Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning! It’s Wednesday, November 23, and in the U.S. it’s the day before Thanksgiving, so most people will either be taking off today or working in a desultory way. And for once it’s a decent food day: National Espresso Day. I’ll celebrate by putting an extra shot into my quotidian latte. It’s also Buy Nothing Day, an American protest against the rampant consumerism that follows Thanksgiving (“Black Friday”).

On this day in 1963, according to Wikipedia, “The BBC broadcasts the first episode of ‘An Unearthly Child’ (starring William Hartnell), the first story from the first series of Doctor Who, which is now the world’s longest running science fiction drama.” Someone said yesterday that episode was broadcast on November 22, so we have a divergence of opinion. On this day in 1992, the first smartphone, the IBM Simon, debuted at COMDEX in Las Vegas. How far we’ve come since then; in my childhood I thought that phones that showed video of your caller were something of the far distant future—the Jetson Era.

Notables born on this day include José Clemente Orozco (1883), Susan Anspach (1942 ♥, one of the stars, along with Jack Nicholson, of a favorite movie of my twenties, “Five Easy Pieces”), and Bruce Hornsby (1954, known for his excellent song “The Way It Is”, which you should definitely watch here) Those who died on this day include Roald Dahl (1990) and Junior Walker (1995). Let’s remember Walker with his most famous Motown hit, “What does it take (to win your love)” (1969). I love the saxophone bits and the way Walker says, “Gonna blow for you now” before his solos. This is a great song; here’s a live version from Letterman (the original recording is here).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili Saw Something:

Hili: I have a vision.
A: And what were you eating?

p1050112-1 In Polish:
Hili: Mam wizję.
Ja: A co zjadłaś?
And out in Winnipeg, the snow has fallen. Staff Taskin sends a video of his first encounter this year with the white stuff. Her notes:

Here’s a video of Gus’s first foray. This one is really for the diehard Gus fan, it’s a bit long, but he’s so slow sometimes. I do like the bit when he really doesn’t want to put down his front right paw and the bit at the end when he zigzags back toward the house in my footprints.

Finally, someone made a TrumpCat by putting a ginger tabby’s collected fur on his head. It was inevitable.

28 Comments

  1. Posted November 23, 2016 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    I think 23 November is correct for the first Dr Who. It was a Saturday and it was then always shown on a Saturday (British) tea-time.

    • Paul S.
      Posted November 23, 2016 at 7:19 am | Permalink

      According to a BBC documentary, the first airing was Nov 22nd, it was re-aired because no one watched due to news of Kennedy assassination.

  2. rickflick
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Gus is so sweet. Afraid to get her paws damp. My d*g Maggie just bolted out the door, ignoring the first snow, with her eyes flashing about for signs of squirrels. I guess that’s why we love them.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Is that where Feynman’s book title “six easy pieces” came from?

    • Les
      Posted November 23, 2016 at 11:32 am | Permalink

      It is derived from beginning piano books of sheet music.

  4. DrBrydon
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Gus in “The Floor Is Made of Lava.” Very cute.

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Gus is taking to the wet about like our indoor cat Emma. The semi-outdoor Bumper just goes.

    That was a great movie and I liked those movies that were different. Catch 22 was another one.

  6. Mike Cracraft
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Don’t forget the Dick Tracy’s wrist communicator which goes way back before the Jetsons.

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    … in my childhood I thought that phones that showed video of your caller were something of the far distant future …

    Video-phones have proved to be quite unpopular for everyday use, for the primary reason that conversationalists don’t want the person on the other end of the line to see how distracted they are while listening to that person drone on.

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted November 23, 2016 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      Even voice calls are in decline, now that texting is available as an alternative.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted November 23, 2016 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

        Less social overhead.

  8. busterggi
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Love the way Gus tries so hard to stay inside the footprints.

  9. Damien McLeod
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Live Long and Prosper Dr. Coyne!

  10. Posted November 23, 2016 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Great songs. I really enjoyed Walker’s performance on Letterman and “The Way It Is” is a great tune, even if the bass and guitar tones have too many cheese ball 80’s effects on them.

  11. jaxkayaker
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Jerry, can I order you some toast, a la Jack Nicholson?

  12. Hempenstein
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Susan Anspach, ♥ indeed! (Did you see Montenegro?)

  13. Claudia Baker
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Great sax playing. Really loved that. So much talent.

  14. Diana MacPherson
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I remember the phone in 2001 A Space Odyssey when it first aired. We all thought we’d have lunar bases by now. Well at least we got the phones but I hate video calls because when I’m at home, I look like the walking dead.

  15. James Walker
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m another Walker born on this day, 50 years ago!😀

  16. Kevin
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Our next president is going to be the most unhappy in history. Pouty and discontented, refusing not to be disconnected.

  17. colnago
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Also, pitcher Ralph Branca died earlier today. For those who are not baseball fans, poor old Ralph, who was a relief pitcher for the Dodgers, (then in Brooklyn) gave up a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of a one game playoff to the Giant’s (then in New York) Bobby Thompson to send them to the World Series. The Dodgers at one time during the 1951 season had a 13.5 game lead on the Giants which they had managed to blow over the last 2 months of the season.

  18. Neil Faulkner
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    It was me who thought the first episode was aired on the 22nd, but it seems I was wrong. Peter Haining’s “Dr Who – A Celebration” gives the date as the 23rd, but his introduction doesn’t make it clear that Kennedy’s assassination happened the day before. He actually puts it as “only hours earlier”, which is not untrue but certainly a bit ambiguous.

  19. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted November 23, 2016 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    “On this day in 1992, the first smartphone, the IBM Simon, debuted at COMDEX in Las Vegas. How far we’ve come since then; in my childhood I thought that phones that showed video of your caller were something of the far distant future—the Jetson Era.”

    Interesting that ‘everyone’ foresaw the video phone (and things like Dick Tracy’s watch radio) – but almost nobody saw the Internet coming. Or cameras on phones. Or GPS maps. But Internet-capable smartphones preceded (I think) and far outnumber the ones running caller video.

    cr

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted November 23, 2016 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      If I’m remembering right, Bell Labs demonstrated a (non-portable) prototype videophone at the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962. Or maybe it was Montreal in ’67. Obviously they weren’t rolled out commercially at that time but the technology existed.

      As for the Internet, I wrote a science fiction story when I was in high school (circa 1970) that assumed the existence of a global information system and online library with terminals in every home. I don’t claim to have invented the idea, so it must have been in the air at the time.

      See also Vannevar Bush’s essay “As We May Think”, published in 1945.

  20. geckzilla
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Loved the Gus vid. Just loved watching his deliberation as he navigated from dry to wet to flat snow and finally into full snow.


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