Thursday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

It’s Madonna’s birthday (1958) and we shall commemorate it with a little piece of blasphemy. Well, if you are a Catholic, anyway. (Trigger warning: loud screechy bass guitars). It takes me back to the days I was teaching at a Catholic mission school. If I hadn’t already been an atheist, the nun-in-charge there would have made me one fairly quickly.

Madonna shares her birthday with Angela Bassett (also 1958) , Canadian director James Cameron (1954), and a suspicious number of Brazilian footballers: Aloísio Pires Alves (1963), Emerson Ramos Borges (1980), Raniere Silva dos Santos, (1980), and José Eduardo de Araújo, (1991).

Elvis Presley died on this day in 1977, as did Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (2003) and Welsh mathematician and Bletchley Park alumnus David Rees (2013).

August 16th was also the day of the first sound cartoon Fiddlesticks by Mickey Mouse co-creator in 1930 Ubbe Eert “Ub” Iwerks. In 1913 Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan became the first university in Japan to admit women; and in 1989 the sun stopped trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange by creating of a solar particle event, all of which shows that the sun is an anti-capitalist libtard.

Hili has some thoughts on change this morning. Leon’s thoughts are more existential.

Hili: Did dinosaurs roam here once?
A: Probably.
Hili: How nice that they went away.

In Polish:

Hili: Czy tu kiedyś chodziły dinozaury?
Ja: Prawdopodobnie.
Hili: Miło, że sobie poszły.

Leon’s going for another hike, but is anxious about the provisions again.

Leon: Don’t take my pictures, Marta. You better look for my treats. I’m a bit hungry.

Continuing the theme of jokes in the worst possible taste, this video won’t make sense if you don’t know what the Teletubbies are. Fair warning: you may not want to know what they are, scourge of late 90’s children’s TV in the UK that they were. Also, there is no unseeing this.

Metaphysics you can put on a t-shirt

More evidence that the Catholic church is not changing as much as the press likes to think.

I did not know bald eagles could do this.

Space walk footage from the ISS

And some silliness.

True story. I’m subscribed to Townsends on Youtube and remember the incident’s aftermath which completely blindsided him (and all his viewers with even a modicum of a brain).



  1. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Wonder if that bald eagle is swimming because it suffered an aviatorial mishap and can’t take off from water…?


    • Terry Sheldon
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 7:10 am | Permalink

      Check the end of the video…the eagle had nailed a duck (or something similar) and was dragging it to shore.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 7:18 am | Permalink

        Yes I did notice, though I think the bird was smaller than a duck – I assumed it had scored it on the wing and the weight was such it crash-landed in the water. But it’s possible the victim was afloat at the time.


        • Terry Sheldon
          Posted August 16, 2018 at 7:33 am | Permalink

          You may be right about the size. I thought it was a bit small for a duck myself. Maybe a coot. I just assumed it had been afloat when it was caught. It also appeared to still be alive at the end of the video.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 8:51 am | Permalink

      I’ve seen videos of bald eagles doing this before & there was one on here a year ago or so. The bald eagle [which is a sea eagle] has taken a salmon or some such from the water & can’t achieve lift off due to the weight or an awkward one-foot lop sided catch. It has the option of dropping the catch & flying or swimming to shore.

      Here’s a vid of a bald eagle taking off from a swimming position after releasing its fish. There’s bald eagles that drown on water – I suppose tiredness after refusing to release a catch.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

      All I know is that the barking dog on this video woke the cat up again after she’d just gone back to sleep after the screeching guitars from the Madonna video!

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Horribile dictu, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill.

    • mikeyc
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      Sadly, she died this AM. R E S P E C T

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      She’s been singing to me for a few days – her improved version of Otis’ RESPECT

      Sock it to me!

      • George
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

        You better THINK!

        • Jenny Haniver
          Posted August 16, 2018 at 10:11 am | Permalink

          Thanks so much for this. I began to boogie through my tears. She didn’t just have an amazing voice, she was an inspiration to many across the world, blacks, whites, etc.;women, men, etc.

          • Merilee
            Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

            The pink slippers are just the icing on the cake. Gotta put all my Aretha disks on shuffle. Saw her live first in maybe 1971 at the Circle Star Theater near Palo Alto and then maybe two years ago at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

            • Jenny Haniver
              Posted August 16, 2018 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

              Sounds like just the thing to do.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 10:23 am | Permalink

        And Otis gave her her propers for it down in Monterey.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted August 16, 2018 at 10:35 am | Permalink

          Yes, I was specifically thinking of the Monterey show when I wrote the above.

