Sunday, April 26, 2015

Terrifying 1906 Illustrations of H. G. Wells’ ‘The War of the Worlds’

Terrifying 1906 Illustrations of H. G. Wells’ ‘The War of the Worlds’

Ummmmmmm. Tater Tots.

7online.com: Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

A Tribute to Ron Scheer

Buddies in the Saddle: The Cowboy Rides Away

Song of the Day

"When The Saints Go Marching In" (1963) Jackie Wilson & Linda Hopkins - YouTube:

25 Amazing Non-Sports Trading Card Sets That Actually Existed

25 Amazing Non-Sports Trading Card Sets That Actually Existed

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10 Fascinating Mysteries Of Life That Science Can't Explain

10 Fascinating Mysteries Of Life That Science Can't Explain

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Earl Derr Biggers, Keeper of the Keys, Dell, 1944

I Miss the Old Days

The Groovy Age of Travel #10: Plane Interiors

15 of New York City’s Lost Landmarks

15 of New York City’s Lost Landmarks

Meet Amazon’s first customer

Meet Amazon’s first customer: Not many people spend $27.95 and get a building named after them.

Sid Tepper, R. I. P.

LA Times: Songwriter Sid Tepper, who co-wrote more than 40 songs specifically for Elvis Presley plus hundreds of others performed by Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Dean Martin, Eartha Kitt, Perry Como, Jeff Beck and many more, died Friday at his home in Miami Beach. He was 96.

Vintage Treasures: Madouc by Jack Vance

Vintage Treasures: Madouc by Jack Vance

Retro Review: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Edmond Hamilton’s Galaxy

Retro Review: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Edmond Hamilton’s Galaxy

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Paris Hilton Update

DJ, model Paris Hilton has busy international schedule   

Hat tip to Fred Zackel.

Vintage Torch Songs

Vintage Torch Songs: Today marks the birthday of the “Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. Famous for her silky voice and successful jazz standards, Fitzgerald knew how to bring tears to audiences’ eyes with her achingly beautiful renditions of popular torch songs. In honor of the Queen of Jazz, we’ve rounded up other weep-worthy, sentimental ballads from the 1920s that sing of lost love and other romantic dilemmas we can all relate to.

Stan Burns: R.I.P.

Mystery Fanfare: Stan Burns: R.I.P.

This is sad news, though we knew it was coming.  Stan was a friend of mine for many years through our association in DAPA-Em, the amateur press association for fans of crime and mystery fiction.  I was also lucky enough to meet him in person at a couple of Bouchercons and to correspond with him a bit through the years.  R.I.P., Stan.

8 Underground Rivers

8 Underground Rivers   

Link via The Presurfer.

Song of the Day

Johnny Cash - See Ruby Fall - YouTube:

9 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

9 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

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The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review 

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Joseph Chadwick, A Town to Tame, Gold Medal, 1966

The 10 Most Heroic Dogs in Houston

The 10 Most Heroic Dogs in Houston 

Hint: Not the U.S.

Which is the world's happiest country? 

I Want to Believe!

NASA May Have Accidentally Created a Warp Field

Not Me

What Killed the Neanderthals? 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Richard Corliss, R. I. P.

Variety: Richard Corliss, for 35 years the witty, incisive and compassionate voice on film and culture at Time magazine, died Thursday after a stroke, the magazine announced Friday.

And His Hair Was Perfect

Man wearing wolf mask robs Spring Valley hair salon  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

The Roots of Arbor Day

The Roots of Arbor Day

Elvis Presley, the Voracious Reader

Elvis Presley, the Voracious Reader 

Song of the Day

You Can Have Her - YouTube:

Video: Oldest Footage of London Ever

Video: Oldest Footage of London Ever - Fascinating Video 

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O Canada

Mirror Online: Eight-year-old Sarah Auger from Quebec, Canada, has been told she is no longer allowed to read books on her daily 20-minute bus ride to and from school.

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Robert Guttwillig, After Long Silence, Popular Library, 1959

In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming

Human ancestors had tentacles

I Miss the Old Days

I saw one of these a few times in Austin in the '60s, and once I even saw it in Town Lake.  I don't know if LBJ was the driver, however.

The '60s at 50: 1965: LBJ's Amphicar

Or Maybe You Did

Top 10 Sequels You Didn't Know Existed

The Curse on Shakespeare's Grave

The Curse on Shakespeare's Grave

FFB: The Heirs of Anthony Boucher -- Marvin Lachman

This post originally appeared on September 6, 2005.  This is a book that shouldn't be forgotten.

Marv Lachman has written a book about mystery fandom that I predict will be on a lot of awards lists next year. In this anecdotal illustrated history, he gives capsule summaries of every Bouchercon (including attendance figures), discusses every mystery fanzine ever published, looks at mystery fandom from its beginnings to the present, and even talks a bit about fannish scholarship and the future of fandom. 

For me, reading The Heirs of Anthony Boucher was almost as good as reliving many of the best moments of the last thirty years. When Judy was reading the book last night, she said, "This is like old home week." I think that nails it for those of us who have been fans for many of the years covered in the book. 

But The Heirs of Anthony Boucher is certainly more than that. It's an invaluable documentation of the history (so far) of fandom, and it's something that everyone who cares about mysteries, mystery writing, and mystery fandom should own and read. I suggest that you order a copy now. You won't regret it.