The Return of the 3D Printed Flying Toaster!

Does everybody still know why in the ‘old’ days there was the need for running a ‘screen saver’ on the computer? With the modern LCD displays they lost their initial purpose.  After “3D Printed Classic Mac Apple Watch Charging Station” I’m doing more ‘good old days’ 3D printing. The ‘elder ones’ might remember the “After Dark” screen saver software for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows machines. Yes, that was 1991! For me most famous and iconic theme were the “Flying Toasters”:

Flying Toasters

Flying Toasters

Now there is a 3D printed version 🙂

Flying Toaster SD Card Holder

Flying Toaster SD Card Holder

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True or False Exam Questions

To facilitate student learning and preparation for the exams, I passed today a collection of exam questions with solution hints to the students. And as well why I’m *not* asking simple ‘true or false’ questions my exams:

The Right Way to Answer True or False Questions

The Right Way to Answer True or False Questions

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Engineering Joke of the Week: The Genie

Three men: a project manager, a software engineer, and a hardware engineer are helping out on a project. About midweek they decide to walk up and down the beach during their lunch hour. Halfway up the beach, they stumbled upon a lamp. As they rub the lamp a genie appears and says “Normally I would grant you three wishes, but since there are three of you, I will grant you each one wish.”
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Engineering Joke of the Week: The Train Ticket

On a train to a large computer convention, there was a bunch of engineers and a bunch of managers. Each of the managers had a train ticket. The group of engineers had only ONE ticket for all of them. The managers started laughing, figuring the engineers were going to get caught and thrown off the train.

When one of the engineers, the lookout, said, “Here comes the conductor,” all of the engineers went into the bathroom. The managers were puzzled.
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Engineering Joke of the Week: The Frog

A young engineer was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.” He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket.

The frog spoke up again and said, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful Princess, I will stay with you for one week.” The young engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.
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Engineering Joke of the Week: The Pet Shop

A tourist walked into a pet shop and was looking at the animals on display. While he was there, another customer walked in and said to the shopkeeper: “I’ll  have a C-monkey please”.

The shopkeeper nodded, went over to a cage at the side of the shop, and took out a monkey. He fit a collar and leash and handed it to the customer, saying “That’ll be $5000”.

The customer paid and walked out with his monkey.

Startled, the tourist went over to the shopkeeper and said: “That was a very expensive monkey, most of them are only a few hundred dollars. Why did it cost so much?”
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Engineering Joke of the Week: The Tunnel

I’m a believer that engineers not only need to act in a professional and ethical way, but they have to have some sense of humor too. For that reason I have the tradition to tell the class (almost) every semester week a joke or fun story with an engineering background :-). And to make it stick, at the exams there is always one bonus questions about these engineering jokes. Some of the jokes or fun stories came from my daughters, some from my former students, and some I have found myself. I have asked to share the fun story from this week, so here we go….

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The Turbo Encabulator

At the university the mid-term presentations are due. Which reminds me about the importance to use the right terms and keywords not only for scientific presentations and abstracts, but as well to use and know the correct terms in any presentation or documentation. A have been pointed to an interesting concept: The Turbo Encabulator, described in this data sheet:

Turboencabulator

Turboencabulator

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What Meetings feel like for Engineers

My students and everyone in my office know me: I’m a HUGE fan of Dilbert. There is rarely a lecture for which I do not have a Dilbert cartoon which shows the daily life of an engineer  in as few as 3 cartoons. Humor is a good way to reflect behaviour and to have a laugh, so usually I tell every week a fun story to the class. I collect fun stories from students, from my family, my peers, or from my life as teacher, researcher and engineer.

And here I share my newest fun story (a video this time): An engineer as ‘expert’ in a business/requirement meeting. The task is simple: create seven red lines. But the twist is that these lines must be perpendicular

The Meeting with the Expert

The Meeting with the Expert

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