June 23rd, 2009



  • 06:51 I remember deciding in my dream that there would come a time when we didn't have separate phone numbers and e-mail addresses. #
  • 06:51 Also, they'd eventually stop putting domain names in e-mail addresses. #
  • 06:56 @Clamanity Maybe they did a study and determined that people missed them when they weren't there. #
  • 08:06 Maybe I'll make a huge color tapestry from my belly button lint. #
  • 11:23 In my dream, I read on the Internet that TMBG had gone bankrupt and split up. I didn't believe it, but it still disturbed me. #
  • 12:03 Why did TMBG decide they needed a screeching harpy on "Cyclops Rock"? #
  • 12:13 Just forget the words and sing along. #
  • 12:15 Maybe one day we'll make Omaha home. #
  • 12:17 But when I sell out and leave Omaha, what will I get? A mansion house and a rabbit fur coat. #
  • 12:21 bit.ly/15ZWxD
    So Tim Burton's film is going to be a sequel? #
  • 12:36 You know what I blame this on the downfall of? Society. #
  • 12:58 Job interview with Church of Scientology (no, not mine) bit.ly/H2Ciz #
  • 13:27 bit.ly/btdkQ
    Internal monologue of someone looking for Waldo #
  • 13:33 Video game fan art bit.ly/10uQ0J #
  • 13:41 bit.ly/PxyuW
    The ten greatest video game crossovers #
  • 14:32 bit.ly/vfzho
    Stephin Merritt, totally out of place on a morning show #
  • 16:18 I heard something on the radio that I liked, and then they said it was the Shins. I am surprised. #
  • 16:18 Is a one-hour massage typical? Sounds a bit excessive to me, but maybe I've just never had a really good massage. #
  • 16:20 @InBloomers Don't know, but I think Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde would have been all over it. #
  • 16:20 Anyone remember Hi-C Ecto Cooler? #
  • 22:01 My wife, @NowIsStrange, passed the last part of the CPA! Hooray! #
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These are the Bills I know, I know

The weathercock I wrote about in yesterday's post is far from the only Bill in the Oz books. Thompson, especially, was apparently quite fond of the name. Here's a list of the other Ozzy Bills and Williams I can remember:

  • Billina the Yellow Hen was actually named Bill by a farm boy who didn't know her gender, and the name stuck even after everyone realized she was a hen. Dorothy, who is apparently more traditional when it comes to names, changed her name to Billina. Incidentally, this means that both American chickens who came to live in Oz were named Bill at one point. (Ozma)
  • I'm sure I don't need to say anything more about Cap'n Bill Weedles, the one-legged sailor who is Trot's constant companion.
  • The circus in which Notta Bit More used to work had both a lion tamer named Bill and an elephant named Billy. I wonder if one of them was named after the other. (Cowardly Lion)
  • An Un named Bill is the commander of the guard on the skyle, and his major Unish trait is being ungrateful. (Cowardly Lion again; Thompson obviously wasn't at the height of her creativity when writing this one.)
  • Nickadoodle says that his telephone nose was invented by Uncle Billy, presumably a reference to William J. Hammer, an inventor friend of Thompson's family whom she called "Uncle Billy." (Cowardly Lion yet again)
  • An even more direct reference to the real-life inventor can be found in Speedy's Uncle Billy, whose full name is William J. Harmstead. Speedy's real name is also William, although he rarely uses it. (Yellow Knight and Speedy)
  • Billy Hastings is a member of Peter Brown's baseball team, and Peter fears he'll be made captain if he (Peter) doesn't come back from fairyland soon enough. (Pirates)
  • Uncle Bill is the chairman of the club of uncles at Wise Acres. (Lucky Bucky; thanks to vilajunkie for reminding me of this one)
  • Bill Bored (get it?), a lazy man who communicates with his pipe smoke, is the proprietor of Sign-Here. (Merry Go Round)

It's possible I'm forgetting some others, so please let me know if I am. Bilbil the goat doesn't count as Bill, does he?

Also, happy birthday to two people who aren't named Bill, burningofroissy and i3uffalogirl!