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In my first split-second glimpse of this video, my brain registered the oddly-plausible observation:

     “Donald is not wearing any clothes.”

In the next split-second, a tangential observation:  “…well, except for the necklace.  Nice touch, Donald.”

Donald Farmer Organic Outerwear Inc.

OK, so he IS wearing clothes.  That shirt is just incredibly well-matched to his skin tone.

But for those of you who know him, or have attended his talks, you will agree that naked webcasts are not 100% out of the question 🙂

Another interesting note:  those paintings in the background.  While I did not see those particular works prior to my move last summer, based on other examples I can say with certainty that those were painted by Donald’s wife. 

I certainly miss interacting with Donald and many other unique people back there in Redmond.  Leaving Seattle has deprived me of the company of such interesting folks.  Almost makes me resent my ex for leaving with the kids, cough cough.


The Alpha Geek Challenge, Fabulous Prizes

Donald is appearing in a new series of videos because there is a contest afoot!  I’ll let the [link removed due to 404] ExceleratorsQuiz site speak for itself:


The PowerPivot Team wants to see what you’re made of! Over the next few weeks, Donald Farmer will be issuing Business Intelligence challenges for you to solve using the new add-on PowerPivot for Excel. Three finalists will receive a $250 Microsoft Store shopping spree, and one lucky Grand Prize winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the 2010 Microsoft BI Conference in New Orleans, LA from June 7-10th!


So…  view the challenge site [link removed due to 404] here.  And view [link removed due to 404] Donald’s video here.

(And tell me that Donald does not remind you of a Scottish version of Tommy Chong).

Rob Collie

One of the original engineering leaders behind Power BI and Power Pivot during his 14-year career at Microsoft, Rob Collie founded a consulting company in 2013 that is 100% devoted to “the new way forward” made possible by Power BI and its related technologies. Since 2013, PowerPivotPro has rapidly grown to become the leading firm in the industry, pioneering an agile, results-first methodology never before seen in the Business Intelligence space. A sought-after public speaker and author of the #1-selling Power BI book, Rob and his team would like to help you revolutionize your business and your career.

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