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Day 21 - Noise

Level 9

It’s a favorite topic here at SolarWinds, particularly in reference to noisy alerts. There’s a lab all about alerts because poorly defined alerts can have such an impact on the effectiveness of your network monitoring. Too many alerts can leave you feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where your attention is needed. Too few alerts can lead to missing important notifications. Understanding what is a good noise balance is key.

This time of year seasonal noise can have a similar effect. Over-played holiday music, too many cars on the roads, and too many people in the stores all trying to rush through to-do lists are a constant.

Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise!

Noise! Noise! Noise!

That's one thing he hated! The NOISE!

NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!

  - How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss

Despite the noisy hustle and bustle, the end of the year encourages time with friends and family and allows time for reflection. Many are celebrating holidays, some enjoy time away from work or school, and everyone is wrapping up the year and preparing for the next. Colder weather and darker days drive us inside with loved ones, where the noise—or lack of it—can be amplified.

In our house, we see both sides of this. Our toddler is exploring noise creation, be it through vocal exercises or by banging a toy on the coffee table. As much joy as we get from hearing the toddler, there is something missing. My stepdaughter has been away at college for her freshman year. We still feel the silence from the absence of our older girl and are looking forward to some precious time together in the coming days.

This time of year also weighs heavy on my heart because there are so many who, in the midst of all the noise, are experiencing a silence that won’t be filled. The season may highlight memories that can’t be recreated and traditions may slip away when the people who carried them onward are no longer present. For all those experiencing this, whether for the first time or for yet another year, may the warmth of the season surround you, and may others wrap you in love. May new and joyful noise fill your home and heart again, even as you also feel the silence left by those who are gone.

[The Grinch] did hear a sound rising over the snow.

It started in low. Then it started to grow.

But the sound wasn't sad! Why, this sound sounded merry!

It couldn't be so! But it WAS merry! VERY![…]

Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,

Was singing! Without any presents at all!

He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME!

Somehow or other, it came just the same! […]

"It came without ribbons! It came without tags!"

"It came without packages, boxes or bags!" […]

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store."

"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

        - How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss

Merry Christmas to those that celebrate. Happy holidays to all! (And before you leave for break, make sure your alerts are tuned so you are receiving only needed, actionable alerts—or better yet, set them to notify someone else. Maybe you can actually enjoy some time off!)

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Level 14

Noise to me means a badly configured SAM with too many alerts being triggered unnecessarily.  Working to fix that at my new client.

Noise, we live in a fairly quiet household. My family of origin is Italian and Polish [at least that is what my mom's parents said] and with just the six of us it wasn't all that noisy. My wife had twelve in her household before she was old enough to leave. Having seen the house I can't imagine the noise level. Although when doing their chores the girls [all women now] would make a cheerful noise by singing together. When it was warm enough out for the windows to be open the neighbors would sometimes shout request for the girl's chorus. With seven of them they make a descent women's acapella group, they have song together as adults at a few of the larger family gatherings.

For me I hear constant noise with the tinnitus I have. So far with all my testing it has not interfered with my everyday hearing, but it is never silent. Once, decades ago now, I can recall being in the woods in Yosemite. While we were hiking, each at a slightly different pace, I stopped to enjoy the panorama before me. I suddenly realized there was silence. That is the last memory of it I have. To avoid the phantom sounds my mind creates to make sense of the noise, I listen to a lot of music and podcasts. Sometimes it bothers my wife, because of the constant noise level. I always shut it off when we start talking though.

I am not sure what caused it. Years of loud music thru high school and college? Riding in the back of USAF cargo planes without adequate ear protection? Power tools around the house? Or years of working in IT in data centers with all the fans, tape drives, impact printers, teletypes, card readers, whirling disks? Yes, those big disk drives used to make some noise when those packs spun up. Even today with the relatively limited amount of tech gear I own, there is always some fan spinning, which means a constant level of noise.

I often wonder if a power outage, where everything was shut off, even the buzzing lights, would make the environment so quiet that my ears would stop ringing. If even for a moment. I say this because there are certain sounds, like my wife's blow dryer, that just seems to amplify the ringing.

For now I will enjoy the noises of the season and hopefully the laughter of the children in our lives. But there are times when I long for the silence that escapes me.

Level 10

As a tinnitus sufferer, there's almost never silence, and it doesn't last long.

