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This isn't actually a nerdy post. [Feb. 28th, 2008|10:59 pm]
Ladies, Gentlemen and others,

I present to you all a thought that should come as no surprise: I am both a scientist and an engineer. To dismiss one or the other out of hand would be a grave oversight. Unfortunately, I've come no closer to marrying the two to a point that I could complete my own final year project, but I digress.

As a computer scientist, I'm concerned with rigour, theory and its potential applications. As an engineer, I am an acolyte of Murphy, knowing that whatever can go wrong will go wrong.

As a computer scientist, I work to higher and nobler callings than making something implementable in reality. As an engineer, I test until destruction.

Both of these callings influence my day-to-day life and style. I wear practical things such as t-shirts, combats and good walking boots. All of these leave me looking rough-and-ready while, more to the point, allowing me to take to any task quickly. I can trudge across a field or a mountain at a moment's notice (much like a Real Programmer). I wear these things for durability as, not only do I have the potential to do anything, I frequently find myself in situations where I am required to do so. Unless they're built to last, they don't last long with me.

After getting Odi, my laptop, I bought a bag on the recommendation of some people whose backgrounds are similarly mixed. I bought a back by a company called AM. It seemed to be perfect, it was padded every which way, so that any bump that my bag would receive would be dulled by inordinate amounts of padding, resulting in evening out any shocks to my computer nestled snugly inside it like a baby in a womb. This looked rugged and built to last.

So far, the padding's not failed me yet. However, given my minor obsession with the padding, I overlooked one important feature - its attachment to my back. You see, I ordered a Dell Vostro; They were cheap, rugged and seemed like they were built to last - much like other elements in my life - although there is a price, they are not light machines. They tend to weigh about 3kg starting off, before you add the bigger battery (which I got - I wanted it to last). Don't forget that I need to add an A4 pad, and some books to the mix.

It was a good sturdy bag that had room for all of my college equipment, including my charger, and I didn't mind the weight too much, but tonight at Toastmasters, I picked up my bag and heard the ominous "plink, plink, plink" of stitchings coming loose. That's right, in my over-zealous attention to padding, I never thought to check how securely the straps were attached to the bag. Nor did I stop to think that running for a bus would have less effect on the laptop than on the bag itself. Now, 6 weeks after I bought it, I have to go hunting again.

I feel stoopid.