Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday, October 14, and thus the first day of Coynefest. Posting will be nearly nonexistent until Monday, as the symposium goes till tomorrow noon, and then there’s a party out in Indiana. . .  With luck, Grania will keep the Hili dialogues going, and perhaps host a Caturday felid.  On this day in 1066, the Normans defeated the British at the Battle of Hastings, and in 1322, Robert the Bruce defeated the forces of Edward II at Byland, producing an independent Scotland (for a while). On this day in 1908, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, defeating the Detroit Tigers. The Cubs haven’t won since–a sore spot for Cubbies fans! On this day in 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh was published (see below; it’s the 90th anniversary), and, in 1947, Chuck Yeager exceeded the speed of sound flying the experimental plane the Bell X-1.  On this day in 1962, the Cuban missile crisis began when a U.S. reconnaissance plane spotted Russian missile launchers in Cuba. I well remember my father, who was in the Army then, telling us that he may have to be “deployed”. That is the closest the U.S. has come to a nuclear war.

Notables born on this day include Dwight Eisenhower (1890) and Lillian Gish (1893). Those who died on this day include King Harold of England, killed in the Battle of Hastings (1066), Errol Flynn (1959), Bing Crosby (1977), Leonard Bernstein (1990), and Big Moe (2007).  Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili has had the privilege of sleeping in the staff’s bed, where Cyrus is not allowed. Hili manages to mix a friendly greeting with an assertion of superiority:


Hili: I missed you.
Cyrus: Where have you been?
Hili: I was sleeping in their bed where you aren’t allowed to sleep.
In Polish:
Hili: Stęskniłam się za tobą.
Cyrus: A gdzie byłaś?
Hili: Spałam na ich łóżku, tam gdzie ty nie możesz spać.


  1. Christopher
    Posted October 14, 2016 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Perhaps there can be an open thread for the attendees to share the goings-on at Coynefest for those of us poor schlubs who cannot be there.

  2. Aaron Ferguson
    Posted October 14, 2016 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Pedant trigger warning! The Normans defeated the English – there were no British in 1066!

  3. busterggi
    Posted October 14, 2016 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Must be getting colder – I’m getting more cats on the bed.

  4. Teresa Carson
    Posted October 14, 2016 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Have a wonderful weekend, Jerry! You deserve all the praise and plaudits you will receive. Give my best to Turelli.

  5. rickflick
    Posted October 14, 2016 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Chuck Yeager is now 93 and, at least fairly recently, has attended airshows and other events. Amazing guy.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted October 14, 2016 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      Yes, he was the right stuff if there was such a thing. And I recall the nuclear standoff as mentioned in the posting. Only 12 at the time but seems very clear, probably little else to worry about. I have been up close to nuclear weapons since those days and always wonder why they are a bit more polished and fancier. I guess they want to make a good impression on the user.

      • rickflick
        Posted October 14, 2016 at 9:57 am | Permalink

        “make a good Impression” is an understatement.

        • Randall Schenck
          Posted October 14, 2016 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

          Yes, but in the theory of MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction, everyone lives happily ever after and we all know that first impressions mean a lot. Long ago in another world I had one of those really odd jobs where you stayed inside a double fenced area waiting for the unthinkable to happen.

  6. sgo
    Posted October 14, 2016 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    There is a really nice, new children’s book about the real Winnie that inspired Milne; “Finding Winnie”, by Lindsay Mattick with great illustrations by Sophie Blackall. Mattick is actually a descendant of the person who bought the real Winnie.

  7. Kimeli Kikkemboo
    Posted October 14, 2016 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    You did come closer to nuclear war.

    • Diane G.
      Posted October 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

      But not bilateral nuclear war.

  8. Posted October 14, 2016 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Don’t forget we seem to owe our existence to one Soviet submarine commander who refused to initiate a war – a unanimous decision was required amongst him and 2 other officers.

  9. Richard Jones
    Posted October 14, 2016 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Just imagine, if Harold had won (and if his army had not fought a previous battle and then force marched 250 miles they probably would have done) we would be writing and speaking something like this:

    HWÆT, WE GAR-DEna in geardagum,
    þeodcyninga þrym gefrunon,
    hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon!
    oft Scyld Scefing sceaþena þreatum,
    monegum mægþum meodosetla ofteah,
    egsode eorlas, syððanærest wearð
    feasceaft funden; he þæs frofre gebad,
    weox under wolcnum weorðmyndum þah,
    oð þæt him æghwylc ymbsittendra
    ofer hronrade hyran scolde,
    gomban gyldan; þæt wæs god cyning!

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