Level 10

So I'm mostly a kinesthetic learner, with a secondary leaning towards visual learning. One thing I am not is an auditory learner. People start talking, I have at best 30 seconds of listening and my brain shuts off. Think the whomp-whomp teacher from Charlie Brown; Hopeless. Something I've realised over the last few years is that it affects me more than that; if there's a lot of noise, I can't concentrate on what I'm doing. More accurately I suppose is to say if there's a lot of noise sources. I visited a local watering hole with the team the other day and I can't hear what people in front of me are saying, everything else is just deafening. A bit like this, but louder, to the point that I can't think and end up staring at people's mouths to lipread what they're saying. I leave early, I walk outside a lot, I don't really engage. Not politically great, and looking back it's been a recurring thing.

That said, I love music, and I have a lot of fans spinning in the house. So for me, noise is something to deal with, but there are limits.

In a crowded place I sometimes have to cup my hands behind my ears to focus on the person in front of me. The geometry of my head can cause sounds that are behind me to be louder than those is front. I can sometimes easily hear the conversation of the people in the booth behind me while struggle with the person in front of me. From an evolutionary perspective I case that prevented sneak attacks from behind for my ancestors. Noisy environments can be a challenge.

I focused first on the noise that affects the network.  Where does Network Noise come from?

  • It could be inductive noise that comes from some well-meaning tidy-freak victim of OCD (OK, I ​​MIGHT ​be referencing myself) who wants all cables (power, video monitor, network, keyboard, mouse, etc.) to be neat and orderly, and who has laid them in parallel to each other, and Velcro'd them every eight inches into a lovely bundle.  Fortunately, the Electronics Nerd inside of me remembers a lesson from 1977 where Professor James Goke described inductive noise.  In the U.S., our 120V 60 Hertz electrical Alternating Current causes a magnetic field to expand and contract out and in from a power cable 60 times every second.  When a magnetic field passes through copper wires, a new electrical current is created. This is how generators work.  When you've Velcro'd eight CAT5 copper strands next to an AC power cord for six feet, you've set yourself up to generate electricity from the power cable's magnetic field expanding and contracting through the copper network cables' wires.  And the noise generated could be something that's confusing your computer's NIC or your switch's port.  Do yourself a favor and separate the power cord from the CAT 5 network cable, and you've eliminated a potential source of network noise.
  • Noise might also come from alerts & monitors.  It's not "noise" in my mind if the alerts are valid and actionable.  But if they're not, you've got some learning & tweaking to do to reduce or eliminate them.
  • Too much of any kind of alert, that's not actionable or useful, is noise.  Maybe it's Syslogs set to Debug, or the logs of a Wireless Controller's (WOW, do those things put out a LOT of syslog data that's useless to 99.999% of troubleshooting tasks!), or even a TV News person saying new procedure X MIGHT change health condition Y at some time in the future.  Noise.  Tell me what's actionable, not what is not useful or true.
  • Noise can come from users, or from your technical staff, or from peers or top administrators.  Someone pinches a network cable beneath a file cabinet or a rolling chair and calls to report "The network's down!  Nothing's working for anyone!"  (This happened to me years ago, and it was an I.T. Director's network cable.)  Noise.

And yet I've only hit items 5 and 6 in Dictionary.com's definition of Noise:

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Item 1:  Entering a data center, you'll hear lots of it.  Air conditioning fans, humidifiers, electrical hum from servers' fans, air causing plenum vibration.  It's just noise, but learn what part is useless, and filter it out if you can.  By visiting a noisy environment frequently enough, you'll be able to hear a different noise if and when it starts.  And you might just be able to alert someone to a serious environmental change that could mean problems.

Item 2 is obvious.  We all must learn what sounds are common indicators of normality, and what sounds are different and threatening.  Hearing a train horn in the distance is normal.  Hearing one ten feet from your car is alarming!

Item 3:  Much of what's reported on the News matches this one.  Folks upset at other folks.  Folks frustrated.  Folks scared.  Disasters, accidents, etc.  Some is important, some can be filtered out, much has no direct impact on our daily lives.  And some, if we never heard it from TV or radio, has no use to us, and we'd get by just fine without it.  Noise.

