Engineers get a bad rap. We’re stereotyped as full out geeks: complete with taped glasses, poor fashion sense, pocket protectors, and nonexistant social skills. I little like my engineering friend Charlie:
(Just kidding. He dressed up like this for Halloween.
At least I think he only dressed up like this for Halloween. )
And I wouldn’t really say that the stereotype is unfounded. Just like all stereotypes, it doesn’t necessarily encompass the entire group and is the result of a few that give us a “bad” name. But most of us are just like you non-engineery types.
But yes, we do have our nerdy tendencies. We have a tendency to over analyze things because… well… we can. We can talk about the heat transfer properties of cast iron. We can discuss the friction coefficient of tires.** We are well versed in integration, differentiation, and laplace transforms. And while “nerdy” can classify as anybody that knows way too much about any one thing (for instance, Tommy Lee probably knows an unreal amount of information about drums), we are the dreaded type of nerd because nobody cares about what we know. Does anybody really want to know about the friction coefficient of tires? NO! THEY DON’T! And if anybody were to accidentally overhear any of that conversation, they would probably say, “Wow, those engineers can tell a mean bedtime story. This is so boring, I’m having a tough time keeping my eyes open… and it has only been about 15 seconds.”
But the thing is, I find those conversations to be hilarious. And maybe it’s just me, but I get a huge kick out of how bullheaded engineers can be and how willing we are to argue details. So yesterday, as I sat and did work while the men next to me discussed grilling and the physical properties of cast iron, the idea for “Way Too Nerdy Thursdays” came to me.
Every Thursday (assuming I remember) I will share a funny conversation, random factoid you may or may not be interested in, or a fact about myself that could be considered “nerdy”. The subject matter for these posts will come from conversations at work, with Dan, or just nerdy things that I have done in the past.
And sure, I might be pushing forward the engineering “nerdiest people ever” stereotype. And a lot of you probably won’t even think the stories that I’m going to share are interesting or funny. Most likely, you’ll be sitting there scratching your head thinking to yourself… “Uhh… I don’t really get it…. was that a joke?” But I will think they are interesting and funny, and I will be able to go through these stories at a not-to-distant point in the future and giggle like an idiot. And to me, that’s the point of having a blog in the first place. So I can reflect on it later.
And yes, “Way Too Nerdy Thursdays” can be renamed. If you have recommendations, please feel free to let me know.
I don’t have time to write up a nerdy encounter this week, so until next Thursday, please enjoy reading (or re-reading) about The Monty Hall Problem. It’s a pretty good post to get things started.