A rough night here at PowerPivotPro HQ.  We suddenly lost the coolest dog I have ever known, the wonderful Mulan:

The PowerPivot Puppy

Mulan Saying “You gave me this treat, but there’s no way I’m eating it outside like a savage.
Let me inside so I can eat like a civilized person.”

I known it’s cliché to say “coolest dog ever,” but for point of reference, we have two other dogs too, and we love them dearly, but Mulan was far and away our favorite.  The other two dogs are dogs, which I consider to be one of the highest compliments one can bestow on an organism.  But Mulan was a person in a dog form factor.

Anyway last night’s ordeal sets back the schedule a bit.

In the meantime there is something very interesting being announced over on Chandoo.org.  I’ll have more – lots more – to say about that soon, but can’t do it justice today.

Rob Collie

One of the founding engineers behind Power Pivot during his 14-year career at Microsoft, and creator of the world’s first cloud Power Pivot service, Rob is one of the foremost authorities on self-service business intelligence and next-generation spreadsheet technology.

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  1. So sorry to hear that, Rob.

    Unrelated to that, but to the Chandoo link you posted, can you tell him I couldn’t register? I put in my email and name but the login failed to work. I use chrome.

  2. Thank you, everyone, for your kind thoughts on this. She was truly special. It sounds draconian, but our other two dogs will be replaceable – their passing will sadden us for sure, but they have very little personality or distinguishing characteristics by comparison. Mulan is flat-out not replaceable. The loss is more poignant as a result. What is it that makes certain animals so incredibly unique relative to their peers? The difference between her and the average dog has little parallel in the human world – like Mark Twain versus a Neanderthal. There was only one Nicola Tesla, ever, and that’s how I feel about Mulan. I hope I am wrong, and I get to see that same magic again behind a pair of canine eyes.

    But the fam and I are recovering nicely, I’m back in my knee rehab machine in a big way (60 degrees of flex in the repaired knee!), I’ve got good coffee, and back at it 🙂

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