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Friday, July 31, 2009  

The Call of the Wild Bunyip

Last night I was awakened in the middle of the night by a strange sound right outside the bedroom window -- a very clear howling hoot of a cry, followed by a gurgling warble. Was it an animal? A skunk ape? A bird?

You can listen to a recording of what I heard here.


Thursday, July 30, 2009  

Hi, Neighbor

According to the Gansett blog:

A case of Narragansett beer was left on the doorstep of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Monday after President Obama called a meeting between himself, Gates, and Sgt. Crowley (the arresting officer who also received a case of 'Gansett) at the White House to have a beer.

The 16-oz. can o' Gansett is Irish Elk's choice for tonight's home beer-summit.

And while on the subject of beer:

A selection of numbers and statistics filed under "beer" in the Harper's Index:

4/85Number of beer cans manufactured since they were introduced in 1935: 610,000,000,000
1/87Percentage increase in U.S. sales of Mexican beer in 1985: 60
8/87Takes required to film Tip O’Neill’s Miller Lite commercial: 79
10/88Average number of times a beer bottle in Japan is reused: 20
7/88Price paid in West Virginia last April for a case of Billy Beer: $2,000
1/92Liters of beer an escaped circus bear in the Ukraine drank in the Kharkov town square before being recaptured: 3
6/93Price of golf, dinner, beer, and a “cart dance” by a topless female caddie at Fort Worth’s New Orleans Nights club: $620
1/94Amount Miller Brewing spends each year to promote its Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund: $300,000
Amount it spends each year to endow the scholarship: $150,000
5/98Cans of beer the U.S. Navy requisitions for each sailor completing 45 days at sea: 2


Monday, July 27, 2009  





~ Newspaper caricature of Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich's

American buffalo hunt, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Feb. 10, 1872;

From the Library of Congress


Saturday, July 25, 2009  

Whirling Horse

From Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show

Circa 1900

Library of Congress


Monday, July 20, 2009  

The Onion's take



Who Should Play Jack Aubrey?

Robbo reports Russell Crowe is considering a new Master & Commander picture.

This raises anew the question: Given Crowe doesn't fit the part, who should play Jack Aubrey?

Robbo, I believe, has suggested, Brendan Gleeson, appropriately burly at six-foot-two, who has acted in Braveheart and Harry Potter, and recently portrayed Winston Churchill, a point, of course, in his favor.

As a possible dark-horse, how about Philip Glenister, of Ashes to Ashes? He has played in historical costume dramas, including Vanity Fair, Sharpe and Hornblower – the last role inspiring some ardent fans – and while only six-foot, he would be convincing in a boarding-party melee.


Saturday, July 18, 2009  

And that's the way it was

Walter Cronkite pilots a sailboat in 1971.

"Errol Flynn died on a 70-foot boat with a 17-year-old girl," Betsy Cronkite joked.

"Walter has always wanted to go that way, but he's going to have to settle for a 17-footer with a 70-year-old."


Thursday, July 16, 2009  

Frank Sinatra: "Fly Me to the Moon"

~ Dedicated to the astronauts of Apollo 11


Wednesday, July 15, 2009  

Count Rockin' Sidney

He was among the distinctive artists at Goldband Records.

Their motto: "Every One a Musical Treat." How 'bout that logo?

In the half century since the first recordings, Eddie Shuler and the Goldband Recording Company have recorded--and in many cases have created--some of the South's most important and distinctive musical styles and sounds, including Cajun, zydeco, blues, rhythm and blues, rockabilly and swamp pop.

Listen here to Count Rockin' Sidney's recordings of "Feel Delicious" and "Something Working Baby."


Tuesday, July 14, 2009  

Memorial to King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette

Saint-Denis Basilica, France

From the Times Archive Blog:

How Marie Antoinette and Robespierre went to the guillotine

Via the remarkable ExecutedToday.com


Monday, July 13, 2009  

The New Yorker, July 11, 1936



The Common Three-Toed Sloth

Things have been pretty slothful hereabouts lately. Chalk it up to summer.

Here, some items of interest collected during the odd arboreal graze:

An Amy Kane photo: What Dogs Dream About

Andrew Cusack: Heaven in Herefordshire

Naked Villainy: On the Somme * Robert McNamara

Yeoman Lawyer: Dear Wyoming Democratic Party

John Salmon: Apostrophe Abuse

Via Scuffulans Hirsutus:

Dick Van Dyke set to Herbie Hancock


Our Lady intercedes with octopus

Here, too * And here * And here


Tuesday, July 07, 2009  

Onlookers Overseeing Overcome Woman

Unidentified woman is helped to her feet after fainting outside Campbell funeral home during memorial for screen idol Rudolph Valentino.

~ Manhattan, August 24, 1926

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Yeoman Lawyer: On Michael Jackson

American society made the man the pop star that the was. It allowed him to amass a vast fortune, at one time, that obviously was self destructive to his character. He was highly odd. A person cannot be blamed for being odd, however, or at least can't be exclusively blamed for it. During his life time the press came to be on him like wolves on a carcass because of that oddity, and the public joined in the feeding frenzy. It's a sad comment on what we create through our entertainment dollars and how we destroy, for amusement, what we've created. The man obviously needed help, and the press following him around because he acted like a freakish clown didn't help him get it.

Now, however, the press is celebrating his life as if all this didn't happen. It's celebrating his achievements, which are really minor in the grand scheme of things, and acting like it, and we, didn't have major role in the freak show. Claiming that he was an entertainment genius now doesn't really do him any good, and it glosses over what he became.


Monday, July 06, 2009  

Dogs Playing Poker: Presidential Editions

By Andy Thomas

Above, Teddy shares a bully jest with Tricky.

Below, if Slick Willy cheats, Andy Jackson has his pistol ready.


Saturday, July 04, 2009  

Happy Fourth of July



"You're a Grand Old Flag"

Watch the production number from Yankee Doodle Dandy

Plus: "Yankee Doodle Boy"


Wednesday, July 01, 2009  

Jupe Pluvius arch. Rain that interrupts or mars a game. Syn. J. Pluvius; Old Pluvy. 1st Use. 1868. (New York Herald, Aug. 13; Edward J. Nichols). Etymology. From the ancient incantation to Jupiter Pluvius, with "Pluvius" being an ancient epithet for Jupiter as rainmaker. ~ The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary

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New Yorker Cover Print, June 6, 1959, by William Steig


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