In the process of packing and hauling the rest of my stuff from my old apartment to the house we just moved into, I came across a note scribbled (by me) on a small slip of yellow paper:
p338 precambrian decorative cabbage
Apparently, this was a noteworthy phrase from some book I was reading … google (for once) was not helpful — there are only 10 pages on the web that contain all 3 words.
Update: Aha! These three words can be found together on page 338 of Cryptonomicon .. I’ll post the context when I’m back at home where the book is.