Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Someone asked me...

Someone asked me “I've been reading your blog and so far I haven't seem any mention by physical exercises. Let me explain, as all we know, everybody should have a healthy life trying to conciliate among work (sat somewhere) and physical activities. How do you deal with? I don't know whether would be a good matter to write down.”

Interesting question – once, I did go to a gym regularly, frequently. Over the last four/five years I have not (since about the time of Expert One on One Oracle in fact…). However, I do tend to “do things”. For example – moving wood from one place to another. We had some down trees – they get chopped up, but not taken away. My fireplace runs on propane, not wood, so we have a lot of wood. I use it to line paths in the woods:


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This is some “not insignificant in size” wood:

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And – I’m not done yet. Also – traveling lets me get some good exercise in as well. Anyone that has ever landed at Toronto or Montreal Canada from the US knows they care about our health there. They must be seriously worried about blood clots in the legs because when you get off the plane – your walk to customs is measured in double digit minutes. Nothing though beats a US connection to Dublin Ireland via Heathrow (a sign that says “you have at least a 20 minute walk from here….” greets you…).

Seriously though – I have every intention of getting back to it this winter (the regular workaround routine). I have the equipment downstairs, I just need the motivation. I’ll have it – working on Expert Oracle Database Development. What more motivation do I need besides that!

I am curious about something though - I haven't been able to update the blog as much as usual in the last week (traveling...). Yet the hits stayed "up there". That seems to indicate to me that most/many people are not using RSS newsfeeds to be told when there is new content. I'm wondering if that is right? If you don't mind, take this quick poll:









Do you use RSS newsfeeds?
Yes

No

No clue what RSS newsfeeds mean

Current results


and let's find out. I'm a fan of the RSS newsfeed now and use that pretty much exclusively to see "whats new" out there.
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43 Comments:

Blogger PetarR said....

Hmm, wander what client you use. I use infoRSS extension to FireFox, but I'm not totaly satisfied.

BTW, very interesting blog. I became one of the regular readers :))

Bye

Wed Oct 19, 03:12:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Niall said....

I do use rss, but I can't ditch the surfing habit. Ironically the rss feed for asktom gets more use than the rss feed for this site (tabbed homepage in firefox see.)

Wed Oct 19, 03:28:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Pete_S said....

Ah but the feed only tells me of a new post - I come back to read the comments

Wed Oct 19, 03:28:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Hmm, wander what client you use.

I'm using Thunderbird since I'm using it for email as well. Everything in one place. I run pretty much this on my machine:

o thunderbird (email/newsfeeds)
o firefox
o gaim (IM client)
o vmware
o vnc

those are almost always up and running (vmware OR vnc - depending on my network...)


I come back to read the comments

Yeah, that is a problem, no "track back" standard.

Wed Oct 19, 03:36:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Tom,
You can attribute most of the hits to me ;-)

The reason I was doing these many visits to your site is to search for the books that were posted in the site before.. However, I get nothing when I just do a search on SQL Tuning. I remember seeing one mentioning about a book on this topic... ouch !! can't find it anymore. And other non-oracle books included my search but am dismayed!!!!

I know what an RSS is, kind of theoretical, but never used it. Don't know how to use it..May I request to let me know if there is link that walks me through as how to use it?.

Wed Oct 19, 03:48:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Doug Burns said....

I'd go with what both Niall and Pete S said. If I'm clicking around at asktom anyway, might as well click the blog link and then comments. Takes no time at all really.

It depends on my level of interest in the site really, RSS lets me keep up to date with more than I might just browsing.

Wed Oct 19, 03:49:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

"sql tuning" site:tkyte.blogspot.com

that is the search you might use on google - i've been finding the search bar at the top doesn't always work - so I've been using that type of search string to search this blog myself.

know what an RSS is, kind of theoretical, but never used it. Don't know how to use it..May I request to let me know if there is link that walks me through as how to use it?.

do you use firefox or thunderbird?

the first thing you need is a "news reader" or news aggregator. I use thunderbird and find it very nice. Just put in the name of the blog, the rss feed (most blogs have them on the home page, just copy that link) and it does the rest, the blogs end up in your "news inbox" just like email.

Wed Oct 19, 04:02:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I subscribe to your blog through the Firefox RSS extension called InfoRSS and never miss one of your new posts. It works great for all of my favorite blogs. Keep up the good work.

Wed Oct 19, 04:04:00 PM EDT  

Blogger shrek said....

i use newsgator.com... that way i can read my RSS feeds from whatever computer i'm on.

Wed Oct 19, 05:06:00 PM EDT  

Blogger DaPi said....

Nothing though beats a US connection to Dublin Ireland via Heathrow (a sign that says “you have at least a 20 minute walk from here….” greets you…).

It's a fuel-saving device by Aer Lingus - they make you walk part of the way to Ireland.

Last time I had a "tight" connection and the incoming plane was late - so I ran. A very determined lady decided I was the one to participate customer survey - so we did that, jogging the 2 miles or so to the gate.

