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The Indefinite Article.

Monday, April 23, 2007

It's been a while...

...So here is a post of decent length.

1. I like it that some people still know that "Howdy!" is verbal shorthand for "How do you do?" and respond appropriately.

2. Coda from Panic Software looks veeeeeeery interesting.

3. SQL is interesting stuff. I have been working playing with ExpressionEngine for a little while now, and it lets you execute custom SQL queries and loops through them for you. I worked all bloody day on one that needs no fewer than seven tables to spit out six fields. I am betting my query can be slimmed down. if anyone wants to take a crack at it, here it is:

SELECT t.title, t.url_title, d.field_id_13, d.field_id_16, g.gallery_image_url, gc.cat_folder, ge.filename, ge.extension
FROM exp_weblog_data AS d
LEFT JOIN exp_category_posts AS cp ON cp.entry_id = d.entry_id
LEFT JOIN exp_weblog_titles AS t ON t.entry_id = d.entry_id
LEFT JOIN exp_relationships AS r ON r.rel_id = d.field_id_16
LEFT JOIN exp_gallery_entries AS ge ON r.rel_child_id = ge.entry_id
LEFT JOIN exp_galleries AS g ON g.gallery_id = ge.gallery_id
LEFT JOIN exp_gallery_categories AS gc ON gc.cat_id = ge.cat_id
WHERE t.status = 'open' AND d.weblog_id = '6' and cp.cat_id = '11'
ORDER BY t.entry_date

and, yes, it works.


  • I actually hadn't put together that "Howdy" means "How do you do?" So now that I know, I can do what I normally do when people say "How do you do?", which is point and laugh.

    Ok, for reals though: when people show up in my line of sight and immediately ask me "what's up?", which I think carries a similar sentiment, I am stopped cold. I can't answer the question correctly and usually say, "fine!" and keep walking, both responses being completely inappropriate. I cannot immediately assess my personal situation and form the words that describe my assessment in the time allowed. Ask anyone who knows me, it takes a good five or ten minutes of being around me before you know what my particular deal is that day.

    This is a skill I need to learn as I get older and, let's hope, more socially adept.


    By Blogger The Bat, at 9:29 PM  

  • Try saying "Not much" and smiling.

    Most line-of-sight people are merely engaging in a social ritual and aren't really expecting a thorough and accurate situation. This type of exchange can be pleasant, and i encourage you to give it a whirl!

    By Blogger todd, at 10:22 PM  

  • I remember in college a group of students ffrom Poland came over and this very topic was discussed. I remember them being confused by this odd custom which asked a question but did not want a real answer. I don't think this cutom is worth moving forward.....so I usually just say Hi.

    It is somewhat like when someone compliments another on an article they purchased, and the person responds with "thank you."

    example......Hey nice pants......Thanks.
    As if the purchaser had anything to do with the making of the pants.........logic would say that the appropriate response would be.....yes I think so too.

    But logic is a stumbling block and I will speak of it no more.

    By Blogger colin, at 2:13 PM  

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