Joshua K. McClain

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Only 3% of Companies’ Data Meets Basic Quality Standards

Most managers know, anecdotally at least, that poor quality data is troublesome. Bad data wastes time, increases costs, weakens decision making, angers customers, and makes it more difficult to execute any sort of data strategy. Indeed, data has a credibility problem.<p>Still, few managers have hard …


The Incredible Growth of Python

We recently explored how wealthy countries (those defined as high-income by the World Bank) tend to visit a different set of technologies than the …


How Important Are Qualifications to Modern Technology Jobs?

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An Introduction to Scrollama.js

<b>What</b><p>Scrollama is a modern and lightweight JavaScript library for scrollytelling using IntersectionObserver in favor of scroll events. Using …

Web Development

The Ten Best Science Books of 2017

These books not only inspired awe and wonder—they helped us better understand the machinations of our world<p><b>Big Chicken</b><p><b>Magnitude: The Scale of the</b> …


Bill Gates reveals his 5 favorite books of 2017

Bill Gates reads about 50 books a year, but only a few make his annual list of favorites.<p>For several years, the Microsoft founder has chosen five titles he enjoyed over the past year and published reviews of them on his Gates Notes blog.<p>Here are his recommendations from 2017.


Best Buy Flyer From 1994 Shows The Hottest Technology From Days Gone By, And It’s Hilarious Now

With all of the advanced technology on the market these days, including the newly-released iPhone X, it's easy to lose sight of where it all began. A …


The psychology of Web design: How colors, typefaces and spacing affect your mood

For websites, content drives the design you see on screen. Visitors come to a website to access information they need. Web design helps them find the information they need quickly and with ease.<p>In the early days of the Web, it was common to see pages and pages slammed with content, often pages with …

Web Design

How to Take Sharp and Vibrant Photographs of Ducks in Flight

My love for photographing ducks in flight can be traced back to my duck-hunting days. Nearly 20 years ago, though, I put down the shotgun and began …

Four Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Healthier Person

If you’re completely satisfied with your health, don’t read this article. This is not for you. Give yourself a pat on the back, and save yourself the …


Kettlebells For Power Lifting Part 3: Improving Deadlift With Kettlebell Swings

Kettlebells are a great tool for working on different modalities with Powerlifting. Use kettlebells to improve your deadlift numbers with Swings!


BuzzFeed Asked a Bunch of Bird Questions—and We Answered

<i>November 17, 2017</i><p><i>Dear Erin Chack,</i><p><i>We at the National Audubon Society noticed you had some thought-provoking questions on why birds are so wonderful</i> …


How to Photograph Birds in Flight

Shooting photos of birds in flight can be a difficult challenge in wildlife photography. Here’s a 6-minute tutorial by Nature TTL that offers tips on …


The Dos and Don'ts of Editing Bird Photos

Photo editing can sometimes get a bad rap, conjuring up images of laughable Photoshop mishaps and sometimes even deliberate deception. But in …


How to Make Beef Jerky | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Tim Ferriss‘ new book,</i> The Four Hour Chef<i>.</i><p><b>An Introduction to Dehydrating Food</b><p>Dehydration is all about removing …


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Don't Just Lift Heavy, Carry Heavy | The Art of Manliness

The other day I was helping a guy move. We were carrying heavy stuff like pianos, dressers, and even an old cabinet hi-fi stereo.<p>As I was helping him …

Weight Training

The 10 Best Books of 2017

The year’s best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.


10 Knife-Buying Tips

No tools define a cook more than his or her knives. Why do you think we carry them around in rolls instead of hauling backpacks full of pots and …


10 books every new manager should read

Stepping into a management role for the first time can be scary.<p>It doesn't help that there's a ton of conflicting management advice out there, and sifting through it could take years.<p>That's why we recommend starting with these 10 books, which offer practical insights on leading a team.<p>We didn't …

Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs

Ubiquitous spreadsheet software that revolutionized accounting hasn’t kept up, CFOs say<p>By<p>Tatyana Shumsky<p>Tatyana Shumsky<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@MissShumsky<p><p>Adobe Inc.’s finance chief Mark Garrett says his team struggles keeping track of which jobs have been filled at …

21st Century

JavaScript Frameworks by the Numbers — Fall 2017

It’s fascinating to consider what makes one framework or library more popular than another. While I don’t have a definitive answer to that question, …


Why My Latest Project Uses NoSQL

I really like building free stuff to make Microsoft SQL Server data professionals’ jobs easier and more enjoyable, and I’ve been picking up …


No, the DBA role still isn’t going away.

Paging all dinosaurs to the retraining campLast week at SQLRally, I heard yet another session with the line, “DBAs are <i>dinosaurs</i>.”And: “DBAs must …


Should You Be a Generalist or a Specialist?

James Rowland-Jones doing the SQLSaturday Vienna keynoteAt SQLSaturday Vienna last month, James Rowland-Jones (SQLbits organizer, former MVP, …

Microsoft SQL Server

What Specialists and Generalists Get Paid For

<b>Generalists say things like,</b> “Yeah, I’ve done something kinda like that before, and I’m sure I can figure it out again.”<p>Generalists get paid to learn …


20 books everyone should read in their 40s

• <b>Great memoirs for middle age include "Eat Pray Love," "Wild," and "The Rainbow Comes and Goes."</b>• <b><br>Books like "In Our Prime," "Shameless," and "Life Reimagined" show that there are plenty of adventures to be had in your 40s.</b>• <b><br>Novels like "The Kite Runner," "The Time Traveler's Wife," and "Wonder" are</b> …


Why SQL is beating NoSQL, and what this means for the future of data

<i>After years of being left for dead, SQL today is making a comeback. How come? And what effect will this have on the data community?</i><p><i>(Update: #1 on</i> …

Big Data

I've Spent 10 Years Helping People Lose Weight… Here Are My Best Tips

For 10 years, I’ve been the force behind, which simplifies the weight-loss process into practical, sustainable behaviors that help …

Weight Loss

Thoughts on Building Community Tools

The nice folks over at the SQL Data Partners Podcast, Carlos & Steve, talked to me and Chrissy LeMaire (of fame) recently about what it’s …

Microsoft Azure