Aztecs and caricatures

I’ve just returned from a huge comida of goat stew (mole de caderas, a seasonal Puebla speciality), chalupas, mollejas, and guajolotes at an out of the way, very local, and fantastic restaurant, and oy, am I full! Pictures will be forthcoming, but not now as I have little time and uploading pictures is slow. Instead, in a bit of solipsism, I’ll put up two caricatures of me and a bit of cultural appropriation.

On this trip I’m paired with evolutionary psychologist David Buss (U. Texas Austin), both of us excellently hosted by local resident Juan. At the venue this morning, we came across two Aztec warriors, whom I assumed were either part of the entertainment or the atmosphere. We didn’t actually ask to pose with them, but I did take their picture and they invited us to join in a photo. So here we are, with David and I appropriating the warriors’ conch shell and club.

I just know that somebody is gonna be upset by these photos, but too bad.

The Green Room, where they have live feed from the auditorium, is the place to watch the talks, as the theater is packed and the aisles are narrow, but the Green Room has a good view of the talks, all the visiting speakers, people running the conference, visitors like the governor of Puebla, tons of fantastic food and drink (including a tequila bar), and weird things happening all the time. One of the latter was the appearance of artists who walked around doing caricatures of the speakers and guests, and then giving them to the subjects. So now I have two caricatures of me, which I show solipsistically. They’re mine now, and I love them.

The first artist, who I’m told is quite well known for illustrating political figures in magazines and newspapers:

et moi (I love the monkey):

Another artist, who drew me completely without my knowledge:

And his work. Note the big schnoz; as my dad (who also was well endowed in the proboscis department) once told me, “Jerry, if I had a nose full of nickels I’d be a millionaire.”

 

42 Comments

  1. Posted November 18, 2017 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Love the photos.

  2. Blue
    Posted November 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    These are all, well, … … just darling !

    Safe travels !
    Blue

  3. Posted November 18, 2017 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful pics

  4. Mark R.
    Posted November 18, 2017 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    The caricature artists are a great idea. Both are very well rendered as well. I can’t tell what you’re holding in your right hand…a fossil?

    That Aztec garb is quite beautiful.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted November 18, 2017 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      I can’t tell what you’re holding in your right hand…a fossil?
      [u][quote=][/quote][/u]A coprolite or other comestible?

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted November 18, 2017 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

        (Looking for a replacement for BBCode Extra. This is from “Edit 1.1” by erosman https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/azbb/ , using his interpretation of a “quote” which gives the doubequotes but not the full “blockquote” coding.
        Various other options exercised.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted November 18, 2017 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

          This is from “Edit 1.1” by erosman https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/azbb/ , using his interpretation of a “quote” which gives the doubequotes but not the full “blockquote” coding.

          But the customisations I have from BBCode look workable to a degree.

          Maths
          × & times ; U+00D7 Multiplication symbol. ÷ & divide ; U+00F7 Divide symbol.
          ≤ & le ; U+2264 Less-than-equal symbol.≥ & ge ; U+2265 Greater-than-equal symbol.
          ° & deg ; U+00B0 ; degree symbol
          ± & plusmn ; U+00B1 (177) ; plus-minus sign (plus-or-minus sign)
          ² & sup2 ; U+00B2 (178) superscript two (superscript digit two, squared)
          ³ & sup3 ; U+00B3 (179) superscript three (superscript digit three, cubed)
          − & minus ; U+2212 (8722) ; minus operator
          ∗ & lowast ; U+2217 (8727) ; asterisk operator
          √ & radic ; U+221A (8730) ; square root (radical sign)
          ∝ & prop ; U+221D (8733) ; proportional to
          ∞ & infin ; U+221E (8734) ; infinity
          ∠ & ang ; U+2220 (8736) ; angle
          ∧ & and ; U+2227 (8743) ; logical and (wedge)
          ∨ & or ; U+2228 (8744) ; logical or (vee)
          ∩ & cap ; U+2229 (8745) ; intersection (cap)
          ∪ & cup ; U+222A (8746) ; union (cup)
          ∫ & int ; U+222B (8747) ; integral
          ∴ & there4 ; U+2234 (8756) ; therefore sign
          ∼ & sim ; U+223C (8764) ; tilde operator (varies with, similar to)
          ≅ & cong ; U+2245 (8773) ; congruent to
          ≈ & asymp ; U+2248 (8776) ; almost equal to (asymptotic to)
          ≠ & ne ; U+2260 (8800) ; not equal to
          ≡ & equiv ; U+2261 (8801) ; identical to; sometimes used for ‘equivalent to’
          ⊂ & sub ; U+2282 (8834) ; subset of
          ⊃ & sup ; U+2283 (8835) ; superset of
          ⊄ & nsub ; U+2284 (8836) ; not a subset of
          ⊆ & sube; U+2286 (8838) ; subset of or equal to
          ⊇ & supe ; U+2287 (8839) ; superset of or equal to
          ⊕ & oplus ; U+2295 (8853) ; circled plus (direct sum) EARTH
          ⊗ & otimes ; U+2297 (8855) ; circled times (vector product)
          ⊥ & perp ; U+22A5 (8869) ; up tack (orthogonal to, perpendicular)
          ⋅ & sdot ; U+22C5 (8901) ; dot operator

