Monday, March 03, 2008

Book Lover's Meme

I've probably done this meme before, but it is always a fun one to do, Lunaea tagged me, thanks Lunaea! You know I love doing these memes..

I will admit that I had to get up and go find a book, because my computer desk is not in the book zone of the house (which is really everywhere else!) All there is around here at hand is user manuals to software, and the newspaper. The closest books are the cookbooks and I didn't even bother with that.

So I found my library bag across the room, and a book I recently finished reading was in there, just waiting to be tapped for this exercise:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

From "On Chesil Beach" by Ian McEwan:
She was twelve years old, lying still like this, waiting, shivering in the narrow bunk with polished mahogany sides. Her mind was a blank, she felt she was in disgrace. After a two-day crossing, they were once more in the calm of Carteret harbor, south of Cherbourg.

Hmmm, not too terribly exciting! But there it is.

The other book that was closest at hand was the biography of Albert Einstein, "Einstein" by Walter Isaacson, which was much more forthcoming with some wisdom....
"Time cannot be absolutely defined, and there is an inseparable relation between time and signal velocity." More specifically, the key insight was that two events that appear to be simultaneous to one observer will not appear to be simultaneous ot another observer who is moving rapidly. And there is no way to declare that one of the observers is really correct.

See, now that is something worth reading isn't it?! The key observation out of all of his observations. Good to re-read that one over and once more again.

So, to tag someone or five someones....
How about Jaye, Laume, Kristen, DebR, and Lutra.


Deb R said...

Mine'll be up tomorrow! :-)

kristen said...

mine is up :) thanks for inviting me to play