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  • EEVblog #34 – Girls, Brad Pitt, and Sweden vs the United Kingdom

    Posted on October 2nd, 2009 EEVblog 36 comments

    Dave ponders his demographic data, and why on earth women would want to watch this rubbish.
    WARNING – contain 0% electronics, and nerd semi-nudity.

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    • LOL! Dave! Move over knight rider, we have a new female heartthrob. I am guessing it is the accent. :-)

    • It’s totally the accent. I know for sure US women love accents. Oh that and I’m sure they have a genuine interest in electronics, no disrespect!

    • Dave,

      I am not a Chick, but I am 65 years old Geek, and love your blog!

      Hey, I know that you probably have many ideas for topics for your blog, and you do not have a lot of time in the 10 minute window, but I just thought a topic last night as I was ordering some parts from Mouser.

      Why not periodically jump to a random page in a parts catalog and describe a part, what the specs mean, how to compare and why should a person order one over another. All of the parts seam to have a language of their own. There are blizzard of parts and information in the catalogs. I thinks for most people, it’s a real daunting task if all you want is a ” standard” 1K ohm resistor. It almost take a special talent to order parts from a catalog, and maybe even more if you order online.

      I have been reading part catalogs all of my life, I like them almost as a much as a good novel – it must be the Geek in me.

      Good Luck with the Blog, . . . and Chicks,

      Eldon Brown

      • That’s a great idea Eldon, I’ll add it to the list.
        I know what you mean about parts selection, I seem to spend an inordinate amount of project time on choosing the right parts. It is an art in itself.

      • Lol Eldon,

        I used to be on the snail mail list for RS components and Farnell, I used to read the catalogues when they were sent out cover to cover. My partner used to tease me and call them porn lol.

        I loved looking at new parts and products, I would get so inspired….

        Regards,

        Kat.

    • I have been watching your blog from day one or so and you do an awesome job keep it up.

      I just graduated this past spring BSEE and you talk about a ton of things never taught, mentioned, or even hinted at in school.

    • Hi-larious! :)

      Call me crazy, but I’m 37, female. and actually watch the blog for the electronics. Yes, the electronics! I know this makes me something of a complete freak, but what are you going to do? If you’re into the introverted nerdery, then you’re into it, and it is, after all, fantastically good fun.

      Certainly my experience as a software engineer backs up your feelings about the engineering gender ratio: I find that it’s between 5 and 10% in programming; I can only imagine it’s even more spartan in “harder” engineering fields like EE. Still, modern nerd boys are generally an interesting bunch, and now tend to come with less of the traditional stereotypes.

      Not to pick, or anything, but the singlet was kinda over the line. :)

    • Hi Dave,

      Slowly us Females are starting to emerge, I am now 34 well for another few months ;) I actually took the roundabout way, I started young at the age of 7, I started off with the funway into electronics kits, I loved them.

      When I dropped out of school near the end of year 10 I went straight into an apprenticeship, the company I worked for provided hardly any electronics work, most of it was running and terminating cables. So I talked to the tech of the other half of the company and they let me take dead products home to repair :) They even let me design some equipment :).

      When I left the company I went into cabling for a few years, telephone / PABX and computer work. I decided that my hobby needed to be more my work. So I started designing equipment for a guy who supplied everything that casinos and RSL’s need, I would build lighting controllers etc.

      I then started to contract to build devices for the sporting industries (focusing on car racing (Rally Australia))

      I eventually picked up a customer who produces high end audio equipment and now lighting equipment.

      I have never been to Uni, but I am trying to jump through the hoops to start sometime next year :) I am only doing it as it was a goal, I would love to have a degree or higher.

      One day I will post a pikky of the Kat Kave, the place for me to hide out and have fun ;)

      (bit long but…)

      Regards,

      Kat.

    • Dave,

      Apparently, I’m your typical viewer — 50+ female in the US — very, very scary.

      The content and presentation makes this a good blog (the infinite resistor network is a perfect example) but it’s your accent and especially your enthusiasm that make this a very entertaining blog!

      -Katie

    • Okay damn the blog my be ruined. You have all these women your now obligated to cater too, does this mean your going to wear less shirts? Totally no thanks haha.

