If you ‘Blink’ you’ll miss it…

Posted on February 16, 2008. Filed under: Musings, Science |

The journey continues. I was pleasantly surprised to be tagged by RubyShooZ, wonderful poster of peace, for the following meme. I’ve seen it around on a few blogs, but, now, I’m it! Thanks, Rub, I’m flattered. I already liked this before I got started, because the book Ruby picked sounds fascinating, and I want to read it!


1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

Klein is a decision researcher with a Ph.D., a deeply intelligent and thoughtful man, and he wasn’t about to accept that as an answer. Instead, for the next two hours, again and again he led the firefighter back over the events of that day in an attempt to document precisely what the lieutenant did and didn’t know. “The first thing was that the fire didn’t behave the way it was supposed to,” Klein says.

I followed the instructions precisely. It’s amazing which three sentences came from this. Is this book a mystery? horror? sci-fi? metaphysical quest? — Maybe all of those, hmmm. I’m just finishing Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell, and had recently posted about some political and musical aspects of this book. So out of several really amazing books I’m reading at the moment, this one chose itself to be on my blog again.

Now, who shall I bother honor with the meme……How about:

Brightfeather, who is always doing the most interesting research;

Colourful Vision, as it’s bound to be something wonderful;

ella:ย  It might be a cookbook, which would make this really interesting, but it could be anything!;

Joyful Seeker—I want to know what’s currently giving her joy; and

Walkingbetween: Is it travel? Is it ancient literature? Is it about cats?

This is a fun and enlightening post for the weekend. I wish you Peace and Joy.


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I took a look around to see what my closest book was, and here is what it has on page 123, sentence five to eight:

The Israelite foremen saw that they were in a bad way, having to go back and tell their workers, “Not one brick short in your daily quota.”

As they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them. The foremen said to them, “May GOD see what you’ve done and judge you – you’ve made us stink before Pharaoh and his servants! You’ve put a weapon in his hand that’s going to kill us!”

It’s probably obvious which book that was. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hmmmm…..what could Rikard be referring to? ๐Ÿ˜‰
That’s quite a message, and here I am reading it on a Sunday, too. I have 3 different editions of the book you [probably] quoted from, each with a slightly different interpretation of the text you reported. (I found it! although it was not on page 123 of any of mine). Is your book in English, or did you translate it for us? It reads like a semi-modern English interpretation. Thanks for playing the game, Rikard. I’ll be interested to see what kind of story we can make here!

Thanks so much for writing this! Now I’d like to go out and get it but you didn’t mention the name of the book…or did you?
Sorry my brain isn’t working at full speed at the moment since I’ve just have a lovely Sunday afternoon nap.

I wanted to tag everyone because I’m always interested in what people are reading but I actually followed the rules this time. Even in doctors’ offices I strain to see what people are reading. I know, rather obsessive but it’s one of my best obsessions.

I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend and I hope to see you soon. I’m going to try and go back and see what I’ve missed in the blogs that really interesting but I do believe it’s a lost cause and I’m going to have to make due with much skimming.

Always peace, always love.

Ah, Ruby…so many blogs, so little time! I do know and understand. I read what I’m drawn to, and then sometimes a little voice in my head tells me to go visit someone I’ve haven’t seen for a while on my or their blog.
I admit my book reference was sort of buried in the last sentence of the post:…”this one chose itself to be on my blog again.”…I was referring to the book I mentioned right above, which was on my desk when I read your post, namely: BLINK: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.
Thank you, RubyShooZ, for thinking (either with or without thinking ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) of me! I want to put all the quotes into a story and see how strange and wonderful it may be. ๐Ÿ™‚

Gee, thanks, Muse, to tag me again…Don’t know what to say…I am not gonna tag but here is my contribution:

Translation: ”WE all have similar confort zone in regards to restaurants we go to, hotels we stay at, car’s brand we drive, home we live in, clothes we wear, where we go on vacation and people we connect with”…

”You might have already walked in a very fancy store on Fifth Avenue in New York City or on Rodeo Drive in Beverley Hills and you didn’t feel at ease in there. The store seemed too upper class for you.”

