Next Stop: Canada

I'm going to speak at SQL Saturday #404 in Nova Scotia on Saturday, June 13th.  This is the first time that I will give my Working Effectively With Legacy SQL talk at a SQL Saturday.

We’re #1! We’re #1! (Sort of)

As I am getting ready to go to Russia in just a few weeks, you have no idea how much this warms the cockles of my heart: Asked to list the five countries they considered to be hostile or unfriendly to Russia, 38 percent included the United States on the list, followed by Georgia at…

The TSA is not an American phenomenon

Apparently, Turkey and Israel are using intensive security searches as a way to exert diplomatic pressure on the other. I'm not sure specifically what dispute is in question; Turkey and Israel have been, if not exactly the best of friends, at least benevolently neutral towards one another for years. Draconian measures in security, for any…

Shanghai’s Development

This is a very interesting comparison of Shanghai in 1990 versus 2010.Here are some more photos that I took of that area of Shanghai.  It's amazing how much can get done when you don't have a State and large groups of statist auxiliaries dedicated to preventing most forms of development.

On The Way Home

We are now sitting in the Seoul airport, waiting for our flight home.  The last few days, I noticed that I was unable to get to the blog, so I'm glad I had enough posts queued up and that our resident Penguatroll was able to add some content while I was gone.  In case you…

New Photo Sets

In case you are not following my Buzz feed, I have some new photo sets available.  Over the next couple of days, I will also have a couple of Peking sets up as well.  The next couple of weeks will be the primary travel weeks, so that's when I'll start putting up photos daily (internet…

Off To China

I am embarking on China Excursion #2.  Supposing I am able to (last year I had some problems getting them out), photos will be uploaded in a timely manner to my Picasa gallery.  In the meantime, it's off to get groped before getting on a jetplane...

Driving In China

When Henry Miller wrote that "chaos is the score upon which reality is written," he must have had Chinese traffic in mind.  I linked to a description of driving in China yesterday, with the note that it is absolutely correct: ...Chinese drivers haven't grasped the subtleties of headlight use.  Most people keep their lights off…

I Have Returned

After my month-long trip to China, I am now back in the US.  It seems that nobody took this opportunity to loot my place, so I'm glad for that. Also, I have slept approximately 16 hours today, so that means I only have three more days to go before jetlag is over...  Real posts commence…