Thursday, January 26, 2006


Page 23, Line 5

I just love this oldy-but-a-goody meme.

Grab the nearest book, turn to page 23, find the fifth complete sentence, and leave it in the comments with the name of the book and other info.

Says a little about ya, I think, to see what readin' material ya have close by.


"He believed that government had the duty 'to limit the amount of profits acquired by any industry'; moreover, 'there can be no lasting prosperity if free competition exists in any industry.' "

-- From Arthur M. Schlesinger, The Politics of Upheaval: The Age of Roosevelt (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1960). He was writing about Father Charles E. Coughlin ("Father Coughlin").


What, you workin' for Homeland Security or sumthin'? Ain't it bad enough they watch what I Google, now you wanna know 'bout my books too? Man. Wha' happen to priva-C?
Oh, the bastards already know what you're checking out of the library -- if they want to know.

I'm asking for even more! What you THINK about what you're reading!

Take Father Coughlin, for example. He was the Rush Limbaugh of his day, only on the Left. Coughlin was extreme. But my thinking is a lot closer to his than to Limbaugh's.
Trixie is a contrarian.
"Materials?" You mean manuscripts...proofs? No. But insights? Yes.

The Source: James A. Mitchner
page 23 line 5

(Good thing I finished the illustrated novel Sin City on Saturday)
"This estimate is obtained by judgement, inspection, or plotting a rough graph of the equation and observing the value r1 where the curve crosses the x axis."

From Machinery's Handbook, 24th edition, by Erik Oberg et al.
I had to move a stack of drawings and discovered an even closer book (that I've been looking for the past few days). This one's even more boring:

"Approval of the use of other materials will depend on satisfactory evaluation and approval of the specifications prior to construction."

From Rules for Building and Classing Underwater Vehicles, Systems and Hyperbaric Facilities by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), 1990.
"attache _ It is not a formal title."

The Associated Press Stylebook, 2005.
Contrarian, eh? Ya think so????

(good call, actually.)
“You can’t quote me,” he says, leading off with that now familiar refrain, “But beware of statistics put out by agribusiness.”

Gene Logsdon, Living at Nature’s Pace

This is sorta fun...
Drlobo, Micdhener hadn't even got close to gettin' started to commence ficing to warm up pag 23, has he? :-)

Rem, I am so, so sorry. :-)


Dan, good quote. AbsoLUTEly doubt stats of agbidness!

Trixie: Yer book quote, puhleeze!
OK, here's another one. (I'm at works, which will be clear).

"Financial institutions carry out asset-liability management when they match the maturity of their deposits with the length of their loan commitments to keep from being adversely affected by rapid changes in interest rates."

From John Downes and Jordan Elliot Goodman, "Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms" 3d ed. (New York: Barron's, 1991), s.v. "Asset-liability management."

Handy-dandy little reference to have around.
"To replace a worn binding, rip it off, being careful not to injure the blanket, and baste the new binding in place over the edge of the blanket."

--From Dorothy Pace, The Complete Home Encyclopedia (New York: Caxton House Publishers, 1947).
"Judaism regards the age of 13 as the benchmark of religious maturity."

The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual (1997)
"The first argument to XtVaAppInitialize() is the address of an application context, a structure in which Xt will manage some data internal to Xt that is associated with the application."

Motif Programming Manual For OSF/Motif Version 1.1
Dan Heller
OK, so far we sound like a pretty boring lot. So let us see what's else is on the desk. There is a copy of 'Tourist Trains 2003': P-23 L-5 is: Schedual Sunday 12-3 weather permitting. Oh well, the next one is 'The Gospel According to Peanuts', by Robert L. Short. P-23 L-5 is: well that's a cartoon page, let's see: "I Don't Get half the breaks other people do--Nothing ever goes right for me." says Lucy. Nope not much of a quote there either. OK, I'll turn around and pull the first book off of the shelf behind me. Looks promising.
It is Peter Freuchen's 'Arctic Adventure',published in 1935. P-23 L-5: "Henrik and Tobias were our Eskiomo helpers; Henrick, the boy with the crooked nose,was many years latter to be eaten by wolves."
Now that is a good quote.
OK, one more just for luck.
Here is George Steer's 'Ceasar In Abyssinia' published in 1937. P-23 L-5: The sign said, "This is dedicated to the dead."
The dust on these book is really thick, should clean up in here.
Gee, this a really swell activity ER.
Now what do we know about each other?
"The balance of trade is the difference between the monetary value of the goods a nation imports and the goods it exports."

