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kdboyce
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re: It's a new TV season soon, and again, engineers are mostly missing
kdboyce   8/2/2011 5:22:55 AM
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How about the Rodney McKay character of Stargate Atlantis? Whenever I saw the shows, he was kinda like a souped up Scotty of Star Trek. Oh well...all of it wasn't real so why should the characters be portrayed correctly?

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yadayada   8/1/2011 8:39:02 PM
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The best "enginering" shows on TV are all on Discovery and Science networks. Build It Bigger (with an architect host ... sigh) Big Bigger Biggest How It's Made Mythbusters But, an engineer as the protagonist or antagonist in a drama? Batman and Ironman come to mind :-)

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re: It's a new TV season soon, and again, engineers are mostly missing
ndancer   8/1/2011 8:06:02 PM
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Hey, Max. I hadn't heard that, but I'll use it. Thanks.

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re: It's a new TV season soon, and again, engineers are mostly missing
Max The Magnificent   8/1/2011 7:57:06 PM
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@ndancer The way I remember that quote is: If itís green or wriggles, itís biology. If it stinks, itís chemistry. If it doesnít work, itís physics. If itís useful, itís engineering.

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re: It's a new TV season soon, and again, engineers are mostly missing
ninjaneer451   8/1/2011 7:53:15 PM
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I find that the better I do my job the less visible I am. As a profession, I think that is also largely the case as well. A lot of the moments when I get special credit happen when I am fixing something that is broken, either a design or a schedule. Engineering in media is too often unrealistic or negative. Not seeing engineering happen on TV probably does not hurt us at all.

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ndancer   8/1/2011 7:51:40 PM
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A bizarre subspecies of some sort? Hum, let me think. I guess I can relate to that. Yes, I'm sure I can. There are the software guys that don't know which end of a soldering iron to hold (although the learning curve is quite short), there are the hardware types that think data classes are taken in college, and there are the chemical types ... One of my professors in college broke the physical sciences into three categories: if it moves, it's biology; if it stinks, it's chemistry; if it doesn't work, it's physics. Yes, I can relate to a bizarre subspecies. I really can.

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Max The Magnificent   8/1/2011 6:41:29 PM
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I keep on meaning to do something about this ... but I always get hung up on who we should get to play me on TV and on the big screen ... we need to keep it realistic, of course ... perhaps today's version of a young Tom Cruise...

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re: It's a new TV season soon, and again, engineers are mostly missing
BicycleBill   7/30/2011 8:20:09 PM
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Two comments to the above: --yes, there are shows where engineers are key to the plotline or to helping the lead characters, but that's not the same as being the lead --re McGyver: I heard so much about this series over the years that I actually got DVDs of the series from a library, watched about 10-12 episodes, and was very disappointed: the actual amount of "engineering" or improvisation is very, very little. Somehow, the show has a lingering reputation that is much more impressive than the episodes I saw!

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agk   7/30/2011 11:59:57 AM
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Engineers to be brought into TV shows.xamples are those in space research, satelite designs,sophisticated instruments in the fields of medical diagonasis,geology,contributors towards education,inventors of new technology . definitely pople will enjoy viewing their achivements and it will induce the minds of youth.

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re: It's a new TV season soon, and again, engineers are mostly missing
Stu4   7/29/2011 9:18:27 PM
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Ah, but what about Star Trek. Engineering figured prominently usually getting them out of the frying pan with seconds to spare.

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