Archive for the ‘Penguins’ Category

Two political cartoonists

May 25, 2015

To link to a posting on Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, some notes on Watterson’s favorite political / editorial cartoonists, Pat Oliphant and Jim Borgman.

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Science and myth

May 7, 2015

Passed on by Gregory Ward, this New Yorker daily cartoon for yesterday, by Christopher Weyant:

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Echoes of realiity-based vs. faith-based. From a posting of 12/12/14:

The term reality-based was coined in opposition to faith-based (relying on faith, assumption, or ideology)

with a quotation attributed to Karl Rove, saying that some people were

“in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” … “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”

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Bad date

May 4, 2015

A penguin cartoon, passed on by Chris Waigl:

By Scott Cassidy, on The Stuff in the Margin.

The owl and the penguin went to see…

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The devouring penguin

April 11, 2015

Passed along by Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky, this image from Archie McPhee’s Geyser of Awesome on tumblr:

Australian photographer Gordon Tait captured this awesome shot of an Adélie penguin attempting to devour his GoPro camera on the Antarctic ice near Casey Station

Marine mammals

March 26, 2015

Two images on Facebook recently: a Sandra Boynton drawing for Manatee Appreciation Day (March 25th, yesterday); and a wordless cartoon (on the “Mermaid Melissa” site, artist uncredited) picturing a narwhal as a unicorn in disguise):

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(#2 has an actual narwhal for comparison.)

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UberPenguins

March 24, 2015

Passed on by Michael Palmer, this set of penguin images from the uber humor site (offering “funny pictures, quotes, pics, photos, images, videos of really very cute animals”):

Ah, but what’s the story?

News for penguins: the ice age

March 3, 2015

Passed on by Sim Aberson, a news bulletin (“Genetics reveals where emperor penguins survived the last ice age”) from the AAAS, beginning:

A study of how climate change has affected emperor penguins over the last 30,000 years found that only three populations may have survived during the last ice age, and that the Ross Sea in Antarctica was likely the refuge for one of these populations. The Ross Sea is likely to have been a shelter for emperor penguins for thousands of years during the last ice age, when much of the rest of Antarctica was uninhabitable due to the amount of ice. [full story here]

(A group of emperor penguins is resting and preening next to a tide crack in the ice near the Gould Bay colony.)

Emulate the penguin

February 22, 2015

Passed on to me by Eleanor Houck, this seasonal  penguin story from channel 10 in Philadelphia: “Stay Safe on Slippery Sidewaks” by Greta Iverson, beginning

The trick to balancing on slick sidewalks is to “walk like a penguin.”

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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.

A forest of symbols in a time of love

February 14, 2015

Vatentine’s Day sets off an avalanche of greeting cards, from the sloppily sentimental through the joking — lots and lots of puns — to the off-color and the openly insulting. Just about any emotion you can imagine can be packaged into a Valentine’s Day card. Here’s one from a friend to me this year, with a pun (“Love you a bunch!”) and a penguin: “just a bit twee”, the sender wrote, but adding in mitigation that at least it had a penguin:

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And then we get this remarkable object, a veritable forest of sexual imagery:

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