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Dr.Bedlam last won the day on April 16 2017

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About Dr.Bedlam

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  • Birthday October 6

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    his top secret Lab-Matory hidden under the gift shop at Buffalo Bill's gravesite
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    Miniatures painting and modifications, general gaming, psychology, education, medieval metaphysics. My greatest joy in life is knowing that somewhere out there, I have made someone snark their drink all over the monitor.

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  1. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Growing up in cow country, I knew about cows. Raising an anime freak daughter, I knew about Robotech and the atrocities of Carl Macek. But licorice can kill you? Wowsers.
  2. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    ...you can poison yourself with black licorice?
  3. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    I have heard this speculation, but can't confirm it. There is a resemblance, though. That particular movie was a Soviet production, purchased and recut and redubbed by Roger Corman. He shot and added the footage of the monsters fighting. It is unknown if he wanted them to look THAT much like male and female genitals dueling to the death.
  4. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    I think I may have discussed this somewhere here before, but quite a few critters from the original Monster Manual are based on plastic toys that Gary Gygax repurposed for miniatures gaming. The Rust Monster, Owlbear, and Bulette are well known from dime store bags of toy dinosaurs. When I first saw these, back in the seventies, my first thought was "Dinosaurs from what PLANET?" But fourth from left is plainly a rust monster. Sixth from left, a bulette, and eighth, an owlbear. It is suspected that the seventh monster, right behind the owlbear, may have been an umber hulk; he has mandibles, but they're hard to see in this picture. Gygax confirms that he used a variety of plastic toys as homebrew monsters. Artist Tony diTerlizzi, on his website, notes that these were originally made in Japan, and were, in fact, intended to represent various rubber suit monsters from Japanese kidvid, shows like Spectreman, Ultraman, and others. Later, they found their way into ninety nine cent bags of toy dinos in the US, where Gygax found and repurposed them. PCs were generally 25mm metal historical wargaming figures, and these plastics were huge next to them! This gave Gygax the idea of using old Marx toy soldiers as GIANTS, leading to the entire series of "Against The Giants" adventures. Marx cavemen made dandy ogres and hill giants, while Marx vikings made frost giants and Marx Ben Hur Romans were dandy fire giants... and ALL these toys were easily found at dime stores, grocery store spin racks, and discount stores in the early seventies, when D&D was still in its infancy... ...and this is why the Monster Manual illustrations look the way they do. Looking at all the repurposed plastic toys here, I begin to understand why the first hardback Monster Manual had entries for about every kind of dinosaur that ever lived. Still no clue about where he came up with the idea for Xorn, though...
  5. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Dick Van Dyke's brother Jerry was the first choice for the title role on "Gilligan's Island." After Van Dyke and Russ Tamblyn turned it down, Bob Denver signed on, and the pilot was filmed in late 1963. If you find yourself watching a black and white (or colorized) episode, watch the opening carefully. In the cut in the theme song where Gilligan is standing on a dock in Honolulu Harbor, covered with sailing gear, and the song goes "...the mate was a mighty sailin' man," look for the flagpole in the background. The flag was at half mast. President Kennedy had been shot and died the previous day. The scene was reshot for the color episodes, but was left in the openers for the black and white ones.
  6. Robotech RPG Tactics - Palladium

    Eeeeyeah, over the last thirty years, I have noted that Kevin Siembeda is very good at seeing to it that he gets a paycheck. Anyone ELSE, now...
  7. Star Wars: What's going on? (SPOILERS)

    A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back felt pretty different, too, back in the day. And they were written and directed by two totally different teams, albeit under George Lucas' veto power. That being said, I will admit that The Last Jedi didn't answer as many questions as The Force Awakens posed...
  8. Pcktlnt's Rescue (Ral Partha 02-902 Female Giant V.1)