          ⌈ & lceil ; U+2308 (8968) ; left ceiling (APL upstile)
          ⌉ & rceil ; U+2309 (8969) ; right ceiling
          ⌊ & lfloor ; U+230A (8970) ; left floor (APL downstile)
          ⌋ & rfloor ; U+230B (8971) ; right floor
          ⟨ & lang ; U+2329 (9001) ; left-pointing angle bracket (bra)
          ⟩ & rang ; U+232A (9002) ; right-pointing angle bracket (ket)

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted November 18, 2017 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

          Looking for a replacement for BBCode Extra.

          … because it has gone down the tubes with the (much heralded) tightening up of the external code sandbox. BBCode won’t work with Firefox 57 or higher. Unless comprehensively re-written, which the authors show no sign of doing.

          • Posted November 19, 2017 at 5:30 am | Permalink

            It’s a bugger. I’ve reverted to Firefox 56 as I miss my BBCodeXtra too much. Let us know if you find a simple workable alternative (I haven’t, so far).

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted November 19, 2017 at 11:34 am | Permalink

              That solution is of limited value down the road – for a permanent solution use a fork of Firefox named Waterfox. Download from here: https://www.waterfoxproject.org/downloads

              All add-ons will continue to work [if the latest version doesn’t, then try an earlier one] & will continue to work – they are setting up an independent repository for add-ons, but for now get your add-ons from Mozilla. You can download & install Waterfox without it affecting your Firefox [entirely separate folders for the .exe, preferences, add-ons etc].

              Make Waterfox your default browser in “options” though or Firefox launches in its stead in some circumstances.

              Another option is called Palemoon, but I prefer Waterfox. I’ve uninstalled Firefox entirely – no need for it.

              • Posted November 23, 2017 at 3:58 am | Permalink

                Thanks for the tip, Michael, I’ll look into that. The first time I rebooted my computer after reverting to 56, it automatically upgraded me to 57 again – grrrr. I’ve now reverted to using my own list of shortcuts, using copy & paste each time, but i miss BBCodeXtra. I’ll give Waterfox a try when I have time (I’m currently having a fight with Thunderbird, but that’s another story).

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted November 23, 2017 at 7:51 am | Permalink

                To prevent Firefox from automatically updating itself after you install an older version – change your Firefox update settings: Click menu button > Options > General panel > Firefox Updates section.

                Another solution is to try “Firefox ESR” which is the channel of Firefox used by big organisations [who can’t have an update disrupting their systems]. ESR is on an older version of Firefox & it updates only yearly or something ridiculous. See here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/switch-to-firefox-extended-support-release-esr

                Going to Waterfox is a much easier proposition than ESR – with ESR you need to make a new ‘profiles’ folder & blah blah while Waterfox is a three minute job [plus extra to download the addons you want with it]

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted November 30, 2017 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

              I’m using “Edit 1.1” at the moment, but it’s customisation is very clumsy. Still looking. Definitely not a drop-in replacement.

              • Posted December 1, 2017 at 5:33 am | Permalink

                My computer automatically re-installed FF57 (should have switched that off), so I’m trying to live with it now. I’ve also noticed that my average RAM usage has gone up significantly, and is now reached the stage of slowing things down (I have 4Mb). I may try Waterfox, but have so far resisted the temptation. I need to be sure I have several days free to sort out the inevitable problems.

