Friday, October 7, 2022

Tales From The Field Weekly Wrap Up

 Hello Dear Reader!

It's been a while.  I've been busy working with a few colleagues on our show Tales from the Field.  This has been a learning experience.  

I've had to brush off some old skills on graphic design, bone up on some new skills namely how to run a YouTube channel & Video Editing!

This week we had two amazing shows.  First up was our Tuesday show where the Hosting Duties are on the line!

Let me quickly back up, the Tuesday show is a bit of a game.  We have a Host.  The Host pick's the topic.  The Host then awards points or deducts points based on how we do.  

Sometimes we also have a guest.  Our guest this week was Bradley Schacht Principal Program Manager from the Azure Synapse Analytics Product Group.

"But Balls", you say.  "What's a Product Group?"

GREAT QUESTION Dear Reader!! At Microsoft teams that produce products are in our Engineering Organization, and they produce a product for example SQL Server, Azure Synapse, Azure Data Factory.  Each of those teams are called Product Groups.  So when I say, "Someone is a member of <insert product here> Product Group", that means they work on the team that builds or shapes the future of that product.

These are the people you want to know.  Bradley joined the Tuesday show and as the guest he also gets to award points.  Whoever has the most points, wins the hosting duties, and will be the host for the next show and they will pick the topic.

So on Tuesday Hosting Duties were on the line and I WON!!  Here's a link to the show below.

This is exciting because next week is Microsoft Ignite, don't forget to sign up it's free!!  So I get to host next week, pick the topic.  Plus we have TWO special guests.  Anna Hoffman, host of Data Exposed, & Niko Neugebauer from the Azure SQL Managed Instance Product Group!

On Thursday we had Hope Foley guest host for my buddy Josh Luedeman.  Josh was out with a bad case of Pizza is better than Ninja's..... best explained by this clip from the Tuesday show.

Back to Thursday.  We had Hope Foley & special guest Lonnye Bower for the Community Round Table!

Sooo much great community content from the round table.  Here's a list of that content!





a. PolyBase 2022 and Cosmos DB (Core API)  by Kevin Feasel @feaselkl 


a. Metadata Management by Dr Victoria Holt @victoria_holt 

a. External Apache Hive metastore, Azure Databricks, Azure SQL  by Benjamin Perkins @csharpguitar 


a. Rounding out the lakehouse with the GOLD layer in Azure Synapse By GuyInACube, Patrick Leblanc, Stijn Wynatts @Guyinacube @patrickdba @sqlstijn 


a. Conference DevOpsDays Tampa Bay – 2022  by Chris Ayers Twitter @chris-l-ayers 


That's it for me Dear Reader.  Good to speak to you again!  As always, thank you for stopping by.



Monday, December 7, 2020

Data Architecture Blog Post: CI CD in Azure Synapse Analytics Part 1

Hello Dear Reader! It's been a while. I've got a new blog post over on the Microsoft Data Architecture Blog on using Azure Synapse Analytics titled,  CI CD in Azure Synapse Analytics Part 1 .  I'm not sure how many numbers will be in this series. I have at least 2 planned. We will see after that. So head over and read up my friends!  
As always. Thank you for stopping by. 



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Butter in My Coffee and Low Carb Tortillas: Keto Day 2

Hello Dear Reader, just a quick check in, I had originally planned to blog yesterday.  However, screen shots of apps made for a terrible looking blog.

Fortunately I found that Lose It! has an option where you can email a daily report in .csv format to yourself.  After a few edits to add some health data, I can use Power BI to make a nice way to track and chart my process.

So on Day 1 there was no work out, but I did clean the garage so I would have room to work in some weights and an exercise bike.

While the majority of my goals are running I'm only running 3 days a week and giving myself two days of rest between weeks.  I want to start with light activity, but I would like to remain active or exercise daily.


My first day, not charted below, I was way to high on protein and not high enough on fat.  One of the things that helped me with that is a Keto coffee, sometimes refereed to as Bullet Proof coffee.  Bullet Proof is a brand that popularized this type of coffee.  If you want to go with them, feel free.  They are fantastic.  However, if you are on a budget or looking to save some money here's what I normally do.

  • Use a good drip coffee brand like Starbucks - brew 12 fl oz
  • 1 Tablespoon butter.  Non-salted.  Real cream butter, don't cheap out here go for the good stuff.  I recommend Kerry Gold.  You can find this for about $3 at any grocery store.
  • MCT Oil.  If this is your first time use 1 teaspoon.  This ingredient is important.  I use a gluten free version, here's the bottle I buy.  I use about 1 tablespoon now, work up to it.  This bottle will last me well over a month.
  • I add two packets of Splenda 

You feel the energy kick right away.  I find this helps increase my focus as well as my energy.  It's about 225 calories.  As I get going this will be all I have for breakfast eventually.  Some people put heavy cream in their coffee to add more fat.  I don't tend to do this, as I use those calories other places during my day.


I was planning the evening meal for the family when I was genuinely surprised to find low carb tortillas at my local Publix.

It was Taco Tuesday last night.  This would have meant Dad eat's a bowl of meet, cheese, onion, avocado, and cilantro; while the family eats regular tacos.  Part of keto that I've never enjoyed is the having to watch people eat something while you go without.  This opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

Enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, toasting them to make chips with olive oil, sandwich wraps, or breakfast burritos the mind boggles at the possibility.  Part of what makes them low carb is the fiber. 

That's right FIBER IS OUR FRIEND.  You subtract carbohydrates from fiber to get net carbs.  Net Carbs are the number you are counting for keto.


Peter Schott had asked me which tortillas I was using.  I've added a picture above.  Here are the details.

LaTortilla Factory Low Carb Whole Weat Tortillas.  LaTortilla offers a whole wheat and flour low carb tortilla.  I prefer the whole wheat because they are 3 g of net carbs vs. the flour which are 4g of net carb. 

The flavor is good, they toast well in a pan.  This morning I had a scrambled egg, cheese, and avocado spread (my own recipe) for breakfast.  At this point i wish i had taken a picture, I'll have to remember to do that next time.

If you do not have a Publix where these are stocked, it looks like you can also buy them on and  Normally at Publix and 8 pack is less than $4.  Third party companies look to be selling these and charging upwards of $10 per.  There may be better options if you cannot find them at your local store. 

I say all this because I would normally post links for purchase.  Looking at a price of $10.95 to $14.95 when I'm paying less than $4 seems like highway robbery, so I shall let you search for yourself. 

Thanks for the question Peter!


I've stayed below my calorie count regardless of exercise or move bonus for the last two days.  Even though I'm exercising I'd rather not over eat. Day 2 brought the first work outs, stretching followed by a 2.05 mile run.

Lots of work to do on my pace, but to quote the old Chinese proverb "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step".  The journey has begun.

Alright Dear Reader, that's it for my morning.  If you are trying to find your way to the gym, good luck and stay safe!

As always Thank You for stopping by.