Make it real

 or else forget about it

Seriously... I feel stupid, but I think I been catchin' on.

At around F-0300 I was so frustrated by my inability to get good signal that I contemplated doctoring data.

(Contemplated might be too strong of a word.)


Methinks I'd never be able to fool anyone*.

Figure 1.

Above:  Not Data.  Inset: Also Not Data.

And, despite the jokes of EASbased talks, I don't think I'd want to fool anyone.


Don't try to fake data. 

This has been a public service message.




It turns out I was running with the wrong polarity.  

I realized an hour later.  (It's an instrument I'm not used to using.)

I know this is wrong, it's a problem, I'm dealing...



You know who would not make this mistake?

(He is so not a rube)

    all my tubes and wires

and careful notes

and antiquated notions...



*Not even on the foolingest day of the year.

Not even with an electrified fooling machine**. 

**Well...maybe with an electrified fooling machine, 

but not with an Etch-A-Sketch.  


I'm a little bit rusty, and I think my head is caving in

and the clock on the wall has been stuck at three for days and days 

(OHMAN, RobThomas! anagrams to baThRooms!  bah moToRs!)