I thought I only had a little cold – that’s why, instead of resting and going to bed early, I had to prance around in the rain late at night for our Ikeodyssey. When my cough didn’t get better until yesterday and my voice started to disappear, I went to the NHS walk-in clinic in Soho. They had a staff shortage and a waiting room full of coughing people, so I neatly fit in.
After two hours, I was able to see a doctor, who in turn told me that I have a viral infection in my throat. Medicine and antibiotics won’t help, so I’ll have to rest, drink lots of fluid, and not talk for a few days. Good thing I can type rather quickly.
As I’m typing this, I’m sitting at my kitchen table, about to finish my second litre of peppermint tea laced with honey. And I just came across the funniest account of an experiment ever. It’s titled “Electron Band Structure In Germanium, My Ass“, by Lucas Kovar:
Now, let’s look a bit more closely at this data, remembering that it is absolutely first-rate. Do you see the exponential dependence? I sure don’t. I see a bunch of crap.
Christ, this was such a waste of my time.
Banking on my hopes that whoever grades this will just look at the pictures, I drew an exponential through my noise. I believe the apparent legitimacy is enhanced by the fact that I used a complicated computer program to make the fit. I understand this is the same process by which the top quark was discovered.
Reading it made me laugh (and cough) hard. Ah, the joy and wonder of science.