Archive for December, 2015

Oil paintings in miniature

December 28, 2015

Another Xmas present: I Am Yours, by Joe Park, a collection of postcard versions of Park’s surreal (sometimes playful, often disturbing) oil paintings. Another one of those genres/styles (often featured on this blog) that leads us to ask:  Is it art? Or wordless cartooning? Or what?

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Extreme underwear, some in rainbow

December 28, 2015

(Mostly about underwear, but a bit about language.)

Stumbled onto the StevenEven premium underwear site, with tons of astonishing stuff on sale, in particular things in the company’s Pikante collection. Two items from that collection: a double rainbow band thong brief, and a piece of extraordinary pouchwear, the Castro bikini brief.

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Darius Ferdynand

December 27, 2015

(Very little about language. A ton of frank talk about men’s bodies and man-man sex, but no actually X-rated images. Still, definitely not for kids or the sexually modest.)

Yesterday’s morning name, but it was no surprise that the gay pornstar’s name was in my head yesterday morning, since I’d watched him perform the day before with Tomas Brand and Dirk Caber in Men At Play’s Boy Been Bad; Ferdynand is the bad boy, being taught a lesson by businessmen Brand and Caber in Caber’s office. (Men At Play features videos of guys in business suits having sex with other men, often at the office.)

Very nice contrasts in body types and role-playing in gay sex, and I find the oddly named Ferdynand (who was new to me) to be really cute and really hot.

In a posting “X-rated Darius Ferdynand” on AZBlogX, I supply two stills from the video, two shots of Ferdynand displaying his naked body, front and (with an offer of his asshole — the man is a total bottom) rear, and one of Brand in a full-frontal display of his naked body. (Caber has been featured previously both on my X blog and this one.)

Now some merely G-rated discussion.

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Morning name: Kakadu

December 27, 2015

I see that WQXR (classical music in NYC) played Beethoven’s Kakadu Variations very early in the morning, while I was still sleeping, so the name probably seeped into my unconscious from the radio. In any case, the trio is a favorite of mine.

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Name your florist

December 27, 2015

Rerun of a Modern Family show in which Cam and Mitchell are planning their wedding and they can’t decide on which florist to hire, but they want one with a clever name — how gay is that? — and entertain Floral and Hardy and Florist Gump. Groan: Laurel and Hardy, Forrest Gump.

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The sounds don’t quite match

December 26, 2015

Two Christmas cartoons involving puns — one very close, one pretty distant. A Scott Metzger cartoon (which came to me through the Tysonism page on Facebook) and the Mother Goose and Grimm of 12/20/11 (which came to me though the King Features site):

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Morning: The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

December 26, 2015

This morning, this name of a song, which just bubbled up out of nowhere. (No, this is not a bright and sunny day.)

You can listen to the song here.

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Morning name: camellia

December 26, 2015

A few days ago, this name of a very pretty bush that is widely grown around here in California. The next day I realized that I pass a sasanqua (Camellia sasanqua), much like the one pictured below, twice a day at lunchtime, but only reflected on this consciously when talking with a friend who was walking with me.

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These are single-flowering. There are double-flowered varieties (mostly in Camellia japonica), and there’s also tea bush or tree (Camellia sinensis), whose leaves supply us with the tea we drink.

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From sadistic she-penguin convicts to wolves invading Britain

December 26, 2015

A trail of books (and illustrations). It starts with a book I got for Christmas, Janet Perlman’s graphic novel Penguins Behind Bars. That leads to writer, artist, and illustrator Edward Gorey and his unsettling narratives. And from there to author Joan Aiken and her Wolves Chronicles (where we will get a note of linguistic interest).

Gorey is the connective tissue. Together with Derek Lamb, Perlman did the animation for the PBS Mystery! series, bringing drawings by Gorey to life. And then Gorey did cover illustrations for some of Aiken’s most famous books.

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Brendan Fraser

December 25, 2015

Some time ago, the 2008 movie of Journey to the Center of the Earth (based on the Jules Verne fantasy) came by me. It’s a piece of fluff, a fantasy action/adventure film with comic touches, starring Brendan Fraser as a volcanologist named Trev(or) who ends up exploring the center of the earth with his 13-year-old nephew Sean and a young Icelandic woman named Hannah; Trev’s brother (and Sean’s father) Max and Hannah’s father Sigurbjörn were both Vernians, taking the works of Jules Verne to be fact and not fiction, and in the end they are vindicated, but not until the three principals have been though a series of extraordinary adventures.

Fraser is something of a favorite of mine. He’s a very physical and energetic actor, who often plays charming and agreeable (sometimes goofy) characters, and he was a pleasure to watch in this lightweight film.

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Trev studies a copy of Verne’s Journey annotated by Max

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