On 15 February 2019, The French Kiss Off is opening at the Pumphouse Theatre in Calgary for eight performances. It is the third play I've directed since moving to Calgary, and I encourage you to check it out if you're in the area. Tickets are available from Eventbrite.
I can't believe it took me almost nine years to write about this on my blog. Shock, probably. In the second half of 2008, M and I moved into our new house in Linden, in Johannesburg, just 600 metres down the road from a rental we'd had for about a year. One evening in October … Continue reading The rain spider incident of 2009
(Originally posted on my SQL Server blog.) Next week, while blog posts are scheduled as expected, I will be attending my third PASS Summit. Summit 2014 In my first year, I attended every single event I could. The Monday night started with Steve Jones' regular Networking Dinner. When I arrived, there were already over a hundred people there, … Continue reading What to do at PASS Summit 2016
I've had an interesting weekend. On Friday night, we hosted nearly fifty people in our house, for the year-end function for some of the hospitalists in town. The hardwood floors took some damage. On Saturday night, I performed at another private year-end function, for actual money. My role in Friday night's affair was to be … Continue reading Clipboards, Rednex, and being German
On Friday I posted an image that I found on Twitter, now quite famous, comprising a hastily sketched peace sign, which also includes a likeness of the Eiffel Tower. It is an emotive image, capturing in art what is impossible to say in words. As my friend in Cape Town says, I don't have answers. … Continue reading Paris
The local SQL PASS chapter in Calgary is hosting yours truly as the speaker for this month. I only have an hour, which I will easily go over, to talk about how I make SQL Server go faster. The talk is titled "The Database is Slow" (The SQL Server Performance Tuning Starter Kit), and I'll … Continue reading I’m speaking again
Normally I like to keep my SQL Server blog separate to my personal one, but this is too good not to share. I've been selected to speak at SQLSaturday in Vancouver, on 27 June 2015. My topic is related to Azure Blob Storage and restoring SQL Server backups. More information will follow. Stay tuned!
This Easter weekend, I participated in the production of a short film, for the Calgary Underground Film Festival's 48-hour Movie Making Challenge. The rules require a film between two and five minutes in length (including titles), and each team is given the same prop and a line to be used in their film. A random … Continue reading Happy Endings
I play Philip Markham. I hope you'll come and see it. The show will be running at the Pumphouse Theatre in Calgary. Tickets available from Morpheus Theatre direct. Three weeks to go! MOVE OVER, MRS. MARKHAM 3 - 11 October 2014 By Ray Cooney and John Chapman Directed by Jay Newman When Philip Markham, loving … Continue reading Move Over, Mrs Markham