        • Merilee
          Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

          One always likesta get one’s propahs😊

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 10:11 am | Permalink

      When Aretha pushed back from the piano, got up, and dropped that fur on the Kennedy Center stage floor during “Natural Woman” — well, she ain’t the Queen of Soul for nuthin’:

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 10:17 am | Permalink

        And thanks so much for this, too! Vale, Aretha.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      Oy vey.

      That was a terrible way to get updated by the way, I left this tab open for a few hours so I had Aretha ill (I knew that) going to dead.

  3. Liz
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Love the song choice.

  4. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Re Orange Fool – ya gotta love the way Trump supporters immediately assumed it must be a reference to him. 😉

    Incidentally, I suppose the Drumpf may actually change the nuances of the word ‘orange’. As we know, its most common implication to date has been manifested in Northern Ireland; maybe this is about to be superseded by a different but equally prejudicial association.


  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    … in 1989 the sun stopped trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange …

    I initially read that to mean the sun was being traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange … and was wondering if Canada had a futures market on red giants and white dwarfs.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

      They had, before the Super-Massive Black Hole of the 30’s. Many leaped like Ikaros out the windows, just to find they had been left in the dark about gravity effects.

  6. busterggi
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Re: metaphysics

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      According to the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated:

      • busterggi
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 9:06 am | Permalink

        Robert Altman maintained differently.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted August 16, 2018 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

          Great scene. I’d forgotten all about it. Unfortunately, so had most other cinephiles — except for some hardcore cultists. 🙂


      • Merilee
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

        Loved this book and movie! The Border Collie as Seeing-eye Bitch for the blind taxi driver, par exemple…

        RIP Aretha. Saw her live maybe two years ago.

  7. Michael Fisher
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    That Madonna track: sounds like Prince having a mad one on guitar – I don’t hear “loud screechy bass guitars” & I know Prince did some taped guitar bits & pieces for that album.

    Townsends Youtube: Very interesting – I’ve subbed

    That Teletubbies porn: It’s the disturbingly uncomfortable work of YouTuber Ochre Jelly
    Who has this to say [May 19, 2015]:-

    “He was a billionaire with no friends and room full of sorrows. She was a mythical creature in search of a magical ball. But when red on the outside meets red on the inside, someone is in for a rude awakening…”

    I got so sick of the Fifty Shades trailer playing endlessly on TV, that I decided to use VFX to improve upon it – by making it even kinkier. When I heard the Teletubbies are being rebooted in 2015, I knew what I had to do. I consider it payback for all the years I had to watch that show with my kids.

    This video took 40+ man hours to produce, including many painful hours scrutinizing original Teletubbies footage to find scenes where Po’s image could be cleanly extracted and her actions matched to events from the trailer. All the visual effects were done in Adobe After Effects. Extracting Po from original TV footage and removing the Fifty Shades actress from the trailer were very tedious processes. Every 1 second of VFX footage in this video required at least 2 hours of effort! Scenes, music and dialog from both the US and UK movie trailers also had to be extensively re-edited to make them work in this context.

  8. Mike Cracraft
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Ah that Catholic church ! The newspaper yesterday and today is reporting that over the last 50 years thousands of children in Pennsylvania were molested and raped by pedophile priests. All of this was covered up by the upper leaders in the perishes.
    And now they can’t be prosecuted because of
    statue of limitations laws. I hope the lawsuits bankrupt that degenerate organization !

    • darrelle
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

      I wouldn’t mind seeing all of the RCCs parishes perish.

  9. Steve Pollard
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    The Teletubbies are endlessly mockable by grownups…but they are adored by very young children. Take my word for it: having had two of my grandchildren over for the day yesterday, with all the mayhem that that entailed, a Teletubbies video last thing really calmed them down and prepared them for bed.

    Yeah, I know, they might have been bored out of their skulls. So what? It worked, didn’t it?

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      They were.are adored also by a certain, shall I say, strain, of dopers, who’d get loaded and trip out on the Teletubbies. I’ve done it, and if I develop dementia, that’s surely one reason.

  10. Jenny Haniver
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Grania, where was this Catholic mission school you taught at? What did you teach? What was it like? I’d sure like to know more about that.

  11. Beau Quilter
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Judge me if you will, but I bought Teletubby dolls for my children and let them indulge in the show as tots (they loved it).

    I truly embraced the show when Jerry Falwell went on a rant claiming that Tinky Winky was gay because s/he was purple, large, had a boy’s voice, and carried a red purse.

  12. Posted October 11, 2018 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think that Hili’s residence was above sea level during the dinosaur era.

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