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Andrew's picture
Andrew
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Something tells me your new job has some Mythbuster-like challenges.

Lancer Jones LeRay
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As long as their unregistered nuclear proton back doesn't cause an accident ala "Ghostbusters"

Rashkavar
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Startup engineering groups are largely indistinguishable from Mythbusters projects, especially early in the show (in more recent episodes, it's assumed they have cars available to destroy - season 1 episodes spend considerable amounts of time showing their bargain hunting). In both cases you have people trying to do epic things with pitifully inadequate budgets. To buy a prototype air delivery system (fan) similar to what would be used in the final product would likely cost several thousands of dollars, if not more. On the other hand, you can just pull the mass produced fans from air blowers at a cost of maybe $100 apiece. Another common trait is the tendency to reuse old equipment whenever it seems reasonable (whether or not it actually is).

Sidhekin's picture
Sidhekin
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Female's autobio webcomic ... with leafblowers?

I'm ... confused. I thought I was reading Angela Melick's Wasted Talent. Am I actually reading Jennie Breeden's Devil's Panties?

George Watson's picture
George Watson
2

Okay, so what would an "Engineers with leafblowers" calendar look like? :)

mattydread's picture
mattydread
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Wasted Talent is soooo much better than Devil's Panties. Especially the art.

Fuseblower's picture
Fuseblower
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Nice to see that Chauvinism's still alive and kicking in Canada!

Rashkavar
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If you're referring to Angela carrying the blowers, it's not chauvinism, it's called being the newly hired employee.

If you mean the "why 3 leafblowers" question, it's a legitimate question; I can think of no reason to use 3 leaf blowers at once for any of the purposes listed on the packaging.

Fuseblower's picture
Fuseblower
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If they take on no more employees for a couple of years, then she's going to remain the newly hired employee. I think now's probably a good time to start employer training...

Fuseblower's picture
Fuseblower
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As for the leafblowers, with no knowledge of the project in hand, I can think of two primary reasons for wanting three - one's not technical, but the other is. If you are making three prototypes, then three leafblowers seems quite reasonable - and if for some reason you want to shift a greater volume of air at the same speed as one leafblower, then using more will achieve this - pretty much in direct proportion to the number you use.

Rashkavar
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I realize there are reasons to buy multiple leaf blowers. They're just not ones that involve the generally accepted purpose of a leaf blower. There is no reason to build a leaf-blowing device that has triple the output of commercial leaf blowers. Hence, from the clerks point of view (not knowing this is a low budget engineering firm and thus not expecting alternative applications of the technology), buying 3 is odd, making his question valid.

And I'd have to argue that saying Angela shouldn't be carrying stuff simply because she's female is at least as chauvinistic as insisting she carry it. Especially given that the other two employees of the firm, as portrayed, appear to be in the above-50 age range, making medical complications for carrying heavy loads like chronic back pain more likely.

Fuseblower's picture
Fuseblower
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They said from the outset that they wanted a source of air, not a leaf-blower... I strongly suspect that leaf-blowing has absolutely nothing to do with the intended outcome at all.

And as it happens, I work for a start-up. Even though I'm no spring chicken, I'm actually the youngest there, apart from our part-time secretary. And when it comes to sharing out lifting, that's exactly what we do; we don't pile everything on one person, regardless. Okay, those leaf-blower boxes look pretty small for what they are, and I suspect that in reality, this might just be cartoon scaling artefacts we're looking at. The box my leaf-blower came in was big enough that you could only carry one of them anyway, and I ended up putting it on a trolley - which most (all?) of these places have.

So my guess at present is that we're looking at cartoonic licence...

Sidhekin's picture
Sidhekin
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They said so, but the hardware guy didn't hear it, obviously.

And that's a "cartoonic" mainstay – the uninitiated hence surprised character, whose question or observation sets up a joke, or whose reaction is the joke.

Jam's picture
Jam
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You're all reading quite a bit into this. It's funnier to have someone struggling to carry 3 large boxes. In actual fact there was a shopping cart.

It's a comic!

Fuseblower's picture
Fuseblower
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Thank you - as suspected....

AckAckAck's picture
AckAckAck
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Do you think a space marine equipped with a rifle and a chainsaw attached to it is intimidating? wait until you see a space marine equipped with a rifle and a leaf blower attached to it!

IT WILL BLOW.YOUR.MIND!

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Ketchuo
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What about the other 2 leaf blowers?

AckAckAck's picture
AckAckAck
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Double barelled leaf blower!

double the blows! double the awesome!

Rashkavar
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There's a total of three. Triple barelled? Or does the 3rd one get turned into a "jet"pack?

AckAckAck's picture
AckAckAck
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Nah, it's for Fabio, he need his flowing hair 24/7, even when he's sleeping.

fluidlyunsure's picture
fluidlyunsure
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No, the two extras are for Zaphod Beeblebrox.

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