Thursday, June 30, 2016

Forgotten Music -- Ma Rainey

The Queer Black Woman Who Reinvented The Blues: In the 1910s and 20s, Ma Rainey took the stage with an ostrich feather in one hand and a gun in the other.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

First It Was the Thin Mint Melee

Dispute over salsa and chips erupts into chair throwing brawl at Texas restaurant

For Those of You in the San Francisco Area

Mystery Fanfare: Literary Salon Wednesday, July 6: Bill Crider

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Top 12 Motorcycle Movies   

Hat tip to Mark Harris.

Dark Shadows Before I Die

Dark Shadows Before I Die: John Scoleri's daily exploration into each episode of the gothic soap opera on its 50th anniversary...  John Scoleri has embarked on a journey to watch and comment on every episode of Dark Shadows on the 50th anniversary of its original airdate.

First It Was the Thin Mint Melee

Forgotten sour cream leads to Milwaukee fast food shooting 

Sir Mack Rice, R. I. P.

Detroit's Sir Mack Rice, 'Mustang Sally' writer, dead at 82: Detroit soul stalwart Sir Mack Rice, who wrote “Mustang Sally,” “Respect Yourself” and other enduring R&B hits, died Monday in metro Detroit of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Song of the Day

Jan & Dean - Surf City - 1963 - YouTube:

The Trap of Solid Gold: "You Remember Jeanie"

The Trap of Solid Gold: "You Remember Jeanie"

Today's Vintage Ad

“The Story Is the Thing” (by Rand B. Lee)

“The Story Is the Thing” (by Rand B. Lee) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN  Rand B. Lee is a freelance writer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His short stories can be found in many science-fiction anthologies, in periodicals such as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and in the 2013 collection The Green Man and Other Short Stories (Curiosity Quills Press). He is the youngest surviving child of Manfred B. Lee, coauthor of the Ellery Queen detective novels and short stories. Occasionally, Rand’s stories too venture into the realm of detective fiction. And he has helped us celebrate EQMM’s 75th anniversary by contributing an article about his father to our August 2016 issue (on sale July 19).—Janet Hutchings


All our favorite bands are coming to ABC’s ‘Greatest Hits’ show: REO Speedwagon, Rick Springfield, Foreigner, Kenny Loggins and other ‘80s acts will be performing live on the new ABC summer series Greatest Hits.


Henry Slater, Conspirator, Pocket Books, 1949

First It Was the Thin Mint Melee

The Smoking Gun: After her repeated demands to have sex were rebuffed, a Florida woman grabbed a hatchet and began beating on the locked door of the bathroom where her beau had sought refuge, police report.

Things You Can See in My Hometown

Scotty Moore, R. I. P.

Musical icon, Elvis’ guitarist Scotty Moore dies: He was the man behind "The Man," the one producing the signature licks amid the screams and hysteria and history making moments. Scotty Moore was one of the foundational figures in rock and roll, a profoundly influential guitarist, and the musician who helped Elvis Presley become The King.

Why I still love actual paper books

Why I still love actual paper books

He Misses the Old Days

One Guy's Quest to Save the 1960s Time Capsule Homes of America

Vintage Treasures: The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4, edited by Terry Carr

Vintage Treasures: The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4, edited by Terry Carr

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Slip Sliding Away

The New York Times: VIENNA, Va. — Paul Simon says he is ready to give up making and playing music, 61 years after he started as a 13-year-old. “You’re coming towards the end,” he said in an interview this week, discussing the mysterious epiphanies that delivered some of his greatest songs, the toxic qualities of fame, and his yearning to explore questions of spirituality and neuroscience.

2016 David Thompson Special Service Award

2016 David Thompson Special Service Award

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

See it to believe it: Bryan Wilson, Texas Law Hawk: Commercial 4 - YouTube

Song of the Day

Bruce Channel - Hey Baby - YouTube:


Are YOU obsessed with your phone?

Today's Vintage Ad

I Miss the Old Days

60 Years Ago: The Last Packard Rolls off the Assembly Line 


Rex Stout, The Rubber Band, Pocket Books, 1943

First It Was the Thin Mint Melee

Pregnant Wendy's employee beat up during straws fracas in Mo.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Buddy Ryan, R. I. P.

NY Daily News: James (Buddy) Ryan, the renowned defensive guru and father of twin brothers, Rex and Rob, who continue to carry on his football coaching legacy with the Buffalo Bills, died Tuesday morning. He was 82.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.


6 things to know about alligators

Pat Summitt, R. I. P.

Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee basketball coach, dies at 64  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

First It Was the Thin Mint Melee

POLICE BLOTTER: Woman threatens to gut ex- over loose change  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Croc Update (Crocosaurus Cove Edition)

Video of crocodile attempting to eat Australian diver at Crocosaurus Cove  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.
Great still pics as well as video.

Overlooked Movies -- Casino Royale

Summertime is rerun time, USA. Here's a review from 2006.

When I saw Layer Cake, I knew Daniel Craig would be just fine as James Bond. And he is. He doesn't look like the Bond of the books, but that doesn't matter. He pulls off the role, and is utterance of the famous introduction ("My name is Bond, etc.") is a high point of the movie.

Which is far too long. I like the idea of the free-running stunts in the long chase near the beginning, but it all goes on too long, as do several scenes. 

The B&W sequence before the main titles is nice, and the titles themselves are great. I don't know who cooked them up, but they really set a tone. The song, on the other hand, pretty much bit the moose.

I liked the harder edge for Bond, and I liked the way the script shows how he's hard but still vulnerable, at least until the final betrayal and its result.

Having read the book more than 45 years ago, I still remember it well. I also recall my favorite line, spoken by Le Chifre in the torture scene: "Kiss it goodbye, Mr. Bond." The line's not in the movie, more's the pity. For that matter, maybe it's not even in the book. After 45 years, I can't be sure. Maybe I just made it up.

When it comes down to it, I'm still a Sean Connery kind of guy, and my favorites Bond movies are still the first three. This one was okay, but not in their league. Check it out, though. It's still worth a look if you're a fan of the series.

Casino Royale

Casino Royale (2006) - Official Trailer HD - YouTube: