Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

The teddy bears’ drink

July 10, 2020

The coincidental juxtaposition of two things: yesterday’s Zippy strip about the drink Yoo-hoo; and the annual occasion, today, of Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day. Yes, one thing leads to the other, and the crucial link is the American baseball player Yogi Berra.

(#1) Zippy goes to his Kelvinator, and it calls “Yoo-hoo” to him


That 70s style

July 8, 2020

In yesterday’s Zippy, Zippy and Claude celebrate the 1970s as the pinnacle of men’s fashions. Disco Duck, high-heeled disco dancing shoes, Bob Newhart’s collars (and more), the Bee Gees, lots of John Travolta (in and out of jeans), and the ubiquity of ripped jeans (more recently turned into an art form by Johnny Edlind).



Suicidal cats

July 6, 2020

A brief cartoon cat note — I have been pressed with other things, and am just barely hanging on — starting from a FB re-posting of an old  (9/15/12) Bizarro, in French:

(#1) Do not derange yourself; the original English version is soon to come


Gay hedgehog

June 21, 2020

A week before Stonewall Day (1969), this celebratory hedgehog:

(#1) Gay Hedgehog design by JP House from Threadless, available in a great many colors

The hedgehog army

We are the hedgehog army!
Rainbow flags are the weapons we wave
In the fight against prejudice, fear, and rejection.
Ready, aim, be brave!


Muss es sein?

June 14, 2020

In a musical interlude, the first half of yesterday’s morning name; the second half is, of course: Es muss sein! The motifs:


From the 4th (and last) movement of the String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135, by Ludwig van Beethoven; written in October 1826, it was the last major work he completed.


Wayfaring musicians

June 12, 2020

From many months ago, a pointer to an  astonishing performance of the American folk/gospel song Wayfaring Stranger by Rhiannon Giddens, with Francesco Turrisi, from their album there is no Other:

(#1) You can listen to the track here (#2)

Giddens first, then the song, which has considerable personal meaning for me.


Bad Chico

June 12, 2020

(Nothing elevating here at all. Men’s bodies and mansex, not suitable for kids or the sexually modest.)

From the Falcon gay porn studios this morning, some underwear, with a caption of my own devising:



South Cackalacky

June 10, 2020

Today’s morning name: South Cackalacky, mildly derogatory slang for South Carolina (suggesting crudeness, rusticity, and remoteness: the boondocks). And Cackalacky, for the Carolinas taken together, with the same associations. (Sorry,  Charleston, Charlotte, and Research Triangle.)

Then, of course, such associations can be inverted, to connote local pride, down-hominess, and the like. As has happened in this case.


Higashi Day cartoon 3: sentence-initial anymore

June 9, 2020

Background, from my 3/12/20 posting “Higashi Day cartoon 1: grim Bliss surprise” about the series of 6 cartoon postings (of which this is the 3rd)

to celebrate March 15th: Higashi Day, formerly known in these parts as (spring) Removal Day, marking the day when, for roughly 10 years in the fabled past, Jacques and I set off to car-trek east, from Palo Alto (and Stanford) to Columbus OH (and Ohio State).

The Frazz strip of March 8th:

(#1) School custodian Edwin “Frazz” Frazier and 8-year-old bored genius Caulfield take on “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”

In more or less reverse order: (a) the positive anymore of Caulfield’s

(ex1) Anymore, I just believe what rhymes

in the last panel; (b) the song and some of its most famous performances; and (c) the quote in the first panel,

(ex2) Believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear


Gender presentations in Oz

June 4, 2020

(Today’s posting showing that I’m Not Dead Yet. Tough day, the eve of my man Jacques’s death day, 17 years ago. Watching the funeral service for George Floyd. In a California heat wave.)

Recently in the (physical) mail, a pair of cards from Ann Burlingham from her last Australian visit. She saw them as a diptych, to be viewed in sequence. The cards are about, though she didn’t say this, the presentation of gender.