Here is a question….

It has been roughly 2 months since I updated this blog.  I tell myself weekly, I set reminders on my phone, and every other action I could possible do to post something.  What usually happens is that I am not at home when the reminder goes off, I’m study for a test, or Mrs. SQLCodeMonkey…

Vacation is upon us!

Back to my old habits of forgetting to post Blogs.  Well, if you haven’t seen anything here, you can always find great tips for SQL Server on one of my social media platforms. Summer Vacation has finally arrived.  Thirteen days away from work.  This year, we are heading on a cruise.  This will be the…

College

Definition: College: an educational institution or establishment, in particular. After graduating high school, most people head to college.  However, I was one of those people who never felt like I needed it. Probably because I come from a blue collar Texas family.  No one in my family has ever graduated college, none of my brothers or…

The picture says it all

As you can see from the picture that I have attached to this post, I am the president of the slacker club.  I just noticed today that it has been almost 2 months since I posted anything here.  Well, honestly, that isn’t a good thing. Don’t think I haven’t been super busy these last few…

Why LinkedIn, Why?

LinkedIn is a great tool to use for Networking.  A lot of us who use LinkedIn, do public speaking engagements.  Do you know, that LinkedIn doesn’t have a topic for public speaking? They have areas for adding patents, publications and even other languages you speak to your profile, however, they do not have an area…

Site was down

Hello All! Seems that I had a little connection problems the last few days.  I swapped out my router and in the process I reset my static IP address on my web server.  During this time, it looks like the site was down and couldn’t be accessed. I finally got a chance to get everything…

BBS – When life was simple

As promised, I will expand on that last statement I made about BBS Software.  Let’s go back to 1992.  That was a very busy year for me.  I got married that year, yes, she still puts up with me daily, and I also came across this thing called a BBS.  By 1992, I was fluent…

What should this title read….

Sometimes I think I have posted a post, then I look at my feed only to realize I haven’t.  That is why I am calling this one my Miscellaneous post.  When I first came up with the idea for the post, I was going to talk about projects I’m working on, or things that I…

Houston Techfest 2017 – September 16, NRG Arena

Sorry that it has been awhile since I have updated this site.  A lot of things have been happening over the last few weeks, Hurricane Harvey one of them.  I am happy to say that I will be speaking at Houston Techfest on September 16th.  It looks like I have been given that first class…

Finally, the wait is over….

It has been exactly 6 months, 13 days since we bought our tickets to the Land Down Under.  With only a few days left until we set out for 15 days, it is a mad rush around here.  Do we have everything?  Do we have enough of everything?  What can we bring into country?  What…

SQL Saturday Houston – 6/17/2017

Thank you to all who came out to watch my talk today over Dynamic SQL: Tables/Pivots/Parameters.  I have uploaded the files to the SQL Saturday website.  You can follow this link to the page that has all the speakers info on them.  Scroll down to the 1:30 time slot, find my class and you can…

Summer Time

The hours turns into days, the days into weeks and before you know a month has gone by without a post.  Now that Summer is here, my schedule has became so disorganized, that I can’t remember when I posted my last post. With my child out of school for the summer and Mrs. CodeMonkey starting…

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…

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…

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…