Apparently also unnecessary alliteration. The EE nerd is always willing to spend an immense amount of time building custom electronic gadgets by hand. In our dorm there were a number of people who had built themselves Gandalf staffs that glowed on command; other people I've heard of built a fake bomb solely for others to defuse. Partly it's that writing assembly code is a great break from Lisp. Partly it's just cool to build a personal little power grid, even if it wasn't very hard. Partly it's that they had to find something to do after Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was cancelled. But a bigger part of it is that the bits and pieces are just so fun. Labs are stocked with bins of components, thus being in lab is fun; it's the penny arcade of the modern era.
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