardboiled protector. I've mentioned Kelly Hu. Newhart is fine, as always. Jane Curtin has a small but entertaining role. Poor Kyle MacLachlan, though, must have needed the money. Desperately. Or maybe he just enjoyed being pure Virginia ham. 

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss two hours good-bye. 

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear - Official Trailer - YouTube: