No Kid Hungry


Witnessing a child going hungry in any country is a very impacting experience. In Bolivia it was always very depressing to watch a child devour bread because they haven’t eaten for most of the day. I’ve also noticed children going hungry in our own country America, and it was even more upsetting. How can a country so rich and modern…be ok with children who only get one meal a day.

Lack of food is not the only problem we are facing, but also lack of nutritional value. It’s disturbing to watch a child express amazement that our home always has fresh fruits ready for anyone to eat. More disturbing are the facts presented by the No Kid Hungry organization 1 in 5 children does not get the food resources needed to stay healthy?

If you are feeling charitable this month, why not help end hunger in your own country, quite possibly something many of us take for granted.

Women’s Audio Mission

WOMENS-AUDIO-MISSION-logoFor the month of January 2016, we donated to WAM the Women’s Audio Mission in San Francisco.

Throughout my life I have been concerned with women’s rights. I grew up with two sisters, a mother and an adopted grandfather. My grandfather was from the 1920s so he instilled in my what can only be thought of as chivalry, which at the core was just the protection and respect of of the fairer sex. Social influence is rough on boys who are not exposed to ideals in a nurturing way so I might have thought that the values I had were enough…

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The Cat’s Meow


For the month of October we donated to The Cat’s Meow animal rescue. I’m not sure what the Eurorack communities obsession with cats is about, but I do share the world’s obsession with cats. No matter how much I resist, I always end up watching each and every cat video that comes across my feed, with a sense of amazement. Internet cat lovers…we feel you.

The Cat’s Meow is a volunteer run animal rescue that saves the kittehs from high kill shelters and the streets of LA. As a pet owner (although I own dogs), I liked what I saw from The Cat’s Meow and felt inclined to give what we could to help. Pet’s are a huge responsibility, and from someone that knows, they are often a responsibility that many cannot handle. Sadly, too many times people get the super cute kittens, and as they get older they become neglected. This is a very sad and common occurrence in our world. The Cat’s Meow rehomes over 200 felines annually, after the cats have received in home rehabilitation.

Big ups to The Cat’s Meow for putting in the work.


The Dreaming Zebra Foundation


For September 2015 we donated to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.

Coming from backgrounds where the silver spoon didn’t shine all that brightly, I personally relate to this foundation. My parents were not rich, however, they made it a point to somehow get instruments and art supplies into our hands. Whether it was trading child labor for piano lessons…(yeah I pulled weeds and tended gardens), getting me Guitar World Magazine as often as possible which enabled me to teach myself guitar, or going into debt so that I could play the flute in the school band, my musical curiosity was nurtured.

I strongly believe that all children should have access to art and music resources, and The Dreaming Zebra Foundation works hard to get music and art resources into the hands of children and adults that do not have the resources themselves.


Adding SQL Aliases Powershell Style

Script it…then walk away…

So once again I missed my post goal. I think at this point I’m no longer going to hold myself to it, since clearly real life has a way of getting in the…way. I ended up getting more gigs and needing to work on music, as well as a huge surge in my consulting business. So needless to say, although I am saying it, I wanted to post but I didn’t.

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Automated restore using Ola Hallengren’s SQL Server Backup

Script it…then walk away…

Greetings humans. This is the second time I’m writing this post because of some wordpress trickery, so pardon me if I make it short. I’m still finishing up part 2 of my first Simple Talk article, while making sure I’m ready for two more presentations, all while making sure I’m ready for a musical performance May 1st. So things are a little busy 🙂

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Using sp_whoIsActive with DELL Spotlight on SQL Server

Script it…then walk away…

So…I missed a February post, but to be fair, I had an article published on Simple-Talk.

In an attempt to not miss March (although I’m working on part 2 of that article), I thought I’d throw a little something out there for anyone using Spotlight and sp_whoIsActive
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