Tuesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Happy New Year!

This was the first 1st of January in a way, although not the final version of the calendar that we know today.

  • 45 BC – The Julian calendar takes effect as the civil calendar of the Roman Empire, establishing January 1 as the new date of the new year.

On our calendar today in history: (it’s the favored day in history for founding countries, so we are skipping most of those)

  • 1772 – The first traveler’s cheques, which can be used in 90 European cities, is issued by the London Credit Exchange Company.
  • 1801 – Ceres, the largest and first known object in the Asteroid belt, is discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi.
  • 1804 – French rule ends in Haiti. Haiti becomes the first black republic and second independent country in North America after the United States.
  • 1971 – Cigarette advertisements are banned on American television.
  • 1983 – The ARPANET officially changes to using the Internet Protocol, creating the Internet.
  • 1989 – The Montreal Protocol comes into force, stopping the use of chemicals contributing to ozone depletion.
  • 1995 – The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.

Birthdays today, and I would imagine it isn’t a good day to have birthdays)

There’s a dearth of good New Year’s songs, but fortunately Ella is always worth listening to.

From Dobrzyn, Hili has her own version of heliocentrism. Elzbieta and Andrzej II (half the staff of Leon the Dark Tabby) came over for a New Year’s treat. As you may recall Leon’s staff is having trouble getting their wooden house, moved up from Southern Poland, put together near Dobrzyn.

Andrzej II: Happy New Year, Hili!
Hili: And Happy New Year to you, too. May you get your house built and fill it with cat treats.
In Polish:
Andrzej II: Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku.
Hili: Wzajemnie, Życzę ci, żebyś zbudował dom pełen przysmaków.

From Twitter for your delectation:

They were simpler times

Another good dog and a bad human

Sign of the times

A whole thread of fascinating ant videos

If you haven’t seen it yet, the famous dolphin on Jupiter

People who take pleasure in their job

This is fairly impressive

Can you guess what this is?

And a bit of blasphemy to start off the New Year

Hat-tip: Matthew


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 1, 2019 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Happy New Year to all!

    Anchor day for 2019 : Thursday

  2. Mike
    Posted January 1, 2019 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Happy New Year, hope everyone has a great 2019.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 1, 2019 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Happy year for Hili and all the cats out there.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 1, 2019 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    … fortunately Ella is always worth listening to.

    Older I get, the more Ella’s my favorite all-time singer. Tone like a crystal bell, hit every note top dead center, could scat better’n anybody but maybe Pearl Bailey, and nobody, but nobody, ever swung the Great American Songbook way Ms. Ella could.

    • rickflick
      Posted January 1, 2019 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      She’s very nice, but a little too pop. I prefer Sarah Vaughan. More of a jazz style.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted January 1, 2019 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

        Billie Holiday’s always been my favorite jazz singer, but, yeah, you’re right, “Sassy” had the greatest pipes in the business. I love her vocals.

        But nobody had better timing than Ella. Listen to how she gets into the pocket right behind the beat and makes a jazz and blues classic out of Cole Porter’s pop tune “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)”.

        As she put it, “That’s Swingin’!”

  5. Debbie Coplan
    Posted January 1, 2019 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Wishing everyone the best in 2019!

  6. Posted January 1, 2019 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Happy New Year to all, and thanks, Grania, for keeping things running!

  7. Serendipitydawg
    Posted January 1, 2019 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Happy new year to all (again). 14 hours in and so far, so good. The excess of alcohol yesterday seems to have had no deleterious effect – no doubt my liver would disagree but it hasn’t actually complained yet 😀

  8. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted January 1, 2019 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    The unknown bug is an Ichneumon wasp. The very long spear is its ovipositer, which is used to drill into solid wood to lay an egg into the burrow of a wood-boring insect (possibly a sawfly larva). The egg will hatch and the Ichneumon larva will eat the burrow maker.

  9. Posted January 1, 2019 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    A lot of Bose’s work could be described as weak.

  10. Mike Cracraft
    Posted January 1, 2019 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    That clock with Jesus on it reminds me of a picture my uncle had in his dining room. Almost the same over romantisized rendition of the holy one with the annotation at the bottom “Copyright 1945”. 🙂 Best regards to all for the new year.

  11. Posted January 1, 2019 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year!
    I enjoyed much the video with the workers.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted January 2, 2019 at 4:34 am | Permalink

      Yes there’s some incredible skill being shown there.

      Also the soccer goalie scoring a goal the full length of the pitch. Wow!


      • Posted January 2, 2019 at 7:47 am | Permalink

        If your going to clear the ball you can’t do a better job than that!

      • darrelle
        Posted January 2, 2019 at 8:05 am | Permalink

        I scored a similar goal to that in a game in about 1979 or 1980 in Albuquerque NM. A little shorter than this one, just over half field. I was aiming for the goal, but I was quite surprised it actually went in.

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