Friday, April 24, 2015

The Lexicon of Comicana

The Lexicon of Comicana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Lexicon of Comicana is a 1980 book by the American cartoonist Mort Walker. It was intended as a tongue-in-cheek look at the devices that cartoonists utilize in their craft. In it, Walker invented an international set of symbols called symbolia after researching cartoons around the world. In 1964, Walker had written an article called "Let's Get Down to Grawlixes", a satirical piece for the National Cartoonists Society. He used terms such as grawlixes for his own amusement, but they soon began to catch on and acquired an unexpected validity.
Thanks, Mark D., for pointing this out. (Plewds shoot from my brow trying to keep up with the all knowledge he drops.)

Why bother reading Bram Stoker's Dracula?

Why bother reading Bram Stoker's Dracula? | OUPblog

In Stoker’s novel, the infection is not an indifferent virus merely seeking replication. The Count is a malignant and unholy force from the fuzzy edges of Western Europe where Christian virtues and the rational Enlightenment reach their limits and run out of steam. The vampire emerges from what is described as a ‘whirlpool’ of races, a metaphor that Stoker clearly borrowed from late Victorian debates that was used to describe the East End of London, home to large numbers of Eastern European Jewish migrants escaping persecution. Their burgeoning numbers, swelling in the slums, were feared to be bringing all manner of physical and moral infections to Britain. No wonder that Count Dracula is associated with swarms of rats and other creatures that carry filth and disease. The vampire brings an awful wasting illness that will thin the blood and corrupt the race.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

When Bill O'Reilly Called It "Nutty" For The Left To Call For Scalia To Recuse Himself

FLASHBACK: When Bill O'Reilly Called It "Nutty" For A Conservative Justice To Recuse Himself | Blog | Media Matters for America

Smug, hyprocritical asshole much?
Bill O'Reilly has called on Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan to recuse themselves from the upcoming marriage equality cases -- even though neither justice has confirmed how they will rule. But in 2006, the Fox News host took the opposite position when it came to Justice Antonin Scalia, despite the fact that O'Reilly admitted a speech the conservative justice gave on a pending case made it "obvious" how he would vote.

Larry Kramer: 'How could you not realise Mark Twain was gay?'

Larry Kramer: 'How could you not realise Mark Twain was gay?' | Books | The Guardian

Mark Twain via
“Most histories are written by straight people who wouldn’t know, see the signs that a gay person does when they look at a person’s life,” Kramer said. “I mean, how could you write the life of Mark Twain without realising that he was hugely, hugely gay? The way he lived, who his friends were, and how his relationships began. And what he wrote about! I don’t know how you could avoid the assumption that he’s gay.” (Kramer is not the first to raise this possibility, but it is not a view accepted by most Twain scholars.)

Why don’t we care who makes our clothes?

Why don’t you care who made your clothes?

Photo: WMYP
Two years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, in which over a thousand people died, we still fail to appreciate the human cost of the clothes we wear.
I say we because I don't know if you're as awful as I am, but my closet is full of clothes from Kohl's, Old Navy, and the like. But options are getting better and I'd rather have one or two quality, union-made shirts than a dozen cheaper ones that someone was exploited to manufacture.

American Giant, Osmium, Land's End, Duluth Trading, and others get my business now.

Amazon, you're not helping:

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