Birthdays of note
Tom Mix January 6, 1880
Earl Scruggs January 6, 1924
Harry Reser January 17, 1896
Benjamin Franklin January 17, 1706
Robert E. Howard January 22, 1906
Dock Boggs February 7, 1898
Arthur Collins February 7, 1864
Frank Frazetta February 9, 1928
Ronald Colman February 9, 1891
Abraham Lincoln February 12, 1809
Kotoōshū Katsunori February 19, 1983
George Washington February 22, 1732
Enrico Caruso February 25, 1873
John Duffey March 4, 1934
Sir Richard F. Burton March 19, 1821
Jerry Reed March 20, 1937
Harry Houdini March 24, 1874
Tim McCoy April 10, 1891
John Brown May 9, 1800
Hobart Smith May 10, 1897
Manly Wade Wellman May 21, 1903
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle May 22, 1859
William Boyd June 5, 1895
Lin Carter June 9, 1930
Pol Plançon June 12, 1851
Basil Rathbone June 13 1892
Art Bell June 17, 1945
David "Stringbean" Akeman June 17, 1916
Ray Harryhausen June 29, 1920
Jon Pertwee July 7, 1919
Kenneth, Lord Clark July 13, 1903
W. G. Grace July 18, 1848
William Powell July 29, 1892
Alfred, Lord Tennyson August 6, 1809
Maj. Les Hiddins August 13, 1946
Sir Walter Scott August 15, 1771
T. E. Lawrence August 16, 1888
H. P. Lovecraft August 20, 1890
Vess L. Ossman August 21, 1868
T. R. H. John Buchan August 26, 1875
Jack Kirby August 28, 1917
Conway Twitty September 1, 1933
Edgar Rice Burroughs September 1, 1875
Johnny Mack Brown September 1, 1904
Roscoe Holcomb September 5, 1912
Agatha Christie September 15, 1890
Warner Oland October 3, 1879
Carole Lombard October 6, 1908
Uncle Dave Macon October 7, 1870
P. G. Wodehouse October 15, 1881
Theodore Roosevelt October 27, 1858
Carl Sagan November 9, 1934
Mark Twain November 30, 1835
Joe Morley December 3, 1867
Buck Jones December 12, 1891
Jane Austen December 16, 1775
Humphrey Bogart December 25, 1899
Franzl Lang December 28, 1930
Fred Van Eps December 30, 1878
Q. “What do you think of when you see a pretty girl walking down the street?
A. One part of me says, “I’d like to meet her, date her.” The other side of me says, “I wonder how her head would look on a stick?”
~ Edmund Kemper
“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
~ Terry Pratchett
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
- Mahatma Gandhi
I have the heart of a child. I keep it in a jar on my shelf.
- Robert Bloch
"The piano may do for love-sick girls who lace themselves to skeletons, and lunch on chalk, pickles, and slate pencils. But give me the banjo...When you want genuine music — music that will come right home to you like a bad quarter, suffuse your system like strycnine whisky, go right through you like Brandreth’s pills, ramify your whole constitution like the measles, and break out on your hide like the pin-feather pimples on a picked goose — when you want all this, just smash your piano, and invoke the glory-beaming banjo."
Art is when some guy does what other people do for fun, expects to get paid for it, and then treats you like a moron when you correctly think it sucks.
We are all brothers under the skin, and I, for one, would be willing to skin humanity to prove it.
If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
~George Bernard Shaw
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
~ Elbert Hubbard
You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.
~ Vladimir Nabokov, LOLITA
When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it.
- Bernard Bailey
What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.
- Oscar Levant
There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.
- Salvador Dali
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered--either by themselves or by others. - Mark Twain
You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.
- Will Rogers
Don't bother just to be better than your contem- poraries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner
"Not being able to yodle [sic] pisses me off. I feel like half a man!"
~Hilarious quote from a Youtube comment
Try to avoid getting involved with somebody who's gonna need killing before it's over. It may seem to you that that narrows the field somewhat, but be diligent.
