A Rendezvous With Destiny: PASS 2009 (#sqlpass)

Rendezvous With Destiny Forty-five years ago, Ronald Reagan aka Ronaldus Magnus spoke to Americans of our rendezvous with destiny. In a few short days the SQL Community will rendezvous in Seattle for the PASS 2009 Summit. This time last year, eager & anxious, I was preparing for my very first presentation at PASS.  Those who…

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Lured by Ward Pond, Chris Shaw’s Notorious SQL Quiz Ensnares Me In Its Web

SQL IT Operations Excellence IP Architect, colleague, & friend Ward Pond tagged me in a meme started by Chris Shaw (aka SQLShaw who originally tagged a whole lot of geeks including Thomas LaRock aka SQLRockster formerly SQLBatman (R.I.P.) & still lover of bacon who tagged Jeremiah Peschka aka peschkaj who tagged Michelle Ufford aka SQLFool who…

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Does Your Blog Wordle Up?

My multi-talented, java-enabled yet Windows-empowered friend Alik Levin of www.practicethis.com (among other blogs) subjected my blog to the machinations of www.wordle.net.  Wordle creates “word clouds”. Another friend, Bob “Roudy Bob” Roudebush, Windows MVP & mild-mannered Director of Solutions Engineering at Double-Take by day, elsewise nocturnal denizen of the Internet, recently cited Wordle as well. Stand…

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DST: It's About Time!

Daylight Saving Time, DST, has finally returned.  We sprung forward yesterday.  I love DST!  For years here in Indiana I had no reason to celebrate. That changed recently. I was a proud member of the Hoosier Daylight Coalition, a grass roots organization largely responsible for ending Indiana’s decades-long hiatus from DST. As the organization’s technical…

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Celebrating Life: The Princess Pumpkin Puss, A Pain In My Neck, Randy Pausch, & Lt. Col. Frank Slade Teach Us About Living Life

This is nominally a personal productivity as well as a SQL Server performance blog, but I seldom indulge that facet—too busy being productive, don’t you know? Ward Pond’s annual amalgam (May Glad Tidings be Upon You) inspired me to do something similar.  My plans changed Sunday & instead I am writing to celebrate life. Princess…

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Commencement Keynote: ITT Technical Institute, Indianapolis, 9/20/2008

  Yesterday I had the distinct privilege of delivering the Commencement Keynote for the graduating class of ITT Technical Institute Indianapolis campus to an audience estimated at 300. It took place at the Warren Performing Arts Center, a beautiful multi-tiered auditorium.  They certainly didn’t make high schools such as that when I was growing up!…

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