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Photowalking at the PASS Summit 2015

PASS Photowalk 2010 Group shot

It is that time of year again for us to get the #sqlfamily together for a week long education and discussion with our great friends!

This post serves as the official announcement of the PASS photowalk.  It will once again take place on Tuesday the week of the summit(10-27-15).

I’ll keep this post short since I have all the details in my event brite.  Feel free to sign up on the event brite and we will get an idea of who is going.

https://sqlpassphotowalk2015.eventbrite.com

I hope to see you all at the summit!

pat

 

 

Pass Summit 2014 Pictures

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I had a great time at the PASS Summit this year.  I am planning some additional follow up posts but I know that many of you have been waiting patiently to Re-Live the summit through pictures.

As always my pictures are free to share and use.  As long as you give me credit for the photo when you use it in blog/profile/wherever you use it.  I really appreciate when people ask to use a photo mostly because it’s great to know where they are in use but I’m happy to at least get credit for it.

I do this because I love taking pictures and I love to help my #sqlfamily.

Here is where you can find the photographs.

Smugmug (Best place to see the photo’s or choose to download)

Facebook (Best place to share and tag fellow SQL friends in the pictures)

As mentioned above I will be making comments and telling stories in the future with some of these for now I wanted to get them out to all of you. I will showcase one of my favorite shots from the event.
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As I mentioned in my goals I wanted to get “the shot”  well this is one of them.  I’ll explain why in a future blog post.  🙂

Enjoy!

 

 

PASS Summit 2014 Goals

SeattleSkyline-1

As I write this I’m packed and ready to fly out for Portland Sunday.  You didn’t read that wrong and I’m not flying into the wrong city.  I tend to fly out on Sundays so I can take some photo adventure before the PASS Summit starts.  This year it’s flying into Portland renting a car and driving up to Seattle.  I did this several years ago and it was great fun.  I will not be taking anything that resembles a straight line to Seattle and I won’t be doing it quickly.  I’ll be catching up with the other Photo Nuts most likely that evening for some good beer and food somewhere in Washington.

I started attending the PASS Summit in Orlando in 2004.  Basically I’ve been to a few and every one that I go to I have some key goals when I attend the Summit.  Many are photo related but some are technical as well and all of them revolve around #sqlfamily.  I wanted to share them with all of you so hopefully some of the people I run into will help me achieve the goals.

Technical/Social/Networking

  1. Come out of my shell: I’ve said this for years and really I’m probably seen as much more of a social person than most but still to this day I have to push myself to talk to new people.  I strongly urge everyone to meet someone new at any technical conference you attend.  If you don’t that’s a huge loss to what you could have received from the conference.
  2. Meet people that are not working with SQL Server: Now why would I attend a SQL Server conference if I want to talk to people not working with SQL Server? SQL Server is still at the core of our architecture but we also integrate and work with other nosql and opensource projects.  My goal is to learn what others are doing and how they are doing it.  I hope to find others that have found ways to integrate with other technologies not just the MS stack.  If you would like to see what I have done feel free to watch this presentation recorded at BMD/SLC SQL Saturday.
  3. Meet Organizers of events: I put on a lot of events (not just SQL Saturdays). I like to hear about the cool things others are doing so that I can find new and cool things for my events.  I have at least 3 events planned in the next 6 months and would love to find out what others do.
  4. Catch up with #sqlfamily: I have unfortunately been very out of the loop for about the last 6 months. Both because of work but also because of events.  I want to catch up with my good friends and find out what they have been working on and what they have been doing.

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  1. Get “the” shot:  At previous summit’s I would take anywhere from 700-1500 pictures throughout the week.  I’ve learned a lot through the years and know when to hold my shutter button and when to pull the trigger.  I will have 5-6 shots that I want/need at the event and my goal is to achieve those.  If you see me (I’m a large person with a camera on his waist all week) feel free to check in with how I’ve done on the shots and which ones I have planned.
  2. 50mm all day!: I have a fun lightweight 50mm 1.8 lens that would be great for some of the shots I have planned. I’m going to try and choose a day and use that lens all day long.
  3. Night shots: I will have a car on Sunday night so this most likely means a Trip to Kerry park. While I’ve achieved the shot I have wanted from this location we all know things change and getting another copy of the beautiful Seattle skyline is never a bad idea.

