I've been doing a couple bits over in the humor blog that amount to dialogues with our pet rabbit. (I'd had the idea he might be a bit jealous of me, although we've been playing together more and now I'm coming to agree with bunny_hugger that he's not, or at least not seriously; he just doesn't want me on the couch where he means to be.) Anyway, they're fun writing.
My sister mentioned that she likes the humor stuff (much more than my math stuff, which she admits she just skips over; I know most people do, but I like it anyway), and especially the dialogues with our rabbit. She wondered if I'd thought about revealing him to be plotting to take over the world or some similar grandiose scheme. I thanked her for the complimentary part of this e-mail and said the ``cute fluffy creature trying to take over the world'' was really more something for every web comic ever to do. She hadn't any idea that this was a pretty worn-out web comic motif. Apparently my sister doesn't read web comics. (I know, only a few web comics actually do this, but the appearance of the cute little animal in a web comic sets me to waiting for His Evil Agenda to be revealed.)
I don't object per se to the ``His Evil Agenda'' motif for comic animals, but I also can't think of a take on it that hasn't been pretty well exhausted, or at least that feels to me like it's not exhausted. For now at least I prefer to let the fictional representation of our rabbit be more concerned with rabbit-like priorities, such as getting something to eat or not having me in the way.
Trivia: News of the arrest of the Royal Family at Varennes, in the Argonne, was known in Quimper --- 540 miles away, on the other side of France --- by 7 am the 24th of June, 1791, implying the news travelled at an average speed of almost eleven miles per hour for two days and two nights. Source: The Discovery Of France: A Historical Geography, Graham Robb.
Currently Reading: Priceless: The Myth Of Fair Value (and How To Take Advantage Of It), William Poundstone.
PS: Solving The Price Is Right's ``Any Number'' Game, or at least explaining an apparent anomaly which a friend asked about me.