This past Monday I watched the Bowl Championship Series title game between the (American-style) football teams from Auburn University and Florida State University. As is my usual custom when watching sports between teams for which I have no rooting interest, I spend time looking for statistics to help me decide where to place my loyalties for(…)
Yesterday I talked about the Accidental Architect. Today I want to add some additional thoughts. There is a reason why we end up gravitating towards careers as DBAs or architects: natural curiosity. We want to know how something works. We want to do our best to ensure that a system is built the right way(…)
Years ago I left school after getting my graduate degree in Mathematics and got myself a real job, you know the one that had things like a pension and health insurance. Since it was only the cost of a co-pay I decided to visit a doctor to have a physical done because, well, isn’t that(…)
Everything you need to know about being a data professional you can learn by watching ‘Gangnam Style’ by PSY. With over a billion views on YouTube chances are you’ve seen it as well by now. Then again with over 7 billion people on the planet I suppose there is a better chance you haven’t seen(…)
Well, of course you feel that way, especially when all the data is yours for the taking, much like dinner on Thanksgiving.
It happens every year. You sit at the table, feeling full and wanting more. So many choices are on the table for you. Having already sampled everything at least once, and despite no longer needing any additional calories, you stand up and stick your fork into plate of juicy turkey flesh. You take a huge(…)