Russell J.T. Dyer

Russell J.T. Dyer

the activities and musings of an american writer and editor in milan, italy • Updated: Jul 23, 2017

Russell's Activities

These posts are originally posted on the front page of my site. They provide information about activities in my life as they happen or shortly after they have happened. They include information about things I'm doing in my home (e.g., cooking, parties, decorating), my recent travel activities—photographs from my travel are found under the section of this site, though—my work activities (i.e., my job as an editor, and my writing and publishing working), and my other interests (e.g., photography). If you click on the heading of a post, you may read the full post and not just the abstract shown on this page.

A Helleu Acquisition

Earlier this year I started acquiring art work for my home. A few months ago I bought an etching by Paul Cesar Helleu, a famous artist from Paris. It was made around the year 1900. I had it reframed recently and hung it in my bedroom this week. It’s marvelous. I got it at a very good price and I’m delighted to have it in my home....
posted: october 30, 2014; views for past month: 13

First Performance at La Scala

After many years of living in Milan and wanting to see a performance at La Scala theater, I’ve final gone to one. I went with a a friend visiting from Sweden this week. They’re world famous for their operas, but they also produce ballets and symphony orchestera performances. Their tickets can be from one-hundred to two-hundred euros each. However, we managed to buy deep discounted ...
posted: october 24, 2014; views for past month: 6

Finding Clarity

To learn how to use the Leica M9 camera for studio photography, while in London this week, I spent a day taking private lessons with a professional fashion photographer who uses the same camera for his work. He hired a model for the lessons. It was fun and extremely useful....
posted: august 12, 2014; views for past month: 30

Basic Cooking Classes

For a few years I have been trying to improve my cooking skills. I’m fairly good at cooking now, but I have gaps in my understanding and skills. I don’t know how to cook many things I’d like to be able to cook. There are things I’m still uncertain about how to do. So I started taking classes at a cooking school in Milan....
posted: june 10, 2014; views for past month: 1

Original Art

As a child, we had plenty of original art in our home. I like original, hand made art. It feels more genuine than prints. It feels more like a home. Since I’ve been on my own, I haven’t had any original art, though. I’ve discovered recently on-line art auctions. It’s fun and exciting. A couple of weeks ago I bid on my first picture and won. It arrived last week....
posted: june 9, 2014; views for past month: 4

Poppies!

It’s the start of Spring in Italy and the poppies are flowering, filling yet unplowed fields and lining the road sides. They’re reminders of peace. They are symbols of freedom, as well as other such emotions and hope for a better life....
posted: april 8, 2014; views for past month: 2

Daily Photo Project

To help me to become more familiar with my Leica M8.2 camera and improve my abilities as a street photographer, I've started a project in which I will take each day three dozen pictures and post each day one of them on this site. My plan is to use the same camera and lens combination so as to become so familiar with the equipment that I will be able to focus on improving my skills as a photograph...
posted: july 11, 2013; views for past month: 2

Over the Top

A few months ago I moved into a new apartment. My old sofa was too long to fit in the stairwell to get it into the new apartment. Plus, it was very shabby and needed to be replaced. Since I had a new credit card, I bought a new, smaller sofa thinking it would make it up the stairs. But it didn't and I had to get a moving company to bring it over my balcony on the fifth floor....
posted: december 16, 2012; views for past month: 2

New Site for Stories and Writing

As another move to make my personal site simpler, and just about me personally, I have created a new domain on the web for my stories and other writing related information. The new domain name is russelljtdyer.com—my first name, middle intials, and last name in lower case letters, all together without spaces or periods. Please look at that domain to read my stories, book review, and informa...
posted: march 24, 2012; views for past month: 1

On Kindle

Last December I bought an Amazon Kindle to begin to understand how one uses electronic books and the like. It took me awhile to get around to dealing with the software to format one of my books for Kindle, but I’ve finally done it. To start, I’ve added a Kindle version of my novel, In Search of Kafka to Amazon. If you’re prone to reading books in electronic format and have a K...
posted: june 13, 2011; views for past month: 1

A Dry Period

A couple of times a year the canals in Milan (in the Navigli neighborhood) are dry, either from lack of water flow from the moutains, or because the locks are closed upstream to drain them. It would be an excellent opportunity for the city to clean the trash out of the canals, but they don't. For a few years now I have thought it would be interesting to climb down into one of the canals to take p...
posted: february 26, 2011; views for past month: 1

