Friday, January 26, 2007

Cose da non fare - Things not to be done (scroll down for english)

Lasciate che vi dia un consiglio, se state facendo lezione davanti a un centinaio di ingegneri (seppure finti, come i gestionali) non dite, ripeto NON dite mai qualcosa come

se eccitiamo il sistema con un seno

non è cosa. No, proprio no. Certo se fossero stato ingegneri veri, chessò informatici, la reazione sarebbe stata molto più violenta. Imparate dai miei errori mi raccomando.

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Probably my English reader will not take too much advantage from this piece of advice , but I am trying to keep this blog as international as possible. If you are holding a lecture in Italian in front of a hundred engineering students, never ever say anything that would sound like
if we excite the system with a sine

The thing is that sine in Italian is seno which also means breast. It is risky business to say something like that in front of engineers. Trust me, I am one of them...

3 comments:

Annina said...

things not TO be done ;-)

barbara said...

hahaha!!!
grandissimo!!

ora verrai ricordato per almeno un anno accademico!!

Anders said...

Haha! That's great, I'm sure that your students love your lectures... Once, I was in charge of showing prospective students, mostly girls around my highschool, and I said something like "our chemistry labs are well-equipped"... So I know how you feel!