Just further proof of what I keep telling my youngest daughter ... that she
needs to keep firmly in mind, in her daily dealings, that, by definition,
five out of every ten people she sees randomly on a dialy basis are _below_
the upper half of the "bell-curve" distribution (Gaussian normal
distribution) of human intelligence.
Depends, Swing. There are days around here when it seems like that
figure is closer to 8.9 out of 10.
Or, those days might those times when even the most brilliant people just
aren't thinking straight. Reminds me of one escapade when DOS was in vogue.
I proudly came home with my first CD drive, hooked it up and cleverly
created a batch file called CD.bat to make it run. During the next three
days I ripped out my remaining hair until I finally figured out why my batch
file wouldn't run the CD.
The problem lies with those who want to believe the things they have
The questions they enter into their search engines skew the results.
Enter: 'Bush's corporate executive failures' will get you more hits
than 'Bush's corporate executive successes.'
One must be as neutral as possible when posing the questions.
Still, one might find that somebody who wrote in a positive way about
Bush's corporate successes.
Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate was a governor.
NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our weapon is
suprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons
are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our three weapons
are fear, and surprise, and the ruthless efficiency...and an almost
fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Amongst our weapons...are fear,
surprise,... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear... I'll
come in again.
The two scenarios are really just newgraditis--they were present long
before computers were commonplace consumer items.
I remember the new electrical engineering grad back around 1975 who
when asked on a job interview to design a power supply for a piece of
consumer audio equipment put in a ten farad filter capacitor--now, ten
farad capacitors today are small and inexpensive, but at the time a
ten farad capacitor was something that you carried with a fork lift.
He wondered why the interviewer fell down on the floor laughing. The
sad thing about it is that I was not even an electrical engineer and I
could explain the problem to him.
Then there was the new aero engineering grad around the same time who
went on at length about how if an airliner that lost one wing wing and
all its flight controls had been "properly designed" then it would not
have crashed. Turns out his idea of "properly designed" required
among other things that that it be an unbraced biplane.
Personally I learned more in a month on the job as an engineer than I
had learned in four years at Georgia Tech.
I don't argue with your point, but I would argue that you would not
have been able to learn on the job had you not first learned in the
classroom. The challenge for the newly educated is to figure out how
to translate theoretical knowledge into practical application.
Warning: Spelling errors in this message are the product of a poor school
system. Pay teachures more than athletes.
I ws perfectly prepared for my first job by my four years at UIUC.
It was a very practical curriculum and that fact wasn't lost on my
employer (at one time there were six UIUC grads in my department).
Of course, working as a technician in the EE department for four
years in college didn't hurt.
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