15 April 2008

Science Geek Humor

Courtesy of my Dad, my favorite engineer:

Understanding Engineers - Part One

Two engineering students were walking across a university campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?" The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want." The second engineer nodded approvingly and said, "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fit you anyway."

Understanding Engineers - Part Two

To the optimist, the glass is half full.
To the pessimist, the glass is half empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

Understanding Engineers - Part Three

A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers.

The engineer fumed, "What's with those blokes? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!" The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such inept golf!" The priest said, "Here comes the greens keeper. Let's have a word with him."

He said, "Hello, George! what's wrong with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?" The greens keeper replied, "Oh, yes. That's a group of blind fire fighters. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime."

The group fell silent for a moment.

The priest said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight."

The doctor said, "Good idea. I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if there's anything he can do for them."

The engineer said, "Why can't they play at night?

08 April 2008

Breaking the Rule of Five

There are several reasons why this piece is significant:

* it is the first piece I made completely in my own studio
* I assembled the first half of the piece while I was in labor
* the blue glass is all leftovers from repairing the stained glass skylight in my house
* some of the blue glass is new, and some is over one hundred years old! (It is a perfect match in color but not in texture.)

Extra credit to those who can deduce why it is called "Breaking the Rule of Five" Click on the photo for an enlarged version for closer examination.

Special thanks to Dan Gamaldi at Cradle of the Sun for his help with the frame!