I hope that as you go through the summit and you see the big guy with the camera you take a minute to stop and say hi.  Would love to chat with you about photography, Data projects or events you have planned.

Super excited to see all of my #sqlfamily very soon!

 

 

 

PASS Suggestions #1 Giving Feedback

Board Q&A 2013

PASS Board Q&A 2013 Summit

This year at the PASS Summit the Board held an open Question and Answer session.  They have done this for the past few years and it’s been very helpful for us to ask questions of the board.  I wanted to extend those ideas after the summit but wasn’t sure the best ways to give feedback to the board. 

Now don’t get me wrong I’m good friends with several board members and I have no doubt that I can send them an email (I already have) with this information and they can consider it.   But what if you are not in my position?  What if you are member of PASS that just wants to make suggestions to the organization?  Perhaps you have worked with other large volunteer organizations and you have great ideas on how to make things better.   Well unfortunately your only choice from the website is to email a member of PASS HQ on the about us page.  So who do you email?  From the titles you can probably figure out the right area that might help you but what then? How do you know what happens with your suggestion from that point? My suggestion to PASS is to start giving us a way to easily give feedback and to track that feedback until completion.  A simple ticket tracking system.

As DBA’s and Developers we track all sorts of things through ticket tracking systems.  Bugs, Projects we are working on and feedback from end users.  I’m suggesting the same thing here.  PASS needs to get a simple form we can use on the website to give feedback.  That is then assigned to a Board member/portfolio and worked on till completion or if the task is not appropriate then it can be closed in some manner that gives a reason why it can’t be done.  The requestor would get the feedback from the ticket so they knew the status of the suggestion.  We would have ownership and accountability as a Board member/portfolio would own the tickets.

This process would allow us to talk about specific items in the future events and PASS meetings.  We would be able to track progress exactly and what items are being worked on.  Overall it would make management of the many projects going on much smoother.

One suggested tool could be Trello, we use it in two different organizations that I volunteer in and it’s a great way to create simple stories and put them on a board to be worked on.  I am sure lots of tools exist for this sort of thing the important thing is getting something in place to capture feedback in the future and to give the end user knowledge of where that feedback stands.

Another suggestion that Thom made as well is User Voice.  Looks like a good site that could have some great tools as well for managing the projects.

As I mentioned above I have sent this to the PASS  Board already and hopefully they will consider it as a future project.   If you think this is a good idea perhaps sending an email to a board member of your choice mentioning this idea would be good.

I put a #1 at the top of the post since I have a few more suggestions for the PASS organization as well and they will show up as future blog posts.

Photos of the PASS Summit 2013

This is probably the fastest I have ever had my photo’s edited and available for use.  I am even sick and still got these done quickly.  🙂 I hope that all my friends will spend some time re-living the great times we had at the 2013 PASS Summit. 

As always I love to see my photo’s at use out in the community.  I give my time and expertise as a way of giving back to my community.  The only request I have is a photo credit on the picture if you are to use it in a blog post/Facebook post/or something else.  A simple “Photo Credit: Pat Wright” is sufficient.  If I do find my photo’s in use without the photo credit you may hear from me to please take the picture down.

I’ve decided this year to give you lots of ways of looking at and sharing the photographs.  I’ve outlined all the different places you can go to get the pictures below.

Smugmug is my primary photo storage tool.  It gives great backups and I love the UI experience on smugmug.  If you would like to order a print of one of my pictures as well I strongly suggest Smugmug. I send my own family photo’s up to smugmug for printing because I love the prints that it produces.  I have not marked these up and will not make any profit from the pictures it’s the same cost as any other photo service.

