Did I mention?........ KING O' THE WEB!

Friday, January 29, 2010

A 1/4 Cover My Favorite Martian Comic,

1/4 covers were from when unsold comics (or magazines) had to be returned and the ditributor didn't want to lug a bunch of pulp. The top 1/4 of the cover was submitted for the unsold credit. Needless to say they got sold and/or given away anyway.

Link to comic at pic, Nephews and Mrs. Browns!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Review: A Far Cry From Kensington

A Far Cry from Kensington New Directions (2000), Paperback, 192 pages

I was handed this fictional memoir, by someone I trust to provide quality literary experiences- he assured me of its solid storytelling, and richness of content.

For me, prior to being handed this book, Muriel Spark really brought two things to mind: lighting cigars, (get it?) and books like Please Don't Eat the Daisies , which in reality share nothing with her.
I had no idea.

In his book, Rotten: No Irish No Blacks No Dogs, one finds out just how literary minded John Lydon is and how he was a fan of lots of great literature (Graham Greene's work springs to mind)... I was shocked when preparing to write this that Muriel Spark's Book The Public Image was where Lydon got the name for PiL. Had I not read his book I never would've guessed it but my suspicions were piqued when reviewing Spark's body of work.

In A Far Cry From Kensington, one gets an accurate portrait of post-war London life, with cramped and damp, recession and thrift, and during the progression of the book it's subsequent awakening from its 6 year nightmare.

Being an Anglophile I might've been satisfied with that and would have been polite about it, but disappointed with its lack of plot arrow.

The plot arrow is large and sharp and accurate: An overweight widow in a boarding house and works at a publisher, insults a literary world hanger-on, which in subsequent years, leads to adverse circumstances over and over again for her, all the while reaffirming her belief that the pisseur de copie "pisser or copy" is just what he is, an opportunistic second banana with no moral compunction about exploitation of personal relationships, and it being a small world, capable of infecting more than just the working world of Spark's protagonist, Mrs. Hawkins.

As A Far Cry From Kensington progresses, Mrs. Hawkins loses the insulation she grew during the war; both emotionally and physically- it falls away in the form of weight loss, the loss as allegory for her maturation, as evidenced by her questioning her faith, learning to stand firm when challenged about her interpersonal convictions and rising to the occasion when called upon by her neighbors who have revealed formerly private crises, that stemmed from character flaws that Mrs Hawkins shows us without a word of avarice, only predictive empathy, from someone who by virtue of being a war-widow, feels it necessary to conduct oneself with more maturity than others of her age.

I've hit the spoiler wall; let me just say within all the wool and teacups and rugs and wallpaper there's crazies, death, fist-fighting, insults, medical emergencies, injustice, karma, foreigners, revenge, hoodoo and more. A perfect mix of atmosphere and activity for anyone looking to read outside of genre.

It was also surprising for me, because I thought she was a 1940's & 50's writer (like I said I didn't know anything about her - just the name) - her style in this book doesn't give away that it was written 1988. Her arc runs from Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in 1961 to 2004's The Finishing School.

I suppose that since I'm a PiL fan I'll read The Public Image next and see what more she has to offer.

Final words: read A Far Cry From Kensington, already.

1st ed cover

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Quote O' The Day

Mother Earth…
my life support system…
as a soldier…
I must drink your blue water…
live inside your red clay and eat your green skin.

I pray…
my boots will always kiss your face and my footsteps match your heartbeat.

Carry my body through space and time…
you are my connection to the Universe…
and all that comes after.

I am yours and you are mine.
I salute you.

-The Men Who Stare at Goats

Saturday, January 23, 2010


I guess it was meant to be "saucy" but it's more weird..... she was OCD, dug boxers and was pretty generous.From Confidential November 1955.

Link @ pic

Light My Fart

Some say Jim Morrison never really died.......
Here's what it can be like on the road - trapped in a hotel bar/restaurant on karaoke night. But then a guy steps up to the mic and does Light My Fire with hand farts.
AND plays the whole Manzarek solo.
Now, yes, I'm aware the picture and sound sucks, but that's what happens when you shoot phonecam in a pitch dark room full of yelling drunks. It's just a selection, to allow you into my brain a bit.

Blocked Ferret?

"After using point ferret away from face"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Moblog: Best. Company Name. Ever.

I think I worked for him or her - several times in my life in fact....

Quote O' The Day: Barry Gifford

"Sister Mary Margaret wore a classic black habit, wire-rimmed spectacles , and her facial skin was a pale as one of Dracula's wives. I had recently seen the Tod Browning film Dracula, featuring Bela Lugosi, and I remember thinking that it was interesting that both God and Dracula had similar taste in women."
-Barry Gifford, Memories From a Sinking Ship

Friday, January 15, 2010

Buy Yours Today!

not really

here's why:

•Text HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee
•Text YELE to 501501 to donation $5 to Yele
•Text HAITI to 864833 to donate $5 to The United Way
•Text CERF to 90999 to donate $5 to The United Nations Foundation
•Text DISASTER to 90999 to donate $10 to Compassion International

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Movie 4 U

Phoned-in atonement for being occasionally tone deaf, according to my detractors....