Wed Oct 19, 05:45:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Firefox allows one to define a Bookmark to open Homepage locations, in my case a folder I called Startup. Your blog just happens to be one of those web sites it automatically opens in a tab.

Wed Oct 19, 05:47:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Bunch said....

I'm using Google's "customized" home page (www.google.com/ig), where I can add RSS feeds among other things.

Wed Oct 19, 05:50:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

"sql tuning" site:tkyte.blogspot.com

Thanks Tom, that works now.
It is kind of wierd what Google offers us. I get nothing when I search it on your blog, but find it when I do it on google.com and no luck when I look it up in blogsearch.google.com (supposedly the google search aimed at blogs )

do you use firefox or thunderbird?

No,, I use IE. Although I have got Firefox on my machine it is way too slow on Windows 2000.

"the first thing you need is a "news reader" or news aggregator. "

Will try that now.. I needed that real bad. With so much going around on the net and the blogs, all I need is the updated content so I don't have to browse and get distracted.

Wed Oct 19, 06:19:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Bloglines! Web-based, so I don't have to deal with syncronization between readers at work and home.

And there are 47 others subscribed to it via Bloglines...

Wed Oct 19, 06:20:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Tony said....

I use Sage for RSS. It works fine. I haven't got around to setting up my RSS feeds in Thunderbird yet. It did like having everything in once spot when I used Evolution for email.

GAIM in pretty nice, anyone started using Google Talk yet?

Wed Oct 19, 06:54:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Noons said....

Couldn't be bothered with RSS: got enough in my plate to keep me flat out without newslines getting in the way. Besides I really do enjoy reading the comments and rss doesn't cope with that. Narh. Plain old surfing, when I want it, the way I want it, thanks.
Hey, call me a control freak: I don't care.

v-word: pwlln
I'm sure that must mean something in gaellic or welsh?

Wed Oct 19, 09:13:00 PM EDT  

Blogger cstiu said....

Those look like very nice paths indeed. Oh, and also nice shots. I can already imagine walking down it; it must be nice going through the paths when you need to take a break from all the technology related work. Its actually kind of ingenious, coming from a person like me living in a city with no nature setting (except the boring concrete types) readily accessible. I'm surprised you had it used this way instead of just calling services up to move down trees away or just have it pulverized with a wood chipper.

Those wood chops look huge, I'm sure its a great workout for the back and the arms :)

And yes, I also come back to the site to check the comments :)

Wed Oct 19, 10:23:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Talking about non-oracle stuff on Tom's blog is also interesting. It is like helping connect dots to like-minded people like us who share something common for atleast 40 hours every week. Thanks Tom for making this happen.

I'm just curious to know what are the 5 websites you browse on a daily basis and hey, without this blog how will we ever know the five key software installed on Tom's machine ;-)

Wed Oct 19, 11:17:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Robert said....

It seems to me some people are a bit too "curious" (about you).
What's next ? your hobbies ? fav foods ? religion, politics.....

Thu Oct 20, 12:09:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

just to make myself clear if I weren't in my previous comment,,, I was curiosly asking the entire group not Tom per se.

Thu Oct 20, 12:41:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Rajakumar said....

I am using bloglies for RSS feed and I see only partial content of your post in the feed. Can you turn on the complete post for RSS. Thanks!

Thu Oct 20, 01:10:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Robert Vollman said....

He raises an interesting point. I'm assuming we all have sedentary desk jobs and as a result I'm sure there are at least a few of us that are at a greater risk of such things as diabetes and heart problems (regardless of whether or not you are heavy). I applaud organisations that get group memberships at nearby gyms or pay for community sports leagues.

Thu Oct 20, 01:56:00 AM EDT  

Blogger David Aldridge said....

Amen on the Heathrow workout.

My last trip through there took me from Terminal 2 to Terminal 4 with wife + kids aged 2, 3 and 5 + hand baggage. With the ceiling so low that you can't hoist Number 3 Son on your shoulders it's a workout for arms, legs and back, and we made a 1hr15min connection with five minutes to spare.

Thu Oct 20, 02:37:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I use rss feeds in an unusal way that might be interesting to some readers. My news aggregator is a pl/sql package that gets periodically executed via dbms_job. It stores the headers of new postings in a table. Don't remember where I found the trick with httpuritype, maybe asktom? Our intranet (a wiki built with mod_plsql, talk about nih syndrome here ;-) home page shows the new topics. It was the only way to get my colleagues to read orablogs, technet news etc.

Chris

Thu Oct 20, 02:55:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Niall said....

chris

neat idea. One could also use HTMLDB for that I guess.

Thu Oct 20, 03:49:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous gauss said....

< DaPi said....>

Nothing though beats a US connection to Dublin Ireland via Heathrow (a sign that says “you have at least a 20 minute walk from here….” greets you…).

It's a fuel-saving device by Aer Lingus - they make you walk part of the way to Ireland.

Last time I had a "tight" connection and the incoming plane was late - so I ran. A very determined lady decided I was the one to participate customer survey - so we did that, jogging the 2 miles or so to the gate.
< /DaPi said....>

I would *love* to watch an old crancy philosopher jogging !

