I just got word from the Victorian Quadrant that George Carlin is dead at the age of 71. Carlin had a long career as a comedian, actor, and general know-it-all. He was angry, funny, and, most of all, intelligent about his comedy. He pushed barriers and made us all look at ourselves with a sharper eye or, at least, forced us to laugh at ourselves. I wish I was a little bit older because I know I would have appreciated his contribution a whole lot more. I recently saw him on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show and he was plugging his new DVD collection.