The Pond’s Laws Home Page

This page will serve as a compendium of Pond’s Laws posts.  The individual posts which promulgate the laws may be found as follows: Pond’s First through Tenth LawsPond’s Eleventh LawPond’s Twelfth LawPond’s Thirteenth Law Pond’s Laws of System Design (or, How To Be A Competent Professional In An Irrational World) 1. This list is perpetually…

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Pond’s Laws Home Page Now Live

Thanks to yet another kick-in-the-pants from Jimmy May (did he play soccer as a youth?) the Pond’s Laws Home Page is now live.  Jimmy wanted to find all of Pond’s Laws in one place, and now he (and you) can. There’s also a link to the new page in the A Bit More From Me…

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Pond’s Thirteenth Law: Change Won’t Be Cheaper Tomorrow

Herewith, a discussion of the emergence of Pond’s Thirteenth Law (if you need to catch up, here are Laws One through Ten, Eleven, and Twelve, as well as three ruminations on the implications of Pond’s Seventh Law).. One of the great things about my job is that I get to spend an embarrassing amount of…

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Pond’s Twelfth Law: In Your Pursuit of Five Nines, Don’t Practice in Front of the CIO

After a long hiatus, Pond’s Laws of System Design (or, How to Be a Competent Professional in an Irrational World) returns.  Thanks to Jimmy May for a kick-in-the-pants on this topic several months ago; I hope he’ll understand why I just had to wait until right now to publish this post (the clue lies in…

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What I Know Now: Ward’s Epistle to the N00bs

And I remember what she said to me How she swore that it never would end I remember how she held me, oh so tight Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then Bob Seger, Against the Wind All you need is love Love is all you need John Lennon and Paul McCartney,…

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Linchi Shea Makes an Interesting Point About Hints

I had a couple of extra minutes today and found this post on Linchi Shea’s blog; I wanted to commend to all of you who’ve taken in the programming methodology and set-based thinking discussions in this little corner. While I disagree some with the point in the main post about views (JOINing views, to my…

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Log Buffer #118: a Carnival of the Vanities for the DBA

UPDATED 16 Oct 2008 to fix a broken link. UPDATED 10 Oct 2008 to reflect Giuseppe’s comment.  Welcome to installation #118 of Log Buffer, the weekly review of database blogs.  Today, we’re gonna party like it’s 1999! For those of you who might be new to this little corner of the Internets, my name is Ward…

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Pond’s Seventh Law Inspires a Question: Elegance Serving Randomness

Marc left a great question on a Pond’s Laws post from July of 2006: Hi, I have a flashcard system that randomly pulls a word from the database.  I also have a testing module that allows a user to test him or her self on words.  For each word the user answers incorrectly it is…

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Are You Paying To Read This Post? You Don’t Have To!

In the age of the blog, it may well be that republishing is the sincerest form of flattery.  The same RSS technology that many of you use to read the blog through wonderful rollers like this one also can be turned to far more nefarious purposes.  I’m going to rant a bit about one particular…

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Pond’s Seventh Law, Applied Again

[UPDATED 17 August 2007: the first story turns out to be a hoax, which places the second one in doubt as well.  Please consider this a parable rather than a reportage]  A colleague sent along an email earlier today which, at its root, strikes me as a plea for Pond’s Seventh Law, so it seems a…

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