19
Sep
09

In retrospect.

2000 – I’m looking at a watercooled computer and thinking to myself “that is so cool!”

2001 – I’m looking at a Micromouse competition and thinking to myself “wow thats amazing!”

2003 – I’m looking at robots move around and play musical equipment. I’m also looking at robots play soccer and thinking to myself “thats simply amazing”

Lets go down to 2009 Its Part 4 exhibition day, and I’ve pretty much declared a day a write-off to have a look at what projects are cool and interesting. What was truly odd though was the amount of times I thought to myself – “meh, this isn’t fascinating”. However, people from other faculties, high schools come by and go “oh wow thats amazing”. With courses and careers day some time back, the exact same thing happened.

In retrospect, has studying engineering as a course resulted in me being incapable to express fascination at cool/interesting things anymore? Would it be a focus on the mental state of an (potential) engineer’s mind, or rather a change in my attitude to life? Lets just say for arguments sake that the education has played a part in this. So how would engineering cause one to go “meh” at cool stuff?

After much(little) thinking, it seems that two primary reasons can explain this.

1) You can vaguely guess how something works and it doesn’t impress you much.

2) You have seen, as part of your interest, 100000000 other projects which have implemented said idea in a way better and more interesting fashion, thus rendering the project at hand uncool by comparison.
It sucks to no longer be easily impressed by something, or most things. Oh what I’d give to be young again.

2) You have seen, as part of your interest, 100000000 other projects which have implemented said idea in a way better and more interesting fashion, thus rendering the project at hand uncool by comparison.

It sucks to no longer be easily impressed by something, or most things. Oh what I’d give to be young again.


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