Weekly Chatter 2


My weekly list of what I’m enjoying or pondering - Weekly Chatter 2.

What I’m excited about

SpaceX just nailed two rocket landings in one weekend. The launches, on 23 and 25 June, used rocket boosters that had already been to space, landed and been refurbished. After successfully releasing their payloads into orbit, each booster returned to Earth and safely landed on a drone ship again. Now they will be examined for damage and possibly refurbished and launched a third time.

We are witnessing the rebirth and acceleration of the space explorations. SpaceX has created a Falcon 9 rocket. Do you know what rocket launched Neil Armstrong to the Moon in 1969?

What game I’m playing

Chess. A few months back I started playing chess. Even though I suck at it, the game is profoundly addictive. My daily allowance is one game (or five, whatever). Probably I should spend some time on honing my skills, rather than attacking all pieces fiercely within my reach.

If you are a member on chess.com, let’s meet over there.

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What I’m listening to

Hans Zimmer songs from Time, Batman, and Interstellar movies. The most frequently played song was No Time For Caution by Hans Zimmer.

What I’m experimenting with

Getting rid of judging and complaining by using a rubber band. I wrote an article about it - Judging Others - So Convenient, So Disastrous.

Where I will speak next

Vilnius Data Platform Meetup on July 10th https://www.meetup.com/Vilnius-Microsoft-Data-Platform-Meetup/events/241138264/

Agile Tour Vilnius 2017 on October 12th http://2017.agileturas.lt/vilnius/valdas-maksimavicius

Story that impressed me most

Randy Pausch, an American professor of computer science, delivered an inspirational last lecture: “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment. Randy was fightings with cancer. If anyone had the right to judge and complain, it was him. But he didn’t. He made a change instead. Next time you want to complain, consider how you might turn it into something productive.

I'm Valdas Maksimavicius. I write about data, cloud technologies and personal development. You can find more about me here.