Mike Scalise

Mike Scalise

My thoughts on SQL Server, Project Management, Fitness, and all points in between

T-SQL Tuesday #123: Life Hacks to Make Your Day Easier

T-SQL Tuesday

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Jess Pomfret (b|t) and the topic is “Life hacks to make your day easier.”

A Little Background

For those of you who don’t know, T-SQL Tuesday is the brainchild of SQL Server Guru Adam Machancic (t). It is a monthly blog party where a person is chosen to be the blog “host” for the month, chooses a topic (can be technical or non-technical), and charges IT professionals to write about the topic on their respective blogs, then link back to the host blog.

Once the month has concluded, the host makes a roundup post comprised of links to each participant’s post. It’s a great way for people to learn a lot about a topic from incredibly knowledgeable people, and it’s wonderful for the participants as they get to contribute to the community and the greater good.

This 123rd T-SQL Tuesday is particularly special to me because it’s the first one I’ve participated in.

Life Hack

A life hack I learned about relatively recently is the Apple “Speak Screen” option on iPhones. This feature, which has apparently been around since the iOS 6 days, allows iPhones to speak the contents of web pages to you. How did I not know this existed?

When I first used this feature, I was blown away. My backlog of websites, blogs, and articles to read had been growing, and it seemed I would never make my way through all of the material. Now, when I’m in the shower, in the car, heck–even when I’m cleaning the house I can bring up a page I’ve been wanting to read and simply have Siri dictate it to me.

Here’s how to turn it on:

Settings –>Accessibility–>Spoken Content–>Toggle “Speak Screen” On

Or, just go to a web page ask Siri to “Speak Screen.” If it’s not enabled, it’ll give you the option to go to the aforementioned settings area and enable it; if it is enabled, it’ll speak the page to you.

There are several other related options you can set in this area, like whether text gets highlighted as it’s spoken, the rate at which text is spoken, etc.

As we all know, time is one of the few resources we simply cannot make more of, so our next best option is to be as efficient as we can with the time that we have available to us. “Speak Screen” has allowed me to significantly improve my efficiency and overall productivity. I highly recommend exploring this to see if it can help you too. If you want to do more reading on it, head over to Apple.

The Parker’s Heritage Collection from Heaven Hill Distillery

Last Updated: 06/17/2020

Why an entire post dedicated to Parker’s Heritage?

Well, when I became interested in rare whiskeys in late 2016, I came across a website that recounted the top ten rare whiskeys of the world. On that list was Parker’s Heritage 8th edition (13 Year Wheat Whiskey) from 2014. It described its color, nose, palate, and finish so eloquently that I had to try it. The problem was that it was, well, a rare whiskey. Intrigued, I began to research more about the collection and became hooked. The story, the quality, the rarity all worked for me. So if you want to know about Parker’s Heritage and my experience, read on.

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The Money Challenge

As we near the end of 2016, many of us are starting to think about next year. How can we make 2017 better than 2016? What should our resolutions be? What about our goals? Should we take that vacation we’ve been wanting to go on?

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Staff Innovation Award

The first time I heard about Nazareth College was in the year 2000 when I was a sophomore in high school and my sister, Nicole, had applied to the institution. I believe she was accepted into multiple programs at several colleges, but she chose to attend Nazareth. This was great for both of us–she was able to pursue a major she was interested in at a highly-regarded instution of higher education, and I had a place to visit two hours away from where I was living.

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Welcome to My New Blog!

Hi, and welcome to my blog!

I’m Mike Scalise. I’ve been interested in starting a blog for a long time and I’ve finally carved out the time to set one up. My plan is to post fairly regularly about various topics of interest, including but not limited to: SQL Server, databases, computer languages, project management, and weightlifting.

My goal for this blog is not only to have a platform to voice my thoughts and ideas, but also to provide you with resources that will make your life easier and help further advance each of the aforementioned areas.

Thanks for looking and stay tuned!

In the meantime, you can find me on social media via the links listed at the bottom of this page.