Friday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Good morning! Welcome to Friday! Jerry has started on the long journey back to the States and will check in with us when he can.

In History today:

1453 – The Hundred Years’ War ended with the French recapture of Bordeaux

1466 – The Thirteen Years’ War ended with the Second Treaty of Thorn.

1649 – New Ross town, County Wexford, Ireland, surrendered to Oliver Cromwell.

1805 – Austrian General Mack surrendered his army to the Grande Armée of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Ulm; 30,000 prisoners were captured and 10,000 casualties inflicted.

1914 – The First Battle of Ypres began.

(Luckily now we have the EU and European countries don’t invade each other much any more.)

Hili is being woke, or she has found a whole new level of snobbishness,

Cyrus: Who do you prefer, dogs or cats?
Hili: Neither species nor race matters. The important thing is culture.

In Polish:

Cyrus: Co wolisz, psy czy koty?
Hili: Ani gatunek, ani rasa nie mają znaczenia. Ważna jest kultura


Here is a thread of self-referential philosophy of Twitter and its effect before we examine the results of the real purpose of Twitter: posting cute animal gifs.


Current events Twitter

God comes out as a doggist. (Warning: if you click through you’ll find people sharing their photos and memories of their dogs)

And a thread about Kakapo breeding. Heather ntes: the third tweet is a new-hatched kakapo chick!

Real-life slut-shaming of a kakapo

Who trawls through years of Donald’s blatherings to find these things, is what I want to know.

Cool stuff on Twitter

Not a lot of people get to say: This is my wife parking her warship.


Strange and weird Twitter


This is cruelty to a bot. On the other hand, this may be the best TED Talk in a decade.


Cute and adorable Twitter






Hat-tip to Heather and Matthew.


  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 19, 2018 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    (Luckily now we have the EU and European countries don’t invade each other much any more.)

    Maybe between Brexit and an American president who’s urged France and other nations to leave the EU, that will all change. That’s what a former KGB colonel to the East is hopin’.

    • Posted October 19, 2018 at 7:27 am | Permalink

      I may be wrong, but I think that the last time an EU country invaded another EU country was Britain and Germany respectively in 1945. Of course, neither was in the EU at the time.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted October 19, 2018 at 8:23 am | Permalink

        To my knowledge, two functioning democracies have never gone to war against each other.

        • Historian
          Posted October 19, 2018 at 10:50 am | Permalink

          There may be an exception to the rule that two functioning democracies have never gone to war with each other. This would depend on how you define democracy. When the South seceded and created the Confederate States of America, it had, arguably, a functioning democracy. Its national government was elected (congress and president) as well as its state governments. Of course, a sizeable portion of its population was enslaved. If it was a democracy at all, it was a white man’s democracy. The North could be characterized such as well, since most African-Americans were excluded from the political process. But, initially, the Lincoln government did not go to war with the South to end slavery, but rather to end secession. So, was this historical incident an exception to the rule? It is a fun parlor game to debate.

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted October 19, 2018 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

            Only in America, as the saying goes.

            Probably at least merits an asterisk.

          • bonetired
            Posted October 19, 2018 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

            And the Confederacy is only part of the English-speaking world to suffer military catastrophe.

            • Posted October 19, 2018 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

              How are you defining “English speaking” and “military catastrophe”? England suffered military catastrophe on a number of occasions. 14th October 1066 was a pretty big catastrophe for the English. Also the last few years of the 100 years war. Who do you think the French took Bordeaux back from in 1453? Also the English Civil War was militarily catastrophic for one side. And our failure to deal with a minor rebellion in some of our colonies has recently turned into a massive catastrophe.

              • Ken Kukec
                Posted October 19, 2018 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

                I hear tell we had to send some Anglophones from the other side of the pond packin’ once again long about 1814. 🙂

              • Posted October 19, 2018 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

                Hmmm, I see that war as more of a nil all draw. Most English people aren’t even aware that it happened. The only real catastrophe of the Battle of New Orleans is that it happened after the peace treaty had already been signed.

              • bonetired
                Posted October 19, 2018 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

                The thought isn’t mine but came from John Keegan’s Face of Battle – surely one of the very best military history books ever written – in which he stated that “…it is significant that the only cult general in the English-speaking world — Robert E Lee — was the paladin of its only component community ever to suffer military catastrophe, the Confederacy.”

              • Posted October 19, 2018 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

                @bonetired. Well he was wrong. The Battle of Hastings was clearly a military catastrophe for the English.

                I’ve got another one. Ask the Australians and New Zealanders about the Gallipoli campaign.

          • Posted October 19, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

            How many women had the vote in the USA at the time of the American Civil War? I once had a big argument with somebody about the definition of democracy. I claimed that, at the time of the First World War, Britain was not a true democracy because no women had the right to vote. He disagreed.

    • Pierluigi Ballabeni
      Posted October 19, 2018 at 9:26 am | Permalink

      Today, no European armies invade European countries but tourists do. In some places they have become the most feared invaders. 🙂

  2. Hempenstein
    Posted October 19, 2018 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    If medal is the right term, I’d love to know how they made it out of a Morgan Dollar.

  3. Jenny Haniver
    Posted October 19, 2018 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Yo, Grania, and everybody else — here I am again with the warning about dogs and cats pressing their faces against the wall. This is not cute behavior. That dog might well be very sick and needs to be evaluated by the vet.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted October 19, 2018 at 10:16 am | Permalink

      However, watching the video, I think this is a genuine case of canine abashment, not disease!

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted October 19, 2018 at 10:19 am | Permalink

        If one compares photos/videos of dogs and cats that are head pressing because they’re ill with photos of dogs and cats that are abashed, I think that one can see the difference, and I think it’s easier to determine from a video. Nonetheless, people who have cats and dogs need to be aware of this and aware of the difference.

  4. Jenny Haniver
    Posted October 19, 2018 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Today is both the birth and death day of Sir Thomas Browne, physician and polymath, whose curious and wonderful writings, and whose curious and wonderful language have charmed me ever since I was first introduced to them decades ago: Religio Medici, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, etc.

    • rickflick
      Posted October 19, 2018 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      Sir Thomas:

      Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.

      All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.

      Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.

  5. rickflick
    Posted October 19, 2018 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Some other buzz from Andy Borowitz:

    Trump Dispatches Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Saudi Arabia to Provide Lying Advice

    Merkel Asks Mueller If There’s Anything She Can Do to Help

    Trump Sends National Guard to His Accountant’s Office

  6. bonetired
    Posted October 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    The minehunter is, BTW, HMS Ledbury. It is trivial to find the name of the RN Lt-Cmdr who is in command !

    • Posted October 19, 2018 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      I would have guessed Mrs Harris, but she doesn’t seem to have taken her husband’s name.

  7. Posted October 20, 2018 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    The Hundred Year War ended with the defeat of Fire Lord Ozai by Avatar Aang.


  8. imil42
    Posted October 20, 2018 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    FYI: the subs on the dancing guy video are completely made up.
    What he’s saying is more like “I expected the music to be better, and the whole event to be better, but this music really sucks”.

  9. Posted October 31, 2018 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    The physics tricks are amazing. I liked also the fluff ball kitten.

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