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    SE EXAM - READY FOR OCTOBER 2015?

    I haven't taken the exam yet - this is my first try - but I'm taking the following books: -AISC Steel Manual & Seismic Manual -ASCE 7 -Masonry Spec -Main 3 wood books (lateral, NDS & supplement) -PCI Design Handbook -AISI Manual -ACI 318 -IBC -SERM -PPI's Solved Problems book...
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    SE EXAM - READY FOR OCTOBER 2015?

    I think I'm actually ready. At this point I'm only panicking because I don't know what else to do.
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    Lets do this

    I'm considering wearing a shirt that says "ACI 318 Appendix D" on it. That should terrify anybody taking the SE...
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    The Automotive Thread

    I have no tools and no time - and it was the second major repair of the month. It was time.
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    The Automotive Thread

    My car died - fractured heater core. It's fixable, but the car was reaching the end of usable life anyway. It's looking like I am keeping the car as a "I can fix this and sell it", but not spending the money for a mechanic to do it. In the meantime, I've bought a new car - Kia Soul - that is...
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    bridge was falling apart

    I have a sense of humor; that's how I knew it wasn't funny.
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    bridge was falling apart

    What do the parents' politics have to do with this situation? Teens have been assholes since time immemorial.
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    bridge was falling apart

    I hope "was" is the right tense, at least until they do any necessary repairs.
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    Show us an embarrassing song off your playlist

    I mostly listen to Pandora. Pretty wide musical tastes - rap and country are the only two major genres that are rare for me to enjoy, and even then there are some exceptions. I've digitized my CD collection and picked up some Amazon Prime music for when I don't have access to the internet...
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    TV - What are you watching?

    I cut the cable a while back, and haven't really missed any shows I can't get elsewhere. I'll be buying most shows I watch on Google Play. As for what I'm watching right now? Voyager. I skipped most of it the first time around (even Jeri Ryan couldn't get me to care about the show) and now...
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    What is wrong with people?

    Not in the least. (I had not read this article; I read a different one, which did not include that quote.) (Of course, the way the article paraphrases it is intended to make people mad. It's possible she said something closer to "I don't believe that this happened as described, because if it...
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    What is wrong with people?

    No, I'm not. I'm pointing out that throwing his family and friends into a gulag because they don't immediately believe the police might be overkill.
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    What is wrong with people?

    Does no work for you? We already have a police state. We should be working to eliminate that, not strengthening it to eliminate crime. @NJMike: It's likely to be partially about race for them. When cops are corrupt, they go after minorities because they're frequently too afraid to complain...
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    What is wrong with people?

    Why would race even come into it? Is guilt by association a thing we do now? If not, what would be the (legal) justification for arresting the family?
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    What is wrong with people?

    How very Stalinesque. Edit: Not to say that what happened should have happened. As for why the memorial - there are some areas of the country where the police are more corrupt, and the good cops are less trusted as a result. It's very possible that the neighborhood is convinced that the...
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    What an unbelievably sad story

    Actually, most retired players were not told of this risk - or rather they were told by the NFL that there were no long term consequences. It wasn't until late 2009 that they adopted the current rules; before that, a 2003 study stated that "there were no long-term negative health consequences...
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    Could you do your job without an engineering degree?

    It's not always about self-worth, though. Sometimes it's about making sure that the jurisdiction accepts documents I signed (in a State I am licensed in), that a contractor does what I tell them to do, or that the client doesn't get offended because he takes me as lower-tier help. From my PoV...
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    Could you do your job without an engineering degree?

    I don't look down on those that have degrees; quite the opposite actually. I do get looked down on for not having a degree, though, to the point of other PEs (and Architects, and contractors, and plan reviewers, and the general public) telling me I have no business being in the field. So I...
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    Could you do your job without an engineering degree?

    Yeah, I can handle the work (Structural) just fine without a degree. At worst it means that I have weird small gaps here and there, like variable names. Show me a formula using greek characters, I'm fine. Tell me a variable verbally and I might not match the name to the character. Had that...
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    Game of Thrones ! (HBO Mini Series) Spoilers......

    You mean something like the French Foreign Legion, except with lifelong service?
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