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« Reply #50 on: October 08, 2011, 07:38:31 am »

No, that's mad engineering (which is what you teach your kids until they're old enough for mad science, or you realise they're failures good only for mad humanities and eventual work in mad fast food).

Hey, I resent that remark, I hold a B-HUM in interdisciplinary humanities with a focus on religious studies and art history.  But yes, the job market for me is slim and none and slim left town a few years before I graduated. 

So what do I turn to?  Walking around an antique mall with a friend while he calls out for a puppet and I try to find items with which to perform brain surgery. 
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« Reply #51 on: October 08, 2011, 10:07:59 am »

Well i do have an underground lair where we occasionally blow things up, otherwise we attack things with crowbars, hammers, chisels and on the odd occasion a trowel.

Mind you being the 4Th son of an eccentric inventor/scientist does give me a bit of a head start. Now to wind up my Igor and go and do something interesting, involving mice and human DNA - Igor does have some marvellous ideas, shame about the locals - always with the pitchforks and burning torches MMWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

That would be me.
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« Reply #52 on: October 08, 2011, 10:16:59 am »

Thanks Dr Madd, truth be told our underground lair is this and we have used all of the methods I described, we might have to blow the end up soon as we're getting into some serious stuff - it will possibly mean playing with "nitro beads" - we have a tame "bang merchant!" who occasionally comes along to "do the deed"

The rest is true though, T'Owd man is an eccentric engineer/inventor/genius and I've got some of his talents. Mind you number 1 son fares even better, his maternal grandfer is a rocket engineer by trade, back in the 60's he worked with Werner Von Braun on the "Black Arrow / Black Knight" project, whilst my father was helping develop the payload in the Pacific Ocean!
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« Reply #53 on: October 08, 2011, 10:36:04 pm »

Working on my mad science credentials currently! Recent exploits include: Building robotic blimps, engineering giant trebuchets, burning stuff with high powered lasers, sending payloads to space on rockets, detecting antimatter annihilation with liquid nitrogen cooled scintillators, plumbing the depths of the universe in astronomy, getting terrible grades in quantum mechanics, and a variety of otherwise science-minded tomfoolery.

Physics is my passion, and thankfully there is no shortage of mad science to do there - although sometimes I am jealous of the dashing lab coats and goggles in the chemistry department...
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« Reply #54 on: October 09, 2011, 01:07:43 am »

There is absolutely no reason a chap can't do physics in a lab coat and googles.  High voltage and coronal discharge?  Nice hefty leather labcoat (they can be had) and stout goggle to keep arc-eye at bay (I've given myself this welding, one does is QUITE enough to drive the lesson home about safety, yes, the goggles, they do something important)
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« Reply #55 on: October 09, 2011, 02:38:46 am »

Well, I did get to don an ESD coat when I was working on a rocket, and I have determined to buy/build some laser protection goggles - no luck finding leather lab coats, though. Nolex is the closest I could track down.

I'm trying to figure out what kind of career choice would give me the most time in goggles and labcoat... building high voltage laser experiments for space would probably be a good bet...
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« Reply #56 on: October 09, 2011, 07:05:59 pm »

One is a Water Industry Chemist, responsible for assisting the development of methods used in the treatment of waste-water....'its a dirty job but someone has to do it' Wink

After the tortuous slog to attain my BSc, i thought 'hey, that's just not MAD enough.' and went ahead an applied for a Chartered course...not sure the RSC know what they're in for Tongue
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« Reply #57 on: October 09, 2011, 07:35:43 pm »

One is a Water Industry Chemist, responsible for assisting the development of methods used in the treatment of waste-water....'its a dirty job but someone has to do it' Wink

After the tortuous slog to attain my BSc, i thought 'hey, that's just not MAD enough.' and went ahead an applied for a Chartered course...not sure the RSC know what they're in for Tongue

OOOOOHHH does that mean that you're into DRAYYNNENNZZZ!! - as a part urbex00r/caver/'splorer you might be able to get me place I can't go yeeeet!
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« Reply #58 on: October 09, 2011, 10:10:42 pm »

I designed an instrument for measuring various chemical species in the effluent from a sewage treatment station. Before I was allowed inside the gates I had to show a medical certificate proving that I had had every vaccination known to man, and was briefed on the symptoms of Hepatitus "C", after which I was told that was chronic, so went on for years, and there was no cure, as it slowly rots your liver. It can be caught through a scratch. The doctor said that he would rather have AIDS, as at least there was a chance that the symptoms could be managed!

Moral: I would do just about anything to avoid playing with sewage, or going down the drains. I may be mad but I am not stupid!
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« Reply #59 on: October 09, 2011, 11:32:35 pm »

Me too.  I've set pyro off in my own hat, dug a fishpond with homemade explosives, made a mediaeval siege engine as a saturday project with my kids, gone freeclimbing while drunk, arc-welded in short sleeves (FAST tan, if you don't mind the pinprick burns) and sprayed all manner of chemicals with the bare minimum of respirator, things I mention not to brag but to demonstrate what I regard as risks I'm willing to handle on reflexes and training alone (most PPE is designed to allow you to be careless at the price of reduced capacity for work.  Provided nobody's forcing me into it, and I'm putting nobody else at risk, I'd rather concentrate and get more done if there's any way to substitute care and skill for armour).

