Sunday, April 1

timebinding animals

THE PLANE GETS in a little after 7:30pm on Friday. By a quarter after 9 I’m parking my high-mileage Toyota outside a birthday party. By 9:20 or so, I am standing on the porch dizzy from shotgunning a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. It will not be the last. Here the temporal becomes a little hazy. Almost everyone is wearing something which they have calculated to be either ridiculous or sexy (or ridiculous and sexy). Glass can be heard to shatter. Here and there is latent an awareness of decisions being made which might re-align entire lives with varying degrees of consequence and permanence. Everything is both weightless and unevenly fraught with possible meaning. It is, in short, an actual party.

In the indeterminate Saturday mid-morning, I shuffle back past the party house to discover a tire gone completely flat. The spare gives no indication of having been used in the thirteen years since the Toyota was first purchased, and is empty. I press Sarah (she of the birthday party, now sitting brutally hungover on the porch in the spring sunshine) and her car into service ferrying it to a gas station airhose. Some guy up the street lends me a nice floor jack. Automotive disasters halfassedly resolved, we return to the porch and murder the afternoon’s remaining prospects of utility one can of PBR at a time.


delta flight number formatting
flight number formats as a concept

i have a text message from 9:16 that i know came after i parked the car
and before i got to the porch

pbr or pabst blue ribbon?

:r !dict temporality
2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Temporality \Tem`po*ral"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Temporalities}. [L.
     temporalitas, in LL., possessions of the church: cf. F.
     1. The state or quality of being temporary; -- opposed to
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     2. The laity; temporality. [Obs.] --Sir T. More.
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     3. That which pertains to temporal welfare; material
        interests; especially, the revenue of an ecclesiastic
        proceeding from lands, tenements, or lay fees, tithes, and
        the like; -- chiefly used in the plural.
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              Supreme head, . . . under God, of the spirituality
              and temporality of the same church.   --Fuller.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      n 1: the worldly possessions of a church [syn: {temporalty},

:r !dict temporal
5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Temporal \Tem"po*ral\, a. [L. temporalis, fr. tempora the
     temples: cf. F. temporal. See {Temple} a part of the head.]
     Of or pertaining to the temple or temples; as, the temporal
     bone; a temporal artery.
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     {Temporal bone}, a very complex bone situated in the side of
        the skull of most mammals and containing the organ of
        hearing. It consists of an expanded squamosal portion
        above the ear, corresponding to the squamosal and zygoma
        of the lower vertebrates, and a thickened basal petrosal
        and mastoid portion, corresponding to the periotic and
        tympanic bones of the lower vertebrates.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Temporal \Tem"po*ral\, a. [L. temporalis, fr. tempus, temporis,
     time, portion of time, the fitting or appointed time: cf. F.
     temporel. Cf. {Contemporaneous}, {Extempore}, {Temper}, v.
     t., {Tempest}, {Temple} a part of the head, {Tense}, n.,
     1. Of or pertaining to time, that is, to the present life, or
        this world; secular, as distinguished from sacred or
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              The things which are seen are temporal, but the
              things which are not seen are eternal. --2 Cor. iv.
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              Is this an hour for temporal affairs? --Shak.
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     2. Civil or political, as distinguished from ecclesiastical;
        as, temporal power; temporal courts.
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     {Lords temporal}. See under {Lord}, n.
     {Temporal augment}. See the Note under {Augment}, n.
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     Syn: Transient; fleeting; transitory.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Temporal \Tem"po*ral\, n.
     Anything temporal or secular; a temporality; -- used chiefly
     in the plural. --Dryden.
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           He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals, and to
           the emperor or temporals.                --Lowell.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      adj 1: not eternal; "temporal matters of but fleeting moment"-
      2: of or relating to or limited by time; "temporal processing";
         "temporal dimensions"; "temporal and spacial boundaries";
         "music is a temporal art"
      3: of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind
         the orbit); "temporal bone"
      4: characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed
         to the spiritual world; "worldly goods and advancement";
         "temporal possessions of the church" [syn: {worldly},
         {secular}, {temporal}] [ant: {unworldly}]
      5: of this earth or world; "temporal joys"; "our temporal
      n 1: the semantic role of the noun phrase that designates the
           time of the state or action denoted by the verb [syn:
           {temporal role}, {temporal}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  106 Moby Thesaurus words for "temporal":
     Philistine, annalistic, banausic, bodily, brittle, calendarial,
     calendric, capricious, carnal, carnal-minded, changeable,
     chronogrammatic, chronographic, chronologic, chronological,
     chronoscopic, civil, congregational, continuous, corporal,
     corporeal, corruptible, dated, deciduous, diaristic, durational,
     durative, dying, earthly, earthy, ephemeral, evanescent, fading,
     fickle, fleeting, fleshly, flitting, fly-by-night, flying, fragile,
     frail, fugacious, fugitive, horologic, hylic, impermanent,
     impetuous, impulsive, inconstant, insubstantial, intercalary,
     intercalated, laic, laical, lasting, lay, material, materialistic,
     materiate, metronomic, momentary, mortal, mundane, mutable,
     nonclerical, nondurable, nonecclesiastical, nonministerial,
     nonordained, nonpastoral, nonpermanent, nonreligious, nonsacred,
     nonspiritual, passing, perishable, physical, popular, profane,
     reprobate, secular, secularist, secularistic, sensual, short-lived,
     somatic, substantial, temporary, terrene, terrestrial, timekeeping,
     transient, transitive, transitory, unblessed, undurable,
     unenduring, unhallowed, unholy, unregenerate, unsacred,
     unsanctified, unspiritual, unstable, volatile, worldly

operator precedence in english prose

"weightless and freighted" - weak

more: notes

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