    • G’day Dave (or for the 8% of fellow swedes, tjena!)… actually, I’ll take one from the Aussie 13% and one from the Swedish 8% been an expat aussie in Sweden… We’re not doing too bad in the electronics industry over here though, Ericsson obviously is one of the bigger names in consumer electronics… so best come over and pay us a visit!

      Loving the blog, did an elec engineering course years ago, but been in software for too long now, so it’s a great way to keep my eye in.

      cheers! (or in swedish.. Sk

    • Hi

      Have a look at google analytics for more stats. Very easy to pop into the html and to set up.

      It has the best map display I have ever seen. Even shows you from which cities your viewers come from.

      Love the show. All the way from South Africa.

    • Oh an btw. Would love to see more of your workshop. Always nice to compare workspaces.

    • Hej/Hola/Hi Dave, great blog. Greetings from Sweden and Spain ( yes, I watch your blog from both countries ). In Sweden, I can certify the quantity of chicks in electronics is quite reduced but, look, I know plenty of brilliant young electronics guys who:

      – are completely different to the stereotype.
      – have great success with women ;)

      And, even better, from the spanish PoV I can say I have met a big quantity of incredibly good looking girls working in electronics. Yes, you should move out from Australia and come to Europe!

      Keep it up! Sk

      • QUOTE: PS: Suggestions: Why not organizing design games every month/week ? You set a problem and come up with a solution in some time.

        I’ve been thinking something like that would be fun, might have to give it a go.
        Maybe separate to the regular blog, as I’m tending towards more focused episodes these days.

    • Michael Thompson

      Oh man I’m gonna have to start combing my hair before I come here.

      Are there still crumbs on my sweater vest?

    • Wow. I am speechless.

      I am 21 year old from Malaysia. Not sure anymore malaysian watch this blog because they usually pick up the electrical course for the high income.

    • Another Italian person!! :-)
      EEVblog rulez!!

    • Hi Dave,

      I am part of your German following.
      I came across your site via hackedgadgets.com and already spread your blog among some of my colleagues.
      Always looking forward to each new issue of your the EEVblog, keep it up!

      Greetings from Bavaria.

    • Hi

      I absolutly love your show and i look forward to every episode.

      I saw that Norway had 2% of your viwes, I am proud to be one of those 2%.

      You bring up so manny inportant issues that I wod not have heard about in anny other plase.

      Keep the good work up, yor entusiasem is amasing.

    • Hi Dave,

      I’m out here trying to get the Netherlands into your stats and waiting for some more of your typical audience to explain themselves :)

      Keep up the good work !

      .. but I would have never mentioned the age statistics for your women viewers ;)

    • Hi Dave, Robert from Sweden here.. :P I’we been watching your blog from day one and it’s really fun and interesting. We have a quite big electronics forum named http://elektronikforumet.com and I posted an link there way back when you started out. Someone else also made a topic about the HIFI-cabel blog… (might have been some more threads as well) So I think many of the Swedish viewers are from that forum! :) A great forum btw that has many active users…

      And I most say that this blog was reeeelly fun! :D

      About the stereotypes, I’m studding electronics and embedded systems and I can admit that we have one girl in our class and many of the guys look a little bit geeky.. hehe :P But about myself I don’t look that much geeky.. Maybe because I’m an elite athlete as well (actualy so I might look a litle more like a sportguy.. But on the other hand I think the fact is that I’m one of the most geeky one when it comes to computers and electronics.. haha :P

      Regards, Robert

    • Hi Dave, Robert from Sweden here.. :P I’we been watching your blog from day one and it’s really fun and interesting. We have a quite big electronics forum named http://elektronikforumet.com and I posted an link there way back when you started out. Someone else also made a topic about the HIFI-cabel blog… (might have been some more threads as well) So I think many of the Swedish viewers are from that forum! :) A great forum btw that has many active users…

      And I most say that this blog was reeeelly fun! :D

      About the stereotypes, I’m studding electronics and embedded systems and I can admit that we have one girl in our class and many of the guys look a little bit geeky.. hehe :P But about myself I don’t look that much geeky.. Maybe because I’m an elite athlete as well (actually on training camp right now) so I might look a little more like a sports guy.. But on the other hand I think the fact is that I’m one of the most geeky one when it comes to computers and electronics.. Probably the worst geek… haha :P

      Regards, Robert (aka Scorpiion @ freenode, elektronikforumet, dreamincode etc)

    • Hi!
      Your blog is amazing, it is really nice to hear from a real professional engineer about various topics in electronics. Unfortunately, I’m not lucky to be working in this field which i love, but who knows, maybe that day will come.

