Archive for March, 2013

Crimplene

March 29, 2013

The latest vintage men’s fashion ad, on a postcard sent to me by Max Vasilatos:

To which I’ve added the snarky sexual caption:

The four of them were
Deeply into
Polyester sex.

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Vocabulated

March 29, 2013

Today’s Zippy, featuring Griffy and Claude:

Floccillation is indeed an attested word in English, though one few people know and few have a use for.

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More on the Truly Huge

March 28, 2013

… on AZBlogX, here. A follow-up to “The Truly Huge” on this blog, with illustrations of bodybuilder pornstars Blue Blake, Caesar, Ty Fox, Billy Herrington, Tom Katt, and Matthew Rush, plus slender Rhett O’Hara and some other guys of more ordinary dimensions. Lots of full frontal nudity and man-on-man sex, so not for the kiddies or the easily offended.

 

More alliteration

March 28, 2013

Bill Griffith returns to alliterative play in today’s Zippy:

In the last round, it was all /p/. This time, it’s /f/, /t/, /s/, and back to /f/.

Fairchild Semiconductor is of course a real company (based in San Jose CA). Selwyn Selfseeker’s name might be an allusion to two long poems, Ezra Pound’s Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920) and Robert Frost’s The Self-Seeker (from North of Boston, 1915).

 

Peeps

March 28, 2013

Today is Maundy, or Holy, Thursday, a lead-in to Easter Sunday (commemorating the Last Supper), and marshmallow came up yesterday in my posting on abutilon, so it’s time for a posting on Peeps, a confection associated with Easter. An array of these marshmallow candies:

  (#1)

(The yellow chick was the original Peep.)

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Misreading

March 28, 2013

(Postings beget other postings.)

People have been writing me to say that at first they misread abutilon in my posting on this plant as ablution. In Google+, Robert Coren called this an “anagrammatic” misreading; this isn’t literally so — people aren’t going to misread glean as angel, for instance — but it’s right in spirit. Three things are crucial: the status of abutilon as a very rare word, one that many people don’t know at all and others see very infrequently; the relationship between the spellings ABUTILON and ABLUTION; and the frequency of TION as word element in English.

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Abutilon and its relatives

March 27, 2013

Caught sight of in a neighbor’s (walled) front garden: bits of a pretty vining abutilon, in bloom for a good part of the year. Much like this variety (Firefly):

  (#1)

And for several years, just around the corner (on the northwest corner of Emerson and Forest in Palo Alto) there used to be a big concrete planter with a sweet upright abutilon growing in it — until the shrub was vandalized to death, and then the planter as well, alas. The color of this one was much like the plant in (#1); here’s a gorgeous deep red variety (Nabob):

  (#2)

Coming up: discussion of abutilon and the mallow family to which it belongs. Marshmallows and gumbo will eventually appear.

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Metropolitan Diary notes

March 26, 2013

Two items from yesterday’s “Metropoliltan Diary” in the New York Times. One on pragmatics and gender, one of morphology and sex.

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Straight vs. gay orgasms

March 26, 2013

(More sex.)

One last bit from the Details (April 2013) sex survey: “Orgasms by the Numbers — Straight vs. Gay”. Here the issues are how the respondents understood the questions and how to interpret the major straight vs. gay difference in the answers.

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The masochism spectrum

March 26, 2013

The current Details magazine (April 2013) has a section on “The Body: The DETAILS Sex Report”, giving some results from the magazine’s 2013 sex survey. Things like men’s preferred (non-vaginal) targets for ejaculation (mouth 65%, chest 63%, butt 51%, back 42%, face 39% — obviously multiple responses were welcome). The survey is a mess: readers chose to provide responses, so the nature of the sample is totally unknown and likely to be skewed in complex ways; the magazine doesn’t provide basic statistics — even how many readers responded to a particular question, not to mention means and variances  — at least anywhere I could find (even on details.com). And some of the material is just fabricated.

Like the piece on p. 98 about the pleasure-pain spectrum, ranking masochistic practices.

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