The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual (1993)
Dr. Lobo, I've posted an editorial you'd be interested in under your last comment over at mi casa.
Thanks Teditor, appreciate it.
That positive experience, in turn, encouraged further creation and use of information and the underlying technologies, pushing the nation down a path of learning and experience that led Americans to believe they had arrived at a post-industrial era that so many are trying to call the Information Age.

Cortada, James W. Making the Information Society: Experiences, Consequences, and Possiblities. Prentice Hall, 2002.

That one was on my desk as I'm reading it for class. But I do work in a library, so if it isn't exciting enough for drlobojo, I can probably find something else. ;-)
We know that work books are boring and that home books are not.



And I've been reminded that I can't type fer s---. Just look at them typos above!
Well, Kiki, I like that quote anyway!

I'm not sure I'd call this the Information Age anymore.

More like the Technologically Enhanced Psycho-Babble Age.

I see three separate editions of The Ap Stylebook on here, too. Veddy intedesting.
ER, It's a pretty intersting book, though the copy editing mistakes are gonna drive me nuts (don't much care on a blog, but a formally published item shold live up to its form). And it's really a general nonfiction book--not at all academic. Am in the middle of ch. 7, "Information and Religion," which lots of the folks here might find interesting.
Gosh, I wonder why that is, ER?
Here's another one! What joy, what fun ... we'll have seasons in the sun ...

"Many commodities are sold at a uniform delivered price over large areas or even over the whole country."

From Edgar M. Hoover and Frank Giarratani, "An Introduction to Regional Economics" 3d, ed. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984).

Textbook from college. (I am dang proud of my minor in economics! It like to kilt me!) I refer to it about once or twice a year.

I wonder if that quote is still generally true, though, after 20 years, NAFTA, competition at a frenzy at all levels of everything everywhere and the Wal-Martization of retail. ...
Revelation, Book of -- The last book of the New Testament, also called the Apocalypse.

"The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know," 2002.
Oh come on. You can't have found my blanket binding quote boring!

OK, just in case you did, here's another offering:

"You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you."

-- From Rick Warren, What on Earth Am I Here For? (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2002, 2004) Quoting Isaiah 26:3 (TEV).
And you can tell how long someone's been in the business by how old their stylebook is (and how many versions they own...)
"More importantly, in many crucial ways they did not see any distinct break between themselves and their classical forebears."

Cook and Herzman, The Medieval World View ," 23.

Writing lectures on the brain, maybe?
Trixie: Ha! I learned the 1984 edition and haven't unlearned a bit of it since. :-)

Jake, I think that quote might could apply to the people runnin' the country right now, sort of!
Hey, E.R.! Did you notice you went over 100,000 hits today? Were you watching the odometer?
If we know the components of A and B,we can calculate the components of the vector product using a procedure similar to that for the scalar product.

- University Physics, eighth edition, by Hugh D. Young.

Wow, 100,000 hits...

What's it like to be popular, ER?

Congratulations, my friend!
Well, I'll be dadgum. I knew it was gettin' close to 100K, but got busy. I wonder who the 100,000th commenter was?? :-)

Took more than a year -- about 15 months -- to hit 1000k. That ain't populatr. Popular is Bitch, Ph.D. She 1 million a few months ago, and started a few months befoe I did!

Too cool, tho, nonetheless.

This is a great meme!

Here's my entry:

"Even if graduate study is to be an end in itself for some students, and not a means to an end, it needs to be fulfilling in those terms."

