Point the First
We would like to thank Glyph for her cartooning efforts while we were recovering from WorldCon. Glyph is a pre-teen going on 14, who reads at a twelfth grade level. When I catch her reading, which is often, I ask her which comic she has. If she does not have one, I give her one. In this way I have tricked her into reading Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbs, Bloom County, Captain Underpants, and Sheldon. She, of course, would prefer to read the classics: Madam Bovary and Moby Dick.

Glyph just asked, “Can I have my extra dessert now, or was that just hyperbole too?” Mobiuswolf, we cannot help but feel you share some responsibility for this development. Thank you.

Point the Second
I was going to write about Connie Willis and the speech she made during the Hugo Award ceremony. It was going to be a brilliant analysis of the two primary jokes talking about the setup (wonderful!), structure (excellent!), delivery (charming!) and why the ending was a complete fail (boo!). Note: making fun of killing people is rarely funny. Do not laugh, do not collect 200 comedy club points.

Oddly enough, there are no clips of her speech online. There is no transcript. Codex has search-fu like we normal beings cannot fathom, and she could not locate these things. Without seeing the speech for yourself, I can’t write my analysis. If somebody can provide a link, then please do so because frankly I’ve got nothing for Thursday yet.

Point the Third
This is okay however because I ran across this article and learned there is such a thing as Cultural Libertarians. That is us. Codex and I do not appear in their otherwise fine article due to a technical glitch, we are sure. Cultural Libertarians are people who are fed up with the groupthink, the badthink, and the wrongthink attitude of so many self-important people in the world today. We believe people should be allowed to follow their own consciences, their own faiths, and their own customs, within common sense limits. If you cannot fathom these limits then you do not have common sense.

This article is very timely for us. My in-laws are coming to visit tomorrow. Before this article appeared, I would have to say “cartoonist” when asked what I was doing lately. This would have been followed by the awkward mother-in-law hairy-eyeball. Tell your mother-in-law that you are now a cartoonist and you will see what I mean. Then would come the quiet whispers. Checking our cupboards for food. Taking a second look at our poor, three-legged greyhound.

Armed with this new knowledge, I can say I am a “Cultural Libertarian Humorist.” That sounds important. It carries gravitas. It pays the same as “cartoonist”, but money is easy to find, what with the FED printing more of it than ever tonight. Codex can say she is a “Cultural Libertarian Illustrator.” When we win our Hugo Tor awards, I hope those words will fit on the award.

We know there is plenty of space for the “No Award” engraving.