Thursday, April 03, 2008

I’ve Been Hit

Mr. Fob tagged me. Now I’m “it.” I must, under the blogger rules of conduct, perform the following:

1. Pick up the nearest book (at least 123 pages).
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Find the 5th sentence
4. Post the 5th sentence on your blog.
5. Tag 5 people.

Okay, but… My desk has no books on it and my bookshelf runs parallel to my back on the wall behind me. How to at least follow the spirit of the law? If I just walk over there, I’ll have at least 5 contenders for the “nearest book” depending upon my path and how one measures. No self-respecting scientist could allow such subjectivity to creep into his measurements…
And I am, if anything, self-respecting, right?...

So, here’s what I’ll do. I’m going to wet a piece of paper towel, wad it into a ball, close my eyes, and throw it at the bookshelf. The wettest book wins…

Here I go…

(please don’t be that Kama Sutra, which I own purely for its place amongst my religious texts, as it has next to no advice for a gay couple…)

Okay, here it is; I hope you’re happy:

“Harmonic solutions to equation (113) will then be given by (the real part of) v(x,t)=V(x)exp(iwt), where, by substituting into equation (113), (i+iwt)d^2V/dx^2+(w/a_f0)^2[(a_f0^2/a_e0^2)+iwt]V=0.”

That was from "Combustion Theory, second edition" by Williams, if you're now interested in going out and picking it up. Now I bet you wish I hit the Kama Sutra instead, don’t you?

I’ll tag (and hope they keep more interesting literature about):

Java, Molly, MoHoHawaii, Abelard, and Paul

Now I’m not it.

5 comments:

Java said...

LMAO! You are such as scientist! I'm married to an engineer, and he has similar peculiarities concerning subjectivity in his measurements.
I'm pleased to be tagged for this one. Especially since my brother-in-law's newest book was just released and happens to be sitting right in front of me.
Thank you very much for citing the source. I must run right out and purchase for myself Compustion Theory, Second Edition. If that book store in the mall has a copy...

Java said...

Oops! You know I meant "Combustion."

Paul said...

We must be twins, separated at birth. I was just reading that same book.

Also like you, no books are within reach except those in the nearest bookshelf. I think I’ll pull the ol' “cover the eyes and pick one” routine.

Mr. Fob said...

A truly scientific approach, Scot. If you'd picked the Kama Sutra would you have scanned a picture in?

Scot said...

Java:“ If that book store in the mall has a copy...

If they only have the first edition, I’d wait. The second edition is far less boring.

Paul: “ We must be twins, separated at birth. I was just reading that same book.

I won’t tell you how it ends then.

Mr Fob: “ A truly scientific approach, Scot.

I’m all about being scientifically rigorous. You may be surprised to learn how often the wet paper ball method is used in the lab, or WPB analysis, as it is commonly known.

If you'd picked the Kama Sutra would you have scanned a picture in?

I’m afraid (or fortunate ?) that mine isn’t illustrated.

For the record, the sentence in that case would have been:

If one kisses contrary to custom and local sentiment, it is an amusement which no longer has any meaning and becomes distressing, like the air from a fan to someone who is cold

Wise counsel indeed.