Archive for April, 2017

Is that a Paschal Peep in your pouch?

April 24, 2017

From Chris Hansen on Facebook, a late entry in this year’s Easter Peepstakes: a model who dreamt he played with yellow Peeps in his Aronik swimwear:

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About the company, its products, its models, its symbol, and its name

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Alien signage and Arbus in Anaheim

April 24, 2017

Two cartoons for today: a Mother Goose and Grimm with alien signage; and a Zippy in the coffee shop of an Anaheim bowling alley, where Diane Arbus is evoked:

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Favorite operas

April 23, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Der Rosenkavalier moved several friends of mine to post on Facebook about their favorite operas, with Rosenkavalier as the starting point (a great many friends of mine are serious opera enthusiasts).  I’ll start with two of the lists, noting an oddity in them; then pass to some notes on opera and its history; and finish off with notes on Rosenkavalier and the new Met production.

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Ruthie and Joe work with what they know

April 22, 2017

Two recent One Big Happy strips show Ruthie and Joe coping as best they can with unfamiliar words: thoroughfare and boycott:

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Seahorse on a stick, GBF, and the Describe-A-Muffin Task

April 21, 2017

All in the 4/24/17 New Yorker: Beijing street food on the cover, a William Haefeli cartoon, and a Tom Chitty cartoon.

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rest stop

April 21, 2017

(A posting on the compound rest stop is inevitably going to take us into the world of mansex, so this posting will, eventually, be way out of bounds for kids and the sexually modest.)

The morning name on the 19th, which led me immediately to other rest compounds: rest area and restroom.

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There are the signs. What do we expect at the places the signs direct us to?

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Calla, calla, calla, California

April 19, 2017

An Easter gift from Kim Darnell on Sunday: a handsome purple calla lily, looking dark bluish-purple in yellow interior light, but in fact bright pinkish-purple in sunlight. Purple is the liturgical color for the Lenten season, white for the Easter season, so both white and purple flowers are appropriate for this time of year. I’ll start here with the gift calla, in two photos; move on to callas in general and their sexual symbolism, with a digression on George O’Keeffe.

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A pun with death, a dance on the beach

April 18, 2017

On Pinterest this morning, this Grim Reaper cartoon by Myke Ashley-Cooper (under the name Ashley Cooper):

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A pun on death/deaf or a mishearing, take your pick.

This cartoon led me to Ashley-Cooper’s site, which announces:

This Humor Website is about
Funny Cartoons and Funny Pictures as well as
Crazy Jokes and Animations

(many of them based on puns and wordplays).  And that led me to Ashley-Cooper’s take-off on a famous painting:

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Chub and chums in the morning

April 17, 2017

Yesterday’s morning name was chub (the name of a fish), which led me to the rest of the bilabial-final family: chum, chump, and chup. (And that led to the velar-final family chug, Chung, chunk, chuck, but I won’t pursue that one here.) As it is, the bilabials will lead us into many surprising places, including the Hardy Boys books, eyewear retainers, Australian dog food, gay slurs, and hunky underwear models.

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Peeps milk

April 16, 2017

Hard to let Easter go by without at least one Peeps posting. A product passed on to me by Mike Reaser:

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Yes, Peeps-flavored milk. It’s hard to imagine what attractions such a concoction might have, except as a novelty. It’s not so much a bad food idea, like the dessert hummus I posted about here, as an unnecessary food idea: flavored milks are widely available (throughout the world), and Peeps in themselves are nothing more than two kinds of sweeteners (sugar and corn syrup) and gelatin, plus artificial flavorings and colors (of just the sort added to flavored milks).  The only thing that Peeps contribute is their name; it’s all marketing.

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