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Active Forgiveness

Active Forgiveness

Earlier this year, I wrote about Failure Integrity Power Transparency and Respect. This was taken from the perspective of a person who is learning how to navigate their failures or the failures of a group which includes them. In this…

SQLHammer in 2018

SQLHammer in 2018

SQLHammer.com has been quieter than usual this year. I have not written nearly as many blog posts as I would like. The reason for this is because I have been very busy and I thought it was time to update…

Tell me your problems

Tell me your problems

I need your help. I am working on improving my department’s problem solving skills. This is going to manifest in a lot of one-on-one mentoring, team exercises, and formal presentations. The formal presentations I am going to build into sessions…

Failure Integrity Power Transparency Respect

Failure Integrity Power Transparency Respect

The key to success is failure. There is much truth in that statement. It is also like a prism which can be perceived differently from many different angles. One angle is to say that, the difference between a successful person…

Dryer Lint

When I was in the U.S. Navy, the sailors had a lot of social challenges since we had 200 grumpy men all sharing the same facilities for several months at a time. It should not be surprising that the laundry…

Ding Level 4 in My Epic Life Quest

Ding Level 4 in My Epic Life Quest

I am extremely excited to announce that I have achieved level 4 in My Epic Life Quest! Over the last year I had been reminding myself about my own epic life quest. I felt like I had drifted from my…

My SQL Cruise Diary

My SQL Cruise Diary

It has been three years since I first heard of SQL Cruise from Grant Fritchey (b | t). At the time, I was working for a large tax preparation company. They would not allow me to attend any conference during…

How Fast Can You Learn?

How Fast Can You Learn?

Self-analysis and emotional intelligence are valuable assets. Internal, or even external, dialog aids in problem solving and understanding. Knowing yourself is more important than any skill that you may have. You must understand what you think you know, what you know for certain,…

T-SQL Tuesday #84: Building an hour of content

T-SQL Tuesday #84: Building an hour of content

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is being hosted by Andy Yun (t | b). T-SQL Tuesday (#TSQL2SDAY) is a blog party founded by Adam Machanic (t | b). Each month a member of the community hosts the party and selects the…

Demo God Recovery Kit

Demo God Recovery Kit

I was scheduled to give a virtual presentation to the MagicPASS user group. The week before I received a beta update for Windows 10. My computer became very unstable. It would not boot half of the time and it corrupted…