Writing a MySQL Tutorial

A few weeks ago, I began writing a tutorial on MySQL. It’s coming together quickly. I’m already up to two-hundred twenty-five pages. Give me another few weekends and I’ll be finished and ready for tech. review. Since MySQL Replication has been going so well, I’ll self-publish this new book when it’s done. So watch for it in a few months. For now, I’ve put t...
posted: february 26, 2011; views for past month: 2

New MySQL Book

I just published a new book on MySQL Replication. It’s not a big book, but it has plenty of good information on the subject. I chose to self-publish it so I can learn more about publishing....
posted: january 27, 2011; views for past month: 1

New Cover for Novel

Since I used a graphic designer to design the cover of my book on MySQL Replication, I decided to get her to help me to redesign the cover of my novel. Although it looked fine, I felt that it needed improving....
posted: january 27, 2011; views for past month: 2

A Charlie Brown Christmas

This year for Christmas, I wanted to have a small tree for my apartment, something small and simple. My daughter and I discovered an artificial tree made like the one in the Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon. It’s perfect for my apartment and fits my personality—as well as how I’ve been feeling lately. It’s a humble tree that went nicely with the few presents I had to go aro...
posted: january 27, 2011; views for past month: 1

My First DrupalCon

Having worked for MySQL, the company, and having written about the software for many years, I have perhaps a limited perspective regarding open-source software. I've attended several MySQL user conferences and other software conferences. This past week I attended a Drupal conference for the first time. I went to the DrupalCon in Copenhagen, Denmark. By contrast, the tone of a Drupal conference...
posted: august 28, 2010; views for past month: 3

In Chinese

Much to my delight, the second edition of MySQL in a Nutshell has been translated to Chinese. I knew this was being done because I had traded emails with the translator, Hongjun Li, while it was being translated. He had had some minor questions. Otherwise, I would have known nothing of it. My publisher doesn’t include me the on-goings of translations. However, I received recently a repor...
posted: may 2, 2010; views for past month: 1

My First Lasagna

When I was a kid, my grandmother would make occasionally a wonderfully tasting lasagna. She has since died and I have been trying to find lasagna similar to the way she made it. I’ve tried lasagna at many restaurants over the years, even tried to find it here in Italy, but have not come close to finding it. So, I finally decided to try to make it myself. A couple of months ago I started ...
posted: march 6, 2010; views for past month: 1

New MySQL Book

In record time, I have written a book on MySQL Replication. I’m not sure why or how I got started on it, but I wrote it in three weeks, over the holidays. I finished yesterday....
posted: january 12, 2010; views for past month: 2

My Novel is on Amazon

Finally, I have managed to get my novel on Amazon. If you’ve been reading my web site regularly, you know I had originally used Lulu. That started out well, but after getting an ISBN number, the price per book went to twenty-four dollars....
posted: december 23, 2009; views for past month: 2

First Turkey & Cheesecake

This past Thanksgiving, I did nothing reminiscent of the American holiday. Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner has always been a potentially stressful challenge for me. But this year I decided to take a shot at it, or at least to develop the necessary skills, learn where to appropriate the needed ingredients, as well acquire the necessary instruments to cook a Thanksgiving meal and host friends and re...
posted: december 14, 2009; views for past month: 2

Christmas in Milan

It’s Christmas time in Milan. They brought in a giant Christmas tree and placed it in the piazza in front of the Duomo, next to the Galleria. It was quite a job putting it together and triming it. They also decorated it and added lights to it. They’ve also decorated all of the buildings surrounding the piazza with lights, as well as the Galleria. Additionally, they’ve placed ...
posted: december 7, 2009; views for past month: 2

Lower Price for Novel

Although I like Lulu, I’ve had two problems using them to print my novel: by allowing the book to be sold through other booksellers, the price has doubled; and after two months my book still isn’t in the databases of booksellers....
posted: december 3, 2009; views for past month: 2

Building a Desk

I decided to make and assemble a desk for myself....
posted: november 28, 2009; views for past month: 2

First Novel Published

At last, I have finished the final corrections to my first novel and published it. This is officially my first published novel—albeit a self-published one. I'm very proud of it and hope many people will read it....
posted: october 15, 2009; views for past month: 2

Printing Photographs

For a while now I’ve been wanting some artwork for the wall behind the sofa in my living room. So I decided to print a few of my photographs and have them framed. Although I may change out the photos every few months, I like the choices I made....
posted: october 10, 2009; views for past month: 1

