Random Passage

From Caterina via David Chess:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

RESULTS: D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover: “My God!”

You can’t win ’em all.

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  1. Clad in my funeral suit and fortified by a pair of ill-advisedly generous Bloody Marys from the help-yourself aperitif trolley, I plunged into the dinner-table silverware and conversation with staunch toper gusto.

    Tim Moore, Frost on my Moustache: The Arctic Exploits of a Lord and a Loafer.

  2. “Sanders left school at the age of twelve, worked as a farm hand, a mule tender, and a railway fireman.”

    Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation

  3. “As the train slowed to cross the Aare bridge, approaching Berne, I gazed way beyond the city to the mountains of the Oberlans”

    The Emigrants, WG Sebald

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  4. Knicks basketball camp staff features personal instruction by local high school/college coaches, Knicks players, coaches and scouts — all working to help young athletes improve their skills and develop their basketball talent.

    2003-04 New York Knicks Media Guide

  5. But once I spent a little bit of time working for HBO, I never looked back.

    Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell (2004 updated version)

  6. In the old days, the strolling players naturally adapted their work to each new place: elaborate modern productions have no such flexablility.

    The Empty Space, Peter Brook

  7. “It is possible that such theologians are correct: at least I know no way of showin they are not correct.”

    Faith Beyond Reason: A Kierkegaardian Account, C. Stephen Evans.

  8. “Carefully differentiating between time spent watching sports and time spent on ancillary activities such as arguing about sports, I came up with the following jaw-dropping figures.”

    Joe Queenan, True Believers (soft)

  9. “He’s just written a sonnet about my derriere that’s so good that I swear to (a) get it published and (b) go riding every day to make sure it still means what it says …”

    Harry Mathews, Cigarettes

  10. “The worst perversions were the consequences of ‘psycopathic’ problems that disabled the person from controlling her or his impulses.”

    –William Eskridge, Gaylaw

  11. “Thus the client definitely has the _specification_ of the desired service’s proxy object, but it is unlikely that that Java code for the _implementation_ of the service is available at the client (particularly if the service has not been used previously).”

    — Golden G. Richard III, Service and Device Discovery: Protocols and Programming

  12. “If by “Reality” you mean spirit (level 5), then physics and mysticism are not dealing with the same reality at all, but with two very different levels or dimensions of reality, a confusion of which is wholly unwarranted.” Quantum Questions, Ken Wilber, ed. p.23

  13. “According to one story, a Persian monarch asked a favorite courtier to taste a special stew.”

    Daniel P. Mannix, The History of Torture

    P.S. He shouldn’t have tried the stew, although I don’t think there was a choice.

  14. These more specific goals and concerns help determine which users are appropriate participants for each test and which task are appropraite to have them do during the test.

  15. “Sometimes those who love her say bad things of her but they are always said as though she were a woman.”

    Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and The Sea

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