The Chronicle ran a great piece on Sunday about the flip-flopping of Independent candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn, aka Grandma. In her more than two decades in politics, Strayhorn has changed positions on everything from party affiliation (twice) to abortion (twice) to school vouchers (3 times) and toll roads. Claiming her allegiance to Texas education, Strayhorn claims she has always been true to herself and does not change merely for the sake of political opportunity.
I know that many of you won’t even understand what I’m talking about here (particularly the half-dozen of so who arrive here everyday searching for Silvia Browne…she’s a fake, give it up). Nevertheless, I have to share the thrill of learning a little bit more of SQL everyday. I’m not talking about simple “SELECT * FROM Table” queries…I’ve known those for years now. I’m talking about complex, multi-outer-inner joins with IFNULLs, CUROSRS and SUM / CASE with a sub-query and a side of potato wedges type queries…you know, the type that consume the entire screen on the SQL Query Analyzer. Man…those are fun! While spending some 20% time (OK, we don’t have that) at work, I’ve been building a nice little application and really getting in the trenches with database work. In all my years of web development, I’ve never fully understood the power and effectiveness of SQL until now.
I’ve been struck with a terrible illness. In fact, there is no cure. Gone are the days of PTI on the way to work, or John Piper on the way home. That’s right, my iPod is dead. It was only a little thing…half a gig of storage inside a small white device with 5 buttons that was given to me last Christmas. But together we have been infected with the “flashing orange and green lights of death“. Unless Apple takes notice, I guess it’s back to my AM/FM cassette in the old Honda rice-burner. RIP, Shuffleman.