Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Funny, very internal, remarks from the OakTable

I know, I know. The internal mailing list we use in the OakTable Network is for exactly that - internal communications.

But now and then it's hard not to let others know what goes on there. This is such a case. I will not name names, and I will not disclose the real reason for these brilliant submissions - but I hope you'll enjoy it.

Here's the first entry:

While I understand your point here, I have to say that using high performance technology to increase the performance of a system where the architecture is broken is a suboptimal approach.

When teaching design classes (design? does database design training still exist, but I digress) I used an example of going shopping to show the benefits of using the array interface:

If I'm going to the store for milk, butter, bread and cheese I can either drive to the store, buy milk, drive home, put the milk in the refrigerator, drive back to the
store, buy butter, drive home, put the butter in the refrigerator etc, or can drive to the store, pick up a basket, put the milk, butter, bread, cheese and beer in the basket, buy everything in the basket, drive home, make a cheese sandwich and drink a beer while congratulating myself for having optimized the shopping task.

Here's the second entry (in response, of course):

DB corruption:

I drive to the store for milk, butter and cheese. I pick up the milk at the back of the store and see that there is a special on beer. Put milk, butter and cheese on the floor of aisle 7, and load basket with beer. On making way to checkout counter, decide that basket is too heavy, so stop in aisle 3 to have a couple of the beers. Find some crisps in aisle 3 - grab some of them and munch them down. Now thirsty again, down 4 more beers from basket in aisle 3. Remember something about needing to come to the shop to get some milk and cheese. Head down to the milk section - have a couple of beers on the way. Oh look, som dufus has left some milk, cheese and butter on the floor in aisle 7. Celebrate with another brewsky. Start singing my favourite football song, washed down with another ale. Vaguely recall something about chilk and meese. Ah what the hell - where's the beer aisle.


That's all, folks. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did :-).



Blogger bill said...

ummmm... why am i not suprised? oh yea, i know these people.;-) they make me PROUD.;-)

5:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


"That's all, folks. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did :-)."

You can be sure I did! ;-)

Cheers (with beer, of course!)


5:15 AM  
Anonymous Alex Gorbachev said...

would enjoy even more going to this shop with you.

But where is another option - when shopper is more disciplined and actually does get milk and butter in one go and bier just in case?

5:27 AM  
Blogger Connor McDonald said...

Mogens...where's my commission ?!?!?!

hee hee hee

Glad you liked it.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Moans Nogood said...

Alright, so the zdronken wersion of the story was from Connor McD.

I know. Big surprise.

But commission, Connor?!?

I happen to know that Anjo Kolk has been staying in your house for the last couple of days, and that he made sure you tasted, among other things, the King of Beers, the Rochefort # 10 (11.3%) and other Trappiste beers.

Enough said. Except this: Anjo will probably visit me between Christmas and New Years Eve, and he ALWAYS brings a few cases of Trappiste beers for me. Ha!

7:41 AM  
Blogger Dimitri Gielis said...

Great story Connor!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Noons said...

Great reply, Connor. Reminded me of the Aussie classic about how to cook the Xmas cake. You know, the one that needs two bottles of rum.

Trappiste? Oh man! That brings back so many happy memories of the Grand Place in Brussels... Darn it, Anjo has a great job with that Benelux stuff!

4:13 PM  
Blogger Connor McDonald said...

Well, Anjo is now on the plane to Melbourne (then to Holland and the UKOUG).

We've just finished a AUSOUG sponsored meal at Coco's, one of Perth's finest restaurants, (with some of Perth's finest waitresses I might add). Anjo was in his element!

5:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA, USA features a filet covered with a reduction of Rochefort #10. I had that paired with a Gulden Draak. There may have been bleu cheese involved.


7:21 AM  
Blogger thierry said...

Guys, Rochefort 10 is not bad, but please try on time Westvleteren. Or Lachouffe. Or organize a training event in Belgium.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Moans Nogood said...

I would agree that the Westvlettern (where the 'v' is pronounced as an 'f' of course) is a very, very good beer, and possibly the only one to rival the Rochefort 10 (which of course is not 10, but 11.3%). La Chouffe is fantastic.

So is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, if you ask me. But recently I had a Danish IPA that was better. So I'd like to ask you: Do you know of any IPA's better than the Sierra Nevada?

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