Wednesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Today in history, in 2018 in the USA the Dems take back the House, but not the Senate.

1908 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in San Vicente Canton, Bolivia.

1910 – The first air freight shipment (from Dayton, Ohio, to Columbus, Ohio) is undertaken by the Wright brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse.

1956 – Suez Crisis: The United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution calling for the United Kingdom, France and Israel to immediately withdraw their troops from Egypt.

1990 – Mary Robinson becomes the first woman to be elected President of the Republic of Ireland.

1991 – Magic Johnson announces that he is infected with HIV and retires from the NBA.


Some notable birthdays today:

1867 – Marie Curie, Polish chemist and physicist, double Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1934)

Man gazes adoringly at smart wife.

1996 – Lorde, New Zealand singer-songwriter

1943 – Silvia Cartwright, New Zealand lawyer, judge, and politician, 18th Governor-General of New Zealand

1943 – Joni Mitchell, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1951 – Kevin MacMichael, Canadian guitarist, songwriter, and record producer (Cutting Crew) (d. 2002)

1964 – Liam Ó Maonlaí, Irish keyboard player and songwriter (Hothouse Flowers)

We have an embarrassment of riches in the music department this morning.

Today we ge a Hili-selfie, and a look at the creator of the Hili Dialogues.

Hili: If you are looking for me, I’m here.
A: Really?

In Polish:

Hili: Jeśli mnie szukałeś, to tu jestem.
Ja: Naprawdę?


Biological Twitter du jour

Scatological events


Felid Twitter

This is an annoying ‘cool’ thing to do on Twitter these days; post something going EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE SO HERE IS MY CUTE THING. Everything is not terrible, but baby cubs are indeed cute in spite of unimaginative people on social media copying each other.

Sarcastic Twitter

I keep telling you guys, the Singularity approaches and we keep teaching them all the tricks and secrets.

Revisionist history

The backup plan

Burger King and McDonald’s need to get a room.

The real leader of the free world

Random things in the world Twitter


Current events Twitter

Then there is this: Steve the modern genius. If you live in UK/Ireland this may not actually be a surprise after this naming poll.

Physics Twitter

Canid Twitter


NSFW Twitter (Amazing video of baby born in unbroken amniotic sac)


Hat-tip: Matthew


  1. Mike
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Hag Fish make my skin crawl.

  2. Historian
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    The blue wave was more like a trickle. But, the Democrats did gain control of the House, so they will serve as a check on Trump, accompanied by many investigations of his administration. The real wave will be the thousands of analyses of the election that will flow in the days and weeks to come. In an Atlantic article, Peter Beinart makes these points:


    “The two Americas drift further apart. Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate by cleaning out Democrats in states that voted for Donald Trump. Democrats won the House by cleaning out Republicans in districts that voted for Hillary Clinton. In the next Congress, Democrats will be even more liberal. Republicans will be even more conservative. Most of the members of Congress who expressed any ambivalence about Trump will be gone.”

    “In the Trump era, Republicans counter economic security with cultural security. Trump promised to protect Americans from Latino murderers and women who destroy men’s lives by alleging sexual assault. And, to a significant extent, it worked. By mobilizing his white, rural base, Trump matched Democratic enthusiasm in purple states such as Florida and Ohio and overwhelmed Democratic incumbents in red states such as North Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri.”


    All this adds up to is increased polarization, bitterness, and acrimony. The expanded Republican majority in the Senate means that Trump’s judicial nominations will sail through. The fate of the Mueller investigation is uncertain. Trump’s many scandals will be exposed by the House. All in all, the two Americas, with very different visions of the future, will disdain each other even more. Whether all this will inspire more violence is something we’ll have to wait and see.

    • Peter N
      Posted November 7, 2018 at 9:00 am | Permalink

      “Whether all this will inspire more violence is something we’ll have to wait and see” — more like, we’ll have to wait and watch as it inevitably occurs, I fear.

    • Posted November 7, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

      He’s already fired the Attorney General for having a shred of integrity.

  3. Christopher
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Everyone was predicting a “blue wave”, yet the senate got flooded with even more red slime. Yes, this will hamstring t-Rump to a degree but losing rather than gaining in the senate means dems are still fairly weak. Still, at least that turd Kobach lost the Kansas governors race…

  4. Posted November 7, 2018 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Love the Marie Curie caption “Man gazes adoringly at smart wife.”

    • Posted November 7, 2018 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      Pierre Curie was also pretty smart, although not smart enough to look where he was going before crossing the road.

  5. David Evans
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Bennu looks remarkably like Ryugu as imaged by the Japanese probe Hayabusa2. I wonder if there is a physical mechanism that favours that shape.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted November 7, 2018 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

      @David Evans Yes, there is a connection
      It is being suggested [in the media, not by people who think] that the objects are cubes [or cuboids], but this is an error in perception. We are seeing two oriental coolie hat shapes [i.e. volcano shapes] joined back-to-back with the axis of rotation being from peak to upturned peak i.e. one peak is the north pole & the other the south pole. Such a shape will look cuboid when viewed near the plane of the equator.

      Why this shape? Because the asteroid is an accumulation of boulders which have settled into a common spin axis – when a new boulder arrives it ‘tries’ to roll down the slope away from the pole towards the equator making a ridge along the equator where the minute gravity is counteracted [to some extent] by the centripetal force of spin – that’s the explanation I’ve read, although it doesn’t fully satisfy me. The way I see it [right or wrong] is…

      Imagine the boulders are each a molecule of a very cold gas – there is a CoG [centre of gravity] in the middle of the equatorial plane & objects not in the plane are pulled down towards it while objects in the plane can take up a lower density & spread out in the plane from the CoG. It’s like a granular representation of the formation of a protoplanetary disc around a sun or the rings of Saturn.

      • rickflick
        Posted November 7, 2018 at 3:50 pm | Permalink


  6. improbable
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    As a great appreciator of the Hili Dialogues it’s nice to see their creator.

    Was the story of how these came to feature on this blog, featured on this blog? Perhaps it was before my time here.

  7. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    That d*g going up the wall – has been watching cat videos, I’m sure. I thought only cats were allowed to do that!


  8. Posted November 7, 2018 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Was Selby McSelbyFace taken?

    • Posted November 7, 2018 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

      My guess is that he was the only one who didn’t suggest that.

      ~ Grania

      • Posted November 7, 2018 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

        Selby Leisure Centre McSelbyLeisureCentreFace was probably quite popular.

  9. rickflick
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Hili assumes she’s the center of every shot. Nice to meat you A.

  10. James
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    The Scrooge McDuck thing reminds me of a song I made up for one of my kids’ rubber duckies (which is wearing a costume to look like a sheep):

    Bah bah black duck
    Have you any wool
    No sir, no sir
    ‘Cause I am a duck

    Bah bah black duck
    Have you any wool
    I just told you
    That I am a duck

    Bah bah black duck
    Have you any wool
    I keep telling you
    That I am a duck!!!

  11. Posted November 13, 2018 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Great videos!

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