Thursday: Hili dialogue

It’s Thursday, October 25, 2018, and it’s an unusual food day: National Greasy Foods Day. Sadly, I won’t get to partake, as it’s a fasting day for me. It also happens to be The Hallowing of the Nestorius.

Further, it’s the birthday of Tyrus Wong, who died on this day in 2016 at the age of 106! He’d be 108 today had he lived. Google has an animated Doodle about Wong (click on screenshot below to go to video), and here’s some information from Wikipedia about this artistic polymath:

He was a painter, animator, calligrapher, muralist, ceramicist, lithographer and kite maker, as well as a set designer and storyboard artist. One of the most-influential and celebrated Asian-American artists of the 20th century, Wong was also a film production illustrator, who worked for Disney and Warner Brothers. He was a muralist for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), as well as a greeting card artist for Hallmark Cards. Most notably, he was the lead production illustrator on Disney’s 1942 film Bambi, taking inspiration from Song dynasty art. He also served in the art department of many films, either as a set designer or storyboard artist, such as Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Around the World in Eighty Days(1956), Rio Bravo (1959), The Music Man (1962), PT 109 (1963), The Great Race (1965), The Green Berets (1968), and The Wild Bunch (1969), among others.

For Bambi alone he deserves great accolades, but the man was largely overlooked during his life.

And here’s Wong:

Posting will be light today as I have two interviews/Skype sessions, one with students at The Evergreen State College. That should be interesting!

On this day in 1760, Mad King George (George III) became the ruler of Great Britain. On October 25, 1940, Benjamin O. Davis Sr. became the first African American general in the United States Army. On this day in 1962, Adlai Stevenson, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, showed photos to the UN Security Council proving that Soviet missiles had been installed in Cuba. A picture of that display is below. I remember that my father, who was in the Army, told the family that he was on alert and might have to leave home. We were all scared that war was impending.

On October 15, 1971, the UN accepted the People’s Republic of China as a member and expelled the Republic of China (Taiwan) as representative of the Chinese people.  Finally, on this day in 1983, “Operation Urgent Fury” began, in which the U.S. and some Caribbean Allies invaded Grenada after the Prime Minister had been killed in a coup d’etat.  The date of this invasion, today, is celebrated in Grenada as “Thanksgiving Day,” to commemorate the freeing of political prisoners, some of whom were democratically elected to office.

Notables born on this day include Johan Strauss II (1825), Pablo Picasso (1881), Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888), Bobby Thompson of home run fame (1923), Helen Reddy and Anne Tyler (both 1941) and Katy Perry (1984). Those who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on October 25 include Bat Masterson (1921), Virgil Fox (1980), Mary McCarthy (1989), Roger Miller (1992), Vincent Price (1993), and Richard Harris (2002). And don’t think that you’re immortal, either! Making these lists every day, in which the birth dates of those deceased approach my own, is not pleasant!

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili’s words need some interpretation from Malgorzata: “Hili is addressing her human servant (Andrzej) who is going shopping and she is reminding him that she has nothing against consumerism and some luxury items (bacon. cream etc.) should be bought.”

Here are some tweets from Grania The first shows the odious Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, making a boorish and horrible joke about Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. The audience thinks it’s really funny, too. Watch the video:

It’s hard to believe that this is real, but it certainly seems real.

These poor tortoises get a drink only a couple times a year!

Readers may want to check the veracity of this tweet:

This adorable March of the Baby Penguins was on the news two nights ago. Be sure to watch the whole thing:

From reader Barry, a cat who learns quickly:

From Matthew, who says “Watch till the end”:

A cat from Matthew, but it’s really not “the most intense purr ever”; see below for that:

Here’s the Guinness-certified World’s Loudest Cat Purr:

From reader Blue, the little duckling that finally could (it reminds me of my own little duckling that couldn’t 😦 ):

Ducks and cats—how can you go wrong? From reader Nilou:


  1. Posted October 25, 2018 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    Shun the greasy food – World Pasta Day

    Or maybe go for greasy pasta? 🙂

    • Frank Bath
      Posted October 25, 2018 at 7:09 am | Permalink

      Nay. Here in the UK the generic ‘greasy spoon’ caffs are a plentiful and popular provider of fry-ups and 24 hour Full Montys for the working man.

  2. Michael Fisher
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Fun experimental project with dynamic projection mapping & matching audio:-

  3. Saul Sorrell-Till
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    How on earth did that art gallery thing work? It’s amazing enough as it is, but the fact that they get back into the picture at the end, and then the camera pans around it, and the two of them have somehow become two dimensional??

