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.
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. 🙂
Seems like just last weekend I was heading off to New Mexico for my First SQL Saturday of the year. It was actually 2 weeks ago but who’s counting. 🙂
I arrived really late Friday night unfortunately so I missed the speaker dinner. I checked in did some double checks on my presentation and headed off to bed. The event started at 8:00 so it was an early morning for me. I picked up Gabrielle (blog|Twitter) from his hotel at about 7:00 a.m. so we could get over to the event early and help setup.
This was the first SQL Saturday I had attended where I had not organized the event or been part of the organizing committee. It’s very different in the morning to not have nearly as much stress that comes with putting on an event. Not that the SQL Saturday team had anything to worry about they put on an excellent event and took great care of the attendees, speakers and sponsors. I was really impressed with how they did and how smooth it ran.
What a Speaker Room!
We had a great space for the speaker room so I quickly got in and started to test my presentation and get my computer setup. I recently moved to a new computer and it only has 8GB of ram since I was running a VM and SQL server I wanted to make sure I only had open what I needed.
My presentation time came around and I felt I was ready to go. The presentation really went well in my opinion even though my demo did fail. The issue of not having enough ram came back to bite me. When I was trying to run my Sqoop import the computer froze on me. I couldn’t get back to my Power point or anything with the VM. Luckily we had enough questions and discussion to get around the issue. The rest of the presentation went pretty well after that. Overall I was satisfied that everyone learned something in the presentation.
The rest of the afternoon I attended some other sessions but also spent some time hanging out in the speaker room catching up with friends I usually only see once a year at the PASS Summit. It was really nice to just sit and chat with them. I made sure to spend some time at lunch chatting with people I didn’t know as well so that I can make new contacts in the future.
Cocktails and Food
The end of the day giveaways went well and then we headed off to some cocktails/food for an after party. It was great to sit down and chat with others and talk about all the various projects they have going on.
I woke up early Sunday morning and went out to greet the sunrise I ended up with a few good shots. Overall it was a great weekend and I can’t wait till my next SQL Saturday weekend at a future event. I’ve submitted to SQL Saturday Las Vegas and SQL Saturday Madison hopefully I will be able to speak at both. I really want to make it back to NM next year as well
All my photos of the event are located here.
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.
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)
SQL in the City
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
2013-10-14 96 ~75 keeps
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. 🙂
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.