Thursday, October 31, 2013

NEW TOY!! TOO BAD IT'S NOT THE REAL THING!

Found this @ Marshall's a month or two ago (approx $15-20 less than the price @ major retail stores) and just opened it and ignited it the first time ever tonight (good thing it wasn't a dud or broke or I'da been PISSED!).  I also have the blue Anakin FX light saber and to me the blue one stays lit a few seconds longer.  Either that, or I'm just not hurling the red one around enough to keep it lit a few seconds more! LOL

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KINGDOM HEARTS II [PS2]: VOLCANIC & BLIZZARD LORDS BATTLE [AGRABAH] + HADES BATTLE [OLYMPUS]

Other than the battle with Jafar taking the form of an enormous Genie, the other main battle in Agrabah are the Volcanic and Blizzard Lords, fighting them simultaneously with Aladdin's help.......  

With Hercules joining the party at Olympus, Sora and the group takes a final trip into the Underworld (AKA pretty much MY heathen stomping ground LOL) for a firey confrontation with hot-headed James Woods, I mean, Hades!

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"LOVE AND ITS DREAMS ALL HAVE COME TRUE"

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NEXT TO ROSEANNE, MY FAVORITE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL FROM THE 90's: BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD

Yeah, they had one too (as well as a couple Xmas specials around that year).  

I'd seen Butt-O-Ween the original night it aired on MTV on Halloween 1995, which followed the even better KISS: MTV Unplugged special.  Probably the last time I can honestly say I liked watching MTV! LOL

Along with It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Garfield's Halloween Adventure, Butt-O-Ween makes this my yearly traditional animated Halloween trilogy.  Not only am I an 80's kid, but I'm also a 90's kid/teen - and B&B are so stupid and dirty-minded, they're even funnier nearly 20 years later.  Mike Judge has done some great work over the years, like the movie Idiocracy, and of course King Of The Hill for a few more years than he worked on B&B!

Who the hell else but BUTT-HEAD dresses up as "nachos" to go trick-or-treating?!?

BUTT-O-WEEN
[by Mike Judge - 1995]

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"THERE'S NO STOPPING US NOW"

From one of my two very first LP's by The Supremes (The Supremes Sing H-D-H and More Hits By The Supremes, released pretty much back to back around 1965):

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The 70's era of The Supremes with Jean Terrell and Scherrie Payne are hands down my favorite, but I always revisit the original group that got me into their music in the first place!

THROWBACK THURSDAY: PLAYING ALTO CLARINET/MARCHING BAND [1995] + HALLOWEEN 2012 THROWBACK

After marching with the enormous baritone sax for two years in a row, I needed a break my first college marching season and switched to a 3X lighter alto clarinet I'd bought the previous summer from my 1st job @ Pizza Hut LOL!!! 

 UGH, marching band closeups aren't that attractive at all, especially me using peripheral vision there (looking straight ahead but keeping an eye to the marchers on either side; the training came in handy when driving too! LOL):




A little something from the show:  "Shaft" by none other than Isaac Hayes AKA Chef from South Park! [1995/fall season]:


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HALLOWEEN 2012 THROWBACK:  MINNIE JACK-O-LANTERN!  That's my teddy bear!




GORDON THE DOG (COREY FELDMAN'S PET): SMARTEST FRIDAY THE 13TH CHARACTER OF THEM ALL

Unlike the dummy victims of Jason, who usually screams and cowers into a corner, or runs off into a frenzy, eventually running into the ubiquitous Jason Voorhees, if not into his machete - we meet Corey Feldman's pet, Gordon the dog - from Friday The 13th - The Final Chapter (AKA F13 Part 4).  And he makes the smartest move ever, when confronted by the masked maniac:

Instead of being disemboweled or beheaded, Gordon the dog takes one look at Jason Voorhees, flees down the 2nd floor hallway and dives through the glass window!  JUST like that cowardly lion from Wizard of Oz!!  Whether or not Gordon survived, they never let onto.  Your choice: splattered, or injured his leg and crawled off to safety into the woods! LOL

Gordon the dog = Smartest would-be Voorhees victim of all the F13 films combined!