Item 4:  I'm a professional musician, and I appreciate harmony and sounds that I've learned to treat as beautiful.  Some musical noise is intentional--the fuzz and growl of a grinding guitar pick or intentional distortion or feedback.  Some is accidental--the hiss & buzz of dirty electrical circuits in a bar, amplified through my guitar amp or through a microphone, caused by potentiometers (light dimmers) or incorrect grounding processes in your electrical outlet (coming through as noise through an amplifier).  Some discordant or nonharmonious sounds are carefully crafted by composers and performed by professionals in orchestras, with the express intent of causing an audience to squirm.  Playing that music in a wind ensemble was challenging to my ears & mind.  But after practicing it and learning about it, eventually I came to appreciate it and recognize it in new musical pieces.

Since I covered Items 5 & 6 initially, only Item 7 remains.  Don't listen to it, don't be part of it.

Let's not forget how filters can reduce noise!  Whether it's a capacitor in a circuit, or fancy Bose noise-cancelling headphones, or simple ear plugs when your spouse snores, or a better setting on your switches & routers syslog levels, use the right kind of filter to reduce noise in your life.

If only there were a noise filter for people who generate mostly noise.  One that removed the bogus information and left the facts . . .  " Hello, Solarwinds?  Can you help me filter out "noise" generated by politician X and religious person Y and obnoxious Radio Host Z?"

MVP
MVP

So much noise everywhere.

I grew up living near a highway but you tune it out so you don't even notice it anymore.

When I moved closer to the city for university and work, I lived near a train station. That eventually was also tuned out that you don't notice.

On flights, I take a pair of noise cancelling headphones. You don't realise how loud it actually gets until you have a pair. Also helps (slightly) to lessen the jarring of a baby crying or children screaming.

I've recently moved away from the city and it is much quieter out here. Not as much traffic, no cars around at night unlike the city, etc.

And obviously in IT, I come across so many customers who have turned on lots of alerts and have a filter moving them all to a "SolarWinds" folder in their email client with the thousands of unread emails. At that point, you've lost the battle. What's the point of having an alert if you're going to ignore the emails?

Level 11

This season is almost always synonymous with noise but then, towards the end of the year, you find many people turning down the noise slightly for introspection and afterwards, making plans to be a better version of themselves next year. And on and on the cycle goes.

Level 14

You can't avoid the noise this time of year. Given the early interjection of "holiday music" starting in what seems to be August, what does happen is a growing wearinesss to it all. I kind of become oblivious to it all and the from around today unitl New Years I just accept it. Having my children and grandchildren around and seeing their joy of experiencing the holidays makes the noise all worth it. I can't wait for the 18 month old to obliterate the wrapping paper on a toy, and that my friends is my reward for dealing with the noise.

Level 9

Too many alerts where you cant see the woods for the trees.

All of my devices sysloging at debug.

Level 13

All the alert chatter (Noise) when you are trying to configure a SAM alert.  "Oops -- I should change the frequency of the alert!"

Level 9

You can call me a scrooge or a Grinch, but all the holiday music is just noise to me. Of course it isn't helping that is seems to be played almost half the year now.

"I do not like them in a house.

I do not like them with a mouse.

I do not like them here or there.

I do not like them Anywhere."

Level 10

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MVP
MVP

This is one of the times of the year I am reminded of noise.  I work from home, so generally it's quiet throughout the house while I work.  However, when my kids are off for the Christmas break, I am reminded of how noisy they are.

With regards to alerts, I try to follow the rule of being an actionable alert.  If no one is going to take action, then why send them the alert.  This just leads to the important ones getting ignored.

Level 9

My grandmother always loved to see her grandchildren, but she would turn down her hearing aid when we arrived!

Level 9

Like Simeon Castle above, I also have the same issues.  I find it difficult at times and I must seem anti-social to some, but it feels like torture to have music and a lot of chatter going on when I'm trying to concentrate.  As for alerting, noise can be a real issue if the alerts aren't configured correctly.

Level 9

Thank you for your post!  I've never put my noise issue into words before and your description of the issue is what I deal with as well.  I actually hear the whomp-whomp-whawwwww..... in my head on occasions and feel really bad about it, but like you said, "Hopeless."  I started to wear ear plugs at work on occasion as a new coworker will play music on her desk speakers, instead of wearing earbuds.  I complained enough that now it's played at a lower volume, but I'm not exactly popular.

Level 9

Love the noise in my house, my kids are the ones who make all the ruckus.  The only times I would like the noise to settle down is when I am fishing or watching a movie, other than that let the music play!

