You know, I think Ip is being unfair with this cartoon. I conducted my own evaluation of my stories over summer 2009 (defined as June, July and August). I divided my stories into two categories: Gigantic Reticulated Python Stories (GRPS) and Real stories. Out of 42 stories I wrote for The Waterglass, 26 of them, or 62% are real stories. That means slightly over a third of my stories are of the GRPS variety. I think Ip is referring to my August output, which contained slightly more GRPS (11) than Real (8), and he totally ignores my July output, which was far less GRPS (3) than Real (13). True, perhaps I’ve been focusing a little too much on GRPS recently, but I’ve been really busy recently, and August is a slow news month. Over the summer, I’ve written about Obama’s speech in Cairo, the Henry Louis Gates Jr. affair, fears of academic purges in Iran, and Poland’s commemoration of WWII, hardly of the GRPS variety.
I’m going to Paris for a conference tomorrow and then I go to Spain for a vacation. So, in my absence, I hope the other writers of The Waterglass will make this blog half-full again, though I haven’t done such a bad job myself.
On a personal note, I don’t like my treatment around here because even though Ip says he won’t say who is diluting The Waterglass, I see my name stitched into the suitcoat of the guy pointing to the fanged-frog of Paua New Guinea. I don’t see what’s so darn political about this political cartoon, anyway.
If you use the barrel for four years, then refuse to take your turn in it, it should come as no surprise that the Captain is considering changing your berth.
The ship is getting an overhaul.
i hope you guys can work this out.
“The funny thing is, of course, that socialists know that Barack Obama is not one of us. Not only is he not a socialist, he may in fact not even be a liberal. Socialists understand him more as a hedge-fund Democrat -- one of a generation of neoliberal politicians firmly committed to free-market policies.” by Billy Wharton Sunday, March 15, 2009 Op-Ed in Washington Post