Monday, February 21, 2005

The fifth sentence

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

I'm at work so you get:
"Now give sendmail rule set 3 and Hubset as you did before, but this time specify a sender's address that contains a user and a host part:"
Sad, I know. :-( (From "sendmail (2nd edition)", Brian Costales with Eric Allman).


Snodge said...

"In addition, many of these places are essential end points for quests and hiding places for unique enemies" - World of Warcraft game manual!!

Anonymous said...

"A watertight structure within which construction work is carried on under water." - The American Heritage Dictionary, Third edition.

nic said...

And at home:

"Rune raised a hairless eyebrow" - Robert Rankin - The Witches of Chiswick

Dedalus said...

Frau Stohr, sitting just a little behind him, had an expression on her face revealing such ignorant ecstasy that it was pitiful to behold, while Fraulein Levi of the ivory complexion sat leaning back in her chair with half-closed eyes and hands resting palms-up in her lap-and one would have taken her for a corpse if her chest had not risen and fallen with such striking regularity, although Hans Castorp thought she looked more like a mechanically driven wax figure he had once seen in a sideshow.
Thomas Mann - The Magic Mountain

Avon Lady said...
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Avon Lady said...

One of the more memorable examples of such verbiage is Ansel Adams's description of the camera as an "instrument of love and revelation"; Adams also urges that we stop saying that we "take" apicture and always say we "make" one.

Susan Sontag. On Photography.