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antedeluvian
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My friend Ernesto
antedeluvian   3/19/2014 12:17:33 PM
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My friend Ernesto had a problem with his cable service. When the technician came round he Ernesto connected up a spectrum analyser to a) show the problem to the technician and b) to check that the problem had been corrected.

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   3/19/2014 12:38:14 PM
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@antedeluvian: My friend Ernesto had a problem...

Wait, you have friends?

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Go to EE Live!
Max The Magnificent   3/19/2014 12:40:19 PM
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I just thought -- one way to spot a real engineer will be at EE Live! There will be herds of us roaming across the embedded plains LOL

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hoi polloi
betajet   3/19/2014 3:11:42 PM
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The phrase hoi polloi means "the masses", so writing "the hoi polloi" is redudant.  Even the Three Stooges recognize this in their 1935 short Hoi Polloi.

One way to recognize real engineers is excessive attention to detail and accuracy :-)  As well as being excessively informed about the Three Stooges.

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Max The Magnificent   3/19/2014 3:23:49 PM
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@betajet: ...writing "the hoi polloi" is redudant...

Well... yes... OK... I can't argue with that... but... sometimes things just sound better on the ear one way rather than another. For example, if I read (or heard someone say)...

      That must make him one of Hoi Polloi.

... then this would grate on my sensibilities somewhat, whereas...

      That must make him one of the Hoi Polloi.

...would be more acceptible to me. On the other hand, I certainly wouldn't want to imply in any way that the Three Stooges were less than masters of the pidgin language laughingly referred to as American English.

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betajet   3/19/2014 3:48:40 PM
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I'd go with "That must make him hoi polloi", with "one of" understood.  This saves 2-3 words.

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Max The Magnificent   3/19/2014 3:52:50 PM
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@Betajet: This saves 2-3 words.

I wish I'd just said "one of the unwashed masses" now LOL

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Don't know how
Bert22306   3/19/2014 3:26:39 PM
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I don't know how to spot a real engineer, but sometimes my wife finds herself explaining something technical to family or friends. And then she follows that with, "And the scary part is that I knew that." Pretty hilarious.

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Max The Magnificent   3/19/2014 3:46:22 PM
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@Bert: And then she follows that with, "And the scary part is that I knew that." Pretty hilarious.

That reminds me of the later episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" when Penny says something pertaining to Star Trek or Physics and then goes "OMG, where did that come from." (Or when she uses a long word and then turns to the other two girls who nod to show she used it correctly / appropriatly)

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Real engineer
DebraSeifert   3/20/2014 12:06:02 PM
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My son is a graphics hardware validation driver developer at Intel. When he eats pancakes, he slices them very perfectly in one direction, then he slices them in the opposite direction. At the end of this, he has perfectly square (almost) pancakes to eat. He does this every time.

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Re: Real engineer
Max The Magnificent   3/20/2014 12:12:21 PM
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@Debra: My son is a graphics hardware validation driver developer at Intel.

I'm sorry LOL

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Re: Real engineer
DebraSeifert   3/20/2014 12:17:09 PM
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They are a pretty dry group! Maybe they know each other!


:D

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Re: Real engineer
jimfordbroadcom   3/20/2014 12:44:40 PM
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Why would anyone slice pancakes any other way?  Seriously.

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Re: Real engineer
Max The Magnificent   3/21/2014 9:43:19 AM
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@Debra: They are a pretty dry group!

Tell him to add more syrup! :-)

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Re: Real engineer
Dan Glass   3/28/2014 1:12:24 PM
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I recently heard comments from friends about how engineers chop vegetables uniformly when they're preparing food. I think it has to do with attention to detail.

I wonder if RF engineers chop logarithmically?

 

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Re: Real engineer
rich.pell   3/28/2014 2:10:42 PM
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"I recently heard comments from friends about how engineers chop vegetables uniformly when they're preparing food. I think it has to do with attention to detail."

Professional chefs tend to do this too I believe, in order to ensure that the various pieces cook evenly.

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The profit   3/20/2014 8:21:05 PM
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After seeing a clumsy bilingual sushi joke on social media, I took a moment to compose a brutally clever two word bilingual retort that cuts to the heart of bilingual sushi humor suggesting both "hello" and "that's not a sushi roll in my pocket, I AM happy sushimi".


Firstly, two words is the minimum required for a true bilingual retort which satisfies my taste for brevity.


Secondly, said aloud my two word retort sounds like a common Japanese phrase which I've heard hundreds of times.

Thirdly, like an Onion and Shreck my joke has layers despite its brevity.


Lastly it evidently went completely over the head of everyone reading it or else it just wasn't funny.

While I don't have a piece of paper on the wall to prove it, I think I have some of the identifying features of an engineer as illustrated by the story I've told.


My retort: Hi, hai.

 

p.s. I have also attempted diode humor: heard in the next cubicle "these diodes hate me", my response "you must be reverse biased".

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Max The Magnificent   3/21/2014 9:45:01 AM
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@The Profit: While I don't have a piece of paper on the wall to prove it, I think I have some of the identifying features of an engineer as illustrated by the story I've told.

You have my vote LOL

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