In the past two days I was fortunate enough to speak to two different groups of people at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education in the Parliament building in Port of Spain, Trinidad – yes, I spoke at Parliament! The PDF slides for my talk are available: The Art of Cat Herding: How to Manage Geeks and Ideas for DBA’s – not “best practices”, but ideas you may or may not want to implement.
I was in Trinidad as part of the Latin America Oracle Technology Network tour of Latin America (North leg). I also spent time in Cali, Colombia and Quito, Ecuador (including visiting the Equator!). Today I am in Guatemala, and I will give talks on more MySQL-specific subjects: MySQL Security and Get Rid of Cron Scripts Using MySQL Events. Tomorrow I travel to Honduras, and on Sunday is Costa Rica, then I go home, which I haven’t seen since the 24th of June. I will have spent 43 hours on a plane in one month, and I am excited to finally go home next week…but I still have a few more countries on the tour!