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Wedding Ring

Today Fed-Ex delivered a long awaited package. A month ago I ordered a second ring from Reflective Images, a jewelry studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The artists, at Reflective Images, handcraft some amazing jewelry and I have been very thrilled with the rings. The first ring I purchased was an engagement ring for Alyson (my fiancée). I wanted a unique ring, so I spent some time searching for a jeweler that had the right style. I found Reflective Images and their wedding ring site, and they had exactly what I wanted.

I decided on the Continuous Garden Gate design and bought the narrow wedding band to use as the engagement ring. When I presented Alyson with the ring, she was surprised and ecstatic. For the wedding ring, we choose the same style with the addition of a 1/4 caret diamond. As you can see below, it’s pretty stunning. (Alyson, purchased me a wider ring, of the same style, with no diamonds.)

I really appreciate the helpful, friendly service and the incredible artistry of the people at Reflective Images.

Below are some quick shots (the close-ups are reverse macro) I took before the sun set. I’ll probably borrow a friend‘s light box/tent sometime in the near future and use it to shoot some super sharp pictures of the rings.

Wedding RingWedding Ring - reverse macro
Wedding Ring MacroWedding Ring

Fresh Mango Salsa

My fiancée and I made fajitas for dinner tonight, and I decided to make some fresh salsa with a mango I had.
Here’s the result and recipe.

Mango SalsaMango Salsa on Chip

Fresh Mango Salsa

1 ripened mango - chunked
1 medium tomato - chunked
1/4 of a medium, mild-tasting onion - minced
1/4 to 1/2 of a red bell pepper - chopped
1/2 of a lime - squeezed
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. fresh minced garlic or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. habañero pepper (optional)
Small amount of chopped cilantro - to taste (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Scoop out 1/4 cup of the salsa and set aside. Put the remaining salsa into a blender or food processor and purée. Empty the puréed salsa back into the bowl and mix in the 1/4 cup of salsa that was set aside. Pour the salsa into a serving dish and eat!

The mango can be substituted for 1-2 ripened peaches or 1 papaya.

The DBA in the clouds

Recently in the IT blogosphere, there’s been a lot of talk about cloud computing, especially in connection with Microsoft’s new initiative Azure.  The announcement of SQL Server available in the cloud has caused some turmoil in my field of database administration. SQL Data Services will offset the responsibility of hosting, installing, configuring, and otherwise administrating the server as we are akin to. I have mostly avoided all the DBA rants regarding the prospect of loosing jobs to the SDS cloud, for the reason that is succinctly explained in the excerpt below.

Why do I think things will be fine? Because data is King. And those that know how to move data, and get data to the right people, in the right way, at the right time, will always have a job. So, maybe having your database servers in the cloud means we do not have to worry about backups, tape storage, etc. Fine, I don’t care about that piece of being a DBA anyway. But you are still going to need someone that understands the tools involved in making your systems and processes work efficiently and correctly.

The full article, found over at, is a witty (and potentially NSFW/offensive) article by a smart DBA and I highly recommend following the advice.