That’s alright, and thanks.
LOL! That kind of “shock therapy” (not to be confused with the kind that’s actually been applied) would be an effective behavioral/rational aid for directing students toward productive studies. And although economic conditions are getting rough, hard sciences will be in huge demand in the near future, IMO. As imports drop off due to mounting debts, we’ll certainly need people who are capable of designing and making truly useful things. :-)
I’m playing with a cheap CAD package now by learning to design a house with it (QCAD Pro). ...drawing a few missing blocks and symbols for that as per codes. AutoCAD is a little too expensive for the self-builder or hobbyist, and I’m using UNIX-like systems anyway (NetBSD and Linux—helping with testing, learning software development, etc., for NetBSD).
...also analyzing some thermal energy stuff (homemade heat collector, storage and radiation systems) to see if they’re doable with the IRC and other codes.
It always fun to see who the bed-wetters are...