I’ve spent way too much time today trying to download a new software package only to find out that there is an inherent problem with the software when trying to load on a Mac Operating System. Don’t you think the company, in this case Adobe, would publicize this fact front and center on their help page? It took a very long string of posts on this subject to finally reach the one from an Adobe employee that had the cure. (It appears to be some kind of magic with the date 11/01/11 that causes the software to expire. And here everyone was scared of 11/11/11.)
There is a Facebook group/person/entity called ‘Trust Me I’m an Engineer’ who posts some really great photos and cartoons about the engineering life. The complaint I have with them is that most of the pictures are depicting male engineers. I’m guessing the owners of this page are men and could be non-US as well. It’s about time we recognized that engineers are female and male, although some could be considered animals, I’ll leave it at two-legged humans. So sharpen your pens and pencils and include both sexes in your humor. Then all of us can enjoy it.
We’re wrapping up our calendar year at work. The aerospace biz does have one component that other industries, to my knowledge, don’t: massive amounts of time off around the holidays. From December 23rd to January 2nd, paid holiday time is given out. Add a couple of vacation days and two weeks of no work is coming my way.
Time to think of resolutions for next year. I’ve started helping out robotics competitions for middle school and high school students. I’m hoping to speak to the Society of Women Engineers club at the University of Oklahoma in February. I’d like to kick it up a few notches and get more involved in mentoring our young students to consider a STEM career. Perhaps at the technical school level or in some other way. Suggestions?
Of course, I still have a lot of stories to share about my experiences in engineering and plan to continue. I’ve enjoyed the comments that have been posted. We’ve all ‘been there, done that’ in a lot of ways, inside or outside of an engineering career.
Speaking of comments: I’m still taking comments to provide a free coffee to one of our soldiers via the ‘Cup of Joe for a Joe’ program. I’ll buy up to thirty cups in exchange for thirty comments. No obligation for you by commenting, I don’t know how to spam, I’d just love the feedback. Thanks for reading and commenting!