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Surfing. Beehives. Beer.

Data lies everywhere, and we wanted to tell stories about how data has been used in the most inventive of ways — surfing, bread making, road tripping, smart home monitoring and every other ordinary (or extraordinary) part of our lives.

The What’s Cooking? book and Data to What?!? video series are a collection of such stories, accompanied by recipes complete with ingredient lists and step-by-step instructions that highlight the many wacky, wonderful ways to use Splunk.

Let the data tell you where and when the surf in your local region will be best.

Surfing the Data Wave

Giovanni (Gio) Mola’s relentless hunt for the perfect wave inspired him to create a comprehensive surf report in Splunk. The report improves his surf sessions, allowing him to choose the best spots — and it’s so good that even his buddies started using the dashboards on their mobile devices.

All it really took was a couple key ingredients:

  • A Splunk instance
  • Some Python scripting skills
  • Buoy-related data from NOAA
  • A Surfline Premium subscription
Imagine how quickly the apiarists of history could have innovated on beehive design with the amount of data available to us today.

The Future Is Buzzing With Data

Nia Watts had cared for her 60-pound beehive for several years running when she decided to use Splunk to learn more about the activity, health and output of her hive. After all, a beekeeper needs to keep tabs on many things — the hive’s readiness for harvest, the effect of environmental conditions on the hive and much more.

Nia was able to see what was abuzz in her hive from anywhere using:

  • A Splunk instance
  • Environmental sensors
  • Weight sensors
  • A Raspberry Pi
Using Splunk AR I can see all the metrics … current temperature, temperature over time, specific gravity and even calculated metrics like average temperature, attenuation and alcohol by volume.

Brewing the Perfect Pint

Ryan Cramer has a knack for brewing beer that's just right. His secret? Using Splunk throughout the brewing process to gauge the temperature, track pH, receive alerts and even monitor his kegerator.

What did his setup include?

  • A Splunk instance
  • Splunk AR
  • Some temperature gauges
  • A floating hydrometer
  • And more
I could see zoos using this to track animals that are born into their care … [and] endangered populations.

Saving Puppies With Splunk

Purebred Newfoundlands are giant dogs that are more prone to health problems, especially when rescued from a puppy mill. Doug Errikla, however, found that using Splunk to monitor the weights of rescued animals helps them recover.

How'd Doug do it?

  • A Splunk instance
  • An animal scale

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