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Harrison Ford as cubicle jockey!? I can't fuckin believe it!

By jkameleon ·
There was a lot of bellyaching lately about kids refusing to study tech & IT. One of the remedies proposed was "improving the image of tech professionals", "improving the image of tech profession", etc.

http://www.graduatingengineer.com/articles/feature/10-22-99.html


There were also ideas about entertainment industry giving the kids role models other than cops, lawyers, sport stars, and bath attendants. Well, it looks like this is it

http://firewallmovie.warnerbros.com/

Stupid.

Who needs an engineer, supposedly a rational creature, who decided for his career irrationally, because of some stupid Holywood crap?

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Then why

by rob mekel In reply to Oh please

is it forbidden to make every 19th image in a movie a commercial shot!!! ... Cause it influences ppl's minds with-out them knowing it is happening.

Okay it is not quite the same but, ordinairy commercials work the same way. And I don't think they will throw away billions of $ or ? if it doesn't effect their sales positive!

Rob

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Actually, we need this!

by SciFiMan In reply to Harrison Ford as cubicle ...

Why not? If we get more engineers, all the better! Look at it this way, some girl at NASA writes obscure code for a sensor on the Shuttle. Important but unrecognized job. Was that her career goal? No, she loved space and rockets as a kid and wanted to be involved. Or some kid watches a over the top spy movie and grows up to be a hard working diplomat overseas. Or, long ago, some kid watched the movie Wargames, and thought computers looked like more fun than farming... Whatever gets them here.

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Motivational not irrational

by onbliss In reply to Harrison Ford as cubicle ...

I think if it can motivate people to pursue their desire with more vigour, then it is not irrational.

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Ford's done it before!

by gfisher In reply to Harrison Ford as cubicle ...

Harrison Ford has inspired *millions* of kids to make career choices before, so this isn't as kookie as it might seem at first glance. Consider the hordes of people now entering the dual fields of archeology and international adventure, all thanks to Ford's Indiana Jones. Since then he's gotten hundreds of thousands to consider the Presidency (as long as Air Force One comes with an escape pod) and, speaking of escape pods, just think of the millions upon millions who have taken up their place as Han Solo-style space bums!

No, if anyone can lead kids down the primrose path, it's Hollywood and especially Harrison Ford.

The only part I don't understand is why they didn't make his "Firewall" role more like Dilbert.

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Imagine...

by jkameleon In reply to Ford's done it before!

Imagine an archeologist, who based his career choice on Harrison Ford movie. Instead of chasing a bad guys all around the world, he ends on his hands and knees, painstakingly looking for some ancient pieces of broken earthenware... tough.

Imagine an engineer, who based his career choice on Harrison Ford movie. Instead of chasing a bad guys all around the world, he ends in Dilbert land http://dilbert.com/ or Office Space http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0151804/ or ... ummmm... the Simpsons? Like, Homer Simpson in Springfield nuclear power plant?

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060405/BIZ/604050380/1011/BIZ02
http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/123819

Uh, oh...

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Engineers as Heroes - why not?

by pfeiffer In reply to Harrison Ford as cubicle ...

I do not remember a single TV series in which the hero was an engineer. What about a series "The Consultants" in which two friends, one a geeky nerd, the other an extrovert, run a consultancy. At the drop of a phone call or e-mail they dash off in their Learjet to some corner of the world to solve an engineering problem and save lives. Ideas for the first two episodes:
1. A landslide is forming and is threatening to fall into a power dam, which could overflow causing a disaster (as it happened with the Vajont dam in Italy in 1963). The consultants, using laser surveying techniques, determine the volume of the landslide and drain the lake just enough that, when the slide occurs, the water barely reaches the top of the dam.
2. The aging sheik of a middle-eastern kingdom, who is wearing a cardiac pacemaker, has passed out at several official functions and other members of his family suggest he resign. The consultants determine that a nephew of the sheik, using a RF transmitter, had caused the sheik's pacemaker to malfunction on these occasions. The nephew is arrested and the sheik continues to rule.
Unless they have an engineer in the family, few people know how exiting and how much fun an engineering career can be. I retired after 40 years as an engineer, and, I am proud to say, that both my sons work in engineering positions.
Erich A. Pfeiffer, P.E.
NB: I have no connections to the entertainment industry, so, if anybody wants to use my TV-idea, they have my full permission.

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MacGyver

by neilb@uk In reply to Engineers as Heroes - why ...

springs to mind as a heroic geek.

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Bell Labs

by randyjg2 In reply to MacGyver

Actually, when I worked at Bell Labs, the producers used to come over and ask us for suggestions for plot lines.


Personally, I think that if the US government wants to encourage engineering degrees, all they have to do is garaunttee jobs and salary supports for graduates. The only thing keeping kids from going for degrees is the choice between learning pinyin and hindi for when it comes time to look for a job.

Rep Bart Gordon (D-Tn) of the Dem caucus on Science is the one you ought to write to if you have ideas http://sciencedems.house.gov/press/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=1057


Personally, what I would like to see is a free engineering degree program, offered online with virtual teachers and textbooksm, open to anybody who could pass it.


Or a free safari (but with better books) for all American citizens.

Or OSS projects with real funding behind them ,so you could make a living off of them.

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With a mullet!!

by DMambo In reply to MacGyver

What a great show. Just don't try to examine the physics of his contraptions. Takes all the full out of it.

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My Three Sons

by jmcguire In reply to Engineers as Heroes - why ...

Fred McMurry was an engineer. The series did not portray him as a geek. But at least one episode involved him talking down a test pilot.

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