A Skeptical Engineer http://machinedesign.com/blog/23139/feed en We're down to four engineering movies. Vote for your Top Two! http://machinedesign.com/blog/were-down-four-engineering-movies-vote-your-top-two <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Voting in the third round for the World&rsquo;s Greatest Engineering Movie just wrapped up and a record number of voters (10% more than voted in Round 2) sent three space-related flicks to the final four. <em>Apollo 13</em>, a favorite from the start took down a truly great engineering movie, <em>The flight of the Phoenix</em>, 75% to 25%. I was rooting for the <em>Flight of the Phoenix</em>, after all, it starred Jimmie Stewart. &nbsp;<em>2001: A space odyssey</em>, a movie that is coasting on its reputation (IMHO), beat out <em>Tucker: The man and his dream</em>, 62% to 38%.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/were-down-four-engineering-movies-vote-your-top-two" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/were-down-four-engineering-movies-vote-your-top-two#comments Worlds Greates Engieering Movie A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:16:00 +0000 36331 at http://machinedesign.com Then there were eight great engineering movies: Time to take it down to the Final Four! http://machinedesign.com/blog/then-there-were-eight-great-engineering-movies-time-take-it-down-final-four <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Work in Progress: Goes live Tuesday April 8. See you soon!!</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/04/The%20bridge%20on%20the%20River%20Kwai.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 459px;" /></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/then-there-were-eight-great-engineering-movies-time-take-it-down-final-four" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/then-there-were-eight-great-engineering-movies-time-take-it-down-final-four#comments A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:59:00 +0000 36211 at http://machinedesign.com World’s greatest engineering movie: Down to 16 and time to choose again http://machinedesign.com/blog/world-s-greatest-engineering-movie-down-16-and-time-choose-again <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The first round of voting is over in the race to find the best engineering movie. In general the head-to-head match ups in the first round were mostly blow outs with the exception of <em>Weird Science</em> vs. <em>When worlds collide</em>. <em>Weird Science</em> ended up with 55% of the vote to the older movies 45%. The closest run off was between two outstanding engineering flicks: <em>Gravity</em>, one of my favorites of the newer movies, which garnered 52%, and <em>Fat man and Little Boy</em>, which lost with 48%.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/world-s-greatest-engineering-movie-down-16-and-time-choose-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/world-s-greatest-engineering-movie-down-16-and-time-choose-again#comments A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:07:00 +0000 36101 at http://machinedesign.com Get in on it: The first round of voting for the World’s Greatest Engineering Movie http://machinedesign.com/blog/get-it-first-round-voting-world-s-greatest-engineering-movie-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Get in on it: The first round of voting for the World&rsquo;s Greatest Engineering Movie</p> <p><u>Readers and editors nominated 32 top-notch engineering flicks to fill in the brackets for our World&rsquo;s</u> Greatest Engineering Movie competition. Now it&rsquo;s up to you to make that first set of decisions, choosing one movie over another, and bringing the number of movies still in contention down to 16.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/get-it-first-round-voting-world-s-greatest-engineering-movie-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/get-it-first-round-voting-world-s-greatest-engineering-movie-0#comments World's greatest engineering movie A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:51:00 +0000 35651 at http://machinedesign.com Help decide the World's Greatest Engineering Movie http://machinedesign.com/blog/help-decide-worlds-greatest-engineering-movie <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>What is the best engineering movie ever made? Help us find out, or at least point the way. We will be having a Movie Madness &ldquo;playoff&rdquo; elections in which 32 movies compete head-to-head in a several&nbsp; brackets until there&rsquo;s only one left. We will need some help, however, to fill up those 32 slots. So please nominate a movie or two by emailing me at <a href="mailto:stephen.mraz@penton.com">stephen.mraz@penton.com</a>. Put Movie in the subject line, or leave a nomination at the end of this blog entry. Please include two or three lines as to why this movie deserves the engineering accolades.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/help-decide-worlds-greatest-engineering-movie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/help-decide-worlds-greatest-engineering-movie#comments A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:44:00 +0000 35211 at http://machinedesign.com Sights at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-2014-detroit-auto-show <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>NAIAS</p> <p>The Detroit Auto Show is having a banner year, judging by the 5,000+ automotive scribblers and bloggers roaming Cobo Hall searching for scoops during the two Press Days. Here are some of the images that caught my eye:</p> <p>The ever-evolving Mustang</p> <p>The Ford Mustang 1 was a concept car in 1962 that carried two passengers and a 1.5-l V4.