Okay, I’ll play

Via Emily, let’s play the book game:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

“Julian was faced with the prospect of losing at a stroke well over half his army; he had moreover promised his Gallic detatchments that they would never be sent to the East.”
from A Short History of Byzantium, by John Julius Norwich.



  1. Al Maviva

    To show a violation of section 5(a)(1) of OSHA, 29 U.S.C.A. sec. 654(a)(1), the “general duty” clause, “the Secretary must prove (1) that the employer failed to render its workplace ‘free’ of a hazard which was (2) ‘recognized” and (3) ‘causing or likely to cause’ death or serious physical harm.”
    Individual Employee Rights, Covington & Decker, West Publishing Co., 1995. Closest book, eh? Well, it was sitting by the computer where I do a lot of my work at home. It was equidistant from Foucault’s Discipline & Punish, which featured the similarly thrilling language at p23, l-5:
    By studying only the general social forms, as Durkheim did (c.f. Bibliography), one runs the risk of positing as the principle of greater leniency in punishment processes of individualization that are rather one of the effects of the new tactics of power, among which are to be included the new penal mechanism.
    Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a freak. And my reading habits prove it. Although I do have a collection of poetry and Johnathan Franzen’s latest in the glovebox of my pickup truck.

  2. Scarab

    “This manual is organized into chapters by menu heading, with a seperate chapter for the Materail Palette.
    Crystal Topaz Professional – User’s Guide..
    …what can I say?….I never throw anything away…

  3. Scott Wickstein

    Al Maviva the attorney-at-law. Glad we’ve got you on board. I did this on my own blog and got “Being easily understood, it will never catch on”, which is the story of my life really…

  4. Al Maviva

    Hah, very good Scott. I guess I’ll come in handy if anybody has a problem with the conditions of employment here.
    As for you, Scarab – you aren’t fooling me any. Crystal Topaz is the name of a stripper on the Juggzzz.com adult site. I know, I know, you surf web pr(o)n for the stories…