New Photography Site

I’ve created a new site on photography. My travel photos will stay here, though, as they’re related to my personal life. The new site is called FotoCapito and will include photos and articles on photography....
posted: august 19, 2009; views for past month: 1

Daughter & Mother in Italy

Last year my daughter, Marie came to visit me in Italy. She came across the Atlantic with me, but returned with my friend Rusty after a month stay. This Summer she's returning with my mother and will be staying for a month again. For this trip we will return to Sicily again so my mother can visit relatives that she hasn't seen in many years, but we will also visit some cities we missed last trip...
posted: may 14, 2009; views for past month: 2

Novel in Beta Mode

My editor finished editing my novel in December, and this past month I made all of the changes that he suggested. I almost always do whatever my editors recommend. So, it’s now in what I like to call, beta mode....
posted: may 14, 2009; views for past month: 1

African Violets Bursting

It's definitely Spring time in Milan. Not that my African Violets need it to be warm outside to bloom, but they're doing quite well lately. Here are pictures of the four girls sitting on the sill of my bedroom window. They get plenty of sunshine—at least as much as can be offered from a window this far North of the Equator. As you can see, they're bursting with flowers....
posted: may 13, 2009; views for past month: 1

January Sales in Milan

In January, there are sales at most of the stores in Milan. Prices are reduced from thirty-percent to seventy-percent. Some stores attempt to sell every item in their store during January....
posted: january 17, 2009; views for past month: 1

Snow Day!

It snowed for a couple of days in Milan this week. I enjoy it when it snows. I cheer up so much. I'm like a little kid—well, that's nothing new. I some pictures while walking around Milan in two of three neighborhoods, mostly around the castle, the Duomo and by the Galleria. Click on the heading or the photo here to see my photographs and a short video I made, too....
posted: january 7, 2009; views for past month: 2

Fennel Seed Scones

I must be getting comfortable in my new apartment—either that or I'm just getting fat—because I keep baking. It could be a sign of depression, but I also like to eat when I'm feeling good, too. Regardless of the motivation, tonight I baked fennel scones. They're made with fennel seeds and walnuts. They're sweet and soothing to eat. I haven't made them in over a year. I also haven...
posted: january 5, 2009; views for past month: 1

Compact Camera Recommendation

I purchased recently two compact digital cameras: one for myself and the other for my daughter. I bought a Canon PowerShot G10 for me, for when I don't want to lug my larger Canon DSLR camera, or to just keep in my bag for unexpected moments....
posted: december 27, 2008; views for past month: 2

Duomo without Scaffolds

After three years of being in Milan, I am finally able to see the Duomo without the front of the cathedral being obstructed with scaffolds. As of December 2008, the front of the Duomo is fully visible again....
posted: december 27, 2008; views for past month: 1

Lemon Yum-Yum

My mother is very good at cooking. I know most people say that about their mother, but it's true in this case. Although I've never learned to cook, I am good at baking. This past week I baked a Lemon Yum-Yum pie from a recipe I got from my mother....
posted: december 27, 2008; views for past month: 1

Shopping & Dining in Geneva

In June 2006, when I went by train from Lyon and to Zurich, I had about an hour layover in Geneva. Since that trip, I’ve wanted to return to Geneva, as well as travel by train through Switzerland during the winter to see the snow covered mountains....
posted: december 27, 2008; views for past month: 1

Publishing First Novel

The self-publishing of my first novel is coming together, finally. My editor, Andy Oram isn't finished editing it, though. He should be done by the end of November. For now, I've been working on working out the layout and other factors in printing and binding the book. The photograph here shows the latest trial printing of it. It'll take me a week or so to make changes suggested by Andy, So, my ...
posted: november 21, 2008; views for past month: 1

First 'L' Lens

Recently, I purchased my first 'L' series Canon lens. I bought the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens. My primary reason for buying it is to be able to do studio photography. Now that I've accumulated some studio equipment (e.g., strobe light, light meter), I'm starting to experiment in this area. To see a photograph that I took in my home studio with this new lens, go to my album Plants & Animals al...
posted: november 21, 2008; views for past month: 1

Self-Publishing

About two years I finished writing my first novel. I've tried to find an agent to sell it to a publisher for me, but couldn't. So, I've been working on my second novel, and am self-publishing the first one....
posted: october 21, 2008; views for past month: 1

My New Apartment

A few months ago I moved into a new apartment. I've been out of the country for most of these months, so I've been slow getting moved in and fixing up the place. Nevertheless, I've reached a point where my new home is starting to feel like a home. So, I've taken some pictures and updated my photo album which used to have photographs of my previous apartment. Click on the heading of this posting to...
posted: october 5, 2008; views for past month: 2

