Links

Ever expanding list of people/things I like well enough to endorse for free:

Writing Resources:

The site I’ve used most often since leaving the engineering world for technical communication: The Purdue Online Writing Lab. The OWL has helped keep my citations and bibliographies looking sharp and up to APA standards.

I’m still searching out writing blogs, and one I found that I like is I’d Rather Be Writing. Author Tom Johnson seems to have insightful things to say about current industry trends. If you happen to have a favorite writing blog, I’d love to hear about it.

Electronics:

Without Adafruit I would be light years behind where I am today. Not only have Lady Ada’s kits and tutorials inspired me to take my education in a different path, but constructing, tinkering, troubleshooting them has actually helped me gain confidence in other pursuits.

I’m also a fan of both Evil Mad Scientist and Wyolum. Wyolum is the crew behind one of my favorite clocks: The Clock ThreeJr.

Makers:

I have a lot of heroes, and Jimmy Diresta is without a doubt in the top 5. He’s skilled at so many different things, he constantly blows my mind.

Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame also comes to mind. I love his work method; fast, yet methodical. One of these days I’m going to build a set of tool storage units modeled after his.

Mathematics:

Were it not for Khan Academy, I likely wouldn’t have passed Math 700, let alone made it all the way through multi-variable calculus and differential equations… When I was a student in my youth, math was my least favorite (and subsequently worst) subject. I have come to believe that this was because of the way maths are taught. Sal Khan’s videos and training exercises have been a huge benefit to me, and I would have struggled greatly without them.

While we’re on the subject of how poorly math is taught; I recommend “A Mathematician’s Lament” for another (and I believe better) way of looking at how math instruction should be.

Web Comics:

I wouldn’t be a proper geek if there wasn’t a place in my heart for xkcd. I also enjoy Questionable Content quite a bit. It’s my soap opera.

Jiu Jitsu:

My gym, Next Level Combat, where they teach 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu.

My previous gym, Combat Jujitsu deserves mention as well. To my knowledge, it’s the longest running martial arts school in Minneapolis.

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