..at least this Monday does. Pretty much everything that can go wrong has done so today, and additionally a couple of things have gone wrong which by most laws of reproducibility and thermodynamics ought to have worked. It's Monday and then some. A partial list of what's gone the way of the 8-track, the BetaMax and the laser disc would include:
- I woke up with lower back pain. I NEVER have any form of back pain, and I didn't work legs or back at the gym yesterday. Just one of them things.
- Once I got to work, some automatic update feature of the antivirus program malfunctioned, resulting in some inconveniences including random error messages threatening to shut down the computer without saving my work.
- A colleague performed some experiments on some of our samples this morning to (hopefully) verify the features we observed by means of other techniques. It's taken some time to get to the point where we have a version of this system which really looks promising, so we were hopeful. He didn't verify our results so much as totally debunk them and annihilate our working hypothesis in the process.
- In working on a revision of a manuscript due back to the journal soon, I was looking up and downloading references from Web Of Science to beef up our rebuttal letter to the reviewers. I had to start over twice, as WOS shut down on me and erased my "Marked list" on two separate occasions. Turns out I hit the jackpot and managed to attempt to download my list of references first when WOS performed a scheduled maintenance shutdown (which technically was my bad) and then later at the exact time when the WOS platform upgraded between versions 4.4 and 4.5.
- Some of our nano-products actually revert over time, which by my account is dangerously close to violating the second law of thermodynamics. There's no way this type of product formation should be reversible at room temperature, and even if we'd added lots of energy and overcome the barrier, it shouldn't have re-traced the original reation route. T2 explicitly states that the sum of entropy changes in system and surroundings exceeds zero. And so the odds of a polydisperse system not exhibiting any significant hysteresis when reversing a reaction/process which ought to be irreversible........On the plus side, it could be cold fusion and not problems related to our system....
- What started out as a straight-forward email exchange revealed some upcoming obstacles which in all likelihood force us to postpone the new course in applied nanotechnology one year.