Women who think

Apparently there were some that came before me as well.  If you get to Balboa Park in San Diego, this portrait is worth seeing. Timken Museum: John Singleton Copley


Michael B. Oren – "Power, Faith, and Fantasy"

A good read.  Eloquent writing and interesting history. I’ve just started this one, but am quite gripped by it so far.  Here’s a sample of the writing (from page 6): “There (in London) he gained the attention of the prestigious African Society and of its flamboyant secretary, Henry Beaufoy.  Impressed with the ‘manliness of his…


Writing is Understanding

As my regular blog readers may know, I am writing again.  I am working on a big project – “Building Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008” (for MSPress to be published later this year).  When I am writing, I need a few things: 1) Quiet time – to organize my thoughts2) Physical Exercise -…


The Scientist – Natasha Bedingfield

Great song, great voice – thought I’d share, enjoy. The Scientist – Natasha Bedingfield


Presentation Zen

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about what I call the ‘visualization problem’ lately – meaning ineffective visualization for presentations, reporting (or business intelligence), search engines, blogs, etc…is it just me, or does the preponderance of crap out there just seem to be increasing exponentially?  I honestly have difficulty walking into stores like Best Buy,…


Things that Endure

So, I am stuck in cold and wet Seattle for a week (for internal company training), worse yet, in my hotel room since I came down with a nasty flu. Trying to recuperate, I am reminded of the idiocy of TV (which I don’t normally watch at all while at home), and don’t have my…


Make It Rain

I’m headed to Seattle for 9 days, so why not? 😉 Tom Waits is rocking my world today, so I thought I’d share – enjoy.


Happy Holidays from SoCalDevGal

Hey readers – thanks for sticking with me so far.  I hope you are getting something meaningful (and maybe even occasionally entertaining) from this blog.  You certainly make me smile – whether you are legitimately complaining about some lame thing or some oversight in our products, correcting or complementing some presentation I did, or just…


Complexity and Simplicity at MSDN events

Althought I enjoy complex music, art and people, when it comes to code, the simpler the better.  Can you join me next week in Irvine (Tues, Dec 4 from 8am to noon) or Riverside (Thursday, Dec 6 from 1pm to 5pm) for my MSDN sessions on reducing complexity in your world?  As usual I plan to…


Yue Minjun – Laughing Art

  This month’s Vanity Fair had an interesting article on the contemporary art scene in China.  The work of Yue Minjun caught my eye more than the other artists shown.  I’ve always particularly liked art that made me laugh (and think) at the same time. I’ve got to say that from the works shown on…