Monday, November 17, 2014


After a grumble this morning at our capricious, wholly untrustworthy bathroom scale, I noted to the C.S.O. that, back when I was a physicist, one rule for evaluating a measuring instrument was whether it purports to offer a precision that’s finer than its error bar allows.
CSO: So it’s an evil scale. You already knew that.
FWP: Are you saying our scale is possessed? That we own a demonic scale?

CSO: Sure, why not? Just like the harmonic scale.
FWP: Hey! There’s nothing evil about the harmonic scale.

CSO: Oh? What about the one Philip Glass uses?
FWP:: (unprintable).

Honest to God, Gentle Reader: I married that woman. At least, I think I did.


Malatrope said...

Sounds like a match made in Heaven, honestly...

Guy S said...

That depends, was the Glass half empty or half full?? *runs, ducks, and covers*

Joseph said...

From "The High-Energy Physics Coloring Book":

"This is an experimental curve. It is in complete disagreement with theory. Color the error bars Black. Make them BIGGER, BIGGER!"