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Kristin Lewotsky
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re: Top Engineer: The hot new reality show
Kristin Lewotsky   11/13/2012 8:34:59 PM
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Let's see...besides pencils and pens (and lint), I've got a boxcutter, rubberbands, a double-headed screwdriver from Microchip (gotta love tradeshow giveaways), an SPIE LED flashlight (ditto), zip strips, a Leatherman multi-tool, a tape measure, batteries, and paperclips. Add duct tape and you've got enough to conquer the world!

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Nenik0   11/12/2012 7:53:50 AM
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: Build a particle accelerator using only the items in your top desk drawer. Hmm, top drawer, that might be a real challenge. Should you allow for second and third from top, that would be a breeze. In third, I keep most of the components. Second, all the tools. But top? There are only the pencils and rulers. Oh, and batteries, at least. Can I run in on AAs?

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John Wheeler   11/9/2012 5:12:40 PM
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Hi Kristin, John here from NYC. I've been thinking along somewhat similar lines. If we both found it worth our while, might there be a chance of us working together on some kind of project? Many ideas come to mind... All best, John Wheeler

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Colli   11/9/2012 9:10:49 AM
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In the UK, we used to have a programme called Scrapheap Challenge, which sounds just like the premise of Top Engineer. Did it ever broadcast in the U.S.?

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Kristin Lewotsky   11/8/2012 10:56:48 PM
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I actually watched a replay of the show last night and 90% of the people in it come off as completely brainless. I actually feel sort of bad for them – I doubt that they realized that the show producers were going to make them come off that way. There's one guy who appears to know something about programming – the rest appear to think that technology consists of selling things on websites.

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Kristin Lewotsky   11/8/2012 10:54:39 PM
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The prototype show sounds cool. I know the trend these days is to implement as much as possible in software but somebody still has to build stuff for the software to run, right? I've actually started a project to build a mechanical lift in my garage to rise from floor to door level. I'm a laser geek by training, so I'm in the process of figuring out what I need to know to run a servo motor. Should be fun!

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Battar   11/8/2012 8:54:06 PM
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Have Heather Knight host the show. That will teach 'em to stop calling engineers "geeks", and will certainly capture everyones full and undivided attention.

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dneves0   11/7/2012 5:59:09 PM
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Hi Kristin, You should probably enjoy a show that already exists from Discovery Channel called "Prototype This" where a team of engineers (from diverse fields) tries to build a fully working prototype in under a week I believe. As in real life, success is a bit plastic, but is always lots of fun to watch even if the goals are not fully met at the end! (http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/prototype-this/about/about.html) I really enjoy these kinds of shows and will eagerly way for the "Top Engineer" when it airs...

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Kristin Lewotsky   11/7/2012 4:59:18 PM
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What challenges would you present to the contestants on Top Engineer?



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