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A Nerdy Career Choice

Find a Career in Engineering
Stambler
1962

Long time site followers have probably heard over the years that both Holly and I are married to engineers. If you want to watch an engineer twitch, tell him/her about your average reference desk shift. Holly and I have a running gag about how long our super-smart, logical engineers would last on a reference desk. Answer: Not long.The frustration level would kill them.

I am also going guess that this book was hardly instrumental in inspiring either of them toward their chosen career. (For my husband and his contemporaries, I would bet it was Scotty from Star Trek.)

I will give this book some props for mentioning that women should be part of the engineering landscape as well. People of color are no where to be found.

Career books are also my hot button weeding problem. It’s a nice glimpse into the past, but shouldn’t be considered for young people looking for career advice.

Mary

More Nerd Stuff:

It’s a Wang!

Fly Me to the Moon

Data Diddling

Computers from Olden Times

Numerical Methods for Engineers

And because I mentioned Star Trek: Can You Speak Klingon?

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Boy Scouts Get a Computer Badge!

 

Computers
Boy Scouts of America
1968

Submitter: I removed this book from the shelves of my public library when I did a massive overhaul of the collection last year, soon after I was hired.  I saved a few of the most outdated and/or offensive titles under my desk.  This is one of them.  At the time of weeding, this book was nearly 50 years old. A technology book. 50 YEARS OUT OF DATE.  A TECHNOLOGY BOOK.

Holly: Do librarians hold on to things like this because they think, “Oh, it’s cute! People like nostalgia!” or because they think it has some sort of historical value – or are they just lazy and haven’t weeded in decades? It is cute and people do like nostalgia, and it does have historic value (and yes, they are often just lazy)…but those are the reasons why it belongs in a museum or archive, not in the regular shelves at the public library. My favorite line (last page included below) is about how if your “dad” uses his credit card to buy gasoline, a computer makes that payment happen. How does it work when mom pays at the pump? Apparently in 1968, she didn’t.

 

More Nostalgia:

Be Prepared!

Boys in the Kitchen

Whitey and Whiskers

Little Corpuscle

 

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Satanic Computers

Computers and the Beast
Webber and Hutchings
1986

I had no idea that I should be worried about the massive communication and knowledge produced by modern technology. Biblical prophesy is here to warn us that the computer, and all the knowledge it can bring, is a potential minefield of evil. (I know this because there is a big snake hanging out on the computer on the cover.)  Robots, computer networks, credit cards, and electronic fund transfers all have potential for evil. The anti-Christ will obviously exploit this technology during the end times.

Watch your back everyone!

Mary

 

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