Truthiness is about the blurring of the line between fiction and fact in fact. Stephen Colbert’s contribution in bringing truthiness to our popular attention may lead to his becoming to future us what [fill in the name of your favorite thinker] is to present us.

But simultaneously, there is a blurring of the line between fiction and fact in fiction.Writers claim boredom with fiction or call it “fake and embarrassing”. Exhibit A of this blur is Knausguaard’s  My Struggle [s] which reads as a memoir but is sold as fiction. Exhibit B is the movie “based on a true story.”  What I am talking about could be autofiction or faction; perhaps Stephen Colbert could help out with a term.

The truthiness blur can be related to fake news etc which means that I don’t need to speak out. This post relates to the second blur.

Here’s the 2017 version of the “all characters are fictitious” disclaimer from News of the World:

This book is a work of fiction. References to real people, events, establishments or locales are intended only to provide a sense of authenticity and are used fictitiously. All other characters, and all incidents and dialogue are drawn from the author’s imagination and are not construed to be real.

This disclaimer is much richer and more interesting than the old fashioned everything in this work of fiction is either fiction or a coincidence.






Without getting either too deep or too political here about reasons, people want to know about narcissists. Take Quora for examples of their “issues and concerns”.

I post to pass along a useful tip received at a NORML conference. The conference was organized to prep for an annual lobby day in DC so both politics and politicians were discussed. Justin Strekel, the Political Director noted that politicians were narcissists and that he sized up potential political employers by asking/figuring out if they had been always told they were special or were not hugged enough. He didn’t divulge resulting strategies unfortunately.

Either you are a “there are 2 types of people person” or you are not. I am a “two types” type so I think this dichotomy is fun. But I will also test as a heuristic; for special types,just keep the glass full ; for the under hugged, bring along the jug. On the one hand, less work; on the other hand, more reward.

If you borrow a DVD from a library, you should return the DVD to the library.

If you are returning a DVD to Netflix, you should drop the DVD in a mailbox.

By dropping library DVDs into a mailbox during a moment of habit caused unconsciousness , I have set up a natural experiment.

Will the post office return the library DVDs  I put in a mailbox to a library?

Day 1

Seattle is hilly

Seattle is rough

Seattle is green to the point of not being conscious of that fact

Seattle is a water city

Seattle is a town of  people who are vocally particular

Day 2

A conference is a conference is a conference

Alaska is a suburb of Seattle

Day 3

Seattle is a flower bower

Seattle is moist and fresh

Seattle is sunny

Day 4

Seattle is blue.

Day 5

Seattle is advanced coffee.






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Doggerland,unlike NeverNeverLand and Atlantis, is a place that did exist but doesn’t anymore.

At one point about 12,000 years ago, Great Britain was connected to the rest of Europe by a landmass. This place was called Doggerland because of its proximity to Dogger Bank

I found out about Doggerland by reading, Karin Bojs’s book,  My European Family: The First 54,ooo years.  Bojs who was using genetic genealogy to trace her ancestors describes Doggerland as a place where hunter gatherers “migrated with the seasons, fishing, hunting, and gathering food such as hazelnuts and berries.”

Doggerland was apparently destroyed by a tsunami in approximately 6,200 BC.

Doggerland sounds like a hunter gatherer paradise, doesn’t it. But Doggerland also serves as a warning; climate change can and will change where we live particularly when we live near water.

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