SQL: A love story

January 21, 2019 Andy 0

I’m a college drop-out. When I was trying to figure out my life, a friend (my brother’s ex) referred me to a software company where she was working–I got the job because I was (a) breathing, (b) eager to do the job, and (c) cheap. … [Read More]

Failure is always an option

January 15, 2019 Andy 1

Bloggers spend a lot of time writing about our successes, but we’re human and we make mistakes, too. This post is a chance to share one of my memorable failures.

Using PowerShell to tidy up CSV files

December 28, 2018 Andy 0

I was recently fussing with a CSV file that had an inconsistent number of columns. UGH. There was a bunch of historical data that had 4 columns, and then more recent data had a new attribute added with 5 columns. I spent a few minutes … [Read More]

Working from home: Home office tour

December 18, 2018 Andy 4

About two years ago, I moved my home office down into the basement at our house. Earlier this year, I started a new job at SentryOne, and work from home full time. This means I spend more (awake) time in my office than any other room in the house. I thought I’d take everyone through a guided tour of my home office.

I’m in a book! Data Professionals at Work

October 13, 2018 Andy 0

Back in January, Malathi Mahadevan asked me if I would participate in a book she was working on. The book, “Data Professionals At Work”, is part of Apress Media’s “…At Work” series, an anthology of interviews with Microsoft-focused data professionals

LGBTQ Meetup at PASS Summit 2018

October 8, 2018 Andy 4

In 2016, I organized an (unofficial) PASS Summit LGBT Meetup. It was a bit of a last-minute party, and more than once I found myself saying, “Worst case scenario, I’ll end up having a chill cocktail party with some friends.” Turns out, I under estimated … [Read More]

Who are the extra special people in your life?

September 21, 2018 Andy 2

On my flight home from a conference in Europe, I found myself watching a documentary on Fred Rogers. This prompted me to reflect on some of the extra special people in my life that have helped me get where I am.