Ward Pond's SQL Server blog

Ruminating on issues pertinent to the design and development of sound databases and processes under Microsoft SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2005, and SQL Server 2000 (while reserving the right to vent about anything else that's on my mind)

April, 2008

  • R.I.P. Tun-Hsu "Martha" McCoy -- and Thank You!

    Every once in awhile, you get a piece of news that sets you looking at where you are and where you've been. Today is one of those days. There will be no technical content in this post, and it might ramble some. Bear with me; it's been a contemplative night..
  • Non-Technical News: Reflections Upon My Recent Attempt To Debunk Thomas Wolfe

    A picture-laden discussion of my brief return to my hometown after twenty-six years. Download to your PDA at your own risk..
  • Two Pieces of Technical News from Kalen

    Kalen Delaney has one of the most consistently informative SQL Server blogs in all of the Internets, and unless I miss my guess, it was also she who left the first of the very supportive comments I've received in the wake of my recent series of personal...
  • More About Martha McCoy

    I've heard from a number of old friends -- and, I suspect, a few new ones -- in the wake of yesterday's remembrance of my inspirational family friend, Tun-Hsu "Martha" McCoy. I had no doubt that her loss would be keenly felt across a wide swath of the...
  • Tech·Ed North America 2008 Developers Update/See You Next Week

    The last couple of days have certainly had a particular orientation.  In addition to booking my arrangement for tomorrow night's trip to New York, today I booked my trip and accommodations in Orlando, and I received my speaking schedule last week...
  • DWWTWT?: April 29

    The penultimate day of the month sees another walk through a crisp, cool morning: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 37 Walked...
  • DWWTWT?: April 16-18

    Wednesday brought my twenty-first consecutive stroll to the office since March 17th; Thursday and Friday will be non-competitive while I travel to New York to pay my respects to Tun-Hsu "Martha" McCoy : Commuting Options Selected...
  • DWWTWT?: April 1

    The month begins with an extension of late March's walking streak, now at ten days (no fooling!): Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted ...
  • DWWTWT?: April 15

    Another day, another through a chilly, damp morning (twenty in a row!): Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 37 Walked 184...
  • DWWTWT?: April 21

    The week begins with another walk through a cool, crisp morning: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 37 Walked 186 ...
  • DWWTWT?: April 2

    The walking streak now stands at 11 days, and has officially extended into early April: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 37 ...
  • DWWTWT?: April 7

    The week commences with another walk, this one through a cool, crisp morning: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 37 Walked ...
  • DWWTWT?: April 3

    Another day, another walk, this one through a crisp, clear morning: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 37 Walked 176 ...
  • DWWTWT?: April 11

    An almost frighteningly beautiful day -- the nicest of the spring so far -- led the week to conclude with another walk down 156th Avenue NE: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of...
  • DWWTWT?: April 28

    The six hundredth post on the blog is hereby employed to report that the week began with a walk through a damp, cool morning: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations ...
  • DWWTWT?: April 30

    The month ends with a telecommuting day as I work from home after taking my elder son to the doctor and attending to other personal business early in the day: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport...
  • DWWTWT?: April 22

    Another day, another walk through a cool, crisp morning: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 37 Walked 187 Walked to the Bus 17 Drove 154 None (did not compete) 92 Happy Earth Day, and happy...
  • DWWTWT?: April 8

    A light drizzle on a cool morning didn't deter me from my fifteenth consecutive walk: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 37 ...
  • DWWTWT?: April 9

    A clear morning led me to beat feet down 156th Avenue NE: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 37 Walked 180 Walked...
  • DWWTWT?: April 24

    It would be reasonable, I think, to suggest that a routine has settled in, as the day brought the twenty-fifth consecutive walk in the current streak, once again through a cool, crisp morning: Commuting Options Selected since...
  • DWWTWT?: April 25

    The week ends with -- you guessed it -- a walk down 156th Avenue NE on a cool, crisp morning: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 37 ...
  • DWWTWT?: April 10

    A clear morning led to another walk down 156th Avenue NE: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 37 Walked 181 Walked...
  • DWWTWT?: April 4

    The week ends with another walk, this one through a light drizzle: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 37 Walked 177 ...
  • DWWTWT?: April 23

    Mid-week saw yet another walk through a cool, crisp morning: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 37 Walked 188 ...
  • DWWTWT?: April 14

    The week started with another walk -- the nineteenth in this current streak -- through a chilly, damp morning: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted...