Sunday: Hili dialogue

January 12, 2020 • 6:30 am

Welcome to Sunday, January 12, 2020. It’s three, three, yes, three days in one: National Glazed Donut Day, National Chicken Curry Day, and National Marzipan Day. Do not eat them in that order.  It’s also International Kiss a Ginger Day (the Queen of England won’t be participating this year), No Pants Subway Ride Day (yes, people in New York City will be participating in that), National Pharmacist Day, Work Harder Day ( I work hard enough already), and National Hot Tea Day.

We had a respectable snowfall in Chicago last night: 1-3 inches, which began with freezing rain and sleet in the late afternoon. It’s messy out there now. Aware of the forecast, I warehoused the CeilingCatMobile in the University parking garage, where it’s safe and snow-free. There were 12- to 18-foot waves in Lake Michigan last night, and some local flooding. Over 1,100 flights were canceled at O’Hare and MIdway Airports, but now the frozen precipitation is done—for about a week.

Having just walked to work, I find that the streets and sidewalks are sheets of ice, and it was only my excellent balance that preserved me from a bad fall. Here’s a photo I took of the ice-covered streets:

Stuff that happened on January 12 is scant; here are a few items:

  • 1908 – A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
  • 1932 – Hattie Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate.
  • 1967 – Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.

Bedford died of metastasized kidney cancer at age 73, but the methods of freezing him then were primitive, and couldn’t prevent ice crystals from destroying some of his cells. He remains frozen after 53 years. Here’s a photo of him and of him being frozen:

  • 1969 – The New York Jets of the American Football League defeat the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League to win Super Bowl III in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
  • 1991 – Persian Gulf War: An act of the U.S. Congress authorizes the use of American military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.
  • 2004 – The world’s largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.

Here I am on the QM2 November 19, 2006, doing a lecture gig on its transatlantic passage. If you dine in the main venue, you must wear either a dark suit or a tuxedo. Fortunately, I had a suit. And here I have a Gibson as well:

  • 2006 – A stampede during the Stoning of the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.

Notables born on this day include:

  • 1729 – Edmund Burke, Irish philosopher, academic, and politician (d. 1797)
  • 1856 – John Singer Sargent, American painter and academic (d. 1925)
  • 1876 – Jack London, American novelist and journalist (d. 1916)
  • 1893 – Hermann Göring, German commander, pilot, and politician, Minister President of Prussia (d. 1946)
  • 1899 – Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)
  • 1905 – Tex Ritter, American actor and singer (d. 1974)
  • 1930 – Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player and businessman, founded Tim Hortons (d. 1974)
  • 1951 – Rush Limbaugh, American talk show host and author
  • 1954 – Howard Stern, American radio host, actor, and author
  • 1964 – Jeff Bezos, American computer scientist and businessman, founded

Here is Sargent’s drawing, “Two cats“, dating to about 1880:

Those who kicked off on January 12 were few, and include:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is deciding whether to nap. Malgorzata explains:

A very lazy Hili is lying on a blanket and moaning that she is not sleepy—but except for sleeping she has no excuse to lie idly around. So she wants Andrzej to cover her with the blanket which will  possibly help her go to sleep , in which case she would be fully excused from doing anything useful.

The dialogue:

Hili: Actually, I’m not sleepy.
A: And you are saying that in connection with what?
Hili: If you cover me I may go to sleep after all.
In Polish:
Hili: Właściwie nie jestem senna.
Ja: I co w związku z tym?
Hili: Jak mnie przykryjesz, to może jednak zasnę.

From Jesus of the Day:

From Amazing Things, with the caption: “Awesome peacock wedding cake with cupcakes by Malizzi Cakes & Pastries.”

Posted by Seth Andrews:

Two tweets from Heather Hastie. I know some animals have symbiotic algae in them (presumably the algae gain protection as the host gains nutrients), but I didn’t know that sea slugs did that:

It’s hard to believe this tree is real, but it is, and this photo isn’t faked, except that one commenter in the thread says that the blue color is a “camera and light effect.”

Tweets from Matthew. This one he sent with a message in capslock:  “Well HE HAS OBVIOUSLY BEEN LIVING WITH SOMEONE ELSE”:

Kitty and donkey friendship. Grania, who was a big fan of interspecific friendships between animals, would have loved this:

Sound up. Look at that vortex, also known as a “waterspout“.

Prescience and clear thinking from my academic grandfather (Ph.D. advisor of my Ph.D. advisor).

This is ghoulish but fascinating, like “Night of the Living Dead” I’ve put the linked movie below the tweet.

And an even more ghoulish view:

26 thoughts on “Sunday: Hili dialogue

  1. Very sad especially since the devil does not exist probably. I hate saying probably for stupid things like devils and gods but I guess it’s the honest thing to do.

  2. This would have been the great #7’s 90th birthday, so I invite everyone to raise a Dark Roast Double-double in honor of Miles Gilbert “Tim” Horton.