At work, well, we are taking care of the alarm issue we have, so most of them don't go unnoticed.

There are MANY (and also too few) Calvin & Hobbes cartoons about the Monsters under the bed.  They can still make me laugh out loud.  Thanks for the reminder.

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Level 12

I find that this world is full of noise (distractions) that I constantly need to work to filter.

"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."

Romans 12:2

MVP
MVP

Noise is FLAPPING (OR “SAWTOOTHING”) -> Just re-collected Monitoring 101 by Leon adatole​​ , noise is a nightmare, more over I hate cross talks which eventually creates noise, lot of people talking at the same time in crowded places -> I would definitely try to stay away from such places and if I can't, I would plug in a headset. At times noise shifts your focus from what you are trying to think. If you could stay calm where noise exists for hours, then trust me you have a lot of patience for sure. Rather than asking others to keep it low (which would start another fight or so ) its always best to move away or find an alternative which would kill the cause (noise

The BBC and The Smithsonian have researched to find whether there are any places left on Earth where a person could go to experience an absence of human-generated noise.  The list is very short.

Happily for me, one of those few places is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a relatively short drive from my home.  I visit it regularly, and enjoy the clean air, clean water, quiet woods and shores, and (mostly) hear no noise from other people.

The articles & locations are here:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140117-earths-last-place-without-noise

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-there-any-places-earth-left-untouched-noise-pollut...

https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/visiting-the-hoh.htm

http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/sk/grasslands

http://bwca.com/index.cfm?

https://www.nps.gov/hale/index.htm

Level 10

One man's noise is another man's music. I love going hiking and camping, away from the noise of humanity, surrounded by the music of nature. On the other hand there are plenty of people who don't like camping because the crickets make too noise and they can't sleep. I feel bad for those people.

Noise to me is life, people leaving TV on in the background, tires on the car, people walking in to my office saying "its the network", servers, or anything else they don't understand. Noise is too much traffic on ports creating issues.   Noise is people that can not get over the fact Trump is the president and then constantly post of Facebook or other social media about it.  Noise is liberal media outlets trying to assume I will follow them because they are wealthy, and have a voice, I mean I know its a shock but I prefer thinking for my self with out that noise.   

I feel like everywhere we turn there is noise preventing us from being able to focus which is what society likes.  If we truly had quiet, could ponder and think, that is when inspiration happens.   When we can come together instead of tearing each other apart, being able to focus our selves to find solutions not be part of the problem.   Its hard to find this, politicians, lobbyist, news outlets, social media, TV, Radio, all have agendas and they want us to say ok. because there is so much noise they hope we will cover our ears and follow along like cattle.   Microsoft, and other companies do the same thing.   Apple is a prime example, My old iPhone 3 still powers on, still charges yet try to get updates, try to get apps, they build it to force you down a path to succession.   I said no to that a long time ago, good ol Samsung works just fine, Friends flip phone, still going, and the Nokia windows phone a good friend uses still awesome....  Now this is just my opinion and I am sure there are the die hards out there blinded by their commitment that will say otherwise, but really we all need to breathe.   I say nothing to offend the apple phone users, my wife is one, and some how we're happily married.  I only use this as an example of marketing genius and us mooing right along after it.   We need to turn off the noise, and focus for our selves and make decisions that fit us.  I don't need the new car, bigger house, new tech all the time.   Its all lies, turn down the volume on the noise of this world, get back to the important things like family, friends, baseball, work...

Now that you have read all my noise, I'll say thanks, and be quiet for a while.  

Level 11

zdavid​ One man's noise is another man's music. Love it. I have some lights on my cube that are off an amp so they flash with some Christmas music and some people are getting annoyed by the music. I love Christmas music and I think it is great noise.

Level 9

When I was a kid, we would go on trips to my Aunt's house where there were trains not very far away. We could hear those trains day and night, the horns blowing at all hours. It was noise to some but music to me, to this day I love to hear a train horn blowing in the distance.

Level 12

I don't like noise in the office. I cant concentrate on what I need to do.

Level 12

Noise. This is something I deal with on a daily basis. It is going to become an even bigger issue when we move into the new building and go from 6 people in the same office to 12. Some of our people are very noisy. I already use noise canceling earphones most of the days, but those only do so much. I also use them quite a bit in server rooms as it almost entirely negates all the fan and blower noise. I also deal with noise in Log and Event Manager, every week we are adding new devices to it and I have to do some more fine tuning to cut out a lot of the noise that is created that we do not care about. I also now days find it hard to actually focus without some background noise such as music playing at a low volume when I am at home, go figure. I have even had to start using music as a background noise to distract my brain long enough so I can get to sleep at nights.

