On the occasion of Nelson Mandela’s death (at 95), reported on in almost every medium, the forthcoming cover of the New Yorker:
Archive for the ‘Signs and symbols’ Category
Yesterday was Duck Day in Palo Alto — people dressed in yellow all over the place, on the occasion of a football game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Oregon Ducks (which Stanford won, 26-20). Yellow isn’t all that common a color choice for a sports team color (probably because it’s sunny rather than intense and threatening), but Oregon is really, really yellow.
Making the rounds on the net recently, this story about an inadvertently phallic church (here from Daily Kos, from 10/31, “Phallic-shaped church to get fig leaf”):
Officials from the Christian Science Church in Dixon, Illinois are upset after a satellite image from Google Maps began to go viral, showing their new church had a rather unusual shape.
Originally designed around an old oak tree, the design has provided a lot of laughs amongst online communities.
From several sources, pointers to this piece of in-your-face public art:
From the New York Times Magazine on Sunday the 13th, “Who Made That Android Logo?” by Pagan Kennedy:
Irina Blok may have drawn one of the most recognized logos in the world, but her association with the green Android has not made her famous.
… The Android logo was born three years earlier, when Blok worked as a designer at Google. As Google prepared to endorse the Android software platform for mobile devices, Blok and her design-team colleagues were told to create a look for the software — something that consumers could easily identify. The logo, she was told, should involve a robot, and so she studied sci-fi toys and space movies — anything that might help her create a character. In the end, she took inspiration from a distinctly human source: the pictograms of the universal man and woman that often appear on restroom doors. She drew a stripped-down robot with a tin-can-shaped torso and antennas on his head.
(Not about language, but about shirtless actors, mostly in underwear.)
An episode of Smallville that came by in reruns this morning featured hunky actor Alan Ritchson as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman, a superhero with an assortment of water-related superabilities. Later in the series comes Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow (played by Justin Hartley), yet another superhero. Superman (played by Tom Welling) along with Green Arrow and Aquaman:
(All three men are tall: Hartley and Welling at 6′3″, Ritchson at 6′2″.)
Today is a big event in San Francisco: from Wikipedia:
The Folsom Street Fair (FSF) is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair held on the last Sunday in September and caps San Francisco’s “Leather Pride Week”. The Folsom Street Fair, sometimes simply referred to as “Folsom”, takes place on Folsom Street between 7th and 12th Streets, in San Francisco’s South of Market district.
The event started in 1984 and is California’s third largest single-day, outdoor spectator event and the world’s largest leather event and showcase for BDSM products and culture.
Caught in passing in a posting of mine on AZBlogX about porn actor Boomer Banks (I am not making this name up), who’s notable (at least) for his very long and thick cock (illustrated in my posting), this item in his Rentboy ad (image #3 in the posting):
(1) I clean up well
conveying that Banks can make himself presentable as an engaging companion for social occasions as well as serving as a hot and sweaty sexual partner.
The idiom to clean up well/nicely is a “reflexive/middle-voice” verbal: (1) is roughly paraphrasable as “I clean myself up well” or “I can be cleaned up well/easily”. That is, the referent of the subject is the Patient (the affected participant) in the event, rather than the Agent. Compare the classic This book reads easily.