The last week of January 2011, I wrote a blog post entering a contest for free training at the hands of SQLSkills. Later that week an announcement was made as to the winner(s) of that contest. Lo and behold I found out that I was one of the winners. Totally awesome.
What did I win? I won a week of training at half price. The training is in Dallas the week of February 21st. Brent Ozar even came up with some info to show the ROI on this training. (Yeah, I’ll be bookmarking that page.)
Even with all of the upside, I will be unable to attend this time. I have other things at this juncture that take precedence for me. I evaluated the pros and cons and had people encouraging me to attend the training regardless of the cons. Some of the conflicts at this point in time are:
- Moving my family and trying to get settled in
- Transitioning new work
Those are just too big right now to try to interrupt for a week. Again, many thanks to Paul, Kim, Brent, and crew for the great opportunity.
Anybody who has the opportunity to attend one of these events really should do it. My wife and I agree that it is something that is worth me doing. I will be diving in the immersions training some time in the future.
With what looks to be five books planned in a new series by Rick Riordan, people have some good fantasy ahead of them.
I just finished the first installment in this new series and must say that I am pleased with the story line. New characters, new aspects of mythology and a third series revolving around those principles. Rick Riordan has got a really hot topic and something working for him with all three of his series.
In this series we are introduced to the Roman versions of the mythological gods. With the Roman aspects of these gods, we also get a new class of “evil god.” Book one takes off from the final prophecy in the Percy Jackson series and brings three new demigods as the central focus. I like the powers of these new demigods. I also like the personalities of each. Rick has done a great job of illustrating their characteristics without making them sound too much like heroes from prior books.
I did not like the grammatical problems constantly repeated throughout this book. The same thing happened in the Percy Jackson series and got better with each book. This is not an issue with the dialog but more to do with editing. An example would be “Jason sat to next to the tree.” Stuff like that is easily skipped by many people but sticks out like a sore thumb to me.
Overall, I highly recommend the book if you enjoy mythology and fantasy.
For those who may not have heard, there is training for SQL Professionals called SQL Cruise. You can find more info here.
There is a bit of interesting news for an upcoming cruise. There is a contest asking you to elaborate your mad SQL Skills and how you saved the day. The contest is sponsored by Idera. Here’s the problem as I see it with that contest though. In order to participate you have to enter through Idera’s facebook page. I’m not a fan of that site. I don’t have an account and I won’t be signing up – not even for SQL Cruise. For any of you who are interested – enjoy and good luck. Believe me, I was stoked about the contest until I read that blurb about having to submit via Facebook.
About a month ago I read a post by Brad McGehee (Blog | Twitter) concerning a checklist for SQL Server. It seems to be a rather comprehensive list. If you don’t have some sort of maintenance checklist yet, I would recommend that you shoot on over and check out his list. In addition to checking it out, I recommend that you make suggestions of other items to check when doing maintenance. In addition to getting a maintenance routine setup, I would also suggest that a way to automate as much as possible be explored.
You can find the list here.
Tis the season for voting and SQLServerPedia has thrown out an election as well. The SQLServerPedia awards are under way and voting will last until Nov. 9th.
Surprisingly, I have a couple of nominations. I would ask for your vote and am delighted by every single vote I get.
I hope you vote for the best in each category. Let’s get out and make our voices heard for something that really matters. There is a lot of good stuff that has been nominated.
You can cast your vote here.