Friday: Hili dialogue

你好! It’s Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus) back at the helm, though perhaps temporarily. Thanks to Grania for her dedicated service over the past several weeks. It’s Friday, November 11 (already evening in Hong Kong when you read this), which means it’s the day that World War I came to an end. That’s celebrated as Armistice Day in various places like New Zealand, Remembrance Day in the UK, Veterans Day in the US, and, in Poland, Independence Day, marking the resumption of Poland’s sovereignty in 1918. As you’ll see below, Hili has a few words on the holiday.

By the way, several people on this trip have asked me “What’s all this with the Hili posts?”, not knowing the backstory. The backstory is this: Malgorzata and Andrzej had long published dialogues with their former cat, Pia, on their former website. When Pia died, they soon got another kitten, Hili, and resumed the dialogues. When I became friends with them, I asked if I, too, could publish the dialogues from their new website, Listy, with Malgorazata translating them into English. The rest is history. But you should know the proper pronunciation of the Princess’s name. It is HEE-LEE, with long “e”s, not Hill-ee or Hill-uh, as some people have said it. And her names means “she’s mine” in Hebrew.

On this day in 1675, Leibniz first demonstrated the use of integral calculus to find the area under a given curve, and, in 2004, Yasser Arafat died. Notables born on this day include George S. Patton (1885) and Kurt Vonnegut (1922). those who died on this day include Nat Turner (1831) and Jerome Kern (1945).

Sad news: Leonard Cohen died yesterday at 82, and I’ll put up an obituary shortly. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, the animals celebrate the holiday:

Hili: It’s Independence Day, Cyrus.
Cyrus: I know, but does it have to be independence from reason?
In Polish:
Hili: Jest dzień niepodległości, Cyrusie.
Cyrus: Ja wiem, ale czy musi to być niepodległość od rozumu?

Some lagniappe. First, “Cathulu,” sent by reader jsp:


How to draw a deer, from Facebook. This is a Cartoon of Truth:


And a bit of readers’ wildlife from Lee Beringsmith, with an explanation:

Just in case you want a break from the normal wildlife photos thought you might enjoy a shot I took a few days ago on our ranch. Here is a one day old baby llama (cria) meeting a Texas Longhorn. Thought it was pretty touching photo if you love livestock.



  1. George
    Posted November 11, 2016 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    The fact that PCC(e) has to keep explaining Hili is good news – means that the readership of WEIT continues to grow.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted November 11, 2016 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      I’ve been visiting WEIT for a while now, but I had no idea how Hili came to be a mascot of the site. And learning what her delightful name means (and how to pronounce it) makes her all the more sweet.

  2. Lee Beringsmith
    Posted November 11, 2016 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Thank you for including my llama and longhorn photo in your wildlife photos. I am honored that my smartphone shot should be included in such a wonderful group.

    • Christopher
      Posted November 11, 2016 at 7:56 am | Permalink

      We too often take for granted how wonderful and interesting “common” cattle are (baby llamas are always cute). Bovines are beautiful, but being ubiquitous, we overlook them.

    • Diane G.
      Posted November 11, 2016 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

      Darling shot, Lee! I love the cria’s coat, too. 🙂 (The man-made one. Well, both actually.)

      So the longhorns learn or know automatically how to back out of a fence hole like that? I’ve had goats–with only scurs, not real horns!–get stuck for hours!

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted November 11, 2016 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    I had been recently reading about the longhorn breed, and learned a bit about its long and storied history. I am glad to see it has made a comeback for ranching after going nearly extinct.

  4. rickflick
    Posted November 11, 2016 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Welcome back PCC, and thanks Grania.

  5. busterggi
    Posted November 11, 2016 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    My apologies to Hili, I’ll get the name right from here on.

    • jeremy pereira
      Posted November 12, 2016 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      +1 I’ve always pronounced it wrongly as “Hilly”.

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