November 7, 2009

practically speaking

Working in the lab can be tough. One thing I've learned about setting up experimental apparatus is:

Never force anything.

On the other hand, one thing I've learned about balky electronics is:

Hitting things sometimes fixes them.

Of course, it's best to turn things off before you hit them.

On a historic note, I believe that Apollo astronauts fixed a malfunctioning television camera, on the moon, by hitting it.

1 comment:

  1. My English grandfather called the hammer "the American screwdriver" in a monotone mumble. Sometimes the hammer, however, is exactly the right tool for the job.



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