Archive for the ‘Clothing’ Category

Hawaii Five-0 hunks

March 14, 2015

(Not much linguistics here.)

In the middle of the night on Saturdays here the TNT network shows re-runs of the current Hawaii Five-0 tv series, so I’m kept alert by acrobatic fistfights, exchanges of gunfire, and car chases all over scenic Hawaii. And the banter between the two principal characters — it’s a buddy drama, a bro show — with significant interludes of muscular shirtlessness.

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Hunks of CSI: NY

March 4, 2015

(Nothing much of linguistic interest here.)

Watching re-runs of CSI: NY and appreciating three of the actors, who are notable hunks: Carmine Giovinazzo (as Detective Danny Messer), Eddie Cahill (as Detective Don Flack), and Hill Harper (as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes). The first two had serious early lives as athletes, and both are native New Yorkers (so their NYC accents on tv, though exaggeratedly working-class, have some origin in their personal experience). Harper, originally from Iowa, came to acting after a Harvard legal and public administration education (J.D. and M.P.A.).

CSI: NY actor A. J. Buckley (playing lab technician Adam Ross on the show), Giovinazzo, and Cahill, left to right:

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And Harper:

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Local pronunciations

February 28, 2015

Two notes on the pronunciation of proper names: on the city of Bangor ME and on the actor Ryan Phillippe.

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Color and advertising your preferences

February 27, 2015

In my e-mail, a flagrantly gay ad for the men’s underwear site Daily Jocks, offering (among other things) wildly colorful Andrew Christian items and the Identity line from Curbwear, which allows the wearer to advertise (via waistbands and shirts) his preferences in sexual acts. Underwear mostly goes to my X blog, but these items have a linguistic angle, so I’m posting here. No actual genitals, but plenty of cock-teasing and sexual language, so this posting might not be for everyone.

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From the Oscar watch

February 23, 2015

I don’t watch the Oscars shows, but you can’t avoid being exposed to information about them and images from them. So this shot of host Neil Patrick Harris (apparently in an allusion to the movie Birdman) from yesterday’s show came my way:

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Shirtless, showing off his carefully tended body, and in snug briefs, showing off a nice but not extravagant package, in the fashion of underwear ads for many many years. This is the Neil Patrick Harris of, among other things, Doogie Howser, M.D.; How I Met Your Mother; and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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The penguin of happiness

February 20, 2015

From the Cool Shirts and Hoodies Facebook page, passed on by Arne Adolfsen:

No, I don’t know where to buy a real penguin. Simulacra, sure, but real ones, no.

Valentine moose-knuckle

February 14, 2015

(Not much about language)

From Channel 1 Releasing, an ad for a Valentine Day’s special of porn:

Puns are a standard feature of Valentine Day’s greetings: here heart-on (referring to the heart-covered briefs) and hard-on (referring to their contents), differing in stop voicing.

Hunky mysteries of identity

February 13, 2015

(Minimal linguistic interest, lots of male skin.)

From Michael Nieuwenhuizen, with a gasp, this cock-tease photo:

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I dreamt I went on the internet in my Dolce & Gabbana briefs.

Appreciative viewers then tried to idenfify the model. And obstacles appeared.

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Danny Pino

February 12, 2015

(Not really about language.)

In reviewing my postings on “morning names” (now assembled here), I see that there are names I mentioned but didn’t post on — including the actor Danny Pino, whose work I have enjoyed for several years.

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Duane Michals

February 8, 2015

(Mostly on art, with some gay interest.)

In the 2/19/15 issue of The New York Review of Books, an appreciation, “The Subtle Games of Duane Michals” by Jed Perl, on the occasion of two exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and the publication of ABCDuane: A Duane Michals Primer by Michals.

(Meanwhile, I’ve evoked Michals in “Captioned Bookend 1″, here.)

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