I used the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Meme from seraphimsigrist
TO FIND TWO INTERESTING THINGS
1)Let us take into hand the Concise Columbia
Encyclopedia... (another book could serve of course)
2)Observe that it has 943 pages with two columns each.
3)Go to random number generatorhttp://www.random.org/integers/
4) Generate two random page numbers 1-943
then column numbers 1 or two
then 1 or 2= upper or lower half of chosen column
5)this gives us 6 or 7 entries.
6)choose the most interesting ones and find some information
new to myself about them.
7)Write something generally interesting one finds.
1) The first passage is from All's Well That Ends Well
. I quote:
"So I say; both of Galen and Paracelsus.Of all the learned and authentic fellows, -
Right; so I say.That gave him out incurable, -
Why, there 'tis; so say I too.Not to be helped,-
Right; as 'twere a man assured of a, -Uncertain life and sure death.
Just; you say well: so would I have said.I may truly say, it is a novelty to the world
I found this a rather comedic dialogue, particularly out of context. Galen and Paracelsus - they are referring here, I think, to doctors in general, and showing the traditional layman's distrust of doctors and medicine. "So I say!" In complete agreement on this point, are they? Yet we are all assured of an uncertain life and sure death. *ponders*
2) The second passage is from the first part of King Henry IV
"How now, blown Jack! how now, quilt!What, Hal! How now, mad wag! what a devil dost thou in Warwickshire? - My good Lord of Westmoreland, I cry you mercy: I thought your honour had already been at Shrewsbury.Faith, Sir John, 'tis more than time that I were there, and you too; but my powers are there already. the king, I can tell you, looks for us all: we must away all night.Tut, never fear me: I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.
I think, to steal cream, indeed; for thy theft hath already made thee butter. But tell me, Jack, whose fellows are these that come after?Mine, Hal, mine.
I did never see such pitiful rascals.Tut, tut; good enough to toss; food for powder, food for powder; they'll fill a pit as well as better: tush, man, mortal men, mortal men
At first I was amused by the apparent reference to the Nikki Giovanni cat, but... I still have genocide on the mind, I guess. Food for powder! Interesting, too, being on such familiar terms with Prince Henry as to call him Hal, completely untitled. Rebellious military operations ensue in following scenes, and Prince Henry prevails. Go, Hal!