|The fabulous airplane|
On the next leg of my trip, I sat next to another engineer. This guy was an expert on steam power, and he worked for a company that goes around to power plants and evaluates them for safety and efficiency. I was still on a "wow, man, science" trip and I asked him 2983579 burning questions. As we headed down over Las Vegas, I looked down at the lights and asked, "Do you ever look at this and think, 'I helped make that?'" The fine young man looked at me like I was on drugs. He shrugged and said, "I guess so..." by which he clearly meant, "No, crackhead."
|Gratuitous power usage|
Science is awesome. Engineers do cool stuff with it. Every once in awhile, it strikes me that the people who are creating our future are all around us and we don't even realize it. Hell, they don't even realize it.
When I got off the plane, the first thing I did was buy a bag of kettle chips in honor of my seatmate. Science is delicious.