Thursday: Hili dialogue

September 12, 2019 • 6:30 am

It’s Thursday, September 12, 2019, and National Chocolate Milkshake Day, National Report Medicaid Fraud Day (!), National Day of Encouragement, and commemoration of the mass hanging of the Saint Patrick’s Battalion (Mexico): a bizarre story that ended with the largest mass execution in American History (1847).

As I noted yesterday, I have visitors and posting will be very light until Sunday or Monday. Even the Hilis may be severely truncated, but bear with me.

Stuff that happened on September 12 includes:

  • 490 BC – Battle of Marathon: The conventionally accepted date for the Battle of Marathon. The Athenians and their Plataean allies defeat the first Persian invasion force of Greece.
  • 1185 – Emperor Andronikos I Komnenos brutally put to death in Constantinople.
  • 1846 – Elizabeth Barrett elopes with Robert Browning.
  • 1885 – Arbroath 36–0 Bon Accord, a world record scoreline in professional Association football.
  • 1910 – Premiere performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Munich (with a chorus of 852 singers and an orchestra of 171 players. Mahler’s rehearsal assistant conductor was Bruno Walter).
  • 1933 – Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury, conceives the idea of the nuclear chain reaction.
  • 1938 – Adolf Hitler demands autonomy and self-determination for the Germans of the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1940 – Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France.
  • 1953 – U.S. Senator and future President John Fitzgerald Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

Here’s a wedding photo:

  • 1958 – Jack Kilby demonstrates the first working integrated circuit while working at Texas Instruments.
  • 1959 – Bonanza premieres, the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color.

I used to watch this show (Hoss was my favorite because he liked his vittles!). Here’s a short montage:

  • 1962 – President Kennedy delivers his “We choose to go to the Moon” speech at Rice University.

And here are those famous words:

  • 1974 – Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, ‘Messiah’ of the Rastafari movement, is deposed following a military coup by the Derg, ending a reign of 58 years.
  • 1984 – Dwight Gooden sets the baseball record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie with 276, previously set by Herb Score with 246 in 1954. Gooden’s 276 strikeouts that season, pitched in 218 innings, set the current record.

Here’s Gooden breaking that rookie record:

And, finally.  .

  • 2011 – The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City opens to the public. [A day late, it seems.]

Notables born on this day include:

  • 1492 – Lorenzo de’ Medici, Duke of Urbino (d. 1519)
  • 1852 – H. H. Asquith, English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1928)
  • 1880 – H. L. Mencken, American journalist and critic (d. 1956)
  • 1888 – Maurice Chevalier, French actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1972)
  • 1897 – Irène Joliot-Curie, French chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1956)[5]
  • 1913 – Jesse Owens, American sprinter and long jumper (d. 1980)
  • 1944 – Barry White, American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1981 – Jennifer Hudson, American singer and actress
  • 1986 – Emmy Rossum, American singer and actress

Those who passed away on September 12 include:

  • 1977 – Steve Biko, South African activist (b. 1946)
  • 1992 – Anthony Perkins, American actor, singer, and director (b. 1932)
  • 1993 – Raymond Burr, Canadian-American actor and director (b. 1917)
  • 2003 – Johnny Cash, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1932)
  • 2014 – Ian Paisley, Northern Irish evangelical pastor (Free Presbyterian Church) and politician, 2nd First Minister of Northern Ireland (b. 1926)

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is prognosticating, but not usefully:

Hili: We are facing great challenges.
A: What challenges are those?
Hili: Time will tell.
In Polish:
Hili: Stoimy przed wielkimi wyzwaniami.
Ja: Jakimi?
Hili: Czas pokaże.

From reader Bruce: this is what the year seems like (why are October, November, and December missing?), except there should be three Decembers, which would also allow for three Coynezaa celebrations:

From Merilee, a beautiful cat which appears to have been painted by book illustrator Arthur Rackham:

From the Purrfect Feline Page:

A tweet Grania sent me on April 7: ant face!

A tweet from Nilou, who says that these sheep scare her. Others, however, find levity:

Tweets from Matthew Cobb. The first shows the matchbooks that, as I reported before, were created by Arna Miller and Ravi Zupa:

Sound up on this one:

This excellent reconstruction of history was done with DNA markers:

These sheep seem to be grazing on vertical cliffs, and they are. They are the ovid Alex Honnolds!