    Without digital manipulation I genuinely can’t imagine how it’s possible.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted October 25, 2018 at 8:47 am | Permalink

      It’s the work of 28 year old, American, film maker Zach King AKA FinalCutKing ~ he’s the male animated painting & I’m pretty sure the Pearl Earring woman is his missus Rachel Holm. Zach started out after film school, making very, very short [six seconds] trick Vine videos [throw a playing card at an apple which splits in two etc.] & now he’s up to 30 second vids which is a whole days work.

      The digital manipulation is nearly all freeze frame work – the excessive camera shake is added in afterwards, but really he’s using cameras on tripods. The shake is the cheap, easy way to cover up mismatches where he’s done an imperfect cut.

      Below is the YouTube version of the same stunt from 2016 [it’s in Vine format for some reason], but with audio:

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted October 25, 2018 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      HERE is his YouTube collection – I like his short form six second stuff best. He is a very hard worker, for example the card throwing takes a lot of repetition to bet that perfect throw that hits the apple. Then moving on to posing his subjects identically before & after the cuts – exhausting & tedious.

      • Saul Sorrell-Till
        Posted October 25, 2018 at 11:07 am | Permalink

        Amazing. I still don’t understand how he makes himself and his girl in a pearl earring look two dimensional though.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted October 25, 2018 at 11:25 am | Permalink

          He doesn’t. He climbs into her picture frame, they are about to kiss, but they notice there are visitors coming so they freeze their positions.


          Zach takes the frozen image & blows it up to the size of the picture frame on the wall. Prints it out. Puts it in the picture frame.


          Record while moving the camera to the left on a track [or he has a steadicam] to get a continually more angled of the picture frame with the frozen couple which now doesn’t contain the two 3D subjects, but a 2D picture of them.


          Edit the join of the 3D & 2D to be as seamless as possible. Introduce a lot of ‘wobble’ to the steady movie [using special software] to make it look amateur handheld – this hides changes in lighting & other errors at the join.

          • rickflick
            Posted October 25, 2018 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

            The magic is gone. I can’t unread that.

            • infiniteimprobabilit
              Posted October 26, 2018 at 12:47 am | Permalink

              I’d already figured out roughly how he must have done it. If you look at the ‘picture in the frame’ as the camera tracks past it, you can see that it’s 2D. At the moment of transition to 3D, the perspective matches perfectly.

              But you know what? – I *still* find it ‘magic’ to look at.


            • Posted October 26, 2018 at 6:30 am | Permalink

              It’s a bit like finding out how a conjuring trick is done. The secret always turns out to be a bit mundane and (in 20/20 hindsight) not clever at all.

          • Diane G
            Posted October 26, 2018 at 2:02 am | Permalink

            This background info makes it even more fascinating, Michael.

  4. Lurker111
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Adam West and William Shatner once did a pilot for a TV show on Alexander the Great.

    Can you imagine? There wouldn’t have been any scenery left after all that chewing!

    See here:

    The pilot failed because anyone would take a font that uses the sigma as a stand-in for “E” as a marker of something created by idiots.

    • Posted October 26, 2018 at 6:32 am | Permalink

      Now I see where the inspiration for Zapp Brannigan’s uniform comes from.

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Dunno if Batman and the Riddler were libertines. But I do know my old man never failed to point out that Frank Gorshin was a proud second-generation Slovenian-American (as was my dad), whenever Gorshin would show face on our tv screen. Second-generation Slovenian-American celebrities were a bit thin on the ground, I suppose, so he claimed one whenever he could.

  6. rickflick
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 9:19 am | Permalink


  7. Posted October 25, 2018 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    … tortoises rush out ….

    Relatively speaking.

  8. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    I have two interviews/Skype sessions, one with students at The Evergreen State College. That should be interesting!
    On this day in 1760, Mad King George (George III) became the ruler of Great Britain.
    Your second Skype of the day is with Mad King George? Hey, neat trick! Who does your networking Bob Howard?

  9. Hrafn
    Posted October 25, 2018 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I would point out that Maurice Bishop, the Grenadian “Prime Minister [who] had been killed in a coup d’etat” himself rose to power in a coup against the democratically elected government, seven years earlier. It therefore seems likely that the political prisoners who “were democratically elected to office” were imprisoned by Bishop, not by the leaders of the second coup.

  10. harrync
    Posted October 26, 2018 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    This is St. Crispin’s Day [patron saint of tanners and cobblers]. One man’s version of a famous speech given this day in 1415:

    And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be rememberèd—
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

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