Second Novel

Now that the second edition of my Nutshell book is done, I have the creative energy to work on my second novel. I've been accumulating plenty of notes and roughed out three chapters. I hope to finish my first full draft by the end of the summer....
posted: may 19, 2008; views for past month: 1

Marie in Italy

Finally, all parties involved have agreed and the tickets have been purchased for my daughter Marie to go to Italy. I’m in the U.S. at the moment; she will go with me when I return at the end of May. This will be her first trip to Europe....
posted: may 19, 2008; views for past month: 3

Resistence is Futile

I had been thinking occasionally about getting a new phone, but mostly told myself that my simple, slender Motorola Razr is good enough and still stylish. Eventually, I bought an iPhone, although I resisted for so long....
posted: april 21, 2008; views for past month: 2

In the Bookstores!

The second edition of my book, MySQL in a Nutshell has been printed and bound. It's now available at bookstores around the world. The publisher sent me a box of them. If you'd like to review the book to do an article for a publication or web site, let me know and I'll send you a copy....
posted: april 2, 2008; views for past month: 1

New Castle Grounds

Over a year ago they began repairing the grounds inside the castle in Milan. Before it was just dusty gravel, probably dolomite. This past week I took a walk through the castle and discovered that the project had been completed and rather nicely. The walk-ways have been paved with flat rock (maybe granite) with cobblestone edges, flanked by brick. There now are lawns and some large stone bench...
posted: february 25, 2008; views for past month: 1

What to Video?

Last year I purchased a digital based video camera, primarily because I want to create videos for my web site. However, I’m really at a loss as to what to video record. I have some vague notions, but really I’m not sure what I want to do....
posted: february 2, 2008; views for past month: 2

Image Stabilization

Last year I bought my first zoom lens. I was excited about its capabilities and the low cost. It didn't take long, though, before I realized there were reasons for the low cost. One reason is that it lacks Image Stabilization....
posted: january 21, 2008; views for past month: 1

MySQL Corporate Conference

MySQL AB, the company that makes MySQL database software, will be having a meeting of the entire company—except for a few who can't attend—in Orlando, Florida. It will be held at a conference center at Disney World, January 15 through 19. I will be attending on those dates and will go to New Orleans afterwards until February 18....
posted: january 4, 2008; views for past month: 1

A Turn in Torino

On the last Sunday of 2007, I finally made it to Torino. Near the towering edifice called, Mole Antonelliana, by the Italian National Museum of Cinema, I found an odd set of street signs....
posted: january 1, 2008; views for past month: 1

Shuffling Residences

My rent has been high where I am now in Milan. With the exchange rate changing recently, it increased two-hundred dollars a month. I need to reduce my rent, so I’m moving....
posted: december 26, 2007; views for past month: 1

Site Performance and Photo Albums

With a few thousand hits a day, my site had been getting slower. The photos page took about thirty seconds to display. So this week I made some changes to improve performance to almost all of the pages—that’s how I spent my Christmas....
posted: december 26, 2007; views for past month: 2

A Month or So

I'm in the U.S., in New Orleans for a month or so visiting my daughter. We're not doing much special, just hanging out together. I've always felt that quality time is over rated and that the best time is the hanging around time. It's during that time one can get comfortable with someone else and just feel their presence. I miss that time with her. Talking on the telephone and or visiting for just ...
posted: october 27, 2007; views for past month: 1

New Dimension to Photos

This week I bought a Canon 75-300mm zoom lens. It's my first zoom lens. It's wonderful for taking pictures of gargoyles and other details on the side of churches and other buildings. It's also good for taking pictures of scenery that's far away....
posted: september 22, 2007; views for past month: 2

Literary Criticisms

As part of my personal development as a writer, I've started something new on my web site. I've begun writing literary criticisms, book reviews mostly of novels. These reviews will be from the perspective of a writer. I will be analyzing novels that I've read to better understand what makes a well written novel. I've written my first analysis of The End of the Affair, a Graham Greene novel. Pleas...
posted: august 18, 2007; views for past month: 1

David Lodge's Book

Recently I discovered David Lodge's book, The Year of Henry James. It gives the reader some insights into the life of an experienced and accomplished novelist. As a would-be novelist, I’m finding the peak enjoyable and interesting....
posted: august 11, 2007; views for past month: 2

