It’s Friday, October 4, 2019, and National Taquito Day (I doubt I’ve ever had one of these; what’s the point of a tiny taco?). It’s also Cinnamon Roll Day, World Animal Day, National Denim Day (I’m wearing jeans), National Vodka Day, and the beginning of World Space Week.
I’m writing most of this on Thursday morning, as tomorrow I leave early to travel to Albany and then fly back to Chicago—via Baltimore! Will any ducks be at Botany Pond when I return? Stay tuned.
As of Thursday night, there were three ducks swimming around: a lovely drake (probably not Ritz), an unknown hen, and . . . HONEY!!!! I hope to see her at least one more time before she heads down the Mississippi Flyway. Yesterday I have reports that Wounded Warrior, the injured hen, now seems to have completely recovered and is swimming normally and flying in and out of the pond. This makes me very happy.
Stuff that happened on October 4 includes:
- 1535 – The Coverdale Bible is printed, with translations into English by William Tyndale and Myles Coverdale.
This was the first translation of the entire Bible into modern English, and here’s the frontispiece:
- 1582 – The Gregorian Calendar is introduced by Pope Gregory XIII.
- 1853 – The Crimean War begins when the Ottoman Empire declares war on the Russian Empire.
- 1883 – First run of the Orient Express.
Here’s a poster from 1888 or 1889 advertising that luxury train, which went from London to Istanbul; the regular runs stopped in 1977 though there’s still an expensive tourist train that does the run from Paris to Istanbul:
- 1927 – Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore.
- 1936 – The British Union of Fascists and various anti-fascist organizations violently clash in the Battle of Cable Street.
This was a famous pushback by the British public against Oswald Mosley’s “black-shirt” British Union of Fascists, who were Nazi sympathizers. I suppose you could call the protestors the first Antifa, but I like them a lot more than today’s Antifa. Here’s a short film:
- 1991 – The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature.
- 1997 – The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs in North Carolina
The details of this one and and of the biggest cash robbery:
The Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery was a robbery of $17.3 million in cash from the Charlotte, North Carolina, regional office vault of Loomis, Fargo & Co. on the evening of October 4, 1997. . This robbery was the second-largest cash robbery on U.S. soil at the time, as only seven months earlier, on March 29, 1997 in Jacksonville, Florida, Phillip Noel Johnson stole $18.8 million from the Loomis Fargo armored vehicle he was driving.
The perpetrators of both robberies were caught and most of the money recovered.
- 2004 – SpaceShipOne wins the Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight.
- 2006 – WikiLeaks is launched.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1542 – Robert Bellarmine, Italian cardinal and saint (d. 1621)
- 1861 – Frederic Remington, American painter, sculptor, and illustrator (d. 1909)
- 1880 – Damon Runyon, American newspaperman and short story writer. (d. 1946)
- 1895 – Buster Keaton, American film actor, director, and producer (d. 1966)
- 1923 – Charlton Heston, American actor, director and gun rights activist (d. 2008)
- 1943 – H. Rap Brown, American activist
- 1976 – Alicia Silverstone, American actress, producer, and author
Those who passed on on October 4 include:
- 1669 – Rembrandt, Dutch painter and illustrator (b. 1606)
- 1904 – Carl Josef Bayer, Austrian chemist and academic (b. 1847)
- 1944 – Al Smith, American lawyer and politician, 42nd Governor of New York (b. 1873)
- 1947 – Max Planck, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1858)
- 1951 – Henrietta Lacks, American medical patient (b. 1920)
- 1970 – Janis Joplin, American singer-songwriter (b. 1943)
- 1974 – Anne Sexton, American poet and author (b. 1928)
- 1982 – Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist and conductor (b. 1932)
- 2004 – Gordon Cooper, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1927)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili shows an unsual (but bogus) empathy:
Hili: This chair is not comfortable.Sarah: So go on the bed.Hili: I will lie here a moment in solidarity with cats who don’t have access to soft beds.
Hili: To krzesło nie jest wygodne.
Sarah: To idź na łóżko.
