Saturday, October 31, 2015

Samhain.

The door opens. Knowledge is revealed. The veil is thin. Things pass from this world to the next, and things pass from that world to ours.


It's here!


Happy Halloween




Friday, October 30, 2015

I refuse to post these to the front page of Wikipedia any more. But I will post them here. The article I wrote or assisted with is in bold.
Did You Know ... that among the haunted locations in Washington, D.C., are a former First Lady who haunts her old home, a "demon black cat" that appears in the Capitol just before national tragedies, a ghost at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, a phantasmal horse-and-carriage that rockets over a bridge to Georgetown, and the spectre of Phillip Barton Key II -- whose shade haunts the sidewalk in Lafayette Park where he was gunned down by his friend Daniel Sickles?
He bites...


Just six hours...




I refuse to post these to the front page of Wikipedia any more. But I will post them here. The article I wrote or assisted with is in bold.
Did You Know ... to enhance the actors' performances during production of the horror film The Haunting, the sound editors created a "pre-scored" soundtrack of voices and noises which were played back during filming -- which worked so well, the "pre-scored" sounds were left on the soundtrack?
Sex and death mingle...


It approaches...


I refuse to post these to the front page of Wikipedia any more. But I will post them here. The article I wrote or assisted with is in bold.
Did You Know ... Dr. Jared Criswell, former pastor of the Fifth Avenue Spiritualist Church of New York City, served as a technical consultant on the horror/thriller film The Ghost Ship regarding psychic phenomena?
One more day!


Jack is happy Halloween is near...


Play the game...


Thursday, October 29, 2015

The modern witch.......


Harvest of souls...


The time approaches...


"There was a contagion in the very air that blew from that haunted region; it breathed forth an atmosphere of dreams and fancies affecting all the land."


I find it kind of amusing that people think the Supreme Court can rule a federal agency unconstitutional.

Agencies exist because laws authorize them to exist. The Supreme Court decides only if LAWS are unconstitional. If the law is constitutional, then the court can consider if the agency's actions are authorized by law, or follow other laws (such as the Administrative Procedures Act).

In 1935, the Supreme Court ruled the National Industrial Recovery Act unconstitutional. It did not find the National Recovery Administration unconsitutional.

People consistently make the mistake of saying "the Court rules the NRA unconstitutional!" No, it didn't. I just smile and shake my head and correct the error quietly.
The dead approach...


Halloween comes.........


Two days.....................................


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Three days...


Watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), a highly influential Disney cartoon. It contains "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", a wonderful Halloween short.





Yay for me!




looking S at lit flame - American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial dedication - 2014-10-05
It's nearly Halloween. Time for the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow to emerge!

This is the grave of Washington Irving in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.


Irving family plot - Washington Irving marker - Sleepy Hollow Cemetery 0001

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Hee hee hee!!


Fall strikes Clarkson Avenue in Cleveland Heights. In my neighborhood, on Oakridge Drive, most of our trees are still green, sadly...


Fall on Clarkson
Seven days until the veil is lifted...


Friday, October 23, 2015

"Indeed, certain of the most authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts concerning this spectre, allege that the body of the trooper having been buried in the church-yard, the ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head..."


The eerily surreal...


Comic books go off the rails again...


I refuse to post these to the front page of Wikipedia any more. But I will post them here. The article I wrote or assisted with is in bold.
Did You Know ... that the federal Commemorative Works Act not only pretty much excludes new memorial from the National Mall but also requires all new federal memorials to (a) be built only with private funds, (b) to complete their fundraising within seven years, and (c) to raise an additional 10 percent of the cost of the work to be used as a maintenance trust fund?
Eight days...


More moose in the mist...


Thursday, October 22, 2015



OOPS!! It turns out that Ben Bradlee's mausoleum at Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown is in big trouble. Bradlee died last year, and the family constructed a massive new mausoleum on the ellipse which forms the entrance to Oak Hill.

