Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s December 30, 2016, and the last day of Koynezaa, which means I’ve completed another circuit around the Sun. It’s a weird food holiday, too: National Bicarbonate of Soda Day and Baking Soda Day. What gives with that? A Bicarb Day should be right after Thanksgiving or Christmas! In Slovakia, it’s the Day of the Declaration of Slovakia as an Independent Ecclesiastic Province (Pope Paul VI’s doing).

On this day in 1896, Filipino patriot José Rizal was executed for his writings, which helped lead to the independence of his land. In 1922, the USSR was formed, and in 1965 Ferdinand Marcos became President of the Philippines.

Notables born on this day include Rudyard Kipling (1865), Bert Parks (1914), Bo Diddley (1928), Skeeter Davis (1931), Del Shannon (1934), Sandy Koufax (1935), John Hartford (1937), two Monkees (Michael Neshmith, 1942, and Davy Jones, 1945), Patti Smith (1946), Jerry Coyne (1949), Tracey Ullman (1959), and Heidi Fleiss (1965). Those who died on this day include Grigori Rasputin (1916; when I was a long-haired hippie and was a groomsman at a friend’s wedding in Texas in 1972, one of the old rich ladies whom I was escorting to her seat exclaimed in dismay, “What—I have to be taken to my seat by Rasputin?!”), Alfred North Whitehead (1947), Richard Rogers (1979), Artie Shaw (2004), Saddam Hussein (executed ten years ago today), and Carl Woese (2012). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, there’s a special Hili dialogue for my special day. I think she’s messing with me!

Hili: I think that last year Jerry’s birthday was December 30?
A: That’s right.
Hili: And this year as well?
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In Polish:

Hili: Zdaje się, że w zeszłym roku Jerry miał 30 grudnia urodziny.
Ja: Zgadza się.

Hili: Czy w tym roku też?
As a bit of solipsism, I’ll enclose today’s “Freethought of the Day” from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. (My quote is taken verbatim from a talk, which is why it’s a bit unwieldy.) Thanks to Margaret Downey for calling it to my attention:
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47 Comments

  1. Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday, amigo!

  2. bluemaas
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    From inside Aleppo (by way of thedodo.com) a doings’ birthday present for you, Dr Coyne: This Guy Is Saving Cats In War-Torn Syria http://www.thedodo.com/cat-man-aleppo-video-2117682447.html. Mr Aljaleel brings to my brain Ms Wanda Gág’s human character in her y1928 “Millions of Cats.”

    Happy Next Boogie Around Our Sun — beginning today then; and of another Professor JC … … here is this ‘toon, too, for you: of He Who finally acknowledges, concurs with and teaches what You / Your WEIT do ! Thank you, Dr Coyne, for every day helping us all. Helping us all to be better, true human beings. https://onsizzle.com/i/about-3-8-billion-years-ago-a-few-hundred-million-years-4765642.

    Some birthday cake brought to you by another cowboy boots’ aficionado here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6WVoEWqTKw.

    Blue

  3. Jim Knight
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    sub

  4. Joseph McClain
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday, Professor! An evolutionist and two Monkees. Can’t be a coincidence!

  5. Reggie Cormack
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, PCC(E). You should probably get a day off from W.E.I.T. today, but …. we do enjoy your posts, so it’s nose back to the grindstone for you I’m afraid

  6. Peter
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday PCC(E)!

  7. rickflick
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday Dr. Coyne, and happy new year on WEIT!

  8. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Birthday number…I won’t mention it since I will be there in three months. Have a good one.

  9. philfinn7
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday Jerry. Hope it’s a good one.

  10. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Jerry!

    This here website is a great, unique service, and I thank you not the least for making it as-free. I’d get a gift if I could, but instead I’ll recommend you watch the film “Tim’s Vermeer” – a blend of art and science, hard to describe. Hopefully this link works:

    https://g.co/kgs/mO2xAx

    It’s on iTunes also.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:26 am | Permalink

      Ad-free not as-free

  11. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday!! 🍾🥂🎂

  12. Graham Martin-Royle
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday .

  13. Graham Martin-Royle
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday .

  14. mfdempsey1946
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday.

    Your writings and talks and this website have been invaluable and indispensable to me since I first discovered them.

    I am so grateful for their existence.

  15. dabertini
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday PCC(e)!!

  16. darrelle
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Jerry. I hope you have a wonderful day.

    I put one more revolution behind me two days ago myself. Please slow this thing down!

    • bluemaas
      Posted December 30, 2016 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      I myself so do like (the idea of) turning back time, Mr darrelle ! So as to put off as much as possible … … our inevitable Big Sleeps ! and certainly would if I could … … if only to wish you, too, a happiest special day of this mess of a year known as y2016 !

