Revising Presentations

I have a number of presentations available right now.  Most of those presentations have the same basic theme, but I'm generally okay with that:  my slides aren't flashy, but I want them to be informative and snappy over a service like WebEx or GoToMeeting. There are a couple of changes that I'm going to look…

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Going To FreeCon

I'm fortunate enough to be able to attend Brent Ozar Unlimited's 2015 SQLPASS FreeCon.  I'm definitely looking forward to it, and have a few goals around it. First, my immediate goal is to expand my network.  Being in a room with 50 other people for an entire day with this goal in mind is fantastic. My…

TriNUG Lightning Talks

I'm going to be presenting a lightning talk at the TriNUG main meeting tomorrow, December 10th, at the Microsoft building in Durham. My topic of choice is a blog series by Kyle Kingsbury in which he sees what happens when you simulate partition failure on various open source data platforms.  It's an extremely interesting and well-written…

Math screws over Dick Allen and friends

Last time I posted, I wrote about the new Veterans Committee. Guess who got elected? Nobody. Joe Posnanski explains why. Can we please take away HOF voting procedures away from the BBWAA? Please? I'm not saying that the HOF desperately needed all twelve men, or even four men. I'm saying that this constant rigging of voting procedures…

A new Veterans committee approacheth

Jay Jaffe's got the breakdown of 10 guys who will be eligible to go into the Hall from Baseball's "Golden Age." It's a 16 man committee that makes the choice, 75% of the ballots get you. The players are Ken Boyer, Minnie Minoso, Gil Hodges, Tony Oliva, Luis Tiant, Dick Allen, Maury Wills, Jim Kaat,…

Hoyer or Manziel?

As you may have heard, Johnny Football played in the fourth quarter of the game against Kevin's beloved Bills. He did fairly well in his debut. Given that Hoyer was perfectly healthy and yet was pulled anyway, it seemed a no-brainer that Hoyer's career with Cleveland was at an end. Shows what I know. A quick…

BIML Wrap-Up

The BIML series is now at a conclusion.  Here's a wrap-up of what we did: BIML Part 1 - Introduction Part 2 - The Problem We're Trying To Solve Part 3 - The "Ideal" Package Part 4 - Implementing The "Ideal" Package Part 5 - Expanding To Multiple Tables Part 6 - Lookups In addition…