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Five books meme

Here’s an interesting meme courtesy of Richard, who got it from Dina:

  1. Take five books off your bookshelf.
  2. Book #1 — first sentence
  3. Book #2 — last sentence on page fifty
  4. Book #3 — second sentence on page one hundred
  5. Book #4 — next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
  6. Book #5 — final sentence of the book
  7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph.

…which produces this…

The history of these sceptred isles earlier than about 1880 BC is lost in the mists of time. This is what he heard… Cursing himself for the limited vocabulary provided by page 33 of the Piemburg Bulb Catalogue which he had chosen as the codebook for Saturday on account of its easy availability, Verkramp turned wearily to Friday’s codebook and finally came up with the deciphered message that Agent 378550 had carried out instructions and was proceeding to new lodgings. In that case, we can override the method by defining a method in our class with the exact same method signature. Readers should be aware that the proposal for IPv6 is not yet a thoroughly-tested standard, and at least some details are likely to change.

The books used are, in order:

  1. Blackadder – the whole damn dynasty
  2. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  3. Indecent Exposure by Tom Sharpe
  4. Java, Java, Java – Object-orientated Problem Solving by Ralph Morelli
  5. Internetworking with TCP/IP: Principles, Protocols and Architecture by Douglas E. Comer

5 Comments

  1. Aha, another site with a ‘colophon’!
    Interesting meme. Shall snitch it for my own site/LJ.

  2. Are you sure “Cursing himself for the limited vocabulary provided by page 33 of the Piemburg Bulb Catalogue which he had chosen as the codebook for Saturday on account of its easy availability, Verkramp turned wearily to Friday’s codebook and finally came up with the deciphered message that Agent 378550 had carried out instructions and was proceeding to new lodgings.” came from Hitchhikers?
    That actually looks more like an extract from one of Tom Sharpe’s books – probably either “Riotous Assembly” or the sequel/prequel or it (I can’t remember what it’s called, but I know I’ve got the book downstairs).

  3. I thought I’d do this with computer mags. So I picked some at random, and came up with:
    For once the PCs worked fine. This is one of the best notebooks we’ve reviewed, and comes extremely highly recommended. George Dubya Bush – Harvard-educated, leader of the free world – choked on one and banged his head because he was so excited watching football. We’ve already got a stuffed inbox. A few months later, the porn sites and pop-up ads appeared.
    I used 3 PC Gamers, a PC Plus and a PC Format.

  4. Richy: That was from ‘Indecent Exposure’ – it’s the third sentence.

  5. Yep, I realised that as soon as I refreshed my screen – honest I didn’t seen Indecent Exposure there before! But it’s nice to know I’m not the only Douglas Adams/Tom Sharpe fan out here in the world 😉 (Shame Douglas has stopped writing now – death does do that to you – and the fact it’s taken a few years from Tom to come out with another book: I’ve got every book by both authors 😉 )