Archive for the ‘Penguins’ Category

Know your Prideful polarites

January 20, 2019

From Chris Waigl on Facebook yesterday, this

VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Pride in Polar Research wishes everyone a happy #PenguinAwarenessDay 2019! You can never be too aware of #Penguins! #LGBTQ #Science

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Penguin Claus

December 27, 2018

A bold proposal in Slate magazine on 12/10/13 by Aisha Harris, “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore: It’s time to give St. Nick his long overdue makeover”. No, she’s not proposing that Santa should be a black man; she’s saying Santa should be a black and white … penguin.


(#1) Mark Alan Stamaty’s vision of Penguin Claus

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Four presents

December 26, 2018

Small but entertaining little gifts for my Christmas, from Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky, Opal Armstrong Zwicky, Kim Darnell, and Maggie Ainsworth-Darnell — plus an excellent dim sum lunch at Tai Pan in Palo Alto for all of us, from Paul Armstrong.

Then: an out@in rainbow t-shirt from LinkedIn (where Kim works); a little plush wooly (spelling by the Douglas Cuddle Toy Co.) mammoth; a tote bag with an otter drawing by the artist rubyetc; and a bit of nearly indescribable Japanese kawaii that involves a little self-watering ceramic penguin that grows wild strawberry plants (Fragaria vesca) on its back, as here:


(#1) Chuppon self-watering animals and their plants: the Sea Friends dolphin/clover, penguin/wild strawberry, seal/basil, polar bear/mint

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For the season: from fish to moose, penguin intervention

December 22, 2018

First, season’s greetings from the person responsible for “Hippo Birdie Two Ewe(s)!”. Then, a duplicitous stop-motion animation penguin bearing gifts.

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Penguins and packages

December 17, 2018

Two Xmas cards from Amanda Walker, from 2016 (Advent penguins) and 2017 (Santa grabbing his package). (Warning about the second: there will be images of crotch-grabbing and crude plays on the noun package.)

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Attack of the mammoth penguins

September 5, 2018

Every year we rise up and stream through the streets in exultation, mammoth penguins swearing in tongues. Tomorrow is the 78th Waddling of the Totems. And crying: Not dead yet!

Some documents of the day. Some reflections on the 78 cohort. And on living longer than the generation before you.

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“The hell is that guy doing?”: predator-truncated QuEx

August 23, 2018

The word from predators, in this Jake Likes Onions cartoon (by Jake Thompson):


(#1) Title: “Maybe he’s running from the truth”

Predator 2 omits the what of what the hell (in a Wh, or constituent, question What is that guy doing? with the question word what emphatically extended by the expletive the hell).

About the syntax, and then about the strip and the artist…

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News flash for penguins: up in the sky!

August 21, 2018

On the Snopes site, an 8/20/18 updating of a 2/1/01 original posting, debunking an entertaining tale of penguin behavior:


King Penguins looking up (photo from the U.K. Daily Mail)

Do Penguins Fall Over Watching Airplanes? Falkland Island penguins are not so fascinated by airplanes they fall over onto their backs from watching them.

Details on the site. I could offer you cartoons of penguins falling over backwards, but I can’t offer you pictures of actual penguins falling backwards while transfixed by passing airplanes, because there aren’t any. Penguins might waddle engagingly, but they’re not incompetent nitwits.

(Hat tip to Michael Palmer.)

 

At Boulders Beach

July 25, 2018

Signage alert today from Chris Hansen, with this item:

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The location, from Wikipedia:

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The multi-speed rainbow buttlight penguin (in blue)

July 5, 2018

Resting indoors:

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Found by Elizabeth (Daingerfield Zwicky) and Opal (Armstrong Zwicky) at the Monterey Aquarium on the 4th: a Flashing Friend (“Press Me for Colorful Flashing Lights”). Press its rubber butt, and it flashes rainbow colors, in two speeds. A wonderful, remarkable little object.

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