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Old Aug 24, 22, 5:02 pm
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Originally Posted by YOWgary View Post
Only if you make said jewelry out of the rubble of something one of your predecessors destroyed by doing their job badly.
Hmm... Not sure I can make anything out of spreadsheets and PowerPoints.
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Old Aug 24, 22, 5:45 pm
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Isn't the answer "use all the training required to justify such a ring to resize it yourself at home"?
As an electrical engineer, I've tried that. I got a nasty shock but the ring is still stuck on my finger.
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Old Aug 24, 22, 6:16 pm
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Originally Posted by YOWgary View Post
Only if you make said jewelry out of the rubble of something one of your predecessors destroyed by doing their job badly.
That's a bit of myth, but we engineers still use it to pimp our incredible humility. Especially us vastly superior Electricals.
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Old Aug 24, 22, 6:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Bohemian1 View Post
That's a bit of myth, but we engineers still use it to pimp our incredible humility. Especially us vastly superior Electricals.
It is, but the symbolism works particularly well in this case.

​​​​​​.by the way, its always bothered me that Electrical Engineers dont wear non-conductive rings. Arent you people supposed to know better?
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Old Aug 24, 22, 6:55 pm
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Originally Posted by YOWgary View Post
It is, but the symbolism works particularly well in this case.

​​​​​​….by the way, it’s always bothered me that Electrical Engineers don’t wear non-conductive rings. Aren’t you people supposed to know better?
For the only, exactly one, Power (i.e. > 5 volts) class I was forced to take, our lab prof would stand proximate to all kinds of sinister, high voltage thingys with one hand in his pocket "for safety". That, and his tie dangling right over the spinning bits of the aforementioned thingys.

The ring was the least of his problems.
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Old Aug 24, 22, 7:03 pm
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It's always fascinated me how thoroughly scrupulous engineers can be in their work, while also being some of the more thoroughly risk-comfortable people I've ever met in their recreational lives.

Nobody drinks like Engineers, at least not where I went to school, and one or two of my friends may still have some... outstanding questions to answer, somewhere, about the suspension of various Volkswagens from various landmarks.
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Old Aug 24, 22, 7:40 pm
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Originally Posted by YOWgary View Post
It's always fascinated me how thoroughly scrupulous engineers can be in their work, while also being some of the more thoroughly risk-comfortable people I've ever met in their recreational lives.

Nobody drinks like Engineers, at least not where I went to school, and one or two of my friends may still have some... outstanding questions to answer, somewhere, about the suspension of various Volkswagens from various landmarks.
Different situations deserve different safety factor.
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Old Aug 24, 22, 7:53 pm
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Originally Posted by Bohemian1 View Post
For the only, exactly one, Power (i.e. > 5 volts) class I was forced to take, our lab prof would stand proximate to all kinds of sinister, high voltage thingys with one hand in his pocket "for safety". That, and his tie dangling right over the spinning bits of teh aforementioned thingys.

The ring was the least of his problems.
To this day there are still occasions when I work with one hand in my pocket. So far, this approach has helped me successfully avoid being electrocuted

(And ... no. A proper experiment with double blind controls has not been conducted. Or electrocuted)
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Old Aug 24, 22, 8:45 pm
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Originally Posted by YOWgary View Post
Nobody drinks like Engineers, at least not where I went to school, and one or two of my friends may still have some... outstanding questions to answer, somewhere, about the suspension of various Volkswagens from various landmarks.
Is there any faculty that doesn't think they party harder than everyone else at university?
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Old Aug 24, 22, 9:52 pm
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Is there any faculty that doesn't think they party harder than everyone else at university?
If there's a ranked list of individuals who've personally held the largest liquor licenses of any university event in Canadian history, my name's got to be somewhere in the single digits.

I can claim legitimate expertise on the logistics of post-secondary consumption, and having belonged to a non-ApSci faculty that had a fierce rivalry with the Engineers, it brings me no joy to verify that they did in fact go harder than everybody else.
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Is there any faculty that doesn't think they party harder than everyone else at university?
Div School?
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Div School?
Some nights its sacrament at 6, then 6:30, then 7, 7:30.....
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Old Aug 26, 22, 1:59 pm
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I had to call a bank today about my credit card. I couldn't access online statements due to their fubared backend and I was pretty sure I had a new statement. The response from the very sincere and helpful CSA was priceless.

No, they could not just email a PDF copy for some obscure reason. So, I was given three other, more creative options.

The first was to snail mail me a copy. Brilliant, as I would be gone by the time it got here and would miss the payment due date. So, No.

The second option was to read me my statement line by line over the phone. Like I was rolling cigars or something. Nope.

The third option was that they could send me a fax. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? I mean, I'm old, but not that old.

I know exactly one person with a fax machine, and he's on FT. Maybe I should have just had it sent to him.

I guess I will just wait for their mainframe to reboot.
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Old Aug 26, 22, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Bohemian1 View Post
I had to call a bank today about my credit card. I couldn't access online statements due to their fubared backend and I was pretty sure I had a new statement. The response from the very sincere and helpful CSA was priceless.

No, they could not just email a PDF copy for some obscure reason. So, I was given three other, more creative options.

The first was to snail mail me a copy. Brilliant, as I would be gone by the time it got here and would miss the payment due date. So, No.

The second option was to read me my statement line by line over the phone. Like I was rolling cigars or something. Nope.

The third option was that they could send me a fax. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? I mean, I'm old, but not that old.

I know exactly one person with a fax machine, and he's on FT. Maybe I should have just had it sent to him.

I guess I will just wait for their mainframe to reboot.
BTW, I've been meaning to tell you that I borrowed your credit card while we were in Munich last weekend. Hope that's ok.
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Old Aug 26, 22, 2:09 pm
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BTW, I've been meaning to tell you that I borrowed your credit card while we were in Munich last weekend. Hope that's ok.
You jest, but I've had something very similar happen in HKG once.

Me and a colleague at dinner and we split the cheque. With two identical looking black cards. And we each put the others card in their wallets and flew off that afternoon.

I didn't notice until a day or two later. Since I was based in YVR and he was based in YYZ, FedEx saved the day.
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