Tuesday: Hili dialogue

September 8, 2015 • 6:30 am

Well, Labor Day weekend is over, and it’s time to get back to work. All over the U.S., today is the First Day of School for secondary schools, a day that used to fill me with great dread when I was a child. Fortunately, I’m now the cause rather than the recipient of that dread, and school at the University of Chicago doesn’t begin until early October. As if to recognize the end of summer, traditionally marked by Labor Day, the weather, too, will turn mild, even cool: here’s our five-day forecast (note the HIGH of 65°F, or 18°C).

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Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili and Cyrus are once again pondering arcane questions:

Hili: What do you prefer: integrals or differentials?
Cyrus: Whatever, as long as there’s plenty of it.

I asked Malgorzata for an explanation:

Neither Hili nor Cyrus know what integrals and differentials are. But Hili heard these words and thought they sounded nice and highbrow and she wanted to boast in front of Cyrus about her intellectual capabilities. Cyrus, simple soul as he is, decided that she must be talking about sausages and answered accordingly.


In Polish:
Hili: Co wolisz, całki czy różniczki?
Cyrus: Wszystko jedno, byle dużo.

7 thoughts on “Tuesday: Hili dialogue

  1. The things that matter. It is common to talk to someone about topic A and the only thing they think is topic B. We all have an agenda, it would seem, at least some of the time.

  2. I’m with Cyrus; sausages are good. But Hili, please know that integrals and differentials are just human math tools. Think of them as human brain hammers and wrenches for human brain problems. Very boring to a cat; felines have a privileged place in the universe and don’t need to worry about such things. They’re staff tools.

    1. I get along fine not knowing the difference!

      Animals still like me, and there’s plenty of literal sausage available, if not the figurative stuff. 🙂

  3. Sure. Rub it in.

    Here, the overnight low is only expected to make it down to 73°F / 23°C a week from tomorrow — and I’m not holding my breath on that, either. Especially considering the weekend highs are forecasted as 106°F / 41°C.

    …come to think of it, I suppose a sausage can, in one sense, be considered an undifferentiated integral of a pig, so Cyrus may well be on to something….


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