Monday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Welcome to 2018! Jerry is in Delhi and resting after a busy day.

There’s already been a report of time travel, so 2018 is off to a good start.

Here’s a good-luck pig

And a cat being raptured

And a bunny leap for good measure

Over in Dobrzyń Hili is developing a new Law of Conservation which will result in more naps and slumbers. I heartily endorse this effort.

Cyrus: We have consciousness.
Hili: Yes, but we have to save it carefully.

In Polish:

Cyrus: Mamy świadomość.
Hili: Tak, ale musimy ją bardzo oszczędzać.

Hat-tip: Matthew, CHarleen


  1. Posted January 1, 2018 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Hili is starting the year in a particularly philosophical mode. Great one!

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 1, 2018 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    You have arrived yesterday or last year, which ever you prefer. Since it is 3 below here I will take that trip anytime.

  3. Janet
    Posted January 1, 2018 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Yes, one has to dole out that consciousness in carefully measured dollops. Don’t want to run out.

  4. rickflick
    Posted January 1, 2018 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    The bunny is hopping right into the new year. She has a spark of buoyant optimism.

    • Kiwi Dave
      Posted January 1, 2018 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

      Apparently a dumb bunny – 2018 is not a leap year.

      • rickflick
        Posted January 1, 2018 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

        Bwaaaaa! 🐇

  5. Posted January 1, 2018 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Happy new year ;).

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 1, 2018 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      Hyvää uutta vuotta myös sinulle! [is that right?]

  6. Posted January 1, 2018 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year to all here and esp. to Hili, Malgorzata and Andrzej.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      And to thee

    • Malgorzata
      Posted January 1, 2018 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

      Thank you. And Happy New Year to you and to all WEIT readers plus an especially warm meow from Hili.

  7. Claudia Baker
    Posted January 1, 2018 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year to everyone on this wonderful site. From the cold, cold, capital city of Ottawa. -22C at the moment.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 1, 2018 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      -22C keeps the black fly down! Happy New Year Ms. CB.

  8. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    It’s that pesky dateline thing. It gets extremely tricky with overnight flights.

    Our flight from Auckland to Rarotonga leaves on Saturday evening, but a few hours later it crosses midnight into Sunday, then the dateline flips it back to Saturday just before we arrive in Raro at 12.30 a.m. BUT, because motel rooms are not booked from 1a.m., our Raro motel has to be booked from the Friday night. All clear on that?

    Flying back is simpler, we get ready to leave on Monday night for a 2a.m. Tuesday departure, which arrives in Auckland after the dateline and a 4-hour flight early on Wednesday morning.

    Just means one has to be super-bloody-careful with dates when making Internet bookings.

    Really, things would be so much simpler if the earth was flat…


    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 2, 2018 at 2:44 am | Permalink

      It’s madness.

      I favour the adoption of a single global clock as per the Hanke-Henry Date & Time, Everywhere in the World system – So at this very moment it’s 0844 hrs, Monday, 2nd Jan. 2018 everywhere in the world. It’s effectively the clock that all flights abide to otherwise known as UTC [Coordinated Universal Time] or GMT – no daylight saving etc.

      This idea has been tossed around for over a hundred years & needs serious consideration – people would have to get rid of the idea that noon approximates to the middle of the day. Regions would set their own operational hours – thus Washington DC folks would be rising at noon & eating dinner at 1 in the morning.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted January 2, 2018 at 7:25 am | Permalink


        If you catch a train in Russia, that’s approximately what applies – all trains run on Moscow time. So Train 001 (the ‘Rossiya’) leaves Vladivostok at 12.10pm which is actually 7.10pm local time.

        It’s the only way a six-day timetable could make sense.

        Of course, persuading [everywhere else in the world] to adopt GMT (or Moscow time, or Washington time) might be a bit tricky.

        The real problem arises with the interface with local services i.e. why should local Auckland buses which never go more than 20 miles run on GMT? (Same argument would apply to local services everywhere of course).

        Oh, and co-ordinating with the date would be an even bigger problem – if ‘midnight’ comes round in the middle of Tuesday morning, does the day change to Wednesday? Or does Wednesday start at “0900 hours” which happens to be the middle of the night…


        • Michael Fisher
          Posted January 2, 2018 at 7:45 am | Permalink

          I’m getting used to you now, interactions wise – you don’t think about what you’ve been reading that much & links aren’t clicked…

          Your last paragraph: The question you asked – it shows you weren’t paying attention [didn’t read the link, didn’t look up the concept, didn’t look up the names].

          Your penultimate paragraph: Further evidence of the above, plus you mentioned Russia in para 1 – check out China & how they run their system of dual time [local, for operational purposes & a semi-universal base time for coordination]

          I am dissapoint – as they used to say

          • infiniteimprobabilit
            Posted January 2, 2018 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

            I’ll ignore the snark.

            OK, so I clicked the link.

            First impression is the mixture of fonts looks a bit like Timecube of fond memory.

            But with respect to my most cogent objection, there’s this:

            “3.) Doesn’t your innovation mean that, for some folks, the date changes when the sun is overhead?

            Yes … but those folks live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. As things stand, they have an International Date Line to contend with. With our proposal, that will disappear forever. So they gain that! ”

            Well, hardly. For literally half the world, the date would change *at some time during the daylight hours*. It’s probably even worse to have the date (and day of the week?) changing midway through the morning or afternoon, than at midday. And note that folks, even in the Pacific, only have to contend with the date line *when they’re travelling*, which, most of the time, most people aren’t doing. So I don’t think that glib dismissal even starts to address my objection.


    • rickflick
      Posted January 2, 2018 at 6:20 am | Permalink

      You fly this route routinely? I think if I ever visited the Cook islands it would be to check for rare and maybe never before seen life forms(especially birds). I suspect the talk of the town revolves around sea level rise. The beach resorts and bars will have to be moved back a foot a year. Looking at Google map the island looks like a population in the shape of a doughnut bounded by sea and mount.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted January 2, 2018 at 7:30 am | Permalink

        “You fly this route routinely?”

        Every couple of years.

        Yes the island consists of a very steep mountainous interior with a flat rim, which is mostly the old lagoon uplifted by a few feet. Sea level rise would be significant, it’s not just a matter of moving back ‘a foot a year’ since the outer edge by the (present) lagoon is often slightly higher than the taro swamps inland.

        But far worse for the ‘outer islands’ in the Northern Group which are atolls.


  9. Posted January 2, 2018 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    Happy New Year, everyone (No, I haven’t taken a day to recover).

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 2, 2018 at 6:03 am | Permalink

      Where’s my lump of coal? I was given everything else inc the whisky [which is now no more than a fading memory].

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 2, 2018 at 6:04 am | Permalink

      & Happy New Year to you & yours

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