      From our darling Ms Cher then for you, Mr darrelle, at this cycle’s .end. finally: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9Vm9v4J-3E&feature=share .

      Happy Belated Birthday !
      Blue

      • darrelle
        Posted December 30, 2016 at 8:58 am | Permalink

        Thank You Blue!

  17. Winnie
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday, Jerry. Thank you for another year of WEIT.

  18. Debra Coplan
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Have a happy birthday today Jerry!

  19. Susan Mears
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, big brother. Hope you have something fun planned. Also, happy half birthday to me. xoxo, YAW

  20. Susan Mears
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    That’s YAS, not YAW

  21. AMY
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🙂

  22. GBJames
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Many Happy Returns of the Day, Jerry!

  23. tubby
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    I should have planned ahead enough to apply to place a little Hili in a creche on the statehouse steps in honor of Koynezaa!

  24. Posted December 30, 2016 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Please amend your list of Notables to “Jerry Coyne <3<3<3". Happy Burpday! 🙂

  25. busterggi
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    All by best to Hili, Gus and the rest of the pride for the upcoming new year.

  26. Posted December 30, 2016 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    You didn’t transmogrify, you transfigured.

    Happy birthday!

  27. Jenny Haniver
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Many happy returns of the day!

    Since “Koynezaa” is a coynage and I find that in days of yo(u)re, “coin” was sometimes spelled “coyne” it is legitimate to say that you are a coyner of words. I send this offering on your natal day — if you Google “Shakespeare Survey vol. 56 “coyne”* you should find a link to the volume in Google Books. Click that link and it opens at pg. 52 to an article by Patricia Parker, which contains some very interesting, surprising and rather risque material on the word “coine” and its variant, “coyne,” and scrolling back and forward a few pages yields more.

    * Here is the link to the Google Books page, but I find such links so long, they never work https://books.google.com/books?id=lvKUm7D2vckC&pg=PA52&lpg=PA52&dq=shakespeare+survey+volume+56+coyne&source=bl&ots=y4LkZ55NHo&sig=qNQUwsu_88jhSBtz4EV6A2c_d0I&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiaz8T4oZzRAhVI34MKHerLCjAQ6AEIJjAB#v=onepage&q=shakespeare%20survey%20volume%2056%20coyne&f=false

    • Doug
      Posted December 30, 2016 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

      It works!

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted December 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

        So it does. Thanks. I’m surprised. Since I rarely get such long links to work, I didn’t even bother to try this one. Wish there was a way to print out the pages because I find all the associations and “cognates” (a word itself the author says was etymologically associated with “coyne” in Elizabethan times)very interesting. And one learns about quinces in Elizabethan life and lore as well.

  28. Posted December 30, 2016 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum 67. Geburtstag! Und mögen es viele weitere sein.

  29. Heather Hastie
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday Jerry. I hope you’re having a lovely day. 🙂

  30. Posted December 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Joyeux anniversaire!

  31. Claudia Baker
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Prof. Coyne! And thanks for this site. I love it.

  32. Mark R.
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Jerry! I enjoy following your journeys around the sun; I am a better human for it.

  33. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Although I am fluent in German, I know no Polish.

    I find a Google online translator translates “birthday” to “urodziny” and “happy” as “szczęśliwy”
    but “Happy Birthday” to
    “Wszystkiego najlepszego”
    which when fed back to English translates as
    “All the best”.

    This makes sense, since the accustomed German phrase is “Alles Gute zum Geburtstag” (All good on your birthday) not ‘happy birthday’.

    Well then,

    Wszystkiego najlepszego,
    profesor sufit kota

  34. phar84
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!!

    Hope you have a wonderful day.

  35. cornbread_r2
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday!

  36. David
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Have a great birthday and a wonderful New Year. Always enjoy your travels and interesting articles.

  37. Andrea Kenner
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday, Jerry, and thanks for your ever-interesting blog posts!

  38. Posted December 30, 2016 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, Jerry!

  39. Pabs
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I’ll add my own tiny encomium to the pile – happy birthday, Professor! Reading the original WEIT, as well as this website, has helped make me a better-informed individual, I think. I’m grateful for your several good works of mind, sir. May the next year bring you more joy and interest than this one!

  40. Posted December 30, 2016 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Another wish for a good birthday, though a bit late. It seems that many of us celebrate another year we’ve had your interesting writing, as well as Hili’s sometimes obscure comments, to entertain us. A celebration is uber-appropriate!

    After I decided I was spending too much time reading blogs, and purged my blog list, there were only eight left. (Okay, some are groups, but still.) This blog, er, website, is at the top of the list. You rock!


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