The Success Principles: How to get from where you are to where you want to be. By Jack Canfield

OK, CV, I won’t tag you any more for a while! You’re such a good sport, and I was curious about what you are reading. 8) I really appreciate you translating it, too! This is going to be an interesting story! Thank you.

[…] on February 18, 2008 by walkingbetween A pleasant surprise for a sunny, nice weekend, my friend Museditions tagged me to do this book meme. The rules are very […]

Was just wondering what meme means. (Say that 3 times fast! meme means..meme means..meme means) Do you mean meme as in “the cultural counterpart of genes, passed from one person to another?

P.S. Sounds like fun, anyway…

Thanks, walkingbetween for participating! I didn’t guess your book right away, but I hadn’t read it in a long time. It seems to fit with a couple others here!

That’s a good question, actually, Anon. Not everyone who comes here will be familiar with the bloggers use of the term. The most direct definition I’ve found is this: a “theoretical unit of cultural information.” The term seems to be used in blogs and fora as a questionnaire or game designed to give insight into a person’s habits or personality. It is fun, and one can learn something, too. Thanks for asking!

Thanks for your explanation regarding what meme means! By the way, I was surprised to see myself logged in as Anonymous on my original comment. Don’t know how that happened! I’m pretty new at blogging.

I enjoy your site.

Oh, that was YOU, teeveebee? I don’t know how that happened. Were you logged in at the time? Usually, anon. comments don’t register, so I was surprised to see it, but the person seemed pleasant so I let them in! You’ve been here before, so I know you are pleasant. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks very much for liking my blog, and feel free to play the meme if you wish. (I did try saying “meme means” 3 times. All I can say is I’m glad you don’t have video of that.) ๐Ÿ˜€

Yes, it’s a modern English paraphrase, called The Message //Remix (by Eugene H. Peterson).

I so appreciate you sharing that, Rikard. It looks like a fresh take.

The ”meme” word reminds me of a French word ”mรชme” means likewise..

Now you’ve got me wanting to read the book, Muse. That’s amazing the sentences which came from it… I had it pegged as a thriller from that excerpt.

I did it as well just for fun. This was the passage I found: But if it had already happened, someone would probably have called me. Maybe Bozie, but most likely Pam. Also…

“It’s suicide.” This time telling the room. “It’s suicide and it hasn’t happened yet.”

That’s from Stephen King’s Duma Key. Typical King – one passage and I have to read the rest to see what’s going on. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Interesting, CV. So if I’m reading a book, you are “likewise’ reading one, too, therefore—mรชme. 8)

Well now I want to read yours, too, cj. Thank you for playing along on this one. I haven’t read King in a while “…suicide and it hasn’t happened yet.” that does pull one in! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you’d like Blink. It’s about different ways humans process information.

[…] quotes from both MusEdition’s and RubyShooZ’s (who tagged Muse) books were quite interesting. And darn if I’m not […]

Thanks for participating, Joyful, and for the book divination methods you included in your post. Zukav’s Seat of the Soul has been an inspiration to me also.

[…] been tagged by MusEditions to take part in a […]

brightfeather (of This Time ~ This Space), the quote you found is awesome. I appreciate the time you took to respond. ๐Ÿ™‚

I appreciate your participation, ellaella. Your quote about the actor behind the character in the drama that was Watergate is priceless!

[…] For the participants, books, authors, and what a meme means, please see this post. […]

Update: The meme’s are in! First, let me thank everyone who participated, RubyShooZ for tagging me in the first place, and two friends who played along without even being tagged! I find it an honor when someone tags me, even if I may grumble a bit about the extra work involved. I inevitably find out something about myself, as well as all the “taggees”, so it becomes enjoyable, as well as educational.

This isn’t part of the meme, but it occurred to me that it might be entertaining to put all the phrases together into a mini-story. There are nine quotes including RubyShooZ, mine, the people I tagged, and the “volunteers” who also played. The story is posted here.

[…] write about! So, I just planned to briefly address a meme sent me by the lovely Apar. In pondering once again why these Internet thingys are called “memes” though, I came across all of the […]

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