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Andy Leonard

Andy Leonard is CSO of Linchpin People and SQLPeople, an SSIS Trainer, Consultant, and developer; a Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml) developer; SQL Server database and data warehouse developer, community mentor, engineer, and farmer. He is a co-author of SQL Server Integration Services Design Patterns and Managing Geeks - A Journey of Leading by Doing, and author of the Stairway to Integration Services.

Earthquakes and Technology


sitting in my Farmville Virginia home office yesterday afternoon writing and building a demo, when the house begin to tremble. This happens from time to time – the washing machine gets way off balance or a truck hauling a really heavy load goes up the road out front or an aircraft flies low overhead and we get a second or two vibration. When it lasted more than a couple seconds and kept increasing in intensity, I become concerned. When things on my desk started vibrating I got excited. I honestly thought a helicopter was landing in the back yard.

Fortunately it was a small earthquake that did little (if any) real damage.

Other Than the Shaking…

The first confirmation that this was, indeed, an earthquake came from (drum roll please) Twitter. I saw this tweet from @NewEarthquake:

The link takes me to a USGS earthquake page describing the quake:

I Didn’t Know…

Before I started following @NewEarthquake I did not realize earthquakes were frequent occurrences. Growing up on the relatively-earthquake-free US east coast, I assumed earthquakes were sparse and large when they struck. Knowledge is power, and I now know better.

Published Wednesday, August 24, 2011 10:00 AM by andyleonard

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