Department of Engineering Science

Department of Engineering Science

This is an old mate­ri­als engi­neer­ing hand­book that was giv­en to me by a pro­fes­sor upon his retire­ment from my under­grad uni­ver­si­ty. I believe he res­cued it from as it was being retired from the uni­ver­si­ty library. When he was clean­ing out his office, he asked a few stu­dents to come in, indi­vid­u­al­ly, and select two or three books out of his pro­fes­sion­al library. He’d got­ten all the books he wished to keep and want­ed to see the rest be put to some use. Though I think he was­n’t entire­ly sure of all of my selec­tions were so wise (name­ly, this par­tic­u­lar book, as I recall — due to it being sore­ly out­dat­ed by mod­ern exper­i­men­ta­tion tech­niques), he let me part with some books that I did indeed find use­ful.

More impor­tant­ly, I think, he sent me with a wealth of wis­dom about what it means to be a good engi­neer. The bits of advice he would pass on felt to me like true pages of secret wis­dom that had been lost on my gen­er­a­tion of engi­neers. Whether it was prop­er hand­writ­ing tech­nique or that an engi­neer should main­tain a per­son­al library, he knew that teach­ing stu­dents was even more than the tech­ni­cal fun­da­men­tals. Being a pro­fes­sion­al goes far beyond run­ning a set of num­bers.

Live Blogging the BSG Final Season Premiere

The begin­ning of the end of Bat­tlestar Galac­ti­ca. Angela and I are watch­ing:

  • Well, Earth sure a drag.
  • Hey! Hera uses the same plas­tic spoons as Ains­ley.
  • That beach where Tyrol is hav­ing some flash­back to old Earth… is that actu­al­ly the beach at Stan­ley Park in Van­cou­ver?
  • Well, Star­buck. I guess you’re the twelfth and final cylon. At least that sure seems to be only way this makes sense.
  • I’m so glad they’re using the creepy lost-five Cylon tune again.
  • So is there some Cylon res­ur­rec­tion ship/facility near Earth that Star­buck acci­den­tal­ly dis­cov­ered?
  • Dee is going to go psy­co, isn’t she? I mean she’s about to go third sea­son Star­buck crazy, right? Trag­i­cal­ly, yes.
  • Looks like pret­ty much every­one is going nuts. As if it were the end of the world or some… oh. Right.
  • I’m glad the show did­n’t over use the pop­u­la­tion count­down ele­ment. They real­ly used it spar­ing­ly, and to max­i­mum effect.
  • Wait, Ellen, whoa!
  • Angela: “So it’s not Kara! What is she?”
  • Where’s Ellen? If there was a res­ur­rec­tion ship near New Capri­ca, would it have brought Ellen back? If not, would­n’t she be gone for­ev­er?
  • So, is “the har­bin­ger of death” some­thing dif­fer­ent all toge­hter?
  • We may do this again next week. If so, I’ll prob­a­bly just update this post.

    Update: There is a ter­rif­ic inter­view with Ronald D. Moore, BSG’s exec­u­tive pro­duc­er, that I found via Adam Sav­age. Here’s a quote from Moore dur­ing that inter­view:

    My atti­tude was pret­ty much, “Look, we’re in the last chap­ter here. Any­one who’s come this far and doesn’t want to watch the rest — they’re a minor­i­ty at best.” Peo­ple are going to want to see how this turns out. And yeah, this is a very dark chap­ter. This may not even be the dark­est chap­ter.