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Re: Engineer's Christmas? (And A Rant About "The New Millenium Hoax")

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That's a good question.  For the first time since I've known my wife, she
gave me a Christmas present that, I think, somewhat acknowledges that I am a
part of the human race.  Although I've only just started to read it, "To
Engineer is Human" looks like it has promise.

David Murphy
Murphy Burr Curry, Inc.
55 Hawthorne Street, Ste 400
San Francisco, CA 94105
dmurphy(--nospam--at)mbcse.com
(415) 495-4240 voice
(415) 541-9049 fax
----- Original Message -----
From: "Polhemus, Bill" <wlpolhemus(--nospam--at)sbinfra.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>; <structx(--nospam--at)topica.com>
Sent: Monday, December 27, 1999 12:42 PM
Subject: Engineer's Christmas? (And A Rant About "The New Millenium Hoax")


> I can't help but wonder:
>
> Who among us got something as a gift this Christmas that ONLY an
> engineer--preferably a structural engineer--could love? Something from
> someone who cares enough to send the very nerdiest? A gift that let's you
> know that this person REALLY UNDERSTANDS and KNOWS you well, that you are
> first and foremost a (structural) engineer?
>
> For example: About five years ago my wife actually did the research and
> consulted with some of my colleagues, unbeknownst to me, and got a very
> fancy HP 46 (?) graphing calculator, not realizing that I don't really use
> the fancy calculators as I did when I was in school (and she and I were
> newly married), preferring MathCad and spreadsheets. But it was the
THOUGHT
> that counted; it was her way of letting me know that I was HER NERD, above
> all other nerds!
>
> Anyone get anything in a similar vein this year? I bet we'd ALL love to
hear
> about it!
>
> Regards and happy holidays.
>
> (P.S. NOTE that I don't say "happy new millenium"! Is it just me or is
> anyone else in here on the brink of calling up the stupid, ignorant radio
> and television and newspaper idiots in this town to tell them just HOW
> stupid and ignorant they are for perpetuating the myth that the year 2000
> signifies the dawn of the 21st century--and the third millenium A.D.--when
> it is actually the LAST YEAR of the 20th Century, and of the second
> millenium? Ah, well, but I digress...  Gotta go check my blood pressure
> now!)
>
> Regards, again.
>