Sunday: Hili dialogue

May 8, 2022 • 7:15 am

I have somewhat recovered from my GI malaise of yesterday, but am weak as a kitten, and once again posting will be light. I should be okay if I get some food in me, but I haven’t eaten for two days, and the thought of food revolts me. But we all have our own troubles.

Greetings on Sunday, May 8, 2021. It’s MOTHER’S DAY today, so honor your mother, whether she be alive or dead. Here’s the Google gif for the holiday:

Gradually working my way back to normal, it’s National Coconut Cream Pie Day, a worthy pie but not the best. If any reader wants to fill in notable births, deaths, or events on May 8 in a comment, I’d welcome it.

First, the thing that started this all: the Hili dialogue.  Here Hili ask Andrzej to divine her thoughts. But how can he, not knowing what it’s like to be a cat?

Hili: What was it I wanted to say?
A: Unfortunately, I don’t know.
In Polish:
Hili: Co ja chciałam powiedzieć?
Ja: Niestety, nie wiem.

Also in Dobrzyn, Karolinka from Kyiv grabs at Kulka, who doesn’t want to be grabbed. It seems that no amount of discipline will keep this child from grabbing at cats!

And let’s not forget about Szaron:

From atheist philosopher Stephen Law, who is pushing the notion that “The evidence for an Evil God continues to mount!”

From Doc Bill:

From Matt: the old meme repurposed:

A tweet from God, who corrects a Republican:

From Titania:

Some clever editing gives us modern-day dinosaurs:

From Barry: an odd duck:

Speaking of ducks, Avi sent this. We’ve seen this racing duck before (note his shoes), but this tweet shows his crossing the finish line and getting a medal:

Tweets from Matthew. I missed the Kentucky Derby, but I have to say that this is one hell of a win. The odds against him were 80-1!

I’m sorry to say that the decline began well before the first image:

The woke editor-in-chief of Science flaunts his virtue, but I agree with Friedersdorf; Thorp talks a lot about “structural violence” but suggests no solutions.


18 thoughts on “Sunday: Hili dialogue

  1. I love the Man in White/Man in Black panel!

    My cat got confused about who her mother is today. As a Mother’s Day gift, for the first time ever, she decided to jump on my belly when I was asleep. I got up, used the facilities, went back to bed, and she jumped on my belly again, turned around, and started batting her tail in my face. We then went through two more variations. Who needs an alarm clock? Well, off to brunch with grandma!

  2. Those ‘reversed’ coatis had me puzzled for more than a few seconds, at least a few minutes. Brilliant!

  3. On this day:
    1794 – Branded a traitor during the Reign of Terror, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, who was also a tax collector with the Ferme générale, is tried, convicted and guillotined in one day in Paris.

    1886 – Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” as a patent medicine.

    1902 – In Martinique, Mount Pelée erupts, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing over 30,000 people. Only a handful of residents survive the blast.

    1912 – Paramount Pictures is founded.

    1927 – Attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, French war heroes Charles Nungesser and François Coli disappear after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane.

    1950 – The Tollund Man was discovered in a peat bog near Silkeborg, Denmark.

    1970 – The Beatles release their 12th and final studio album Let It Be.

    1978 – The first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.

    1980 – The World Health Organization confirms the eradication of smallpox.

    1984 – The Thames Barrier is officially opened, preventing the floodplain of most of Greater London from being flooded except under extreme circumstances.

    2019 – British 17-year-old Isabelle Holdaway is reported to be the first patient ever to receive a genetically modified phage therapy to treat a drug-resistant infection.

    1828 – Henry Dunant, Swiss businessman and activist, co-founded the Red Cross, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1910)

    1858 – J. Meade Falkner, English author and poet (d. 1932) – Author of Moonfleet

    1884 – Harry S. Truman, American colonel and politician, 33rd President of the United States (d. 1972)

    1899 – Friedrich Hayek, Austrian economist and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1992)

    1911 – Robert Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1938)

    1913 – Sid James, South African-English actor and singer (d. 1976) – He died on stage at the Sunderland Empire.

    1926 – David Attenborough, English environmentalist and television host – 96 years young today!

    1935 – Jack Charlton, English footballer and manager (d. 2020)

    1937 – Thomas Pynchon, American novelist

    1943 – Pat Barker, English author

    1958 – Roddy Doyle, Irish novelist, playwright, and screenwriter

    1970 – Naomi Klein, Canadian author and activist

    1973 – Marcus Brigstocke, English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

    1977 – Joe Bonamassa, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

    1983 – Vicky McClure, English actress

    Will try to add some deaths later if I get the time off from home decorating…

  4. It’s true, the film industry reached its peak with Doc Savage: the Man of Bronze. In fact, they gave up on the sequel when they realised they could never top it.