Hili: Poleżę tu chwilę w ramach solidarności z kotami, które nie mają dostępu do miękkich łożek.
And in Wloclawek, Leon has clearly recovered from his illness:
Leon: Is supper ready yet?
Would you get a tattoo like this? They are lovely, but I think my body shall remain unmarked:
Stephanie Brown specializes in perfect tattoo replicas of John James Audubon's Birds of America prints on human skin. Watch her create her 26th replica at the Quill Festival on October 26th: https://t.co/555M7DhKwC pic.twitter.com/bCIhAQkSeI
— Audubon California (@AudubonCA) September 30, 2019
Three tweets from Heather Hastie. Notice how the sneaky student hides the kitten from the teacher:
A classic meme, this time with a bear:
"excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?" pic.twitter.com/Wv29LwIRJc
— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) September 24, 2019
A VERY hungry bird!
When she says that she's not really hungry but might try a little bit of your food.
📹: Imgur user desertgodfather360 pic.twitter.com/irOLuMwrtt
— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) September 25, 2019
Tweets from Matthew Cobb. The first is an interesting case of convergent evolution, and in species with bright colors. The “super black” plumage exaggerates the brightness of adjacent color patches.
Convergent evolution of super black plumage near bright color in 15 bird families by @WildlifeMcCoyhttps://t.co/ekSnmQG6wL
— Simon Sin (@sywsin) October 1, 2019
Do you think this pig is blowing bubbles for the fun of it?
Such a pure thing to watch. 🐽💕
Animals should be respected and able to be as silly as they’d like. pic.twitter.com/Dt61pMKs7y
— julie Ⓥ (she/her) (@jmcappiello) October 2, 2019
This shows two things: Matthew has been feeling down, and there are dolphins swimming in the Potomac. I’m amazed (by the latter):
A bit of good news in a bleak world. https://t.co/34MAHaTapx
— Matthew Cobb (@matthewcobb) October 2, 2019
The Tribune Tower, the world’s only Gothic skyscraper, was the former home of Chicago’s best newspaper, and my favorite building in the city. Now it’s being turned into luxury condos.
One of the great newspapers leaves one of the great buildings of Chicago. Inevitable as print media declines.
I still regard a newspaper as a miracle – all that news, reporting, commentary, cartoons, obituaries and more, everyday, for less than a cup of coffee costs. https://t.co/u3BLCjYNUp
— Festival of Ideas (@FestivalofIdeas) October 1, 2019
Here’s what the building looks like. Flying buttresses!
28 thoughts on “Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)”
See also the classic The Men They Couldn’t Hang song “The Ghosts of Cable Street”:
“Those who crave for mastery must be faced down on sight”
Historically a bit dodgy, but a brilliant song.
Question from a non-biologist: why not simply assume that the pig is indeed amusing itself? If little piglets learn by having fun and jumping about or whatever they do to learn skills from parents, why shouldn’t the neurological reward system remain active in adulthood?
I say that piggy is definitely having fun, and it looks like fun. Think I used to do something like that when I was a kid, though not in a mud hole.
Yeah, I liked blowing bubbles in milk. The milk kept the bubbles intact…good bubble liquid.
Stephanie Brown’s replica of the Audubon print on the woman’s leg looks better than the original print.
Like Jerry I admire many of the tattoos I’ve seen, some gorgeous ones, but I’ve never had the desire to get one myself. This one, the Audubon print on a woman’s leg, is beautiful and the leg being a part of the medium is a big part of what makes it so.
What about the Woolworth Building in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan?
The “most” gothic is the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh – taller than the Tribune Tower. It even has a large area of the ground floor which is true Gothic – not supported by a steel frame, unlike the purely ornamental buttressed on the Tribune.
Wow! That IS one enormous cathedral. It’s not an office building disguised as a cathedral. And made of stone? Amazing.
It is an academic building, so partially offices, partially classrooms and some museum-like elements as well.
MMW: Thank you for beating me to that. The architect (Clauder, IIRC) was apparently inspired to the design by listening to Wagner, each segment soaring higher than the last.
