Sunday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a chilly Chicago Sunday (it’s a few degrees above freezing): October 29, 2017.  It’s a good day to be National Oatmeal Day, and I may well have a bowl with cinnamon and raisins. Most important, in the U.S. it”s


I had no idea there even was one (the website is here). The first ten American readers who send me photos of their American cat (because it’s an American holiday) will have them posted at the end of the day. You’ll have to be quick, and include a few words about your moggie. (Only pictures not displayed here before, please.)  To start things off, here’s a photo of me a while back holding my beloved Teddy, who’s no longer with us (it’s a photo of a print):

More minor events on this day:  On this day in 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh, accused of treason and plotting against the King, was beheaded at the Palace of Westminster.  On October 29, 1675,  Leibniz first used the “∫” as a symbol of the integral in calculus. 112 years later, Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni was first performed in Prague. On this day in 1901, Leon Czolgosz, who had assassinated President William McKinley, was executed by electrocution—only 45 days after his crime.  On this day in 1923, Turkey became a republic after the Ottoman Empire was dissolved. It’s now reverting to a theocracy. On this day in 1929, the U.S. stock market crashed for the second day in a row on “Black Tuesday,” ultimately bringing on the Great Depression. On this day in 1964, a load of gemstones was stolen from the American Museum of Natural History by a group of thieves (remember “Murph the surf”?). It was the biggest jewel heist in American history, and included the 565 carat (113 g) Star of India.  Nearly all the gems were recovered and the miscreants jailed.  Here’s the huge Star of India, a nearly flawless star sapphire as big as a golf ball; it was originally given to the Museum by owner J. P. Morgan:

On this day in 1969, according to Wikipedia, “The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.” On this day in 1971, guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon Georgia: a very sad day for rock music. Finally, on October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast of the U.S.
Notables born on this day include James Boswell (1740), Fanny Brice (1891), Joseph Goebbels (1897), A. J. Ayer (1910), Frans de Waal and Kate Jackson (both 1948), David Remnick (1958), Joely Fisher (1968), Winona Ryder (1971), and Natalie Dawn (1986).  Johnny Depp, who was once involved with Ryder, had a tattoo put on his arm that said “Winona forever.” After they broke up, he had it changed to “Wino forever.” Don’t believe me?:
Those who died on this day include Walter Raleigh (1618; see above), Joseph Pulitzer (1911), Duane Allman (1971; see above), Woody Herman (1987), Terry Southern (1995), and Jimmy Savile (2011). In honor of Duane, here’s his stupendous rendition of “Loan Me a Dime” with Boz Scaggs:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili has apparently read some existentialism!
Hili: I deconstructed a mouse.
Cyrus: Don’t talk derridese.
In Polish:
Hili: Zdekonstruowałam mysz.
Cyrus: Nie derriduj.

Here are two tw**ts found by Matthew. The first one is fantastic, but sadly is done by Tetsuya Noguchi, a modern artist who paints in the old Japanese style:

An unusual animal event:

And a nice video of the Bronx Zoo’s new snow leopard cub, stolen from Heather Hastie:


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Around here, every day is cat day. But will send some photos, just in case.

  2. Lurker111
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Hah! The surfing heron was terrific. Very, um, Biblical.

    On a side topic, I think PCC would appreciate that latest SMBC:

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted October 29, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

      AH yes, the upgraded economy class.

  3. DrBrydon
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Form what I’ve read, Depp’s altered tattoo is more true.

  4. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    My father and I often have similar tastes in opera and music, but we are split on “Don Giovanni” because he intensely dislikes any drama that introduces supernaturalism fairly late in the story, while the first half is played naturalistically. This, naturally, disqualifies Mozart’s opera for him.

  5. Posted October 29, 2017 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    My correspondent in Morgantown, WV, writes “Everyday is Cat Day”. And my San Diego correspondent adds “All hail our cat overlords.”

  6. claudia baker
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    PCC and Teddy – adorable.

  7. Michael Scullin
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Boz Scaggs and Duane Allman – stupendous. I had the LP then the CD (which is about a foot away). Crank it up loud.

    • Posted October 29, 2017 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      Imo it’s not the best representation of Duane’s blues playing, here it tends to tedious drawn out pentatonic/blues scale riffing.

      On other hand, any of the blues tracks on the Live at Fillmore East album are dynamite. Concise, and well constructed. (They call it) Stormy Monday a standout masterclass in terms of buiding tension over just two choruses. Statsboro Blues one of the all time great examples of electric slide guitar playing.

  8. Posted October 29, 2017 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    I thought the snow leopard club appeared yesterday already?

    • Posted October 29, 2017 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

      Might have, but in the short version.

      • Posted October 29, 2017 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

        I haven’t watched the whole video. Seems like I was too quick to judge.

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