 Nevertheless, I regard sewage as requiring hazard pay and the strongest possible protective equipment; otherwise it's quite capable of killing you no matter how careful you are.
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« Reply #60 on: October 10, 2011, 01:51:44 am »

I must join your scientific ranks. Once I looked to understand all of science. Now I find it's more fun to take an idea and fiddle with it until it either works or explodes. Both are fun!
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« Reply #61 on: October 10, 2011, 01:59:03 am »

The best ideas are the ones that, when they're working, explode.  Edmund Teller had a most elegant proof of this, which is alas too large to fit in the margins of this post.
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« Reply #62 on: October 13, 2011, 04:11:46 pm »

As a professional blacksmith with an enduring love of all things that crackle with sparks or bubble ominously i see my self more in the mad inventor category; think Caractacus Potts in Chitty Bang Bang. I am so very lucky that i get to do this for my living. ( a meagre living but a living none the less)
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« Reply #63 on: October 15, 2011, 06:42:06 am »

I Do believe that my Lovely Spousal Unit qualifies - She Who Must Be Obeyed has her PhD in Microbiology, doing her postdoc and
field work in cancer research, and is more than a little annoyed.

I consider myself a Maniacal Engineer; whilst actually only slightly miffed, I am a fully accredited Electrical Engineer who had
specialized in microprocessor design and circuitry, but morphed into the various software/firmware aspects, including  Flight Systems software,  with multiple patents to my name . Technically, I suppose I may just barely qualify as a Rocket Scientist having had a part in the Space Shuttle flight computer project, but consider myself more of a "former space exploration support specialist"


Is human genetic engineering mad enough? Fight commercialization of the genome, stop gene patenting!

Ah My Dear Kiskolou - I see we must join forces and collaborate, to ensure that the dark side of the global corporations do not
exploit our genomes and protect ourselves from the flocks of nanobots that they will attempt to release to our detriment.

You see, it is my contention that the independant Mad Scientists and Maniacal Engineers are the world's only hope against the plottings of the
Wicked Global Corporate Empires!

yhs
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« Reply #64 on: October 15, 2011, 10:28:13 am »


Is human genetic engineering mad enough? Fight commercialization of the genome, stop gene patenting!

Ah My Dear Kiskolou - I see we must join forces and collaborate, to ensure that the dark side of the global corporations do not
exploit our genomes and protect ourselves from the flocks of nanobots that they will attempt to release to our detriment.

You see, it is my contention that the independant Mad Scientists and Maniacal Engineers are the world's only hope against the plottings of the
Wicked Global Corporate Empires!

yhs
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Sir,

As the accredited representative of the Union of Mad Scientists, Engineers and Allied Trades may I say that the union has noted the encroachment of the multinationals upon the field of unnatural biological experimentation, unnecessary surgery and the creation of mutants and inter-species hybrids, all fields that have traditionally been the perrogative of our members. If this practice is not stopped immediately then our members will take industrial action. Villagers will have no castles to storm, the dead will be unsullied in their graves, and a legion of Igors will be at a loose end (not a nice thought!).

Be warned.
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« Reply #65 on: October 15, 2011, 01:54:58 pm »

I sometimes give innocent lectures on audio engineering by day, but by night, I generate brainwaves using audio beat frequencies below the human audio spectrum in order to reprogram my wife's brain. As an experiment, it is going rather well.
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« Reply #66 on: October 15, 2011, 02:58:44 pm »

In a related note, I've been scrounging materials to see about building a Feraliminal Lycanthropizer.  I'm reasonably sure that all the stuff about it provoking young ladies to take all their clothes off and run about regardless is utter rot, but it's not science unless you do the experiement.
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« Reply #67 on: October 15, 2011, 07:01:39 pm »


Is human genetic engineering mad enough? Fight commercialization of the genome, stop gene patenting!

Ah My Dear Kiskolou - I see we must join forces and collaborate, to ensure that the dark side of the global corporations do not
exploit our genomes and protect ourselves from the flocks of nanobots that they will attempt to release to our detriment.

You see, it is my contention that the independant Mad Scientists and Maniacal Engineers are the world's only hope against the plottings of the
Wicked Global Corporate Empires!

yhs
prof marvel

Sir,

As the accredited representative of the Union of Mad Scientists, Engineers and Allied Trades may I say that the union has noted the encroachment of the multinationals upon the field of unnatural biological experimentation, unnecessary surgery and the creation of mutants and inter-species hybrids, all fields that have traditionally been the perrogative of our members. If this practice is not stopped immediately then our members will take industrial action. Villagers will have no castles to storm, the dead will be unsullied in their graves, and a legion of Igors will be at a loose end (not a nice thought!).

Be warned.

Indeed! it is imperative to stop this encroachment upon the Legitimate Independent Mad Consultant. I feel that Corporate Nanos are the New Scourge, ranging from Behaviour Modification to eating up various devices in order to enforce Planned Obsolescence and stimulate consumerism.

