Saturday, 14 November 2015

I am old enough to remember cobbled streets in Birmingham, my old home town in the UK, so when, I went to a local store and had to drive down a road with old cobbled stones, laid in the familiar pattern, and with that so familiar, tyre sound, I was flashing back to my youth.
But, I was so disappointed to see sections repaired in black bitumen, why, the almost perfect line and patten had been ruined,for want of a little care. So often you see this, paving flags liftedo repair a pipe only to be replaced by black Tarmac.

A little care on the specification,  was all it needed to get the contractor to repair as original, the usual excuse is a lack of skilled workmen, and the specifier backs down and accepts, but had he pushed for what was specified, then perhaps a trade might have been kept alive, instead of being abandoned to blacktop.

Google Scholar

Want to expand your reading subject list, try searching a subject in Google Scholar, and look for papers written on the subject you want, and then look at the bottom of the paper for the References and Bibliography, these are the writters reference cited papers and offer a wider view of the subject, either click on the link if its so, or redo the search with this new author.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Reading is part of research

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Leica disto EDM

Reading, I read a lot, no I read continuously, from daily papers to the weekend papers and their glossy magazines, I read book like they are going out of fashion! both in good old paper format! but so often these days, in electronic version! mostly from amazon! although I have tried Apple

I read flicker, Zite, and almost any news feed for my subject list, and many I transfer to evernote! again building up my personal knowledge base.

I scour old book shops for books, picking up such classics as old construction manuals, and the classic AJ metric handbook.

I even scan in old trade magazines, just in case I want to refer to them. My repository is Evernote, and for the most part it's very easy to retrieve, yet what happens to my personal archive should I ever fall out with Evernote! that's a question I so often think of, but as yet have no answer to, so I continue to load up information.

My driving goal is the research I do, on a variety of subjects, I use Google chrome for the most part to serf the web! and the very cleaver Evernote app! shows not only what is available for any search term from the web! but also what I have in my personal archive. So helpfull and as I get older and my memory fades a outlet this solves the wanting question of "where did I out the research note".

 

your personal library

So many times I have thought, "I remember thinking about this ages ago", or "didn't I make some
notes on this ", the answer is more than likely, yet the notes I made are like the memory, long lost of forgotten.

The real answe is  never again,  and now I make notes on so many thoughts and ideas, or so often, just plain old observations, some times  and so often, in the form of a photo, some times in a written note, but most in picture format .
Yet ideas come at any time and place, my moleskin is the format I choose to explore these ideas I love a pencil, crayons and of late water colours to make sketches,  but some times even I forget to bring it along, so I have turned to my iPad and one of the Evernote family Penultimate to sketch ideas and concepts, all are automatically added to to my personal library, and all are tagged so they come up in my search quests.

Observation is not built in to the human persona, it's needs cultivation,  practice and more practice, and memory is at best poor, so making notes on any observation, is paramount. But and here is a problem, I so often forget I ever make observations, studies of research, how do I find the right notes, as I might have mentioned, I tag all notes, not just with pertinent tags, but with so often obscure tags, ones I might use to describe the subject.


Sunday, 29 September 2013

So little time yet so much to learn

In this opening article, we aim to expand on the need for any company no matter what or who they are, to research any product or market thoroughly before making any move, even the simplest, basic level of information is or might be critical to the business plan.

Services like Evernote! make it easy to gather snip it's of information and disseminate it easily to one or a group of people even allowing them to add to or comment on the research.

It is not restricted to just one researcher, many can add information at any time, and the equipment involved can and often is no more than an iPad.