Mr. Holmes

There are somethings that you just have to see.  Mrs. Codemonkey and I sat down tonight to watch this BBC Masterpiece of a movie.  It stars Sir Ian McKellen, Laura Lenney, and Milo Parker.  Sir Ian McKellen plays a 93 year old Sherlock Holmes who is battling declining health. If you were to read the…

Counting down the days

Mrs. CodeMonkey and I have talked about how we want to travel the world when we retire.  Then we decided that we wouldn’t get to retire for a longtime, so we decided we should start traveling; and we did. Here is how the story goes.  My daughter is a huge fan of 5 Seconds of…

Python

As I said earlier, I sat out on a quest to write a twitter bot using Python and a Raspberry Pi.  I found a lot of great samples that let you auto-tweet (using a file), but I still haven’t found any good samples on a bot that will allow you to retweet based on #Hashtags….

Setting up an RSS Feed

I usually do all my critical thinking on Sundays.  That one day of the week, were I have had a few days to relax and then decide what to tinker with next.  Today I decided to set up an RSS Feed for this site.  The end game on this is to be able to use…

The Album is out

Not too many times that you can brag about one of your children.  I have three, and each of them have their own qualities that make them unique.  My oldest one is a great mother of two, she has a husband who treats her very well and they just recently bought their first house.  My…

SQL Saturday Houston

I have been doing the SQL thing for over close to 20 years.  I have worked as both a developer and a DBA.  I was lucky enough to be selected to speak at the Houston SQL Saturday on June 17, 2017. My session will be over Dynamic SQL.  Dynamic SQL is such a powerful tool…

Roller Coaster Tycoon 3

There comes a time in every gamer’s life that you have to put away the new stuff and bring out the old.  That is exactly what I have done with Roller Coaster Tycoon 3.  Originally released on my wedding anniversary in 2004, it still plays great to this day.  The interface is a little dated…

SQL FORMAT Function

In the world of custom programming, there are a lot of times I am asked to format the time, date, or a number in a certain formatted string. Lucky for us, SQL has the built in FORMAT function. If you do a regular; SELECT GETDATE You return data that looks like this: However, if we…

5 Strings of Glory

Being a guitar player, sometimes I am drawn to the creative possibilities of alternate tunings, but I really don’t want to completely lose my bearings on the fingerboard.  A partial capo may be just the ticket, no matter what your skill level is.  Like an alternate tuning, a partial capo changes the intervals between the…

Where Did All the Post Go?

Here is what has happened. After hosting with WordPress.com for the longest time, I came to the point where I created my own theme and wanted to upload it. After many hours banging my head, calling customer support, I realized, you cannot upload a custom theme to WordPress.com. I thought to myself, that is fine,…