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The venue has changed, but the spirit of the
Curmudgeon lives on.
Engineering Curmudgeon Defined
There are many
definitions of curmudgeon. Here are but a few:
wiktionary: An ill-tempered (and frequently old) person full
of stubborn ideas or opinions.
Online: a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man
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.
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.