From the darkness

As part of my own fiction writing skills development, I've written a new short story. This one's not too long: less than 2500 words. It's plot is minimal and involves almost totally one character and very little dialog—or monologue. Please read it when you have a chance and let me know how it reads by entering your observations in the form at the bottom of the page containing the story. To g...
posted: august 10, 2007; views for past month: 1

Head on a Platter

Recently, I went to St. Mary of the Angels and Martyrs Basilica in Rome where they have some fascinating art—Not just classical Roman, but somewhat modern statues. One in particular was a statue of the head of St. John the Baptist on a platter....
posted: august 4, 2007; views for past month: 1

An Old War Horse

My favorite statue in Milan is that of Giuseppe Missouri, a war hero and general of Giuseppe Garibaldi's Red-Shirt Brigade. They conquered the dukedoms of Italy and merged them together to form the country we now know as Italy. The statue was created by Riccardo Ripamonti in 1916. What I like about this statue, though, is the look of this old Italian general with his thick moustache and condescen...
posted: july 27, 2007; views for past month: 1

New Level with a New Short Story

I've written a new story that I'd like to get some comments on. It's different from my other stories. It's experimental for me. This one is written about a character with a bit of a neurotic behavior. So, I'd like it if people read it and told me their thoughts about it, about specific elements of it. Just click on the heading here to read it. When you're done, come back to this home page and clic...
posted: july 15, 2007; views for past month: 1

A True Mary

Near the Missori metro stop in central Milan is the church of Sant’Allesandro. They have one of my favorite paintings of the Madonna. It’s a fresco painted by Guglielmo Caccia in 1613....
posted: july 8, 2007; views for past month: 1

New Kid on the Block

This past week I was surprised like many here in Milan to see a new statue in Piazza del Duomo, near the entrance to the Galleria. It's well done and classically done, but clearly modern in its nature. Click on the small shot here to see a larger image of it. There's only a paper placard on the side of it at this time that says, "Ivan Theimer Alle Porte d'Oriente 6.Ercole co...
posted: july 3, 2007; views for past month: 2

She used the F-word

To improve my writing skills and to grow a bit as a writer, I've begun writing different kinds of stories, ones with more adult themes. I've been writing stories with sexual aspects--not graphically sexual, but sexual all the same. This month I've written one which discusses the protagonist's sexual abilities, as well as a relationship that develops with a woman with which he has sex. The reaso...
posted: june 18, 2007; views for past month: 2

Going to Helsinki

I may be leaving MySQL soon and joining a new company based out of Helsinki, Finland. I'm going there for a couple of days to meet with the people involved to discuss the new situation. If all goes well, I will be the Editor of this new publication....
posted: june 9, 2007; views for past month: 2

What, No Flowers?

Since the air plane ride across the Atlanta is so long (I just flew from Milan to California), and then the ride from the east coast to the west coast of the U.S. pretty long too, I decided to set a goal for myself to write a short story during the journey. Through the help of some friends at a appertivo in Milan, I came up with a basic story idea. It's about a fellow who normally is energetic a...
posted: may 3, 2007; views for past month: 1

New Camera

Well, I managed to get the money together to buy myself one of those digital cameras that look like a 35mm camera. When I first got my cell phone from T-Mobile right after the hurricane, since my credit was bad, they required me to give them a five-hundred dollar deposit. Now, nearly two years later, since I've been paying my bill every month, they've refunded me my deposit. I used that and a li...
posted: may 3, 2007; views for past month: 2

Where's my Therapist?

What should you do when your therapist won't return your calls? Since I'm no longer in New Orleans, it's hard to maintain connections with old friends and to keep old business relationships going. In the past few months I've been trying to set up an appointment with my therapist from New Orleans, but he hasn't returned my calls. That led to a line which I kept repeating to friends as a joke: 'Hey,...
posted: april 7, 2007; views for past month: 1

In New Orleans

While I'm in the U.S., I will be going to New Orleans to visit my daughter and other relatives and friends. I will be there from April 27 through May 16. If you live in the area, look for me at the Starbucks in Metairie by Lakeside Shopping Center. I'm be on the internet working there just about every day....
posted: march 27, 2007; views for past month: 1

Graham Greene Books

For the last several months I have been reading Graham Greene books. I’ve read over a dozen so far. So now I’ve begun reading The Life of Graham Greene by Norman Sherry....
posted: march 24, 2007; views for past month: 1

