Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Various bits by Jerry & Grania

Greetings from a very cold Europe!

Jerry’s sad because today is already the 5th day of Koynezaa (it ends tomorrow on my birthday), and greetings have been few on the ground and presents nonexistent! Do remember this six day holiday that celebrates The Wonder that is Coyne! For my birthday, instead of extorting readers or Facebook friends to donate to my favorite charity, I simply ask them to give fusses to a stray cat (or, if you really want to make me happy, adopt one).

Today’s Google Doodle in India celebrates the 113th birthday of Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa, or, in the beautiful and local Kannada script, ಕುಪ್ಪಳಿ ವೆಂಕಟಪ್ಪ ಪುಟ್ಟಪ್ಪ. Also known as Kuvempu, Wikipedia describes Puttapa as “an Indian Novelist, Poet, Playwright, Critic and Thinker. He is widely regarded as the greatest Kannada Poet of the 20th century. He is the first among Kannada writers to be decorated with the prestigious Dnyanpith Award.”  Poetry is a big deal in India—much bigger than in America—and great poets are widely celebrated. Here’s the Doodle.

Kannada, by the way, is the local language of Karnataka, which includes Bangalore. There are so many languages in India that many people from different areas communicate in English or Hindi, but often locals in some areas don’t speak Hindi well.

A cat zinger from the official Downing Street Mouser.


In nearby Wloclawek, Leon is sad as he didn’t get any presents, which is weird because Hiroko kindly sent him (and Hili) some “cat’s snacks” from Japan, as well as some dog treats for Cyrus. When I asked Malgorzata why Leon was sad when he had gotten presents, she responded, “You didn’t notice the word ‘today’. Leon got presents every day during the holiday. Now, when the holiday is over, he is complaining.”

Leon: What, no presents today?!!!

And in Winnipeg we have a special Christmas Gus photo. As his staff notes:

Gus demonstrates the latest thing in cat toys. (There is a pile of half a dozen toy mice just outside the picture frame…)


Here’s sweet story from The Dodo about a hero vet who looks after animals who have “fallen on hard times“.

And from Poland the inscrutable couple are having an ineffable conversation. I think.

Hili: What’s the time?
Cyrus: Nine o’clock.
Hili: You are just guessing.

In Polish:

Hili: Która może być godzina?
Cyrus: Dziewiąta.
Hili: Zgadujesz.

Hat-tip: Matthew


  1. Blue
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    … … two items:

    i) in re “that is Coyne,” is it now okay
    to refer to WEIT’s host only as … … Coyne
    ? cuz of the past, I am aware that there are
    a few appellations quite preferred and a few
    so loathed ? as in “Happy Birthday, Coyne ?”

    ii) in re Dr Howard Ralph, his analysis in re
    what he refers (within the linked article) as
    to the absence in educations of the “respect
    for wildlife,” is spot – on. And .the. prime
    reason I appreciate WEIT and Dr Coyne’s
    and Dr Ralph’s dedicated works to remedy that

    Haaaappy, Happy Birthday tomorrow, Dr Coyne.


    • Heather Hastie
      Posted December 29, 2017 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

      Jerry doesn’t like being called “Coyne”. He prefers “Jerry”. If you wish to be more formal, you could call him “Dr Coyne”, but definitely not “Coyne” on its own.

      • Diane G.
        Posted December 29, 2017 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

        Though a regular commenter here uses it frequently, roolz or no roolz…

        • Blue
          Posted December 30, 2017 at 6:18 am | Permalink

          … … and, Ms Diane G / Ms Hastie, in addition to the respect for our host, .that. — “a regular commenter here” — is .the. reason I ask. Rules or no.

          Respectfully = Merry Everything and
          … … Happy Always !


  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Jerry’s sad because today is already the 5th day of Koynezaa (it ends tomorrow on my birthday), and greetings have been few on the ground and presents nonexistent!

    Maybe we can mollify him by securing a Coynezaa greeting from VP Pence that “Jerry Coyne is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful bl*g-host I’ve ever known in my life.” (How long was that guy a POW in N. Korea anyway?)

    Anyway, happy early b-day, boss!

  3. Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday to all the Capricorns, including PCCE!
    Capricorne Diem!

  4. bonetired
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    That vet is also a qualified human doctor – how the hell he found the time to qualify in both beats me !

  5. Andy Lowry
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    My cat, whose name is Ambrose but is always just called “kitty” when addressed, will receive much fussinations from me in your name today, Prof. CC (E). He was adopted from the local shelter, so that’s covered too.

  6. darrelle
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Falcon Heavy is now vertical on launch pad 39A at the Cape.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:43 am | Permalink

      I am just now vertical here. That would be a triple landing, right.

      • darrelle
        Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:53 am | Permalink

        Yes. Though it is the first launch attempt they are planning on landing all 3 cores. 2 of them on land and 1 of them on a barge. It will be pretty amazing if they pull it off.

        Personally, I’m expecting things to go wrong. But if they do it won’t damp my enthusiasm for SpaceX. This is a 1st attempt with a new system and in rocketry graceful failure modes are not the norm.

  7. Eduardo
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    I think the ice figure is Jesus.

    • Andy Lowry
      Posted December 29, 2017 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      Oh damn, we’ll have to cancel Easter next year.

  8. Kurt Lewis Helf
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    I’ve not sent greetings because I am afraid of the opprobrium I’ll receive if I use the “wrong” phrase. But, here goes: Merry Coynezaa to all but especially to PCC!

  9. Blue
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    O, Mr Lewis Helf, what a mighty fine word,
    this one: opprobrium !

    Fitting it so is in re very many, many
    phrasings ! In addition to myself,
    Dr Coyne is the only other one whom I have
    known to employ it ! And now … … you !


  10. Posted December 29, 2017 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    It’s 30/12 here now, so happy birthday PCC(E)!

  11. darrelle
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Jerry!

  12. Liz
    Posted December 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    A day in advance,



    Have a wonderful day!

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted December 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      “Y” is tough!

      I came up with YAC, YEC, Y chromosome, Y-linked & Ypresian

      • Liz
        Posted December 29, 2017 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

        You (ha) noticed. I had trouble with the Y and subsequently the whole thing is a little off. Anyway, Happy Birthday to Jerry. I’m very grateful.

        • Posted December 29, 2017 at 5:05 pm | Permalink


          • Liz
            Posted December 29, 2017 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

            Or a lot off based on your other comments. I didn’t know.

            • Posted December 30, 2017 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

              Just a celebratory “Yaaaa” for Jerry’s bday. I liked your post very much. 🙂

  13. Posted December 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Wrt cats mastering the art of leisure, and in the inimitable voice of the Dowager Countess Crawley on Downton Abbey, “What’s a weekend?”

  14. Posted December 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Happy Coynezaa, dear Professor! And a very merry un-birthday to youuuu today!

  15. Hempenstein
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    For f^cks sake – I click the pic of the frozen ghost so I can fwd it and I can’t find it on the page that comes up (try it!). Then I notice a little box that says there’s a pic that may contain sensitive material. Srsly???

    This is where the vaunted artificial intelligence is leading.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted December 30, 2017 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      Here is a direct link to the image in the tweet:

      For whatever reason that image has been hidden in the tweet & marked “This media may contain sensitive material. Learn More”. I went to the “Learn more” link & anyone who finds an image disturbing can tag it as such & it gets hidden, but it’s still accessible by expanding it. I suppose it’s to protect the feelz of those who are triggered easily. Usual bollocks.

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