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Oct. 27th, 2004

This LJ post has been composed in notepad in between bouts of major work stress.

Question: Can any geek-types recommend a SQL/relational database book that is written by someone who knows how to write? There are many books out there. I have read SQL for Dummies but it's not helping me really get a big picture grasp and it's not helping me when I have a specific question. It's actually largely been no help at all. Anyone have any favorites? :-/

Fact: Last night I went to see Northern State at the ottobar. The show was awesome. The group was awesome. Their band was awesome. I was too shy, despite the fact that they were just milling around the (sadly sparse) crowd, to say anything to them. DAMMIT. They opened with my favorite, "The Man's Dollar". :D

Fact: I am so stressed. House, Cat, Job, and I think some kind of hormonal imbalance that is making me act like a crazy person. It feels like the first month on the ring all over again. WHEE.

Fact: Sunday night we watched the Weather Underground documentary. Neither of us knew essentially anything about the subject. It focused very heavily on the "why" and very little on the "how", which was at times frustrating, but I understand that wasn't their point. I learned, in my research post-watching, about COINTELPRO, and how long Hoover was head of the FBI - something else I hadn't paid any attention to. I felt as I watched the film that I was two people - inside I could hear my father's voice, the angry criticism, the reasonable skepticism, the other side of the coin. I could also hear the radical in me, enjoying in wonder the phenomenon of progressive action. And to know that most of these people are still working on progressive causes is very heartening. I felt the film was spun a little in favor of the subjects, but naturally that didn't bother me much.

Question: I am thinking about setting up a sunday night cards night. See, when I was in college, sunday night was always kind of a bummer, and everyone would get anxious about the proximity of monday morning. So jlfranklin began hosting the most pleasant cards nights; hearts, spades, sometimes even bridge. (Naturally, you could add cribbage & canasta to this list nowadays...) I have extremely fond memories of these relaxing evenings. And it's nice to have something you can rely on weekly. Any takers?

Question: How much time do you spend looking in the mirror during the typical day? For some reason, the other day I began thinking about our relationship to our presentation, and wondered at what point in human history the mirror became ubiquitous, and how. Then I thought about how, as a teenager, I spent so much more time in front of one than I do now. How in periods of extreme well-being, I look at it less, as well as in periods of deep depression. I think there is some causal link, for me, between this and my general quality of life. Spurred on by tartedelune, I'm making a little informal poll here.

For me I'd say no more than five minutes on an average day. If that. Basically, I try to make sure my hair isn't standing up straight and there are like, no boogers hanging out of my nose.


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Oct. 27th, 2004 05:28 pm (UTC)
My first SQL book was The Practical SQL Handbook published by Addison Wesley, by Judith S. Bowman, Sandra L. Emerson, Marcy Darnovsky. I have the Third Edition (which was 1996), I'm sure there's an updated one by now.

It gave me all the tools I needed to get where I am today, anyway. :)
Oct. 27th, 2004 05:33 pm (UTC)
Beat me to it... Great book. Mine is dog eared like crazy.
(no subject) - snidegrrl - Oct. 28th, 2004 01:53 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 27th, 2004 05:33 pm (UTC)
I've already voiced my opinion to you on this matter, but I will restate it for the record.. I am definitely into a Sunday card night, and will even voulnteer to host if there's a rotating house schedule. I would also possibly add Euchre to the list of possible card games.
Oct. 27th, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC)
RQ and I could take turns showing up for card night, I wager.
Oct. 27th, 2004 06:48 pm (UTC)
I like mirrors. I think my interaction with them is different than most people's, though, and different than my own used to be. I make faces and move around with them. I dance with them. They're part of my image of myself in my head, but in a "this is what I look like, live and in motion" way. They're a thing to play with, too.

When I stand still in front of a mirror, I almost don't see myself. It's like a collection of objects - hair that is being dried or cut or whatever, eyes having contact lenses put in, teeth being flossed.

I used to use mirrors as an evaluation of the quality of my various parts, though even then the relationship = surprisingly not all that negative, though hardly positive.
Oct. 28th, 2004 01:40 pm (UTC)
I could probably do with a full length mirror. Get a whole body image.
Oct. 27th, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC)
thats funny. In times of well being or high confidence I look in the mirror all the time. When I am depressed or unhappy with myself I barely bother to look.
Oct. 28th, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
I think for me it's that bothering to look means that I spend mental energy being critical of myself, whereas if I don't look I just go on knowing I'm fine and feeling confident. Hrmm. Food for thought.
Oct. 27th, 2004 07:08 pm (UTC)
I'd really like some kind of get together, but right now I kind of wonder if I have the strength. I probably question it because I feel wiped out _right now_. Normally, I'd dig something on a sunday night. Not sure how I'll feel about it come, oh, January-ish, though.

