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Engineers can be exciting December 6, 2010

Posted by mareserinitatis in Uncategorized.

Recently, a computer was used to determine the most boring day since 1900. Apparently this was done by a researcher at Cambridge who is studying more efficient ways to search the internet. (Google isn’t good enough?)

On that particular day, which happens to be April 11, 1954, there were only two events of note. The first is that Belgium had an election. The second is that an academic from Turkey was born on that day. His name, incidentally, is Abdullah Atalar, and he happens to be an electrical engineer. He’s also the Rector for Bilkent University in Ankara.

This news was fascinating to me because it left me with a few questions:

1 – How is he reacting to the fact that apparently he’s become famous because of his dull beginnings?

2 – Should engineers be offended that the birth of one of ‘their kind’ is viewed as some sort of ho-hum event? The implication seems to be that it would somehow be more fulfilling if an actor/actress or politician would have shown up.

3 – On the other hand, maybe it’s progress that the fact that a particular engineer showed up on the planet is regarded as an historic event. Maybe we should break out the champagne and celebrate?

Regardless, congratulations to Dr. Atalar. He may not be the best thing since sliced bread, but he is apparently on par with a Belgian election. May we all be so lucky.



1. Luke Holzmann - December 6, 2010

I hadn’t heard about that. Interesting, if not particularly exciting [smile].



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