~ Jill Conner Brown
The problem with a Utopia is that you have to kill anyone who doesn't want it.
~ Walter Dutch
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
“Probably the toughest time in anyone's life is when you have to murder a loved one because they're the devil.”
~ Emo Philips
"I wish I owned half that dog. I'd shoot my half."
- Puddin' Head Wilson
Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.
- Italian Proverb
There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don't know.
- Ambrose Bierce
People who like this sort of thing will find it just the sort of thing they like.
~ Abraham Lincoln
"The only difference between a man and a derelict is a job."
~ William Powell in MY MAN GODFREY
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
- Mae West
When the Fox hears the Rabbit scream he comes a-runnin', but not to help.
~ Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs
I write because, if I don't, my characters will murder me in my sleep.
~ Astrid Cruz
Arabic & English
SIR RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON
A great site devoted to one of my greatest heroes
FOREIGN LEGION BLOG
This guy is awesomely nuts about the Legion!
Free OTR downloads
Comic Book Archive
Free digital comic books
DOC SAVAGE ONLINE
The pulp hero...organised
Massive source for radio show mp3
ONLINE QURAN TEACHER
Electronically learn Tajweed
The BEST online Cretan music station
WILD ABOUT HARRY (Houdini)
These folks Love Harry Houdini...in spades!
Soldiers of the Queen
"I say, wot, wot!"
Monrakplengthai - Free Thai music downloads
DAN CARLIN - HARDCORE HISTORY
Free badass podcast for them that LOVE history
THE OLD CORRAL
History of B-Westerns
MANLY WADE WELLMAN
Online resource for the great horror storyteller
WILLIAM BLAKE ARCHIVE
The legendary artist and poet
DIGITAL COMICS MUSEUM
Comic books in .CBR format
AGATHA CHRISTIE ONLINE
The official Agatha Christie website
Spaghetti/Peplum/etc. DVR - Great!
Asian Traditional Archery Network
TRADITIONAL BOW SHOP
THE CINNABAR BOW
Traditional Chinese blows
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TURKISH FLIGHT ARCHERY BLOG
Without the slightest question, I declare Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton the president of the society; fluent in 28 languages, wrote 48 books, was a soldier, a spy, a swordsman, visited Mecca, and helped discover the source of the Nile.
The vice-president of the society, Sir C. Aubrey Smith was chosen because, well, look at the photo! If he weren't the the epitome of the Society on film (nobody does it better), the fact that he was a champ test Cricketer puts him over the top, wot-wot?
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweeds- muir GCMG GCVO CH PC!
If the creation of the Hannay books isn't enough to get a chap into the Society of Gentlemen, then what on this Earth is? A stern fellow in photos, to be sure, but a lively master of action on the printed page!
Nobody could grimace like old Teddy Roosevelt; this is the stare of a man who had been places and done things. He was a cowboy, a Roughrider, a writer, and one of the best presidents America has ever had.
If this picture alone didn't warrant his entry into the society, the poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson most certainly would. The Charge of the Light Brigade? What could possibly be more stiff-upper-lip than that?
Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, alongside being a practicing physician, was the writer that brought us the top icons of our fiction wing, Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger! He proves, through himself and his work, if you belong in the society, any name you have will be cool!
Lots of people were against slavery in America, but John Brown engaged in armed insurrection to make it happen, and two years before the Civil War. He was hanged for his troubles, a crime which Victor Hugo rightfully called murder.
The kind of Englishman that everyone ought to be, if that can possibly help it, Trevor Howard is one of those that causes one to subconsciously tighten one's diction and improve one's suavity.
Another Howard in the society, this time Leslie Howard. He's the guy that made being a fop and having a flower for your symbol a rakish and daring thing, which one can admit is an amazing feat!
Scholar, writer, diplomat, inventor, printer, world traveler, and part architect of the land of the free? I'd say that that list is his resume' down through time; his legend is clear. Add to that that he loved chess, and he's the gentleman's ideal!