wotd: verisimilitude

March 30, 2011

Word of the Day from dictionary.com verisimilitude \ver-uh-suh-MIL-uh-tood; -tyood\, noun: 1. The appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true. 2. Something that has the appearance of being true or real. In an attempt to create verisimilitude, in addition to the usual vulgarities, the dialogue is full of street slang. — Wilborn Hampton, […]

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March 30, 2011

Happy Tues. Pleasant but pale here, cool at +17. We got about two inches of the fluffy stuff Sunday evening that is still sitting there. Yokelly we watched a good film about Woody Guthrie called Bound for Glory, which came out in 1976. David Carradine, the kung-fu guy, played Guthrie and astonished everyone by doing […]

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March 25, 2011

Happy Friday. Nice day here again, looks like it will be a tad warmer than yesterday. Low temp overnight was bout +20 and it’s +4 at the airport in the flats. Yokelly the cat is back in night prowl mode, though she can’t go far from this island in the snow. Doubtless the voles are […]

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March 23, 2011

Happy Wednesday. Nice day here again. +18 here and -2 at the airport. Sunny. Yokel news is slow. Locally we have the usual mix. Headline: Alleged ‘241’ plot members plead not guilty to state indictments in Fairbanks Toeline: Moose feeding on hay draws Alaska State Troopers’ attention Moose can’t digest hay, so it’s against the […]

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March 21, 2011

Happy Mon. Nice day here after a gray Saturday and a nice yesterday. -8 at the airport. The temp Sunday hit +40 for a couple of hours. The roads still have ice, so there are some treacherous spots. We saw a car on its roof on the Parks Highway just south of Ester. The driver […]

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March 18, 2011

Happy Friday once more. Another nice clear cold day here, sunny, -13 at the airport. Yesterday was 10 degrees cooler than the day before. Could this be due to a CLOUD OF RADIOACTIVE EMISSIONS from Japan? Yokelly, we watched another lecture about the neurophysiology of everyday life. This one was about pain. It really is […]

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March 16, 2011

Good Wednesday. Nice morning here again. Sunny. Before the global meltdown. Cool at +2 here and -10 at the airport. Yokelly, we watched a lecture on how your sense receptors transmit touch, taste, smell, sound, and sight to your brain for processing. Interesting tidbits: they perform brain surgery without anesthetic because the brain has no […]

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March 14, 2011

Good Mon. Nice day here, sunny and about -17 at the airport. Calm here, nothing like the earthquake/tsunami in Japan. What a horrible thing. There’s a video at the link below that will blow your mind. Wait till break time. We watched the Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job. Got it from Netflix. Wow. The crooks who […]

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March 11, 2011

Happy Fri. Another bright, cool day here. -18 at the airport. Yokelly, we watched another couple of lectures on The Neuroscience of Everyday Life by Professor Sam Wang of Princeton. A bit technical, discussing how neurons pass chemico-electrical charges to enable us to think, breathe, flex our muscles, etc. Kind of astonishing, actually. One thimbleful […]

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March 9, 2011

Happy Wed. Another bright day here, sun gleaming off the snow. -10 at the airport, less cold in the hills. Yokel gnus is not too much. We started watched a series of lectures by Sam Wang, professor of molecular biology and neuroscience at Princeton, on the Neuroscience of Everyday Life. He’s a good talker, and […]

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