I’ve been tagged

I spotted this particular tag thing on the blog of the Steve and enjoyed the read but thought no more of it. But Steve tagged David Keen who has in turn tagged me. So, Lo …… my turn, aha:
The rules as given are thus.
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 other people.

dsf.jpgI don’t normally do these things but this is not from some snobby elitist blogging ideal, it’s mainly ‘cos I don’t get tagged. But having been tagged I’m up for giving it a go. I fought the temptation to go and find a really intellectual tome and instead grabbed the book I have just finished reading. It’s Dark Shadows Falling by Joe Simpson, a reflection on ethics and morality in high altitude climbing wrapped within the story of a climbing expedition in Nepal.
P123, sentence 5-7: “After the second day of driving snow the jagged moraines upon which we had camped were carpeted in a smooth white cloak of powder which hid the ankle breaking rocks beneath. As I trudged up the short slippery incline towards the mess tent, I noticed the line of prayer flags from the puja ceremony was collapsing under the weight of snow. The altar had completely disappeared.”
I wonder if one of the effects of this tag series is going to be a lot of authors wishing they’d worked a little bit harder on the crafting of page 123? Anyway I’m going to tag, Doc Bush, Lewis, Random Chris, Richard & Amanda.
But hey, if you read this and want to put your nearest p123 into the comments then that would be fun too ….

5 Replies to “I’ve been tagged”

  1. “In the first transmission, only every third coded bit is transmitted, effectively giving a rate 3/4 code as illustrated in figure 7.6. In case of a decoding error and a subsequent request for a retransmission, additional bits are transmitted, effectively leading to a rate-3/8 code. After a second retransmission the code rate is 1/4.”

  2. “Yesterday I spoke at a rally at the church, about the murder of this homeless man. Like I said, I don’t need a microphone. You want me to talk about being homeless, I’ll tell you about homelessness.”
    From “Dying for a Home: Homeless Activists Speak Out” by Cathy Crowe

  3. The nearest book…
    “First, to test the null hypothesis that there is no difference between the columns (fertiliser blends in the example). Input the data into SPSS in exactly the same format as it is in the table of raw data. You can either label the columns with the code letters U-Z or leave them as the default ‘var00001’, etc.”
    … maybe I should get back to my stats…

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