Archive for October, 2017

Three kinds of cartoons

October 31, 2017

In an old New Yorker (from 7/6/15), two cartoons that especially struck me: a Mick Stevens meta-cartoon, and a Liana Finck with a playful word transposition. The second led me to a Finck from this spring that presents a real challenge in understanding.

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Getting into gear for Halloween

October 31, 2017

(Gay porn, fetish gear, men’s bodies, and mansex, so not for kids or the sexually modest.)

Wondering what costume to wear for trick or treating? TitanMen’s ad offering steep discounts on DVDs for the holiday offers fetishwear models in black to guide you. Note: costumes prohibited in public in most jurisdictions.

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Mellowcreme pumpkins

October 31, 2017

Reprinted in today’s bon appétit magazine mailing:

(#1) 10/25/16 feature by Amanda Shapiro

The Best Candy Is: Mellowcreme Pumpkins, Because This Isn’t Even a Contest: Get out of here with your candy corn: Mellowcreme pumpkins are the best Halloween candy of all time.

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twicker tweet

October 31, 2017

Today’s (Halloween) Zits, with a big “Aww” response from Jeremy:

Unlike trickle treat (reported on here in a 11/27/14 posting), which has a syllabic r (in casual-speech trick or) misheard as a syllabic l (so that trick or is misidentified as trickle), twicker tweet is entirely a matter of production (rather than perception), with [w] for English approximant r [ɹ̠] in child phonology.

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Herons in the garden

October 30, 2017

Came by on Pinterest some considerable time ago, a photo billed as “Gartenkeramik Reiervogel – ein Designerstück von Brigitte Peglow”, showing a ceramic bird posing in a luxuriant garden, much like this:

(#1) Ceramic bird among variegated vinca, hostas, ferns, and more

Certainly looked like a heron, but I was puzzled by the German noun Reier.

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Skeleton rainbow

October 30, 2017

That’s the subsective Source compound skeleton rainbow ‘rainbow (made) of skeletions’, appropriate for this art work, and for the Halloween season:

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Zipparchitecture on two coasts

October 30, 2017

Two recent Zippys offer remarkable vernacular architecture on the US coasts:  a great rocky pile of a fantasy home, created by a performer of enormously popular entertainments — a castle on the Connecticut! — on the east, restaurants in the shape of a parasol — SoCal novelty architecture! — on the west:

(#1) Castle built a hundred years ago by actor William Gillette; reminiscent of the house in the Flintstones animated tv series; topped by the Carvel soft ice cream symbol

(#2) Parasol restaurant in SoCal’s Seal Beach (1967), sister to the first Parasol in Torrance (1961)

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March of the rainbow mixers

October 29, 2017

At yesterday’s national dinner of the lgbt advocacy organization HRC (Human Rights Campaign) at the Washington Convention Center: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, tennis star Billie Jean King, the band DNCE, Gold Star father Khizr Khan, actress Uzo Aduba, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris — and, among the items at the silent auction, this array of KitchenAid stand mixers (donated by Whirlpool, the parent corporation of KitchenAid):

(#1) The Pride flag done in KitchenAid mixers (photo by Amanda Walker)
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Japanese clam congee

October 28, 2017

Yesterday’s lunch, an excuse to use the rice cooker in my kitchen and take advantage of the furikake seasoning Kim Darnell picked up for me in last week’s grocery trip on my behalf. No pictures of the stuff — soupy rice isn’t at all photogenic — but something about the ingredients. Mostly about food, a bit about language.

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Further adventures in cartoon understanding

October 28, 2017

From the October 30th New Yorker, two cartoons:

(#1) By Seth Fleishman (sdf)

(#2) By Paul Noth

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