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Random Book Wisdom

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Picked up from dustydistaff:

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 56.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of that sentence, along with these instructions.

From Algorithms in C (third edition), by Robert Sedgewick: “The cost of an unsuccessful search ending before or after the Nth entry in the table is the same: N.”

So it doesn’t work quite as well with technical books as with literature, but I was too curious to resist.


Written by eswald

17 Oct 2008 at 12:07 pm

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Disappointment Warp

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My beloved companion introduced me to MythBusters when we were first dating, after having followed it from the beginning.  Now we make it a point to see new episodes whenever we have cable.  Recently, we’ve been seeing commercials for a new show called Time Warp, in which the main gimmick is filming things with ultra-high-speed cameras, and replaying at various speeds.  I was interested, but had to endure a small rant about how it looked light on actual science.

The debut, unfortunately, was just boring enough to justify the rant.  I was still interested enough to watch through the whole thing, but it still lacks something as a show.  Each episode seems to consist of three or four disconnected pieces, with a few seconds of science and perhaps five minutes of slow-motion wow factor sandwiched between ten minutes of slightly dull talking.  Early in the first episode, I also got annoyed by a clip that was cut off just before the good part, probably to heighten suspense.

All in all, a show that I would watch again, but wouldn’t wait all week for.

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16 Oct 2008 at 11:56 am

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New use for radishes

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My faithful companion apologized last night for having so few vegetables to put on our tacos.  The onion and bell pepper were earmarked for other recipes, and the lettuce had just been used in a salad, leaving us with only beans, corn, olives, and salsa.  A last-minute suggestion to enhance my tacos with left-over radishes sounded at first like a joke, but then I remembered how spicy they tend to taste.  Odd as it seems, they worked really well:  One bite had a bit too much radish, but it was surprising instead of distasteful; otherwise, they complemented the salsa with a peppery flavor and added the fresh crunch that normally comes from lettuce.

Written by eswald

3 Oct 2008 at 7:19 am

Posted in Food