Nutshell translated to Polish

My book, MySQL in a Nutshell has been translated to Polish. If you click on the heading of this posting, you can see it for sale on-line. So far it has been translated to German, Japanese, and now Polish. If I could ever become proficient in Italian, I might be able to help translate it to Italian one day--I hope. If you'd like to see the other translations, click on the manuals tab above. Fr...
posted: august 19, 2006; views for past month: 2

My Novel is Finished

My first novel, In Search of Kafka is finally finished. I sent out the first query letter with a sample chapter to a literary agent in New York. If he does not agree to represent me, I will send out more queries to other agents....
posted: july 12, 2006; views for past month: 1

Weekend in Lyon and Zürich

As part of my work with MySQL AB as their Knowledge Base editor, this month (June 2006), I went to Lyon, France and Zürich to visit some writers for the KB. While in both towns, I managed to get some sightseeing in. I particularly liked Zürich and think that I would enjoy living there. Click on the Photos tab above to see my photographs from the trips....
posted: june 16, 2006; views for past month: 1

MySQL AB in Sorrento

In the middle of March, the developers and support personnel of MySQL AB with be having their annual meeting in Sorrento, Italy. I went to the same meeting last year in Prague and will be attending again this year. Sorrento is along the Malfi Coast. The island Capri is just a few miles away and in view of the Hilton hotel where we will be staying. While there, we will spend one day touring Pos...
posted: march 10, 2006; views for past month: 1

Meeting in Bologna & Venezia

For just a day I will be running over to Bologna to meet up with someone from MySQL. While there we both want to get in some sightseeing. She will then be going onto Venezia (a.k.a., Venice) for a few days of vacation. If I can, I may follow her to Venezia for a day of tourism before returning to Milano....
posted: january 18, 2006; views for past month: 1

Open-Source Database Conference

The first Open-Source Database Conference will be held in Frankfurt, Germany from November 7 to 9, 2005. I will be attending, but not speaking. While in Frankfurt, I will also attend a meeting of the Support staff for MySQL AB since I have been working as their Knowledge Base Editor. I will be giving a brief presentation at this meeting. If you're going to the OSdb Conference, though, email me...
posted: november 7, 2005; views for past month: 2

European OSCON (Amsterdam)

The European Open Source Convention will be held in Amsterdam this year. I will be attending and possibly giving a small presentation at the O'Reilly booth. Although it's only for four days, I will stay in Amsterdam for a week....
posted: october 17, 2005; views for past month: 2

Hurricane Katrina

I stayed for Hurricane Katrina. It was a pretty rough storm, but I survived. My apartment is on the third floor in a suburb of New Orleans, less than two miles from where the levee broke and flooded New Orleans....
posted: september 4, 2005; views for past month: 1

Red Hat Summit in New Orleans

During the first week of June, I attended the Red Hat Summit in New Orleans. Since I live in New Orleans, I took some of the participants that I know sightseeing in the French Quarter and one afternoon to some neighboring plantations. Photographs from our trip to the plantations can be found by clicking on the Photo Album link in the left margin. I wrote an article for Linux Journal about the c...
posted: may 28, 2005; views for past month: 1

Working in Berlin

For the next couple of weeks, I am working in Berlin, Germany. I will be meeting with the supervisor of the MySQL AB Documentation team, who lives in there, and will also be using the opportunity to do some sight-seeing. I'm working each day from various coffee houses in Berlin and the surrounding area. One of my goals while here, is to learn the lay of the land because I'd like to come back her...
posted: may 12, 2005; views for past month: 1

Meeting in Prague

As part of my new job, I was invited to attend a meeting in Prague, from May 2 to 11, 2005. While at the conference, I managed to squeeze in some time to do some sightseeing....
posted: may 11, 2005; views for past month: 2

First Book Released

My first book, MySQL in a Nutshell is now available for sale. I've gotten some good reviews on Amazon and a few other sites. I may write another, but until then, I'm working on a novel....
posted: may 6, 2005; views for past month: 1

A Few Days in Santa Fe

From March 7 through 9, 2005 I will be in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Although I will be working from coffee shops and wherever I can get an Internet connection, this is strictly a pleasure trip....
posted: march 6, 2005; views for past month: 1

Linux World Expo in Boston

In recent months I have contributed a few dozen articles to MySQL’s new Knowledge Base and have been acting as its editor. The Knowledge Base was announced at Linux World Expo in Boston on February 15, 2005—I attended the conference....
posted: february 15, 2005; views for past month: 2

New Albums

St. Petersburg

This is one of the great and beautiful cities of Russia.

Moscow

Russia is amazing and Moscow is exciting. I’ve visited many times.