15 April, 2004: Running out of ideas

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In lieu of writing about anything more interesting, I'm going to participate in this silly meme. (Also here, here, here, and no doubt everywhere else, too.)

The game is to,

  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.

(Note that these rules are not in fact unambiguous, since we are not told whether the fifth sentence is the fifth complete sentence, or the fifth sentence including any partial sentence with which the page begins. I'm assuming that it means `the fifth sentence beginning after the top of page 23', which also helps us with the case -- much remarked upon elsewhere -- where page 23 contains one or fewer sentences.)

So, to the sentence:

In 1847 the government tried and failed to stop The Times publishing correspondence between Lord Castlereagh and representatives of Imperial Russia on the Polish Question at the Congress of Vienna in 1815.

The rules don't require me to say which book it's from, so in the unlikely event that anybody cares, they'll have to guess.

In other news

A good Bruce Schneier piece on ID cards; and, to compensate, another holiday photo:


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