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David Ashton
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David Ashton   12/6/2013 6:59:05 PM
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Art Critic: "I just love the busyness and confusion in this composition: it's such a metaphor for the hectic and frenetic nature of modern city life and our endless wanderings between buildings trying to put some order into our lives...."

Engineer: It's a PCB......

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jackOfManyTrades   12/9/2013 12:24:02 PM
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Art Critic: "It's much better than the usual nonsense we have to put up with."

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NoNIckName_#2   12/6/2013 9:47:07 PM
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I don't know art, but I know what I like.

NoNIckName_#2
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NoNIckName_#2   12/6/2013 9:50:57 PM
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 His designs don't work, but they do sell!

Caleb Kraft
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Caleb Kraft   1/6/2014 9:00:42 AM
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not uncommon at all!

David Ashton
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David Ashton   12/7/2013 12:21:38 AM
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(Gallery Curator to short-sighted Engineer): "Um, that's all very good, but this is the Art Gallery....I think you should be in the tech college next door....."

David Ashton
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David Ashton   12/7/2013 12:25:22 AM
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'What have I called it?   "Make Tracks!"'

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Crusty1   12/7/2013 5:16:21 AM
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Two for one "Art plus an embedded security system"

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zeeglen   12/7/2013 1:05:30 PM
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That guy snoring in the 2nd row is the CEO...

Wnderer
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Wnderer   12/7/2013 5:46:39 PM
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Bob went to great lengths to ensure that his layouts were not only functional but aesthetically pleasing.

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Wnderer   12/7/2013 5:58:43 PM
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Ernie got confused. Instead of sending the CAD files of the artwork for the new display board to the PCB fab house, he displayed the CAD files as artwork at the Fab House Art Gallery in PCB (Panama City Beach). 

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Caleb Kraft   1/6/2014 9:01:23 AM
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a common mistake I'm sure.

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NoNIckName_#2   12/8/2013 2:36:51 PM
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Now this pattern from the walls of the Grotte Chauvet in France is about 32,000 years old and clearly indicates that early Europeans engaged in primitive PCB design prior to the advent of computer simulation.

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Op Amp Art
betajet   12/8/2013 8:37:43 PM
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This is a fine example of late 20th Century Op Amp Art...

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Dozing off...
rfindley   12/9/2013 10:36:37 AM
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Not realizing he had dozed off, Phil revels at finally being recognized as a PCB "artiste".

Wnderer
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Wnderer   12/9/2013 12:26:34 PM
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"The juxtaposition of the thru-hole resistors with the surface mount TSOP packages symbolizes the speed of technological progress. This metaphor is in tension with the delay line which is crying out, 'Slow Down! Slow Down' ..."

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Nerdvana, a performance piece
Some Guy   12/9/2013 12:54:34 PM
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"Well, dear, the program says it's titled 'Nerdvana.' Some kind of performance art 'statement on the stifling rectilinear conventions of 14-layer board layout,' whatever that is."

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bnowak0   12/9/2013 1:14:52 PM
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The crowd was very impressed as they evaluated the latest masterpiece from the increasingly popular OrCART movement.

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BeeKeeper0   12/9/2013 1:19:55 PM
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"Art" sneeks a peek behind to see how it was done.

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Stephen_M   12/9/2013 1:22:55 PM
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I'm showing my design in a gallery because it is state of the art and this art proves it.

bnowak0
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bnowak0   12/9/2013 1:29:21 PM
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Meanwhile, at the Schmittsonian...

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BrainiacV   12/9/2013 3:14:20 PM
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Of course it is art! See that trace here? It is defective, rendering the board inoperable.

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BrainiacV   12/9/2013 4:43:57 PM
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If the schematics for the Apple II can be sold as art, why not mine as well?

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Scalability
jjulian274   12/9/2013 5:01:12 PM
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We see here a calculator circuit board from the 70s and the next step in miniturization below and to the left of the board.

 

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In the spot light
jjulian274   12/9/2013 5:03:12 PM
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Joe forgot to take into account the UV output of the flood lamps on the old-style EPROM mounted on the circuit board.

David Ashton
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David Ashton   12/9/2013 5:18:41 PM
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"These guys pay me a lot more for the boards than the PC Manufacturers do!"

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Caleb Kraft   1/6/2014 9:03:24 AM
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if you could get them to sell this might actually be a very true statement!

seaEE
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lemons to lemonaide
seaEE   12/9/2013 10:11:28 PM
The circuit failed spec miserably, but that did not deter Sales and Marketing.

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Monkey_noise   12/10/2013 4:43:49 AM
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I always wanted to be an artist but my father wanted me to get a proper job, SO i became a PCB Artist!! Best of both worlds!

