I need to send this to my kids

They’ll be shocked.

I suspect they may realize change is inevitable. Iliana has already reached the stage of wearing space pants and roaring at the universe.

I’m hoping she doesn’t outgrow that.


  1. jrkrideau says

    @ 1 chigau (違う)
    You’re probably safe for a while.
    Except for those of us with beards.

  2. kome says

    Wearing space pants and roaring at the universe should be the stage of life that we all aspire to.

  3. blf says

    The mildly deranged penguin roars at this universe and that universe and also the universe over there — at all the multiverses, actually — and other things, including her own roaring, and her roaring at her roaring, and so on, which causes one feckton of an echo. Which she roars at…

    Having a natural feathered tuxedo, she has no need of any space pants. However, the lack of teeth is a problem, it might slow down her consumption of cheese. And also of cheese. And possibly even cheese. Not to mention moar cheese…

    Also, she points out a common mistake in the cartoon. The baby doesn’t get bigger. The surroundings get smaller. For instance, the mountain of cheese keeps shrinking. Rather quickly, in fact, if teeth are used. Or, when she goes flying, looking down it’s obvious how small everything is. Go up higher for a better view, and it’s all even smaller — yet she certainly hasn’t changed size…

  4. blf says

    More roaring babies, ‘Let them roar’: West End stages first baby-friendly performance:

    Vaudeville theatre claims to break new ground in London with parent and baby showing of hit play Emilia

    Cliche has it that matinee audiences are full of snoring older people. But it was infants who were snoozing — and gurgling, screaming and playing peekaboo — at the Vaudeville theatre in the Strand on Wednesday afternoon. They were assembled for what is thought to be a first for London’s West End: a baby-friendly performance.

    Bottle warmers and rows of changing mats were installed in the bars as part of the pioneering initiative for the hit play Emilia. Parents and carers were invited to bring children under 12 months old and “let them roar” during Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s feminist drama about the supposed “dark lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Emilia Bassano.

    The roars from the stalls occasionally drowned out the actors at the sold-out performance, which marked a triumph for accessibility. […]

    It represented a logistical challenge for the Vaudeville, where storage space was found for more than 150 buggies (mostly hauled up five floors by volunteers). There was a celebratory, inclusive atmosphere, as babies chewed on each other’s toys and were bounced in the aisles while tired adults grabbed a bit of culture.


    Tickets for the one-off performance were priced between £25 and £35, and came with the adjacent seat included in the price. Usually the matinee seats go for £20 to £85. […]


    The “let them roar” matinee befits a production that has empowerment at its centre. “The whole message of this play is about marginalised communities being heard,” said the playwright, who thinks parents and carers are “a community who often get forgotten about in terms of access”.

    Emilia has an all-female cast who play men and women, thereby reversing the practice from Shakespeare’s day, and the role of Bassano is shared by three actresses. […]