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1. Grenade

James Mathews University of North Texas Press PDF



race Mullins stole an M67 fragmentation grenade from his father—the post weapons range instructor who, according to Trace, had “a whole closet full of stuff ”—and we all spent one Saturday afternoon in the dugouts behind the Officer’s

Club pool deciding what we were going to blow up. It was the beginning of our last summer vacation on Ft. Bliss, deep in the heart of Texas. Well, maybe not the heart. More like the intestinal tract. The four of us—Trace, Danny Ticker, Marvin Woods, and myself—were still a month away from enlisting in the Army, each one as invulnerable and bored as every other recent high school graduate on the planet. But even though we’d done everything there was to do (in our minds), we still couldn’t shake the feeling that we’d be spending the rest of our lives patting at our pockets, as if for a lost key, unable to pinpoint that one vital reward we missed out on. Such misconceptions have watered the weeds of not a few epic disasters.

“Symbolism is important here,” Trace said. He was picking at the steel loop that dangled from the cotter pin of the grenade.

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Chapter Two: The Man and His Life

Dethiville, Laura Karnac Books ePub

Until quite recently, the publications devoted to Winnicott seem to agree that he had a privileged childhood, in a comfortable environment, which favoured the fulfilment of his potential creativity. Only a few commentators seem to have picked up on an important theme which is a common thread running through his work.

The secret scar

This theme is that of “The manic defence”, the title of a presentation given in 1935 in his application for membership of the British Psychoanalytical Society, a presentation that was not published until 1957. In this text he describes the psychic organisation of subjects who, from childhood, have played the role of therapist to their depressed mothers. These “parent” children had to ignore their own needs in order to be able to devote themselves to the difficult task of reviving their depressive mother. It is as if each of these children said to themselves “any minute the mother’s face will become fixed or her mood will dominate, and my own personal needs must then be withdrawn otherwise my central self may suffer insult.” And for example in “Reparation in respect of mother’s organised defence against depression”, he notes that the main task of these children is “to deal with mother’s mood” (Winnicott, 1948, p. 93).

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Improve Email Privacy

Joe Kissell TidBITS Publishing, Inc. ePub

When we began discussing this book, Take Control publisher Adam Engst told me that his rule is, dont write anything in email that you couldnt stomach appearing on the front page of the New York Times. I said I didnt think that was a very good rule, and we discussed it (by email, naturally) in what became an increasingly contentious debate. I wont repeat the entire exchange here, because Im sure youll read it soon enough in the New York Times.

But to summarize, Adam was trying to make the point that you can never have an ironclad guarantee of privacy when it comes to email. In that respect hes absolutely right, for reasons Ill explain in a moment. My point was that in many cases, email is the only practical means of communication, and yet its completely impractical for me to avoid ever sending personal facts, business secrets, colorful language, or anything else by email that wouldnt cause serious problems if made public. I think Im right about that, too.

But email privacy is extraordinarily difficult to achieve, and the more control you try to exert, the more cumbersome it becomes. By the end of this chapter, you should have a better appreciation of what makes email privacy so tricky. But youll also learn how to keep most email safe from casual snooping, how to make top-secret email messages as private as they reasonably can be, and when its best to choose an entirely different means of communication.

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9. Developing Model Relationships

Laurent, Simon St. O'Reilly Media ePub

Everything youve done so far has been in the context of an application with one and only one table. Thats actually enough power to run a lot of different projects, from contact managers to time-series data collection. However, youll quickly find that most of the projects for which its worth creating a web application require more than just one table. Fortunately, Rails makes that easy, giving you the tools you need to create multiple tables and manage even complex relationships between them.

If you dont know much about databases, now is a good time to visit AppendixB. Up to this point, its been possible to largely forget that there was a relational database underneath the application, except for some mechanics. From this point on, youll need to understand how tables work in order to understand how Rails models work. (You still dont need to understand SQL, however.)

Working with multiple tables is, on the surface, pretty simple. Every Rails model maps to a table, so working with multiple tables just means working with multiple models. The hard part is managing the relationships between the tableswhich in Rails demands managing the relationships between models.

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