Level 11

Noise: when earle.kelley​ plays his music too loud and my office feels like it's under attack.

Level 16

Thanks to Amazon.com, Santa UPS and Santa USPS this has been the quietest holiday I have spent in years

Level 12

Alert fatigue was the first problem I attempted to tackle when I came to my current company. SolarWinds is in fairly good shape. I can's say the same for our other monitoring solutions.

Noise. When I go down to the beach during the winter the absence of noise can be quite deafening.

  • For parents, when you stop hearing the little ones being up to no good is the time to be worried. "Ut oh! What are they up to?"
  • For Monitoring pros who deal with monitoring alerts all day the absence of alert notifications for an extended period of time is when to be really concerned. "Ut Oh! It's so bad that monitoring is even broke!"

For better or worse, noise serves as a validator of activity. All of that background buzz lets us know that things are running as normal. We grow accustomed to it being there and at times it acts like a security blanket.

  • We like to drive with the radio on. But when we are lost and have to focus we usually turn it down so we can focus.
  • Most athletes say they perform better in front of loud rambunctious crowds. Well, except golf and tennis players.
    • Until Arnold Palmer dispelled that myth by putting in front of a cheering crowd on The Tonight Show.
  • People who gradually lose their hearing over time are less likely to get hearing aids (my mother being one of them) because the sudden increase of noise can be too intense for them. They would rather be partially deaf.

One of the many simple things in life I have learned to appreciate in life is silence. That is why I'll go to the beach in the winter for a day or two. The absence of noise allows other sounds to fill in that space. My thoughts...

When professional golfer Johnny Miller says "There no chance to putt it in", you've got to believe him.

And when the golf course designer steps up and says "Do you want me to show you how to putt it?", it's time normally time to grin and get the hip boots out, because it's going to get deep.

But when the course designer is Jack Nicklaus . . .

https://youtu.be/tUPPnVo0CII?t=3

Level 11

Noise!

ams.norman's story reminded me of one morning at my synagogue. We heard this loud buzzing everywhere, disturbing everyone trying to actually pray. It took several minutes, but I traced it to this fellow in the back row who had turned his hearing aid up so blasted high that it's whine was echoing everywhere destroying everyone else's hearing!

Noise corrupts our daily discourse. Some call it "fake news" -- so long as it's from the other side. How much signal remains in today's cultural and political discourse? Has the noise from the echo chambers lowered the signal-to-noise ratio to where most can no longer pick up the signal at all?

Going back to the synagogue, it has long struck me  as sad how supposedly more observant congregations have so much more noise. The shul I attend used to have a brilliant fellow as its Rabbi, but he'd talk while always telling others to be quiet -- and plenty of people in the sanctuary needed to take their chatting outside. We even lampooned him in the Purim Shpiel to no avail. It will be a few more years until he's out of jail to schmooze up someone else's services, though.

When Jack Nicklaus putts, people cheer! 😉

I am trying to find The Tonight Show clip but I am striking out.

Level 14

Noise is the errant firewall traffic created by mis-configured servers that blank out the traffic you are actually looking for.

Level 10

Noise is one of the reasons our family decided to move away from the city 3 years ago and put down roots in the country where the quiet and still in the deep winter is amazingly peaceful. There's still technological noise with ads popping up and my cell phone dinging at me but it's so nice to live in a place where I can turn off all the devices and walk out into the stillness of the woods to find my peace. Sometimes you don't notice how much background noise is constantly blaring until you go to a place where it truly is silent.

Like you, I left the rat race for the quiet of big pines.  Unfortunately, only a few of us can do so--if everyone in the cities did what I've done, there'd be no peace & quiet in the country, I fear.

But I've got lots of land, lots of 150-year-old White Pines and 100-year-old Red Pines, plenty of birds & wildlife.  And for as far as you can see from out any of my windows, it all belongs to me and my family.  No need for draperies or shades for privacy.

(It just means I have a LOT of trees by my house!)

