One of the things I really like about being a physiologist is that you get to make stuff, maybe something for your rig. So, you head down to the machine shop, and do your best impersonation of these guys:
Figure 1: Devastatingly handsome hosts of PBS' Router Workshop. Yes, that's correct, an entire show on the beauty you too can create with just a router and some weird ass bits. (Thanks to Isis, whose inclusion of figures I have totally ripped off - what's that saying about flattery?)
So, after agonizing over figures for what feels like countless hours, I was more than happy to help someone in the lab make a little extender thingy*, as a place to attach "sewer pipes*" for changing external solutions while patching. I don my trusty safety glasses (I love science and all, but I ain't losing a friggin eye for it), fire up the heavy artillery, and get covered in plexiglass dust! Good times indeed. The best part is, the result actually is better than my previous designs for extender thingies, and when compared to what someone else in the lab tried to deliver, it looks downright purty.
Figure 2: Nat's extender stands triumphant above a hideously maimed chunk of aluminum. Not that we're keeping score or anything.
Now, let's be clear here, I may be an anal retentive freak when it comes to figures and my recordings, but I am an utter mess when it comes to machining. I subscribe to the measure 6 times, cut 4, and still have the thing look like crap when you're done. All I care is that I make something that works, lasts long enough that I'm not continuously rebuilding it, and do it in a short amount of time. Remember, we're here to do physiology, not learn to be an expert machinist. Likewise with writing code and the like. Sure, it's gotta work and be maintainable, but it's a tool. Use it.).
* - Yes, we like to get technical here at junctionpotential.