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Jul. 26th, 2002

Here's what I've learned about civil engineering. Let me know if it's the same for your field:

NOTHING IS EVER EASY.

Slightly related, and perhaps more accurate:

NOTHING IS EVER DONE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.

Even, you know, stuff that I do. Heck, especially stuff that I do.

Back to the grindstone!

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quba
Jul. 26th, 2002 08:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, in a href="http://www.irunnetwork.com">web development/a>, I never do anything right.
quba
Jul. 26th, 2002 08:00 am (UTC)
Doh!
littlewashu
Jul. 26th, 2002 08:02 am (UTC)
Nice.
chaos4675
Jul. 26th, 2002 08:06 am (UTC)
Actaully a lot of things with sys admin are easy, but normally they aren't done right the first time, or the second, or third, or...
calamityjon
Jul. 26th, 2002 08:09 am (UTC)
My great-grandfather made grindstones.
rxgreene
Jul. 26th, 2002 08:39 am (UTC)
Didn't he die from bringing his work home with him once too often?
calamityjon
Jul. 26th, 2002 08:40 am (UTC)
No, but he did end up with a very tiny nose.
rhino777
Jul. 26th, 2002 08:43 am (UTC)
"If it was easy, it wouldn't be work" or someshit like that...

Also, I run into nothing getting done right the first more because the peeps that decide what needs to be done are barfing idiots...not me...i rule...
qed
Jul. 26th, 2002 08:52 am (UTC)
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Software Engineering Colloraries:
THE EASIEST STUFF TAKES THE LONGEST
NOT ONLY IS NOTHING DONE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, WHAT WAS DONE WASN'T DOCUMENTED
10% OF THE CODE REQUIRES 90% OF THE DEVELOPMENT TIME

Electrical Engineering Colloraries:
IT TAKES DRAFTING LONGER TO DO THE LAYOUT THAN IT TOOK YOU TO DESIGN THE SCHEMATIC FROM SCRATCH
COMMERCIAL-TEMPERATURE PARTS USUALLY AREN'T
THE IC YOU USE IN DESIGN WILL BE OBSELETE BY THE TIME YOU GO TO PRODUCTION

RF Engineering Colloraries:
NOT ONLY IN NOTHING EASY, NOTHING IS EVEN POSSIBLE
FUNCTIONAL DESIGNS EVOLVE BY ACCIDENT
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "WORST-CASE ANALYSIS" FOR RF
counterfeitfake
Jul. 26th, 2002 09:17 am (UTC)
Software engineering
Man, some stuff is easy? But generally not the stuff you need to do. And when it is, you get it done really fast and have to move on to something that isn't easy.
greatmonkeygod
Jul. 26th, 2002 10:00 am (UTC)
Don't give up! And don't let the sun... catch you cryin'.
superdaintykate
Jul. 26th, 2002 06:56 pm (UTC)
In my line of work, the first adage is true. The second is modified, as I usually do things right the first time (JLTP, or, Just Like The Picture), and then our know-nothing regional manager will tour a store and decide he doesn't like the way it looks even though it was DESIGNED BY PROFESSIONALS WHO KNOW A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT MARKETING and aren't jackoffs with Napoleon complexes, and will decree that HIS region will take everything down, the permanent installation that we've completed with quick-drying epoxy and self-drilling screws, and do it in another, completely bass-ackwards way that makes no sense.

Also true for me: the higher you are on a ladder, the heavier and more awkward the prop, the greater the number of power tools required, and all the more noticeable the mistakes.

Man, I seem to be cranky. I must go eat some ice cream.
omelas
Jul. 29th, 2002 06:56 am (UTC)
Someone told me you only learn two things in sanitation engineering:

1) Water flows downhill

2) It's not all water

;p
techsmurf
Jul. 30th, 2002 05:59 am (UTC)
Hmm, that's interesting... About 47 seconds after I finish today's Foxtrot, I look up and see your new user pic.
vertigo1
Jul. 31st, 2002 02:37 pm (UTC)
Foxtrot!
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