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…

SQL Saturday Dallas

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of speaking at SQL Saturday Dallas.  This was my first time speaking in Dallas, and it was awesome!  Great crowd, great environment and an overall great SQL Saturday.  I met some great people while I was there, and made some new networking connections.  One of the things…

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…

Snapshots

At our company Christmas party last year, I was lucky enough to win a digital camera as a door prize.  A Nikon Coolpix W300.  It sat on my shelf for about a full month before I decided to see what it could do.  I have to admit, it is pretty damn cool!  One of the…

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…

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…

SQL Saturday # 680 – Kansas City Mo – October 7th, 2017

Good evening all! If you didn’t get a chance to catch my session at SQL Saturday Houston or Baton Rouge, you have another chance this year.  I was fortunate enough to be selected for SQL Saturday Kansas City.  Come watch as I explain the beauty of Dynamic SQL.  Even if you have had the chance…

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…

SQL Saturday – Baton Rouge

This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking at another SQL Saturday in the Great State of Louisiana.  Let me begin by saying, the SQL Pass user group that puts on the SQL Saturday there is fantastic.  The food was great, the atmosphere was great and the users were great. The feed back I…

Back in the USA!

I sit here at my keyboard, thinking that it was only 13 days ago that I was boarding a plane from Adelaide Australia and coming home.  I thumb through the pictures on my phone, remembering the smells, the sounds of our vacation. The 15 days that we spent in Australia were amazing.  I met some…

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…

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…

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…

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…