Grab the nearest book…

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You will not sleep, if you lie there a thousand years, until you have opened your hand and yielded that which is not yours to give or to withhold.  You may think you are dead, but it will be only a dream;  you may think you have come awake, but it will still be only a dream.  Open your hand, and you will sleep indeed — then wake indeed.

From Lilith, by George MacDonald
Found in The Collected Works of C.S. Lewis, page 123


It’s a book meme.  I did this, you do it too:

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

Top 10

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, but here’s another top 10 randomized entries from my collection:

  • Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)
  • Kool and the Gang – 16 Spirit Of The Boogie
  • King’s X – Pretend
  • The Commodores – Still
  • Spock’s Beard – 4 O’ Clock
  • Lit – Miserable
  • Journey – Any Way You Want It
  • Van Halen II – D.O.A.
  • They Might Be Giants – Clap Your Hands
  • Mike Helm – Meet My New Friend

(Granted, I cheated when I removed the Mr. Belvedere theme song, but can you blame me?)

Ever celebrated one billion anything?

Hard to explain (I’m a geek, nuff said), but I just noticed my One-Billionth birthsecond is coming up soon.  Furthermore, my (almost 3yr old) son’s One-Hundred-Millionth birthsecond will be about a month earlier!

Want to know when you/a loved one reached/will celebrate a major birthsecond?  In that case, I proudly (?) introduce my Birthsecond Calculator (;>) :

  1. Date/Time of birth:
  2. + a birthsecond:
  3. (but you don\’t look a second over ‘ + (iSeconds-10000).toString() + ‘!)‘;
    $(‘PartyDay’).innerHTML = dtResult + strFlatter;
    return false;”>=


Note: This surely won’t work in a feed reader, so come visit for the fun.

(web geek colophon: This works thanks to jsDate, my port of VBScript Date functions to Javascript.)

Update 2007-04-15: My 7yo son wants to know when his 250 millionth birthsecond is, so here’s a customizable version.

Links: old but interesting

I just found this list I sent to some friends, over a year ago now.  Still quite interesting…


The Classic IQ Test – Apparently I’m an “Insightful Linguist …natural fluency of a writer and the visual talents of an artist. …a creative and expressive mind” (there’s flattery for ya).

What Different IQ Scores Mean (down, cached copy here)  – Checking my above IQ here calls me “highly gifted” (aka “sub-genius”?).

What kind of thinker are you? – Says I’m a “Musical Thinker” (like Jimi Hendrix, except sooo white).


Oh, he’s talking about me!

Real coders, real code – scary & sad but true





10 More Songs

Been a long time since I did my song roll.  So here are the first 10 random picks:

King’s X – Far, Far Away
U2 – Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Newsboys – Shine
The Commodores – Old-fashion Love
Us3 – Knowledge of Self
Porcupine Tree – Phase III
Stuart Hamm – Snoopy’s Theme Song – Peanuts
Sting – Why Should I Cry for You?
Relient K – Chap Stick, Chapped Lips, and Things Like Chemistry
Ohio Players – Only A Child Can Love

Good mixture, I think.