Michael J. Swart

November 22, 2012

Creativity, Birthdays and Were Snarf

Filed under: Miscelleaneous SQL,Tongue In Cheek — Michael J. Swart @ 12:00 pm

It’s American thanksgiving, and coincidentally my birthday today. I’m here at work (like a sucker) while those of you south of the border are travelling, eating, talking and thanking.

But working is a pretty good consolation prize. The alternative – not working – would definitely be worse and I’m thankful that I’m employed. I work with a great bunch of people. They’re super-creative and I do my best to fit in. What I mean, is that I’m not the best artist where I work. We have professional graphic designers on staff and I stare at what they do with envy.

But it goes beyond that too. I’m not even the best artist in my group. I work with a QA Analyst Brandon Oliver who draws for twxxd. He recently learned that it was my birthday coming up and whether he could draw something for me. I came up with the coolest thing that I could think of on such short notice: I asked “Draw a character that would be to Snarf as Chewbacca is to an Ewok”. (If you understood any of those pop-culture references in that sentence, then congratulations! You’re my kind of people) And Brandon delivered:

Were Snarf

Were Snarf by Brandon Oliver

My Wish

So for my birthday, I don’t want anything. But if you want to, you could do me a favor: Pick one if you’ve got time.

  • Do something creative and then post a link in the comments
  • Or if you don’t have time, think of something cool (and nerdy/database-y as you wanna be). I’ll pick the two or three coolest to draw and post here next week


  1. Happy Birthday sir! Now stop slacking off and get back to work 😉

    Comment by John Sansom — November 22, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

  2. Stole this from stackoverflow (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5777483/drop-all-databases-from-server):

    --Drop everything now - Taylor Swift style
    EXEC sp_MSforeachdb '
    IF DB_ID(''?'') > 4

    Side note: is your comments section protected from injection? =P

    Happy birthday!

    Comment by Mark — November 22, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

  3. I just saw a cool documentary called “When Dreams Take Flight” that created a ornithopter (from Greek ornithos “bird” and pteron “wing”). The ornithopter is an aircraft that flies by flapping its wings. It combines art, engineering, the study of birds, history and personal fitness (because the person has to self-power) into an amazing personal hobby. It only flies about nine feet off the ground, but it is a pretty sight to see. That could be fun to draw. Plus, I think the crew were all Canadian.

    Comment by Craig — November 29, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

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