Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

We’re at the start of another week, but at the end of January: it’s Monday, January 29, 2008, and National Corn Chip Day. In the midlands, it’s Kansas Day, celebrating the day when that state was admitted to the Union in 1861. Posting may be light today as I don’t have much to say.

On this day in 1845, Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “The Raven” was published in the Evening Mirror in New York; it was the first of his published works to bear his name. On January 29 1886, Karl Benz (yes, that Benz) received a patent for the first successful automobile powered by gasoline. In 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened with its first inductees, and a powerful crew they were: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wagner. I wonder how they’d fare in today’s game.  In 1967, according to Wikipedia, “The ‘ultimate high’ of the hippie era, the Mantra-Rock Dance, took place in San Francisco and features Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg.” Sadly, I don’t remember this at all, but here’s the poster:

Sixteen years ago, George W. Bush gave the State of the Union address, naming regimes that sponsored terrorism as the “Axis of evil”; they included Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. Here’s an event I remember well: on January 29, 2009, Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was removed from office for multiple instances of corruption. He was jailed in 2012, and will serve at least 12 years before he’s eligible for parole. Blagojevich is the fourth Illinois governor to go to prison, all in my lifetime and two while I was living here.

Notables born on this day include Emanuel Swedenborg (1688), Anton Chekhov (1860), W. C. Fields (1880), Abdus Salam (1926; he was the first Muslim and first Pakistani to get a Nobel Prize in science, which he shared with Sheldon Glashow and Steven Weinberg), Germaine Greer (1939), Oprah Winfrey (1954, not our next President), and Heather Graham (1970).  Those who expired on January 29 include Edward Lear (1888), H. L. Mencken (1956), Fritz Kreisler (1962), Alan Ladd (1964), Margaret Truman (2008), Colleen McCullough (2015), and Rod McKuen (2015).

Ladd, born in 1913, starred in lots of movies, including the Western “Shane”.  Here he is in Greece (left) with my father on the Acropolis (Parthenon in the background), probably in 1956. We were all living there then, and (as I’ve mentioned before), my father helped get Army jeeps and fuel for the movie “Boy on a Dolphin“, also starring Sophia Loren.  More on my father later today:

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili can’t even. . .

Hili: I can’t find words.
A: Did you look for them?
Hili: Not really.
In Polish:
Hili: Nie znajduję słów.
Ja: A szukałaś?
Hili: Nie specjalnie.
And Leon is back! He’s walking in the snow, and on the prowl for prey:

Leon: I’m sniffing big game.

His little footprints:

And it was so sunny in Winnipeg yesterday that Gus had to shield his eyes while sleeping on the Katzenbaum:

Here are tweets unearthed by Grania:


Look at the size of these bat skulls!

Here, as Grania said, is a “super-cute robot that looks like WALL-E. Life is imitating art here.”

Here’s Pixar’s Wall-E:

A tweet found by Matthew: look at that lady’s soccer skills! UPDATE: A reader notes a correction here; “The artist should be identified as Maria Nilda Pereira Passos.  In an interview last weekend on Brazilian television, she revealed her age to be 54.”




  1. Posted January 29, 2018 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    In the ball video I am curious about the way the background goes into some strange striped dazzle patterns – what is happening with the data?

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 29, 2018 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

      Dominic. I’m not knowledgeable, but I googlefu’d & this is what I think…

      The beach freestyle football granny twitter video started out on YouTube. Over on YT I found an older copy with the same patterns. It’s an “aliasing” & “Moiré” pattern effect that occurs when an image with any kind of pattern in it is repeatedly upscaled & downscaled.

      You’ll notice the effect occurs where there is the least change in the image from frame to frame. Thus the woman, the ball & the waves are unaffected while large areas of ‘patterned unchanging sameness’ are bollixed up [the green trees at the top are blob patterns & the orange sand at the bottom has evenly spaced pebbles].

      Compression programs take pixels next to each other that are similar & makes them the same so that the image file can have instructions like “make the next line of 300 pixels THIS shade of orange” rather than having 300 descriptions describing 300 pixels individually that are indistinguishably [to the human eye] different.

      This video is old & it has been ripped & re-ripped many times by various YT channel owners. A chain of ‘owners’ of this video have downloaded it one after the other & then reuploaded it in a chain in various sizes. When an image is rescaled larger [more pixels] than downscaled then up etc then you get those weird compression artifacts. See this link which contains a video showing the effect: Moire Pattern & Aliasing

  2. busterggi
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Now that’s a soccer mom!

  3. notsecurelyanchored
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    ” In 1967, according to Wikipedia, “The ‘ultimate high’ of the hippie era, the Mantra-Rock Dance, took place in San Francisco and features Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg.” Sadly, I don’t remember this at all . . .”

    Just goes to show you were there! You know what they say about the ’60s.

  4. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    Allow me to muse :

    I think an irony of the conservative-republican group today is that not an insignificant number might have been at that concert in San Francisco, if not then listening to those LP’s….

