Given I have a cabin in the Suomi Hills, I need to join "Mieskuoro" ... or the Shouting Finns. National Public Radio describes them in this manner:
Unannounced and unsmiling, they walk into the Dupont Circle Park (Washington DC) wearing black suits, white shirts and black ties made from bicycle inner tubes. The 23 men follow one another in single file around the fountain. They do not sing the words — they shout them. (full story)
These guys define "cool" with an attitude! Thus, I give you shouts from Finland:
Last night I hit the jackpot in terms of discovering new resources. The key was understanding how to follow up on useful information ... to expand it to become even more new valuable knowledge for me. Here is how the process went ... and what I discovered.
As I was convinced that Microsoft's DataDepot was a somewhat new service, I immediately decided to Google the service, but not in the manner you might expect. In this instance, I wanted to learn whom might be the netizens who already had posted about DataDepot. In other words, this was my chance to learn about people who are both smart, linked and well informed. Thus, I did a Google linked search. See the screenshots at the bottom of this post, but the concept is easy. I browse over to Advanced Google Search, and paste the DataDepot web address into bottom window ... "find pages that link to a page". If you are truly exploring something rather new, the web sites which come up in your results should represent services / blogs / etc. which represent sites "in the know".
I now spend time researching my Google results, but not just from the vantage point of my original query (DataDepot), but in terms of whether the resulting sites have expanded value. In my case, I only turned up 32 sites that linked to DataDepot. This confirmed my original hypothesis that Microsoft's DataDepot was either rather knew, or still at least unknown. Time to take a look at the resulting sites.
Those results ultimately led me to this content (some via a link):
In my continuing quest to find good engineering blogs which are run by individuals ... as oppsoed to companies, I bring you four excellent additions:
Invent Civil - While I personally know very little about civil engineering, I can tell that Skylar Van Kruistum is maintaining a high quality blog. He even has a link to a tool he created, which has an AutoCAD script to streamline the process of defining and drawing subcatchments in EPA-SWMM. Skylar writes me to also recommend Urban Workbench. .
Urban Workbench - This blog describes itself as the intersection between Urban Planning, Design and Civil Engineering. True to its name, the site is intended to act as a workbench, an area where ideas are fleshed out, concepts are discussed and debated, and new technologies are reported on and reviewed. .
The final new blog for Engineering Blog Quest 2008 (see blogs already reviewed) focuses upon LabView. As a veteran Lego League coach of many years, I always like to see more information in this domain
Labview Tutorials for Developers - This blog is only a few days old, but I found in via a Google Search Bot. If Aniket keeps up his good work on Labview tutorials, he will rival one of my other favorite blogs, Blinkdagger for MatLab.
I've known about DBIS science news / video reports for a while, but it really bothered me that although a superior service, it did not have a RSS feed for updated content. Using the free RSS generation service from FeedFire, I was able to just drop in my desired url, and have a feed scraped from the html page. Try FeedFire some time; it's dirt easy to use.
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