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MMPR - THE MOVIE: SUPER NINTENDO GAME SOUNDTRACK [1995]

Currently I only have a NES cartridge player (not the original Nintendo platform, unfortunately), and I'd soon like to get the Retro Duo, which plays both NES and Super NES.  The only Super Nintendo game I've re-collected so far is Super Empire Strikes Back, but I really liked the MMPR - The Movie game, which coincided along with the film and the completely different Sega Genesis version of the MMPR Movie game.  BanDai done a pretty decent job on the boss battle themes, especially, on the game soundtrack.

In fact, the film/games came out around the same time I'd met Austin St. John AKA "Jason", the original red Power Ranger, in Louisville, 1995.


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"OOOOOOHHH WHERE'S MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK?!?!?"

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

JEDI MASTER DEPA BILLABA: from JEDI HIGH COUNCIL SET 2 of 2 [2003]

Even though I can appreciate all twelve members of the Jedi High Council from Episode I: The Phantom Menace, I pretty much got this one of the two Council sets from 2003 for Depa Billaba, who's the former Padawan of Samuel L. Jackson AKA Master Mace Windu.  Billaba (played by Dipika O'Neill Joti) is one of the IMO more interesting Jedi, who in the Clone Wars era (in the book Shatterpoint) was sent on a jungle mission (Mace's home) and becomes involved with the ongoing war there.  She's eventually seduced by the Dark Side, goes insane, ripping out the enlightenment jewel from her forehead and just goes totally Linda Blair.  Mace has to confront Depa, the two duel it out, both practitioner's of the same Jedi form, and ultimately knocking his former student into a coma.  Her body was kept on the roof of the Jedi Temple, and if she were to wake up, would face charges of her war crimes.  It's assumed the comatose Billaba was destroyed when Order 66 was issued and the Temple was ambushed by Anakin and the 501st.

Joti only played Depa Billaba in Episode I, and whatever scenes she was included with in Episode II was stock footage.  This is the only figure ever made of the Jedi, you have to buy the set or can find it on eBay as a single loose figure, I'm sure.  I really like the detail, the likeness of Joti is spot-on and the Leia braids aren't bad, either.  Too bad she was never updated in 2012's Vintage Collection!

OH, and the Jedi High Council set 2/2 also includes Masters Yaddle and Yarael Poof!  ACTION figures?  Sitting back in the recliner isn't what I'd really call "action"!










*STILL* WAITING ON "IN A MADMAN'S WORLD" (CORLL/HENLEY/BROOKS BIO-DRAMA): PART II

The Dean Corll/Wayne Henley/David Brooks post from earlier this evening, continued.......

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PART I of *STILL* WAITING ON "IN A MADMAN'S WORLD" [click here] (w/video X2)


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CAJUN HOT/SWEET PICKLES - FIRST BATCH 2013

My friend Terri from Terrell, TX shared this recipe for Cajun hot/sweet pickles and I'd made a large batch a couple years ago, then divided them into smaller jars and gave them out for the holidays.  Since it's been forever and have been requested to make them again, I thought I'd start another couple batches for this year (it takes at least a week if you want them marinated nice enough).  I'd just peeled three garlics (the worst part!) to add and finished this one yesterday.

This time around, I'd taken pictures along the way, so I'll soon post the entire recipe with photo instructions.  You'll just need to decide if you like Louisiana hot sauce, Tapatio, Tabasco, or all three - just a matter of taste plus experimenting with your own variations.

Prepare to spit fire!


M.C. SAR & THE REAL McCOY: "DON'T STOP" [1990]

Another one from their pre-USA/pre-Grammy incarnation M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy - the single mix of "Don't Stop" and followed by O-jay's acapella version, 1990 single.  I believe the female vocals are by a Diamond Ross, possibly a member of the organization/group in the late 80's/early 90's.

I haven't spoken to Mr. Jeglitza in three or so years, would like to catch up and find out if "Real McCoy 3.0" is still in the works.  When we were communicating, he'd emailed me two unreleased cuts from Real McCoy's 1997 and last album, One More Time - which also happens to be my favorite and features Vanessa Mason and Lisa Cork's real vocals (they're not lip-sync'ers/puppets, as Patsy was on their first U.S. album, Another Night).  

Their early sound reminds me a lot of the group Black Box, featuring Martha Wash's vocals.  

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IT'S THE POWER RANGER PINK CREEPY-PEEPER!!!


LOL MOVE ALONG!