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marriage of SMT & Thru' hole
prabhakar_deosthali   12/10/2013 8:01:01 AM
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This masterpeice , about 100 (semicondutor ) generations old , shows the  first marriage of Surface Mounts with the thru' holes, an incredible achievemnt at that time! - in PCB ARTwork.

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skriesberg   12/10/2013 9:55:35 AM
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This is a map of the art gallery....and we are here.

Wnderer
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Wnderer   12/10/2013 10:01:36 AM
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How Al got the National Endowment for the Arts to give him a grant to buy CAD software.

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Caleb Kraft   1/6/2014 9:04:29 AM
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Al sure is a crafty guy, that might just work.

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NoNIckName_#2   12/10/2013 5:38:16 PM
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Guess what, retired electrical engineers typically make crappy artists!

seaEE
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we found this in a bar
seaEE   12/11/2013 12:08:15 AM
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This is an early prototype, some might say "Take 1" of what later was called the Thablet, a handheld gizmo with a colossal screen which combined phone features with home theater capability. The fan which cooled the processor also served as a hot-air popcorn popper.

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Suprise!
MKolb   12/11/2013 2:54:06 PM
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As he was wandering through the PCB Technology museum, Jeff was noticing all of the mistakes in a board layout when he realized he was looking at his first board design from 20 years ago.

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MKolb   12/11/2013 3:02:12 PM
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Museum guide: ..and this is an example of how a PCB full of circuitry can now be replaced with a single small component.

MKolb
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MKolb   12/11/2013 3:14:23 PM
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..and this is an example of a PCB that wasn't designed to IPC 2221 and 2222.

MKolb
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MKolb   12/11/2013 3:18:21 PM
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Just like a typical engineer, Frank didn't realize that he was putting his audience to sleep as he talked about the technical details of his PCB artwork.

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MKolb   12/11/2013 3:23:22 PM
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At his PCB artwork management presentation, Bob forgot to minimize the design details discussion and to talk about cost and schedule.

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NoNIckName_#2   12/11/2013 4:42:21 PM
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I understand that art critics and the IEEE have unanimously panned his work.

Wnderer
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Wnderer   12/12/2013 1:13:04 PM
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Jill turned her attention to her smartphone. She wasn't impressed with Jack's artwork. She knew his dirty little secret. He had used an auto-router.

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eetcowie   12/13/2013 11:53:01 PM
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We all know what Road Kill is, but try this one out.

GEEK: acronym; Gallery Electrical Engineer Kill -- shown in this example, here!

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NoNIckName_#2   12/15/2013 3:23:04 PM
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Wow, not only is our best engineer a so-so artist, he's our only employee with three feet!  Smart money is on him in the company picnic 3-legged race.

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Denis.Giri   12/16/2013 3:12:52 AM
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Actual PCB of a 1-bit adder, before Moore's law started. scale 1:1

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HTS Engineer   12/16/2013 7:39:42 PM
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Is it just me or does the presenter have four legs? I knew this technology was not of this world.

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Caleb Kraft   1/6/2014 9:06:59 AM
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I had to go back and look... sure does look like it!

seaEE
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etched and sketched
seaEE   12/17/2013 1:00:03 AM
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"Well, I don't think I would call that work over there cubism, but it might fall in the genre of cubiclism."

David Ashton
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David Ashton   12/17/2013 1:27:18 AM
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"Right, Ladies and Gentlemen, what am I bid for this fine example of late 20th century electronic art?  Remember this is from the days before 3D Photonic ICs, there's not many boards around like this any more!  What am I bid??"

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gk3   12/23/2013 5:19:12 PM
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This, ladies and gentlemen, is true ART... I give you the Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter!

Denis.Giri
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Denis.Giri   12/29/2013 6:20:13 AM
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This rare piece is one of only 1 billion copies.

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Caleb Kraft   1/6/2014 9:10:06 AM
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please, no picutres... this board is probably in your phone anyway.

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Don Swaab   12/31/2013 3:32:30 AM
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This piece is titled "Still Life of an Unpeeled Apple", and the corporate sponsors are still trying to find out who leaked it to the general public.

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Caleb Kraft   1/6/2014 9:13:41 AM
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wow, i can actually picture that as the title of a real piece. Great idea!

Doug_S
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Doug_S   1/3/2014 10:46:56 PM
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The gallery patrons were at first amused by the awkardly dressed man who was studying the latest exhibit, but reacted in horror when he took out a green magic marker and started drawing on it.

 

He was screaming something about adding jumpers to fix post-release bugs when the police dragged him out.

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Caleb Kraft   1/6/2014 9:14:42 AM
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haha, can you imagine the frustration of engineers if artists actually did an exhibit of this type?

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