    When it comes to metal, you can't beat Pine Sol. It'll damage some plastics, but won't touch metal, and I've cleaned twenty year old Testors clot off CLEAN after an overnight soak.
  9. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    This'z Richard Kiel, seen here with 007 star Roger Moore. Kiel did not play Lurch, although he is remembered for his appearances on the original Twilight Zone, notably the "To Serve Man" episode, as well as appearing in two James Bond movies as the steel toothed assassin "Jaws," and many other TV and movie appearances. But not Lurch. I put Kiel in here because people are always confusing him with Ted Cassidy and Carel Struycken. Kiel died of heart failure in 2014. I have no idea where he is buried.
  10. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    This'z Carel Struycken. You might remember him as Lurch from the Addams Family movies or The Giant from Twin Peaks, among many other roles. Struycken began his showbiz career in the late seventies. He reports that he was crossing the street at the corner of Hollywood and Vine in LA when a car slammed to a halt in the middle of the intersection, a woman leaped from the still running vehicle, and ran at him, shouting "Stop! Stop! WE NEED YOU FOR OUR MOVIE!" The movie in question was Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees, and was Struycken's first film role. Like Ted Cassidy, he seems to get all the work he wants, pretty much. When he heard that a film was being made based on the old Addams Family TV show, he went to audition for Lurch, saying, "Ever since I came to America, people stop me on the street and ask if I played Lurch. I tell them, "No, that was a man named Ted Cassidy; I was barely in high school when that show was made." But people all the time ask me if I was Lurch. So you have to put me in your movie, so I can finally say, "Yes, I played Lurch." " The casting director stared at him and said, "Yes. Yes, you're right." And he did. Carel Struycken is not buried in anyone's backyard; he is, as of this writing, not yet dead.
  11. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    This'z Ted Cassidy. He's best remembered as the actor who played Lurch on TV's The Addams Family. In addition to playing Lurch, Ted also played Thing on the show, since he had very long arms and large hands. Sometimes he used his LEFT hand, just to see if anyone would notice. When he and Thing were in the same shot, an associate producer played Thing. Lurch was supposed to be mute, but during a door answering scene, he ad libbed the famous "You rang?" The producer thought it was hilarious, and after that, Lurch got the occasional line. Ted had an amazing career. He was a radio announcer in Dallas when JFK was shot, and was among the first to interview witnesses to the event in Dealey Plaza. Within a year, he was playing Lurch. Meanwhile, he'd also landed a gig with Hanna-Barbera, doing pretty much EVERY deep voiced character in EVERY cartoon they made, well into the seventies. He also did the opening narration for The Incredible Hulk, the live action show starring Lou Ferrigno and Bill Bixby. And that's just the tip of the iceberg; Ted Cassidy ALWAYS had work. In addition, his coworkers remember him as a friendly, upbeat guy with a great sense of humor, generous and kind and generally a great guy. So naturally, he died young, in his mid forties, in 1979. He hadn't made funeral arrangements, but he'd mentioned to his girlfriend that he wanted to be cremated, and didn't want a big ceremony. So she had him cremated, and took him home, and buried the urn containing his ashes in the back yard of the home they shared on the outskirts of LA. A few years later, she sold the house and moved on. This means that in some nice little suburb of LA, in a nice little house tucked away in a cul de sac somewhere, there is a family that is completely unaware that they have Lurch buried in the back yard.
  12. Mid life crisis

    Coulda been worse. I physically resemble my maternal grandfather. I was aware that he'd gone bald by age 35. And I noted that my hairline had begun to recede... when I was 27. I didn't start going gray until WELL after I'd gone bald.
  13. Mid life crisis

    1. I don't NEED a career. All I really need is a PAYCHECK. Later in life, I amended this to "and a RETIREMENT PLAN. And INSURANCE." 2. My only concern with transportation is that it functions when I need and want it to. My last interest in specific motor vehicles was in childhood, when I wanted to own the Batmobile, and in my teens, when I wanted a Chevy van with a dragon and wizard airbrushed on the side, orange shag carpeting on the inside, and a waterbed and mirrored disco ball installed. This pipe dream was pretty much abandoned circa 1980. I've never owned a motorcycle, but have managed to be on one that crashed on three separate occasions, and consequently have no real interest in owning or riding motorcycles. 3. Believe it or not, I've never been much tempted to have an affair. My ex wife had several, though, which is why she's my ex. 4. I am not and have never been much of a clothes horse. The main reason I wear them at ALL is to avoid scaring my coworkers and students. The only strong feelings I have about them is that I am fond of specific T-shirts with memories associated, and I hate ties, a garment in which I have never seen any point; far as I can tell, the only reason anyone has ever worn a tie is to show the world they don't need a real job. My only real adjustment as I have aged is that these days, I am fond of cargo pants, as my work requires me to have handy a great many gimmicks, tools, and distractions that I might need at any time. The trousers have no lines to speak of, due to the many pockets, but at my age, I think few care if my butt looks nice. I am therefore guessing that I am not in the grip of a midlife crisis, nor have I ever been. I do occasionally get nostalgic about stuff, and I own vintage TSR copies of Dungeon! and The Awful Green Things From Outer Space, despite the fact that the current reissues of these games are superior... but they don't give me the little frisson that the ancient copies do. Does that count?
  14. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Stephen King's novel Carrie was published in 1974. That pretty much marks King's beginning as a Big Time Author What Writes Books Peoples Buy In Bookstores And Actually Read; he'd sold a number of short stories to various magazines before that, but Carrie was his first full novel. Before that, he'd spent several years teaching and doing odd jobs, raising a family in ... not QUITE poverty, but certainly a state of "acute want." Or perhaps "perpetual anxiety about payment of bills." After Carrie, though, King quickly became an author to watch. It helped that he was fairly prolific, especially once he could afford to quit his day job. Big Time Author What Writes Books, indeed. So, naturally, the college paper of the University of Maine, where King had graduated only a few years previously, took notice of this event. It was certainly news. And they published a short blurb about how Local Boy Makes Good, which is certainly understandable. It WAS news, after all, and it's certainly a good feelgood piece. But for the life of me, I wonder: did they not have any better pictures of the man? Jeez, I've taken better MUGshots when I was blind drunk and only dimly realizing I was being taken in on suspicion of murder, arson, and unnatural acts with a parking meter.... EDIT: And upon looking at this post, I now recall that he met his wife Tabitha while attending the U of Maine. Plainly, she saw something in him that the rest of us would not comprehend until later...