Continuing on from Part 2, I want to continue this time with two points I left open last time: How to qualify who gets help in terms of funding to speak Whether there is really a speaker shortage I want to start with the second point. Is there a shortage of speakers? The honest answer […]Read more "Growing the Pool of SQL Speakers – Part 3"
Instructables has a Paracord contest going that requires some portion of a project include paracord (often referred to as 550 cord for the breaking strength of 550 lbs. I don’t have a good idea yet, hoping one appears before the April 11 submission deadline. Thought I’d share, most of us in IT enjoy a challenge […]Read more "Instructables Contest: Paracord"
I’ve long admired the value that I get from Wikipedia and like the concept of crowd sourcing knowledge, just never seemed to get around to setting one up. Finally decided to do it as a way to accelerate the SQLSaturday documentation, and I’ve set it up at http://wiki.sqlsaturday.com. I looked at a few options. I […]Read more "Building a Wiki"
I arrived about 7:15 and already quite a few people on hand. Registration was moved to inside this time, just inside the cafeteria, and seemed like a much better traffic flow. Few things I noted on arrival: Attendees didn’t receive name badges (this really helps speakers & networking) Breakfast set up looked good, no decaf […]Read more "Notes from the Orlando Code Camp March 2010"
I read Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. ($13 @ Amazon) as one of the books recommended to me earlier in the year when I asked for suggestions. It was a long read, but filled in a lot of blanks about events around the turn of the century, and a lot about Standard […]Read more "Book Review: Titan The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr."
Survey was announced in the Connector on Wednesday, reposting the link here. We need your thoughts on this! http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22ADZ7NCK9ARead more "What Sessions Do You Want for the PASS 2010 Summit?"
I’m just back from the March 2010 Board meeting and it went better than usual (for any meeting). Most of arrived Sunday afternoon/evening and after a bit of social time I spent about four hours with Hannes, Craig, and Blythe working on SQLSaturday transition stuff (lots of details next week, but we’ve made good progress!) […]Read more "PASS Update #27"
Yesterday I wrote about expectations at free events, basically saying they don’t differ a lot from paid events. The next part of that is to talk about how to deliver and accept criticism in a positive way. At most events there is an evaluation form given to attendees and while it’s hard to write a […]Read more "Critiquing Free Events"
Isn’t free enough? If you go to a free event do you have a right to complain? Or, if you lead a free event, should you have the expectation that attendees will appreciate all the hard work and ignore minor problems? A thorny topic for today! The short answer is that even free events have […]Read more "Free Events – It’s All About Expectations"
I imagine most of us change our wallpaper on the desktop from time to time. Frivolous but fun, a simple way to personalize what is otherwise a not very exciting tool most of the time. Windows 7 does a nice job of taking that further with some really good themes – you can get a […]Read more "Windows Themes (We need a PASS Theme!)"