1. CaroZ: I see your point. The species couldn’t be often endangered, unless it were frequently removed from and then restored to the list.. So let’s take it as a mistaken way of saying individuals of the species, when encountered, are often (individually) in danger.

  2. Yes, each one is so intent on hula-hooping that it doesn’t see the dangers lurking nearby.

    Ironically, this weekend is Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), world-wide. Maybe someone will spot one o’ these. (If you want to participate, go here – https://www.birdcount.org – it runs thru Monday, 2/15)

  3. As a technicality, an open classroom question to be answered aloud by some hand-raiser, is not really a quiz. But still a good enough play on ‘pop’ between the Pop Art subject matter and ‘unannounced’ for a quiz.

  4. Two things I just had to add:

    From today’s Wayno Blog:
    The art the teacher displays in this gag is loosely based on Roy Lichtenstein’s 1964 painting, Nurse. I’m generally a fan of twentieth century pop art, although Lichtenstein engenders mixed feelings. He became wealthy by appropriating the imagery of living, underpaid comic artists, who never profited from his use of their art, transformative though it may (or may not) have been. Is making a large format painting of another artist’s image significantly different from writing a symphonic arrangement of a songwriter’s pop tune, which would involve payment for licensing? I don’t know for certain, but it’d be worth discussing over drinks, when discussing things over drinks is possible.

  5. This article has an interesting take on the ripping-off-artists theme:


    Basically, well-known British science fiction book cover artist Chris Foss remembers being outraged on the original comic book artists’ behalf when he first read about WHAAM!, aged 17, only to find out 30 years later that the same thing happened to him. A spaceship painting he had done, which among other things became the cover of a UK edition of an Isaac Asimov novel in the 1980s (The Stars Like Dust), got repainted in massive format by one Glenn Brown and apparently sold for the equivalent of $5.7 million (Foss had only got a few hundred pounds).

    When Foss first heard Brown had an exhibition with come of these mimic works he had gone to London in high dudgeon. “I was furious,” he told me. “I stormed into the gallery and shouted at the director, ‘Take these pictures off the wall; they don’t belong there.’ I wasn’t happy seeing copies of my work all over the place.”

  6. There was a similar issue with Damien Hirst in 2000, when he copied a £14.99 medical toy (a dismantlable model of the innards of a human torso) and sold it for £1 million. In this case he was sued and the toy makers and the original designer came to a settlement.

    The transformation was pretty massive: “Damien Hirst’s Hymn (1999), is an exact replica of Humbrol Limited’s Young Scientist Anatomy Set. The toy sold for only £14.99 while Hirst’s sculpture sold for one million pounds. Hirst has magnified the scale of the toy to a sculpture of about six metres tall and changed the materials from plastic to bronze, gold and silver.”



  7. Thanks for the deleted birds . . . by Cul de Sac’s artist, Richard Thompson, RIP . . . I enjoyed that and passed it along to my birdwatching friends.

  8. Just want to toss this out there – IF you are interested in book cover artistry, I’m currently reading Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction . . . I recommend it highly. You can take a look inside here . . .

  9. I second Andréa’s recommendation of PAPERBACKS FROM HELL, though mostly for the text (I’m not a big cover art fan, though I can appreciate these.) I own most of the books cited, but have read very few of them.

  10. Right, it’s a common mistake to think he handles pans. He is called a panhandler because he comes from the extreme northwestern area of the state of Oklahoma.

  11. This is just screaming out for a rude post.

    “There’s Florida, Alaska, and the one in my trousers!!”

    Har, har, har!!!

    Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.

  12. Well, if you get down to it, Texas also has a panhandle (at least that is how it is often referenced), but I could never never quite “see” it. I think Nebraska is the same way.

  13. England is all Angles.

    “The Angles (Old English: Ængle, Engle; Latin: Angli; German: Angeln) were one of the main Germanic peoples[1] who settled in Great Britain in the post-Roman period. They founded several kingdoms of the Heptarchy in Anglo-Saxon England, and their name is the root of the name England (“land of Ængle”)” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angles

    Well, all Angles apart from all the Saxons, Jutes, Vikings, Danes, Normans, Huguenots, Dutch, Irish, east Europeans, Africans, Indians etc etc etc etc over the centuries, not to mention all sorts of pre-existing pre-Roman Britons. And indeed no doubt some leftover Romans.

  14. As well as the aforementioned comic book art, advertising art in the middle 20th century has become a source for “clip art” as it were. Either used in collages or reinterpreted. Those original artists probably didn’t get a cut of or credit for the reuse of their works either.

    Musical artists are now seeking royalties for the use of their original songs that have been sampled in more recent works.

  15. Idaho has a panhandle also. I was reading something or other and it referred to the panhandle of Idaho – I guess if one rotates the north end of Idaho to the east – there is a pan (actually more pot-like than pan-like) and a pan handle.

  16. He speaks of Louisiana as being on “the Mexican Gulf” .
    It’s probably an unfair generalization but I do think of Brits as more likely than Americans to be indifferent to an institution’s official name as “University of X” as against “X University”.

  17. YouTube is often difficult to analyze. It’s not just views, but the demographics of views, the number of ads, the type of ad attracted, etc.People do make a living off it. For instance, The Hockey Guy has that as his job. He has a smaller subscriber base and most of his videos have fewer views than LitP.


  18. Andrew Cotter, a Scottish sportscaster who lost his job due to there being no sports to cast, started his Olive & Mabel videos, and now is writing columns for newspapers and a book (which I, of course, purchased and highly recommend). But I didn’t think one could support oneself AND a family, just on videos. Same with several others whom I follow, but don’t support in any other way.

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