Easter Anthem

April 20, 2014

Background by P. L. Brayfield to accompany a YouTube video:

Sacred Harp singers are among the most enthusiastic and energetic vocalists anywhere! Here they express their joy in singing a favorite shape note song for the Eastern season: William Billings’s 1787 composition [Easter Anthem] also known as ‘The Lord is Risen Indeed.’ Recorded at the Kalamazoo all-day singing, July 20, 2009. NOTE: on the video, the number for Eastern Anthem is mistakenly given as 238. If you start to sing from that page, you will still be singing Eastern Anthem, but you will be two pages ahead of everyone else ;) The correct page, of course, is 236, as several viewers have reminded me!

The music, spread over four pages:

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Speech act ambiguity

April 20, 2014

From an esurance commercial on tv, entitled “Hank” (the key bit is boldfaced):

Hank: My daughter thinks I’m out of touch. So I asked her how I saved 15 percent on car insurance in just 15 minutes.

Neighbor: Huh. (shakes head)

Hank: (looks at phone) “IDK?” What does that mean?

Neighbor: “I don’t know.”

Hank: And I’m the one who’s out of touch. LOL.

The neighbor is answering Hank’s question, a request for information, asking about what “IDK” means. Hank understands this instead as an assertion, by the neighbor, that he doesn’t know what “IDK” means. (Hank then thinks the neighbor is out of touch.)  Both understandings involve assertions, but about different aspects of the conversational exchange.

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Three for the day (Easter)

April 20, 2014

Today’s crop of cartoons includes a Bizarro, a Zippy, and a Mother Goose and Grimm:

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Cold curried lima beans

April 19, 2014

It’s been a while since I posted more than the occasional piece on food; the last flurry was a series on dips, spreads, and dipspreads. Today’s dish — an old favorite of my household in Columbus OH — is too thick and chunky to be used as any of these, but it’s great as a salad or side dish, and, thanks to the curry in it, has the virtue of being palatable to many people who are otherwise unfond of lima beans.

The directions below are a very lightly edited version of a recipe posted in the Usenet newsgroup soc.motss back in 1995.

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Mandevilla

April 19, 2014

Today’s plant is a lush vine of warm climates. One grows — well sprawls, spreading rampantly from a neighbor’s patio into mine — on the ground floor of my “library condo” (in College Terrace, just south of Stanford), while the other grows in a neighbor’s garden behind my condo in downtown Palo Alto (my daughter Elizabeth and I commented on it this morning). The first is pink, the second yellow. Varieties similar to these:

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Drew Dernavich

April 19, 2014

A posting by Mark Peters yesterday on the Psychology Today blog, “A Cartoon Maestro Talks Comedy: I interview New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich”

One example of a language-related Dernavich cartoon:

 

Cat advises dog, using the omnipresent “no word for X” trope.

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Startling image for Holy Week

April 18, 2014

In my e-mail this morning, an ad for gay porn from the Falcon / Raging Stallion Studios for Holy Week, with hot porn actor Adam Ramzi posing as Jesus (and the playful commercial slogan “It’s a Good Friday when it kicks off savings like this!”):

I haven’t been a believing (or practicing) Christian for decades, but still I found the image (in this context) unsettling at best.

Eventually I’ll post some X-rated images of Ramzi on AZBlogX and then add a link from this posting to that one: here.

Three for today

April 18, 2014

Three cartoons for today: a Dilbert, a Bizarro, and a Mother Goose and Grimm:

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Lurid Easter food

April 17, 2014

Passed on from several sources (e.g. here), this 1957 ad “for the gayest Easter Eggs”:


When this was posted on Facebook, I wrote there:

Wish the text were easier to read. the photos are vividly fabulous. or fabulously vivid.

Only the largest type is easily legible.

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Paper vs. shiny rectangles

April 17, 2014

Today’s Zippy, on media of communication:

The incursion of electronic media into the domains of paper media is a recurrent theme in Zippy.

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