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02 October 2011

The Knack

This episode of Dilbert is a favorite among Engineers.  We already know, of course, that we were born with the affliction known as "The Knack."  It is incurable and one has to endure a number of years of schooling at special Institutions in order to learn to control The Knack for the benefit of all mankind.  The alternative, of course, would be to become Mad Scientists.  Either way, we are known by a number of sometimes offensive layman's terms, the most popular being Geeks or Nerds.   Most of us are now proud to be referred to as such.  The public has never understood the necessity of Pocket Protectors and they cannot understand Slide Rules at all, nor why some of us would wear them depending from  belts.  Slide Rules have been displaced by pocket calculators, nowadays, which leads to a dangerous situation in that many of us have forgotten how to use Slide Rules.  After all, what would happen if we ran out of batteries for the calculators and the electrical power grid has been interrupted or perhaps lost due to a cataclysmic occurrence?  We must try to remain proficient in the use of our Slide Rules in case of an emergency design becoming necessary.   Speaking of designing, don't even ask me about French Curves; they're not at all what you're imagining.

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