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February 19, 2005

More blog silliness

I suppose it's about time I got around to this one. Via Pharyngula;

  1. Grab the nearest book.

  2. Open the book to page 123.

  3. Find the fifth sentence.

  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

  5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

Book: The Pacific Coast Ranges by Roderick Peattie

Sentence: "I feel stifled in the woodsiness of New England, where even the trees seem smothered with underbrush."

Me too, sometimes.

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"Birmingham jail, love, Birmingham jail,
Send it in care of the Birmingham jail."

Book: Good Poems - Edited by Garrison Keilor
Poem: Down in the Valley - Anonymous

That was fun.

Posted by: Hank at February 19, 2005 01:39 PM
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"Everything is broken up, and mingled in confusion, both in our habits and thoughts; besides being in great part imitative: so that you cannot only tell what a man is, but sometime you cannot tell whether he is, at all - whether you have indeed to do with a spirit, or only an echo."

John Ruskin, Lectures on Art

Posted by: Allison at February 19, 2005 02:22 PM
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"You may find you have a tendency, while processing your in-basket, to pick something up, not know exactly what you want to do about it, and then let your eyes wander onto another item farther down the stack and get engaged with _it_."
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
David Allen

i've been saying for years, "if i ever get organized, i'm going to be dangerous." dangerous times call for dangerous women. i'm working on it.

Posted by: Jean Sirius at February 19, 2005 04:02 PM
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"Crisply printed in large, easy-to-read type, in black and white, it had all the immediacy of plain talk."

Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates

I think that says it all...plainly.

Posted by: dan at February 20, 2005 11:55 AM
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"Every day the Jaeger battalion, bespattered with
shiny mud, their boots grey with slime, turned
back to barracks"

The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth

Posted by: leonard at February 20, 2005 07:07 PM
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"Slowly inhale... exhale."

From "Positive Energy" by Judith Orloff.

Guess it doesn't get much more basic than that.

Posted by: leslee at February 21, 2005 03:03 PM
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"Throughout human history and in much of the world today, people have washed clothes, diapers, bedding, and all of their other fabric goods by scrubbing and beating, with or without the benefits of soap, in the nearest river."

--Rita Buchanan, A Weaver's Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers.

Gah, the "since the beginning of history" line of attack! Ew!

(Though I shouldn't be surprised that the book's weak when not talking specifically about dyeing. There's plenty of good technical stuff in her books, but Buchanan's a person who can cheerfully effuse about the dye properties of purple loosestrife, and only pages later, in a slightly dismissive afterthought comment, acknowledge that it is a highly invasive weed species.)

Posted by: Rana at February 21, 2005 05:43 PM
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