Archive for the ‘Signs and symbols’ Category

Power Dogs

August 7, 2014

Today’s Zippy:


The grotesque Power Dogs figure is (of course: this is Bill Griffith’s work) from real life: outside the Power Dogs Inc. fast food place in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore:


(On-line reviews of the hot dogs are at best lukewarm.)

In any case, more food phallicity.


July 12, 2014

Today’s Zits, with jocular morphology and some (Wurst-style) phallicity as well:


Jeremy for Weenie World!

Then there’s dorkage.


Today’s phallicity find

July 10, 2014

Seen on the streets of Palo Alto this afternoon, a van with this logo on the side:

The company’s slogan is

To Pour is Human, to Spritz, Divine

From the company website:

Since 1983 the Seltzer Sisters have bottled and delivered old-fashioned seltzer to devotees in the Bay Area. We’re one of a handful of tiny companies devoted to old-fashioned service and the environmentally sound use of refillable bottles.

Spritz me, baby.

Mustard on AZBlogX

June 25, 2014

(Vanishingly small linguistic interest.)

On AZBlogX, an entertaining photo (passed on by Michael Palmer on Facebook) of model Jordan Alexander (10/7/12) wielding a hotdog bun and mustard on what is either his dick or a hotdog held in his crotch (I have other photos of both scenarios). This has now been added to my Pages on phallicity posting (which now come divided into a subPage on wurst postings, for things like this, and a general subPage on the rest).


More on the emoticon watch

June 20, 2014

In the wake of rage against emoticons, Beckettian bafflement from cartoonist Benjamin Schwartz in the latest (June 23rd) New Yorker:



More octothorpe wrangling

June 20, 2014

In the previous round, this Mother Goose and Grimm (#4 here) on pound sign, hashtag, etc. And now a Zits on the subject, with a family argument, lined up by generation:

Rage against the emoticon

June 17, 2014

Today’s Bizarro:

Sometimes your patience just wears out.

Four for the fourth

June 5, 2014

My morning mail on Wednesday the 4th brought me six suitable cartoons for this blog. Two I have already posted about: a Doonesbury with Duke hallucinating a lizard; and a Bizarro with a diner asking for eggs without any sense of style. The others: a One Big Happy on the attractions of “diet” versions of foods; a Zits on hearing and listening; a Zippy with (among other things) more better; and a Mother Goose and Grimm with a symbolic ambiguity.


Anthony Gormley

May 31, 2014

[An art posting. Warning for the modest: a cast-iron penis will eventually appear, though in a Serious Work of Art in a public place in the UK.]

On a recent postcard, from Chris Ambidge, an image of a Gormley outdoor sculpture in the surf by Liverpool. A more panoramic view than the one on the card:



An epicene protest

May 13, 2014

In a bizarre response to the winning of the Eurovision Song Contest by a bearded drag queen, Conchita Wurst singing “Rise Like a Phoenix” (reported in almost every media outlet), some Russian men have taken to shaving off their beards (if they had them). The position seems to be that Wurst’s beard so poisons beards as a symbol of masculinity that real men have no way to protest except by going beardless. (The idea here seems to some degree to be similar to the position that same-sex marriage diminishes and debases opposite-sex marriage — except that in the Wurst case, the threat comes from a single case: just one, though admittedly very visible, bearded man in a dress.)

The result is paradoxical.



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