"CAN'T KEEP ME ON HOLD"

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I'm 70% impressed with my restoration of the incredibly (and unfortunately) rare and Italy-only "War Machine" promo video/LP by Andrea True (minus "The Connection") from 1980 - the self-remastered audio by myself the better half! LOL

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*STILL* WAITING ON "IN A MADMAN'S WORLD" (CORLL/HENLEY/BROOKS BIO-DRAMA) + JOSH VARGAS INTERVIEW

Unfortunately the rumor was untrue, looks like In A Madman's World, the Josh Vargas bio-drama of the 1973 Houston, TX case involving Dean Corll, Wayne Henley and David Brooks won't be out on/before Halloween.  

Mr. Josh Vargas, hurry that sheeit up - it's long overdue, all must see this one!

I gots PLENTY to say on the case, but one thing in particular that crossed my mind was had the Houston 5-0 not tried to sweep this case under the rug and keep it as quiet as possible (not to mention unfinished excavating of more possible and likely young victims before Henley and Brooks joined Corll), maybe parents and police everywhere would have been a lot more vigilant about kids just-so-happen to be "missing" (and several within one neighborhood) - and the John Wayne Gacy number of victims discovered in 1978 may have never happened (about the same number, approx 30), if not cut that number in half.  

Just sayin', Houston P.D.  This shit could and might happen again, and maybe right there in Houston - and could already be in progress somewhere in the country.  American "parents", start giving a fuck, thank you.

The trailer of In A Madman's World and a couple interviews with Josh Vargas:


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******KINDA-NSFW********

A slideshow I'd thrown together of some rare crime scene pictures taken during the excavation of Corll's boat shed and at the beach, where other victims had been buried (1973).  On a scale of 1-10, 10 the most graphic, I'd give this set a 6-7 (the boat shed photos the most graphic).  Unfortunately the Dahmer case and studying that thoroughly has totally desensitized me, so not much is what I call "shocking" anymore.  

GIBBLER - VERY shocking.  
Corll's victim photos - not so much.

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LOVELY TI: **ANOTHER** TEXAS WEAVE HEIST BY NOT-SO-BRIGHT HOODRATS

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

LARGER THAN LIFE: MAMA CASS!!

Another VHS transfer:  Mama Cass performing a live medley of The Mamas & The Papas' hits, television appearance early 70's!

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HAPPY NATIONAL CAT DAY!!

According to Temptations treats' Facebook page! LOL





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KITTIES VS. DOGS

LOL @ the cat FLYING up the stairs after the little dog barked a few times at it!

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TLC BACK ON THE CHARTS

Not surprising, after the controversial VH1 bio-pic CrazySexyCool.  I've already seen it, and one thing I took away from that is Pebbles is ONE narcissistic beeyitch!  Worst. Manager. EVER.  TLC's new greatest hits package called 20 is out, plus the new single "Meant To Be", which coincided with the movie.  

Whatever became of O'so Krispie, the rapper/singer who Tionne and Chilli picked from their reality series R U The Girl?  I'd watched the entire thing, for all of 10ish episodes.

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EBT WTF NEWS: TWO BIZARRE NEWS REPORTS, ONE INVOLVING AL GREEN'S SISTER

It's not often I see two bizarre news reports in a row, with both involving an EBT card.  One involving the sister of R&B singer Al Green.  I had to LOL at the things that now makes the news in 2013, but I hope they find what happened with Al's sister - sounds like foul play might be involved.  Like in Australia's Snowtown murders, the small group of killers led by Bunting would get the pin number of their victims' benefits card and would be cashing in, long after the person the card belonged to was dead.  The criminals had been caught on surveillance camera, like the people using Green's sister's card.

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90's CANDID CAMERA: SUZANNE SOMERS TRICK OR TREATING IN THE WRONG MONTH

Like Garfield's Halloween Adventure I'd recently posted, another VHS transfer: 

1990's Candid Camera segment with Suzanne Somers disguised as a foreign lady, driving around a neighborhood and trick-or-treating for her children.  Her character has no concept that Halloween is October 31st and confuses the hell out of everyone who answers the door.

LOL one of the women said she had no candy, but offered a slice of rhubarb pie! 

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

IT'S NOT OFTEN, BUT SOMETHING J-POP

GLOBE:  EXTENDED 12" SINGLE
MIXED BY SSMYOB 2013

"DEGENERATE" [INTRO]
"FEEL LIKE DANCE"
"FREEDOM"


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