Link: On Getting Old(er) in Tech

My friend Janie Clayton linked to this article by Don Denoncourt, which has some interesting thoughts and observations. Something with which I agree: I’ve seen too many people lock themselves into technologies (like Lotus Notes and Domino) and find themselves unmarketable after spending 10 years in that industry. Even if you have a high-paying salary,Continue reading Link: On Getting Old(er) in Tech

What to do at PASS Summit 2016

(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

Theatre, film, web series and voice acting updates

I’ve been remiss in keeping my followers up to date on what’s happening this year. In the beginning of the year I worked on a student film called Joy To The World, in which I played the boss of a Mall Santa agency, which refuses to hire the actual Santa Claus, because his résumé isn’tContinue reading Theatre, film, web series and voice acting updates

The real value of 70 percent

I wrote previously about an expensive experience with In-App Purchases (IAP) running rampant, to the tune of almost four hundred dollars. This follow-up contains some good news. As part of the conflict resolution protocol, Apple’s customer service representative, known only as Az, was very quick to offer assistance. My mother-in-law didn’t respond to his originalContinue reading The real value of 70 percent

Back on stage again with Run For Your Wife

Two years after playing the lead in a theatre production of Move Over, Mrs Markham, I am happy to announce that I have been cast in a supporting role in Run For Your Wife, also produced by Morpheus Theatre. When I auditioned, I specifically asked for a smaller role, due to the time commitment andContinue reading Back on stage again with Run For Your Wife

Filmmaking as a Metaphor for the DBA

This post was originally published on my SQL Server blog. I worked on four films in 2015, three shorts and one feature-length movie, all shot in Calgary where I live. That has resulted in seven IMDb credits for me, someone who earns a living as a DBA. If nothing else, that experience has scratched anContinue reading Filmmaking as a Metaphor for the DBA