All your questions answered
07/05/2012 8:22 PM
Due to the extreme heat, and against all conventional wisdom, I’m turning over the blog to my cat, Hobbes, who will take questions from readers.
I went to see the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit at the Art Institute. Why didn’t Disney sue him for using Mickey Mouse for commercial artistic use?
We live in a litigious society. Every day I live in fear that my people will hear from the attorneys representing Bill Watterson demanding they change my name. Remember that one of Roy Lichtenstein’s pop art compatriots Andy Warhol also used brand names with impunity—the Campbell’s Soup can—but he was deemed a genius. I think the problems began when David Letterman changed networks and NBC deemed the “Top 10 List” and other Late Night staples as intellectual properties.
The other day, I heard a UIC student use the phrase “harshing my mellow.” What does that mean?
(Signed) Un-hip West Looper
I feel you, dog. It’s a gnarly situation, a bummer, and I’ve been there, like when I can’t get anyone to fill my kibble bowl. Hello!!
I’m confused. Can you explain the importance of the Higgs Boson?
(Signed) I’m No Einstein
It’s fairly simple physics—we’re talking about why particles have mass. You see, protons are present in the nuclei of atoms and . . . excuse me, did I just see my mouse toy?!?