Saturday: Hili dialogue

by Grania & Jerry

It’s Saturday, March 2, 2019, and National Banana Cream Pie Day. Welcome to the weekend.

It’s also the 102nd birthday of Desi Arnaz (“Lucy, you got some ‘splaining to do!”), who died in 1986. Google has a gif Doodle in his honor:

In history today:

Notable Birthdays:

  • 1930 – Tom Wolfe, American journalist and author (d. 2018)
  • 1931 – Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian lawyer and politician, President of the Soviet Union, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1942 – John Irving, American novelist and screenwriter
  • 1942 – Lou Reed, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (d. 2013)
  • Jay Osmond, American singer, drummer, actor, and TV/film producer
  • 1980 – Rebel Wilson, Australian actress and screenwriter

In honor of his birthday, here’s Lou Reed singing Perfect Day.

In Dobrzyn, Hili and Cyrus are sleeping together very cutely.

Hili: People should live with each other like a dog with a cat.
A: I think so too.
In Polish:
Hili: Ludzie powinni żyć ze sobą jak pies z kotem.
Ja: Też tak myślę.
From Twitter:
A cuttlefish that can change color

Wasps blowing bubbles:

Be glad that humans don’t have to do this. Much.

From current events. You will have to click on the tweet to see the full picture.

Update from the mole

These are pretty disturbing

A Rube Goldberg machine

The cat is not impressed

A rare geode to marvel at.

More felid-related shenanigans

And a thread on Star-Cat:

I’m guessing the Pope doesn’t read his mentions.

There are other responses that are similar.
Hat-tip to Matthew.


  1. Christopher
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    I believe that talk show host and former Cincinnati mayor Jerry Jerry Jerry Springer wrote a check to pay his prostitute, thus ending his political career. Come to think of it, tRump is probably what you get if Nixon and Springer had a love child…🤢🤮

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted March 2, 2019 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      Money-launderers are always looking to convert their cash to checks.

      Trump used the bogus “retainer” checks to Michael Cohen to disguise that Trump was the source of the hush-money payments.

    • Historian
      Posted March 2, 2019 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      Lindsey Graham has become Trump’s number one lapdog. I wonder what he expects to get out of it. He is right up there on my list of most repellent politicians, which includes Mitch McConnell, Mark Meadows, and Jim Jordan.

      • Harrison
        Posted March 2, 2019 at 9:30 am | Permalink

        When Trump goes down he’s taking a lot of Republicans if not the entire party along with him. Their only remaining gambit is to delay this moment as long as possible.

        • rickflick
          Posted March 2, 2019 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

          I fear many republicans will not be hurt. As soon as T is spiraling down in flames, they will instantly start fawning and groveling toward whoever is the next promising political talent they can dredge up from the Kleptocracy. The base will forget the T issue very quickly.

  2. Serendipitydawg
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    The Google doodle here in the UK is celebrating Smetana’s 195th birthday.

    Link here – it is quite a nice one.

  3. Posted March 2, 2019 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Hili and Cyrus are sleeping acutely together. Somewhere.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Pretty sure it was the Third Communist International (aka “the Comintern”) that met in Moscow in 1919. The Second International dissolved a few years earlier, at the Zimmerwald Conference, over a dispute regarding whether participants should support their own nations’ participation in World War I. The First International took place in the 19th century, back during the days of Karl Marx.

  5. DrBrydon
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 10:07 am | Permalink


  6. Posted March 2, 2019 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    The Lou Reed video gave me:

    “Video unavailable: This video contains content from SME, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”

    Here’s the same song on YouTube:

    • Posted March 3, 2019 at 7:04 am | Permalink

      I’ve always loved Perfect Day, but a couple of years ago, it crossed my mind that he might be singing about Heroin. Since then, I’ve felt a bit uneasy about it, which is somewhat bizarre because The Velvet Underground and Nico has a song on it called “Heroin” that is explicitly about Heroin and another song called “I’m Waiting for my Man” which is about meeting a drug dealer and I have no problems about those songs whatsoever.

      • Posted March 3, 2019 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

        I suspect you are right about “Perfect Day” but it is hard to be sure. It doesn’t bother me though. I have never tried heroin and don’t intend to. Still, I can imagine being under the influence of something (drugs, alcohol, love) for a day and regarding it as perfect. I don’t think he is proselytizing for drug use or, if he is, I can ignore it.

        “I’m Waiting for my Man” is one of my favs. It epitomizes how rock and roll music can be simple but sonically and emotionally effective. Some base their opinion of a song on its lyrical message as if one has to agree with it to enjoy the song. Not me.

  7. Mark R.
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    So the pope thinks god only listens to children. Sort of makes sense. I think Santa Claus also only listens to children.

  8. jahigginbotham
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    “Rare” geode? They will make as many as people want to buy.

    Metal-coated crystals are natural crystals, such as quartz, whose surface has been coated with metal to give them an iridescent metallic sheen. Crystals treated this way are used as gemstones and for other decorative purposes. Possible coatings include gold (resulting in a stone called aqua aura), indium, titanium, niobium and copper. Other names for crystals treated so include; angel aura, flame aura, opal aura or rainbow quartz.


    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted March 2, 2019 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

      So that multi-coloured sheen comes from reflection/refraction in a very thin film, like oil on water?


      • jahigginbotham
        Posted March 5, 2019 at 7:27 pm | Permalink


        [longer comment lost?]

  9. Posted March 2, 2019 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Perfect Day, one of those nice songs that they seem not to make anymore.

  10. Posted March 2, 2019 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Re:Lindsay Graham

    He did say *most* people.


  11. Posted March 4, 2019 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    On the feet sticking out from books: stuck in a book and squished. Not a bad way to go …

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