              • gravelinspector-Aidan
                Posted December 2, 2017 at 8:05 am | Permalink

                My computer automatically re-installed FF57 (should have switched that off)

                Stick FF56 into a virtual machine?
                Hmmm, memory is playing tricks on me. I thought this was a 3GB machine, but it’s saying 3.7GB. Meh.
                On the other hand, after 3 days, FF has snagged 9.1GB of virtual memory.

    • RPGNo1
      Posted November 19, 2017 at 2:05 am | Permalink

      “I can’t tell what you’re holding in your right hand…a fossil?”

      Looks like a stylized brain to me.

  5. Posted November 18, 2017 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I like a well-endowed snout, perhaps because I’ve got one. It gives a face character. Also good for rooting out truffles.

    • David Coxill
      Posted November 19, 2017 at 5:59 am | Permalink

      And perfect for Jimmy Durante impressions .lol.

  6. Heather Hastie
    Posted November 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    This is all so cool! Sounds like you’re having a great time! 🙂

  7. Posted November 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    “Aztecs and caricatures” unfortunately led me to imagine that the Aztecs were being caricatured. Whew! Not so. The caricatures of you need to be posted prominently among other beloved items from your career. They are wonderful!

  8. Posted November 18, 2017 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    At first glance I saw your mouth drawn in the image of the artist Hedizo as a fishbone,
    as a reference to evolution.

    At second glance, it just seems to be my association and not intended by the artist. Nevertheless, I like this possible interpretation.

  9. Craw
    Posted November 18, 2017 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    You are going to be in for it if PuffHo ever sees the photos: appropriation will be the least of it!
    I especially like the second caricature. Brings out your inner Walter Matthau.

    • BJ
      Posted November 18, 2017 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      “I especially like the second caricature. Brings out your inner Walter Matthau.”

      That was my first thought upon seeing it. A caricature of Jerry looks almost like a normal Walter Matthau.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted November 18, 2017 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      For an inner Walter Matthau, it’s a very outer Walter Matthau.

  10. BJ
    Posted November 18, 2017 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like an awesome trip you’re having!

  11. Debbie Coplan
    Posted November 18, 2017 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    What a great post! I’m so enjoying seeing the food, people and the area. Looks so amazing.
    Enjoy the rest of the trip.

  12. Posted November 18, 2017 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    That first artist must be quite the polymath, with an apt allusion to Darwin’s first “tree of life” drawing.

  13. Frank Bath
    Posted November 18, 2017 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I don’t see it, your nose is nothing out of the unusual.

  14. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Haven’t seen the caricature artists since I was a kid going to amusement parks. They would always have them at the parks. Some are very good and I can’t even do a stick man.

    • Posted November 18, 2017 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

      A good likeness of PCC in the second caricature even if he shrunk his nose a bit. 😀

  15. DrBrydon
    Posted November 18, 2017 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Man, I’d love to try some of that goat stew!

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted November 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

      It is not much of a thing in the U.S., but a likely place is at Indian restaurants. It won’t be Mexican style, but it is also great in curry sauce.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted November 18, 2017 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

        In the UK, Caribbean [particularly Jamaican] & Indonesian venues are strong on the goat curries & stews. Also mutton.

        I’ve rarely come across goat in UK Indian eateries, I suspect it’s not stocked because too ‘gamey’ for most Brits, who prefer chicken, beef & lamb. Now i think of it – I haven’t seen goat in the butchers.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted November 18, 2017 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

      Had it in Tanzania, where they had the annoying habit of leaving bone fragments in the dish. Which stuck more in my memory – and gums – than the meat itself.

  16. bbenzon
    Posted November 19, 2017 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    No boots?

  17. David Coxill
    Posted November 19, 2017 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    Forgive me for saying this ,but in the first drawing you look a bit like that milo Neo nazi fruitcake .

  18. Lurker111
    Posted November 19, 2017 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    New bumper sticker:

    I THINK, THEREFORE
    I am not a Republican

    🙂

  19. Posted November 19, 2017 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    The warrior photos are beautiful. I will never understand why sharing of culture is considered “appropriation”. Bonkers!

    The caricatures are spot on. You have a lovely proboscis that makes you look like a million bucks.

  20. jhs
    Posted November 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I only noticed the food displayed in the background. 🙂

    Great photos.

  21. Posted November 20, 2017 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    Noses in caricatures should be big or small – never normal!

  22. Posted November 20, 2017 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Excellent caricatures! Looks like a wonderful event.


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