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zikotter posting in Anthropomorphic Engineers
User: zikotter
Date: 2012-10-02 23:44
Subject: Hiya! MechE here.
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I'm a senior+ Mechanical Engineering undergrad at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. I'll be out of here with a BS in December. I'd like to head to grad school specializing in mechatronics somewhere else around the country (or the globe?) and am also looking for work in the field. (The job market's awful, but you never know when you might get lucky, right?) If anyone has any advice or wants to say hi then please do :3
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mejeep deMeep ferret posting in Anthropomorphic Engineers
User: mejeep
Date: 2012-06-12 02:46
Subject: ever more for EEs to learn
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I've always been fascinated by non-traditional computer architectures.
This is the first I've heard of "flow processors":
HUNDREDS of elements on one chip for packet processing

one mfgr: http://www.netronome.com/

and an amusing Intel video with a shrink ray to demonstrate their new transistor:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIkMaQJSyP8
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Kuri posting in Anthropomorphic Engineers
User: kuri_ree
Date: 2011-02-03 23:58
Subject: I'm a square peg in a round hole...
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Hi guys! I'm... well, this may be kind of awkward.

I'm actually a Communication Arts student. Nope, not Electronic Communication Engineering. Just plain Communication Arts. It's somewhat like Mass Communication. The artsy fartsy people.

I admit that engineering has never been my forte. My weakest subjects are... well, Math and Science. Sigh. But I still find engineering quite fascinating. There are things I do as a Comm Arts student that require engineering skills, such as photography. No joke.

Anyway, that's not why I'm here. My boyfriend is currently a mechanical engineer in the making. As of the moment, he's brainstorming for his thesis. He and his thesis mates had around 8 ideas, and all of them got rejected.

Would you guys recommend any possible thesis topics? It would be of great help. Thank you very much!
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Pyesetz the Dog posting in Anthropomorphic Engineers
User: pyesetz
Date: 2010-12-02 21:51
Subject: From the mouth of Linus Torvalds
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Now, I do understand that everybody idolizes us software people.  Yes, we really are better, smarter, and more good-looking than hardware engineers.  Life is not fair, and the adoration of the masses can be unbearable at times.  When I go to the mall, I'm covered in womens underwear in minutes—it's just embarrassing.
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Now, look down at your keyboard, and look back at me.  Look down.  Look back.  You may never be as beautiful and smart as a software engineer, but with Old Spice, you can at least smell like one.

Hardware and software should work together.  And that does not mean that hardware should just lay there like a dead fish, while software does all the work.  It should be actively participating in the action, getting all excited about its own body and about its own capabilities.
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Tell any Itanium designers you know to grow a pair, and stand up for themselves, and say "Yes we can do it on our own.  We don't need to have our diapers changed by the software people.  We can go potty on our own, and we are strong!"

Tell them to grow the f*ck up.

By the incomparable Linus Torvalds
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Pyesetz the Dog posting in Anthropomorphic Engineers
User: pyesetz
Date: 2010-08-03 18:40
Subject: Disk drive unleashed
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yISqCAnROh8

I especially like seconds 8 through 11 of the video.

(via the CHEEZburger network)
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lupus londonwolf posting in Anthropomorphic Engineers
User: londonwolf
Date: 2010-07-27 15:55
Subject: What is an engineer?
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Engineering is the art of modelling materials we do not understand into shapes we cannot precisely analyse so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.

:) Made me chuckle anyway
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Kiran Lightpaw posting in Anthropomorphic Engineers
User: kiranlightpaw
Date: 2010-03-01 09:35
Subject: We get no respect! :P
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Engineers tired of being outshined by scientists
Einstein, Newton, Hawking — the heroes of science trip out of memory effortlessly. But where are the heroes of engineering, those doughty souls who built our modern world?
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/columnist/vergano/2010-02-26-engineers_N.htm
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mejeep deMeep ferret posting in Anthropomorphic Engineers
User: mejeep
Date: 2010-02-25 17:40
Subject: the right to ARM ferrets?
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Is anyone developing things with the ARM microcontroller, particularly embedded things like the Linksys routers?
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Jeff The Furtive Fox posting in Anthropomorphic Engineers
User: furtivefox
Date: 2009-11-24 15:15
Subject: Sparkfun Free Day
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Location:Work
Mood:excitedexcited
Music:Pearl Jam
Nobody gives away a free physical thing. There's always a catch. So up front: you have to pay shipping. Other than that, it's open season.

* $100 max per household
* You pay shipping
* Limit of $100,000 in giveaways for the day
* Starts 9AM MST January 7th, 2010
* Ends 11PM MST January 7th, 2010 (or when we hit $100k, whichever comes first)
* Rainchecks for popular items will be allowed


More info here: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/news.php?id=305
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Shiver posting in Anthropomorphic Engineers
User: shiver_raccoon
Date: 2009-10-12 15:14
Subject: Music!
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So what does music have to do with engineering? Plenty, when Julia Ecklar and Leslie Fish put "Hymn to Breaking Strain" by Rudyard Kipling (of special note to Canadian engineers) to music.

I just discovered this song the other day (although I've known about Leslie's music for a while, and her penchant for putting Kipling's writings to music). It's quite an interesting song about human and material limits, although I had to look up the reference to macadam.

Do you know any other engineering-related songs that you can recommend?
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