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10 - Seeing Beneath the Surface: An Observer's Encounter with a Child's Struggle to Find herself at Nursery

Slice ePub May 22, 2014

Elisabeth Dennis

Helena was 3¼ when I met her for the first time at her house. She is a little girl with light brown skin, with black curls cascading around her face. She has big brown eyes and a big mouth with gaps in her front teeth. Helena's parents are a mixed-race couple. Her mother is 6 feet tall, a well-built white woman, extremely friendly and outgoing. Helena's father is youthful in appearance, more slight in build, and looks as if he could be Asian. He was friendly but more reserved.

When I arrived, Helena told me to take my shoes off, as I mustn't dirty the new blue carpet. She then took me into the front room. I noticed some pictures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the hallway. The house was comfortable but not affluent. Helena's father was sitting in an armchair cradling the baby, and I sat on the settee opposite, with Helena's mother. I recall feeling that the baby was taking up everyone's attention. While Helena's mother spoke to me, Helena was playing behind an adjacent settee, which meant that I could not see her. Her mother spoke to me about Helena as though she wasn't present and brought me some of her drawings to see. She told me that Helena was used to “being studied”! She had been observed once before for a Baby Nutrition study. Towards the end of my visit Helena came into the middle of the room bringing a whole pile of toys with her. It was decided after some discussion that I would observe Helena at the nursery.

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Ho Chi Minh City

Slice ePub December 10, 2014

Ho Chi Minh City

08 / pop 7.5 million

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the whole country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here – visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.

From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the scrum of the markets, HCMC is a city of contrasts. Wander through timeless alleys to incense -infused temples before catching up with the present in designer malls beneath sleek skyscrapers. The ghosts of the past live on in buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but the real beauty of (erstwhile) Saigon’s urban collage is the the seamless blending of these two worlds into one thrilling, seething mass, while a host of new and exhilarating tours get you way off the beaten track.

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4. Connecting to a Real Database

Slice ePub May 28, 2014

In this chapter:

Setting Up MySQL

Adding the JDBC Driver

Creating a Datasource

Linking the Datasource to Our Application

Monitoring the Connection Pool

Modern enterprise applications revolve around relational databases, and our application is no exception. However, up to this point we have barely paid any attention to configuring the all-important database tier. We've been using the embedded Hypersonic database and delegating all the schema management to JBoss. This has allowed us to focus on making our application work first, without needing to bother with the added complexity of a database.

Developing an application with this approach makes a lot of sense, but now that our application is up and running, it's time to turn our attention toward the database, and have our application access a more robust, production-friendly database. We'll use MySQL for the application.

MySQL is a free download that is available from for every major computing platform. You'll want to download and install the most current MySQL distribution available for your platform. We'll be working from the MySQL Standard 4.1.8 GA version.

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PERK #58: Say Good-Bye to Bad Hair Days

Slice ePub January 09, 2014

Perk #58

Say Good-Bye to Bad Hair Days

Idreaded going out into the heavy rain and wind to run my errands one winter day, but alas I had hungry mouths to feed. As I sprinted into the grocery store, I couldn’t help but notice how many hair-dos had gone awry in the bad weather. There were flat dos, frizzy dos, and sticking-out-at-weird-angles-dos. I smugly grinned to myself, thinking how supersleek my hair would still look when I got home, despite the weather. You see, I had the advantage of being able to leave my hair at home on bad days like that one and wear a stylish hat instead.


Say Hello to Sea Salt

Salt, in its most basic form, is a combination of two chemicals: sodium and chloride. The way these two chemicals are put together and the other minerals that accompany them have a lot to do with how salt is used and how healthy it is.

Salt is the most widely used food seasoning. Not only do we cover most everything we eat with it, but it is also in virtually every processed food in the grocery store. (Look for the word “sodium” on the label.) Table salt and sea salt are both forms of sodium, but there are two basic differences: where it comes from and the added ingredients.

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