Archive for the ‘Penguins’ Category

Novelty ties

November 17, 2015

On the penguin watch.

On the front page of yesterday’s NYT, a color-splash of an ad for Salvatore Ferragamo ties, one of which clearly had litte penguins on it. Ferragamo novelty ties, 100% silk, selling for $190 each (fashion doesn’t come cheap) from Ferragamo, somewhat less at fine men’s clothing stores. The fish and penguin tie, in a thumbnail:



Wednesday news for penguins

October 28, 2015

Passed on by Kim Darnell, a BuzzFeed posting yesterday, “23 Adorable Penguin Products You Need In Your Life: Because when you love penguins, you REALLY love them” by Elaina Wahl. Two of the 23:

The small: measuring spoons from Etsy:


The Love Song of J. Alfred Penguin:
I have measured out my life with penguin spoons

The large: a 5-foot stuffed penguin from Big Plush:


Keep Calm and Get Stuffed (here)

Airport penguin

October 23, 2015

From Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky, working her way back home from meetings in Atlanta, a photograph of an art installation in the airport there:


This is a rear view, and you have to look for the beak. A front view, from the airport’s website:



Yoda on active and passive clauses

October 13, 2015

A meme-slogan card passed on by Bert Vaux on Facebook:


The person who composed this (more on the composition process below) was seriously confused about what active and passive clauses are: the text on the card is an active clause, and all the Yoda sentences I’ve seen are in fact active (though a fair number had no passive counterpart, because the verbs in them were intransitive, like the verb in #1).

I’m guessing that the creator of #1 thought that

(A) Talk in active voice I do not.

was a passive sentence because it had non-default syntax (from the point of view of standard English). But the syntax is non-default because of the fronting in it, not because of the status of the clause as active or passive.


Two recurrent themes

October 7, 2015

… on this blog: unintended phallicity, penguins. Both encountered yesterday.


Join in their penguin games

June 7, 2015

Advertised in several places (I saw it in the NYRB), a children’s game called Pengoloo (maybe a portmanteau of penguin and igloo, though there are no igloos in the game):

From the makers, on

Go on an eggs-pedition with this enchanting memory game for children. Detailed wooden playing pieces transport you to the South Pole where our quirky little penguins are ready to play with you! Roll the dice and look for the matching colored eggs underneath the penguins. A good memory and a little luck will help you be the first to collect six penguins on your iceberg to win! Pengoloo includes 12 penguins, 12 eggs, 4 scoring icebergs and 2 dice. [ages 4 and up]

One of those games that little kids are often better at than adults — and that’s a good thing.

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.


Science and myth

May 7, 2015

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


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.”


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…


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


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