The Day of Long Posts
February 4, 2007
For whatever reason (declining BT traffic, nothing on TV except the Superbowl, smack), today’s been a particularly productive day here at the Salad, and I decided to close the day out (Eastern Time Edition) with some words (and a link).
I’ll start with the link. The BBC made a flash based global warming game that I can’t seem to stop playing. It’s simple, yet addictive. You play the head of Europe, and pass policies/negotiate with world leaders to lower carbon emissions. In the end, you’re scored on three categories: Environmentalism, Wealth, and Popularity. It’s really easy to score well on the first and third, but succeeding at all three seems impossible. I had general taxes at George Bush type levels and I still ruined Europe’s economy [new strategy: since the game is from a European perspective, I need to raise taxes through the rood in order to have the economy do well]. I did manage to boost entitlement spending though–and save the world from climate change. Not bad for someone who brought about the second great depression (albeit one with Fusion and Fuel-Cell cars).
Now for some words. Today’s word installment is really more of a love letter to Woody Allen. In his movie Anything Else, Allen’s character Dobell is a treasure trove of great words. I’ve assembled some of them here as a public service, thus sparing y’all from having to go out and see the movie.
1. hebetudinous: Inclined to hebetude; dull, obtuse. There’s also the really cool rare verb, “hebetize,” to make dull.
2. amphigory: A burlesque writing filled with nonsense; a composition without sense, as a Latin ‘nonsense-verse.’
3. veridical: Speaking, telling, or relating the truth; truthful, veracious. There’s also the special psychological definition, “Of hallucinations, phantasms, etc.: Coincident with, corresponding to, or representing real events or persons.”
if only American Wedding had such lexical virtuosity