Archive for June, 2018

The musician, the mayor, his instrument, and their vermin

June 24, 2018

The Bizarro/Wayno collaboration on the 21st is another exercise in cartoon understanding (but a relatively easy one):

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You need to know the basic outline of a European legend (the major clues to which are the reference to ridding a town of rats and the unusual word pied in the title), and you need to know something about musical instruments (to recognize that the sousaphone — named in the title — plays the role of the (musical) pipe in the legend).

Then there’s more to be said about the parallels between the cartoon world and the legend world, with special reference to wind instruments (of which the sousaphone is the largest). Which leads me to the rich world of the legend and its connection to the real world. And the fictivity of stories; there’s a fair amount of factuality, or at least real-world context, in the legend. And from there — surprise! —  to St. John and Paul’s Day next week (June 26th). And from there — another surprise! —  to eunuchs and the social world of the Roman Empire.

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A Swiss thread in Paris

June 24, 2018

This Instagram photo by Eric Darvoy @Pixdar on Twitter:


(#1) Soies Zwicky & Co. door at 36 Boulevard de Sébastopol, Paris

The Zwicky silk thread company (of Wallisellen in Canton Zürich, Switzerland), most recently visited in my posting on the 19th, “A Swiss thread”. Apparently, in the 1940s, the company had an office in Paris, with these imposing doors.

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Four things for Pride

June 23, 2018

Pride Saturday in SF today (including some events that my grand-daughter will take part in); then the parade tomorrow (which I will watch via the miracle of live streaming by KPIX); then on Monday the 25th, the birthday of Saint George Michael of the Beverly Tearoom, the patron saint of parks at night; and finally on Thursday the 28th, actual Stonewall Day (recalling the Stonewall Inn riots of 1969).

For today: two kinds of rainbow food (rainbow cupcakes and rainbow roll sushi);    Pride underwear, including two lines of rainbow underwear; and an entertaining accessory (a pink triangle pin, another creation in a long tradition of slogan buttons, stickers, patches, banners, etc. as well as nonverbal designs: the various Pride flags, the plain pink triangle, lavender-colored objects, etc., including my Forever Gay pin).

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A pixelated morning

June 23, 2018

This morning’s name: the verb pixelate. Based on the noun pixel, with at least three senses, in NOAD:

verb pixelate (also pixellate or pixilate): [with object] [a] divide (an image) into pixels, typically for display or storage in a digital format. [b] (be pixelated) (of an image on a computer screen or other display) be enlarged so far that the viewer sees the individual pixels that form the image, the enlargement having reached the point at which no further detail can be resolved. [c] display an image of (someone or something) on television as a small number of large pixels, typically in order to disguise someone’s identity.

It’s sense c that I’m especially interested in here. That, and the ambiguity of

/ˈpɪksəletəd/

between pixelated, the PST/PSP of this V, and a very different Adj pixilated.

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Return to the Amherst Diner in Winchester VA

June 23, 2018

… in today’s Zippy:

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This visit framed in the Walk Into Bar joke format.

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Up in the air, sky-high, sky-high

June 21, 2018

(Men in underwear, racy references, but otherwise unthreatening.)

A recent Daily Jocks Underwear Club brings us more of the 2eros model in #1 of my June 6th posting “Now We Are Nine, a Journey to the East”:


(#1) Up in the air, sky-high, sky-high

“Aeroflotation has
Transformed my life”, writes
Satisfied user RoRo F.
“For one thing, my
Sex life has improved
86% in only two weeks.”

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Mascots united

June 20, 2018

This week’s Drunk Cartoon from Bob Eckstein brings us the Oddburgercouple.:


(#1) The Burger King and Ronald McDonald share a moment of post-coital bliss

Two creepy mascots for competing burger behemoths seize a moment of forbidden love — Romeo coupling with Julio, Tony with Mario — and share an after-cliché.

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The cheese of my forebears

June 20, 2018

Having Kim Darnell working on the Switzerland and Swiss things Page has tossed me into a pit of Swissness, from which I might not emerge for months: over a dozen Swiss and/or Zwicky topics for posting have popped up in the last few days. Here’s one that appeared when I started investigating Swiss cheese, the name of a specific American cheese somewhat remiscent of the Swiss cheese (in the fully compositional sense of the nominal Swiss cheese) Emment(h)al(er).

That brought me to a list of Swiss cheeses ‘cheeses of Switzerland’, including Gruyère, raclette, Appenzeller, and — sudden rush of memory — Schabziger, which I know under its American brand name Sap Sago. The cheese of Canton Glarus, where the Zwickys come from. A hard, green frustrum of a cheese cone, colored and scented by an herb, used grated like parmesan or Romano.

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Annals of appalling food

June 20, 2018

Chicken fried steak is a thing. So is chicken fried chicken, closely based on chicken fried steak (but essentially chicken Schnitzel or chicken Milanesa, an entirely reasonable culinary adventure). And now: chicken fried bacon, similarly based on chicken fried steak, but with no justification I can see beyond wretched excess for its own sake. The photo:

Chicken fried bacon with cream gravy from Snook, Texas in 2002

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The ways of plants are inscrutable

June 19, 2018

From my June 11th posting “Purple Pride”, about a calla lily:

Cairo Callen is twice the size he was last year, and a lighter, subtler pinkish purple than last year (the ways of plants are inscrutable)

He’s also blooming way late, even given a long cool stretch; all the other callas bloomed long ago, and have now died down to the ground for most of a year of dormancy.

But wait, there’s more. About Cairo Callen and about Spathy, the spathiphyllum that lives on my worktable.

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