Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s October 4, 2016, and is National Taco Day.  On this day in 1535, the first English-language Bible was printed, with translation by Williams Tyndale, who was later executed for opposing the marriage of King Henry VIII. On this day in 1957, the Russians launched Sputnik I, and I well remember the kerfuffle that caused, with everybody saying the Russians had beat us to space, and therefore were technologically superior. And today is precisely the tenth anniversary since Julian Assange launched Wikileaks.

Notables born on this day include Buster Keaton (1895) and Anne Rice (1941). Those who died on this day include Rembrandt (1669; the greatest painter of all time), Anne Sexton (1974), Glenn Gould (1982) and Graham Chapman (1989). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is again using her wiles to wheedle for noms:

Hili: Is there any holiday tomorrow?
A: No.
Hili: So today let’s eat the pâté which is in the fridge.
In Polish:
Hili: Czy jutro jest jakieś święto?
Ja: Nie.
Hili: To zjemy dziś ten pasztet, który jest w lodówce.

Here’s some lagniappe, courtesy of reader Michae: a butterfly photobombs a koala in an Aussie zoo. Click on screenshot to go to the BBC’s article with the video:


And, courtesy of Matthew Cobb, behold a jaguar eating underwater:


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 4, 2016 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    That Hili, always thinking ahead. They do say butterflies are free. Yes, the sputnik was the beginning of hysteria about being behind the Russians and that false idea pretty much lasted right up to our landing on the moon. It was well overdone by the military industrial complex. Thankfully, Trump will make America bankrupt, I mean great again.

  2. Christopher
    Posted October 4, 2016 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    As someone who grew up in the shuttle era, it is rather difficult to imagine people being concerned, even one little bit, about a shiny metal ball being shot into space. But then it must be hard for kids today to imagine what it was like for the US not to rely on Russia to get them into and back from low earth orbit. Russian tech might not be superior to ours, but the simplicity seems to have given it an edge for the time being. Meanwhile, Elon Musk is trying his damnedest to land reusable rockets, even if reusable shuttles didn’t quite work out as had been expected. I guess losing a payload is better than losing a crew, but I can’t help wondering if that’s really the safest way to go.

  3. David Duncan
    Posted October 4, 2016 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Are there no mice for Hili to catch and nom?

  4. Richard Jones
    Posted October 4, 2016 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Rembrandt! What other painter do we know so well from his gaudy youth to disillusioned old age. But still the greatest master.

  5. Kevin
    Posted October 4, 2016 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I think I could suck a gu energy pack through my mouth underwater, but, good grief, gnawing on a chunk of flesh with mouth smacking. Amazing. I could still out swim her though. 🐬

  6. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted October 4, 2016 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Rembrandt is not only the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age- he is an interesting example of a 17th century artist deeply enamoured by Jewish culture. (My Jewish friends would say he was “philo-Semitic”.) Notable creative artists from the same period likewise drawn to Judaica are the composer Rossini, and the novelist Sir Walter Scott.

    I’m not sure how I would compare R to Van Gogh or DaVinci- the styles are too different- an apples and oranges comparison.


    I can probably thank Sputnik for the superb science education I got in high school as well as my two years of employment at NASA. Oddly, it inspired Herb Caen’s coining of the term “beatnik”.

  7. Heather Hastie
    Posted October 4, 2016 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Very cool lagniappes (if that’s the correct plural form)! Most enjoyable. I wouldn’t have believed Jaguars could actually eat underwater.

    Hili, of course, is always lovely.

  8. John Conoboy
    Posted October 4, 2016 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Of course, National Taco Day would be on a Tuesday. Larry Cano, who opened a chain called El Torito in southern California claims to have invented the idea of Taco Tuesday. The term was actually trademarked by a Wyoming chain called Taco John’s in 1989. Lots of interesting tidbits like this in Gustavo Arellano’s book “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered American.” I recommend it. BTW, he does not have much good to say about Chicago’s foremost and so-called Mexican chef, who shall not be named.

    • Christopher
      Posted October 4, 2016 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      I can’t say anything about the food served at the restaurants owned by He Who Shall Not Be Named, but I do enjoy his PBS cooking show, which is a nice mix of him going to swanky la-dee-da highfalutin’ sort of restaurants in Mexico and the street trucks or little out of the way mom & pop (madre y padre?) places. He does seem to want people to get out and try the real Mexican foods, not just chimichangas and nachos (the not-actually-Mexican foods of the US), so, he can’t be all that bad.

      • John Conoboy
        Posted October 4, 2016 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

        Don’t know if you will see this as I am replying late, but I don’t have a problem that he appropriates Mexican foods, recipes, etc., but he then modifies them. I remember watching one of his shows where he is sitting with his sous chefs and they are how they will change the Mexican recipe by adding this and that, etc. etc. So, what he makes is Mexican inspired foods, but not generally what you find in Mexico. But, my main point is that Gustavo Arellano who is Mexican is not a fan.

  9. W.Benson
    Posted October 4, 2016 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Here are some Buster Keaton scenes:
    http: //imgur.com/a/7Nj5A

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