  5. Given who’s on the SCOTUS, I think the guy in the clump-of-cells meme is probably a Catholic not an evangelical. Potato, potahto I guess.

  6. Those who got on the wrong side of the Diet of Worms:
    1828 – Mauro Giuliani, Italian guitarist, cellist, and composer (b. 1781)

    1880 – Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (b. 1821)

    1891 – Helena Blavatsky, Russian-English mystic and author (b. 1831) – Co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875 and gained an international following as the leading theoretician of Theosophy. Blavatsky was a controversial figure during her lifetime, championed by supporters as an enlightened Sage and derided as a charlatan by critics.

    1903 – Paul Gauguin, French painter and sculptor (b. 1848)

    1969 – Remington Kellogg, American zoologist and paleontologist (b. 1892)

    1987 – Doris Stokes, English psychic and author (b. 1920) – And not a peep from her since, oddly!

    1988 – Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction writer and screenwriter (b. 1907)

    1999 – Dirk Bogarde, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1921)

    2012 – Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator (b. 1928)

  7. Wow, the Kentucky Derby win by Rich Strike is one for the books. Exhilarating. And if someone put a nice bet on him, they’d strike it rich!

      1. Is it possible to find out how much was actually bet on each horse? I know the odds can change as bets are being placed at the track to make the game zero-sum, but do tracks release those numbers?

        Reason I ask is there’s a British expression, “a turn-up for the book[ie]s.” When an unbet horse wins, the bookies keep all the money bet, obviously. Few people will bet on a horse at 30 to one —maybe the horse’s owner doesn’t gamble—so might this be a turn-up? Or does it take even longer odds to result in no takers, like 100 or 1000 to one?

        Great move by Rich Strike coming out of the turn to get out from behind three horses especially when you consider how fast they’d be going. The announcer didn’t even notice the horse till he (she?) went from third to win.

        1. The money in the various betting pools at the track is posted live as it comes in on the parimutuel tote board available for all to see in a track’s infield. (By tradition, US bookmakers pay the same odds as does the track itself, although bookies “lay off” their incoming bets among each other to spread around the risk.)

          I understand that one high-roller bet $1.5 million on either Epicenter or Taiba 30 minutes before The Derby’s post time, but that would have had only a marginal impact on the track odds for a longshot like Rich Strike.

          Rich Strike’s jockey, Sonny Leon, is either one of the smartest — or luckiest — jockeys ever to ride a winner in the Run for the Roses. I’ve watched the replay several times and still can’t decide. Maybe both.

          1. Thanks for that. I started to type, “Did . . “ into Google and the instant first autocomplete was “. . . anyone bet on Rich Strike?” Apparently at least two did. Small ones, so far as anyone is admitting.

            Now, of course many would bet win, place, or show and so there would still have been many winning bets to pay off. My wife waited tables at the restaurant of her local harness racing track to put herself through nursing school. She rarely had time to watch the races but she beats me at any card game we’ve ever played so something rubbed off.

            She says there were dark hints (from disappointed gamblers) that people fixed the races but no evidence ever surfaced. In the Twitter thread, one follower posted, “Rigged”. I don’t see how. If “Rich Strike” was fixed to win, those three horses he had to get around (through) couldn’t have got the e-Mail and the fix sure took its sweet time getting him over the finishing line to win.
            I do like to see an underdog win.

            1. Doesn’t surprise me that people had Rich Strike covered. There are some railbirds who bet only on longshots, hoping for a big payday.

              Not me. Longshot or favorite — it doesn’t matter. I’m just looking for “a price” (which is to say a horse whose odds of winning I figure are better than what’s given by the handicappers in the morning line).

              Anyway, I don’t think anyone could fix the Kentucky Derby. Too big.

              OTOH, I once went to quarter-horse races held at a county fair. I don’t think there was an honest race run the entire card (including the races I bet on and won). 🙂

              I’ve been to some trotter tracks where the outcomes seemed pretty dicey, too.

      2. Thanks for the HST/Steadman article. I’ve read the article (or maybe just excerpts?) before in one of HST’s compilations, but haven’t seen the original with Steadman’s artwork. It really adds to HST’s gonzo style, doesn’t it? I can’t think of another writer/artist relationship that is so symbiotic.

        1. That piece, first published in Scanlan’s Monthly in 1970, was HST’s first piece of pure Gonzo writing. Before that, he was a guy with a nose for off-beat stories (see, e.g. his book about the Hell’s Angels) and a somewhat outré lifestyle (see, e.g., id.), but otherwise a fairly conventional journalist.

          1. Interesting, thanks for the added background on that. I saved the article…I might need to send it to someone, someday. From now on, I think I’ll refer to the KD as “A Huge Outdoor Loony Bin”. 😉

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