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Maps of Science

These are not new... but they are new to me. The Domain of Science YouTube channel has a collection of maps for different areas of study. For example, there's a Map of Computer Science or the Map of Quantum Physics (which is a recent fascination of mine). They give a beautifully simple and well-explained introduction to the different foundations, core principals and challenges for each area of study. Check out the full playlist here.

Container Lab

This one is really cool. Container Lab is a tool that makes it easy to stand up network lab environments. I haven't dug into this one but it appears to tie together containers and virtual machines for a lot of the most popular network platforms/vendors and makes it easy to automatically configure them to match a topology specification. It really does look useful and saves a lot of time... And if you're doing any interaction with network devices it will give you an easy way to make reproducible environments for testing, validation and development.

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Many rubber ducks

When you don't have motivation everything is daunting. Small tasks become big. Big tasks become monumental. I’m in the middle of that kind of mindset... but I have to keep reminding myself that small steps progress naturally into a long journey. I didn’t really have a goal when writing this. I just wanted to remind myself that I can make big things happen. I just need to start.

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Have you ever wondered what those two thin pieces of glass that always seem to be in front of politicians when they give speeches to large crowds? I know you've seen them, but in case you've forgotten here's some in front of Trump: Picture of Trump speaking in front of podium with two pieces of glass suspended on either side of him

And Obama: Picture of Obama speaking

So what's the deal? I've heard several theories. Is it something to do with audio to filter out to crowd noise? Is it somehow blocking all the noise? Does it somehow provide security to the high profile speakers... like... do they move to deflect bullets?! Oh! They must interfere with sniper scopes, right?

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