You Might Be an Engineer If...

  • You have "Dilbert” comics displayed anywhere in your work area.
  • You assume that a "horse" is a "sphere" in order to make the math easier.
  • "Big O" has a totally different meaning to you.
  • The only jokes you receive are through e-mail.
  • You have ever debated who was a better captain: Kirk or Picard.
  • You ever forgot to get a haircut … for 6 months.
  • You have ever owned a calculator with no equals key and know what RPN stands for.
  • You have ever saved the power cord from a broken appliance.
  • You have memorized the Discovery Channel programming schedule, but have seen most of the shows already.
  • You know how to take the cover off your computer, and what size screwdriver to use.
  • You think your computer looks better without the cover.
  • You thought the contraption ET used to phone home was stupid.
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  • Everyone else on the Alaskan cruise is on deck peering at the scenery, and you are still on a personal tour of the engine room.
  • The salespeople at Circuit City can't answer any of your questions.
  • You bought your spouse a new CD ROM for his/her birthday.
  • You go on the rides at Disneyland and sit backwards in the chairs to see how they do the special effects.
  • You have more friends on the Internet than in real life.
  • You spent more on your calculator than on your wedding ring.
  • You still own a slide rule and you know how to work it.
  • You think that when people around you yawn, it's because they didn't get enough sleep.
  • You're in the back seat of your car, everyone else is looking at the moon, and you're trying to locate a geosynchronous satellite.
  • You know what the geosynchronous satellite function is.
  • You're actually curious enough about geosynchronous satellite function to click here and read about it.
  • Your wrist watch has more computing power than a 300 MHz Pentium.
  • You can't remember what's behind the door in the engineering building which says "Exit".
  • You solder tools together to form new objects.
  • After you tell people that time travel is impossible, minutes later you think of how you would build a time machine.
  • You get angry when people won't let you fix things they've broken.
  • You tried to invent various lego contraptions in the hope of making money when you were a kid.
  • Your spouse sends you an e-mail instead of calling you to dinner.
  • You reason that a wireless LAN is a toy your kid would enjoy.
  • You inform people during Star Wars, that the ships in should all be silent in space. You have to...you just can't let a thing like that slide.
  • You rotate your screen savers more frequently than your automobile tires.
  • You thought the real heroes of "Apollo 13" were the mission controllers.
  • You carry on a one-hour debate over the expected results of a test that actually takes five minutes to run.
  • You are convinced you can build a phaser out of your garage door opener and your camera's flash attachment.
  • You rooted for HAL.
  • You think of the gadgets in your office as "friends" but forget to send your father a birthday card.
  • You can prove that, according to Heisenberg, your work or homework could be anywhere in the world!
  • Your three-year-old son asks why the sky is blue and you try to explain atmospheric absorption theory.
  • You have ever thought about how coffee changes color in the body.
  • You try to explain entropy to strangers at your table during casual dinner conversation.
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  • You not only know the names of the astronauts but the exact date and time of the first lunar landing (3:17 PM CDT, July 20, 1969).
  • Someone comments on the "mirage" effect in the desert as a reflection of water you must correct them since it is actually refraction of light.
  • Spilling coffee while on the phone is such a common occurrence for you that you don't even miss a beat in your conversation as you scramble to move things aside and dab at the papers on your desk.
  • You consistantly flip the TV to the NASA channel so not to miss a broadcast and what the heck, the NASA logo adds a certain ambience to your decor.
  • Your favorite actor is R2D2.
  • Your child asks for help with a model airplane and you take over insisting that there are design flaws.
  • You stare at an orange juice container because it says concentrate.
  • You have modified your can-opener to be microprocessor driven.
  • When your family is expecting, you are more interested in the ultrasound equipment than the test results.
  • You can assign a physical unit to every letter in the English alphabet.
  • You comment to your spouse that his/her straight hair is nice and parallel.
  • You have a functioning home copier machine, but every toaster you own turns bread into charcoal.
  • You frequently whistle the theme song to "MacGyver".
  • You find Matlab extremely useful.
  • You know calculus isn’t a high level math.
  • You know the significance of the number "42".
  • You just don't have the heart to throw away the 100-in-1 electronics kit you got for your 9th birthday.
  • You love Dr. Who and know the history of the Daleks.
  • You walk into a room and notice that a picture is hanging crooked so you buy a CAD system and spend the next six months designing a solar-powered, self-adjusting picture frame while often stating aloud your belief that the inventor of the nail was a total moron.
  • Your favorite television show is NOVA.
  • You just spent an inordinate amount of time exploring this list.
Sources:

Amjad's Blog
Back Talk
Brinkmanonline.com
Chainletters.net
ChemicalProcessing.com
Defective Engineer
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The EE Compendium


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Anonymous said…
This is the best "You might be an Engineer If..." and I loved all the links.......
Thanks! I had so much fun writing and researching this post.

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