Friday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Good morning and welcome to Friday, even if it is a grey, rainy one like it is here in Ireland this morning.

11th May is the day Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997, Klaus Barbie went on trial for WWII crimes as the “Butcher of Lyons” in 1987 and in 1960 in Argentina Mossad agents captured Nazi Adolf Eichmann who was living under the alias of Ricardo Klement and returned him to Israel to stand trial.

It’s the birthday of artist Salvadore Dali (1904), and, apparently,  in 1014  of Anawrahta, king of Burma and founder of the Pagan Empire. British writer Douglas Adams died on this day in 2001.

On Twitter this morning we have acrobatics and bugs.

Don’t try this at home kids, it rarely works out  well.

Staying on the acrobatic note, this is an impressive cat fail.

Marking the retreat of glaciers

An ant? A beetle? (It appears to be Anthelephila)

And another strange one.

Finally it’s over to Poland where the thoughts are many and the deductions few.

Hili: I’m walking and thinking.
A: Any conclusions?
Hili: Actually, none.

In Polish:

Hili: Idę i myślę.
Ja: Jakieś wnioski?
Hili: No właśnie żadnych.

Hat-tip: Harry S.; Matthew.

12 Comments

  1. Bric
    Posted May 11, 2018 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Richard Feynman was born 11 may 1918, probably worth mentioning

    • Posted May 11, 2018 at 8:28 am | Permalink

      It is. My grandson is exactly 90 years younger.

  2. Hempenstein
    Posted May 11, 2018 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    I wonder if the placement of that swing involved any calculations, or did they just eyeball it? Any failed attempts?

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted May 11, 2018 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      I’ve put a video below showing the hours of prep for the house leap. As you can see the training was in stages & the landing side is somewhat easier because he’s only dropping to the flat roof of the extension – a drop, from the top of his leap to the mat of 15 ft. It’s a specially adapted Russian swing that can hold three men on the opposite side to Walters to give him the necessary momentum. Video:

      • rickflick
        Posted May 11, 2018 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

        Technical.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted May 11, 2018 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

          Glenn the cat shudda watched & taken notes before his wardrobe attempt

  3. DrBrydon
    Posted May 11, 2018 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Oh, Glenn . . . .

  4. busterggi
    Posted May 11, 2018 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Are the authorities searching for the sniper ifrom that cat gif?

  5. nicky
    Posted May 11, 2018 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Salvador Dali was best known for his ‘surrealist’ paintings, with ‘melting’ watches, humans with drawers and spriggy-legged horse-like animals (etc).
    Personally I like his drawings and paintings that can be seen in several ways best, like the drawing of a weeping woman, which on closer inspection is composed of warring horsemen, or the nuns composing a portrait of Voltaire.

  6. loren russell
    Posted May 11, 2018 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Did Glenn just get his claws trimmed? Everything looked “go”, but no rear tractioin whatsoever!

  7. loren russell
    Posted May 11, 2018 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I know very little of the SE Asian beetle fauna, but I’d agree that Mark Wong’s beetle is probably an anthicid [“ant-like beetle”]. Some of the the US species of this family do a very good ant impression, though no where as well as this beauty. The apparent pedicel or mesosoma, BTW, is still part of the beetle’s pronotum. Similar trick in the most ant-like American species of Anthicidae.

  8. rickflick
    Posted May 11, 2018 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Grania. I appreciate your work on the site. Fun to read.


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