A new Polish rationalist website, now with more cat

My dear friends Andrzej Koraszewski and Malgorzata Koraszewska, who previously did all the work on the Polish website Racjonalista (and who are owned by Hili, the the most famous cat in Poland), have left that site to start their own: “Listy z naszego sadu” (“Letters from our orchard”). It’s attractively laid out and will contain all the science pieces and articles on religion, rationalism, and atheism that were present at the old site.  As a bonus, it will feature a much expanded presence of Hili, who was virtually absent on the old site.

Here’s a screenshot of part of the inaugural page, which went up today.  Besides the diverse panoply of pieces, you’ll see seven—count them, seven—pictures of cats, including the lovely shot of Hili that adorns the masthead. Note as well the links to the Hili Dialogues.

Most readers here don’t understand Polish, but if you do, you’ll want to keep up with that site. Or, if you’re a reader in Poland, bookmark it. I’ll be over there in twelve days to work on my book and chill out a bit, so expect to see Professor Ceiling Cat in some Hili Dialogues.

And best of luck to Andrzej and Malgorzata in their new venture! With rationalism and cats (a natural pairing, like peanut butter and jelly), how can they lose?

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And notice who is the chief editor (“redaktor naczelny”):

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  1. Kevin
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Definitively a positive step for a historically religiously subdued nation. May their (young) citizens grow without the burden of irrational superstition and manufactured guilt.

    • Ziggi
      Posted December 16, 2013 at 11:50 am | Permalink

      That’s not that easy! There is more than 10 thousand individual roman-catholic parishes in Poland! They grasp the nation in a firm squeeze keeping it off free thinking and rational development. It’s like tumor growing on the nation’s body!

      • Kevin
        Posted December 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

        Santafuckingfe! That is a butt-load of theo-monopoly-districts! Adversity will remain with the free thinkers for some time…alas…something to fight for.

  2. Posted December 16, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Good Luck Hili and Minions!

    Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:08:35 +0000 To: t_aid@hotmail.com

  3. Posted December 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    A very attractive website!

    Will there be any articles on how to manage an orchard?

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know about Poland, but for Russians “orchard” is the default (easiest) translation for something between the English words of “kitchen garden”, “allotment” and “smallholding” ; it doesn’t necessarily imply ONLY fruit trees.
      There are probably some hilariously incongruous translations of phrases like “horses for courses”. “One oasis for one camel,” perhaps.

      • Malgorzata Koraszewska
        Posted December 17, 2013 at 1:48 am | Permalink

        Well, this is a real orchard: three thousand cherry trees. But I do not think we will write about how to manage an orchard. There are better specialists than we who are already writing about it.

        • Posted December 17, 2013 at 4:12 am | Permalink

          That may be true. But relating stories about living on a orchard and creating recipes for the harvest is a topic that could interest others, certainly moi. 🙂

          • Malgorzata Koraszewska
            Posted December 17, 2013 at 4:16 am | Permalink

            I’m definitely better with recipes for chery pie, cherry soup, cherry compotte, cherry jam and cherry liqueur than recipes for harvesting cherries:)

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted December 17, 2013 at 5:42 am | Permalink

          That calls for, I think, some yoghurt and bottled cherries. (I can only find them at one store in the UK. But it’s worth going there.)

      • Posted December 17, 2013 at 4:10 am | Permalink

        My website soupedupgarden (cooking stuff from our potager) is translated to French as swollen garden. 🙂

  4. Jesper Both Pedersen
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations and good luck with the new website!

  5. Grania Spingies
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    All the best to Andrzej, Małgorzata and Hili!

  6. Posted December 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    The text is all Greek to me…but, looking at it, I’m thinking that the Poles are the lucky ones to have both Hili and Jerry in Polish, while we have to get by with just Jerry and a few words from Hili in English.

    If anybody can show those too-many Poles still trapped by religion the way to freedom, it’s Hili!

    …and, Hili, when you’re done there, do you think you could give us a bit of help over here…?



  7. Posted December 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    This is great. I plan to regularly visit their ‘Orchard’ with Google Translate’s help. 😀

  8. NewEnglandBob
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Only after god checked with the local fire department and Smokey the bear.

    • NewEnglandBob
      Posted December 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      Wow, I did a reply and it went to a different thread.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted December 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

        WordPress does that sometimes.

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