It’s my birthday today, so I’m going to subject you to more things that I’ve been reading recently. William Gibson says the future is right here, right now – I couldn’t agree with this more. Time gets faster because we’re constantly connected to the world. The Humble Pencil, The Mighty Computer – I love using pencil and paper to work through things. In fact, I don’t understand people who can draw, sketch, or brainstorm straight into a piece of software. Pencil and paper is so automatic, natural, and fun. How to Practice a Technology Talk – Just so you know Index-Only Scans – SQL Server has had the ability to do index-only scans for a long time because of how it handles concurrency and isolation levels. PostgreSQL still doesn’t have this feature, in part due to differences in howPostgreSQL handles concurrency. NoSQL: Don’t Take the Drug Unless You Have the Symptoms – I get paid to do this and I’ll be the first one to tell you that some kind of NoSQL/non-relational doodad may not meet your needs. Writing Your Own Storage Engine for Memcached part 1 part 2 part 3. Just in case you wanted to know what goes into building a storage engine.