Saturday, September 27, 2008

Maybe Your Eyes Are Better Than Mine?

Do you realize that The Hayfamzone Blog has now entered its third year? Yes! Hooray for us! But with an advancement in age comes a decline in acuity, and I seek your assistance.

Last week's Sunday New York Times featured a profile of French designer Jacques Grange. Maybe you saw it. The spread included a wide variety of photos, including one of Monsieur Grange's bedroom. The accompanying caption states that he "is known for his playfulness, like framing old comic strips to use as wallpaper in his bedroom." What's shown on the wall, however, are quite clearly pages of original artwork and not merely 'old comic strips.' (Maybe the caption writer didn't know any better.)

I'm far from an expert in identifying comic strip artwork. In the photo, though, I can see the logos of a Steve Canyon and a Tarzan and two Prince Valiants. I just wish I knew what the rest of the pieces were. Why? It's my goal to know everything, of course.

I believe I have altered the settings of this blog so that now anyone can leave a comment for me, and the online presentation of the Grange article is a fun collage that makes you dizzy when you move your mouse around. So please let me know if you can make out any of the other artwork when you look here. Thanks!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Miscellania and Other Words

Of course, miscellania is not a word; the real word is miscellany. It's just that I feel miscellany isn't a very good word. It's off-kilter and lopsided and it ends too abruptly. "Miscellania" on the other hand is melodious and well-rounded, what with the accent being on its middle syllable. Now I'm not afraid to make up new words when I feel it's the appropriate thing to do, but I like to check that somebody hasn't beaten me to it. So I did a G**gle search on "miscellania," and guess what? Somebody did beat me to it, sort of. It turns out that Miscellania and Etceteria are the names of two cities in some game called Runescape. How about that!

As I write this on 9/11/2008, I'm thinking back to when I visited Ground Zero four years ago. I found the site to be at once somber and eerie. But now see if you don't agree with me that a minor little certain something that happened to me this week is a little coincidental. Just two days ago, my feedback number on ebay clicked forward from 910 to (I think you may have guessed it already) 911! I was looking forward to blowing the shofar that my feedback was 911 on 9/11, but then it iterated forward to 912 yesterday. Time marches on...

If you put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig. Probably you heard the flap in the news this week about that sentence. As soon as I heard it, I was reminded of a similarly-spirited sentence that I can remember my father saying on occasion. "That's like putting a lavalier on a pig." I have to say I'm sorry that the word lavalier isn't used much anymore because I like it as a word. You might want to peek here. You're welcome!