I’m speaking again

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 be covering everything from the hardware layer to query tuning.

If you’re in the area, come down to IBM Calgary tomorrow, Wednesday 19 August 2015, at 4:30pm. Entry is free, and food and soft drink will be provided.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite.

Classical Music Attribution

Today I have been listening (via Apple Music) to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, most famous for its choral section in Part IV.

And I realised that I attributed this piece to “Beethoven”, as opposed to (in this case, a very good performance by) the London Symphony Orchestra with Wyn Morris, and the singing talents of Alison Hargan, David Rendall, Della Jones and Gwynne Howell.

Curious then, with modern music, that the performer gets all the credit, even if a team of twenty writers composed the music.

And because I’m silly, I have to wonder if Ludwig ever played the violin? I find it mind-boggling that composers of this type of music can write music for each section, and even more astounding that (for example) Handel wrote The Messiah in a very short period of time.

Little wonder then that this music continues to remain in the public consciousness for centuries.


Las Vegas, the city of sin, excess, and desert heat; and the location for the 49th Star Trek Convention.

The guest list would make you excited even if you’re not a big Trekkie. Here’s a sample of the guests. They claim that next year will have over 100, for the 50th Anniversary.
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