Lantern: For Your Archived Movie Magazine Needs

November 9th, 2015

Here’s Lantern, a very cool historical research tool that searches “1.3 million pages of digitized books and magazines from the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound.”

How extensive is it? I did a search for Tod Browning and turned up a whopping 2346 pages that reference him.

If you’re doing any research on the early history of film, it’s a real treasure trove.

Island Lost Souls

Shoegazer Sunday: Moonlit Sailor’s “Fresh Snow”

November 8th, 2015

Moonlit Sailor gets tagged as a post-rock, but they remind me strongly of Midsummer minus the vocals, and since Midsummer has always struck me as a Shoegaze band, here’s Moonlit Sailor’s “Fresh Snow.,”

Would You Believe a Folk Rock Album Called Ray Bradbury’s Dark Carnival?

October 31st, 2015

Some musical works are justly forgotten. Sadly, I feel that Bob Jacobs’s concept album Ray Bradbury’s Dark Carnival falls into that category, being of a overly theatrical folk rock style that was probably never in fashion, even when it was released.

Here are a couple of the more tolerable examples:

I don’t think a revival is in the offing. It’s probably not even as interesting as that weird free jazz album accompanying Edward Gorey’s words…

Fark Annual Scary Story Thread

October 30th, 2015

Tomorrow is Halloween, which means it’s time for the annual Fark Scary Story Thread!

Here are the links to threads from previous years:

  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • Feel free to check out some of my other freaky/creepy/scary/silly Halloween posts.


    October 30th, 2015

    Peoria, Arizona, today:

    Linus tried to warn us, buuuuut noooooooooooo!

    ESPN Shutting Down Grantland?

    October 30th, 2015

    Though the site itself is still up, EPSN has announced that it is shutting down Grantland, it’s longform sports and pop-culture essay site.

    Which is a shame, since Grantland sucked considerably less than ESPN’s regular site, which TO READ THE REST OF THIS SENTENCE, SIGN UP TO BECOME AN ESPN INSIDER! Grantland did a lot of interesting, in-depth analytics stuff and essays that were actually worth reading.

    This is probably part of parent company Disney’s program of cost-cutting at ESPN, despite the network being their undisputed cash cow.

    Random Halloween Ghost Decoration

    October 30th, 2015

    Something I saw walking around my neighborhood…

    Camouflage Level: GrandMaster

    October 30th, 2015

    Not so much scary as unbelievably impressive…

    Halloween: Giant Flying Spider

    October 29th, 2015

    Not particularly convincing up close, but it doesn’t have to be…

    Library Addition: H. P. Lovecraft’s Collected Fiction: A Variorum Edition

    October 26th, 2015

    This came in recently:

    Lovecraft, H. P. (edited by S. T. Joshi). H. P. Lovecraft’s Collected Fiction: A Variorum Edition, a three volume set consisting of Volume 1: 1905—1925, Volume 2: 1926—1930, and Volume 3: 1931—1936. Hippocampus Press, 2015. First edition hardbacks, one of only 750 sets, all Fine copies in Fine dust jackets and shrinkwrap, new and unread. “For the first time, students and scholars of Lovecraft can see at a glance all the textual variants in all relevant appearances of a story—manuscript, first publication in magazines, and first book publications. The result is an illuminating record of the textual history of the tales, along with how Lovecraft significantly revised his stories after initial publication. Along the way, Joshi has made small but significant revisions to his earlier corrected texts. He has determined, for example, that Lovecraft slightly revised some stories when a reprint of them was scheduled in Weird Tales, and he has altered some readings in light of a better understanding of Lovecraft’s customary linguistic usages.” So not only do these three volumes represent the complete and super-duper definitive edition of Lovecraft’s work, hardcore Lovecraft fans can see how both Lovecraft and others revised his work over the years.


    I’ll have one of these for sale through the next Lame Excuse Books catalog, which should actually go out via email tonight…