Tag Archives: birds

So I Says to Mabon, I Says

This past Wednesday was the Autumnal Equinox, so I guess you should keep an eye out for pumpkin Piranha Plants and Koopas in Mario masks. I believe I was first aware of the season change in Super Mario World from … Continue reading

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Glindaness Is Next to Godliness

I appreciate that The Baum Bugle has recently been putting out some issues that largely focus on a particular book. I don’t know if there are plans for this to continue, but I’ve found some information there that I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Seuss Juice

I wanted to say a bit about the manufactured controversy over Dr. Seuss, which is obviously being totally misrepresented by conservatives. It’s the Seuss estate that decided to stop publishing six particular books, so it isn’t some kind of government … Continue reading

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You Always Lose with Impundulus

I’ve written a bit about thunderbirds before, but I’ve only recently come across their African counterparts, lightning birds. They’re part of Zulu, Pondo, and Xhosa culture; and beliefs about them vary somewhat. The most common name for the bird seems … Continue reading

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I Like Birds

When I linked to my last Oz post on Facebook, people gave a few more examples of birds I hadn’t mentioned, including some people turned into birds and other birds from authors outside the Famous Forty. I believe the first … Continue reading

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Birds of a Feather (and a Few Without)

I don’t think I’ve ever really written specifically about the birds in the Oz series, and there are quite a few of them. When Dorothy first arrives in Oz, she sees “birds with rare and brilliant plumage” in the Munchkin … Continue reading

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Birdo Is the Wordo

Birdo, one of the Super Mario Bros. 2 mini-bosses, comes up online every once in a while. Drew Mackie, for instance, has addressed the character a few times. The fascination with the monster is largely due to his/her being transsexual. … Continue reading

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Big Birds

I don’t think I’ve ever written a post about the Simurgh, the giant bird from Persian mythology that I actually first came across in the Xanth series. Pretty much always identified as female, this peacock-like bird is often shown as … Continue reading

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Mario’s Early Enemies

Do video games not come with manuals anymore? I know some of them have links to online manuals, but that isn’t exactly the same, even if they’re more convenient. I miss looking at the brief descriptions of various enemies. Still, … Continue reading

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The Second Most Dangerous Game

I would have to suspect that, in a land in which practically all animals can talk, humans killing and eating them would pretty much disappear. Perhaps strangely, however, there are a few mentions of human hunters in Oz. They’re most … Continue reading

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