Friday, April 18, 2008

Playing Tag .... Nearest Book?

Fiona tagged me ... bad, bad girl because she knows I'm up to my eyeballs with writing assignments, but this is a fun Friday night break. These were 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 Fiona once you've posted your three sentences.

Well most of you already know that I love science so it should come as no surprise to you that the nearest book by my side is BIOLOGY by Helena Curtis. It's my college textbook. Wonderfully lucid. Except of course for page 123 which is Review and Questions. Still ...

Sketch an animal cell. Include the principal organelles and label them. Prepare a similar, labeled sketch of a plant cell.

Not so exciting right? But these sentences bring back wonderful memories of drawing what I observed under the microscope. I have never forgotten how exciting it was to peer into a different world. All that motion. Such beauty inside a cell. All those amazing scientists from long ago, like Louis Pasteur and Robert Hooke, made detailed drawings of what they saw. They were artists.

Here are some pictures to whet your appetite:

This is Robert Hooke's drawing of a flea, published in Micrographia in 1664.
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The red rods are stained E. coli bacteria, a staple of every microbiologist.
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This is a picture of an animal cell in which one of the components of its skeleton is lit up with a fluorescent dye.
To keep the game going, I'm going to tag:
Laura at Laurasalas
Molly at Seize the Day
Natalie at Italian Moments


Anonymous said...

I'm done, Vijaya. I know what you mean about busy...I almost didn't play, but I did:

Have a great weekend!

Bish Denham said...

Ok Vijaya,
There's a first time for everything and playing tag is one of them.

Angela said...

me too....

Angela said...

or link

WordWrangler said...

Okay, done! Here's the link...

Vijaya said...

Some good lines there ...
You guys are such good sports. And I just realized that the people I tagged were supposed to leave comments on Fiona's blog.

Live and learn. As Bish says, there's a first time for everything.

Thanks for playing.

MollyMom103 said...

Hi Vijaya:

I'm not going to exactly play but I'm going to post on here on your blog.

The first book I found was an ancient astronomy handbook. It didn't really have any text, but lots of pictures. Next up was the Amplified Bible and well I'm not going to post that one either. There were about 2 of my books two but they don't have a page 123. Then I realized I had my book Profit open on my computer. So in all actuality that was the closest book to me when I read the post.

Here is sentence 5 and the next three:

Cymbeline moved toward Sarai and placed a translucent finger next to Sarai’s lips. “Influence, words, every mouth needs a kiss.” Cymbeline traced Sarai’s cheek.
“Peace will be your sacred duty.”

I'm not going to tag anybody. I only post once a week and must keep to the plan or risk overload.

Have a great week. Liked your pictures.

Wah, I need work.

Christy Lenzi said...

Love your blog, Vijaya! Should I post my comment on Fionna's blog and have the people I tag comment on yours?

Christy Lenzi said...

Okay--done! :)

Anonymous said...

I don't know if I'm doing this right, but Christy tagged me, so here I am. I'm always glad to hear people excited about the wonders of biology. It balances out the rather negative school experiences (culminating in a nightmare college course--urgh!) Why couldn't you have been my teacher instead? :)

Sarah said...

Hi Vijaya. This is my first time to your blog, though I see you on blueboards.
Christy tagged me.

I cheated and did not use the Icelandic dictionary; it doesn't have sentences anyway--I used the next closest book.

lizzy_lyn said...

Hi, V. Christy tagged me. :)

I am currently sitting within equal distance of Bread and Jam for Francis and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since neither of those books have 123 pages, I had to choose a book about kitchen design.

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Vijaya,

I was tagged by Christy. Here's my link:

As it happened, the book nearest me had a typo in one of the chosen sentences. What are the chances?

Have a great weekend!

Vijaya said...

Wow, Molly. Beautiful. As always, I'm impressed with your choice of words. Always.

Olmue, I have always loved the sciences and love to teach it as well.

Thanks for playing and for reading my blog.

Susan Sandmore said...

Bish has ordered me to leave you a comment and I am afraid of Bish, so commenting I . . . am.

Hi, Vijaya! Nice blog! Nice flea! Thanks for visiting my blog the other day. :)

Peta said...

I was tagged by Bish (thanks for thinking of me, by the way).

Natalie said...

Sorry I'm so late with this meme, Vijaya, but it's finally up! :-)