Saturday, December 02, 2006

Random Reading

I'm swiping this from Robyn's blog*.

It's an interesting meme...

1. grab the nearest book. no cheating! the nearest book.
2. open the book to page 123.
3. find the fifth sentence
4. post the text of the next four sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
5. don't you dare dig for a cool or intellectual book on your shelf. pick out whatever is closest!

My answer below the fold.

"I am treating a mother as a machine programmed to do everything in its power to propagate copies of the genes which ride inside it. Since you and I are humans who know what it is like to have conscious purposes, it is convenient for me to use the language of purpose as a metaphor in explaining the behavior of survival machines.

In practice, what would it mean to say a mother had a favourite child? It would mean she would invest her resources unequally among her children."

[I'm editing out the name of the book because originally, you were supposed to guess.]

I'm just bummed I don't happen to be reading some trashy semi-porn romance novel at the moment, with little literary merit and lots of graphic and gratuitous sex.

*(Robyn says she got it from Somewhat Refined, and Molly got it from Northern Light, and AK FNP got it from Fat Doctor, who got it from Bardiac, who got it from Reassigned Time, and Dr. Crazy got it from Anastasia, who doesn't mention where she got it.

Just so y'know.)


Here's a picture of my great great great grandfather, Jonas. Jonas was born in 1850, in Denholme, in the Parish of Bradford, which is in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He died in Philadelphia in 1930.

What does Grandpa Jonas have to do with my book? Nothing at all, but if you mouse over his picture, I've put the title in the "title" tag of his picture.

Now you can guess, or just find out the answer. How's that?

Jonas Shackleton

10 Eloquent Orations:

On 12/02/2006 03:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous waxed damned near poetic whilst opining...

I don't believe that was your first book within grabbing range -- I think you chose that one just to look all brainy-like. I bet the real first book you grabbed was Toledo Tit Parade or Jack Chick's Big Daddy. ;)


On 12/02/2006 04:06:00 PM, Blogger JanieBelle waxed damned near poetic whilst opining...

Hi Arden!

Alas, it was on my desk in front of me. I'd like to claim I'm all brainy, but I've had it for like two weeks and I'm on page 17.


It would have been more interesting if I'd been reading Debbie Does The Neighborhood or something...

I've been tracing the meme back just for fun, and apparently about 8 or 9 blogs ago, you weren't supposed to tell the name of the book. Everyone was supposed to guess.

That seems to have gotten lost along the way.


On 12/02/2006 06:38:00 PM, Blogger Deacon Barry waxed damned near poetic whilst opining...

I've just posted the meme on my blog. Four sentences of turgid prose. The psychology section of my bookcase is at arm level. Humour is on the shelf above. So don't blame me, I was just following orders.


On 12/02/2006 10:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous waxed damned near poetic whilst opining...

I like that you traced it back as far as you could. I'm also glad the people connected by my blog included their book titles because I wouldn't have been able to guess. so far, I've read an excerpt from a Cuban revolutionary book, an excerpt rom a technical text books, a modern translation of the Bible, and you're which I'm too dense to figure out. I'm not a big fan of memes, but this one, I like.


On 12/03/2006 05:32:00 AM, Blogger JanieBelle waxed damned near poetic whilst opining...

Hi Robyn!

How's this? I've added a picture to my post above, and if you mouse over the picture, you'll see the title of my book.

That way, folks can guess but now they can find out the answer.

Tricky, ain't I?


On 12/03/2006 05:33:00 AM, Blogger JanieBelle waxed damned near poetic whilst opining...

Oh, and I don't really do memes usually, but I too like this one.



On 12/04/2006 01:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous waxed damned near poetic whilst opining...

This is probably a little late, being two days down the line, but this was pretty funny and I don't have my own blog to post on. But, I did as suggested: Page 123, 5 sentence, ready, read:

Adam was created a perfect man, his body and mind in full possession of their strength and reason, and so was capable from the first instant of his being to provide for his own support and preservation, and govern his actions according to the dictates of the law of reason which God had implanted in him. From the world is peopled with his descendants, who are all born infancts, weak and helpless, without knowledge or understanding: but to supply the defects of this imperfect state, till the improvement of growth and age has removed them, Adam and Eve, and after them all parents were, by the law of nature, "under an obligation to preserve, nourish, and educate the children" they had begotten; not as their own workmanhip, but the workmanship of their own maker, the Almighty, to whom they were to be accountable for them.

Any guesses?


On 12/04/2006 01:17:00 PM, Blogger JanieBelle waxed damned near poetic whilst opining...

The Second Treatise of Government John Locke (1690)


On 12/04/2006 01:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous waxed damned near poetic whilst opining...

Yes. Did you actually know that? If you knew it, then I am impressed. And, at the same time, depressed that I have been outsmarted by an entirely fictional 17 year old girl. It takes me back to my youth when I was outsmarted by entirely real 17 year old girls.


On 12/04/2006 01:25:00 PM, Blogger JanieBelle waxed damned near poetic whilst opining...

Take heart, dear Carlsonjok.

I am simply the Godess of Google.



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