Monday, April 16, 2012

Blog Fix

It's #Meme15 time again. Jason Strate (B | T) started #Meme15 as a way to encourage SQL Server professionals to blog about something other than SQL. I'm definitely more of a SQL enthusiast than professional, but #Meme15 has attracted some great SQL pro's, and I like the opportunity to participate in a community blog theme with them.

April's assignment:
What are ten blogs that you think other SQL Server professionals should be following but might not be?
This ought to be fun. In no particular order:
  • OCDQ Blog:  Jim Harris is indeed obsessively-compulsively concerned about data quality. Check out his podcast too.
  • Harvard Business Review's Management Tip of the Day:  I try to be prepared every day for what may be next in my career. Reading the HBR management tip helps me better empathize with my supervisor, and helps me expand my leadership skills in bite-size chunks. For me, following HBR is immersing myself in a culture of success.
  • Harmless Drudgery:  There's no one more delightful in the word nerd world than Kory Stamper. Kory's relatively new blog, Harmless Drudgery, is the most delicious, interesting, charming thing out there. Someday it will be our favorite HBO series.
  • xkcd: If you're not following XKCD, then I don't even understand you.
  • Practically Efficient:  Eddie Smith (@eddie_smith) is a Mac guy, so some of his posts don't resonate with me. But he often lobs a nugget of wisdom, a link, or a universal truth that changes my course.
  • Ask E.T.:  Edward Tufte is the master of data visualization. He doesn't blog, per se, but he does provide an RSS feed of his online bulletin board activity. Doesn't sound too thrilling, subscribing to bulletin board posts, but I've discovered some really interesting discussions on data visualization and user interface design. New posts are relatively rare, like 1-2 a week.
  • Better Explained:  I loved math as a kid, hated it as a teen, then came to love it again as an adult. The problem with math in my teens, I now see, was that I was too curious. That is, I always asked "why" Algebra worked the way it did, and was always told to stop asking questions and "just learn it." So Kalid Azad's slogan Learn Right, Not Rote was instantly appealing to me. Anyone in IT could take away some pointers from Kalid on how to explain complicated concepts in easy-to-understand language.
  • Understanding Uncertainty:  David Spiegelhalter takes on some common statistical misconceptions. Content is UK-based, posting is sporadic, but he's usually quick to jump on a popular discussion that's misinterpreting some sort of statistic.
  • Datachix Blog:  As a father of three daughters, I like to keep up with what smart women have to say about technology. Julie (@JulieChix) and Audrey (@DataAudrey) are active on Twitter, so some SQL geeks probably already know of them. But if you don't, check them out.
  • Austin Kleon:  I think Austin Kleon (@AustinKleon) is the most exciting creative force out there right now. He just published a fabulous little book called "Steal Like An Artist" that can inspire anyone to get more creative in their work.

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