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SUMO: Kimarite [Winning Techniques]

As we get ready for the start of the Haru Basho [Spring Grand Tournament], I thought you might be interested in seeing this video I came across the other day. It was produced by NHK (the Japanese national broadcasting network that airs sumo) a few years ago to help English-speaking fans better understand what’s going […]

In Search of Steve Ditko

A couple of days ago I made a post about the Spider-Man rockcomic that I got as a present when I was a kid. Reminiscing about that got me thinking about Spidey and Doc Strange — two of my favorite comic characters, and both created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. And that got me […]

Happy Poe Day

As I said a couple of weeks ago, my list of Artist Holidays is pretty strongly front-loaded on the calendar. We’re only in the third week of the year, and this is the third auspicious day of inspiration … the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth! I haven’t always had an easy relationship with old […]

The Monkey Did It!

Today is the anniversary of the publication of what is considered to be the first detective story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Alan Poe, in Graham’s Magazine in 1841. Going back and looking at that story, it’s amazing how many of the modern tropes of the genre are present in Poe’s tale […]

Imagine All The People

All day I’ve been thinking about making this post … or not making it. John Lennon’s murder was certainly an important event in my life … one of those “I’ll always remember where I was” moments, and I really am too young to be a first generation Beatles fan. I have memories of their animated […]

Classic Films Don’t Get OLD

I took a little break from writing this evening and put on the TV. As it turns out, I did so just at the start of the famous crop duster scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest as it played on TCM. As always happens when I come across one of these mid-career Hitchcock films, […]

Half A League Onward

Today is the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Balaclava, the event that inspired Alfred Lord Tennyson to write The Charge of the Light Brigade. Half a league half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred

If I Was A Conspiracy Theorist …

Forty years ago today, man first stepped on the moon. “One small step …” etc. It’s so EASY to be blase about it all … I see many people who are, and as someone who is STILL overwhelmingly impressed by the accomplishments of the Apollo program, that’s stunning to me. Even MORE stunning are the […]

Frankie Says “Prejudice Is For Lunkheads!”

I put on the Turner Classic Movies the other day (something I do quite a lot) and tuned in just in time to see this Frank Sinatra one-reel short subject (kind of the 1940s equivalent of television PSAs). Now, aside from just being HILARIOUS because of the 1945 slang, I think it was also a […]

Happy Spam Day!

I just learned that today is the birthday of SPAM, that mysterious canned meat from the Hormel company. July 5th, 1953 was the day those little blue cans first went on sale … and the world of processed food has never been the same since. Ordinarily, I probably wouldn’t have posted about this. I mean, […]