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  • Blog Post: A Pile of Puppies

    We have two Great Pyrenees dogs (a male and a female) who guard our goats and keep the coyotes away.  When we got them, we decided that we would breed them (they are not related) at least once.  Almost 3 weeks ago, Artemis’s litter of puppies was born.  It’s been fun to watch.  My...
  • Blog Post: Another silly post about clothes

    And an embarrassing moment. I’ve gotten some teasing about wearing a tie at the French Visual Studio 2013 launch event in Paris this week.  There are some pictures of me floating around online.  It’s certainly a rare occurrence.  I don’t wear a tie more than a couple of times a year. ...
  • Blog Post: Kids!

    We are gradually working our way into goats.  Last year we bought a dairy goat and she had 2 kids.  This year we bought 2 meat goats (Kiko breed) and one of them, “Pretty Girl” just had 3 kids.  I thought I’d share some pictures.  They are very cute. Here’s a picture from soon after...
  • Blog Post: Excuse me sir, your cow is stuck in the mud

    I try to share some of the funnier and stranger stories from my life.  Unfortunately, I don’t always remember to share them. I’m working from home today because I’ve got an all day phone call with people in Redmond.  As I was sitting and waiting for my meeting to start this morning, the phone...
  • Blog Post: Are you missing a cow?

    Saturday night I was at my son’s lacrosse game with the family.  My wife got a phone call.  It was a fellow farmer and neighbor, Noah (about 2 miles south of us).  His question was “Are you missing a cow?”  The answer, of course, was we didn’t know.  Even if we had been home...
  • Blog Post: Lessons 451 & 452 in farming

    OK, I made up the numbers.  I debated what to call this post.  Adventures with a horse?  Water: a famer’s nemesis?  It’s been a fun couple of days. Sunday night the whole family was out doing chores and my wife and kids were exercising the horses.  I finished up the chores and...
  • Blog Post: David Warren - the inventor of the Black Box

    I try not to use my blog for too many personal things but I couldn't resist. A good friend of mine, who also happens to be one of our Visual Studio ALM MVPs, sent me an email. He told me about a project his daughter has undertaken to have the world commemorate the life and work of David Warren - the...
  • Blog Post: Building a goat barn

    It’s been a long time since my last farm post.  As I’m just wrapping up a major project, I figure now is a good time to provide an update.  When we first bought the farm, we thought our primary activity was going to be goats.  After doing some research on difficulty of raising goats, market...
  • Blog Post: No Jeans at the Launch

    I saw on Twitter some people expressing their disappointment at my wearing formal clothes for the launch keynote.  I feel it necessary to defend myself   Ok, not really, but there’s a funny story here. I was packing to come to Seattle last week and it occurred to me that no one had said anything...
  • Blog Post: Kicking myself

    I kind of checked out of the blogosphere just before the holidays and haven’t resurfaced.  I feel bad about it.  I will say I had a good holiday.  I took a full 2 1/2 weeks off and did pretty much nothing but farm work.  It was a great vacation.  It’s the longest I’ve been away...
  • Blog Post: What a week!

    Every year, on the farm, I pick a few “big” projects to do.  Earlier this year I built cattle handling facilities.  I’m also building goat fencing - and if you think that’s a small feat, you just haven’t been around goats.  A friend of mine says if a giraffe can’t get over it and water...
  • Blog Post: Getting back into it after the holidays

    I hope you all had a great holiday break and new year. I just posted my first post since mid December. I actually took a pretty sizable break from work this year and really didn't do any work at home other than skim mail to avoid being buried when I got back :) It was a good break for me - lots of family...
  • Blog Post: Busy on the Farm

    A couple of weeks ago I promised I’d post an update on the farm.  It’s hard to believe but it’s been over 2 years since my last big post on the farm.  It’s been busy but I still love it.  In fact, I’m just finishing up a “farmcation”.  I needed to stockpile hay for the winter and...
  • Blog Post: Addendum to the Farming Lesson

    I forgot one thing about my experience with the round bale feeder (perhaps I blocked it out :)).  As the calf started running off with the round bale feeder hooked on his hips, he was mooing in a total panicked frenzy.  This, of course excited the other 60 cows that were in the field with him...
  • Blog Post: A Lesson in Farming

    Take my advice.  Don’t get in a round bale ring with a cow. It’s been a while since I’ve written about my alter-ego – farmer Brian.  I’ve been meaning to write a general farm update post and still hope to in the next couple of weeks (with pictures and all).  But something happened this...
  • Blog Post: In India this week

    I just got to Bangalore a few hours ago and will be going to Hyderabad in a couple of days. I can tell you that the ~24 hours of flying to get here has been exhausting. It's early morning here but bed time at home. I left Friday evening and arrived Sunday morning. It's my first time to India. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Home at last

    Well, kinda. I'm actually at work :) But I made it back to North Carolina finally this morning. It was another delay packed trip with about 11 hours of waiting in the Moscow airport and another 7 hours of waiting in New York (due to the missed connection caused by the Moscow waiting). Another night...
  • Blog Post: Travel update

    After two canceled flights and countless hours of waiting over the weekend, I have, sadly, decided to throw in the towel on the rest of this trip. I lost out on going to Croatia and it was not looking good to get to Prague. Today, they closed Bulgarian airspace. After already having two 36 hour runs...
  • Blog Post: Volcanic Ash

    Well the cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland that is covering much of Europe currently has me grounded in Moscow. I’m supposed to be on my way for the rest of my launch presentations but I suppose that will have to wait. In the mean time, I think I’ll catch up on a little blogging. Brian
  • Blog Post: Been quiet a while

    Sorry about that. It's been a busy time. Right now I'm in Russia (and have been for the past week). I'm doing VS 2010 launch events across Eastern Europe. Before that I had to take some time off to handle the spring farm work :) And then I was busy getting ready to leave for this trip. The last week...
  • Blog Post: Finally back to blogging

    Man, it’s just crazy how fast a month can go. I was blogging furiously all December about our performance efforts and progress and then a couple of days before Christmas I went “offline” and haven’t made it back until now :(. It has been just crazy. Other than a few days off between Christmas and the...
  • Blog Post: Intellectual Honesty

    I'm going to jump out of character here and rant about something that really got under my skin today. Let me start by saying I'm not into politics all that much - I see both sides of too many issues to have overwhelmingly strong opinions. Further, I consider myself pretty moderate sometimes agreeing...
  • Blog Post: Lessons from the last few days

    Twice in the past few days I've had the opportunity to be reminded that one shouldn't forget lessons of the past - one of the opportunities was personal and the other was professional. The personal one happened yesterday on my farm. The family was over for Mother's day dinner and after dinner, my...
  • Blog Post: Pictures of my farm

    My sabbatical is almost over.  I've got one week left.  But at the moment, I'm taking a sabbatical from my sabbatical :).  I'm in Redmond for the next two weeks to attend our MVP summit and some other important meetings.  After that I'll be back on the farm for a week and then back...
  • Blog Post: Update from the farm

    I finally went pretty much completely dark. The first 2 or 3 weeks of doing email every morning and evening finally passed and I've been focusing 100% on the farm. It's pretty much a 12 hour day 7 days a week. It's been tiring but it's been fun. The list of things I've gotten accomplished is long so...
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