Archive for the ‘Toys and games’ Category

Noodling with formulaic language

October 6, 2017

Today is National Noodle Day. Yes, an event fabricated by people in the food indusry to showcase their products and sell them, on a date no doubt chosen only because it hadn’t already been claimed by any other food. But noodles are delicious, they’re multicultural, and they’re fun.

I celebrated the occasion at lunch with some porcini mushroom and truffle triangoli (stuffed ravioli, but triangular rather than square) from Trader Joe’s, with arrabiatta sauce (a spicy tomato sauce). Pasta in English food talk for Italian food, but  noodles in English food talk for Chinese (and other East Asian and Southeast Asian) food — so today they’re noodles to me. (I recommend a broadminded view on what counts as noodles.)

I also recommend that we adopt a symbolic figure for the occasion, something like the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Halloween pumpkins and witches, Pilgrims for Thanksgiving, the New Year baby, and so on. I suggest the Flying Spaghetti Monster, with his noodly appendages.

But first let’s get down to some recent noodling with formulaic expressions in the comics: One Big Happy (an idiom), Rhymes With Orange (a frequent collocation or an idiom, depending on who you read), and Mother Goose and Grimm (a proverb):

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The many and the one

September 15, 2017

(Men and their underwear, plus suggestive mansexiness, so not for everybody.)

Today’s Daily Jocks sale ad for Marco Marco (in this case, the company’s Light Tetra Brief), with a caption of mine wrapped around it:

Tetras maricones,
Showy fish,
Flash their stuff at
Sandbars.

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Marco
Maricone
Tiled his crotch in
Triangle pastels,
Not only a
Shield, also an
Enticement.

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Detached bodyparts in the comics

June 4, 2017

Remarkably, together in today’s comics feed, two cartoons about detached body parts.

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Puzzles, castles, and cake

May 30, 2017

Two things came together: another photo by my man Jacques, of a 3D jigsaw puzzle he completed in 1994, of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria; and a photo in a Pinterest Food Art board of a jigsaw dessert from Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence, which led me to jigsaw cakes:

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From puzzles to castles and cake.

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Potato Head Strip Poker

May 5, 2017

Today’s Bizarro:

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(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 2 in this strip — see this Page.)

Potato Heads, as toys with detachable body parts, are frequent subjects for cartoonists. The detachable penis is one theme. The cannibalistic nature of Potato Heads eating french fries is another. Dan Piraro is fond of the Potato Head cartoon meme. So is Mark Parisi, though I can’t show you his cartoons.

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You can call me Al

April 25, 2017

Yesterday, a posting on a mini-phal /mIni fæl/, a miniature Phalaenopsis (orchid). Which moved me to investigate names of the form /mIni Cæl/, for various consonants C: existing names and ones you can invent, using a /Cæl/ that’s an existing word (pal, gal), a clipping (phal for Phalaenopsis, Cal for California), a nickname (Cal for Calvin, Sal for Sally, Salvatore, or Salvador), or an acronym (HAL for hook and line, HAL for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer).

What follows is a mere sampling of such cases, not intended to be exhaustive.

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Beer pong

February 3, 2017

Erin McKean posting on Facebook this morning:

Ok I JUST REALIZED why my grocery store puts these two items so close together

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Ping pong balls, crappy cheap beer. All that’s missing is the red Solo cups.

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The advancing horde of shelf elves

December 21, 2016

The most extravagant of the images I’ve collected on this topic — one that should serve as a warning about (some of) the content of this posting:

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Two things you need to know about to fully get this composition: the Elf on the Shelf figure; and the glory hole setting, with a candy cane (which often functions as a phallic symbol) standing in for a penis. (In a moment I’ll have more to say about the details of the composition.)

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Play with your penguin

October 21, 2016

More news for penguins…

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Feet in footage, pawns at the pawnshop

September 9, 2016

Two cartoons in my feed yesterday, both turning on ambiguities: a One Big Happy involving foot, a Mother Goose and Grimm involving pawn:

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