Benny's Adventures

Wow! Really Awesome Magnet Machine

Just watch and you’ll see what I mean.

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19 May 2011 Posted by | Engineering, Science | , , | Leave a comment

The Limbo Between School and the Job

I’ve been done with school for a little over 2 weeks now and life has been interesting. I have a job with a great starting salary and benefits though the trade-off is that I start really early (on June 6). I passed all my classes and am simply awaiting graduation ceremonies to begin.

My parents and little brother will be up here. Also, my two uncles and their families will be here from India and Australia. That’s really exciting!

The other prevailing feeling is a sense of lethargy. It’s finally hitting me that I’m done and when I take a moment to ruminate on the results I feel burned out. I want to continue working with what I’ve learned to develop solutions for the world but I don’t have the energy. I want to take these last few days I have with my fellow seniors to make sure I spend time with them but I don’t have the capacity to be social. I’m not even doing something I enjoy like playing video games because I just don’t have the desire to play, and when I force myself it’s not fun.

This is compounded by the fact that moving is difficult. I just want everything to be done with so that I can move on with life and my ambitions but the move is proving to be extremely complicated. As it stands I’m supposed to put all my things into storage, go down to Florida for 2 weeks, then move all the way back up to Salem, VA via car. That just sounds excruciatingly exhausting but it’s also the only way to spend time with family. At the same time I have restrictions from the apartment renting process and a wedding that is making planning anything solid nearly impossible.

Today I will take steps to tackle this mountain in front of me one step at a time. I refuse to let this stop me. I refuse to be weak. I will get everything I need to do done and I will recover and achieve greatness in life. I will also post more now that the hiatus has been broken.

12 May 2011 Posted by | Engineering, Life | , , , | Leave a comment

Ideas for Good–Good Intentions, Flawed Execution

Take 30 seconds to watch the video.

At first glance this sounds reasonable, right? Toyota is doing good in the world!

Yet the engineer in me screams in disgust. Is Toyota really claiming that their use of solar panels in their car lead to the use of solar panels to ventilate medial tents in remote areas? Let me watch the video again…

Yes, the Toyota marketing team wants to plant in your minds that their research is the reason some lady or some tent designer decided to put solar panels to use in this way.

This is precisely like saying, “Toyota – we use internal combustion engines in our cars, so every hospital that uses generators based on the same principles uses our technology!”

I appreciate that Toyota is trying to improve quality of life and energy efficiency but there’s gotta be a better way to advertise this than this. Here’s another example:

This ad makes the same mistake as the previous one but even more than that. The claim that the park would be self-sustaining simply because they regenerate electricity from braking roller coasters is laughable. If energy was harnessed from the motion of people’s steps and some solar energy as well I think the claim is applicable but with the statements in the commercial this is not the case.

I think that this is probably like seeing political ads for someone who is well-versed in political culture and facts. I’m in training to be an engineer so over the years my brain has come to think like one so I notice engineering flaws that I’m trained to notice.

For what it’s worth though these commercials are probably great marketing for Toyota.

What do you think? How did these commercials affect you?

22 February 2011 Posted by | Engineering | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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