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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Silly pun

April 16, 2014

In the most recent New Yorker (of April 21st), this droll cartoon by P. S.Mueller:

 

fairy / ferret.

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Finnish stamp surprise

April 16, 2014

(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:

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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.

A (B + C)

April 16, 2014

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.

More cultural references: Zits

April 16, 2014

Today’s Zits:

Two things from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz: the flying monkeys and the mantra “There’s no place like home”.


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