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January 25, 2008

Fun Friday meme

I took this one from Barbara Nicolosi at Church of the Masses. It's simple:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences. [Ed. note: I assume "next three" means sentences 5, 6, and 7. That's how Barb did it, anyway.]
5. Tag five people.

(For the geeks among us, we'll allow comic books and graphic novels, as long as they have at least 123 pages.)

So here's mine:

How should I know whether Aristotle's ideas about a good tragic plot were sound or silly unless I were able to say "Yes, that is exactly how the Oedipus Tyrannus produces its effect?" The truth is not that we need the critics in order to enjoy the authors, but that we need the authors in order to enjoy the critics.

Criticism normally casts a retrospective light on what we have already read.

C. S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism

Your turn!

I'm too lazy to go around tagging people, so if you want this one for your blog or site, just consider yourself tagged and go ahead.

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I'm at work and I have no books near me... Otherwise I would participate.

Steve (SBK)

Fun! (But, sadly, mine is near useless):

"This is checked after the call. The collection in this example has a prime number between 24 and 30. So the output of the program is as follows:
29 is first prime number found"

Nicolai M. Josuttis, "The C++ Standard Library"

Gina Dalfonzo

I would say that anything involving numbers is always near useless, but I don't feel like getting pelted with rotten vegetables today. ;-)


Well, I'm at my daughter's desk (she's got the new laptop, with faster connection, new bells/whistles, so it works well for work ...), so here we go:

Nothing more, however, could then be done, for the irritated bees were still angrily buzzing round the tree. I waited till dark, and then, when all the bees had again returned to their trunk, with Fritz's assistance I carefully stopped up every hole in the tree with wet clay, that the bees might not issue forth next morning before we could begin operations. Very early we were up and at work.
Johann David Wyss, The Swiss Family Robinson

Well, there's a fun morning activity...

Jason Ibrahim

It was a one-minute report on a masked costume ball that Nixon's daughter Tricia had given at the White House for the sons and daughters of the Washington elite. My only instruction from the Reasoner show producer was to "be droll, if possible. Harry likes droll." Droll or not, the broadcast used the piece which featured one partygoer whose mask was a likeness of Nixon.

From "This Just In", Bob Schieffer's autobiography

(P.S. Kudos to Steve on the C++ book!)


Like Steve (SBK), my books that were nearest to hand were not interesting to a wider audience. (Ethical hacking, GNU programming tools, real-time Linux, C#, ...) Clearly the meme was intended for liberal arts majors whose working desks are filled with pithy tomes from Lewis and Tolkein, not for Stroustrup or Torvalds devotees. But in Gayle Erwin's "Not Many Mighty" I found this:

"In this servant act, this totally others-centered act, he also showed how he loved people and then later commanded us to love one another as he has loved us. Indeed, he appointed that servant-hearted love as the means by which the world would know we belonged to him.

Here we see the only way we can use power without being corrupted."


We ordered two.

It was a saddened Menicucci who telephoned a week later to tell us that the House of Cardin no longer made our lavatories. *Une catastrophe* but he would continue his researches.

--Peter Mayle, "A Year in Provence"


"This Psalm was one of Israel's enthronement psalms celebrating the assumption of power by a priest king--perhaps someone like Ezra. Early Christians thought this psalm presaged the enthronement into heaven of the priest king Jesus of Nazareth, and so it became very popular in Christian circles. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus was quoted applying this same psalm to himself."

John Shelby Spong, Resurrection Myth or Reality?

Yes, this book was sitting on top of my Christmas book pile right next to my mouse. My Pastor lent it to me after I asked him if the resurrection of the saints (Matt 27:51-53) described an actual historical event.

Beth DeLisle

On the contrary, it is an absorbing state with long chains for clinic couples, a state that is impermeable to other codes. For nonclinic couples, metacommunication is brief, it is easily exited, and it is usually followed by agreement. Metacommunication is, thus, used idfferently in terms of pattern (but not frequence) by two groups.

- Gottman, Marital Interaction: Experimental Investigations (1979(

A real classic!;-)

Pinon Coffee

ALL: A deed without a name.

MACBETH: I conjure you by that which you profess/ (Howe'er you come to know it), answer me./ Though you untie the winds and let them fight/ Against the churches, though the yeasty waves/ Confound and swallow navigation up,/ Though bladed corn be lodged and trees blown down,/ Though castles topple on their warders' heads,/ Though palaces and pyramids do slope/ Their heads to their foundations, though the treasure/ Of nature's germens tumble all together/ Even till destruction sicken, answer me/ To what I ask you.

Well, that was rather fun... :-)

Incidentally, that's from the 2000 printing of the New Folger Library edition of Shakespeare's Macbeth. :-)

Diane Singer

I'm a day late, but here's my contribution:

"We reproduce what we believe. If we believe that Christ is no more than a great moral teacher who only offers the best of many religious options, then we will politely ignore the exclusive demands of His kingdom. But if we truly believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord of heaven and earth and that His finished work at Calvary alone brings salvation to a lost world, then we will go forth to herald His Name to every creature."

from Robert E. Coleman's "The Master Plan of Discipleship" (a book I'm reading for one of TM Moore's classes)

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