--Michael Berube and Cary Nelson, *Higher Education Under Fire*
"If you want to keep yourself in suntan oil, you'd better get over here in the next fifteen minutes."

Joan Hess, Tickled to Death

It's a "Claire Malloy Mystery" I just picked up from the library. Tech mentioned another of this author's books over on his place, but it was checked out of my library, so I settled for another of her books. :)
OK, OK, It's getting better. People are home and there are real books within reach.
100,052 on the ole ode heh, does this mean your warranty isn't any good anymore? At least it is time for a tune up. Bitch has so many more due to her name I'm sure (partially anyway), and because she makes it a class assignment for all of her courses I hear. She tells them that she cyphers their test answers into her replies to comments.
What you need mr erudite redneck is a catchier name like: THE REDNECK BASTARD, or maybe SHIT ON A STICK FOR YOUR THOUGHTS (SOASFYT
for short). You know something that really catches the ear and eye.
Congratualations ER on your 100,000 plus.
AW, welcome! Thanks for playing!

You, too, FF! :-) (Ice-T says, "Ehh!")
Just got done covering a city council meeting. Does a pamphlet on the Guymon public transportation count as a book?

Yeah, I didn't think so.
I'm sitting here in the dark, typing by the light of the monitor, and I reach over to the file cabinet next to my desk and grab the first book my hsnd touches. It is The Bible, (NIV)

Page 23, line 5 reads, "He asked the men who lived there, 'Where is the shrine prostitute who was beside the road at Enaim?'"If I could see in the dark, I probably would have chosen a different book.
'Meecham replied, "There's no need for thanks, boy. Had I not startled the beast, it's unlikely it would have charged you."'

Magician, by Raymond E. Feist

(I'm writing this in bed, so it's a good job I'd lent that book to my partner. If I'd had to reach into the bedside cabinet for my nearest book, I would have added an entirely new tone the discussion...) :oD
Pour the juice into a glass, stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice, add the remaining lemon juice, if required, and serve immediately.

"The Cook's Encyclopedia of Four Ingredient Cooking," by Joanna Farrow

The only reason this book is close at hand is because I was just bitchin' on my blog about how it's the most useless cookbook I own.
Thanks for playing, Mark! A biblical ho!

Thanks for playing, Teditor! I'da accepted an entry from the Guymon city hall!

Thanks for playing, Liam! You know what's in MY bedside thing? A compilation of Penthouse Fora from the early '90s, and the Complete Works of Charles Dickens. Both have been there for years. Weird.

Thanks for playing, Sandra D! Four ingredients? That's barely a start! :-)
ooh! Oooh! I was the 100,000th visitor! It was me! What do I get?!

How much mileage can you expect to get out of one of these here Blogmobiles? Will you need to trade it in on a new one before 200,000?
I don't know, Dan. But the ride is never smooth. Of course, it's a multi-person vehicle! Blogbus! If it wasn't for the passenger, it'd just be me -- and that'd be boring as hell.
Wait, Guymon has public transportation?! I'm surprised there's even a pamphlet on that.

"In a book with either very few or very many illustrations, all of which are tied closely to the text, it is not essential to list them in the front matter."

Chicago Manual of Style, 14E, University of Chicago Press.

or: "When you seek our field observations, remember: The more emotional breadth you gather, the better."

From The Ten Faces of Innovation, Tom Kelley, Currency/Doubleday
My UP style book is dated 1962. I keep it with my pica pole and my makeup rule, along with a slug of type to remind me of that former life long long ago and far far away when one of the editors I worked for was named Perry White.
I knew Perry White. I still have my pica pole too, along with a head bust in lead type and decades of other stuff.
Quite an illiminating post topic...

"One grave at Garton Slack contained fourteen spearheads, six of which had been driven in the corpse, the others being scattered around as if hurled into the grave."

How's that for nerdy?

Bronze Age Warfare, Richard Osgood, but of course I'm sure that was obvious from the quote.
Oh, I mighta thought that was from an American Indian warfare tome, Tattered.
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