Saturday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Jerry Allen Coyne, superannuated geneticist, was born on this day in 1949. What better way to mark the day than with felids doing felid things.

Getting a hug from  lion has to be one of the most life-affirming experiences.

Here is a cat that has set out to prove that cats can be trained. Take that, dogs!

Jerry’s dream cat is the Bengal, a lively and distinctively beautiful breed that need loads of exercise. Here are some kittens playing on a special cat wheel.

It is also Bacon Day and National bicarbonate of soda day. Celebrate with a generous helping of both. Or not.

Meanwhile in Wroclawek, Leon found a special prey in a wicker Christmas tree made by his staff:

Leon: I think I smell a tipsy rodent in here.

Finally, some birthday words from Hili who remembers her friend fondly.

Hili: Today is Jerry’s birthday.
A: And would you like to wish him something?
Hili: Yes, I wish we could sleep together on the sofa again.

In Polish:

Hili: Dziś są urodziny Jerrego.
Ja: I co, chciałabyś złożyć mu życzenia?
Hili: Tak, żebyśmy znowu razem spali na sofie.

19 Comments

  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    The birthday. It’s the once a year event that must be routine after 68 of them but if we understand anything it is, they go by with amazing speed.

    • rickflick
      Posted December 30, 2017 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      The older you get, the faster it goes.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted December 30, 2017 at 9:43 am | Permalink

        Don’t we know it.

  2. James Walker
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday PCC(E)!

  3. George
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    I wished Jerry Happy Birthday a month ago. Got it out of the way early. In any case, my standard birthday greeting –

    Congratulations on surviving another orbit of an ordinary rocky planet around a yellow dwarf star located in an ordinary spiral galaxy in an ordinary group of galaxies in an ordinary galaxy cluster …… Just want to make sure you feel special today. Happy Birthday!

    • Posted December 30, 2017 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      Technically it’s a G-type main-sequence star in the second largest galaxy in the group.

      • Posted December 30, 2017 at 8:42 am | Permalink

        But of course the location of our solar system, in the Orion arm, ~ 26,000 light-years out from the galactic center, is the best, most coveted, and the most special spot in our particular region of our particular filament of dark matter.
        All the other alien races say so. believe me.

      • George
        Posted December 30, 2017 at 8:55 am | Permalink

        We are only a few billion years from being in the largest galaxy in the group. Will all the matter in the Local Group eventually merge into one? Will all the matter in the Virgo supercluster get attracted to the Great Attractor – with no other matter in the universe visible to an observer in whatever they call this great attraction?
        https://www.space.com/33579-will-the-great-attractor-destroy-us.html

        As Norman Maclean said, “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”

        Astronomers classify the Sun as a yellow dwarf.
        https://www.universetoday.com/16350/what-kind-of-star-is-the-sun/

  4. Posted December 30, 2017 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    I hope there’s a generator attached to that wheel.

  5. Carl Powers
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    I came for the cats, I stayed for the science. Happy birthday!

  6. Peter
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I wish you a very happy birthday PCC(E). Be thankful you are not in Winnipeg today. We are waking up to -35°C. for those of you in the Bahamas, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Palau, and the United States, it is -31°F. For comparison, I note that it is 21°C in Delhi today.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted December 30, 2017 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

      “for those of you in the Bahamas, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Palau, and the United States, it is -31°F.” I *think* you mean, ‘it would be expressed as -31 F’
      I doubt the Bahamas et al ever see -31 F. 😉

      21C is just nicely warm. Same here in upside-down land (Auckland NZ) – I’m going to the beach. 🙂

      cr

  7. Ruthann
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday from me and my seven formerly feral cats who now enjoy the benefits of being strictly inside. All but the oldest appeared in my backyard over the course of 10 years. They’ll get extra treats and love today in honor of your birthday.

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted December 30, 2017 at 10:13 am | Permalink

      Good idea. My cat will get extra treats today in honour of Jerry’s birthday too.

      -27 here right now. Loving my wood stove!

      • Diane G.
        Posted December 31, 2017 at 3:06 am | Permalink

        -27 ?! Where do you live, Claudia?

  8. Christopher
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Cat runs an obstacle course to prove it can be trained like dogs…every day my cats proves that hoomans can be trained like dogs too.

    Hope you are enjoying a warm and wonderful burfday. It’s a balmy 5 F in Chicago right now.

  9. Posted December 30, 2017 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday from me, and Ultraviolet the cat.


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