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Book meme

1. From the books in your general vicinity, find your favorite fiction book, your favorite non-fiction book, and a textbook, rulebook, manual, how-to book, or something of that sort about something you enjoy.

2. Take the last two digits of the year you were born, and subtract the month and day you were born from it. (For me, 85-10-20=55.)

3. Take the last digit of the ISBN of each book--it should be printed on the back cover.

4. Flip to page (number derived from your birthdate). Count down (last digit of ISBN) paragraphs from the top of the page, and type a couple sentences from that paragraph.


Textbook: Programming Perl, Larry Wall et. al.
"In the Perl version of that notion, all the leading identifiers are the names of nested symbol tables, and the last identifier is the name of the variable within the most deeply nested symbol table. For instance, in the variable above, the symbol table is named Santa::Helper::Reindeer::Rudolph, and the actual variable within that symbol table is $nose. (The value of that variable is, of course, 'red')."

Non-fiction: Great Presidential Wit, Bob Dole
"'I'm looking for an obituary', said the businessman." (Part of a joke told by FDR.)

Fiction: Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
"She was just in the process of proving them all desparately wrong. But at this phase, the all-male society of bitheads that made up the power structure of Black Sun Systems said that the face problem was trivial and superficial. It was, of course, nothing more than sexism, the especially virulent type espoused by male techies who sincerely believe that they are too smart to be sexists."