On 01/03/2014 06:57 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Now that you mention it, that has probably been going around for over 40
years...but I had not heard it in such a long time I had forgotten.
BTW: I managed to get through Thermodynamics but all those fractional
exponents were weird. At least I knew the answers were supposed to come
Since I graduated 40 years ago and I took Chemistry as a Freshman...
That was one advantage of using a slipstick. The problems were
(usually) set up to come out even. If you got some weird-ass answer,
you knew it was wrong. One of my profs was all for allowing
calculators (the EE department never restricted them - IIRC, it was
TAM who was being dumb) because he could then give "real" problems on
exams. Phooey! ;-)
On 01/03/2014 10:36 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
My favorite problem was to calculate how long it would take to make a
Baked Alaska. We were just told to assume that ice cream was equivalent
to water. The oven temp was 450 F
When I came up with an answer that was something like five minutes I
figured I was right.
One clown in my class came up with 4 hours.
When he failed the exam I heard a comment that he maybe was trying to
bake the entire state of Alaska.
On 1/3/2014 5:57 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Well, it's the first time I heard it, and I thought it was funny as
hell. College always bored me, those drunken frat rats, with their
monthly checks from Mommy. Those who can do. Those who can't teach.
Those who are making up their minds just continue to go to college.
I was not a terribly serious student for the first two years
and I ended up getting drafted in 1969.
When I got out two years later I decided it was time to buckle-down.
I resumed my education at a different school and stayed there until I
used up every last cent of the GI bill. I had completed all of the
requirements for an EE but when it was time to get my degree I was told
that not all of the courses I had taken at the first college would transfer.
By that time I was out of money and ready to get married, have a kid and
buy a house...and I needed a job. All I could get was a Psychology
degree so I took it but hardly wanted to end up a psych ward orderly.
I got a job as an electronics tech but through additional courses taken
at night school and mostly on the job training, over the years I worked
my way up to Senior Service Engineer.
It turned out that the psychology came in handy because I had to deal
with people who were panicked and what they thought was an emergency was
not really always quite as serious as they thought.
OTOH: I had to explain to my own managers that if a customer /thought/
they had an emergency, we had better treat it as one.
In the 38 years I was on the job the biggest emergency I can think of
was at a children's hospital. One of their main back up UPS systems went
down and half our company scrambled out there to get it running again
ASAP. I had visions of children on life support systems that could fail.
The supervisor for the hospital explained that they had all the medical
equipment backed up with generators and there was no medical emergency.
The emergency they were facing was even bigger.
The UPS system that went down was for the computer they used to send out
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