Marching season is upon us. This year it was Larkhall’s honour to host a large procession.
It was intermittently rainy but there were smiles everywhere. Quite a bit of staggering as well as the marching ! I never saw any trouble or raised voices.
The police were out in force, I saw a few discrete conversations, but on they whole the police seemed to be in a fairly jovial mood too.
Continue reading Larkhall Orange Order Procession / March 5th July 2008
After completing the 10K for MND I foolishly stopped my training.
I decided to restart it during the week, I stretched just as much as I normally did. I walked 5 times further for my warm up. I went for 1 mile: jog 4 walk 2. I had a long walk to warm down.
I still managed to pull my right calf !
This was something I had when i was training regularly, the only thing that helped was going for a weekly massage.
I have changed the way that I walk so that I am stretching my calfs more and I feel a twinge with every step, this is helping me slightly but not “fast” enough. I want to get back out and do more.
Any suggestions for “better” or “more appropriate” stretches that I should do?
See the two red dots and the red line?
I’m currently investigating camera repair shops 🙁
My camera is out of warranty.
Both Emma and Sarah were recently recognised for their hard work at school.
They make me so proud!
I use Microsoft Office 2008 on my work laptop. Whilst I am no touch typist; I wish I could take the productivity hit whilst I learn, I do prefer to use the keyboard for most functions, growling when I have to resort to using the mouse.
I was torn by the ribbon interface; for 80% of the things that i want to do i can find it very quickly, the remaining 20% often required a trip to help to find it. Another thing that I hated was that I “had” to use the mouse to access the ribbon features.
Then I pressed the “Alt” key !!!!!!!
This pops up an overlay on top of the ribbon interface that shows you which key to press to access http://pharmacy-no-rx.net each feature. Or should I say, EVERY feature. If you can see it on the ribbon, you can access it via a keystroke. I’m beginning to like this user interface.
The remaining bugbear is that I always use styles, nost commonly the heading styles and normal. In the previous version of Word I always assigned my own keystroke shortcuts to access them, but I was always over riding exisiing keystrokes and features.
In Word 2007 I have found that there are system assigned keystrokes:
Ctrl + Alt + 1 = Heading 1
Ctrl + Alt + 2 = Heading 2
Strl + Shift + N = Normal
Productive typing here I come !
A happy coincidence, at the beginning of the year, I read an article, I think it may have been on LifeHacker about the concept of a “zero state” inbox. Basically, keep your inbox empty, file all e-mails as soon as they appear and create tasks for anything you can’t do there and the.
Now I realise that this is the basic premis of Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allen.
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I first read about this on JD’s Get Fit Slowly blog, I’m up for it !
The target is, after 6 weeks I should be able to do 100 push-ups.
First day is today!
Had a “strange” problem last week that really stumped me for longer than it should have.
My colleague had run a query to list some data and was getting approximately 200,000 rows back. We were investigating why a unique constraint was being violated so I took his query and did a count distinct to try and find the duplicates. I got 30,000 distinct values.
This really confused me, I was expecting only a handfull of duplicates, if any. Then I noticed that the first query already WAS a distinct list !
select distinct col1_id, col2_id from tablea
select count(distinct col1_id + ‘-‘ + col2_id) from tablea
I concatenated the fields together so I am counting a single field, I included the separator so that I could differentiate 1-11 from 11-1.
See if you can spot what the problem is before you read on.
Continue reading Concatenate Two Fields And Get A Smaller Answer !?!?