Nearest Book

This meme is percolating across the internets and it’s kinda fun.

By definition then, the terrorists and their followers become excluded from civil society of the mainstream, while the sympathetic public remains included.

The Geographical Dimensions of Terrorism, edited by Susan L. Cutter, Douglas B. Richardson and Thomas J. Wilbanks.

The instructions: Grab the nearest book. Open it to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

If I hadn’t cleaned my desk on Friday, it would’ve most likely been something about Test-Driven Development but I did so this one was closest today which is interesting since it’s been ages since I read it. This particular excerpt comes from a passage describing the two primary audiences of terrorists and the social/physical separation of those audiences. It is taken from the section titled “Geographies of Inclusion/Exclusion” by Colin Flint.

  • Steve

    Much more exciting than mine:

    “The ARC command DESCRIBE and the TIN Commands DESCRIBETIN and DESCRIBELATTICE also set the DSC$, TIN$ and LAT$ reserved variables, respectively.”

  • That’s okay. If I had posted from home, it most likely would have been a “Junie B. Jones” title. Although, I’m not sure if they have 56 pages…

  • fantomplanet

    “She notes that in their ‘home’ context, in the 1950’s and 1960’s “American thrillerss/westerns etc were seen as somehow ‘essentially’ rightwing in some ideological sense… [however] in Britain the genres and narratives of American popular culture acted as a kind of wedge, forcing into the open, by contrast . . . a recognition of the class-bound complacency of the ‘Great Tradition of British Culture.”

    ‘Spaces of Identity: Global Media, Electronic Landscapes and Cultural Boundaries” by David Morley and Kevin Robins.

  • “Then, for each chapter, the JSP and HTML files are stored in a subdirectory like….”

    ‘Java Servlets and JSP’, by Murach, Steelman

  • Abe

    @Paolo Ew!

  • @Abe

    We can’t all be waiting for our nifty WPF books. (Mine were farther down the shelf.)

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  • @Abe: EW = Extinct in the Wild? πŸ˜€

  • “This is different than geographical space, where 0 degrees is due north.”
    – The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 2: Spatial Measurements & Statistics, by Andy Mitchell

    yup, I’m a geek.