MySQL, PHP, Thought Tree

For Those Who Say I Never Take Photos…

I often get accused, especially by my European friends, of not being a true geek for two reasons: I don’t carry an expensive camera with me at all times — nice Fisheye lens, Kaj! — and because I don’t indulge in video games. Well, for all you Jay-ain’t-a-true-geekers out there, I offer two photos today to prove my geekhood.


As some of you know, I live in Columbus, Ohio, with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and my lovely wife Julie. Last night, we got hammered with the most snow we’ve seen in March in over 40 years. By my estimation, there is about 18 inches of snow on the ground. The photo to the right was taken this morning, while the snow was still coming down, from my back door. You can see my garage and the ground covered in snow, but the most telling part of the photo is the amount of snow on the table on our back deck. I think there’s at least 18 inches of snow on it. At the very bottom of the photo, you see the height of the snow on the ground; that strip on the very bottom is my back door threshold…

So, what does this mean for me? A snow day? Heck no! I’m a MySQL employee and I work from home. I don’t take snow days, of course, so while my wife has closed her yoga studio, I’m snug and warm and working from home on a Saturday on my slides for next week’s presentation at PHP-Quebec on “Performance-minded MySQL for PHP Developers“.

If you’re in the Montreal area and want to go, I have two free passes to give away since Sun/MySQL is a sponsor for the event; we’re sponsoring a cocktail party and job fair on Wednesday evening. So, if you’re interested email me at my name at mysql dot com.


Which kind of leads me to my next photo… This one is of my dining room table covered with paper. What are all these pieces of paper? Well, each and every paper on the table is a separate form or agreement I needed to sign and fill out as part of becoming a Sun employee. Hmmm. I don’t think I remember having to sign so much paperwork when I joined MySQL over two years ago. Oh, how I yearn for the simple days of a small company! 🙂

Hope that the photo to the left doesn’t scare anyone away from working at Sun! You know, we’re hiring…