Saturday: Hili & Leon edition

by Grania

Good morning, welcome to the weekend.

In history today:

Today is the birthday of Edgar Allen Poe(1809-1849), Dolly Parton (1946) and Janis Joplin (1943-1970).

Here’s Janis singing Mercedes Benz.

And Dolly is still performing and has participated in a couple of collaborations in recent years.


Over in Poland there are amateur dramatics and an unappreciative audience, alas poor Hili.

Hili: Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
A: Do not Hamletize.

In Polish:

Hili: Nie jest dobrze w państwie duńskim.
Ja: Nie hamletyzuj.

And a new Leon:
Leon: Will this be of any use for us?
And fresh off Twitter, for you amusement:
A very big bird

A cat who is most displeased

Why anyone was trusting enough to buy this gadget in the first place still surprises me.

Did you know?

PS the “new” Trek isn’t terrible. It’s not very like Star Trek of yore, but it’s perfectly entertaining in its own right.

Free as a bird

Mud, mud, glorious mud

All the nuts

The answer, my friend


And finally, you may have seen the “ten year challenge” all over social media recently, where people are encouraged to post selfies of themselves from today and ten years ago. In general these things tend to appeal only to the the very confident, and do absolutely nothing for their purported causes – the I-just-got-out-of-bed selfie and the I-am-not-wearing-makeup selfie spring to mind.

The recent challenge doesn’t appear to have a cause attached to it but someone speculated that it might be something like this.

Mercifully, on Twitter most people have tried their best to subvert the trend of people looking to be praised for not aging much in the last decade:

So, here is the 10 year challenge, the way it wasn’t supposed to go.


Finally, a cat in the snow

And a Very Good Dog


  1. Graham Head
    Posted January 19, 2019 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    The dog is like me when I’m having a blood test, resolutely looking in the other direction. If you can’t see it then there are no needles involved.

    • Frank Bath
      Posted January 19, 2019 at 8:06 am | Permalink


    • Serendipitydawg
      Posted January 19, 2019 at 8:10 am | Permalink

      When I had to have my left index knuckle joint opened to be irrigated, I also had the same opinion when the suregeon said, “do want to take a look before I close up?”

      Definitely a case for resolutely looking at the wall and listening to the music 😯

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted January 19, 2019 at 10:10 am | Permalink

        My urogenitary surgeon asked me if I wanted to see the wound on the left vasa deferens before closing up and moving to the right side. I suppose it is one way to make sure that the patient knows this is a minor operation with appreciable consequences.
        (Then again, his previous patient had been in for a reversal, so maybe he was just avoiding making a rod for his own back.)
        I already knew what stage the operation was at. The smell of cauterising geologist is not unfamiliar.

        • Serendipitydawg
          Posted January 19, 2019 at 11:44 am | Permalink

          The smell of cauterising geologist is not unfamiliar.

          Yikes! At least I didn’t have anything like that…

          I don’t know if it is having a concious patient that makes them think you might want to take a look or simply pride in a job well done, but it seems to be fairly common 😀

          • gravelinspector-Aidan
            Posted January 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

            Well the position was a little awkward to get a view, what with his head being in the way.
            I’ve had to pull rocks, fabric and sticks out of wounds, peel recently frozen lead and white metal off my skin, and put out more than a few flying cinders in my hair. Partial self-cauterisation is just one of those things.

  2. Serendipitydawg
    Posted January 19, 2019 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    How times change! The immediate response to the 10 year photos includes ‘I bet they are training an AI facial recognition system to spot aging’,

    I think people are finally catching on to the ‘if it is free then you are the product’ mantra 😀

  3. rickflick
    Posted January 19, 2019 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks Grania. I enjoyed waking up to this.

  4. Roger
    Posted January 19, 2019 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    It’s 2019 and the hippies are all grown up so instead of get a haircut you hippie the grumpy old people would tell Mark Zuckerberg to get the opposite of a haircut you damn non-hippie.

  5. CAS
    Posted January 19, 2019 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Cassowary! Impressive birds, no wonder they can be dangerous.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted January 19, 2019 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      That crest on the top of its head reminds me of the head adornments of duck-billed dinosaurs.

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted January 19, 2019 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      Strange at is may appear, the notoriously grumpy and dangerous cassowaries, with their dagger claws, have only one documented lethal attack on their tally (in 1916?).
      The ostriches here, not considered particularly dangerous or grumpy, kill about six people a year (if my info is correct, that is).

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted January 20, 2019 at 1:03 am | Permalink

      That toe is, of course, the reason cassowaries can’t fly. The TSA won’t let them on the plane.

      (Sorry ’bout that, folks.)


  6. DrBrydon
    Posted January 19, 2019 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    I had to look it up, but The Great Dictator didn’t come out until October. I thought maybe the Stooges were parodying that, which they did sometimes. Of course, after the Germans invaded the Soviet Union, the floodgates for anti-Nazi films were opened.

  7. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted January 19, 2019 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    A cat who is most displeased

    [Self : makes Force-Strangulation choking sounds]

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 19, 2019 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    It was that picture of Janice with a pint that gave Southern Comfort a certain louche cachet when I got to college a year or so after she croaked. Somebody would break out a bottle on Friday night, it would be Pearl on the stereo all weekend.

    Southern Comfort’s a bit treacly for my tastes, but that never stopped me from takin’ a snort off bottle in her honor when it was passed my way.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted January 19, 2019 at 11:28 am | Permalink

      “Janis” — Damn, don’t know how I could make a mistake like that.

      • Don Mackay
        Posted January 20, 2019 at 2:13 am | Permalink

        What do mean ‘after she croaked’? She always croaked, or some variant thereof!
        Her Mercedes song is a classic.

  9. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted January 19, 2019 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Slightly off topic, I always thought that gins were about the same (I rarely drink gin), but I discovered one now that is really great.

  10. Posted January 19, 2019 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for taking over from PCC(E) when needed, Grania!


  11. Laurance
    Posted January 20, 2019 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the good music to start my day. Thanks for Janis and Dolly and that Artists of Then, Now and Forever. Here’s some more music for people who are dealing with the results of the snowstorm:

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