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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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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R.I.P. Robert B. Parker

Sad news today from the world of letters with the passing of Robert B. Parker, author of over 50 books, including the thirty-seven which comprise the Spenser series of detective novels. I’ve been an unabashed fan of Parker’s since I read my first Spenser novel at the age of nineteen.  I was even lucky enough…

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Happy Birthday Dad v85.0

Today is my dad’s eighty-fifth birthday.  It was my intention to travel to Vermont to surprise him and take him to dinner, but a recent illness renders long-distance travel ill-advised in the short term. So he and I will have to settle for the telephone..  and a birthday card..  and a blog entry. Mark Twain…

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New Career Campaign From Microsoft Learning

UPDATED 27 October 2009 with the correct expiration date for the E-Learning Collections discount (thanks, Lain!). Whether you are currently unemployed, looking for a promotion, or trying to become indispensible in your existing role, Microsoft has launched a new Career Campaign to provide learning paths and guidance to help you get trained for some of…

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