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08 August 2006 @ 10:53 pm
drivingblind didn't tag me, but...  
1. Grab the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence (grab next nearest book if less than 7 sentences found).
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5.Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag three people.

I'm not going to tag anybody, nor was I tagged myself, but the nearest book to hand was THE FIREBIRD DECEPTION, by Cate Dermody, and I thought that was amusing enough to do the meme. :)

"You don't trust me anymore, do you?" The question was sufficiently unexpected that Alisha missed a step, looking at the dapper man by her side. "Not since China."
Current Mood: amusedamused
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
I bit my tongue on asking which way was north, and tried to figure it out on my own.
Ysarn Draxysarndrax on August 8th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
Being at work...my selections were a German/English: English/German Dictionary or a U.S. History Textbook, or the phonebook. I chose the textbook:

The slavery debate generally did not reach the Deep South, although some southern slaveholders did have grave misgivings.
For Native Americans, the Revolution brought uncertainty. During both the French and Indian War and the Revolution, many Native American communities had either been destroyed or displaced, and the Native American population east of the Mississippi had declined by about 50 percent.
Damn...those are some long sentences.
pgmccpgmcc on August 8th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
Book: Size 12 is not Fat

"Because I can't stop worrying about them.
"Not that ther can be that many more virgins left in the building - which I happen to be in a position to know. Ever since I swapped the Hershey's Kisses in the candy jar on my desk for individually wrapped Trojans, I've had kids stumbling down to my office at nine in the morning in their PJs - and if you don't think nine in the morning is early by bolege standards, you've never been in college - unapolgetically plucking them from the jar."

That was dangerous stuff. And, before you ask, the book was not mine, but my daughters.
mostlymaylone: Butch BW & Colormostlymaylone on August 9th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
individually wrapped Trojans
You can get them with more than one in a wrapper? Are there people that need more than one in a wrapper?
Harold Zablehzatz on August 8th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
I'm at work. So the closest thing was Effective STL, by Scott Meyers:

This picture is nice, displaying the characteristic offset of a reverse_iterator and its corresponding base iterator that mimics the offset of rbegin() and rend() with respect to begin() and end(), but it doesn't tell you everything you need to know. In particular, it doesn't explain how to use i to perform operations you'd like to perform on ri.

As Item 26 explains, some container member functions accept only iterators as iterator parameters, so if you want to, say, insert a new element at the location identified by ri, you can't do it directly; vector's insert function won't take reverse_iterators.


I only put in the different fonts, because I was feeling pedantic.
ghibbitudeghibbitude on August 9th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
Vaguely innappropriate book, with amusing results.
"What do you want?" squeaked the little porker within.
"Why, to eat you, of course!"
"No, no!"....

You get the point. A friend loaned me a book called "The Empress's New Lingerie" I wil say that we are all lucky that that fairly innocent section was what was recounted. Had it be, say, page 97, it would have been a whole 'nother story.

However, I enjoy the shameless plug and will have to read the Cate Dermody books although they aren't in my genre.
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on August 9th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)
The upshot: Always carry enough food and fresh water for the journey's duration. A level-three filter pump should also be used for cooking and bathing. WATCH YOUR ANCHOR LINE!

(for context's sake, the next three sentences: Too often, people feeling secure in their boat have stopped at night, dropped anchor, and dozed off. Some of these people never awoke. Zombies walking on the bottom can hear a boat approaching as well as the sound of an anchor hitting the mud.)

From 'The Zombie Survival Guide', by Max Brooks.