Work-Life-Balance and Alternative-Obsessions

  Over the past few years, Paul and I have worked to get to a point where we can work with SQL but also satisfy our urge to explore (and dive!). Finding a perfect balance between work and life can be challenging; I’m not sure we’ve done it as we tend to work really hard, and have […]

Physical Database Design Considerations and a bit of freediving

Something that always amazes me is that people think SQL Server is easy. And, I’d like to (at least partially) blame Microsoft marketing for that. Over the years they’ve propagated this notion of SQL Server being a simplified database environment even “zero-administration” at one point (anyone remember that marketing nightmare?). And, while there are MANY […]

Important non-SQL request: Help save polar bears in Russia!

Last year Paul and I had the pleasure of taking an amazing adventure into the Arctic with Heritage Expeditions on the Spirit of Enderby (Professor Khromov). In addition to seeing a ton of wildlife (polar bears, arctic fox, walrus, puffins, whales, etc.) we were fortunate enough to meet some of the local experts who have spent […]

Where in the World – Alaska – Part II

I thought I would get this done in one post but I realized quickly that it would take a couple! This is part II focusing on our trip in Alaska (Summer 2010). If you want to read a bit about the first part of the trip (Anchorage to Denali National Park to Seward), read this […]

Where in the World summary and other photography related stuff!

Paul's usually the one who writes our "where in the world" posts  (here's his category link) but after a few folks specifically came up to us at SQLConnections and SQLPass and told us how much they enjoyed our shots, I thought I'd put together a summary post with a few of my favorites and a […]

Where in the world does time go?

I know where I go but where the heck does the time go (it seems to move much faster than I)? First off, I hope everyone had a truly lovely holiday season. I know they've long since past for everyone but maybe this reminder will bring back a nice memory from the holidays as it […]

Scotland is amazingly beautiful but, ah, the weather IS worse than Seattle!

OK, I never really understood it when Paul said "Seattle doesn't even compare to Scotland" (in terms of weather) until our trip in September. And, well, that's also why I was so silent in September. We were teaching in the UK (London and Edinburgh) and Ireland (Dublin) for the first couple of weeks and then […]

Our first trip of the New Year…Shanghai and Beijing

Actually, I can’t even begin to tell you how great it is that Paul loves blogging so much… he does an amazing job filling in everyone (even our family :)) with our travels through his “personal” posts on his blog (and, he always researches the sites/details as well). And, so, with our mostly business event […]