Archive for the ‘Signs and symbols’ Category

Ken Krimstein

July 25, 2015

… the cartoonist, with this cartoon in the July 27th New Yorker:

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The P is silent.

I’m charmed by the idea of pterodactyl commuters on the Hudson

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Zippy and the Icon at the Bluebonnet

July 16, 2015

Today’s Zippy, which leads in several directions:

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Zippy at the Bluebonnet Diner in Northampton MA, trading warning signs at the counter with an icon representing a (generic) person.

Stuff here: the diner; broasted chicken; warning signs; icons (for a man, for a person); punchline.

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Jeri Ryan and Luke Perry and more

July 14, 2015

I realize I should be out storming prisons today, but I seem to be caught up in actorly stuff again, so no Bastille action and also very little about language.

In the past few days, it seems that every other tv show I see on cable reruns features Jeri Ryan prominently. Yesterday it was an episode of Leverage (season 1, episode 13, “The Future Job”), in which the familiar face that appeared early in the show was, yes, Luke Perry.

I’ll start with Ryan, go on to Leverage, and then engage Perry and follow these leads to some other tv shows.

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Outrageous art

July 11, 2015

Another discovery on my desktop, from who knows how long ago: a poster designed for the original album release (1985) of the Dead Kennedys Frankenchrist,  a display of penises and vulvas, which of course I can’t show here — but it’s on AZBlogX, here.

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Embrace of the televised penis

July 4, 2015

American television has long been penis-averse, even on cable and web shows, where there’s no reason for this shyness — and this in a country that provides a mind-boggling amount of visual porn, including gay porn, which is in a sense largely a hymn to the penis, a celebration of peniphilia.

But now the televised penis seems to be coming into its own, with shows that occasionally dwell unapologetically on full frontal nudity — for example, in the science fiction drama Sense8 (from Netflix) and the comedy The Brink (on HBO). Three X-rated shots from these shows can be found in “Full frontal tv” on AZBlogX; penis-free shots will appear below.

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An ebook

June 28, 2015

A cute pun and, with it, a use of the symbol @ in advertising:

A book in the shape of the letter E, not an electronic book (eBook, e-Book, e-book, ebook). Plus the attention-grabbing L@@K, now used on websites offering things for sale or rental (eBay especially, but also Craigslist, home rental sites, etc.).

(The image came to me from Michael Palmer, who got it on Steven Gatke’s Facebook page. I couldn’t trace it back from there — but Gatke has lots of stuff about books and bookbinding.)

The news for penises, Norwegian edition

June 27, 2015

Passed on by Chris Hansen on Facebook, this story of 6/23 from thelocal.no (“Norway’s news in English”), “Is this the worst summer job ever?”:

A nineteen-year-old in Norway has been hired by a sexual health charity to play a giant penis who surprises passers-by by spraying them with golden confetti.

“I thought it was hilarious. If I can do a good thing for others, just by being a dick, there is nothing better,” Philip van Eck, the man inside the penis costume, told Norway’s Tønsberg Blad newspaper.

It’s all about STDs.

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The news for penises, including accidental ones

June 25, 2015

First, a little more on sexual tube steak. Then a couple images of accidental penises.

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Screaming for ice cream

June 20, 2015

On the front page of the July 2015 Funny Times, this cartoon by Mary Lawton:

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The visuals: a parody of Munch’s The Scream, in and around an ice cream truck. The text: the song/chant “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream” (a pun on ice cream / I scream, depending on word division).

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Annals of advertising: patriotism, sex, and overwhelming mouthfuls of food

June 9, 2015

It burst recently (with actual fireworks) onto the American fast-food scene: the Most American Thickburger from Carl’s Jr. / Hardees:

This clip doesn’t include the final tag, “Because America, that’s why” (with the recently popular because NP construction). But the entertaining businessday (NZ) story about the ad does.

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