Sunday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

 

Good morning, I hope you all enjoy Sunday! It’s important to note that we have reached the apex of Coynezaa today.

Today in history was mostly a bloody day.

Birthdays

As we have a singer among the birthdays, here’s Phil Collins to serenade you into the day.

 

From Poland today there are birthday greetings from Hili, who may not quite understand the process.

Hili: Happy Birthday, Jerry, many happy returns of treats for me.
A: Hili, You can’t say that.
Hili: Down with political correctness!
In Polish:
Hili: Happy Birthday Jerry, życzę ci, żebyś mi przywiózł dużo smacznych rzeczy.
Ja: Hili, tak nie można.
Hili: Precz z polityczną poprawnością!

Fresh from Twitter today:

Humorous Twitter

This is a long but very funny thread

The perils of cosplay

Biological Twitter

Felid Twitter

FYI Twitter

This is what Brussels sprouts really look like. (From a grocery store near Chicago.)

I could think of other reasons too

Unbearable Lightness of Being Twitter

 

Engineering Twitter

Yet another demonstration that precision is not the same as accuracy, not to mention the need for metric education in America. Do the maths. (From a pet shop in Wisconsin).

 

Hat-tip: Matthew, Greg

53 Comments

  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    And now for something really stupid. You will never be younger than you are today.

    • rickflick
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      My wife often reminds me that some of us are entering our second childhood.

  2. Serendipitydawg
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    1949 – Jerry Coyne, American biologist

    That one is so tantalisingly familiar… I just hate it when you can’t quite place a name.

    😀 😀 😀 Happy birthday, boss.

  3. Mike
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Whoever designed that Monorail is a Genius.

    • rickflick
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      The software team pulled an all-nighter just before it opened to the public.

      Start;
      If train_x occupy( line_1)
      And destination( train_x, gate_5 )
      And if train_y not_occupy( line_1 )
      Then
      Go_for_it( train_x);
      Else
      Switch_line_2( train_x );
      Else

    • Posted December 30, 2018 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      Yes, I suppose that if they are forced to wait 10 min at our local railway crossing (a common situation), they’ll go mad.

  4. Serendipitydawg
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Our Brussels sprouts still look like that.

    Well, one of the stalks does, we ate the sprouts from the other one! The remaining stalk doesn’t have much longer to go; yum.

    • Steve Pollard
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

      For the first time in years, I grew my own sprouts for Xmas. Jolly good they were too. Even the grandchildren ate one or two each.

      Happy birthday Jerry. May your shadow never grow less!

      • Serendipitydawg
        Posted December 30, 2018 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

        Bravo!

        We used to get all our veg from a farm shop about 1/4 mile down the road and produce like sweetcorn and sprouts was harvested as you bought it; happy days. The current farm shop is closer but the produce comes from further afield. It is still better than supermarket produce.

        • Steve Pollard
          Posted December 30, 2018 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

          Ah, good for you! We have a couple of farm shops within 10 minutes’ drive – and others a bit further away, but they mainly concentrate on fruit – and I get most of our veg from them. As you say, whatever’s been harvested: pot luck.

          Still have to get my bananas and oranges from Sainsbury’s, though.

          • Serendipitydawg
            Posted December 30, 2018 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

            We still have a bit of xmas veg left… definitely sprouts and swede with dinner tonight (31st December).

            Our original chap stopped producing veg and switched to supplying the local log needs; bit of a shame, but it happens. The chap who took over the other farm actually buys all his produce in (mainly because the land is committed to horses) but it is as local as possible, and he carries excellent free range eggs. He does also stock the ice cream made at a farm a few miles further out, which is handy.

            The day North Lincolnshire produces bananas and oranges the lower latitudes will be toast, literally 😀

  5. Michael Fisher
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    OP:

    “…we have a singer among the birthdays, here’s Phil Collins to serenade you into the day”

    Livia? Roosevelt? I guess I’ll never know who the singer is for sure. 🙂

    Happy 69th* Coynezaa Prof!
    * Includes the zero Coynezaa

  6. Randy Bessinger
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!🎂

  7. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    8 feet is ~2.44 meters. So it is a bit off.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      Well it does say underneath that it’s flexible 🙂

    • Serendipitydawg
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      Someone in marketing finally achieved the Zen of Wrong as a three step process.

      1) Incorrectly round 2.4384 to 2.43

      2) Mistype 2.43

      3) Get that puppy printed

      It is nice to see, I wonder if they also make video tutorials for those of us not so gifted.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

      I always remember it as 2.43 metres, but you’re right, it is close to 2.44.

