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Yes, after a couple of weeks away - I'm back. Took some needed downtime. Disconnected, just worked a day here or there for a bit.
It was nice. Something I plan on doing every now and then in the future. Yeah, I did email - worked a couple of days (a vacation without going anywhere in particular). But I haven't written a SQL query in days, if not weeks :)
Read a lot, visited people, hung out with my kids. Did not get on a single plane.
Even stayed away from asktom - went away for the weekend around the 11th of this month and just never got back on. If I'm not careful - I could be on that site 24 hours a day. It seems the more I answer, the more there is to answer. I'm going to get back on it probably today.
Saved up a bunch of things I found interesting. Yesterday I read this "Revenge of the Calculators" post. I immediately related to it (even down to the Chuck E. Cheese reference) and it reminded me of an obscure story by Isaac Asimov - "The Feeling Of Power". I liked that story when I first read it - reminded me of the "command line versus GUI" discussions I'm often part of. The gist is in the future - people forget how to do simple math and rely on calculators for it all. The ending of the story is funny - it becomes of strategic importance to be able to think/compute on our own again instead of relying on the machine. A short story worth reading.
These next two articles go together. One is about "developing patience". Many people presume I'm fairly patient - and to a degree I am/can be. When helping someone learn a concept or technology - sure. But day to day - not so much. For example, the first thing they list as an attribute of "patience" is:
Sit back and wait for an expected outcome without experiencing anxiety, tension, or frustration.
All in all - two articles that if taken together provide some good information.
A friend of mine recently said to me words to the effect of "if people could put their problems in a box and everyone put their box on a table - at the end of the day, after looking at every else's problems, we would chose to take our own problems back". I believe that to be fundamentally true in most cases. For example, if you are dissatisfied with your current job - you could see something like this exit interview - and instantly feel a bit better about your situation. You should read that one - it is hilarious.
Ever wonder what would happen if you flew a fighter jet into a concrete bunker? Now you know...
Have you ever wanted to link to a specific bit of a page - like say THIS BIT RIGHT HERE - to send to someone or post on a message board? You know, instead of saying "go to this URL and then hit ctl-f and look for this text '......'". I have - and now we can, thank you citebite. I used that here to create the THIS BIT RIGHT HERE link above. It not only jumps to the text, it hilites it too - pretty cool.
Anyway, we now resume normal programming here on the blog as well as asktom.
Lastly, this was a fitting thing to stumble upon as I begin in earnest the new book :)