Archive for the ‘Engineering’ Category

Professional Practice Exam

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Lauren and I wrote our PPE for the PEO. Ethics and Law were ringing through my head at the time. Another test that is complete in the walk of life.

After the test we caught up with some friends, had dinner and then went back to Jay’s to play with is new Nintendo Wii Console.

It is a very different gaming system. You make the motion with your hands holding the controllers to move your characters on the screen. It was very fun, and rather addicting. Even Lauren liked the games — bowling, tennis, boxing and baseball — and she’s a pretty hard critic of video consoles in general.

No Silver Bullet

Friday, October 13th, 2006

More seriously, even perfect program verification can only establish that a program meets its specification. The hardest part of the software task is arriving at a complete and consistent specification, and much of the essence of building a program is in fact the debugging of the specification.

Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.
No Silver Bullet: Essence and Accidents of Software Engineering

Would I Have To Implement It?

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

I’m going to see the Yankees vs. Jays game tonight at the Rogers Center. Should be a pretty good game, and apparently the Jays have a pretty good team on paper. I’m looking forward to it.

Friday of Productivity

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

Friday was a busy day. I started out with hockey in the morning after a night out at Ned’s with Kurt and some skiers. In the bottom of my hockey bag was my missing iron ring. It must have come off in my hockey glove and ended up in my bag.

After some 4 on 4 hockey – without a sub on the white team – it was back to work where I brought my chili in to heat up for the contest at lunch. 3 people voted for chili number one, 2 for mine and 1 for chili number two. But when the weighted matrix was added up I placed first. Those that liked mine, liked it a lot!

My .Net web services book showed up so I did some reading and then it was off to ZMP for a meeting about some corporate databases and a sub project I’m working on. Not too shaby for a Friday.

Oh, by the way. I’m sick like a dog too.

Auto Show 2006

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Lauren and I went to the auto show in Toronto this weekend. We saw lots of cars that I will likely never be able to afford and maybe a few that I could.

ohhhh… shiny

Friday, February 24th, 2006

I’m re-rung! This time with a size 7.

And just in time too because this weekend I’m off to the autoshow in Toronto to geek it up with some mechanically like minded people and then it’s off to Laruen’s for dinner.

Iron Ring – MIA?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

While changing for ball hockey at lunch today I noticed my iron ring was not in it’s normal spot (on my right pinky). I could have sworn I had it on this morning, but it was slipping off more often in the past month or so.

A replacement will have to be procured shortly.

Engineering Makes You Sexier

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

You have to be able to laugh at yourself, otherwise who would you laugh at?

This isn’t good, the new site format isn’t wide enough to handle a comic strip. No time to fix it now, I’m off car shopping.

UPDATE: I don’t like CSS. I took all the static sizes used and made them dynamic, but I need to mandate a minimum width for all the “cells” – boy do I miss tables. Anyway, to figure out what I’m talking about resize your browser to something smaller than 800px width and see the comic become overlapped by the calendar. Arg.

UPDATE 1.5: There is a min-width tag which I used, but now my web page’s minimum width has been specified at 850 pixles. I need to do something about that in the padding to get it to 800. But I’ll save that for another day.

Engineering: Why Is Undergrad Life So Hard?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

I was reading slashdot and saw this article by an engineering drop-out.

It made me laugh at first with the description as I almost knocked myself out by nodding my head so hard, but by the end of the article I started to realize how poorly we really were treated. I was going against the grain the entire time and in doing so I’ve runined part of my health and a bit of my happiness.

Sure there were good teachers mixed in with great researchers but the way the dynamics play out researchers at McMaster will always win – which means Undergrad Engineers will always be swimming up stream.