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OT: Arthur C. Clarke 1917-2008

A sad day. One of my heros passed away today. I grew up reading Arthur C. Clark, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Robert Foreward, and Isaac Asimov. Much of what I belive about chasing dreams and beliving in possibilities was influenced by this amazing group of writers. I still find myself pondering the dynamics of Dragon's Egg - one of the best sci-fi books ever written a book I read 25 years ago. When I was sick in Feb I watched the Dune movies. One of my secrets is that I'd rather write sci-fi than SQL, maybe someday...

Published Tuesday, March 18, 2008 6:33 PM by Paul Nielsen

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Steve Dassin said:

Think of the idea of Oracle concurrency, "writers do not block readers and readers do not block writers" from a literary point of view. I would think it describes the work and artistry of Clarke. Any knucklehead can write a query. Putting together words masterfully to convey meaning, emotion and draw a picture in the minds eye, that is special. And life is really short.

HAL :)

March 18, 2008 11:00 PM

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About Paul Nielsen

Paul Nielsen believes SQL is the romance language of data. As such he’s a hands-on database developer, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, trainer, and author of SQL Server Bible series (Wiley). As a data architect, he developed the concepts of Smart Database Design and Nordic – an open source O/R dbms for SQL Server. He lives in Colorado Springs.

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