This is a great, small (pocket sized!) reference book, with a simply astonishing range of information in it. Airport codes, Wire resistence, Minerals sorted by hardness, and, on page 56, Softwood Lumber Sizes.
Why page 56? Well, rules are rules:
Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences. The CLOSEST BOOK, NOT YOUR FAVORITE, OR MOST INTELLECTUAL!Sentence 5 reads as follows: "Board feet = thickness (in) x face width (in) x length (in) /144 or thickness (in) x face width (in) x length (ft)/12."
So it's not computer geeky, unless your computer is made of wood, in which case it may be vulnerable to termites and hackers with hatchets ...
Let me pass the baton before closing with a couple more sentences:
Too Old To Work, Too Young To Retire. I'm betting it's either something about how to save someone's life, or how to end it.
Shoothouse Barbie, because she'll have something wicked smart and scientific. Unless it's a sixpack to celebrate turning in her thesis. Stop by and congratulate her.
Random Acts of Patriotism. Not sure if it will be .NET internals, Teddy Roosevelt's The Rough Riders, or NAVMC-4927. Can't wait to see, though.
Last, but by no means least, Guns and Guts. He even has a separate category for posts about books, so it's a target rich environment there.
So, more enduring prose from Pocket Ref:
The following are quick approximations for calculating board feet:
for a 2x4, multiply linear length (feet) by 0.66
for a 2x6, linear length (feet) = board feet
for a 2x8, multiply linear length (feet) by 1.33