    To wit : notice the cutaway music on Fox’s political programming (the ones with tons of red white blue and USA flags). They even had Brian Wilson for an interview once, for goodness sake.

    Don’t ask me what I was watching Fox for.

    Ok thanks.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted January 29, 2018 at 7:49 am | Permalink

      Just for the record : I do NOT think every hippie music fan is now a republican. And I think they’d probably not be.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 29, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      Brian Wilson is a bad example to use. He’s been a loony tune most of the time for many decades.

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted January 29, 2018 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

        Rmmmmmm even so, one of The Beach Boys – their fans – big picture here.

    • Wayne Y Hoskisson
      Posted January 29, 2018 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

      A friend told me we first visited San Francisco in 1965. I am fuzzy about that but I do remember spending a little time there in 1966 and 1967. Janis Joplin was just starting with Big Brother and did not get billing at the time. Haight-Ashbury was just across the Golden Gate Park panhandle from the University of San Francisco. Students were moving into the cheap housing in the largely black neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury. I think that started the change in the neighborhood. By the summer or fall of 1967 tour buses brought people to Haight Street to view the hippies. None of my friends I knew then would ever have voted Republican.

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Good to see all the important cats back in the pack. National corn chip day and Kansas Day. Which one is more important. I live in Kansas and did not know that – 1861. Kansas is where the pre-civil war took place and they didn’t call it bloody Kansas for nothing. Mostly we blame Missouri.

    • darrelle
      Posted January 29, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      I lived in Missouri once. We called it Misery.

      Actually we had a great time there though. We lived on Richards Gebaur AFB not too far from Kansas City. The base was very nice, considered to be a luxury base. It was constantly under criticism because of that and was on the short list for being closed down, which it eventually was.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted January 29, 2018 at 10:46 am | Permalink

        I am currently in the Wichita area now. Were you in the Air Force? I did some time with that organization many years ago. Actually where I grew up in Iowa was about 10 miles from the Missouri line, southwest corner.

        • darrelle
          Posted January 29, 2018 at 10:57 am | Permalink

          Not me but my father. I was merely a “military brat.” I almost took the Navy up on their offer of a scholarship for their nuclear program but decided to go a different route.

          • Randall Schenck
            Posted January 29, 2018 at 11:48 am | Permalink

            Well, that is interesting. You have another thing in common with PCC. Both of you were military brats. You might then remember the BX (retail store) on bases where you were located. After my time in the air force I went to school and later worked for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES). This is the outfit that runs all of the stores and other facilities for the Army and Air Force.

            • darrelle
              Posted January 29, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

              Yes indeed I remember BXs and PXs (lived at Landstuhl for a while because Ramstein didn’t have room at the time). I generally had a great time growing up as a military brat and remember much of it quite well.

              Where you ever stationed in Germany? I can’t remember which base / post it was but there was a huge BX/PX complex in Germany comprised of many large two story block buildings that had anything one could imagine. I’m pretty sure it was on an Army post, but I can’t remember which one. Worms?

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    . Sadly, I don’t remember this at all …

    As the saying goes, if you can remember it, you weren’t there.

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    The Illinois governor’s mansion has a higher per capita rate of incarceration than Cabrini-Green ever had.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted January 29, 2018 at 8:04 am | Permalink

      Just a thought but most of the Illinois governors were attorneys? Maybe the residence of the Green would catch up had they made it to law school? A little joke.

  8. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 7:47 am | Permalink


    “Independently of each other, Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler each produced an automobile in 1886, both in Germany, about 60 miles apart.[18]”

    There’s a Connections by James Burke that goes through this – it’s a great story. He shows the perfume atomizer in one moment, and connects that ( in his own sweet way) to the carburetor (carburettor if you prefer)…

    • David Coxill
      Posted January 29, 2018 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      I remember “Connections” when it was on tv .
      Recently i bought an old copy of the book that went with the series .

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted February 3, 2018 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

        THank you for saying this!

        I just got a copy from the library – it has pictures too!

  9. pck
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    That uncommented picture of a d*g is the last straw, I won’t be reading this website anymore!

  10. W.Benson
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    When you see how much bats can accomplish with their little brains, what we accomplish with ours doesn’t seem quite so exceptional.

  11. Robert
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    “Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili can’t even. . .
    Hili: I can’t find words.
    A: Did you look for them?
    Hili: Not really.”

    It is odd how some things catch one’s attention and you can’t seem to fathom their depth.

    Also, the Lassie cartoon.

    • Nobody Special
      Posted January 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

      Yep, that Lassie icartoon s genius.

  12. Cate Plys
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Love the Greece shot of your dad from 1956!

  13. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted January 29, 2018 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Sophia Loren, Liz Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn are my 3 faves from that period.

  14. Posted January 29, 2018 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Ha ha. Whenever PCC warns posting will be light, it is usually a bonus day.

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