I was shouting at a nun on TV the other night. Continue reading God and the Italian earthquake
Well, the frogs have almost gone. After a mass orgy of croaking all night and day (do they ever sleep?) and sex Continue reading The frogs are gone …
Coming home from our bee keeping course on Tuesday night (10th March 2009) Alison and I spotted a ghostly shape on the grass verge in the dark. Turns out to have been a live badger. Continue reading Live badger spotted in Yorkshire!
Just like last year, the mass orgy of frog sex is taking place on Alison’s birthday! We have more mating frogs that you can shake a stick at in the pond right now. Continue reading The frogs are spawning again
Tanel Poder has started what looks to be an excellent series of posts on his blog on the subject of Oracle diagnostic events (eg 10046 traces) at this location.
I ranted previously about cyclists. Tonight, coming home from work, I saw the biggest moron on two wheels yet. Continue reading Another cycling moron
Last night Alison found the first frog of the year in our driveway. The snow that has been around for a couple of weeks now had vanished as the temperature raised itself to a heady 6 degrees C and out she came, (the frog, not Alison!) heading for the big pond. Continue reading The frogs are coming!!!
For many years, various big guns – and a lot of smaller ones – in the Oracle world have been advocating, nay demanding, that we [almost] always use bind variables in our SQL code. The reason is simple, it’s shareable, efficient, reduces parsing and allows the application to scale up to more and more users. Continue reading It must be efficient, I’m using bind variables!
In a previous posting here on the subject of Lazy Developer Syndrome, I showed a small fragment of code where I SELECTed the ROWID in addition to all the other data I wanted, then UPDATEd the same row using the ROWID I had stored rather then using the Primary Key index that I used to SELECT the row in the first place. Why did I do this? Continue reading ROWIDs are fun
To those who don’t know me, I’m an Oracle DBA and I also can develop as well. I detest having to work on applications which have the following construct in the code: Continue reading Lazy developer syndrome
I suspect not.
The gist of the above article is this, worldwide, livestock creates more greenhouse gasses than all forms of transport combined. Eating meat is bad for the planet – can you hear all those veggies crowing now? 🙂 Never mind, Kangaroos taste good and can help save the planet. Check out the link above for the full story.
I hate cyclists. They are so full of themselves! They sit there, two or three abreast on narrow roads, dawdling along having a nice chat, completely oblivious to the queue of traffic behind them. Give them a happy toot (ie, not a nasty long drawn out blast) on the horn to let them know you are there and you get a load of abuse. Nice & friendly!
I was once run over by a cyclist. Continue reading Cyclists – I hate them!