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April 25th, 2007

Oracle...and a cool computer interface

I am up later than usual. The only reason I stay up late these days is ...Oracle! That's right, I was retyping those SQL statements from before so we can zip up a tidy version of our database. Tomorrow is database day, with work on Cold Fusion, Requirements Analysis, and more. It will take me more than a day to sort through all I need to do on these tasks. Dr. Soergel wasn't kidding when he said:

"Reality is complex. To model it is also complex."

This is my motto for Database Design class.
If we can pull this project together into a clean, concise, and appealing design and implementation, I will be thrilled! We started from scratch, made it through Oracle, and are now onto the writing of scripts for the web-based forms and reports. What a challenge!

In other class news, I had my last lecture in 790, Building the Human-Computer Interface. I am sad to see that class come to an end. It is so enjoyable! During our last lecture session, we got to watch this cool video clip. It is a really creative interface that mimics our real-life interaction with paper documents. You can stack, sort, shuffle, and crumple up your digital documents all with smooth mouse motions. Woah! I want to try this...The cool Interface

There was more that I wanted to type about, but I have long since forgotten what it was. For now, I will get my shower and then go to bed and prepare for 10am Bible study tomorrow. I should stay up and do more database work; but when I have a full two weeks to go, I am not that desperate...yet...

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Daily Bread - Deuteronomy 13:1-18

Daily Bread

Title: Guard the Great Commandment
Deuteronomy 13:1-18
Key Verse 3-4

This passages teaches the people Israel how to shield themselves from temptation to seek other gods. It is harsh, because the command that is being guarded is the most serious of all. The great commandment is: Love the LORD Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

What does this kind of love mean?
It is a commitment to the one we love, open ears and willing feet. When we love someone, we are more than willing to help them, to do work for them, to be a blessing to them and not a stumbling block.
It is love not of force or power of will, but of the heart. We cannot magically conjure up this love within ourselves. "We love, because He loved us first." 1 John 4:19 When we turn to God to seek Him, He makes Himself known and teaches us of His goodness and righteousness and love. Then, we will love Him in return.
In I Corinthians 13, we learn a lot about what love means. In addition to the rest, it says, "It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Likewise, when we know God, we can trust in Him and then find hope in Him. With hope, we can persevere.

Let us take the warning of Deuteronomy with the attitude of a trusting child. Let us not rebel and think that somehow our own desires are better. Our Father knows best and He desires to give us the very best. Let us love Him at all times, running to Him in need and delighting in His protection. Through the Holy Spirit, may week keep the Great Commandment.

One Word: Guard the Great Commandment

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