Toucan, get what you need

September 12, 2016

Ok, a lame pun on the line from the Rolling Stones’ song “You can’t always get what you want”(from their 1969 album Let It Bleed), here with reference to what we know in my household as the Toucan Bowl:

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The Stones song; toucans; and the Toucan Bowl.

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The durian

September 12, 2016

Attacking a giant backlog of postings on food and plants (mostly due to prompts from Juan Gomez), I give you today the King of Delicious Stink, the durian.

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Regarded by many people in southeast Asia as the “king of fruits”, the durian is distinctive for its large size, strong odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. (Wikipedia)

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Breaking bad

September 12, 2016

Today’s One Big Happy is mostly about Ruthie’s mistaking femur (a genuinely rare word) for fever (a common one):

But there’s also a crucial ambiguity in the verb break.

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Another take on evolution

September 11, 2016

A Mick Stevens cartoon in the latest (September 12th) New Yorker:

On the surface, just about evolution, but actually about any leaving, from any place or situation. Please don’t go; we can make things better here!

The Mystery Man of Crotch Beach

September 11, 2016

(Some crude sexual talk, but some humor, too, and plants, several plants. Use your judgment.)

(Notice: Prunella vulgaris and Orchis mascula are real plants, and what I say about them and their names is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate. As for the rest, caveat lector.)

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Hunky Herb hides his
Puffy purple penis, his
Funky fleshy fruits, but fuck, his
Buddy Larry says, lewdly, a
Feast to eat, and pretty too.

The back story, in a recent press release:

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Return of the Sam Gross balloon dog

September 10, 2016

In the latest New Yorker (September 12th), Sam Gross’s clown and his balloon dog return to the magazine:

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Oh no! Not the chair!

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Name time

September 9, 2016

Early on in the gay comedy 4th (or Fourth) Man Out, I was struck by the name of one of the actors, Chord Overstreet. I was immediately reminded of another actorial name, Park Overall. Park was the subject of a morning name posting on 12/10/15, and for a moment I was taken with the idea that Park and Chord might, um, sing together on the greensward, until I realized that she’s 32 years old than he is. So probably no Chord and Park Overall Overstreet pairings, onomastically pleasing though they would be.

On to Chord and his acting career. Turns out he’s something of a celebrity, but for his work on a television show I have barely ever seen.

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Julian and Sandy

September 9, 2016

(Some coarse sexual slang, so it might not be to everyone’s taste.)

From the August issue (pp. 37-39) of The Advocate, “Speaking Lavender” by Chadwick Moore, about Bill Leap and the Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conferences (Lav Lgs 23 in February 2016 at American University, Washington DC; Lav Lgs 24 in April 2017 at the University of Nottingham (UK)), with the subtitle: “From Regency England to 1920s Harlem to Miss Piggy, gay vernacular has given voice to homosexual identity and desire in a hostile world. It still does.” and a section on Polari (and its scholar and champiom Paul Baker). Eventually the story leads us to the campy queens Julian and Sandy, and from there by sound associations to the remarkable entertainment (also campy) Façade, uniting the playful poetry of Edith Sitwell and the music of William Walton, notably in the “Valse” / “Waltz” movement beginning “Daisy and Lily”.

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Herb Ritts

September 9, 2016

(Mostly about male photography.)

It begins with a mounted copy of this photo, which was secreted in Kirjasto Zwicky (the library condo) until Kim Darnell brought it to me and we hung it in a convenient place here on Ramona St. Unfortunately, I couldn’t recall who the photographer was and it was too large to scan in, so I resorted to describing it in the lgbt precincts of Facebook:

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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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