Thursday, May 08, 2008

Doodle Day 1 and TT-Book meme

My OTW says this is the closest she ever comes to doodling. She was waiting for the Big One for a lo-o-o-o-ong time at a restaurant and instead of taking a nice little nap, she designed tie-clips she'll probably never make for him. She's weird.

Now, FINALLY she's gonna help us with our book meme! Rocky at Artsy Catsy tagged me, and Tigerlily tagged Persephone!

Here are the rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment to Moki once you have posted it.

She has a LOT of books near her!

1/ But when I first saw that I was tagged, my OTW's notebook was the closest book. Only she hasn't gotten to page 123, so she decided to add together the numbers and do page 6 instead, only there wasn't anything on page 6 either! (She says she was saving it to finish what was on page 5. Yeah, right. She just skips pages 'cause she's lazy!)

2/ The second closest book was her artist's sketchbook. But she hasn't gotten to page 123 in that either. And when she added the the numbers together and looked at page 6, there was nothing there either!!! Again!!! Sigh.

3/ So the third closet book would be on the shelf above the computer. But that would be the dictionary ('cause it sticks out further than the rest!) So my OTW went to page 123 and counted 5 entries and here are the next 3.

commend vt to speak favorably of, to praise; to recommend; to entrust.-commendable adj. -commendably adv.-commendatory adj.

commendation n the act of commending, praise; an award.

commensal adj (biol) living together, but not at the expense of another; (person, organization) living and feeding with another. *n one of two commensal plants or animals; a dinner companion. -commensalism, commensality n.

4/ The next closest book is at the closer end of the shelf. It's Old English Poetic Metre by B. R. Hutcheson. Only when we got to page 123 there wasn't a whole 3 sentences on it!! Not even if you count the footnotes!!! So we had to count to half way down page 124!

"For the A-types exhibiting anacrusis, a higher rate of double alliteration is to be expected, for most anacrusis consists of verbal prefixes, and finite verbs are not stressed in the on-verse unless they alliterate. The following table charts the attestations of A-types with anacrusis in the present corpus: (table goes here). Strictures on the distribution of type A are somewhat more difficult to account for."

My OTW says don't worry she has no idea what that means either.

5/ But really all the non-dictionary books are about equally close. And we can't really even pick one based on which one she's actually reading, 'cause she's kinda reading them all. So we moved on to the next book which is Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight. But this book has a chart-y thing on page 123. It's kind of in sentences, though, so we'll fake it!

"A tapered needle file can do the job, but a parallel round file is much better. An alternative is to use a nail with the same diameter to scrape the groove. 4/ Clean the tube to remove any finger oils and tarnish."

6/, and 8/ are Dress in Anglo-Saxon England by Gale Owen-Crocker, and Viking Clothing, by Thor Ewing. My OTW thought it was pretty funny that both had stuff on shoes on page 123.

6/ "Late Anglo-Saxon manuscripts show men carrying out agricultural work such as ploughing and sowing barefoot, which confirms the experience of some re-enactors that the inconvenience of wearing shoes on churned up ground outweighs any initial comfort and protection. The early Anglo-Saxons would, however, have been capable of making shoes, and any footwear would presumably have been made of leather and secured with thongs, organic materials unlikely to survive in normal cemetary conditions. A pair of Iron Age shoes, found on the body of a man in Ronbjerg Mose, Denmark, gives us some idea of the kind of workmanship Germanic people were capable of in the Dark Ages (Fig. 84)."


8/ "In Parcevals saga, the Old Icelandic version of the tale of Sir Perceval, the young hero, whose rustic beginnings are well known, wears hriflingar. This word hriflingar is clearly cognate with the Old English rifeling, and survives in Scotland, Shetland and Orkney as 'rivelin', where it denotes a rawhide shoe. Almost all the rural communities of Northern Europe have a tradition of making such simple hide shoes."

7/ is Cloth and Clothing in Early Anglo-Saxon England: AD 450-700, by Penelope Walton Rogers,

"Buckles are mostly made of iron or copper alloy, or occasionally silver, gilded silver, bone and boar's tusk (this last, a single example from Castledyke Li1 G91). They may be divided into two classes, those in which the strap is passed through the buckle loop and stitched or riveted back to itself, and those in which the end of the strap is sandwiched between metal attachment plates (Fig 4.15). Sonja Marzinzik in her study of Early Anglo-Saxon buckles has termed these Class I (without plate) and Class II (with plate), before grouping them according to the shape of the plate, the loop and the tongue into 38 different types (Marzinzik 2003)."

9/ is Woven into the Earth by Else Ostergard.

