2011 review: the year by the numbers

The last post of the year! It's been an excellent year all round – I thought that instead of doing a long post about goals etc, I'd again count down the numbers that have been my life this year. 7374413 (roughly): the number of page views on my blog as tracked by Google, from 141 […]

2011: the year in books

Back in 2009 I started posting a summary at the end of the year of what I read during the year (see 2009, 2010) and people have been enjoying it, so I present the 2011 end-of-year post. I set a moderate goal of 50 books this year and I managed 53. Next year we have a […]

Video recording of PASS session on communication skills available

Last week I presented for the PASS Virtual Chapter on Professional Development about Communication Skills and the whole thing was recorded via LiveMeeting. It's 70 minutes of distilled experience with some stories thrown in. Check it out at https://www323.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/view?id=7KH9ZW. Enjoy! PS Many thanks to Mark Caldwell for hosting the meeting!

Photos from Belize dive trip

(2-foot wide Octopus during a night dive off Turneffe Caye, Belize)   Kimberly and I headed to Belize in November for our first dive trip in well over a year (we're not letting that happen again!) and spent a week on the Belize Aggressor III liveaboard dive boat. Doing liveaboards is the only way to dive […]

December 15th PASS online lecture on communications skills

Every so often I do non-SQL blog posts about things and one of the topics that comes up again and again is communication skills. The PASS Professional Development Virtual Chapter invited me to present a lecture for them and so at 10am Pacific Time on Thursday, December 15th I'll be presenting on communication skills. I'll […]

Training budget: use it or lose it – prepaid seats offer

It's the end of the financial year for most companies and we've had two companies in the last week approach us about pre-paying for 2012 classes to use up 2011 budget. We've put together an offer that will run from now through the end of April (to entice you to spend 2012 budget early too!) […]

Four new Spring 2012 classes in Chicago, IL open for registration

We’re continuing to add to our 2012 class roster (see the Tampa classes in February/March) and we’re coming back to Chicago by popular demand in Spring 2012! We’re teaching our first two 5-day Immersion Events back-to-back in Chicago plus we’re co-locating our Immersion Event on Business Intelligence along with week 1, and our Immersion Event for Developers along with […]