Amongst my projects under the heading of Nano-Be-Gone™ are the Home Entryway EMP loop, The Builtin Window EMP Loop, the Portable EMP (tentatively titled The Pocket EMP™ ), and a small and otherwise innocuous series of targeted computational virii (remember S*T*U*X*N*E*T ?? ) designed to reprogram any appropriate device  (airdome iron detectors,  CAT Scanners, radar dishes ) into an effective temporary NanoKiller. So far unfortunately I have only smoking remains of prototypes and an enourmous electrical bill ...

Remember - Science is Theory, Engineering is the Application! As our good Friend Mark Twain keeps telling us,
"Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is Lightning that does the work!"

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« Reply #68 on: October 16, 2011, 11:16:13 am »

The Pocket EMP Device. Now I like that idea. Of course, steam or older diesel powered devices will be quite immune, as they have none of this pesky modern electronics (or as my assistant Igor terms it "electrickery"). I have often thought that a basic Mobile Phone Disabler Backpack could be made with the guts of a microwave oven with the magnetron in a handpiece with waveguide to direct the power to where it will do the most good.

How I hate modern electronics, my drier will beep annoyingly until you take the clothes out. At least my typewriter only dings it's bell once when you are near the end, if you ignore it, it's up to you.

Yes, scientists study what IS, engineers create what have NEVER BEEN! And if it's made, odds are an engineer designed it. Don't let these scientists get the upper hand.

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« Reply #69 on: October 16, 2011, 07:06:33 pm »

Yes, scientists study what IS, engineers create what have NEVER BEEN! And if it's made, odds are an engineer designed it. Don't let these scientists get the upper hand.

Whoa, settle down there, friend. Engineering is applied science - if the scientists didn't pave the way, the engineers wouldn't have anything to work with! And, if something is being created that has never been done before, it is almost guaranteed that scientists are going to be involved - if it is discovery, it is science.
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« Reply #70 on: October 16, 2011, 09:12:24 pm »

Yes, scientists study what IS, engineers create what have NEVER BEEN! And if it's made, odds are an engineer designed it. Don't let these scientists get the upper hand.

Whoa, settle down there, friend. Engineering is applied science - if the scientists didn't pave the way, the engineers wouldn't have anything to work with! And, if something is being created that has never been done before, it is almost guaranteed that scientists are going to be involved - if it is discovery, it is science.

I cite such prolific engineers as Edison and Brunel, who had little care for science, Sir, yet who were highly successful. They would certainly use the fruits of Science, and would certainly hire scientists when required, in the same way that I use a plumber to mend my plumbing, or a Renaissance prince would hire Leonardo to have his portrait painted. Of course occasionally mistakes happened, such as Edison not noticing the thermionic diode effect when he put an anode into his light globe, or Brunel being unable to launch the Great Eastern as it has stuck to the mud, which arguably a little scientific help would have fixed.

And Kelvin reinvented himself as a scientist after he became the first tech-millionaire making the transatlantic telegraph work properly.

It would have been fun to be alive in the days when there was no distinction, say the 1800's, when Erasmus Darwin was around, equal parts engineer, scientist, businessman, doctor and writer of really bad poetry
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« Reply #71 on: October 16, 2011, 09:21:05 pm »

Edison was financially successful, but many (Tesla for one) would call him little more than a ruthless businessman with deplorable ethics and little of his own ingenuity.

I for one lament that a comparison between scientists and engineers should be at issue at all amongst our ranks - surely one can not function without the other. Engineers often end up doing a fair bit of science and scientists often do an appreciable amount engineering in the course of completing their specific work.
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« Reply #72 on: October 16, 2011, 10:25:41 pm »

Edison was financially successful, but many (Tesla for one) would call him little more than a ruthless businessman with deplorable ethics and little of his own ingenuity.

Thread Hijack!
Edison electrocuted an innocent Elephant, for purely promotional reasons,  an act for which I shall never forgive him, and I hope he is in a Special Place where he is paying his appropriate penance .

we now return you to "Re: Professional Mad Scientists...."

I've been resisting this description for years, what with having a psychiatrists note that says I'm quite sane, just a little highly strung.


Too High Strung?

yhs
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« Reply #73 on: October 16, 2011, 10:35:38 pm »

Poor old Topsy, there should be a statue for him. Edison was a ruthless maniac, who was so talented that he could make even a bad solution work (like DC power transmission!) To plagairise Blackadder: "What you have done is against God and against Nature, Sir, and I look forward to passing water on your grave!".

For more on Edison's crimes against humanity check out www.lateralscience.com (allow several hours).
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« Reply #74 on: October 17, 2011, 12:06:33 am »

Topsy wasn´t an innocent elephant. It had killed people, and was scheduled to be put down.

Actually if you look at most movies and stories, the people described as mad scientists are usually mad engineers. They never seem to do any real science, just to construct doomsday devices. Of course as we know from all the LHC talk, sometimes a scientific instrument and doomsday device is one and the same.
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