Arlo won by 18 days

For those of you who haven’t been following the (long, long) discussion in the Random Comments thread, Bill’s son, Aaron Bickel, has very generously given some of us CIDU commenters the ability to administer this blog. We hope to get a regular posting schedule going soon, but for now new posts may be a little erratic.

The queue is empty right now (I lifted this one from a comment by Andréa), so if you have new submissions, please send them to the new editors’ e-mail in the FAQ.

Winter Wallaby

44 Comments

  1. Winter Wallaby and others, thank you for keeping this going! Let me know if I can help.

    I never knew Bill, but have been a long-time reader and occasional commentator. What a wonderful, joyful way to continue his memory. ז״ל

  2. Thanks for your work on this, WW.

    Carl, not a CIDU. We’re tracking Halloween and pandemic masks, given that Arlo & Janis did one weeks ago. But yes, you got it. 🙂 And I do think masks where masks is sufficiently different from the A&J to be funny and not a retread.

    What I don’t understand is where are their brains? This guide to drawing human heads shows us that about half of the head exists above the eyes.
    https://www.artistsnetwork.com/art-mediums/drawing-human-head/

  3. Very happy to see the site will continue, and having the reins in the hands of some of the people who loved it most is fitting. Thank you for taking on the task.

    Also, the cartoon reminded me of some of the “costume” face masks I’ve seen advertised, particularly these Sanderson Sisters (I am coveting the Winifred) https://www.demilked.com/hocus-pocus-face-masks/

  4. Arlo won by 18 days, and Stahler demonstrated that the joke has been used up (and burnt out) even before its second appearance.
    P.S. I’ve already warned our kids that “trick or treats” may or may not happen this year. We will probably cut some pumpkins, but at this point I don’t think it would be a good idea to pass out or collect candy.

  5. Nice work to all who have volunteered to keep this up. Thanks a lot. Add my name to the list of people willing to help out if need be.

  6. I haven’t had any treaters for the past couple of years, and I don’t expect any will be out in my neighborhood this year.

  7. Halloween activities in Germany are not just regional, it depends on the specific neighborhood. It used to be common only in cities near American bases, but there was a surge in popularity subsequent to the “Harry Potter” books and movies.
    We live in a very favorable suburban street with a lot of townhouses, so the effective ratio of “front doors” per “meters walked” is pretty high. Popularity among kids (and parents, who generally follow along) seems to encourage even more houses to participate (there have been years in which more than half of the houses had their porch light on, which is the accepted signal for “this house is fair game”.
    Since we moved here, I think we’ve had at least 50 kids at the door every Halloween, and our record (we kept count that year) was just under 100.

  8. “Bill’s son, Aaron Bickel, has very generously given some of us CIDU commenters the ability to administer this blog.”

    Any chance of getting me out of moderation hell?

    ….

    Um… what is that leftmost mask supposed to be.

  9. As one of “those . . . who haven’t been following the (long, long) discussion in the Random Comments thread” (but has been peeking in almost every Sunday morning since the “While you’re waiting for the download” days), I applaud Aaron’s decision and the efforts of the volunteers. I hope you can keep it going as a fitting memorial to (the smart) Bill Bickel who has brought us all so much joy and puzzlement.

  10. woozy, have you sent in any other comments in the last week that have gone to moderation? It looks to me like we’re cleared the moderation queue, although there are comments older than a week in the very large spam folder that I haven’t looked through.

  11. Continuing with the theme of ‘Christmas’ and ‘masks’ [thereby completely passing over, as usual, jokes about masked turkeys] . . .

  12. Yes, muchas gracias to Winter Wallaby et al for jumping in to continue this wonderful community.

    Andréa, I love your cookies.

    Kilby, check out this NPR story for Halloweening.

  13. “woozy, have you sent in any other comments in the last week that have gone to moderation? It looks to me like we’re cleared the moderation queue, although there are comments older than a week in the very large spam folder that I haven’t looked through.”

    Every single comment I *ever* do for the past 7 months *always* every time with *not* exception goes into moderation. EVERY. SINGLE. COMMENT.

    NO. EXCEPTION.

  14. woozy, oh, I see – I thought you meant something recent. I can try to look into that, although if this is something Bill already looked and wasn’t able to fix, it may take some time to figure out, since I have no experience with WordPress or administering this site.

  15. woozy, for a short while I used an real edress that Bill could use to e-mail me. I stopped doing that because WordPress didn’t like the domain name and put every single comment of mine into moderation. I now use a made-up edress that cannot get to me, but WordPress is assuaged.

    I have no way of knowing if that’s your problem, but it’s a possibility.

  16. We’re looking into trimming or even clearing the accumulated list of trigger strings. Since there is substring matching, it is acting rather too harsh.

    Most terms seem meant to quell political bickering, but matching extends it more widely than intended. For instance, there is an entry for the color name corresponding to a basic citrus fruit – but this makes it difficult to discuss the RWO comic by proper title.

    So some of the problems W00zy and Arthur have experienced could be due to accidental matching. A clean sweep might fix that. But we’re not sure a clean sweep would not be a bit dangerous itself.

  17. Thank you to Winter Wallerby and the others from me also and a big thank you also to Aaron, and a major thank you to Bill for starting all of this and bringing us all together.

  18. A number of the comments have singled me out for thanks, and while I appreciate the thanks, I did want to stress that there’s a whole team of commenters figuring out different issues, and I’m not even doing a plurality of the work. I just happen to be the one making the new posts.

    I hesitate to list specific contributions, since I haven’t even been following all the discussions to know who has been doing what, and if I try to list contributors I’m sure to miss a bunch. But I think it’s fair to say that mitch4 has done the majority of the work, and that the blog would not have continued had he not taken the lead in figuring out all the issues, organizing tasks, and continuing to keep everything together.

  19. Thanks for the mention, but also no need to single me out either. Winter Wallaby has been tremendous in both the planning and in handling the editorial process to put us back “on the air”. Le Vieux Lapin was instrumental in getting us started on a practice server (which might have been needed as a new home), and articulating a meaningful standpoint. Carl Fink was also active with the practice server, and now will be rejoining the editorial team: you will be seeing him in posts and pages.

    As Winter Wallaby mentioned, many commenters have been making invaluable suggestions.

  20. @ Andréa – That’sa bit of a CIDU for me. I understand that the Invisible Man is wearing a mask, but I have no idea what his ghoulish friends want to tell him. The mask appears to be properly worn, so unless it’s supposed to be a nudity gag, I just can’t see what is going on (literally: pun intended).

  21. Tell him that the mask is preventing him from being invisible?

    None of his three friends look “ghoulish” to me!

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