Monday: Hili dialogue, farm rush hour and some murmurations

by Matthew Cobb

In Poland, Paulina, a student and Malgorzata and Andrzej’s lodger, is working hard:

Hili: What are you doing?
Paulina: I’m preparing for the next exam.
In Polish:
Hili: Co ty robisz?
Paulina: Przygotowuję się do kolejnego egzaminu.
On the farm, it’s rush hour, and the fowl all come rushing out…

Murmuration 1:

Murmuration 2:

Some more bird action here:

It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what TikTok is (it’s a teen thing), this is good:

Gruesome at the beginning, but the planarians all seem OK about it:

And where would Monday be without an amazing fly?



  1. Posted November 18, 2019 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    The idea that the planarians can all then recall a maze the original learnt – is that something from my head or a real thing?

  2. rickflick
    Posted November 18, 2019 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    What a great way to greet the dawn. Cuddly Hili, flashy Sandpipers, magic planeria, stalk-eyed flies…
    Let’s hear it for Matthew!

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted November 18, 2019 at 9:28 am | Permalink


  3. Posted November 18, 2019 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Years ago, I would teach a developmental biology lab where we would do experiments on planaria regeneration. Cutting them into pieces is easy, but the other experiment to do is to split their head in order to get them to regenerate as two-headed worms.
    That was tedious, actually, since one had to re-split their head every day over several days. Weekends included.

    • rickflick
      Posted November 18, 2019 at 10:13 am | Permalink

      That must be where the term, splitting headache, came from. 😎

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted November 18, 2019 at 11:02 am | Permalink

        The Wise One has you there. (Second paragraph, specifically.)

        • Nicolaas Stempels
          Posted November 18, 2019 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

          A very interesting and well illustrated Wikipedia entry. I never knew Rembrandt painted her, and such a beautiful painting, (didn’t we have a post about ciaroscuro recently?).
          She is depicted with her ‘regalia’ on many pictures: shield, helmet, spear, owl, snake and the winged Nike, but none of them show all. She is the goddess of wisdom and war, and, I’m sure if they had these concepts at the time, of science and engineering.

          • gravelinspector-Aidan
            Posted November 26, 2019 at 6:39 am | Permalink

            She is depicted with her ‘regalia’ on many pictures:

            Various terms for these identifying bits of equipment. “Regalia” certainly fits, but I think I’ve seen “attributes” used commonly as well, particularly in the context of painting saints. So, you’d know that the brawn in the picture was Hercules from his lion-skin cloak and club (Labour #1 – slaying the Nemean Lion ; but I’ll have to start counting fingers now.) while the wrikly dude is St Peter from the key he’s carrying. Stuck with arrows like a pin cushion is … Saint Sebastian, IIRC.

  4. Mark R.
    Posted November 18, 2019 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    That sandpiper murmuration was a thrill. Loved the sanderlings as well, and what a perfect name for those birds. Thanks for keeping the Hili dialogs going Dr. Cobb, much appreciated!

  5. Posted November 18, 2019 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    I imagine there’s been some wacky science fiction where intelligent planarian type things are on topic. “And so, my parents decided when I was 2 that they wanted me to have a brother, so I had to go to the vivisector to get cut in half.”

  6. Posted November 18, 2019 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    The goat-hugging video is the best! I’d love to do that.

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