April 12, 2004

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.

Posted by DrMabuse at April 12, 2004 07:04 AM

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.

Posted by: Rory at April 12, 2004 09:00 AM

I allow people to run their ideas by me.

Donald J. Trump, HOW TO GET RICH.

Posted by: Ron at April 12, 2004 01:28 PM

"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

Posted by: Tom Working at April 13, 2004 03:21 AM

"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


Posted by: Nick at April 13, 2004 08:16 AM

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

Posted by: stella at April 13, 2004 09:25 AM

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)

Posted by: Jenn at April 13, 2004 10:04 AM

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

Posted by: Kevin at April 13, 2004 05:07 PM


Koba the Dread, Martin Amis

Posted by: Bryan at April 13, 2004 07:46 PM

“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.

Posted by: Greg Restall at April 14, 2004 02:32 AM

"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)

Posted by: Mark at April 14, 2004 06:12 AM

"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

Posted by: nnyhav at April 14, 2004 06:30 AM

"'You haven't been to Caermaen, have you?'"

Arthur Machen, The Hill of Dreams

Posted by: fugio at April 14, 2004 07:40 AM

"He knows how much I love Chet Baker."

Willie Nelson, The Facts of Life and other Dirty Jokes

Posted by: Bryan at April 14, 2004 12:18 PM

"They said I was so gentle; but I am sure *they* were!"

Charles Dickens, Bleak House

Posted by: Gillian Russell at April 14, 2004 10:39 PM

"The worst perversions were the consequences of 'psycopathic' problems that disabled the person from controlling her or his impulses."

--William Eskridge, Gaylaw

Posted by: Brian Willen at April 15, 2004 02:11 PM

"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

Posted by: bfwebster at April 16, 2004 08:08 AM

"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

Posted by: Diana Manister at April 17, 2004 08:15 AM

"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.

Posted by: Nick at April 17, 2004 10:28 AM

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.

Posted by: Bert Schultz at April 19, 2004 04:50 AM

"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

Posted by: Mark Patterson at April 19, 2004 08:05 AM