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March 22nd, 2005
09:45 am


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I'm *wet* So much for "oh, it's spring, I'll leave my waterproof trousers at work"

Other amusingly unhelpful assumptions this week have been last thursdays "There are 5 of them, and a demonstrator. If for one day of my life I sit at the back quietly, look ill, and leave them to get on with it, it will be fine". Instead they spent four hours taking measurements (while I gazed on without engaging brain) of Pure Electrical Noise. Because the connection between the probe and the computer wasn't connected. Well, it was present, but not correct... And I did point out to them that the box was saying +6 and the readings were saying -4, but the demonstrator was all "oh now, we're measuring relative stuff, the absolute values arn't important". Well, they may not be important to finding the shedding frequency of votices, but they're pretty important for whether the probe's connected to the computer or not. Which is, after all, somewhat important to finding the shedding frequency...

M has been ill, which is even more miserable as this week is college retreat, which he's missing. I've been a bit wrapped up in my own work and the whittle lab to be of much use, but he seems to be getting better. Which is good.

We aquired an unexpected adqam last night. Not quite sure why he'd chosen to take his iron on a scenic tour of girton, but it was nice to see him. Nice to see that someone noticed me missing the CULES shows through exhaustion and overwork too...

I must work. At least I'm slightly dryer now.

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Date:March 22nd, 2005 10:15 am (UTC)
*hug* You'd think they'd at least notice their readings were non-repeatable; I mean, that *is* science :)

Here I do my trick of seeing the other side of the story.

cheery_iron: Today adqam tried to take me outside the three mile barrier, but He noticed, and sent hail and storm, and nearly washed us into the river near girton. Fortunately we sheltered in the house of four nice helpful friendly people.
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Date:March 22nd, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
TBH it's more that they should have noticed that the readings were perfectly repeatable, I mean, it didn't matter where we pointed the probe (into the flow, into the wake, up our a**e *) and we got identical readings, because electrical noise looks much the same regardless of what an unconnected probe is doing.

* Well, we didn't actually try the latter.
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Date:March 22nd, 2005 10:26 am (UTC)
* No? I thought that was where data traditionally came from!

Anyway, that was my first thought, but I thought no-one could be stupid enough to not notice that it was the same every time, so I decided it must have been varying randomly due to noise. Apparently not.
Date:April 2nd, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
? I'm sorry?

And it wasn't just Girton, I ended up in long stanton... :P
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Date:April 4th, 2005 09:26 am (UTC)
Whoa, delayed post. I had to think for ages before remembering what I'd said :)
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Date:March 22nd, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
Oi! no fibbing! You've been lovely to me, despite having work-of-doom

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Date:March 22nd, 2005 11:11 am (UTC)
Hang On.

"It's spring, I'll leave my waterproof trousers at work."

Spring. The season where downpours can materialise out of clear skies in half an hour, or even less. "I'll leave my waterproof trousers at work."

You see the flaw here?

Ah well, I'm sure you won't make the same mistake twice.
Date:March 22nd, 2005 11:25 am (UTC)
Maybe the students have learnt to listen to little blonde women when they point out the bleeding obvious. It's a useful life skill. I try to teach it to as many people as possible.
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Date:March 24th, 2005 11:31 am (UTC)
"Nice to see that someone noticed me missing the CULES shows through exhaustion and overwork too..."

Hmm, yes I did think, 'Where's Sally? I thought she'd be here.' Are you going to Toni's for the boat race at the weekend, or does work not permit?
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