"But although the Greenlandic landnama textiles have a Viking Age element, they are difficult to place as belonging to the costume of that age, since they are stray finds without established relationships. No whole Greenlandic Viking Age costume can be assembled, so it is necessary to look at garments or parts of garments found outside Greenland if we are to form an impression of the clothing of the settlers.

Comparison with preserved fragments and whole garments

A large textile find from Birka in Sweden, supplemented by finds from Haithabu in Schleswig and from west Norwegian graves, especially women's graves, is the basis for the reconstructions we today call 'Viking Age costumes'."

10/ is The Chicago Manual of Style.

"They do not show the quality of image to be attained in the final printing, but they provide a means of checking the accuracy of the contents. As with repro, the editor should check to see that all the parts are in place and all previous corrections have been made. Blues should also be scanned by both editor and designer or production department for extraneous marks or type blemishes that may be caused by dirt or debris on the negative (see also 3.35)."

Scintillating reading, THAT one...

11/ the next isn't any better. It's the Gregg Reference Manual Fourth Canadian Edition.

"Use commas to set off abbreviations that follow a person's name (Julie Merkin, CPS, announces the opening...) and to set off names of provinces or countries following city names (Hull, Quebec, will host...). In personal and company names, the trend is not to set off elements like Jr., Sr., III, or Ltd. (for example Guy Tracy Jr. and ATCO Ltd.); however, individual preferences should be respected when known. (See also 156-161.)

Basic Rules for Commas That Separate

123 Use a single comma:
a. To separate the two main clauses in a compound sentence when they are joined by and, but, or, or nor, and occasionaly for, so, or yet. (See also 126-129)"

My OTW should read this section more carefully. She's SUCH a Comma Queen!!!

12 and 13 are easier! When Tigerlily tagged Persephone there were two ACTUAL BOOKS on the desk!!!! With NORMAL STUFF in them!!!

12/ is The Duke's Indiscretion, by Adele Ashworth.

" "You are highly inebriated and would do best by returning to your bed and getting a decent night's sleep. Now."

Naturally, in such a state of drunkenness, he couldn't react very quickly when she suddenly jerked her hand out of his and stepped back far enough to put the piano bench between them, clinging to the music she held against her chest as if it might protect her. "

And 13/ we want to make a guessing game about what the book is about, though my OTW says no one will ever ever EVER guess!

"Duck's feet are adapted for paddling in water. Eagles' beaks are adapted for tearing flesh. Finches' beaks are adapted for cracking seeds."

Hint: It's not about birdies!!!

Heeheehee! We'll come up with a prize for the best guess! And another IF anycat gets it right!!!


Parker said...

I'm just hoping that it isn't a cookbook!

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Wow, that's a lot of books!!! Your OTW is very artistic!

Mickey's Musings said...

Jeepers, your OTW has a lot of books on fibre ;) You would thing she is into that sort of thing....... oh wait...!
My guess is Vikings! How they adapted to survive by making clothes and weapons that got better over time :)
Purrs Mickey

Tybalt said...

I have no idea what that book is about, but I'm already a big fan since it mentioned birdies!

Gemini and Ichiro said...

Wow! you have a lot of books.

Is the last book about Darwin?

Zippy, Sadie, Speedy and M'Gee said...

That last book isn't about birdies? Is it about adaptation? Mom sez it sounds like a book she once had about to make a bird look like da bird yoo were trying to paint...

Gemini and Ichiro said...

How about psychology?

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Is the book about evolution?

Mr. Hendrix said...


Motor Home Cats said...

We think it might be about sailing.

Tiki, Tavi, Cody and Camie

The Cat Realm said...

I'm with Tybalt. Does it give recipes in the Appendix???

Boy said...

Wow! That is a hard one to guess! I guess it's a book about dwawing!

Daisy said...

Is it a book about building stuff? Like how you have to have the right tools or adaptations?

Spike William and Angels China Cat and Willow said...

I have thought as hard as I could but can only come up with a book about evolution and how everything adapts... Oh well, I tried - now I think I'll go watch the ducks in my backyard!

Purrrrrrs, China Cat

Gemini and Ichiro said...

Ah more specific than psychology, how about a book on child psychology and er um... I don't know who would say that.. perhaps a behaviorist.

Gemini and Ichiro said...

Oh yes, you were right, I am in Crater Lake--very good.

Mickey's Musings said...

OK!! How about a book on making your own tools, for example sewing tools and how you adapt to what you find around you. Over time, you would get better at making more specific tools. This is hard :) You were right,we'll never guess!!!
Purrs Mickey