Archive for November, 2013


November 24, 2013

A recent Scenes from a Multiverse:

What’s a slur from an out-group member can be bonding from within the group. Many many examples.


November 24, 2013

From the Beautiful Farmyard card set, one showing the Runner strain of ducks, with this wonderful note:

Runners flock together and are often seen today at sheepdog demonstrations, much to the delight of the crowd.

From Wikipedia:

Indian Runners (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus) are an unusual breed of domestic duck. They stand erect like penguins and, rather than waddling, they run.

Briefly noted: inversion

November 23, 2013

From an ad for the Teeter machines designed to stretch you out and make you feel better, a reference to the “benefits of inversion”.

Inversion has multiple senses, including some in linguistics, but also:

Sexual inversion is a term used by sexologists, primarily in the late 19th and early 20th century, to refer to homosexuality. Sexual inversion was believed to be an inborn reversal of gender traits: male inverts were, to a greater or lesser degree, inclined to traditionally female pursuits and dress and vice versa. The sexologist Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing described female sexual inversion as “the masculine soul, heaving in the female bosom”. In its emphasis on gender role reversal, the theory of sexual inversion resembles transgender, which did not yet exist as a separate concept at the time.

Initially confined to medical texts, the concept of sexual inversion was given wide currency by Radclyffe Hall’s 1928 lesbian novel The Well of Loneliness, which was written in part to popularize the sexologists’ views. Published with a foreword by the sexologist Havelock Ellis, it consistently used the term “invert” to refer to its protagonist, who bore a strong resemblance to one of Krafft-Ebing’s case studies. (Wikipedia link)

In this quaint outmoded sense, I am a classic sexual invert. Ok, without the cross-sex identification.

Naughty Xmas

November 22, 2013

The Christmas holidays approach, and we get all sorts of word plays on seasonal themes. Here are three decidedly gay ones.


Cross-comic allusions

November 19, 2013

Today’s Mother Goose and Grimm:


The conceit here is that the visitors at the door are indeed a dinosaur and a caveman — Dino and Fred Flintstone from the animated tv series The Flintstones.


Another word avalanche

November 19, 2013

Yesterday’s Pearls Before Swine:

A piling-up of expressions in red, hard to parse — a word avalanche, one of the specialties of this strip. Most recently on this blog here, with a reference back to this posting.


November 18, 2013

In my set of Art of Instruction cards, recently, one for la giroflée, the wallflower. An assortment of wallflowers:


Lou Reed

November 17, 2013

From the New Yorker on the 11th, a touching reminiscence of Lou Reed, who died on October 27th, by Patti Smith: “Mourning Lou Reed”:

I didn’t understand his erratic behavior or the intensity of his moods, which shifted, like his speech patterns, from speedy to laconic. But I understood his devotion to poetry and the transporting quality of his performances. He had black eyes, black T-shirt, pale skin. He was curious, sometimes suspicious, a voracious reader, and a sonic explorer. An obscure guitar pedal was for him another kind of poem. He was our connection to the infamous air of the Factory. He had made Edie Sedgwick dance. Andy Warhol whispered in his ear. Lou brought the sensibilities of art and literature into his music. He was our generation’s New York poet, championing its misfits as Whitman had championed its workingman and Lorca its persecuted.

First there was the Velvet Underground, then solo careers. And, eventually, marriage to Laurie Anderson.

Here are Smith and Reed in 1970, looking impossibly young and cool:


November 17, 2013

In recent advertising news: from Adweek on the 11th, “Charmin Thinks Twice About Its ‘Asgard’ Joke, Even Though Twitter Loved It: Gone but not forgotten” by David Gianatasio:


macho nachos

November 16, 2013

The rhyming name was inevitable, but today’s Zippy takes a strange turn with it:

Macho Nacos: flame retardant, Liquid Paper, Bondo [putty], and Glue Stik. In the real world, Macho Nachos are more appetizing.