apm at alumni.uwaterloo.ca
Thu Jan 6 21:22:57 EST 2005
"The modern superhighway offers the driver a series of exits."
-The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman
On Fri, Jan 07, 2005 at 12:05:27PM +1000, Kathleen Jennings wrote:
> I forward this after a sudden fit of activity on the Vision spec-fic group:
> For fun:
> 1. Pick up the nearest book to you.
> 2. Find page 123.
> 3. Find the fifth sentence.
> 4. Post the text of the sentence.
> 5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do
> what's actually next to you.
> "It's really evil, I think".
> Starter for Ten, David Nicholls.
> Not, alas, the book I like to confess as being nearest to me. It is
> sitting in my out tray at work because I don't want it. At all.
> Couldn't say it is badly written, and doubtless a large subsection of
> society would enjoy it, but I didn't. So if anyone wants it for free,
> let me know.
> Actually, the nearest thing with 123+ pages is a contract but (a) it
> isn't bound and (b) the sentence is half a page long, so I won't type
> it out.
> The book I am actually reading has only one word on page 123: Arth.
> But if I count five sentences from page 123 I get:
> "The High Head was forced to retreat to his workroom and think
> furiously". [Next sentence: "What *do* you do with six women (and one
> infant) of uncertain origin and social status, when you are an
> all-male community under Oath of Celibacy?"
> (you should be able to guess where that's from.).
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