Wednesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Good morning!

Jerry is back in the USA and sleeping off some jetlag,

To start off the day:

(Debussy’s Clair de Lune if you’re interested.)


In history today:

1851 – Moby-Dick, a novel by Herman Melville, is published in the USA.

1889 – Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) begins a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She completes the trip in 72 days.

1918 – Czechoslovakia becomes a republic.

1921 – Foundation of the Communist Party of Spain.

1971 – Mariner 9 enters orbit around Mars.

1978 – France conducts the Aphrodite nuclear test as 25th in the group of 29, 1975–78 French nuclear tests.

1995 – “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums and to run most government offices with skeleton staffs.


Today’s birthdays :

1920 – Mary Greyeyes, the first First Nations woman to join the Canadian Armed Forces (d. 2011)

1922 – Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian politician and diplomat, 6th Secretary General of the United Nations (d. 2016)

1953 – Dominique de Villepin, Moroccan-French lawyer and politician, 167th Prime Minister of France

1954 – Condoleezza Rice, American political scientist, academic, and politician, 66th United States Secretary of State

1972 – Lara Giddings, Papua New Guinean-Australian politician, 44th Premier of Tasmania

1982 – Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai


There are ominous overtones from Dobrzyń this morning.

Hili: This bodes ill.
A: What bodes ill?
Hili: A light rain from the clear sky.
In Polish:
Hili: To źle wróży.
Ja: Co źle wróży?
Hili: Mały deszcz z jasnego nieba.

And from Twitter today (ish): [Notes: if there is a white arrow, click on it. If there are graphic pics included in the tweet, please click on it too]

All this means is that screech owls grow up seriously triggered about everything.


Whimsical Twitter

In the immortal words of Matthew:  Argggh!

Did you know Twitter:

The Writer’s Lament Twitter

Not exactly physics Twitter

The natural world is amazing Twitter


Adorable dogs Twitter


The human race is doomed Twitter

Silly Twitter


Striking blows for Freedom Twitter

Cats are purrfect Twitter



Current events Twitter

As the Tweet author notes: Also remember that when this woman was born, women still couldn’t even vote in France & Germany… That wouldn’t happen until 1945 in France. (1918 in Germany.)

And finally, a baby elephant because they make everything better.


H/t: Matthew, Blue


  1. Mike
    Posted November 14, 2018 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    What I would like to know is, who is the idiot filming Deep Blue.?

    • rickflick
      Posted November 14, 2018 at 7:52 am | Permalink

      She’d better be in another shark cage.

      • George
        Posted November 14, 2018 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

        I don’t think a shark cage would help if Deep Blue wanted you.

  2. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted November 14, 2018 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    “Screech owls capture snakes and bring them back to their nest alive. The snakes live in the nest and eat insect larvae. Nests with snakes have chicks that grow faster and die less.”

    Wow! That’s amazing. I presume those must be quite small snakes.


    • rickflick
      Posted November 14, 2018 at 7:54 am | Permalink

      What puzzles me is, why would the snake stick around an owl nest?

      • George
        Posted November 14, 2018 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

        All the insect larvae there are to eat perhaps.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted November 14, 2018 at 9:05 am | Permalink

      I found it hard to believe, until I clicked on the screen shot and read that the snakes are “blind snakes”,; and indeed, they are very small, and perfectly evolved to serve this purpose.

    • Posted November 14, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      I’m guessing a screech owl nest must be a constant source of bugs for the snake to consume. Perhaps these snakes think they’ve died and gone to heaven.

  3. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted November 14, 2018 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    That glass walkway in China – somebody has a really sadistic sense of humour.

    But also, there’s some very fancy technology involved, to detect the pressure and generate the illusions of cracks.

    (Personally, you wouldn’t catch me on a glass walkway like that, ever, regardless of fake cracks).


    • Claudia Baker
      Posted November 14, 2018 at 9:14 am | Permalink


    • Mark R.
      Posted November 14, 2018 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      Yeah, that’s a practical joke that I think goes too far.

      Well, since China is working on a nation-wide monitoring system to score their citizenry’s “behavior”, this might be a sardonic test. If they get scarred, it means they don’t trust their government. Naughty, naughty, no travel for you!

      • Mark R.
        Posted November 14, 2018 at 11:58 am | Permalink

        “scarred” and “scared” both work here. 🙂

  4. Michael Fisher
    Posted November 14, 2018 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Thank you Grania! Some great snippets & I will miss the dog posts 🙂

    • Mark R.
      Posted November 14, 2018 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

      Yes, thanks for filling in during Jerry’s absence. You always do an exceptional job. And like Michael, I thank you for the dog tweets that will disappear until Jerry’s next peregrination. 🙂

  5. Heather Hastie
    Posted November 14, 2018 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Really enjoyed this post Grania, as always. Excellent Twitter finds.

  6. Posted November 15, 2018 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Walkway reminds me of the Capilano suspension bridge:

    (It is featured in “Silent Killer”, an episode of the original MacGyver, for example.)

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