Monday, April 18, 2011

We've Moved!

Thank you all for your interest in An Engineering Mind. We have moved our website to All new posts will be located there -- it was just too much work trying to update multiple websites. Hope you can follow us!

From now on, should redirect to

--The Engineering Mind Team

Friday, April 2, 2010

Do Engineers Go to Parties?

Of course we go to parties. We’re party animals. You just don’t know that because we don’t go to YOUR parties.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Please forgive me, for I have sinned

It's been a good run here at An Engineering Mind, but I think it's high time I confessed my darkest secret...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Video: The Oscars Are Lame

The Oscars are this weekend...and who cares? These things are worse than the "Marketing Excellence Awards" they have here for all the losers upstairs.

Don't forget, the new feed for is:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Moving to a new site

Take a second and check out the new An Engineering Mind. The new site gives me full access to make changes and post videos on the fly. It will also allow you RSS-inclined readers to get a full stream to follow now and into the future:

I'll still be updating this blog for a few a little while longer until I feel like a majority of you have moved over to the new site.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Don't Bother Me...or Else.

Yes, you're welcome to ask me whatever you like, but keep in mind that I will hate you. Forever. There's a reason I'm wearing headphones...I'm pretending that you don't exist.

I tried adding a little bonus footage at the end, let me know what you think of this style change.

Friday, December 18, 2009

An Interview with

So the folks at found my videos and asked if we could do one for their embedded customers. Not being one to shy away from the limelight, I accepted. You can check out the video here: (scroll down a bit to the player on the right side of the page)

Or here's an "embedded" version (see what I did there? I know, I know.)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Is Becoming and Engineer Really Worth It?

I'm so tempted to track down your home address via your IP address and come over there and punch you. Of course it's worth it. What else are you going to do?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Not to be outdone by my horrible cube-neighbor, Carl (Niels Bohr...again), I decided to descend into the darkness and become that which I fear the most...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Let the Challenge Begin!!!

Sign up to help me win the Green Smackdown. Do something, anything, to help me beat Marketing.

Follow me on Twitter. Let me know what you're doing this week to cut back on carbon. I'll be posting pictures and video throughout the week.

I'll be posting updates on this blog, as well as linking to them from the An Engineering Mind Facebook page.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Help Me Win the Green Smackdown Challenge!!!

My weekly videos have gotten me some level or recognition at National Instruments, even amongst the usually introverted engineering crowd. With that in mind our corporate "Green Team" asked me to spend a week reducing my carbon footprint and documenting my progress. Don't get me wrong, I'm no green zealot, but I do believe in leaving things better than I found them (kind of like adding comments to other people's code). I also am a huge fan of doing more with less (read: cheap) and being efficient. This challenge sounded like a perfect fit: the Green Team gets some good internal PR and my videos get a bit more business/corporate culture credibility.

Well Marketing found out about it, and of course their little brains started firing on all cylinder (singular tense intended) and they decided to put up one of their own to challenge me. The Green Team pooped in their biodegradable diapers at the chance to have even more internal attention brought to their cause, and Marketing thought they'd be clever and propose a recruitment element as part of the score, assuming that a lowly engineer would never be able to get as many people to join in (and of course, they were right: we're pretty anti-joining anything).

So I need your help. If you are an engineer or scientist, or even if you know one, join my team and help me put Marketing back in their place (wherever that is). Take this survey and pledge to cut some kind of carbon emissions next week:

Green Smackdown Pledge Form

Using the power of social media, keep me posted on your progress in any of the following ways:

1. Join my Facebook Group
2. Tweet at me (@engineeringmind) or search #greensmackdown
3. Comment on this blog
4. Email me at
5. Check out my YouTube videos

I'll be using Twitter, Facebook and this blog to post daily updates on my progress and adventures along the way. Here's to helping the earth and humbling the people that annoy us the most.

Are We Falling Into a Trap?

Why is management making the workplace more and more comfortable? Is it because they're trying to be nice, or are they slowly trying to enslave us? Consider this your Admiral Akbar moment. I only hope it isn't too late....

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Is Engineering an Art or a Science?

Kind of a no-brainer. Art is for people who think beauty and design are more important than function and awesomeness. Last time I checked this world is built on steel, brawn and science.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Did You Really Need a Survey?

The Center for Disease Control commissioned a survey to find information about computer game players. The result:

I'm furious. I paid taxes that funded this survey? They could have just called me.

Learn more about the survey here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Be the Smart Kid

Kids: I know summer is a great time to heal the emotional scars that the Robert Johnsons of your generation left on you whilst beating you up and shoving you in lockers (believe, I've been there...lots), but suck it up. Don't let these months off erode the firm crust of knowledge you received from the sedimentary waters of education last year.

Did you know that American children spend only 32 hours per week in school? The Swedes nearly double that. The Swedes! Do you want to be dumber than the Swedes? Well you're gonna be if you don't do something about it.

Get to work, join the FIRST revolution:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The GeekDad Interview

So GeekDad, a super awesome blog from Wired, found my vids and wanted to interview me. Here are my responses:

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Marketers Are Just Jealous

It's not their fault they aren't as smart as us, but you have to hand it to them for trying...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

DO Try This at Home.

While I worship them as demi-gods, I'm just as smart as any of those Mythbuster guys. Sure they have a near-limitless budget and years of experience in the field of abusing poor crash-test dummies, but where to they get off telling me to "not try this at home?" Where's the fun? Where's the spirit of innovation?

Engineering is a beautiful thing. We get to build stuff and sometimes (hopefully on purpose) destroy stuff.

Go on, channel your inner-MacGyver.