      A franco-palestinian from Dubai.

    • Hey Dave,

      I almost fell off my chair laughing when you showed off the guns in your muscle shirt. :)

      I am totally surprised at your female stats! I would have thought 5% would have been high! Jeri puts on a great show, another girl in tech that you may or may not know about is Limor Fried. http://www.adafruit.com/blog/about/

    • Hi, Dave!
      I’m 24. Male. From Russia.
      Watching you through RSS. Not sure if it get’s into youtube stats.

    • Watching from your site, so you can add 22/male/Canada if you are keeping your own records.

      Found out that I love electronics towards the end of my undergrad in mechanical engineering so your blog is part of my unofficial education in EE to try to shift into the control systems or embedded design industry without another four years in school.

      Keep it up, and I like the design problem idea.

    • Hi,

      I see that The Netherlands is not in the top 10. Too bad. Ill have to promote your blog a bit here.
      I am 46 and came to the blog via the TekScopes yahoogroups.

      I like your enthusiasm and you tell about all the things we care and worry about. Multimeters I have a few… I lately had to look into NiCD batteries and you are now having a blog about it.
      I have a daughter (10 years)who loves to solder kits. When the kit does not work i get my THS720 and we analyse the problem. She say’s it my Nintendo but the game is boring.
      Just get it to work.

      Maybe she is a viewer in the future.

      Cuno

    • You think you have it bad? I’m a rocket scientist. There were maybe 2 chicks in my graduating class – aerospace engineering. Then I went to work at the Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake Texas. An entire town full of rocket scientists. You can’t even use a pick up line like “I’m a rocket scientist” at a bar because everyone else in the bar is a rocket scientist.

    • Hi,

      some more greetings from Germany…
      Dave, you’re doing a great job, keep going on… Not only because of the women ;)
      By the way, I came to your blog though hackaday – maybe that’s your next stat… How peope found you…
      Cheers mate

      Nico

    • Hi,

      No posts from Australia yet..! I’m an EE student and I can add that the female proportions at Uni are in the single digits. E.g There is 1 girl in the Circuit Analysis laboratory and 20 guys!

      Great blog, keep it up! So many interesting ‘real-world’ things to learn..

      Re: Jeri Ellsworth – I was surprised to hear she views your blog, but I guess that makes sense! She’s a very famous self-taught engineer in the Commodore/Amiga circles..

      Ross..

    • Its your Christian Bale smile! :D

    • Wow, that is a high %!

      I am currently in my second (1.5) year of uni Bachelor of Electrical and Mechatronic Engineering in Adelaide at UniSA.

      Last year, in 1st year engineering there were 8 females, out of the original 8, about 4 or 5 are left and only 2 of them are doing electrical engineering.

      This year there were 13 females in first year, however, as only 50% of my subjects are first year subjects and no one bothers with lectures, I am only aware of about 5 who are definitely still studying any form of engineering; as of now I only know of 1 who is [was?] doing electrical engineering (we have a common first year and people shift around between disciplines)

      Only discovered your blog today, enjoying it so far, hopefully I will be able to watch every post once exams are over.

      Andrew

    • this video make my laugh out loud up until i cry. very funny! similar to pickit3 review. i’m going to play these over and over again, esp the bicep and brad pitt nose thing.

      ps: i’m malaysian and proud to see that 1.8% comes from malaysia. even though we are at the last ranking, but it seems malaysian are caching up with EE, bravo!

    • Hi Dave!
      Very nice blog and you are a super funny guy!!
      What do you think about new metrix dmm?…for less money, compared with a fluke, you can buy a 5 1/2 200 khz bandpass handeld multimeter.
      And what about the new Rigol generation scopes?

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