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Current Issue: Wednesday July 9, 2008
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Stuff Engineers Like
By Dawson Overton
The Discovery Channel – It is very important for engineers to distinguish themselves from the other “technical” majors of math and science. After all, they are “applied” science majors, and despite most of their theoretical courses being almost identical to the courses taken by their less practical counterparts, they will never miss a chance to explain to lesser students how we would still be in the stone age if it weren’t for technology (and clearly, by association, engineering). It is therefore natural that engineers love television’s greatest celebration of applied science in history, the Discovery Channel! If invited to an engineer’s house, there is an 80% chance that they will be watching Discovery Channel. This can be a prime opportunity to raise your engineering status by saying “Oh, this episode of Mythbusters is pretty interesting, but after watching it four times I can’t help but argue with the grade of neodymium magnets they use for their wall climbers”.
Thinkpads – Engineers are all about practicality, and there is no laptop that is more closely associated with this word than the Lenovo Thinkpad. A helpful tip for finding out the locations of engineering lecture halls is to observe the number of Thinkpads in the room; if there isn’t at least one Thinkpad present, you aren’t in an Engineering class. Engineers are crazy about Thinkpads, and this is not surprising given their unique ability to appreciate their business-class reliability and black, minimalist design. When discussing laptops with an engineer, do not mention that Thinkpads cost almost twice what a more consumer-oriented laptop with similar hardware would, or that they have terrible proprietary software – they are very likely to become hostile and launch a long-winded rant concerning the inconsequentiality of these claims and the indisputable superiority of their laptop choice. Useful guideline: insulting an engineer’s Thinkpad is roughly equivalent to insulting his or her mother.
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