Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Today is Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus’s) last day in Hong Kong, and my 13-hour flight to Chicago leaves tomorrow, arriving only 15 minutes after departure because I cross the International Date Line. Until the 17th, then, I’ll continue handing over the Hili dialogues to Grania, and many thanks for her diligence in putting them up every day.

by Grania

Good morning everyone!

Today is the Day of the Imprisoned Writer which calls attention to and protests the plight of writers around the world from Honduras to Saudi Arabia to Turkey who are imprisoned essentially for writing something that their local government disapproved of. If you are interested in supporting any of their causes you should check out your local PEN.

In 1959 the Clutter Family murders occurred in Kansas which became the subject matter of Truman Capote’s book In Cold Blood. In 1966 today also marked the successful end of the Gemini XXII Project proving that EVA was possible and opening up the way for the Apollo program.


Today is the birthday of artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887) and singer Jack Ingram (1970).


And so onto Hili, who has her priorities and sticks firmly to them, no matter what.

Hili: We have to make an agenda.
A: First the question: what are we posting today?
Hili: No, first breakfast.

In Polish:
Hili: Musimy ustalić porządek obrad.
Ja: Najpierw pytanie, co dziś publikujemy?
Hili: Nie, najpierw śniadanie.

We have a gif of a kitten that doesn’t seem to have acquired its sea legs yet:



  1. Anne-Marie Cournoyer
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Good job Grania! Thank you!

  2. dorcheat
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Jack Ingram drives what is perhaps arguably the most stylish American car ever manufactured, a 1965 Buick Riviera.

    • Hempenstein
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:08 am | Permalink

      That may indeed be a ’65, but ’63-5 were basically the same. Never understood why GM never made a convertible on that platform, instead devoting the boat platform to ragtops.

      I think I’d have to put ’36/7 Auburns and Cords, and ’39-41 Lincoln Continentals ahead of those Rivieras, tho.

      • dorcheat
        Posted November 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

        Yes, the first generation of the Rivieras used the same body style from 63 to 65. The 63 and 64 models had the same two pairs of horizontal headlights with the same style of tail lights. The 1965 Riviera ushered in the no headlight look with open and close “clam shells” covering the two pairs of vertically stacked headlights. Also the tail lights for the 65 were mounted in the chrome bumper.

        The 65 Buick Riviera and also the second generation of Corvettes (63 to 67) ushered in the no headlights and all grille look of the late 60s and throughout much of the 70’s for GM, Ford, and Chrysler. I think that only American Motors Corporation (AMC) was the only manufacturer that did not make any model with the no headlight, all grille look.

        I must admit being partial to the Rivs since I personally own a 1969 model. My family also owned a 64 when I was a kid during the 70’s. They are powerful and smooth riding automobiles.

    • Posted November 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

      I was going to reply that I clicked on the link solely because of the Riviera. Had never heard of Jack Ingram, and don’t care for his brand of pop, but the car is certainly Sweet.

      Likewise, I liked Cher a lot more after I saw she chose to have what I think is the finest looking vehicle ever (1956 Ford F100 – I had one I finally sold in 2007…sniff), beautifully customized.

      • Hempenstein
        Posted November 18, 2016 at 8:13 am | Permalink

        Cool to see that at least a couple more car people frequent this website.

        Dorch – thx for reminding me of the 1st gen Riviera model distinctions.

        NG – might interest you that when my advisor @ U Richmond & his wife split while I was in his lab, he went out and got a ’53 F-100 with a clapped-out V8. While we were doing marine molecular biology in the lab upstairs, we were simultaneously rebuilding a Mercury flathead in the unused basement darkroom, and then installed it in the U’s maintenance shop one Sunday.
        Also, the local Fire Dept JUST sold their ’55 Ford F750 squad truck with something like 13K original mi.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    “… proving that EVA was possible”

    Interesting! I never knew that was such a big thing but it makes sense!


    • darrelle
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 11:13 am | Permalink

      The US plan to go to the moon included developing a long list of capabilities deemed necessary for the task. Nearly the entire space program leading up to Apollo was intended to develop those capabilities for Apollo.

  4. eric
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Off-topic but Jerry will get a kick out of this: Students at UVA protest when the school’s President quotes Thomas Jefferson. Evidently an enlightened 18th century white guy acting like an enlightened 18th century white guy (rather than an enlightened 21st century white guy) is just unacceptable.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted November 15, 2016 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      Yes well, good luck at teaching these Neanderthals anything. And I should not disrespect any of our ancestors.

      • Mike
        Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:01 am | Permalink

        What the hell are they producing at these University’s when they can write letters like this in all seriousness.Jesus!and that wasn’t a supplication to our imaginary friend.

  5. Hempenstein
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Sorry if I repeat myself, but in re. Georgia O’Keeffe, for fans finding themselves in Taos, you can stay in the room she spent ~6mos in in the mid-30s. It’s at the (very Adobe) Sagebrush Inn, and it’s the third-floor room in the old building. (There’s only one third-floor room, and it’s very cool.) I think the owner is still the same as when I stayed at there (not on 3) for an enzyme meeting 16yrs ago, and he’s a very friendly guy.

    • Diane G.
      Posted November 18, 2016 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      What a cool building!

  6. dabertini
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Happy openly secular day everyone!!

  7. rickflick
    Posted November 15, 2016 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Georgia O’Keeffe was a remarkable person. She was a famous artist from early in her career. Her landscapes are my favorites.

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