I’m reading Fundamentals of Data Engineering: Plan and Build Robust Data Systems, wherein the authors say:
Data is stored in a table of relations (rows), and each relation contains multiple fields (columns); see Figure 5-7. Note that we use the terms column and field interchangeably throughout this book.
There are two mistakes. The first is that tables are relations, rows are tuples. The second is that a field is the intersection of a row and a column, columns and fields are different things.
I have to wonder what business the authors have publishing a book on data engineering while failing to know such basic things.
It struck me recently that my favourite authors are cranks: de Bono, Foucault, Castaneda.
This looked pretty interesting: Keywords for Today… but I don’t have time to read it.
This is an essential tool for any critical thinker interested in the history of language or politics. From culture to identity, from sexuality to socialism, Keywords for Today provides the crucial contexts and histories of our vocabulary.
I just finished reading The Hidden Half: How the World Conceals its Secrets. It’s about the limits to, and complexity of, theories about causation. I was going to say that it was “postmodern”, but I think instead I will say that it’s “ultramodern”.
Two books I considered buying today:
This dude Gareth Branwyn has a few interesting books.
Today I learned that Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming by Peter Norvig is now available on Github: Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming. It’s the sort of book you need to read carefully and I have never taken enough time to truly engage with its content. But I would like to. One day.