Archive for the ‘Penguins’ Category

Most unusual ties

June 14, 2016

Juan Gomez, surveying some of the penguiniana at Ramona St. (there is even more at Staunton Ct., where I’m trying to clear things out), noticed this very handsome silver and black tie on display in my living room:

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(The label says: “MUSEO Hand Made” — made in Korea, as it turns out.)

The tie was a gift from my friend Steven Levine, who has an enormous collection — hundreds — of ties, found in used clothing outlets, estate sales, flea markets, and the like. Funny, gorgeous, bizarre, all shedding some light on odd corners of popular culture and changes in artistic fashions over the years.

So Juan asked what the most unusual tie in Steven’s collection was. I asked Steven, he reflected for some time, and nominated six items. For your thoughtful pleasure, these ties, with Steven’s comments…

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Tom Toro

June 9, 2016

Caught in the May 9th New Yorker, this Tom Toro cartoon:

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A little slideshow on time adverbials and the times they refer to, understood figuratively.

Toro hasn’t appeared on this blog before, but he’s a prolific cartoonist with an ear for language and an inclination to play with classic cartoon memes (like the desert island or, as below, penguins and their discriminability).

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Perry Bible Fellowship

April 26, 2016

It’s been a long time — about 11 years — since I posted about Nicholas Gurewitch’s comic strip The Perry Bible Fellowship (in 5/17/05, “Ending with a preposition”), and now I come finally to Gurewitch’s big compendium of 2009, Almanack (published in Wilwaukie OR — note the spelling — by Dark Horse Comics).

PBF is often grotesque, sometimes coarse, sometimes violent, but never dull. The human figures are mostly white globe-faced creatures, as in this unfortunate pun:

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And occasionally there are penguins, sometimes mortally pursued by killer whales:

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Independent penguins

March 12, 2016

From Victor Steinbok, three recent penguin stories from the UK paper The Independent on-line: 2/18, 2/23, 3/7 (interestingly, by three different reporters in three different sections of the paper; still, it looks like the paper is into penguins).

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Cartoon evolution

March 5, 2016

Not cartoons about evolution, but the evolution of particular strips over time — the subject of a feature in the Comic Kingdom blog on the 2nd. Two examples from the feature:

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Saturday news for penguins

February 27, 2016

Two items yesterday from friends offering penguiniana: from Victor Steinbok, a report of a (somewhat goofy-sounding) scientific research project on the stability of walking (that is, waddling) penguins; and from Chris Waigl, a German cartoon about philosopher penguins.

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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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The news for endangered penguins

December 2, 2015

In the NYT Science Times on November 24th, “Psst, Buddy, That Cute Penguin Is So Into You: To preseve a species in Africa, zookeepers are running a kind of animal dating service” (in print), “To Save African Penguins, Humans Set Up a Dating Service” (on-line), by Christina Cook:

Greensboro, N.C. — When the African penguins Derek and Geirfugl were given their own room last spring, keepers at the Greensboro Science Center questioned whether they liked each other enough to take their relationship to the next level.

Derek was more interested in interacting with her human keepers than with other penguins. And when she did start to flirt with Geirfugl, leaning toward him and flicking her head back and forth, the male bird did not return the sentiment.

By mid-September, though, the relationship had taken an amorous turn. On a recent afternoon, they nestled beside each other inside a plastic crate — on a nest containing two eggs.

… In the wild, African penguins, which inhabit the coast of South Africa and Namibia, choose their partners from a pool of thousands and mate for life. In captivity, the limited size of the colonies — and the need to perpetuate a genetically diverse species — make human intervention necessary.

A baby penguin born to Derek, a female, and Geirfugl

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Novelty ties

November 17, 2015

On the penguin watch.

On the front page of yesterday’s NYT, a color-splash of an ad for Salvatore Ferragamo ties, one of which clearly had litte penguins on it. Ferragamo novelty ties, 100% silk, selling for $190 each (fashion doesn’t come cheap) from Ferragamo, somewhat less at fine men’s clothing stores. The fish and penguin tie, in a thumbnail:

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Wednesday news for penguins

October 28, 2015

Passed on by Kim Darnell, a BuzzFeed posting yesterday, “23 Adorable Penguin Products You Need In Your Life: Because when you love penguins, you REALLY love them” by Elaina Wahl. Two of the 23:

The small: measuring spoons from Etsy:

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Penguin:
I have measured out my life with penguin spoons

The large: a 5-foot stuffed penguin from Big Plush:

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Keep Calm and Get Stuffed (here)


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