I've a hint for you:
take the Shannon connection next time

Thu Oct 20, 04:47:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Can you turn on the complete post for RSS.....

Nope, won't do that. In one of my earlier blogs, we discussed that in depth. And recapped it here...



Amen on the Heathrow workout.

Yeah, I'm flying back from Dublin to Washington Dulles on a Saturday morning. They gave me the same connection I had last year - a terminal change (via bus) and a very very very long walk. And all of an hour to do it.

I said "no thanks, I'll get up early and have the 3 hour layover thank you very much"

This time I will *not* be the "slightly damp, out of breath" guy next to someone.


I use rss feeds in an unusal way...

Sounds neat - if it was an htmldb app, you could host it on htmldb.oracle.com for all to download :)

Thu Oct 20, 07:34:00 AM EDT  

Blogger DaPi said....

I would *love* to watch an old crancy philosopher jogging !

Not a prety sight!

Thu Oct 20, 08:32:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Marcio said....

Hey thanks. I became "Someone asked me..." :-)

Regards,
Marcio Portes

Thu Oct 20, 09:21:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Bob B said....

1) I'd be willing to bet the consistent hit rate is mostly people giong from Ask Tom to this site through the link in that page. Can you confirm that?

2) I like using Firefox's live bookmarks for the rss feed. If you use Firefox and hit a page that has an RSS feed, there'll be a little orange icon in the lower right of the browser. Clicking on it will allow you to set up a "live bookmark" that will allow you to view the latest entries from your bookmark list.

Thu Oct 20, 09:58:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Patty C. said....

So Tom, how long did it take for the *wood-moving backache* to go away? Looks beautiful and well worth the effort. Now you have jogging path!

Thu Oct 20, 10:16:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Scot said....

Thanks to whoever pointed out the google homepage customized google.com/ig thing, it is really cool. I had seen the google news customization, but this is even better.

Thu Oct 20, 10:25:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I like using Firefox's live bookmarks for the rss feed.

Cool! I'd always subliminally noticed that little orange icon, but never investigated it until now. This makes "The Tom Kyte Blog" my very first live bookmark/RSS feed. We'll see how it goes.

Bob Shepard

Thu Oct 20, 10:30:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Moving logs around doesn't count; it doesn't keep your heart rate up long enough for you to get any aerobic benefit.

Hey, maybe you can join as a bandit runner at next week's marine corps marathon in DC.

Thu Oct 20, 10:33:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Tom,

You should join a soccer team.

Thu Oct 20, 11:01:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Set a goal, get coaching, and do it for a worthwhile cause. Go out for a run at 5 AM when the streets and the stars are yours. Don't ramp up too quickly - you'll be guaranteed to get injured - but even a >40 DBA can start from nothing and run a marathon :)

pray for a rainless day 10/30:
http://kevinloney.com/marathon/

Thu Oct 20, 12:15:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I didn't know about the www.google.com/ig site. After going there I still prefer the InfoRSS Firefox extension because I don't have to "go there". That's kind of the whole point for me and this RSS stuff - it needs to be "coming to me" vice "me going to it". The InfoRSS extension sends a ticker across my browser window with any new headlines and posts from Tom automatically. If the title of his post looks interesting, I can just click on it and a new Firefox tab appears. Too easy.

Thu Oct 20, 01:14:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous joao said....

Last year I was sitting at a pub in Heathrow sipping my second Guiness, waiting for my flight to Lisbon. I guess I lost track of time because I looked up on the screen and it said my flight was boarding!! I did the 20 minute run with all that Guiness sloshing around in my stomach. I just made my flight by seconds.

Thu Oct 20, 02:13:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Rjamya said....

For RSS, sometimes I use Google Talk, but mostly it is Sage extension of firefox. Never let me down.

Raj

Fri Oct 21, 08:24:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Tom, if you have one day in Stockholm, go see the Varsa, a genuine 17th-century ship. You mentioned you were interested in history - go for it, it's great.

cheers, Rick

Sun Oct 23, 02:14:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Different cultures, different advertising slogans. Europeans would find it a bit brash for someone to claim they have the "best" beer. Best-selling beer, okay, that's something you can prove.

I like the Stella Artois slogan in the UK: "Reassuringly expensive"!

An American friend thought the erstwhile one-word KLM slogan of "Reliable" was ridiculous. Sounded to-the-point to me.

The Nova story is a myth, even most of us in the non-Latin world know that nova equates to new.

cheers,
Rick

Sun Oct 23, 02:47:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Tom,

I am curious what kind of digi camera do you have? nice pic!!!


Lou

Tue Oct 25, 11:00:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I think it's a good idea to mocve things around than to workout in a gym. We live in a curious world - we drive to work in cars, we use all kinds of mechanical devices, and then we ride bikes that take us nowhere to keep fit. Sort of like an untuned app.

But anyway, it is easier said than done. It would be hard to abandon cars and washing machines just like that:).

The Heathrow walk seems a bit of an Overdoes though.

Tue Dec 06, 10:36:00 PM EST  

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