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 generator
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!
Your result for The Social Persona Test (What kind of man/woman are you?)...
The Librarian (QTBF)
Quirky Traditional Beta Female
You know the story--The quiet, smart girl who emerges from her shell to become the new queen bee. Nothing wrong with nerdy girls, in fact there aren't enough of you. Your best match is The Late Bloomer, as he once was the male version of you.
You are more QUIRKY than NORMAL.
You are more TRADITIONAL than LIBERAL.
You are more PASSIVE than DOMINANT.
When picking a date, consider: The Late Bloomer (QTAM), The Lord of the Misfits (QLAM), The Snowball's Chance in Hell (QTBM), The Suit (NTAM), or The Altar Boy (NTBM).
Avoid: The Frat Boy (NLAM)
(Image from theblackspiderman.com)
( 1) I secretly understand why East Coast people say they miss )
Please note that I hate being asked for black-and-white answers. I don't go in for making rules for other people much. I have enough to do trying to keep track of myself... and I do that rather badly sometimes.
 Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?
Um, yes? Clearly.
 Would you do meth if it was legal?
 Abortion: for or against it?
Wow is this a badly-worded question. I would like abortion to be safe, legal, preferably free, and rare.
 Do you think the world would fail with a female president?
Ummmm, there have been plenty of female presidents in the world. World is still here. So I vote no.
 Do you believe in the death penalty?
 Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
Sure. It certainly causes less violent crime than alcohol.
 Are you for or against premarital sex?
Again with the black and white questions. I think other people's sex lives are none of my business, I think sex should be conducted in a way that respects the person you're with and shows self-respect, and I think some people are better off waiting until marriage and others are not. I guess that makes me for? Sort of? But I'm no saying, "Hey, everyone! Go out and have premarital sex for no reason other than that you can!" I think that would be dumb.
 Do you believe in God?
 Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
I think the Supreme Court was waaaaaaay off-base in Plessy vs. Ferguson.
 Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?
Grrrrrrr. The wording of the questions is driving me mad. Short answer: no.
 A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it?
She should not be forced to keep it, nor should she be forced to give it up. This is such an incredibly culturally blind question that it's insane. 12-year-old girls have babies all the time. Many of them have been married for years by then. It's not a good idea, biologically or emotionally, but once it's done, I believe that the woman's and her family's circumstances should be taken into account. By them.
 Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
There should not be an alcohol age.
 Should the war in Iraq be called off?
Can't call it off now. Going in was not a good idea.
 Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
I don't think it should be prosecuted unless there is evidence of foul play.
 Do you believe in spanking your children?
On rare occasions, when the child needs something to get their attention. Never specifically to hurt the child, or to vent the parent's anger.
 Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
It's a piece of cloth. I'd get a million dollars. I could send a lot of poor kids to good schools on that, if I managed it well.
 Who do you think would make a better president? McCain or Obama?
My friend and yours, Barack Obama.
 Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
Not really, though they might get as frustrated with my answers as I am with the questions.
9. papertigers (sometimes we do), kartoffel
10. papertigers, efbq, scooterbird, eselgeist, tostita, obscurerichard
12. papertigers, fenriss, feisty1, melebeth
16. scooterbird, louiseroho
17. papertigers, melebeth
21. Don't know what this means
22. This either
23. papertigers (just kidding, probably no one, really)
24. No one, I think.
25. fenriss, papertigers (hey, it worked for me)
30. *kisses* much teasing, but also much affection.
The Part of You That No One Sees
You are compassionate, caring, and soothing.
You like other people to depend on you...
In fact, you don't feel right unless you are helping someone out.
Underneath it all, you feel the burden of everyone's problems.
Without your guidance, you fear that many people's worlds would fall apart.
You like to feel in charge, even if it brings you a lot of stress.
1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, or your favorite kind of sandwich, maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.
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