April 23, 2004

23-5 (via About Last Night) (via Caterina.net):

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.

Society and conversation, therefore. are the most powerful remedies for restoring the mind to its tranquility, if, at any time, it has unfortunately lost it; as well as the best preservatives of that equal and happy temper, which is so necessary to self-satisfaction and enjoyment.

Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 23, 2004 8:20 AM
You can think of a ResultSet as an object that represents an underlying table of query results, where you use method calls to navigate between rows and retrieve particular column values.

David Flanagan, Jim Farley, William Crawford & Kris Magnusson, Java Enterprise in a Nutshell

Posted by: at April 23, 2004 9:20 AM

TCP data that is a multiple of 512 bytes in size can be moved by just manipulating the kernel's page tables.

TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1

You may have made an error posting this story during the day...

Posted by: mike earl at April 23, 2004 10:24 AM

Like John Bunyan's pilgrim, can we return to the place where we got off the track an get back onto it again?

J. Budziszewski, What We Can't Not Know

Posted by: John Resnick at April 23, 2004 10:35 AM

Hmmm. My book, The Annotated Alice, doesn't have a fifth sentence on page 23 in the main text.

(Yes, I keep that book close at hand at work)

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 23, 2004 11:00 AM

"Some articles, such as "Cemetaries" or "Dead Bodies," are narrowly defined and cover just a few dozen pages, but mroe extensive articles such as "Corporations" or "Evidence" can occupy two to three volumes.

Legal Research in a Nutshell 8th edition.

Posted by: pchuck at April 23, 2004 11:07 AM


Carroll was our Grandfather's favorite author.

The rest of you--with the exception of John---are setting off the geek alarms....

Posted by: oj at April 23, 2004 11:09 AM

River fishing has none of the danger, uncertainty, or romance associated with the ocean kind.

Inga Saffron, "Caviar - The Strange History and Uncertain Future of the World's Most Coveted Delicacy"

Posted by: jefferson park at April 23, 2004 11:49 AM

"IDLE is mature, stable, easy to use, and rich in functionality."

--Python in a Nutshell

Posted by: Guy T. at April 23, 2004 11:59 AM

And when the ducks stood on their heads suddenly, as ducks will, he would dive down and tickle just under where their chins would be, if ducks had chins, till they were forced to come up to the surface again in a hurry, spluttering and angry and shaking their feathers at him, for it is impossible to say quite all you feel when your head is under water.
--Wind in the Willows

Posted by: John Weidner at April 23, 2004 12:08 PM

I've got a handy copy of THE ANNOTATED ALICE too! "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men", to quote Willy Wonka.

"By 1934, Fairfax had settled on trombone as his instrument; by this time he was already based in Philadelphia, from where he traveled widely in Willett's band"


Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at April 23, 2004 12:36 PM

"It is usually the journalists and popular novelists who have picked up a few odds and ends of half-baked science from textbooks who go in for them"

CS Lewis, Mere Christianity

Posted by: poormedicalstudent at April 23, 2004 1:44 PM

bail v. To remove water from a boat by dipping and emptying the water overboard.

Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus.

You did say the "nearest book" Blogging with you guys requires I keep this one close at hand (that's a compliment by the way)

Posted by: Bartman at April 23, 2004 3:33 PM

"And instead of concentrating on acquiring the individual personality traits of visionary leadership, they take an architectural approach and concentrate on building the organizational traits of visionary companies"

Jim Collins & Jerry Porras, Built To Last

Posted by: SV at April 23, 2004 4:47 PM

[1] The nearest book on the table where my computer is located:
"To view a global options list of resources, click the View menu and select the Resources by Type option to display the Device Manager window shown in Figure 1-6."
from "PC Hardware in a Nutshell", Third Edition,
by R.B. & B.F. Thompson, O'Reilly, 2003.

[2] From the book I am currently reading:
"In the North, the Whig Party tried for a while to stay true to the middle-of-the-road policies of Henry Clay, the Great Compromiser, but the days of sompromise were over."
from "Back to Basics for the Republican Party",
Third Edition, by Michael Zak, 2003.

Posted by: David Bourland at April 23, 2004 6:41 PM

Per David:

The nearest to me at the moment: "Cut a thin strip of plywood or hardboard that's at least a few inches longer than the length of the arc." [Tools and Techniques]

The one I am reading: "We (as motile, sensitive, and intelligent mammals) are built with a complex interior division of labor because of our size, and anything less carefully designed would fail mechanically and therefore cause us to be culled by natural selection." [On Size and Life]

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at April 24, 2004 12:18 AM

"Nothing changed for several minutes, except that the torchères blazed and the cheers rang down from the deepening night sky."

The Confusion, Neal Stephenson

Posted by: jd watson at April 24, 2004 1:32 AM

Antifreeze is poisonous and if swallowed, give two glasses of water and induce vomiting.

Thomas J. Glover, Pocket Ref.

Posted by: at April 25, 2004 10:15 PM
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