SQL and Relational Theory - C.J. Date

I never thought that I would ever read such an emotional book about relational database theory.



Prometheus Bound - Aeschylus

POMETHEUS BOUND, AN ANCIENT PLAY ONE OF THE OLDEST WE HAVE, ABOUT A SIMPLE MAN WHO WAS HORRIFICALLY PUNISHED BY THE POWERS THAT BE FOR THE TERRIBLE CRIME OF TRYING TO BRING LIGHT TO THE COMMON PEOPLE. IN THE WORDS OF AESCHYLUS "NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNNISHED" I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH CONSOLATION I FIND IN THESE SLIM PAGES.



História de Portugal : Estado, Pátria e Nação (1080-1415) - Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão

He does fairly good research, but his style is plodding and it's hard to overlook the major religious/nationalist bias he explicitly states from the beginning, especially when he extensively quotes Marcelo Caetano...



Politics - Aristotle

Good thing I read this or else I might have learned to play the flute like some kind of sick degenerate.



Aristotle - Categories
Aristotle and the Personification of Dialectic, Andrea di Bonaiuto (1365)


Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
Every moment... do what thou hast in hand with perfect and simple dignity, and feeling of affection, and freedom, and justice; and to give thyself relief from all other thoughts.

Marcus Aurelius, before and after being made Roman emperor, made notes to himself on how to treat people, how to deal with stress, and why to stay honest.


He was called the last good emperor by Gibbon, and he seems to have followed his own advice about avoiding luxury, as he spend most of his career camped near the border, supervising Rome's defences.


This was apparently never meant to be published, and it shows. It's pretty rough around the edges and occasionally repetitive, but I've also found it a constant source of motivation and stress-relief throughout my life. In a time where most people claiming to offer advice and motivation are blatant scam artists, this book is a treasure.


I would especially advise you to read the public domain George Long translation. Along with being free, it's very readable and pleasant.



The Mythical Man Month - Fred Brooks

For years I thought it was called 'The Mythical Man Moth', so obviously this was extremely disappointing.



The Persians - Aeschylus

Xerxes is a funner character when he's not so sad and pathetic.



History and the Historians of Medieval Spain - Peter Linehan

This mess of a book is badly in need of an editor. The name alone hints that the author couldn't decide what book he was writing.

His observations on history are mainly uninteresting. His observations on historians range from boring to catty.