You Might Be an Engineer If…

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– you use a Factor of Safety of 3 for nearly everything in life.

You Might Be an Engineer If…

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– you not only time how late the members of your family are for leaving the house (which you can easily do since you are sitting in the car for a while), but you maintain a spreadsheet to keep track of their lateness.

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– you watch the World Series, and may care about one team winning, but what you really watch for are the cool slow-motion shots that show the movement of the baseball and the angles of the bat-ball interaction. That was really neat.

(engineeringdaze.com has some wrap-up thoughts on baseball, now that the World Series just finished the season.)

You Might Be a Caveman Engineer If…

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– you have timed yourself taking at least six different routes to the stream for water, under different weather and light conditions, and under different wild animal threats, in order to find out which is more efficient and results in less loss of life, on average.

 

(Tork, caveman engineer, the first engineer in history, make that pre-history, returns for this week on engineeringdaze.com.)

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– you are dating a girl and write an equation (or algorithm) to determine if she would be a “good fit” for a wife.

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– you politely ask your wife to quit gushing about the “gorgeous waterfall” you are visiting on your vacation so that you can complete estimations in your head on the volume and rate of water flow and to run some preliminary calculations on how much electricity could be harnessed from this resource.

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– you have taught, or at least tried to teach, your child all the factors that goes into the cost of running a car, including replacement rates and cost over time of at least 17 main components, only to get back a statement like, “Yeah, whatever, I still think the only cost is the gas.” (That child will not become an engineer.)

METRIC WEEK – You Might Be an Engineer If…

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– you convert all the distances in the Olympic events to the English System of measurements and use them in every day conversation about the Olympics, just to show how senseless it is for the USA not join the 98% of the world’s countries who use the metric system.

This week on engineeringdaze.com, we will pull together in one week some of the posts that were written to inform and to promote the metric system, an incredibly obviously superior system of measurement to the one we here in the United States use.

Hoping you all aren’t my friend, Dave, who has not idea how many feet are in a mile, but still thinks the rest of the world should be converted to the English System…

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– you enjoy the commute to work because it gives you time to calculate benefit/cost ratios for all the decisions that must be made at home (and so prove that buying a new car when the old breaks down no more than three times a year is not a wise choice).

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– most anyone in your family, if asked to describe you using one word, would take no time to think about it and say, “Engineer”, and consider the response all that is needed.

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