Sunday, July 23, 2017

It Makes "Once Bitten" Look Like a Classic of the '80s Teen Vampire Genre

Thanks to the power of over-the-air digital subchannels, I became aware of the existence of "Rockula" -

"Rockula is a 1990 American comedy film directed by Luca Bercovici. The story centers on a vampire under a curse (the tagline is: "He's a vampire that hasn't scored in 400 years- tonight's the night!"). It was written by Bercovici and Jefery Levy. Dean Cameron stars as the vampire Ralph LaVie, Toni Basil plays Phoebe LaVie, Ralph's mother, and Thomas Dolby is the villain Stanley.
Bo Diddley has somewhat more than a cameo, as Axman, playing in Ralph's band, incidentally named Rockula. "

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Yes, He Played for the Raiders

Vanity's former husband, Oakland Raiders defensive end Anthony Smith, once "was charged with firebombing a Santa Monica, California, furniture store, 'reportedly over a dispute with the store's owner about money and a consignment item.'  After two juries were unable to reach a verdict in the case, a judge dismissed the charge."

He was later charged with four murders and convicted of three.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Things I Just Realized

Olympic swimmer Janet Evans' high school boyfriend Aaron Behle later appeared on the "Real World"'s Los Angeles season.

He may have also portrayed any number of blond SoCal jock villains in 1980s high school films.

Monday, October 17, 2016

It Came from the '80s

Dylan spent most of the '80s wandering in the wilderness.  From "Empire Burlesque," an album described on Wikipedia as "featur[ing] a distinct "80s style" aesthetic" came a definitive mid-decade music video directed by Paul Schraeder and featuring a truly impressive pair of shoulder pads -

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Most '80s Thing

Teri "We Got It Made" Copley was briefly married to Micki "That Hot Chick from Shalamar" Free -


In their defense, they did endear themselves to their BMW repairman.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Q-tips

Q-tips are fascinating in that their primary use is actively discouraged by their makers and medical professionals.

Or, as the Washington Post put it, "Q-tips are one of the only, if not the only, major consumer products whose main purpose is precisely the one the manufacturer explicitly warns against."

"In 1990, a piece published in The Washington Post joked that telling people to use the swabs on "the outer surfaces of the ear without entering the ear canal," as Q-tips packages do, was akin to asking smokers to dangle cigarettes from their lips without ever lighting them."

And FDA won't even count the number of injuries that they cause!

"On the FDA's website, it does say that swabs are classified as medical devices because they're "used to apply medications to, or to take specimens from, a patient." But it also says the same for cotton balls.

Neither the FDA nor the CPSC could explain why the commission was tracking injuries associated with cotton balls, but not cotton swabs. The CPSC suggested reaching out to the FDA. The FDA suggested reaching out to the CPSC. In the end, no one had an answer.

But the discrepancy has a significant effect: It means it's much harder to quantify the number of Q-tips-related injuries that occur each year in the United States. The FDA houses complaints on its website, but doesn't add them up.

"It would be very tedious to figure out how many injuries associated with cotton swabs were reported each year," said Deborah Kotz, an FDA spokeswoman. "

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Jessica Fletcher behind Bars (w/ Special Guest Star Adrienne Barbeau)

Murder, She Wrote

Jessica Behind Bars 8:00 PM on COZI 4.2, 1 hr 1985 TV-PG
While teaching at a women's prison, Jessica is taken hostage by inmates rioting over an accusation that one of them murdered the prison doctor. Kathryn: Adrienne Barbeau. Warden Elizabeth Gates: Vera Miles. Bertha: Susan Paretz. Jessica: Angela Lansbury.