Sunday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Good morning!

It’s the birthday of Marie of Anjou (1404 –1463) wife of King Charles VII and regent in his absence. She had 14 children (dear God); Other notables’ birthdays are E. E. Cummings, American poet and playwright (1894 -1962); Cliff Richard (1940), English singer-songwriter and actor; Craig Venter (1946), American biologist, geneticist, and academic; and Usher (1978), American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor.

The musical offerings are this one from way back, when musicals and movies were charmingly naive.

I’m somewhat under-educated on Mr Usher’s oeuvre, this one is melodious enough for a Sunday morning.

In history today all the way back in 1066 the Norman conquest of England was underway: during the Battle of Hastings the Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeated the English army and killed King Harold II of England. In 1656 Massachusetts enacted the first punitive legislation against the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Wikipedia notes: “The marriage of church-and-state in Puritanism makes them regard the Quakers as spiritually apostate and politically subversive”.

In 1908 the Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers, 2–0, to win the World Series; they didn’t win it again til 2016. In 1926 the children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne, was published. In 1979 the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights on Washington, D.C. was held, advocating for equal civil rights.

And now on to business.

Source

Hili is being very enigmatical today. But she is quite correct.

Hili: Everything has to be checked.
A: Why?
Hili: Too many illusions are hanging around.
In Polish:
Hili: Wszystko trzeba sprawdzać.
Ja: Dlaczego?
Hili: Za dużo iluzji się tu kręci.
From Twitter:
When the world will not cooperate with you.

I know we are living in the future, but I am not sure the world needs this. Couldn’t we just get hoverboards? (I bet Douglas Adams would be kicking himself for not dreaming up this an an alternative plot for Hotblack Desiato).

Cat art, of a sort

A fine fossil. The tweet author also added “The eater is Mioplosus Labracoides, an early- to mid-Eocene fish. The eatee is Knightia Eocaena, the state fossil of Wyoming, related to herrings and sardines.”

A Kundt’s Tube in action

And this is a dad in action

Angry Australians

If J. Michael Straczynski ‏ says it, then it’s true.

An optical illusion

Cow gets scritches

Finally, one step for man, etc…

 

26 Comments

  1. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted October 14, 2018 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Ah, Hotblack Desiato, spending a year dead for tax reasons.

    I’ve always suspected Disaster Area was modelled on Pink Floyd, if for no reason other than that he was invited to play at a Pink Floyd concert on his 42nd birthday.

    Quite right that Adams would have loved the Winehouse’s hologram idea.

    cr

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted October 14, 2018 at 6:52 am | Permalink

      Sorry, for “he” read Doug Adams, of course. Apologies for being even more obscure than usual 😦

      cr

    • Posted October 14, 2018 at 7:21 am | Permalink

      Well I never had the honour of meeting him, but I don’t think he would have loved it. I think he would have regarded it as more evidence that the World is at least as bonkers as the one in his book.

      I think the following is apposite.

      There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted October 14, 2018 at 9:18 am | Permalink

        When I say ‘loved it’, I mean as another zany idea to incorporate in a sci-fi novel.

        cr

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted October 14, 2018 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    e. e. cummings

    … right? I mean, I know it’s right, but I’m not his official biographer or anything…

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted October 14, 2018 at 7:34 am | Permalink

      Yeah, lose the majuscules.

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted October 14, 2018 at 7:43 am | Permalink

        “majuscules”

        [ highlight/select ]
        [ look up ]
        [ views definition of “majuscules” ]

        It’s the start of a great day.

        • grasshopper
          Posted October 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

          “Majuscles” befoozled me too. A word a day keeps The Surgeon Of Crowthorne away.

          • Merilee
            Posted October 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

            I knew majuscule from French, but had to look up The Surgeon. Seems I’ve read the Winchester book by its US title.

    • mikeyc
      Posted October 14, 2018 at 9:35 am | Permalink

      “coward, clown, traitor, idiot, dreamer, beast –
      such was a poet and shall be and is”

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 14, 2018 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    In 1656 Massachusetts enacted the first punitive legislation against the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers),

    Those laws made being a Quaker a hanging offense, as in the famous case of Mary Dyer, the Quaker mother of eight who was hanged in Boston after refusing to renounce her Quakerism before the colonial governor.

  4. Lurker111
    Posted October 14, 2018 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    “what’s Halloween like in Australia?”

    C’mon–Australia, where nearly every cold-blooded animal is venomous or vicious and can eat you or kill you (or so it seems). In Australia, _every day_ is Halloween!

    • Lurker111
      Posted October 14, 2018 at 8:23 am | Permalink

      And don’t mess with the poison-spur male platypuses, either!

    • W.Benson
      Posted October 14, 2018 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      Hallowe’en is great in Brazil. Any excuse for a party!

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 14, 2018 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    I’d always heard Cliff Richards referred to as “the English Elvis,” but from that clip he seems more like the English Frankie Avalon.

    • Roger
      Posted October 14, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

      He had some eminently recognizable hits in the 80s too. Check them out, you might be surprised they are him!

  6. Laurance
    Posted October 14, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Oh, that three dimensional optical illusion is wonderful! What a pleasure!

  7. rickflick
    Posted October 14, 2018 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    The corvid on the roof and the little girl in the basket seem to be partaking of the same thrill. The blue boy may have had a similar goal, although with less success.

  8. DrBrydon
    Posted October 14, 2018 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    I thought that head to two rain suit was overkill for that kid, but I guess the parents knew what was up.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted October 14, 2018 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      Looks like something they picked up in the Neiman Marcus baby haz-mat department. 🙂

  9. Merilee
    Posted October 14, 2018 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    LOVE the trilobytes!!

    • W.Benson
      Posted October 14, 2018 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      Too!

    • grasshopper
      Posted October 14, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      I have a trillobyte. I got it from an angry canary.

      • Merilee
        Posted October 14, 2018 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

        Boooooo🤓

  10. Posted October 14, 2018 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    given the father’s exploitation of Amy Winehouse that was shown in the Amy documentary, I am unsurprised that she is being given the Elvis Presley Treatment

    it seems like too many musical performaers saw “This is Elvis” and are living it like a template.

  11. Roger
    Posted October 14, 2018 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Ironically the raven-haired British Cliff Richard’s best song is a duet with a blue-eyed flaxen Australian.


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