Comments: And now for something completely different

you mean you're actually considering professional geekdom? I hope it pays well :)

Posted by caltechgirl at May 10, 2006 02:46 PM

Actually, I've been a programmer/data analyst for the last decade or so. I think that my geek cred is pretty solid. However, this would allow me to move back into engineering. And yes, it would pay pretty well.

Posted by physics geek at May 10, 2006 04:24 PM

If you're going back into hardware, remember Frank's 3 laws of how to fix anything.
1/ Is it plugged in?
2/ Is it turned on?
3/ Is it connected to the computer?

The worst thing about software is that you really can't show somebody what you work on. Construction workers can point to a building, farmers see a crop, engineers see a bridge.

Hey, bit-bashing sounds hi-tech, but it gets boring. Work on what you love, the money will follow.

Posted by Frank Borger at May 11, 2006 05:51 AM

In my case, I'd be able to point to nuclear power plants.

I can hear the greenies screeching in horror right now. It's probably a good time to break out the Toxic Avenger costumer.

Posted by physics geek at May 11, 2006 09:26 AM

Oh my. Good thoughts going your way. Power plants... super heros... my son would love it.

Posted by vw bug at May 11, 2006 10:35 AM

YAY! Radiation!

Ah... that brings back memories :-)

Posted by Harvey at May 11, 2006 11:01 AM

We had several former Navy nukes guys in our graduate program. The stories that they'd tell...

Posted by physics geek at May 11, 2006 11:32 AM

Your decision should boil down to one thing--will you like what you do?

Posted by Woody at May 11, 2006 08:12 PM

Just remember, reactor physicists never worry about fallout.

They just reinsert and shorten the stroke.

Posted by frank borger at May 12, 2006 02:22 PM