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Klinkenbecker   8/10/2013 2:52:30 PM
This is almost as exciting as watching your holiday/vacation photos.

Nevermind that Spock wasn't an engineer. Scotty was the engineer.

Having spent my life as an engineer, I can tell you people regard us as one level above a plumber - a necessary, but expensive, overhead.

Pretty much the way Scotty is treated in the program in fact...


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Re: Skipping a generation
Isaac Barbary   8/9/2013 10:06:16 PM
This article is cracking me up. I don't think any of my toys escaped my screwdriver.


"but I was only interested in tracing the paths of the pipes in the sprinkler system."

Hah! I did the same thing to my parents when I was about 5. They took me to a museum and the only thing I was interested in was all the pipes and conduit hung from the ceiling. I'm 33 now and my mother still tells that story to people!

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A precocious child?
_hm   8/9/2013 8:13:12 PM
It is very interesting to watch our children growing with different abilities and different interests. To parents all kids are briliant and that may be true.

However, to brand one's kid at so early age is not good premonition. At this tender age they should be given more wider exposure to different possiblities. Also in place of branding and binding them with (sometime) your own inner desire is not desirable practice.

All kids should be given carte blanche to pursue what they dream to be correct and support them in fulfulling their dreams.



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Re: Skipping a generation
Bert22306   8/9/2013 7:03:54 PM
Great story, Glenn, and it rings so familiar. The part about the teacher, especially. I too remember countless times, at school and even at home sometimes, when what I might have been obsessing over was deemed trivial. This is more common in grade school, I think, before you get to the more nerdy/techie teachers who might occasionally actually share your interests.

Which is what I find so refreshing about Caleb's attitude. Impressive. I too strived to show interest in and encourage my daughter, from the time she first demonstrated where her interests were. Which happens at an incredibly young age. Easily by the time they're 1 year old.

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Re: Skipping a generation
gah4   8/9/2013 6:40:19 PM
Yes, it too was interested in sprinkler systems. When I was four, my father installed a sprinkler system in our new house. (New house, bare yard). When we went to nearby Sears store, I would go to the plumbing department to look at sprinkler parts, and even explain to other customers what to do with them.

In Kindergarten, I would design sprinkler systems with Tinker-toys (everyone here remembers them, right?).  My teacher didn't like that, though, and I was told not to do it.

Some time later when I had another one designed, she commented on how nice it was, and asked about it. When told it was a sprinkler system design, she then didn't like it anymore. And I still remember that 50 years later! 

Even before that, I was interested in electrical things, since I was about two. 

My father is a physicist, so he understood my pretty early, but not everyone did.

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Re: My son the engineer (chemical engineer)
junko.yoshida   8/9/2013 3:54:32 PM
Thanks for sharing your story @vlsi_guy.

What a story. I found myself captivated to your narrative and cruel outcomes life sometimes unfolds to all of us.

But I am really glad to hear your middle son seems to be better lately with the help of meds.

Medical science advances leaps and bounds every year. Let's keep faith in the development of science. More importantly, though, reading between the lines -- the way you told your story, I can tell what a great, caring Dad you are to your kids.

Hugs to you!


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Re: Skipping a generation
junko.yoshida   8/9/2013 3:41:08 PM

They hoped I would love all the pretty flowers and plants, but I was only interested in tracing the paths of the pipes in the sprinkler system.  (This is good practice for working with multi-layer PC boards.)

wow, this is a great story... that's definitely a clue!

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Re: My son the engineer (chemical engineer)
binghe0   8/9/2013 3:33:29 PM
God bless your son

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Skipping a generation
betajet   8/9/2013 2:40:49 PM
My parents are both humanities types: Art History and English Lit.  They discovered that I would be an engineer when I was about 3 years old and took me to the Botanical Gardens.  They hoped I would love all the pretty flowers and plants, but I was only interested in tracing the paths of the pipes in the sprinkler system.  (This is good practice for working with multi-layer PC boards.)

My grandfather was an engineer, so it skipped a generation.  My two daughters are both technically adept and highly skilled in using computers, but neither showed any interest in becoming an engineer.  They went into Art and Art History, like my dad -- even though their other grandpa was an engineer.

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My short tale
rick merritt   8/9/2013 1:47:09 PM
I'm an English major, earning a tiny piece of an engineering degree every day as a reporter at EE Times. Its refreshing interviewing and writing for such a sophisticated audeince.

I would often talk to my kids about the neat people and things I learned at work. I took them to the Intel Museum just down the street once.

But I think the writing and music deep in my bones was more influential on them then my talks and the museum visit. They did not go into STEM.

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