The Yankee Years by Joe Torre ($12 @ Amazon) was a gift, and I enjoyed it more than expected. When it first came out there was a lot of hoopla about it being an expose, and while I guess there is some of that, to me it wasn’t the point of the book or the […]Read more "Book Review: The Yankee Years"
Here are the results of the survey, 75% in favor of a non-technical keynote, with a less than stellar sampling of 32 votes! http://twtpoll.com/js/badge.jshttp://twtpoll.com/badge/?twt=3x3fq4&r=1&s=250&b=1 Thought twtpoll worked pretty well, haven’t compared to others, but very easy to use and I like the automatically tweet at the end reminding you that the poll is complete.Read more "Follow Up On My Keynote Survey"
Last week I wrote an editorial for SQLServerCentral titled Does The Job Matter To You?, asking how much the type of work mattered – what if you could do something you really wanted to and make the same money? As usual the comments (90 or so as I write this) are far more interesting than […]Read more "Does The Job Matter To You?"
I’ve just finished handing over the source code for all the SQLSaturday related items after finishing up a couple minor bugs in the admin tools. Along with the just completed transfer of the domain, that finishes up all the tasks we had identified to get the hand off done. The next task is to get […]Read more "PASS Update #33 (SQLSaturday Transfer)"
I ordered a copy of Currencies That Buy Credibility ($14 @ Amazon) after a comment from author Tom Wanek on Twitter about a post I had written on The Checklist Manifesto. Saw that Tom had a web site and book on marketing, did the impulse buy. My really short summary is that the book talks […]Read more "Book Review: Currencies That Buy Credibility"
If you download the May 2010 minutes of the Board meeting (login required) you’ll see that we devoted an entire meeting to trying to figure out the format of the ‘spring event’. For those of you just joining in the background on that is that we were already lightly discussing doing a new event in […]Read more "PASS Update #32 (Spring Event & May 2010 Minutes)"
We’re still in the early stages so the pace is comfortably slow. We’ve got about 30 sessions in already (plenty of room for more), a few people interested in submitting an abstract for our $99 pre-con, and Jack Corbett toiling away on sponsors and marketing. That gives me time to focus on logistics more. I’m […]Read more "Preparing for SQLSaturday #49"
I’ve blogged on this before, here and here, and ended up chatting about it on Twitter (see, I do use it sometimes) and Adam Machanic asked about a poll to gauge the interest, so I’ve launched one at http://twtpoll.com/3x3fq4. Hope you’ll vote! Don’t know if we can afford one, find one, agree on one – […]Read more "Unofficial Poll on 2010 PASS Summit Keynote Speaker"
Normally we meet on the second Tuesday of the month, but in June we’re going to have to push the meeting to June 15th due to our own perfect storm of events. Jack Corbett was already schedule to be out of town that week, and then I totally goofed and decided to attend TechEd, leaving […]Read more "oPASS June 2010 Meeting Date Change"
You can choose from how query optimization works and why it’s so hard, or how relational engines and MapReduce can work together. Expect that neither will be about writing select queries! http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/na2010/Voteforthe2010DavidDeWittKeynoteTopic.aspx He’s a great speaker, and I’m pleased he is returning this year. That said, I’m still campaigning for Jeremy Clarkson to do one […]Read more "Vote for The Keynote by Dr. DeWitt"