May 1st, 2007

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Reports of my death have been greatly exagerated

Ever since I got this job, for some reason my desire to post on LJ has been on the wane. It's true, soemtimes I'll go and post 4-5 things in a row some nights, but that used to be an everyday thing. Now I sort of feel like letting things collect in my head and meanwhile, rather than posting about life, I'm going out and, well, doing stuff, which is certainly for the best, I think.

This weekend was loads of fun - highlights below:

Saturday I rented a Flexcar all day and made maximum use of it, with me doing the intown-driving, Caleb doing the trip to and from Roswell. The boys and I went for breakfast and shopping at Star Provisions and then Caleb and I went shopping over on Moreland Avenue, which wasn't nearly the horrible driving experience I thought it would be. I even managed to park the car in *one* shot! Meanwhile I had Harpua duty, so in addition to walking her at like 7 in the morning, I walked her around 1 before PigStock and then twice that night. PigStock was fantastic -- dozens of guinea pigs, cute as could be, good potluck picnic food, and a silent auction that landed me with a 30 lb. bag of hay. On the way home Caleb and I went to the Pike Nursery up there, which had some lovely stuff. Back home again, the boys and I went for dinner at Spoon and then watched Lake Placid 2, a really (typically) terrible Sci Fi Channel Saturday night movie.

Sunday morning I got up early for Harpua again, then fell asleep for an hour before I had to get up and read the two stories we were going over at the Outworlders writing group. Took the dog out before going to group, which was nice because we had a new person and two interesting stories to discuss. Afterward I got a ride home and planned to do something or other but actually just fell asleep for a couple hours. Fortunately David woke me up with a phone call, asking if I'd had dinner. I hadn't, so I took the train over to his place, where he plied me with drinnks, fabulous vintage reference books, and a wonderful Thai/German fusion that was basically Thai spaetzel. We went up on the roof at one point and generally sat around talking 'til 9 or 10. And then Whitney dropped by with a surprise check for taking care of the dog!

This week offers some things to look forward to: going to the East Atlanta Village Farmer's Market Thursday, volunteer work Saturday morning helping to paint a senior's house, Outworlders Game Night Saturday night. Friday isn't planned yet, but I bet something will come up.
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Databases for idiots

So over the past week, I've managed to design a dynamic, online photo database with category, search, paging, detail view and high-res-download functions. I did it using MySQL, CocoaMySQL, ColdFusion Server and Dreamweaver, plus a ton of online tutorials and help documentation. I should have learned this stuff ages ago but as usual I only bit the bullet because there was a project I was ask to tackle and I said I'd try. So far the system is only running on my workstation but in a day or so I'll be able to show it off to the person who asked me to do with it. I told her I was going to find something "out of the box" but I didn't so I built the thing myself. And it works!
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So I'm looking at my Amazon Wish List and looking at the books I have on there, gotta say, I seem to be on a quest for downers, at least in the non-fiction department. A sampling of the list:

The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?
by Leslie Bennetts

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared M. Diamond

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
by Jared Diamond

Taken for a Ride: Detroit's Big Three and the Politics of Air Pollution
by Jack Doyle

And then there are the books I have piled on the windowsill by my bed. My "to read" piles are out of control. I've picked up a lot of cool books lately and if I manage to read half of them by the end of the year, I'll be shocked. It's a 50/50 mix of fiction and non-fiction. As soon I finish the web design book I'm on now, I'll pick out something meaty.