Here’s a curated smattering of a few things that grabbed my attention this past week, for the Saturday reading and relaxing pleasure of any like-minded folks out there…
Seeing (Infra)RED. John Snell, of the The Snell Group (@TheSnellGroup), published a great introductory article on IR thermography, “Getting Started in Infrared“, in the November issue of The Journal of Light Construction, and was featured on the cover:
Social Media. Todd Vendituoli published “SoMe = Social Media: Do You Need it?” on Building Blox, providing his own perspective on why businesses must invest time in SoMe: Be a participant in your brand messaging, rather than simply attempting to control it.
Historic Preservation and Green Renovation. This is the title of a post published by Carl Seville (@GreenCurmudgeon) in Green Building Advisor this past week. Carl points out the close alignment between historic preservation and green renovation, and how housewrights of the past frequently incorporated sustainable design into old homes. Carl is a leading green building science and energy expert who respects and sees value in historic preservation guidelines — that’s a big relief to people like me!
NorthernStar Conference Tweets. Much thanks to my good friends Sean Lintow, Sr. (SLSConstruction) (@SLSConstruction), and Michael Anschel (Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build) (@michaelanschel) for the recap of Michael’s tweets from the NorthernStar/DOE conference this past week. Sean’s transcriptions can be found here: Day 1 Windows, and here: Day 2 Basements/Foundations. If you’re passionate about energy efficiency and doing it right, these Twitter stream recaps are a valuable resource. It’s amazing how much information one can glean by scanning a well-tweeted Twitter steam.
Google Real Time Insights. Energy Circle (@EnergyCircle) published a post introducing Google’s Real-Time Insights Finder Tool, which potentially can help narrow down an analysis of regional keyword search popularity. As some one with an ongoing SEO campaign who’s already performed an extensive keyword search analysis within the home performance domain, I’m interested in how this tool might help me fine tune my existing results even further. Expect a blog post about my own test drive of Google Real-Time Insights Finder very shortly.
Morning Tech Routine. Professional genealogist, house historian, and fellow New Englander Marian Pierre-Louis (Marian’s Roots and Rambles) (The New England House Historian) (@marianpl) shared her “morning tech routine“, replete with caffeine infusion and order of firing apps up. It sounded remarkably like my own, although, I must admit, I usually open Twitter first!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this recap, and found some of the entries interesting and useful. I’ll make this a weekly Friday night/Saturday morning occurrence, going forward. Of course, it’s a summary of just one person’s perspective, and admittedly, my interest-tendrils extend in many different directions. So readers are guaranteed an unpredictable assortment of everything, from the sublime to the arcane. Have a great weekend!