Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Random Blog Book Thing

My brother-in-law Mr. Schnoodler suggests the following exercise in random selection:
  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Open the book to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the text of the next two to five sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
  • Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
Luckily for my professional reputation, the closest book to me was Donald Shoup's highly-acclaimed The High Cost of Free Parking, sitting on the table 6 feet to my right:
Further, the surveys of parking and trip generation for each land use are conducted at different places and at different places and at different times. The unbelievable turnover rates also reveal a more serious problem: the parking and trip generation rates are misleading guides to transportation and land-use planning.

6 Comments:

At Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 1:11:00 PM PDT, Blogger Ted said...

Since I'm the last person in our age bracket without his own blog, I'll do the exercise as a comment. :)

"Moreno cut other prices -- on food, drink, tickets, and souvenirs -- and eliminated the surcharge slapped on tickets to the most attractive games. Four months before the end of the 2003 season, he pledged not to raise ticket prices in 2004."

Alas, this exercise misses a previous sentence, in which beer prices were cut. But, well, that's the point of random selection!

Fortunately for *my* professional reputation, the nearest book happened to be Baseball America's 2004 Almanac.

 
At Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 9:18:00 PM PDT, Blogger clynne said...

Ha, Ted, you lie, I subscribe to drarbiter.livejournal.com; you have a blog, you just hide all your entries.

 
At Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 7:55:00 AM PDT, Blogger Ted said...

True. It is more proper to say that while I have a blog, I do not make any entries in it.

 
At Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 9:38:00 AM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Or perhaps that you have a blog, yet you do not blog.

 
At Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 12:01:00 PM PDT, Blogger Richard Mason said...

On the sofa next to me: Heat Transfer: A Practical Approach by Yunus A. Çengel.

"What are the sources of error in your system? How can you minimize the experimental error? How would you modify this system to determine the specific heat of a solid?"

 
At Monday, October 13, 2008 at 1:43:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Victor said...

The book nearest me was Nietzsche's "On the Genealogy of Morals" (I was looking up something, but damned if I remember what). Problem is that p56 of the edition I have doesn't have five sentences -- it's a chapter ending that's about 3/4 blank.

The next closest was Joe Queenan's "If You're Talking to Me, Your Career Must Be in Trouble."

"Since Becket and The Devils, we've fallen on hard times. In fact, with the exception of the intelligent, moving True Confessions, the cheerfully revolting The Exorcist, and such well-meaning but overwrought offerings as Mass Appeal and Romero, it's been straight downhill. We've had knuckleheadisms such as The Rosary Murders and Shoes of the Fisherman, sadistic trash such as Last Rites, A Prayer for the Dying and the Exorcist sequels, and idiotic comedies such as We're No Angels and The Pope Must Diet. What we've had is a steady diet of bad-priest movies.

 

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