Letters Column for April 2006: Who’s The Most Countable of Them All?

Posted on May 4, 2006 by Jenna

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Not in any way related to Sam and Max, I’m sure, as one of them is not a canine shamus, and one is not a hyperkinetic rabbity thing.
— vincentavatar

I fail to see how this differentiates them from Sam and Max, one of whom is not a hyperkinetic rabbity thing and one of whom is not a canine shamus. ^_^


I’ve actually considered the possibility that that’s where Max’s name came from, but I don’t think that’s true. It’s more likely that his name comes from Max Headroom, odd though that may be.

The difficult aspect of this analysis is whether the efforts of the siggort were either necessary or sufficent for the grassroots effort to elect Reagan, whether or not Sid the Siggort’s efforts effected the grass roots campaign. Just because he said he would do something and it happened doesn’t mean he caused it.
— bradv

I know!

It’s really funny. ^_^

One of the reasons I had to include the Reagan thing even though in some respects it strained the story is that there’s a giant wogly right smack in the Hitherby definition of “isn’t” and I wanted to show it off to people.

Not that I haven’t admitted to some dubious opinions regarding outcomes in letters columns before this. ^_^

I think that one of the funniest things about the world is that it is predominantly things that don’t have independent physical existence that we care about.

SIGORT: Call for Papers
— rylen


Please remind me if I don’t respond to this in my next (audience) responses roundup. I am pretty sure you’ve caught me here; I’ve long suspected my brain extrapolated siggort from SIGGRAPH. ^_^

Siggorts carry a spinning wheel of outward facing knives. Wogglies are spinning wheels of inward facing teeth.
— rylen

Hee. Caught me again, although I’m not sure we’ve formally established which way the siggorts’ knives face.

you know, the discussion of using faries is really quite fascinating from a modern perspective. I don’t know about you, but I was never taught about anything as useful as fairies in school. Did the existance of fairies somehow make the education system magically competent? Are they using the fairies to realize how to actually teach people about fairies?
— GoldenH

In comparison, I learned a lot of useful things, including the 52 states of the union. (That’s why the flag has 4 rows of 13 stars, you know.)

I’m glad you like it because I think that’s one of the cooler entries for worldbuilding. That said, I think knowing about fairies is probably less useful in the Hitherby world than it would have been to you in this one; and you probably also learned things that Tina could really use in her life, like trigonometry!

“Pete is, of course, a man well-versed in gods, and one who therefore expects a shocking honesty and openness of them. Sid, however, stares at him like he’s daft.”

I almost imagine Pete’s familiarity is as much with Hitherby characters as with gods, because even non-god characters seem to tend towards the same character trait more often than not.
— Eric


Which ones are you thinking of? And is that as true in canon as in legends?


Is that an html format error, or am I overlooking it’s application in the story?
— Penultimate Minion

Hm? I have no idea what you’re talking about.

If your browser’s doing something weird with smart quotes, then my apologies; it comes from the fact that when I paste from Word into WordPress, it keeps smartquotes, where beforehand movabletype would ditch them or very rarely turn them into question marks.

Comments are never alive
But still can be cut

— rpuchalsky

I see you’re a Hitherboriginalist, like Scalia!

Honestly, though, I think that we have to understand the comments on Hitherby Dragons as a living work because they incorporate implicit references to an underlying fabric of Hitherby that changes. In a way, treating comments as inanimate is like keeping someone in the same clothes from the ages six and up—it doesn’t account for the way their body grows!

You may vivisect our comments, but you will never viviseect our FRE
— GoldenH

I cut and I paste.

I cut and I paste.

I cut and I paste.

Soon you will never know that your freedom was taken apart.

Easter coming too soon is redemption without reconciliation. Maybe. Is forgiving Max a recourse Sid doesn’t have, or won’t take?

(Sorry this is so long, but Sid and Max always bother me. Now they bother me more.)
— seborn

Feel free to leave long comments! It’s a sort of compliment, I think.

I was going to talk some here about my answers to the question of Easter coming too soon but, you know, I think it’s almost better as an unanswered question.

It’s interesting to me because the resurrection myth is older than the Christian story, and it really starts to break down without the descent into the Underworld. If Dionysus or Osiris just popped back up like a weeble, that takes more than the bite out of the tragedy—it takes the nutrition too. For Christ it’s arguably even worse because a premature resurrection would leave him still on the cross.

“You can’t just make something happen and call it a truth,”

isn’t this what science tries to do?

And if you accept that science succeeds, aren’t you being overly fatalistic?

hmm. It seems like a dillemia, yet, like Jane says, we’re trying to show the truth, not create it. But isn’t that contrary to Maps’ stated goal? Are Maps an act of creation or discovery?
— GoldenH


Maps are an act of creation. Lo:

In the third chamber was an Eagle with wings and feathers of air; he caused the inside of the cave to be infinite; around were numbers of Eagle like men, who built palaces in the immense cliffs.
— William Blake

Random note!

I do wind up replying to the same people a lot, as they comment a lot. However, I do welcome new commenters!

Martin is to ???
as the previous self-professed-mesiash was to the Kingdom of Heaven

— Ninjacrat

He does have an established origin as a firewood boy, although “firewood and human in one” lacks the cachet of a human-divine hybrid.

They say that Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans. That’s why humans have the divine spark. So while in one sense someone who is both God and a man would have a lot of that, someone who was both human and firewood would burn up, like a log!

Perhaps he bridges Isn’t and Necessity. That doesn’t actually make much sense as a phrase but doesn’t it sound cool?

The mentioning of Ink makes me hopeful that she can skip the whole “until the reforging of the world” part of her sentence in Hell.
— Ford Dent

Bah! Just go reforge the world. Then you’ll be doubly sure!

I think Ink has to be real. Why, because I think I love her.
— Taliskar

That sounds like a good reason.

Hey, I finally took in the picture at the top of the page. Every time I’d looked at it before I’d thought it was something with ice cubes, but now I see that it’s broken pieces of that kind of glass with embedded wire that’s supposed to strengthen it.
— tylercat


It was put together by Kevin Maginn.

I can’t help but to see the lense for viewing history wrapped in fire wood and held together by wires as a TV.
— Taliskar

Hee. <— I think I'm saying that a lot this month but I'm not going to go back and check.You could be right! Although my mental image is more like Korra’ti’s “Queensbane” strung up on the wires of an abacus.


And that’s all for now. I’ll finish up next time!