This is a fantastic reconstruction of how the International Space Station was assembled over a period of years:

. . . and a raccoon giving scritches, but not very good ones.


38 thoughts on “Thursday: Hili dialogue

      1. Also, the fact that the clouds are drifting to the _bottom right_ of the sky also suggests something’s not quite right.

        I find it annoying that people pull this stunt(there have been a few other similarly dodgy anti-grav-goat videos that went viral) because the things that these goats can do on sheer cliff faces are impressive enough as it is.

    1. Yes, there is also a photo of a goat in an impossible posture on a palm tree, until you look at the trees in the background. The frame is skewed.
      Why is it always goats in these skewed videos and photos?

  1. No one tells a truer story than Hili. Time will tell. Old television in the U.S. was experimental because the medium was new. In the 50s it was loaded up with westerns because that is what they knew and was popular. Not exactly high end drama. Later the cowboy westerns were replace by detective shows and then comedy. All mediocre but certainly better than Trump TV.

    1. Color teevee was a novelty in those days, buddy. I till remember the first time I saw one. My old man took me to a neighborhood beer joint that had just gotten one to watch a World Series game — musta been the ’60 Series between the Yankees and Pirates (the one the Pirates won with Bill Mazeroski’s famous walk-off home run in game 7). All I remember is how green the outfield grass looked at Forbes Field.

      Next time I saw one was about a year later, when the first household in the neighborhood to get one invited my whole family over to watch Walt Disney’s Wide World of Color on a Sunday night. First time I ever saw the NBC peacock in full living color.

      1. I remember some of those firsts in my life too. The TeeVee kept bragging to us for years they were broadcasting in full color, which was obvious, and even after it became ubiquitous. I guess the network CEOs were just so proud.

      2. I remember just when color was coming out the sets were pretty expensive. My grandmother had a sheet of amber tinted plastic that you could roll down over the black and white screen. I was not impressed.

      3. I remember our first color TV well. Not sure of the year exactly, about ’71 or ’72. It was an RCA. I can still picture the dials. My mother won it in a beauty contest in up state New York. I was just a wee lad. That TV was still in the house, in use, when I left home.

        As a wee lad I’d get up on Saturday mornings 10-15 minutes before broadcasting would begin (was it 5:30 or 6:00 AM?), turn the TV on and wait. The static would suddenly change to color bars and then to the US flag and the national anthem. And then, what I was really waiting for, cartoons started! The first one was always Felix The Cat.

        1. My maternal grandmother won one at an amusement park raffle, must’ve been about 1963. The picture-tube was practically round, and the colors were garish, but it was the only one in the whole extended family for years, and we’d all gather at her house to watch it for special events, like the Olympics or the Rose Bowl.

  2. Don’t see those cut-a-way morning suits like JFK has on much anymore, do you? (Then again, I’m not a regular at society weddings so wouldn’t be in the best position to know.) I’m bettin’ ol’ Jack mighta had his fingers crossed when he took the vow “to be faithful in good times and bad” at Mass that morning.

  3. They made 15,000 interchangeable episodes of Bonanza and they’re all being repeated on NZ late-night TV**. My wife is watching one right now (no kidding!). However, headphones and Pink Floyd MP3 on my laptop drown it out quite effectively, I’m happy to say.

    **There are 12 other channels of shit to choose from, most of which are even more dire.


  4. These sheep seem to be grazing on vertical cliffs, and they are.

    Actually they’re not: the camera is tilted. Quite a bit.

  5. This is a disreputable Hili Dialog this morning. Cats smoking and guzzling alcohol, sheep in blackface! Cultural appropriation of the worst sort. This is shameful.

    However, the orange bush cat plant and the raccoon masseur or masseuse save the day.

    1. I love it, too, but on second thought, I’m worried about the tiny kitten. The raccoon might be digitally testing the kitty’s succulence and could it carried off without fighting back. I love raccoons but they devastate chicken coops, and can kill grown cats.

      1. Yes, I was thinking the same, Raccoons like to ‘wash’ and manipulate their food before digging in. Possibly an adaptation to eating toads with toxins in their skin?

  6. Those sheep are spooky, yes. Any creature whose face(especially the eyes) is not visible has the potential to be scary. That’s why Giger’s alien is the scariest monster in cinema.

      1. We all understood it that way here, of course, but Hempenstein has got a point. Just think of ‘open borders’ and ‘abortions on demand at birth’ and similar distortions in the Alt-Right propaganda.

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