Archive for the ‘Signs and symbols’ Category

Jeremy drops an F-bomb

August 26, 2015

In Today’s Zits:

I especially like the F-bomb icon.

For your use: an icon:

Annals of phallicity: the hardness score

August 14, 2015

In the September 2015 issue of Out magazine (p. 20), Aaron Hicklin’s Editor’s Letter, “The Audacity of Cucumbers”, a rave tv review:

If you are among the paltry 55,000 people that tuned in to Logo earlier this year to watch the premiere episode of the British import Cucumber, or the paltrier 24,000 that watched its sibling, Banana, both helmed by the Queer as Folk originator Russell T. Davies, I hope you stayed beyond those establishing episodes. Cucumber and Banana were slow to warm up, but by episodes three and four there was little doubt that Davies had created the most audacious and original queer series ever. Two of them, in fact. They were funny; they were sad; they were mischievous. Sometimes they were even profound.

With titles taken from designations for the Erection Hardness Score, developed by the European Association of Urology, Cucumber and Banana were so audacious that I sometimes felt almost embarrassed to be watching. Yet how utterly novel to see gay sex treated in such a frank and casual manner. The shows are complementary but separate, with characters flitting from one to the other… In fact, I’ve never seen the LGBT community treated with such equity, in which all the constituent parts of the acronym are present and fully fleshed out.


You can watch some scenes from the shows  here.


Phallicity watch: the mushrooms

August 8, 2015

In the NYT Magazine on Sunday the 2nd, “The Miracle of Preserves”
by Tamar Adler, with this illustration (photo by Grant Cornett):

Mushrooms make a delicious base for vegetables à la grecque

The recipe is worth checking out; here I’m just savoring the phallic photo.

The spread of popular culture

August 6, 2015

An entertaining piece in the NYT on the 4th (in the print edition that I get): “Iran Capitalizing on a Taste for America’s Biggest Brands” by Thomas Erdbrink:

Tehran— Despite the smiling clown, a symbol of the Great Satan’s love for meat, buns and fries, there were no angry mobs punching fists in the air, shouting “Death to America”; nor did the smell of burned American flags permeate this Tehran neighborhood.

It smelled of juicy burgers, flipped by a cheerful Iranian teenager named Jahan. His kitchen was crowned with a flashing logo that looked remarkably similar to the golden arches of McDonald’s, perhaps the best-known symbol of American fast-food imperialism.


Ken Krimstein

July 25, 2015

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


The P is silent.

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


Zippy and the Icon at the Bluebonnet

July 16, 2015

Today’s Zippy, which leads in several directions:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.)


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