FOWC with Fandango — Bask


It’s April 2, 2023. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “bask.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

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33 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango — Bask

  1. Marleen April 2, 2023 / 2:53 am

    Apparently, many people we think are intelligent bask in stupidity.

    Male mice have been preferred over female mice in neuroscience research due to the concern that the hormone cycle in females could lead to behavioral variations that could affect the accuracy of the results. However, new research from Harvard Medical School indicates that this concern may not be warranted in many experiments.

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    • Marleen April 2, 2023 / 10:25 am

      With the word mice accidentally attached at the end of the first link string (2:53), the link “works” but goes to a different article. Currently, this one:

      We’ve found a way to design a task that taps into the mice’s core capabilities,” says Rosenberg. “Some people might say that mice are dumb, but if you tap into their core evolutionary niche, you have the opportunity to observe skilled behavior. This allows us to get a true understanding of how learning is happening.”

      Reference: “Mice in a labyrinth show rapid learning, sudden insight, and efficient exploration” by Matthew Rosenberg, Tony Zhang, Pietro Perona and Markus Meister, 21 July 2021, eLife. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.66175

      The paper is titled “Mice in a labyrinth: Rapid learning, sudden insight, and efficient exploration.” Graduate students Matthew Rosenberg and Tony Zhang are co-first authors. Additional co-authors are Perona and Meister. Funding was provided by the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain, the National Science Foundation, and Google. Meister and Perona are affiliated faculty members with the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech.

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      • Marleen April 2, 2023 / 10:38 am


        A maze of tunnels is in fact a natural environment for a burrowing rodent. Early studies of rodent behavior did place the animals into true labyrinths (Small, 1901), but their use gradually declined in favor of linear tracks or boxes with a single choice point.

        We report here on the behavior of laboratory mice in a complex labyrinth of tunnels. A single mouse is placed in a home cage from which it has free access to the maze for one night. No handling, shaping, or training by the investigators is involved. By continuous video-recording and automated tracking, we observe the animal’s entire life experience within the labyrinth. Some of the mice are water-deprived and a single location deep inside the maze offers water. We find that these animals learn to navigate to the water port after just a few reward experiences. In many cases, one can identify unique moments of ‘insight’ when the animal’s behavior changes discontinuously. This all happens within ~1 h.


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        • Marleen April 2, 2023 / 3:20 pm

          His “suspicion” might be more along the lines of the lab people — that mice are just dumb and female mice dumber, further beyond hope.

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          • Marleen April 2, 2023 / 4:05 pm

            * >>


    • Marleen April 2, 2023 / 2:24 pm

      I read an article a few days ago aimed at physicians in the body of the writing, but reaching out for clicks from anybody intelligent, which was about “unlearning.” The writers explained (something I see as a quibbling backtrack) children or we have to be treated as containers in about the first half of our lives… to be followed by realizing we were told a lot of wrong stuff; such figuring out being wisdom. One of my sons — who started into public school in middle school — noticed in high school that they “lied” in middle school. I have another son… I just figured out the difference… started public school in freshman year (so he didn’t see a conflict between his younger years and high school). He hasn’t developed his suspicion yet.


  2. donmatthewspoetry April 2, 2023 / 4:10 am


    Sunday is my day of rest
    In ode no time to bask
    Am drinking wine my mind is blank
    Is that too much to ask?

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  3. breckenridgeann April 2, 2023 / 4:56 am

    The man reveled in bask of the love of the St. John’s River. #FOWC

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  4. Rall April 2, 2023 / 5:08 am

    basking in the sun
    sipping cocktails by the pool
    in a carefree world
    a dim memory now

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    • Marleen April 2, 2023 / 4:14 pm

      Ehh… what’s a little zombieism compared to imbalanced humors?

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      • Lou Carreras April 2, 2023 / 5:05 pm

        You have a point, Marleen, but we can fix imbalanced humors with a shot of another product – equistopocalsilic sulfate. We still have no cure for zombies other than decapitation. Tragic!

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