      But so far as sloppy equivalents go, plumbing pipe sizes are the worst – 1/2″ (nominal) water pipe seems to have been transmuted into 15mm (with no change in the actual hardware).

      cr

      • Richard Bond
        Posted December 31, 2018 at 5:57 am | Permalink

        The 1/2″ pipe measurement refers to the internal diameter. 15 mm is the external diameter. They are almost identical.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted December 31, 2018 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

          Okay, that makes sense. I do have to say that ‘nominal’ sizes are a bit of a minefield.

          cr

  8. Publilius
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    According to Wikipedia, the Hans Hedtoft went down on January 30, 1959.

  9. Michael Fisher
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    That dancing ramp agent is Jahmaul Allen [American Airlines] @ Toronto Pearson International Airport.

    TBH – not cool. Am I Mr. Grumpy?

    • Serendipitydawg
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 9:20 am | Permalink

      Mr Grumpy, I think… well, it made me laugh. Also, he would appear to be applying all of the correct signalling with his electric lollipops, and he did get it parked in one 🙂

  10. Graham Martin-Royle
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday PCC(e) and may you have many more of them.

  11. Debbie Coplan
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!

  12. DrBrydon
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Charles I was executed on January 30, 1648/49 (o.s.). I thought for a second I lost the whole month of January.

  13. Claudia Baker
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Okay, the Bobbitt worm is terrifying!

    Happy Birthday PCC. What a nice place to celebrate.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

      I flatly refuse to click on the link. I want to be able to sleep tonight…

      cr

      • Claudia Baker
        Posted December 31, 2018 at 10:12 am | Permalink

        Good call.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 31, 2018 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      The worm is quite impressive – reminds me of Moray eels which have a worrying tendency for the snorkeller for grabbing and holding – but the seabed stability is a bit worrying too. That stuff is not going to take a lot to get moving, if there’s any sort of a slope. Having lived in the devastation area of the Storegga Slide for 30-odd years, you think about such things.

  14. docbill1351
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday from Kink the Cat and Q Bits the Kitten!

  15. Ken Kukec
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    “… here’s Phil Collins to serenade you into the day.”

    And here’s Patrick Bateman to deconstruct the Phil Collins oeuvre for you:

    • rickflick
      Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      Is there more?

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted December 30, 2018 at 11:09 am | Permalink

        You mean, did Collins go on to make albums in addition to those discussed? 🙂

        • rickflick
          Posted December 30, 2018 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

          I was wondering more about the set up of the camera and when the director calls “action”. Michael has the answer to the albums question.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

        To keep your head, when Bateman zigs you zag, thus listen to…
        Nothing by Genesis after 1975 & no solo projects by any of them.
        The exception:

        • Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

          One of a small number of pop hits not in 4/4 time. (‘Turn it on Again’ would be another}

  16. Blue
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    H a a a a ppy, Happy Birthday, Dr Coyne !

    As my two – year – old granddaughter, Ms Ani Willow,
    kept on singing .after. the usual conclusion
    of the H B Song, this next “verse” of it:

    ” I don’t know but … … I’ve been told:
    IF you keep on dancin’,
    THEN you ‘ll n e v e r grow old ! ”

    Blue

  17. Liz
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!!

  18. Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday, Dr. Coyne.
    Also, please note that FDR’s birthday is Jan.30

  19. Mark R.
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    A Hawaiian Birthday!!! Can’t get any better than that! Enjoy your day – eat, drink and be merry…

  20. Posted December 30, 2018 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

    –PCC(E)

  21. Posted December 30, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!

  22. Barbara Radcliffe
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday! From the land of the leafy sea dragon — it’s South Australia’s marine emblem.

  23. Posted December 30, 2018 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    On this day Charles Darwin packed his bags after nine days and left New Zealand onboard the Beagle headed for home.
    That will be your tomorrow if your lucky enough to be in… let’s say, Hawaii.

  24. Heather Hastie
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I went to look at the cool Rafael Martín-Ledo tweet on Twitter. Discovered he’s blocked me! I don’t think I’ve ever even heard of him! What on earth could I have done to upset him? Maybe it’s the atheism?

  25. Winnie
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday, Jerry. 萬壽無疆 – wishing you ten thousand longevities of boundlessness!

  26. momus
    Posted December 30, 2018 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Re: metric conversion

    Partial credit for getting the sogn correct. Right?

  27. Posted December 30, 2018 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday, PCC(E)!

    -Ryan

  28. Hempenstein
    Posted January 1, 2019 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor 30 Jan ’33

  29. Diane G
    Posted January 12, 2019 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday, Jerry!


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