Thursday: Hili dialogue

March 16, 2023 • 5:09 am
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is watching things:
Jerry: What do you see there?
Hili: Flying delicacies.
(Photo: JAC)
Jerry: Co tam widzisz?
Hili: Fruwające delikatesy.
(Zdjęcie J.A.C.)
Two of Matthew’s cats, Pepper and Harry, have been similarly excited, but this time by watching cat TV:

More flying, this time on Mars. There is sound, too, although this was added from an earlier helicopter flight. Thomas recommends listening on headphones, as the sound of helicopter in the Martian atmosphere sounds very low:

From Beth: a Scott Hilburn cartoon:

From America’s Cultural Decline into Idiocy:

Two foodstuffs from the site above:


13 thoughts on “Thursday: Hili dialogue

  1. On this day:
    1190 – Massacre of Jews at Clifford’s Tower, York.

    1872 – The Wanderers F.C. win the first FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, beating Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1–0 at The Oval in Kennington, London.

    1898 – In Melbourne, the representatives of five colonies adopt a constitution, which would become the basis of the Commonwealth of Australia.

    1926 – History of Rocketry: Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts.

    1935 – Adolf Hitler orders Germany to rearm herself in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. Conscription is reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht.

    1966 – Launch of Gemini 8 with astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott. It would perform the first docking of two spacecraft in orbit.

    1968 – Vietnam War: My Lai Massacre occurs; between 347 and 500 Vietnamese villagers are killed by American troops.

    1978 – Supertanker Amoco Cadiz splits in two after running aground on the Portsall Rocks, three miles off the coast of Brittany, resulting in the largest oil spill in history at that time.

    1988 – Iran–Contra affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

    1988 – Halabja chemical attack: The Kurdish town of Halabja in Iraq is attacked with a mix of poison gas and nerve agents on the orders of Saddam Hussein, killing 5,000 people and injuring about 10,000 people.

    1988 – The Troubles: Ulster loyalist militant Michael Stone attacks a Provisional IRA funeral in Belfast with pistols and grenades. Three persons, one of them a member of PIRA are killed, and more than 60 others are wounded.

    1995 – Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865.

    2014 – Crimea votes in a controversial referendum to secede from Ukraine to join Russia.

    1750 – Caroline Herschel, German-English astronomer (d. 1848).

    1789 – Georg Ohm, German physicist and mathematician (d. 1854).

    1839 – Sully Prudhomme, French poet and critic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1907).

    1846 – Rebecca Cole, American physician and social reformer (d. 1922).

    1911 – Josef Mengele, German physician, captain and mass-murderer (d. 1979).

    1920 – Leo McKern, Australian-English actor (d. 2002).

    1926 – Jerry Lewis, American actor and comedian (d. 2017).

    1941 – Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian director and screenwriter (d. 2018).

    1953 – Isabelle Huppert, French actress.

    1954 – Nancy Wilson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actress.

    Shortened Santa’s list by one:
    AD 37 – Tiberius, Roman emperor (b. 42 BC). [Managed to dodge yesterday’s Ides of March…]

    1898 – Aubrey Beardsley, English author and illustrator (b. 1872).

    1935 – John James Rickard Macleod, Scottish physician and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1876). [Noted for his role in the discovery and isolation of insulin.]

    1975 – T-Bone Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1910).

    2013 – Frank Thornton, English actor (b. 1921).

    2019 – Dick Dale, American surf-rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (b. 1937).

  2. It is nice to see the rotorcraft operating on Mars. In case readers are wondering about whether a conventional fixed-wing aircraft might be viable, there is a Nasa-sponsored paper ( ) from the early 2000’s on a Mars fixed-wing airplane approach. The purpose of such a vehicle was to explore over several hundred miles (regional) to get science data from lower altitude than orbiting satellites but over a larger footprint than surface-rovers. While some of the information in the paper is a bit technical and dense, I think that a light reading of the ten or so pages shows that a fixed wing approach was studied even up through flight testing of a model from a balloon (yes balloons are still used for high altitude science and engineering research) at 100,000 feet above Earth to simulate Martian low altitude atmospheric parameters.

  3. I think the use hammer to break glass was ok as the hammer would be for big dividing glass walls or the like which may lock down or jam in an emergency.
    Getting at the hammer, which is quite substantial looking, merely requires a low force blow to get at it, rather than some hidden lever or handle, and certainly not the hammer inside.
    Those small “break glass to…” are everywhere, for emergency buttons or release handles and such, so it is not really as ironic or stupid as it may seem.

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