Right now, whenver I look in the mirror, I just laugh. The answer is "not much."
Oct. 28th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC)
Well the idea behind cards night is to relax and not have to use strength, however, there is the energy expended driving the ~1 mile to my house. ;)

I think if I ever become pregnant I will be fascinated with the weird shit my body is doing and look at it all the time!
Oct. 27th, 2004 07:30 pm (UTC)
Ack it's so bad. . .I love in the mirror like at least 20 times a day. I pee all the time so whenever I'm in a bathroom I stare at it for a minute. Then I also look at it on my way out of the shower. I'm also obsessively self-concious about my skin so I sometimes take a mirror into natural light because that doesn't hide anything.

But I am still technically a teenager, so hopefully I'll get over it.
Oct. 28th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
I think when I was 16-18 most of the time in front of the mirror was hair related - my skin has always been hopeless.

I find it interesting that not a single male has responded to this question...
Oct. 27th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC)
Question 1: Uh, dunno

Question 2: That would be awsome. It would be a way for me to hang out at your place and see people that doesn't require me to have the time to read a book. *grin*

Question 3: Um, I stare at my reflection alot, but mostly because I'm talking to myself.
Oct. 28th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)
I talk to myself - but hardly ever to my reflection... actually I suppose I mostly talk to myself through the cats. Which... yeah.
Oct. 27th, 2004 08:12 pm (UTC)
Questions, questions....
Cards are definitely a good idea. I second the motion for euchre.

For those who have been to our house, you might note the presence of the VERY LARGE mirrors in our dining room (it came that way - honest). So I find I look in the mirror a lot more than I'd like too. I sit and read across the room and look up to see me still sitting around doing nothing productive. It's bit disconcerting sometimes!
Oct. 28th, 2004 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Questions, questions....
I've never played euchre and would be happy to learn!

I like the mirrors in your house. :) Plus, reading is productive! Unless you're reading, like, a Gor novel or something.
Oct. 27th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
I almost never look in the mirror, even when I'm brushing my teeth. I brush my hair in front of the computer while reading the internets and my hair is not hair that needs styling, I put a clip in and go. I glance in the mosaic of 1'x1' mirrors in front of my elevator to make sure I am indeed wearing pants before I leave for school, but it doesn't really give me a coherent picture. I'm always surprised to see myself staring back at me in the large mirrors in the antechamber of the bathroom. I don't always recognize me!
Oct. 28th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)
Technically, no one's hair needs styling... heh heh. :) I think I have about the same mirror regimen as you!
Oct. 27th, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC)
I try desperately to not look in mirrors, except to make sure I don't look like a total retard when I pull my hair up.

I scare myself when I see myself in the mirror, because I never recognize myself! :D

The one exception I make is at the gym when I trying to maintain good form, but even then I almost "glaze my vision" to not be able to see clearly. Which I guess defeats the purpose, huh... LOL
Oct. 27th, 2004 11:51 pm (UTC)
"It feels like the first month on the ring all over again."

I gotta say that it doesn't feel like that from where I'm standing. That's a good thing.
Oct. 28th, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you are around to keep things in perspective. :) Something does feel out of balance, though, just maybe not to the same degree.
Oct. 28th, 2004 01:07 am (UTC)
Dude. I would SOOO TOTALLY be down with a Sunday night cards shenanigan.
If I didn't live in LA.

Oct. 28th, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC)
You can host your own cards shenanigan in LA! We can have videoconferencing. Wait, I'm lying about the second part. :)
Oct. 28th, 2004 12:00 pm (UTC)
Do poker, I'd love to come up and clean everybody's wallet out.
Oct. 28th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Cards
Heh... we do have poker games floating around amongst my friends, I just never participate because I'm not much of a gambler. See you raised me right! :)
Oct. 28th, 2004 09:16 pm (UTC)
"SQL for Web Nerds"
I like Philip Greenspun's writing:


I don't know who that man in the picture is, though.

One of the nice things is that when you get bored, you can look at the random photographs he sprinkles throughout the text.

Nov. 3rd, 2004 02:32 am (UTC)
Re: "SQL for Web Nerds"
OOH. This is awesome. I will definately give this a look. Thank you!!!
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