Wednesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Welcome to the middle of the week and the penultimate Wednesday of 2017. The New York Times has a photo essay called Year In Pictures up today.


On the Twitters this morning:  a remarkable ancient sculpture from the Le Tuc d’Audoubert cave (part of the Trois-Frères cave complex in France). It was discovered by three teens in 1912.

Matthew sent in this tweet, which is basically The Little Mermaid, felid edition.

Over in Poland, Hili and Cyrus are engaged in Deep Thought again.

Cyrus: Why does logic not regulate herd thinking?
Hili: Because then the herd would disperse.

In Polish:

Cyrus: Dlaczego logika nie reguluje myślenia stadnego?
Hili: Bo gdyby to robiła, to by się stado rozlazło.


  1. Posted December 20, 2017 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Interesting! cannot do the doggy shake though, just shakes a leg!

  2. George
    Posted December 20, 2017 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    I will speak ill of the dead. Bernard Law died. An almost worthless piece of s**t. I say almost because he was good on civil rights when he was a priest in Mississippi in the 1960s. As opposed to Jerry Falwell who was a total worthless piece of s**t.

    Law should have gone to jail but instead lived in exile in Rome. Where he continued to be an evil presence in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Informing policy on sex abuse – i.e. ignore it. And making sure all American bishops were right wingers.

    Good riddance to bad garbage. Kind of makes you wish there was a hell for him to go to. I regret that he lived to 86 spreading his vileness on the Earth.

    When will Pat Robertson meet his way overdue end?

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted December 20, 2017 at 7:59 am | Permalink

      Is this another of those matchbox burials. A good example of what you get when you self investigate. The Catholics are real pros at it.

    • rickflick
      Posted December 20, 2017 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      In the picture he looks more like he’s scheming than praying.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 21, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

      And making sure all American bishops were right wingers.

      Don’t they have an entire semenary system for sorting out the good ol’boys from the troublesome priests? Not just one layer of control.
      Mind you, considering why Thomas Becket got a severe tonsure censure, that’s maybe not the most appropriate of similes.

  3. Michael Fisher
    Posted December 20, 2017 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Lots of good info, with cave maps, drawings & photographs of Tuc d’Audoubert at Don’s Maps

    • Andy Lowry
      Posted December 20, 2017 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      Thanks for that!

    • Posted December 20, 2017 at 8:29 am | Permalink


    • barn owl
      Posted December 20, 2017 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      Fascinating information at that website! I was interested to read about cave lions too – I suspect that Paleo-PCC(E) might have reconsidered his dream of holding a lion cub!

  4. Posted December 20, 2017 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    That sculpture can’t be 14k old because the earth is only 6,500 years old! lol

  5. Andy Lowry
    Posted December 20, 2017 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    I was astounded by the cave art in Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” but those bison really blow me away. I don’t think I’ve ever seen ice-age sculpture before, or at least not of a realistic sort.

  6. Posted December 20, 2017 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Great stuff Grania. BTW I’m no longer on Twitter and I dont have your Cork skeptic handle. If you are about then drop me a line

  7. nicky
    Posted December 20, 2017 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    I’m blasted too, how come we know about Lascaux, Chauvet, Altamira, and many more, but I never heard of Le Tuc d’Audoubert, containing actual big clay sculptures? Did anybody knew about this? And known since 1912! My first reaction was ‘must be a hoax’, but it appears they are genuine. Fantastic!

  8. rickflick
    Posted December 20, 2017 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    My wife and I toured southern France in October with a major goal of seeing cave art in the Les Eyzies area East of Bordeaux. This tour had been at the top of my bucket list since I was just a kid. Of course we saw Lascaux, but there are numerous less well know sites to see. We stopped at Font-de-Gaume, Rouffignac, Pech Merle. Each one is a mind blowing experience. Each has unique aspects while preserving common elements representing the widespread Cro-Magnon culture. While Lascaux is seen as an accurate replica, the others are actual encounters with the real thing. We would have visited the Chauvet site which was featured in the Herzog documentary, but we were unaware that it has a public display component called Pont d’Arc cave. There are dozens of sites from Germany through France and into northern Spain. Probably the most stunning realization that came to me after seeing these sites was the remarkable consistency in style, symbolism, and intent across hundreds of miles and across 20 thousand years. It leads me to suppose that there must have been a remarkably stable culture through space and time.

  9. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted December 20, 2017 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Cave art fans may be interested in Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel Shaman, a fictionalized account of the lives of Ice Age tribes in western Europe.

    • Mark R.
      Posted December 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      KSR is an astounding writer; one of those rare breeds who is as comfortable in the science fiction genre as in historical fiction and fantasy. Shaman is a great example of his formidable abilities.

%d bloggers like this: