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About Exengineer

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    Principal in Charge
  • Birthday 09/25/1956

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    Metallurgical
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    EIT
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    Casio
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    Male
  • Location
    Canada
  • Interests
    Retirement and relaxation

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  1. Going bald but will not shave my head yet. All scars would be visible then. Facial hair would trap oil and cause acne and I don't need that. So clean shaven face with thinning hair (covered by a ballcap) is how I roll.
  2. I have had a recurring raccoon problem for years. They shit on the roof, get inside the chimney despite a chimney cap weighed down by five bricks, tear up shingles around vents, etc. How do I get rid of them permanently? I am no longer interested in just killing them, I now want to inflict maximum pain. I plan on spending time on the roof with an axe and ambushing the next one I see. By the way they have no trees to use in getting on the roof, they are climbing the bricks and the downspouts. To me raccoons are like giant rats and should be driven to extermination.😠
  3. These people are too dumb for words. If they have that much money to throw around for this purpose, better to give their kid a loan to start up a business of their own. There are better ways to get football tickets at student rates than doing jackass stuff like this. BOSTON — A married couple and a California businessman are the latest parents to plead guilty in the sweeping college admissions scam. Gregory and Marcia Abbott and Peter Jan Sartorio entered their pleas Wednesday in Boston federal court. They are among 14 parents who have agreed to admit to allegations in the case. The Abbotts, who have homes in New York City and Aspen, Colorado, were charged with paying $125,000 to have someone cheat on their daughter's entrance exams. Gregory Abbot is the founder of a food and beverage packaging company. Sartorio was charged with paying $15,000 to have someone correct his daughter's answers on the ACT. The Menlo Park, California, man founded an organic frozen food company. Nineteen other parents are fighting the charges. They include actress Lori Loughlin (LAWK'-lin) and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli.
  4. Yes, some metallurgical departments were converted to "Materials Science & Engineering" but many universities chose not to. For example the University of Notre Dame once had a Metallurgical Engineering department but they dumped it and do not have Materials Science & Engineering. Also, the metallurgical part of materials science is a very small part of the overall curriculum. It's fair to say no one is going into Materials Science & Engineering so they can be a metallurgist. My guess is that Materials Science & Engineering will have a relatively short shelf life as students find that positions are not plentiful and most will require a Masters degree. Universities will close down those departments when undergraduate enrollment falls below certain limits and it is no longer useful to the university to run them.
  5. All I know is that I did the best I could with what I had and if things didn't work out, tough. As for changing engineering careers, I tried that at age 25 and attempted to go from metallurgical to microwave electronics and it turned out to be a disaster. I dropped out before I could be fired. Some people can do that if they have good mentoring and advising, but if you are left on your own most of the time it is extremely difficult or impossible. The word "engineer" is used rather loosely anyway. Would you like to see a chemical engineer doing designs of bridges and other structural work who hasn't been guided and mentored along that path, just allowed to "educate himself?" There are liability issues involved. Engineers should not be performing work for which they have had no training. Yes I can say my overall career was disappointing but I will have spent 70% of it as an engineer and only 30% as a non-engineer, including 5 years total of unemployment. You know how many people pity me because I now work as a Subcontract Cargo Inspector instead of an engineer? Zero. Even my wife knows what a crappy major I did and where it is currently (discontinued at almost all universities) so she is happy I am doing something productive. Taking photos of cargo, filling in pre-printed forms and putting bolt seals on container loads is not a difficult task. I will still be able to do this past 65. At least it's something to get me out of the house on a daily basis and meeting many interesting people.
  6. The domes of an Orthodox Christian church across the street from the train station in Odessa, Ukraine. Taken March 30, 2019.
  7. It's no one's "fault" as you put it. It is just the way circumstances presented themselves. It wasn't a good program or degree, that's why it has been discontinued in so many universities. The best years for it were the 1970s and prior. Whose fault is that? Probably no one in particular. Not every engineering program is perfect and flawless, there are some that become quickly obsolete and their graduates are left to fend for themselves. Universities don't want to spend time assisting graduates who have fallen on hard times, they want to serve current students. Life goes on with or without a useful degree.
  8. Not a dump truck driver although I am qualified for that license. Semi-retired and a Subcontractor Cargo Inspector for goods being shipped to African countries and a few other places (Indonesia, Iraq). An excellent way to ease into retirement or continue to work past retirement age. Still maintain my Professional Engineer license but don't make any use of that. Have not worked as an engineer since 2014. My work week averages 14-16 hours per week. My degree has been rendered obsolete and is only offered in a handful of universities in the U.S. I call it my "great vaunted engineering degree" as it went out like a candle in a tornado.
  9. Nothing wrong with being in an engineering field as long as it it not becoming derelict and obsolete. My objection is with people who glorify it as something magnificent when in reality it's just a living, not a life. Driving a dump truck is a living too and those who choose that path deserve just as much "status" as an engineer.
  10. Does anyone remember a time when someone in engineering was considered to have status in the same way a lawyer or a doctor was considered? Looking back on that now I am LMAO at people who would think such a thing to be true. Transport drivers and heavy equipment operators can and do make more than many engineers. Are these people also held in high esteem? Why would parents be proud of a son or daughter who is an engineer and not of a son or daughter driving a truck across state or international borders? What is wrong with people like that?
  11. The biggest question about the QB position is why are so many QBs named "Drew?"
  12. So who should be the favorite to win the next Super Bowl? The smart money is on the New England Patriots. Not just for 2019, but for 2020, 2021, 2022......and on until Bill Belichick retires. No matter who the QB is or any other position, the system in place is what wins and they always seem to find the people who can execute that system. They don't need to play out the season, just give New England the NFL champion title and leave it at that. I don't see anyone seriously challenging the Patriots this season or in the foreseeable future. Very frustrating when there is supposed to be "competition" but that has been killed in this league. It's a serious problem because fans start to lose interest late in the season when they know their team is out of the playoffs and the Patriots are in as always.
  13. Las Vegas......the ultimate tourist trap. A place where you can't sit down in a hotel lobby without being in front of a gambling machine. Where you pay 50% more for the same drinks you would get elsewhere in Las Vegas outside the Strip. The shows are the only part of Las Vegas I would ever go back for but I could skip the hotels, bars and restaurants in the tourist zone. You don't find the residents wandering around there for good reason. They know better.
  14. So far Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman have been charged among others for paying bribes and getting their kids' entrance scores "fixed" so they can get into USC. Are these people for real? Are they not aware that simply getting admitted into a university like Southern California is no guarantee of success? Did they arrange to have stand-ins go to class and take exams for their kids? The value of a university education has been plummeting for decades as more people obtain degrees and crowd the job market. Simply pouring more degrees into the job market does not create more jobs or opportunities, but it might create more frustrated job seekers who will never use their education as intended. Meanwhile high paying skilled trades go begging to hire foreigners because parents have been brainwashed into thinking "university is the only path to success" for their kid. Whose fault is that? Knowing what I know now about the university system I would not set foot in a university classroom if I was a newly graduated high school senior. Many of the degree programs out there now are a pig-in-a-poke. Most are useless. If you don't get a graduate degree you have just spent four years getting another high school equivalent degree.
  15. Rod Smart from the XFL? Nah, he's over 40 now, way too old for a running back. I saw the game on the NFL Network right on my computer screen. Look forward to see the upcoming games every weekend.
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