Tuesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Today in 1886 Coca-cola was sold for the first time, a non-alcoholic version of coca wine, but still with the cocaine. It’s a wonder any of our ancestors lived long enough to reproduce.

It’s the birthday of David Attenborough (1926), Alex Van Halen (1953), and Enrique Iglesias (1975), and the anniversary of the death of Robert A. Heinlein (1988) one of my favorite weirdo sci-fi writers.

On Twitter today, 13th century constellations.

Unimpressed cat is unimpressed.

Eric Idle has a new version of his FCC song. (Warning: language. Unlikely to be suitable for the office unless you work from home.)

Teasing the cat

Lava in Hawaii

And finally, our raison d’être with a motivational message. Demotivational message?

Hili: What was there before the Big Bang?
A: A horrible silence.
(Photo: Zuza)
Hili: Co było przed Wielkim Wybuchem?
Ja: Straszna cisza.
(Foto: Zuza)






  1. Dominic
    Posted May 8, 2018 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    This might interest some of you-
    Male contributions during mating increase female survival in the disease vector mosquito Aedes aegypti

    • W.Benson
      Posted May 8, 2018 at 11:01 am | Permalink

      Of course if the female Aedes fails to mate, living longer is of no benefit to her. If she does live longer, it is of definite benefit to both her and her mate (die-hard Darwinist speaking).

  2. Mike
    Posted May 8, 2018 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    The look on that Cats face….

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted May 8, 2018 at 11:41 am | Permalink

      Yep! That’s a REAL cat face!

      • revelator60
        Posted May 8, 2018 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

        What do you call a cat that doesn’t stare daggers at its owner?

        A dog.

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted May 8, 2018 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

          Ha ha! Very good!

  3. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted May 8, 2018 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Idle, FCC, EPA, … ROTFL!

  4. jaxkayaker
    Posted May 8, 2018 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Here’s a Twitter thread for Sir David’s birthday.

    • Posted May 8, 2018 at 10:06 am | Permalink

      I wonder what his carbon footprint is?!
      … “heresy!”

  5. Posted May 8, 2018 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Does anyone know the email for submitting nature photos?

    • Blue
      Posted May 8, 2018 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      Please use Dr Coyne’s University of Chicago one, Mr Wilson.

      Upper right margin – side of W E I T here.
      He does not outright publish it nor any other.


  6. Christopher
    Posted May 8, 2018 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    I recently moved to the birthplace of Robert Heinlein, which is Butler Mo. His house still exists, but sadly has been covered with ugly vinyl siding.

    • W.Benson
      Posted May 8, 2018 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      Thirty years without Heinlein.

  7. Posted May 8, 2018 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Before it was decocainized, Coca Cola was probably no more harmful than the coca tea widely available in South America. Cocaine orally ingested is a mild stimulant.

    Actually, our ancestors were far more sane about drugs than we are.

  8. Posted May 8, 2018 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    I love that short video where the cat’s glass is taken away. Although it is only one instance and, therefore, not a proper scientific study, I think you can see that the cat’s immediate reaction is that a person took the glass, as opposed to it having magically disappeared. The cat is looking at the people as if to say, “Why did you do that?” If this is true, it is close to demonstrating the cat has a theory of mind. (Yes, I know it isn’t quite there.}

    • Steve Gerrard
      Posted May 8, 2018 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      “Why did you do that?”

      I believe the correct translation is rather more pungent than that. The cat could burn holes with that gaze.

  9. Heather Hastie
    Posted May 8, 2018 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Van Halen was amongst the collection of posters I had on my bedroom wall as a teenager.

    • BJ
      Posted May 8, 2018 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      Eruption blew my socks off when I first hewrd it around eleven years old. It’s not about how fast or complicated the playing is — when I started playing guitar, I realized it’s not nearly as hard to play as it sounds — but the awesome sound. Eddie had enormous talent, but he also had a sound that made you shudder. I’m not a hair metal guy, but I love most VH songs just because of Eddie

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted May 8, 2018 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, that’s basically me too.

  10. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted May 8, 2018 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    If Coca-cola goes back that far, both Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud could have imbibed- the most famous fictional and real cocaine-users of the late 19th century.


    I had a love-hate relationship with Robert Heinlein who was both ingenuous but also weirdly sexist is a way I find somehow harder to forgive that other writers of that period. (Why I am able to let go the sexism of the 1960s Star Trek but not that of Heinlein is difficult for me to answer.)
    However, although he has an ideology superficially similar to Ayn Rand, he was a far far better novelist than she.

    A few years ago, I found out the exact address of Heinlein’s home in a very remote town in the forests above the California shore. Although he passed away in the 1980s, the property is still far more heavily fenced and protected than the neighboring ones.

  11. Evan Plommer
    Posted May 8, 2018 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    The sweetest picture of Hili I’ve seen.

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