Saturday, October 20, 2007

Two kinds of engineers...

Type 1 looks at a problem and thinks about it for a day or two. Then he/she sits down at the computer and asks "What is the most elegant solution to the problem?" After more insight and refinement, the engineer builds the widget, tests it, and then grabs a victory beer.

Type 2, of which I am a charter member, looks at a problem and says "It's 3:15. What can I get done by 3:45? I need it to be effective, efficient, and the ugliest thing in all creation." That was the inspiration behind this thing I built a couple days ago. It takes pulses from a computer and turns it into a signal that switches a microwave plasma on and off. When I was done with the circuit board, I realized I didn't have a box for it - but I did have the cardboard box it shipped in. All I had to do was poke holes in the sides with a screwdriver and pull the wires through.

As an additional benefit, it looks like a cheap bomb.

I only wish my project was sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.

1 comment:

Ookami Snow said...

With the govt. new web crawling technology maybe soon your project will be sponsored when they find out about it... but that might be a bad thing