Category Archives: 5×5

5×5 for October 3

Five Technological Items I Own But Don’t Really Use

  1. Palm z22 PDA
  2. Wacom Graphire tablet (I only use it as a mouse pad)
  3. 128 MB flash drive
  4. Graphing calculators; take your pick, I have a desk drawer full of them.
  5. Stand-alone Brother label machine

Five Technological Items I Don’t Own but Think I Would Use Regularly If I Did

  1. Cell phone with a decent camera
  2. iPod Nano
  3. Label machine that plugs into my computer
  4. A decent scanner
  5. Apple TV (seriously)

Five Items Other Than Books that are on my Office Bookshelf

  1. A hand-blown Klein bottle
  2. An abacus from China
  3. A Jefferson cipher wheel built by a former student
  4. A slide rule
  5. A jar for keep chocolate in (currently empty!)

The Last Five Books I’ve Read

  1. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson (currently reading)
  2. Kirinyaga, Mike Resnick
  3. Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein
  4. Dune, Frank Herbert
  5. Dune sucked all the life out of me. I can’t remember what happened before Dune. Sorry.

Five Great Books I’ve Not Read but Would Like To

  1. War and Peace
  2. The Federalist Papers
  3. Euclid’s Elements (from “cover” to “cover”; I’ve dipped into them for years but never read the whole thing)
  4. On Liberty (John Stuart Mill; I have this on my bookshelf at home!)
  5. It Takes a Village*

*Just kidding.

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5 reasons there is no 5×5 this week

Having to leave for most of the morning to take the cats to the vet.
Having to leave for most of the afternoon to go to the BMV.

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5×5 for September 19

I’m getting my rear-end kicked at work right now, otherwise I’d have real posts going up. For now, sit back and enjoy this week’s 5×5. (I debuted this feature last week and explained what a 5×5 is here.)

Five Interesting Prime Numbers (courtesy of the Prime Curios website)

  1. 2 (the only even prime)
  2. 11777 (It’s an emirp because its reverse, 77711, is also prime.)
  3. 8675309 (For 80’s music fans)
  4. 103993 (Because 103993/33102 equals ∏ out to the 1/100000ths place!)
  5. 555555555551

Five Irritating Web 2.0 App Naming Conventions

  1. Having a name that should end in -er but has the “e” left out, such as Flickr, Retrievr, etc.
  2. Calling anything and everything “beta”
  3. Gratuitous and illogical use of periods to make the name look like a website, such as and
  4. Names that do not describe the app, such as Meebo (which is an instant messaging app)
  5. Anything that involves the term “mashup”

Five Things I Will Never Do for this Blog

  1. Insert text ads
  2. Spend more than $50 per year on this blog for any purpose
  3. Send around emails to high-traffic blogs asking them to link to me (a.k.a. “link-whoring”)
  4. Spend more than 30 minutes a week contemplating my traffic patterns (or lack thereof)
  5. Force myself to write when I have nothing to say

Five Bands/Musicians I Wish I had Seen in Concert While They Were Still Around

  1. Led Zeppelin
  2. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  3. Cream
  4. The Beatles
  5. The 80’s incarnation of King Crimson

Five Halloween Costume Ideas for Me

  1. Academician (i.e. just wearing my Ph.D. hood, gown, and tam)
  2. Martin Luther (i.e. just wearing my hood, gown, and tam)
  3. Henry VIII (i.e. just wearing my hood, gown, and tam)
  4. 19th century Protestant minister (i.e. just wearing my hood and gown, minus the tam)
  5. Supreme Court justice (i.e. just wearing my gown, minus the hood and tam)


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Wednesday 5×5 for September 12

I always like to visit the blogs of people who take time to comment here at Casting Out Nines. When I visited Mike’s blog, I got a pleasant surprise — the notion of a 5×5. As he writes, a 5×5 is just a collection of five lists, each with a different topic, and each containing five entries. I love lists and blog readers seem to be attracted to them, so I thought — why not steal appropriate his idea and do my own? Besides, I need more weekly features than the Friday Random 10. So, here’s my first attempt.

5 Favorite Cities I’ve Visited but Never Lived In

  1. Toronto
  2. San Diego
  3. Louisville
  4. San Antonio
  5. Asheville, NC

5 Denominations of Churches I’ve Joined in the Past

  1. Southern Baptist
  2. Presbyterian (PCA)
  3. Evangelical Free Church of America
  4. Cumberland Presbyterian
  5. Christian Church Disciples of Christ

5 Things I’d do with Powerball Winnings

  1. Pay off all debts (except mortgage; set up an annuity for that to keep the tax break!)
  2. Set up college fund for my kids
  3. Set up college fund for somebody else’s kids, like my nieces and nephews
  4. Set up retirement account for my wife and me
  5. Buy that kickin’ 36″ cinema display that I saw at the Apple Store (would wipe out all remaining winnings)

5 Good, Cheap, Low-Tech Productivity Tools

  1. Hardcover lab notebook
  2. Pilot gel pens
  3. 3×5 Index cards
  4. Spiral-bound memo pads
  5. Binder clips

5 Good Things for Breakfast

  1. Blueberry yogurt with cereal in it
  2. Omelette with tomatoes and feta cheese
  3. Old-fashioned oatmeal with fresh blueberries in it
  4. Cinnamon Life cereal
  5. Banana pancakes with bacon


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