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September 22, 2007

Arlo’s Shoe

Filed under: Arlo Page, Bill Bickel, cars, CIDU, comic strips, comics, Heathcliff, humor, in heat, Shoe comic strip — Cidu Bill @ 11:42 pm

Today, Shoe got into the act — and let’s not discuss here what act I’m referring to. Or the artist was referring to. Or whatever.

And yesterday Heathcliff got into the act as well.


  1. First, I think that you should do whatever will work best for you. Except for putting in our two cents (which PayPal flatly refuses to acknowledge!) you are doing all of the work.

    But, since you asked for opinions, I like the idea of another page set up like CIDU since I think (but don’t really know) that it would give you the most flexibility.

    Comment by Lola — September 23, 2007 @ 1:23 am

  2. Bill — I agree with Lola completely, in both respects. Do what is best for you.

    And like here I would prefer a separate Arlo Page.

    Comment by Nicole — September 23, 2007 @ 8:58 am

  3. I’d comment on this too, but I can’t seem to get into the “Arlo” page.

    How does one get a password?

    Comment by The People's Poet — September 23, 2007 @ 10:00 am

  4. I’m with Lola and Nicole.

    The People’s Poet: The password is always alluded to by Bill when he posts about a new Arlo entry. In this case, it reads, “you have to type in the first name of Bill Clinton’s inappropriate intern (and don’t forget to capitalize the M)”.

    Which makes me hope that there will be a regular blog for the Arlo stuff, with just the one password and archives.

    Comment by Keera — September 23, 2007 @ 11:39 am

  5. While the passworded posts option sounds like the best choice up front, It’s hard to be sure from just a description. I think you first need to post a “test Arlo” or two so that everyone, including you, gets a feel of how it actually works. If everyone likes it you can continue to do all of them that way. If not, I’d say the separate page is the next best choice.

    Comment by Altair IV — September 23, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

  6. Bill,

    I already set up for you. All you need to do is send me the e-mail address you used to set up your wordpress account and I can sign it over to you (and give you rights to take me OFF as a user). This allows you to continue to post a message here that says “there’s a new arlo page entry” along with a description and a link to

    It’s a win for everyone – especially me, since I can stop obsessing about something that’s not really my business to obsess about 😉

    Comment by Rob — September 23, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

  7. *shrug*

    Comment by tinkytoes — September 23, 2007 @ 8:27 pm

  8. Frankly, I don’t know why you bother. 1) Any kid who cares to see the page can figure the password out. Type “arlo page password” into google, and the very first hit is your password page, which has the “password” right on the “Filed under” line. Alternately, cut and paste the phrase “in the first name of Bill Clinton’s inappropriate intern” into google, and Bill Clinton’s entry shows the “password” in the middle of the results page. 2) Beyond that, every cartoon you show is publicly accessible. If you say “Today’s Shoe” in your public posting, who couldn’t find it? 3) Even beyond that, why bother in the first page? You call it the Arlo page, and segregate it as though there were something worth hiding. Sure, J.J. may slip some grown-up humor past the censors, but why should A&J be censored anyway? If showing a loving, committed couple who are still attracted to one another is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Of course, it’s your site, so do as you like, but since you asked, I think you should just post what your post, and drop the whole “Arlo page” idea completely.

    Comment by solarrhino — September 23, 2007 @ 11:25 pm

  9. Actually, I’m with the poster above. Keep it on a separate page if you like, but the password protecting is silly. It’s trivially easy to get past, you’re protecting something that’s publicly available elsewhere, and it makes it so I can’t read the comments RSS feed in my feed-reader. I have to open up the site, and put in the password (Which, for some reason, doesn’t even work right under Firefox in Linux, though it works in IE, and in Firefox on XP. Go figure). The old Arlo Page wasn’t password protected and the world didn’t end. I think you’d be fine leaving this one segregated but open as well.

    Comment by CountShrimpula — September 24, 2007 @ 12:28 am

  10. It’s your blog, so you should do whatever makes you most comfortable. But like solarrhino, I’ve never seen the point of the Arlo page. Nothing on the Arlo page is that smutty, particularly compared to what any kid can find with a 10-second Google search. I have no complaint with either a separate Arlo page, or a password, or whatever you feel like doing, but really, I don’t see why you should go through the bother. Give in to the modern age, of unrestricted smut and pornography!

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — September 24, 2007 @ 1:06 am

  11. Password protection makes sense for the comments threads more than for the comics.

    The comics on the Arlo page have been approved by their publishers for public consumption, but the comments have not. If I’m proposing the reason a B.C. hotel has magic fingers attached to the toilet, I may not be able to keep it kid-safe.

    Comment by DPWally — September 24, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

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