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Due to security issues with our previous blog we have replaced the Engineering Curmudgeon blog with our Facebook page.

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 The venue has changed, but the spirit of the Curmudgeon lives on.


 The Engineering Curmudgeon Defined


There are many definitions of curmudgeon. Here are but a few:

wikipedia wiktionary: An ill-tempered (and frequently old) person full of stubborn ideas or opinions.

Merriam-Webster Online: a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man

From “Small Winery” magazine, a definition by Jon Winokur:

    A curmudgeon’s reputation for malevolence is undeserved. They’re neither warped nor evil at heart. They don’t hate mankind, just mankind’s absurdities. They’re just as sensitive and soft-hearted as the next guy, but they hide their vulnerability beneath a crust of misanthropy. They ease the pain by turning hurt into humor. …. They attack maudlinism because it devalues genuine sentiment. … Nature, having failed to equip them with a serviceable denial mechanism, has endowed them with astute perception and sly wit.

    Curmudgeons are mockers and debunkers. …. They can’t compromise their standards and can’t manage the suspension of disbelief necessary for feigned cheerfulness. Their awareness is a curse.

    Perhaps curmudgeons have gotten a bad rap in the same way that the messenger is blamed for the message. They have the temerity to comment on the human condition without apology. They not only refuse to applaud mediocrity, they howl it down with morose glee. Their versions of the truth unsettles us, and we hold it against them, even though they soften it with humor.

OK, that definition is not only lengthy, but somewhat self serving. Be that as it may, that is the definition we are going with. This weblog (aka blog) will attempt to comment on the sometimes absurdity of the human condition as it relates to engineering, especially engineering required to conduct new product development and to manage the same.

The second point I’d like to make regarding the definition and purpose of this blog is that it in fact isn’t intended to be a weblog (blog) or journal. I don’t need to write down my thoughts and positions just so I can remember them, well acutally I do, but I don’t need to publish them on the internet. The purpose of this blog is to stimulate communication. Please comment on my posts. Your input is sincerely encouraged and indeed required to make this a meaningful experience.

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