Weekly Chatter 5


My weekly list of what I’m enjoying or pondering - Weekly Chatter 5.

Two words to describe last week

Low energy. I knew I would run out of “productive weeks” someday when I started my weekly chatter series. Ending up in a situation when I have nothing to share, nothing to write about. To my amazement, it hit me earlier than I had expected. I could list many reasons behind my mood, but the most obvious one was a Microsoft Data Platform Vilnius meetup. How is it related? I dwell on things that are gone. The meetup was a success, and as a reward, I gave myself a coupon to procrastinate. All fine, but it should have been a day or two, not the whole week of laziness. Next time, go out running and refresh your brain!

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What I watched on Youtube for hours

Formula 1 videos, Kubica’s maneuvers in particular. I’m extremely thrilled by the latest news about Kubica and his increasing chances of competing in F1 again. I wrote about it earlier in Weekly Chatter #### 1. There are many rumors in the air: Kubica to test F1 car in Hungary, Kubica to replace Palmer in Spa. Since I’m very into big data, analytics and F1, here is an interesting finding: F1 Data Junkie. Statistics and analysis of Formula 1 data.

My favorite short video

My parents got a new dog. I filmed him a few days back and uploaded on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BWqGQQsA8fE/. So cute, such wow - you say. Don’t be mistaken. This little puppy reminds me a rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie. The Rabbit of Caerbannog was an immensely cute, but bloodthirsty rabbit-like monster. This little puppy bites like hell. Interestingly, one method to teach a puppy to be gentle is to yelp and stop playing. I won’t forget his WTF look when I uttered like a female.

What I’m studying

I’m preparing for 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions Certification. I bought three Azure certification vouchers a few months ago, and I postponed the exams way too many times. The time has come to give it a try.

What I’m working on

Azure Cortana Analytics Suite and Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Lately, I’ve been looking on how to improve Azure DW performance, investigating Polybase, different distribution techniques, and indexing. Interesting stuff, but I can’t find many materials available online. Probably I need to share my finding with the community. A few weeks back I published Azure Data Warehouse Cheat Sheet.

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