Level 9

Level 9

I work in a noisy open plan office. I hear chatter and work related talk from different infrastructure teams floating over the partition screens. Subconsciously I am listening to everything that goes on around me and I can't stop hearing 6 different conversations. For me this is both distracting and productive:-

- Distracting as I can't focus on my current task.

- Productive when I over hear something that I know I can help with.

I recently heard someone nagging our network guys about his website being slow to load. I was able to prove using WPM  that the issue was caused by connections running through a local proxy server.

So noise can be a good thing. Sometimes.

Level 10

This remind me of signal processing, a major focus is modelling different types of noise and traffic.

Rayleigh, Rician, Nakagami, etc. Noise as mentioned by steshi noise can be a good thing sometime.

Level 10

Noise to me is an untuned IPS. 

Level 12

this!

- Distracting as I can't focus on my current task.

- Productive when I over hear something that I know I can help with.

Level 21

I am not afraid to admit that Noise in our alerts is something that I have constantly struggled with.  We are a managed services provider and use Orion to monitor our client environments and if we tune things too much we might miss important events which impact our clients so we generally end up just having to deal with a certain amount of noise.

What comes to mind for me is what the Bible tells us, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands." (Ps 100:1, KJV).  In addition to being a techno-nerd, I am also a musician.  I have been greatly blessed with talent, and I give all thanks and praise to God for it.  It helps me to maintain "balance" in my life, if that is possible, and I do enjoy making some "noise" every week.  Outside of the obvious allusions to networking and computers (hard drives making a clicking "noise" is a definite downer), I think it's good to embrace all the wonderfulness that this world has to offer, especially at this time of year.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah (even though it's over), Happy Kwanzaa, Festivus and a joyous New Year to all!

Peace!

Level 15

So many options for this one!

Firstly; x100 on this:

For all those experiencing this, whether for the first time or for yet another year, may the warmth of the season surround you, and may others wrap you in love. May new and joyful noise fill your home and heart again, even as you also feel the silence left by those who are gone.

This time of year is always bittersweet for me as my grandmother created some of my most cherished memories around the holidays, and she is no longer with us. At the same time, my wife and I spend almost every minute during this season listening to Christmas music, watching Christmas movies (like Die Hard!), and hopefully creating cherished memories for our children to look fondly on as the years go by.

Second, noise. As someone with tinnitus and hearing loss, I have a strange love/hate relationship with noises of all kinds. During work, I simply cannot concentrate without some sort of background noise. I am almost always listening to podcasts or have youtube minimized, just for something to occupy my senses. After work however, I am mostly at ease with a very quiet surrounding. This may be due to Pavlovian Conditioning where I associate noise with work!

With a two toddlers (4 and 2) in the home, noise is an inevitability. I'm learning to love it, and I often hear friends and family decry the silence in their home after a child has left so I am mindful to appreciate it as much as possible as well.

Last, relevant XKCD:

MVP
MVP

Such a great reference. So often we watch the "kids shows" without thought of the deeper meaning. How many times have we been the Grinch by keeping to ourselves of thinking of ourselves first. When the Grinch started seeing the value in others his heart began to grow.

The din of the daily noise often shunts the real messages around us. How often do we let the noise of the day to day keep us from valuing and caring for others.

Every business says "Our people are our most important asset," but how often is that lived out. Here's the challenge - make it your mission to live out that attitude and let it trickle up to management - become the change you want to see, reach beyond the noise.

Or this can mean a SAM that is simply sitting on out of the box alerts. I spun up a new QA environment and added my email to the default email send action. A *lot* of alerts go off very quickly!  Exhibiting caution on the out of the box alerts is key. In a new environment I like to turn off every OOTB alert and copy it to a custom one.

Noise is something each person processes differently in different environments. I have some hearing loss, but as a hobbyist musician I live for noise (and detest silence). Yet, if I'm exhausted I pretty much don't have the energy to enjoy the noise. Meanwhile, my wife is the opposite - and mostly prefers silence and/or meditative themes. Just like what tomiannelli​ mentions, however - a lot of my hearing loss was also brought on by playing an instrument, going to lots of concerts, and basically neglecting my hearing as it got worse. I think I even used it as a crutch to a point, thinking that I could go to concerts and handle them (now that I was somewhat going deaf). I suppose lack of education about how important proper hearing protection is, is my own fault.

Level 9

Christmas is a season filled with joyful noise!

Level 12

What a beautiful noise. What is White Noise? Let me know when you can properly define noise.