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“Interpretation is imposed by others. Paintings are to be admired and contemplated [not named or explained]. If I had something to say I would write it down or say it; I don’t need painting for that.”

-Zdislaw Beksinski

Microsoft Released SQL Operations Studio (preview)

Microsoft recently announced at the 2017 SQL PASS event that they would be previewing a new tool for sql server that works across multiple operating systems.

“SQL Operations Studio (preview) is a free, light-weight tool, that runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux, for managing SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse; wherever they’re running.”

It’s now available for preview.

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More info (video) at TechNet:

The Mother of All Modern Computing Boards

I stumbled upon Fran Blanche’s YouTube channel today and can’t get enough, except that I have to cut my self off now and get back to some actual work.  She owns a guitar effects pedal company (, tests and builds electronics, reviews old technology, uses 3d printers, she’s an artist, musician, and the list goes on.  What a neat human!

“In my opinion it is the most important circuit board in history – and I examine in detail this historic relic from my own personal collection. The LVDC is a strangely obscure footnote in the history of computing, yet it represents some of the greatest leaps that computers ever took. I have spent a good portion of my life designing printed circuit boards, so I have a perspective on this magnificent artifact that I will do my best to convey in this video. But there is so much about this board and its history that I simply do not know – and I hope that some of you who watch this can add insight into the mysteries of the Saturn V Launch Vehicle Digital Computer.” – Fran Blanche

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Simon Sinek: The Video That Will Change Your Life

My boss had our department watch this today to give us some perspective on personal and workplace relationships.  Specifically, to give us some perspective when trying to open the minds of our co-workers to business intelligence.  I tend to hate “motivational” or “self help” types of videos but this one has a science twist that really spoke to me.

About this presentation:
In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.”

Introducing Google A.I. Experiments

Explore machine learning by playing with pictures, language, music, code, and more.

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Here is an inspiring TED talk on AI that has more of a positive spin than is often given to the future prospects of artificial intelligence and how it will fit in with society.  One of the main points is “Making people want stuff we make” vs “Making stuff people want” by using AI to give us the insight we would not otherwise realize.

2016 Learning Goals

MCSA & MCSE SQL Server Certification
  • MCSA: SQL Server
  • MCSE: Data Platform
    • 70-464 – Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases
    • 70-465 – Designing Solutions for SQL Server
  • MCSE: Business Intelligence
    • 70-466 – Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server
    • 70-467 – Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server
Neural Networks and Machine Learning

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Other Interests
  • Internet of Things Development
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Python
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Node.js, MongoDB, and Express
  • Quartz Composer
  • Actuary Exams
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