This Space Is Closed — at least for now

(updated 14 October 2010 to include a pointer to my new SQL Server-related blog) Today I received the unhappy news that my current position at Microsoft has been eliminated, effective this Friday.  This was not entirely unexpected, but I find that the anticipation of a sad day does precious little to ease its arrival.  …

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More About Our Dad, Thomas Alexander Pond

We’ve posted Dad’s obituary online at my website. Please stop by and read it. He lived a remarkable life. -wp this copyrighted material was originally posted at http://blogs.technet.com/wardpond.  the author and his employer are pleased to provide this content for you at that site, and via rss, free of charge and without advertising. the author…

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RIP Thomas Alexander Pond: 1924-2010

I’ve been down, but not like this before      – Paul Barrere (Little Feat), All That You Dream It’s a very disturbing trend in one’s life when so much of one’s writing begins with the three letters which this entry does. It’s an even more disturbing event when the subject is one’s father. It’s my…

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RIP Richie Hayward: 1946-2010

Sad, sad news today from the worlds of music and friendship: Richie Hayward – founding member, drummer, writer, and singer in the seminal American rock and roll band Little Feat – lost his year-long battle with liver cancer today.  He was only 64. I first became familiar with Richie and Little Feat when I was…

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Two New Corners of the InterWebs — and They’re Mine!

A busy weekend here in central Florida, as I established two new personal domains: http://WardPond.net, my personal website, and http://pondsponderings.wordpress.com, my personal blog While you’ve been in no danger of being deluged by personal traffic here lately, there have been times in this blog’s history where that’s not been the case. It’s my hope that…

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Serving the SQL Server Blogosphere for a Twentieth of a Century!

It’s been exactly five years since this blog went live with a questionable Admiral Stockdale reference, and despite an extended hiatus recently to due a confluence of personal and professional issues, your interest in my ponderings continues to a humbling extent. So, as energy, inspiration, time, and circumstances permit, this humble little corner of the…

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Five Things About sp_.. (okay.. Four Things and a Closing Argument)

Celebrating the first day of Summer with the first technical post on the blog since mid-Winter (apologies for my absence).. Jens has a great post regarding the internal behavior of various forms of sp_-named programmability objects.  Some SQLRAP-related research led me to take a different tack, and I wanted to share the results of that…

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Happy Birthday, Mom v78.05

Today would’ve been my mother’s 83rd birthday if we hadn’t lost her to emphysema on 4 November 2004.  I wish I could call her today, but I can’t. Please find time soon, if you’re able, to call your mother and thank her for your life.  Such precious opportunities grow rarer by the day.  Please don’t…

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MERGE, XML Access, and a CTE: Not So Fast

A bit of old news, as I return to the blog in earnest after some time away.. Last summer, in the posts Database Programming: What I’ve Learned About SQL Server 2008 (with a little on SQL Server 2005 thrown in) and Database Programming: Why I Like MERGE, I commented that I’d been able to build…

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DWWTWT?: January, 2010

After spending the first three “working” days of the month enjoying the end of my sons’ holiday break, the remaining 18 days were spent telecommuting: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 329 Walked 218 Walked to the Bus 17 Drove 204 None (did not compete) 185 Other…

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