The glance that resulted in the (low energy) lightbulb switching on in my head that in turn resulted in this blog was towards a book lying sideways on top of Dad's collection of Marcel Proust's recently translated In Remembrance of Things Past. The title (unlike that previous sentence) was pithy and the text large: "On Music," it was Alfred Brendel's collection of essays from his career as a pianist: about the music, its playing and interpretation, about selecting the right piano for the right piece and the like. It set me thinking On Engineering. What sort of essays (blog posts, of course, these days) would that entail? Brendel's writings range from the highly technical ("I note with regret that in bar 73 of A major II [Schubert] softened the staggering G major chord by turning it into a G sharp appoggiatura" is highlighted in the Guardian review) to the anecdotal, but he stays focussed on the subject of music. I had the notion (I may still be wrong and my Google searches insufficient) that there is little out there that seeks to describe in a similar way what it is to be an engineer. Whilst I am no Brendel of the engineering world (or Brunel, Tesla, or Tupolev) my blog should focus on the career of someone working as a hardware engineer.