Beam Scotty Up
Makes me feel old reading this: Scotty passed away. I'm a big Star Trek fan (never got into Star Wars, but Star Trek...). Sad.
Yes, the last two days have been busy, Wed was full, by the end of the day I was totally wiped out. Did 5 sessions that day. It is strange that while I’m talking, I could go forever. But the moment after I stop, that’s it. Stick a fork in me, I am done. I don’t want to talk anymore, I just want to take a nap or something. Fortunately, someone was watching out for me and my flight left on time and arrived a half hour early. That – that just never happens in real life, but it did yesterday. Unfortunately, we came in to the “G” gates which I believe stands for “godforsaken” at Dulles International Airport. When you land there, you know you will spend more time actually getting from your gate to your car than you did in the air. First is the forced march from the plane, 5 miles to the “remote gate”. Then the wait for the bus. Then the bus to the main terminal (but you do get the see the ENTIRE airport, and I mean the ENTIRE airport, not just some of it but every single plane). Then, the neatest sort of maze where you go down an escalator, up one and down another one (can you spell “tunnel”, tunnel would be nice).
Today I did two sessions at the OGUC (Oracle Government User Conference). At least that was near home, downtown Washington DC. Very nice turnout, I was surprised. I got to do a keynote (drove them crazy, sent them slides and at the last minute said “nah, I don’t want to do that, I want to do a revised things you know presentation”. You want to make conference organizers crazy, change everything at the last minute). It worked out well though. I had a nice short version of it and time for Q&A. Then a 10g Release 2 update. That was, how do you say, different. Normally, when doing a session – I’m talking about something I’ve used for a while. I have four followup questions that I was not able to address (I didn’t have my own laptop on stage, I couldn’t check out what the right answer was). I’ll be posting that on asktom tomorrow (the Q’s and A’s I didn’t have today). Everyone was really eager to hear about it though. I think we had near 300 people come (in the middle of july, in DC, I was surprised).
On a totally different note, I was reading HJR’s blog and he wrote something that ‘disturbed’ me (not that he disturbed me, but rather the concept).
Is there some rule, perhaps, that means Tom is considered above the fray for this sort of "correction", but that I am fair game?
I certainly hope not. I make mistakes all of the time. I dig yeahbutts. I want to be told “no, that is not quite right”. I’ll argue back if I think they were wrong, but we’ll come to a conclusion. I really really hope that just because I said it, people don’t assume it must be universally true (you must be convinced). That would be so so wrong. I know it happens to some degree, so I try to be careful what I say about the database, but trust me – I don’t get it right all of the time (hardly). The number one reason I’m a “script happy dude” is because 999 times out of 1,000 if I didn’t “show it”, I would be totally wrong. Don’t ever be afraid to question what I’ve written on asktom (frankly, sometimes when scanning I just “miss” the point sometimes).