A link to the gallery of all general pics (evening and conference pics)

Smugmug

http://asylumphotography.smugmug.com/PassPictures/Pass2013-GeneralSummitPics/33066809_5gMBzF

Flickr

http://flic.kr/s/aHsjLCCTcx

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151977144745419.1073741832.837520418&type=1&l=dca9bffe03

Photowalk pics

Smugmug

http://asylumphotography.smugmug.com/PassPictures/Pass2013-photowalk/33024200_BHdkD2

Flickr

http://flic.kr/s/aHsjLsj3qu

SQL in the City

Smugmug

http://asylumphotography.smugmug.com/PassPictures/Pass2013-RedGateSQLintheCity/33009129_WS4svc

Flickr

http://flic.kr/s/aHsjLCJwpN

If you are a photographer and want to know my stats/details here ya go.

I shoot with a Nikon d90, Carry an sb600 always attached.  Most pics were taken with a Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 I got from borrowlenses.com.  Other shots were an 85mm 1.4.  I do not have my Sunday grandfather mountain pics up yet but will soon.  Here is my picture count breakdown

2013-10-13 241

2013-10-14 96 ~75 keeps

2013-10-15 252

2013-10-16 134

2013-10-17 122

2013-10-18 20

The general pics total 528 I am publishing 464.  The 241 on Sunday will have a lower rate since I’m pickier about my landscape shots.  I have gotten much better over the years of knowing when to take the picture and when not to.  It took me a total of about 3 hours to edit all the photos in the list.  Lightroom is the way to go if you haven’t tried it.  🙂

Photography at the PASS Summit 2013

I was hoping this post would include links to my photo’s for the summit all edited and ready for your viewing pleasure. Unfortunately I have had some serious technical failures. My laptop did not survive it’s flight back from CLT for some reason and appears to be dead. My home computer that I typically edit photo’s on is not booting either and While I think it is memory related not sure yet.

I would have worked on these computer issues on saturday but I was attending Anime Banzai this weekend. Which I have some awesome pictures from as well.

So please stay tuned as I will have my pictures up as soon as possible.

Thanks!

Simple rules for attending a conference

I want you to have a great conference!

I want you to have a great conference!

It is just about time again for another PASS Summit.  As I’m getting ready to help out my first timers group and get ready for the summit myself I figured I would put a few tips together.  The amount of first timer posts out in the community is staggering and instead of trying to write yet another 2 page novel with lots of tips and tricks I thought I would keep it very simple.  This should apply to almost all conventions that you want to attend.  I make the assumptions in this post that you are

1. An adult

2. Most of the time you act like an adult.

Here are the rules.

1.  Communicate/socialize.  The best reason to attend a convention is NOT for the training it’s for the networking that you will be exposed to.  Remember you are all at the convention for similar reasons everyone has something to talk about so TALK!

2. Never eat/Drink/Hang out alone.  Conventions take place in some really cool places and places you may be tempted to go see the sites.  If so then go with others from the convention don’t go alone.  See rule #1 always be social always have fun.  If you want quiet/vacation time away from it all do it after/before the convention when everyone is gone.

3. Know your limits.  If you can’t stay up till 2 a.m. and still get up for a 6:30 a.m. session the next day then don’t worry about it.  Don’t feel that you have to see/do/be part of everything.  If you stick to rule #1 you are going to do just fine even if you were not at the fountain at 2:00 a.m. when someone fell in.  Also remember in this day in age most things end up on youtube.

4.  Be respectful/helpful.  Again you are all in this together take care of your fellow attendee.  Help them out when they may have forgotten rule #3.

5. Give feedback; Give it to the speakers, sponsors and organizers.  Conventions thrive on the feedback they get from the attendees.  We can’t make good events without that feedback so be suggestive and helpful in your message.  Things like “I really liked that the presenter was energetic and funny in her session”.  Not “This presentation sucked” that doesn’t help anyone get better.

Ok pretty simple 5 little rules.  This is not a long extensive list to remember or memorize it’s just simple common sense and really that’s the best thing you can do at a convention use common sense and be social.

If you would like to read more first timers post here is a good list and a link to the PASS first timers page.

My Post from last year

Midnight Dba’s Blog for PASS First Timers

PASS Community Blogs for 2013 summit

PASS First Timers

Have a Great Convention!