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  • 08.18.2013
  • What happened to my scope?
  • Honey, I know I keep saying this scope is as crappy as a toaster oven, but I didn't mean for you to change it into one.
  • 06.05.2013
  • There’s a high probability you’re an engineer if ...
  • There's a good chance you are an engineer if you have four computers at home, a tablet and an x-box, four of which are wireless all tied to one router and no one else has the foggiest idea how they work. BTW- the glass is ALWAYS full. Remember- "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." Albert Einstein
  • 05.09.2013
  • If you’re an engineer, thank your mom
  • This so reminds me of the movie Idiocracy. When stupid, uneducated puppets rise to positions of policy making authority then WATCH OUT!!! Ok, prosecute her, BUT, add all the members of the school board for encourageing her "bomb making" behaviour and teaching curriculum that is bomb related, her teacher for signing off on her project and every adult in the room for not seeing a potential problem and acting on it. If you make the claim absurd enough, maybe they will see that this is just a simple mistake and look into better safety mechanisms. Albert Einstein said, "If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called RESEARCH."
  • 05.09.2013
  • If you’re an engineer, thank your mom
  • All the great stories reminded me of the time I made a carbon arc furnace in grammer school and brought it in for show and tell. It consisted of the carbon centers of D batteries held by round curtain rods. They in turn were held by two pieces of upright wood and positioned so I could put a penny between them. My AC line that plugged into the wall had one wire going right to one rod and a cut section with two nuts wired to each section of the cut that I put into a small glass of salt water as a rheostat. I plugged it in, adjusted my "rheostat" and using insulated pliers put a penny between the battery centers. It melted a hole in the penny before blowing the fuse in the school. It had no shielding at all and was dangerous as hell and my fifth grade teacher just watched the whole thing. She didn't have a clue.
  • 05.09.2013
  • If you’re an engineer, thank your mom
  • My mother let me take apart everything in the kitchen, but not wanting to anger her, I carefully detailed the disassembly so I could get it all back together again. Now, I can take almost anything apart and see right away what is wrong with it. Some of my chemistry "experiments" got out of hand and could easily have burned the house down if I hadn't acted quickly. This teaches you how to deal with emergencies, quickly. Unfortunately, this is all trial and error and doesn't happen to kids with helicopter moms. I would definitely double the insurance, though.