Thursday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Good morning!

A noteworthy marker from today in history – the cartoon show The Simpsons made its debut in 1987 as a 2 minute short on The Tracey Ullman Show. I suspect it is safe to say that no-one thought it would still be running 31 years later. Whether it should still be running 31 years later is another question.

NASA TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) lifted off yesterday evening. It has its own website here if you want to follow its journey.

Other stuff from Twitter today.

A niche joke, both funny and painful to academics

In Ireland: Cows making like gazelles. Please note the grey skies that pass for “a lovely day” here.

The perils of asking for a cappuccino.

From the World Of Cats on the Internet today:

Gus’s staff Taskin sent us this picture of Gus exploring. It’s now snowless enough for him to roam, but he muddied himself terribly. In fact, Taskin says that this is the dirtiest Gus has ever gotten. He then proceeded to go back in the house and lie down on the harpsichord bench, getting it muddy.

And possibly the strangest thing you’ll see today (or not). Dozhdlivaya Istoriya (A Rainy Story) – a cat tale from the Soviet Union.


Finally, a bit of flattery in the feline world.

Hili: Why do people like quackery, pseudo-science and conspiracy theories so much?
A: Because they lack the feline perspective.

In Polish:

Hili: Dlaczego ludzie tak uwielbiają szamaństwo, pseudonaukę i teorie spiskowe?
Ja: Z braku kociej perspektywy.

Hat-tip: Barry


  1. glen1davidson
    Posted April 19, 2018 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    When Big Brother watches you, so does his pet, Big Cat.

    Glen Davidson

  2. DrBrydon
    Posted April 19, 2018 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Not many people are aware that Central Florida is cattle country. I was driving back from the airport last week, and passed a field next to Lake Jessup on I-417. It was a cooler day, and the field was full of gamboling cows.

    • Posted April 19, 2018 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      That’s new to me, that’s for sure. I think of Florida as not doing much agriculture except for oranges.

      • darrelle
        Posted April 19, 2018 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

        Agriculture is very big in Florida. Aside from what may happen in the northern half, pretty much the entire bottom half is nothing but cattle and crops, excepting 10-15 mile bands on the coasts. Though known for citrus, because it has historically been best in the world, more mundane crops are a much bigger segment of agriculture. Sugar in particular is pretty big.

        Surprisingly Florida is 13th in the number of cattle and it has 3 of the 5 largest cattle ranches in the US, according to a quick search. Supposedly people have been raising cattle here since Ponce de Leon. Cowboys are still a real thing in these parts.

        • Posted April 20, 2018 at 11:15 am | Permalink

          Given how much Americans (and the Spanish before them) love beef (in general) I am not surprised that there *are* cattle. What I find strange – though it does seem correct – is that there is so much of it.

  3. Neil Wolfe
    Posted April 19, 2018 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    The first ten seasons of the The Simpsons contain some of the best satire ever seen on TV. So many sophisticated jokes and gags that kept the viewer on their toes. Watching the the show today is like visiting with a beloved and once brilliant friend who’s suffering from dementia. The time to pull the plug was long ago.

  4. barn owl
    Posted April 19, 2018 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Apologies if this has been discussed elsewhere, but did any other USAians watch the premiere of Bill Nye: Science Guy on the PBS program POV? There are some interview clips with our esteemed host, PCC(E) – top job, Professor Coyne!

    Although my windows were closed, my neighbors might have heard a stream of invective when Ken Ham was bloviating about speciation and genetics. Specious-nation is more like it. Ugh!

    • Posted April 19, 2018 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

      Was this footage from the debate or did KH and BN do something together again?

      • barn owl
        Posted April 19, 2018 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

        There was footage from the debate, but I think the most egregious bloviations came from BN’s tour of the Ark Park with KH.

        • Posted April 20, 2018 at 11:16 am | Permalink

          Oh, yeah, it slipped my mind that there had been an Ark Park visit by BN.

  5. Jenny Haniver
    Posted April 19, 2018 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Fine for the Simpson’s anniversary, but I wanted to learn what else had happened today in history, and thinking of Grania, I thought I’d turn to Irish history. First off, I found this curious entry about the “Statute of Kilkenny,” enacted on this day in 1366, whose provisions reverberate down through time to our day and to the confused and ridiculous culture wars of today.

    “1366 – The parliament, alarmed at the apparent undermining by native influences of the settler population’s Englishness, passes the ‘Statute of Kilkenny’. This aims to halt the widespread adoption by the Norman-Irish, especially in frontier areas, of Gaelic Irish culture, customs and language. It bans the use of the Irish language (insisting ‘that every Englishman use the English language’, though it is written in French) and Irish names within the colony, intermarriage with the native Irish, the playing of hurling, and so on. Pejorative name-calling between the English of England and the English of Ireland is prohibited. In fact, at this time there is a strong mutual influence: the Gaelic Irish are adopting some Norman-Irish practices, too. Also, most of the ‘new’ laws merely reiterate old ones (the exceptions being those on the Irish language and Irish minstrels)”

  6. Dionigi
    Posted April 19, 2018 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Any show, which has Bart writing his lines on the chalkboard, saying that “April showers did not sleep with the president” should run forever.

  7. Posted April 20, 2018 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    @Alex Andreou No. The Barista does not like you, he or she thinks you are a dickhead. At least that is the first thought I would have if somebody handed me that cup of coffee.

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