My trip to New York was a complete disaster. The lab that was contracted to do the testing was given a terribly worded set of requirements which made no sense at all and their test procedure, which someone else had approved, were completely wrong. I had to rewrite a third of the test procedure and ultimately cancel the last three days of testing because the lab didn’t have any of the necessary equipment. I came up with a new way to do the tests, but none of the old and crusty engineers in my group wanted to change since, “We’ve never done it that way before”. The reticence of old-school engineers to do anything different is something that drives me absolutely nuts. Seriously – I work with lead engineers that haven’t learned to type yet, insist on printing emails before reading them, and are completely unable to do anything other than write memos in MS Word.
Anyway, suffice it to say, I didn’t get a lot of studying done and I’m a little bit behind, so I’m having to double-time it this weekend to hopefully get caught up by Monday. Next week, I have to head out to Connecticut for a day to do the testing which should have been done last week, but hopefully I’ll be able to keep from falling behind again.
One of the things I’ve learned since I started reviewing for the exam is that you can spend an eternity learning all the details of any simple topic on the exam. One of the disadvantages to a deeper scientific background is that nothing seems simple to me anymore. I need to make sure to keep the science simple or I’ll wind up spending an entire day on one paragraph.