Thursday: Hili dialogue

It’s July 21, 2016, which means it’s Racial Harmony Day in Singapore. I’m sure it will be peaceful there, as it always is—by decree. On this day in history, in 1865, what’s considered the first Western showdown took place, as Wild Bill Hickok shot down Davis Tutt in Springfield, Missouri. In 1944, Hitler’s minions executed Claus von Stauffenberg and other conspirators for a failed plot to assassinate der Führer on July 20. And on this day in 1983, the Vostok Station in Antarctica recorded the lowest temperature ever in a place where people lived: −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F).

Notables born on this day include Ernest Hemingway (1899), Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam, 1948), Garry Trudeau (also 1948), and Robin Williams (1951, died 2014). Those who died on this day include pilot and astronaut Alan Shepard, American admiral, pilot, and astronaut (1998). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, it’s the cherry harvest, which I’ll miss, but am still promised pies every day. Hili is supervising the harvest but also fishing for compliments. To be sure, she’s looking very svelte:

Hili: Cats are beautiful.
A: I agree, in principle.
Hili: Good. I don’t like to argue.
In Polish:
Hili: Koty są piękne.
Ja: W zasadzie się zgadzam.
Hili: To dobrze, bo nie lubię się spierać.

Leon and his staff are still looking for a wooden house to dismantle and move up north; but Leon’s still taking his walks:

Leon: What? Haven’t you ever seen a wild cat?


Even our Canadian neighbors are suffering from the heat. Out in Winnipeg, Gus was prostrate with the extreme temperature, which was at least 34° C (40° C with the humidity index):


Here’s a print: “Cats Nightmare” by Louis Wain, an English artist whose paintings of cats, which varied from normal depictions to horrendous nightmare cats, are often used to illustrate the progression of schizophrenia.But as I discussed a while back, this progression was ordered not temporally, but in increasing degree of bizarreness. This picture does seem a bit bizarre:

Cats Nightmare Louis Wain

Finally, we have a cat conforming to principles of natural beauty. Yes, I know it’s supposed to be a “Furbonacci Spiral,” but I didn’t make this picture.



  1. Frank Bath
    Posted July 21, 2016 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    I’m sure cats are swooped on at night by owls before the bird realises its mistake. I’ve been swooped on myself and it was quite scary. Don’t they hunt with their ears and their eyes come into play only at the last moment?

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted July 21, 2016 at 7:32 am | Permalink

      Mistake…I do not think so. Owls are death on cats.

      In the middle of the heat wave today and may last a few more. Temps in the high 90s or 36C and worse than that, dew points at 79 or 26C.
      When your glasses fog over as you go outside you know it’s not good.

  2. rickflick
    Posted July 21, 2016 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Furbinacci is a sequence as well as a spiral, so, I’d give them a pass. Some mathematician here should support me on this (or else remain mum).

    • Taz
      Posted July 21, 2016 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      The squares in the picture “follow” the Fibonacci Sequence – the size of each square is the sum of the sizes of the next two smaller squares.

      • Torbjörn Larsson
        Posted July 21, 2016 at 10:09 am | Permalink

        And when they do so, they approximate a logarithmic spiral – which is often seen in nature:

        “It is sometimes stated that spiral galaxies and nautilus shells get wider in the pattern of a golden spiral, and hence are related to both φ and the Fibonacci series.[7] In truth, spiral galaxies and nautilus shells (and many mollusk shells) exhibit logarithmic spiral growth, but at a variety of angles usually distinctly different from that of the golden spiral.[8][9][10] This pattern allows the organism to grow without changing shape.”

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        • rickflick
          Posted July 21, 2016 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

          Based on this (and a million other things) we should all respect nature.

  3. Posted July 21, 2016 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Discomfort notwithstanding, I think Gus would prefer to be “prostrate” rather than “prostate”, PCC(E).😉

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