This week I got to visit Atlantis. Not the mythical island, but rather the ship, the Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center. The visit was part of my summer vacation, spoiling myself by doing something with my family almost every day. The official ‘launch’ of the exhibit is Saturday, we went early because it […]Read more "Visiting Atlantis"
I was pleased to see the email this morning announcing that community volunteers Erin Stellato, Ryan Adams, and Tamera Clark will be joining Board members Sri Sridharan and Rushabh Mehta for the 2013 Nominating Committee. More information on the election site. The work of the NomCom is not glamorous and if anything can be tedious […]Read more "PASS Nominating Committee for 2013 Elections Announced"
Since I bought a Nexus 7 (two of them, I broke the first one) I’ve been interested to see if and how it would change my reading habits. I still have a preference for printed books, based mostly on a lifetime of reading a printed book a week, but also because I’ve always been a […]Read more "Kindle vs Library"
Recently I was in a small coffee/sandwich shop for early morning coffee and while waiting watched one of the employees taking cookies from a pan and putting into paper sleeves. A bit later when I returned for a refill (and was more awake) I asked how many cookies they made a day. They had three […]Read more "Is $160 Per Day a Lot?"
Recently I ordered a Paolini Pocket Rule from Woodpecker. It is one of a series of OneTime Tools they’ve produced over the last couple years. They come up with a design, take orders for a couple months, and then process the charge when the item ships. Think about what it means to see a market […]Read more "Interesting Approach-One Time Tools"
First stop was Philadelphia, mostly because we scheduled our vacation to coincide with SQLSaturday #200, but also because we had never been. Subway is ok, but no where near as useful or as clean as the one in DC. We hoped to see the Liberty Bell, but the line was looooong The Constitution Center was […]Read more "Vacation Notes"
I’ll be attending the very first SQLSaturday held in Cocoa Beach on July 27, 2013, and doing a brand new presentation, PCI for the SQL DBA. If you store, plan to store, or think you might some day store credit card information come spend an hour with me. I’ll try to talk you out of […]Read more "Presenting at SQLSaturday #231 in Cocoa Beach"
This past week I took my kids on a train ride from Philadelphia to Washington DC. It was their first train ride and they bounced with excitement and questions, among them about whether I had been on a train before. My first train trip was a long time ago, a summer vacation to see my […]Read more "Train Rides and A Silly Train Story"
My first time in Philadelphia (and in Malvern, the actual event location). I drove up Friday night for the speaker dinner, nice seating area on the restaurant patio and hot enough to make me think I was still in Florida! Nice evening. I drove back to Philly to my hotel, and then drove back to […]Read more "Notes from SQLSaturday #200"