And inside, the ironwork is all by Samuel Yellin. It’s a magnificent mass of limestone, and there are peregrine falcons that nest up on the 38th or so floor.
Now that I’m at a better connection than my phone, here’s a link to Wiki about the Cathedral. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_Learning
I was curious if the Coverdale Bible was readable, and sure enough it is: “…And it fortuned the first daye of the eleuenth moneth in the fortieth yeare, that Moses spake vnto ye children of Israel acordinge vnto all as ye LORDE commaunded him.” My spell checker went bananas.
Sacrilege! The taquito, although holding a somewhat remote relationship with the taco, is a unique dish in itself – having a totally different flavour, texture and appearance from its remote cousin. It is NOT at all a “tiny taco”. The preparation of a taquito requires a deep fry cycle which creates an especially crispy enclosure for the various delicious fillings allowed inside. As for the salsas used to embellish the overall flavour, these are applied as DIPS… making it possible to vary the taste of one taquito from bite to bite. I fell in love with this particular dish because I grew up in East LA – a vibrant Mexican American enclave. This is where, in spite of my own Jewish background, I put aside all thought of delicatessen offerings forever and instead culturally appropriated absolutely everything to do with this wonderfully tasty cuisine.
Well put! I’m a fan of the taquito but don’t often have them. I’m thinking they might form a major part of my lunch today.
I lived in L.A. for a year…I’ve never had Mexican food as good as in L.A. Taquitos! Hell yeah!
I lived in Ventura but never encountered Taquitos. I would love to try some real ones but alas the only ones I’ve tried were factory produced frozen ones. They sucked like all such products do.
There is hope for you darelle. Salvation exists at Baja Fresh on Telegraph Road in Ventura. Very nice taquitos are to be found there with a wide range of salsas. I speak with particular authority on the matter, we have a second home in Oxnard
Alas, it was in the late 80’s that I lived briefly in Ventura. I am now on the opposite coast in Florida. There are some okay Mexican restaurants in the area, the kind that are decent fare at a good price, but nothing like what can be found just about anywhere in California or the Southwest.
Yes, our host has unfairly aspersed the estimable taquito.
I for one *like* small tacos sometimes, because it allows one to try different toppings in each!
I did not know, however, taquitos were different from small tacos. I really should have learned more about Mexican food while I had the chance (when I lived in Pittsburgh).
The article on super black bird feathers has some graphs of reflectance and scroll down a ways to see some nice SEM photos of the structure of the super black microstructure and control feathers.
What if T-Rex ate like that bird eats all those fishes?
Ok, I didn’t sleep well last night so perhaps that explains the darkness of my thoughts this morning.
I think the teeth of T-Rex tells a different story than gulping. Though I do like the imagery. And I slept well. 😉
It’s good to see Leon better now. Any word of his and his staff’s forever home? I can’t wait to see the photos when it’s all built.
I simply adore d e n i m.
I have no idea why I do ( other than for
its looks, its texture, its durability );
but, as with the collections’ types of Others,
I can upon any day of ~three seasons’ worth
of months, don denim pencil skirt suits
( w / matching jackets )in ~eight individual
I would like to own of same .every. color imaginable.
That, o’course, is so not necessary so
I believe I am done … … collecting thus.
Indeed, there is a je ne sais quoi about denim. If it’ll help you to appreciate denim, you might be interested to learn that Adolph von Baeyer, who achieved the first chemical synthesis of indigo, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1905. Listen for the announcement of the new prizwinner(s?) this coming week – Tues IIRC.
O yes, you are correct, Mr Hempenstein !
Kinda announcing them ALL week long with
chemistry’s next Wednesday on the 09th !
http://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/about/prize-announcement-dates … … !
Thank YOU for this update cuz this is THE DEAL
for the first half of Octobers, isn’t it ? !
An interesting dude, Dr von Baeyer … …
As with very many a mama, his own … …
dead during the birthing of a seventh kiddo.
So ( angeringly ) common … … that.