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:
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.
Today’s Zippy, on media of communication:
The incursion of electronic media into the domains of paper media is a recurrent theme in Zippy.
In the most recent New Yorker (of April 21st), this droll cartoon by P. S.Mueller:
fairy / ferret.
(Almost all about art and sexuality.)
From Amanda Walker, a pointer to this Gawker posting about some forthcoming Finnish stamps: “Finland’s New Stamps are Drawings of Gay Bondage Porn” by Jordan Sargeant on April 15th. Two illustrations:
Neither image shows genital nudity, but both are intensely homoerotic, and it’s hard to imagine either one on a U.S. stamp. It’s not clear that either image is actually of gay bondage. #1 simply shows homoerotic imagery; #2 shows dominance and submission, and strongly suggests sadomasochism, but not (here) bondage. (Other ToF drawings do show bondage, some show male-male affection, and a fair number are humorous.)
On Touko Laaksonen (“Tom of Finland”) on this blog, see here.
(I’ve posted stronger stuff onToF on AZBlogX, but I despair of finding the links; the program LjSEEK rarely finds anything I search for. But here are two postings I’ve found:
8/6/10: The Tom of Finland action figure comes home (link)
4/19/11: Tom of Finland collages: (link) )
The stamps will go on into circulation in August of this year.
Today’s Rhymes With Orange:
Phrasal overlap portmanteaus (POPs) come up on this blog again and again; they are expressions of the form A B C, where the three parts are all words or combining forms and where A + B and B + C are both words or phrases.
The Rhymes has a somewhat different way of combining three such elements: the first element is shared with each of the two others — factored out, as it were. That is, A + B and A + C are both words or phrases, in this case paranormal and paralegal, with the combining form para- factored out. The cartoon provides a context in which both expressions make sense.