But the Cultural Landscape Foundation (CLF) was not amused. It argued that the mausoleum changed the fundamental nature of the cemetery. Although architects originally decided the mausoleum did not need a building permit, the CLF appealed that decision -- and the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs agreed.

The decision came the same day Bradlee was interred (on October 21).

Oak Hill Cemetery has not changed much since it was established in 1848. An ellipse was built at the entrance of the cemetery to provide a peaceful tapis verdt in front of the Renwick Chapel. Mausoleums began being built there (on spec, even!) in 1855, but none have been erected since the 1960s. By that time, Oak Hill was largely full, with more than 20,000 burials there. With the cemetery in serious disrepair in the early 1990s, space for new interrals had to be found. New pathways and staircases were cut into the cemetery's hills, which not only provided better access but also allowed double-deep burial sites to exist under each step, and inurnments on either side of each step. The 100-niche Willow Columbarium was completed in December 2011, eliminating a dumping ground.

In 2010, the cemetery's board of directors agreed to remove a road around the north edge of the ellipse and create eight to ten large mausoleum plots here. These plots would go for a hefty price, as they were visible from the cemetery's main entrance and would be so prominent.

Oak Hill has no process for approving mausoleums, and the city has no permitting mechanism. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts has jurisdiction over mausoleums, but can only invoke this jurisdiction if the D.C. government refers a project to it. The Old Georgetown Board, the federal commission which oversees structural designs in Georgetown, has no jurisdiction, either.

The Bradlee family did not consult with Oak Hill when it began designing Ben Bradlee's mausoleum. Architect Stephen Muse (a member of the Old Georgetown Board) designed the structure. Oak Hill cut a pathway directly across the ellipse to provide access to it.

The large size of the mausoleum, it's stark color, the way it clashes with the Gothic Revival Renwick Chapel (which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and the extreme impact it had on the entrance to Oak Hill Cemetery led the CLF to challenge the lack of permitting with the city.

Meanwhile, Oak Hill Cemetery said it will not back off its attempt to create new places for burial. In a direct and caustic slap at Congressional Cemetery (in the Barney Circle neighborhood across town), Oak Hill's chairman said the cemetery is "not ready for ghost tours and dog-walking".



I refuse to post these to the front page of Wikipedia any more. But I will post them here. The article I wrote or assisted with is in bold.
Did You Know ... that although John Rodgers Meigs was originally buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, his father had his body moved to Arlington National Cemetery, where it rests in a tomb covered by a bronze sculpture depicting a dead Meigs lying on in the mud, trampled by Confederate cavalrymen?
This is damn funny!!


Artist Peter Markowski, who has worked on several animated series for Warner Bro., has been doing paintings depicting the 2009 Star Trek as if it were an animated series. It's akin to Star Trek: The Animated Series, which ran for two seasons on NBC from 1973 to 1974. Some of his work is captivating...




Niche walls are nearing completion at the Arlington National Cemetery's Millennium project expansion. Construction on the project, which will add nearly 30,000 burial and niche spaces, has been ongoing since late 2013 and is expected to be complete in August of 2016.


My Karma For Being a Good Homeowner and Not A Garbage Hoarder:

I took out my trash this morning, figuring that I should not give the racoons and squirrels any opportunity to dig into the trash overnight (like I usually do). As I'm going down the back steps at 6:30 AM, I tripped and fell hard onto my left knee.

It's just stones at the bottom of my steps, so of course I landed right on the edge of one of them with my kneecap.

I rested a bit, and then realized my knee was in bad shape. I hobbled out to the street and left my trash. I hobbled inside.

Sure enough: Three really big contusions, already bruising, on my knee. Shooting pains when I take the stairs. A minorly sprained ankle. Lots of skin removed (even though I was wearing jeans), but no skin broken thank goodness. I used my right arm to not fall completely flat on my face, and now my right shoulder is screaming in pain.

You know, hoarding garbage in my house sounds more and more like a winning proposition.
Nine days...