Thursday: Hili dialogue

June 27, 2019 • 8:00 am

It’s the first Thursday of Summer: June 27, 2019. It’s National Orange Blossom Day, which could refer to the flower but more likely to the drink with gin, vermouth, and orange juice. In the U.S., it’s Helen Keller Day, National HIV Testing Day and National PTSD Awareness Day

Today Grania’s memorial service will take place in Ireland. I am not sure yet whether it will be filmed, but I hope so. I wrote a contribution that will be read by Michael Nugent, and I may share it with you.

Things that happened on June 27 include

  • 1759 – General James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec.
  • 1844 – Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, and his brother Hyrum Smith, are killed by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail.
  • 1898 – The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia.

It took Slocum three years to sail around the world alone, but he made it. Sadly, he disappeared in 1909 while heading to Brazil from the West Indies.

  • 1950 – The United States decides to send troops to fight in the Korean War.
  • 1954 – The Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant, the Soviet Union’s first nuclear power station, opens in Obninsk, near Moscow.
  • 1954 – The FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match between Hungary and Brazil, highly anticipated to be exciting, instead turns violent, with three players ejected and further fighting continuing after the game

Here’s some video highlights of “The Battle of Berne“:

This clever operation, carried out by the IDF, rescued all but four of the 106 hostages, while all the hijackers and 45 Ugandan soldiers were killed.

  • 2007 – Tony Blair resigns as British Prime Minister, a position he had held since 1997.

Notables born on this day include these people:

  • 1869 – Hans Spemann, German embryologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)
  • 1869 – Emma Goldman, Lithuanian-Canadian philosopher and activist (d. 1940)
  • 1869 – Hans Spemann, German embryologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)
  • 1913 – Willie Mosconi, American pool player (d. 1993)

Notables who died on June 27 were few; they include:

  • 1957 – Hermann Buhl, Austrian soldier and mountaineer (b. 1924)
  • 1989 – A. J. Ayer, English philosopher and academic (b. 1910)
  • 2005 – Shelby Foote, American historian and author (b. 1917)

Two Jesus memes from Facebook:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili and Andrzej do philosophy:

Hili: What is life?
A: Passing by, sometimes full of joy, and sometimes just the opposite.
In Polish:
Hili: Czym jest życie?
Ja: Przemijaniem, czasem pełnym radości, a czasem wręcz przeciwnie.
I told you the New Yorker was going woke: a man with a man-purse and toenail polish (the picture doesn’t show up when I embed the URL of the tweet):

A tweet from reader Barry. Actually, the debate itself was like this:

A tweet from Nilou. The device I want is in the second tweet:

We have seven tweets left from Grania. Here are two of them. The first is a clinging cat;

I didn’t know that ctenophores ate other ctenophores:

Tweets from Matthew. First, a lovely beetle on a lovely plant:

Matthew with Ollie, one of his three cats, and the one who bit through my nose when I tried to snuggle it #NeverForget:

Is this orangutan amazed and amused, or did he cotton on to the trick?

Another amazing case of mimicry (be sure to read both tweets). The morphological changes in the spider are stunning.


19 thoughts on “Thursday: Hili dialogue

  1. I didn’t know that ctenophores ate other ctenophores

    Where ya think we get the hoary expression “it’s a ctenophore-eats-ctenophore world out there”?

    1. OMG, I will swear that first comb jelly is smacking its lips after munching the other one.



  2. A guy with a ‘man purse’? Am I missing something here? I see a guy holding a tote bag.

    What exactly is wrong with that picture? Should he be ruggedly chopping down trees with a rucksack on his back?

    1. Ohhhhhhhh….

      I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK
      I sleep all night and I work all day.
      I cut down trees, I eat my lunch,
      I go to the lavatory.
      On Wednesdays I go shopping and eat buttered scones for tea.

  3. Tweets from Matthew. First, a lovely beetle on a lovely plant …

    Dang, reminds Someone Who Isn’t Me of his first trip on mescaline. SWIM had taken the same 400 milligram dosage as he’d read Aldous Huxley having recounted taking in The Doors of Perception.

  4. How do we know it’s a _man_ carrying a bag in the New Yorker tweet? I don’t see any markers indicating a man?!

      1. Was a time, back in the Seventies mainly, when quite a few women stopped shaving. It was a feminist statement of sorts or at least a matter of convenience (and, for some, I’m sure it still is).

        I had a girlfriend in those days who did so. She had the lightest, blonde peach fuzz on her legs and — go ahead call me a weirdo if you wanna — it was kinda hawt.

        Can’t say that I find the pins behind the New Yorker tote all that fetching, though, to whomever they may belong. 🙂

        1. I know what you mean. I had a girlfriend with the sexiest adam’s apple you’ve ever seen.

          1. Plenty of women don’t shave their legs, especially in certain cultures (not the US and Canada where it’s very common to shave, of course).

            I’m not convinced this is necessarily a man in the photo

  5. Hili getting some good advice.

    I see the Supreme court has finally decided on a couple of things. They punted on Gerrymandering and that just shows how unfit this court is. The conservatives are not concerned about depriving citizens of their most fundamental rights – to choose their political representatives.

  6. 1844 – Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, and his brother Hyrum Smith, are killed by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail

    Mixing religion and fraud is a good way to get people riled up.
    On the other hand, the pay-back is good, if you can keep ahead of the pitchfork-and-firebrand brigade.

    1. So, mobs aren’t all bad then. 🙂

      (Was that snarky? I think it was snarky. What the heck, a guy’s gotta have some fun).


  7. I told you the New Yorker was going woke: a man with a man-purse and toenail polish

    Don’t you have shopping bags in America? For putting your “messages” in while out and about? This time of year, I’m about 50/50 on whether to have a rucksack (which contains the raincoat in the top pocket) or a shopping bag … and I can’t even remember what the faded logo on the bag used to be. It was a conference freebie with notepad, abstracts book, a couple of writing devices, but I forget which ocean basin it was about.
    You wouldn’t catch me going around town in sandals though – too much dog shit on the pavements.

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