Monday, December 30, 2013

There's a Fly on This Watch

Have no fear of perfection. 
You'll never reach it. 

Salvador Dali

Editor's Note -- 

Happy Last Blog Post of 2013!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Flippantly Festive!

Editor's note -- Here is the lovely Carmen dell'Orefice at 15 years old as photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld. She was one of his favorite models.

Unlike Flipped Again, this blog is not critical of artistic license and certainly not that taken by Erwin Blumenfeld! 

Merry Christmas to all! 

Especially Cara H, Pansi Barbee, Tempest Nightingale LeTrope, Koni Ramm, Faycin A Croud and Rose LeMort! 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Marvelous Marge

Editor's note -- "Here is Marge Simpson as Carmen dell'Orefice jumping over a puddle in the street with an umbrella, by Richard Avedon, 1957."

At 82, Carmen dell'Orefice is known in the fashion industry as the world's oldest working model.

AnOther (Dec. 2, 2013)

Illustration by AleXsandro Palombo
FLIPPANTLY FLORIDA reminds Flipped Again that this blog is older than your blog!!!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Freedom from Rockwell

Editor's note -- Here is the example of parody and satire of Norman Rockwell's iconic Freedom From Want. See Rockwell Idealism at FLIPPED AGAIN for an example of the original. 

The Simpsons is a satirical parody of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Double, double toil and trouble

Editor's note -- These somewhat annoyed costumed dogs on Walkway Over the Hudson are ready to go trick-or-treating tonight, presumably on the Ulster County side of the river. 

Eye of newt and toe of frog, 
Wool of bat and tongue of dog, 

Adder's fork and bling-worms sting, 
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing! 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fall Foliage

The Editor is Driving to Cambridge, MA tomorrow later this morning with no Fall Foliage report today (which is Thursday).

In the meanwhile please remember Fall Foliage is a BIG DEAL in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. 

Editor's note: Post update to follow. Please check back.

UPDATE: Maple (?) tree as seen from the Ulster County side of the Walkway Over the Hudson on Monday, October 28th.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pindaric Advice

Editor's note -- IKEA Instructions for Stonehenge:

"If plagued by demons or suffering from pestilence, seek advice from a druid before attempting assembly."

The Bard, 1774, by Welsh artist Thomas Jones

Torment.The Editor is now seeking advice from Thomas Gray's The Bard: A Pindaric Ode at Flipped Again. In the painting by Thomas Jones, Stonehenge represent the antiquity of Welsh Bards, thought to be descendants of Celtic Druids.

'Weave the warp, and weave the woof,
The winding-sheet of Edward's race. 
Give ample room, and verge enough
The characters of hell to trace.
Mark the year, and mark the night,
When Severn shall re-eccho with affright
The shrieks of death, thro' Berkley's roofs that ring,
Shrieks of an agonizing King!
She-Wolf of France with unrelenting fangs,
That tear'st the bowels of thy mangled Mate,
From thee be born, who o'er thy country hangs
The scourge of Heav'n. What Terrors round him wait! 
Amazement in his van, with Flight combined,
And Sorrow's faded form, and Solitude behind.

Pestilence Tip: Susan Brown Carleton on Facebook

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Dinoland Mold-a-Rama

Editor's note -- The Sinclair Dinoland Waxy-Plastic Dinosaur was THE souvenir to have from the 1964 World's Fair in Queens, New York. The Editor got a Triceratops (shown below) when she was 5 years old. It cost 25 cents.

The real name for these injection-molded dinosaurs is Mold-a-rama. There were six styles of dinosaurs to buy. They are all collector's items now. 

The Sinclair (oil corporation) trademark Brontosaurus with the 1964 World Fair inscription would be worth probably about $250.

Indirect Hat Tip via Twitter:

Plastic Sinclair Dinosaur was Souvenir! Riding through Earth’s history, World Fair, New York, 1964

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Cheeseburger in Paradise

Flippantly Florida will be closed 
for Labor Day Weekend as 
the Editor is at Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront 
courtesy of Marriott Rewards.

We assume continued solo performances of 
"Wasting Away in Margaritaville"
 and more at the Tiki Bar Grille
on weekend afternoons.

Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet cover with chords and lyrics

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hey! It's the middle of July

Editor's note -- Michael Kupperman posted to Facebook this cartoon at some point between Flippantly Florida's last post on May 9th and today.

The Editor had commented on his post but can't remember now in what context.

UPDATE: Michael clarifies via twitter, "Not by me actually! It's from an old comic."

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Harryhausen: Technical Titan

Editor's note -- This blog is not turning into an obituary page but Flippantly Florida can't let the death of Ray Harryhausen pass without note from the New York Times. 
Ray Harryhausen, the animator and special-effects wizard who found ways to breathe cinematic life into the gargantuan, the mythical and the extinct, died on Tuesday in London. 
His innovations were honored in 1992 with a career Academy Award for technical achievement. 

At the Oscar ceremony, Tom Hanks told the audience that he thought the greatest movie of all time was not “Citizen Kane” or “Casablanca” but “Jason and the Argonauts."

The Editor posted a similar sentiment to her Facebook page: "Argonauts is my favorite Harryhausen movie. Maybe one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time. Who's with me?"

I think Tom Hanks very well might be... 

"My favorite monsters," Harryhausen said, "are the more complicated ones. Like the hydra had seven heads, which you had to animate, and the seven skeletons took a lot of time and, of course, Medusa in Clash of the Titans. She was a fascinating image to animate."

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Roger Ebert: Universe

Editor's note -- Roger Ebert died on Thurs., April 4th from cancer. His blog inspired a few flippant posts here; my favorite is Dust, based on his blog post from April 2011. Now is the perfect time to link it again; it's about the nature of life and death in an incomprehensibly vast universe.

RT @ebertchicago Why the meaninglessness of the Universe consoles me. My new blog entry, just posted. 

A message from light years away would probably miss me in my box of space and time, but I find that Art can shout to me across a few years or centuries, and it carries the same message: "Yes, I exist, and you are not alone."

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, 

how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! 
the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals--
and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? 
Man delights not me--nor woman neither, 
though by your smiling you seem to say so.

That's what we are, a quintessence of dust. That Shakespeare could so conclude, and then end with a little joke is, to me, a great comfort.


Friday, March 22, 2013

About Time

Editor's note -- After a brief hiatus 
notes the word "shagged" is a bit overused but in this case means "exhausted."

 Behind-the-scene photo from 'A Clockwork Orange,' 1971
via Dangerous Minds

"We were all feeling a bit shagged and fagged and fashed, it being a night of no small 
expenditure, O my brothers."

-- Alex

Monday, February 4, 2013


Editor's note -- When TIME magazine was cool.

Nov. 2, 1953 

Every man is his own artist

Illustration by Boris Artzybasheff
Hat Tip: David Luckin

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Obersalzberg Yoga

Editor's note --  Eva Braun demonstrates Urdhva Dhanurasana at Berghof, a vacation home in the Bavarian Alps.

Transcendental photo via Dangerous Minds

Upward bow or wheel pose. Strengthens the arms, legs, abdomen and spine. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Orange Juice

Editor's note -- The first and last scenes of Pulp Fiction were filmed on location at Hawthorne Grill, 13763 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA.

Pumpkin and Honey Bunny rob the diner in the first scene while Jules and Vincent are eating breakfast. 
Honey Bunny jumps on the counter-top and screams:

Any of you pigs mooooove and I'll execute every last mother fucking one of ya!

... noted Johnny Smith, a commenter on Legendary Directors' Facebook post.