Whetton, Chris

ility Engineering, United Kingdom

HPIn SHE: We haven't got a button

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Recently, I was in Birmingham, England, attending Maintec 99, the international maintenance conference and exhibition. One morning, I found myself running short of pounds sterling. Thus, I had either ..

HPIn SHE: Open with care – tales from the mailbox

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Open with care — tales from the mailbox

HPIn SHE: Environmental protection

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

We talk a lot about "environmental protection" – sometimes, we even do something about it. However, we tend to forget that the adjective environmental means concerning the environment. Conse..

HPIn SHE: Making pictures

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Long ago, I used to write "appreciations" (i.e., informed guesswork) about likely technology developments of the Evil Empire. Surprisingly to an outsider, there was great emphasis on honesty. Our depa..

HPIn SHE: Wham! Zap! Pow! – Did we overlook static electricity?

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

In Finland, it's zap season; low temperatures (i.e., anything below –10°C) are accompanied by low humidity. Add thick-soled boots and a down-filled coat made of synthetic fiber with fur trim..

HPIn SHE: Ten questions on SHE

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Recently, I stayed in a hotel where, besides the traditional mint on the pillow, several magazines were provided for guests' entertainment. One magazine had a title similar to: Viking! The New Magazin..

HPIn SHE: Risk and responsibility*

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Risk is poorly understood by the general public and by many engineers. It is typified by two extreme attitudes that I call the Two Bomb and the Black Helicopter. The Two Bomb attitude is derived from ..

HPIn SHE: The banane flambée syndrome

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Last Saturday, we had several of my wife's colleagues over for dinner and I agreed to cook my famous banane flambée for dessert – famous not only for its taste but also for the riot of color..

HPIn SHE: Just say no!

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

I have recently been reviewing a number of major accidents, gathering material for a paper to be presented at the World Engineering Congress in 2000. What struck me as interesting about some of these ..

HPIn SHE: Draining the swamp

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

People who think they have a sense of humor often hang cute little pictures on their office walls with a motto that is supposed to convey an important message. For example, the infant sitting on a pot..

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