a life of an electrophysiologist
Since I moved here and started the new project with new setup, I have been having a problem of stability of the recording. It was strangely unstable. The project requires the recording to be efficient. I tried and tested so many possibilities but I could not reproduce the productivity I used to have before coming here.
I was starting to be negative. Maybe I was lucky and now I cannot produce good recordings?
This week, I got my experiment scheduled. For some logistic reasons, I have to now get some conclusions to decide whether the experiment is working or not. But because I had been ill for a while, I had to be careful to save my energy. Still, I ended up running the experiment until late night and then took the train. Apparently some accident occurred and the train could not go all the way to Utrecht where I live. So I ended up staying my friend's apartment. Next morning, I had a meeting and some logistics to deal with. It is really a mess. Short hours of sleep, no showers, still important meetings, and then I have to also do the experiment. Quite disturbed, I felt..
I decided, because I cannot exhaust myself and time is limited, I use the day to test few things, instead of trying to produce some more data, hopefully to improve the recording. Then, by chance, I found that there was a problem in the equipment. There was a crosstalk between two channels of the system and probably that was causing the problem of the stability of the recording. I tried to do the recording in the way the crosstalk does not occur.
And it worked. Just as before, before I came to work here.
Sometimes, life is all about accident and random discoveries of solutions of troubles in life. If the train did not stop last night, I would not have tried what I tried today.
Coincidentally, the project is about randomness and the roles of noise... ;>