Archive for June, 2013

Gestures and symbols

June 30, 2013

From many sources, in e-mail and on Facebook, this ad from the Family Research Council:

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“Oral Sex and Doggie Style! Family Research Council: Call 2 Fall Is Call 2 FAIL!” by Lisa Derrick 6/27/13:

Gay-hating Family Research Council, now labeled a hate group rather than carrying the Christian branding of being a loving faith-based group, has yet another epic fail on their sweaty social media hands. Their latest campaign, Call 2 Fall complaining about marriage and the repeal of DOMA using hip cool internet lingo is the most hysterically wrong-thinking ad since, well their last one.

… This image from Family Research Council … clearly suggests fellatio followed by modified doggie style intercourse.

So: a “call to fall on our knees” comes out looking like a call to fellatio.

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Once again, same-sex relationships in the New Yorker

June 30, 2013

The cover of the forthcoming New Yorker:

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Bert and Ernie view SCOTUS, in the light of this week’s DOMA and Prop 8 rulings.

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Rainbow Empire Building

June 29, 2013

From several sources on Facebook, this Pride/post-SCOTUS image of the Empire State Building:

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The old lady (completed in 1931) looks great in rainbow. As, of course, does the current SF City Hall, opened in 1915 after the great earthquake destroyed its predecessor.

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Rainbow pizza, rainbow underwear

June 29, 2013

In celebration of the resumption of same-sex marriages in California and of Pride Weekend in San Francisco, I offer two takes on rainbow pizza (two out of a huge number you can find on the web), and then, since the second led me to a photo of a young man in rainbow underwear, I offer two more such photos (out of a truly enormous number of these).

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Choosing words

June 29, 2013

In today’s Zits, Sara disses Jeremy’s body type and Jeremy defensively objects to her word choice:

From NOAD2’s thesaurus under skinny:

his extreme height made him look especially skinny: thin, scrawny, scraggy, bony, angular, rawboned, hollow-cheeked, gaunt, as thin as a rake, skin-and-bones, sticklike, emaciated, waiflike, skeletal, pinched, undernourished, underfed; slim, lean, slender, rangy; lanky, spindly, gangly, gangling, gawky; informal looking like a bag of bones, anorexic; dated spindle-shanked.

No wiry there; instead, the synonyms are heavily negative. But in the other direction, the thesaurus under wiry, we get skinny (among mostly positive synonyms):

a wiry man: sinewy, athletic, strong; lean, spare, thin, stringy, skinny.

Poultry in motion

June 29, 2013

A Scott Hilburn pun strip, passed on by City Lights on Facebook:

(thighs – hide is a nice half-rhyme, with /z/ matched with /d/)

Two earlier appearances of Hilburn on this blog: “A conjugational visit” of 5/6/11 and “The perils of fronting” of 7/4/12 (with three strips and some information about Hilburn).

mimosa

June 28, 2013

The tree, not the cocktail. And then not a tree in the genus Mimosa, but one in the genus Albizia, specifically Albizia julibrissin, a specimen of which grows right outside my bedroom window — and is now getting into a stage at which it’s blooming quite prettily, but also dropping junk (leaflets and flowers at the moment, seed pods soon to come) all over the place. A mixed blessing.

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Naked came the ad

June 28, 2013

In the spirit of “Zesty Anderson Davis” (with the actor skirting nudity in the service of Kraft Zesty Italian salad dressing), Chris Ambidge has pointed me to two other ads that go all the way (while managing to avoid genital nudity): one for the British Heart Foundation, suggesting sex (perhaps in conjunction with swimming) as good for heart health:

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(Buttocks, but nothing else.)

And the other in a commercial for Richmond ham, in which everyone is naked, while the central figure celebrates his ham sandwich in song:

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Rainbow Gromit

June 28, 2013

From Chris Ambidge on Facebook, a story from the BBC for Stonewall Day (today): “Giant Gromit sculptures let loose in Bristol for arts trail”, with this photo:

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Four finished designs by British designers Sir Paul Smith and Cath Kidston, illustrator Simon Tofield and animator Richard Williams were revealed in April

Note the prominent rainbow Gromit in there.

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Annals of sex positions

June 28, 2013

Among the cards in the SexDeck —

(“Has Missionary become monotonous? Is Doggie getting dull? Tonight, skip the same-old-same-old and give Leg Wrap. Easy Rider, or the Sun Worshiper a try.”)

The names are mostly inventive, definitely non-standard, but every so often you come across a technical term from the world of sex research. So it was with card #16, depicting the reverse CAT, where CAT is glossed as Coital Alignment Technique.

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