  3. Dear professor:

    Do you still have the outerwear from your Antarctic trip? Seems like that ensemble would be very comfortable for harsh Chicago (and Toronto) winters.

  4. Nasty weather there up Chicago way. We had an inch or so down here but it’s mostly all gone now, all water, no ice.

    Awfully formal on the ship there. I would have to pass.

    1. “If you dine in the main venue, you must wear either a dark suit or a tuxedo.”

      So much for me eating *there*. I *might* be persuaded if they can simply allow me to omit a tie, though …

  5. The comment about the gorgeous rainbow eucalyptus refers only to the blue color being “a camera and light effect,” not the other colors. People who’ve seen them attest to the range of colors so that isn’t a photography trick but I don’t understand much about colors and wonder if the colors are structural or due to pigment, and why is the blue color singled out? I’d think it could be said that since no color is inherent, it’s all in the eye of the beholder, whether human or camera lens.

  6. National Hot Tea Day!?

    I well remember when we first came to Michigan from Toronto, my parents were chagrined ordering tea at a restaurant. They’d be brought iced tea. Canadians didn’t order iced tea after dinner. Culture shock! So, why National Hot Tea Day? I guess, because USians don’t know any better.

  7. I wondered if the 346 killed at the Hajj was the largest number. Wiki-no.

    “Another crush occurred on September 24, 2015, in Mina when at least 2,411 pilgrims were killed,…three times the number of deaths acknowledged by the kingdom three months later…Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars on crowd control and safety measures.”

    If you read about the arbitrary, foolish, made-up rules that lead to such mayhem, you’ll appreciate George Carlin’s admonition that “Religion is the greatest bullshit story ever told”.

  8. PCC: It’s hard to believe this tree is real, but it is, and this photo isn’t faked, except that one commenter in the thread says that the blue color is a “camera and light effect”

    See below pic.

    Top image is the one Tweeted, but I copied the largest original & cropped to the top left. Those deep blue rings around the sky patches between the leaves indicates [I think] a camera filter [such as a polarising filter?] or computer post processing. Whatever – not natural in my opinion, but perhaps a camerologist can enlighten me.

    Middle image is another tweaked photo – kind of instagrammy exaggerated hues

    Bottom image is one wot I dun myself, [before & tweaked] in where I changed the three channels of colour to bring out the blue.

    P.S. I sort of remember from reading that the green canopy in a rainforest makes stuff under the canopy more blue on camera too. I also read today people claiming that rainbow tree bark is bluer in the rainforest than when transplanted elsewhere – I’m betting that not a ‘real’ colour difference, but purely perceptual because the light from above is moved to green/yellow by all those leaf reflections [hence use a polarising filter]

    1. Good analysis, I’d say. I’m thinking post processing is the most likely source of alteration. Filters are not as common today since Photoshop, etc. are available.

      1. Thanks & I agree. Since posting, I did check out a photography bulletin board for advice on snapping under a leaf canopy & a common suggestion was to use RAW images & PS, but that a polarising filter on the cam is helpful, because it cuts out most of the leaf reflections that cause the under-canopy to be green/yellow lit – this gives more flexibility in post-processing.

        on a side note – I think colour imagery has gone very saturated these last few years & i wonder if it’s the effect of modern media [cinema, TV, mags, Insta etc] using unnaturally blacker blacks, redder reds etc & thus it’s now the general expectation. I don’t like it! 🙂

        1. Something I’ve noticed is that colours look far more vivid and lighter in screen displays (e.g. computer screen) than when printed, even on high-quality glossy paper. Something to be aware of when preparing a set of pictures to be printed – you have to ‘Kodachrome’ them a bit or the printed results will be too muted.

          Of course, how much ‘Kodachrome’ to use is a matter of judgement.


          1. So true. In the olden days, images were a function of film emulsion, lens, subject, and light, and print paper. Today you’ll have to add some degree of digital effect, photo-receptor characteristics, and post manipulation. I spent many happy hours in the darkroom with cellulose film development and black and white printing. Today, everything goes from pixels to Photoshop and then possibly to Epson printer. The nice thing is that you have better control of the finished product. Vividness is controllable.

  9. Anyone but me dismayed that the two videos of snail encounters with dead fish didn’t go on longer? I was expecting the first one at least to end with the snails leaving the area with nothing left of the fish but bones.

    1. I found it interesting that in the first video although the snails were clearly drawn to the fish carcass, most of them were following other snails, to the extent that many made huge sweeping bends around the fish. Blindly following those who don’t know where they’re going; how very human of them.

  10. Persian Gulf War: An act of the U.S. Congress authorizes the use of American military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.

    That’s nostalgic, hearkening back to a time when the Constitution was actually followed.

  11. Not only is Eucalyptus deglupta very beautiful, it is also the only species of Eucalyptus that occurs naturally in the Northern hemisphere.

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