A busy month – a new book, a new car, a new phone

I don’t know why Septembers are always busy. This one feels like it’s been interesting, and I’m not sure life will be the same again. But first, some of the biggest news – the book that I wrote a couple of chapters for is now available for purchase! A challenge was put out a while back for SQL MVPs to write a book for charity. Paul Nielsen spearheaded it, and I’m pleased to say that there was a massive response. I wrote two chapters, and this week we have had the notice that the book can now be purchased from … Continue reading A busy month – a new book, a new car, a new phone

Congratulations, Mitch

A good friend of mine from Perth got awarded MVP status this past week. Mitch Wheat runs the .Net User Group over there, and does a terrific job. He does a lot for the community, and is incredibly smart. I’m really pleased for him. PS: There are a bunch of other new MVPs this October as well (plus I got rewarded) – I’m just mentioning Mitch because he’s a good friend and I’m so pleased for him!

Excitement building at Summit

I’m at the MVP Summit this week – an event at which Microsoft communicates (talking and listening) with MVPs. I’m having a great time. I’m seeing people I haven’t seen in ages – Aussies I rarely see (like Nick Randolph), former Aussies (like Chuck Sterling), people I talk to regularly on IM (like Simon Sabin), and people I see almost never (like Dejan Sarka). I’m also meeting a lot of people I’ve never met before, like Allen White, Tony Rogerson and Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. Oh, alright, I didn’t really meet the Dalai Lama (he walked past, but … Continue reading Excitement building at Summit