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-2014-detroit-auto-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-2014-detroit-auto-show#comments 2014 Detroit Auto Show Automotive NAIAS A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:56:00 +0000 33491 at http://machinedesign.com Amazon's Air Delivery Ad http://machinedesign.com/blog/amazons-air-delivery-ad <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Did you see the Amazon commercial this past weekend? You might&rsquo;ve been fooled (like this <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/article/365311/jeff-bezos-and-our-robot-future-rich-lowry">columnist </a>) into thinking it was a serious news item on a new commercial use for drones. But, in fact, it was a press release from Amazon timed for wide distribution right before Cyber Monday, a big day for online shopping. Only a tragic train wreck kept the delivery drones from being the top news item on practically every major TV news program.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/amazons-air-delivery-ad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/amazons-air-delivery-ad#comments Technologies Packaging Community A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:23:00 +0000 32601 at http://machinedesign.com Some hi-tech to be thankful for http://machinedesign.com/blog/some-hi-tech-be-thankful <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>One thing we can all be thankful is that high-tech has given us more media than we know what to do with, which is a good thing. The average person has access to more books than can be read in a lifetime or two. And the same goes for our oversupply of music to listen to and TV shows, movies, and other video to watch. Sure, they&lsquo;re not all great, but the only way to find out is to spend some time with them. And technology has made this pretty simple. Jump on Amazon or some other media provider with a website and go to it.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/some-hi-tech-be-thankful" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/some-hi-tech-be-thankful#comments Technologies A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:26:00 +0000 32411 at http://machinedesign.com How Maker Geeks celebrate Halloween http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-maker-geeks-celebrate-halloween <div class="node-body blog-body">What do 100 Maker Geeks do on Oct. 31?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-maker-geeks-celebrate-halloween" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-maker-geeks-celebrate-halloween#comments 3D Printing Recreation A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:40:00 +0000 31761 at http://machinedesign.com ITOD: New Internet slang http://machinedesign.com/blog/itod-new-internet-slang <div class="node-body blog-body">ITOD, I'd LOL & LMAO @ TLA. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/itod-new-internet-slang" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/itod-new-internet-slang#comments internet slang ITOD A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:58:00 +0000 31261 at http://machinedesign.com Can the government force feed us electric cars? http://machinedesign.com/blog/can-government-force-feed-us-electric-cars <div class="node-body blog-body">Can the government force feed us electric cars?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/can-government-force-feed-us-electric-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/can-government-force-feed-us-electric-cars#comments Automotive electric cars Technologies Community A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:53:00 +0000 30121 at http://machinedesign.com Hyperloop or Hyperloopy? http://machinedesign.com/blog/hyperloop-or-hyperloopy <div class="node-body blog-body">Engineers look at Elon Musk's new transportation concept: Hyperloop</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/hyperloop-or-hyperloopy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/hyperloop-or-hyperloopy#comments Automotive Guest Commentary Technologies A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:03:00 +0000 28661 at http://machinedesign.com Another speed bump for electric cars and new car companies http://machinedesign.com/blog/another-speed-bump-electric-cars-and-new-car-companies <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> Here&rsquo;s a <a href="http://reason.com/archives/2013/06/20/car-buyers-get-hijacked">column </a>on the laws that hamper Tesla Motors in its efforts to sell electric cars in Texas because they don&rsquo;t want to go through dealerships. The article makes a lot of sense, especially in these days of online stores and direct sales.</p> <p> Let me know what you think. Are car dealerships necessary or just a throwback to a protectionist past?</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div> http://machinedesign.com/blog/another-speed-bump-electric-cars-and-new-car-companies#comments Automotive Community A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:50:00 +0000 27251 at http://machinedesign.com Museums for Engineers: Intro http://machinedesign.com/blog/museums-engineers-intro <div class="node-body blog-body">Send in images and info from museums engineers would appreciate.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/museums-engineers-intro" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/museums-engineers-intro#comments museums for engineers Technologies Community A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:57:00 +0000 26561 at http://machinedesign.com Losing $10k per car, making it up in volume http://machinedesign.com/blog/losing-10k-car-making-it-volume <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> Fiat/Chrysler will be soon selling its all-electric e500 in California (only) for $32,500. And if you can put up with all the downsides of a small, battery-powered car, it should be a steal at that price because Fiat/Chrysler will be losing $10k on each car. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat/Chrysler isn&rsquo;t stupid.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/losing-10k-car-making-it-volume" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/losing-10k-car-making-it-volume#comments A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 21 May 2013 20:14:00 +0000 26291 at http://machinedesign.com