Alert the Authorities

Not blocked, and yet I opposed toxic chemicals in children's toys and jewelry, foods and cosmetics, forced prison labor, child labor, and censorship.

Monday, January 11, 2010

enjoy crazy singing and dancing parties


The Aiptek Mobile Cinema D10 (Not to be confused with the Pocket Cinema D10 - also want)
The child me would have killed to get this, plus it looks like a Kenner Give-a-Show and a Viewmaster had a kid...

1 11 10 Binary Anniversary

My wife once read "Johnny and Claire - still goin' strong" on a Two Guys
bathroom wall and then came back various visits and noticed "Claire" had regularly updated the wall with the relationship status. Other significant love graffitti has been "Latif luvin' Latifa" on a wall across and down from our first apartment.

I got the spraypaint & markers baby! Let's go!

I Got A Touchdown!

Dock Ellis and the LSD No No. Back in '09 PCL contributor Desuko posted something about Dock - this animation tells the story of his no hitter on LSD.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

RIP Art Clokey

NYT Obit Here
He got ripped off by protestants, doing Davey and Goliath.
He had a daughter with keyhole irises who committed suicide.
He became an acid taking hippie who left his wife and started palling around with Essalen type luminaries
Amazing work that never becomes tiresome.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

1984 plus ca change

Heard this last night.
Cool glasses, Afrika Bambaataa.

Speak of the destruction.

This is a world destruction, your life ain't nothing.
The human race is becoming a disgrace.
Countries are fighting with chemical warfare.
Not giving a damn about the people who live there.
Nostradamus predicts the coming of the Antichrist.
Hey, look out, the third world nations are on the rise.
The Democratic-Communist Relationship,
won't stand in the way of the Islamic force.
The CIA is looking for you.
The KGB is smarter than you think.
Brainwash mentalities to control the system.
Using TV and movies - religions of course.
Yes, the world is headed for destruction.
Is it a nuclear war?
What are you asking for?

This is a world destruction. Your life ain't nothing.
The human race is becoming a disgrace.
The rich get richer.
The poor are getting poorer.
Fascist, chauvinistic government fools.
People, Moslems, Christians and Hindus.
Are in a time zone still searching for the truth.
Who are you to think you're a superior race?
Facing forth your everlasting doom.
We are Time Zone. We've come to drop a bomb on you.
World destruction, kaboom, kaboom, kaboom!

This is the world destruction, your life ain't nothing.
The human race is becoming a disgrace.
Nationalities are fighting with each other.
Why is this? Because the system tells you.
Putting people in faceless categories.
Knowledge isn't what it used to be.
Military tactics to control a nation.
Who wants to be a president or king? Me!
Mother Nature is gonna work against you.
Nothing in your power that you can do.
Yes, the world is headed for destruction.
You and I know it, cause the Bible tells you.
If we don't start to look for a better life,
the whole world will be destroyed in a time zone!

Speak of the destruction.

Hmmm........magpies are unlucky?

1. What is fragile should break early while it is still small. Nothing should ever become too big to fail.

2. No socialisation of losses and privatisation of gains.

3. People who were driving a school bus blindfolded (and crashed it) should never be given a new bus.

4. Do not let someone making an “incentive” bonus manage a nuclear plant – or your financial risks.

5. Counter-balance complexity with simplicity.

6. Do not give children sticks of dynamite, even if they come with a warning.

7. Only Ponzi schemes should depend on confidence. Governments should never need to “restore confidence”.

8. Do not give an addict more drugs if he has withdrawal pains.

9. Citizens should not depend on financial assets or fallible “expert” advice for their retirement.

10. Make an omelette with the broken eggs.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Five Years/Epiphany

5th Anniversary of GlyphJockey

Cast Hexagram:

29 - Twenty-Nine
K'an / Dangerously Deep

Water follows Water, spilling over any cliff, flowing past all obstacles, no matter the depth or distance, to the Sea.
The Superior Person learns flexibility from the mistakes he has made, and grows strong from the obstacles he has overcome, pressing on to show others the Way.


You are facing a crucial trial along your Journey.
The danger of this challenge is very real.
It is a test of your mettle.
If you can maintain your integrity and stay true to your convictions, you will overcome.
That's not as easy as it seems when you are faced with the sacrifice of other things you've come to depend upon or hold dear.

BJ the DJ

It's an Accident song, so not nearly what you're thinking...

Now here's some DJs that have proved memorable for me for a variety of reasons, and also have me conjecturing that they have had the pleasure at one point or another in their lives, and have also judiciously avoided an early demise unlike the subject of the song...:

Cousin Brucie, one of the 35 "5th Beatles"

Michael Tierson (center) who always seemed to catch the correct vibe of what was on the menu - an affable chap., sounded like he was laying down...

Jimmy Saville, straight from the pages of the Beano, knighted and beknighted (for his looks)

...and Soupy Sales, sire of Tony and Hunt friend to Pookie and White Fang, but who got his start in radio.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Saturday, January 02, 2010